Richard Lucarelli

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Iran will add more advertising dollars than any other country over the next three years, with adspend in the Western Asian country set to grow by US $713 million between 2017 and 2020, to reach US $2.117m.This is according to Zenith’s ‘Thirty Rising Media Markets’ report, which identified 30 up-and-coming advertising markets that are developing quickly and are starting to rival the scale of some of the established 81 markets.The report found the lifting of international sanctions in January 2016 kick-started Iran’s economic growth and began its reintegration into the global economy, providing a powerful stimulus to the local advertising market.However, it warned this stimulus depends on continued growth in trade and investment, and is subject to political risk as reimposition of sanctions would bring growth to a halt.The second-biggest growth in adspend will come from Bangladesh, according to the report, which is set to grow by US $457m between 2017 and 2020, reaching US $1.311m.By 2020, Bangladesh’s ad market will be more than twice the size of Pakistan’s, although Bangladesh has only 80% of Pakistan’s population.
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An Irish hotel has banned bloggers and other influencers after a 22-year-old YouTuber broke down in tears when she was refused free accomodation.Elle Darby, a UK-based social media influencer first emailed Charleville Lodge in Dublin to seek a tit for tat arrangement seeking a free five night accommodation in exchange for bringing attention to the boutique hotel.She touted her 87,000 YouTube subscribers and 76,000 Instagram followers before continuing:My partner and I are planning to come to Dublin for an early Valentine’s Day weekend from Feb 8th to 12th to explore the area.Before ending the email, Darby again attempted to sell Charleville Lodge on the benefits of providing free accomodations to influencers by dropping a mention of a similar collaboration with Universal Orlando the previous year.Its policy on breastfeeding (possibly NSFW, if you work for morons)?
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Yahoo Finance today launched a new app called Tanda that allows small groups of either five or nine people to save money together for short-term goals.The app uses the concept of a “money pool” – that is, everyone participating in one Tanda’s collaborative savings circles will pay a fixed amount to the group’s savings pot every month.And every month, one member gets to take home the full pot.That is, users are not contributing in the hopes of “winning” the pot of money – everyone in the savings circle gets a chance to take home the full pot at some point.The app is based on the age-old “rotating savings and credit associations” (ROSCA) concept, which pushes people to save through the use of collective pressure.This rewards users who are willing to wait to receive their turn at the pot, though some will want higher positions in order to get the large payout sooner.
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The sweet smell of Vermont Maple Syrup is in the air once again, heralding the arrival of the first red-band trailer for Super Troopers 2.Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the red-band trailer for the comedy sequel ahead of its April 20 debut in theaters, and the preview makes it clear right from the start that Mac, Thorny, Farva, Rabbit, and the rest of the gang are picking up right where they left off in the original, 2001 film.Much like that original film, Super Troopers 2 is written by Broken Lizard comedy troupe members Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske, with Chandrasekhar returning to the director’s chair.The sequel follows the first film’s group of prank-pulling, syrup-chugging Vermont state troopers as they attempt to resolve a border dispute with Canada that has them stationed in a contested area of the state.Along with the Broken Lizard team reprising their starring roles from the 2001 film, the sequel also brings back Marisa Coughlan as Officer Ursula Hanson, Lynda Carter as Vermont Governor Jessman, and Brian Cox as Captain John O’Hagen.Comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan, who appeared in one of the 2001 film’s most memorable and frequently quoted scenes (the famous “meow” sequence), also makes a return appearance.
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Yesterday, on a very out-of-band Wednesday, Microsoft released preview patches for Windows 8.1 (but not 7!), Server 2012, and Windows 10 1709 (for bricked AMD machines only), with preview cumulative updates for Win10 1703 and 1607.It’s the same advice I’ve been giving all month.This is another one of those weird “install this patch on AMD machines that got bricked” patches where you only know for sure that you need the patch if you already got clobbered by the original 1709 Cumulative Update — and managed to get your machine back and running.I talked about analogous patches for Win7 and 8.1 machines earlier this week.I’ve seen exactly zero advice from Microsoft about these patches — how to tell if your machine needs KB 4073290 (without bricking your machine) and whether you need to install the cumulative update after you install KB 4073290, just for starters.
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Shopping at Reformation is unlike any other retail experience I've had.Melia Robinson/Business InsiderReformation, the "cool girl's" clothing company with stores in New York and Los Angeles, is expanding into brick-and-mortar at a time when retail brands are closing stores across America.Reformation closed out 2017 with an estimated revenue just over $100 million — a fraction of what legacy brand J.Crew pulls in a year, but a feat for a lesser-known upstart.Founded in 2009, Reformation was born with a rebellious spirit and a lofty ambition: to make edgy, sexy, and feminine apparel using sustainable methods and materials, while saving retail from its doom.The startup uses tech to make shopping in stores more like shopping online.At Reformation, there's only one of each item on display.
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Divers in the blue waters around the Yucatán Peninsula have discovered three historic treasures: a sunken lighthouse and the remains of an 18th-century Dutch warship and a 19th-century British steamer, according to Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).The battered wrecks were found near the coastal town of Sisal, Mexico, a modern beach destination that was once a bustling port in the 18th and 19th centuries.The shipwrecks were laden with artifacts, including cannons, cutlery and porcelain, said archaeologist Helena Barba Meinecke, head of the INAH's underwater archaeology of the Yucatán Peninsula.17 Mysterious Shipwrecks You Can See on Google Earth]The Dutch warship — dubbed the "Madagascar Cannons," because its cannons were found near the Madagascar reef, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Sisal — is partly buried under 6 inches (15 centimeters) of coral."We recorded in drawing, photography and video a total of 12 iron cannons whose dimensions — 2.5 meters long by almost half a meter in diameter [8 feet by nearly 2 feet] — bear a resemblance to the artillery of the Dutch war frigates that sailed the West Indies in the 18th century," Barba Meinecke said.
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All represent a rich source of secondary critical raw materials (CRMs).The recently published Global e-Waste Monitor reported that the world's 44.7 metric tonnes of e-waste alone (not including vehicles) in 2016 contained €55 billion worth of precious metals and other high value materials.Dynamic charts offer detailed data and market intelligence on:The number and type of products placed on the market, in-stock (in use and hibernating), and generated as wasteThe compositions of key components, materials and elements, such as aluminum, copper, gold or neodymium, in batteries, electronic and electrical equipment (EEE), and vehiclesWaste flows, including amounts collected, estimates for small batteries and EEE in unsorted municipal solid waste, exported used vehicles, as well as the amount of vehicles, batteries and EEE of unknown whereabouts.
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The boundary pushing that defined the genre during rock’s golden age between 1950 and 1970 created a sonic landscape that has withstood the test of time.And although we continue to re-create that same classic sound decades later, to simply mimic would betray the innovation that is the core of rock ‘n’ roll.Now, Fender has found a way to bridge the gap between nostalgia and new technology with its new American Original Series, inspired by Fender models through the decades.This new line of American-made electric basses and guitars draw inspiration from some of the iconic guitar makers’ most successful and genre-defining models from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.With the introduction of these 11 models, Fender seeks to satisfy a wide range of musicians and their tastes, combining the classicism of the original Fender with the modernity of 21st-century engineering.The American Original Series serves as a new standard bearer in the Fender family, as it replaces the American Vintage Series first introduced in 1982.
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Not even Linux could save the day for odd educational outpostOn-Call Welcome back to On-Call, The Register’s weekly tale of – ahem – challenging support jobs that readers have encountered around the world.This week, meet “Mick” who told us about his visit to New Ireland, a remote province in Papua New Guinea.There’s decent surf out there, nice kayaking and dive sites featuring World War II aircraft wrecks in shallow water, so a few tourists are starting to show up.Which is why the spot Mick visited was home to a vocational training college.“We counted more people currently studying tourism than tourists in the entire province, New Ireland Province,” Mick told On-Call.
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The Facebook journalism project that was sparked by interference in the U.S. election could soon bring another feature to the social network.The Facebook local news section, dubbed “Today In,” is currently being tested in six cities.The section lists local news from publishers that have been vetted by Facebook in an attempt to weed out fake news.According to Recode, the new section houses events, announcements, and emergency alerts as well as local news.The section is tailored to each user’s current hometown, so long as the geographic information was provided in the profile information.Currently, the feature is just a test and only accessible to users living in a handful of U.S. cities, including Olympia, Washington; Binghamton, New York; Peoria, Illinois; Billings, Montana; Little Rock, Arkansas; and New Orleans.
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There are a lot of reasons why you might not want to go to the gym.If you're worried about having to physically go somewhere, then work out in front of a group of people, then Black Box VR has the solution: it's a virtual reality gym that you can use at home.The idea is that people strap into an HTC Vive headset, using a resistance machine and a number of wearable 'controllers' that track your movement.Speaking to the BBC Black Box general manager Jim Bradbury said:"Most people stop going [to the gym] after a couple of weeks so adherence is something that's a critical factor of what we're trying to solve."At first it has you competing against an avatar, but later on will add a multiplayer aspect that involves competing against real people.
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French company Helite is making Hip Air wearable airbags that protect old people from hip injuries if they fall.I thought this was a silly idea at first, but it is addressing a serious problem that afflicts millions of mostly elderly people who get hurt every year from falls.The Hip Air is designed to be worn around your hips as a belt.The company showed it at CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week.The belt is ergonomic, light, easy to use, and allows freedom of movement.It can be used everywhere: at home, at the mall, or while going out for a walk.
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Acer is releasing a new version of the Chromebook 11, which is a pretty standard low- to mid-range addition to its array of Chromebooks.Acer claims the new Chromebook 11 CB311 gets up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge.It also has a fanless design aimed at making the laptop quieter so that you can finally visit peaceful locales like a “family room, library, or coffee shop.” There are two USB 3.0 ports and, for the first time, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports.There’s a touch display version of the Chromebook 11 and a non-touch display option.It can also run Android apps.Unfortunately, the Chromebook 11 has a terrible resolution for a modern laptop — its 11.6-inch display only has a 1366 x 768 resolution, like its predecessor, the Chromebook 11 C771, which was launched last August and aimed at students.
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Healthcare in America is a mess with no quick solutions and many people aren’t getting the help they need.Created to bridge mental and physical healthcare, New York City-based Quartet Health wants to make life better for patients with a platform that allows providers to collaborate on treatment plans.Currently available in six U.S. markets, Quartet announced today that it has raised $40 million in Series C funding to expand throughout the rest of the country.All of Quartet’s previous investors returned, including F-Prime Capital Partners and Polaris Partners, which both led the round, Oak HC/FT and GV.It also added a new investor, healthcare investment firm Deerfield Management.This brings Quartet’s total raised so far to $87 million.
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When the OnePlus 5T got a Star Wars makeover, I was pretty jealous that the beautiful white finish and red accents were only available in a handful of markets.Now we know why: OnePlus was already planning on bringing a white model to the rest of the world, sans Star Wars branding.Color aside, the new model bring back the grippy sandstone texture so many people liked about the company’s first devices a few years ago.OnePlus says the process behind the design makes the new model its most expensive to build, and I really dig the red slider.You can read more about the process here.It will only be available in the 8GB RAM / 128GB storage configuration, but pricing thankfully hasn’t changed.
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Well folks, 5G is finally coming.AT announced that it intends to be the first major network to begin rolling out the new 5G standard in the U.S., starting in late 2018.That means we are less than a year away from finally having consumer-ready 5G networks.The new network will be based on the industry standard approved by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) just a few weeks ago, and it basically encompasses the use of low-frequency spectrum (600Hz and 700Hz), mid-frequency spectrum (3.5GHz), and high-frequency spectrum (50GHz).When used together, these different spectrums should help deliver a much faster experience.“5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment,” Melissa Arnoldi, president of AT Technology and Operations, said in a statement.
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Weak Wi-Fi has a new enemy, your Roomba.Along with dirt, iRobot's Roomba 900 series models will soon hunt down your home's wireless dead zones too.New software activates the ability and is due to arrive by mid-January.Specifically the upgrade covers iRobot's top-tier vacuums, the Roomba 960 ($700, which converts to about £515 or AU$890) and Roomba 980 ($900 or £899, which converts to AU$1,500).When enhanced, the robots will clean floors normally while searching for spotty networking signals.The robots log any problem areas and merge that data with vacuum coverage maps they ordinarily create.
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Twitter users finally broke free of their 140-character chains, while Tesla made good on its electric car for the people in the Model 3.2018 looks no different, and we’re already watching some important tech trends that we expect to make waves in the new year.Looking back at our 2017 predictionsThe smart home finally seemed to take off in 2017, and indeed without the “smart hub” as we had predicted in late 2016.The ‘race to the bottom’ price-wise might have also solidified the current crop of assistants as the one that survive long term: it will be tough for new entrants to compete (Sorry Jibo).Despite our optimism, synthetic food still seems a ways away at the end of 2017.
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The following is an excerpt from Andrew Ferguson's 2017 book, The Rise of Big Data Policing and has been re-printed with his permission.The rise of big data policing rests in part on the belief that data-based decisions can be more objective, fair, and accurate than traditional policing.Data is data and thus, the thinking goes, not subject to the same subjective errors as human decision making.As David Vladeck, the former director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission (who was, thus, in charge of much of the law surrounding big data consumer protection), once warned, "Algorithms may also be imperfect decisional tools.The choice of sample size can alter the outcome.How do you address the complexity in the data or the "noise" that results from imperfect results?
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