Sports Direct has reported a 60% annual drop in profits, a slump that has been blamed on the decline of the pound by chief executive Mike Ashley, however, research from the Reputation Institute has partially linked the misfortune to the reputation of retail mogul.The company, which issued a profit warning in January 2016, has been linked with numerous staff mistreatment scandals and has dropped out of the FTSE 100 since.The data “demonstrates a strong link between reputation and financial performance” according to the Reputation Institute – and it reads as follows.Sports Direct’s reputation score in Q1 2016 was ‘weak’ at 53 out of 100, in the following year this has plunged a further 11 points to 42, almost landing it in the ‘poor’ category reserved for the worst thought of brands.After being grilled by MPs over workplace standards, Ashley has vowed to reinvigorate the brand time-and-time again, as a slew of negative headlines stack up against the billionaire, and his retail empire.Workplace scandals, issues around the group allegedly spying on inspectors and more, have saw the public’s view of Sports Direct’s workplace and leadership decline 16 points to 27 out of 100 and 14 points to 42, respectively.
Ålandsbankenin osakekohtainen tulos petraantui hieman vuoden toisella neljänneksellä.Ålandsbanken liikevoitto nousi huhti-kesäkuussa 5,0 miljoonaan euroon edellisvuoden 4,6 miljoonasta eurosta.Osakekohtainen tulos nousi hieman ja oli 0,26 euroa osakkeelta, kun se vuosi sitten oli 0,23 euroa.Korkokate oli lähes edellisvuoden tasollaan 13,6 miljoonassa eurossa, kun se vuosi sitten oli 13,5 miljoonaa.Toimitusjohtajan Peter Wiklöfin mukaan talletukset kasvoivat toisella neljänneksellä 10 prosenttia, lainananto 8 prosentilla ja varainhoito 45 prosenttia vuositasolla.Volyymin kasvusta huolimatta pankin korkokate ei kasvanut samaa tahtia.
Rackspace takes its first step into the managed platform space.Rackspace and Pivotal are partnering to offer a managed Pivotal Cloud Foundry to enterprise customers.Marking Rackspace’s first managed platform offering.Announced at the Rackspace::Solve conference in New York, the two companies say that the new solution will help customers to quickly build and deploy applications at scale from the Pivotal Cloud Foundry.Rackspace will manage the cloud offering on any private or public cloud, in addition to customer-owned infrastructure.“Fortune 500 customers using Pivotal Cloud Foundry to build, deploy, and run their legacy and cloud-native apps have experienced 2,000 percent increase in developer productivity, as well as a 50 percent reduction in IT costs due to platform automation,” said Bill Cook, president and chief operating officer, Pivotal.
Cryptocurrency mining at home has been a topic of interest among hardware enthusiasts for several years.The potential to generate “free money” by putting your PC to work is a side hustle that some simply can’t pass up and before you know it, you’re running multiple machines dedicated solely to crunching numbers.If you can get in early and acquire the necessary hardware at a reasonable price, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up in the black (or perhaps at least break even on your investment).As we’ve seen with other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Litecoin, however, adding more miners to the overall equation will push the algorithmic difficulty to new heights.At some point, mining at home no longer becomes viable as you’re spending more on electricity than you’re able to generate in coins.Mix in a sudden decline in coin values and you’ve got an environment that’s ripe for a mass exodus.
Our current robots can do everything from laying bricks to carrying out complex legal work.In this increasingly dystopian, post-jobs world, it seems all mankind can do is wander the desolate beaches, waves lapping at our feet, and scratch futile poems into the sand, bemoaning what a cruel twist of fate we have sprung on ourselves.It seems that robots can now do that job as well — based on a new robot poet project carried out by a graduate from the University of Edinburgh.What Yuxi Liu has created for her master’s thesis is a project called “Poet on the Shore,” which takes the form of an autonomous, 3D-printed robot that potters around the beach writing poetry in the sand beneath its wheels.(We like to imagine it as what might happen if you trained a convolutional neural network on every episode of teen angst drama Dawson’s Creek ever!)“‘Poet on the Shore’ is part of my master dissertation in Design Informatics, exploring sensibility, sociability, and morality of machines,” Liu told Digital Trends.
The first VR-exclusive game hit 1 on Steam’s Global Top Sellers list because the devs know how to turn data into actionable insights.No studio or company in any industry has found the silver bullet — the answer to roping in consumers and keeping them penned up, fascinated, engaged, and spending their very real money.VB Insight reports have shown that people are generally excited about VR — 62 percent of consumers have at least tried a VR experience in one way, shape, or form, even if it’s just wandering by a game booth in the middle of the mall and popping on a head set.We’re all still poised, breath held, to figure out what it’s going to take to knock virtual reality out of the park and into everyone’s living rooms.Ben Solganik, a producer at Survios, the company that developed the first VR-exclusive game hit 1 on Steam’s Global Top Sellers list says there are hurdles to jump before any industry gets there.In the meantime, Solganik says, it’s on the studios to find what makes the VR experience click, and they’re limiting themselves in terms of what they think they’re able to do in the virtual reality playground, when there’s such an extraordinary amount of room to grow, and so much potential for mind-blowing creativity.
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons that so many people have Brexit regret is the fact that saying goodbye to the EU may compromise online data privacy.Meanwhile, EU nations are looking forward to enjoying more protection after the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) take full effect in 2018.Instead, there are many compelling reasons that the U.K. should fully adopt the GDPR anyway.I personally want more security for my data, and I’m sure that almost everyone agrees.I have personal experience with how devastating this can be, and I firmly believe that it would be a colossal mistake to not permanently put the GDPR in place.After all, every company in the world knows that they could be targeted by cyberthieves, so it should be reasonable to assume that major businesses would take every conceivable step to protect their customers.
The fireworks have come and gone, and summer is finally upon us.While many of the same tried and true activities perennially prevail, it has long been the norm that each ice cream cone is Instagrammed and every swimming hole Snapchatted.Given the reality that many will at least temporarily abandon their screen-lit caves in search of clambakes, beach parties and rose-colored glasses, there are still ample opportunities for marketers to reach consumers by connecting to and reinforcing these moments that matter.A quick “branded content” search yields 6,420,000 results, with countless bylines promising highly sought clarity.The industry’s confusion stems from inconsistencies in accurately measuring ROI; difficulties building in a compelling call to action; concerns over splicing success between publishers and brands; the proliferation of anxious in-house or inexperienced branded content studios; creative expression and freedom tugs of war.But defining value is a nuanced proposition.
The watch is beginning for seven esports teams in the U.S. and Asia, and it’s going to have an impact on an industry that research firm Newzoo expects will grow 41.3 percent to $696 million in 2017.Wednesday, Blizzard announced the first seven cities for its Overwatch League: Boston, New York, Miami-Orlando, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seoul, and Shanghai.Now, you may think that Hearthstone’s 70 million registered players is a bigger sign of success, but remember that Overwatch folks plunked down $40-$60 a pop for a disc or a download, while Blizzard’s “wizard poker” is free-to-play.And that’s part of the problem that Overwatch faces — competitive gamers are worried about how the Warcraft studio is handling the esports side, but part of this could be folks are waiting to see how Blizzard was going to handle the Overwatch League.But I also see another problem with the Chinese team — one of trust.Imagine if the Shanghai team goes on to dominate, a scenario could raise a conflict of interest.
Your bed just might be the most important piece of furniture in your life, and PangeaBed wants to infuse it with copper for a more comfortable, healthful night of rest.There are so many companies that want to ship a mattress to your home, it can be hard to keep track.Many offer a single-firmness mattress that’s more affordable than something you’d find at a chain store, but it’s becoming harder and harder to tell these mattress-in-a-box retailers apart.Meet PangeaBed, the company that’s attempting to differentiate itself with its copper-infused mattresses.The company says it brings “truly healthy, restorative sleep to health enthusiasts nationwide,” though there’s little evidence to support health claims about copper.Copper-infused Talalay latex is four times more breathable than other materials typically found in mattresses, like memory foam, polyurethane, or Dunlop process latex, according to PangeaBed.
Oukitel has just announced a new addition to their lineup coming soon and the upcoming Oukitel K3 should be quite different from most of other devices from this brand.It will be focused heavily on the looks with dual curved design on both sides and 5,5-inch FullHD Sharp LCD screen with protective Asahi Glass.It will also feature 4 cameras with dual-lens shooters both front and back.Main cameras on either side will be 13MP sensors interpolated to 16MP resolution and as the secondary ones will be used just 2MP ones.That’s about everything factual that’s known about the Oukitel K3 and we will have to wait for more information about the phone being released in the next days.Oukitel K3 will be quite slim and thin, but that doesn’t mean it’s planning to deny its heritage and the “K” line always meant some serious battery capacity.
Google has updated its data anomalies page to document that there was data loss within the Google Search Console tool for new users who signed up between June 21 and July 10, 2017.Those webmasters and SEOs who signed up to the Google Search Console and verified properties will not see those 20 days of data.Google seems to have fixed the issue going forward, but anyone who signed up as a new user to the Google Search Console during that date range of June 21 to July 10 will be missing data between those dates.All first-time Search Console users who joined Search Console during this period will be missing site data during this period.First-time users who joined before or after this period are not affected.This does not impact those who signed up to the Search Console before or after those dates.
Computer security biz Preempt warned last October that Microsoft NT LAN Manager (NTLM) should be avoided.On Tuesday, it plans to support its assessment by going public with details of two vulnerabilities.NTLM is an old authentication protocol.Though it was replaced by Kerberos in Windows 2000, Microsoft has not removed the code and it continues to be used.As Preempt describes it, NTLM has weak encryption, weak nonces, no multi-factor authentication, and no mutual authentication, making it susceptible to replay and man-in-the-middle attacks."NTLM is risky and should be used with caution (if not totally restricted) in your organization's network," said Yaron Zinar, a security researcher at Preempt, in a blog post last year.
Ask most people to explain this year’s rally in technology stocks and funds, and they’ll respond with a four-letter word: FANG, the popular acronym for Facebook , Amazon.com , Netflix NFLX 2.69% and Google (via the stock of its parent, Alphabet ).Most of the tech funds with the best returns year to date do rely heavily on FANG, and on Apple Inc., AAPL 1.02% according to data from fund researchers Morningstar Inc.And this changing of the guard, temporary or not, means at least one tech fund is outperforming not only the S 500 but the S Tech index, and without overweighting the FANGs.The year’s top-performing actively managed tech fund through July 7, according to data from Morningstar, is T. Rowe Price Global Technology (PRGTX), which listed only an 11% allocation to FANG stocks for the first quarter.The T. Rowe fund’s shares have risen 28.7% so far this year, before dividends, thanks in part to positions in London-based telecom firm Liberty Global LBTYA 0.70% and Tesla , TSLA 1.42% the latter of which it recently sold.The fund’s largest holding is cloud-computing leader Salesforce.com , CRM 1.23% says manager Josh Spencer.
Zendaya plays a quirky classmate of Peter Parker's in the newly released Spider-Man: Homecoming.It's fair to say she kicks a ton of ass in the role, thanks to all those deliciously deadpan quips.Yet there's been some confusion over the identity of the character she's actually playing.Den of Geek recently sat down with Marvel Studios boss Keven Feige, and the movie exec had some interesting comments to share regarding Pete's academic decathlon chum.More specifically, about that ultra teasing nickname which surfaces at the end of the film.“In setting up this will be a very different thing, she’s not Mary Jane Watson, that’s not who the character is.
It looks like a Batmobile – and now it’s headed to a city near you.A NASA Mars rover concept vehicle akin to something out of the caped crusader’s universe is embarking on an educational tour this month aimed to inspire the public about potential manned-missions on the Red Planet.“Experts believe the first person to step foot on Mars is already born,” Rebecca Shireman, assistant manager of public relations for the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, told Fox News.The 5,000-pound solar and battery-powered vehicle will be on display in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Jersey City and New York City.It is made of aluminum ad carbon-fiber and can split in two pieces, with one half being a laboratory and the other being used for scouting purposes.It was designed by SeaDek and Parker Brothers Concepts with the help of NASA Subject Matter experts and a former astronaut.
The Frozen Throne has featured prominently in 'Warcraft III' and 'World of Warcraft', so it's only natural that it would come to 'Hearthstone' as well.As the name suggests, the upcoming set of 135 new cards for the game will return to one of the most popular settings in Warcraft history: Northrend and the Frozen Throne (introduced in the eponymous expansion for Warcraft III).The Frozen Throne was once the icy prison of the shaman Ner’zhul, whose soul merged with prince Arthas of Lordaeron during the events of Warcraft III to form the Lich King, master of the undead Scourge and one of the most iconic villains in the Warcraft universe.He reared his head again in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion for World of Warcraft, which introduced the Death Knight class.Accordingly, Death Knights will be one of the headline features of the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion for Hearthstone.Every class will have a legendary card that transforms them into a Death Knight, replacing their hero power.
Now, Qualcomm is asking the US International Trade Commission to ban imports of those mobes and fondleslabs into America from their Chinese factories.Apple started using Intel's radio modems in 2016 in some of its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets.The rest of Apple's handsets use Qualcomm's technology."Qualcomm's inventions are at the heart of every iPhone and extend well beyond modem technologies or cellular standards," Qualcomm EVP and general counsel Don Rosenberg said."The patents we are asserting represent six important technologies, out of a portfolio of thousands, and each is vital to iPhone functions."Specifically, Qualcomm is alleging that some of Apple's flagship products rip off the following patents:
If you use a wheelchair to get around -- or roll with someone who does -- Google has just made it easier to know what kind of accessible doorways, elevators, parking and seating you're going to get when you arrive.A new feature in Google Maps for Android (and Google Search results) lets you scan one of 7 million map locations for that information, or add those details if you know them and Google doesn't.How to find accessibility info in Google MapsSearch for the location on Google Maps (Android, desktop) or in Google Search (mobile)How to add accessibility info to Google Maps (on Android)In Google Maps, open the main menu
Amazon's Music Unlimited service is typically offered at $9.99/month, but Amazon has activated a special promotion as a teaser to their upcoming Prime Day on July 11.The promotion just dropped today and gets you 4 months of their Music Unlimited service for just $0.99, if you're a Prime member (or have a 30 day Prime free trial: get one here).Music Unlimited offers tens of millions of songs, with new releases from today's most popular artists.Listen ad-free with unlimited skips on all of your devices, and download for offline listening.Learn more about the very competitive streaming music service from Amazon, and take advantage of the $0.99 subscription offer, at Amazon's Music Unlimited page located here.This story, "Leading Into Prime Day, Amazon Offers 4 Months of Music Unlimited for $0.99 - Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.