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Marvel joins Madefire’s digital comic book collection – Engadget

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Madefire’s digital comic book platform is a good way to spice up stories that you may have read countless times, but its catalog has always had a conspicuous gap: namely, there were no Marvel comics. That ends today. Madefire has added Marvel to its collection, giving you the likes of The Avengers, Black Panther and X-Men through its Android, iOS, Windows and TV apps. There’s no mention of taking advantage…

Goldman CEO keeps open mind on digital currency bitcoin – Reuters

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein said he is keeping an open mind on bitcoin after a media report that the investment bank was exploring a new trading operation dedicated to cryptocurrencies. “Still thinking about #Bitcoin. No conclusion – not endorsing/rejecting. Know that folks also were skeptical when paper money displaced gold,” Blankfein tweeted on Tuesday. (bit.ly/2xP543l) The plan is in early stages and may…

Don’t get sucked into the fitness-gadget hype – Philly.com

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Are you a sucker for every fitness gadget that comes out? I admit that I am (or at least I was), and I have a drawer full of old fitness gadgets, gizmos, and wearables to prove it. The other day, I was frantically looking for a spare key. I didn’t find it. What I did find was…

Why Email Is The Locomotive Of Digital Marketing – Forbes

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Shutterstock Email marketing reminds me a lot of the rail industry. The first railroad was a steam locomotive in Wales over 200 years ago. The automobile did not kill it nor did airline travel. Did they alter how it was used? Absolutely and, in some cases, forced innovation and change in their industry and by its leading players. Today, the rail industry is an increasingly dynamic industry that supports 1.5…

India going digital, paper clearing at banks falls – Economic Times

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Reserve Bank of India data shows the value of paper-clearing transactions fell a fifth from Rs 100 lakh crore in 201213 to Rs 80.9 lakh crore at the end of 2016-17. In the same period, the volume of such transactions fell to 120.6 crore from 131.3 crore. Between 2016 and 2017, the volume of cheque transactions fell by over 11 crore. Paper clearing transactions, which accounted for 82 per…

Our Circuit Breaker Live gadget show starts tomorrow! – The Verge

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Do you love gadgets? And people talking about gadgets? And unscripted gadget demos that flirt with the possibility of complete disaster? Well, we’ve got a show for you. We’re taking Circuit Breaker, The Verge’s gadget blog, and bringing it to Twitter as an hour-long weekly live show. Paul Miller, Ashley Carman, Jake Kastrenakes, Chaim Gartenberg, and I will be putting as many gadgets as we can on screen, taking your…

Time Inc. has hired startup veteran Julie Alvin to help its digital properties – Recode

Monday, October 02, 2017

Like every other magazine publisher, Time Inc. has a difficult task: It’s trying to protect its declining legacy business and compete with nimbler digital upstarts at the same time. If you are skeptical about its chances, you aren’t alone: Wall Street has been punishing the company since April, when it announced that it wasn’t going to sell itself. So meet a believer: Julie Alvin, who has been a top editor…

The Best Laptop 2017: Our pick of the 10 best laptops you can buy this year – TechRadar

Monday, October 02, 2017

Update: It isn’t the thinnest or most stylish laptop you can buy, but the Acer Swift 3 is one of the best laptops today. Offering a whole lot of bang for the buck in terms of performance and inputs, read on to number 11 to find out more about the Acer Swift 3! If you’re looking to discover what is the best laptop to buy before the end of 2017,…

Big member states are dividing the EU on digital agenda – EurActiv – EURACTIV

Monday, October 02, 2017

Four countries – Germany, France, Italy and Spain – drafted a paper outlining their priorities ahead of last Friday’s (29 September) digital summit, where heads of state gathered in Estonia. Poland’s Digital Minister Krzysztof Szubert told EURACTIV.com the paper risks dividing EU member states on digital issues. Szubert spoke with EURACTIV reporter Catherine Stupp in Estonia. A group of four countries – Germany, France, Italy and Spain – took the…

How digital transformation is reshaping the IT budget: The journey of 3 CIOs – ZDNet

Monday, October 02, 2017

Image: iStockphoto/William_Potter The lines between business and IT continue to blur, as next-generation technologies change and disrupt the way professionals get work done. Nowhere is this more evident than with the advent and growth of digital transformation. As methods and workflows move from on-premises to the cloud, or from manual tasks to automated processes, it can become unclear which division of the company is responsible for what. On the financial…

Alexa builds a growing army to invade the digital home – ZDNet

Monday, October 02, 2017

If an ultimate aim of voice agents like Alexa are to be proactive assistants, they fell down on the job in anticipating the half-dozen new Echo products Amazon announced last week. The company’s new Echo lineup sees its most well-known, parody-ripe Echo device morph into the Echo Plus, which adds a home networking hub, while the baseline Echo has become smaller and softer with a fabric exterior, putting price pressure…

El Segundo’s Mattel dives into digital toys with new Silicon Valley partnership – The Daily Breeze

Monday, October 02, 2017

Iconic El Segundo toymaker Mattel, struggling to recapture its dominance in the marketplace, is turning to Silicon Valley for a makeover. New CEO Margo Georgiadis, a former Google president, is working to turn around the fortunes of the 72-year-old company, whose famous Barbie, Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price brands haven’t kept up with digital trends as LEGO became the industry leader. Georgiadis has promised to transform Mattel’s internal culture to be “leaner,…

Catalonia vs. Spain: Five Things Digital Marketers Need to Know – eMarketer

Monday, October 02, 2017

In a hypothetical world where Spain granted Catalonia its independence, what are some of the similarities and differences that would exist between these two nations from a digital perspective? eMarketer breaks down five key distinctions that marketers need to know to be successful in both marketplaces. Internet Penetration Is More Widespread in Catalonia According to data published by Asociación para la Investigación de Medios de Comunicación (AIMC), Catalonia has…

How Univision has grown its digital presence with a mission-driven focus – Digiday

Monday, October 02, 2017

When President Trump in early September called for an end to DACA, the program that shields undocumented young immigrants from deportation, fear spread through the Hispanic community. Univision covered the news like a lot of media outlets, but it also broadcast a conversation with legal experts that night who took questions from people watching on Facebook. To Borja Echevarria, vp and digital editor in chief of Univision, the video was…

A Month with the Note 8: Can Samsung’s Phablet Replace a Laptop? – Laptop Mag

Monday, October 02, 2017

For the better part of the past two decades, my job and life have revolved around always having a phone, a tablet or a notebook or two at hand for work and play. From gaming and movie watching to the more menial task of making a living, devices were my constant companions. For the past month, I have slimmed down my digital sidekicks considerably, using only a Samsung Galaxy…

SEC accuses two digital coin creators of ripping off investors – Engadget

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Zaslavskiy advertised his first company called REcoin Group Foundation as “The First Ever Cryptocurrency Backed by Real Estate.” According to the agency, he told investors that REcoin has a “team of lawyers, professionals, brokers and accountants” snapping up real estate properties, but truth is that he had never hired anyone to work for the company. Zaslavskiy also reportedly told potential investors that REcoin had already raised between $2 million and…

South Korea cracks down on use of digital cash for crowdfunding – Engadget

Sunday, October 01, 2017

South Koreans who were planning to raise funds using cryptocurrency will have to find an alternative method. The country has decided to follow in China’s footsteps and has banned raising money through all forms of virtual currency, according to Reuters. As TechCrunch noted, businesses around the globe have raised over $1.8 billion this year using the method known as initial coin offering or ICO. It’s a convenient way to gather…

In A Digital World, Are We Losing Sight Of Our Undigitized Past? – Forbes

Friday, September 29, 2017

Shutterstock In today’s interconnected always-online digital-first world, we tend to think that every piece of information in the world is instantly accessible at our fingertips. Yet, the reality is that as we wrap our daily lives ever further in our digital blankets, our understanding of the world around us and the information accessible to us is ever more defined by what has been digitized or born digital. As we focus…

So Much Alexa – WIRED

Friday, September 29, 2017

Amazon announced a raft of new hardware devices this week, from new Echo speakers and fun arcade buttons that plug into them, to a dangling-dongle version of the Fire TV. The one unifying thread all these devices have? Alexa. As Amazon’s voice assistant proliferates into more products, Amazon’s smart home empire grows. But can Alexa find its feet outside the home? David tells us what he saw when he visited…

Our Mr. Robot Digital After Show returns! – The Verge

Friday, September 29, 2017

The third season of Mr. Robot is coming to USA on October 11th, and the Mr. Robot Digital After Show is coming back, too! This year, it will be hosted by Nilay Patel, Megan Farokhmanesh, and me, Russell Brandom. Mr. Robot has gotten really interesting over the last season, using hacker culture as a way to talk about history, mental illness, and the broader collapse of parasitic capitalism. There’s also…