The hardest part of breaking in to the brand marketing ecosystem is knowing which of your talents your boss will notice most.In this video, we continue our Grad Guide 2019 series with advice from agency and brand veterans who’ve been there and done that.
Microsoft has selected seven lucky startups to receive grants from its AI for Accessibility program.The growing companies aim to empower people with disabilities to take part in tech and the internet economy, from improving job searches to predicting seizures.Each of the seven companies receives professional-level Azure AI resources and support, cash to cover the cost of data collection and handling, and access to Microsoft’s experts in AI, project management, and accessibility.Companies apply online and a team of accessibility and market experts at Microsoft evaluate them on their potential impact, data policies, feasibility, and so on.This one happens to be on Global Accessibility Awareness Day.Among this round’s grantees is Our Ability, a company started by John Robinson, who was born without complete limbs, and all his life has faced serious challenges getting and keeping a job.
As we continue to wade through the early days of 5G, there are a lot of issues to contend with.There aren’t a lot of 5G-ready devices, and some of the handsets that are available like the Galaxy S10 5G are ridiculously expensive.But the biggest problem with 5G, by far, is trying to figure out where has 5G coverage.Thankfully, the folks over at Ookla, makers of the handy Speedtest app, have just recently rolled out an interactive map aimed at tracking new 5G networks and deployments across the globe.See all 303 5G deployments provided by 20 operators in 294 locations across the globe.This should be a handy resource for helping people decide when it’s right to finally make the upgrade to 5G because if there’s no coverage in your area, there really isn’t a point.
Two years ago, researchers at IBM claimed state-of-the-art transcription performance with a machine learning system trained on two public speech recognition data sets, which was more impressive than it might seem.The AI system had to contend not only with distortions in the training corpora’s audio snippets, but with a range of speaking styles, overlapping speech, interruptions, restarts, and exchanges among participants.In pursuit of an even more capable system, researchers at the Armonk, New York-based company recently devised an architecture detailed in a paper (“English Broadcast News Speech Recognition by Humans and Machines“) that will be presented at the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing in Brighton this week.They say that in preliminary experiments it achieved industry-leading results on broadcast news captioning tasks.Getting to this point wasn’t easy.The system came with its own set of challenges, like audio signals with lots of background noise and presenters speaking on a wide variety of news topics.
Last year, the SteelSeries Arctis 5 won our battle to crown the best gaming headset under £120, so when I heard SteelSeries was working on a new wireless headset made specifically for the Xbox, naturally I was intrigued.), you can bring the Arctis 9X with you and use them as if they were normal over-the-ear headphones.As for audio, the Arctics 9X acquit themselves quite well, with crystal clear voice pickup from the SteelSeries’ retractable mic, while the semi-closed back cups do a fair job of passively cutting down on outside noise.That said, at first I thought the Arctis 9Xs sounded a bit light on bass, but after quickly playing around with the headset’s four built-in EQs, that issue went away.I also noticed that the 9X’s cool foam earpads are actually a tiny bit thicker than what you get on the Arctis 5, and when you combine that with SteelSeries’ ski-band head strap, you end up with a supremely comfortable headset.Like previous Arctis headsets, the 9X comes with a dedicated mute button (though retracting the mic will also automatically mute the mic), separate wheels for both volume and adjusting the balance between game audio and voice chat, and two buttons for power and Bluetooth.
Instead, they’re proof of how far you can get with good engineering and tasteful tuning.I prefer the look and sound with the magnetic grilles off, but they’re an option if you don’t like the shiny chrome framing the drivers.It’s a quality I noticed when I listened to the company’s flagship bookshelf, the Concept 300 (that $4,500 speaker I was talking about earlier), in February.In fact, Q Acoustics’ tuning makes talking about the various parts of the frequency response a somewhat pedestrian affair, because everything pretty much sounds… “correct.” There’s no emphasis on any particular region.Bass is tight and articulate, but it hits with a remarkable sense of weight for a speaker its size.The company rates the 3020i as extending from 64Hz – 30kHz (+3dB,-6dB), which I find errs on the conservative side.
SpaceX’s plans to bring its internet-beaming satellites closer to Earth have been given the go-ahead, paving the way for speedier, less technically complex wireless broadband.SpaceX got permission from the FCC to launch a satellite internet service last year, a not-inconsiderable plan to significantly expand the company’s business model.The initial roadmap saw 4,425 individual satellites coming together to form a huge constellation, in the process bringing connectivity to areas that would traditionally have missed out on anything close to high-speed broadband.Rather than 4,425 satellites orbiting from at least 690 miles up above the planet, a much closer orbit for a significant number was suggested.In fact, the company said, it could cut the constellation to 4,409 units.That reduction of sixteen may not sound like much, but when you’re talking about the price of a non-geostationary orbit satellite and the launch required to deploy it, it adds up quickly.
Facebook's creator turned his engineering talents in a new direction -- helping his wife Priscilla Chan get more sleep.Knowing Chan gets stressed when she actually knows the time, Mark Zuckerberg built a wooden "sleep box" to gently let her know it's time to get up, he revealed in a Saturday Instagram post.Being a mom is hard, and since we've had kids Priscilla has had a hard time sleeping through the night.She'll wake up and check the time on her phone to see if the kids might wake up soon, but then knowing the time stresses her out and she can't fall back asleep.So I worked on building her what I call the "sleep box".It sits on her nightstand, and between the hours of 6-7am it emits a very faint light -- visible enough that if she sees it she'll know it's an okay time for one of us to get the kids, but faint enough that the light won't wake her up if she's still sleeping.
E-commerce giant Amazon reported a significant jump in profit tonight to soar past average analyst expectations, in addition to matching estimates on revenue.The company’s net income for the first three months of 2019 more than doubled year-on-year to reach a record $3.6bn (£2.8bn), or $7.09 per share, compared to the average estimate of $4.72.Sales reached $59.7bn for the quarter, meeting estimates according to Refinitiv.Revenue growth came in at 16.9 per cent compared to last year, the firm’s slowest rate in four years.Amazon also fell short in its outlook for next quarter, predicting profit of up to $3.6bn compared to expectations of $4.2bn, according to Factset.The results left investor reaction muted, with shares rising little more than two per cent in extended trading.
SAN ANTONIO -- April 25, 2019 - Three of SwRI's finest will be inducted into the inaugural class of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni in The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics on April 26.President and CEO Adam L. Hamilton, P.E., Associate Vice President Dr. Alan Stern (Space Science and Engineering Division, 15) and retired Executive Vice President Dr.Norm Abramson joined an illustrious class of 24 honorees.The UT Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics equipped us well for our professional journeys."Before joining SwRI, Hamilton was the founding president and CEO of Signature Science, LLC.Based in Austin, Signature Science is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of SwRI specializing in national security, biotechnology, chemistry, environmental science, and engineering.
The number of cyber threats to businesses has soared 235 per cent in the last year, with small firms still the most at risk, according to a new report.Data from cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes shows cyber criminals are increasingly focusing on businesses, while threats to consumers have dropped almost 40 per cent in the last quarter.The research revealed ransomware attacks have gained rapid momentum among business targets, increasing 195 per cent compared to the previous quarter.“Consumers might breathe a sigh of relief seeing that malware targeting them has dropped by nearly 40 per cent, but that would be short-sighted,” said Adam Kujawa, director of Malwarebytes Labs.“Consumer data is more easily available in bulk from business targets and cybercriminals are using increasingly clever means of attack to get even more value from targets through the use of sophisticated Trojans, adware and ransomware.”The findings come amid warnings that the increased number of threats is overwhelming cybersecurity professionals.
When it comes to working with journalists, so many people are, frankly, idiots.I have seen reporters yank stories because founders are assholes, play unfairly, or have PR firms that use ridiculous pressure tactics when they have already committed to a story.There is so much bad behavior that I thought that it might be time to write up a list of “DON’Ts” on how not to work with journalists.I compiled this list by polling TechCrunch’s entire writing staff for their pet peeves when it comes to working with PR folks and founders around startup pitches.The result was this list of 16 obnoxious annoyances.The interesting thread that connects all of them is that these DON’Ts are almost universal across the staff — few of these annoyances seemed to be merely personal preference.
Samsung should be taking a victory lap right now for its innovative Galaxy Fold.Reviewers should be singing the praises of the first major foldable smartphone, which was supposed to launch Friday.Instead, Samsung on Monday delayed the launch of the Fold following reports that some of the small number of devices seeded to reviewers began to malfunction or break.The delay is not just a black eye for Samsung, but for consumer confidence in foldable phones in general.These flexible and bendable devices are supposed to represent a revolution for smartphones, but they can hardly take off if people are worried about their durability.The knee-jerk reaction would be to compare this incident to the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, where Samsung slowly responded to the initial reports of the devices catching fire, only to have it blow up, quite literally, in its face.
The entertainment mega giant now hoards just about every cool property in Hollywood, featuring some of the most iconic characters on television and in movies.That means the sky is the limit as far as what Disney can do with these characters on its upcoming streaming service, Disney Plus.While we already know about tons of great content coming to Disney Plus once it launches in November, from a Loki TV show to The World According to Jeff Goldblum, we decided to get a little aspirational, dreaming up some cool ideas that we’d love to see turned into projects for Disney’s Netflix competitor.Follow below for 10 cool new ideas for Disney Plus.Or, the series could explore the life of a young Kenobi before he became a Jedi, and chronicle his training.In the latter scenario, McGregor could reprise his role as a 30-something Obi-Wan (in flash-forwards), and a fresh, young face could portray him as a teen, or even pre-teen – an era we’ve yet to see of the critical character.
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority has denied suggestions that it’s putting facial recognition cameras in the subway, saying that a trick designed to scare fare-dodgers was misinterpreted.“There is no capability to recognize or identify individuals and absolutely no plan” to do so with NYC subway cameras, says MTA spokesperson Maxwell Young.Young was responding to a photo taken in the Times Square subway station by New York Times analyst Alice Fung, which shows a prominently placed monitor with the words “RECORDING IN PROGRESS” and “Please Pay Your Fare” superimposed on a video feed.The monitor featured the name Wisenet, a security company that prominently advertises facial recognition capabilities, and the video feed traced squares around subjects’ faces.“While privacy advocates and tech giants are debating how face surveillance should be regulated, [MTA and Port Authority Bus Terminal] just put up a real-time face recognition screen in the Times Sq subway,” tweeted Natasha Singer, another Times staff member.Young says that the recordings aren’t being monitored to identify individuals in the footage, though.
The Windows giant hopes the pair of regions will obtain a Dept of Defense Impact Level 6 badge, which would allow it to store and process information classified as secret.It is also looking for Intelligence Community Directive (ICD 503) accreditation.Each region consists of at least two availability zones, and each availability zone lives on its own individual server farm.The Azure Government Secret data centers are so secret Microsoft doesn't disclose their location, only stating on Thursday that they are located more than 500 miles apart.The new regions join Microsoft's six existing Azure Government regions, which have now been certified as IL5, which means they are suitable for controlled but unclassified information."With our focus on innovating to meet the needs of our mission-critical customers, we continue to provide more PaaS features and services to the DoD at IL5 than any other cloud provider," said Lily Kim, general manager for Azure.
(Just imagine all those tiny little thought-fishies swimming around!That shiny slab of glass in your pocket is overflowing with excellent apps that can organize practically everything imaginable for you.And now's as good a time as any to embrace their organizational prowess and give your brain a break.You can label and color-code cards and assign due dates, and you (and anyone else you invite) can comment on cards to add in thoughts and updates.For instance, you might make it so that anytime a card is given the label "Urgent," Butler automatically moves it to the top of its list, gives it a due date one work day into the future, and sends out an email to you and anyone else relevant to make sure the item doesn't get forgotten.Trello is free with optional $5-a-month subscriptions and business plans that unlock additional features such as larger file attachments, management capabilities and unlimited integrations with other business apps.
Facebook is working on a voice assistant that could be used in its Portal video chat device."We are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday.The social network would face stiff competition from tech giants that already have voice assistants, like Amazon, Google and Apple.CNBC, citing several people familiar with the matter, said Facebook has been working on the new voice assistant since early 2018 but it's "unclear how exactly Facebook envisions people using the assistant."Facebook's Portal currently taps into Amazon's Alexa.Facebook employees in Redmond, Washington, led by Ira Snyder, director of AR/VR and Facebook Assistant, are reportedly leading the effort to build a new AI assistant.
Details have emerged of an upcoming ZEISS Otus 100mm f/1.4 lens, with Japanese camera rumors website Nokishita leaking images and specs purportedly of the new Otus 1.4/100 model, which hasn't yet been confirmed by ZEISS itself.As Nikon Rumors points out, the lens has been rumored for some time, and was expected to have been announced at last year's Photokina show.ZEISS currently offers three prime optics in its Otus range, namely the Otus 1.4/28, Otus 1.4/55 and Otus 1.4/85.Otus optics are available in ZE and ZF.2 mounts, for users of Canon and Nikon DSLRs respectively, and each produces an image circle that satisfies the dimensions of full-frame sensors.A leaked spec sheet suggests the new optic will be designed from 14 elements spread over 11 groups, with a minimum focusing distance of 1m and a filter diameter of 86mm.Dimensions are 100.7 x 90mm, although with a weight of 1,405g for the Canon-fit version and 1,336g for Nikon, neither lens is particular light, which isn't surprising for a lens of this focal length and maximum aperture.
On the outside, the LG G8 features a fantastically sleek and minimalist design as good or better than other phones on the market.But on the inside, the G8 dreams of being a technological wizard, combining high-end specs and components with some truly out there features that even LG’s biggest rivals don’t have.PRICE: UK price TBA ($620 to $840 depending on retailer in the US)LIKE: Super clean, minimalist design, great battery life and performance, nifty Crystal Sound screen, still has a headphone jackDON'T LIKE: The Z Camera's palm recognition and Air Motion gestures are kind of clunky, just two rear cameras, LG's, pricing is all over the placeThe word sleek doesn’t even really do the G8 justice.