Month: May 2018

Voice shopping estimated to reached $40 billion across U.S. and U.K. by 2022

Voice shopping estimated to reached $40 billion across U.S. and U.K. by 2022

Technology
The growing popularity of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home will lead to an detonation in voice-based shopping, according to a new market research report from OC& C Strategy Consultants out the coming week. The firm is bullishly predicting that voice shopping will grow to a whopping $40 billion-plus in 2022, up from$ 2 billion today across the U.S. and the U.K. This sizable increase will be driven by Amazon’s smart speaker sales, including with regard to, the report said. This forecast far exceeds earlier estimates of voice shopping revenues in the years ahead. While not an exact comparing, RBC Capital Markets recently predicted Amazon would generate $10 to $11 billion in marketings from Alexa devices- including device marketings themselves and voice shopping- by the yea

The danger of porn goes beyond just sexuality- it normalises unchecked desire | Andrew Brown

Business
Porns perverting influence on real life is bad enough, but fictions of control and immediate gratification now imbue everything from ad to politics, writes Guardian columnist Andrew BrownThis is a question that is on the surface about sex but actually it goes a lot deeper than that. Thats not to say that sex on its own is a small business. Its difficult to get solid figures, but in 2009 the American industry was the size of the mainstream cinema business, which is to say, as large as professional athletic and live music put together. Its consumption is almost entirely normalised in the west and among teenagers. Because of smartphones, it is accessible instantly everywhere. The gaming industry is probably bigger, but its clear that when young man are online, if theyre not played with their ...
Google wins six-year legal battle with Oracle over Android code copyright

Google wins six-year legal battle with Oracle over Android code copyright

Technology
Developers expected to welcome ruling that procures Googles employment of Java code in its Android operating system was fair useGoogle has won a six-year court case brought by software firm Oracle, which claimed Google had contravened its copyright by using 11,500 lines of Java code in its Android operating system. The jury ruled that Googles use of 37 Java APIs( application programming interfaces) was carnival use. The news will be welcomed by developers, who typically rely on free access to APIs to develop third-party services. I salute you for your extreme hard work in this case, US district judge William Alsup told the jury, who had deliberated for three days at San Francisco federal tribunal. I know there will be appeals and the like. Oracle had contested that Googles use of its prop...
27 Nonfiction Books By Women Everyone Should Read This Year

27 Nonfiction Books By Women Everyone Should Read This Year

Lifestyle
New year, new books. At least, thatswhat we wrote back in December, when we were just starting to add titles to our 2017 reading lists. Now that were nine days into the new year, our to-read list has only grown. And while our first book preview was filled with all the fiction you could manage, we wanted to take a moment to talk about the unbelievable wave of nonfiction were expecting this year, too. Particularly, were talking about nonfiction from women writers because a single year that includes memoir and essay collection releases from the likes of Roxane Gay, Patricia Lockwood, Joan Didion, Yiyun Li, Mary Gaitskill, Samantha Irbyand Camille Paglia is worth celebrating. Behold: 27 nonfiction books by females everyone should read this year. JANUARY Scribner Birds Art Life: A...
Astound! Latest Fox News Benghazi Claim Is Also False

Astound! Latest Fox News Benghazi Claim Is Also False

Business
Two hosts of “Fox& Friends” detonation rival news networks for supposedly failing to cover the emotional speech delivered at the Republican National Convention by Patricia Smith, mom of an American killed in the 2012 Benghazi attack. “Why isn’t this getting coverage? ” cohost Steve Doocy demanded on Monday’s broadcast. As it turned out, CNN, MSNBC and C-SPAN covered Smith’s speech, but Fox News and its sister network Fox Business didn’t. According to PolitiFact :P TAGEND “Fox News went to commercial right before Smith took the stage and returned to a phone interview between Donald Trump and Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. Lou Dobbs Tonight on the Fox Business channel had footage of the speech, but no audio.” That fact was also lost on “Fox& Friends” cohost Brian Kilmeade. “I was on

The Handmaid’s Tale held a mirror up to a year of Trump | Matthew d’Ancona

Technology
The ingenious dystopia prefigured the US chairmen misogyny and the #MeToo fightback, says Guardian columnist Matthew dAnconaIn politics and cultural activities, the year 2017 was the opposite of Where's Wally? The topic, instead, was always Where Isn't Trump? All roads- public debate, private argument, artistic endeavour- seemed eventually to lead in his squalid direction; his gravitational pull irresistible, his fleshy presence horribly ubiquitous. It wasn't just the explicit irony of, say, Saturday Night Live that maintained the US president front and centre in cultural life. Lee Hall's triumphant reworking at the National Theatre of Network, Paddy Chayefsky's 1976 movie about mass media and demagoguery, held a more subtle mirror up to the age of Trump. Shakespeare's history plays acquir...
Dreamy destinations for National Plan for Vacation Day

Dreamy destinations for National Plan for Vacation Day

Lifestyle
( Imgorthand) It’s been a nearly a month since New Year’s, wintertime drear has set in for many. If the cold’s got you feeling blue, take out your calendar, pour a tropical beverage, and get busy booking a getaway in honor of National Plan for Vacation Day. The inaugural vacation is being organized by the Project: Time Off Coalition in hopes of helping Americans improve their own health and happiness. "Vacation has become a casualty of America's culture of busy. Scheming is the simplest and most powerful style to use more time--and the advanced notice will make it easier for managers to say yes to requests, ” the group’s senior director Katie Denis said in a press release. THIS 'HARRY POTTER'-THEMED CRUISE WILL COST YOU $36,000 Through 2018, don’t join the ranks of the 55% of ru

New Orleans was voted the No 1 place to visit. Are we happy about it?

Business
The New York Times bellows New Orleans unlike any other city in the world. Its true but will the influx of visitors change its character? New Orleans New Orleans was voted the No 1 place to visit. Are we happy about it? The New York Times calls New Orleans' unlike any other city in the world '. But will the influx of visitors change its character? Jim Gabour Fri 19 Jan 2018 10. 00 EST Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email View more sharing options Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Close People hurling beadings from float at Mardi Gras. New Orleans, incidentally, has more bars per capita than any other municipality in the US. Photograph: Jupiterimages/ Getty Images
Anne Frank Made Dirty Jokes in Newly Revealed Diary Pages

Anne Frank Made Dirty Jokes in Newly Revealed Diary Pages

Technology
Two concealed pages of Anne Frank's diary have been revealed by researchers in Amsterdam thanks to photo-imaging technology, according to The New York Times . Frank, famous for her over 200 -page diary about their own lives in a" secret attic annex" during the Holocaust, pasted brown newspaper over two pages in her diary that discussed" sex matters ." In the passageways, she pretends that someone is asking her about sex, and describes the act use phrases like" rhythmical motions ." She also calls contraception" internal medicament" and refers to menstruation as" a sign that she is ripe ." When talking about prostitution, she states:" In Paris they have big houses for that ." Researchers claim that the discover is significant because it demonstrates Frank was " trying to write in a more lit...
Recipe for success – how UK food firms can crack the US

Recipe for success – how UK food firms can crack the US

Business
Image copyright Graze Image caption Graze found that its nut packs were a bit hit in the US While curry-mad Britons can't get enough mango chutney, it seems that Americans can't stand the sticky stuff.That was what popular UK snacks firm Graze found out pretty quickly when it first expanded to the US in 2013. "Our plan in the US was to initially launch our entire British scope and see how everything went down, " tells Graze's chief executive Anthony Fletcher."Some things Americans loved, and some they absolutely loathed ...[ such as] mango chutney. They were saying 'what is this acidic yellow blob? '."Revenue potentialFor many UK food and drink companies cracking the US is the holy grail. With its population of more than 326 million people, the giant American marketplace can offer B...