Facebook Said To Have Sexting App In The Works

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… adam popescu Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guess who just might be the newest addition to the sexting community? Facebook. That’s right, the nearly 9-year old company is growing up. Big time.The house that Mark Zuckerberg built is reportedly set to launch a new standalone app aimed at competing with Snapchat, a disposable photo and video chat service best known for… well… sexting.Technically, the service is about creating private, “self-destructable” picture and video messages that users can send and choose the amount of time that the photo will be available for viewing. After the allotted time, the content deletes itself from the sender’s and receiver’s phone, and from Snapchat’s server. Like it never happened. You can imagine the appeal to those who want to send “cheeky” images.Details for the release are still sketchy (Facebook’s official response to ReadWrite’s inquiry was: “We’re not going to comment on rumor and speculation.”). But we do know that Snapchat boasts a community that sends 50 million photos per day, and Facebook is likely betting its users, 1 billion people, who upload about 300 million photos a day, want to play. Although this app would a stand-alone product, operating like Facebook’s Instagram app, the coming service would be able to draw from a huge user base.What’s Coming?Ben Tao, chief executive of adult crowd-funding site Offbeatr, and digital marketplace Extra Lunch Money, says there is a huge market for sexting. But he’s not sure people will look to Facebook for it. “If people can do this for free and know that those messages and pictures are never stored, even more people will use it,” he said. “However, given Facebook’s privacy reputation I doubt [it will] be able to convince the majority of users that these messages and photos are deleted like they are on SnapChat. When people think of ‘sexting,’ people think of SnapChat. They don’t think Facebook.” But Kelly Lux, a social media strategist at Syracuse University’s iSchool, thinks the app could be big, and used for more innocent purposes than sending NSFW content. “My view is that Facebook is going to jump on whatever bandwagon is hot at the moment and see if something sticks,” Lux said. Lux doesn’t think the forthcoming app will be as big as Instagram because of the fleeting nature of its content. She also cautions that the promise of impermanence of photos and videos could lead to bad choices on the part of users. Even though the photos themselves would be automatically deleted, fast-fingered recipients or uploaders could still take screenshots or save those photos.“I think this idea sets a bad precedent for young people who still have not heeded the wisdom of ‘what happens on the Internet, stays on the internet,’” Lux warned. “There are permanent digital footprints from their connected activities.”The app is supposed to launch before the end of the year. That’s two weeks away. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#apps#Facebook#social media Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

The 10 Unforeseen Developments of Smart Buildings

first_imgTrends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Frank Landman Follow the Puck What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. center_img For the past decade or so, we’ve watched as conventional devices and applications made the upgrade to become “smart.” Our phones became smartphones, our TVs became smart TVs, and soon people started talking about the concept of a “smart building,” or even a “smart city,” based on an integrated network and hundreds, if not thousands, of sensors and devices.Smart buildings sound cool, but more importantly, they have the power to fundamentally improve how we conduct business—not to mention setting the stage for even more powerful, interconnected smart cities in the broader context of the connected world. Already, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and organizational leaders are making the upgrades necessary to turn their existing building into a futuristic, data-gathering information hub, but we may be getting ahead of ourselves. There are many secondary effects, consequences, and complexities we need to be considering.The Unforeseen DevelopmentsWhile the technology behind it is complicated, the idea of a smart building is relatively simple. There’s no real formal definition in place, but a smart building is any building that relies on a self-contained network and multiple IoT devices to gather data, form conclusions, and/or automate certain features of the building.For example, a building may use sensors to observe the traffic patterns of visitors, which can then be used to improve the layout of the space. It may also proactively monitor the status of equipment, issuing alerts when attention is required or taking care of some maintenance by itself.These are just some of the seldom-considered developments that will arise in response to the development of these buildings:1. Impact on maintenance staff. Automation and AI have tremendous potential to replace or dramatically change human jobs, and the devices and sensors necessary to upgrade a smart building are no exception to that rule. Currently, most buildings have maintenance staff—either full-time or third-party—to handle things like minor repairs, regular inspections, cleanliness, and upkeep. But as more devices are able to replace or improve these roles, the maintenance industry will need to adapt. Some human workers may find their jobs in jeopardy, but the majority of roles won’t be replaced; they’ll simply be changed. Maintenance workers will need to learn how to incorporate these new technologies into their jobs, and may be required to maintain and oversee more sensors and devices, as opposed to equipment directly.2. Privacy concerns. We also need to acknowledge the privacy concerns expressed by experts and consumers alike with regard to the onset of smart buildings and, eventually, smart cities. Consumers who enter a building may be immediately and constantly tracked from the moment they enter. Should companies and organizations be freely allowed to use these data for customer analysis purposes? What if customers use free in-building Wi-Fi; should companies be allowed to monitor what sites their customers are visiting? And what about the other data in their smart devices? There’s no clear answer here, which is why the world of consumer privacy is about to get even more complicated with the development of smart buildings.3. Data ownership. Another issue related to consumer data is the matter of data ownership. Smart buildings will introduce more methods of tracking, data storage, and data analysis than ever before, which means organizations will be hungry for more consumer data. But who truly owns these data, and how can they be used? For example, if one company tracks the activity of their customers using sensors in their main building (let’s say a gym tracking the activities of its members), would they be free to sell those data to a third party (like a weight loss organization)? Or would they first need to get the express written permission of those customers?4. Changes in demand. The emergence of smart buildings will cause an economic ripple effect across various industries as demand increases for certain components. As an example, let’s consider the battery industry. Smart buildings would hypothetically need hundreds, if not thousands of tiny, individual devices as part of their internal networks. To run wirelessly, those devices will need batteries. Multiply that by thousands, if not millions of buildings suddenly demanding this fleet of devices, and you’ll have an industry overrun with new demand. New industries may spring up to address these types of needs, while others may die out entirely.5. Vulnerability to hacking and corruption. IoT, in general, has raised concerns about security, and the possibilities of hacking and corruption. If a personal computer is hacked, we might get our identity stolen or might lose important personal files, but if there’s a breach across an entire smart building, it could pose a serious safety concern to everyone in that building. Redundant systems and higher security standards can only go so far; nothing is uhackable, and new technologies always have exploits that can be taken advantage of.6. Legal complexities and fault. If a system does become hacked or corrupted, and someone in the building is hurt because of it, who will be held responsible for the damages? New technologies always introduce new legal complexities, and they usually introduce them at a rate much faster than politicians and lawyers can keep up with. In the wake of smart buildings and other smart technologies, our legal systems need to get smarter as well. Whether or not they will, or whether they can truly keep pace, remains to be seen.7. Economic stress. Smart buildings and smart cities can also introduce new economic factors, including economic stress. Existing wealthy clients and successful businesses will have access to more advanced technology than struggling populations or failing businesses, which could create more vast discrepancies between rich and poor. It may also enable some businesses to operate much more efficiently, making it harder for competition to enter the market.8. Inter-city competition and spending. Companies aren’t the only ones that will be competing with smart building advancements; cities may begin competing with each other as well, hoping to become one of the first smart cities on the planet, or in a given area. The problem with this is that cities typically operate with a very limited budget and many other practical problems to deal with, like infrastructure damage and poverty relief. Overspending on tech developments could end up being counterproductive, especially if those cities aren’t spending enough on supportive strategies to ensure that technology is safe and productive.9. Developmental differences. Smart buildings could feasibly be designed as top-down or bottom-up; it’s entirely reasonable to retrofit an existing building with new devices, sensors, and systems to make building maintenance easier, but companies could also design brand-new buildings from scratch. These designs rely on very different industries, and could have radically different impacts on the companies using them (as well as the cities hosting them).10. Unreasonable and unmet expectations. People tend to have deep misconceptions about the realities of futuristic technologies, like deep learning and AI. They imagine future developments as being extremely polished and enormously functional, but in reality, new technologies tend to offer new functionalities gradually, with flaws and hiccups along the way. When the first smart buildings begin to emerge, people may not know what to expect from them, and their expectations will likely be lofty. When those expectations aren’t met, it could lead to interruptions in financing and lower overall demand for smart buildings.Preparing for a Smart Building Takeover?Depending on how you want to define the term, you can likely determine that smart buildings are already being constructed and developed. With so much enthusiasm and potential behind the new technology, momentum isn’t going to stop anytime soon. This is ultimately a good thing for corporations, cities, and everyday consumers, but we need to be aware of the secondary effects, consequences, and new issues that may arise as we attempt to improve these structures. Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

No Bahrain GP this season, Indian leg likely in Oct

first_imgThe inaugural Indian GP could be held on October 30 as scheduled earlier after Bahrain Grand Prix organisers on Friday withdrew from the current F1 season, exactly a week after the race was re-instated by the Formula One governing body.Bahrain GP was originally a season-opening race but was postponed due to civil unrest in the country.International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) World Motor Sport Council had reinstated the race on June 3 after having a fresh look at the prevailing situation in the country but many drivers and teams had shown apprehensions in going to the troubled nation.Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone was asked to re-examine the decision.FIA had pushed the Indian race to December to accommodate the Bahrain GP but now it seems that the Indian GP could now be held as scheduled.The Bahrain GP organisers, however, promised to return next season.”Whilst Bahrain would have been delighted to see the Grand Prix progress on October 30th in-line with the World Motor Sport Council’s decision, it has been made clear that this fixture cannot progress and we fully respect that decision,” Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) chairman Zayed R Alzayani said in a statement.”Bahrain has absolutely no desire to see a race which would further extend the calendar season and detract from the enjoyment of F1 for either drivers, teams or supporters. We want our role in Formula One to continue to be as positive and constructive as it has always been, therefore, in the best interest of the sport, we will not pursue the rescheduling of a race this season,” the statement read.advertisementAlzayani said they are looking forward to host the race in the 2012 season.”We look forward to welcoming teams, their drivers and supporters back to Bahrain next year and would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our supporters, including staff, volunteers, sponsors, private businesses and the general public, for whom I know this year’s decision will be a disappointment.”- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

PLS: UDE 4.10 simplifies multicore debugging and system analysis

first_imgPLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme is presenting version 4.10 of the Universal Debug Engine (UDE) for the first time at the embedded world 2018. The UDE 4.10 features numerous completely new and improved functions for debugging, testing and system analysis of complex multicore applications in real-time and safety-critical embedded systems. For the comprehensive support of the latest multicore systems – such as Infineon’s AURIX 2G family with up to eight programmable processing units or the S32V from NXP with its powerful Cortex-A53 cores – among other things the multicore management has been further optimized, which for example allows synchronous stopping and starting of several heterogeneous cores. Especially for users of ARM Cortex-based SoCs, PLS has extended its instruction set support. The latest version of the UDE now allows users to debug code in AArch32 and AArch64 execution modes simultaneously.Moreover, with UDE 4.10, developers will also have even more efficient graphical visualization options for analyzing the runtime behavior of applications. Based on the recorded trace data, the program sequence or the call depth can be quickly displayed over time, and that even for very large amounts of data. The visualization of the program flow makes it very easy to draw conclusions – for example, for load distribution or synchronization of software distributed on several cores – without much additional effort.Another outstanding new feature of the UDE 4.10 is the support of ASAP2 descriptions for control unit software. ASAP2 or A2L files describe how physical values, characteristic curves and other parameters of control units are mapped and converted to program variables, internal memory structures and data types. The user can now work directly with the parameters of the electronic control unit and change them without having to worry about their actual representation in the microcontroller’s memory. Of course, user values are checked for their validity and for allowed value ranges. This makes debugging and runtime analysis of control unit software much more convenient and efficient than in the past.The UDE 4.10 also makes work much easier for developers of complex timer algorithms for the Bosch Generic Timer Module (GTM). Where previously only assembler code was used, development and debugging in conjunction with corresponding compilers from TASKING or HighTec can now be done on the basis of C source code too.Especially for the AURIX 2G family, the integrated FLASH programming module of the UDE 4.10 and the separately available FLASH/OTP programming tool UDE/Memtool have been extended with additional functions for smooth support of software-over-the-air. This means that it is now possible to create the prerequisites on the device for secure software updates via an existing internet connection later in the field.In addition to UDE 4.10, PLS introduces two new trace modules for its UAD2next, the all-round access device for state-of-the-art debugging and target communication via CAN. The first module supports parallel trace and offers up to 250 MBit/s transfer speed with 12 bits and 125 MHz (DDR). The second module supports serial trace interfaces based on the AURORA protocol and transmits the trace data generated by the target via two lanes with a transfer speed of up to 1.25 GBit/s. Both modules can easily be plugged into the robust expansion slot on the front of the UAD2next.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Maxim: advanced battery management system enables safer, smarter car of the futureNext MicroSys: RTOS Microware OS-9 Version 6.1 with embedded graphics XiBase9last_img read more

Wenger going full strength in Europa League

first_imgArsène Wenger Arsenal will go full strength in Europa League clash, says Wenger Joe Wright 17:06 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() arsene wenger - cropped Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal Östersunds FK v Arsenal Östersunds FK UEFA Europa League The Gunners face Swedish side Ostersund in the second round of the Europa League and the manager insists they will go all out in the competition Arsene Wenger says he will not rest players for the first leg of Arsenal’s Europa League tie with Ostersund on Thursday.The Gunners head to Sweden for the last-32 clash off the back of a damaging 1-0 defeat to north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday, which has left them seven points adrift of the Premier League top four.Wenger used the group stage to give opportunities to a number of young players, including Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah, but denied after the loss to Spurs that he would prioritise their European campaign over the league in their quest to return to the Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, with no FA Cup commitments this week and no domestic matches until the EFL Cup final on February 25, Wenger is prepared to name a strong side against Ostersund.”I would have anyway gone for it, especially as we have no game between the two matches,” said the Arsenal manager.”I will play the normal team because it is one of the opportunities we have especially because we don’t play in the FA Cup. There is no reason why I should rest players.”Wenger is desperate to see Arsenal’s away form improve, with his side having won only one of their last nine matches on the road in all competitions.”We have to win the next game,” he said. “Our record since I’ve been at Arsenal is one of the worst away from home. Certainly, the worst since I’m in England.”That doesn’t work, we have to play much better away from home and make superior results if we want to have a chance to come back.”last_img read more

Panama Canal Ups Neopanamax Reservations to Seven

first_imgzoom The Panama Canal will increase the number of daily booking slots available for Neopanamax vessels from six to seven effective December 1, 2017.With this measure, the Panama Canal said that it is embracing the additional capacity allowed for by the new, larger locks. The seven daily booking slots for Neopanamax vessels are offered in addition to the 23 slots available each day for transit through the Panamax locks.“This increase is the direct result of our efficient, streamlined use of resources and effective collaboration as we meet the growing demand for transits through the Expanded Canal,” Jorge L. Quijano, Panama Canal Administrator, said.The additional slot is now available for ships transiting northbound, from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, and was first offered beginning September 26 through a special competition in the first booking period in adherence to Panama Canal regulations.Container vessels will have preference over other vessel types when allocating these additional slots, the Panama Canal said. If no container vessels are interested, the slot will be awarded to any vessel that participated in the special competition, based on the Panama Canal Customer Ranking. After the special competition, the slots will be available to all vessels on a first-come, first-served basis.The Neopanamax Locks can transit additional ships beyond the number of daily slots allotted. The Expanded Canal transited a record 10 Neopanamax ships on November 17. The canal’s daily performance far exceeds the three to four daily transits originally expected.The Panama Canal informed that it will continue to explore ways to expand its capacity, working toward the goal of offering eight Neopanamax reservation slots by the end of the first quarter of 2018 and gradually implementing additional measures to increase capacity through 2019.last_img read more

ALANIS MORISSETTES JAGGED LITTLE PILL MUSICAL HEADING TO BROADWAY

first_img Twitter NEW YORK — “You Oughta Know” Alanis Morissette is coming to Broadway.The singer-songwriter has allowed songs from her 1995 breakthrough album “Jagged Little Pill” to be used in a new musical and producers plan to land it on Broadway this fall. “You Oughta Know” was a song on that Grammy-winning album.“Jagged Little Pill” played the American Repertory Theater last summer. It’s directed by Diane Paulus and has an original story by Diablo Cody, who wrote “Juno.” Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Morissette wrote the album with Glen Ballard, who collaborated with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics on the music for “Ghost: The Musical.”Morissette joins a glut of pop and rock stars to try their hand at Broadway, including Bruce Springsteen, Sting, The Go-Go’s, Sara Bareilles, Billy Joel and Cyndi Lauper.The Associated Press Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

Tornado rips through Long Plain First Nation leaving trail of destruction behind

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsSome people from a Manitoba First Nation say they feel lucky to be alive today.Environment Canada confirms that a tornado touched down in Long Plain First Nation last night, leaving a path of destruction behind.last_img