While brevity is oft considered the soul of wit, Twitter has finally come through on the rumored character limit increase.On Tuesday, Twitter formally announced that @-replies and media attachments you know, those GIFs that the kids are crazy about these days will no longer count against the 140-character limit.The San Francisco company also announced that users will soon be able to retweet and quote their own tweets.Links aside from those to other tweets will still count against the character limit, however.We ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed, Todd Sherman, a senior product manager, wrote in the blog post.He added that the updates will be available over the coming months.
A fresh round of staff layoffs has reportedly hit multiple divisions of technology goliath IBM, with dozens of soon-to-be-former employees speaking out on condition of anonymity about how long years of service have been bookended by the sudden notice of termination.Meanwhile, in the UK, staff from the firm's Global Technology Services GTS have been informed that the corporate axe is expected to swing throughout the month of June, which will be the second round of redundancies to hit UK shores within three months.Our source confirmed to IBTimes UK the next round of RA notices is planned for the EMEA region next month – June 2016.Four month Work End Date and a month's severance."Just got the RA call from my manager," another person added.Move to the cloudFor its part, IBM has maintained it has "more than 20,000" open positions within the company – which is increasing looking to move its focus towards cloud computing and AI technology to stay ahead of the curve and competition .
While the supporting teams like development may define a release through their lens of deploying code into production through a series of sprints, the product owner incorporates this perspective and those of teams and customers into a complete delivery.Releases define your themed product journey, and represent major launch milestones for that overall journey.The release and its place in the journey also provide your teams valuable information on when they may need to engage on a dependency or market a new innovation as just a few examples .The accuracy of this expectation and plan depends on whether the team s capacity is well-known as well as the level of detail or grooming the scope has been through during estimation.As a product manager, using a launch planning tool will enable you to create a gold standard for major delivery.Regardless of whether your release plan is executed in sprints or via more waterfall methodologies, regular check-ins and adjustments to plan are necessary.
Players will be able to pick up booster packs at retail for £4.99 each, or larger Battle Card decks at £9.99 each.Characters come to life through what Skylanders produce manager David Duong calls "best in class" augmented reality, allowing players to zoom in and play around with the likes of Snap Shot or Food Fight, manipulating a full 3D model of the characters before sending them to your card decks.Multiple decks can be saved, allowing you to tailor specific decks for different matches.Hands on, Battlecast's similarities to the likes of Hearthstone are undeniable.Activision hopes it will help Battlecast's more committed players make a mark on the esports scene.The digital game is free-to-play, with booster packs purchased through either in-game virtual currency earned through play, or real money purchases.
This standalone app promises to deliver recommendations on places you can go to eat or drink by text before you think to ask for it.The service is available for those on iOS and based in New York City and San Francisco, although when we tried to download it just now, the App Store said it wasn t accessible in our market.Although it s a bot, Foursquare said that Marsbot isn t a chatbot like what you d see with Poncho, 1-800 Flowers, and others that you access within Facebook Messenger.It s less conversational and more predictive.The company said that it uses your location and travel patterns to provide suggestions on where you can go next.When you first begin, you ll be able to establish your preferences, such as whether you re a vegetarian or if you have any special things that Marsbot should know about, such as top tastes, frequently visited places, and more.Right now Marsbot only focuses on places to eat and drink, but it s likely that its location intelligence could expand to other areas such as shopping, places to see, and accommodations.This isn t a service to help you get your laundry done or summon an Uber.It s to help make decisions about finding sustenance so you ll perhaps explore new places or find the perfect spot for noms.Foursquare product manager Marissa Chacko cautioned that it s a work in progress, and not everyone will have immediate access.
Cloetta has taken major and important step towards the cloud. The investment has slowed down for no one can really give a complete picture of how to move the major business systems to the cloud, according to IT manager Magnus Nilsson. In close interaction with the strategy you need to make an application inventory. Cloud Security does not dissolve by itself. It also needed an operational plan; it is easier and cheaper to build solutions available in the cloud, but nothing is automatic. Read also: Data Analysis godfather is not ready for retirement - now he launches SAS's new cloud platform Analysts often say that this year is the year in which IT customers choose a cloud partner.
Overwatch has only been out for a day, but it feels like Blizzard has another big hit on its hands.That s because we ve already had a lot of time to check the game out during its lengthy beta period.Still, even spending just a single day with the full release makes us happy that a company best known for strategy and role-playing experience decided to get into the online shooter scene.Two of our writers, community manager Mike Minotti and reporter Jeffery Grubb, talk a bit about why Overwatch feels so special below.Mike Minotti, GamesBeat community manager and writer: It s kind of hard for me to think of Overwatch as a new game.World of Warcraft was never my thing, and I never gave real-time strategy a chance, but I m starting to see why so many people are nuts about this company after going from its card game to its shooter.I m only bummed because now I m afraid I won t finish Uncharted 4 or Doom.Mike: I ve been into a few Blizzard games, mostly World of Warcraft, the Diablos, and Hearthstone.I just don t know if it will have the same legs as something like a Call of Duty, Battlefield, or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.Mike: I haven t tried a console version yet, so maybe I d change my mind if I try it.It s not about saying, I m good with shotguns so I ll play as Reaper or Roadhog.This is easily the most I ve enjoyed a competitive shooter since for me, anyway the glory days of Half-Life mods.
A Surface tablet with a detachable keyboard.Booming sales of computers and tablets with detachable and rotating keyboards brought some cheer to the ailing PC market in the first quarter of 2016, according to research.Sales of detachables and convertibles rose 40 per cent to 3.6 million units in the first quarter of the year, offering a boon to the shrinking computer market, according to IDC.Marta Fiorentini, research manager, IDC EMEA Personal Computing, said businesses are also beginning to use the gizmos."Interest from enterprises is clear and this form factor seems to be a perfect fit with their mobility strategies.In some countries, we also see detachable deployments taking place in the public sector, which is usually more traditional in its form factor choices and often challenged by budget constraints."
Cloetta has taken major and important step towards the cloud. The investment has slowed down for no one can really give a complete picture of how to move the major business systems to the cloud, according to IT manager Magnus Nilsson. In close interaction with the strategy you need to make an application inventory. Cloud Security does not dissolve by itself. It also needed an operational plan; it is easier and cheaper to build solutions available in the cloud, but nothing is automatic. Read also: Data Analysis godfather is not ready for retirement - now he launches SAS's new cloud platform Analysts often say that this year is the year in which IT customers choose a cloud partner.
You won t see Snapchat on the growing list of downrounds any time soon.As more and more tech startups are forced to slash their valuations in order to raise funds, Snapchat reportedly is raising money at a $20 billion valuation — a jump up from its current $16 billion price tag.Anonymous sources close to the deal told TechCrunch that Snapchat is in the process of raising about $200 million, as a follow-on to a $175 million Series F round led by Fidelity.The new round could bring the company s valuation to as high as $22.7 billion.The new funding round comes as investors worry that some private unicorn companies may not live up to their $1 billion-plus valuations.As a result, companies including Jawbone and Foursquare have had their valuations scaled back.Snapchat users watch more than 7 billion videos per day on the app, Bloomberg reported in January.At the time, Snapchat, which had more than 100 million users, was rivaling Facebook s video views.Fidelity slashed Snapchat s valuation by a quarter last year.The fund manager marked down its stake in Snapchat to $34.5 million.Image: Snapchat logo Snapchat .Tags: Snapchat
The machines in the NCC's gravel quarries will connect to Microsoft's Azure cloud solution Photographer: NCC NCC expects to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by linking up machines at their quarries. According Avanade Cloud Manager Anders Blom is similar to the part of the NCC is working with gravel for road construction on the dot mining industry. - We will get there by you can measure on the different machines and compile it using machine learning in the cloud. And then read out what affects the outcome, says Anders Blom. The impact on energy consumption include how far it is between different machines, how long conveyor belt used and the speed at which different machines running. This is an article from Digital Technology, subscribe here.
Glide, the Jerusalem-based video-messaging startup once reportedly valued at $100 million, recently laid off 25% of its staff as it looks to focus on smartwatches.The company launched the Glide app in 2013.It allows users to quickly send short video messages to friends, in a similar fashion to the way text messages work.The free app has been downloaded "tens of millions" of times, resulting in "billions of messages" being sent since its debut, the company claims.Glide has attracted around $36.5 million in funding to date, which includes a recent $8 million round of "bridge financing," which was structured as convertible debt, the company's CEO Ari Roisman confirmed to Business Insider.The investment came from a "syndicate of new strategic investors" plus participation from all of the company's Series B investors, which comprised Menlo Ventures, Marker LLC, and Two Sigma Ventures.Roisman also confirmed the company had recently laid of 25% of its workforce as it pivots to focus on "the emerging smartwatch ecosystem."Roles eliminated were those that did not directly support its new focus, Roisman said.The company now has 55 staff worldwide.Roisman told Business Insider:As we increase focus and investment on the emerging smartwatch ecosystem and seek to keep operations lean, we decided to part ways with some friends and colleagues who did not entirely align with our strategy moving forward.We will continue to develop our visual messaging app and support our millions of users, yet we re also hard at work on an exciting new project for smartwatches that we plan to unveil later this summer.Glide launched its app on Android Wear in February this year and last year expanded its Palo Alto office to support its increased focus on smartwatches.As part of the expansion, in June last year, Glide hired Shawn Grening, who was an early technical program manager on the Apple Watch team.Pivoting the company to primarily work on smartwatches is a bold move.In August last year, Tech Insider reported enthusiasm towards the wearables category was declining toward the "trough of disillusionment," according to Gartner's annual Hype Cycle report on emerging technologies.Strategy Analytics estimates that in Q1 2016, there were 4.2 million global smartwatch shipments, up from 1.3 million in Q1 2015.
Gusto wants to help business owners better manage their employee needs, so it s extending beyond payroll into health benefits.Lauren Fifield, a benefits operations manager at Gusto, said that insurance for employees was emotional, deeply important, and an expensive problem for business owners everywhere.That s why Gusto not only stores the information online, but employs an algorithm that uses input from its engineering team and advice from brokers to provide customized information for its customers.You can only sign up for the health benefits service if you re already enrolled in Gusto s payroll offering, but there s no additional fee to use it.The algorithm is always learning, constantly evolving to be more accurate.When using Gusto, benefit administrators are presented with an analysis of their company and a recommendation on plans that fit their price-per-employee needs.In fact, while the service is being unveiled today, health benefits has been around for a few months — 60 percent of Gusto s customers switched over from a legacy broker.That s because it s a manual process and it s prone to errors, Schuchman explained.This health benefit offering competes not only against Zenefits and SimplyInsured, but also TriNet, JustWorks, and even traditional insurance brokers that come to your office armed with printouts.
Gillian Anderson has got a her fans all a-tizz down at Twitter with a hint that she might be prepared to fill Daniel Craig's shoes as 007.To secure the role, Anderson will have to beat off stiff competition from Idris Elba, Damian Lewis and Tom Hiddleston - all of whom are in the frame for the job.Hiddleston currently appears to be the front runner, based on his performance in the TV adaptation of The Night Manager.Bookmakers Coral earlier this month suspended betting on the thesp picking up Craig's Walther PPK after a "particularly large" wager sent the odds tumbling to 1-2.He recently told chat show host Graham Norton: "The position isn't vacant as far as I'm aware.Bootnote"Betteridge's law" is applicable to the headline of this article, with the answer being a definitive "no".
Then there was the the eerie It s All Over but the Crying song, which ushered in in a new installment of the Fallout saga.Then there was the silly Madden: The Movie Hollywood movie spot spoof featuring Julio Jones, Rob Gronkowski and Colin Kaepernick — all as part of the marketing for Madden NFL 16.These awards previously accompanied the Game Marketing Summit in past years.There were nearly 600 entries for the awards, which cover campaigns that ran in 2015.We ve seen some truly amazing and successful games hit store shelves this past year, said Stacy La Cotera, general manager and vice president of global awards at PromaxBDA, in a statement.Here are some of the winners:BEST USE OF ESPORTSHeroes of the DormMOST INNOVATIVE PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTFallout 4 AnnouncementBEST CG FOR A VIDEO ASSETThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – A Night to RememberOUTSTANDING OVERALL MARKETING CAMPAIGN – CORE GAMES Sports, Action, etc.Rise of the Tomb RaiderMOST CREATIVE PRE-ORDER PROGRAMJust Cause 3 – Win an IslandBEST LIMITED EDITION, SPECIAL EDITION OR COLLECTOR S EDITIONFallout 4 Pip-Boy EditionHere s the Fallout 4 trailer.And here s another winner:
Joe Drouin, CIO of house builders Pulte TV When the villa construction company Pulte headquarters moved from Detroit to Atlanta in 2013, it was a clear inflection point. The goal was to turn upside down in the IT department and take it from the scenes, out to the front line. Among other things, we hired a manager for customer engagement, customer engagement, which got a whole team under him, he says. And it also goes hand in hand with Pultes strategy in general. - The company as a whole made a commitment to get closer to what our customers and prospective customers want in a home, said Joe Drouin.
Cloetta has taken major and important step towards the cloud. The investment has slowed down for no one can really give a complete picture of how to move the major business systems to the cloud, according to IT manager Magnus Nilsson. In close interaction with the strategy you need to make an application inventory. Cloud Security does not dissolve by itself. It also needed an operational plan; it is easier and cheaper to build solutions available in the cloud, but nothing is automatic. Read also: Data Analysis godfather is not ready for retirement - now he launches SAS's new cloud platform Analysts often say that this year is the year in which IT customers choose a cloud partner.
Cloetta has taken major and important step towards the cloud. The investment has slowed down for no one can really give a complete picture of how to move the major business systems to the cloud, according to IT manager Magnus Nilsson. In close interaction with the strategy you need to make an application inventory. Cloud Security does not dissolve by itself. It also needed an operational plan; it is easier and cheaper to build solutions available in the cloud, but nothing is automatic. Read also: Data Analysis godfather is not ready for retirement - now he launches SAS's new cloud platform Analysts often say that this year is the year in which IT customers choose a cloud partner.
Careereye want to help job seekers better track of his new employer before they change jobs. When it comes to jobs, the right fatal if you land wrong, says Johan Kadar. Now take the job site into 5 million in new financing, according to documents from the Companies Registration Office. At the same time Håkan Sjunnesson, investment manager at the stall, place the company's board. The money will be used to launch the job site in Norway and Denmark this summer. Now we need to focus on marketing and strengthen the team.
Now Eon scales up investment in Sweden and opens to bring in six teams in the fall, three external and three from Eon's own organization. We have been okay to run on indefinitely and really establish the accelerator in Sweden, says Viktor Svanström, project manager for Agile at E.ON Sweden. The teams adopted must in addition to six-month business accelerator an investment of EUR 30 000, corresponding to 280 000 SEK. It is possible that we lift our eyes from Malmö in the future and establish ourselves in other places in Sweden, but now we want to build a solid base here, said Viktor Svanström. Develops smart fuses to remotely control heating, for example in the summer house Tryggel. Device Radio.
Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that global sale of Uncharted 4 has topped 2.7 million copies during the game's first week of release.Announced in a blog post on 23 May, the figures represent copies of the game sold to customers – both physical discs and digital copies – between 10 and 16 May.Sony also noted that Uncharted 4 is the fastest-selling PS4 exclusive in North America."It's hard to believe that it's been nearly two weeks since we officially released Uncharted 4: A Thief's End on PS4," said Asad Qizilbash, a marketing manager at Sony Computer Entertainment America.As one the most anticipated PS4 exclusives of 2016, the commercial success could help drive the company's sales race to the top as this year's console leader in the $99.6bn £69.4bn gaming market."If this really is the last we see of the Uncharted series, A Thief's End will have been a remarkable and surprisingly inventive farewell," it reads.
We may try on new roles, but it s usually something more mundane like manager or goofy uncle.Gone are the days of pretending to be a rock star or a queen or a dragon.So, I changed my shirt from yellow to blue and became Rick from Rick and Morty.If you ve never been to a geek convention, it can be a jarring experience the first time you see Iron Man hanging out with the World of Warcraft guy in a hotel lobby next to Jayne s giant hat.This was abundantly clear when I went to a Fallout-themed New Year s party dressed as Nick Valentine this past year.By becoming Nick and hanging out with like-minded people, though, I could do it in this bar.
We may try on new roles, but it s usually something more mundane like manager or goofy uncle.Gone are the days of pretending to be a rock star or a queen or a dragon.So, I changed my shirt from yellow to blue and became Rick from Rick and Morty.If you ve never been to a geek convention, it can be a jarring experience the first time you see Iron Man hanging out with the World of Warcraft guy in a hotel lobby next to Jayne s giant hat.This was abundantly clear when I went to a Fallout-themed New Year s party dressed as Nick Valentine this past year.By becoming Nick and hanging out with like-minded people, though, I could do it in this bar.
Photograph: Kim Kulish/Corbis via Getty ImagesA new school funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, is facing delays in construction due to a water crisis in East Palo Alto, a Silicon Valley city that has struggled with poverty amid the region s tech boom.The roughly $45bn pledge came several years after Zuckerberg partnered with the city of Newark, New Jersey, in an effort to help improve its public schools.The school initially declined to comment, but after publication of this article, spokesman Brent Colburn released a statement saying the school would open in a temporary space in the fall, adding: We look forward to continuing to work with the city on permits for a permanent location.When the city was incorporated in the 1980s, officials allocated East Palo Alto far less water than surrounding cities, according to local paper the Peninsula Press.The disparity and water shortage remains a problem today, according to East Palo Alto assistant city manager Sean Charpentier, who noted that the city receives roughly 76 gallons of water per day per capita – a significantly smaller amount than the 114 gallons surrounding municipalities receive.We cannot entitle projects until we can prove there is a water supply available for them, Charpentier said, adding: We have a water allocation that is inadequate for the size of our city in terms of allowing it to grow.
Marsbot is, you guessed it, a bot — this one developed by the folks at Foursquare.It s a completely different mode of interaction, said Foursquare Product Manager Marissa Chacko in a blog post.With a chatbot, you ask specific questions and give specific prompts for what you need.Our goal with Marsbot is to give you the answers before you even ask — just based on where you are and where you usually go.The bot currently only gives suggestions on places to eat or drink, however, it s certainly possible that over time the intelligence behind it will expand into other things, too.Foursquare noted that Marsbot is still in development, and that things will change over the next few months.
According to a blog post written by the social network's Senior Product Manager Todd Sherman, the following will no longer use up people's character count:Replies: @usernames that automatically appear at the beginning of a reply tweet will not add to the 140-character tally; non-reply tweets that feature a @username at the beginning or in the body of a tweet, however, will.Media attachments: An attachment URL placed at the end of a tweet to show photos, GIFs, polls, Quote Tweets, or DM deep links will not up the character count.According to Sridharan's post, these updates will affect several areas within Twitter, including the Public REST and Streaming APIs, Ads API, Gnip data products, and display products.Twitter is able to make these adjustments, he writes, by dividing up the tweet real estate into three separate regions: The hidden prefix region, the display text region, and the hidden suffix region.The hidden prefix region renders the initial @usernames in reply tweets as metadata rather than display text, preventing users from adding to their character sum.This space reserved for a single attachment URL containing one to four photos, a GIF, video, poll, Quote Tweet, or DM deep link renders as metadata.
Enterprise software company Atlassian is announcing today the beta release of Bitbucket Pipelines, a new continuous delivery feature of the Bitbucket source code repository service.But Bitbucket Pipelines will be a native element of Bitbucket, not a separate product, and so Atlassian will discontinue Bamboo Cloud on January 31, 2017, Atlassian senior product manager Sten Pittet wrote in a blog post.Bamboo Server will remain available, and there are no plans to kill it.Due to Bamboo Cloud architecture and the complexity of the underlying infrastructure it is not possible for us to deliver the quality of service and the experience that our customers need, Atlassian said on the page about the end of life EOL for Bamboo Cloud.We believe discontinuing Bamboo Cloud is the right decision for our customers as we can now focus on building an optimal cloud experience with Bitbucket Pipelines and continue improving Bamboo Server for large software teams.Other CD providers include CloudBees, Codeship, Drone, Semaphore, and Shippable.Also today, Atlassian is announcing mobile apps for its JIRA Software and Confluence services.Sydney-based Atlassian went public earlier this year.
This Trust Score is then used to determine if it s indeed you.Financial apps would require a very high Trust Score, while games and such wouldn t be as stringent.Engineers in Google s search and machine intelligence teams created the Trust API, which will be tested at select banks starting in June.Another method is two-factor authentication, which is the practice of generating a unique PIN through an email or SMS message.Some have resorted to using password manager apps that automatically type passwords for you, but they can be a pain to set up.Google s plan is to make things simpler, but even more secure than today s standards.
Sure, it s in your best interest as a manager or employer to give your emerging B2B marketers access to all the training they want and need.Send them to conferences, encourage and facilitate learning amongst peers.Curiosity, initiative and a discipline for self-improvement are key attributes for successful professionals in the modern economy, let alone B2B marketing.Perhaps the hardest part about accepting this personal responsibility for self-improvement is making the time for it amidst an increasingly busy, harried schedule.Ever wonder how some people have so much time to read, to learn, to find new best practices and ideas to apply to their work?In the end, what s most important is doing the work and generating results .
Michael Solomon is the founder of 10x Management, a talent agency for best-in-class freelance tech professionals like developers, data scientists, and designers.As co-founder for the first talent agency for best in class freelance tech professionals developers, data scientists, designers, etc , I am frequently asked about how to negotiate both short term and full time engagements since our firm has done both.You dont know when you will want to come back to this company or will run into this hiring manager again.When you have confidence in yourself and your abilities, it comes though.If you really don't like doing 1-9 for yourself or you want to play in the big leagues, you should hire professional representation to do the negotiations for you.These are people who can represent you, sing your praises and explain your value to the company in ways you could not because if you did, you would sound like a pompous ass .This is what athletes, movie stars, rock stars, senior executives and high level consultants do.NOW WATCH: This smart earpiece translates languages as they are spokenLoading video...
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