Ford auctioned of the very first 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona on Friday, and the car brought a handsome $300,000.That may seem absurd for a regular production Mustang that will probably start in somewhere in the $50,000 range, but don't fret -- it was all for a good cause.It should warm your icy, cold heart to know that 100 percent of the auction's proceeds are going directly to charity.Specifically, this auction benefitted Boys Republic, a school and community for at-risk kids that help them learn the skills necessary to start an independent life.Fun fact: Boys Republic helped Steve McQueen -- the iconic actor who starred in the movie 'Bullitt' and made this car possible --when he was a kid.Boys Republic has been around since 1907, and the group claims it's helped more than 30,000 kids during that period.
If your organization is wary about making the transition from VMs to containers, consider the following advantages of containers:Far more efficient resource utilization than with VMs.More granular resource provisioning, and the ability to share resources among containers on the same host.Jelastic is a PaaS provider that offers managed containerized application environments for a wide variety of programming languages including Java, PHP, Ruby, Node.js, Python, and .Net.The platform was initially built on Virtuozzo containers, so when Docker’s container technology arrived, we already had strong expertise in containerization and quickly added support for the Docker standard.The Jelastic PaaS helps developers to migrate from hypervisors to containers more quickly and cost-effectively without application code changes.
Any predictions worth their salt for 2018 have zeroed in on the inevitable rise of Amazon ‘s ad business.Sorrell called out Amazon as the one to watch over a year ago.Whilst the duopoly of Google and Facebook continues to show exponential growth (in spite of the continued barrage of brand safety criticism and Facebook’s unexpected algorithm change) Amazon’s year-on-year upswing in ad revenue combined with the hyper-attention on voice and smart speakers has led to all marketer’s eyes locking in on what the Seattle-headquartered company does next.Google quickly squashed them leading one to consider whether it is best to be a first mover or launch a superior product soon afterwards as a second mover.Conversely, Amazon provides direct access to consumer product and as a result has established relationships with manufacturers and retailers.Will Google’s expertise and focus on being an ad business give it the advantage or does the end-to-end marketplace and commerce proposition that Amazon has, favour them?
Today 360 Mobiles held a conference in Beijing, China to reveal its sales numbers.Though this company is still far to enter the top ten, the results for 2017 are astonishing, and there is every chance to improve them.(As you know, the top ten Chinese smartphone makers list consists of brands that sell at least 20 million units yearly.)This afternoon the company announced there were 5 million shipped units in 2017, which is a 127% growth in comparison to last year’s results.The company also revealed its products are mainly sold online, 80%.In this sense, the online sales indicator has lowered.
More than 180,000 people have lost out on disability payments under government reassessments, it has emerged.The Department for Work and Pensions began phasing out Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in favour of the controversial Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in April 2013.Since then, medical reassessments of claimants undertaken by private contractors Atos and Capita have led to 125,000 and 64,000 claims being disallowed respectively.In total, Atos have disallowed 19% of claims, while Capita have ruled against 24%.Labour MP Toby Perkins, who uncovered the figures by submitting a written question to ministers, told HuffPost UK: “These figures reveal the extent to which the new regime is impoverishing severely disabled people.“Already over 20% of DLA recipients have lost out on payments they did receive.
Foyr gets US$3.8 million series A (India).The Indian startup has developed a platform for visualizing and virtually customizing interior spaces, and it will use the funding to deepen research and development in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and 3D visual technologies.Shanghai-based shared workspace operator naked Hub – which has venues across China, Southeast Asia, Australia, and the UK – will take over Gravity, an Australian provider of premium co-working spaces.The deal comes amid a boom in Asia-Pacific’s co-working industry, with increasingly fierce competition between regional players like URWork and JustCo, and foreign entrants like US unicorn WeWork.Rappler loses its license (The Philippines).The online news site had its certificate of incorporation revoked by country’s Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) after allegedly falling foul of regulations limiting foreign investment in media companies.
CES 2018 wasn’t just about electronics for consumers: It also saw the unpacking of a crate-load of products that can do duty in the enterprise.Here’s our pick of the delivery.
Scientists have been studying some newly discovered fossils of butterfly scales that are the size of a speck of dust.The fossils were found inside an ancient rock from Germany.The scientists say that the find pushes back the original date of the Lepidoptera, a highly prized and studied group of insects.Scientists say that the new discovery will allow them to learn more about conservation of butterflies and moths via the study of early evolution.To get the tiny butterfly scales from the rock, the team dissolved the rocks using acid.This left behind small fragments including what the team describes as the “perfectly preserved” butterfly scales that covered the wings of early moths and butterflies.
At YouTube, every time a user uploads something appalling, a cat-and-mouse hunt begins, to find and purge the pest.Now imagine the cat having to sort through 400 mice a minute to find the offending rodent.With 400 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every 60 seconds, the site has an "absurd" scale, Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan said in an exclusive interview at CES 2018."We really do care about this community, that it be a place that is safe.We understand the societal impact the platform can have."YouTube's 2017 was rocked by headlines that pointed out offensive content on the site.
We’re only 11 days into 2018 but Walmart is making it clear that this year, it’s waging a bigger war with Amazon.In a press release, Walmart stated that it 63 Sam’s Club stores around the country will close.Twelve of those stores will instead become “ecommerce fulfillment centers,” with the first one in Memphis, Tennessee.“[These ecommerce fulfillment centers] will speed delivery of online orders.”The company also stated that it “will provide support and resources to those associates who are affected, including the bonus announced today and 60 days of pay, as well as severance to those eligible.”Before the press release, the company’s only statement came via a Sam’s Club tweet: “After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy.
For anyone looking to take the next step beyond a sound bar, a receiver is usually the first place people go.However, the NAD D 3020 digital amplifier made a good case for keeping things simple.Two-channel only, and around the same size as a hardback book, we loved it, calling it "the best AV receiver alternative."After three years, NAD is releasing an update called the NAD D 3020 V2, and it makes some quite important changes.First, given the vinyl explosion in recent years, the NAD adds a moving magnet phono stage That's great in itself but something had to give, and it's sad to see that it's the USB input.If you wanted to use an amp like this as part of a desktop system, the original makes a better option.
And the handful of mega-otakus who claim to actually engage in it don’t quite understand what all the fuss is about; yet, every now and then, you’ll see it crop up again and again on anime forums all across the internet, drawing paragraphs of rage, bile, and outright confusion.Many of these discussions occur on diary sites like My Anime List (MAL), which allow users to document the anime they consume as they watch episode-by-episode, rating each series and adding up the total amount of hours they’ve seen.Naturally, users that devote a significant amount of their life to the once-obscure medium that produced crossover hits like postmodern sci-fi pioneer Ghost in the Shell and jazzy genre melting pot Cowboy Bebop garner a certain amount of respect on the site, within reason.“Personally, if a person has seen so many shows it seems to be their entire life, my respect lessens, but I don’t get that sense from the broader community.”While the idea of documenting your media habits for the world to see might seem odd to some, it’s hardly specific to anime.Several of my more movie-going acquaintances started using similar film-tracking sites like Mubi and Letterboxd as early as 2012—I dimly recall one telling me he was trying to prevent “watching ten minutes of a martial arts movie before figuring out I had already seen it.” Though I can’t say I ever quite had that problem, these friends inspired me to dabble with Letterboxd.
Google engineer James Damore was fired last August after he wrote a controversial memo arguing that Google had gone overboard in its efforts to promote diversity.He generated widespread outrage by suggesting that the under-representation of women at Google was a result of women's lesser aptitude for software engineering—rather than discrimination within the technology sector.He was joined in the lawsuit by David Gudeman, another Googler fired under similar circumstances.Damore and Gudeman are seeking to represent all conservatives and white men who have allegedly faced discrimination at Google in a class-action lawsuit.There doesn't seem to be much dispute about the facts in the case.Damore was a persistent critic of Google’s diversity policies
Self-driving cars need detailed, 3D maps to figure out precisely where they are, but sending out fleets of mapping cars equipped with lidar and other sensors is extremely labor- and cost-intensive.Intel is taking a shortcut by crowd-sourcing imagery from camera-based safety systems already installed in production cars.Through its recently acquired subsidiary Mobileye, which supplies image processing chips to the automotive industry, Intel will build what are called HD maps of current roads, downloading the imagery over cars' built-in data connections.This data will go into what Kathy Winter, Intel vice president of automated driving solutions, calls a global RoadBook.Human-driven and self-driving cars can then use this data to understand what's on the road ahead, be it traffic infrastructure or tricky intersections.Automakers, equipment suppliers and technology companies are all working on self-driving cars, which have the potential to reduce or eliminate the more than 1 million traffic deaths that happen worldwide every year.
ASUS has taken the wraps off the ZenFone Max Plus (M1) smartphone for the North American market, saying this compact 5.7″ handset will be available to purchase within the region starting next month for $229 USD.The phone will be offered in two color options: Deepsea Black and Azure Silver.The big selling point for this phone is its compact nature — ASUS says it has squeezed a 5.7″ display into a phone body the same size as typical 5.2″ smartphones.The ZenFone Max Plus is one of ASUS’s high-capacity smartphones, and the first in the new ZenFone Max Series.This is the first time ASUS has packed a 5.7″ full-view display into such a compact phone body; despite that, the company says buyers get an “expanded viewing area” in addition to other notable features like dual real cameras and a 4130mAh battery.ASUS uses an 18:9 aspect ratio display, which has become increasingly common, hitting a solid 80-percent screen-to-body ratio.
We thought that Sony might be plotting some new Xperia devices, and sure enough, it’s showing up to CES 2018 with three new handsets in tow.Today Sony revealed the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2, and though they all have varying internals and features, one thing that’s true across all three is their focus on providing top notch selfies.The first thing to know about the XA2 and the XA2 Ultra is that Sony considers them to be part of its mid-range line of devices.This doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll be underpowered phones, as both offer a Snapdragon 630 processor and similarly sized batteries (3,300 mAh for the XA2 and 3,580 mAh for the XA2 Ultra).They also both feature the same 23MP rear camera, which uses Sony’s 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor and is capable of recording 4K video.While there are a lot of similarities, there are a fair few differences too.
Qian YAO, Head of the Institute of Digital Money of the People's Bank of China.This paper represents academic views of the author and does not represent the opinions of the author's organization.From the Industrial Revolution, the electrical revolution to the information and technological revolution, every significant step in technological progress has reinvented mankind's way of production and living, causing huge economic and social transformation.As a representation of social relationships, currency is no exception in that the evolution of its form and extension of its connotation are also greatly influenced by technologies.With rapid IT development in the 21st century in areas such as big data, mobile internet, cloud computing and AI, digital currency and IT have started to emerge deeply, leading to a new type of currency--digital currency.A paper published in SCIENCE CHINA Information Sciences tries to establish a systematic framework to analyze the essence and connotation of DFC from four new dimensions, namely currency value, technical aspects, means of implementation and application scenarios.
Photo by Dan Seifert / The VergeAmazon’s Alexa digital assistant is seemingly everywhere these days, and now it’s arriving on Windows 10 PCs to challenge Microsoft’s built-in Cortana assistant.HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer all plan to integrate Alexa into a range of Windows 10 laptops and desktops being released this year.It’s the next logical step that will see Alexa appear on thousands of machines.The integration requires a special Alexa app for Windows that will be available in the spring, and most PC makers appear to be integrating Alexa on devices that are capable of far-field voice recognition to ensure there’s a good experience for the assistant.HP is bringing Alexa to its Pavillion Wave PC, a sleek desktop PC that looks more like a speaker than a computer.
These days it's pretty easy to get a one-off T-shirt printed by a service, but what do you do if you want to print, say, T-shirts for people with pictures of their pets on them or customized with their names?Those can get a bit tedious, and you're generally limited to the T-shirt choices a particular printer has.Or what if you have an in-the-moment yen for a shirt with the latest meme on it?Coming to the US in March 2018, a T-shirt with the daily meme can be yours with Anajet's sub-$4,500 Ri 100 (directly converted, about £3,320 or AU$5,720).Printing on fabric is technically challenging -- as with 3D printing it requires special consumables, faces some constraints when it comes to the designs you can print and can reach high temperatures.So direct-to-garment printing, as it's called, hasn't really made it down to consumer-friendly prices until now.
Nvidia is announcing today that it is going to supersize PC gaming with a new breed of Big Format Gaming Displays — or BFGDs.Nvidia is helping hardware partners Acer, Asus, and HP to integrate a high-end 65-inch, 4K, 120Hz HDR display with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology and the Nvidia Shield set-top streaming box.Nvidia says this will deliver a “buttery-smooth” gaming experience and media streaming apps on a giant screen.Nvidia is showing the technology at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week.“PC gamers expect high performance and instant response times, but, until now, they’ve been largely limited to traditional desktop displays,” said Matt Wuebbling, head of GeForce marketing at Nvidia, in a statement.With Nvidia’s latest technology built into these new displays, PC gamers can now experience their favorite titles in all the low-latency glory they deserve.”