Spotify is Making the Jump Into Video Offers

One of the biggest developments on internet is video streaming. It has become so big since YouTube that tons of popular websites are using it. Also, social media platforms are offering video for people to use. Even music streaming services are taking on the technology. One recent music streaming service known as Spotify has started to offer video streaming. This is one of the best features for people because it gives music streamers a chance to enjoy video content without having to go to a video site.

 

Spotify has initially launched original video services early last year. However, they have quieted down on the project. While there is still a lot of potential for the project, Spotify has slowed down on the use of this feature. Meanwhile, there have been other projects that have started and finished before Spotify. One thing that is worth considering is that the original video on the app is not prominently featured. This goes to show that even the most promising products need some kind of marketing in order for it to take off. If Spotify would’ve taken the time to make sure that people know about the video feature, then they would’ve been very successful in their attempts to bring it to their customers.

 

Video is quickly becoming the king of content. One of the reasons that video is so popular is that it allows people to not only watch video, but also produce their own video and release it online. Also, the technology released makes it easier for people to make and release videos so that they can gain a lot of success for their business. The different platforms offering video also allow people to watch their favorite shows.

 

 

Facebook Screwed Up By Algorithm After Removing The Human Editors

Days after Facebook removed the human editors who somehow controlled what appeared on the trending topics section. The company was caught unawares when it trended a fake news story about the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Facebook replaced the human editors with the new purely algorithm system to avoid the recent accusations of removing trending topics that are allied to conservatism views.

 

 

The recent mistake, however, was an avoidable one. The trending topic about Megyn Kelly claimed that she joined Fox News commonly known to be conservative-leaning, as a secret Hilary Clinton supporter. The story was not making sense at all. However, since there was no human to catch the mistake in the Algorithm, the story trended to the top of Facebook’s Trending list even beating popular trending topics like the Beyoncé’s VMA performance and a sexting scandal by Anthony Weiner. The trending story was later removed at around 9:30 ET the following morning.

 

 

The point is that Facebook’s strategy of trending the fake story was absurd in the first place and only served to give credibility to the hoax. According to sources familiar with the situation, Facebook’s trending topics algorithm relies on many articles, topics, and posts, which is the reason it was easy to come up with a viral headline. At the point when the story was promoted, it met the conditions for acceptance according to the Facebooks guidelines about trending topics. Facebook now claims that the story was later deemed inaccurate hence the reason it was removed from the trending list.

 

 

However, Facebook declined to comment on the matter amid outcry from the conservatives. Recently, Gizmodo reported that Facebook was purposely suppressing stories related to conservatism and allowing stories for the liberalism to trend. Although early conclusions may have been made about Facebook’s behavior, the company has refused to produce evidence to prove otherwise.

 

 

The recent incident involving the new algorithm system wasn’t the first incident. Over the weekend, other inappropriate headlines trended including a man masturbating with a McDonald’s sandwich. The recent decision to eliminate the human editors was according to Facebook meant to encourage broader audience.

 

 

Prison Activists to Organize Strikes in Remembrance of the 1971 Attica Prison Uprising

A series of hunger strikes and coordinated work stoppages are scheduled to occur in prisons across the entire country at the beginning of next month. The strikes will be organized by an alliance of racial justice, prisoner rights, and labor groups, and include prisoners in at least 20 states in the country – making it the largest effort to reminisce the incarcerated in the history of the United States.

 

 

The strike represents a powerful and anticipated blow against the status quo in what the public regards as the greatest exploitation to the incarcerated across the world. The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee describes the exploitation as the ‘call to action against prisoners’ slavery in America back in the days.’

 

 

According to Libcom.org, the day of the strike will mark exactly 45 years since the most notorious and bloodiest US prison conflict codenamed the ‘Attica Prison Uprising’ took place. The rebellion comprised 1,300 prisoners who the state’s brutal response claimed the lives of dozens of guards and prisoners in many prisons. The uprising occurred for five days and left a lasting scar to the entire prison community. This rebellion has inspired a new generation among today’s much larger incarcerated population.

 

 

The strikes will be organized by an alliance of organizations such as Free Virginia Movement, New Underground Railroad Movement, Convicted People, Free Mississippi Movement, Free Ohio Movement, The Ordinary People Society, Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People & Family Movement (FICPFM), and Free Alabama Movement.

 

 

Because the state will do everything possible to limit media coverage, the organizers outside and inside the prisons walls will set up communications via Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. This way, a lot of people will have the chance to remember a time when the racial conflict and tensions between the correctional facilities’ police, the poor people, and the people of color were high. The strike will also target and eliminate today’s leaders who belong to militant groups such as the Black Panthers of 1971.

 

 

Internet Streaming Is Gaining More Customers from Cable

Among the changes that this society is undergoing is in the entertainment industry. For one thing, it used to be cable that was considered one of the premium ways to get entertainment. As a matter of fact, there was a point when the choices that people had were signals from the airwaves, cable television and then the relatively new satellite television. However, the internet has eventually brought forth something better. This is streaming services. This has gotten people to make the switch at a steady rate. For one thing, internet streaming has brought forth a lot of advantages that people have come to enjoy.

 

Among the advantages that people are able to enjoy are more options with the shows. Among the options that people have is the episodes of their chosen shows they can watch and the time they can watch them. When one compares this to having to wait until a certain time slot to watch any episode, this is one of the major advantages that people can hope for with internet streaming.

 

Another aspect of internet streaming businesses that beat out all of the cable TV businesses is the customer service. A lot of customers are not happy with the service that is given to them from cable companies. However, internet streaming has a much improved customer service. For one thing, people could reach the service provider through phone, email, or other means. It is no wonder people prefer services from mobile providers and internet streaming service.

 

All of the shows that are on cable TV are available for the internet. As a matter of fact, the internet also has a ton of exclusive shows. Therefore, when people are faced with dropping one service for another, they are more likely to drop the cable services. As a matter of fact, cable is obsolete. Even satellite TV is having a hard time keeping up with the services that are offered by internet streaming services.

 

Insiders and Outsiders of a Internet Entity

There is a fine line between an online entity and its clients. In spite of rising familiarity with the dangers postured by clients with advantages for consents, most associations still permit a heap of inward and outward gatherings to get to their most profitable frameworks and information. Many are setting trust in both workers and outsiders without reliable methods for overseeing, controlling, and observing the struggles that these people, groups, and associations need to work with basic frameworks and systems. Reports see insider dangers and outsider dangers to be independent and unmistakable issues. On account of outsider dangers, a review found the quantity of merchants of an organization’s system to have multiplied in only one year to a total of 181. Every week and every month, two in three organizations have encountered an information rupture in light of unsecured seller. It is no big surprise that more cybercriminals are seeing outsiders as a door into an organization’s system. Insiders give an alternate sort of info since they need to have some system access with a specific end goal to play out their employment obligations.

 

However, it’s their practices that have security faculty concerned. It just takes one worker to leave an association helpless. With the continuation of prominent information breaks, a large number of which were brought about by tradeoffs for long term certifications, it’s vital that associations control, oversee, and screen special access to their systems to relieve these hazards. The discoveries of this report disclose to us that many organizations can’t sufficiently deal with the hazard identified. Instead, it needs special attention beyond the ordinary. Insider ruptures, regardless of whether they are malevolent or inadvertent, can possibly go undetected for quite a long time. Months or years of this practice can crush an organization. When it comes to insiders and outsiders, businesses must be extra careful to not disclose any unnecessary information. It is not always evident which entities are reliable sources. In a situation of doubt, it is always better to side on the side of safety for precautionary reasons.

 

Lyft Gets Luxurious With New Services

Lyft has launched its new Lux and Lux SUV services, adding a luxurious, high-end option to its ride-sharing business. The new offering is intended to round out its services and compete with Uber’s own luxury offering, UberLUX.

 

This isn’t Lyft’s first foray into upscale ride sharing. Currently, they offer a “Premier” service that gives riders the opportunity to ride in nicer-than-average vehicles for a little extra cash. But the LUX offering is a tier above in cost and quality of vehicles.

 

Among the requirements are black exteriors and black, “leather or leather like” interiors in a 2011 or newer car. The car itself must be on Lyft’s list of approved vehicles, which is replete with several luxury automakers such as Audi, BMW, Tesla, and Jaguar, just to name a few. As for LUX SUV, the requirements are the same as LUX, but vehicles must be able to seat six or more passengers. Think Cadillac Escalades and Lincoln Navigators.

 

When Lyft launched, it was intended to be a bare-bones ride-sharing service, but in recent years it’s begun rolling out services to compete more closely with its arch-rival, Uber. The launch of Lyft Lux is no exception, matching Uber’s similarly-named “UberLUX.”

 

Uber’s answer to luxury ride-sharing is a little more stringent than Lyft’s, in terms of driver requirements and availability. For starters, it’s currently only available in Los Angeles and Miami. As for vehicle requirements, UberLUX only allows models from less than a dozen automakers. With Uber’s offering, you could be riding in a Bentley, Rolls Royce, or Tesla. Like Lyft, the vehicle must also have a black exterior and interior and be in immaculate condition.

 

Either way, Lyft’s new services bring a lot of new options to the luxury side of ride-sharing services, and options are always good when it comes to folks who depend on ride-sharing for driving or for getting around.

 

Lyft riders and drivers in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and San Jose can begin using its new Lux and LuxSUV services on May 25.

 

The Role of the Internet of Things in the Coming Years

According to an article by the Economic Times, Cisco recently revealed that many Internet of Things projects are falling short of their expectations. The Internet of Things had been referred to as the next big thing, and many corporations had embraced the idea. However, according to Cisco, a lot has to be done if the current projects are to go beyond the pilot stage. The Internet of Things can be referred to as the interconnection of things that allows communication between many devices. This could be devices we use on a daily basis such as kitchen appliances, phones, street lights and even cars. In the coming future, it was estimated that the bread toaster will have the ability to communicate with the bread being serviced.

 

However, Cisco, which is a global networking giant revealed that most of the internet of things projects fail at the Proof of Concept stage. In fact, the company attributed the percent of projects that had failed at this level at 60 percent. Out of the projects that had been proposed in the last five years, only 26 percent of these projects were completed. This is also according to the report released by Cisco. According to senior executives of Cisco, the failure of the projects do not culminate from failing to try, and they acknowledge more can be done about the current stalling projects.

 

 

It’s estimated that 14.5 billion dollars had been spent on the Internet of Things by the end of 2016. However, this is expected to grow to 82 billion in the next nine years. This is a sign that the Internet of Things will be as significant as the internet is today in the next decade. Despite the Internet of Things being a technology thing, there are many human factors affect the process. These human factors include things like leadershiAp, organization as well as culture. The report by Cisco revealed that for the Internet of Things projects to succeed, the IT people ought to work hand in hand with the business people. According to experts, the Internet of Things has a role to play in the coming years such as in the transport industry and the emergency services industry. The technology allows monitoring of trains and buses. It also makes it possible to dispatch emergency teams in case of an accident.

 

Why You Shouldn’t Trust a Fitness Tracker to Monitor Your Workout Progress

A recent study by Stanford University scientists has found out that most fitness trackers in the market can only be used to measure heart rate but not the amount of calories burnt during a workout. This means that you need to exercise caution when it comes to buying and using these devices. As a result, you are advised against using fitness trackers to judge what you eat.

 

This study has jolted the technological world. There have been calls for companies that manufacture fitness trackers release data indicating how their gadgets work out measurements. During the study, the accuracy of 7 fitness trackers was tested with 60 participants being asked to run, cycle, and walk. In the end, it was established that six of the seven fitness trackers could only estimate wearers’ heart rates. The six are the Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, MIP Alpha 2, Samsung Gear S2, and PulseOn.

 

Glaring Discrepancies

 

Only five devices were able to keep track of the participants’ energy use. Nonetheless, their measurements were still inaccurate because none of them had an error rate lower than 20%. The study’s coordinator Dr. Euan Ashley from Stanford’s department of cardiovascular medicine points out that fitness enthusiasts ought to be aware of the limitations and strengths of fitness devices before buying them.

 

Dr. Ashley further adds that those who use these gadgets should know that what they get are only rough estimates but not the actual energy expenditure. This is not only dangerous but also deceiving. For instance, you might engage in a workout and think that you have lost 400 calories. As a result, you may relax thinking that you have 400 calories to play around with. This can particularly be an issue more so among people who tend to base their diets basing on what they think they might have burnt off in their workouts.

 

In as much as technology for monitoring heart rate has improved, little can be said of the effectiveness of gadgets that purport to measure individual’s energy expenditure. This may have been caused by failure by companies to use heart rates. Besides this, there is a huge difference when it comes to energy expenditure among individuals. Therefore, a single parameter cannot be used to measure the amount of calories burnt during a workout.

Cyberattack Strikes More Computers

A cyberattack called “WannaCry” has infected many computers across the globe. The enormous malware cyberattack that has struck an expected 300,000 PCs overall hinted at backing off Monday. Be that as it may, cybersecurity specialists forewarned that new forms of the infection could be on the rise. Thousands more were affected by the infection on Monday, mainly in Asia, where organizations were initially shut down when the ransomware initially started to spread rapidly over 150 nations on Friday. The malware goes into effect like a worm, discovering security openings in a PC to spread all throughout a system and misusing a defenselessness working framework. In particular, those with obsolete programming are most vulnerable. Microsoft said it has been pushing out extraordinary programmable updates to those more established frameworks in order to reach the end goal of hindering the infection. Chinese state media, referring to web security administrations organization, gave an account on Monday that more than 29,000 foundations including colleges, railroad stations, healing centers, and corner stores were influenced. A delegate from a major newspaper revealed to American media that 2 million of its 500 million clients in China were influenced by the malware, and they discharged an extraordinary fix for individuals to download for their own assurance. The NSA discharges around 90 to 95 percent of the product vulnerabilities it finds. However, it sits on the rest for use in its hacking and spying exercises. As it were, it doesn’t educate the general population regarding programming openings that make them defenseless against programmers. This way, it can misuse those shortcomings to keep an eye on outsiders for the United States. Although the future of such a cyberattack is to be determined, it is an important milestone for programmers and consumers alike. We all must be aware of the potential risks of such an attack and the best ways to address it in the future. WannaCry is one of many threats to computers and programmable entities. With more preventive measures in the future, it will hopefully be easier to detect such intrusions and fend them off.

 

Rulai Launches AI-Based Chatbox Tool

Customer service means a lot to the success or failure of a business. Great customer service can prove to be a tremendous benefit to any company’s bottom line. The same could easily be said of technological innovations. Integrating the right technology into a business’ customer service operations might further increase the success capabilities of a business.

 

Rulai knows this. Rulai is a company that works on developing “customer experience chatbox” programs. Recently, Rulai has raised over $6 million to develop a new “low-code chatbox tool“.

 

What is absolutely stunning about this new tool is it employs an artificial intelligence component that works based on customer conversations. That is an incredible innovation that surely will help Rulai become more revered in the marketplace.

 

The growth of artificial intelligence in programs and apps is definitely not something to dismiss. AI represents the proverbial “wave of the future” as far as the future development of apps and programs is concerned.

 

While the artificial intelligence systems used to power a variety of apps and programs is not going to be anywhere near as spectacular as what is seen in science-fiction films, the functional nature of basic AI system simply makes things easier. Steps are reduced. Physical contributions to running programs are cut down.

 

For customer service purposes, anything that curtails extra steps is going to be hugely appreciated. Among the biggest complaints about poor customer service is a lack of expedience. No one wishes to see their customer service requests take longer than necessary to be resolved.

 

With the new Rulai tool, a chatbat might automatically perform responses thanks to recalling prior customer communications. This is an astounding new road Rulai is heading down and one that could have ramifications far beyond the basic customer service realm.

 

Investors clearly see huge potential in what Rulai is developing. Venture capitalists like to think things through before putting any money into ventures. Investing $6 million shows both a lot of thought and even more faith the projects the company has under development are going to be huge hits in the industry.