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There’s no question that in 2018 online private data can be easily intercepted by hackers. Case in point, the hacking group that recently hit Atlanta with a massive ransomware attack and is now threatening to wipe its government data clean, lest they pay a hefty sum.
Combine this with the fact that net neutrality is currently being fought over in court, and it’s clear that users should do their part to make sure they’re browsing the web as safely as they possibly can.
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March 31st was the deadline for linking Aadhaar card with mobile numbers and bank accounts. Today Supreme Court has extended the deadline indefinitely until it delivers a verdict on the validity. The move comes after several petitions were raised challenging the validity of the Aadhaar Act. The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on March 7th said that it is not possible to address the petitions against the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act by March 31st. However, A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan who are also the bench members earlier said that any last minute extensions would have implications on financial institutions, like banks and stock exchange. The government of India had made it mandatory to link Aadhaar with welfare schemes, other essential services like banking and phone, saying that it was necessary to eradicate any benami deals and black money. Back in December, apex court made it mandatory to link aadhar card and extended the date till March 31st. Fone Arena
Pandora, the largest music streaming service in the U.S., announced this week that it has built a premium marketplace that will allow advertisers to purchase its audio inventory programmatically across mobile and desktop.
The pilot program is launching with Volkswagen and will expand to include additional advertisers and partners in the coming months.
“The launch of our programmatic audio marketplace will give advertisers the unique opportunity to efficiently reach Pandora’s audience—the largest set of listeners in the U.S.—in a targeted way, within a brand-safe environment,” said John Trimble, Chief Revenue Officer at Pandora. “With the rise of voice-activated devices, the demand for quality audio inventory is rapidly accelerating. This offering positions us for growth by meeting the needs of our current buying partners and unlocking market opportunities in the near future.”
As the pilot moves towards general availability, audio will join Pandora’s existing display and video inventory available for purchase programmatically, giving media buyers the opportunity to:
Reach over 73 million monthly active listeners in an efficient and targeted way, by leveraging Pandora’s first-party data and over 2,000 proprietary targeting segments, while also allowing advertisers the option to apply their own data-sets.
Effectively bid on premium inventory across Pandora’s audio, video and display ads through a private marketplace.
“Cars and music both have a way of eliciting an emotional connection. At Volkswagen we’re always looking to effectively reach drivers consumers in ways that move them while maintaining scale in a brand-safe environment,” said Jim Zabel, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Volkswagen. “By working with Pandora for its programmatic audio pilot we’ll now have the opportunity to efficiently reach a large base of listeners with the quality first-party data that our campaigns require.”
I saw the Grand Xboy 8-inch Bluetooth Speaker ($ 179) from Xoopar at CES and was able to try it for a while. It looks like a kid’s toy but the sound is quite suitable for adults, thanks to 2×10 watt speakers plus a 3 watt subwoofer. It also operates for ten hours before needing recharging. The 360-degree coverage means you can place the Xboy in the center of the room and it can be the life of the party.
The speaker looks like a robot, and with the cartoonish stance, it’s also reminiscent of the Sphero Interactive Spider-Man, which I’ve also reviewed. It comes in a variety of colors, and there are smaller versions in case you want to save a little cash.
The Xboy connects to just about any device using Bluetooth or the included 3.5mm audio jack and cable. I really like it, but these days, many speakers in this price range come with Alexa integration, so I would have liked to see that.
Bluetooth and 3.5mm audio jack
2x10W peak power plus 3W subwoofer for bass
10-hour battery life
No Alexa integration
The Grand Xboy Bluetooth Speaker from Xoopar makes serious sound while looking cute and cuddly.
In its advertising push for HomePod, Apple has touted its smart speaker as capable of delivering consistent sound to listeners positioned anywhere in a given room. New testing backs up those claims, and offers insight into how the company accomplished such a feat. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
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