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ScreenDrive: Volvo’s take on the touchscreen actually makes sense – The Verge

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cars have become expensive rolling gadgets, full of screens, speakers, and sensors — but are they actually good gadgets? In our new series, ScreenDrive, we’ll review cars just like any other device, starting with the basics of what they’re like to use. If you know anything about Volvo, you know this: it makes safe cars. The company has spent decades working on that goal and making sure you know about…

Steve Jurvetson on why the digital divide needs to be addressed now – TechCrunch

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Steve Jurvetson took possession of the fifth Model 3 to roll off the assembly line at the end of July. That kind of pull isn’t surprising. The powerful co-founder of DFJ was among the first investors in Tesla Motors. And SpaceX. And more billion-dollar bets than nearly any other venture capitalist working today. In fact, most in Silicon Valley would agree that Jurvetson, who graduated from Stanford at the top…

Bronx men charged with cell phone larceny in Stamford – The Advocate

Thursday, August 17, 2017

STAMFORD-Two Bronx men were charged with trying to purchase two expensive cell phones by charging them to an account they had no right using, police said. Sgt. Simon Blanc said police were called to the Sprint Store in the Bulls Head Shopping Center at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the report of someone impersonating an account holder while trying to purchase two cell phones. Police arrived at the store and…

Bitcoin peaks at $4500 in latest milestone for volatile digital currency – Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Digital currency bitcoin soared to a new high of $4,500 (£3,492) on Thursday as the currency continues to grow following a split between its backers. The cryptocurrency has grown steadily for the past two weeks since it experienced a “hard fork”, where two competing strands of bitcoin emerged after some of its leading developers disagreed on the best way to take it forward. Analysts had expected bitcoin to take a hit after the fork, which saw…

"iGen" author on how digital devices are slowing the development of today’s kids – CBS News

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A new book details the dramatic effects digital devices can have on today’s tech-savvy kids. It’s called, “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood – and What That Means for the Rest of Us.” How much screen time is right for your kids? Author and psychologist Jean Twenge coined the term “iGen” for kids born between 1995…

ScreenDrive: Volvo’s take on the touchscreen actually makes sense – The Verge

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cars have become expensive rolling gadgets, full of screens, speakers, and sensors — but are they actually good gadgets? In our new series, ScreenDrive, we’ll review cars just like any other device, starting with the basics of what they’re like to use. If you know anything about Volvo, you know this: it makes safe cars. The company has spent decades working on that goal and making sure you know about…

Digital Ocean and Cloudflare ditch neo-Nazi client, The Daily Stormer – TechCrunch

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Following the violent far right demonstrations in Charlottesville at the weekend, another two web services companies have terminated their business relationships with the Nazi propaganda website, The Daily Stormer. The Daily Stormer, which spews racist, gender-based and homophobic hate speech on a daily basis, was used as a platform to help organize a violent white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville — and, afterwards, to celebrate the killing of anti-fascist protestor Heather Heyer,…

Tech companies urge Supreme Court to protect cell phone privacy – CNET

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tech companies argue that greater protections for individuals’ cell phone privacy are necessary. Neo Chee Wei/Getty More than a dozen prominent tech companies are urging the US Supreme Court to make it harder for law enforcement officials to obtain individuals’ sensitive cell phone data. The companies filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court on Monday, arguing that law enforcement officials should be required to obtain a warrant before accessing…

Inside the battery-free cell phone of the future – Android Central

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The battery-free phone runs on ambient light and RF signals, though it’s not enough to power your favorite game. Batteries: You can’t live with them, you can’t live without them, and I recite that cliche because I know you’re nodding along with me right now. Smartphone battery packs have become bigger so that they last longer, and a majority have been infused with fast charging technology. But a dead battery…

Asus’ first laptop with Windows 10 S is now available – The Verge

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Three months after the launch of Windows 10 S, Asus is launching its first laptop running the limited new version of Microsoft’s OS. The computer is called the VivoBook W202, and it’s a relatively cheap laptop meant to be used in schools. It sells for $279 and will be available today. The specs are pretty basic here, but it’s really just designed to have what it needs to get by…

Brands Look to Take Back Some Digital Control From Ad Agencies – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

For more than a decade, marketers have outsourced tasks related to the planning and buying of their digital ad campaigns to media agencies, which have grown into powerful profit centers within advertising holding companies. But there are signs some marketers are increasingly bringing aspects of their digital media activity in-house as they look to wrest back control from their agencies. Marketers have been stepping up changes to their digital media…

Call for mobile phone ban in Scottish primary schools – BBC News

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Head teachers already have the power to ban mobile phones from classrooms Mobile phones should be banned from primary schools, according to the Scottish Conservatives. The Tories also called for head teachers to be supported in imposing restrictions in secondaries. They claim such a move could improve test scores and possibly reduce educational inequality. The Scottish government said teachers already have powers to ban mobile…

GoDaddy launches SmartLine to give businesses a second mobile phone number – TechCrunch

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

GoDaddy may be best known for its web domain registry (a business that’s been in the headlines recently), but it’s also moving into the voice and telephone business, starting with last year’s acquisition of FreedomVoice. Today the company is launching a new app called SmartLine, aimed at addressing a basic need of small businesses — more and more of them (86 percent, according to a GoDaddy survey) are using their…

Six Ways To Ensure Success For Your Digital Marketing Agency – Forbes

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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Nielsen Will Give Digital-Ratings Credit for Video Views on Facebook, Hulu, YouTube – Variety

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nielsen is set to expand its digital-measurement capabilities, and will start crediting video content distributed on Facebook, Hulu and YouTube in with its digital content ratings. “These are three of the biggest and most meaningful platforms” for media companies and advertisers,” said Jessica Hogue, senior vice president of product leadership at Nielsen, in an interview. “We believe what we are providing here are audience insight and intelligence that advertisers can…

Hands-On With iOS 11 Beta: The iPad Can Finally Be A Proper Laptop Replacement – Forbes

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ben Sin The new iPad Pro with iOS 11 makes it more like a laptop than before. Last year I wrote a piece poking fun at Apple’s marketing campaign claiming its iPad Pro can replace a laptop. I was hardly the only tech writer who felt that way at the time — after all, the iPad’s OS is basically a blown up version of a mobile phone OS, lacking the…

Traditional Or Digital, TV Networks Crave Just One Thing – Forbes

Monday, August 14, 2017

Shutterstock There were two big stories in the TV industry last week and they both revolved around data. Disney announced that it would be launching standalone OTT apps for ESPN and for the Disney Channel, and Facebook announced the rollout of its long-awaited Watch feature, which will (initially) feature  professionally produced short-form videos from well-known brands such as NASA, the NBA and National Geographic. Both companies launched their products with one key…

European regulators are about to kill the digital media industry – Markets Insider

Monday, August 14, 2017

IAB CEO Randall Rothenberg flickr/gultaggen When we imagine an assault on free media, we often picture a despotic ruler seeking to consolidate power by silencing voices of opposition. Bangladesh, Egypt and Zimbabwe are but a few arenas where battles for media dominance by the ruling class have left news outlets censored, journalists in jail, and the public deprived of the truth. In Europe, a different but still pernicious assault on…

Craig Greiwe Named Head of Rogers & Cowan Digital – Variety

Monday, August 14, 2017

PR powerhouse Rogers & Cowan has named Craig Greiwe head of its R&C Digital Group, an “end-to-end digital marketing division that complements Rogers & Cowan’s traditional PR work,” states a release announcing the appointment. Related Universal DreamWorks Animation Announces ‘Trolls 2’; Sets for April 10, 2020 In addition, the company announced the creation of R&C Studios, an in-house creative concern that will execute digital content for Rogers & Cowan’s diverse client…

Laptop Gets To Age When It Can Be Lightly Tossed Sometimes – The Onion (satire)

Monday, August 14, 2017

TROY, AL—Explaining that the degree of care with which it must be handled has been steadily decreasing over time, local man Peter Shepard confirmed Monday that his laptop had reached the age where it can be lightly tossed sometimes. “It’s six years old now, so it’s okay to gently throw it every now and then, but only if it’s onto a soft surface like a couch or something,” said Shepard,…