When you're launching a business, certainly one way you hope to catch on with customers is through word of mouth.According to a recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, it's a feeling of ownership that makes a difference in what we decide send out into the world.Through a series of experiments, Zoey Chen, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Miami, and Jonah Berger, an associate professor of marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, found that people were more likely to share a piece of content if they found it themselves, rather than if someone else sent it to them."The act of finding causes people to associate the content with the self.And since people tend to have high self-esteem, and thus feel an elevated sense of certainty and trust for self-associated things, they are less likely to deeply process found content," the authors explained."People are more willing to share an interesting article than a boring one when they received those articles, for example, but this difference attenuates and in some cases, disappears when they feel like they found those articles themselves, Chen and Berger wrote.
oohaY :egamITwitter and Yahoo executives recently met to discuss a possible merger but, by all accounts, the meeting was pretty lopsided.Sources told the New York Post that Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer was there, but Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey didn t even show up.Mayer took the helm four years ago and made a string of acquisitions like Tumblr while making expensive marquis hires like Katie Couric to build up its news division.But growth has slowed and the company is awaiting bids for its core business, due this week.Revenue is flailing, and the company has yet to make money despite a decade of trying.The microblogging company keeps tweaking features to lure more people, yet Twitter still can t keep up with its younger competitors like Snapchat.
Multiple reports said this year that HTC will build no less than two devices for Google, with some rumors even claiming that the Taiwanese smartphone maker has scored some sort of Nexus exclusivity deal for the coming years.It s not quite a confirmed detail although we have reached out to Huawei for comment , but it s doubtful that an exec would say that in an interview unless plans were reasonably settled.Hence, Cellucity only brought 300… into the country, Huawei s general manager for the Consumer Business Group in South Africa Charlene Munilall explained to GearBurn when asked why the Nexus 6p was not launched in the region.The operators generally don t take up the Nexus device, she continued, seemingly confirming what we already knew, that Google and wireless carriers don t really play along.That said, the distributors, our open market, do bring in the device, that s how Cellucity got it… and that will still be the same this year.Pichai also said that future Nexus devices may not run stock Android, but rather Google would focus on building in more software tweaks to Nexus devices.
Someone has declared today National Fish and Chips Day -- it must be, there's a hashtag being mentioned by Sainsbury's and The National Federation of Fish Friers -- so let's find out who first had the idea of making healthy things slightly less healthy yet substantially tastier by dunking them in oil.References to the existence of the fried fish can be found in the works of Dickens, with his classic Oliver Twist -- published in full in 1839 -- making reference to a "fried fish warehouse" serving the residents of London, a dish brought to the UK by Jewish refugees.Accidentally TastyAnd in a bizarre plot twist, food historians think the deep fried chip may have been an accidental accompaniment to the fish at first, with legend having it that during times of hardship and the unavailability of fish due to money, transport or the weather, people started frying up potatoes instead of fish as an alternative hot meal.North/South DivideHistory does not name the person who first though to put the two together, although the North would rather claim fish and chips as its invention, thanks to the business of a Mr Lees from Mossley, Oldham, who began selling fish and chips from a shed in the town in 1863, and had the foresight to market it as the first fish and chip shop in the world.After all, potatoes are vegetables, and it's got to be better for you than a kebab or some processed wheat flour dipped in monosodium glutamate served with some meat of uncertain origin.Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
A move to the cloud is underway but software remains the biggest part of SAP's business.The German company SAP is one of the largest software companies in the world and produces on-premises traditional software in addition to cloud software.SAP is best known for producing enterprise resource planning software ERP ; this allows organisations to manage business operations across procurement, manufacturing, service, sales, finance, and HR.In addition to the ERP system SAP also offers several other software solutions such as SAP Anywhere, a combined e-commerce and CRM software package that is designed to help small businesses to manage marketing, sales, customer service, and inventory.The suite is built on an in-memory computing platform called SAP HANA and is designed to cover all mission-critical processes of an enterprise.The business suite offering integrates many of the company's products such as SAP SRM, CRM, and SCM.
Two men have admitted to running a computer hacking and identity theft scheme which hijacked customer email accounts, stole personally identifiable information PII from millions of people, and generated more than $2m in illegal profits.Chmielarz claims he was approached by Timothy Edward Livingston, 30, of Boca Raton, Florida, who allegedly operated a business that specialized in sending unsolicited, or spam, emails on behalf of its clients.Livingston and Chmielarz allegedly used proxy servers and botnets to remain anonymous, hide the true origin of the spam, and evade anti-spam filters and other spam blocking techniques.The charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and related activity in connection with computers and conspiracy to commit fraud and related activity in connection with electronic mail to which Chmielarz pleaded guilty each carry a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and $250,000 fine, or twice the gain or loss from the offense.Livingston is scheduled for trial on Oct. 13, 2016, before Judge Martini.The charges and allegations against him are merely accusations and he is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Global enterprise storage systems factory revenue dropped 7% year over year to $8.2bn during the first quarter of this year, with Hewlett Packard Enterprise HPE and EMC finishing in a statistical tie for the top position, according to International Data Corporation IDC .IDC declares a statistical tie in the global enterprise storage systems market if there is less than 1% difference in the revenue share of two or more vendors.NetApp held the next position with 7.9% of spending.IDC said IBM and Dell rounded out the top five in a statistical tie with a 7.9% and 6.9% share, respectively.The total all flash array market generated $794.8m in Q1, up 87.4% year over year, and the hybrid flash array segment of the market generated $2.2bn in revenue and 26.5% market share."Spending on server-based storage was up, spending on traditional external arrays continues to decline, while the nature of hyperscale business leads it to fluctuate heavily with that market segment seeing a heavy decline in 1Q16."
Security researchers say that the Russian Cerber ransomware now adds victims' PCs to a botnet sending out DDoS attacks, in addition to hijacking their PCsHolding data hostage for money through ransomware campaigns is becoming an increasingly lucrative business for cybercriminals on the Dark Web, according to a report by cybersecurity intelligence firm Flashpoint.According to the Flashpoint report, released on 2 June, Russian "ransomware bosses" – hackers who organise and manage campaigns as well as hire affiliates to distribute ransomware samples – make an average 'salary' of about $90,000 per year, about 13 times the average current wage in Russia.The report says a ransomware boss first recruits affiliates by offering "lot of money via, shall we say, not a very righteous path" to newcomers.His affiliates receive about 40% of the collected ransoms."With recent, highly publicised ransomware attacks on several hospitals and health networks resulting in large payouts to retrieve critical files, cybercriminals are clearly beginning to recognize that holding the data hostage is often more lucrative than simply stealing the data and selling it on the black market," the report says.However, analysts note that the digital thieves who purchase such malware do use it across various industries beyond the health sector.
MoreShopping carts are seen outside a new Wal-Mart Express store in Chicago July 26, 2011.REUTERS/John Gress/FilesBy Nandita Bose and Arathy S Nair Reuters - Wal-Mart Stores Inc will partner with ride hailing services Uber and Lyft to trial online grocery deliveries, as it looks to speed up shipment times and better compete with rivals like Amazon.com IncThe world's largest retailer said it would begin test deliveries within the next two weeks in Denver and Phoenix.Wal-Mart's warehouse unit Sams Club began a pilot in March with startup Deliv to dispatch groceries to business customers in Miami.Improving delivery times is seen as a way to appeal to busy inner-city workers who do not own cars and for whom grocery trips are often limited to what they can carry home.The largest grocer in the United States is already expanding its online order options to offer grocery deliveries within two days for a $49 minimum annual fee.For Wal-Mart, the move in online grocery follows a $2.7 billion investment over the past two years boosting worker wages and training, steps that it hopes will improve its customer service and help boost sales.
"In order to remain the ... best Air Force on the planet, we have to be constantly innovating, and particularly when it comes to high-technology solutions, we've got to speed it up," Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said in April during her second visit to Silicon Valley in four months.AdvertisementThe Department of Defense runs a similar program geared toward Silicon Valley startups, and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter beefed it up last month."There's just a general movement that you can feel," said Meagan Metzger, founder of Washington, D.C.-based accelerator Dcode42, which focuses on helping startups win government business.The federal government has long had its hand in emerging Silicon Valley technologies -- it was the DOD's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA that helped bring us a little thing known as the internet and that is credited with jump-starting the self-driving car movement in the early 2000s.Kuang Chen, CEO and co-founder of Oakland company Captricity, said he's been trying for years to help the Department of Veterans Affairs clear its notorious backlog of veteran disability claims.Contact her at 408-920-5009 and follow her at Twitter.com/marisakendall.
This in turn places high demands on security and availability as the opportunities for the development and monitoring, says Evrys Sweden Manager Fredrik Almén. Science Web of Visma Visma Consulting has been commissioned by the Swedish Research Council to manage the digital platform, which consists of dozens of sites, and a number of other channels. - Visma has on earlier occasions demonstrated high quality in project implementation and management commitments, which means we are confident of adding full responsibility for the technical management of them, says Torulf Lind, IT strategist at the Swedish Research Council. The company is headquartered in Lund and twelve employees, and its applications are used for example to count customers, analyze queues and to assess the age and gender of those entering. The company has recently launched its app in Denmark, where the user will get help to find available parking spaces, helping you find your way back to your car if you have forgotten where you parked, and inform when the parking time expires by an alarm. For the other markets will be launched during the week of the 25th
Archive photo SAN FRANCISCO -- Tempers flared in a packed courtroom Thursday as Uber battled to protect the business model that has made it the world's most valuable startup and has fueled the growing on-demand economy.More than 100 drivers, lawyers, journalists and spectators squeezed into the hearing in San Francisco federal court as attorneys sparred over an $84 million settlement that lets Uber avoid treating its drivers like regular employees.Meanwhile, in a courtroom next door, another federal judge expressed concerns over a $27 million settlement proposed by Uber competitor Lyft in a similar case.At the heart of the issue is how Uber, Lyft and other on-demand companies classify their drivers and couriers as independent contractors instead of employees.And the issue doesn't appear to be going away -- a group of Uber drivers in New York filed yet another class action lawsuit Thursday accusing Uber of denying its drivers basic employee rights.In San Francisco, U.S. District Judge Edward Chen did not indicate whether he will allow the $84 million Uber settlement to go forward, but he spent more than three hours grilling the lawyers who drafted the deal -- heeding written objections from dozens of drivers and outside attorneys who view the settlement as a sell out."It's very easy to cast stones from the outside.Chen seemed to agree that Liss-Riordan undervalued at least one claim, brought under the state's Private Attorney General Act PAGA .Contact her at 408-920-5009 and follow her at twitter.com/marisakendall.
Government-sponsored hackers are using a clever trick to attack critical infrastructure like nuclear power plants, dams, and oil refineries.There s still a need for information to flow between the business and the control system, Knapp told Bloomberg.The bad guys know that they need to go in that way so they re designing their attacks to take advantage of that.Advanced malware like Stuxnet, which was created by the United States and Israel, specifically targeted Iranian nuclear facilities.The virus looked like normal software to nuclear power plant operators, but it slowly degraded the plant, eventually leaving the Iranians with no other option than to shut it down.In March, United States prosecutors accused an Iranian hacker of breaking into a dam in Rye, New York, one of the first publicly acknowledged attacks on US infrastructure.
On the one hand, it means the company is even less interested in making smartphones.The HP Elite X3 smartphone slash laptop landed on the scene way back in February at MWC 2016.It made a rather intruiging proposition: a high-end Windows 10 Mobile phablet with HP's "somber" business-centric design that comes with a "Mobile Extender" dumb laptop that takes advantage of the Continuum for Phones feature.There has been so many missing pieces, unanswered questions, and unannounced dates beyond a summer launch that have caused some to wonder if the thing is dead on arrival.They even got Microsoft Executive VP Terry "Windows phones are not our focus this year" Myerson to speak highly of the phablet.Alone, the HP Elite X3 might not offer much over the Lumia 950 or 950 XL, both of which have drastically dropped their prices since launch.
You pay a specialist to write a press release and send it out to a bunch of journalists -- while you get on with doing the things you re good at.But in reality there is no such thing as a set and forget approach to PR.Sadly, however, there are people out there who will happily take your money to write you a generic press release without knowing --- or caring -- if it s newsworthy.To increase your chances of getting media coverage you need to invest time researching the publications or programs you d like to get coverage in and sending tailored pitches that are aimed at specific slots or sections.Many business owners I speak to are under the impression that journalists prefer dealing with PR specialists.But if you hand over your PR - without at least a basic understanding of how the media works - how will you know if you re getting value-for-money?
Reuters — BMW is overhauling its research and development activities to focus on self-driving cars, board member Klaus Froehlich told Reuters, a move which includes a revamp of its i sub-brand of carbon-fibre based electric vehicles.The company is updating its zero-emission vehicles after a lackluster response to its only fully battery-powered car, the i3, which recorded only 25,000 sales last year.By contrast, Tesla already has more than 370,000 orders for its Model 3.To help improve sales, BMW is increasing the battery range of its i3 city vehicle by 50 percent this year.Its next full-fledged new electric car model is not due until 2021, but the Bavarian auto maker is also planning to build a new version of its i3 electric car to be released by 2018, a source familiar with the matter said.Within the next five years, BMW wants to raise that proportion to 50 percent of overall R staff.In an interview at the company s headquarters in Munich, BMW board member Klaus Froehlich, who is in charge of development, said he reorganized company-wide research and development in April.It is also integrating the functions of existing computer-driven assistance systems like cruise control, emergency braking, lane-keeping support and automatic parking.The revamp follows high-profile staff defections from the i electric car division this year.Dirk Abendroth, manager of BMW s i powertrain group; Henrik Wenders, vice president for product management BMW i ; and Carsten Breitfeld, vice president engineering, head of the i8 vehicle program, were poached by a Chinese electric vehicle startup.With a fully autonomous vehicle, BMW could launch a ride-hailing business without having to pay drivers, Froehlich said.That would give carmakers a competitive edge over ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft, which are eroding car sales by making part-time use as convenient as ownership.Earlier this month, Toyota said it would invest in Uber, and Volkswagen announced a $300 million investment in Gett, a smaller ride-sharing company.BMW may partner with a ride-hailing firm, too, particularly in markets like China.
The skins themselves aren't getting worse, necessarily, but more and more third party apps have adopted Google's unified Material Design aesthetic.Google has been pushing Material Design since 2014—it publishes comprehensive design guidelines, provides frameworks so developers can easily get consistent designs up and running, and continually has conferences and publishes videos explaining and promoting this design language.Rather than hunting down the local pizza joint's phone number in a separate app and copy/pasting, you instead just type "pizza" or the name of the business into the dialer and get direct phone number results.The listing is limited to Nexus devices, leaving everyone else out in the cold.There are no real compatibility issues or default settings here though, so sideload the latest APK and you're all set.Pick what you hate and you'll get a big stack of dialog boxes to press "OK" on.
Microsoft wants to turn autonomous cars into mobile officesMicrosoft wants to make cars autonomous and turn them into mobile offices to make our commutes more productive, but it stresses it will not be producing its own vehicles, and will instead look to partner with established car companies.This approach is similar to Alphabet's Google, which despite running a fleet of autonomous prototypes, says it will not sell these vehicles to the public.Speaking at the Converge technology conference in Hong Kong on 3 June, Microsoft's head of business development, Peggy Johnson, said: "We won't be building our own autonomous vehicle but we would like to enable autonomous vehicles and assisted driving as well," reports the Wall Street Journal, adding that car makers are "all looking to differentiate in the space".Turning the car into a mobile officeAlthough developing software for cars capable of driving themselves and negotiating traffic is the current headline-grabber, Microsoft hopes to focus on making car journeys more productive for the passengers and a driver who soon won't need to control the car.Can that be part of your new office, can it be your new desk, a place where you actually get work done?Partnering with a car maker could see Microsoft strike a similar deal as Google has with Fiat Chrysler, where Google will install its autonomous technology and software into a fleet of 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans.
Twitter and Yahoo held talks to discuss possibly merging the two tech firms, but it doesn t appear that the idea will materialize.Twitter is the destination for instant news, and Yahoo has a lot of eyeballs on its site, an unnamed source told the New York Post.But the media outlet notes that Twitter, which has struggled to grow its number of users and meet Wall Street s expectations, bowed out of the bidding process afterward.The company s CEO Jack Dorsey also didn t show up to the meeting with Yahoo s management team.When your CEO doesn t show up for a management meeting, you have to wonder how serious it was, the source told the New York Post.Both Twitter and Yahoo declined to comment to the New York Post about the topic.The second round of bids for Yahoo s core internet business is expected to wrap up this month.Verizon, AT and Quicken Loans are potential suitors, according to media reports.Photo: The Twitter building is photographed Dec. 14, 2015, in San Francisco, Calif. Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group Tags: Jack Dorsey, marissa mayer, twitter, Yahoo
Machines are becoming more intelligent every year thanks to advances being made by companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and many others.AI agents, as they're sometimes known, can already beat us at complex board games like Go and they're becoming more competent in a range of other areas.Now a London AI research lab owned by Google has carried out a study to make sure we can pull the plug on self-learning machines when we want to.DeepMind, acquired by Google for a reported £400 million in 2014, teamed up with scientists at the University of Oxford to find a way to make sure AI agents don't learn to prevent, or seek to prevent humans from taking control.The paper — titled "Safely Interruptible Agents PDF " and published on the website of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute MIRI — was written by Laurent Orseau, a research scientist at Google DeepMind, Stuart Armstrong at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute, and several others.They add: "If such an agent is operating in real-time under human supervision, now and then it may be necessary for a human operator to press the big red button to prevent the agent from continuing a harmful sequence of actions — harmful either for the agent or for the environment — and lead the agent into a safer situation."Safe interruptibility can be useful to take control of a robot that is misbehaving and may lead to irreversible consequences, or to take it out of a delicate situation, or even to temporarily use it to achieve a task it did not learn to perform or would not normally receive rewards for this," the authors write.They researchers found that some algorithms, such as "Q-learning" algorithms, are already safely interruptible, while others, like "Sarsa", aren't when they're off the shelf but they can be modified relatively easily so they are.The institute is led by Nick Bostrom, who believes that machines will outsmart humans within the next 100 years and thinks they have the potential to turn against us.Speaking at Oxford University last May at the annual Silicon Valley comes to Oxford event, Bostrom said: "I personally believe that once human equivalence is reached, it will not be long before machines become superintelligent after that.The founders — Demis Hassabis, Mustafa Suleyman, and Shane Legg — allowed their company to be acquired by Google on the condition that the search giant created an AI ethics board to monitor advances that Google makes in the field.It's likely that they will look to incorporate some of the findings from the "Safely Interruptible Agents" paper into their work going forward.NOW WATCH: There's a Keurig-inspired machine that makes individual tortillasLoading video...