p Martin Freeman, who will either be Tim From The Office, Watson, or a Hollywood celebrity to you, is the star of Vodafone's new UK TV advert, and the first celeb it's used to sell minutes and texts for years, if you don't count that CG Yoda.Freeman, in the character of "Mr Interruption," precipitously and inadvertently topically elbows his way through a crowd at a wedding, before giving his guest some advice on sharing videos through social media while overseas.Obviously that's a disaster on mobile -- unless you're on Vodafone.The part that's not really true and depends on network conditions and you not being in the countryside where there's only 2G if you stand on top of a bale of silage.He's one of us made good, that's why this is news.Make loads of money and carry on being famous.
p As more data is created, businesses need to hammer down on the deployment of secure networks which will minimise the rate of attacks on networks.For example, IDC predicts that the amount of data created annually will reach 180 zettabytes in 2025.This is generated from both, the number of devices that will be developed to create this data as well as the sensors within each device.The vast amounts of data that are being created increases the importance of data protection that is implemented as the data is stored.However, many businesses are not aware of how to protect the data they use, something which may stem from a lack of awareness as to what data is being collected and used.“Getting that balance right is difficult because most organisations don’t even know what type of data they’ve got.
p This article was update on 5-23-2017 by Will Nicol to include Mobills and Money Lover.It’s also available online and on wearables.Rather than passively track your net worth across various institutions like Mint, this free app actively compares your stocks’ performance to the markets in real-time, thus allowing you to keep up to speed on your financial health.The app even provides access to a team of professionals who can offer more personalized advice to further grow your nest egg, though their optional services cost extra.Mint, Intuit’s personal finance app, is a lifesaver for keeping tabs on your overall financial health.This budget app links up with all your different bank accounts, loan accounts, credit cards, and shows them all within a single, streamlined interface.
p Kubernetes cluster cat herding, brought to you by IstioMicroservices architecture, in which monolithic apps get broken down into a set of distinct services, goes well with containers and orchestration.Containers (eg, Docker) provide a way to manage and run microservices so that they're insulated from each other, and orchestration (eg, Kubernetes) provides a way to juggle all the containers, spinning them up or down as needed.But operating multitudes of microservices across countless virtual bit-bins creates a management and maintenance challenge, particularly at scale.It can be difficult to identify issues in computing clusters.Google, IBM, and Lyft on Wednesday released an open-source project called Istio to make microservices easier to oversee.
p Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup has remained largely unchanged for the last two generations.Now you can make that three: The new Surface Pro (2017)—no, not the Surface Pro 5—features substantial internal improvements, but otherwise refuses to mess with a good thing.Perhaps the biggest change is semantic: Microsoft has decided to call the Surface Pro a “laptop” rather than a 2-in-1.The Surface Pro's form factor has always had "lapability" issues, and changing the name isn't going to make that go away.Set next to each other, the Surface Pro 4 and the new $799 Surface Pro are virtually indistinguishable, especially when matched up with the Surface Pro 4’s Signature Type Cover.Both boast 12.3-inch PixelSense displays, but the new Surface Pro (2017) adds a better keyboard, reclines to a Surface Studio-like 165 degrees, and takes advantage of a new, more sensitive optional Surface Pen.
p The value of Bitcoin has hit a new high with each individual coin now worth more than $2,100 (£1,615).The valuation caps a strong month for the virtual currency, with its value growing by more than 65% in a month.The steady rise in value is believed to be linked to policy changes in Japan and China that have made it easier for speculators to trade in bitcoins.Many other virtual currencies have also enjoyed a sustained rise in value over the last few weeks.Bitcoin first broke the $1,000 (£768) barrier in November 2013 but its value has fluctuated wildly since then.For instance, in early 2014 one bitcoin was worth only $280 (£215).
Wannacry is by far the largest attack, with utpressningsprogram so far, and despite the fact that the original attack came to a halt thanks to the discovery of a ”kill switch” the damage has been enormous.the security researcher Benjamin Delpy developed a program that can save an affected computer with the older operating systems (Windows XP, Vista, or 7) if have not restarted the computer since Wannacry encrypted files.Wanakiwi called the program, and it works by searching through all the ram in the computer in search of the large prime numbers used to create the encryption key that locked the files.the Developers of the Wannacry thought not to write over these, and so far have not restarted the computer, they are probably still in the memory and can save your files.For users with Windows 8 or later is the internal memory protected in a way that makes that this simple measure does not work anymore.
/p p When entrepreneurs make the pilgrimage to San Francisco to change the world with their ideas, they do so for the vast amount of resources present in the Valley.Detroit, too, has immense resources at an entrepreneur’s disposal, but to build and scale in Detroit is to build and scale Detroit itself – something you can no longer do in the Valley.With 75 percent of the US automotive industry R investment located in Michigan, the future of self-driving cars will be built and tested across Detroit.New facilities like Mcity and the American Center for Mobility will support testing and validation of autonomous vehicles.And business titans that call Detroit home include Dan Gilbert, Roger Penske, Chris Ilitch, and Bill Ford./p p There’s a hidden diamond in the Midwest that contains an economy larger than California.
p If you're a fan of Bobby Moynihan and his bevy of characters, set your DVRs to catch this week's season finale of Saturday Night Live.After nine seasons of hilarity, notable characters like Drunk Uncle, and impressions of everyone from Guy Fieri to Chris Christie, Bobby Moynihan will be leaving Saturday Night Live, reports Deadline.Moynihan’s last appearance will be on the season finale airing this Saturday on NBC.It will feature Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as host and Katy Perry as the musical guest.The comedic actor won’t be absent from the small screen, though, as his comedy pilot Me, Myself & I was picked up by CBS, and made its way to the fall schedule.The single-camera show will also star veteran actor John Larroquette (The Librarians) and examine three periods in Alex Riley’s life: as a 14-year-old boy, as a 40-year-old man in present day, and a 65-year-old in 2042.
p Holding up a phone, on-screen directions show you where the paint is.And how to get there.Maybe, even, remember where you shopped last.Lowe's hardware stores have already been experimenting with indoor mapping via Google Tango, and now 400 stores will be indoor-mapped in the future.Google Tango is a camera for phones that adds advanced augmented reality, but its real killer app is indoor mapping.At Google's I/O developer conference, a new Visual Positioning Service beta was announced that will accurately map indoor places into persistent 3D maps, no Wi-Fi or GPS required.
/p p Google has launched a new cloud-based service called IoT Core that enables its enterprise customers to manage their IoT devices, as well as collect and analyze the data those devices produce./p p IoT Core marks Google's first major move into the enterprise IoT.Competing cloud providers Microsoft and Amazon carved out IoT-specific services based off their cloud offerings a while ago — Microsoft launched Azure IoT in September 2015 and Amazon released AWS IoT later that year.But it does now, and that means a large segment of Google's cloud customers could be looking to integrate the IoT into core segments of their businesses, and need the tools to manage, process, analyze, and store all the data that produces./p p But while the service could help Google play catch-up, it won't likely help it gain a lead over competing services quite yet.Here's why: /p Companies need help with IoT implementation and management.
p Digital signature service DocuSign has confirmed that hackers recently managed to gain access to one of its computer systems and obtain customer and user e-mail addresses.The stolen data is already being put to use as the company says it observed an increase in targeted phishing e-mails sent to some of its customers and users both last week and again this week.As Krebs on Security correctly points out, the matter is especially troubling because it allows attackers to target users with phishing e-mails that may be expecting to click links in an e-mail from the service.DocuSign notes that as part of its investigation into the matter, they’ve confirmed that their core eSignature service, customer documents and envelopes remain secure.Furthermore, no names, passwords, physical addresses, social security numbers, credit card data or other related information was accessed in the breach.The company said it took immediate action upon learning of the unauthorized access, put additional security controls in place and is working with law enforcement agencies on the matter.
p A new line of automotive radar sensors from Texas Instruments not only offers chips to watch for dangers on the road, but also includes a chip that can monitor the driver in the car.Its proximity-sensing short-range radar can detect when a person is in the car, and shows enough resolution for gesture control and monitoring driver attention.Texas Instruments includes its AWR1443 radar sensor among a new line of very small radar chips tested for automotive quality, meaning they can endure vibration and temperature extremes.Other chips in the series identify objects from a car, up to 200 meters away, or in closer range, from 5 to 100 meters.Automakers use radar sensors on cars to enable such driver assistance features as adaptive cruise control, which matches the speeds of slower traffic ahead, even down to a complete stop.Radar also enables collision prevention systems, which automatically apply the brakes when a car is about to hit an object.
p It’s never the most exciting of smartphone accessories to be picking up, but if you drive a lot then it’s probably worth having.Since we’ve all got a little SatNav in our pockets now, all you need is a safe way to prop it in easy view while you’re on the road.The Just Mobile team have come up with an innovative and simple solution, and for Android Authority readers there’s an extra little saving on the recommended retail price.The Xtand Car Vent Mount simply clips onto your dashboard vent.The angle of the phone is adjusted with a neat little 360-degree aluminium swivel joint which tightens up to avoid phone sagging, and the adjustable grip comfortably holds just about any smartphone out there.Once you get where you’re going you can just unclip it and pop it in your pocket.
When the sorting system does not recognize the mail, that the video was encoded, i.e., the shipment goes to a picture of a computer and a person to control manually the right.Why did the Post office to buy a video coding PostNL Data solution for that to do the work in the Philippines?”the fly in the ointment is proved, that the letters of a well-functioning automatic identification technology is a magazine on the side doesn't work so well.They have been standing up for hours a day because of it, we do not have the capacity to fully exploit”, the Mail sorting function to the director responsible for My Häsä tell.the Philippines is the people doing faster response to demanding work.We don't have domestic operators identified that three shifts would be able to respond to such needs.”
p Would you pay more to get your Netflix fix?How about on weekends, when the urge to binge strikes hardest?A price hike could well be in the works with the streaming giant quietly testing out changes to the cost of plans in Australia.The Australian reports that Netflix has tested upping Australian prices by as much as AU$3 over weekends, increasing its Basic plan from AU$8.99 to AU$9.99 a month, its Standard plan from AU$11.99 to AU$13.99 a month, and its Premium plan from AU$14.99 to AU$17.99 a month.Netflix confirmed that it has tested price changes, but was quick to emphasise that it has not made any announcement to change prices, either locally or globally."We continuously test new things at Netflix and these tests typically vary in length of time," the company said in a statement.
p Nintendo and Japanese mobile game company DeNA are developing a game based on the The Legend of Zelda series for smartphones, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal report./p p Kyoto-based Nintendo hasn’t commented yet.The WSJ reported cites “people familiar with the matter.” The report said that the previously announced Animal Crossing game for smartphones will debut in the second half of 2017, and The Legend of Zelda game will follow that./p p Zelda is at an all-time high as a franchise, as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch debuted in March to near-perfect reviews, earning a 97 out of 100 on review aggregator Metacritic.We’ve asked Nintendo for comment./p p Under new president Tatsumi Kimishima, Nintendo has moved into the modern age of games and embraced smartphone games.
p As large tech companies gear up to make a stronger push into machine learning and artificial intelligence, Apple has acquired a company to fill out its own capabilities in the area.Specifically, Apple has picked up Lattice Data, a company that applies an AI enabled inference engine to take unstructured, “dark” data and turn it into structured (and more usable) information.We’ve heard from a single source that Apple has paid a price of around $200 million.The deal was closed a couple of weeks ago, the source said, and about 20 engineers have joined the larger company.“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch.Lattice quietly raised at least $20 million funding from GV, Madrona and InQTel before exiting from stealth last year.
p When you grow up in the middle of Kansas, chances are good you'll relate to a frustrated farm kid who dreams of a life of adventure.Luke Skywalker would look up at the setting twin suns and wonder what his life could be like if he just left home.As a farm kid in rural Kansas in the '70s, I daydreamed just like Luke, staring up at the stars watching sci-fi films like "Star Wars" at the drive-in theater.For those who don't know what drive-ins are, they had large outdoor screens, and people parked their cars next to individual speakers to hear movies while enjoying them under a night sky.(Though to be honest, for years I mixed up Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo, and Burt Reynolds, who played Bandit.As an imaginative kid, it was hard see where the Star Wars galaxy ended and our own night sky began.
p The row between gig economy workers companies took a turn today when a firm admitted for the first time that it had wrongly classified staff and deprived them of holiday pay.Royal Mail subsidiary ECourier launched a review into its hiring policies after admitting that it has unlawfully denied one of its bicycle couriers basic employment rights by classifying them as an independent contractor.The company backed down in the face of an employment tribunal and said it would pay courier Demille Flanore £545.It added that it would review the contracts of the 350 self-employed delivery cyclists on its books under similar terms.The Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain brought the case on behalf of Flanore after the 23-year-old broke his wrist in an accident while working and was forced to take time off without sick or holiday pay.Flanore said: "I'm very happy with this outcome, it's a step in the right direction for the courier industry and for people still working in it.