Michael Fewell

Michael Fewell

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Tencent-backed music apps KuGou (酷狗 in Chinese), QQ Music (QQ音乐) and Kuwo (酷我) were the three most popular music apps in China in terms of monthly active users (MAU) in the first quarter of 2017, according to a report recently released by mobile market research firm QuestMobile (in Chinese).Image credit: QuestMMobileThe entries of internet bigwigs such as Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu, and NetEase have served to create the patchwork pattern of the mobile music streaming market.Tencent-backed music apps include QQ Music, KuGou, Kuwo and Duomi (多米 in Chinese), while Alibaba owns Alibaba Planet (阿里星球) and Xiami Music (虾米音乐).Baidu’s music app Baidu Music merged in 2015 with the Taihe Music Group.NetEase Cloud Music, the music and radio arm of Chinese internet portal NetEase, was the fourth most popular music app in Q1.It was thrust into the limelight again after it announced this month the completion of its series A worth RMB 750 million (around US$ 108 million).The round puts the company’s valuation at RMB 8 billion.It’s worth noting that Tencent’s KuGou and QQ Music each gathered over 200 million monthly active users and the internet giant’s Kuwo has an MAU of 100 million.Although China’s mobile music streaming market has been long favored by investors, users’ reluctance to pay for music is still a pain in the neck.Currently, Chinese mobile streaming services have been trying to monetize their user base through various approaches ranging from paid subscription, digital albums, ads, in-app gaming, to sale of artist merchandise.In addition, major music streaming services also form partnerships with artists and launch O2O events together to allow music fans to pay to watch the live stream or the footage of concerts.An industry observer predicted that the “fan economy” could be the main growth driver of the mobile streaming market, which is estimated at RMB 8.68 billion by the end of 2016.He also advises that major players should provide more differentiated services that match the needs of music streamers.
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Researchers have discovered that a caterpillar usually bred for use as fishing bait is capable of biodegrading plastic shopping bags made from polyethylene.Wax moths lay eggs inside hives which then hatch into wax worms living as parasites on the beeswax.Now, their plastic-busting capabilities have been discovered, by chance, when a researcher from the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria (CSIC) in Spain (who coincidentally is an amateur beekeeper), was removing the parasites from honeycombs in her hives.In a study carried out in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, around 100 wax worms were exposed to a bag from a UK supermarket.After 40 minutes, holes had started to appear and after 12 hours, there was a 92g reduction in the mass of plastic from the bag.This degradation rate is extremely fast, say the researchers, giving the example of a bacteria that was reported last year to biodegrade some plastics at a rate of just 0.13g a day.
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Intel isn't letting reviewers actually use the P4800X, however; the first testing of the hardware, published earlier this week, was performed remotely using hardware on Intel's premises.Although the sticks can be used as conventional, if tiny, NVMe SSDs, Intel is positioning them as caches for spinning disks.Stackable layers have wires arranged in either rows or columns, and at the intersection of each row and column is the actual storage element: an unspecified material that can change its resistance to different values.While we don't know how the resistance change works, one thing that we do know is that unlike DRAM, each data cell does not need any transistors, which gives rise to Optane's next important property: it's a lot denser than DRAM, with Intel and Micron variously claiming a density improvement of four to ten times.To cope with the high voltages, which slowly damage NAND flash over time, and lack of rewritability, NAND is structured in a very particular way.This creates issues such as "write amplification," where writing a single byte to a page could require an entire block to be erased and rewritten.
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IBM has now recorded 20 consecutive quarters of declining year-on-year revenues, taking it back to a level it hasn't touched for almost 20 years.IBM had annual revenues of $81.67 billion in 1998, when Google first set up shop in Susan Wojcicki's garage.On the latest numbers for fiscal 2016, Google's annual revenues have climbed from zero to $90.27bn while IBM's have declined to $79.92bn.At the time, IBM had just been overtaken by Apple ($108.3bn), but it was still much bigger than Microsoft ($69.9bn) and Google ($37.9bn).Today, it's a very long way behind Apple ($215.6bn), and it looks likely to fall further behind Microsoft ($92.0bn) and Google ($90.3bn).If you look at compound annual growth rates since 2011, Google's growth rate averages 19 per cent, Apple's almost 15 per cent, and Microsoft's 5.6%.
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When I open the files on one computer two servers show up with the same info in each.But her request for both is the same: “How do I make this more reliable?”The first problem is a limitation with the underlying Unix system upon which macOS is built upon .Many operating systems have the concept of “file permissions,” which are metadata attributes set for each file and folder (or directory) about who may create, manipulate, and delete items, as well as who may execute or run them as software.That is, you’d expect you could say, “Shared Folder should always be reachable for everyone who has access to this system,” and yet there’s no simple way to ensure that.Over at StackExchange, a contributor came up with a long command-line invocation you can use in Terminal to set a folder to keep permissions set correctly, but it only works when files are created in the folder—if you move a file or multiple items in, they don’t inherit the right permissions.
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Awesome article about how Pipedrive ranked 1 for the keyword "Sales Management" in less than three months, generating a ton of traffic.
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Bytet sker den 19 maj. Från Lindahls håll är rekryteringen ett led i ambitionen att vara ett nordiskt center för alla typer av integritets- och dataskyddsfrågor.– Vi är otroligt glada och stolta över att få börja arbeta med Caroline.Med Caroline i teamet kan Lindahls klienter fortsätta känna trygghet i att de har tillgång till branschens bästa expertis, säger Malcolm Wiberg, verkställande delägare på Lindahls kontor i Stockholm, som nu blir Carolines nya arbetsplats.Hon kommer dock att fortsätta vara verksam som dataskyddsombud på Klarna, och samtidigt utökas det redan existerande samarbetet mellan Klarna och Lindahl med syftet att förstärka Klarnas arbete med integritets- och dataskyddsfrågor och underlätta implementeringen av den nya dataskyddsförordningen.– Jag har haft fantastiska år på Klarna, men känner mig nu redo för nästa steg.Han kommer att bidra med stor erfarenhet av affärsutveckling och ledarskap, och kommer att vara en viktig medlem av Ateas ledningsgrupp, säger koncernchef Steinar Sønsteby.
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We know this because the US Navy posted a photo of the USS Carl Vinson fleet in Indonesia just a few days ago.It’s not expected to arrive near North Korea until later this month or maybe even next month.We certainly don’t, after the Trump regime made Americans look like chumps.And yet the Trump administration refuses to own up to the lie.“The president said that we have an armada going towards the peninsula.South Korea’s conservative party, which is staunchly pro-US and hopes to win during the upcoming elections on May 9th, even chimed in to say that, “If that was a lie, then during Trump’s term, South Korea will not trust whatever Trump says.”
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I april 1997 föddes PC för Alla, och sedan dess har vi kunnat bevaka 20 år av revolutionerande händelser.Under de här åren har vi till exempel fått bredband, smarta mobiltelefoner, surfplattor, digital musik och strömmande filmtjänster.PC för Alla fyller 20 år: Så minns vi de galna teknikårenMen vad av allt som har hänt är egentligen viktigast?För att få svaret på det tog vi hjälp av er läsare.Över 2 000 har deltagit i vår undersökning och enigheten är stor.
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Customer trust is important to your business.People who trust you are more willing to be repeat customers and refer you to others.It can also lead to earned media such as positive online reviews and social media engagement from fans and followers.People are more likely to trust word of mouth marketing which is a form of earned media.If you pay someone to run an advertisement on their website, that is paid media.It can also include various forms of affiliate marketing if you are paying a commission for someone referring you leads or selling your product.
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ZTE Corp, the Chinese telecommunications powerhouse, has posted stronger-than-expected financial results for the first quarter, buoying the company’s anticipated return to growth after an arduous year in US sanctions purgatory.Shenzhen-based ZTE reported a 27.8 per cent jump in net profit to 1.2 billion yuan (US$174 million) on Monday for the three months ended March 31, up from 949.5 million yuan in the same period last year, on the back of increased sales of network equipment to telecommunications carriers and smartphones.Revenue grew 17.8 per cent to 25.7 billion yuan from 21.8 billion yuan a year earlier, surpassing analysts’ consensus market estimates of 22.7 billion yuan.The announcement marked the first quarterly financial report for ZTE, the world’s fourth-largest telecommunications equipment supplier by revenue, since it was officially removed from the US trade blacklist on March 29.ZTE declined to provide a breakdown of the markets for its telecommunications carrier equipment sales, but pointed out that its so-called Pre5G products are now deployed in some 40 networks across 30 countries.The company added that it was on track to begin pre-commercial 5G equipment deployment in the third quarter of next year, with full commercial deployment expected to start in 2019 when the universal standards for 5G are finalised.
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hiChina’s cross-border e-commerce firms have gone through a reshuffle with mixed performances since the government introduced a new tax regime for cross-border e-commerce one year ago.While some players were knocked out of the game, some medium-sized firms have been starting to thrown off their cross-border e-commerce label and extending to other businesses (in Chinese).Last March, the Ministry of Finance launched a new tax regime for cross-border e-commerce retail imports (in Chinese), aimed at closing tax loopholes and facilitating fairness of trading.The new tax policy, effective April 8, 2016, made changes to types of taxes, tax rates, and purchase price cap of imported commodities.In addition, the customs authorities published a whitelist involving 1,142 commodity items, stipulating that only those on the list can be imported to China through cross-border e-commerce.And regulatory hurdles like requirements of some documents such as import licenses and certificates of origin of certain items on the positive list have dealt a crushing blow to some industry players, as they are unable to complete customs clearance procedures without providing the aforementioned documents required on the certificate of inspection for goods inward.The procurement teams of these firms who buy items from overseas shopping stores can only have the sales invoices rather than documents such as certificates of origin, as they don’t directly deal with brands.Under the new policy regime, firms that often rely on foreign hit items to attract customers and drive sales of their other commodities have had to cut margins to unprofitable levels as they resort to middleman links due to a lack of direct supply chain for these hit items.Even so, they often face the out-of-stock case for such hit products.Cross-border e-commerce firms were caught quite unprepared by the policy overhaul, which led to rising logistics costs as well as slowed logistics speed and item return and exchange services.Around half to 70% of cross-border e-commerce firms reportedly were forced to shut down last year, hit by cash strains or insufficient supply of hit goods (in Chinese).Some players such as Jumei (聚美优品 in Chinese) and Mia (蜜芽 in Chinese) have started to diversify away from their core business into new areas.Jumei continued to raise the ante on its film and television unit, while Mia has been expanding its footprint in offline maternal and child business.Big players such as Amazon China, Ymatou (洋码头 in Chinese), TMall.
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China’s securities regulator is considering lowering the profitability threshold for companies to qualify for a listing on the main board of Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges, in a move that makes it easier for new businesses to raise capital, according to two sources close to the watchdog.The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) is considering a plan to revise its listing requirements to enable companies with at least two consecutive years’ profit track record to sell shares on the main board, shorter than the current three years, the sources told the South China Morning Post.The regulator may keep the pace of approving initial public offerings (IPOs) at about 10 per week, the sources said.The pace of IPO approvals has accelerated in China since late 2016, in a move by financial regulators to broaden the avenues of capital raising for Chinese companies, and to reduce their dependence on bank borrowings.As many as 134 companies raised a combined 70 billion yuan (US$10 billion) in the first quarter, the highest quarterly figure since 2014, according to data by KPMG.The Chinese regulator will also be using its approvals mandate to direct the type of companies that qualify for fund raising, in a move to restructure the composition of listed companies.
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the hydrofoils experienced its heyday prior to and during the second world war.Among the icons were a PBT Catalina and giant – Blohm & Voss BV 238.With a wingspan of more than 60 metres was the German model is the heaviest plane that flew during the war.the Aircraft manufacturer, the houses a bit unexpectedly in the center of Rovaniemi, at the arctic circle.this is Where I build the hydrofoil that takes two people up to 130 miles.the Model has attracted interest among investors in the us and now has Atol Aviation announced that it will open a branch in the united states.
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Himmelen ovanför Spotifys huvudkontor på Birger Jarlsgatan är grå.En pappa går till skolan med sina två döttrar.Cyklister susar förbi på cykelbanan utanför entrén till det svenska streamingbolagets huvudkontor.En efter en anländer Spotifys anställda till jobbet, precis som de gjort så många måndagar tidigare.Spotifys medarbetare på Stockholmskontoret möts av en svart flagga med grön Spotifylogga, hissad på halv stång.Han kom ursprungligen från Storbritannien, men kom till Sverige 2008 enligt uppgifter ur den svenska folkbokföringen.
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The death of Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher in late 2016 left many questions about her role in the next two serialized films, and now we have some answers.The death of Star Wars franchise actress Carrie Fisher late last year saddened fans and cast an uncertain shadow over sequel plans, but a new report indicates that the celebrated actress will indeed make postmortem appearances in both Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi and the still-untitled Episode IX.Although it was already confirmed that Fisher had finished filming her scenes for this year’s The Last Jedi, Disney and Lucasfilm now say they will use existing footage of the actress for her Episode IX role, according to her brother, Todd Fisher.Fisher’s brother confirmed her presence in the film to The Daily News during the opening night gala of the TCM Film Festival in Los Angeles.He indicated that both he and Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, gave the studios permission to use recent footage she had filmed — not CGI — to include her in the movie.“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t,” he said.
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Det är alltid samma sak varje fredag.Alltför sent börjar jag summera de senaste dagarnas intryck under vinjetten Lundells vecka.Den här gången var jag ovanligt sent ute och var precis klar när attentatet ägde rum bara några hundra meter bort från vår redaktion på Norrmalmstorg.Kort därefter fick jag de första flash-meddelandena i mobilen och det behövdes ingen längre betänkestund för att ta beslutet att det definitivt inte var rätt läge att då publicera någon Lundells vecka.Fortfarande, såhär ett dygn efter det fruktansvärda attentatet, känns nästan all journalistik som inte fokuserar på följderna av det som hänt rätt meningslös.Jag vet att den känslan kommer att tona bort.
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The Nissan Rogue is one of the most popular cars in the United States.The Rogue has posted three years of sales growth since 2014 and was the automaker's top-selling vehicle in the US last year.In fact, on a list of the best-selling cars and trucks in 2016, the Rogue ranks 10th overall.The Honda CR-V may be the most popular SUV in America, but the Rogue is gaining steam.Nissan sold an all-time record of 40,477 units last December.I got a chance to take the automaker's second-generation model, the 2017 Nissan Rogue, for a spin — and it was an absolute delight.The vehicle feels luxurious while still acting as a comfortable, easy-to-drive crossover.Scroll down for a closer look: View As:
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Social media star Alfie Deyes has joined the line-up for The Drum’s Future of Marketing event in London next month.The YouTube sensation, who has amassed millions of followers to his ‘PointlessBlog’ and is listed as one of Debrett’s 500 Most Influential People in Britain, will provide an insider’s perspective on what marketers need to know about influencers.He will share the secrets of how he likes to work with brands and tell the story behind a campaign he worked on with Direct Line, whose marketing director Mark Evans will join him on the panel.The ‘Power of Influencers’ session will be hosted by Dom Burch, the former director of marketing innovation at Asda who now runs Why Social, and will also feature Maddy Chester, group talent manager at Gleam Futures, the company that represents Deyes and a host of other social media celebrities.It is part of a packed agenda which also includes a keynote interview with one of Barack Obama’s closest communications advisers, Eric Schultz, and discussions involving marketers from the BBC, Lego, MasterCard and more.The Future of Marketing takes place on Thursday 11 May at the America Square Conference Centre in London, and you can get tickets on the event website.
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It might have taken longer than we would have liked for the Gboard keyboard to make it to Android, but Google hasn’t rested on its laurels.Since its release in December, Google has steadily added new features and interface tweaks to Gboard on Android, and the latest update may be the biggest yet.When you tap the arrow to the left of the predictive text row (or the G button if you’ve enabled “Show Search and more” in the Search settings), you’ll see a new button that looks like a capital “I” flanked by two arrows.Tap it and you’ll enter Gboard’s new text selection mode, which turns the keyboard into a series of options related to editing text.There are copy, paste, select, home, and four arrow keys, which work together to reduce the time you need to spend messing with the text selection handles.You’ll also get a better resizable keyboard, to aid with one-handed typing on larger screens.
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