Facebook will alert you if you liked a fake Russian account



Facebook plans to roll out tool to show users if they liked or followed a Russia-linked account on Facebook or Instagram but not if they saw Russia-linked ads


Facebook: A few weeks ago, we shared our plans to increase the transparency of advertising on Facebook. This is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy.

As part of that continuing commitment, we will soon be creating a portal to enable people on Facebook to learn which of the Internet Research Agency Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts they may have liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017. This tool will be available for use by the end of the year in the Facebook Help Center.

It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 US election. That’s why as we have discovered information, we have continually come forward to share it publicly and have provided it to congressional investigators. And it’s also why we’re building the tool we are announcing today.





Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Meg Whitman stepping down as CEO of HPE, Antonio Neri will take over in Februrary



HPE says its CEO, Meg Whitman, will step down next year and remain on the board; President Antonio Neri will take over as CEO on February 1, 2018 



Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:
HPE) today announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 and the fourth quarter,
ended October 31, 2017.
Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Results
Combined net revenue of $7.8 billion includes $7.7 billion from continuing
operations and $174 million from Software, which is now included in discontinued
operations.
Fourth quarter net revenue from continuing operations of $7.7 billion was up 5%
from the prior year and up 5% when adjusted for divestitures and currency.




Uber hid a 2016 data breach that affected 57 million people



Uber fires CSO, says in Oct'16 hackers accessed 7M driver licenses and names, emails, phone numbers of 50M riders; Uber paid hackers $100K to delete data



Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO: As Uber’s CEO, it’s my job to set our course for the future, which begins with building a company that every Uber employee, partner and customer can be proud of. For that to happen, we have to be honest and transparent as we work to repair our past mistakes.

I recently learned that in late 2016 we became aware that two individuals outside the company had inappropriately accessed user data stored on a third-party cloud-based service that we use. The incident did not breach our corporate systems or infrastructure.

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Somnox - World’s first sleep robot to improve sleep



Somnox - world's first sleep robot to improve your sleep.





Your sleep companion to improve sleep by breathing regulation, sounds, and affection. Sleep faster, longer and wake up naturally.

It all started with a personal experience. With close family members suffering from sleep deprivation, I was no stranger to the direct impact of insomnia on their day-to-day life. Tiredness, lack of energy, health problems. 
I also found that the primary sleep aids they used were sleeping pills. While those can, of course, be effective for short-term use, they are harmful and addictive in the long run. There was no proper solution out there, yet there was certainly a need for one. 
We thought it was time to act. And so we did.  
Our adventure began at the Robotics Institute of the TU Delft, where, with the engineering expertise and support around us, we started draining our savings to create the world’s first sleep robot. 
We have spent 2,5 years of our lives to develop world's first sleep robot to improve your sleep. Co-designed with our partner Royal Auping, Europe's leading circular mattress company, we can assure you a sustainable product with high-quality materials. 
So what does it do? 
The Somnox the Sleep Robot simulates human breathing. Its users will subconsciously adjust its breathing rhythm to that of the sleep robot. Research has shown that breathing is essential to naturally reduce stress and increase relaxation. 
Provides its users with soothing audio. The sounds of heartbeats, lullabies, guided meditation - or upload your own - are included in the accompanying app, which is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones. Personal preferences can be set during the day and ensure a tailored approach to improve sleep during the night. 
We plan to do over-the-air updates to add value over time. The Somnox sleep robot might be able to listen to you, coach you through cognitive techniques. 
We have tested with over 85 test sleepers and from our latest feedback round, we have had a positive feedback rating of 90%. People sleep faster, longer and wake up refreshed.    
Last Tuesday we launched on Kickstarter, and reached our funding goal (€100k) within 4 days!
http://kck.st/2AFk0Pl



Tesla Powerbank - A Tesla supercharger for your phone!



Tesla Powerbank is a 3350mAh battery with integrated USB and Apple lightning and detachable micro USB.


Probably not the best option in the market but it sure looks nice with the Tesla aesthetics. The integrated usb and lightning is great too.

Designed and inspired after Tesla’s supercharger monument at the Tesla Design Studio.

The Tesla Powerbank features:
Compact Design
Integrated USB
Integrated Apple lightning and detachable micro USB
High efficiency circuitry to deliver maximum battery capacity
Charge status indicator

Technical Specs:

Single 18650 cell with 3350mAh capacity
Input: 1800±200mA
Output: 5V/1.5A max

Dimensions: 108 x 30.5 x 23.3mm








Uber adds live location sharing and expands its beacon program



Uber adds live location sharing of riders for drivers, expands Beacon program to NYC, San Francisco, and Chicago, and adds in-app Uber credit gifting  


When the holiday season gets going, so do you. It’s planning, shopping, hosting and celebrating – all on repeat for 6 weeks straight.

Everyone wants to be able to relax in between all that constant going. So we’re announcing a handful of updates to the rider app to give you one less thing to worry about this holiday season.





Amazon announces new ‘Secret’ cloud region for US intelligence agencies



AWS launches AWS Secret Region for US intel agencies and their partners working with “secret” classified data, to complement its air-gapped Top Secret Region



Amazon: We are pleased to announce the new AWS Secret Region. The AWS Secret Region can operate workloads up to the Secret U.S. security classification level. The AWS Secret Region is readily available to the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) through the IC’s Commercial Cloud Services (C2S) contract with AWS. The AWS Secret Region also will be available to non-IC U.S. Government customers with appropriate Secret-level network access and their own contract vehicles for use of the AWS Secret Region. These contract vehicles will not be part of the IC’s C2S contract.

With the launch of this new Secret Region, AWS becomes the first and only commercial cloud provider to offer regions to serve government workloads across the full range of data classifications, including Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret. By using the cloud, the U.S. Government is better able to deliver necessary information and data to mission stakeholders.

“Today we mark an important milestone as we launch the AWS Secret Region,” said Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Amazon Web Services Worldwide Public Sector. “AWS now provides the U.S. Intelligence Community a commercial cloud capability across all classification levels: Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret. The U.S. Intelligence Community can now execute their missions with a common set of tools, a constant flow of the latest technology and the flexibility to rapidly scale with the mission. The AWS Top Secret Region was launched three years ago as the first air-gapped commercial cloud and customers across the U.S. Intelligence Community have made it a resounding success. Ultimately, this capability allows more agency collaboration, helps get critical information to decision makers faster, and enables an increase in our Nation’s Security.”

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Uber to buy 24,000 Volvo cars for driverless fleet



Uber to buy 24K SUVs from Volvo equipped with autonomous technology in a non-exclusive deal from 2019 to 2021; Uber will add its own self-driving technology


Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has signed a framework agreement with Uber, the ride sharing company, to sell tens of thousands of autonomous driving compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021.
 
The base vehicles are developed on Volvo Cars’ fully modular, in-house developed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). SPA is one of the most advanced car architectures in the world and is currently used on Volvo Cars’ top-of-the-line 90 series cars as well as on the new XC60 midsize SUV.
 
The non-exclusive agreement enhances the strategic partnership between Volvo Cars and Uber announced in August 2016 and also marks a new chapter in the convergence of car makers and Silicon Valley-based technology companies.
 
“The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally. Today’s agreement with Uber is a primary example of that strategic direction.”
 
Volvo Cars’ engineers have worked closely together with engineers from Uber to develop the XC90 premium SUVs that are to be supplied to Uber. The base vehicles incorporate all necessary safety, redundancy and core autonomous driving technologies that are required for Uber to add its own self-driving technology.
 
“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Volvo,” said Jeff Miller, Head of Auto Alliances, Uber. “This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass produced self-driving vehicles at scale.”





Airbnb acquired adtech startup AdBasis



Airbnb acquired adtech startup AdBasis on Nov. 13; AdBasis will be available to customers until Feb. 2018, and team will be brought into Airbnb


Airbnb: First, we are happy to announce that we have acquired Accomable and will be welcoming them into the Airbnb family. Accomable was founded in 2015, by Srin Madipalli and Martyn Sibley – two friends with Spinal Muscular Atrophy who have travelled all over the world. Frustrated by the difficulty of finding accessible places to stay and reliable information, Accomable was launched to make it easier for everyone to travel, regardless of disability.

The Accomable site will be wound down over the coming months and we will work to include Accomable’s listings in more than 60 countries on Airbnb. All of these listings have step-free access, high quality photos and detailed information on a whole range of accessibility adaptations. Perhaps more importantly, Srin and his team will be bringing their tremendous expertise and passion for inclusive travel to Airbnb. As part of the Airbnb team, Srin will lead our efforts to make travel accessible for everyone.

Srin and his team will be building on work that is underway to make the Airbnb experience better for everyone. Previously, travelers with disabilities could only search for homes that were labeled as “wheelchair accessible” when they were searching for an accessible place to stay. Guests weren’t getting the information they needed to find the right homes, nor the confidence that the home they selected would actually be accessible for them.

To help address this problem, we have been working on new “accessibility needs” checklists for hosts. While Srin and his team haven’t been involved in the development of these new tools, we’re confident that they will make our community more accessible for everyone and we’re going to work to make them even stronger in the future.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Spotify acquires online music studio Soundtrap



Spotify announces it has acquired Soundtrap, a collaborative online music recording startup, reportedly for at least $30M 


Spotify: Today we are proud to announce that Soundtrap has joined the Spotify family. The Stockholm-based company, founded by Per Emanuelsson, Björn Melinder, Gabriel Sjöberg and Fredrik Posse, empowers artists of all levels to create music online with a web-based, easy to use, collaborative music recording and production studio. The Soundtrap team of engineers, designers, and music producers have been revolutionizing the music-making process by building tools for consumers, educators, and students. The Soundtrap service will continue to operate as usual.

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IK Multimedia releases iRig Keys I/O 25 & 49 keyboard controllers




Feature-rich, ultra-light keyboard controller series for iOS, Mac and PC with full-size keys, onboard 96kHz/24-bit audio interface, Class A preamp and a massive software collection



IK Multimedia has announced that iRig Keys I/O, the revolutionary keyboard controller range featuring a built-in audio interface, is now shipping worldwide. iRig Keys I/O is much more than just a simple controller, it is a true studio centrepiece providing users with a flexible way to complete their music productions from start to end using a single piece of equipment that is unmatched for speed and simplicity of use. iRig Keys I/O comes with either 25 or 49 full-size keys offering a synth-action keybed and integrates a professional, high-definition 96kHz/24-bit audio interface with a high-performance Class A preamp allowing users to record their instruments and microphones (including condenser mics requiring 48V phantom power) via its convenient combo 1/4"/XLR input. Plus, it provides all the creative controls expected from a premium keyboard controller such as velocity sensitive, multicoloured pads, programmable touch-sensitive sliders, buttons and assignable knobs.


Built-in professional audio interface for studio quality sound

iRig Keys I/O is the only keyboard controller range currently available on the market to feature an integrated professional 96kHz/24-bit audio interface. The intelligent, elegant layout makes it possible to keep all cabling to a minimum and makes setting up as fast and easy as just plug and play. The combo input sports a high-quality Class A preamp and accepts both 1/4" and XLR sources including dynamic and condenser microphones (with 48V phantom power), line instruments, guitars and basses. When used live, the 1/4" balanced stereo output can be used to run the signal directly to a PA or mixer. All of this makes iRig Keys I/O the ideal creative tool for studio or live use, in any situation, providing a solution that is more convenient and affordable than having to purchase a controller and audio interface separately.


Full control at the touch of a finger

iRig Keys I/O represents a huge step forward and introduces the next generation of IK keyboards. Both models feature a fast synth-action keybed, a volume/data push knob, 4 touch-sensitive knobs in 2 banks (acting as 8 total controls) and 8 multicoloured LED-lit velocity sensitive pads. There are also 2 fully programmable touch control strips, set by default as Pitch and Modulation controls and a complete touch sensitive transport and button section, for a true "hands-on" approach to controlling all the most important functions of a DAW or virtual instrument. All available controls exploit the latest-generation capacitive technology for ultra-fast action and immediate feedback, displaying the related parameter value at the touch of a finger for instant visual reference.


True plug-and-play

iRig Keys I/O is Apple certified MFi hardware (Made for iPhone and iPad) which means it works right out of the box with all iOS devices with a Lightning port, including the latest iPhone. The included Lightning cable allows for easy connection to iOS devices while the included USB cable connects to Mac and PC computers. iRig Keys I/O works seamlessly with the most popular Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) like Logic Pro®, Ableton® Live™, GarageBand® and many others.



The travelling producer's dream

iRig Keys I/O 25 & 49 are the smallest controllers with full-size keys on the market today and are 25% lighter than the nearest competitor. This is a great advantage when working on the road, in small studios or in any environment where space is at a premium. Their design makes them also ideal for the travelling musician/producer who demands utmost portability but without sacrificing performance. Furthermore, iRig Keys I/O can be powered via USB, using an optional external power supply (that simultaneously charges the connected iOS device) or with 4 AA batteries, for complete mobile music production. For added convenience there are travel bags, available separately, for carrying the 25 key and 49 key versions of iRig Keys I/O. For recording vocals on the go, iRig Keys I/O Mic (sold separately), is a gooseneck condenser microphone that plugs directly into the input jack eliminating the need for a stand.


Full suite of professional software included

With over $/€550 (in the 25-key version) and $/€750 (in the 49-key version) worth of IK's professional software and apps included, iRig Keys I/O provides users with everything they need to start, develop and complete their musical productions from A to Z, both inside a professional DAW or using recording software like GarageBand®. Included in both versions of iRig Keys I/O is Ableton® Live 9 Lite™ digital audio workstation, IK's SampleTank 3 sound and groove workstation, with over 43GB and 5000 inspiring sounds, T-RackS 4 Deluxe mix and mastering suite, with 9 powerful EQ and dynamics processors and the Pro-V vintage synthesizer, which is derived from Syntronik, IK's legendary synth powerhouse for Mac/PC. iPhone and iPad users will also receive the full version of SampleTank. Additionally, the 49-key version comes with Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE orchestral workstation for Mac/PC and the mobile edition for iOS.


Pricing and availability

iRig Keys I/O is available from the IK Multimedia online store and IK authorized dealers worldwide for just $/€299.99 for the 49-key version and $/€199.99 for the 25-key version. In addition to the massive bundle of included software, iRig Keys I/O comes with 4 x AA batteries, Mini-DIN to USB and Mini-DIN to Lightning cables and a device stand for iPhone and iPad.



For more information, please visit:
www.irigkeys.io


Facebook releases tools and tips for livestream creators



Facebook debuts Creator app, giving influencers a Facebook and Instagram comments inbox, expansive analytics, ability to add intros and outros to broadcasts  


Creators around the world are sharing their videos on Facebook to build a community around their passion — whether their passion is comedy sketches, their favorite recipes, or even knitting sweaters. On Facebook, creators can connect with more than two billion potential fans and collaborators, get to know their community, talk directly to fans with Live, and monetize with products like branded content.

We understand that creators have specific needs, and we’re committed to helping them on their journey as they grow and find their community. As part of this commitment, we’re announcing two initiatives to help creators unleash their creativity: an app that helps creators manage their presence on Facebook and a central destination where creators can get the resources they need to improve and grow.





Google adds a slew of new Assistant features for app developers



Google updates Assistant with developer support for Spanish, Italian, and other languages, ability to recognize implicit requests, more 


Every day, users are discovering new ways the Google Assistant and your apps can help them get things done. Today we're announcing a set of new features to make it easier for users to find, interact, and re-engage with your app.





Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kickstarter reboots Drip, will now compete with Patreon



Kickstarter debuts Drip, a service that lets fans subscribe to their favorite creators, in limited beta; sources says 7 out of 8 top execs have left since July



In 2012, the record label Ghostly International launched Drip as a way for people to support musicians through subscriptions. Though niche, Drip was a pioneering service. You could see the potential. Almost two years ago, Drip became a part of Kickstarter instead of shutting down.

Today we launch a new Drip for artists and creators across the full spectrum of disciplines we support on Kickstarter. Just as artists, authors, game designers, musicians, and filmmakers use Kickstarter to fund and build community around their projects, Drip is a tool for people to fund and build community around their ongoing creative practice.












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