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HipChat users should reset their passwords after a vulnerability was discovered in a “popular third-party library” used on the service’s website this weekend.The parent company Atlassian claimed that there’s no evidence to suspect that other systems or products have been affected.It has since reset the passwords for all HipChat-connected user accounts and sent an email with instructions on how to regain access.Some people may be impacted more than others, as Atlassian believes unauthorized persons may have accessed not only user account information such as name, email address, and hashed passwords, but also likely room metadata.The company said that in less than 0.05 percent instance, messages and content could also have been compromised and it’s working with affected users to fix the problem.However, more than 99 percent of users are not believed to be inconvenienced by this hacking incident.In a blog post, Ganesh Krishnan, Atlassian’s chief security officer, wrote: “While HipChat Server uses the same third-party library, it is typically deployed in a way that minimizes the risk of this type of attack.We are preparing an update for HipChat Server that will be shared with customers directly through the standard update channel.”He continued to state: “We are confident we have isolated the affected systems and closed any unauthorized access.”The company said it’s working with law enforcement to investigate the breach.
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Soon, we’re going to have to remember that fact.Why build brands when you can use such tactics, see immediate results, and tweak them as necessary?But remember: the assumption that reaching 'perfect' individuals returns a better ROI than targeting a broad demographic group has never been proven.But Machine Zone co-founder and CEO Gabe Leydon reinforced the idea of trackability and personalisation last year when he told a Recode event that all untrackable marketing will disappear:“Once people have insight into how they’re spending their money, brand marketing will completely disappear… marketing will become a justified business.You will have to justify what you’re doing.”
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She quit her job and worked her way up from the bottom of the barrel over the course of 18 months, and chronicled her way through the wine world in her recent book, Cork Dork.“The best way to become a thoughtful wine drinker is just to know what you like and what you don’t like, and that begins with knowing something about what grapes the wine was made from and where that came from,” she told Digital Trends.“Next time you’re out and about, you can bring that up and show someone, this is what I had recently and what I liked, and that’s a starting point for a very productive conversation about wine.” They’re helpful for keeping a library of wines you’ve tried or want to try all in one place, she said.The best sommeliers are not cork pullers, they are story tellers.”With that caveat in mind, we asked Bosker to take us through a few of the most popular wine apps available today.Some apps are a bit like your personal wine journal, letting you add notes and ratings about what you’ve tasted.
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Your IoT devices are vulnerable to yet another piece of code, only this time, it will help you lock things down.The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a source of some serious security concerns recently, with millions of IoT devices being vulnerable to attack and compromise.Mirai is perhaps the most famous of all IoT malware, and it was at the root of an attack in October 2016 that took down a significant portion of the Internet.The strange thing, however, is that as far as anyone can tell, the so-called “Hajime” code isn’t doing anything bad, and in fact, it might be doing some good, as Symantec’s Security Response blog reports.Researchers have known about Hajime since October 2016, and the software is like Mirai in that it targets IoT devices with open Telnet ports and secured with the factory default username and password credentials.Hajime, therefore, uses the same attack vector as the destructive malware that was responsible for the massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack last year.
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On Saturday it is Earth day, a day that will remind us of the human impact on the climate, a day that Apple is now the attention of the by to make a pledge: to go completely over to recycled materials in their products.the Earth's resources will not last forever, and the technology must be safe for the people to make and use.We do not question the reality, but we challenge ourselves by asking what we can do about it in every part of our business,” writes Apple in its environmental report for 2017.Earlier in the year was Apple, along with Intel, one of the most vocal critics of president Trump when he suggested that the conflict minerals would be allowed.But despite the open commitment of the matter is there is still a long way to go for Apple before their products can be composed of recycled components.”We do, in fact, something that we rarely usually by launching a goal before wo completely know how we'll do it.
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By detecting conflict, AI may someday be able to predict -- and prevent -- bickering between couples.Bickering isn’t abnormal, but it’s (usually) unproductive, so most people want to avoid petty fights with their partner if possible.Some day soon a smartphone app may help.Researchers at the University of California (USC), Los Angeles, have used an artificial intelligence system to analyze language patterns and physiological signs in order to detect conflict in couples.The work, which the team published in the journal IEEE Computer, demonstrates the first time such monitoring has been shown to work outside of a psychology lab.Led by USC’s Adela Timmons, the researchers used smartphones and wearables on 34 couples in the comfort of their homes.
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Microsoft has released its findings on a trial of power-throttling technology in Windows 10, and claims that it can boost battery life by up to 11 percent - though, at present, only on selected Intel processors.Part of a larger trial being run by Microsoft through its Windows Insider beta-test programme, power throttling is simple yet seemingly extremely effective: tasks which are running in the background are forced into running at the processor's lowest possible power state - meaning that they still operate correctly, but power draw is minimised.As soon as any given task is brought to the foreground, the processor is allowed to enter its higher-performance high-drain modes - but even allowing for this, Microsoft claims it has data showing up to an 11 percent increase in battery life with power throttling enabled.'You may remember some of our January power experiments we mentioned in Build 15002’s release notes,' Microsoft's Bill Karagounis explains in a blog post on the topic.'Power Throttling was one of those experiments, and showed up to 11% savings in CPU power consumption for some of the most strenuous use cases.We’ve been hard at work making improvements and listening to Windows Insider feedback since then, so this capability should help many of you see a nice boost in battery life!
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Early stage VC firm Nauta Capital, which has offices in London, UK, Barcelona, Spain and Boston in the US, has closed out a 2016 fund raising — capping it off at $170 million.The firm has already closed eight investments with this fund, which had a first closing at $70M, with a further $100M added in parallel — now closing oversubscribed vs the original target for the fund of around $120M, according to general partner Carles Ferrer.(Its prior funds were $55M raised in 2006, and $115M in 2010.)Nauta has a focus on what it describes as “capital-efficient Series A software propositions”: aka startups that take a leaner approach to taking on funding vs money-gobbling wannabe unicorns.Its areas of tech interest include b2b software, digital media and “enabling technologies” for mobile and the Internet — with an overall focus on large markets with “limited previous technology impact”.“We believe the VC model has been lately too centered around the Unicorn concept, that is too many times return-unrelated,” Ferrer tells TechCrunch.
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Presented by Refuel4.Consumers are savvier than ever: They reject naked sales pitches; instead they expect to be seen and understood.They want to be served ads that are relevant to them, personalized and specifically targeted to their taste and behavior.And now marketers have the answer: AI.We now have an unprecedented number of ways and means to collect almost any information we want about our customers.The challenge is harnessing that data, making sense of it, and turning it into actionable insights — or in other words, integrating AI and machine learning into your strategy.Nailing that to the wall means significant competitive advantage.Find out why we’re calling 2017 “The Age of AI in advertising.”
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The Xiaomi Mi 6 has been unveiled and as rumors wanted, it does feature a dual camera setup on the back, plus the much praised 4-axis OIS we had seen on the Xiaomi Mi 5 but lacking on the Mi 5s.With that in mind, let’s have a look at some photos samples shot on the Xiaomi Mi 6!The dual camera setup on the back of the Xiaomi Mi 6 consists of two 12.0MP cameras, where the main one sports a landscape (wide angle) lens and features 4-axis OIS, 1.25μm pixel size and f/1.8 aperture, while the secondary telephoto lens has 1.0 μm big pixels, 2X optical zoom (52mm equivalent focal length) and f/2.6 aperture.Just like on the iPhone 7 Plus, this camera combo also allows to create SLR-like photos with a very shallow depth of field.Join GizChina on TelegramOther features on these cameras include:Supports PDAF Phase FocusDark Light Enhancement TechnologyHigh Dynamic Range Adjustment TechnologyPanorama ModeContinuous Shutter ModeFace RecognitionThe front-facing camera has a resolution of 8MP, third generation beautify mode that also work while live calling at 1080p resolution.The Xiaomi Mi 6 can record 4K videos at 30fps, and slow motion 720p videos at 120fps.Check out our full article on the Xiaomi Mi 6 launch to learn more about the phone!Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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Heroes of the Storm is welcoming Overwatch’s cyborg ninja.Blizzard announced today that its multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) is getting new new content from Overwatch, the developer’s hit team-based shooter, on April 25.Heroes of the Storm is a free-to-play game for PC, and adding new heroes and stages like this can keep players engaged.Genji, the ninja assassin, is joining Heroes of the Storm’s roster, while the Hanamura level from the shooter is also debuting as a stage in the MOBA.Overwatch already has over 25 million players since launching last May for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.Blizzard does not release player numbers for Heroes of the Storm, but it’s unlikely that it its matching Overwatch in popularity.Adding content based on the shooter could bring some of its fans to Overwatch.Blizzard has already introduced Overwatch heroes Tracer and Zarya to Heroes of the Storm.Genji works similarly to how he does in Overwatch, attacking enemies with shurikens or quickly dashing forward with a sword strike.
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Environmental groups have been beside themselves since election night, and rightly so.Overnight, they went from sitting at the head of the EPA's policymaking table, to being locked out of the house while the new EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, hurriedly dismantles everything they’ve tried to accomplish since 2008.But don't expect them to go gentle into that good night.They still have some tools at their disposal.Tool Number 1: The Lower CourtsNo matter who's in office, every major EPA rule ends up in court.
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It looks like the good old-fashioned LCD technology still has some life left over at Samsung Display and LG Display.A new report states that both companies have delayed shutting down production of their LCD plants, due to current shortages for those displays in big-screen TVs and IT products.The report from ETNews claims LG Display previously had plans to shut down LCD production for its 3.5th generation, 4th generation, and 5th generation plants at the end of 2016, but delayed those plans until the first half of 2017.Now the story says LG has postponed those plans once again to an unknown shut down date.The report did add that LG will continue to convert its 5th generation LCD plant to an OLED production line for lights.Samsung Display was reportedly going to end production at its LCD 6th generation and 7th generation plants by the end of 2017, but the new report claims these plans have also been postponed, with no new target date.
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Cult classic action game Bayonetta just launched on Steam today, completely out of the blue.Sega dropped the news as the game landed on Steam for the entirely reasonable price of $19.99.(Update: Apparently the game was hinted at on April Fool's Day; I missed it and thus stick by my "out of the blue" claim...)The game, which stars a dominatrix witch with guns in her shoes as she fights against angelic hordes, has been one of Platinum Games' most beloved and controversial games for years, ever since it landed on PS3 and Xbox 360 (and later Wii U alongside that system's exclusive sequel.)Critics have called the game a sexist affair, claiming that Bayonetta, in her tight clothing and ludicrously sexualized poses, was designed only for the "male gaze."Fans know this is preposterous; Bayonetta remains one of the toughest women in video games, fully in charge of both her mind, body and sexuality.
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For too long communication between marketing and sales has been strained at best, and this well-reported disconnect has hamstrung efforts on both sides.The study indicates that contemporary marketing is increasingly driven by sales with nearly 70% of B2B marketers claiming that “driving traffic and leads” and “acquiring and retaining customers” are their two biggest business goals.Fifty-four percent of the same marketers identified the 1 thing sales is demanding is “more leads.”Given this demand, marketing is rising to the challenge.According to the study, the average number of martech products per company is now 16, with 20% using more than 20.The list is heavy in lead gen/nurturing with 70% of B2B marketers employing events and content marketing technologies, 56% using marketing automation, and 25% applying account based marketing (ABM).
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If there's one thing Chevrolet likes to do with the Corvette, it's to rollout special edition packages every now and then.The latest comes in the form of the Carbon 65 Edition for the 2018 model year, which celebrates the American sports car's 65th anniversary.Just 650 number cars will be offered with the Carbon 65 Edition package for the 460-horsepower Grand Sport and 650-horsepower Z06 Corvettes in both coupe and convertible bodies.Carbon Edition cars will be recognizable thanks to exposed carbon fiber design elements such as a new rear spoiler, quarter ducts, ground effects, hood section and roof.In addition, the cars will wear a special Ceramic Matrix Grey paint job, unique fender and door graphic, Carbon Flash badges, blue brake calipers and ride on black wheels.The cabin features Jet Black suede with blue accent stitching.
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NASA will hold a press conference on Thursday, starting at 2 PM ET, at which it will discuss new discoveries related to ocean worlds found within our solar system.The fresh findings come from the Cassini spacecraft, which was launched in 1997 and arrived at its destination orbiting Saturn in 2004, and the Hubble Space Telescope.The briefing includes “new discoveries” that “will help inform future ocean world exploration,” according to NASA’s press release.The results of the findings will help with future efforts to locate life outside of Earth – but we should stress here that there’s essentially zero chance this announcement will be at all about the discovery of alien life, as a way of heading off the recurrent frenzy of hype before it happens.NASA will carry the briefing live, and if you’re lazy you can also just leave this browser tab open since it’ll appear in the live stream embedded below:That’s 2 PM ET (11 AM PT) on Thursday, April 13.
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In a former life, I once suggested to a very famous beer brand that it should pay David Letterman an inordinate amount of money to mock its beer for a whole show.Sadly, the marketing executives were worried about the negative potential of this mockery thing.Variety reports that both brands are working with "Saturday Night Live" to integrate ads into the comedy show's ad breaks.And it's letting the show create those ads.Its ad will be written by Colin Jost, one of the mock anchormen in the show's "Weekend Update" segment, and feature cast member Kenan Thompson."You can't make fun of it, and be with it simultaneously," Lorne Michaels, the show's long-time executive producer told Variety.
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The German government has stepped up a war of words with social media giants over their perceived inaction in dealing with hate speech and fake news, by threatening to impose fines of up to £42.7m if they fail to block or remove such content within 24 hours.The switch from rhetoric to action came after ministers approved plans for the explicit use of financial penalties, although a tougher measure to punish Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Google over a solitary infraction failed to pass."As experts have pointed out, this legislation would force private companies rather than the courts to become the judges of what is illegal in Germany."German justice minister Heiko Mass defended the measure however, stating: “Twitter only removes 1% of these hate speeches, Facebook removes less than 50%, But we know this is possible, because YouTube manages to remove 99% of them.The freedom of speech is only limited by the law.”Naturally the social media firms concerned were not best pleased at this turn of events, a view shared by free speech advocates who fear that the stringent rules will force firms to err on the side of caution when dealing with dubious content to dodge large fines.
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