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Next time you put a quarter into the jukebox at your corner bar, you won’t only hear a song; you may also see a programmatic ad.On Monday, TouchTunes — the company that owns over 63,000 digital jukeboxes in the U.S. — made the inventory on the machine programmatically available for the first time.Last year, over 1.1 billion songs were played on TouchTunes’ digital jukeboxes and its jukebox mobile app, according to Susan Danaher, the music network’s head of advertising, sales and marketing.“Previously, we were limited by direct sales in terms of how many advertisers we could talk to,” said Danaher.“But now, we can customize our offering on a more granular level for more advertisers.”TouchTunes is selling ads programmatically through both private marketplaces (mostly videos priced on effective cost per thousand impressions) and open exchanges.
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NASA’s long-lived Saturn probe, Cassini, has paid its final visit to the planet’s largest moon, Titan.The moon is larger than Earth’s and bigger than the planet Mercury.It’s covered in thick haze and smog, contains seas of liquid hydrocarbons, has a crust made of ice — and just might be habitable to alien life.Cassini flew by the giant moon and photographed it on Saturday, less than two weeks after the probe captured an awe-inspiring image of Earth through the rings of Saturn.The latest batch of images started arriving at Earth-based radio dishes on Sunday, after travelling 878 million miles through deep space.Scientists are now taking the raw black-and-white data and processing it into colour photographs.
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AVA Advisory, a Thai-owned fintech start-up, is planning the commercial launch of its first robotic adviser app for the financial sector in Singapore in the fourth quarter, aiming to create an entirely new breed of smart wealth and investment management activity.Using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms in the robotic adviser or automated financial advice tools, the AVA Alpha Fund app can help customers manage and optimise their wealth and investment portfolio.“After spending 50 million baht (US$1.45 million) in developing the AVA Alpha Fund in the past 12 months, we’re ready for the commercial launch of our AI robotic adviser service in Singapore as the first country in the fourth quarter,” said Miranda Songpatanasilp, chief financial officer and co-founder of AVA Advisory.AVA Advisory is a Thai company but is registered and based in Singapore.Ms Miranda said the global robotic adviser will have US$8 trillion worth of assets under management by 2020.The emergence of AI will play an increasingly important role in financial investment services in Thailand, she said.
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Dmitry Bogatov, a lecturer at the Moscow Finance and Law University, was taken into custody on April 6 and charged with organizing mass unrest, which was later appended with the more serious charge of incitement to terrorist activity.He remains in custody at this time.Bogatov is accused of writing posts at sysadmins.ru in late March that encouraged protesters to join in an April 2 anti-corruption demonstration with “rags, bottles, gas, turpentine, styrofoam, and acetone.” Another post by the same handle, “Airat Bashirov,” linked to Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” which is both a very stylized depiction of a fictionalized police protest and a really good song.Bogatov was charged after Russian authorities traced the IP address associated with the posts to his home.He maintains that the posts did not originate with him and instead were sent to his home server as part of the anonymous global traffic that travels to the Tor node that he hosts.Tor nodes serve as relay stations for anonymizing global web traffic in the Tor network, a popular online privacy tool for anyone looking to keep their browsing habits wholly obscured.
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Watch out, human chief executive officers of companies, your job could be gone in 30 years, says Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma.Ma, who was speaking at an entrepreneurship conference in Zhengzhou, China, said that AI would be able to make calculations and decisions more rationally than humans, and wouldn't be swayed by emotions when compared to the human equivalent, reported The Guardian.Ma also warned that social conflicts would result from artificial intelligence taking over jobs, leaving an aging workforce competing for a diminishing number of jobs and would cause "more pain than happiness."The Alibaba founder isn't the first tech expert to warn of the perils of artificial intelligence.Tesla's Elon Musk as well as famed physicist Stephen Hawking have all spoken out against the perils of AI, while Musk has set up a fund to ensure that AI research doesn't get out of hand and wipe out humanity.Virtual reality 101: CNET tells you everything you need to know about VR.
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Welcome to The Drum's APAC Creative Works.As always, this section is dedicated to showing the best creative work and gives you, the reader, the chance to decide which work we feature as our APAC 'Creative Work of the Week.'We've now introduced our new five-star voting system.To vote for your favorite, make sure you click on the stars.The winner be chosen based on the average rating and the number of votes cast.Voting closes on Tuesday 18 April.
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Flickr/jules You could say Chris Jordan eats with his hands.As the director of exercise physiology at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute and the person behind the Workout, Jordan is known for his health and nutritionOne aspect of eating right, Jordan says, is eating the rightTo make sure he's not overindulging, Jordan eyeballs his food using his fists as a measuring hack.
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Spotify is looking to get into producing hardware in a big way, according to job listings which claim the music-streaming company wants to replicate the high-profile hardware debuts of the Amazon Echo, Pebble smartwatch and Snapchat Spectacles.Several jobs at the company's Stockholm, Sweden headquarters make it clear that Spotify is on the lookout for hardware specialists, including senior product managers for hardware and voice.A third listing asks for a director of product and natural language understanding, suggesting Spotify is creating a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo and Google Home.One listing, first spotted by a blog called Zatz Not Funny, explains the company is looking for someone who will be "leading an initiative to deliver hardware directly from Spotify to existing and new customers; a category defining product akin to the Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo and Snap Spectacles."The listing adds that the ideal candidate will "define the product requirements for internet-connected hardware, the software that powers it, and work with suppliers/manufacturers to deliver the optimal Spotify experience to millions of users."A different listing reveals Spotify's interest in creating a voice system, likely similar to Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google Assistant.
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Feast of solo, multiplayer and online game modesMash-up approach to classic gameplayAdventure mode teachers you to play with skill and strategyAnother brilliant Switch sofa party gameAvailable on Nintendo Switch (version tested), PS4So, you’ve got yourself a PS4 or a brand spanking new Nintendo Switch.
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Tesla has been hard at work expanding its network of 145-kW Superchargers over the past five years.But this year might be its most important yet.Tesla hopes to double the size of its Supercharger network in 2017.It wants to bring its equipment total to 10,000 Superchargers at 15,000 Destination Charging connectors.To that end, Tesla is already deep in site selection, and several spots will begin construction soon, in anticipation of the summer driving season.It should be noted that the above figures represent Tesla's global Supercharger network.
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Silicon pays a visit to the south coast to find out how Ben Ainslie Racing is using mobile technology to power its bid for the 2017 America’s Cup in BermudaLand Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) is leaving nothing to chance in its mission to become the first ever British winner of sport’s oldest international trophy: The America’s Cup.Sir Ben Ainslie will lead his eponymous team’s charge, assisted by a team of world class sailors, design and operations teams both in Bermuda and Portsmouth.And there is a consortium of British companies hoping to contribute to success and showcase their wares.“Any small improvements we can make – reliability, more information – can make a huge difference and that’s what TIG tries to achieve.”Read More: How the IoT is powering Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup bid
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If the job calls for building a high-performance database engine, sure, algorithmic questions make sense.But when there are entire books written on how to “crack” programming interviews, you know the process itself has become a thing that people are trying to get good at.Let’s go back to the basics.The problem is that interviews and tests have become far too commonplace -- to the point of them just being rituals.At Dollar Shave Club, our consumer brand is pretty strong, but behind the scenes, we are a strong, technology-focused company and have a team of 50 engineers working on our e-commerce, billing, fulfillment, CRM, marketing automation, data and infrastructure systems.I strive hard to not keep candidates hanging between interview rounds, so I typically let them know within 24-48 hours if we’re moving forward with them or not.
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2017 is set to be the year of fintech resilience.Bullhound’s new report on alternative finance explores how despite political and economic uncertainty last year, most prominently in the US and the UK, financial technology remained buoyant and will continue to do so this year on a global scale.China’s fintech sector certainly boomed last year especially after Alibaba’s payments company Ant Financial set records with a $4.5 billion funding round.The impact of Brexit is yet to be seen on the UK and Europe as a whole, but investors are still seeing the potential for financial technology in the region, according to the report.Bullhound highlights that the UK could be described as a standout leader because of three fintech unicorns, or companies that are valued at over $1 billion: Funding Circle, Paysafe and Transferwise.‘We expect 2017 to be another year of resilience for fintech funding in Europe and we have already seen several high-profile capital raises announced: Funding Circle, iZettle, Atom Bank and Monzo.
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Twitch has helped bring Dungeons & Dragons to hundreds of thousands of viewers across the world.And there can be a lot of technical and artistic hurdles when it comes to setting up a decent D stream, so I asked Critical Role's Matthew Mercer what he thinks is essential to any successful D show in the video interview above.You can watch Matthew Mercer's show Critical Role every Thursday at 7pm Pacific time on Geek & Sundry Twitch channel.Watch my Dungeons & Dragons show Dungeon Life on YouTube and Facebook.
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A naked statue of Archimedes, the greek mathematician and inventor who first approximated pi, could distract drivers in Ellisfield with his nudity, claims one outraged resident.The Telegraph has the scoop on the carnage going down in the Hampshire village, which has followed the erection of the statue by Adrian de Ferranti, who located it on the corner of his land.Neighbour Steven Gould is most upset by the statue.He's written a fierce letter to the local council."In my opinion and although some may consider the statue to be ‘art’ it is totally out of character and not in keeping with its current surroundings", it apparently says."This statue is illuminated at night and as such is both a potential distraction for drivers of vehicles driving down College Lane and again completely inappropriate in a rural area in my opinion."
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An unassuming house in Blackheath, South East London could be funding North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.The Guardian reports that the Korean National Insurance Corporation (KNIC) is registered to the detached house on Kidbrooke Park Road - and this is a company that the EU has already identified as identified as one that is generating "substantial" revenues that are being funnelled to North Korea.The unusual residence has come to light because of EU sanctions that have been imposed on North Korea, and sadly not because North Korean soldiers have been turning up at the Homebase at the end of the road, looking to buy ballistic missiles.According to The Sun the company had been generating £33m a year and was controlled directly by Pyongyang, before it was shut down last year.But the upshot is obvious: If you live on Kidbrooke Park Road, try not to get into a dispute with your neighbours just in case they decide to go nuclear in response.
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Another week, another go at reinventing the ZX Spectrum, with a new reworking up on Kickstarter and already through its funding target thanks to looking practically finished, particularly amazing and ready to roll out of the factory.This is the ZX Spectrum Next, which is being pitched as an entirely new form of personal computer that just so happens to be completely compatible with the original home machine.The headline news is that industrial designer Rick Dickinson is behind the outward appearance of the machine, and he's a former employee of Sinclair Research Ltd and therefore the designer of the cases of the ZX80 and ZX81, and both machines' bonkers keyboards.As for the hardware inside, the team already has a functional prototype and is promising support for tape loading, CRT output as well as HDMI, and the option to add a Raspberry Pi Zero as a slave co-accelerator board, whatever that may mean.And best of all, the Spectrum Next board fits inside the old cases (with a bit of drilling), so you can have the new machine in the classic box.And it's real and works and should be out in mainboard-only form this year, followed by a boxed product version next January.
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American Gods 2 isn’t happening anytime soon.Author Neil Gaiman first teased the sequel to his best-selling novel, now a TV show made by the US Starz network, back in 2011.Six years later, there’s no date in site.But that hasn’t stopped Gaiman from pulling a quasi-J.K. Rowling and keeping the showrunners on their toes.In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gaiman shared that he’s been working with show co-creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green throughout the adaptation process—not just about what has happened in the series, but what will happen in the future.He hasn’t been spoiling future book events, at least not yet, but he said he’s making sure that the show doesn’t screw up key lines, moments, or plot points that will be relevant in the technically upcoming book.
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Yann LeCun once built an AI chip called ANNA.He and several other researchers designed this chip to run deep neural networks—complex mathematical systems that can learn tasks on their own by analyzing vast amounts of data—but ANNA never reached the mass market.Today, however, neural networks are rapidly transforming the internet’s biggest players, including Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.Google recently built its own AI chip, called the TPU, and this is widely deployed inside the massive data centers that underpin the company’s online empire.There, packed into machines by the thousands, the TPU helps with everything from identifying commands spoken into Android smartphones to choosing results on the Google search engine.But this is just the start of a much bigger wave.
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GitHub is a source code repository hub for Git.Git was launched in 2005 and is a free and open source distributed version control system that runs on all major operating systems including Windows, Linux and OS X.It is written in C, Shell, Perl, Tcl and Python.Two years after Git’s release, in 2007, American software developers Tom Preston-Werner, Chris Wanstrath, and PJ Hyett unveiled GitHub and in 2008 officially launched it.From individuals to communities and businesses like NASA, Facebook or Microsoft, the platform is used by over 14 million people around the world and has more than 35 million repositories.The web-based Git repository hosting service is one of the largest online hubs on the internet where developers can work together on large, medium and/or small open-source projects of any nature.
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