Besides betting big on mobile and camera as the augmented reality platform of the near future, the social media powerhouse outlined its Messenger platform as the place where you socialize, get entertained, and shop.Some are naturally worried about increased clutter and issues with privacy, but as Wired cofounder Kevin Kelly puts it, “vanity trumps privacy” for most consumers.Here are some genuine value opportunities for audiences and brands alike in Facebook’s new conversational and visual universe.Mobile, and especially messaging on mobile, is our most personal digital space.The brands you let in and keep here get closer to skin than most friends.Companies like Bain list up to 30 elements of value, but you can start with a few key value generators outlined below.Educating people about things they want or need to know is a clear proposition.I use the Wall Street Journal bot to this end every morning before the markets open, whereas Duolingo can make learning French easier by chopping lessons to snackable sizes.Empowering people to do new things is another way to bring the goods.MeditateBot helps you get to a daily meditation rhythm and stick to it.Optimizing people’s lives by saving them money, time, and effort has been one of the internet’s main boons and bots will accelerate this.
Last week ended badly for Russian hackers.The United States Department of Justice revealed that Peter Yuryevich Levashov was picked up in Barcelona a couple of weeks back for his association with the Kelihos botnet.Levashov said he'd been told the arrest was due to his creation of a virus in some way linked to the Russia's suspected interference in the recent US presidential election.We pooh-poohed that theory at the time and now so has the DoJ which in a statement says Levashov will be charged with “harvesting login credentials, distributing bulk spam e-mails, and installing ransomware and other malicious software.”The DoJ says Levashov sent spam urging recipients to buy shares as part of a “pump and dump” scam, among other naughtiness.If the USA can extradite Levashov, he'll have a decent idea of what awaits him because the DoJ has also proudly proclaimed that carder Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, aka “Track2”, has been handed 27 years inside for stealing 2.9 million credit cards he mostly prised from point-of-sale systems.
Apple's next big launch may be a literal one as the tech giant seemingly has an interest in internet-beaming satellites.The tech giant recently hired two executives who led space operations and satellite engineering at Google, according to "people familiar with the matter" speaking with Bloomberg.The ex-Googlers are set to join a new hardware team at Apple, led by Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy.Duffy, by the way, is himself a former Alphabet employee thanks to Nest buying Dropcam in 2014.Duffy left to join Apple last year after reportedly clashing with Tony Fadell.Collecting aerial data to improve Apple Maps is one possible explanation for Apple's orbital ambitions, but evidence more strongly suggests the iPhone 7 maker has designs to launch or at least be involved in delivering broadband internet from space.
Over the past six weeks, Tesla’s stock price has skyrocketed 25%, with shares currently trading in the $304 range.With a market cap of nearly $50 billion, Tesla is currently more valuable than Ford — which has a market cap of $46 billion — and is close to surpassing GM which currently boasts a market cap of $51 billion.Predictably, Tesla’s valuation has elicited ridicule from critics who can’t help but point out that Tesla in 2016 delivered 76,230 vehicles.In stark contrast, Ford during the first half of 2016 alone delivered 1.35 million cars to customers.That data, though, is irrelevant as far as Wall Street is concerned.And in that respect, as EV adoption continues to grow steadily, Tesla’s future looks incredibly bright.
Facebook is dealing with the fallout of yet another live-streamed tragedy, and major advertisers are coming off a boycott of YouTube, after ads displayed alongside extremist content made headlines.Giraffe Cam: A livestreaming success storyJust over two months ago, Animal Adventure Park, an educational animal park located in Harpursville, New York, launched a YouTube channel and added a live Giraffe Cam for April the giraffe, who was pregnant with her fourth calf.April quickly became a worldwide sensation as millions of people around the world tuned in to watch Animal Adventure Park’s Giraffe Cam in hopes that they might catch a glimpse of her giving birth.What’s more, the channel was the fastest to reach 100 million live views – a milestone only seven other channels have reached – and the fifth-fastest channel to reach 200m total views.While the world’s interest in April and her soon-to-be-born offspring was surging, retailer Toys ‘R’ Us, whose mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, is (as his name suggests) a giraffe, was capitalizing on the attention.
The S8 is one of Samsung's strongest flagship offerings ever, with an all-new design, slim bezels, and the debut of a speedy new processor.We're here to cut through the hype, though, and while Samsung has done a commendable revamp of its flagship smartphone, there are a few issues that might give people pause.The Iris scanner and face unlockBixby—under construction, but not very goodGPU performance versus the resolution settingsModern hardware design, but let's focus on user experience
We already rounded up the day’s best daily deals, but it turns out there’s plenty more out there that you need to know about.We just would be able to sleep at all tonight with the knowledge that these sales are going on and our readers weren’t made aware.In this post, we’ll cover five of our favorite gadgets out there that are all on sale right now on Amazon at their lowest prices ever.First, we’ve got a secret sale going on two Alexa-enabled smart plugs, the TP-Link Smart Plug and the TP-Link Smart Plug Mini.On the product pages, you’ll see the Smart Plug listed at $24.99 and the Smart Plug Mini listed at $34.99.You’ll see the same prices when you add them to your cart.
Need some advice... My company is looking to switch email providers and we need to be able to take our customer order data from our online store (a custom built one) and plug that into a relational database with our new email provider so we can easily query things like "customers who spent over $100 in the last 30 days" or "customers who purchase multiple items from this category".I know lots of ESPs can do this, but this functionality only works with larger ecommerce platforms like Shopify and Big Commerce.Sure, there are APIs for custom built stores, but I'm no coder and don't believe we have the budget for this.Currently, we have a recurring upload set up from our store into an FTP directory with Silverpop that updates a relational database.Does anyone know of a solution that can link or store data to our email platform without need to hire a developer?
Surely, I've been dropped into the way-far future of Logan's Run.But no, it turns out Toyota's future-trucking idea resides at California's Port of Long Beach, where 18,630 shipping container units get processed per day.That's almost one in five containers moving anywhere in the entire United States.Two years ago, Toyota began secretly testing a hydrogen fuel cell system alternative to the conventional diesel powertrain for heavy Class-8 trucks.Toyota is the first major car company to dip a toe in the fuel cell trucking waters, and it could eventually market the powertrains to various truck manufacturers nationwide or through its own Hino truck division.(Toyota used a Kenworth to demonstrate the powertrain; however, Hino does not make a Class-8 rig.)
Whilst it's tempting to dismiss big data as an over-hyped buzzword, a number of projects have already shown its potential.A predictive model by UCLA researchers to predict where crimes will be committed (and therefore where police should be placed)A neural network that can predict the price of oil developed by a team from the Middle EastA platform to use predictive analytics to provide businesses with what it calls 'event intelligence,' which is basically insight into how upcoming events might influence themAn algorithm that aims to predict the probability of success for a startupThose projects are undoubtedly impressive indicators of the potential, but none have taken on a topic as vast and complex as predicting GDP growth.
A strong watch with sleek lines, it commands a rather high price.However, for that cost it does offer a wide range of features, so if you're a serious athlete you'll find some serious gains here.There will also be a tri-bundle option available for £589.99 ($650) which will come with a yellow strap in addition to the black one as well as HRM-Tri, HRM-Swim, and a Quick Release Kit.It's a simple screen that can tell you how well your fitness is improving while noticing how much training load *you* are putting on - the emphasis on you is key there.By using technology and algorithms from Firstbeat, a heartbeat and performance analytics company, the Garmin Forerunner 935 is capable of learning your fitness levels, working out where you are in a training cycle and giving you qualified information on how trained you actually are.It's something that will need to be properly tested though, as while it does have some serious science behind it we've seen that these predictors can be a little out-of-sync with actual fitness levels.
Apple Inc may face legal action for allegedly monopolising iPhone apps in China, the No 1 market for its App Store, after a Beijing law firm called for Chinese app developers to join a proposed class-action lawsuit against the US tech giant.“There is a possibility for Apple to abuse its dominant position in the iOS operating system, damaging the legal rights of app developers, operators and consumers,” the law firm said on its official website, asking Chinese app developers which believe they have been wrongfully treated by Apple to join a proposed class action lawsuit.A dozen Chinese app developers, mostly in gaming and video, have already joined the group since the notice was posted on Sunday and the number is growing daily, the law firm said.Some Chinese companies have been asking us for advice over the past years but they were hesitant to take real action because they were afraid of being banned from the App Store eternally,” Lin Wei, a partner with the law firm told the South China Morning Post.It is hard to say whether or not Apple is a monopoly because it has the right to manage its App Store based on laws and to keep everything in orderHe added that the law firm only launched the class action after finding some clients that agreed to sue.
If you hang a lot at GizChina then you’ll probably know the Global Sources Electronics Exhibition is currently taking place in Honk Kong, more specifically in AsiaWorld-Expo.This is where Oukitel have got invited as a manufacturer to show off some of their products, and they sure didn’t disappoint.Let’s begin with the K10000 Pro, the second iteration of the popular K10000.The phone showing on the screen below will still feature a massive 10000mAh battery and fast charging at 12V/2A, it will be equipped with a MediaTek MT6750 octa-core CPU.Then we have the K10000 Max, which as you can guess still comes with a 10000mAh battery, but this time it’s a rugged phone and it’s displayed in a water tank, as one would.This one will have a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a MediaTek MT6753, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, cameras will be 13Mp and 5MP.The phone is IP68 waterproof rated.Join GizChina on TelegramNext there’s the K6000 Plus; the handset has been already released to the market but they are still showing it off with its 12V/2A super fast charging.At number four we have the .
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.Google Translate is the perfect algorithmic Esperanto for our times.It offers words placed together in such a random, lifeless manner that you feel perfectly ready for the robot revolution.On "The Tonight Show," host Jimmy Fallon co-opted Anne Hathaway to perform some famous songs that had been Google Translated back to English from foreign languages.It's unclear which languages, but when you see them performed, it really doesn't matter.Here we had songs by The Weeknd (did he get that name from Google Translate too?)
Since Snapchat launched in 2011 its features have been copied by tech companies around the world; Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and more have introduced their own versions of disappearing stories.Other companies have introduced lenses and filters to their products, allowing you to alter your appearance Snapchat-style.The social network, now worth more than $28 billion, is allowing users to add 3D lenses when using the rear camera.The lenses can be placed in the camera view and it is possible to move around them in three dimensions.Snapchat says since it launched lenses 18 months ago, the feature has allowed people to become puppies, vomit rainbows and swap faces with friends.In this time, augmented reality game Pokémon Go became a massive hit, showing how AR technologies could be popularised into a mainstream app.
The US Army is experimenting with a new means of resupplying soldiers on the battlefield without putting human lives or expensive equipment at risk: disposable delivery drones.Researchers at the US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory are testing an unpowered drone than can be dropped from a plane and glide to the drop site.Labelled the TACAD (Tactical Air Delivery) drone, the glider is capable of carrying up to 700lbs (320kg) of supplies and can be left abandoned after landing at the drop site.According to IEEE Spectrum, the glider is made from inexpensive materials that can be found at most hardware stores, including plywood and basic metal fasteners.The technology used to guide the craft to its destination comprises just a "hobby-grade" GPS device, autopilot system and a few motors – worth a mere pittance relative to the US Military's multi-billion-dollar budget.The TACAD is capable of gliding for tens of miles, meaning it can be dropped from an aeroplane well away from the battlefield and left to its own devices.
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A stolen robot has helped police in eastern China track down the man who took him from his owner, Chinese media reported.The robot was among the more than 9,000 yuan (HK$10,160, US$1,300) worth of items the thief stole from his roommate in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, last month, the Yangtse Evening Post reported on Monday.The suspect, surnamed Zhao, had made off with his roommate’s possessions on the day his rental lease ended, the report said.Meet China’s RoboCop: the robot police officer who doesn’t tire – or second-guess commandsThe two men had been living together in a 970 sq ft apartment in Nanjing, alongside six other people.The roommate, surnamed Tian, reported the theft to police immediately after it was discovered, but officers had been unable to locate Zhao until last Friday.
If you’re a teacher, police officer, firefighter, or restaurant worker in the U.S., there is a good chance you can’t afford to buy a home in the town where you work in most big U.S. housing markets.Online residential real estate site Trulia released the results of a study of nearly 100 U.S. metropolitan areas that shows home affordability by profession in those markets.Trulia used the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics report released at the end of March.The company defined affordability as a home that would cost nor more than 31 percent of the buyer’s monthly wages including property taxes, homeowner association fees, and insurance plus mortgage principal and interest.To refine the calculations, Trulia also assumed a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year fixed mortgage at a 4.1 percent interest rate.The calculations took into account the respective wages and home prices in various markets.
“What do you see?” That’s a question put forth in the first trailer for this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi—and trust us, you’ll want to watch the above clip plenty of times, just to take everything in.Picking up where 2015’s The Force Awakens left off, the Rian Johnson-directed Last Jedi clearly focuses on the relationship between the now-grizzled Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and the upstart Rey Westilldontknowherlastname (Daisy Ridley).In the trailer, we watch as Rey takes her first steps toward fully understanding the Force—in one memorable shot, she practices her lightsaber skills on a cliff overlooking the sea—and we listen as Luke tells her the “one truth” about the future of the Jedi.(Hint: it ain’t too promising!)But there’s plenty more dazzling Star Wars imagery to absorb here, from a TIE-blasting Millennium Falcon to lightsaber-wielding Kylo Ren to a brief shot of Carrie Fisher as the late General Organa.Oh, and Finn’s here, too!