Facebook Will Soon Have a Billion Users: Should You Care?

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#web dave copeland The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img How many users does Facebook really have? And does it matter? We take it as gospel at some point this summer Facebook will cross the billion-user mark, but rarely do we stop and note that the milestone comes with the “according to Facebook” caveat. Yes, the company acknowledged before the IPO that as many as 6% of its users are fake, duplicate, or otherwise unqualified accounts. (Which is not insignificant: 6% of the 900 million users Facebook claimed at the time of the IPO would work out to 54 million users.) But how do we know if the base number is accurate, short of implicitly trusting Facebook?Wall Street investors – many of whom were burned in last month’s initial public offering – are starting to raise those questions, but it seems like sour grapes. Before the IPO, these same investors downplayed the fact that as many as one of every 20 Facebook accounts was a fake, stressing that what mattered was the number of active users, as well as Facebook’s plans to monetize those users.Now comes news that the number of unique Facebook users dropped slightly between April and May, which is telling, given how many headlines the dominant social network drew in May. But more important is the decline during the past six months: The number of unique visitors has fallen 4.8% in that time frame.Now that Facebook shares are slumping, investors are clinging to anything they can when it comes to bashing the company. However, Richard Saintvilus of TheStreet.com says investors (not to mention anyone declaring the company dead less than one month after it went public) need to go back to the basics.“The biggest criticism that Facebook receives on Wall Street is its perceived inability to monetize its user base. So to me that means the company is only hurting itself if it is erroneously allowing unqualified users or if it is not truly representing what the 900 million means,” Saintvilus wrote. “The fact of the matter is, Facebook gains nothing by ‘inflating’ its user base. Any number higher than what is factual only adds increased pressure on the company — one that is already dealing with credibility issues surrounding its business model and its perceived inability to monetize its user base.”It’s inevitable that as Facebook conquers more markets, it will eventually hit a saturation point, and growth in the total number of users will slow. The biggest challenge for Facebook to keep it relevant to its shareholders and its users is to focus on the unique monthly visitors.That could be problematic. Anecdotally, I’m hearing from more and more people who say they are giving up on Facebook or taking breaks from the service by putting their accounts on hold. I’ve been having an email back-and-forth with a friend from my grad school days who recently announced (on Facebook) that she was putting her account on hold for a while. Her reasoning is similar to the reason I’ve heard from other people who are considering taking a break from being one of Facebook’s millions of unique monthly visitors.“I have major qualms about losing touch with people I care about and learn from and all that stuff. Major qualms,” she wrote. “But I’ve come to think of Facebook as something that I only need because I have it, and if I didn’t have it, I wouldn’t even know I needed it.”Those major qualms could end up being a major problem for Facebook. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

3 Nonobvious Industries Blockchain is Likely to Affect

first_imgBlockchain hasn’t been with us that long. True ease of obtaining a piece of this pie and the standard introduction to the product and service of blockchain have only recently become common. But blockchain has already brought a tremendous change in multiple industries. There are at least three nonobvious industries blockchain is likely to affect.Trust in the blockchain is increasing through a diverse set of businesses and organizations.Gratefully the technology and implementation of blockchain are finding more significant areas for growth and gaining traction. Cyber-security will always need help from now until the end of time. But, blockchain solutions development is becoming multidirectional and is undoubtedly on its way to revolutionizing all business sectors, yet, there are several less apparent industries for blockchain to disrupt.Three industries have already started moving to transparency and increased efficiency with the blockchain’s help.1. Wills and InheritanceCrypto-wills are being created and documented on Blockchain. These wills represent an alternative to both the traditionally written will and the electronic will. A will created and kept on Blockchain represents greater efficiency and a much higher level of safety.There are two sides to a blockchain will.On the one hand, a will crafted on blockchain is public, and it’s impossible to misplace or lose the document.It would also be impossible for someone to change the will — against your – will – (so to speak).The other side of that issue is that the will is also private — in that it can be accessed only by the parties that have a crypto-address.The legal industry has been slow in adopting the blockchain technology.The blockchain, out of necessity, takes money out of the pockets of the legal system. But skipping the expense and control of the legal system can also make something harder to get to the general public. When there is not even the capability to have a changeable, (bribeable?), document source, there will be significantly lower legal costs. Cutting the middleman out of any process will save money, and it’s no different in the legal system nor the business sector.Conflict among heirs will be less because out of necessity, there will be no, “grandfather told me this.” Grandfather’s words will be right there in the will — in blockchain — where the words are indisputable and unchangeable. The result is that crypto-wills are bound to bring more effectiveness to the process of inheritance control.Distributed and decentralized software stands behind the end-to-end process of crypto-will administration. Automatic execution is yet another benefit of blockchain-driven wills, that runs parallel to the reduced legal costs.ChallengesThe blockchain angle is an idyllic picture — and not reality, yet. The significant questions the legal industry has regarding smart contracts and blockchain — are “how to interpret” such wills in legal terms (of course), and how to enforce the agreement. Some countries already consider electronic wills legal; however, in many cases, the contract is still insufficient as a single reliable record of a decedent’s last wishes.Current laws on a will say that they must be in writing, have witnesses, signatures, and other attributes.When I did my will, the lawyer had me bring in a list of specific “stuff” and then just asked a bunch of questions and checked boxes. His secretary then typed it up, and I was supposed to go back into his office to sign the doc. Didn’t have time to get down there to sign — so he sent a DocuSign. Surely if that is legal — then why not a blockchain? Could the legal-eez-speak merely be mudding the waters? Inheritance tax will be another issue to resolve — and can be addressed through the blockchain.ExampleDespite the challenges and industry complexity, some projects are moving ahead to try to match wills and blockchain. One such example is the Heir platform. Heir uses “proof of life” wearable technology and enables the distribution of assets in a provable event-of-death. Heirs inheritance and estate planning solutions sound great.However, judging by their scarce online presence during this last year, its popularization will take time. Still, having companies making these types of projects a priority — and launching — is exciting and bodes well for the blockchain industry and all of us rooting for its success.2. The Cannabis IndustryThe cannabis industry has been here for ages; yet, its mass legalization in the U.S. is something new. Rarely is there a state election without the issues of cannabis being mentioned. Marijuana for recreational purposes is legal in eleven states, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the District of Columbia. Thirty-four states either allow medical marijuana use for treatments or are in the process of its legalization.In this respect, there is no surprise that the cannabis industry will soon turn to the blockchain in need to scale and optimize.ChallengesTracking down the product’s origin and legality has always been a task with strings attached. The complexity of the cannabis supply chain has always presented an issue, as well. The number of manufacturers is uncountable, and their products require testing to be trusted. Gaining the FDA (The Food and Drug Administration) approval is another problem. To be safe and maintain quality controls, these type of products likely need to be overseen by the government.In respect to maintaining safe and quality controlled issues, the supply chain platforms based on the blockchain provide transparency for everyone. Transparency can be provided for the sellers, legal jurisdiction, and customers. Blockchain can solve the problems of trust. It’s worth considering that this issue should be applied for all ingested items.While marijuana has become legal at the state level at large, but, at the federal level — it has not. Hence, blockchain technology can serve as a means for government agencies, especially law enforcement agencies, to have direct access to all cannabis data. The direct access of all agencies and persons to the data would not only make the product safer, but the taxation processes would also be simplified.ExampleMassRoots is a project where a cannabis-related industry implemented blockchain-based solutions to understand how the latter could benefit from blockchain. Launched in 2017, MassRoots Blockchain Technologies is a technology platform customized for the U.S. medical cannabis community. They have helped the industry with an offer providing seed-to-sale tracking software, smart contracts, corporate governance, intermediaries elimination, and identity management.The platform also helps users share information and experience of usage, providing valuable knowledge to all concerned. Perhaps this is not the most successful example judging by the company’s recent adverse market reports. However, this is the direction that a tech company with seriously disruptive notions could make a difference.The success, if not the talk it has engendered, has shown more investors the potential about the combination of blockchain and cannabis, especially after the Canadian Shoppers Drug Mart decided that there was one. Canadian Shoppers Drug Mart was able to sign a medical pot license from Health Canada last year.3. CharitiesCrypto-philanthropy represents yet another blockchain technology solutions possibility. The decentralized nature of the blockchain brings unique transparency and allows for more efficient donation tracking and management. Charitable organizations can both facilitate contributions and gain credibility and trust. The donor can track individual donations — and they can know where their funds have gone.ChallengesUndoubtedly, the industry has had its problems. The foremost challenge has been to address the fraudulent issues surrounding poor donation handling. Also, for the charity to be based on the blockchain and work effectively, a non-profit organization ought to have the resources to implement the new technology.The additional complications stem from the unwillingness of some governments to accept the blockchain technology in the first place. The government will have to have their own trusted individuals learn about and use blockchain to understand the beneficial properties. But, a lack of understanding of the benefits of usage often stops blockchain-powered charities from providing help where its services are needed most.ExampleThere are non-profit charity organizations that try to make a change in processes by using blockchain. Alice Funding Platform is one of them. This social funding platform uses a specific approach to funding where financing correlates with the results achieved. What sets the Alice platform apart is the funding is divided into small parts. Alice issues all accepted donations to the charity only when each small step is accomplished.The platform uses blockchain smart contracts to “freeze” funds. If a charitable organization fails to do as promised — and keep their commitments, the donator can get the money back. Hence, full publicity, transparency, and accountability are achieved.St. Mungo’s Homeless Charity ran the first project launched on the platform. Its goal was to help 15 people living on the streets to change their lives. Alice has several other projects on their website apart from St. Mungo’s pilot. The Alice platform has started listing a, “Coming Soon” state of charities as they come to the platform and begin the steps of getting clearance to move ahead.Changes are in the wind for the industries blockchain is likely to affect.The Alice Funding Platform has a goal to encourage transparent donations by implementing blockchain. Using blockchain is a brave move, and this example is worth mentioning.David Tolioupov, CEO of Zensoft, said, “It is obvious that changes are on the way. Blockchain is likely to develop faster than any other software development industry soon. It is not omnipresent. Neither is it the answer to all the problems faced by industries. Yet, the distributed ledger technology holds great potential for many areas because of the traceability and transparency it brings.”As we can see, such unexpected domains as inheritance, charity and cannabis manufacturing can benefit from blockchain, too. How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Deanna is the Managing Editor at ReadWrite. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind and has over 20+ years of experience in content development. Deanna RitchieManaging Editor at ReadWrite Tags:#Cannabis#charities#legal industry#probate#wills AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Related Posts Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T…last_img read more

Oppo F3 Plus: Full specifications, top features, India price & everything you need to know

first_imgChina’s leading smartphone maker Oppo launched new smartphone Oppo F3 Plus on Thursday at an event in New Delhi.  Just like the other Oppo phones, the main USP of Oppo F3 Plus is its selfie camera.  Also Read: Oppo F3 Plus with dual selfie cameras launched in India at Rs 30,990Oppo F3 Plus is company’s first device to feature dual selfie camera set up. The smartphone supports dual SIM and comes with an extra slot for microSD card. Priced at Rs 30,990, Oppo F3 Plus will compete against the likes of OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, Asus Zenfone 3 and Honor 8.  Here’s a closer look at it.SpecificationProcessor: The Oppo F3 Plus is powered by 1.95GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC coupled with Adreno 510 GPU.RAM: 4GBInternal storage: The Oppo F3 Plus comes with 64 GB internal storage  which is expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card.Variants: Oppo F3 Plus is expected to come in two colour variants- Black and Gold.Screen: 6.0 inches with 1080X1920 pixels resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.Rear camera: 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 sensor with  phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash.Front camera: Oppo F3 Plus flaunts dual camera set up at the front- a 16MP primary camera and an 8MP secondary camera.Weight: Oppo F3 Plus feels heavy weighing 185g and the 6-inch screen makes it look like a big device in hand.Software: Android 6 aka Marshmallow with Oppo’s Color3.0 OS on top.Battery: 4000 mAh non-removable battery with VOOC flash charge support which according to company claims offers up to 2 hours of talk time in just 5 minutes for charging.advertisementSpecial featuresThe Oppo F3 Plus has several special features:– The smartphone sports dual selfie camera set up .– The Moto G4 Plus has a front-mounted fingerprint scanner.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4A set to go on sale in India today– The new Oppo F3 Plus  comes with Eye protect mode which acts as a blue-light filter for the display.– The phone comes pre-installed with Oppo’s  own beautification software.–  Oppo F3 Plus  also supports certain gestures such as drawing an O to start the camera and double tapping the screen to unlock it.Also know– The Oppo F3 Plus features a  Smart Facial Recognition feature that company says can automatically suggest the ideal lens for the shot.  — The other noticeable features in Oppo F3 Plus include Screen Flash and Palm Shutter feature.  There is also call shortcuts available in the smartphone.How to buy it: The new Oppo F3 Plus will go on sale from April 1 on  both online and offline platforms.  Pre-orders start today.India price: Oppo F3 Plus is priced at Rs 30,990.last_img read more

IPL 2018: Ankit Rajpoot grabs 5/14 to record best ever bowling figures for KXIP

first_imgAnkit Rajpoot picked up the first five-wicket haul of the Indian Premier League this year to help Kings XI Punjab restrict 2016 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad to 132/6 off their 20 overs.Rajpoot, who made his IPL debut in 2013, played again only in 2016 and then in 2017. In 2018, he has so far played only three matches for KXIP and it was in his third match that he really showcased his exceptional talent.Rajpoot recorded the best ever bowling figures for KXIP in IPL history. He is in fact, only the second bowler to grab a five-wicket haul for Punjab.Dimitri Mascarenhas had picked 5/25 against Pune Warriors back in 2012. L Balaji (4/13) and Karanveer Singh (4/15) are third and fourth in the list.Rajpoot dismissed Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan in his first two overs. He then removed Wriddhiman Saha to finish with figures of 3/9 off his three overs.Rajpoot returned to bowl the final over of the SRH innings and removed Manish Pandey and Mohammad Nabi to return figures of 5/14 off his four overs.What a night it has been for @Ankit412rajpoot #SRHvKXIP #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi pic.twitter.com/wHiaI3J8URKings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 26, 2018Rajpoot’s are now the best bowling figures of IPL 2018. Mumbai Indians leg-spinner Mayank Markande has figures of 4/23 but no other bowler has managed more than three overs in a match this season.Rajpoot, 24, had earlier played for Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders but could never really cement a permanent place in either of those playing XIs.Born in Kanpur, Rajpoot has had an impressive first-class career; from 38 matches, he has 121 wickets.advertisementRajpoot played his first IPL match this year against KKR but went wicketless. Against Delhi Daredevils, he returned with 2/23 off his four overs to win the man-of-the-match award after helping KXIP defend 143.However, Rajpoot’s efforts went in vain as Kings XI Punjab failed to chase down a target of 133 runs. He was named man-of-the-match for the second consecutive game.”Everyone practices and everyone works hard before the games and it’s not an easy job.”I got a bit of help from the wicket and then I used by pace, variations and especially slower balls to effect. I had planned early on about which areas to bowl and it all worked out well.I think it was my day today that I got 5 wickets,” Rajpoot said after the match.last_img read more

BIG on Bloor Festival 2018

first_img Twitter TORONTO, June 21, 2018 – BIG on Bloor Festival opens its 11th year on July 21st with a pedestrian takeover of Bloor Street West, Dufferin to Lansdowne, from noon until midnight. New this year, Artsite x Bloordale extends from July 21stuntil July 28th with site-specific works curated by Festival Director Darren Leu. Installations by Camille Jodoin-Eng, Ness Lee, Janine Miedzik and celebrated Polaris Prize winning artist Lido Pimienta, along with murals by woodland style painter Brent Hardisty (Niiwin Binesi) and Lauren Pirie become locations for exchange and creativity.A vibrant Festival main stage programmed by Kvesche Bijons-Ebacher showcases Bonjay’s “dancehall-inflected R&B,” garage rock princess Luna Li, Brandon Valdivia’s solo project Mas Aya, plus Juliana Flores, Jeff Burke, TRiSH, doesntmatteritsokay, JoniGold, Ayrah Taerb and Blokoloko. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement JOUEZ Participatory/Performance Art Projects, curated by Carla Garnet, presents 12 original projects by local artists with practices reflecting the diversity of the community: Jackson Abrams, All Creative – Kwasi Agyei & Rachel South, City of Toronto’s “New Connections” artists curated by Claudia Aranab, Nic Cooper, Lauren Cullen presented by Xpace, Iain Downie, Nila Gupta & Natalie Wood, Addelle McCauley & Kate Starchild, Leslie McCue, Shantel Miller, Addae Nurse and Diana Yoo.How We Live In Cities offers ParkSite, a hub about parks curated by Dyan Marie. Acclaimed activities first featured in Dufferin Grove Park by CELOS, No Plastic In Parks by Stop Plastic, Spot Gardens garden-making and park-connecting by How We Live In Cities, ideas about the expansion and redesign of Wallace Emerson Park through ReImagine Galleria, and Park People, an organization with ideas on how to support parks. ParkSite also features an exchange with an 8-person artist team from Japan offering a cross-cultural park Q/A and art-making.Card-Yard presented by PULP: Reclaimed Materials Art and Design and curated by Rotem Yaniv constructs a new moveable sculpture made of reclaimed and cull lumber in addition to successful installations from previous years. PULP’s Ksenija Spasic invites participants to make art out of reclaimed plastic bottles, and Tijana Spasic and Anupa Khemadasa host “Warm Up To Me,” a living room on the street playing conversations with residents from different neighborhoods. Flamenco, poetry and prose, magic, and music by Ben Bootsma and Yola Beru animate the Cardyard stage.BIG on Bloor Festival is free and open to everyone. Advertisementlast_img read more