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Ahmed Banafa has extensive experience in operations and management, as well as a research background in a variety of techniques and analysis. He has served as a reviewer and technical contributor for the publication of several business and technical books. His experience in higher education includes serving as an instructor in business and technology at several universities and colleges, including the University of California, Berkeley; California State University-East Bay; San Jose State University; and University of Massachusetts. He is the recipient of several awards, including Distinguished Tenured Staff Award of 2013, Business Program Instructor of the year for 2013, 2014 and the Parthenon award for best instructor in 2012, 2010 and the 2003, and Certificate of Honor for Instructor from the City and County of San Francisco. Banafa is included in the 2000–2001 Who’s Who in Finance and Industry
Facebook denies systemic bias in Trending Topics but changes how they are chosen
Facebook Inc.’s general counsel Colin Stretch wrote today that the company’s two-week internal investigation "revealed no evidence of systematic political bias," and outlined changes to protect the feature from potential misuse as part of a neutral platform going forward. The response, requested by Chairman Thune, did note that company guidance, prior to July 2015, may have in some instances led to the exclusion of popular topics because it "prevented or delayed acceptance of topics that were not covered by major news organizations," and that the company could not "fully exclude the possibility that, over the years of the feature’s existence, a specific reviewer took isolated actions with an improper motive.
Facebook now lets you skip right to the engaging parts of live videos
Facebook is introducing a new "Engagement graph" for Facebook Live, a simple-to-understand visualization that reveals which parts of a live clip viewers have engaged with the most. According to Facebook, this will allow users to skip all the filler and get "right to what might be the most interesting or exciting points of the video." The engagement graph, rolling out today, appears when you start watching a previously live video — it'd be rather hard to do this on the fly — or any time you skip to a different section of a clip.
Amazon no longer offers price match refunds on anything but TVs
Amazon has quietly ended its price protection policy on all products except for televisions. The change to the company’s policy comes at a time when a handful of startups have launched to help consumers automate the process of requesting refunds when prices change on online sites, including Amazon and dozens of other e-commerce stores.
Toyota is remaking the iBot, a stair-climbing wheelchair that was ahead of its time
The iBot motorized wheelchair was first unveiled back in 2001, but it still looks remarkably futuristic today. The device was created by Segway inventor Dean Kamen, and could climb stairs, raise users from sitting level to eye-height, and travel at a steady walking pace in this "standing" configuration. However, with prices starting at $25,000, the device was too expensive for the mainstream market and was eventually discontinued in 2009. Now, it's making a comeback, with help from Toyota.
Tinder wants to take down 3nder, the dating app for threesomes
It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, but it’s hard to imagine 3nder coming out victorious. In addition to the name of its app being similar, it launched after Tinder did and also features a swipe-gesture-based interface for users to find matches.
India joins the space race, successfully launching its first reusable shuttle
Measuring just 22 feet , the mini space shuttle is dwarfed by the monsters NASA is accustomed to sending into space — American space shuttle orbiters spanned more than 122 feet and had price tags to match. The Endeavor , for example, cost a staggering $1 billion in total. But India’s Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is much more modest — it set the Indian government back just $14 million. But comparisons aside, this is no small accomplishment for the country — indeed, the proof of concept for the RLV-TD shows that traveling beyond Earth doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
Spotify's Family Plan now covers six people for $15 a month
While Spotify has offered Family Plans for some time now, rival music streaming services, particularly those from Apple and Google, have it beat in terms of price. Today, the company has addressed that issue, allowing up to six family members (or friends) to grab a Premium subscription for $15/£15/€15 a month. Previously, linking just five accounts would cost double the price it does today.
iPhone 7 Could Have 4 Speakers, Larger Camera
Rumors have been all over the map when it comes to the next iPhone's external appearance. If the images are genuine, they would mean that Apple is planning a departure from the form factor of the iPhone 6s, putting it in line with a prediction from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who wrote that the new model would be a "completely new form factor design."
Subway ad heartbreakingly warns riders not to Hodor
And importantly, the name Hodor was a mashup of "Hold the Door," the kind giant's final task to protect Bran from the White Walkers (an event Hodor's been talking about for six seasons). But while most fans are likely holding doors all day long, one fan in New York thought otherwise.
How Design Is Shaping the Future at Tech Giants Like Facebook
On the value of designers in collaborative teams:
Designers have the ability to focus on the bigger picture and focus on what some of the opportunities and objectives might be, and how to get there through collaboration. So rather than assuming right from the beginning that innovation and intellectual property is something that needs to be protected and kept under wraps, there are scenarios where companies could jointly develop ideas with design teams that collaborate and then figure out, how do we make sure that everyone involved in this endeavor will have some kind of a benefit from this innovation? Designers are a small enough community and they know how the process works, and how innovation works, so they don’t have to reinvent the wheel. All they need to focus on is how to break down the barriers and allow freer communication between these companies.
Snapchat is raising more money around $20 billion valuation
Snapchat may have first made its name in the crowded world of mobile apps with an ephemeral messaging service, but the startup and its wildly popular app are not disappearing anywhere soon. TechCrunch has learned from multiple sources that Snapchat is raising yet more financing at around a $20 billion valuation. Sources with knowledge of the deal say the social media giant is in the process of a round of about $200 million.
Facebook just bought a VR audio company for Oculus and made its tools free to use
Starting today, our pipeline for cinematic VR and 360 video, including the authoring tools, encoder and rendering engine are available for free via download below. We’re excited to be able to continue developing great tools for a larger number of people across the world. 3Dception for Games will no longer be a separate product but we will be working with the Oculus team to combine our expertise and create best in class VR audio. Existing Pro customers will continue to receive support in accordance with your current agreement for the next 12 months.
DJI drones can start streaming live aerial videos on Facebook
DJI has updated its Go app to add a feature it promised in April: the capability to stream videos over Facebook Live using compatible drones, including the latest Phantom and Inspire. Sure, you can already stream aerial footage of sprawling landscapes, events and whatever you usually cover on YouTube. But the new feature could help expose your work to even more people -- plus, Facebook's probably the best venue to show your videos to your parents and grandparents. Android users will have to wait a bit for the update to go live, but iOS users can update their apps and access the feature right now. In case you'd rather stream via Twitter, though, compatible DJI drones can do live broadcasts via Periscope , as well.
Astronomers Might Have Just Solved a Key Mystery About the Origin of Life
If a massive solar storm struck the Earth today, it could wipe out our technology and hurl us back to the dark ages. Lucky for us, events like this are quite rare. But four billion years ago, extreme space weather was probably the norm. And rather than bringing the apocalypse, it might have kickstarted life.
Netflix's huge exclusive deal for new Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar movies will begin to take effect in September
The deal actually began to take effect for all films released in theaters since the start of 2016 (sorry, no new "Star Wars"). But we didn't know how long it would take those releases to make their way out of theaters, and then through the DVD, Blu-ray, and digital release schedule. Now we know they will start to land on Netflix in September.
The Best Security Suites of 2016
What's the Best? The chart at top details ten security suites that we definitely recommend, including multi-device suites, mega-suites, and entry-level suites. If you're looking for a suite that covers the basics without getting in the way, Bitdefender Internet Security 2016 and Kaspersky Internet Security (2016) are our Editors' Choice winners. In the mega-suite range, Editors' Choice goes to Bitdefender Total Security 2016, with more features than you can imagine. Symantec Norton Security Premium protects up to 10 devices, and McAfee LiveSafe (2016) doesn't put any limit on the number of devices—these two are our Editors' Choice products for cross-platform multi-device security suite.
7 Social Media Marketing Secrets No Marketer Wants to Admit
There’s a lot of regret in the social media world, especially on a minor level. You’ll end up making typos or mistakes occasionally, but more often you’ll kick yourself for what you didn't do. You might miss a good opportunity for a post, a hashtag or an engagement. You might see a competitor’s post and wish you’d thought of it first. In any case, your strategy won’t be perfect, and you’ll be all too aware of that fact.
Minecraft Coming to China (Again)
"We are excited to bring Minecraft to Chinese audiences, and expect our large online community to embrace this preeminent game. With our deep understanding of the Chinese market and our ability to successfully launch world-renowned online and mobile games, we offer a strong platform for the introduction of Minecraft to China's vast user base. We believe this cooperation could leverage the strengths of both Mojang and NetEase, as well as provide the world's largest audience with a superior user experience," said William Ding, NetEase CEO, in a statement .
Puppycams are coming to Facebook Live with new nonstop streaming feature
Facebook is pushing out a few updates to its live video platform today, including a new feature that lets broadcasters maintain continuous streams. This opens up all sorts of possibilities for fixed camera setups and multi-hour videos, as the previous length limit was just 90 minutes. The company says it's already seeing interesting use cases, like 24-hour nature cameras used by Explore.com. Other possibilities include a continuous video of a group of puppies or even entire sports matches and other events, Facebook video head Fidji Simo told TechCrunch . The one downside: you can't save these streams to watch later, as the server strain would be too costly for Facebook to maintain.
eBay buys Spain’s Ticketbis for $165M to expand StubHub into Europe, Latin America, Asia
“StubHub’s extensive assets will add tremendous value for ticketing patrons and sellers worldwide, especially as we continue our expansion into nascent markets,” said Ander Michelena, co-founder of Ticketbis and one of its two CEOs (the other is the other co-founder, Jon Uriarte). “Together, the StubHub and Ticketbis marketplaces represent tremendous value and opportunity for fans around the world to experience the events they love, whenever and wherever they are. We are thrilled to be a part of the eBay family, and we look forward to continuing our innovation in ticketing as part of the StubHub brand.”
Major MacBook Pro revamp could replace function keys with OLED touch bar
Apple is preparing a serious overhaul of the MacBook Pro line for later this year, according to a research note from well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo reported on by MacRumors . The laptops are set to come in 13-inch and 15-inch models, with a thinner and lighter design enabled by a new MacBook-esque keyboard and revamped hinges. The new MacBook Pros will also reportedly use Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C ports.
ESPN and 'League of Legends' studio aren't making a broadcast deal
League of Legends is one of the most popular esports titles in the world, but it's not heading to ESPN any time soon. Spokespeople for Riot Games and ESPN tell Engadget that the companies are not working on a broadcasting deal, despite a report on PVP Live claiming otherwise.
Artificial intelligence: Getting as good as the real thing
Three of the biggest experts in artificial intelligence, Andrew Ng, Peter Norvig and Oren Etzioni, say despite its recent boom, AI still has a long way to go.
Apple Seeds tvOS 9.2.2 Beta 1 to Developers
For developers that want to install the new beta, the fourth-generation Apple TV must be plugged into a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable. Once the set-top box is connected to the computer, the beta software must be downloaded from iTunes and installed on the device directly.
SWIFT to unveil new security plan after hackers' heists
LONDON The SWIFT secure messaging service that underpins international banking said it plans to launch a new security program as it fights to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Bangladesh Bank heist.
This week's Variety will show Marissa Mayer as a Christ-like figure carrying a cross
But what's already turning heads is the cover itself, premiered by Variety co-editor in-chief Andrew Wallenstein on Twitter, which depicts Mayer as a Christ-like figure carrying a Y-shaped cross:
How Microsoft's tricky new Windows 10 pop-up deceives you into upgrading
This morning, the unthinkable happened: My wife, an avowed PC user who long ago swore to never touch an Apple device, started shopping around for a Mac Mini. And it’s all thanks to Windows 10. Or rather, the nasty new way that Microsoft’s tricking Windows 7 and 8 users into automatically updating to Windows 10.
China’s scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works.
Defensive no more about its censorship record, China is trumpeting its vision of “Internet sovereignty” as a model for the world and is moving to make it a legal reality at home. At the same time — confounding Western skeptics — the Internet is nonetheless thriving in China, with nearly 700 million users, putting almost 1 in 4 of the world’s online population behind the Great Firewall.
Lyft Will Let People Schedule Rides 24 Hours in Advance
Lyft Inc. is planning to let people book rides as early as 24 hours in advance, an experiment not only in scheduling but pricing.
Girl gets sweet, fiery revenge on ex with 'Game of Thrones' spoilers
The process, he claims, involves his scorned lover unblocking him on Mondays to message him, via various apps and countless social media sites, with details about the latest GoT episode. The "Dany" in question was apparently angry over her long-distance boyfriend's cheating (and/or he stole her dragons).
Facebook enables Continuous Live Video to power puppycams and more
Live mobile video is evolving beyond selfie-stream rants and citizen journalism. Facebook will now allow non-stop, long-form broadcasting as long as the creators don’t mind that they won’t be able to permanently save and share the video. The new Continuous Live Video API enables persistent streams like nature feeds, 24-hour windows into major landmarks or cameras trained on a pit full of puppies, Facebook revealed to me.
Facebook sorry for rejecting ad featuring plus-size woman
Facebook on Monday apologized for refusing to display an ad that featured a size-26 model wearing a bikini. The ad, which featured Tess Holliday, a model who is an outspoken advocate for body acceptance, was initially rejected because it went against the site's "health and fitness" ad guidelines, which prohibit displaying "body parts in an undesirable manner."
Windows Phone Is Basically Dead, Gartner Says
According to new figures from Gartner, Redmond's Windows Phone platform — already struggling a year ago with a modest 2.5 percent share of the smartphone OS market — fell below 1 percent during the first quarter.
Apple, Microsoft and Google hold 23% of all U.S. corporate cash, as tech sector accumulates wealth
Apple, Microsoft and Google are the top three cash-rich U.S. companies across all sectors of business, not including banks and other financial institutions — holding a combined $391 billion in cash as of the end of 2015, or more than 23 percent of the entire $1.68 trillion held by the nation’s non-financial corporations.
A 'Game of Thrones' fan predicted the meaning of Hodor's name back in 2008
Okay, so it's not an exact prediction of what happened (obviously Myrddin is joking), but they still nailed the key origin of Hodor's name.
These wireless headphones will make you look like an alien
Ben Willis, the company's co-founder and CEO, says in a statement that "the Sound program will fundamentally transform the way the world experiences both audio and interpersonal communication." To be fair — and setting the design aside for a moment — what the company claims to be doing with Sound would be a welcome mashup of all the different features you can find in piecemeal from other wireless earbud companies. First and foremost they are headphones that play audio from a device of your choosing. They also allow you to turn up (and, perhaps, augment) the audio in your natural surroundings. They also detach and turn into wireless speakers that "surpasses the volume and sound quality of most smartphones," though that's about as low a bar as you can set. To top it all off, the company is hinting that Sound will also be able to translate languages.
The increasingly wise Justin Bieber calls out awards shows on their bullsh*t
I don't know about these award shows.. No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don't feel good when I'm there nor after. I try to think of it as a celebration but can't help feeling like people are rating and grading my performance. A lot of people in the audience there to be seem worried about how much camera time they will get or who they can network with. When I'm doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow. I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy. Sure there are people truly proud of others so I don't want to knock them I'm just looking at the vast majority. I just think to myself if I'm living my purpose I want the reward to be fulfillment. I'm getting awarded for the things that I'm doing and not for who I am which is understandable I know it would probably be hard to calculate and award someone's spirit lol.
Start Experimenting With Google's 'Science Journal' App
"We're excited to nurture an open ecosystem where people everywhere can use Science Journal to create their own activities, integrate their own sensors and even build kits of their own. To that end, we have released the microcontroller firmware code on GitHub and will be open sourcing the Android app later this summer. We're eager to work with hardware vendors, science educators and the open source community to continue improving Science Journal," reads Google's announcement .
The Oracle-Google Case Will Decide the Future of Software
The legal battle between Oracle and Google is about to come to an end. And nothing less is as stake than the future of programming. Today lawyers for both companies are set to make their closing arguments in the fight over whether Google’s use of the Java application programming interface (API)—an arcane but critically important part of the Android mobile operating system—was legal. Regardless of how the jury rules, the case has already had a permanent effect on the way developers build software.
How to Create Social Media Videos on a Budget : Social Media Examiner
Video is something that is quite important for advertising. But the main concern is, to create a video or get a video for advertisement is never a easy task. Most of the cases, people even don’t use videos for their advertising campaign because of the budget issue. This post really gonna helpful for such people to pick some ideas as how to choose images, which tools should they use and how to prepare a concept for video even they are planning to create it at their own. Furthermore, this is easy step by step guide to follow.
A Huge Solar Plant Caught on Fire, and That’s the Least of Its Problems
All those moving parts make Ivanpah more challenging to maintain than static solar panels. There’s the 173,500 sets of moving mirrors, and then there’s also the towers, where the concentrated sunlight superheats steam to generate electricity—each with their complicated plumbing systems. “The sheer size of these plants make it easy to overlook one little flaw,” says Tyler Ogden, an analyst at Lux Research. The fire department suggested the fire on Thursday was the result of misaligned mirrors that concentrated their death ray on the wrong part of the tower. David Knox, a spokesperson for Ivanpah’s operator, NRG Energy, said it was still too early to tell the cause of the fire. “We are assessing the damage and developing a repair plan,” says Knox.
Google's Project Magenta Brings Neural Networks to Music
But neural networks, computer programs that can learn from examples, are here to stay. They're a great way for computers to recognize things they aren't strictly programmed to understand. Self-driving cars, for example, can use neural networks for video analysis and scene recognition, understanding signs, obstacles, and things on the road. Here at Moogfest, Google showed off another project from its Google Brain division: Magenta, which applies the neural network idea to composing music.
Olympus joins the action camera race with its Stylus TG-Tracker
Until today, the closest thing to an action camera that Olympus has had is its ruggedized line of point-and-shoots . But that's about to change. Today, the company introduced the Stylus TG-Tracker, a member of the Tough series, which comes with a 204-degree (f/2.0) wide-angle lens and a Truepic TM VII processor that can handle 4K video at 30 fps. The TG-Tracker also features a 8-megapixel CMOS (1/2.3) sensor for stills, 5-axis image stabilization and a tilt-out 1.5-inch LCD. It's rare for these type of shooters to have a screen built in, so that's nice touch by Olympus.
How to achieve a perfect test score with Google's SpeedPage tool
For example, if your website’s main server is from Texas, without a CDN, a visitor from Amsterdam would have to wait for the server to load the site all the way from the U.S.A. With a CDN, your site is loaded from a location that’s closer to the user. In this case, this is a place closer to Amsterdam. Therefore, the website will load faster.
The UE Roll 2 adds louder sound and better range to a great $99 speaker
If you've already got a Roll, you can use UE's app to pair the two together. They can either both play the exact same audio, or you can set them to put out a wider stereo soundscape with one covering the left side and the other right. Depending on the song, sometimes the mix can be a bit off when you're listening to a single speaker, but it's rarely an issue. There are plenty of adequate, inexpensive Bluetooth speakers out there, and you can find many even cheaper than the Roll 2 on Amazon. But the original model has been a reliable performer for me for just about a year now. That's been on sale for between $50 and $70 lately, which is probably a smarter purchase until supply runs out. But if you're more interested in the sequel, it'll begin shipping this month — Best Buy's already selling it .