Facebook, news apps, Snapchat — there s endless temptation for bored teens to take out their smartphones and scroll.The Washington Post recently wrote an in-depth piece on kids these days and their social media usage, and in it was this startling statistic, courtesy of a 2015 study by the nonprofit group Common Sense Media: Teens are spending nearly nine hours a day consuming media.And children ages eight to 12 are spending nearly six hours a day doing the same thing.Let s say the average teen wakes up at 7 a.m. and goes to bed at 10 p.m. — that means that nine of their 15 waking hours are spent on their phones, computers, or tablets.The rest of those six hours are likely spent in school.To put that in perspective, that s nearly double the time that the average American spends looking at their phones.The kids themselves estimate they're spending much less time looking at their screens.In one study, researchers found evidence that when small children became addicted to tablets or smartphones, it could impede their ability to focus, concentrate, and build a large vocabulary.Tablets and smartphones may also make children more accustomed to constant stimuli, attention, and exposure, according to Psychology Today.And Dr. Victoria Dunckley, an integrative psychiatrist in Los Angeles, posits that screen time could be leading to "sensory overload, lack of restorative sleep, and a hyperaroused nervous system," or what she calls "electronic screen syndrome.Many teens are likely spending a majority of their screen time dedicated to social media usage, and this 2016 study in the journal of Anxiety Disorders Association of America found social media could be linked with increased depression.Plus, the blue light smartphone screens emit can confuse our brains and stop them from producing melatonin, allowing us to become increasingly distracted, making it harder to sleep, and putting us at an increased risk for obesity as well as breast and prostate cancers.So now that you re done reading this article, turn off your phone.Read the original article on Tech Insider.That might be great news!14 innovative features in Volvo's latest electric SUVThis is the oldest tech still used by the US governmentArtificial meteor showers could make a fearsome problem in space much worseNOW WATCH: A psychologist reveals what your posts on Facebook say about youLoading video...
After getting his contract canceled, he turned to the editorial marketplace Reedsy to redesign The Pink Marine, his memoir about life as a gay serviceman.The array of offerings is spurring some writers to leave their publishing houses—particularly midlist authors whose books receive scant marketing support.Reedsy co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Nataf says he had an epiphany when he got his first Amazon Kindle e-reader: The barriers to publishing had been removed.Self-published titles account for almost half of all e-book purchases in Amazon s Kindle store, while e-books from the five largest publishers represent just a quarter, according to the website AuthorEarnings.Still, demand for digital titles has weakened somewhat: E-book purchases—which average $4.95, compared with about $15 for trade paperbacks—peaked in 2014, when they made up 36 percent of the publishing market.If you re writing about an area that changes quickly, your only hope of being relevant is to publish quickly, says Leanpub co-founder and author Peter Armstrong.Meredith Wild, an author of erotic fiction based in Destin, Fla., snagged a $6.25 million advance from Grand Central Publishing s Forever imprint last year for five novels—four of which she d already self-published.
"It's an interesting anecdote we were reminded of during a visit to the NSA's public museum in Maryland, where it has an exhibit on the so-called "Black Chamber" founded in 1919 by Herbert O. Yardley.Officially known as The Cipher Bureau, it was America's first peacetime organization dedicated to code breaking.Located in New York City and disguised behind a public-facing commercial code company, its existence was a highly-secret affair that was jointly funded by the State Department and the US Army.Throughout the 1920's, the bureau cracked thousands of diplomatic messages."But the peace throughout the 1920's meant there was less to intercept, and its budget was continually reduced.Then its time came to a close soon after President Herbert Hoover came into office."Gentlemen do not read each other's mail," he wrote in his memoirs.That attitude didn't hold for long, of course.A law that closed the "loophole" and prevented any further secrets from being revealed was passed two years later.Read the original article on Tech Insider.
The eight-year-old Silicon Valley startup has been a hit with software developers who use its services to quickly add voice or text communication features to their apps.Twilio s unicorn peers will watch the company s IPO to see how closely its private valuation bears out in the public markets, said Lise Buyer, a partner at Class V Group LLC, an IPO advisory firm.Many of these companies have enough cash on hand to continue operations, even if they are losing money, as they wait for market conditions to improve, he said.Nutanix declined to comment for this article but Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey tweeted that the delay should not be taken as a sign that the company is looking to be acquired while filing for an IPO, a process known as dual tracking.Meanwhile, a host of smaller software companies are weighing IPOs this year, the sources said.By going public, Twilio will provide liquidity for shareholding employees and other investors, but it will also help reassure larger businesses that may want to do business with the 567-person company.
This increase will likely pick up speed in the next few years, according to Yoni Shohet, the co-founder and CEO or SCADAfence, a startup that provides a system to monitor industrial control systems for cyber threats.Companies in the manufacturing and utilities spaces have been connecting these systems to gather more data from these systems for their IoT initiatives.The downside is that this opens up these systems to hackers, which could lead to crippling attacks on power grids, dams, and other crucial infrastructure.Last December, hackers caused a blackout in the Ukraine by hacking into a power grid's connected control system.So if hackers cripple operations through ransomware, then companies would likely be willing to pay quite a bit for the hackers to release their grip and get the operations running again.Given this data, it's no surprise that companies are more worried than ever about the looming threat of hackers penetrating their networks.In the last year, the number of records exposed in data breaches rose 97%, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.The frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks are at an all-time high, and the costs associated with data breaches continue to rise.It also identifies the commercial sectors that are underserved in the cyber insurance market, which present a unique opportunity to insurers.For example, Target s notorious data breach cost the company more than $260 million.Insurers also don t have enough historical data about cyber attacks to help them fully understand their risks and exposures.There are large underserved markets with very low cyber insurance adoption rates such as the manufacturing sector, where less than 5% of businesses have cyber insurance coverage.In full, the report:Projects the growing demand and premiums for cyber insurance in comparison to other common forms of commercial insurance.Illustrates how cyber attacks are growing more sophisticated and more costly, which is driving more companies to consider cyber insurance.Explains the obstacles that insurers face in extending cyber insurance coverage to different types of businesses.Provides insights on how insurers can overcome these challenges to grow their cyber insurance business without incurring too much risk.To get your copy of this invaluable guide to cyber insurance, choose one of these options:Purchase an ALL-ACCESS Membership that entitles you to immediate access to not only this report, but also dozens of other research reports, subscriptions to all 5 of the BI Intelligence daily newsletters, and much more.
Roku has built most of its reputation on making high-quality "streaming boxes" that plug into your TV to let you watch apps like Netflix.But that's not the company's future, CEO Anthony Wood tells Business Insider." Wood is talking about his company's "Roku TV" program, which consists of a series of partnerships Roku has made with TV makers, such as Haier and Chinese heavyweight TCL.His main opponent in this battle is Google, which has introduced two competitors to Roku TV: Google Cast, which puts Chromecast technology inside TVs from companies like Vizio and Polaroid, and Android TV, a more robust operating system that has TV partners like Sony.We caught up with Wood to talk about how Roku got into the licensing business, how the company makes money, and whether Amazon will ever be a TV operating system player.Business Insider: When did you realize TV licensing was the way to go?Anthony Wood: We'd been actively engaged in the business for roughly three years, and before that we were debating what the best strategy would be.So it seemed to me that the best way for the TV business to evolve would be that a TV is just a monitor.Our focus on cost means it's actually cheaper for them to use a Roku solution than build their own smart TV operating system .BI: What are your thoughts about competition with Google which recently entered the TV licensing business ?Wood: In licensing, really the only competitor is Google.BI: Why?Wood: Because they hate Amazon.
Consider the services they run: Google offers its eponymous search engine, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Maps, and so many more.Even though Northern Virginia has long served as a major hub for Internet data centers, including facilities used by Facebook as well as dedicated data centers built by Microsoft and Amazon, the data itself typically flows through cables anchored in the New York area.Spanning more than 1.5 billion people, the Facebook social network has saturated the US and European markets, so now the company must focus on new frontiers.A similar dynamic is at play with the new undersea cable.But it should also be said that the Facebooks and the Googles and the Microsofts aren t taking existing business from the telecoms.That means it can potentially control the length and breadth of the network, from you to its many data centers in many parts of the world, and back again.
However, there are some important pre-requisites that you must have in place before you embark on an enterprise transition.Not every organization can adjust to the mandates of Agile http://agilemanifesto.org and frankly there are some types of work that don t lend themselves to this style of team engagement.But if you developing application systems and software products in a large enterprise the Scaled Agile Framework SAFe is for you.While Agile is usually applied as a software development methodology, it can be used for just about any type of work whether preparing customer communications, or implementing new business processes.The big hurdles to successful enterprise agile center around corporate culture and change, maintaining an architectural roadmap for both tech and business, managing dependencies and insuring completeness and quality.Related Article: From IoT to Wearables: The 3 Technology Trends You Need to Watch in 2016Here are a few areas that should be explored when determining if Agile is a fit for your company, large or small, the steps to success, tools, process and the challenges you will likely see when trying to go big.Learn to fail fast and you can harden or soften your style as you go.Determine how you will manage dependencies where some teams may be agile and some may not, especially in the early stages of an agile roll-out.The more you automate the smaller your teams and the documentation of yesterday is now in code.Their small scale doesn t require wasteful processes in coordinating a large workforce, and communications is much easier to accomplish.The Agile part, and there have been many models like XP and SCRUM, is about organizing around the business to deliver product, in our case software, in small increments that have has all eyes on during a two to four-week cycle sprint .The product owner is also empowered to make decision right on the spot.No big meetings to run decisions up to senior management only to wait three weeks for an answer.You ll need a framework that brings all of these teams together; something like SAFe where architectural runway meets the release train and feature teams meet horizontal component teams and agile ceremony reigns.This is how dependencies are managed and it s all defined right here at SAFe and vendors like CA-Rally have developed complete tool sets around this framework that embrace the spirit of SAFe.Business and Technical Architectural RoadmapThere is still, and always be a debated about the relevance of architecture in an agile world.
Microsoft Corp. and Facebook Inc. are teaming up to build an undersea cable in the Atlantic Ocean to deliver fast online and cloud services to customers of both companies.The cable, designed to have a bandwidth of as much as 160 terabytes per second, will be the highest capacity one of its kind under the Atlantic, the companies said in a statement Thursday.It will be operated by Telxius, a unit of Telefonica SA.It will stretch 6,600 kilometers 4,100 miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia, to Bilbao, Spain.Microsoft is seeing increased demand for speedy and reliable access to services like Skype and its cloud-based Office programs while Facebook needs faster speeds as video plays a bigger role in social media.Microsoft purchased a stake in Facebook in 2007 and the two companies have worked together on initiatives like search in the past.Construction of the cable, called MAREA, the Spanish word for tide, will start in August 2016 and is expected to be completed in October 2017, according to the statement.
In January, Facebook shut down one of LiveRail s products, an ad serving technology focused on helping deliver video ads to consumers.Then last month, LiveRail s founder Mark Trefgarne left the company, and 40 other staffers were told to find new roles at Facebook or be laid off, according to Business Insider.The LiveRail brand isn t going away entirely, as Facebook may look to build new ad tech products designed to help publishers more effectively sell video ads, said a person familiar with the matter.However, this move marks the latest pullback by Facebook in ad tech.We are discontinuing the LiveRail Private Exchange to focus on finding better ways for publishers to sell their ad space directly to advertisers, as well as expanding our video ad offering via Audience Network, said a Facebook spokeswoman.This is what many of our publishing partners told us they wanted, and we believe this will make video ads more relevant to the people who watch them.
Today, hot communications startup Twilio filed to go public, which also means that we're getting our first serious look into its financials.You can read the filing here.Customers like Uber and Nordstrom rely on Twilio's services to automatically send text messages and phone calls.But per Twilio's filing today, Facebook's WhatsApp messaging app is the company's single biggest customer, and has been since 2013.In 2015, WhatsApp accounted for a solid 17% of the $166 million in revenue generated by the company.With almost 1 billion users, and no sign of slowing down, WhatsApp is a great customer for Twilio, especially as Twilio looks towards an IPO."WhatsApp has no obligation to provide any notice to us if they elect to stop using our products entirely and, as such, the contribution from WhatsApp could decline to zero in any future period without advance notice," says the filing.That's doesn't inspire a lot of confidence: While Twilio also says in the filing that it's expecting WhatsApp to account for less overall revenue as it attracts more and larger customers, the company isn't profitable today, and the prospect of losing as much as 17% of overall revenue could spook investors.So in some real ways, it's up to Facebook and WhatsApp to decide whether or not Twilio will thrive on the public markets.If they ever change providers, or build their own Twilio replacement, that would seriously damage the company's prospects.NOW WATCH: 10 WhatsApp tricks only power users know aboutLoading video...
Snapchat quietly added a seasoned IPO specialist to its board last year, the latest sign that the fast-growing messaging app is preparing for a public-market debut even as it raises huge sums of money from private investors.Snapchat listed Stan Meresman as its board member for the first time in a regulatory filing on Thursday.Meresman wasn't listed in any of Snapchat's previous SEC filings.On his personal website, Meresman describes himself as a financial expert who "advises CEOs & CFOs on preparing to become a public reporting company, IPO process, operating as a public company, and scaling the company for rapid growth."Meresman notes on his website that he has guided four companies through their successful IPOs — LinkedIn, Zynga, Riverbed Technology, and Polycom — and he served as the CFO at chipmaker Cypress Semiconductor during its IPO.Meresman, who serves on the boards of LinkedIn and Palo Alto Networks, joined Snapchat's board in July 2015, according to his LinkedIn page.Snapchat's representative wasn't immediately available for comment.The company closed a massive $1.81 billion round of funding on Thursday, according to the US Securities and Exchange Commission filing.The funding was part of a long-term effort that, according to the file, began in February 2015.In an appearance at the Recode conference in May 2015, Spiegel said that "we need to IPO" and said the company has a plan to do so.Meresman appears to be a key part of that plan.Other members of Snapchat's board listed in Thursday's filing include Spiegel, cofounder Robert Murphy, venture capitalist Mitch Lasky, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, and Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles.NOW WATCH: A college student declared her love on Snapchat and captivated the whole campusLoading video...
Volvo's XC90 is not your average car.The company's latest luxury SUV is beautifully designed and chock full of innovative details, including tons of high-tech safety features and a number of handy conveniance functions.Recently, I had the chance to take a 2016 XC90 T8, which is Volvo's plug-in hybrid version of this car, on a drive upstate.While I only had the car for three days, I quickly fell in love.Here are the 14 features that impressed me the most.View As: One PageSlides
Mission Control told astronaut Jeffrey Williams to abandon his task after two hours and put it on hold for at least a day.It was supposed to take about an hour for the test chamber - the first inflatable room for astronauts - to increase four times in volume.Mission Control radioed Williams, saying: "Thanks for all your patience today, and we'll hope for better luck tomorrow."The module pictured on Thursday, attached to the ISSHe replied: "That's space business."He tried four more times before Mission Control told him to stop because of concerns over the pressure readings.NASA paid the module's developer $17.8m to test the inflatable-habitat concept at the space station.
The US government has some catching up to do in the technology department.Agencies across the government reported using tech in some cases that was more than 50 years old, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.That means everything from America's nukes still being controlled by 8-inch floppy disks to taxes being tracked with a programming language designed in the 1950s.The title of the report on the government's information technology infrastructure — "Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging Legacy Systems" — is what we'd classify as an understatement.Here are the oldest systems GAO found were still in use, along with the plan if any of when they'll be updated.View As: One PageSlides
Facebook and Microsoft are teaming up to build a new underwater cable that will span more than 4,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, according to a new announcement.The cable will help both companies transfer more data more quickly between the US and Europe, connecting hubs in northern Virginia and Bilbao, Spain.The move is meant to make Microsoft's and Facebook's services work more quickly and reliably for overseas users.Telecommunications companies are usually the ones building massive undersea infrastructure like this, but as the data needs of tech giants grow they want to take greater control over the networks they rely on.For example, Google teamed up with five Asian telecom companies to fund a $300 million underwater cable network connecting the US and Japan in 2014.Facebook has a slew of other initiatives to redesign telecommunications infrastructure, including tech to make radio towers more efficient and a wireless system tailored for dense urban areas.The duo is calling its project MAREA, and construction will begin in August.Though the two tech giants are collaborating on the cable, it will be operated and managed by the telecommunications-infrastructure company Telxius.NOW WATCH: This 14-year-old makes up to $1,500 a night eating dinner in front of a webcam in South KoreaLoading video...
Even though Google doesn't get to work on internet balloons or futuristic cities anymore after blowing up its corporate structure last fall, there's still plenty going on inside the search giant.Meet the men and women running Google's most important products.View As: One PageSlides
This new type of module is designed to offer extra living and work space for astronauts on long missions.It s currently attached to the outside of the International Space Station, and this morning American astronaut Jeffrey Williams was supposed to inflate it to begin a two-year trial to see how the structure copes with various space hazards.As Williams allowed air in through the its valve, the module s internal pressure increased but it failed to expand at the expected rate.The attempt to transform the habitat from its compact state into a module five times bigger went on for around two hours, even though the entire operation should ve lasted just half that time.That s space business, the astronaut replied.The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM for short, is the result of years of collaboration between NASA, which first came up with the idea, and Las Vegas-based Bigelow Aerospace, which took over its development.Of course, they also need to find out how to inflate it.
A horde of news outlets reported that Japanese company ALE plans to open the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with an artificial meteor shower, but the startup told Tech Insider that's a bit premature.Some fail when they get there, or eventually stop working, leaving them afloat in the "graveyard" of space tens to hundreds of miles above the Earth.NASA currently tracks over 500,000 objects larger than a marble — 20,000 of which are bigger than a softball.Each one has the potential to catastrophically damage the International Space Station ISS , so crew members take cover anytime they go by a particularly large hunk of space junk.Some apocalyptic sci-fi minds even say that if we continued at this launch pace without cleaning up the space debris, we would eventually create a barrier of junk so thick that we wouldn't be able to leave the Earth.That's a little far-fetched, of course, but it illustrates how dire the growing space debris problem has become.NASA, the European Space Agency, and other organizations are coming up with ways to clean up the space environment, but they haven't settled on a winning, feasible idea yet.This is why aerospace engineer and space debris expert Hugh Lewis, from the University of Southampton, told Tech Insider that he thinks launching satellites to create artificial meteor showers is unwise."The company's plan is to launch a satellite about 320 miles up that would release hundreds of pellets, which would ignite and become shooting stars as they re-entered the atmosphere around 40 miles up.ALE says it has developed software to determine the likelihood of colliding with other objects in space so its satellites and artificial meteors could hopefully avoid them."We would ensure that our pellets do not hit the International Space Station or other satellites based on the ISS data from the Joint Space Operations Center," Yamamoto told Tech Insider in the email.
In response to a hacker releasing 117 million usernames and passwords  reportedly leaked from LinkedIn in 2012, Microsoft is changing the way it thinks about passwords.Or, rather, how they let us think about passwords.Most digital accounts set password requirements, demanding certain length, special characters or capitalization for validity.But, according to research done by one of Microsoft s program managers, humans tend to respond to these requirements in predictable ways, actually making them more easy to crack.To counter this, Microsoft is taking advantage of the millions of leaked passwords to identify the most common ones and ban their use for future users.Announced in a blog post Tuesday, this dynamically updating list of bad passwords is Microsoft s attempt to increase security, and protect users from their tendency to choose passwords like 123456.With every new password leak, the list will update to ban other terrible passwords that emerge.The feature is already integrated into Microsoft Account Service, including Outlook, Xbox and OneDrive.Unless an individual selects a terrible password, setting up a new account will remain the same.But if they do, the individual will then be asked to choose a password that s harder for people to guess.NOW WATCH: We dare you to oversleep with Dwayne The Rock Johnson s new motivational alarm clock appLoading video...
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