This Groot Bag Is Super!

first_imgShare This!Although I know that Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley, and more have their following among Disney fans, my personal favorite bags are made by Loungefly. While at Disneyland, I spotted this beauty at World of Disney. It’s Groot!“Wood” this be on your wish list? Let us know in the comments.last_img

Maverick Awards give recognition to young SA entrepreneurs

first_imgThe awards were held in Edenvale, to the east of Johannesburg on 26 June, with 19 finalists vying for awards in 10 different categories, as well as for the overall Maverick of the Year AwardBevan Ducasse, the CEO of wiGroup walked away with the inaugural Maverick of the Year Award, which seeks to “recognise, acknowledge as well as celebrate the entrepreneurial genius and prowess displayed by young, hard-nosed entrepreneurs”.Ducasse also won the the Technology Innovation award for wiGroup, which is a platform provider the specialises in point-of-sale mobile transactions, that includes money transfers and payments, coupons and vouchers, and loyalty programmes.The awards were held in Edenvale, to the east of Johannesburg on 26 June, with 19 finalists vying for awards in 10 different categories, as well as for the overall Maverick of the Year Award. The Awards were hosted by Under 35 Mavericks, a 100% youth-owned specialist enterprise development consultancy focused on the sustainable development of young, innovative, high impact, high growth entrepreneurs throughout Africa. Sponsors included Brand South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Mercedes-Benz South Africa, South African Airways and others.The MC for the night was Sisa Ntshona, the former head of enterprise development at Absa, with the main speaker for the night being Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure and Development, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza. Other speakers included Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang; Mercedes-Benz SA group corporate affairs manager Mayur Bhana; Wits Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship director Chimene Chetty; and under 35 Mavericks founder Bokang Seritsane.Winners in the categories included:The Emerging Maverick (Entrepreneur) Award – Lize Fouche, founder of Number 1 Foods, a Port Elizabeth-based foodstuffs company that manufactures muesli.Employment Creation Award – Josh Cox, founder of Trade-Mark Trust, a non-profit organisation (registered as a Trust) that connects homeowners wanting to do renovations with the very best, handpicked artisans from the townships.People Planet Profit Award – Misha Teasdale, founder of Greenpop, a social business that plants trees and invites everyone to join the “treevolution”.Without Borders Award – Misha Teasdale, founder of Greenpop.Marketing Innovation Award – Gareth Moll, founder GroundUp Media, which provides photography and videography services to both small and large businesses.Service Innovation Award – Alex Fourie, founder of iFix, a South African company that specialises in repairing Apple devices and RiCharge, a designer and manufacturer of mobile charging solutions.Green Innovation Award – Brian Mpono, founder of Khwezi Oils, which refines waste cooking oil into biofuel.Technology Innovation Award – Bevan Ducasse, founder of wiGroupBlue Ocean Innovation Award – Murray Legg, founder of SA Cardiosynthetics, a venture financed business that is pursuing the commercialisation of a patented heart valve design.last_img read more

Apple Speaks Out in Defense of Personal Data Protection

first_imgIn a recent open letter to their customers, Apple CEO Tim Cook responded defensively to the FBI’s demand that the company provide the government with assistance in hacking an iPhone. Cook’s letter underscores the importance of data protection and privacy for its customers and warns of the implications that may result if the company complies with the FBI’s order.The iPhone under investigation belonged to one of the attackers in the San Bernardino, CA, shooting last December, in which 14 people were killed. Apple says it has complied with all FBI’s requests for data in their possession during the investigation, but that the government’s demand for “a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features” would “undermine decades of security advancements that protect [customers].”Since its 2014 iOS 8 update, Apple devices have been built with default encryption that ensures a user’s personal data cannot be accessed by any third party—including by Apple itself—without the user’s password key. The FBI seeks to skip over these customer data protection controls with Apple’s help, but Cook’s letter reveals in no uncertain terms that the company would challenge any court order requiring it to build a “backdoor” into the iPhone.- Sponsor – “Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices,” Cook said. “In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks—from restaurants and banks to stores and homes.”Other Silicon Valley tech companies have voiced vehement support for Apple’s position on data protection for its customers. According to the Financial Times, company leaders from both Google and WhatsApp have applauded Cook’s stance on the issue. Now it’s up to the federal courts to respond, as American citizens watch the fight over encryption, information security, and data protection legislation unfold over the coming months. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

While Facebook & Twitter Sit on Sidelines, MySpace Jumps Into Bulk User Data Sales

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#MySpace#news#NYT#social networks#web Related Posts The 22 sets of data being made available are cheap. Prices range from $10 for raw dumps from the MySpace API to $300 for everything broken out by latitude and longitude. Subsequently derived data sets can be put on sale by InfoChimps users as well, with a revenue split.Analysis coming from the data could include things like music trends per zipcode, popular URLs being shared, etc. MySpace is generally thought of as a social network on the decline, but if it is able to position itself as the place to do music still then its hundreds of millions of users could remain engaged. Will data scientists want this data, though? Time will tell, but MySpace has long done cooler things with data than competitors Facebook and Twitter and people haven’t gotten terribly excited about it yet.Related: See today’s coverage of the cancelation of the Netflix Challenge due to privacy concerns.Bulk user data has tremendous analytical potential and both Facebook and Twitter have thrown the breaks on 3rd parties offering up their user data more than once. We covered InfoChimps’ offering of bulk Twitter data in depth this Fall, but the marketplace quietly removed that data after Twitter asked them to “wait” for a second time.In February we profiled Pete Warden (The Man Who Looked Into Facebook’s Soul), a developer who planned on putting a huge pile of Facebook user data online for academic analysis. As we wrote in that article:If what people call Web 2.0 was all about creating new technologies that made it easy for everyday people to publish their thoughts, social connections and activities, then the next stage of innovation online may be services like recommendations, self and group awareness, and other features made possible by software developers building on top of the huge mass of data that Web 2.0 made public.Days later Facebook contacted Warden days later and asked him to hold off on release of that data as well. Last week Warden posted open source code for harvesting the same type of bulk user data from Google Profiles, so the game’s not up yet, not by a long shot.Why is this kind of big data interesting? This rational may be less applicable in the case of MySpace given its focus on music, or it may be more applicable given the allegedly poorer user demographics on the site compared to Facebook, but here’s how I explained my interest in big social network data analysis in general, as part of a discussion about an excellent special report on big data in the Economist this month.I think in big data there lies a lot of hidden patterns that represent both opportunities for action and for reflection. At RWW we’re working on trying to find ways to mine data to find news first (we’ve got some interesting methods employed already) and personally, I think the world is an awfully unfair mess and I’m hoping that data analysis will help illuminate some of the hows and the whys. Like the way that real-estate redlining was exposed back in the day by cross referencing census data around racial demographics and housing loan data. That illuminated systematic discrimination against black families in applying for home loans in certain parts of town. So too I think we’ll find a lot of undeniable proof of injustices and clues for how we might deal with them in big data today.What will we see come out of MySpace’s bulk data? What could we see come from Facebook and Twitter data if only they would let people get their hands on it? Time will tell. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification MySpace has taken a bold step and allowed a large quantity of bulk user data to be put up for sale on startup data marketplace InfoChimps. Data offered includes user playlists, mood updates, mobile updates, photos, vents, reviews, blog posts, names and zipcodes. Friend lists are not included. Remember, Facebook and Twitter may be the name of the game these days in tech circles, but MySpace still sees 1 billion user status updates posted every month. Those updates will now be available for bulk analysis.This user data is intended for crunching by everyone from academic researchers to music industry information scientists. Will people buy the data and make interesting use of it? Will MySpace users be ok with that? Is this something Facebook and Twitter ought to do? The MySpace announcement raises a number of interesting questions. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

Nexus S Revealed: This is the Android Phone You’ve Been Waiting For

first_imgTags:#Google#mobile#news#web The rumored “Nexus S,” also once referred to as the “Nexus 2,” has now been officially confirmed by Google. This flagship Android device is the successor to the original “Nexus One,” the ground-breaking smartphone which featured a clean installation of the Android operating system. Like the first Nexus phone, the new Nexus S will also offer a fresh installation of Android – OS 2.3, code-named “Gingerbread” – without the accompanying software skins and pre-loaded applications carriers and OEM handset manufacturers tend to include when selling Android devices.However, unlike the Nexus One, Google didn’t have the phone built from scratch, but co-developed the product with Samsung, the OEM whose Galaxy S phones are among the most popular Android handsets, recently reaching 7 million shipments worldwide since their July launch.Here Comes GingerbreadAccording to the post on the official Google blog, the new version of the Android operating system, Gingerbread, has now been released alongside the Nexus S’s launch.As reported earlier, Gingerbread delivers a number of improvements, most notably, says Google, “user interface refinements, NFC support, a new keyboard and text selection tool, Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling, improved copy/paste functionality and gyroscope sensor report.You can see Gingerbread in action in this video. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Haptic feedback vibrationThree-axis gyroscopeAccelerometerDigital compassProximity sensorLight sensorProcessor and memory1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor16GB iNAND flash memoryCameras and multimediaBack-facing: 5 megapixels (2560×1920)720 x 480 video resolutionH.264, H.263 MPEG4 video recordingAuto focusFlashFront-facing: VGA (640×480)3.5mm, 4-conductor headset jack(stereo audio plus microphone)Earpiece and microphoneSoftware noise-cancellationBatteryTalk time up to 6.7 hours on 3G(14 hours on 2G)Standby time up to 17.8 days on 3G(29.7 days on 2G)1500 mAH Lithum IonSoftwareAndroid 2.3 (Gingerbread)Android MarketCalendarGmailGoogle EarthGoogle Maps with NavigationGoogle SearchGoogle TalkGoogle VoiceVoice ActionsYouTubeHow to Get ItYou’ll be able to purchase the Nexus S online or at Best Buy stores/Best Buy Mobile Stores in the U.S or at the Carphone Warehouse or Best Buy retail stores in the U.K after December 16th. The phone will be available either unlocked or with a T-Mobile service plan. Nexus S: The Specs The product page for the Nexus S smartphone has been launched, too, where you can learn more about the device, its features, its technical specifications and view photos and videos.According to this page, the phone features the following:ConnectivityQuad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps)Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/gBluetooth 2.1+EDRNear Field Communication (NFC)Assisted GPS (A-GPS)microUSB 2.0Display4.0″ WVGA (480×800)Contour Display with curved glass screenSuper AMOLED235 ppiCapacitive touch sensorAnti-fingerprint display coatingSize and weight63mm x 123.9mm x 10.88mm129gHardware Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more