Mr Zuckerberg, are we the baddies?Facebook has admitted it was "far too slow" to recognize that its systems were being used to "spread misinformation and corrode democracy."In a blog post today by its manager of civic engagement Samidh Chakrabarti, the social media giant appears to have become self-aware following a year in which countless researchers, journalists and lawmakers have tried to get it to wake from its reverie and recognize how the company's vast publishing platform is being constantly misused – and that it was in part responsible.Clickbait fake news, disinformation from Russia to divide America that reached more than 120 million people, and similar crap, have plagued Facebook for years.Following a post earlier this month from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in which he acknowledged that the Silicon Valley titan needed to spend more time "protecting our community from abuse and hate, defending against interference by nation states, or making sure that time spent on Facebook is time well spent," Facebook underlings have seemingly been granted permission to question their own mythical view of themselves.The post revealed that the company is at least finally being honest about the scale of the problem.
Springbuk, an Indianapolis-based provider of health intelligence software, announced today that it has raised a $20 million series B round.St. Louis-based Lewis & Clark Ventures and Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures also participated in this round.According to Crunchbase’s data, Springbuk’s series B is the largest raised by an Indianapolis company since media startup The Odyssey raised a $25 million series B in 2015.It’s a positive development in an area (the Midwest) where scale-up capital has traditionally been hard to come by.VentureBeat’s Heartland Tech channel invites you to join us and other senior business leaders at BLUEPRINT in Reno on March 5-7.Springbuk, which launched its software in 2015, targets employers that are looking to assess how effective the various benefits services they offer are.
In Bud Light’s latest ad, a medieval king’s lackluster wartime speech fails to rouse his subjects ahead of battle.Seeing that the enemy is equipped with horses that are “faster and more intelligent” and “arrows with fire,” the king struggles to convince his troops that they have what it takes to win.But when he reveals that the competition is harboring cases of Bud Light, his subjects feverishly cry out ‘Dilly Dilly!” before rushing onto the battlefield.The spot, which will air during this weekend’s AFC and NFC championship games, is the second installment of what the brand is calling its ‘Dilly Dilly Super Bowl Trilogy.’ The first ad in the trilogy, which starred a wizard capable of turning anything into Bud Light, aired before Christmas.The final spot will air during the Super Bowl next month.Bud Light’s ‘Dilly Dilly’ catchphrase has become wildly popular since the brand first introduced it in August with a ‘Game of Thrones’-esque spot.
Naturally we demanded proof – and we got itInterview What's it like to fly an F-35 fighter jet?We interviewed the chief British test pilot on a uniquely British flying technique – and then had a play with a full cockpit simulator to find out for ourselves.In his view the F-35 and the Harrier, despite broadly doing the same thing (landing vertically) are "almost incomparable" in flying terms: "The design principle of the F-35 is 'low effort' while the Harrier is a challenge to fly."The theory behind the F-35's "sensor fusion" concept is that by putting some of the world's most advanced radars and other sensors on it, and then networking those with other F-35s, the unparalleled situational awareness this gives the pilots makes them a far more formidable fighting unit than other current frontline fighter jets."You are in charge, if you choose to use it.
The battle for the Iron Throne isn’t the only power struggle you’ll soon be able to find on HBO.The premium cable network has the new drama series Succession coming in June.As a teaser trailer released Thursday shows, the series centers on a media conglomerate and the complicated family that controls it.Created by Jesse Armstrong and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Adam McKay, Succession focuses on the Roy family as patriarch Logan (Brian Cox) approaches retirement age.Although he already has an heir apparent in second-oldest son Kendall (Jeremy Strong), there appear to be others who have ideas about who could or should take over as head of the firm.The teaser trailer offers a sneak peek at the strife, starting with Logan announcing that he’s not ready to step down.
The battle of the AI assistants and their devices is on.At CES 2018, a large portion of consumer electronics revolved around or, at the very least, supported the likes of Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.As the competition, not to mention the nastiness, between the two heats up, so do the expansion to global markets.Hot on the heels of CES, Amazon is finally making available in the UK one of its latest, and oddest, products, the Echo Spot.The best way to describe the Echo Spot is that it’s an Alexa alarm clock.Indeed, it’s designed to be put on bedside nightstands and whatnot.
DXC Technologies' employees still reluctant to upload their "skill profile" onto a company database they fear will be used in the next big redundancy rounds yesterday got a ticking off from top brass.The great unwashed at DXC were given a fortnight until 17 November to complete the online forms to create a “holistic and robust skills profile” that lets the firm slot the right people in the right areas.Cynical staff were anxious the new management system would be used by senior execs to quickly identify heads to be chopped when they arrived at the next phase of cost-cutting, and so ignored the request.But the workforce was never going to escape so easily, and an email titled "Important Reminder: SABA Cloud Employee Skills Profile Update and Resume Upload" was dispatched yesterday, co-signed by global veep Joe Doherty and senior veep Sreekanth Arimanithaya."As an important and time-sensitive reminder we are requesting your personal attention in completing you SABA Cloud Skills Profile and making this a top priority.The deadlines previously provided for completing this activity have passed and we are still not seeing adequate progress.
OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T are currently receiving open Beta 4 and Beta 2 respectively.This update brings new features most of which upgrades the launcher, adds OnePlus Switch application for backup and restore bug fixes/optimizations.However, OnePlus stated that some third party camera apps will not function properly with this update.The complete changelog as released by OnePlus is contained belowYou can see new categories when using the search icon in the drawerWhen you add applications that are similar, our system will help you automatically name the new folder you created
It's a few years back, when this IT consultant pilot fish is working in the aerospace and defense industry at a company with an interesting idea for paying employees."They decided to pay 85 percent of the average market rate to hire, giving them room to give people increases to meet market and even exceed it for special people," says fish."That sounds like a good idea, but they based their numbers on surveys of companies in the same industry.That might be appropriate for RF engineers -- who design radios for satellites or ground stations -- or even for computer scientists who write satellite flight dynamics control software."Because there are not many companies that build satellites, there is not much competition for those specialists, and a move would probably include a relocation."But it doesn't work for IT generalists -- the folks who write business applications.
The plot of Game of Thrones season 7?That leaked eight months before the first episode aired.The Galaxy S9 isn't due to be launched for at least another month and we already have a very good picture of what it will include.So it's kind of a miracle that there were no plot leaks for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.You can probably attribute that to Disney keeping it's new cash cow franchise closely under wraps, but you can't ignore the measures writer/director Rian Johnson took to make sure drafts of the script didn't end up in the wrong hands.Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Johnson revealed the, frankly, pretty simple things he did to make sure nothing went horribly wrong:
A survey that examined the compressed and squeezed genitals of men who identify as cyclists has found that they're all one hundred per cent fine, with no sexual or urinary deficiencies noticed in people who wear special shorts and take pleasure from rubbing themselves on extremely hard seats.This survey of the sexual health of cyclists included examinations of the white parts of 2,774 cyclists from the UK and around the world, and compared their sexual and urinary health with that of swimmers and runners.The researchers found there was no difference in performance between the groups, or between casual cyclists and the extreme world of the high intensity sports rider that puts on more than 25 miles in a session.All they found was an increase likelihood of acquiring "genital numbness" from the power riders, suggesting this can be negated by spending a bit more time standing up on the pedals.
About a month ago, OnePlus released a new Lava Red color variant for the OnePlus 5T in China and had since remained exclusive to that Country.Today, the new variant has been officially launched in India where it will be available online exclusively through online retailer Amazon India.This is the 3rd variants of the OnePlus 5T following the release of the OnePlus 5T Sandstone white edition and OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition.Intending buyers can already Register to be notified for the first sale of the OnePlus 5T Lava Red edition which will happen on Amazon.in beginning from 12pm IST, January 20.37,999 – the device will also be available on the OnePlus official store.Other than the new red paint job, the OnePlus 5T Lava Red Variant packs the same design and specs as the midnight color edition.
To say that Shaquille O’Neal is tall is one of the biggest understatements of all time.But even the seven-foot-one former NBA all-star looked (slightly) smaller next to the huge tech exhibits at CES 2018.That is, until he walked into Ring security’s garage-like booth and had to duck to get inside.The NBA MVP and self-proclaimed tech geek made an appearance Tuesday to talk about why he became spokesman for the company, why Ring products rock, and his favorite tech at CES.“A person comes up my car and they touch my car and my recorded voice yells, ‘Get ‘yo ass out of my car!”O’Neal — Shaq to most of us — was his usual jovial self in front of a gathered crowd, joking with the audience about how he works “undercover” as a police officer in Miami (it’s true that he’s a cop but he’s not undercover) and how much he hates his fellow TNT Inside the NBA analyst colleague Charles Barkley (probably not true, even though they often jokingly spar on TV).
Don't worry, you don't have to be a to get this thing to work, but you do have to write a computer program.Honestly, it's not as bad as you think—and anyway, I think everyone should be able to program a computer (at least a little bit).During each small time step (of 0.01 seconds), I am going to calculate the total force on the object.Next I will use that total force to calculate the acceleration and the velocity of the object at the end of this time interval.Finally, I will use this final velocity to calculate the position of the object at the end of the interval.Then I just have the computer repeat these calculations until the object gets to the ground.
Graphene, a versatile material composed of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in an hexagonal lattice, can do everything from making superior speakers to detecting cancer cells to creating ultrastrong shields.Forming a smart sensor which could be used as an early warning system to help keep babies safe from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), aka “crib death,” the unexpected and unexplained death of an apparently healthy baby.Developed by researchers at the United Kingdom’s University of Sussex, the smart sensor is composed of a length of flexible rubber tube, filled with water, oil, and graphene particles.The device is able to detect changes including the rising and falling of a person’s chest, potentially to lifesaving effect.“Normally what happens when you mix oil and water together is that they separate out; think about shaking a hot lava lamp,” lead researcher Dr. Matthew Large told Digital Trends.“Eventually all the small droplets you create collect together, because oil and water don’t like being in contact with each other.
At CES 2018, audio company Jabra announced a new product line called Elite, which is currently comprised of three earbuds models: the Elite 45e, Elite 65t, and Elite Active 65t.The first of the bunch, the 45e, feature a typical wired connection between the two otherwise wireless ear pieces, but the other two models are different: they’re ‘truly wireless,’ meaning there aren’t any wires connecting the bits together.The Elite 65t and Elite Active 65t are the third generation of Jabra’s own truly wireless earbuds.The ordinary 65t model are specifically designed to provide excellent voice and music experiences, according to the company.The unit features a four-microphone array, as well as one-touch access to Google Now and Siri, and integration with Alexa.This pair has up to 15 hours of run time per charge, though that includes the 10 hours provided by the charging case.
By Maria Geokezas, VP of Client Services for Heinz MarketingIf you’re like most of us, the past holiday season was spent catching up with friends, visiting family, enjoying good times, good food and lots of cocktails.For many of us that means eliminating all the things we came to depend on during the holiday season: Rich food, lots of socializing and plenty of booze.But let’s be real – stopping all this and keeping to our resolutions to eat less, drink less, spend less is really hard for a month, let alone the whole year.Instead of the strict 31-day cleanse I typically start on January 1st (aka Drynuary) that eliminates alcohol, sugar, caffeine, dairy, gluten (and fun!!It’s a process — and this year I’m approaching Drynuary by incorporating these health-oriented goals of less sugar and alcohol into my daily routine to create good habits that last.
ASUS brought a ton of products to CES 2018, but to PC gamers, one of the coolest is probably the ROG Strix GL 12.In a world packed with pre-built gaming PCs, manufacturers have the task of figuring out how to make their product stand out from the rest.ASUS hopes that it’s found the winning formula, which is a combination of hand-picked hardware and lights.Lots and lots of lights.The top-of-the-line configuration for the ROG Strix GL 12 comes packing an 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8700K which, when used with ROG Turbo Gear, is capable of reaching clock speeds of 4.8GHz.That bit about “hand-picked hardware” earlier refers to ASUS’s claim that each Strix GL 12 processor has been “tested and handpicked by ROG engineers to ensure the very best performance.”
Law firm Doyle APC has filed a class action lawsuit against Intel for the design defect found in all of Intel’s x86-64x CPUs.2018 has not been a great year for Intel so far, as the last week or so has simply been a tsunami of bad news concerning security vulnerabilities in its x86-64x CPUs.Considering the extent of the Intel’s woes, it wasn’t going to be too long before a class action appeared, and here it is; Garcia, et al.vs. Intel Corp, Case No.The case itself aims to represent any US purchaser of Intel CPUs containing the defect, or purchasers of a device containing one of these Intel processors.The defect is actually down to what Intel must have through was a clever bit of engineering.
Following a negative response to soft drink Irn-Bru’s decision to alter its recipe and reduce the quantity of sugar in its products, it’s maker, AG Barr has released a statement on its official Twitter page.In order to quell the criticism over the decision, the company’s statement read: “We know a lot of people are concerned right now about the changes to Irn-Bru.We understand but we want to reassure you of a few things.Irn-Bru will still be made with the same secret flavour essence as it’s always been.""So it’ll have its unique taste.Irn-Bru will still be a sugary drink.