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Dialpad, a cloud-based business communications platform announced a new Amazon Echo integration this week that enables you to perform a number of business phone tasks by asking Alexa.So for example you could ask, “Alexa, do I have any messages on Dialpad?” or “Alexa call Liz Green with Dialpad.”Dialpad sees this integration as part of a general push to make phone functionality available anywhere.It starts with having a phone number in the cloud, a cloud telephony platform and a set of APIs that allows the company to transform any device including the Echo into “a phone,” Brian Peterson, co-founder and VP of Engineering at Dialpad told TechCrunch.That flexibility has allowed them to turn the computer, tablet or mobile phone into the company phone, giving employees access to the company phone system wherever they are, even when they aren’t physically in the office.Peterson says this approach is really about extending the mobile worker by giving them access to the company phone systems from anywhere.
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From our toasters to our heaters, our refrigerators to our cars, the world we live in is becoming increasingly interconnected.Now, thanks to TAG Heuer’s new Modular 45 watch, it’s time for fashion, too.Alongside this intelligent and customisable modular timepiece – a first in the Swiss-watch market – are a host of devices ready to connect every aspect of our lives.Here are just a few items ready to bring us into the IoT age.By partnering with Intel and Google, the CW45 supports Wi-Fi connection, Bluetooth and GPS.Its modular design offers thousands of design combinations to suit the user, including 30 dial choices and the option to replace the touchscreen body with a classic mechanical face.
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It isn't some meaningless press release out to the world.It's more than a strategy laid out in a Google doc.In fact, branding cannot be seen.Branding can only be felt.Here is exactly how to make it happen for your brand.
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Next week: Dawn of War III, Outlast 2, What Remains of Edith Finch, Wilson's Heart, and probably some I'm forgetting.Call of Duty is returning to World War II next week, EA's giving away copies of Syberia II, N added 2,000 more levels, Patrice Desilet's ambitious human-documentary project got another teaser, and more.EA is currently giving away 2004’s Syberia II through Origin’s “On the House” program.True rumors, as it turns out—this week a timer launched at Call of Duty ’s official website, counting down to the “worldwide reveal” of Call of Duty: WWII next Wednesday.Last week we showed off the leaked Star Wars Battlefront II trailer, with Darth Maul in all his double-ended lightsaber glory.There is indeed a singleplayer campaign, as well as space dogfighting.
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It was when Oliver Blüeher, general manager for, among others, the Nordic countries in the Dropbox, was on a visit in Stockholm recently.How should the company compete against giants like Google and especially Microsoft, which in addition to storing a plethora of other services and products targeted towards businesses?– We believe in letting users choose the tools they need and we focus on the content that they are working on, to make it easy to work with it, " says Oliver Blüeher who was in Stockholm to hold a lecture at the conference Cloud Confessions organised by IDG.to illustrate why this is important he describes the workflows that involves multiple departments at several companies and shows how the various documents are shared in a smart way with the help of Dropbox.An essential element in his description is that it is not possible to control exactly what applications people are using, but it is possible to manage the content they are working with in a rational manner.But Oliver Blüeher do not see lagringstjänsten like a whole universe of its own:
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Euroopan komissio haluaa, että Britannia vastaa kaikista EU-erosta aiheutuvista kuluista, myös nyt Lontoossa sijaitsevien EU-virastojen uudelleensijoittamisen kustannuksista, kertoo Politico-lehti vedoten haltuunsa saamaan neuvotteluohjeen luonnokseen.Sen mukaan komissio aikoo vaatia, että myös Britannian taloudelliset velvoitteet EU:lle määriteltäisiin euroissa punnan sijaan, jotta valuuttariski jäisi eroavalle saarivaltakunnalle.Luonnos osoittaakin, että komissio haluaa korostaa ettei EU:n jättäminen ole halpaa eroajalle.“Yhdistyneen kuningaskunnan pitäisi kattaa täysin ne erityiskustannukset, jotka liittyvät eroprosessiin kuten virastojen ja muiden unionin toimielinten uudelleensijoittamisen kustannukset", komissio kirjoittaa.Komission luonnos vaatii myös, että eroon liittyvän mahdollisen kaaoksen estämisessä kiinnitetään huomiota yksityiskohtiin.Luonnoksen mukaan komissio haluaa esimerkiksi varmistaa, että yritykset eivät joudu vetämään takaisin tuotteita, jotka ne ovat levittäneet EU:n tai Britannian markkinoille ennen Britannian eropäivää.
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Having a Yahoo email address these days is seen as a stigma and a liability.Aside from being “old”, recent revelations have called into question the security of having a Yahoo account.As such, it won’t be surprising if Yahoo experienced a mass exodus of users trying to protect themselves from hacks and massive leaks.Attempting to keep its email app from descending into obsolescence, Yahoo is now removing the requirement to have a Yahoo account to use its Yahoo Mail app, potentially turning it into something akin to a third-party email client like K-9, Boxer, CloudMagic and the like.Yahoo has long opened its Yahoo Mail app to other email accounts, allowing you to use it as the single gateway for Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook, AOL, and even Exchange email accounts.However, before you could even add those non-Yahoo accounts, you needed to still sign in with your Yahoo account.
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We're collectively streaming 1 billion hours every week on Netflix -- and half that billion could be solely Adam Sandler original films, if we all formed some sort of suicide pact to binge all his Netflix comedies in just seven days.Netflix, which typically holds all its viewership cards close to the vest, tossed out a few nuggets about just how much we're watching there, as part of its discussion of its latest earnings results Monday.Comparing Netflix multiple times to Google's free video giant, YouTube, Chief Executive Reed Hastings noted that Netflix members watch "a little over" 1 billion hours a week compared with YouTube's 1 billion hours streamed a day."We definitely have YouTube envy," Hasting said during a post-earnings video interview with two analysts, which the company streams each quarter ... on YouTube.One billion hours a week is presumably good for Netflix.The company doesn't offers up much for comparison, but that rate is an increase from 42.5 billion hours streamed in all of 2015, the last time it pinned down some specific viewing volume.
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If you buy a new Android smartphone or tablet in Russia, you may not see any of Google’s standard apps or services on those devices out of the box any more.That’s because Google has reached a settlement with the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service that states, in part, that Android devices sold in that country will no longer require that they have Google’s apps like Maps, Gmail and others to be pre-installed in order for those devices to gain access to the Google Play Store.According to Reuters, the agreement also allows Android products in Russia the freedom to pre-install rivals to Google’s search engine.The company has also agreed to create a tool that will allow Android device owners to set up a default search engine.The settlement agreement is the end of a dispute between Google and Russia that began in February 2015.At that time, the Russian-based Yandex search engine sent a complaint to regulators claiming that Google’s requirement of pre-installing its search and other apps to gain access to the Play Store on Android was giving it an unfair advantage in the marketplace.
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No one can predict the future of blockchain in the same way we could not predict the future of the Internet in the early ’90s.But it is clear this technology is going to have a significant impact.From corporations to startups and governments to organizations, the race is on to tap into the concept of distributed and decentralized trust in order to reduce friction and build more honest, transparent, and efficient frameworks for business and governance.The U.S. has been somewhat quiet on the blockchain startup front, which has more to do with regulatory issues than a lack of companies that can innovate, and that has resulted in an absence of blockchain buzz in Silicon Valley.And Digital Asset Holdings has raised more than $70 million from 15 of the world’s largest technology and financial firms to build secure and distributed processing tools to speed up settlement, reduce costs, and enhance security and transparency in regulated industries.For the U.S., that limited the raise to a mere 99 accredited American investors, while the rest of the world could invest as much as it wanted.“It’s my belief that in the next 10 or 20 years, no startup in the world will be financed in any way other than as a token,” Pierce told American Banker.The good news is that at least eight states are working on blockchain legislation promoting the use of bitcoin and blockchain technology, which is promising.And unlike the U.S. SEC, which has been quiet, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have been more proactive by launching a new fintech “sandbox” program aimed at blockchain startups and other firms working with financial technology.Figuring out what is going on in China is always complicated when you are looking in from the outside.According to Jane Zhang from Skyledger, based in Shanghai, the government is taking a tolerant approach.
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Pop quiz: Do you know where you ate dinner on September 9, 2016?And how long did it take you to get to work on Thursday, February 23, 2017?Where were you on the afternoon of March 9, 2015?You probably don't know the answers to these questions — but Google might.How?It's thanks to a feature nestled away in your Google account called Location History.If you care about your privacy, you should probably check it out.Location History is exactly what it sounds like: It's a comprehensive history of locations you've visited, as tracked by your smartphone's GPS.Think about that for a second.
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When Nadya started at Venngage in March 2015 as Director of Marketing, they had about 5,000 monthly organic visiters (according to SEMrush).And by early 2017, they were getting 60,000 monthly organic visitors.I wanted to find out HOW they did it.
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Meizu’s newest smartphone, the Meizu E2 will launch on the 26th April and looks set to feature a never seen before design feature.If you look back to the Meizu Pro 6 then you will remember that if featured a small, but notable design innovation.On the rear, the phone came with a 10 x LED ring rather than the typical dual LED designs we have come to expect from smartphones.Now for the Meizu E2, the companies newest smartphone, it looks like Meizu has taken that LED ring technology and integrated it in a way we haven’t seen in a smartphone before.Leaked designs, along with a leaked spy photo, show that Meizu has placed the LED ring around the actual camera sensor on their newest phone.This does mean the rear of the phone is exceptionally clean but we wonder if the flash might interfere with the camera’s low-light performance?Join GizChina on TelegramThe only official teaser we’ve seen from Meizu which shows the outline of the Meizu E2 does highlight the rear camera and flash, but it also highlights the home button and the receiver on the front of the phone.If Meizu has changed the rear in such a radical way, how can they have done something similar to the front?One suggest is that Meizu has added a front facing LED flash t the Meizu E2, a feature we’ve seen on other Chinese phones but never on a Meizu.It’s also possible that the home button of the Meizu E2 will receive LED notification lights too.Meizu E2 SpecificationsIt has been reported that the Meizu E2 will feature a 5.5-inch IPS FHD display, quad-core 1.3Ghz chipset, RAM choices including 2/3/4GB13-megapixelgapixel main camera,Keep an eye on GizChina.com for the latest Meizu E2 news.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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What are the possible socioeconomic impacts of Neuralink (Elon Musk's mind-machine interface start-up)?originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.In his book On Intelligence, Jeff Hawkins marveled at the human brain - an advanced instrument with innate complex pattern-matching capability eons ahead of our crude imitations.Nevertheless, our opportunities to put these engineering marvels to work are constrained by factors such as culture, language, training, location, etc.We lack an optimal interface.Neuralink has the potential to rapidly accelerate the development of mind-machine interface via its “neural lace.” Mr. Musk described it as a “digital layer above the cortex that could work well and symbiotically with you,” in a way similar to the concept of cyberbrain in Ghost in the Shell, albeit in the form of an auxiliary device rather than the more invasive enclosure unit seen in the anime (and upcoming movie).
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Major advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology are happening rapidly, and many organizations are excited about the possibilities AI presents.Others haven’t yet embarked on this innovation journey because they lack use cases.And Facebook is good role model when it comes to AI strategy.Your strategy for value creation needs to include how to maximize and expedite the development process.Hosted by UNOPS, attendees included distinguished academics, software companies, government entities and AI leaders in companies successfully using AI.A key takeaway was the insight shared by Yann LeCun, director of the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research group, who explained how they grapple with accelerating the development process.
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Finding a Bluetooth speaker for outdoor activities is tough.It’s got to be small enough to be easily portable, but still substantial enough for robust sound — you want to hear your music and have it sound good while enjoying your time outside, after all.Furthermore, with the outdoors comes certain hazards, so you need the peace of mind that comes with water resistance and even shock resistance.Still, even if a speaker can withstand splashes, knocks, and some mud, even the most hermetic water resistant design won’t prevent a speaker from sinking to the bottom of a lake or pool.Ultimate Ears’ Wonderboom wants to be the speaker to solve these issues.As we’ll discuss, the Wonderboom is a simple speaker, and the packaging reflects this.
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The major Swedish banks would like to be on the train and several of the banks are betting actively invest in and forge ties with Swedish and international startupbolag.In may last year, shocked the major banks have SEB the industry to be the largest investors when personal finance app Tink took in 85 million in venture capital.the Investment made by the bank's venture capital SEB Venture Capital, which was founded 22 years ago and for a long time was known for investing in biotech and high-tech companies.After a management decisions are, however, SEB Venture Capital (NTL) since the beginning of the 2016 fully focused on investments in fintech and other areas that can contribute to the bank's digitisation.They are: Now Interact (NTL), which develops applications for artificial intelligence (AI), Leasify (NTL), which is a digital leasing companies, and Coinify (NTL), using (for international payment services.This is a result of the EU directive PSD2 introduced in January 2018.
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I'm currently working as a marketing analyst at a Game developer and publisher who is trying to promote their new console game (F2P).I have to setup an acquisition funnel for console, but I do not know where to start; We can't really track & attribute each user to a marketing campaign yet, as there's a breaking point between the moment a user sees an ad and the moment he download the game (ad on PC/Mobile and game on Console).My job is - among other tasks - to find a way to track this user.So far we came up with promotional codes, but it's not accurate as most users won't bother with writing a code after downloading the game.I thought I would go on Reddit and ask people here if anyone had an idea (or even just a thought) on how to achieve this goal.There is no User Acquisition dedicated subreddit (only /r/PPC, and I might x-post there), so I thought I would ask here.
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Three years ago, a startup named Slack came out of nowhere to become what's believed to be the fastest-growing business software company ever, hitting a $1 billion valuation within the first 8 months of its existence.Today, Slack is a $3.8 billion business with over 800 employees, and a growing roster of paying customers that include IBM, Walmart's Jet.com, and, yes, Business Insider.Under that pressure, Slack is doubling down on its biggest advantage: Generally speaking, people actually enjoy using it, which isn't often the case with software meant for use in the office.Enter Noah Weiss, former Googler and Senior VP of Product Management at Foursquare, who now leads Slack's Search, Learning and Intelligence team out of the company's spiffy new New York City offices.It's his team that's going to be making much of the "magic" that keeps users glued to Slack, even as the alternatives proliferate."Slack is a very bizarre enterprise software company," says Weiss.Not just text, but the photos and links and documents that your coworkers are sharing with each other.And users can opt-in to receive regular suggestions for chat rooms within their company — whether that room is for a special sales project populated by the people they talk to every day, or for "Game of Thrones" fans.The data that's feeding the beast is largely coming from outside apps, says Weiss.
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If you own a car built in the last 20 years, that’s where you’ll find the entry point to virtually everything that makes it tick.Several automakers introduced computer interfaces for their own cars before the 1990s, but the push to standardize didn’t begin until 1991, when the California Air Resources Board (CARB) mandated that all cars sold in California needed some form of OBD capability.However, CARB didn’t issue standards for the systems until 1994.Companies have plenty of ideas about what you can plug into that port.When a car’s sensors decide that something is amiss, they trigger a message known as a “trouble code,” which may manifest as a “check engine” light or other warning on the dashboard.OBD scanners can check these trouble codes to determine exactly what’s wrong, and clear them from the computer’s memory once the problem is fixed.
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