As established here previously, we are currently living through an emoji moment — emojimoment? Emoment? Ejoment? Whatever. More »Two New Projects Show Off the Excellence and Versatility of Emoji
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The startup has developed tech which matches facial features to a database to establish identities. More »Foxconn, SingTel invest $3.2M in smart video surveillance by Singapore startup
On the face of it, everything looks like pretty dandy for Apple and Facebook. Facebook meanwhile reported a 72% bump in revenue and an 82% jump in ad revenue. In Facebook’s case, there are concerns that it’s about to enter a phase of “slow growth” — which seems fairly inevitable when you’re used by well over half of the world’s online population and don’t stand a chance of getting into China — and that, as a desktop entity, the social network is entering a period of terminal decline. As Maude shows however, it will have an impact on the social network’s revenues:But is there anything Facebook can do about that, especially in a world where PC sales themselves are in decline? More »Why Facebook’s desktop decline and Apple’s iPad issues are really one and the same
By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The next hacker playground: the open seas - and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. Somali pirates help choose their targets by viewing navigational data online, prompting ships to either turn off their navigational devices, or fake the data so it looks like they're somewhere else; While data on the extent of the maritime industry's exposure to cyber crime is hard to come by, a study of the related energy sector by insurance brokers Willis this month found that the industry "may be sitting on an uninsured time bomb". The British government reckons cyber attacks already cost UK oil and gas companies around 400 million pounds ($672 million) a year. More »All at sea: global shipping fleet exposed to hacking threat
A few years ago I was having a chat with a close family friend, who also happens to run one of the world’s leading creative advertising agencies from his base in New York City. As we were chatting, this high-powered advertising CEO explained that he really believes that content marketing is the next big thing in the marketing world – he was sure of it and excited about this next step, explaining how it would work to give brands the kind of inherent, sustained relationships with customers that they’ve all been seeking. As far as I was aware, the specialisation he had just described within the field of content marketing is exactly what public relations is and has always done. There is, in fact, nothing new about the concept of content marketing, and for those who are looking for experienced professionals in the field, look no further than the PR industry. More »Will the real content marketing specialists please stand up?
A little over ten years ago, much ado was made about an effort to bridge the gap between the PC and the video game console. That effort was dubbed “The Phantom,” and many millions of dollars were dumped into the project, which went down in history as one of the most notorious instances of “vaporware”... More »10 Years Later: Was the Phantom Console a Good Idea?
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The release of Ridley Scott’s Alien in 1979 was a major moment in the history of cinema. It was the artisan’s horror film. A beautifully crafted work of art that managed to make science fiction credible in the eyes of the moviegoing public. Hollywood sniffed a goldmine and soon several more films were hatched from its nest. But these later incarnations diverged from the original by preferring bombast over subtlety. ... More »‘Alien Isolation’ preview: prepare for fear
By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine REUTERS - Amazon.com's streaming video service will offer some older shows from premium-cable channel HBO starting next month, a deal that intensifies both companies' competition with subscription-video service Netflix . This is the first time HBO, owned by Time Warner Inc , has licensed its award-winning programming to an online subscription streaming service, the companies said in a statement on Wednesday. HBO shows are not available through Netflix. Netflix shares fell 4.7 percent to $355.31 on Nasdaq. More »Amazon grabs rights to stream older HBO shows
Google Glass has had a rough year in the court of public opinion. Not only has the device become the fodder of jokes for late-night comedians, but even some of its high-profile early adopters have started bashing it with gleeful abandon. Forbes has written a good autopsy of all the mistakes that Google has made when rolling out Glass to the general public and it gives some pretty convincing answers about why something that generated massive media hype when it was first teased two years ago is now seen as the next Segway. One thing that immediately stands out in the Forbes piece is that Google probably shouldn’t have released Glass on a limited basis for a whopping $1,500 per device. More »How Google completely botched the Google Glass rollout
For every girl, periods can feel pretty horrible. Not only do you have to deal with the aches and cramps, foul moods, but there are also the frequent trips to buy mountains of sanitary pads to get you by. And this happens every month! A new Singapore online company PSLove understands what ladies go through, and they want to help. For ladies, with a small monthly fee, you will be able to stop making those trips to the pharmacy and have everything you need sent right to your doorstep, with a few little treats to get you by. It all started when Peck Ying realized how frequent her trips to get Pads were. “Periods are not something that I keep on top of my head all the time, yet I have to remember it just so I don’t run out of pads.” Inspired by the newest trend of subscription services, she and partner Leb decided to start PSLove as a Pad subscription. “Personally, as a girl experiencing many years of having my period, since I’m using it every month, why can’t there be a subscription for it.” To test their idea, they took to the street to pitch their product to several ... The post That time of the month again? PSLove is a better way to experience your period! appeared first on Vulcan Post. More »That time of the month again? PSLove is a better way to experience your period!
Proposals to officially regulate electronic cigarettes will be announced later today by the Food and Drug Administration, according to the WSJ. The regulations would include a ban on sales to minors and a requirement for health warning labels on packaging. E-cigarettes contain nicotine liquid, which is derived from tobacco -- and that's where the FDA comes in. More »FDA's new e-cigarette regulations target 'healthier than tobacco' claims
By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets. Shares of Facebook were up nearly 3 percent at $63.05 in after-hours trading on Wednesday. Facebook said that mobile ads represented 59 percent of its ad revenue in the first quarter, up from 30 percent in the year-ago period. Facebook's overall revenue grew 72 percent year-on-year to $2.5 billion in the first quarter, above the $2.36 billion expected by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. "They’ve got the right products for what advertisers are looking for and that’s manifesting itself in the results you’re seeing," said JMP Securities analyst Ronald Josey. More »Facebook Q1 revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile ads
By Edwin Chan SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has approved another $30 billion in share buybacks till the end of 2015 and authorized a rarely seen seven-for-one stock split, addressing calls to share more of its cash hoard while broadening the stock's appeal to individual investors. Activist investor Carl Icahn, who had famously called on the iPhone maker to boost its buyback program, tweeted his approval of the move on Wednesday. On Wednesday, Apple reported sales of 43.7 million iPhones in the quarter ended March, far outpacing the roughly 38 million that Wall Street had predicted. But whether Apple can again produce a revolutionary new product remains the central question in investors' and Silicon Valley executives' minds. More »Apple expands buybacks by $30 billion, OKs 7-for-1 stock split
By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has a message for Wall Street: Don't expect new revenue streams anytime soon. The world's No. 1 Internet social network delivered its strongest revenue growth in several years during the first quarter, as its mobile ad business gained steam. But even as Facebook gave investors the good news, buoying its stock by roughly 3 percent in after-hours trading, the company made it clear that other money-making efforts such as video ads and ads within its Instagram photo-sharing app would not bear fruit in the near future. "Many folks were anticipating a next leg of growth." Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told analysts on a conference call on Wednesday that Instagram ads, video ads and a nascent mobile ad network were all still in experimental phases and that none of them would make a meaningful contribution to revenue in 2014. More »Facebook's next growth engines still warming up
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