Google Maps doubles points for Local Guides reviews

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The number of points awarded to Google Maps Local Guides for submitting reviews is doubling from five to 10, Google announced in a blog post today. Google says the change is rolling out “over a few weeks.”

This is the latest development in an ongoing campaign to increase user-submitted content. Back in October, the Local Guides program added badges for different types of contributions, and Maps increased the amount of points awarded for “detailed reviews”—those longer than 200 characters—from the base five up to 10 in November.

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Apple Music almost doubles new Weeknd song streams versus Spotify

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The new EP by pop/R&B singer The Weeknd managed over 26 million streams within 24 hours on Apple Music, Apple said on Tuesday, some 6 million of those belonging to the song "Call Out My Name."
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Google doubles down on efforts to fight the spread of ‘fake news’

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Was there ever really a simpler time when news wasn’t printed unless it had been properly vetted, fact-checked, and certified as an iron-clad representation of the truth? Classical news reporting may not have been as bias-free and accurate as some of us would like to think, but there’s little denying that the current way we consume our news can be pretty darn tricky to navigate, especially as it becomes more difficult for the less discerning reader to tell a solidly researched story apart from wild, paranoid speculation—or outright lies.

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My bubble wrap phone case doubles as an audio experience

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Phone Case of the Month is a monthly series in which we live with, and subsequently review, our time with a phone case. Phone cases are one of our only ways to express individuality with our smartphones, so what do our phone case choices say about us?

Most of my phones cases are a feast for the eyes. This month’s is a treat for the ears — it literally makes bubble wrap popping sounds. You’re welcome. I found this case at Urban Outfitters, and I won’t apologize for that. The company does a good job sourcing its phone cases, and if you don’t want to scour the internet for a unique case, UO’s got you.

That said, Urban Outfitters customers seem to hate this Bubble Pop case. Out of three total reviews, two are one star:

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ZeroLemon doubles the Galaxy S9+ battery life with new 5,200 mAh case

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Samsung launched the Galaxy S9+ with the same battery as the Galaxy S8+. Some concerns were raised that a 3,500 mAh charge was not going to be that great, even with Qualcomm’s promised 30% better power efficiency of the new Snapdragon 845. US owners can opt to get far longer power autonomy with latest ZeroLemon case that comes with 5,200 mAh Li-Po battery in it. The new case promises to add 115 hours of standby time, 30 hours of calls and 61 hours of music playback. These numbers naturally depend on a lot of things and the real life performance will vary. However, you can count…

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Panasonic’s ZS200 compact camera doubles down on zoom

Along with the all-new GX9, Panasonic launched the ZS200 compact superzoom, a successor to the excellent ZS100. The new model hasn't massively changed, as it still offers a 1-inch, 20.1 megapixel sensor, 5-axis stabilization, 4K, 30 fps video and mor…
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Google doubles its devices shipment in 2017, revenue goes up 38%

The parent company of Google, Alphabet, posted Q4 2017 and fiscal year 2017 results. The report said the 2017 revenues were $ 110.9 billion, which is a 23% increase year over year. The October-December period accounted for $ 32.3 billion, $ 4.69 billion of them coming from Google other revenues that include Pixel phones and Play Store sales. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, while not disclosing any numbers, said in its earnings call that shipments of devices doubled in 2017, including “tens of millions” Chromecast, Chromebook and Google Home speakers. Other revenue category posted 38%…

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KFC is selling a chicken wing box that doubles as a drone

Oh, KFC. For every bizarre stunt you pull off, like chicken-flavored nail polish or a nightmarish VR work training experience, you tease us with useful combo meal tchotchkes like a phone-charging takeout box. Unfortunately, 'tease' is the word, since…
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IoT deployment doubles among New Zealand enterprises in 2017, says IDC

The implementation of IoT solutions among enterprises in New Zealand has increased two-fold to 25.7% in 2017 from 13.7% in 2016, according to IDC.

IDC New Zealand’s yearly Internet of Things Decision Maker Report explains how the companies understand the advantages of deploying IoT and implement the solution to boost productivity and enhance customer related experience.

Explaining the reason behind the increase, Monica Collier, research manager for telecommunications, IDC New Zealand, said: "New Zealand organisations are understanding that the value of the Internet of Things is in the data it produces and, more importantly, what that data enables companies to act upon or improve. Additionally, endpoint costs continue to decrease and the range of connectivity options is increasing; it's easier to get an IoT business case across the line."

The report highlighted that the organisations implementing IoT solutions are more influenced by improving customer experience, than fixing internal processes. 

Summarising the opportunities associated with IoT, Collier concluded: "The New Zealand IoT Alliance research says that IoT could bring NZ$ 2.2 billion of benefit to the New Zealand economy over the next ten years. Our report illustrates how companies have understood that message and are implementing IoT to increase productivity and improve customer experience."

Alongside this, another newly published report by IDC presents a detailed analysis of enterprises providing cellular connectivity management and/or other capabilities such as device management for IoT. The report titled “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide IoT Platforms (Device and Network Connectivity Providers) 2018 Vendor Assessment” profiled 11 vendors including AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson and Verizon. The report has highlighted several factors that technology buyers need to consider while evaluating providers for IoT platform connectivity.

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