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When UKIP declared that "face-coverings" would be banned in public in Britain under their rule, they probably weren't thinking about beekeepers.But a heroic heckler at a UKIP election event at the Marriott County Hall in Lambeth insisted the party consider the full ramifications on their snap declaration, and its potential impact on people who keep bees.Brilliantly, UKIP deputy Paul Whittle said the suggestion was "ridiculous" – that is, the suggestion that beekeepers would be included, not that face-coverings should be outlawed – and that of course the ban would only apply to things like burqas, which the party claims are a barrier to 'integration.'Quite how a British woman wearing a burqa needs to 'integrate' wasn't made clear, and nor were the criteria for which face-coverings would and wouldn't be acceptable.For example, would a beekeeping veil be OK if worn by a brown person?Muslims keep bees too, y'know.
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(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)The co-founders of Yik Yak, Brooks Buffington (left) and Tyler Droll speak onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015.The move mainly affects app discovery sites like Touch Arcade and App Shopper which give information on new apps or recent updates.The founder of AfterPad, a site dedicated to hardcore and indie iOS games, said on Twitter that affiliate links were “AfterPad’s only form of monetisation.” Kevin MacLeod added that if fellow website Touch Arcade dies, “the entire iOS indie scene dies.”It’s unclear why Apple chose to cut affiliate commissions, or whether it is planning to divert those funds back to app developers.Reaction from a site founder using the App Store affiliate program.
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The Apple Watch might have just turned two years old — the first series of the smartwatch was launched on April 24, 2015 — but not everyone is keen on showing up to the party.According to a new survey, individuals who did not already own Apple’s smartwatch were unenthusiastic about buying one anytime soon, while just eight per cent of those surveyed said they planned to make the purchase.A total of 1,339 consumers were polled by market research platform Fluent for the survey.“Customer excitement for the Apple Watch has plateaued since hitting the market in 2015.Only current owners think it’s a great product, but nearly half of them don’t plan on upgrading,” a Fluent spokeswoman said in an email.Meanwhile, 15 per cent of iPhone users answered that they would purchase an Apple Watch while only five per cent of Android owners said they would do the same.
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Programmatic advertising has run into its fair share of problems, from bad ad placement to data quality to slow-loading web pages.At Digiday’s Programmatic Summit in Dublin, Ireland, this week, we gathered over 100 programmatic experts from marketing and publishing to discuss and debunk some of the myths around programmatic.Here’s what we learned on Day One:Myth 1: The YouTube crisis wasn’t what it seemedThe dangers of advertising on user-generated content platforms like YouTube are nothing new.In reality, a lot more money was probably spent dealing with the aftermath than the amount of ad dollars affected in the first place.
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JD.com, China’s second-largest e-commerce company after Alibaba, will create a new business group called JD Logistics.Not to be confused with a Wisconsin-based company that has a similar name, JD Logistics will take advantage of JD.com’s existing delivery and warehouse infrastructure.Operating its own logistics network is one of the main ways JD.com differentiates from e-commerce companies, like Alibaba, that rely chiefly on third-party providers, and is an important part of its growth strategy.In an interview with Bloomberg last year, CEO Richard Liu said that JD.com plans to invest more heavily in logistics automation, including automated warehouses and drone deliveries (JD.com launched its commercial drone delivery program last November during Singles’ Day, China’s annual online shopping festival).Establishing the company’s logistics operation as its own business unit will allow JD.com to speed up the development of its infrastructure and give it more flexibility to explore business opportunities.JD Logistics will offer integrated supply chain solutions, like warehousing, transportation, delivery and after-sale services, to e-commerce sellers and other companies.
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In a little over two years, a fleet of driverless cars will make its way from Oxford to London, completing the entire journey from start to finish without human intervention, including on urban streets and motorways.A driverless transport trial started this month in Greenwich, south-east London, with members of the public invited to climb aboard Harry – a version of the pod vehicles used at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, souped-up with lasers, sensors and £20,000 worth of autonomous technology.Harry was doing a careful 15mph beside the Thames when an oncoming jogger swerved right in front of us, forcing the vehicle to a sudden halt.Harry had saved him a trip to A, and had not even given him a self-righteous earful.In this GATEway – Greenwich Automated Transport Environment – experiment researchers will examine how humans will interact with completely autonomous vehicles, whether preconceptions shift and what might impede the introduction of the technology.The roadmap from here to autonomy, as defined internationally by engineers and transport authorities, locates car users now at level two, where some of the driver’s tasks are automated and assisted.
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Finally, it seems fans of the military shooter series Call of Duty are going to get what they’ve been wanting for almost a decade: the past.For several years, the games have been moving forward in time, advancing beyond the near-future setting of the Modern Warfare titles into the space battles of Infinite Warfare, introducing drones, robots and, most controversially, rocket packs, along the way.But as the diminishing returns from the game’s annual instalments have shown, hardcore fans have become alienated by the endless new technological additions, preferring the ‘boots on the ground’ authenticity of the first Call of Duty titles, with their cinematic renderings of Operation Overlord, the second battle of El Alamein and the advance on Berlin.This game is likely to be the largest piece of historical entertainment ever released.Watch the worldwide reveal of CODWWII on 4/26 at 10AM PDT/1PM EDT: https://t.co/JtAxQQV4zN pic.twitter.com/culgG1ZQmzFrom an academic standpoint, engaging properly with games like this should extend far beyond simply picking apart historical accuracy – it’s a matter of public history.
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Google is updating its search and Maps services with a small but significant update that should make it easier to find the best places to go and things to do when you travel.The next time you’re abroad and look up a place, restaurant, store or point of interest, both Maps and search will surface reviews from locals, translated into your preferred language so you don’t need to decipher them yourself.I typically use Foursquare to scope out places to eat, but they’re usually filled with reviews from travelers from around the world who aren’t always on the mark about which nearby restaurant offers the cheapest or most authentic cuisine.Being able to tap into insights from locals should help folks find better recommendations.Between this and Google’s excellent Trips app that launched last September, the company’s got you covered with the basics for planning your next vacation.The feature is currently rolling out on mobile and should be live worldwide soon.
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Hong Kong has a growing number of developers which are making our stylish life easier, one app at a time.The online street-style magazine has taken the millennial generation by storm.The app keeps you up to date with everything, from the latest sneaker launches to the hottest gadgets available.Shopping made easy – the snap and shop app combines celebrity style with e-commerce.What’s not to love about the winning combo?Snaptee turns your Instagram shots into wearable art.
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The folks at Unroll.Me are in hot water for selling user data to Uber this week – but as they are, I’m reminded to do a check.While it does not appear that Unroll.Me really sold any personal data to Uber, the angry mob has spoken.If you’re going to sell user data to 3rd-party companies, you need to make that clear in the user agreement nobody reads anyway!The folks at Unroll.Me offer a fairly valuable service for users of email – basically everyone on earth.They organize emails that come from subscriptions into a single list.Instead of seeing a dozen emails each day, a user might only see one.
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For years, automakers and hackers have known about a clever attack that spoofs the signal from a wireless car key fob to open a vehicle’s doors, and even drive it away.But even after repeated demonstrations—and real thefts—the technique still works on a number of models.Now a team of Chinese researchers has not only demonstrated the attack again, but also made it cheaper and easier than ever.A group of researchers at the Beijing-based security firm Qihoo 360 recently pulled off the so-called relay hack with a pair of gadgets they built for just $22.That’s far cheaper than previous versions of the key-spoofing hardware.The Qihoo researchers, who recently showed their results at Amsterdam’s Hack in the Box conference, say their upgrade also significantly multiplies the radio attack’s range, allowing them to steal cars parked more than a thousand feet away from the owner’s key fob.
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Why isn't milk affected by gravity?It turns out that they consist of particles in the nanometer up to micrometer range, with milk particles being 0.2 to 4 microns, average 0.4 microns.There are several science issues here.They achieve this by having a layered structure, which allows them to carry an electrically charged surface bilayer.A dynamic layer of water molecules then is attracted and surrounds each particle like a shield.I use the term surface energy rather than surface tension, but the concept is the same.
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There's a particular kind of people that get onto helicopters in New York City and fly to the Rockefeller estate about an hour's drive away.There, they attend a 200-person dinner with former heads of state, Admirals, CEOs, media elite and billionaire investors — shmoozing, chatting about business ideas, having a few
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The ransomware that drove last year's boom in file-encrypting malware is back, and this time it's even harder to detect.Ransomware cost its victims some $1bn during 2016, with Locky one of the most widespread variants, infecting organisations across the globe.However, the start of 2017 saw a sudden decline in the distribution of Locky, to such an extent that another form of ransomware -- Cerber -- has usurped Locky's dominance.But after being all but written off, Locky is staging a comeback.Cybersecurity researchers at Cisco Talos have observed a surge in emails distributing Locky, with over 35 thousand emails sent in just a few hours.This time, however, the Locky campaign is harnessing an infection technique associated with the Dridex botnet, in an effort to boost the chance of compromising targets.
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Red Dead Redemption V, a mod that promised to put Red Dead Redemption's map inside GTA 5, has been cancelled after three years of development.The plug was pulled on the fan-made mod after the creators were contacted by a third party, following the official announcement in March.It's not clear who contacted the modders, but one of the group, Mr. Leisurewear, took to the GTA Forums to explain the cancellation.He wrote (via): "I know this is hard pill to swallow, but as you may have noticed we did get contacted, and we sadly have to say we are stopping this project."So thanks guys, we were all so happy to see this, but it isn't going to happen, sorry."It seems the modders were contacted, likely by either developers of the Red Dead series, Rockstar, or rights-holders Take-Two Interactive, after releasing a trailer for the mod last week.
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In May of 2007, a few weeks before Apple’s iPhone hit shelves, Palm founder Jeff Hawkins took the stage at the All Things D conference and unveiled a new gizmo: a “mobile companion” that paired with your phone.The $500 accessory was little more than a screen and a keyboard, with a cheap processor and little memory; it got all its data and connectivity from the Treo in Hawkins’ pocket.Hawkins said he’d been thinking about the Foleo for five years, after having a simple insight: smartphones were going to take over the world, but people would still need big screens and full keyboards.“The smartphone is a truly capable computer,” he told the crowd, “but sometimes you need to be able to look at that big spreadsheet.” He knew that eventually, the processor, memory, graphics, wireless radios, and storage inside your phone would be powerful enough to do everything you’d want from a laptop.So why buy everything twice?The Foleo inspired some excitement, even though it was expensive and couldn’t do much more than browse the web and send emails.
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Jack Ma, Chinese tech billionaire and chairman of ecommerce giant Alibaba, has a chilling warning for the world: Get ready for a"In the next 30 years, the world will see much more pain than happiness," the Chinese entrepreneur said at a conference in China, according to a report from Bloomberg."Social conflicts in the next three decades will have an impact
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by Jonathan Gardner, VP communications, TurnIt often seems like marketers don’t have much time to actually market.Especially when most hours in the day are spent manually measuring mind-numbing metrics like viewability, completion and other important video KPIs.At Turn we don’t believe that marketers should be worrying about whether their ads were viewed when they could be focusing on the big picture.We recently worked with a major adult-beverage brand that wanted to achieve maximum impact with their video messaging and drive a boost in purchase intent among their target audience – drinking-age consumers.They had three measurable metrics in mind — audience reach, high viewability and engagement — and each was equally important.
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Apple got its permit to test self-driving cars in California earlier this month, and now you can read the full paperwork itIt's a rare glimpse into Apple's processes — the documents tell us that the company has registered three Lexus RX450h SUVs for testing, and that the drivers must pass seven tests beforeApple has never really talked
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A roll-out of industry-wide ad blocking would be a benefit for users who would see less disruptive ads, but would also put a significant amount of power in the hands of Google andGoogle is reportedly working on an ad blocker that would be included by default in its Chrome browser on desktop and mobile.And Google is also part of the Coalition for Better
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