Apple could finally be readying the launch of new Retina iMacs alongside OS X Yosemite this fall, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Were the company to ship these this year, following what the report claims is near-final testing, it would spell the end for the Age of the Discernible Pixel, and all would be well in the Kingdom of Desktop Compute. And lo, the people would celebrate. The Retina iMac is a beast of almost mythical proportions at this stage, with rumors and rumblings of its development and release dating back to the introduction of the first Retina MacBook Pros, in the murky, distant past of June 2012. Apple’s progress with Retina desktops was likely slowed by the cost of producing high-resolution displays at the size required for iMacs. Even the smallest iMac sports a 21.7-inch display, which adds up to a lot more surface area than even the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. The intervening two-plus years have given Apple time to work on the cost effectiveness of their display suppliers, and have also seen high-resolution displays become much more prevalent, thanks to Ultra HD TVs and computer monitors. Apple has also included software references to Retina resolutions that fit with the current sizing of iMac screens in betas of the upcoming Yosemite software update for OS X, its desktop OS. These new iMacs will reportedly keep the thin chassis of the current models, and might appear alongside their non-Retina variants and higher-priced options, which is how Apple introduced its Retina laptop line. They’ll offer significant benefits for video editors working in 4K resolution, and the report also claims that updated versions of Final Cut Pro and iMovie will support that higher-resolution video footage. Retina could give Apple’s desktop line an injection of fresh energy that they could use, given how long they’ve gone now without a splashy update. The last big change was the thinner cases, but a significant functional improvement, besides changes under the hood, would make for a much better sales proposition and upgrade incentive for holiday shoppers. The fact is that the current resolution on Apple’s desktops probably still suit the needs of most. From the seated distance most use them at, they also won’t betray any particularly “low-res” visual assets like pixelation, but the jump up will afford a level of clarity that will make using your desktop similar to the experience of working with print-resolution images and documents. Still, while the future is definitely high-DPI, any Macs we see next month in this category will probably be aimed at higher-end consumers and professionals to begin with.
Big-data ecommerce analytics startup Qubit, which provides online retailers and their marketers with tools to optimize sales by conducting A/B testing and personalizing the content each user sees, has announced a $26 million Series B round of funding, led by Accel Parters.
Existing investors Balderton Capital and Salesforce Ventures also participated in the round. The startup raised a Series A round of $7.5 million in 2012, and has raised $36.5 million in total since being founded back in 2010 by a group of ex-Googlers.
Qubit said it plans to use the new funding for continued R&D investment, including predictive data, and for pushing aggressively in the U.S.
“We have some very exciting developments in predictive data and empowering marketers to take control of their optimization strategies,” said co-founder and CEO Graham Cooke. “We’re also continuing to scale up our sales, professional services and marketing teams in the U.S. and Europe.”
Qubit now has more than 150 enterprise customers in the U.K. and the U.S., according to Cooke, including Hilton Hotels, Jimmy Choo, Staples, Farfetch, Topshop and Uniqlo. It reports 260% year on year growth in sales in the six months to June 2014.
The company’s flagship product — Visitor Cloud — works by creating detailed profiles for each visitor to an ecommerce property so that the business can then apply “data-driven” personalizations to optimize sales, based on analyzing their interactions to identify patterns of buying behavior.
“Most optimization technologies are just point solutions that aren’t looking at the entire customer journey which is largely why optimisation strategies have failed in the past,” said Cooke, discussing how Qubit’s offering differs from rivals in this space.
As part of the investment Bruce Golden, an early investor in the likes of Qliktech, Comscore and Responsys, has joined Qubit’s board.
Commenting on the funding round in a statement, Balderton’s Bernard Liautaud, who also sits on Qubit’s board, said: “We are happy that Accel and Salesforce now join us in supportingQubit’s rapid growth. Since we invested in Qubit in 2012 they have built a world-class integrated data platform, grown to be the leader in their sector in the UK and made a successful entry into the US market.”
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Logos, as you all know, play are a major part in branding. A good logo can help the masses associate and identify your product or service. This is precisely why logos go through vigorous designing and redesigning stages to communicate the brand they’re representing well.
Of course, there are those that don’t do so well as the meaning behind them somehow gets lost. For the ones that do their job successfully, you can’t help but marvel at how ingenious the design is and how they convey meaning with the use of space and symbols. That is, if you know what they mean or what to look out for. To help you with that, we’ve compiled 23 logos that we found have hidden meanings in their designs.
The giant online store aptly takes on the name Amazon to convey its wide store directory. This is further hinted by the arrow linking the ‘A’ to ‘Z’ to say that they have everything from ‘A’ to ‘Z’. Which should be able to satisfy you, hence the dual meaning of the arrow being a smile.
The shipping company’s logo seem like a simple one with only its name. However if you take a second look at the space between the ‘E’ and the ‘X’, you would notice an arrow. With it so perfectly placed there, it is no wonder that the arrow represents speed and percision.
If you work on Windows you would know the Libraries folder. In Libraries, all the files on your computer or external hard drives will be categorized into Documents, Music, Picture and Videos automatically. These libraries are very convenient to have, particularly when you have a lot of files in your hard drives.
If for some reason any of these shortcuts somehow get deleted (woops!), don’t worry, there’s a way to restore them. Here’s what you do.
Are you tired of typing and sending the same emails everyday? You know, the ones that contain the same message e.g. a note thanking candidates for applying for a job opening or an email marketing your latest advertising rates. In this case, using CC and BCC is not an option as you have to type in their names to make your emails seem personalized.
Resorting to drafting your emails and copy-pasting them in your compose window is a thing of the past if you’re using Gmail. With its Canned Response feature, you can save standard messages in your account and use them as and when you need them.
It’s hard to dispute the fact that smartphones and tablets have become an essential part of our increasingly connected daily lives. However, this doesn’t give any of us an excuse to let our mobile devices rule our lives and forget some basic aspects of decency and manners. Don’t get me wrong, smartphones and tablets are wonderful devices, but the way most of us use them willy nilly without regard for those around us is troubling.
Here’s a list of 10 things that you really shouldn’t do with your mobile devices in public. From listening to music loudly in public to using your smartphone in the cinema and quite a few things in between, this list is a catalogue of some of the things you and I really shouldn’t be doing with our smartphones. None of us are perfect, and I’m guilty of some of these as well, but what is life if not a process of gradual self-improvement?
Hackers have broken into a network housing sensitive information on federal employees, including a database of people with top-secret clearances.
The attack occurred in mid-March, U.S. government officials told CNNMoney on Thursday. A New York Times report attributed the operation to China — although it was unclear whether hackers were independent or government spies.
President Obama’s cybersecurity advisers would not say whether the attack came from China or elsewhere.
The hackers managed to break into the computer network at the Office of Personnel Management, which stores data about federal employees. The agency conducts background checks for anyone working with the federal government, and it keeps information about employee hiring, wages, pensions and security clearances.
All of this is valuable information for foreign governments and corporations. If you know who has top-secret access, you know who to bribe — or kidnap — to get information.
The hackers managed to break into the agency’s network, according to several federal agencies involved. But U.S. investigators haven’t yet spotted “any loss of personally identifiable information,” according to an official at the Department of Homeland Security who spoke to CNNMoney on condition of anonymity.
DHS and the personnel agency constantly monitor computer systems, so the break-in set off alarms and allowed them to act quickly, according to Office of Personnel Management press secretary Nathaly Arriola.
Facebook is a treasure mine of data and has been a hot bed of studies on online social behavior. The social media giant even has a team of data analyst (aka the Data Science Team) looking at all the data we have put up on Facebook. Whether it is information on ourselves in the About section or a simple Like, Facebook knows all.
Now if this isn’t bordering creepy, I don’t know what is. It is also perhaps why users were outraged when it was announced that a recent study had manipulated their News Feeds to show that their moods can be affected, based on whether the posts are positive or negative.
One can’t help but think what else does Facebook know about us and what other studies were done with or without our knowledge. Well, we did some digging, and here are 8 studies researchers andFacebook have done that reveal things about ourselves.
Apple’s iPhone have always come with one of the best smartphone cameras and many users take advantage of this by taking beautifully shot photos and videos on it. Once you have that footage,you’re going to want a way to edit it. Although iOS has its own editor, lucky for us, there are plenty of third-party apps that can give you more editing capabilities to make your videos shine. (more…)