Month: March 2018

Yahoo!’s Earnings and the Future of Display Ads

Investors were upset that Yahoo! Inc.’s (YHOO) quarterly results showed a sharp drop in display advertising revenue. And, based on its forecasts, that will not get any better soon. The Yahoo! trouble is not an isolated case. Display rates have started to collapse across the industry, making a chance for Internet advertising to expand as fast as it has over the past decade impossible. That represents trouble for tens of thousands of businesses.

Yahoo!’s revenue fell 7% in the second quarter compared to last year, drifting down to $1.22 billion. Wall St. focused mostly on one comment:

Iconic Brands That Just Vanished

GAAP display revenue was $472 million for the second quarter of 2013, a 12 percent decrease compared to $535 million for the second quarter of 2012.

At the same time, there was no evidence that Yahoo!’s audience fell, so the yield from the average display ad fell considerably.

Yahoo! holds a special place among America’s Internet companies. In the United States, according to research firm comScore, it had a monthly audience of unique visitor that was above 192.9 million in May. That put it a very close second to Google Inc.’s (GOOG), which was 193.5 million. Because of its huge size, the trends set by Yahoo! almost certainly represent those of most of the balance of the industry.

States That Drink the Most Beer

The bane of display advertising today is that so many Web properties have decided to stake their futures on content delivered on small devices, which include, primarily, smartphones. All of the evidence indicates that advertisers will pay less for messages they post on these smaller screens. Actually, the amount marketers will pay for this content environment is much, much less than for traditional display ads that appear on personal computers (PCs). In an attempt to chase the online content audience as it migrates away from PCs, Internet companies have badly damaged future revenue prospects. The trouble is that people will watch content on smaller screens whether online content sites like it or not.

Most experts hope that falling display ad rates can be offset by the increase in video content on the Internet. Advertisers will pay a great deal more for video ads than display ads. So, there is a rush to create this sort of programming. But the likelihood that video can balance the drop in display rates appears unlikely.

Beyond Google’s YouTube, the amount of video posted on the Internet by large content companies is relatively small. In May, Google sites had 154.4 million unique video viewers, driven almost exclusively by YouTube. These visitors spent an average of 437 minutes on Google sites in May. After that, video viewership at other sites drops very sharply. For example, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) sites had 45.2 million unique video viewers in May. The average time these viewers spent watching video on Microsoft sites was only 36.9 minutes, barely more than a half-hour TV show.

Internet advertising may remain at current levels in terms of volume, but the monetary yield from these ads likely will never return.

How Apollo 11′s 1.024MHz guidance computer did a lot with very little

 

early 44 years ago computer hardware was in an entirely different place than it is now. The levels of performance don’t even fit on the same scale. The anniversary of the Apollo 11moon landing is upon us, and those brave space pioneers got by without a 3GHz multi-core CPU. The guidance computer used on the Apollo 11 mission ran at only 1.024 MHz.

The moon landing was the height of technological achievement at the time, and some of the rocket technology is still relevant today. That computer, though, has been left in the dust. In fact, it was well and truly obsolete a few years after the landing.

The Intel 8086 came about roughly ten years after the Apollo landing, marking the beginning of x86. Apollo 11’s computer had 4 registers — essentially slots for holding numeric values. The 8086 boosted that to eight 16-bit registers.

The IBM PC XT ran the next version of that chip, the famous 8088. This computer ran at 4.077MHz, which sounds incredibly slow by today’s standards, but is still four times faster than the Apollo 11computer. The XT also packed in eight times the memory used on Apollo 11.

The Apollo 11 guidance computer actually had some impressive software features for a system that didn’t even run a graphical interface. It could multitask up to 8 different operations, but it didn’t work the way we think of multitasking. Today’s operations use preemptive multitasking that allows the OS to distribute computing resources as needed. On Apollo 11, programs were in charge and had to give control back to the OS periodically. A kind of virtual machine was used to allow developers to mix hardware-level instructions with virtual machine commands within the same assembler code.

Inputting commands required translating the English words into “verb noun pairs,” which could be input as numbers. There was a handy sign in the cabin as a reminder. To top it all off, none of the computer’s systems were software upgradeable. All the code was stored in read-only memory. Several years after Apollo 11, Apollo 14 was forced to manually input the code to patch a system malfunction — it took 90 minutes just to type it in.

Maybe your computer is a little sluggish, and your smartphone is a couple years old, but you have it better than those astronauts

Smartphone HTC One X+

Compete with Extra Ability

Lapse of more than half a year since the launch of the One X is quite a success, then give refreshment and HTC launched the One X + (plus). With increasing processor speeds and provide extra capacity storage media and batteries, this series is expected to remain competitive amid the onslaught of newer-generation smartphone.

u5-435-HTCKonstruksi HTC One X + is still the same as the previous series that uses materials that are designed in the form of polycarbonate unibody. Design which has the characteristics of this matte than more resistant to fingerprints, it also provides a more stable grip. The face is still protected by Gorilla Glass. The difference, he had to use the second generation of the tough glass. In general, no different from the appearance of the HTC One X and HTC One X +.

Because of the similarity of physical appearance as well, screen HTC One X + also still uses Super IPS LCD2 with a diagonal size of 4.7 _ and a resolution of 720 × 1280 pixels. PCplus still like the quality of the display screen is a slick, well-balanced color saturation, and brightness levels are adequate, especially when used in the sun. One thing that is steady on the screen HTC One X + is a point of view that could be considered extraordinary. Even at extreme angles, especially the color display looks as if no change / fade at all.

The main focus of the HTC One X + is increased in order to support some important aspects of its overall performance. First, Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC that is used to work faster at 1.7 GHz: 200 MHz faster than its predecessor series. Second, a 64GB media capacity shelf, making it very relieved to save anything. Last but not least is a plus 300mAh battery capacity 2100mAh so so.

Any of the software, HTC One X + is equipped with Jelly Bean Android 4.1.1 and Sense UI 4 +. Although the display is still the same, but the Sense UI 4 + is already avail-owned Butter Jelly Bean Project. This combination makes the HTC One X + runs very smoothly, especially navigating between menus. What is interesting, because it’s UI design, features Google Now owned by Jelly Bean is quite hidden. The trick is to press and hold the Home button for a few seconds, came the new assistant feature the Android smart style.

If the previous HTC One X is an upscale line of smartphones, the series “plus” is easily dethrone the predecessor position.

Mozilla Releases Firefox 22 with Support 3D Game, Video Call, and File Sharing

Mozilla has just released Firefox 22 browser with integrated support for 3D gaming, video calls, and file sharing. Thus, application developers can create applications that can run in the browser without the need to use third party plugins.
Firefox has aged 15 years, and according to vice president of Firefox Engineering, Johnathan Nightingale, the browser has changed in terms of how people use it. Browser applications have been the key to connect to the internet and used to locate information and software, and therefore the present browser must be built for the needs of people and how they use them more quickly.
Firefox 22 to wear a subset of JavaScript called asm.js through OdinMonkey to run 3D applications and processors directly from web.Untuk chat foro, Firefox 22 is added Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC), which can be used both video calling application developers from PC or mobile browser. Mozilla has been expressed at the MWC in 2013 and this technology can be integrated seamlessly with mobile phones so that users can make voice calls and file sharing file. In addition to Firefox, Google also integrate it in the Chrome browser since October 2012 last year. One service that supports WebRTC is Tokbox.
To highlight the potential of this feature, Mozilla has made ​​a 3D game called BananaBread. This game utilizing WebRTC, asm.js, WebGL, and Emscripten.
via The Next Web

MySpace users threaten to sue after years of blogs deleted

MySpace has been accused of deleting years worth of users’ personal blogs and histories after the site underwent a $20 million relaunch last month.

The move was a bid to shed the site’s outdated image and attract a new teenage fanbase, after millions of users migrated to Facebook as their primary social networking site in the late 2000s.

Purchased by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation in 2005 for $580m, a decision Murdoch has since called a “huge mistake”, MySpace’s focus on music and entertainment over social interaction has been credited as one of the reasons behind its decline.

At its peak, the site boasted 125m users and more webpage visits than Google. It now has around 25m users.

In 2011 Specific Media Group and pop heartthrob Justin Timberlake jointly purchased the company for $35m, and have since attempted to rebrand the site for the teenage generation through campaigns with rapper Pharrell.

This sleek new makeover has resulted in the deletion of blogs, videos, private messages, posts and comments without prior warning, much to the fury of its remaining loyal users.

Distraught fans created a thread entitled ‘I want my blogs and classic myspace back’ to vent their frustration at the move one user called “crass arrogance”.

They continued: “You have stolen 6 years of blogs and something that is priceless to me and cannot be replaced.”

Another lamented the deletion of her blogs, writing: “Openly and freely I shared intimate moments that can not be relived or retold for they where experienced. I would revisit myspace religiously because of my blogs… Myspace did an ultimate back stab.” [sic]

MySpace responded to concerns with the soothing message that the information had not been lost forever.

It said: “Change isn’t easy and there has been a lot going on lately. We understand that this information is very important to you. Please understand that your blogs have not been deleted. Your content is safe and we have been discussing the best ways possible to provide you your blogs.”

Asus Perkenalkan PC AiO Portable P1081-T dengan Layar 18.4 Inci Full HD dan OS Android Jelly Bean 4.2

For those of you who feel a lack of tablet display offers a small, might be able to try a PC All-in-One portable. One is a new AiO PC introduced by Asus, the P1801-T.

Asus P1801-T This is a portable AiO PC that offers a giant 18.4-inch screen with a resolution of Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). AiO PC can also be used should a tablet, it’s when a giant 18.4-inch screen is still regarded as a tablet. This is because there is a built-in battery in the back that can last for 5 hours to play Full HD video.

For operating systems that exist in it, was pinned Asus Android Jelly Bean OS 4.2. And of course, this portable AiO PC is also possible for you to download the app from the Play Store. In addition, there is also a quad-core processor Nvidia Tegra 3 which has a 12-core GPU.

AiO PC portable display also supports multitouch up to 10 points. LCDs use IPS on portable AiO PC is also allowed to have up to 178-degree viewing angle, both vertically and horizontally.

Unfortunately, the Asus is still not announced the prices they peg for this giant tablet. In any area where it is going to be visited by Asus P1801-T’s.

Acer Aspire V5-122 with AMD Temash

Jakarta-ultrabook exorbitant price makes it less attractive thin notebook. Despite having a number of advantages compared to notebooks in general, such as fast boot time and lightweight body, the average price is above USD 10 million to be a serious obstacle.

As an alternative, some computer vendors began marketing sense ultrabook notebook with a more affordable price. Call it VivoBook X202E Asus, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, Dell XPS 12, or Acer Aspire V5-122.

Yes, with many excellent features adopted from the ultrabook, notebook sold in the under $ 10 million. But in terms of performance is less than the true ultrabook. But the experience of computing an ultrabook can still be felt on the notebook.

In the past week, Tempo had tried Acer Aspire V5-122. Body is lightweight and thin making the Aspire V5 easily incorporated into the bag and convenient to carry anywhere. Interestingly, in the Aspire V5-122 grafted Temash low-power AMD processors.

DESIGN

Thin, lightweight, and stylish. That first impression when touched obtained Tempo Acer Aspire V5-122. Body wrapped in metallic silver color adds an elegant notebook with a 11.6-inch wide screen. While at the bottom, cover plastic dark black plated.

Every corner of the Aspire V5-122 made rounded. While the keyboard on the inside of the black chiclet design. Fairly wide spacing between the keys making it comfortable to use for fast typing.

Touch pad size is not too big, but it’s not a problem. Therefore, Aspire V5-122 is equipped with a touch screen that is able to respond to ten touch points. The touch screen was optimal when used with the Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft.

Like ultrabook, Aspire V5-122 also brought the concept of unibodi. That is, the types of Li-ion battery 3-cell it carries can not be removed. But you do not need to worry because Acer ensure the battery life is long enough.

Connectivity

Like most new output notebooks, Aspire V5-122 is equipped with the latest features for connectivity. One of which is USB 3.0 is capable of transferring and receiving data 10 times faster than USB 2.0. USB 3.0 port is located on the left side.

In addition to USB 3.0, Aspire V5-122 is equipped with a USB 2.0 port is on the right side. In addition there is a card reader slot. As for the wireless connectivity, Acer presents Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.0.

SCREEN

Screen Aspire V5-122 is able to produce high levels of brightness. Using glossy reflective technology, the Aspire V5-122 black color makes it look more dense and the resulting image sharpness deeper than the regular screen.

Only, with a relatively cheap price than the ultrabook, Acer just immerse the display with a standard resolution, 1,366 x 768 pixels only. That is, watch the video with 1080p high definition resolution was less than optimal on-screen Aspire V5-122’s.

Moreover, with the use of the Windows 8 operating system and the increasing number of applications that require content HD screen resolution, screen technology Aspire V5-122 feels a little left behind.

PERFORMANCE

Acer Aspire V5-122 is equipped with AMD processors Jaguar Temash APU A6-1450 quad-core processors with speeds up to 1 GHz of computing processes. As for the graphics processing embedded AMD Radeon HD 8280G which has a thermal design power (TDP), only 8 watts.

Jaguar AMD A6-1450 APU processor is the new output. This low-power processor platform is the successor of Zacate and Ontario, the first generation processor which is equipped with power-saving features with four cores.

Low power consumption that makes the battery life to be quite long. During the trial, Tempo get the battery can last up to 5 hours with normal use and use the Wi-Fi connectivity.

To support the performance of the processor, Acer relies DDR 3 RAM memory of 6 GB with a storage capacity of 500 GB hard-disk. Hard-disk usage is what makes the Aspire V5-122 can not be called as an ultrabook, but of course the use processors made by AMD.

CONCLUSION

Pegged at a relatively affordable price, about Rp 5.5 million, Acer Aspire V5-122 can be regarded as a substitute for the ultrabook much cheaper price. Elegant design and weighs only 1.3 pounds, this slim notebook comfortable to carry around.

As a colleague, Aspire V5-122 can be relied upon, especially he amplified output low-power processors AMD. In the market, the Aspire V5-122 directly compete with VivoBook S200E Asus, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 and Sony Vaio SVE 1111.

Tablet Tabulet Tabz Voice

One of the local players present Tabulet one variant tablet at an affordable price. Tabulet Tabz Voice offers its flagship feature supports high definition multimedia content and also provides GSM slot that can be used to make phone calls and SMS. By using a battery capacity of 3000mAh, the device is claimed to last longer: 7 to 8 days in standby mode.

u2-436-TabuletDengan adds Voice name, this device is indeed favor the communication features via phone and SMS. All are able to run smoothly without any obstacles, it’s just a network that supports only a 2.75 G which is less convenient if you want to use it for internet connection. The solution, Voice Tabz support the use of USB modem via USB OTG cable.

Using unibodi design, no casing that must be removed. You just insert your SIM card if you want to use it for communication via phone / SMS. However, this function does not support hot swap. If you directly install the SIM card without turning off the tablet, the SIM card is not immediately detectable. You can do the first restart to activate it.

Tabulet Tabz Voice has front and rear cameras, and you can use the front camera for video calls. However, this function can be done using third party applications such as Skype. Rear camera with 2 megapixel resolution to produce images that are optimal in conditions outside the brightly lit room, in addition to the results look less blurry and the colors are natural. You can also use it to record video with VGA resolution.

To run high-definition video, which has included supporting applications Super HD-Player. Video codec and format support diverse, ranging from RM / RMVB, AVI, MKV, MOV, DAT, FLV, H.264 to be directly executed here. So if you have a video file and move it to this tablet, can be directly executed without the need to convert it first. Output sound through the internal speakers produce a sound that is quite loud, but it just is mono only. If you want to produce stereo sound, can use headphones.

The default application is fairly small but has included three exciting games are Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, and Temple Run. To support your activities, of course stay put himself through Google Play.

One interesting alternative to the tablet at an affordable price offered by Tabz Tabulet Voice. His ability to make phone calls and SMS as well as running high definition video to excellence that is rarely found in the price range of millions.

Zulu Creative Launches Redesigned Website For MAX’s Wine Dive

Zulu Creative is proud to announce the launch of a new website for MAX’s Wine Dive, the award-winning, rockin’ restaurant concept from Houston-based Lasco Enterprises that combines gourmet comfort food with retail wine sales and features unlikely pairings such as fried chicken and champagne. The new website is mobile-friendly for diners on-the-go and contains unique content for five MAX’s locations in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, plus corporate-specific content. The MAX’s website is the second of three that Zulu Creative is designing for Lasco. A new website for Boiler House, Lasco’s Texas grill and wine garden concept located at the historic Pearl Brewery in San Antonio, was completed in fall 2012. A complete redesign of The Tasting Room site is forthcoming.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130723/MN51688)

Taking its design cue from current branding, the new MAX’s site features a black and white color palette with red accents and bold typographical elements. Zulu Creative recommended key website enhancements to better convey MAX’s funky, eclectic brand vibe online. The website reflects each location’s unique ambience and personality through witty slogans on each page, graphical jukebox-inspired elements that evoke the restaurant’s dive-bar feel, and location-specific featured images.

Site visitors can easily make online reservations and access key information such as each location’s address, hours, contact information and menus. In addition, visitors can view each location’s calendar of events, read chef and wine manager bios, see private event/catering options, purchase gift cards online, sign up for MAX’s newsletter and easily connect with MAX’s through their social media channels. Press+Awards pages tout each location’s accolades, while a corporate Employment page lists all job openings by location and serves as a useful recruiting tool.

Designed and built on a content management system (CMS) platform with multisite functionality, the website is scalable, making it easy to manage multiple websites through a single interface and add new sites as Lasco opens new MAX’s locations.

“We are extremely excited about the new website for MAX’s Wine Dive created by the talented team at Zulu Creative,” said Jonathan Horowitz, Chief Brand Officer of Lasco Enterprises. “Throughout the entire creative process, the Zulu team exercised intense attention to detail and introduced a new site that is easy for our guests to navigate, as well as met our goal to produce a product which mimics the energy, look and feel of the MAX’s Wine Dive concept.”

“Designing sites for three award-winning Lasco brands is an exciting opportunity and huge honor,” says Tina Zulu, Founder and Creative Chieftess of Zulu Creative. “Our experience creating websites for other successful restaurants and bars made the Boiler House, MAX’s Wine Dive and The Tasting Room projects a perfect fit for us, and our teams work extremely well together. We couldn’t be more thrilled and congratulate Lasco on their continued success and growth. Cheers!”

About Zulu Creative
Fun! And smart! Zulu Creative is a boutique agency in Midtown Houston, Texas, specializing in marketing and brand development for lifestyle businesses that serve consumer niche markets. The Zulu crew is a dynamic team of intelligent professionals who are energetic, innovative, passionate and reliable. Clients who choose Zulu Creative get a big bang for their buck, benefit from a diverse team of experience and talent, and enjoy a smashing, cutting-edge image in the Houston community, nationally and globally. Whether a brand needs a kick-start, upgrade or extreme makeover, Zulu Creative is known for creating memorable experiences and making an impact. It’s all about positioning brands at the top of the target audience’s mind. Zulu Creative accomplishes it through innovative, integrated marketing. For more information, visit www.zulucreative.com

About Lasco Enterprises
Established by Jerry and Laura Lasco in Houston in 2003, Lasco Enterprises, LLC is the parent company for MAX’s Wine Dive (Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Ft. Worth), The Tasting Room Wine Cafés, Lasco Events & Catering, Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden (San Antonio), and The Black Door online wine community, and now has more than 500 employees in five cities. In 2010, Inc. 5000 named Lasco Enterprises one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. In 2011 and 2012, Lasco was named as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in Texas” by the Best Companies Group. The Houston Business Journal named Lasco Enterprises to its Fast 100 list of fastest-growing private companies in Houston in 2009, 2010, 2011 and in 2012. In 2009 and in 2012, the publication awarded Lasco the Houston Business Journal’s “Enterprise Champion” award for the company’s commitment to its employees, the communities in which it operates, and for its contributions to its industry. For more information, visitwww.lascoenterprises.com

Asure Software to Present Complimentary Live Webinar on Maximizing the Benefits of the Workforce Management Evolution

What: Workplace-management software-solutions providerAsure Software, Inc. (ASUR) will present “Maximizing the Benefits of the Workforce Management Evolution,” a complimentary live webinar that will address trending, innovative uses for time and attendance data collection that can bring significant impact and competitive positioning to an organization, now and in the future. The session will be presented by Cooper Caywood, Asure Software Vice President of Client Services.

When: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 from 1-2 p.m. EDT.

How: To register for the webinar, visit http://bit.ly/15yYeXE. HR.com members must login to register for the webcast. Non-members can sign up for a free HR.com membership athttp://www.hr.com/en/memberships/ and register for the webinar when their HR.com membership has been confirmed. Webcast participants need a computer with Internet access. Registered participants will receive complete login information 24 hours and two hours prior to the event. They also will receive a copy of the presentation slides and a Real Media file of the presentation that can be downloaded to and played on an iPod or MP3 player.

Why: The measurement of work time and the value of those measurements (data) continue to evolve in striking ways with impactful results. Time and attendance data remains a primary input into the process of workforce compensation. However, as technology, the workforce, and business environments have evolved, the collection processes and value of this time data has undergone seismic shifts as well.

Takeaways: Webinar participants will learn about: technological advances that elevate what used to be deemed as utilitarian tasks into strategic value; accommodating and ever-changing workforce that has become more geographically disperse, mobile and global; and increasing the value of time and labor management data for better decision-making.

About Asure Software
Asure Software, Inc., (ASUR) headquartered in Austin, Texas, offers cloud-based time and labor management and workspace management solutions that enable businesses to control their biggest costs — labor, real estate and technology — and prepare for the workforce of the future in a highly mobile, geographically disparate and technically wired work environment. Asure serves approximately 6,000 clients worldwide and currently offers two main product lines: AsureSpace™workplace management solutions enable organizations to maximize the ROI of their real estate, andAsureForce® time and labor management solutions deliver efficient management of human resource and payroll processes.