Neville Hobson

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Lockheed Martin's #WorldPhotoDay Tweet Backfires

The since-deleted tweet came days after reports identified a Lockheed Martin bomb as one used in an attack on a Yemen school bus.<p>Lockheed Martin wanted to turn World Photo Day into a publicity stunt, but their efforts backfired spectacularly.<p>The American defense contractor, which also doubles as …

Saudi Arabia

What Went Wrong With IBM’s Watson

What if artificial intelligence can’t cure cancer after all? That’s the message of a big Wall Street Journal post-mortem on Watson, the IBM project …

Artificial Intelligence

How TripAdvisor changed travel

Should one be so unlucky as to find oneself, as I did, lying awake in bed in the early hours of the morning in a hostel in La Paz, Bolivia, listening anxiously to the sound of someone trying to force their way into one’s room, one could do worse than to throw a chair under the doorknob as a first …

Hospitality

The Discount Airline Model Is Coming for Europe’s Railways

With ever more passengers opting for low-cost carriers such as Ryanair and EasyJet, Europe’s old-guard airlines have been shaken to their core—forced …

Trains

How to Avoid Loneliness When You Work Entirely from Home

Working from home can be a coveted perk, allowing you to opt out of rush-hour traffic and eliminate the tedious banalities of office life. But it can also cut you off from the spontaneous interactions that can spark new insights (part of the reason Marissa Mayer famously rescinded Yahoo’s …

Personal Information

Still don't understand the blockchain? This explainer will help

The world has been captivated by the drama surrounding Bitcoin’s meteoric rise and subsequent collapse. In December, the price of a single coin …

Audi’s HD Matrix LED lights may soon be allowed on US roads

Headlights typically serve one purpose -- helping drivers see the road. To illuminate the asphalt at night the lights traditionally had two settings. Low beams for driving around town and passing other vehicles or high beams for seeing more of the road and surrounding area. That's pretty much all …

Automotive Industry

ISPs’ listed speeds drop up to 41% after UK requires accurate advertising

Only one of top 12 ISPs raised listed speed after new truth-in-advertising rule.<p>Most broadband providers in the UK "have been forced to cut the …

Net Neutrality

Ebooks: How digital publishers are 'shaking up' the industry

<b>JK Rowling notoriously received numerous rejections before meeting her literary agent, and later, publisher. Having stacked up at least 60 rejections in my writing career, I know exactly how that feels.</b><p>And while being a novelist recently came out on top in a survey as one of the most desirable jobs …

Writing

5 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed by Your Workload

Do your to-do lists stretch on and on — and on? Do you dread checking email on Friday afternoons, worried about seeing messages piling up when you’re just trying to get out the door? Or maybe you’ve noticed that anxiety is preventing you from concentrating on whatever you’re currently doing. You …

Self-help

WordPress 5.0 is Coming... Will Your Site Be Ready?

One of the world's most popular website publishing platforms is getting a major overhaul.<p>No matter how recently you updated your website, it may soon be time to for a rebuild. If you're one of the 75 million websites that use the WordPress platform, a huge update to the platform is coming that will …

Web Design

Chrome, Firefox rein in memory-hogging websites

Good news: Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome are working to reduce the amount of memory and other resources their browsers use.<p>You might have noticed that browsers impose an increasingly onerous burden on your phone or laptop. Websites are getting bigger and browsers are getting features that …

Software

Fake news a democratic crisis, MPs warn

<b>The UK faces a "democratic crisis" with voters being targeted with "pernicious views" and data being manipulated, a parliamentary committee is set to warn.</b><p>The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee has been investigating disinformation and fake news following the Cambridge Analytica …

Fake News

No one cares about your logo

Let’s take some pressure off logos–they really don’t need to work so hard. Here’s what drives your brand instead.<p>Somehow companies have gotten into the mind-set that a logo–this thing that does nothing more than identify us–is incredibly important.<p>We build our brands around them and when we get …

Graphic Design

SDF Podcast 20: GDPR, ePrivacy, copyright and antitrust

Show notes for this episode written by Thomas Stoeckle.<p>“If a tree falls in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” A modern …

Intellectual Property

‘Scraper’ Bots and the Secret Internet Arms Race

Companies are waging an invisible data war online. And your phone might be an unwitting soldier.<p>Retailers from Amazon and Walmart to tiny startups …

Bots

For Immediate Release 147

Neville Hobson joined FIR host Shel Holtz for the July edition of “The Hobson & Holtz Report” and conversation about these topics:<p>Starbucks and …

Social Media

DARPA pushes for AI that can explain its decisions

Companies like to flaunt their use of artificial intelligence to the point where it's virtually meaningless, but the truth is that AI as we know it is still quite dumb. While it can generate useful results, it can't explain <i>why</i> it produced those results in meaningful terms, or adapt to ever-evolving …

Artificial Intelligence

‘It’s all incredibly confusing’: Publishers complain GDPR consent signals are ignored by ad buyers

Publishers are concerned that signals that inform ad buyers when users have given their consent to be served personalized ads, are not being passed …

A $5 Billion Fine Will Not End Google’s Stranglehold on Smartphone Software

In order to license Android, phone manufacturers are subject to a rigid set of requirements meant to drive mobile search traffic to Google.<p>On Wednesday morning, the European Commission fined Google 4.34 billion euros ($5.04 billion USD) in a landmark antitrust case against its Android licensing …

A new study compared formal and informal communication at work and the results aren't fun

For decades now, the trend in business is toward informality. We refer to bosses by their first names, casual Friday is also observed Monday through Thursday, and rigid rows of cubicles have been replaced by laptop-using workers sprawling on couches.<p>That drift has taken place in communication style …

Research

Undercover Facebook moderator was instructed not to remove fringe groups or hate speech

A new documentary details how third-party Facebook moderators ignore the company’s rules<p>An investigative journalist who went undercover as a Facebook moderator in Ireland says the company lets pages from far-right fringe groups “exceed deletion threshold,” and that those pages are “subject to …

Internet

Amazon Prime Day will eat us alive

Resistance is futile<p>It could have been the home shopping network. A pair of blonde ladies seated in a casual, pastel environment talking …

Twitter removes fake followers to build trust in follower counts • Neville Hobson

If you’ve noticed a sudden drop in the number of people following you on Twitter, the likeliest reason would be action taken by Twitter last week as …

The Peril of the Laptop Sticker

<b>The Sticker Dance</b><p>Stickering a laptop is a social dance with its own moves and behavioral expectations. If you give someone a sticker, for example, …

The Google Translate World Cup

MOSCOW — On a warm, sticky morning in Kazan, Russia, a couple of weeks ago, a British journalist decided to brave the heat and go for a run. His apartment for the duration of the World Cup overlooked the city’s state-of-the-art stadium, so he decided to do a couple of laps.<p>By the time he rounded …

Apps

Twitter is sweeping out fake accounts like never before, putting user growth at risk

SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter has sharply escalated its battle against fake and suspicious accounts, suspending more than one million accounts a day in …

From podium to boardroom: What David Coulthard did next

<b>Two-time British Grand Prix winner David Coulthard swapped the high-powered world of Formula 1 for a new career path a decade ago, but he is still putting the skills that racing taught him to good use today.</b><p>Since hanging up his racing gloves in 2008, the 47-year-old Scot has carved out ventures in …

Motor Racing

Twitter reportedly suspended 70 million accounts in past two months in crackdown

Twitter suspended 70 million accounts in in the past two months as part of a crackdown on malicious activity on its platform, according to a report in <i>The Washington Post</i>. The rate of suspensions for May and June is reportedly twice the company’s October 2017 suspension rate.<p>The company has faced …

15 Advanced Zoom Tips for Better Video Meetings

Our team’s favorite Zoom tips and tricks.<p>As a remote team, we don’t have our meetings in a conference room, or at a coffee shop.<p>But even though we …