Eric Erikson

Eric Erikson

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Plenty of people and companies are betting that it’s collaboration tools that improve workers’ productivity by letting them easily work together, whether they’re across the hall or around the world from each other.Of course, lots of tech companies want to cash in.The most promising players in the collaboration space right now are probably Google, Facebook and Slack.Slack, the least known of those companies, is the most committed to collaboration.It sprang up as an internal collaboration tool, then launched as a public product in 2013.This fall it surpassed 6 million daily users and 9 million weekly users.
"Press '1' now to speak with cardholder services, as we have an amazing timeshare opportunity reserved for you.It comes with a warranty extension for your current automobile and includes a month of free prescription refills!"Such a pitch may not cover the complete range of possible robocalls—I get pitched regularly by some company that wants to wash my home's windows—but it does cover the slimy basics of this swampy industry.Which, by the way, is booming.Federal Trade Commission (FTC) data released last week (PDF) shows a massive 4.5 million consumer complaints about robocalls in 2017, way up from 2016's 3.4 million.For every single month of the year, robocalls topped the list of "Do Not Call" violations, and they came in six common forms:
As 2017 draws to a close it seems we are reaching a paradoxical time where many are placing AI front and centre in their 2018 trends list whilst others are finding AI to be over-hyped.The sad reality is that many companies are trying to make their newest product sound cutting edge by using the term artificial intelligence to mean just about anything a computer can do, take for example this child’s toy for Christmas.Newspapers and magazines love to put out sensationalist stories on AI, buoyed by futuristic movies from the likes of Tom Cruise and Will Smith, meaning the term is thrown around casually across the world.Marvin Minsky, one of the bigger names in the AI field (he co-founded MIT’s AI lab), has called “intelligence” a “suitcase word,” meaning you can stuff anything in there.In other words, it’s too broad and it doesn’t lend itself to precise definition.The lack of precision around the term has become part of the issue.
Final Fantasy‘s graphics over the years has always made it feel more realistic than just playing another game, and now that realism will be upped to another level.Universal Studios Japan will debut a virtual reality roller-coaster ride based on the legendary role-playing game franchise in 2018.The ride will be called Final Fantasy XR, and will have people accelerating, dipping, turning, and rising through the Final Fantasy worlds fans have loved for decades.The ride’s movements will be synchronized with the visuals coming across in VR headsets that the riders will be wearing.A few of the legendary franchise’s most popular characters are coming along for the ride, including Final Fantasy VII‘s Sephiroth and Cloud.The monster battles and fights you see as you ride through the worlds will be created by Visual Works, Square Enix’s FX studio that has worked on numerous Final Fantasy titles, including Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XIII, and Final Fantasy XIV.
Morris prepares to give the flu vaccine to former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden in 2015.Flu season has started, but it's not too late to get vaccinated.The shot is easy and cheap to get, and it could be helpful in fighting off the virus this year.We're in the thick of flu and cold season — the time of the year when your office might start to sound like a cacophony of sniffles and coughs.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone over the age of six months get the flu shot once a year ahead of flu season, which lasts from October to May.But getting it now can still be useful.
Marketing in the digital age is a whole different beast from “Mad Men”-era advertising dominated by TV, radio and print.If you don’t know how to reach and strike a resonance with an online customer base, you’re way behind the curve.So get up to speed now with the Full Stack Marketer course bundle, on sale for just $19 (an over 90 percent savings) from TNW Deals.All together, this package offers up 12 courses and an enlightening ebook that will illuminate all aspects of digital marketing, including a hard focus at everything from the copy you write to the platforms you frequent to the ways you measure your success.The centerpiece of this bundle is the magnum opus 10-course Digital Marketing Management training.Taught by industry-tested marketing pros, you’ll take a well-rounded look at the tools of the digital marketing game, the strategies that have shown proven results, and the ways to avoid costly mistakes that can wreck your campaign.
Back in September, Google and Motorola launched the Android One variant of the Moto X4 announced back at IFA 2017.The announcement of the Moto X4 Android One edition meant that the device will get up to two years of software updates, Google specifically promised that the Moto X4 Android One edition will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo before the end of this year, and will further be updated to Android P, whenever that becomes available.Today, the Moto X4 Android One edition is now reportedly receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update in the US.The update which comes in form of Build number: OPW27.1 is about 1GB in size.It carries the December security patch in addition to all of the new features introduced with 8.0 Oreo, including Picture-in-picture, Notification dots, Autofill, and the latest emoji.The Android Oreo update which was first reported by Android Police seems to have just started rolling out, so we expect the update to roll out to more users in the coming days.
A Lebanese Uber driver confessed on Monday to killing a woman who worked for the British Embassy in Beirut, according to a Reuters report.Rebecca Dykes was found strangled by the side of a main road near Beirut early on Saturday.Police arrested a man on Monday who immediately confessed to the crime, the report said.Reuters cites a Lebanese security official as saying the man is an Uber driver with a criminal history."We are horrified by this senseless act of violence," said an Uber spokeswoman in a statement."Our hearts are with the victim and her family.
If you still haven’t settled on a streaming music service, Pandora has something to show you: it’s now letting people in the US try its Premium service – which usually costs $9.99 a month – at no charge… well, almost.To use it, just fire up the app and login with your free account, and then search for any song, artist or album.You’ll see an option to hear the track on-demand after watching a 15-second video ad.But your experience isn’t just limited to a single track: watching the ad unlocks Pandora’ full set of Premium features and content, so you can play any song in its catalog of more than 40 million tracks, listen to curated playlists, and browse album recommendations by genre.It isn’t clear just how long your listening session will last, but it seems like you’ll be able to enjoy more than just one song.The promotion is open to folks on Pandora’s free and $5/month Plus tiers.
Microsoft upgrades build upon its vision of making artificial intelligence available to everyone and infusing AI into the products and services people use every day.In efforts to boost competitiveness against search goliath Google, Microsoft has sought to make Bing smarter by introducing AI-powered features.The updates to Bing were announced at an AI event in San Francisco, alongside additional enhancements to Cortana, Office 365 and new partnerships with Reddit.Introducing AI to Bing aims to bring more intelligent results to searches, with machine learning helping to deliver more relevant and accurate insights into any topic.As well as bringing more intelligent, relevant searches to users, the use of AI increases the speed at which results are formulated.New AI-powered features added to Bing include Intelligent Answers, Advanced Image Search, and Conversational Search – all of which leverage AI to provide the most relevant results and search capabilities.
EVENTS If embracing Continuous Delivery of DevOps is on your New Year’s resolution list, you can get a head start by wrapping up your Continuous Lifecycle London 2018 tickets now - and save a stack of cash into the bargain.We’ve got two cracking keynotes in the shape of Agile pioneer Linda Rising, and Weaveworks founder Alexis Richardson.We’ve also got a fantastic lineup of conference speakers, from established thought leaders, to practitioners who’ve put Continuous Delivery, Containers and DevOps to work in real companies, and key engineers behind the tooling.You can see the lineup so far here.If you want to dive really deep, we’ve got a flurry of optional workshops, spanning issues from Containers, to Continuous Delivery, to how to get the rest of your organisation working Agile.As if that wasn’t all enough… there’s more speakers and workshops to come over the next few weeks, so keep tuned.
This year, a lot of full-screen smartphones have been released by different manufacturers and Huawei is one Chinese manufacturer who hasn’t looked back since the advent of full-screen smartphones.After releasing Mate 10 Pro, Maimang 6, Honor 7X, Nova 2S and Honor V10, it appears that Huawei is not giving up as it is set to unveil the Huawei Honor 9 Lite – another full-screen smartphone.On Dec. 13, Huawei will host a launch event in Shenzhen, China as confirmed by the company.From previous speculations, the Huawei Honor 9 Lite will be powered by a Kirin 650 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.There is also the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option.It will also be equipped with a 5.65-inch FHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a pixel resolution of 2160 x 1080.
Funcom announced today that its open-world survival game, Conan Exiles, will leave Early Access and officially launch or PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 8.Conan Exiles went into Early Access on PC in January.It sold 320,000 copies in one week.The survival game debuted on Xbox One Game Preview in August.The PlayStation 4 version will not have any kind of early access before the official launch.Lengthy Early Access periods are the norm for survival games, but many of them have been committing to full releases recently.
US President Donald Trump blasted the "resistance" and criticism against him by taking a jab at Hillary Clinton during a campaign rally and Twitter is furiously roasting him over it.While speaking at a rally in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday (8 December) night, Trump took aim at protesters who go by the name "the resistance"."Hillary resisted and you know what happened?"You know what they're really resisting.The crowd then broke into chants of "lock her up", echoing chants that were heard at his campaign rallies during the race to the White House last year.The same chants have also been heard at Trump rallies even after he took office in January, often after he pokes fun at his former Democratic rival.
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