Zyper thinks ‘micro influencers’ are the future of online advertising

 Advocacy marketing — the idea of getting existing customers to talk about your company and its products — is nothing new, but as marketing spend has shifted online, a number of startups have tried to figure out ways of making it more scalable. One such company is Zyper, founded by Amber Atherton, who previously featured […]

Paris asks Airbnb to delist 1,000 apartments

 The city of Paris’ officials told the AFP that they have asked Airbnb and competing platforms to comply with new regulation. The Mayor’s Office has flagged around 1,000 apartments that are not registered with the city. Since December 1st, you have to register your apartment with the city if you want to list it on […]

Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update to developers, less than one week after releasing the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update, the second major update to the macOS High Sierra operating system. The macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through […]

3 ways employees will benefit from digital transformation in 2018

Editor’s note: Business is no longer as usual. New technologies in the workplace, like machine learning and augmented reality, create opportunities for companies to enhance employee productivity. Alan Lepofsky, analyst at Constellation Research, Inc. discusses three key areas where technology will impact work as we know it. From Baby Boomers to Gen Z, today’s workplace […]

Comcast continues to inject its own code into websites you visit

Comcast believes it’s acceptable to inject hundreds of lines of code into any web page you visit if it thinks you’re in need of a hardware upgrade. And even if you don’t need an upgrade, you’re wrong. A user recently took to the company’s forums to complain of its practice of running its own code on […]

Amazon Alexa can now wake you up to music

 This fall, Amazon made a play to become your new alarm clock with the introduction of a combination smart speaker and clock called the Echo Spot. Today, the company is adding a new feature that will make the Spot – or any other Alexa device – function more like a traditional radio alarm clock, with […]

Apple Acquires Shazam and Says 'Exciting Plans' Are Ahead

Apple today announced it has acquired music recognition service Shazam, marking the company’s highest-profile purchase since it acquired headphone maker Beats for a confirmed $3 billion in May 2014. Apple did not disclose financial terms this time, but when TechCrunch broke news of the acquisition plans last week, one of its sources said the deal […]

Google’s new Star Wars AR stickers put Porgs everywhere

 After months of teasing, Google’s finally brought its AR stickers to the Pixel 2. For most users with the company’s latest flagship handset, the feature will be available today as part of an Android 8.1 update. The feature was announced on-stage at the Pixel event back in January, offering a sneak peek of a fun […]

LiDAR autonomous sensor startup Ouster announces $27M Series A led by auto powerhouse Cox Enterprises

 Angus Pacala has had a lifelong passion for autonomous cars going all the way back to high school. A little more than a decade ago, he followed the launch of the DARPA Grand Challenge, a Department of Defense competition that pitted research teams against each other over who could build the best autonomous car. Stanford […]

Brains, beauty and beats: Google Home Max is here

Just in time for the holidays, Google Home Max is now available online from Best Buy, the Google Store, Verizon and Walmart. Max brings together the convenience of controlling your music with your voice, with premium, high quality audio. Google Home Max sounds pretty amazing right out of the box because it’s our first speaker with Smart […]

More reasons to love your Pixel phone

When you invest in a smartphone, you expect it to last a while (and not go out of date when the next product comes along). We expect that, too, so we constantly add new experiences to Pixel phones to make sure they keep getting better over time. Here are a few highlights from recent weeks: […]

The Science of Snowflakes

Here in western Maine we’re expecting our second real snowstorm of the winter to arrive tonight. This has reminded me of a couple of educational videos that explain the science of snowflakes. The Science of Snowflakes is a TED-Ed video lesson that explains how snowflakes are formed, why they’re all different, and why seem to […]

Best Buy Doorbuster Event Day 11: Save Up To $150 on 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Today is Day 11 of Best Buy’s ongoing 20 Days of Doorbusters event this December, offering customers new sales on a variety of products every day through December 20. Today is the second Apple-focused day of the event, after Day 2’s sale on MacBook Pro, and now the retailer has between $100 and $150 off […]

Apple to Donate $1 Million Towards Southern California Wildfire Recovery Efforts

Apple has announced that it will be donating $1 million to aid recovery and rebuilding efforts in Southern California following a series of devastating forest fires that have caused billions of dollars in damage. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by the fires in Southern California, including our colleagues, friends and their families,” an […]

Three Sites That Help Students Compare the Size of Countries and States

Over the weekend Open Culture featured one of my favorite websites to use in geography classes. That website is called The True Size Of… and it lets you quickly compare the size of two countries or two states within the United States. To compare two countries simply enter one into the search box then enter a […]

Jenny Arden: Look for Dark Horses and Misfits

As Airbnb’s user experience design manager, Jenny Arden is tasked with the job of helping create a seamless experience for all Airbnb hosts, and that includes her mom, a self-employed writer living in Ashland, Oregon, an artsy hamlet at the southern end of the Rogue Valley, just north of the California border. “She adores meeting people […]

Ian Spalter: Find the Grind that is Your Personal Fairytale

Welcome to Instagram! Step right up and take a selfie! Tucked right inside the front door of Instagram’s new office building on Facebook’s Menlo Park campus is an on-brand, magenta-shaded installation where visitors can snap a photo of their beautiful mugs – make sure to get the Instagram logo in the background! – and post […]

Hector Ouilhet: Making Technology Human

Hector Ouilhet, Google’s head of design for Search and Assistant, is part of a rare breed in the tech sector. He appreciates the sartorial grandeur of a fine necktie and regularly wears one to the office. Today, he’s chosen a tangerine-colored Hermès cravat crawling with blue alligators and parrots that perfectly matches the pantone of […]

How to Create a Distraction-free Video Playlist

A couple of weeks ago I shared a few ways to display videos without the distraction of sidebar content on YouTube and Vimeo. Another way to display videos without the sidebar distractions is to play them through Padlet. In Padlet you can use the “playlist” template to make a list of videos and then display […]

Many Sprint Customers Unable to Use Wi-Fi Calling on iOS 11.2

Sprint customers with an iPhone are widely reporting that Wi-Fi calling does not work after installing iOS 11.2 and carrier settings version 31.0. Hundreds of complaints have surfaced across the web, including the MacRumors discussion forums, Sprint and Apple Support Communities, Twitter, and Reddit, since the software update was released earlier this month. All models […]

Facebook is testing ‘private comments’ to save you from idiots

Facebook is experimenting with privacy settings that apply to individual comments. This means that you could write a reply to a thread, but only pre-approved individuals can see it. Here’s what it looks like: Clicking the padlock icon brings up the security settings. This has four options: friends and post owner only; friends only; post […]

SkyView – An Augmented Reality App to Help Students Find Constellations

SkyView is a free augmented reality app (an Android version and an iOS version is available) that helps students identify stars and constellations. With the free app installed students can point their phones at the sky and see constellations identified on their screens. In addition to constellations the app will identify planets, satellites, and some […]

A bold plan to house 100 million people | Gautam Bhan

Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata — all the major cities across India, have one great thing in common: they welcome people arriving in search of work. But what lies at the other end of such openness and acceptance? Sadly, a shortage of housing for an estimated 100 million people, many of whom end up living in […]

Tackle over 130 courses worth of advanced data analytics knowledge for under $25

With the training in the Ultimate Data & Analytics Bundle, now available at 97 percent off – just $23.40 with coupon code “GREEN40” – from TNW Deals, you’ll instantly become the person in your organization that your boss can turn to to truly understand what the numbers are trying to explain. Source: 777

You can pre-order the Ataribox this week, but why would you?

The gaming world got a bit of a surprise back in July, when Atari teased it was creating a new console called the Ataribox. Today the company announced you’ll be able to pre-order in just a few days – December 14 to be precise – when it will presumably launch its crowdfunding campaign. But why […]

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the Women Cryptographers Who Fought WWII at the Intersection of Language and Mathematics

“Virtually as soon as humans developed the ability to speak and write, somebody somewhere felt the desire to say something to somebody else that could not be understood by others.” During WWII, when Richard Feynman was recruited as one of the country’s most promising physicists to work on the Manhattan Project in a secret laboratory […]

Uber-rival Taxify launches in Australia (and hopefully has a license this time)

Estonian ridesharing service Taxify has grown like crazy of late, and has now launched in Australia. Starting from 10AM today, passengers in Sydney can order a ride through the Taxify service, and get picked up by more than 4,000 drivers that are already registered with the company. It’s likely Taxify will find fertile grounds in […]

Five Tools for Creating Animations on Chromebooks

Yesterday’s post about the PuppetMaster app prompted a couple of people to ask me if there is anything similar available for Chromebook use. While I can’t think of anything that is free and exactly like PuppetMaster, here are some options for creating animated videos on Chromebooks. Animatron is a nice tool for creating animated videos and […]

Tools Harvard Computer Science Students Use to Collaborate, Stay Organized

Educators and students of CS50, a widely popular computer science class at Harvard that’s also available in a high school AP version, use a variety of tools to help with the collaborative part of… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: 33

Your OnePlus 5T can’t play Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in HD – yet

Owners of OnePlus’ all-new bezel-less 5T flagship have discovered that the phone is unable to stream HD video from numerous streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Google Play Movies. That’s because it doesn’t come with support for Widevine Level 1 DRM, which is required for streaming HD content. The phone maker has currently […]

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