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Wow – Pack Hundreds of Cones in Minutes!

Fill up to one hundred pre-rolled cones in 2 minutes with the Futurola Knockbox 2 filling and packing machine. The Futurola Knockbox 2 is compatible with 16 varieties of Futurola pre-rolled cones. It comes with 4 different variations of the filling kit to accommodate the different diameters of pre-rolled cones.

Real Time Social Media Use. Unbelievable Numbers

One of the biggest uses of mobile devices is for people to go on social media. The development of handy apps allows the user to access their social media account in just one click, with many people having multiple social media accounts on different apps. In a minute, there are on average 7,002.27 active users on Facebook alone, 980,323.85 likes, 50,723.20 shares, and 66,719 photo tags. Twitter has 7,446.34 active users and 279.51 tweets. Instagram has 7,002.27 active users with 175,057.36 photos uploaded every single minute.

These statistics give just a brief insight to the amount of time people spend on their mobile phones and a number of uses that they find for a mobile device. As technology develops, it is likely that the uses of a mobile device will continue to increase. For a more detailed insight into mobile usage in real time, head over to the infographic created by PlayMobi.

Project Management Platform Geniebelt Secures €2M Investment

GenieBelt – the Project management and communication platform to the global construction industry, has secured a €2 million investment from Danish Solar A/S and Co-founder and Chairman Klaus Nyengaard.

Solar is a leading European sourcing- and services company, and the 3000 employee company shares GenieBelt’s vision on changing the way the construction industry operates.

“In GenieBelt, we recognized a vision that is closely aligned with Solar’s, and we have also met the team who are capable of carrying out this vision” says Hugo Dorph, CCO Solar. “It is imperative for Solar, to support solutions that our customers experience as intuitive, easy-to-use and most of all

– relevant in making their jobs faster and easier”.

“The value of this investment should not be underestimated. Not only does this allow GenieBelt to focus 100% on establishing and scaling sales and marketing, but in Solar we also gain valuable insight and credibility in the construction industry, as well as support in our vision to improve the way we build, collaborate and communicate” says GenieBelt CEO Ulrik Branner. “Even though Solar won’t step in and change GenieBelt’s structure, priorities or strategy, this investment is a unique match of industry experience meeting cutting edge technology”

Klaus Nyengaard, Co-founder and Investor points out that “Over the last couple of years “ConTech” has become hot, and this investment is a clear sign, that Europe is following the trend of US. From what I know, this is the largest single European investment in next-gen mobile and user friendly solutions to the global construction industry – and that is something to be proud of!”

Facts about GenieBelt

GenieBelt is a project management and communications platform developed specifically for the construction industry. GenieBelt improves the way projects coordinate, collaborate and communicate by opening up and simplifying the vast information flow of modern projects.

Delays, Re-work & Waiting time combined, constitutes for >70% of the paid time and around 15% of project costs, which GenieBelt reduces by 50%.

The 25 employee strong company has its HQ in Copenhagen, and offices in London, Poland and Toronto.


Facts about Solar

Solar Group is a leading European sourcing and services company, operating primarily within the electrical, heating and plumbing, and ventilation technology sectors. The core business centers on product sourcing, value-adding services and optimization of the customers’ businesses.

Solar Group is headquartered in Denmark, generated revenue of approximately DKK 10.6bn in 2015 and has some 3,000 employees. Solar has been listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen since 1953, and operates under the short designation SOLAR B.


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SpaceX Releases Rockets-Eye View of Yesterday’s Landing

A time lapse, from the edge of space to the Earth’s surface. The post SpaceX Releases Rockets-Eye View of Yesterday’s Landing appeared first on WIRED.



Gillmor Gang: Conventional Wisdom

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, May 27, 2016. Too much
Trump, TV, Twitter, and Gang thinks apps have jumped the shark. Gillmor says no way.
Plus, G3 with Mary Hodder, Elisa Camahort Page, Francine Hardaway, Tina Chase Gillmor.
@stevegillmor, @dbfarber, @kevinmarks, @fradice, @kteare
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What UX designers can learn from 1990s Japanese video games

chronotrigger_scene_03 I’m writing this from a slightly saddened perspective, revisiting my favorite SNES RPGs and realizing something: I’ve been spoiled by modern UX design. The sentiment is pretty universal. Read More


‘Gremlins’ and ‘Innerspace’ director Joe Dante sees the good and the bad in CGI

joe dante Director Joe Dante made some of the most best-loved movies of the ’80s, including Gremlins and Explorers, so I was eager to ask him about how movies have evolved. This weekend, Dante will receive the very first Sierra Spirit Award at the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival. Shira Dubrovner, the festival’s executive director, said Dante was chosen for his persistently independent… Read More


Who’s afraid of the IoT?

sig-fox It’s heeeere! The Internet of Things, I mean. I just spent several days at the Connected Conference in Paris, which focused on IoT hardware. They built a whole home full of connected devices, showcased the War for the WAN, and underscored that the IoT is — as always — not quite what we imagined, and not quite what we hoped. Read More


How Ad-blocker Detecting Software protect US$22 billion Advertising Industry

Ad-blockers, the enemy of free content or data plans, depending on which side of the fence you’re sitting, will not be going away anytime soon.

This problem is pretty serious, costing advertisers and content providers some US$22 billion in lost income in 2014, double the losses in 2013.  Good to note that in 2014, online advertising was worth US$50 billion with its value increasing by 15% annually.

How Ad-blocker Detecting Software protect US$22 billion Advertising Industry


Now the coding arms race between the developers for the Ad -blockers and the content and online service providers is accelerating as I’d predicted in Why Google needs new Ad Formats as Telcos will block YouTube Ads.  And it all seems to have begun with Yahoo Mail!

Yahoo Mail – Ad-blocker detecting software  a First Strike weapon against Ad-blockers

An interesting phenomenon is on the horizon thanks to Yahoo Mail; ad-blocker detecting software deployed by websites on online web services. Once they detect ad-blockers, they deny the viewer of the website access to their free content and services. Yahoo Mail, who seems to have started this trend since November 2015, has been using this ad-blocker detecting software to make it difficult go users who have deployed ad-blocking Apps on their smartphone to log into their email.

Many users now have no choice but to remove their ad-blockers from their smartphones and desktop browsers if they want to continue accessing these free content and online service providers websites. After all, it’s advertising that pay for the free content as noted in Why the Rise of ad-Blockers is killing free Publisher and App Content.

But has this trend of using ad-blocker detecting software been on the rise?

Researchers say ad-blocker detecting software on the rise – PageFair leading the charge

Dr. Muhammad Haris Mughees at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology decided to see to what extent ad-blocker detecting software was being deployed by online web services.

His team of fellow researchers designed a machine-learning algorithm that scanned the Alexa top 100,000 websites for ad-blocker detecting software. Surprisingly, the results indicated that the arms race had indeed begun, with some 300 websites having deployed ad-blocker detecting software.

Albeit many of these ad-blocker detecting software were easy to bypass, the more sophisticated ones such as third-party ad-block detectors such as PageFair can even manage to bypass ad-blockers and deliver ads nonetheless, to wrote the researchers: “PageFair uses dynamic JavaScript and code obfuscation. For example, it involves assembling URLs on the fly to retrieve additional JavaScript codes”.

Alternatives to ad-blocker detecting software – Sponsored Articles and Micropayments

As the battle heats up between ad-blocker and ad-blocker detecting software developers, other are seeking ways to meet customers and content providers halfway.

Apple has allowed publishers to publish Sponsored Articles with ads alongside editorial stories in the Apple News app as noted in How Apple News’ Sponsored Articles helps Publishers as Ads Blockade continues.

Dutch Start-up named Blendle since March 2016 has been re-introducing the idea of micropayments, hoping readers would be willing to pay for quality content as noted in How Blendle revolutionizes Newspapers and Magazines as Ad Blockers Rise.

This might be the long-term solution, as Blendle co-founder Alexander Klöpping says the refund rate in Europe is 10%, mostly likely maintained thanks to excellent micromanagement of what type of news s being delivered by Blendle.

This model brings into consideration journalistic independence, as journalists, bloggers and publishers will seek to write content that is pleasing to the reader, resulting in self censorship in order to make money.

Microsoft and Google Ad-blocker Whitelists – Making consumers benefit from the US$22 billion per annum advertising Industry

Ultimately, a Google and Microsoft may have the ultimate solution; paying ad-blockers to whitelist ads and allow them to be displayed, as Ads, especially on YouTube, are Google’s Achilles heel as noted in Why Google needs new Ad Formats as Telcos will block YouTube Ads.

This practice of whitelisting is, however, may soon be under scrutiny. The NAA (Newspaper Association of America), has they’ve the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to see if any laws have been broken by the developers of these ad-blockers. After all, if developers for ad-blocker accepts compensation to have you ads displayed, it could be seen as a disruptive trade practice akin to pirates robbing Spanish galleons as a Tax for free passage to lucrative Trade routes.

Personally, for me as a blogger, an even better idea would be for the advertisers to share some of that US$22 billion per annum advertising Industry revenue with the intended viewers of the ads themselves, as a form of compensation for exceeding their data plans.

Already Telcos such as Digicel have begun blocking ads since October 2015 as noted in Why Digicel blocking Google ads may be the rise of Digicel App World. Digicel may also have ambition of making money from advertising, particularly from ads in Apps built by local Caribbean developers.

Such a radical solution is also a compromise, but would make the users of free content and online services feel less inclined to install ad-blockers in the first place, if they too had a stake in the success of the advertisers.

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The Economic Lessons of Star Trek’s Money-Free Society

The Economic Lessons of Star Trek’s Money-Free Society

In the latest ‘Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy’ podcast, writer Manu Saadia discusses what we can learn about post-money life from the ‘Star Trek’ franchise. The post The Economic Lessons of Star Trek’s Money-Free Society appeared first on WIRED.