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How Google plans to make foldable phones and popup selfie cameras better

first_img Foldable Phones Tags 3 Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now “Developers don’t plan their apps … with the idea that there would be two different screens with two different aspect ratios,” said Samat. “We wanted to make that as easy as possible to code for. If you make it easy and people can start experimenting and seeing what’s possible; it can accelerate the entire category.” Google’s tools for app developers stems from its close collaboration on the Galaxy Fold. After working with Samsung and other, undisclosed phone brands, Google is opening up its code and tools to other OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).Google’s interest in Android for foldable phones doesn’t stop with its partner OEMs. The company is also working on its own foldable Pixel, at least for internal testing. “We’re definitely prototyping the technology. We’ve been doing it for a long time,” Mario Queiroz, Pixel’s development lead, said in an interview last week at Google’s headquarters. “I don’t think there’s a clear use case yet.” The Oppo Reno’s camera pops up at a jaunty angle. Oppo What about pop-up selfie cameras?Phones with front-facing cameras are also getting a makeover. There are now several models that pop up or slide out of the body, and Samsung Galaxy A80 has three cameras that swivel to take photos in either direction. The One Plus 7 is rumored to have a pop-up camera, too, when it launches on May 14.Cameras that live in the phone’s body aren’t just for show. As with foldable screens, pop-up cameras exist to give you more screen space — in this case, by removing the front-facing sensors from the phone’s face. This design is a way around having to add a screen notch. captura-de-pantalla-2019-03-08-a-las-14-14-35The OnePlus 7 is rumored to have a front-facing pop-up camera. Slashleaks “I think there’ll be many interesting different form factors in the way people innovate with the front-facing sensors,” said Samat. “We’re starting to see this form factors come to life.Google is working with OEM partners to make sure that the different phone-makers don’t need to worry about the camera’s exact location in order to use Android’s camera software. Every phone has a slightly different camera array, which means developers have to add code to optimize their apps. To that end, Google is building out a library called CameraX , which gives developers “a layer of abstraction” so they don’t have to code for each new configuration a phone might take. The CameraX library comes shipped as a developer library on top of Android. The benefit of CameraX doesn’t stop at pop-up cameras. It has the potential to help third-party camera apps faster, more stable and more consistent, too. Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… • Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: For example, they can turn a phone into a tablet, as with the Fold and Huawei Mate X. We could also see narrow phones that open vertically, as with the throwback flip phone style of the rumored foldable Motorola Razr, and even designs that bend around your wrist like a watch.”Historically, a mobile phone and a tablet have been two devices. If you think about them being the same device … it can be quite delightful,” said Samat, who has used the Galaxy Fold. Google’s support for foldable centers on App Continuity, which helps you switch apps between foldable phones’ smaller and larger screens without skipping a beat. This software is especially critical because, while device-makers have internally prototyped foldable phones for years, most developers are brand new to the design. reading • How Google plans to make foldable phones and pop-up selfie cameras better Google I/O 2019 10:12 Google I/O 2019 Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Share your voice Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know 60 Photos 4:54 See All Google can read the writing on the wall: foldable phones and devices with selfie cameras that pop up from the body are set to pick up steam in 2019, and Android has to be ready. On Tuesday at I/O 2019, Google officially confirmed that it’s including tools in Android Q that will help keep the OS humming along on phones with moving parts. Google had already declared last November that it would support foldable designs like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.Foldable phones are especially timely, promising to shake up the phone industry with new designs that can expand your screen space without making devices larger. Although early problems with the Galaxy Fold caused a delay in releasing the phone, which Samsung is scrambling to fix, other devices like the Huawei Mate X, rumored foldable Motorola Razr and designs that bend around your wrist like a watch could potentially tangle up Android apps without Google’s guidance.”We’re seeing perhaps the reinvention of the mobile form factor,” Sameer Samat, VP of product management for Android and Play, said of foldable phones during an interview. “While it’s very early, we may look back on this and understand how profound it was.” Android Q beta: What’s new? Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Comments Android 10 (Android Q) Google Originally published at 4 a.m. PT.last_img read more

Samsung leading mobile handset market in India Report

first_imgWith 36% market share, Korean electronics giant Samsung leads the pack of top mobile handset brands in India, a market survey has found.Micromax, with 22.5% share, is second in the segment, according to a qualitative survey done by Android manager app MoboMarket.MoboMarket is an Android app store developed by Chinese web services company Baidu Inc. with over 13 million frequent users worldwide.”The purpose of this research is to gain insight into the current app market situation and trends in the mobile market in India and to provide a comprehensive picture of mobile user behaviour in India,” a statement from MoboMarket said.Samsung and Micromax account for almost 60% market share in both Q2 and Q3, which indicates that India has both wide market potential and formidable constraints for new coming brands.The growth in the smartphone market was helped by vendors using online retail, or eTail, to penetrate the market, the survey found.The survey also revealed that gaming apps lead the category followed social, video and system tool respectively.last_img read more

Bangladesh appoints new Ambassador to China

first_imgMahbub Uz Zaman. Photo: UNBThe government has decided to appoint Mahbub Uz Zaman, currently serving as the secretary (Asia and Pacific) at the foreign ministry, as the new Bangladesh Ambassador to China, reports BSS.Mahbub Uz Zaman, a career foreign service officer, belongs to the 1985 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) foreign affairs cadre.In his distinguished diplomatic career of over 30 years, Mahbub served as the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore and Sri Lanka, a foreign ministry press release said.He also worked in various capacities in Bangladesh Permanent Missions in Geneva, New York as well as Bangladesh Missions in Tokyo, Ottawa and New Delhi. At headquarters, from December 2016, he has been serving as the secretary (Asia and Pacific).Zaman obtained his Bachelor (Honours) and Master degrees in Economics from Dhaka University. He also obtained a diploma in French language and International Relations from Belgium.last_img read more

RIM Working on a Tablet For November Release

first_imgAccording to Apple Daily Quanta has won a bid to manufacture a 9.7 inch tablet for RIM. The tablet, called BlackPad, will have Bluetooth, WiFi, and front-and rear-facing cameras and will also be compatible with 3G using a BlackBerry phone. Explore further In a document discovered August 9 in a Chinese tech news story, RIM’s BlackPad will be running Android, and that it will come out sometime in November.There have also been rumors circulating for months that the BlackBerry Tablet would not be running BlackBerry OS 6. The Chinese document discovered August 9 seems to confirm what OS will be running on RIM’s BlackPad.Why would RIM use Android instead of running BlackBerry OS 6? This is a major change from tradition but could be because RIM may not have an OS in place in time to compete with other manufactures that will have their own tablets out in time for this holiday season.According to Apple Daily, Quanta who won the bid to manufacture the tablet plans to ramp up production for 2 million units starting in September for a November release and another 8 million planned for 2011. The price is targeted to be $499. None of this has been confirmed by RIM but news sources all seem to be in agreement about the tablet’s capabilities, OS, and release date. RIM making new touchscreen smartphone, tablet device © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img More information: tw.nextmedia.com/applenews/art … 122/IssueID/20100809 (in Chinese) Citation: RIM Working on a Tablet For November Release (2010, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-rim-tablet-november.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

In step with Mother Earth

first_imgTheme of her dance was Bhumi – the four pillars of mother nature which she performed on Indian classical music. The background score for the show was done by musician Jayant Luthra.Prema took three years to script Bhumi, while she acquired perfection through Natya Nectar. Her dance was devoted to spirituality and mother nature. The dance basically portrays the four elements of nature – air, water, earth and fire which are basics to sustain human life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘I feel as though I am an instrument and dance is being channelised through my body. I see dance as service to the divine, a language to express my truths and love for God and his creations. Dance is my voice in this lifetime,’ said Prema. She hopes to match in her endeavour, to take productions like the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and Bhumi to a global audience.As she aspires to the electric stage presence, grace, precision and exquisite choreography skilled through Natya Nectar. The classically trained Kathak dancer, acrobatic aerialist and yoga teacher trains her dancers from a perspective of prayer and meditation.Her production Natya Nectar Dance Company blends classical Indian dance forms with acro yoga and aerial aasanas.Bhumi is a collaborative experience which weaved together fashion and Indian classical dance. Prema adds ‘Being my choreographic debut production, it is very close to my heart.’last_img read more

Mark Errington CEO at OASYS looks at factors beh

first_imgMark Errington, CEO at OASYS, looks at factors behind the likely success or failure of UK local TV.The UK’s major broadcasters have been unable to exploit the opportunity that local public service broadcasting has to offer for a number of years now. So when then culture secretary Jeremy Hunt essentially gave ITV the green light to pull out of regional news altogether in 2011, the commercial broadcaster happily agreed to give up the field to new plans to create a network of TV stations to better service communities, now known to us all as ‘Local TV’.This new service has created an opportunity for innovation in the way we deliver localised TV content to viewers and last year saw the plan taking its first steps with the official launch of the Comux Network and the first of these channels (Estuary TV) going on air.In practice, however, there are still questions around how these channels will get up and running, how they will generate enough interesting and relevant content, how local they can ever truly be, whether there is a successful business model to be found, and ultimately whether there is even an audience for local TV.The technology is ready and waitingWhen it comes to the technology, from the first announcement of a local TV service and Comux being appointed as infrastructure provider there has been confusion about how channels will set up their playout to actually get on air. Comux is certainly one option and provides a centralised infrastructure that takes many of the technical challenges off the shoulders of a new broadcaster, but it’s not the only route available. There are also other distribution channels available other than Freeview.  In fact, it’s not really the technology that is the challenge to the success of these channels, as there are a host of alternatives that offer equally fast and cost-effective ways to launch a new channel.However, by its own admission, the Comux business model also relies on the successful sale of additional national commercial channels, with “the profits made by the sale of this capacity [being] used to fund the services for local television”. Questions remain as to who will actually buy these channels. Whether for the local TV channel itself or the additional channels Comux is trying to sell, the key to success will lie in developing engaged communities around these channels and new business models that make them commercially sustainable.Advertisers – big and smallThe next local TV channel set to launch later this month is London Live, which offers an example of how these new services can work together with their other media counterparts. London Live is set to be the first 24-hour channel devoted to the capital and is expected to work closely with its sister-organisations the Evening Standard and Independent, with news and current affairs programming able to draw on the over 35 journalists and existing editorial resources at the papers. Existing local newspapers offer an interesting opportunity for these new TV channels to tap into existing communities through cross-platform advertising and promotions.Tie-ups with existing local media organisations also offer the potential for new advertising models to allow channels to generate income, as well as provide a service to the local community. For example, a local restaurant can advertise alongside a weekly cooking show, with the TV station also able to offer the equipment to film a brief advert for them. The ability to target on a more local basis is also something that big brands may well be interested in pursuing and one that many brands may be interested.Neil Simpson, founding partner at ad agency The Corner and a former senior marketer at Coke and Adidas, said of London Live: “A lot of product launches like to nail London first before they roll out nationally, and London Live will help them reach critical mass quicker. It clearly appeals to London-centric brands who would not normally consider TV, but it also offers a London up-weight option for a national buy.”There are certainly challenges ahead for local TV channels – whether it’s finding the right business model, generating great content, or partnering with another local media company. But the one thing that these new broadcasters don’t have to worry so much about is the technology, with plenty of options available to help them get on air quickly and cost-effectively.It is clear, with London Live due to launch this month and another 17 stations expected to launch this year, 2014 will be the year that TV tries to go local.last_img read more

By Vedran Vuk Casey Research Recently my paren

first_imgBy Vedran Vuk, Casey Research Recently, my parents were considering purchasing some real estate. As the financial professional in the family, they asked me, “What do you think? Will it go up in value? You know… not now, but eventually?” I’ve heard the same thing over and over again. In response, I shared my opinion: “Would you pay the current market price to live there even if its value never increased?” If the answer is yes, buy the property.” Essentially, is the house worth it as a home, not as an investment? In the past few decades, the concept of home ownership has been completely turned on its head. Previously, homes were considered a very long-term consumption good. Do you think anyone in the 18th, 19th, and prior centuries ever considered tripling the value of their homes by retirement time and selling them to move beachside? In the vast majority of cases, such ideas never crossed their minds. Yet, somehow along the way, this became a reasonable investment expectation. Even today, home buyers still make their purchases with the hopes of escalating prices. But are homes really wise investments? Consider the difference between your house and an investment such as Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock. At a major company, the opportunities can be truly limitless. Apple can produce cashflows from computers, iPods, iPads, and future innovations that are just dreams and concepts today. If the local market is oversaturated, Apple has the option of spreading out all across the world. As a result, Apple’s stock price has gone from $17 in 2005 to $540 today. Can your house do the same? Unless there’s a hyperinflation ahead or your house is located in the New York City or London of the 21st century, the answer is no. Why? Because your house is ultimately a product – and products have an upper bound to their prices. To understand this difference, there’s no need to drag out the Case-Shiller Index or analyze complex statistics. Suppose one bought a single-family house over a decade ago for $200K. At the peak of the housing bubble, the price reached $500K; to his joy, the owner sold it and moved thereafter to retire in Florida. Can the house’s price go higher from here? With Apple, the stock price can just keep climbing with greater profits and innovations. But is that true with real estate? For the sake of argument, let’s say that prices do keep rising. Eventually, the second owner sells to another buyer for $1 million a decade later. Guy number two also peacefully retires in bounty. Well, where does that leave the third guy? Unless real salaries make an incredible jump in the same time period, no one will be able to afford the home next. The median US worker earning $51K won’t be selling such a house for retirement; instead, it will take him until retirement to afford it. In many ways, this “investment” more closely resembles a Ponzi scheme. (Yes, Ponzi schemes work: for those who get in early and get out – as the recent real-estate bubble demonstrated.) Ultimately, there’s an upper bound to housing prices – they can’t continue rising perpetually with no end. The same is true of any product. At $300 for the newest iPod Touch, Apple might be doing well, but at $10,000 per unit, there likely would be very few buyers. As a homeowner, you’re not holding a company that can innovate, cut costs, and enter new markets. You’re ultimately holding a product which must be either sold to the next user or leased to the next renter. Houses are a good created for a specific use – to put a roof over one’s head. They are not magical money machines. Previous generations understood this very simple concept. One built a home as a place to live and escape the elements – and worse yet, the squalor of tenement housing. Homes were not retirement tools, but rather long-term goods. Unfortunately, policy makers still view homes as investments and are always worried about low prices. But is it really healthy to play another round of the same Ponzi scheme? Suppose the Fed manages to inflate housing prices again. There will be another boom in which some folks will make a tremendous amount of money. Eventually, housing prices will hit an unrealistic upper bound. Again, home prices will violently drop, resulting in homeowners deeper underwater than now. Of course, the banks will again take a hit as the mortgage holders. As long as real incomes trail the rise in housing prices, there will ultimately be a correction of some sort. So, do I think the current real estate market is just fine? No, of course not; but I don’t think shocking houses prices back into a bubbly stratosphere is the solution. Ideally, I’d like to see increasing housing prices, but only at the pace of real growth in society’s wealth. Over the last few decades, houses grew in value for good reasons and bad. On the good side, the economy had been expanding. On the bad side, the Fed’s low-interest-rate bubble artificially inflated housing prices beyond what made sense for our economy to sustain. If US companies such as Apple are creating greater abundance in society, it makes sense for housing prices to grow with greater wealth. But, bringing those prices higher on a wave of printed cash does not make us wise investors, but rather willing participants in a Ponzi scheme where someone else will be left holding the bag. Though that might be an attractive solution for those underwater on their mortgages, it’s no solution for the economy as a whole – nor for the next buyer. [Treating houses as investment vehicles – a strategy pushed by federal government policy – is one part of the complex conditions that have created the current American debt crisis. Start learning about it, so that you can be among those who not just survive, but thrive during the challenging times ahead.]last_img read more

The Medicaid expansion promoted by the Affordable

first_imgThe Medicaid expansion promoted by the Affordable Care Act was a boon for St. Mary’s Medical Center, the largest hospital in western Colorado. Since 2014, the number of uninsured patients it serves has dropped by more than half, saving the nonprofit hospital in Grand Junction more than $3 million a year.But the prices the hospital charges most insured patients have not gone down.”St. Mary’s is still way too costly,” says Mike Stahl, CEO of Hilltop Community Resources, which provides insurance to about half its nearly 600 employees and their families in western Colorado.”We are not seeing the decreases in our overall health bills that I believe the community overall should be feeling,” Stahl says.He and other employers in Colorado hoped that, as hospitals saved millions of dollars in charity care from the Medicaid expansion, the institutions would pass along some of those savings, reducing the prices consumers pay as well as the overall health costs paid by employers.A recent state report finds that didn’t happen.While hospitals are financially better off since the expansion, they have begun shifting even more of their costs to commercial health plans, according to the report.The state researchers note the average hospital profit per each patient discharged rose to $1,359 in 2017 — twice the amount in 2009. For patients covered by commercial and employer-based health plans, the hospitals’ profit margins per discharge rose above $11,000 in 2017, compared with $6,800 in 2009.Julie Lonborg, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Hospital Association, says the state agency that did the study was biased against hospitals and had a “predetermined conclusion.” Hospitals in the state are not doing as well as the report suggests, Lonborg says, noting that a third of them face operating losses.And some insurers, she says, have not passed along to their customers the savings hospitals give the insurers.Hundreds of thousands of state residents gained coverage under the Medicaid expansion, lowering Colorado’s uninsured rate by half to 7 percent. In addition, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs dropped by more than 60 percent, or more than $400 million statewide.Kim Bimestefer, executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing, says that hospitals have used their expanded revenues to focus on adding services that provide high profits or expanding operations in wealthier areas of the state that often duplicate what is already available.”They used those dollars to build free-standing [emergency departments], acquire physician practices [and] build new facilities where there was already sufficient capacity,” she says. “Hospitals had a fork in the road to either use the money coming in to lower the cost-shift to employers and consumers or use the money to fuel a health care arms race. With few exceptions, they chose the latter.”Hospital’s profit margin doublesIn written testimony to the state legislature last year, Colorado officials pointed to St. Mary’s as an example of a hospital with high overhead and operating costs — factors they said can lead to higher insurance premiums.The facility’s profit margin was above 14 percent from 2015 to 2017, according to the latest available tax returns. Those figures are nearly double St. Mary’s margin before expansion and twice the margin of the average U.S. hospital in 2017, according to American Hospital Association data.Colorado is the first state to analyze whether hospital cost-shifting — often referred to as a “hidden tax” on health plans — dropped after Medicaid expansion.But a conservative think tank in Arizona says hospitals there did not cut prices following that state’s Medicaid expansion.”Not only did [it] fail to deliver on the promises of alleviating the hidden health care tax, it allowed urban hospitals to increase charges on private payers dramatically,” says a report from the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute.Some critics point out that hospitals are also benefiting because Congress has repeatedly delayed a key ACA provision that would have cut federal funding to hospitals that have large numbers of uninsured patients and patients on Medicaid.The continuation of the program — called Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments — has provided Colorado hospitals a total of $108 million.How outside costs may factor inThe hospital industry disputes reports that it has merely pocketed profits from Medicaid expansion. Hospitals say many factors influence how much they charge employers and private insurers, including the need to upgrade technology and meet rising costs of health care and drugs.Lonborg of the state hospital association says hospitals need to shift costs to private employers to make up for lower prices paid by Medicare and Medicaid, and to make up for care hospitals continue to give free of cost to the uninsured.But, she adds, other factors, including the need to keep up with rapid population growth, have kept costs from dropping.Janie Wade, chief financial officer for SCL Health, the Broomfield, Colo., hospital chain that owns St. Mary’s and seven other facilities, says its costs are higher because it has sicker and older patients than most.She says looking at just the hospital profit margins on St. Mary’s IRS-990 form is not a fair assessment, because it doesn’t take into account costs that are outside the hospital, such as its 93 physician practices. The hospital lost nearly $12 million on those doctor practices in 2017, she says.Across all operations, the hospital’s operating margin fell from 9.5 percent in 2015 to 4.5 percent in 2018, she adds.Wade says the hospital used some of its new revenue to purchase 14 physician practices in recent years. That was designed, she says, not to ensure they send their patients to St. Mary’s but to help keep those doctors in the city so they can staff important services such as trauma and maternity care.”Medicaid expansion was a good thing and, of course, we supported it,” Wade says.But she points out that the hospital loses money on Medicaid and Medicare, which together cover more than three-quarters of its patients.St. Mary’s has sought to keep price increases for commercial insurers and employers to no more than the general inflation rate and has made rate even lower for some, according to Wade. If employers’ rates have been rising more than that, she says, it’s likely because insurers have been adding price increases.Officials from Rocky Mountain Health Plans, one of Grand Junction’s largest insurers and recently acquired by UnitedHealthcare, would not comment.David Roper, who used to oversee employee benefits for the city of Grand Junction and now heads a local employer coalition, says the state report confirms what local businesses leaders have long known. “St. Mary’s has no incentive to reduce its costs,” he says.Edmond Toy, a senior adviser for the nonprofit Colorado Health Institute, says the argument that pursuing the ACA policy would help lower insurance premiums “broadened the appeal of Medicaid expansion … and conceptually it makes total sense.”But, he notes, health care analysts have long debated whether the higher prices hospitals charge people with private insurance are designed to make up for the losses they take on with Medicare, Medicaid and uninsured patients.The state report shows how hospitals in heavily consolidated markets don’t have to cut prices as their bottom line improves, Toy says. “They can charge whatever the market will bear.”Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the Center for Health and Research Transformation at the University of Michigan, says hospitals have considerable bargaining power in many places because of health system consolidations and their purchases of many physician practices.”It does appear Colorado hospitals have a strong negotiating position with payers, or payers there are not negotiating very effectively,” Udow-Phillips says. “Hospitals are not going to give it away.”Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news service and editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

UK PM offers MPs chance for 2nd referendum if they support Brexit

first_img SharePrint Credit: Sky NewsCredit: Sky News The UK Prime Minister has said that MPs will be given a vote on holding a second referendum if they support the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill.Mrs May said this would mean that MP’s would have, ‘one last chance’ to actually deliver the Brexit.It is understood that the new bill includes a number of guarantees for worker’s rights, the Irish Backstop, a customs ‘compromise’ and environmental protections.However, she stressed that if MPs did not support the bill, the chance of an orderly exit would effectively be ‘dead in the water.’ This may also mean an end to Brexit.Updated: Cancel Brexit petition most signed in petition website’s historyThe PM was delivering her latest proposal in a speech in London where she described the ongoing stalemate as having a negative impact for the UK and ultimately stilting the growth and progress in various areas.She stated that the, ‘biggest problem with Britain today is its politics,’ but stressed that this could be fixed.‘We are making a new offer to find common ground in Parliament. That is the only way to deliver Brexit,’ she added.Guarantees, compromises, legal dutiesAccording to the Prime Minister’s new proposal, there would be a vote a variety of different customs options including a temporary union, something Mrs May calls a ‘customs compromise’With the issue of the Northern Irish Backstop, the Prime Minister presents that there is a legal obligation on the UK to develop an alternative to the current arrangement by the end of next year (2020).She stated that should the backstop actually be enforced, the bill voted on by the Parliament would ensure that the region would remain aligned to the UK thus avoiding it turning into an independent customs territory.Brexit: What is the Irish Backstop?The Prime Minister also states that there will be legislation put in place to protect the rights and conditions of workers following Brexit.There is also a proposal put forward calling for a legal obligation to push for changes to the current political declaration which would chart the future relationship with the EU.Regarding a second referendum, Mrs May also states that there will be a guarantee to MPs that they will be able to have a vote on a second referendum before the final Brexit agreement is solid. The government would accept the outcome of this referendum, the PM states.Estimated 1m people marching in London for final say on Brexit dealFourth time lucky?This will be the fourth time that MPs have been given a vote on the Prime Minister’s Brexit withdrawal agreement.One three previous occasions, the Prime Minister has attempted to get her negotiated deal with the EU through the UK Parliament, only to have it defeated each time.Updated: Third vote on Brexit deal tomorrow, but only withdrawal partThe UK has so far been offered two extensions to allow the government and MPs time to straighten out their differences over the deal that the EU says can’t be renegotiated.Updated: MPs vote in favour of Brexit delay, and other updatesThe UK has been given until the 31st October to agree the deal and make an orderly departure from the European Union.Maltese Prime Minister wanted shorter Brexit extensionWatch: “The answers are in London and not in the European Union” – Barnier on BrexitFlawed still?Responding to the proposals, the Conservative Party’s coalition partner, the Democratic Unionist Party argues that the proposals put forward remain ‘fundamentally flawed.’ Equally, one of the Conservative Party’s key Brexiteers Iain Duncan Smith viewed the latest proposal as a ‘bad buffet of non Brexit options.’The Scottish National Party and the independent party Change UK, have both said they will vote against the bill.Concluding her speech, the Prime Minister said her deal would protect what people voted for in the 2016 Referendum but stressed that she had compromised for MPs, ‘now I ask you to compromise too.’The Prime Minister is expected to deliver this new set of proposals to the Parliament in early June.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

SYZYGY Awarded IAB Gold Standard 11

first_imgDigital agency SYZYGY has been awarded the new IAB Gold Standard 1.1 certification, making it the first agency in the world in the Support category and second in the world in the Buyers category to receive the certification.The IAB created a ‘Gold Standard for Digital Advertising’ to combat the billions in ad budgets lost in the failure to focus on positive experiences for real customers and appropriate content for brands. The standard has three simple aims: to reduce ad fraud, to improve digital advertising experience and to increase brand safety.Marketing Technology News: Blue Prism Collaborates with Microsoft to Deliver Free Cloud Trial on AzureThe standard certifies that SYZYGY has met the most stringent commitments to reducing ad fraud through the complete support and implementation of the ads.txt initiative across its content and platform. It has increased brand safety by holding and promoting a JICWEBS DTSG Brand safety certificate and improved the digital ad experience for users by demonstrating a commitment to the standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads.Marketing Technology News:Aussie Anthony Capano appointed Managing Director, International at Rakuten MarketingPhil Stelter, Global Chief Media Officer at SYZYGY, said: “The fact that we are one of the first agencies to be awarded the new IAB UK Gold Standard 1.1 is a testament to our commitment to raising standards across the industry. Relationships with our clients are nothing without trust and transparency, and as the industry shifts and evolves, these factors will only grow in importance. By supporting the IAB’s focus on improving the media landscape through initiatives like this, we are helping to curb ad fraud, foster an environment of trust for brands and encourage the industry to focus once again on effective interactions with customers’ precious and limited attention.”Marketing Technology News: ANSYS Welcomes Lynn Ledwith as Vice President of Marketing Digital advertisingIAB GoldNewsPhil StelterSYZYGY Previous ArticleConnekt Technologies Launches Turn-Key Commerce Destination Featuring Aggregated Merchandise from Numerous Entertainment FranchisesNext ArticleMGID Adds Sellers.json and Support for OpenRTB SupplyChain Object to Drive Increased Trust and Transparency SYZYGY Awarded IAB Gold Standard 1.1 MTS Staff WriterJuly 16, 2019, 9:30 pmJuly 16, 2019 last_img read more

The hypodermic effect—how propaganda manipulates our emotions

The Russian sociologist said that the masses were subjected to a sophisticated machinery of manipulation that could, through the strategic use of radio, film and well-orchestrated performances, touch on and influence the basic instincts of Germans.Decades later, we’re once again back discussing the manipulation of emotions, this time via social media platforms. Of course, the communication ecosystem is very different from what existed for Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister. But the underlying principles for manipulating the masses do not seem to have changed much. Reports indicate that Cambridge Analytica developed a methodology that allowed them to establish psychographic profiles of Facebook users, and thus push emotional buttons that could influence their political preferences and voting behaviour. To some degree, this represents the return of what’s known as the hypodermic effect in which the audience falls “victim” to powerful media that have the ability to manipulate our emotions and shape our understanding of the world.Research, however, indicates that how we respond to media does not adhere to what’s known as a stimulus-response causality. There are other factors that intervene in the way people use, perceive and process what they consume in the media. They are known as “mediations” that, according to the Spanish-Colombian professor Jesús Martín Barbero, are the different ways people interpret the messages conveyed by the media.Using our data to influence usBut today, governments, corporations and political parties have the unprecedented ability to process a litany of data and then, through sophisticated algorithms, broadcast messages and images to influence an increasingly segmented audience. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further Facebook faces scrutiny for pulling Android call, text data Citation: The hypodermic effect—how propaganda manipulates our emotions (2018, April 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-hypodermic-effecthow-propaganda-emotions.html The scandal surrounding the improper use of data by Cambridge Analytica and Facebook in the 2016 U.S. election is reminiscent of the old debates about propaganda and its ability to “violate the minds of the masses,” according to Sergei Tchakhotin, an expert in the study of Nazi propaganda. Provided by The Conversation One must ask, then, what role will Martín Barbero’s mediations —our cultural references, values, family, friends and other reference groups that influence our reading of the mediated messages —play in how we consume information and entertainment on social networks? Are we condemned to live the “dystopian realism” presented by the British TV series Black Mirror in which digital media penetrate the intimacy of a human being too clumsy to resist the temptation of being manipulated, according to the show’s creator Charlie Brooker? The debate about the influence of Facebook and unscrupulous companies like Cambridge Analytica reveals the importance of emotions not only in our private lives but also in our so-called “public lives” as citizens. The problem arises in terms not only of “emotional manipulation” but of the role emotions play in how we relate and understand the world around us.As the neuroscientist Antonio Damasio recently said: “Culture works by a system of selection similar to that of genetic selection, except that what is being selected is an instrument that we put into practice. Feelings are an agent in cultural selection. I think that the beauty of the idea is in seeing feelings as motivators, as a surveillance system, and as negotiators.”If feelings are an integral part of this “cultural selection,” are we facing a shift in this sociocultural evolutionary process due to the “algorithmization” of emotions? Is historian Yuval Noah Harari right when he says that “technological religion” —he calls it “dataism” —is transforming us in such a way that it will make the homo sapiens irrelevant and put the human being on the periphery in a world dominated by algorithms?More isolation ahead?These are complex questions that are difficult to answer. In any case, it seems that our intellectual or even emotional laziness is transforming us into puppets of our emotions. Evidence is emerging that digital media is changing the configuration of our nervous system and our forms of socialization. Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT, observes in her book Alone together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other that there are already signs of dissatisfaction among young people who are obsessed with their image on social media while losing the ability of introspection; mothers who feel that communication with their children via text messages is more frequent but less substantive; and Facebook users who think that the banalities they share with their “virtual friends” devalue the true intimacy between friends. If virtual relations replace face-to-face contact, we may see more isolation, individualism and less social cohesion, which does not bode well for the survival of democracy. It’s also likely that the expansion of social media does not make us more rational. Although we have access to more information and participate in more public debates about issues that affect us as individuals and as a society, that doesn’t mean we’re doing so more rationally or based on arguments that are scientifically factual.The rise of religious fundamentalism, nationalism, of beliefs in all kinds of sects and New Age fashions are symptoms of a “return of sorcerers” or magical thinking in our digital society. We deploy our egos on social media, sometimes with a compulsive need for recognition. This knowledge of our self, quantified in big data and transformed into affective algorithms, is exploited by corporations and political parties to give us, as Andy Warhol said, our 15 minutes of fame. The sorcerers of propaganda are back —this time with more powerful means that their predecessors. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. This document is subject to copyright. 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We made deceptive robots to see why fake news spreads and found

first_imgIn the extreme case of cost-free deceptions – where fake news producers are unhindered – cooperative behaviours vanished altogether. Only where the cost of deceptions was larger than zero, did cooperation survive. Where costs were very high, cooperation actually thrives.We also found that for all simulations, the ability of deceiving players to survive depended very strongly on the cost of deceptions. If the cost was high enough, deceivers could not survive in the population. Applying this to the spreading of fake news, very high costs will lead to its extinction.From experiment to real worldWhat do these experimental results tell us about the real world of fake news distribution in social and mass media?The first and arguably more important result is that very little fake news is required to create mayhem in a population, and prevent consensus forming that is critical to public debates. Whether victims are confused, or believe falsehoods, is immaterial. It’s their ability to reach consensus that is disrupted.Our modelling focused on small groups of influencers who actively debate issues. Where influencers cannot agree, followers in turn cannot align to a consensus. This is one of the reasons why fake news is so destructive to democratic societies.The second result of broader interest is that attaching a high cost to the production, but especially the distribution of fake news may prove to be the most effective tool we have to defeat its spread. A high societal investment in raising these costs is worthwhile, because the effects of fake news are so disruptive.Breaking the chainInformation warfare research over a decade ago found that proxy delivery was a major multiplier in the distribution of toxic propaganda. For example, mass media distributing violent imagery and footage produced by terrorists were acting as proxies for the terrorists producing the propaganda, whether they knew it or not.Social media users who share fake news are likewise acting as proxies for the producers of fake news. Such users are typically cast as victims of fake news – which they usually are – but every time they share fake news they become participants in the fake news producer’s deception.Attaching a cost to the distribution of fake news in social media is not straightforward. The informal outing of habitual posters of fake news is one option, which accords with the evolutionary psychology of cheater detection.Social media organisations such as Facebook say they are trying to be more proactive in detecting fake news and false news either by machine learning technology or third-party fact checkers, and says it has had some recent successes.But both of these ideas run into the stickier problem of determining exactly what is or is not fake news. Unpalatable facts are too often labelled as “fake news”. Fact checkers’ reliability and objectivity can vary widely – ground truths are often obscured by bias, and limitations in understanding.At this time, contrary to claims by some social media providers, AI is not up to the task of finding and weeding out fake news, which puts the onus back on us humans.We can all help simply by thinking a little before we like, share or retweet any information on social media. Maybe do a few search checks to see if the information is known to be true or fake.Pest control is an established practice in biological ecosystems, and is clearly overdue for the information ecosystem. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. But there is a way to discourage those spreading fake news, and even to wipe it out altogether.The research is experimental, based on modelling and simulations, but it does at least show that it is possible to counter the spread of misinformation.The rise of fake newsThe spread of mischievous and false information has plagued human societies for centuries.In this era of instantaneous global digital connectivity, the current incarnation of “fake news” has become a scourge and is exploited for personal or political gain.Social media, designed to encourage users to contribute and share content, has become the great enabler of the spread of fake news.From nations meddling in the politics of democracies and political parties trying to manipulate public opinion, to a profit-centred “fake news” industry, all have exploited this spread for gain, sowing confusion and discord in the victim populations they target.The simulation gameWe did some experiments aiming to understand the more fundamental mechanisms determining the behaviour of fake news in populations. We were especially interested in two questions:how much impact fake news can have on consensus-forming in a populationthe impact of the cost of distributing fake news on its ability to infest a population.In the real world, costs can be external, such as fines, penalties, exclusions, expenditures in creating and distributing fakes; or they can be internal, such as feelings of loss or embarrassment due to being ridiculed or shamed. Explore further Only a small amount of fake news is needed to disrupt any debate or discussion on an issue, according to research published today in PLOS ONE. Provided by The Conversation The tool we used was an evolutionary simulation, in which simple software robots in a population interact, playing the well-known Prisoner’s Dilemma game. Basically, a prisoner who betrays another wins big, while the betrayed loses badly, while both only win modestly if they cooperate, and suffer equally if they betray one another.Unlike previous work in this area, we made some of these software robots a little devious, by adding code that allowed them to deceive each other. The victim of such a deception is made to be confused about the opposing player’s intent, or convinced the opposing player is an unselfishly cooperative “good guy”.Our code made use of our work in information-theoretic modelling of deceptions, allowing known deceptions to be mapped into game theory models. Every deceiver in the simulation incurred a cost when they deceived, which was then subtracted from the payoff they earned in the prisoner’s dilemma game.How much fake news to disrupt consensus?We found that even a very small percentage of deceiving players in the population – in our simulations less than 1% – could catastrophically disrupt cooperative behaviours in the simulated population.center_img You can help stop the spread of ‘fake news’ online. Credit: Shutterstock/panuwat phimpha This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Citation: We made deceptive robots to see why fake news spreads, and found a weakness (2018, November 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-deceptive-robots-fake-news-weakness.html Journal information: PLoS ONE Can maths solve the fake news voting conundrum?last_img read more