In a thread announcing the rollout, Reddit product team member Amg137 Andy acknowledged that other image hosting services have been an integral part of how content is shared on the site and that they are grateful to those services.Moving forward, however, Andy said they are looking forward to delivering a more seamless experience with the new feature.As of writing, users will be able to upload images up to 20MB in size and GIFs as large as 100MB directly to Reddit.Clicking on a Reddit-hosted image from any listing – via the front page or a subreddit, for example – will take users directly to the thread for said image to join in on the discussion.Reddit is taking a cautious approach to the rollout, partnering with just 16 communities initially with plans to add another 50 next week.Communities involved in the initial rollout include Gaming, Space, OldSchoolCool, Sports, Art, Food and EarthPorn, just to name a few.
Table of ContentsNext stop: Data centreAt the Buckinghamshire data centre there are similar redundancy requirements, albeit on a different scale, with two giant collocation and managed hosting halls S110 and S120 , each occupying 10,000 square feet.Labelling also enables data to be directed to follow a specific route, rather than a dynamically assigned path, which can allow for quality-of-service requirements or even avoiding traffic tariffs from certain territories.Pointing out a rack of Ciena 6500 kit, he adds, You might have seen equipment like this at the landing site.The batteries have a 10-year lifespan, and they re individually monitored for temperature, humidity, resistance, and current around the clock.However, the terrestrial rates here are considerably higher, at 4,096QAM, and are combined with orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing OFDM subcarriers that, like DWDM, spread transmission channels over different frequencies within a limited spectrum.We always stay within regulation EIRP equivalent isotropically radiated power limits and always maintain safe working practices with radios.
UK managed services slinger Pulsant has agreed to fork out £65m for data centre and hosting biz Onyx, multiple sources close to the situation have claimed.We were told there was limited private equity interest in Onyx and those that entered the negotiations cut their offers amid suggestions Onyx had reduced EBITDA forecasts slightly for the current financial year.The bit barn provider has five data centres and six workplace recovery units spread across the north-east England and Scotland.The firm sells cloud backup, clouds and managed hosting, collation, connectivity, IT support and managed services.Punters include Stobart Group, DFS, Scottish Athletics and Newcastle United FC.Oak Hill bought a majority stake in Pulsant in 2014.
Above: GoDaddy: FlareInternet domain name registrar and Web hosting giant GoDaddy has launched a new mobile app designed to help entrepreneurs garner feedback for new business ideas.Above: Flare: GoDaddyFlare, which launches on iOS today in North America followed by Android next month, invites anyone with a new business idea to submit concept overviews to a community and arrive at a general consensus on whether the idea has legs.Well, it seems that GoDaddy hopes that the tried and tested practice of crowdsourcing will be enough to ensure the general public will wish to become advisors to great ideas and play an active role throughout its journey, according to a statement.But this leads us to another question.According to Rene Reinsberg, VP of emerging products at GoDaddy, people who are at the stage of purchasing new domain names and creating websites often want feedback on their fledgling business.This follows a big trend we re seeing of late, with services from tutoring and recruitment to messaging services focusing entirely on smartphones.
Reddit has long been one of the biggest communities on the web, currently ranking as the ninth-most-visited website in the U.S., according to Alexa.Well, the online community hub announced today that the requirement will soon be a thing of the past.For a long time, other image-hosting services have been an integral part of how content is shared on Reddit — we re grateful to those teams, but are looking forward to bringing you a more seamless experience with this new feature.It s not all bad for them, though, Users who still want to host their images elsewhere will be able to do so, and many may choose to go that route, either out of habit or necessity due to file or content limitations in Reddit s new system.Users wanting to take advantage of the new integrated image hosting will be limited to files of up to 20MB for normal images and up to 100MB for GIFs.The move is a long time coming but doesn t come without new challenges for the online community hub.
A giant U.S. telecommunications company is still interested in buying Yahoo Inc., but it s not the one you think.AT Inc. made a bid for Yahoo and remains a contender to acquire the Sunnyvale, California-based company s core internet business, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified as the information isn t public.The telecom giant had previously decided against making an offer, people familiar with the matter said in April.AT kept one foot in the process through its stake in digital advertising business YP Holdings LLC., which had proposed a merger with a subsidiary spun out of Yahoo s core business.The company could pair Yahoo s algorithm-based advertising technology with its mobile video service, which it launched after last year s $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV.AT also owns a joint venture with the Chernin Group called Otter Media, which invests in digital media.Earlier this month AT ended a partnership with Yahoo, handing a web-hosting contract for its mobile and desktop customer portal to Synacor Inc., a internet-services company with just $110 million in revenue.AT may also be interested in Yahoo to help it compete with Verizon, which bought AOL Inc. last year and now has advertising technology and media properties that are similar to those owned by Yahoo.Yahoo s sales process is well along the way, Chief Financial Officer Ken Goldman said Tuesday at JPMorgan Chase & Co. s Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in Boston.Yahoo, under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer, started a review of the company s options in February after pressure from investors and a failed turnaround.John Malone s Liberty Media Corp. has expressed interest in Yahoo but isn t considered a likely finalist, one of the people said.
Over the years, developers have turned to resources like BuiltWith to help them figure out what technology is under the hood, powering today s websites – including things like shopping carts, analytics, hosting platforms, and more.SimilarTech has actually been operating in stealth mode for the past six months, and today includes clients like Google, PayPal, Facebook, Amazon and other smaller, web-based platforms, like Paddle, Playbuzz, and Skimlinks, who are looking to determine who s using their competitor s technology, or find customer leads.The business model involved here is freemium-based, with a free version that lets users search for any site and see what technology it uses, as well as compare market trends this is like BuiltWith, but SimilarTech has nice graphics , market share among different technologies, and it looks at things like geographic distribution.It will also generate limited reports of leads.SimilarWeb also used a freemium model, much to its advantage – this makes it a resource for those in the industry, allowing it to gain mindshare.It then makes money off its Pro tiers.
Dubbed the Office of the Future , the new-age building was developed using special cement mixtureThe world's first fully functional 3D printed office has been unveiled in Dubai.The prototype structure, shaped like a giant TV, is also cost and energy efficient and was built, or rather printed, in just 17 days.The 2,700 square feet, one storied office will be home to the Dubai Future Foundation and has enough space to incorporate a small management office, space for employees and two multi-functional areas for hosting workshops and exhibitions.The office was developed using a massive 3D printer – 20ft tall, 12ft in length and 40ft in width – which has an automated robotic feature that implemented the printing process, the Gulf News reported.So we're expecting factories and technology providers here locally in Dubai to match the local demand," said Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation."We have witnessed some attempts in different countries of 3D printed buildings but we noted that they are not functional.
A group of seven global data centre giants have come together to develop a single interconnect technology specification to allow processers using different instruction set architectures ISA to share data with accelerators in the data centre.AMD, ARM, Huawei, IBM, Mellanox, Qualcomm and Xilinx have founded the Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators Consortium CCIX to drive a high-performance open acceleration framework into the hosting industry, which will see different vendors' CPUs and accelerators communicate with each others while sharing the same memory.As data centres come under pressure to accelerate applications processing due to power and space constraints, applications such as big data analytics, search, machine learning, NFV, wireless 4G and/or 5G, in-memory database processing, video analytics, and network processing, benefit from acceleration engines that need to move data seamlessly among the various system components.The organisation will leverage existing server interconnect infrastructure and deliver higher bandwidth, lower latency, and cache coherent access to shared memoryThe consortium also expects the move to dramatically reduce the need for complex programming environments.According to the consortium, additional capabilities include both off-load and bump-in-the-wire inline application acceleration while leveraging existing server ecosystems and form factors thereby improving total cost of ownership TCO , and higher bandwidth compared to the existing interface.He said: "With an anticipated broad eco-system support of the CCIX standard, data centres will now be able to optimise their data usage, thereby achieving world-leading applications efficiency and scale."
The European Commission has also proposed that the programming must be given "good visibility".Other measures include:a requirement that video-sharing platforms including YouTube adopt "better" measures to protect minors from violent content and people of all ages from clips that act as an incitement to hatreda call for the creation of new symbols or phrases that would warn viewers of potentially harmful video content - such as bad language, sex or drugs - that would be used across the EU by both broadcasters and internet-based platformsthe ability for TV broadcasters to have more flexibility as to when they show adverts"The way we watch TV or videos may have changed, but our values don't" said Gunther Oettinger, commissioner for the digital economy."But let's face it, the online services could meet the 20% quota by loading up themselves with lots of rubbish French, Italian, Spanish and whatever content.EU rules already oblige TV broadcasters to:invest about 20% of their revenues into making or commissioning original contentto spend at least 50% of their time showing European works, including material made in their own countryBut since audiences are spending increasing amounts of their time watching on-demand services, the EU civil service thinks the new measure is required.It is also worth noting that the Commission acknowledges 21% of the films offered by Netflix are currently classed as being from the EU.The company would potentially be less affected as, at present, Germany, Austria and the UK are the only EU countries where its video-streaming subscription service, Prime Video, is available.
If you're not familiar with Hyperloop One, consider what it would be like to travel on the ground at 760 mph faster than a jet airplane .In 2013, Elon Musk and a group of engineers from Tesla and SpaceX published a speculative design document for a concept they called "The Hyperloop."In other words, it's a "vacuum tube transportation network" that will be able to travel at around 760 mph 1200 kilometers per hour — on land and underwater.They just closed their latest round of funding of $80 million and achieved a major technology milestone last week.He expects the Hyperloop One team will have their real Kitty Hawk moment by the end of this year.Hyperloop One is hosting a global competition inviting teams from around the world to submit a commercial, transport, economic and policy case for their city, region or country to be considered to host the first Hyperloop networks.
Previously, MobileFuse co-founder and CEO Ken Harlan pointed out, his company allowed advertisers to buy space programmatically through its own platform, but it employed manually administered orders for selling inventory from its selected group of about 2,000 publishers, which include texting/calling app textPlus and media hosting site Photobucket.By moving its operations to the AppNexus platform, he said, his premium supply network can now expose ad supply on a programmatic basis.The only part of MobileFuse that is not moving to AppNexus, he said, is his company s Moments condition-based targeting.The new setup, he said, also offers the ability for advertisers to more readily layer data sources for targeting, like Oracle s BlueKai.He noted that the new arrangement also provides more mobile ad exposure for the AppNexus platform, whose strength has traditionally been in desktop.MobileFuse says it serves about 100 million unique users monthly, with about 80 percent in-app and the rest on mobile web.
This year, for the first time, E3 will be hosting a public event in Los Angeles, the ESA has confirmed.The event, called E3 Live, is free to attend, and is a three-day event held between June 14th and June 16th.EA Live will also be taking place in London in addition to LA, whereas E3 Live will only be taking place in the latter.Public pastE3 was previously a pseudo-public event, because the rules governing what constituted a journalist were very lax.This changed at E3 2007 when the show was significantly downsized and attendance was effectively limited to journalists at established publications.Anyone interested in attending the event in LA can sign up for tickets for free on the ESA's website.
The legal battle between Oracle and Google is about to come to an end.For a case with such potentially great impact on the tech industry, it can be tough to follow.For example, several companies have built open source software that works with various cloud services in an attempt to make it easier for customers to easily move their applications from, say, Amazon to their own data centers.The problem is that although Oracle offers an open source version of Java, meaning anyone is free to change, modify and share the underlying code, Sun s licensing terms prohibited companies from building their own versions of the language without approval.According to em Ars Technica, Android founder Andy Rubin wrote an email that read: Wish them luck.Bick also managed to work in a few barbs about Schwartz s leadership, pointing out that Oracle didn t offer Schwartz a senior position after the acquisition.
Dropbox has announced its latest move to woo Europeans with its cloud-based file-hosting service, with the launch of a new office in Germany to cater to the DACH region — namely Switzerland, Austria, and of course Germany.As a result of this highly competitive field, questions have emerged about Dropbox s longer-term viability, and such concerns haven t been entirely without merit — the company shuttered a couple of apps last year, and it reportedly cut-back on a number of employee perks lately.But it has also been on a major product development push of late — it launched Project Infinite, which shows all company files locally while storing them remotely, introduced support for Facebook Messenger, and rolled out a cheaper pricing plan for educational institutions.However, around three-quarters of Dropbox s 500-million-plus user-base is based outside the U.S., with a significant portion of those in Europe, which is why the company is continuing to double-down on its efforts on the continent.One in three internet users in DACH are now on Dropbox, and they ve created over 163 million connections to date by sharing documents and folders, said Thomas Hansen, global vice president for revenue at Dropbox, in a blog post.But converting free users into paid users is a perennial challenge for most businesses that adopt a freemium business model, so to help reduce that friction it launched localized payments last year, kicking off in 12 European markets.This effectively saw Dropbox move beyond bank cards, PayPal, and Discover, and into direct debit, which is a popular way of setting up recurring payments in Europe.Dropbox s move to open a base in Germany is notable for one over-arching reason.
It took him to the homepage for Airbnb.As its VP of product in charge of 40 project managers, he's one of the key executives in charge of making that experience happen again and again.The artist meets the scientistUnlike the "typical" programmer stereotype, Zadeh didn't drop out of college or move to Silicon Valley straight out of undergraduate school.He thought programming could help find the cure for diseases, but he soon realized that the science industry moved too slowly for his temperament.He wanted to be doing, building, creating, so he moved to Silicon Valley to try out the startup life.His first go-round ended up being a bust.That's when he started hearing about a company called Airbnb.His first interview with Airbnb was in the founders' loft apartment.His ideal superpower?"I'd always felt like a creative trapped in an engineer's body," Zadeh said.On the wall during his interview, he saw a note from a host who had saved their home in the 2008 financial crisis by renting it out.It hit him hard: He had moved to San Francisco after years as a student, racking up credit-card debt in the transition from Los Angeles to Silicon Valley.He joined the company as its third engineer and started hosting on Airbnb to try to pay off the bills he owed.
Facebook might be hosting upwards of 8 billion views per day on its platform, but a wide majority of that viewership is happening in silence.
As much as 85 percent of video views happen with the sound off, according to multiple publishers. Take, for instance, feel-good site LittleThings, which is averaging 150 million monthly views on Facebook so far this year. Eighty-five percent of its viewership is occurring without users turning the sound on. Similarly, millennial news site Mic, which is also averaging 150 million monthly Facebook views, said 85 percent of its 30-second views are without sound. PopSugar said its silent video views range between 50 and 80 percent.
The news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Facebook has built a video ecosystem that does not require users to turn the volume up — and publishers have been more than happy to play ball. Most users’ news feeds are now inundated with short videos that feature text or captions narrating what’s being shown on screen. While most of these videos feature narration or some form of background music, the intent is to make it easy for people to consume the information presented in the videos without needing to turn the sound on.
“From day one, there pretty much has been the psychology that you have to catch their attention immediately,” said Gretchen Tibbits, chief operating officer for LittleThings. Facebook counts a view at three seconds, which means publishers have to find ways to convince users to stick around in order to capture that view. “But while the first three seconds are critical, the video also has to be designed to capture attention without needing sound,” said Tibbits.
Tailoring content to the whims of the Facebook news feed has helped publishers scale on the platform. It’s also turned news feeds stale as publishers put up countless videos that have the same look and feel. Take, for instance, this NowThis video about a Tylenol ingredient that makes people less empathetic and this Tech Insider video about a futuristic bike. While they focus on completely different topics, the key ingredients are the same: a striking visual or message up front followed by a text-heavy explanation of the content.
But it works, which means publishers will continue to do this type of content.
When it comes to distributing branded content, advertisers for the most part have also come to terms with these quasi-silent videos as the de facto standard — non-live edition — for Facebook. And in these instances, the format works.
According to MEC North America, branded videos from its clients average 85-90 percent silent video views. But that doesn’t mean consumers are less engaged. Internal studies conducted by the agency showed that KPIs like brand lift and intent to purchase were not affected by whether the viewer watched the video with the sound on or off, said Noah Mallin, head of social for the agency.
“Sound is still an option [on Facebook], but it’s not required,” said Rye Clifton, director of experience at GSD&M. “If you can make something compelling without needing people to turn the audio on, you’re ahead of people who are not thinking that way.”
But that’s only if the content is completely made for Facebook. It’s different when it’s a paid media buy for a video ad that wasn’t intended solely for Facebook. When measuring the performance of campaigns on a cost-per-view basis, nine times out of 10, YouTube will come in at a lower price than Facebook, according to Nick Pappas, CEO of SwellShark. (A hurdle here is that Facebook only charges advertisers for three-second or 10-second views, whereas on YouTube, advertisers can pay based on completed views.)
“As a paid advertising channel, [Facebook] works sometimes, but it’s so important to have creative that meets the criteria of the platform — otherwise it can be a waste of money,” he said.
Firefox OS4K detailHD & SD sourcesFile handlingFreeview Play appHDR lacks sparkleTight viewing angleSome light leakageToo small for 4KThere's no doubt about it, 4K looks its best on a 60-inch TV.No, that distinction goes to the inclusion of high dynamic range HDR .That question has obviously been asked, and answered, by Panasonic's TV designers because they've fenced-off what they consider the unpopular ones.Gravity upscaled from a regular Blu-ray disc looks sharp and clean with both True Cinema and Cinema presets engaged, while 720p fare from HD channels on Freeview HD are highly watchable.The latter is extensive: a USB stick hosting all kinds of digital files, from 4K video files in the TS, MP4 and MKV formats to a load of AVI, WMV and other video files all played without a hiccup.Indeed, with its sleek design carrying it through despite the HDR confusion.
We ve all come across numerous Top 100 resources for startups -type posts at least once as we Google our way to entrepreneurial success.In this first installment we ll focus on what early-stage startups need to spend money on.We ll wrap up the series by enumerating some areas where entrepreneurs frequently want to spend money despite there being little, or even negative, ROI.For the purposes of this series, I m going to define an early-stage startup as a company that can fall into any of the following buckets:MRR is less than $10,000Number of recurring paying customers is less than 40Number of six-month-old recurring paying customers is less than 50 percent of total customersAll paying customers had a prior personal relationship with a member of the companyThe goal of this definition is to identify companies whose business is still in a state of flux.Nor does it take into account the time it takes me to upgrade the underlying DigitalOcean servers when our storage needs exceed the disk size of the current servers.In the next installment we ll look at places where free software is the way to go in the early-stage, including things like code hosting, CRM, status page, monitoring and customer feedback.