Even in this era, where social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can help both small and big businesses, it’s still important for companies to establish their own web sites as well, which they can control with no fear of their message being blocked or pushed to the background by some shift in an algorithm.Today, we have a special deal from Arch Hosting that will give you a lifetime of web site hosting for 95 percent off its normal price.You can choose from two packages.If you are just starting your business, then the Startup Web Hosting deal is for you.It costs $24.99, a massive cut compared to its normal $540 price tag.It offers 2 GB of SDD storage on Arch Hosting’s servers to host your site, along with 500 GB of bandwidth for one domain name.
Zee Entertainment has launched its new OTT platform Zee5 with a music video.The 12-language music video titled ApniBhashaMeinFeelHai (There is feel in our own languages) created by BBH India aims to connect and cater to the Indian audience who speak different languages (every region has a different language in India).The music has been composed by Amit Trivedi and lyrics have been written by Amitabh Bhattacharya in partnership with the BBH team.The video has been directed by Nitesh Tiwari.Also, two versions of the anthem have been created – one for the North market and one for the South.Archana Anand, digital head at Zee5 India said: “We see Zee5 as filling a definite need-gap in the Indian market for strong language content and navigation experience across Indian languages.
Many Mac users may have come across a small window that appears on top of their browser when surfing the Web that warns them, ‘System Scan is Recommended’.Whoever is behind the message (and it may not be the website owner, but some poorly policed ads network) wants you to agree to something that will probably cost you money, leave your data at risk, or otherwise cause you unwanted problems.These browser pop-up scams attempt to frighten you into paying money, providing personal information, or calling premium rate phone numbers that will cost you a bomb.[Also read: Lock it down: The macOS security guide (updated)]Other common messages that sometimes appear when Macs are infected with malware or adware include warnings that the government has seized your computer and you must pay to have it released, or that your computer has been infected, and you need to call a tech support number to resolve the problem.If Quit is greyed out, just use Command-Option-Esc, or Force Quit from the menu bar.
After dominating the smartphone market in India last year, Chinese hardware brand Xiaomi is now going after couch potatoes across the country with its TVs, which play nice with cable and satellite set-top boxes.The smart Mi TV 4 comes with PatchWall, an OS that surfaces content from the channels available through your set-top box in a modern interface.It also lets you browse content available from several local streaming partners that Xiaomi has teamed up with.The company says that you’ll find more than 500,000 hours of shows and movies on the platform from the likes of Hotstar, Voot, Sony Liv, and TVF, and that 80 percent of the catalog will be available to stream online for free.Plus, PatchWall makes discovery and browsing possible across these and your set-top box channels through a unified interface and Bluetooth remote control.That sounds like a treat for the 200 million households in the country that still watch TV without an internet connection in India – and use separate remotes for their TVs and set-top boxes.
The government has made a big deal about identifying extremist material online, and seems to be involved in an uphill battle to get online communities to actually give a fuck.That way it can be dealt with immediately, rather than sitting around for 36 hours while the social networks sit on their hands pretending it's not there.It's also a huge improvement on the two hour window the government demanded last year, with the Home office reporting that the bot was able to detect 94 per cent of IS material with 99.995 per cent accuracy.To help spread the flow of the material, the government will be making this tech available to internet companies - including the smaller sites that have seen big increases in the amount of extremist material that gets published.While that seems like a noble goal in this case, it doesn't get problematic if governments are able to force social media companies to remove whatever content it doesn't like.That's not a defence of extremist content, but it's the kind of thing governments like China might consider to enhance the strength of its online censorship.
If you’re anything like us and have developed an insatiable appetite for anything Winter Olympics related (we’ve become Luge experts overnight) then let us introduce you to an alternative sporting competition.The world’s first robot ski tournament was held in Hoengseong, South Korea, yesterday approximately eight hours away from the real deal in PyeongChang.Something, which is probably for the best as some of the robots turned out to be dangerously incapable of skiing in a straight line.Eight teams from local Korean universities, and tech companies took part in the inaugural event with each designing a self-driving humanoid robot to slalom down the slopes without assistance.In high winds - which have already postponed some of the human events, including the women’s giant slalom on day three and the men’s downhill and women’s snowboard slopestyle on Sunday - the robots lined up to compete.Some crashed into the net fencing within seconds, others failed to navigate the flag poles and just slid from the top of the mountain to the bottom.
When Volkswagen first started showing off its I.D.family of future electric vehicles, it felt like they were still ages away from coming to fruition.Volkswagen will begin production of its I.D.EV lineup in November 2019, Autocar reports, citing a VW announcement at its MEB Supplier Summit, an event for suppliers that will work on VW's dedicated electric vehicle platform.The majority of the world will receive the I.D.Billed as a Golf-size EV, the I.D.
The WFA recently surveyed top marketers, learning that programmatic budgets will grow by 11% in 2018 despite ongoing industry concerns around transparency and the "murky" media supply chain.We spoke to four experts from IAB UK, Clear Channel, The Programmatic Advisory and Auto Trader, to explore how programmatic can grasp an industry-wide standard to achieve.In less than ten years, automated trading has proven itself to be an efficiency gain for buyers looking to find the right audience for products and services.IAB UK’s, senior programmes manager, Dee Frew expresses that with this degree of sophistication, comes a need from buyers to re-learn digital trading in order to maximise returns.He says: “Part of that learning, in order to maintain standards, is about becoming familiar with the unique nature of your offering and how best to protect it through the multitude of quality control vendors and industry-level initiatives available to you.”But there’s still a long way to go to maintain standards that the entire industry will accept.
The problem with this scenario is that location-based tech companies focus on scale for both collecting data and buying programmatic ad inventory that’s often filled with fraud.That’s the wrong way to think about it, argued Doug Rozen, chief digital and innovation officer at Omnicom-owned media agency OMD.In other words: Less is more in location-based advertising.OMD thinks location-based companies make a lot of shady claims about their ad platforms, so it’s building its own programmatic private marketplace—dubbed Redpin—with the help of a handful of vetted players, including Snapchat and IMB’s The Weather Channel.“We thought it would be more appropriate to make accuracy the most critical factor in understanding location versus scale.”Redpin works by serving ads on mobile sites and apps through Accuen, Omnicom’s programmatic platform.
The cryptocurrency boom has created a persistent shortage of high-end graphics cards.That has been a headache for gamers, who have to pay inflated prices for GPUs—if they can find them at all.On Thursday, Nvidia reported soaring profits for the fourth quarter of 2017—a period when rapidly rising prices for Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies was driving a boom in amateur cryptocurrency mining with graphics cards."Strong demand in the cryptocurrency market exceeded our expectations," Nvidia chief financial officer Colette Kress said in a call with analysts on Thursday.Nvidia enjoyed revenue of $2.9 billion in the fourth quarter, which ended on January 28.Nvidia's net income rose 33 percent to a record $1.1 billion.
SpaceX has reinvigorated space exploration: There can be no doubt that putting a cherry red Tesla Roadster into space, as part of the Falcon Heavy X rocket launch on 2/ 5/18, captured the world’s attention.It showcased what vision, ability, talent and a whole lot of money, can accomplish.One would imagine that investors are clamoring to pour more money into future projects.This was also the world’s greatest ad campaign for Tesla, for which there are some pretty bold plans in their own right.A letter was sent to shareholders stating that they are planning to send an autonomous Tesla car on a coast-to-coast trip in 2018.Spotify vs. Apple: When it comes to overall users, there is no question that Spotify is the current leader in streaming music services.
The Doomsday Clock now stands at two minutes until midnight, meaning that, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, humanity is closer to nuclear war than we've been since 1953.Congress reportedly pressured AT and Verizon to drop plans to sell phones made by China’s Huawei, Republican lawmakers proposed a bill that would block government agencies from doing business with contractors that use networking gear from Chinese companies, regulators blocked the sale of money-transfer company MoneyGram to an affiliate of China’s Alibaba, and President Donald Trump announced a 30 percent tariff on foreign-made solar panels.The results of the IP investigation are expected any day, leaving analysts bracing for possible retaliation from China.More drastic action could follow if the US takes additional steps after the IP investigation.The back-and-forth with China, along with US saber-rattling in other arenas, has some US tech companies concerned.“We’re worried about the politically motivated demonization of global trade,” says Jamie Girard of SEMI, a trade group representing the makers of semiconductor-manufacturing equipment.
Weeks ago, a disturbing subreddit called “deepfakes” featuring adult content edited using artificial intelligence went viral.The content seemingly featured popular actresses (and the occasional actor) in adult movies, though none of those celebrities had actually participated in the content and none had given their consent.The videos were edited using artificial intelligence, and now Reddit is squashing them.Reddit is calling these “deepfaked” videos involuntary pornography, and it has just banned the Deefakes subreddit that was sharing them.In a statement published on the site, one Reddit administrator explained that the company has implemented new site-wide rules specifically against such content, whereas before those rules were part of a larger single policy covering multiple facets of unacceptable content.Under the new policy, Reddit says that porn created and/or posted without permission is banned including ones “that have been faked.” This covers the issue of what it calls involuntary pornography in which someone uses the face of a celebrity (or anyone else) and uses AI to seamlessly edit it over the face of a participant in an adult film.
Nokia has announced a partnership with energy company EDF to test the performance of LPWA technology for IoT use in industrial settings.EDF’s R team in France will make use of ‘TestHub Services’ in Nokia’s device testing lab.The lab claims to offer carrier-grade wireless infrastructure for testing IoT/M2M objects, chipsets, modules, and user devices across all wireless technologies and frequencies.Stéphane Tanguy, Head of IT Systems, EDF R, said:“The Internet of Things offers tremendous opportunities for our group.Many use cases can be enabled by IOT technologies in various businesses from power generation to marketing.
It's here, but it's unclear what it looks like.It looks like Westworld is off the rails in a very big way.But if it still doesn't look like anything to you, perhaps the maze is for you after all.While the trailer gives few clues of what to expect for the plot of season 2, a since-deleted tweet from the show's account on Friday indicated Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson from "Thor: Ragnarok") may have known and maybe even orchestrated the "unveiling" during the season 1 finale.Did Hale organize the rebellion?Are the robots seriously taking over or is there simply a new master in charge?
Philadelphia-based deli foods maker Dietz & Watson is running a regional Super Bowl pre-game ad with a knowing wink to Bud Light’s popular campaign playing off the “Dilly Dilly” catchphrase.The spot was created by Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners, which Dietz & Watson recently named as its agency of record.It opens with Ye Royal Deli attendant bellowing a hearty “Deli Deli,” before introducing a new food giveaway by “ye royal purveyor of meats and cheeses” at DeliDeli.live.Error loading player: No playable sources foundThe ad even makes a nod to the product whose catchphrase it steals, when a member of the crowd asks if there is also free beer.(No, no, there is it, but they have all the meats.)
Ivanka and Melania Trump took to Twitter this week to commemorate the first day of Black History Month on Thursday (1 February), but were both immediately eviscerated, triggering swift and furious backlash.In light of President Donald Trump's history of controversial statements and policies during his first year in office, many blasted their tweets as hypocritical and "complicit" in Trump's "racist" behaviour and agenda."During BlackHistoryMonth, we celebrate heroes like Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who were sojourners for freedom – and we resolve to continue to bring greater equality, dignity, and opportunity to all Americans, regardless of race or background," Ivanka tweeted.Trump's daughter and White House adviser Ivanka has frequently drawn criticism for failing to speak up against Trump's policies and standing up for issues she claimed to believe in.While many slammed Ivanka's post as "empty words", some questioned whether she used the word "sojourners" in the right context."Lady, you and your family, particularly your father, @POTUS hardly have a proven track record of success with "freedom for All Americans", let alone African-Americans," one Twitter user wrote.
Dutch spin-off to Liberty Global also singled out as party pooperVodafone posted a fall in sales of 3.6 per cent to €11.8bn (£10.3bn) in its third quarter results – with the UK market representing the biggest revenue drag.Sales in Blighty fell 4.8 per cent to €1.5bn.Meanwhile, the biz blamed deconsolidation of Vodafone Netherlands, which has become a joint venture with Liberty Global, for the overall turnover hit.Unsurprisingly, the company remained tight-lipped about whether a similar, long-rumoured tie-up in the UK was still on the cards.The biz noted "improvements in consumer mobile and fixed line being offset by a slowdown in enterprise" in Blighty.
The UK's financial ombudsman has been analysing successful and unsuccessful cases of holiday injury compensation, with the startlingly obvious conclusion being that if you're too drunk to sign your name when you arrive in hospital it's likely that your insurer is going to refuse to pay your local emergency treatment costs.The case of the extremely drunk man who couldn't point a pen the right way round was one of around 900 travel insurance complaint cases the ombudsman was asked to get involved with in the last quarter of 2017, with the massively hammered man's claim for compensation also hindered by the local hospital admission doctor describing him as being in a state of "acute alcohol intoxication" -- as in, it's your own fault you couldn't stand up, pal.Hence his insurers were right to deny payment.One other man, though, who was just a little bit drunk he promised, managed to get his insurance payout for falling over in a nightclub toilet deemed valid, as it was decided he probably would have had the same accident even if he'd not been drinking.So watch out for those foreign, locally-cast floor tiles is the subtext.They're slippery when covered with tourist piss.
The Super Bowl isn’t for another few days, but Amazon is getting a jump on the big game with the release of a star-studded Super Bowl ad.The commercial imagines a world in which the company’s Alexa assistant has “lost her voice,” leading a frantic Jeff Bezos to seek out replacements in the forms of various celebrities.As the minute-and-a-half ad unfolds, Alexa users discover that instead of Alexa’s neutral, semi-robotic tones, their requests to, say, get a recipe for grilled cheese are met by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey, while he hurls abusive remarks at them about their inabilities to cook.Cardi B shows up to play her hit song “Bodak Yellow,” instead of the requested country music, Rebel Wilson tries a little too hard to “set the mood” at a house party, and Sir Anthony Hopkins rounds out the spot in an ending that proves once and for all that the Oscar-winning actor can make almost anything sound menacing.(To be fair, the supervillian-esque peacocks and dramatic pauses don’t really help him appear less evil.)Fortunately, — or unfortunately, depending on how much you like Anthony Hopkins or Cardi B — Alexa isn’t getting replaced with a new voice anytime soon.