Matt Cody

18,372 Flips | 5 Magazines | 393 Likes | 65 Following | 1,031 Followers | @mattcody | Managing Director at recruitment marketing specialist, APEX (www.apexhq.co.uk). Follow me on: LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mattcody or Twitter: @IamMattCody. 

Mobile ad blocking is becoming a bigger threat

The mobile ad-blocking threat is growing, albeit slowly.<p>Use of ad-blocking software has largely been a desktop issue, and while still costly, ad …

Digital Advertising

Love Island is a 'sad reflection of the education system', former Ofsted chief says

Love Island is “appalling” and a “sad reflection of the education system”, the former chief inspector of schools has said.<p>Sir Michael Wilshaw said he has only watched a few minutes of the reality television show but it was enough for him to see how ignorant contestants were.<p>Speaking at the annual …

Love Island

Amazon Fire TV Cube review: a smarter streaming box

Alexa turns out to be a good match for your living room<p>For the past few years, Amazon has had two of the most popular living room products: the Echo smart speaker and the Fire TV media streamer. It’s been an open secret that eventually the company would combine them, and now it has, in the form of …

Smart Homes

Microsoft relaunches its news app to take on Google and Apple's offerings

Remember MSN.com? It’s still around – and Microsoft is trying to bring it back by relaunching its mobile apps with a new moniker.<p>Available for Android and iOS, Microsoft News brings you stories from the company’s MSN News effort, that’s been online for several years – with a modern interface that …

Apps

Microsoft launches ambitious blockchain project to help creators get paid

It seems that Microsoft isn’t done experimenting with blockchain technology.<p>Microsoft and Ernst & Young (EY) announced the launch of a blockchain solution for content rights and royalties management on Wednesday.<p>The blockchain solution is first implemented for Microsoft’s game publisher partners. …

Blockchain

How to Create Audience Personas

It’s no secret: The better you know your audience, the better you will be at engaging with them. The better you are at engaging with them, the …

UX Design

The Ultimate List of 38 JavaScript Tools

In January 2017 the <b>Stack Overflow</b> community has interviewed 64,000 software developers for the annual developer survey. While the results remain …

JavaScript

Tesla's mobile app can turn on top speed limits from anywhere

If you're a little worried about handing over the keys to your Tesla to a valet, then you might be tempted to engage the car's "Valet Mode," which limits the speed of the car to 70MPH and tops out the power and acceleration to just 25 percent. But that also locks out the glove compartment and the …

Tesla

Sold for £6,600: the surprising modern history of Stonehenge

If the weather is kind, around 30,000 druids, neo-pagans, hippies and others are expected to gather at Stonehenge next Thursday to mark the summer solstice, the only day of the year when the rising sun shines on the central altar.<p>This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the stones being gifted …

Human Rights

Bank of England Holds Rates Steady, But Vote Shift Signals Hawkish Tone

The pound extended gains to a session high against the U.S. dollar Thursday after the Bank of England's Chief Economist cast his vote for a rate …

Economics

Over a quarter of marketers received no training ahead of GDPR

Research conducted into a post-GDPRlandscape by DMA has established a striking lack of confidence in compliance borne out of inadequate training in …

Marketing

Here's exactly when you'll become a millionaire if you save $500 per month

Are you on track to become a millionaire? If you're regularly saving and investing, you may already be well on your way to reaching that milestone by …

Personal Finance

Instagram celebrates its 1 billion user mark with launch of YouTube rival IGTV

Instagram today marked reaching one billion users with the launch of a recently rumored long-form video service called IGTV.<p>Users can access IGTV via …

Social Media

Feuding brothers, thwarted lovers, and a lot of spoiled views: ‘spite buildings’ are our smallest human pettiness made manifest in bricks and mortar. Here are some of the best/worst<p>“Spite buildings” are constructions specifically intended to irritate or protest: our smallest human pettiness made …

Architecture

How science fiction is training us to ignore the real threats posed by AI

Clara Labs’ Maran Nelson on why movies like Her and Ex Machina miss the point<p>CEOs of artificial intelligence companies usually seek to minimize the threats posed by AI, rather than play them up. But on this week’s episode of <i>Converge</i>, Clara Labs co-founder and CEO Maran Nelson tells us there is real …

Artificial Intelligence

China's cheekiest copycat cars

Felix Dennis

How to improve your posture

Start by tossing out the idea that you need to sit perfectly straight.<p>There’s no such thing as perfect posture.<p>That’s according to Eric Robertson, a physical therapist and spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association. He says that posture is a popular boogeyman—the presumed culprit …

Pain

Nvidia uses AI to create convincing slow-mo video by filling in extra frames

New research could make it easier to capture slow-mo on your smartphone<p>Creating slow motion footage is all about capturing a large number of frames per second. If you don’t record enough, then as soon as you slow down your video it becomes choppy and unwatchable. Unless, that is, you use artificial …

Videography

Adobe is integrating PDF services directly into Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft and Adobe are extending their close partnership this week with the integration of Adobe PDF services into Office 365. Adobe’s PDF services will be available from the ribbon inside web versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Office 365 commercial users will be able to convert documents …

Software

Marketers struggle to track audiences after Facebook and Google scale back data for GDPR

Google’s and Facebook’s preparations for the General Data Protection Regulation have caused a headache for marketers that relied on the platforms for …

Advertising Industry

Alexa is coming to Spain and Italy later this year

Echo, Sonos, and Bose products will be available at launch<p>Amazon launched its Echo devices in France earlier this month, and it’s now planning to bring Alexa and Echo products to Spain and Italy later this year. The Echo range of devices will be available, alongside Sonos and Bose Alexa-enabled …

Smart Homes

JPEG XL could let you pack twice as many photos into your phone

The days of JPEG are over.<p>Dror Gill, chief technology office, Beamr

Technology

The new Audi A1 is here, and it is very angry

The littlest Audi is bigger than ever. And it’s angry. Very angry. We’re told those three slits above the colossal grille are a homage to the ’84 …

Audi

5 Ways to Counteract Your Smartphone Addiction

We are living in an era of technology obsession and smartphone addiction. I hear it all the time: “I can’t go anywhere without my phone” or “I feel anxious when I’m not able to check email” or “If I’m not on my social feeds, I feel like I’m missing out.”<p>Not surprisingly, research shows that too …

Mental Health

Volvo builds a self-docking yacht

There are plenty of things that can go wrong when you dock a boat, and if they do, the consequences can be expensive. It's a problem that Volvo Penta claims to have solved after building a "self-docking yacht" that can park itself in spaces no sailor would contemplate. The Volvo subsidiary, which …

Sailing

Scientists scramble to stop bananas being killed off

A British company has joined the race to develop a banana variety resistant to diseases and climatic changes that threaten to disrupt the availability of the country’s favourite fruit – or even kill it off altogether.<p>The UK alone consumes more than 5bn bananas a year, while the fruit is a staple …

Forestry

Why we’re going to see more and more older athletes

Jeff Bercovici’s Play On investigates the factors that keep athletes performing<p>In sports, “peak age” is always looming, and it can come as quickly as the early 20s. But it doesn’t have to be this way — and we’re likely to see more and more older athletes, says journalist Jeff Bercovici, San …

Exercise

7 new trailers you should watch this week

A couple weeks ago, I watched <i>The Final Year</i>, a documentary that follows several members of the Obama administration during their final year in office. There’s plenty to criticize the doc for — mainly that it never really takes a critical eye to the characters or events it covers — but there’s still …

Entertainment

Why USB-C headphones aren’t, and likely never will be, mainstream

One of the sharpest-felt pains of the current obliteration of headphone jacks from the smartphone market is the absence of a good wired alternative. Sure, every company that ditches the analog jack tells you to go wireless, but what if you don’t want another gadget that needs regular charging, or …

Consumer Tech

Why I'm Ditching My MacBook Pro for the MateBook X Pro

Ever since 1998, when I won an iMac in a high school raffle, I've been firmly entrenched in Apple's world, and I thought I was never going back. But …

MacBook Pro