The average salary for seven of ten surveyed content marketing and SEO positions in the U.S. increased in the past year – including an average $20,000 increase for SEO Manager.That’s according to the seventh annual “Inbound Marketing Job + Salary Guide” [free, registration required], released today by content intelligence platform Conductor.The report was based on job listings on four job sites – Indeed, Glassdoor, PayScale and LinkedIn.‘Intertwinined’ content marketing and SEOConductor’s Senior Manager of Content Strategy Christine Schrader told ClickZ that, between 2017 and 2018, there was only one position that saw an average salary increase: Content Director.But, this year, there were increases in seven of the ten.
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Raspberry Pi is getting an upgrade.On Monday the Raspberry Pi Foundation dropped a new model of its popular Raspberry Pi line.Aptly named the Raspberry Pi 4, the new PC board boasts several significant upgrades.A new 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU that the group says is three times faster1GB, 2GB, or 4GB of LPDDR4 SDRAMTwo USB-A, full-size USB 3 ports (in addition to two USB 2 ports)
Samsung has announced a software update for the Galaxy Watch, Gear Sport, and Gear S3 smartwatch lineup that will not only bring the new One UI interface first seen on the Galaxy Watch Active, but it will also deliver battery life enhancements, as well as improved health and fitness features.The latest software update, available now, adds Samsung’s One UI, a simplified and colorful interface unveiled last year, and until now, available only on the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active model.One UI is designed to ease navigation and decrease watch face clutter for more intuitive operation.Simplified visual settings let you more easily customize and control the watch.It’s the same design theme as the interface on Samsung’s latest smartphones, so Samsung’s wearables and phones will feel and look more unified.The updated interface also features new advanced settings, including enabling and disabling Touch wake-up, controlling the frequency and timing of Daily briefing updates, and a more flexible Goodnight mode control.
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Facebook has been repeatedly (and rightly) hammered for its treatment of the content moderators who ensure the site doesn’t end up becoming a river of images, videos and articles embodying the worst of humanity.Those workers, and the hundreds (if not thousands) of other contractors Facebook employs to cook food, provide security and provide transportation for the social media giant’s highly compensated staff, are getting a little salary boost and a commitment to better care for the toll these jobs can take on some workers.“Today we’re committing to pay everyone who does contract work at Facebook in the US a wage that’s more reflective of local costs of living,” the company said in a statement.“And for those who review content on our site to make sure it follows our community standards, we’re going even further.We’re going to provide them a higher base wage, additional benefits, and more supportive programs given the nature of their jobs.”Contractors in the U.S. were being paid a $15 minimum wage, received 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation; and received a $4,000 new child benefit for parents that don’t receive paid leave.
While fluorescence-based detection and imaging techniques are convenient to use, they suffer from poor sensitivity.For example, when a patient carries low levels of antigens in the blood or urine, the fluorescent signal can be feeble, making visualization and diagnosis difficult.A multidisciplinary team at Washington University in St. Louis and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has developed a high-tech fix that utilizes metal nanostructures to increase the fluorescence intensity by 100 times in these diagnostic tests."Using fluorescence for biodetection is very convenient and easy, but the problem is it's not that sensitive, and that's why researchers don't want to rely on it," said Srikanth Singamaneni, professor of mechanical engineering & material science at the School of Engineering & Applied Science.As the team recently explained in the journal Light: Science and Applications, techniques to boost the signal -- such as relying on enzyme-based amplification -- require extra steps that prolong the overall operation time, as well as specialized and expensive read-out systems in some cases.However, the "plasmonic patch" developed by Singamaneni and co-workers doesn't require any change in testing protocol.
The operator of digital wallet powerhouse Alipay has raised US$10 billion in its latest funding round, according to Reuters.Sources tell the news agency that the company has attracted investors like Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC and state investor Temasek, as well as US private equity investor Warburg Pinkus.If confirmed, the deal could make Ant Financial the most valuable startup in the world.Alibaba Group has reached a deal to sell several healthcare product and medical-device categories from online marketplace Tmall to its Hong Kong-listed subsidiary, Alibaba Health.The deal will give Alibaba Group US$1.4 billion in newly issued shares, which increases its stake in Alibaba Health to 56.2 percent.Omnistream develops data analytics solutions for brick-and-mortar retail outlets, allowing them to improve their offerings through insights on shopper behavior and activity.
Organic LEDs (OLEDs), the light-emitting devices that make up displays such as smartphone and television screens, could be made hardier and more energy-efficient with just a simple tweak to the manufacturing process, according to German and Spanish scientists.“You’ll use less of the battery and your display will just last longer,” says Sebastian Reineke, a professor of organic semiconductors at Technical University of Dresden in Germany.Reineke and his colleagues at Dresden and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in Spain, describe their work in the latest issue of Science Advances.Some smartphone makers have been using them for years, and Apple introduced them in its iPhone X. They’re thinner, lighter, and brighter than the alternative, liquid crystal displays.Reineke’s team took a different approach, looking at the way existing OLEDs are manufactured.It turns out simply raising the temperature at which the materials are deposited on a substrate has beneficial effects.
If you’re a stickler for security, then you may be familiar with the YubiKey, the USB device that adds an extra layer of protection to your various internet accounts.Unfortunately, thus far, it’s only been compatible with devices that have USB ports, which means that phones were more or less out of the question.But now, that’s no longer the case.Thanks to the NFC chip embedded in iPhones (iPhone 7s and older, that is) and iOS 11, the YubiKey can now be used with Apple smartphones.For those unfamiliar with the YubiKey, the tiny device is meant to be inserted into a computer, and has a little button that can be pressed anytime two-factor authentication is needed.This is faster, more secure, and more reliable than using some other authentication method, and as such, the YubiKey is quite popular among both companies and individual users.
Tens of millions of Americans suffer from sinus pain and inflammation due to obstruction of the nasal cavity.This can cause chronic congestion, fatigue, and difficulty breathing.While it’s possible to temporarily alleviate some of these symptoms with medication, in the long term, the only proven solution is for a patient to undergo nasal surgery.A Sunnyvale, California-based startup called Aerin Medical has developed a noninvasive device to help solve this problem, which it can reportedly do with both minimal discomfort to the patient and, just as importantly, long-lasting results.“This device helps to reshape the nasal valve region in order to improve airflow,” Ohio State University’s Dr. Brad Otto, leader of an ongoing clinical trial, told Digital Trends.“For many people, the nasal valve is a very important region in the perception of normal, good airflow.
I’m sorry, but Pluto sucks and I’m glad it’s not a planet anymore.It’s smaller than our Moon, and it’s about the same size as several other distant, rocky objects.Can we get a better ninth planet, please?Thankfully, astronomers have realised that the motions of the objects past the eighth planet, Neptune, imply the existence of the ninth planet we deserve.And just this week, scientists reported another strangely moving asteroid that bolsters the evidence for a ninth planet’s existence.The new object, called 2015 BP519, takes an elliptical journey around the Sun spanning from 35 to 862 times the radius of Earth’s own orbit.
Pension agreement reached, fibre ambitions extended (again)BT will plough £3.7 billion into mobile infrastructure investment and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) around the country over the next two years, boosting its FTTP target to 10 million connections by the mid-2020’s amid regulatory and wholesale customer pressure, the company said this morning.The plan, revealed in its full year financial results, came as the former state monopoly said it is slashing cash spend over the next three years by £1.5 billion and abandoning its central London headquarters in favour of 30 “modern, strategic sites” around the country, as it seeks to plug an £11.3 billion pension deficit.The company will also cut nearly 12 percent of its workforce (primarily in the middle and back offices).The 13,000 lost jobs will be offset by 6,000 new hires in network deployment and customer service, BT said.The fundamental strategy rethink by the telecoms giant came after it reached agreement with pension scheme managers.
Philips simultaneously boosted the iOS and Android app customization options app and simplified user navigation and control, according to the New Jersey-based company.Our new-look app is easier to use than ever,” said Jasper Vervoort, head of marketing for Philips Hue.“New features include shortcuts which make setting up rooms a breeze, new color pickers, as well as 30 new scenes that allow instant scene setting to match your mood or that special moment,” Vervoot continued.A crazy-rich feature set that’s hard to navigate, set up, and manage loses appeal quickly.New “look-and-feel” control techniques and shortcut let you select and set the lighting you desire.The app remembers your last four lighting scenes and cycles through them with a single press on the app.
The higher margins afforded by the new iPhone X led to a huge 16 per cent increase in revenues to $61.6bn at Apple.iPhone sales grew by 3 percent to 52.2 million during the second quarter of 2018, but revenue jumped by 14 per cent thanks the iPhone X, which is the most expensive smartphone the company has ever produced.iPad sales were up 2 per cent to 9.1 million, while Mac sales fell 3 per cent to 4 million.Service revenue, which includes Apple Music and the App Store, continues to impress with a jump of 31 per cent to $9.2 billion, while ‘Other’ products, which covers the Apple Watch and accessories, increased by 38 per cent to $4 billion.Apple has never broken this figure down any further, making it difficult to know exactly how many Apple Watch devices it has shifted to date."We’re thrilled to report our best March quarter ever, with strong revenue growth in iPhone, Services and Wearables,” said Tim Cook, Apple CEO.
Intel has revealed it's discontinuing its quad-core Kaby Lake-X processors, a mere 11 months after they were first announced, with the company explaining its plans for the chips’ EOL (end of life) status.The Intel Kaby Lake-X Core i7-7740X and Core i5-7640X were designed for the enthusiast market, with the chips capable of some incredibly impressive overclocking performance, but it appears that the response to them was muted, with poor sales being cited as the reason for the discontinuation.It didn’t help that the Kaby Lake-X lineup was outshone by the Skylake-X processors, as they offered fewer PCIe lanes, ‘only’ four cores and support for just dual channel memory.With Intel now moving to the X399 platform, it looks like it there won’t be support for quad-core processors using the HEDT platform.In a product change notification document made by Intel, the company states that PC makers and component resellers will need to order the processors by November 30, 2018, with the final shipment of Kaby Lake-X chips pencilled in for May 31, 2019.So, if you want to get a Kaby Lake-X processor, you have around a year left to buy them.
Apple's iPhone X already has a great camera, but if it's your only camera maybe you'd like a little more shooting flexibility.And that's where Olloclip comes in.The company, which has been developing iPhone camera lenses since 2011, is back with a new dual-lens Connect X mount designed specifically for the iPhone X.The mount allows you to use add-on lenses with either the front or the rear cameras.You no longer have to flip it around like you did with older models.Instead you just clip on the mount and then swap out the individual lenses with a simple push-button mechanism.
Amongst massive criticism over data privacy, Facebook showed the resiliency of its advertising machine by beating Wall Street’s $11.41 billion revenue estimate in its Q1 2018 earnings report by raking in $11.97 billion in revenue with $1.69 EPS compared to $1.35 estimate.Daily active users hit 1.45 billion, up 3.57% to revive Facebook’s growth after slower 2.18% growth last quarter.But Facebook only reached 2.2 billion monthly users, a 3.28 percent growth rate that was a little slower than last quarter’s 3.39% growth.Both daily and monthly users are up 13% year-over-year, showing Facebook’s troubles haven’t paralyzed its growth.This was perhaps the most tumultuous quarter since Facebook went public.Facebook faced intense criticism regarding the Cambridge Analytica scandal and its data privacy practices, leading a massive pull-back of developer capabilities as Zuckerberg headed to testify before congress.
When Apple launched its new App Store in iOS 11 back in September, it aimed to offer app developers better exposure, as well as a better app discovery experience for consumers.According to its findings, getting a featured spot on the new App Store can increase downloads by as much as 800 percent, with the “App of the Day” or “Game of the Day” spots offering the most impact.The app store intelligence firm examined data from September 2017 to present day to come to its conclusions, it says.Being featured in other ways – like in one of the new App Store Stories or in an App List – also drove downloads higher, by 222 percent and 240 percent, respectively.The numbers seem to indicate that Apple is achieving the results it wanted with the release of its redesigned App Store.Over the years, Apple’s app marketplace had grown so large that finding new apps had become challenging.
Hopping on a growing trend in the industry, Omnicom Group announced today it would be building up and streamlining its branding, design and research services under the umbrella of one consulting division.The agency said the Brand Consulting Group will address the rising “demand for seamless integrated teams across disciplines, best-in-class talent around the globe and cutting-edge offerings that reinvent brands across all consumer touch points.” It is comprised of agencies Hall & Partners, Interbrand, C Space, OurCreative, Siegel+Gale, Sterling Brands and Wolff Olins.The group’s efforts will include bolstering new business development, creating customized client teams, driving better targeting practices for internal investments, improving expertise across management and developing new opportunities for employees, according to Omnicom.“We have simplified our organization structure and service offerings to ensure that our client teams consist of the best talent no matter what agency they sit in or where they are located,” John Wren, Omnicom CEO and president, said in a statement.The Brand Consulting Group will be led by Chuck Brymer, named chairman.Brymer is also the chairman of DDB.
Trapping light with an optical version of a whispering gallery, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a nanoscale coating for solar cells that enables them to absorb about 20 percent more sunlight than uncoated devices.The coating, applied with a technique that could be incorporated into manufacturing, opens a new path for developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells with abundant, renewable and environmentally friendly materials.The coating consists of thousands of tiny glass beads, only about one-hundredth the width of a human hair.When sunlight hits the coating, the light waves are steered around the nanoscale bead, similar to the way sound waves travel around a curved wall such as the dome in St. Paul's Cathedral in London.In the experimental set up devised by a team including Dongheon Ha of NIST and the University of Maryland's NanoCenter, the light captured by the nanoresonator coating eventually leaks out and is absorbed by an underlying solar cell made of gallium arsenide.Using a laser as a light source to excite individual nanoresonators in the coating, the team found that the coated solar cells absorbed, on average, 20 percent more visible light than bare cells.
In the latest experiment of its kind, researchers have captured the most compelling evidence to date that unusual particles lurk inside a special kind of superconductor.The result, which confirms theoretical predictions first made nearly a decade ago at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) and the University of Maryland (UMD), will be published in the April 5 issue of Nature.Unlike those particles, which as far as physicists know can't be broken down into more basic pieces, Majorana quasiparticles arise from coordinated patterns of many atoms and electrons and only appear under special conditions.The latest result is the most tantalizing yet for Majorana hunters, confirming many theoretical predictions and laying the groundwork for more refined experiments in the future.Experimenters compared their results to theoretical calculations by JQI Fellow Sankar Das Sarma and JQI graduate student Chun-Xiao Liu.The same group at Delft saw hints of a Majorana in 2012, but the measured electrical effect wasn't as big as theory had predicted.
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