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30 boaters harassed a pod of orcas ‘because they’re getting their dumb Facebook video’

30 boaters harassed a pod of orcas ‘because they’re getting their dumb Facebook video’
A pod of orcas was harassed by up to 30 boaters Tuesday evening as the killer whales swam through the Tacoma Narrows and past Fox Island, according …
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Remember Tom? Remember how he just sold his $500m share in myspace and retired so he could have a nice life? He never sold our data, never tried to influence elections, never lobbied against privacy legislations... what a man. Myspace was just too pure for this world. https://t.co/9kPMhLlMP2

Remember Tom? Remember how he just sold his $500m share in myspace and retired so he could have a nice life? He never sold our data, never tried to influence elections, never lobbied against privacy legislations... what a man. Myspace was just too pure for this world.

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JUL
12

Everything We Know About Apple's Smart Glasses

Everything We Know About Apple's Smart Glasses

Tim Cook is known for prophesying the promise of augmented reality (AR), a technology that overlays digital graphics onto the real world, usually a smartphone or tablet. In 2016, the Apple CEO even said it would one day become as commonplace as "eating three meals a day."

Skip ahead four years and there are legions of rumors and leaks that Apple is trying to get into the AR game—specifically, through the lenses of a new kind of eyewear, purportedly called Apple Glass.

The most public failure of the AR glasses idea comes from Google back in 2014. But with an extra nine years under its belt and armed with the lessons from Google's failed augmented reality experiment, Apple might just have a fighting chance at bringing the eyewear to the mainstream for the first time.

What Features Will Apple Glass Have?

Think about Apple Glass as a companion to your iPhone. Smartphones are already a second screen in some scenarios, so the eyeglasses might be considered your third screen, bringing information from your phone right to your eyes.

According to a Bloomberg report, the lenses will have a holographic display. Through those lenses, Apple Glass will show anything from texts, to emails, to maps, or games in the wearer's field of vision.

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JUL
05

The Metaverse Is Coming & It’s A Very Big Deal

The Metaverse Is Coming & It’s A Very Big Deal

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Imagine walking down the street. Suddenly, you think of a product you need. Immediately next to you, a vending machine appears, filled with the product and variations you were thinking of. You stop, pick an item from the vending machine, it’s shipped to your house, and then continue on your way. 

Next, imagine a husband and wife. The husband offers to go to the store but the wife can’t remember the name and type of product she needs. Her brain-computer interface device recognizes it for her and transmits a link to her husband’s device, along with what stores and aisles it’s located in. 

Welcome to the metaverse, alternate digital realities where people work, play, and socialize. You can call it the metaverse, the mirror world, the AR Cloud, the Magicverse, the Spatial internet, or Live Maps, but one thing is for certain, it’s coming and it’s a big deal. 

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JUL
05

The Post-COVID-19 Digital Brand Landscape

Zoom conferences, Instagram Music festivals, TikTok Cloud Raves — COVID-19 has exponentially propelled our use of tech platforms for immersive experiences, connection and community while also seeing platforms take on a variety of functions and uses. Now, as the Internet essentially becomes our “real world” brands are starting to think about how they can reinvent digital experiences in more creative and immersive ways, whether that’s a flagship, a fashion show, or event. Meanwhile, even the way we consume entertainment has become more interactive and community-oriented with headlining concerts being staged on Fortnite, and global music festivals — hosted by Diddy — held on Instagram Live TV, experienced with instantaneous “likes” and comments.

The truth is, these are just the latest in a major shift in Internet culture that has been driving for some time. We’re arguably going through one of the most radical transformational periods in terms of what technology looks like in our hands, environment and homes. And very few brands, or marketers, are exploring how to push these new channels as far as they can go or come up with ways to tell stories and communicate.

Recently, Light Years teamed with London-based creative agency Cult to explore this exact transition in our use of technology and specifically how creatives are using technology in new ways to create compelling brand experiences. Our central question: What is the future of creativity and media in an era of radical technology and channel change? The three-part Creatology study explores three key territories in this space: The Sensory Internet — the future where tech is sentient, emotional and provokes our sense of touch and smell; Total Immersion — the world of 5G, the Internet of Things and blurred interfaces like Augmented Reality; and finally, Super Convergence — what media will look like in the rapidly nonlinear world of games as shops; stores as theme parks, and social networks as music venues.

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Navigating ways to market, sell and create brand experiences in this new era has never been more important — especially as the pandemic might mean that in-person interactions become more and more infrequent. What is considered an interface, alone, is rapidly evolving into something sentient and sensory as voice recognition technologies start being integrated into virtually everything to cars, street lamps, stoves and more. (Brands are already rushing to create audio-first strategies.) Meanwhile, new connected devices are learning to interpret our neuro patterns, responses and decisions — not just what we type in. On cue, Google has been experimenting with Neuro Aesthetics, the emerging field of research exploring the intersection of psychological aesthetics, neuroscience and human evolution. And of course, there’s the explosion of gaming. Games are replacing our malls, our social networks and entertainment platforms. There’s also the rapid ascent of AI. (In response, see: Samsung’s Neon “artificial human” virtual assistants — the next holographic iterations of Siri and Alexa).

The transition is scary, but also exciting. What we found in The Creatology Report research is that we’re on the brink of a massive renaissance in use of technologies, data and artificial intelligence. There’s also an exciting generation of creatives using these to push the boundaries of their medium, creating new types of experiences, activations and exhibits. They’re leading the way toward a world of converged mediums generally: Where a virtual reality app can be an artistic experience, as well as an immersive health tool for fighting anxiety and chronic pain by using whimsical moving animation to guide deep-breathing exercise (see BreatheVR by Neon — a project backed by Jeff Bezos). Or where an advert for German sleepwear brand Mey can be a scientifically informed kaleidoscopic hypnotic animation that sends insomniacs to sleep (as well as, you know, sell you pj’s). Or, where a store is more of an interactive theme park-meets-art-exhibit than a place to shop for sunglasses. See the SKP-S store by eyewear brand Gentle Monster and London studio Sybarite in Beijing including a “Martian exhibit” and spaceship interiors.

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JUL
05

LinkedIn, much like TikTok, could have been used to spy on you

The new iPhone operating system revealed a new privacy flaw in the LinkedIn app, a social network specifically designed for career and professional networking, according to a report by the ZDNet business technology online publication, owned by CNET Networks, on Friday.The new privacy feature on the iOS14 operating system byApple, set to be officially released in the fall, revealed that the Microsoft app LinkedIn gathered information from the app's clipboard, a feature that saves all information copied by the user.The iOS14 operating system, currently in a limited beta and available only to developers, notifies the user when an app copies something, either from a different app or from the device itself.Last month it was revealed that the Chinese appTikTokhad used the same information from the clipboard feature and basically saved extensive information on all of its users. The company claimed that the feature was part of a fraud detection mechanism and that there was no intention of stealing the information, but nevertheless promised to remove the feature.The incident caused people to identify more cases of privacy violations in popular apps and to be more cautious when choosing what app to trust.While that revelation didn't come as a huge surprise to most, considering the reputation that TikTok has regarding user privacy, the fact that the same mechanism operates in the Microsoft app LinkedIn and frequently collects information on users, caused many a feeling of unease.According to ZDNet, the first to break the story, a LinkedIn spokesperson claimed that the issues was due to a bug, and not an intentional act.VP Engineering of Consumer Products at LinkedIn, Erran Berger, also addressed the incident on Twitter, saying "We've traced this to a code path that only does an equality check between the clipboard contents and the currently typed content in a text box." While he didn't explain why this kind of behavior was necessary to begin with, Berger added that "We don't store or transmit the clipboard contents. We will follow up once the fix is live in our app."
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JUL
03

The best Zoom alternatives for videoconferencing

The best Zoom alternatives for videoconferencing

Zoom is one of the fastest-growing videoconferencing apps out there. It’s easy to set up and host video calls. But in light of recent security and privacy concerns about Zoom, you might want to try a good Zoom alternative. They’re all excellent for video calls with friends and family, or conferencing with your colleagues while working from home.

It’s worth noting that while all of these have free versions, some offer temporary access to additional features if you need them. The following list includes applications that allow you to participate without having to actually register for the app (though some may require the host to register).

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Cisco Webex

Key Features

Up to 100 participants.Unlimited time for each meeting.Call-in for audio.

Webex is a videoconferencing app that has been around for quite some time. The company was originally founded in 1995 and was subsequently acquired by Cisco in 2007. While it has been known as a business application and continues to focus on serving companies, it does have a very good free version that’s worth checking out — especially since it has expanded the features of the freemium version from 50 to 100 participants, removed of the 40-minute limit on meetings, and added call-in abilities.

In addition to the free version, Webex also offers premium plans starting at $13.50 per month, per host. The premium plans offer additional functionality including cloud storage, recording transcripts, a downloadable video file of meetings, customizable meeting room links, and more. The company also sells a range of videoconferencing products for business users such as the Cisco Webex Room Kit and the Cisco Webex Desk Pro.

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JUL
02

Michel Bourez Attacked by Shark While Foiling

Michel Bourez Attacked by Shark While Foiling

In a rather harrowing story retold on his Instagram page, Michel Bourez revealed that he’d been attacked by a shark in his native Tahiti. Like many Tahitians, Bourez is a gifted waterman. Apparently he was doing a downwind run on his foil board from the island of Tahiti to Moorea, surfing big wind swell with a boat spotter, when he was attacked by what he believes was a hammerhead shark.

“I was doing a down wind from tahiti ( mahina ) to moorea(vaiare) when a hammer shark chased my foil and bit it,” wrote Bourez with a friendly nod to his sponsors. “He broke the tail of my @signaturefoils so I could not keep going . Then I sat on my @firewiresurfboards and waved at my friends on the boat to come and pick me up.”

Bourez says he spent a few agonizing moments floating in the ocean waiting to get picked up. “I felt something was wrong so I looked around me and stayed alert just in case the shark came back again,” he says. “I was right ! The 3-4 meter hammer shark came back again at me so I put my foil in between him and I to protect myself. He bit my foil for the second time realizing it was definitely not eatable and swam back away from me . The boat picked me up a few minutes after and I was safe.”

The Tahitian – who finished 13th in the world last year – ended up getting back in the water to finish the run with his mates. “I’ve seen hammer sharks cruising around so I know the risk since the beginning,” he said. “The ocean is their world and I respect that ! No bad feelings at all ! He just owes me a new foil.”

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JUN
27

Want to Start a Podcast or Livestream? Here's What You Need

Want to Start a Podcast or Livestream? Here's What You Need

Good video quality is integral to livestreaming. We've got gear recommendations from cameras and tripods to lighting, too.

A Reliable Camera

The most essential part of a livestreaming kit is a good webcam. But due to the high demand from those working at home during the global pandemic, they're hard to come by right now. We like the Logitech C920X Pro and Razer Kiyo when they're available, but you can also just use what you have on hand. We have a guide on using your smartphone as a webcam.

If you have a GoPro or other DSLR or mirrorless camera, you can also use it as a webcam replacement—just search online for instructions specific to your model.

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JUN
25

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint. Here's Why

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint. Here's Why

As I've previously pointed out, Steve Jobs hated PowerPoint, and many top CEOs (including Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Mark Cuban) won't even sit through a traditional presentation, if they can help it. 

However, as many readers have pointed out, there are plenty of presentations inside the companies that these CEOs run. Why the inconsistency? Why don't these CEOs simply ban presentations altogether?

Indeed, considering that most people "hate PowerPoints" (i.e., presentations), you'd think that such a move would prove quite popular. But few if any companies ban presentations completely. What gives?

PowerPoint (and its clones and alternatives) continues to be a huge part of our corporate culture because presentations, when compared with finished documents, provide three huge advantages to the presenter at the expense of the audience. Specifically:

1. Presentations take less time and effort to create.

Writing a coherent document or speech requires starting with an outline, followed by a relatively long period of word-crafting and, in the case of a speech, rehearsal. With a presentation, you're basically done once you've created the outline. You don't have to do the hard part of actually writing anything because, even if you practice the presentation, you're essentially winging it.

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JUN
25

Four Signs Your Team Can't Work from Home Long-Term

Four Signs Your Team Can't Work from Home Long-Term

A recent Gartner survey of 229 HR leaders showed that 41 percent of employees are likely to work remotely at least part-time post-Covid. That's compared with 30 percent of employees who worked remotely at least part-time before the pandemic.

But for all the plans many companies are making to shift to a work-from-home model long-term, some simply can't--and I'm not just talking about jobs that require a physical presence. These are some of the signs your business, your workforce, or both, are not equipped to adopt this trend.

Your Team's Output Thrives on Collaboration

Collaboration tools are great. We use many of them at my company, internally, as well as with clients and vendors, and in most cases, I've found them to be incredibly convenient and effective. But there's much to be said for the energy and efficiency of physically coming together to discuss, debate, brainstorm, and build.

Certain types of work, and workers, are more reliant on collaborative approaches to accomplishing goals than others. Take advertising, for example--the rapid-fire nature of bouncing ideas off one another, writing and pairing words and phrases on whiteboards and sticky notes, developing and presenting a narrative--can these things be done remotely? Sure. Can they be done better remotely? No.

The key ingredient in collaboration is communication, and as novel as even the best digital communication technology is, there is simply no better, faster, cheaper, clearer collaboration platform than good old-fashioned in-person interactions. 

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JUN
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Google will pay publishers to license content for ‘new news experience’

Google will pay publishers to license content for ‘new news experience’

Google announced it will begin paying news publishers for “high-quality content” with the launch of a “new news experience” later this year. The move marks a major departure for Google, which has until now steadfastly refused to compensate news publishers for content. As news organizations’ digital advertising revenues have plunged, critics in the media, and even many politicians, have been pressuring Google to pay to license content.

Many details of the new program remain unclear. But with the news industry further weakened by economic fallout from the coronavirus, any potential revenue will likely be welcomed.

“A vibrant news industry matters — perhaps now more than ever, as people look for information they can count on amid a global pandemic and growing concerns about racial injustice around the world,” Google vice president for news Brad Bender wrote in a blog post. “But these events are happening at a time when the news industry is also being challenged financially. We care deeply about providing access to information and supporting the publishers who report on these important topics.”

In recent years, major platforms and tech companies have sought to strike partnerships with news publishers. Last year, Apple launched Apple News+, a subscription service that offers access to more than 300 publications. And Facebook has launched several programs for news organizations, including a recent $100 million fund to support struggling news outlets.

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JUN
22

Social distancing is going to kill your employee retention unless you do this one thing

Social distancing is going to kill your employee retention unless you do this one thing

This past week, I was scanning through my Facebook feed when I came across a video of someone cutting hair with a clear plastic barrier between themselves and their customer.

I’ll admit that my first thought was, “Who has this contraption in place so that I can go get a haircut?”

After reflecting on this for a bit, however, it struck me that the pandemic and the changes in how we interact with one another in work settings will, in many ways, place a barrier between leaders and their teams.

Consider, for example, the last time you spoke with your employees face-to-face. If it was recently (possibly you’re one of the few businesses permitted to maintain your operations), then you were likely at least six feet apart and minimizing the length and frequency of your interactions.

There was, and will continue to be, an invisible barrier between you and your team.

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JUN
13

Microsoft Knocks Zoom Out Of The Park With New Features You Need Now

Microsoft has just launched a bunch of new Teams features as it aims to knock Zoom out of the park.

Microsoft has just launched new Teams features as it aims to knock Zoom out of the park.

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Over the last few months, Microsoft has been launching new Teams features to challenge Zoom’s dominance as many people work from home. Now, Microsoft has just made its Teams video conferencing service even better with new features for free users that could knock Zoom right out of the park.

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The first new Teams feature is the opportunity to use your own logo or picture as a background, or to use one of the multiple custom backgrounds Microsoft has created. Teams already had the ability to blur your background so people can’t see that messy home office when you are on a work call.

The second feature is the ability to schedule meetings and send out invitations in advance in the free Teams version. Previously you could only use the ability to Meet Now.

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JUN
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Is your keyboard a dirty mess? How to clean it of dust, crumbs and slime

Break out the wet wipes. It's time to give your keyboard a good cleaning.

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Your computer's keyboard is bound to get dirty at some point. Whether it's a sticky key from the juice you spilled, food crumbs that didn't make it to your mouth or keys that are extra shiny from the oils on your fingers, your keyboard is a mess. Cleaning it will make your keyboard more visually appealing and it can help remove bacteria and germs that have found their way onto the surface. Best yet, it can help keep crud from working its way underneath a key and making it stick or stop working as intended.

You may have a keyboard with keys that are low, a flush keyboard attached to your laptop or a keyboard with bouncy keys that rise from the surface. Whatever the case, the methods below will help you disinfect and clean up the keys and surrounding surfaces. In a perfect world, to further prevent your keyboard from becoming gross, it's best to wash your hands before and after using it. However, we understand you may be at your computer for eight hours a day (and probably snacking) so this may not be as practical.

Before you get started, make sure your laptop or keyboard is unplugged from the power cord and completely powered off to avoid damaging any electrical components. It also helps keep you from accidentally deleting something important on your computer as you clean the individual keys. Here's how to get your laptop clean and bacteria-free.

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JUN
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Hotel Marketers Prepare for the Death of Tracking Cookies

Earlier this year, Google said it would stop letting marketers use cookies, or data files for tracking consumer browsing behavior, in its Chrome internet browser by 2022. The move signals an end to a roughly 25-year stretch of advertisers using cookies to trace consumers as they surf the internet. The absence of cookies raises a hurdle for marketers, especially hotel marketers, trying to personalize their ads and services for guests.

The ad industry isn’t surprised. Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox have already put the breaks on companies tracking consumers with cookies due to protests from privacy advocates.

Plus, it’s not only cookies. Identifiers on mobile devices are also an endangered species.

“Mobile IDs aren’t long for this world,” said Dave Goulden, vice president of product at Sojern, a travel-focused advertising tech startup.

The end of cookies and mobile identifiers affects all marketers. But hotel marketers may feel it more than most. The reason? Only a minority of guests at a hotel are repeat visitors, so the hotel may have a hard time knowing anything about a site visitor.

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JUN
10

9 free online computer science classes from Harvard - Business Insider

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Harvard University has over 140 of its classes publicly available online through online course provider edX, including its CS50 classes and professional certificates.

CS50 classes are introductory computer science courses, and its baseline CS50 is the largest course on the Harvard campus. Online, it's already enrolled about 2 million people through edX.

Below, you'll find all the CS50 courses available to enroll in for free (with the option of a paid certificate of completion). Topics range from the standard CS50 intro course to mobile app and game development to an AP course for high school students. You can also enroll in a CS50 professional certificate program, which compiles multiple related courses together to master a skill. You can find the full list of those programs here

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This Adobe alternative takes care of all your graphic design needs

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TL;DR: A lifetime subscription to Design Wizard Pro is on sale for £30.49, saving you 93% on list price.

They say Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are the gold standard graphic design programs, but what if you don't have an extra £200 laying around for a one-year license to a single service? 

And what if you don't have the extra time or patience for the extensive training? We're glad you asked.

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Google Meet Switches On Jaw-Dropping Feature To Beat Zoom & Microsoft Teams

Google Meet is about to sound better than ever

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Google has started to roll out its latest headline-grabbing feature for its Google Meet video calling: noise-cancelation.

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It could be something big as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other apps compete with each other to win, and keep, new users.

Back in May, Microsoft promised an update which would subdue the noises of dogs barking or keyboards clicking. Now, Google Meet has pressed the button on its own way of making video calls more productive and enjoyable.

After all, we’ve got used to video that varies in quality and that checkerboard effect where a colored outline chases participants round the screen according to who’s talking.

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JUN
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Facebook tells group admins to consider adding people of color as moderators

Facebook published new recommendations for group admins yesterday evening in an attempt to help them facilitate conversations about race and inequality. Groups, which are essential to Facebook’s business strategy, have struggled to moderate discussions about the Black Lives Matter movement and injustice in the US, with many admins and moderators deleting posts they consider “political.” The deletion decisions prompted members to leave groups they’d been in for years, argue with each other, form splinter groups, and sometimes temporarily shut the groups down entirely.

Facebook directly addresses the political post ban that many groups follow and recommends that leaders create specific lists of topics that aren’t allowed. It cites “discussions on legislation, political candidates, or specific campaigns” as examples. Facebook has previously recommended that groups create a list of rules to help moderate conversation, but these rules appear to be what’s tripping moderators up now. A group dedicated to the musician Hozier, for example, allowed Hozier’s own political statements to stay live, but moderators deleted members’ thoughts, as The Verge documented in a separate story yesterday.

Facebook also recommends in its post that admins educate themselves on the issues; “create opportunities for new and diverse members” to join the moderation team; acknowledge current events with a post that outlines rules; listen to members; be “open to change” around what posts are allowed; and potentially approve all posts before they go live.

“We know these conversations are hard and reflect ongoing disparities in our society,” Facebook writes. “They are also necessary, and we hope that we can continue to help you facilitate ongoing discussions and learning.”

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