Product Hunt is an essential venue for whoever wants to showcase products to an audience of investors, journalists, and tech fanatics in general.For this reason, social media analytics startup Popsters conducted a thorough statistical research on how to effectively launch your product on the popular website.The data was gathered thanks to Product Hunt’s API between August and October 2017.Of these projects, Popsters took in consideration data and time of publication, images, videos, tags, upvotes, interests of hunters, and position in the ranking.Before the findings, some clarifications on the scope of the research:The research did not consider comments
Creative Director’s Choice gives creative directors a chance to highlight the current work they think is the best out in the ad world – the ads and campaigns they believe are making a difference.This week, Droga5 creative director Shannon Washington discusses Johnnie Walker’s ‘Citizenship’ spot by Anomaly.One of the reasons I love our industry is how we can inform the masses with a perspective that many may know of but few actually experience, especially when we can go beyond a polarizing topic such as immigration.The process of arriving in the United States is one thing, but there is a deeper story that many Americans are less familiar with – the citizenship process.Movies such as Green Card and The Proposal do a great job at making light of what is an otherwise long (five years at least) and extremely stressful, expensive and invasive process, especially for the average future citizen who doesn’t have the advantage of a specialized visa or connections, or who may come from certain nations.That’s why, when I first saw 'Citizenship' from Johnnie Walker and the fine folks over at Anomaly, I found myself processing layers of emotions.
Chemically toughened glass already keeps cell phone screens (mostly) crack-free, and now this type of glass is starting to make its mark in the auto industry in car windshields.According to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, Gorilla Glass and similar strong, transparent materials could soon make an appearance in even more consumer products.C Senior Correspondent Mitch Jacoby reports that chemically strengthened glass is not a new concept.A century ago, a French artist and chemist named Edouard Benedictus accidentally came upon the idea when he knocked over a glass beaker containing nitrocellulose and found that the glass shards stayed together.Inspiration struck, and Benedictus developed a safety-glass laminate composed of two layers of plate glass that sandwiched a cellulose film -- a concept still in use today in modern bulletproof or "ballistic" glasses.These products involve several layers of glass and polymers laminated together.
Samsung has announced a new mid-range mobile processor dubbed the Exynos 7872 SoC.The Exynos 7872 SoC is a mild upgrade to the Exynos 7870 SoC, and it is expected to debut first with newly announced Meizu M6s.Overall, Samsung claims the new SoC can deliver a double fold performance on the single core resulting in seamless multitasking, faster web browsing, and app launching.Built on a 14nm process with two clustered hexa-core CPU and a Mali-G71 GPU, the new Exynos 7872 SoC comes with support for an LTE Cat.7 2CA modem (300Mbps down, 150Mbps up) with Wi-Fi 802.11n dual-band (but no ac), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo.Samsung Exynos5 7872 processor specifications:
I know you aren't supposed to do that in relationships, but, in this case, I suspect my MacBook Air is flattered.Which, frankly, is odd for a product that celebrated its 10th birthday yesterday.No, I haven't had the same Air for 10 years.In fact, I first bought the 2010 version, one that was a little more developed that the original.The older ones still work.)Largely, they've all looked and felt similar, yet I've never seen something that was so obviously superior that I had to send the Air to the Old Laptop's Home.
If you’ve been thinking about buying a PlayStation 4 Pro, then good news: the number of options you have just grew.Sony has announced two new PlayStation 4 Pro models, both of which are launching at the end of the month.While one is aimed more toward mainstream consumers who just want something a little different, the other is decidedly for Monster Hunter enthusiasts.The first console we’ll touch on is a limited edition Monster Hunter: World bundle.As with most of these special bundles centered around a game, the console comes with a unique look, outfitted in a red and black Monster Hunter theme with a matching controller to boot.Of course, the bundle will also feature a copy of the game, so you’ll have everything you need to dive into Monster Hunter: World on launch day should you decide to pick this bad boy up.
Delivery logistics platform Bringg announced today it has raised another $12 million in Series B funding, bringing the total round to $22 million.Previously, Bringg had raised $10 million in Series B funding led by Aleph VC, with Coca-Cola and prior investor Pereg Ventures also participating.The Chicago and Tel Aviv-based startup was founded in 2013 Raanan Cohen, the former founder and CEO of MobileMax; and Lior Sion, previously the CTO of Gett and Clarizen.com.The goal was to offer retailers and other businesses an Amazon- or Uber-like level of visibility into their own delivery operations by offering a wide set of features like the ability to track a driver’s progress on a map, delivery notifications, driver-to-customer communications, star ratings and more.These sorts of tools are needed in several industries beyond retail or food delivery.While the company can’t disclose all its customers, it is being used by some well-known brands, including strategic investor Coca-Cola, along with Kimberly Clark, Panera Bread, Cdiscount and Hilti.
A Canadian Twitch user has been brought up on criminal charges for allegedly sending hundreds of thousands of offensive messages through the platform’s internal chat system.The messages hit more than 1,000 different channels on the platform (best known for letting people live-stream their video game playing) and included more than 150,000 with racist, antisemitic, sexist and homophobic slurs, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Company.Officially, 20-year-old Brandan Apple has been charged with “mischief in relation to computer data” by the supreme court of British Columbia.He could face up to 10 years in prison as well a civil order barring him from using, creating, or selling certain types of software, including “any robot, bot, crawler, spider, blacklisting software or other software” that could be used to target the streaming platform.These orders came after Apple allegedly used a service called ChatSurge to help spam Twitch streamers and chat with offensive messages.Gaming site Kotaku notes that the service openly admits that its express purpose is to “flood, destroy or simply demolish any Twitch.tv chatroom.” According to the court, the deluge was so overwhelming that it rendered certain sections of the site inoperable.
Amazon has announced that its Alexa-powered Echo Spot is officially available to buy outside the U.S., as the company opens preorders in the U.K. and Germany.The ecommerce giant unveiled the latest Echo incarnation back in September when it launched the Echo Spot for $130.It’s similar to the Echo Show insofar as it has a screen, except it’s squeezed into an alarm clock-style form factor.Sporting a 2.5-inch circular screen, the Echo Spot isn’t really designed for watching movies, but it could prove useful for video calls, short news snippets, weather forecasts, and so on.As per its form factor, it’s also designed for use as a bedside alarm clock.As with other Echo devices, the Echo Spot integrates with the broader smart home, meaning you can use your voice to control your lights and thermostats, set alarms, request weather updates, and play music via the built-in two-watt speaker.
Samsung has just filed in a trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office for Metal 12.For those unaware, Metal 12 is a new lightweight magnesium alloy developed by the South-Korean manufacturer and already used in the recently released Samsung Notebook 9 laptop.The referred trademark give us a hint that this newest alloy will be used in the future set of Galaxy and Gear devices.One of these devices could be the unreleased Galaxy S9, S9+, and the Gear S4 as well.One could ask what are in fact the benefits of this new Samsung’s Metal 12?While the difference may not be spotted in smartphones and wearables, due to its overall-light nature, it’s a true fact that magnesium is way lighter and stronger per unit than any other standard metal, especially the widely used aluminum.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to get one billion people using virtual reality, a lofty goal considering there were just one million VR headsets shipped across the entire industry in last year’s third quarter.Meet the man Zuckerberg put in charge of executing that mission: Hugo Barra, a longtime Googler and former Xiaomi executive who took over as Facebook’s VP of VR early last year.Barra worked on early versions of Android and was responsible for helping Xiaomi, the Chinese gadget firm, expand its business overseas.Now he’s the de-facto CEO of Oculus, the virtual reality company that Facebook bought for more than $2 billion back in 2014.Barra was at CES in Las Vegas this week to unveil a product that might help expedite Facebook’s mission: A new standalone VR headset exclusively for the Chinese market.A standalone headset — meaning no cumbersome cables or wires, and no smartphone necessary — is, in Barra’s mind, the key to pushing VR into the mainstream.
Baidu, China’s search engine giant, launched today its own BaaS (Blockchain as a Service) open platform.According to the Baidu BaaS website, the platform was built based on its self-developed project and has been successfully implemented in businesses related to asset securitization and exchange.“Based on the core technology, the platform can help make and trace transactions, and is suitable for the use of digital currency, digital bills, bank credit management, insurance management, and financial auditing, etc,” the website writes.Baidu falls a bit behind in launching its own blockchain open platform: Tencent has rolled out BaaS service (in Chinese) a couple of months ago.“We independently developed a complete set of bottom-layer blockchain protocols and actively participated in the formulation of credible blockchain standards for China Institute of Information and Communications,” said Guo Rui, Tencent’s Vice President of Payment Platform and Financial Applications in a forum in Chengdu in November 2017.Guo also stressed that the blockchain industry has entered an era where technology and application scenarios are effectively integrated.
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For the first time ever, Google has a big presence at CES.You can’t look out of a window and not see a Google logo somewhere.But the one thing that didn’t work out so well for the company was its massive booth in the parking lot in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center.Yesterday, it rained a bit more than usual in Las Vegas and the booth leaked, so Google had to shut it down for the day.Today, however, the booth is open again, so we sent Tito to check it out, slide down the Google slide, eat a doughnut and take a nap.It’s hard to underestimate how big a deal CES is for Google this time around.
Dixons Carphone is looking for a new group finance director after it has announced that Humphrey Singer, the current incumbent, is set to leave the company to become CFO at Marks and Spencer.Singer, who has been with Dixons Carphone since the company was created from the merger of Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Retail (and occupied the same role at Dixons before the merger), is set to stay with the company until July this year.Dixons Carphone has already started looking for his successor.The company’s share price fell following the announcement, standing at 0.39% lower than the previous day’s closing price.However, the company had also been hit by a £400,000 fine by the ICO, the news of which broke at the same time as Singer’s departure was announced.Sebastian James, CEO, said: 'Humphrey has played a vital role in the Dixons Carphone transformation.
Security concerns appear to have scuppered a deal between AT and Huawei, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.The paper claimed that Huawei had been expected to announce the tie-up in Las Vegas later today but the operator had walked away from the deal.No reason was given for the change of heart, although the paper pointed out that a 2012 congressional report had drawn people’s attention to state-sponsored espionage by Chinese companies, highlighting Huawei in particular.Anyone hoping for an official statement will be disappointed: both AT and Huawei are remaining tight-lipped about the situation.The WSJ quoted a spokesman as saying only that Huawei has proven itself by delivering premium devices with integrity globally and in the US market.”Huawei phones will still be available in the US but won’t be part of bundling deal with the operator.
At the end of 2017, Allstate’s Mr. Mayhem made a resolution for the new year to cause “no more mayhem” in the new year.After barely a week of serving as a lightning rod, a road flare and a dangling tennis ball, Mayhem is off his resolution.In the second phase of the campaign, ResolutionsAreMayhem by Leo Burnett Chicago, Mayhem realizes that other people haven’t kept their resolutions, so why should he?In a new spot, ‘Breaking Mayhem,’ which premieres during the College Football National Championship Game, Mayhem steps off the roof as lightning strikes and stomps out the flare, declaring that “Mayhem is back.”“We know most people make a New Year’s resolution to improve themselves or better their lives with the best intentions,” said Brooke Aslesen, senior marketing manager, brand marketing for Allstate.“We also know Mayhem can engage consumers in a fun, relevant way that the Allstate brand typically can’t.”
The streaming music service unleashed a slew of product integrations announcements at CES Monday.Listeners will be able to access iHeartRadio through its first bot, a helper on Facebook Messenger; and Garmin's GPS running watch Forerunner 645 Music.iHeartRadio, the digital arm of traditional radio giant iHeartMedia, has been extending itself deeper into technologies after launching a Spotify-like paid service All Access last year.After existing for years as a place to stream iHeart's terrestrial radio stations and listen to Pandora-like digital radio and podcasts, iHeart joined the intensifying battle to win streaming subscribers with its All Access $10-a-month service.iHeartRadio announced the launch of its first bot, available on Facebook Messenger.People can ask the iHeartRadio bot to hear music based on a specific genre or geographic location.
The Sprout was one of the stranger products in HP’s long history of releases.We called the all-in-one a “bold but goofy experiment” when it was released back in 2014.Three years later, the sentiment stands.The product failed to catch the creative world alight, and yet the company has continued the experiment, releasing a pro version of the system at CES last year.The company’s still at it, introducing the Sprout 3D Camera this year at the show.It’s a far less ambitious product than its namesake, and honestly, that’s probably for the best.
Full report obtained by El Reg casts doubt on public test conclusionsExclusive A British drone collision study used as evidence for the government’s flagship drone pilot registration law found UAVs pose less of a risk to airliners than government officials and trade unions have claimed.The study, which the government refused to reveal in full despite being asked by industry and news media alike, is the key piece of supposedly scientific evidence backing its proposed Drone Bill.The risks caused by drones to manned aircraft were allegedly quantified by the study.A press release summary of the drone collision study, first published when the government revealed its registration plans last year, was used by airline pilots’ trade union BALPA as evidence of a “proven drone collision threat”.In reality, the full study – carried out on behalf of the government by defence R company Qinetiq and testing firm Natural Impacts – found that for airliners, the risk posed was far less alarming than both the union and the Department for Transport had claimed.