AT&T is acquiring AppNexus to help it sell even more ads

From The Verge: AT&T has announced today that it’s acquiring AppNexus, a digital advertising company that would help the telecom giant better build out its growing advertising business in hopes of competing with companies like Google, Facebook, and Verizon.

According to The Wall Street Journal, AT&T wants to appeal to advertisers with hyper specific targeted ads by levering the huge amount of data it already has on customers from its wireless offerings over the years for more successful campaigns.

China's Hawaii Is Turning Off the Great Firewall for Tourists

From PC Mag: The Chinese government goes to great lengths to control what is said and what is viewed on the internet. That's how we ended up with the so-called Great Firewall of China and why so many services, including Gmail, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are blocked. However, the situation is changing in China's southern province of Hainan.

Amazon Prime deals roll out to all Whole Foods across US

From CNET: Amazon said Monday that its Prime membership discounts are coming to all Whole Foods across the US.

From Wednesday, Prime members can get a 10 percent discount on sale items at Whole Foods Market and Whole Foods Market 365 stores.

The discount program kicked off in Florida in May and expanded to include 23 states earlier this month.

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SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC Review (Page 1 of 4)

As you may have read in the Sennheiser GSP 500 review, I have been going through a lot of changes in the recent months. The next big change has been related to my career. I have actually been looking for a new position for a while. We had gone through a few personnel changes at work, leaving me with a lot of growth opportunities without any mentors. One might think this is a really good thing, but I think I am still young as a developer and need people with more experience above me. During my search period, I worked with a headhunter to help me with finding different prospects and they showed me a lot of different companies I had no idea existed in Calgary. Ultimately, I ended up going with a different company altogether, but I was very appreciative of the things they helped me learn along the way. The biggest among those learning moments was the fact I was totally out of shape for interviews. Interviews seemingly are a balance game of showing you are capable and showing you are willing to learn more. As software development is very much a team thing nowadays with the need for collaboration, you need to be confident in your own skills, but also be willing to work with others, whether they are much more or much less knowledgeable. Today's review unit of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC is from their newest lineup of gaming headsets. Unlike me and my software experience, SteelSeries has been developing headsets for a while, dating all the way back to their original Siberia days. Clearly, they have the confidence to show their prowess and abilities in this market space, so what do we have today? We will see, so read on to find out!

Kingston UV500 240GB (SATA) Review (Page 1 of 11)

A few months ago, my colleague Gina sent me a text message out of the blue. "Do you know how to change batteries?" she asked. "Of course I do," I wrote. "I am an expert in alarm clocks and graphing calculators." I could imagine her rolling her eyes as she sent a semi-sarcastic reply back. "How about locomotives?" More often than not, we have preconceived notions about the form and context of the things that we assume other people already know what we are trying to say. In this particular case, I knew she was asking whether I could help her change the battery in her car, but that did not stop me from having a little fun in the beginning. It is technically correct to say I have experience in changing alarm clock and graphing calculator batteries no matter how trivial the task is; and no, I have never worked on a locomotive before. In another example, what is the first thing that comes to your mind when I say "SSD"? A 2.5" Serial ATA drive? An M.2 expansion card? What about mSATA? For me, it would be a traditional 2.5" SATA drive, even though I have rocked a very nontraditional OCZ RevoDrive 350 480GB PCI Express unit for years. But whether you are thinking 2.5", M.2, or mSATA when I mention "SSD", you cannot be wrong with the Kingston UV500. The company offers their latest budget offering in all three form factors, and we here at APH Networks has all of them sitting in our labs. To start off the first review of our series, let us take a look at the most traditional of the bunch: Serial ATA.

Microsoft matches Google Lens with AI-powered visual search for Bing

From The Verge: Microsoft has launched a new “visual search” function for Bing which lets users snap a picture of something with their phone to search for it online. The feature looks very similar to Google Lens and offerings we’ve seen from third-parties, leveraging the power of AI to perform quick and accurate object recognition on photos.

Nintendo Switch Vertical Gaming Grip Gets Funded

From PC Mag: On May 29, Japanese developer Treasure released its classic arcade shoot-em-up (shmup) Ikaruga with the help of Nicalis for the Nintendo Switch. The game is a masterclass in shmup design, but it was also designed to be played on a vertically oriented display commonly used in arcade cabinets. On modern TVs, that means big borders either side of the action. For Switch, the problem has just been solved with a crowdfunded accessory.

'Driver' of autonomous Uber was watching Hulu during crash

From CNET: In March of this year, a self-driving car undergoing testing for the ride-hailing service Uber struck and killed a pedestrian on the public streets of Tempe, Arizona. Footage of the incident showed that the driver, Rafaela Vasquez, appeared to be distracted in the moments before impact. Now, according to a Tempe Police Department report, the cause for that distraction has been found: Hulu.

Apple’s AirPower charging mat rumored to ship in September following ‘technical hurdles’

From The Verge: Apple first announced its AirPower wireless charging mat 282 days ago back in September, with a 2018 release promise. Previous rumors had suggested it would launch in March, but an iPad education event and WWDC keynote have both came and passed without any mention of the AirPower mat. Bloomberg reports that Apple is now aiming to start selling its AirPower wireless charging mat before or in September.

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