Wednesday, May 02, 2018

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Gamification — exploring the Octalysis Framework – Stephen Armstrong – Medium

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medium.com - While there are several definitions of Gamification (Deterding et. al. 2011; Huotari & Hamari, 2012) this article uses the leading consultancy firm Gartner’s definition (Burke, 2014) which functions …

Google Wunderkind Is Building a Secret Social-Gaming Startup

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www.bloomberg.com - Google is secretly building a social-gaming startup, part of its effort to create fledgling companies within the internet-search giant. The founder and co-owner of the new firm, called Arcade, is Mic…

World Password Day - Stop Worrying, Start Using A Password Manager | McAfee Blogs

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securingtomorrow.mcafee.com - Most of us have grown up hearing these magic words, the secret password, that know would reveal the treasures of the bandit king to Alibaba in The Arabian Nights. They also anticipate, with a mixtur…

Egnyte Integrations Now Available on Your Desktop

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www.egnyte.com - If you’ve tried any of the business tools tightly integrated with Egnyte Connect, you probably enjoy added simplicity and more powerful workflows. A single right click enables teams to co-edit in Off…

Elon Musk offers more detail about Tesla’s ridesharing network

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techcrunch.com - On Tesla’s Q1 2018 earnings call today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk shed some light on the company’s ambitions to launch an autonomous vehicle ridesharing network. The short answer is that, from a technical …

Rugged 10 GbE infrastructure equipment

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www.embedded-computing.com - The new COM Express Type 7 specification defines high-end server-on-modules that support multiple 10 GbE connections. The modules simplify and optimize the design of infrastructure equipment in rugge…

Facebook has reportedly fired an employee accused of using privileged access to 'stalk women' on Tinder

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www.businessinsider.com - FILE-- Facebook has investigated and reportedly fired an employee who was accused of using his privileges to "stalk women" online. FILE-- Facebook has investigated and reportedly fired an employee wh…

Tesla still grinding toward 2,500 Model 3s weekly, pins progress to consistency

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arstechnica.com - Since Tesla's Model 3 production began in July 2017, the company's quarterly financial results have been very alike. Has Tesla produced the number of cars it said it would last quarter? (No.) Is Tesl…

Hulu passes 20 million subscribers, will finally offer offline viewing

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techcrunch.com - Hulu now has over 20 million U.S. subscribers – that’s up from the 17 million-plus it claimed in January. The news of its subscriber growth is being delivered alongside a series of pitches to adverti…

Signal could get kicked out of Amazon Web Services

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techcrunch.com - Encrypted messaging service Signal received a curious email from Amazon Web Services. The representative at Amazon is saying that Signal is violating the terms of service by using domain fronting to …

Facebook tool warns developers of phishing attacks dangling lookalike domains

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techcrunch.com - Phishing seems like a problem that will be here for the long haul, so I welcome any tools to combat it with open arms. Today Facebook announced one: a service for domain owners or concerned users tha…

Nintendo’s new president aims to build a billion-dollar mobile gaming business

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techcrunch.com - It’s a time of optimism and transition at Nintendo, where brisk sales of the Switch have bolstered its bottom line and new leadership signals a fresh approach to the market. Shuntaro Furukawa, the ne…

Misty is crowfunding its personal robot

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techcrunch.com - Misty Robotics has been talking a good game for 10 months now. Back in June, the Colorado-based Sphero spin-off announced its plans to develop a mainstream home robot. At CES in January, it introduce…

Nokia to sell its health division to Eric Carreel, co-founder of Withings, after talks with Nest and more

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techcrunch.com - Nokia’s unsuccessful foray into digital health hardware and services looks like it is finally coming to an end. Today the company announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations to sell the…

BuzzFeed built its own editing tool for short, meme-y videos

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techcrunch.com - Although the “pivot to video” has been notoriously challenging for most publishers, they can’t exactly give up on video. In fact, BuzzFeed has been ramping up production with a new editing tool calle…

Facebook animates photo-realistic avatars to mimic VR users’ faces

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techcrunch.com - Facebook wants you to look and move like you in VR, even if you’ve got a headset strapped to your face in the real world. That’s why it’s building a new technology that uses a photo to map someone’s …

Stories are about to surpass feed sharing. Now what?

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techcrunch.com - We’re at the cusp of the visual communication era. Stories creation and consumption is up 842 percent since early 2016, according to consulting firm Block Party. Nearly a billion accounts across Snap…

China could beat America in AR/VR long-term

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techcrunch.com - America delivered more AR/VR revenue than China last year, but Chinese growth in the next five years could see it dominate AR/VR long-term — and not by a small margin. With the potential to take more…

BMW, GM, Ford and Renault launch blockchain research group for automotive industry

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techcrunch.com - Car makers BMW, General Motors, Ford and Renault are the big names behind a new group announced today to explore the potential of the blockchain in the automotive and mobility space. MOBI — the Mobil…

Google revamps its Google Maps developer platform

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techcrunch.com - Google is launching a major update to its Google Maps API platform for developers today — and it’s also giving it a new name: the Google Maps Platform. This is one of the biggest changes to the platf…

Poq closes £9.5M Series B for its ‘apps-as-a-service’ for retailers

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techcrunch.com - Poq, the London-based startup that offers a SaaS to make it easier for retailers to launch and maintain a consumer-facing shopping app, has raised £9.5 million in Series B funding. Leading the round …

Hulu’s upcoming shows include ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ and Blumhouse horror anthology

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techcrunch.com - Hulu is announcing several new shows this morning at the Digital Content NewFronts, running the gamut from romantic comedy to horror. On the romance front, the streaming service has placed a series o…

Oculus Go review: The wireless-VR future begins today for only $199

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arstechnica.com - Surprise! Oculus released a new virtual reality headset today. The Oculus Go standalone headset is now for sale at Amazon, Newegg, and Best Buy starting at $199—yes, $199, with no other hardware requ…

Amazon blocks domain fronting, threatens to shut down Signal’s account

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arstechnica.com - Last week, Amazon announced a change to an Amazon Web Service designed specifically to end the use of domain fronting—the exploitation of a content delivery network’s architecture to conceal the actu…

Shadow of the Tomb Raider hands-on: It’s the end of the world and Lara does not feel fine

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arstechnica.com - LOS ANGELES—Game publisher Square-Enix gave its new game Shadow of the Tomb Raider a public unveiling at an event last night, and I played the game for about an hour. If you liked the previous two ga…

Nikola Motors sues Tesla for $2 billion over alleged design-patent infringement

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arstechnica.com - On Tuesday, zero-emissions truck startup Nikola Motor Company sued Tesla for allegedly infringing on its design patents. Nikola says that Tesla's Semi, which was revealed in November 2017, too closel…

After data “clash” report, WhatsApp founder says he’s leaving Facebook

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arstechnica.com - In the wake of a Washington Post report that alleged a "clash" over Facebook data practices, WhatsApp co-founder and Facebook board member Jan Koum confirmed that he is leaving the company, effective…

Facebook begins asking if every post you see is hate speech

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arstechnica.com - A friend gave me permission to share her post—to show how the UI propagates and point out the absurdity of every Tuesday-morning post getting the tag. Should you click "yes," this broken "feedback" p…

Crypto mining for charity: Your processing power could save the world

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futurism.com - Want a new way to improve the lives of children across the globe? Just do what you’re probably doing right now: browsing the internet. The Australian branch of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNI…

Are Google and Facebook Undermining Europe's Privacy Rules?

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www.wired.com - Less than a month before tough new European privacy rules take effect, there are growing concerns from regulators, publishers, and privacy watchdogs about the ways that two internet giants—Google and…

Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6+ now official with Infinity Display, dual cameras

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androidcommunity.com - Finally, Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy A6 and A6+. We saw the Galaxy duo on an Indonesian website the other day but with very few details. Today, the Samsung Mobile Press has released an…

Red’s Hydrogen holographic phone is delayed yet again, would you believe for the better?

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androidcommunity.com - When looking at a project as ambitious as the Red Hydrogen smartphone – complete with swappable camera modules and a “holographic” display – you would expect delays in the product. Red has already wa…

Loyalty360 Reads: April 23rd, 2018

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www.loyalty360.org - It’s a rough day to be… Verizon and AT&T. According to an article in The Washington Post, the two mobile giants are under investigation by the Department of Justice for potential collusion efforts. T…

Domino’s Got Game—Literally—as It Creates Mobile Game to Help Loyalty Members Earn Free Pizza

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loyalty360.org - For all those gamers who work up an appetite working their way up the various levels of their favorite games, Domino’s Pizza is now offering the best of both worlds. The pizza brand announced on Mond…

Leveraging Personalized Video to Engage Customers, with HapYak

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www.loyalty360.org - As marketing technology continues to grow more advanced across the customer loyalty industry, personalized content has gone from a differentiator to an expectation. Customers no longer respond to one…

Want Successful Landing Pages That Convert? These Are 5 Must Haves!

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marketaire.com - Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission that supports my work. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Ple…

Oath to Roll Out Slate of 10 Shows and New Samsung Galaxy Content Partnership

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www.adweek.com - Verizon-owned Oath is betting even more on the smartphone screen with a new content partnership with Samsung. Oath—the one-year-old umbrella brand for AOL and Yahoo’s content and data properties—anno…

Hulu Announces Downloadable, Ad-Supported Programs and Live TV Ads

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www.adweek.com - Hulu looks quite different than it did during last year’s NewFronts event. Since then, the company has added a live TV service, a new CEO (Randy Freer, who joined in October), its first Emmy and Gold…

Platforms That Fail to Prioritize Privacy Will Pay the Price

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www.adweek.com - It looks like we’ve reached a tipping point in online and mobile privacy: Regulators are itching to step in—not just in Europe, either—and users want action. Facebook may be dominating the headlines,…

10 Best Ways to Optimize Mobile Landing Pages

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www.searchenginejournal.com - Mobile only continues to grow more important every year. Google’s recent rollout of a mobile-first index only emphasizes this point. It also helps to reinforce the notion that mobile SEO is deserving…

Searcher intent: The secret ingredient behind successful content development - Search Engine Land

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searchengineland.com - Google’s goal is to satisfy a searcher’s intent. When a user finds what they’re looking for after clicking on an organic search result, that’s a success. Sounds easy enough, but things get complicate…

Lego, Amazon Start Platform for Interactive Building-Block Game

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www.newsmax.com - Lego A/S will partner with Amazon.com Inc. for a project that couples the toymaker’s building blocks with the retail giant’s interactive voice program. Children will be able to communicate with Amazo…

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Will ‘Dial Up the Intensity’ of News ‘Suppression’ Leading Up to Midterm Elections | Breitbart

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www.breitbart.com - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated this week that the social media firm has plans to further crack down on fake news on the platform via “suppression” of certain news publications. BuzzFeed News rep…

Amazon Traffic Hijacked - or Why You Don’t Give Anyone a Monopoly Government Contract

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www.redstate.com - We have been doing much to call attention to the looming prospect of the United States Defense Department (DoD) handing online retail giant Amazon a ten-year, $10 billion (and likely more) monopoly c…

Gamification Research: How Diablo III uses Game Mechanics to become Winning & Addicting

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yukaichou.com - Blizzard Entertainment, a company that knows how to do gaming right (though not perfectly), has hit it big with their latest game Diablo III, launched in May of 2012. Within a week, they already sold…

Stop Using WhatsApp If You Care About Your Privacy

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lifehacker.com - Privacy has always been a key feature and popular selling point for the messaging app WhatsApp. Company co-founder Jan Koum grew up in the Soviet Union under heavy government surveillance, and he pro…

Anti-Surveillance Coalition That Includes Apple Condemns Proposals for Device Backdoors

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www.macrumors.com - Reform Government Surveillance recently announced a new core principle on encryption that will guide our advocacy efforts, and we continue to believe that strong encryption helps protect the security…

LG's 2018 OLED TVs rule, but the 2017 models are much better deals

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www.cnet.com - My buying advice for LG's 2018 C8 OLED TV: red light till the price drops. I just reviewed LG's newest OLED TV, the C8, and it's the best-performing TV I've ever tested. But even discerning high-end …

Top 5 technology trends driving investment in 2018

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www.meed.com - One of the most challenging aspects of technology investment arises from the sheer number of tech trends taking place. Most companies are impacted by multiple themes, many of which are in conflict wi…

Chassis Plans Company Launches New and Improved Website

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www.embedded-computing.com - Chassis Plans Company Launches New and Improved Website Defense, Commercial and Industrial OEMs and Manufacturers Can Now Easily Find the Right Ruggedized Computers, Tablets, Storage Systems and Disp…

element14 Community Announces Winners of Pi Chef Design Challenge

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www.embedded-computing.com - Community members leveraged the Raspberry Pi development board to demonstrate their creativity in the kitchen Chicago, May 2, 2018 – Raspberry Pi, in collaboration with element14.com, the world’s lar…

Researchers say Oracle Access Manager is a terrible doorman

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www.theregister.co.uk - A vulnerability in Oracle Access Manager is leaving the security tool leaning more towards "access" than "manager". The flaw, classified as CVE-2018-2879, allows a remote attacker to bypass the OAM a…

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