WPP advisory group ISS is set to reveal whether it will back shareholders in a protest over the departure of Sir Martin Sorrell.Sorrell quit the company he founded in April in the midst of an investigation into allegations of financial and personal misconduct.Since then, the full circumstances behind his resignation have been kept confidential due to data privacy laws.But, the advertising group’s chairman Roberto Quarta has been under mounting pressure from WPP shareholders to reveal the results of the investigation and the full reasons behind Sorrell’s exit.Shareholder advisory groups Glass Lewis and Pirc have already advised voting against the re-election of Quarta over his refusal to disclose.“There is no disclosure regarding the reason for the sudden departure of the group chief executive.
Google Home has overtaken Amazon’s Echo in smart speaker shipments for the first time, it’s claimed, with the Google Assistant edging out Alexa in sales.Although there have been several contenders in the smart speaker wars, two rival platforms currently lead the market.Released, back in late 2014, and now with several generations of hardware under its belt, the virtual assistant counts thousands of third-party “skills” in its app store.Google, meanwhile, followed on in May 2016 with Google Home, packaging the Assistant technology it had been using on Android smartphones into a standalone device.In Q1 2018, the analysis firm claims, Google claims the smart speaker top spot for global sales.Their numbers suggest Amazon shipped 2.5 million Echo devices in the three month period, versus 3.2 million Google Home devices.
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Finding a great app or tool sometimes can feel like winning the lottery – maybe not the Mega Millions, but at least a $20 scratch-off ticket.Instead, I send each article to the immensely epic app, MotoRead (free).That way, I can listen to a robot voice reading the article to me as I scoot to a meeting or cook the kids’ dinner.When I’m in super-focused research mode, listening to a blog post also allows me to take furious notes underlining keywords and drawing pictures – like a more manic and messy version of one of those professional sketch-note drawers I see at conferences.Jon Burkhart, founder, TBC GlobalApple Messages – when you don’t want to dial or wait for email
It may sound like something out of a 1950's B-Horror movie, but giant-sized hammerhead worms are invading France.Giant hammerhead flatworms are taking over parts of France, disrupting the ecosystem, causing a concern for researchers."The present findings strongly suggest that the species present in Metropolitan France and overseas territories should be considered invasive alien species," the study's discussion reads."Our numerous records in the open in Metropolitan France raise questions: as scientists, we were amazed that these long and brightly coloured worms could escape the attention of scientists and authorities in a European developed country for such a long time; improved awareness about land planarians is certainly necessary."(Some one to two days following feeding, the fission process is first manifested by a slight pinching of the body, some 1–2 cm.Severance occurs when the tail tip adheres to the substratum and the rest of the planarian pulls away.
The US and China are working toward a deal that would save ZTE, the Chinese phone maker that’s been on life support since being hit with an American trade ban last month.According to The Wall Street Journal, both countries have agreed to an outline of what a deal might look like that would save the company.Discussions are still ongoing, however, and it’s still not a sure thing that the issue will be resolved.Under the current outline, the US would lift its trade ban on ZTE, enabling the company to buy US components and use US software again.In exchange, ZTE would reportedly make significant changes, including shaking up its management and board.That might not be all.
They offer a 13MP and 2MP rear camera pairing for under 10,000 rupees.Huawei’s sub-brand claims these are two of the cheapest dual-camera phones in India.Dual-camera technology has slowly filtered down into budget handsets, but the Honor 7A and Honor 7C might be two of the cheapest dual-camera phones on the market.The sub-brand revealed that the Honor 7A would be available via Flipkart from May 29, while the Honor 7C would be available via Amazon on May 31.Alternatively, you can grab them from Hihonor.in.As for a price tag, you’ll be paying 8,999 rupees (~$132) for the Honor 7A, while the Honor 7C starts at 9,999 rupees (~$147).
Google could lose billions in a privacy lawsuit filed in the UK, as the search engine giant appeared in court Monday to argue against the case.The group Google You Owe Us, representing 4.4 million iPhone users in the UK, filed a lawsuit in July against Google alleging the tech company violated their privacy from 2011 to 2012 through the "Safari Workaround."While Apple's iOS devices have default privacy settings on its Safari browser, Google was able to bypass it and collect browser data without people's consent, according to the allegations.The workaround was first discovered in 2012 by a Stanford University researcher.Google agreed to pay $17 million to 37 states and Washington, DC, in a 2013 settlement.The company also agreed to pay a $22.5 million fine from the Federal Trade Commission over the data-tracking practice.
Trångboddhet är sällan något gott – men att bygga smått är en dygd.Nu har franska forskare lyckats med bedriften att skapa världens minsta hus.Konceptet ”lab-on-fibre” är en teknik som handlar om att man ska integrera miniatyrenheter direkt på optiska fibrer.Något som gör att man kan utveckla nya optiska system.Men även om vinsterna med tekniken beräknas vara otroligt stora – har det hittills varit svårt att skapa tillräckligt små (och användbara) enheter.Ett av de stora problemen är att nanorobotarna inte klarar av att bygga så i så liten skala.
The conditions in Puerto Rico may be out of the wider public eye, but many are still awaiting basic necessities, like shelter or power.Thousands of families in Puerto Rico are still awaiting FEMA tarps more than six months after Hurricane Maria made landfall.In response, the Outdoor Advertising Association of Puerto Rico (OAAPR) launched the AidMedia project, which allows brands to buy ad space on top of houses while simultaneously providing a protective shield against the elements.When companies purchase an ad through the initiative, the funds go toward creating a billboard-strength tarp to cover a residence.“We heard that FEMA would put up tarps but its a process; people have to apply and wait for an inspection and it’s a whole procedure,” said Ramon Rodriguez, OOAPR marketing secretary.Knowing there were tarps and spare parts sitting in warehouses on the island, OOAPR joined forces with agency DDB Latina Puerto Rico to bring AidMedia to fruition.
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Roko’s Basilisk is a thought experiment that first appeared on the artificial intelligence discussion board LessWrong about ten years ago and was named after Roko, the user who posted the conundrum.If we help such a being into existence we guarantee our obsolescence, but if we don’t, the all-powerful AI might punish us for eternity.The founder of LessWrong, Eliezer Yudkowsky, was unhappy with Roko’s post.He considered the thought experiment an information hazard, a risk arising from the dissemination of (true) information:Listen to me very closely, you idiot … You have to be really clever to come up with a genuinely dangerous thought.I am disheartened that people can be clever enough to do that and not clever enough to do the obvious thing and KEEP THEIR IDIOT MOUTHS SHUT about it, because it is much more important to sound intelligent when talking to your friends.
If you haven’t taken part in the yanny/laurel controversy over the last couple days, allow me to sincerely congratulate you.The viral speech synth clip has met the AI hype train and the result is, like everything in this mortal world, disappointing.Sonix, a company that produces AI-based speech recognition software, ran the ambiguous sound clip through Google, Amazon, and Watson’s transcription tools, and of course its own.Google and Sonix managed to get it on the first try — it’s “laurel,” by the way.But Amazon stumbled, repeatedly producing “year old” as its best guess for what the robotic voice was saying.IBM’s Watson, amazingly, got it only half the time, alternating between hearing “yeah role” and “laurel.” So in a way, it’s the most human of them all.
the Samsung came into the match with a proprietary AI assistant rather late, but now you will shortly see Bixby in far more products.Samsung's product catalog is significantly larger than just their phones and it feels silly to Bixby only be to the judgment.Now Samsung has started rolling out the röstassistenten to their household, it will include everything from TVS, air conditioning, fridge/freezer, washing machines and robotic vacuum cleaners.the Plan is that all of their household appliances should be equipped with Bixby in the year 2020.
When people quit drinking, their obsession with alcohol and addictive behaviour doesn’t always lose momentum, but it can be harnessed in more productive ways.One sober mate of mine now makes documentaries about addiction.I wrote a book, Woman of Substances: A Journey into Drugs, Alcohol and Treatment.Why the urge to always press the big red button, even when it flies in the face of common sense?In a 1956 advert for Serpasil, which offers to ‘raise the emotional threshold against everyday stresses’, there’s a photograph of a woman hemmed in by a vacuum cleaner and a screaming kid.‘Helps relieve chronic fatigue and apathy quickly,’ it promises.
Starting today in Florida Whole Foods Market stores, Amazon Prime members will get discounts and special deals, Amazon announced today.The new Amazon Prime perk is effective immediately at all Whole Foods Markets in Florida.Amazon will extend the discount and deals program to all Whole Foods Market and Whole Foods Market 365 stores nationwide beginning this summer.Prime members will save in two ways with the new Whole Foods Market perk: discounts and deals.Scan your Prime Code or enter your phone number when you check out and you’ll get an extra 10 percent discount on all sale items in Whole Foods Market stores.The discount doesn’t apply to everything in the store, just the items on sale.
Verizon has revealed plans to start rolling out its 5G network in Los Angeles in the fourth quarter of this year.The company announced the plans today, saying Los Angeles is the second city that will be getting its 5G network deployment.The first city, Sacramento, was first revealed in November 2017.The company is eyeing progressive cities in particular.The revelation was made by Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam during an interview with CNBC today.During it, McAdam pointed toward “progressive-minded cities” — LA and Sacramento among them — as a key part of the company’s plans.
Nick Offerman doesn't have to say anything to be funny.His dry humor comes through with a simple lift of an eyebrow or a knowing wink.That, and his mastery as a craftsman, is why the actor was chosen for the first brand campaign by adhesive product maker J-B Weld.The Atlanta-based maker of epoxy adhesive products, teamed up with creative partner TBWA\Chiat\Day New York to launch the brand’s first national TV campaign in its 50-year history.The brand is a common and cult-favorite for craftspeople with tool boxes, though traditionally favored for automotive repairs.Recently, however, J-B Weld has introduced several new products aimed at tackling tough jobs beyond the garage, and giving broken valuable home goods a second life.
A pro-life group emailed schools in Ireland urging principals and religion teachers to show students a DVD that included excerpts from a 1980s anti-abortion propaganda video.The video, The Silent Scream, shows an ultrasound of an abortion in which the fetus appears to open its mouth “in a silent scream”—a deceptive assertion refuted by the medical community.The anti-abortion group, Donegal Pro Life, reportedly sent letters to schools last week, asking that they play their 50-minute DVD to students in the senior cycle, which are typically aged 15 through 18.Aside from excerpts from The Silent Scream, the video also includes graphic visuals of aborted fetuses and illustrated abortions at different stages of pregnancy, according to the Irish Times.The video also reportedly argues that women who have abortions increase their risk for developing mental health issues, which researchers have concluded is untrue.The Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU) responded to the group’s letter asking that they stop pushing their anti-abortion agenda at the schools.
Susan Kare är en legend när det kommer till att skapa ikoner till massvis av stora bolag, som t.ex.Facebook och Microsoft, men mest känd är hon från sin anställning hos Apple i Mac-teamet där hon har skapat massvis av ikoner till Apples mjukvaror.I en intervju med Susan där hon går igenom sin långa karriär berättar hon en historia om hur den klassiska kringlan på alla Apples tangentbord kom till.Från början var tanken att det skulle vara en pixelerad version av Apples klassiska äpple men Steve Jobs var inte helt nöjd, så Susan började bläddra i sina böcker och hittade en symbol som fick henne att stanna upp – och symbolen kom från Sverige.Ni kanske inte har tänkt på det men i Sverige är symbolen utspridd i hela landet på olika vägskyltar där man visar vägen till sevärdheter som slott, kyrkor och annat som är värt att stanna för.Den första symbolen kunde avnjutas på en sten ute i Hablingbo, Gotland och den gjordes någon gång mellan 400-600 e. KR.