Depending on your perspective, the at tech market is either consolidating, and PubMatic’s acquisition plans bear that out, or there are some public offerings in the near future—or both. “The marketing automation landscape is overly fragmented with too many point solutions,” notes PubMatic co-founder and CEO Rajiv Goel in a statement. All Things D’s Peter Kafka points out that Google bought PubMatic competitor AdMeld last year and two other big ad tech firms AppNexus and the Rubicon Project are jockeying for a public offering. If a deal for any of these players is in the offing, reports are pointing fingers at Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon and AOL as potential, and deep-pocketed, buyers. Last November, Condé Nast partnered with AdMeld to form its own private ad exchange, signing eBay and Macy’s as its first customers. Digital ad tech company PubMatic announced this week that it raised a big chunk of funding— $45 million—led by August Capital. The infusion, says the company, will allow it to fortify its balance sheet, but also continue to make acquisitions in a market that is clearly heating up. PubMatic’s current investors—the company raised a $7.5 million series C in 2010, at the time brining total capital investment to $18 million—Draper Fisher Jurveston, Nexus Venture Partners, Helion Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank were also part of the mezzanine deal. The company helps publishers manage and sell their ad inventory through a real-time bidding engine. According to PubMatic, revenues have shot up 150 percent year-over-year, and it recently launched PubLink, a mobile monetization platform.
Up close with the HTC Vive Pro HTC $499 Mobile Mobile Accessories Gaming Accessories Gaming Video Games Virtual Reality Apps Mentioned Above HTC Vive The info follows HTC last week unveiling the look of the Vive Cosmos, which will come with a flip-up design, six cameras, detachable headphones, a faceplate and a vented front. Billed as a premium PC VR system, the Cosmos, first teased at CES 2019 in Las Vegas in January, will have “striking graphics [and] lifelike sound,” HTC said Friday.The company also touted its new tracking system. 1:47 Review • HTC Vive review: Yes, this is the best VR experience, if you’ve got the space “With wide and accurate tracking, gesture controls and a six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) headset and controller setup, Vive Cosmos promises a deeply engaging VR experience,” HTC said.The system can be used straight out of the box with minimal setup and also features a more comfortable headset with soft, light and breathable material, HTC said. The company also unveiled new Vive controllers that it called gamer-friendly, versatile and practical. Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: See It 0 Walmart 9 Photos The Vive Cosmos display is 88% higher res than HTC’s original VR headset. HTC HTC has revealed a few more details about its upcoming Vive Cosmos, calling the virtual reality headset its “most impressive” yet. The Cosmos will enable VR at 90 frames per second, and a display with 88% higher resolution than the original HTC Vive.The LCD display will have a 2880×1700 combined resolution. It’ll also have real RGB panels and more subpixels for 40% improved lens clarity over its original VR headset.It also comes with a swappable faceplate, so you can update it with future versions. Still no word on when it will launch, or how much it will cost. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. HTC Vive Pro Eye tracks your eyes with pinpoint accuracy,… Share your voice $689 HTC Vive Preview • Here’s what it’s like to use the HTC Vive, the $799 VR headset that you can preorder today VR games you need to start playing right away Tags See it VR games on CNET
Asian share markets swept lower Monday after Wall Street suffered its worst starting week in history and doubts over Beijing’s economic competence sent investors into the arms of the safe-haven yen and sovereign bonds.The absence of Tokyo for a holiday only made liquidity even harder to come by, heightening volatility. Currency markets saw some wild swings with the South African rand collapsing to record lows at one point before bouncing.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS sank 2%, as did Australia’s main index . E-mini futures for the S&P 500 ESc1 were down 0.7% in a sizable move for Asian hours.Commodities remained on the ropes as Brent crude oil LCOc1 shed another 74 cents to $32.81 a barrel. US crude CLc1 was quoted 71 cents lighter at $32.45.China was again the epicenter of unease as the People’s Bank confounded analysts by guiding the yuan sharply stronger, a move that might calm concerns about a competitive devaluation but only added to market confusion as to Beijing’s ultimate intent.Equity investors seemed less than reassured with the Shanghai Composite Index and the CSI300 index both falling around 1% in erratic early trade.Perceived missteps by the authorities in managing the share and currency markets have led to concerns Beijing might lose its grip on economic policy too.That heightened tensions ahead of trade data on Wednesday where further declines are expected in exports and imports, underlining just how anemic world trade flows are right now.Both the Dow and S&P 500 had their worst five-day starts in history last week, and the corporate news flow is unlikely to get any cheerier with the coming results season expected to be a tough one.S&P 500 earnings are forecast to have dropped 4.2% in the fourth quarter, a second straight quarterly decline led by the hard-hit energy and materials sectors.The pain in stocks and worries over China even outweighed the positive impact of December’s upbeat US payrolls report and burnished the appeal of higher-rated government bonds.Yields on 10-, 7-, and 3-year US Treasuries all had their biggest weekly declines since early October last year, while five-year yields dropped by the most since September 2013.The gains continued on Monday with US 10-year Treasury futures TYc1 up a solid 6 ticks, while Fed fund futures were pricing in a shallower upward path for rates.In currency markets, the main beneficiary was the yen which is often favored in times of stress as Japan remains the world’s largest creditor nation.The dollar fell half a yen to a near five-five month low of 116.70 yen in early trade, before steadying around 117.13.Dealers said Japanese investors seemed to be bailing out of long positions in the South African rand by selling rand for dollars and then those dollars for yen.That saw the dollar surge as much as 10.3% at one stage to 17.9950 rand, before tracking back to 16.7205. That was still up sharply from 16.3150 late on Friday.The euro was well supported at $1.0940 while the dollar index dipped 0.26 percent to 98.281.
Amy BishopPlaywright Crystal Rae (right) and Director Troy Scheid (left) head to New York City’s Midtown International Theatre Festival with the nine member cast of Lamariya this week.Playwright Crystal Rae says the best way to describe Lamariya is a sci-fi parable. “It’s sci-fi because it’s very strange and we’ve got these weird beings walking around and being very deity-like,” Rae explains. “And parable because it’s kind of based on a story from the Bible. So those two have met, married, and made a very weird-looking child.”The one-act play is set in Mississippi during the Jim Crow era, but also includes influences of ancient African mythology. It’s premiering at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York City this week, the first time a Houston playwright has taken part in its 17-year history.“I want to tell African-American stories that put us in different situations than what I’ve seen,” Rae says. “If I’ve seen them there before, then what new thing can I add? And if I can’t add anything new – if it’s been said and done – then I need to apply my thought process somewhere else.”This year, Lamariya was one of about sixty plays chosen from hundreds of entries. If a production sells out, the company could be asked to revive it at the following festival, which can be a breakthrough for a small theatre company or new playwright.Director Troy Scheid says they’ve been working to get as many of the seats filled as possible. “As far as expectations go, we’ve tried to do a lot of outreach by inviting people personally to come and see the show,” she says.The play premieres Tuesday night at the WorkShop Theatre in Manhattan with additional performances this weekend. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:14 Share
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 7You could mistake it for your neighborhood car repair shop. There are big bay doors and noisy tools and a few cars up on the rack. But in this case it’s a classroom at Elsik High School in Alief ISD. Angel Rodriguez, 18, is a senior at Elsik. He and his family are from Mexico and they immigrated to the U.S. a few years ago. They needed a family vehicle and Rodriguez did some research. And he ended up getting bit by the car bug.“I found that cars actually have more than what I used to know,” says Rodriguez. “That you just get in a car, turn it on and just drive it. But I found out that a car is much more complex than that.”Now Rodriguez is taking his interest to the next level. He’s leading Elsik’s team for the Shell Eco-Marathon.In April the team will go to Detroit to compete against high school and college teams from all over North America, to see who can build the most fuel-efficient vehicle. Rodriguez is hoping they can get some mileage from a single-cylinder gas engine.“This gasoline engine gives us hundreds of miles per gallon,” explains Rodriguez. “We’re not 100 percent sure of what’s our mileage. But we predict that it’s going to be in the 200 range.”Now when the students say they’re building a car, they really mean it.They came up with a design for their stripped-down vehicle and put it on paper. Then, they constructed a fiberglass chassis.But Rodriguez says the Eco-Challenge is not just about creating a vehicle. It’s also about teamwork.“Me, I want to go ahead and do everything that I know how to do,” says Rodriguez. “But as a team leader, as a team manager, I have to let my partners, my friends work on things they have never done before. And this is the whole point of this project here at school, for us to learn things that we have never done before.”Overseeing the shop is auto tech instructor Ernest Lozano. He came to Elsik after running his own car repair business and he’s now teaching the next generation.Lozano explains that Elsik’s shop is nationally-certified. That means students can earn certificates that help them go on to further education. “The most important feedback we get from people that hire our students is that your kids come in and they actually know their way around a shop,” says Lozano. “And that’s a big plus to them since they work safely, they don’t get hurt.”And kids get that training through activities like the Shell Eco-Marathon.During the four-day event in Detroit, the students actually camp out at the convention center and work on the vehicle throughout the competition. There’s also a multi-point inspection. Students have to answer questions to prove they actually did the work.But for the aspiring mechanics at Elsik, the trip itself is a big deal.Lozano says over 80 percent of Elsik’s students live below the poverty level and many hardly ever leave the neighborhood. He says when they return from the competition, students will often tell him that their lives will never be the same.Meanwhile student Angel Rodriguez is looking at what’s ahead. He already has a job fixing cars in a body shop.“All I wanted to do was to be able to build one, to be able to have one,” says Rodriguez. “And I saw that a body man, that’s what they do. And I like painting the cars. I like working on the body, making it look good, making the paint look shiny. And that’s what I would tell to another person, other young people, just follow what you like and do what you like.”The Elsik team hopes to have its competition vehicle up and running by mid-March. Share Listen 00:00 /03:44 X
Share A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on the massive traffic delays the city is experiencing as the region tries to recover from Hurricane Harvey, JJ Watt’s abundant fundraising for Harvey relief efforts, and Tilman Fertitta buying the Rockets.Our panel of non-experts this week includes:Vlad Davidiuk, communication director for the Harris County Republican PartyLisa Falkenberg, columnist for the Houston ChroniclePaul Pendergraft, retired Houston Public Media producer
Cybersecurity trends seem to be changing at an incredible rate. That poses new opportunities for criminals and new challenges for the professionals charged with securing our systems. High profile attacks not only undermine trust in huge organizations, they also highlight a glaring gap in how we manage cybersecurity in a rapidly changing world. It also highlighted that attackers are adaptive and incredibly intelligent, evolving their techniques to adapt to new technologies and new behaviors. The big question is what the future will bring. What cybersecurity trends will impact the way cybersecurity experts work – and the way cybercriminals attack – for the rest of 2018 and beyond. Let’s explore some of the top cyber security trends and predictions of 2018: Artificial Intelligence and machine learning based cyber attacks and defenses AI and ML have started impacting major industries in various ways, but one of the most exciting applications is in cybersecurity. Basically, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms can learn from past events in order to help predict and identify vulnerabilities within a software system. They can also be used to detect anomalies in behavior within a network. A report from Webroot claims that more than 90% of cybersecurity professionals use AI to improve their security skills. However, while AI and machine learning can help security professionals, it is also being used by cybercriminals too. It seems obvious: if cyber security pros can use AI to identify vulnerabilities, so can people that seek to exploit them. Expect this back and forth to continue throughout 2018 and beyond. Ransomware is spreading like fire Storing data on the cloud has many benefits, but it can be an easy target for cyber criminals. Ransomware is one such technique – criminals target a certain area of data and hold it to ransom. It’s already a high profile cyber security concern. Just look at WannaCry, Petya, Meltdown, and Spectre, some of the biggest cyber security attacks in 2017. The bigger players (Google, AWS, and Azure) of the cloud market are trying to make it difficult for attackers, but smaller cloud service providers end up paying customers for data breaches. The only way these attacks can be reduced is by performing regular back-ups, updating security patches, and strengthening real-time defenses. Complying with GDPR GDPR (General Data Protection) is an EU regulation that tightens up data protection and privacy for individuals within the European Union. The ruling includes mandatory rules that all companies will have to follow when processing and storing personal data. From 25 May, 2018, General Data Protection (GDPR) will come into effect where important changes will be implemented to the current data protection directive. To mention a few it will include increased territorial scope,stricter consent laws, elevated rights and more. According to Forrester report 80% companies will fail to comply with GDPR out of which 50% would choose not to, considering the cost of compliance. Penalties for non-compliance would reach upto €20m or 4% of worldwide annual turnover, whichever is greater. The rise of Cyberwar Taking current cybersecurity scenario into consideration, there are high possibilities 2018 will be the year of international conflict in cyberspace. This may include cyber crimes on government and financial systems or their infrastructure and utilities. Chances are cyber-terrorism groups will target sensitive areas like banks, press, government, law-enforcement and more similar areas. The Ashley Madison attack – which involved attackers threatening to release personal information about users if the site was not shut down – shows that ideological motivated attacks are often very targeted and sophisticated with the goal of data theft and extortion. The attack on Ashley Madison is testament to the fact that companies need to be doing more as attackers become more motivated. You should not be surprised to see cyber-attacks going beyond financial benefits. The coming year can witness cyber crimes which are politically motivated that is designed to acquire intelligence to benefit a particular political entity. These methods can also be used to target electronic voting system in order to control public opinion. These kind of sophisticated attacks are usually well-funded and lead to public chaos. Governments will need to take extensive checks to ensure their network and ecosystem is well protected. Such instances might lead to loss of right to remain anonymous on the web. Like everything else, this move will also have two sides of the coin. Attacking cyber currencies and blockchain systems Since Bitcoin and Blockchain were booming in the year 2017, it becomes a crucial target area for hackers. Chances are attackers may target smaller blockchain systems who opt for weaker cryptographic algorithms to increase performance. On the other hand, the possibility of cryptographic attack against Bitcoin can be minimum. The major worry here would about attacking a block with minimum security practices, but eventually that block could lead to larger blockchain system. One of the major advantage for attackers here is they don’t really need to know who the opposite partner is, as only a verified participant is authorised to execute the trade. Here, trust or risk plays an important part and that is blockchain’s sweet spot. For example: Receiving payments in government issued currencies have higher possibilities of getting caught but there is a higher probability of succeeding in cryptocurrency payments. Well, this may be the end of this article but is not an end to the way things might turn out to be in 2018. We still stand midway through another year and the war of cyberthreats rages. Don’t be surprised to hear something different or new as malicious hackers keep trying newer techniques and methodologies to destroy a system. Related links WPA3: Next-generation Wi-Fi security is here The 10 most common types of DoS attacks you need to know 12 common malware types you should know
Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Friday, January 18, 2019 WINNIPEG — Canada One Travel has gained full Canadian distribution rights for ResVoyage, a corporate and leisure online booking tool (OBT) aimed at helping small and mid-size travel agencies and TMCs grow their business.Canada One’s President Andy Ling says ResVoyage’s corporate OBT enables travel agencies to provide their small to medium size corporate clients a full suite of travel management solutions and features typically reserved for large travel agencies and corporations. Designed for small and medium size businesses (SMB), Resvoyage is cost effective, easy to set up and user friendly, says Ling.The ResVoyage corporate OBT is developed by Miami’s Thomalex Inc.ResVoyage mirrors the features provided by large enterprise systems, without the complexity or cost associated with these platforms, says Ling. It is also available in English, French and Spanish.“ResVoyage Corporate enables travel agency clients to house all company travel policies, discount codes, employee profiles, preferred travel vendors and travel-spend analytics all in one place. All these services are available at an affordable price, and we are excited to bring ResVoyage to Canada,” says Ling.More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionRastko Ilic, President of Thomalex Inc., adds: “We are delighted to be partnering with Canada One Travel. Our passion at Thomalex is to help SMB businesses compete in the dynamic global travel market. ResVoyage Corporate is our flagship online booking tool, delivering a user friendly, customizable, self-booking tool, purpose-built for SMBs. ResVoyage Leisure is similarly designed to meet the needs of B2C leisure travel companies.”The partnership between Canada One Travel and Thomalex has already produced a unique feature for Canadian businesses, says Ling, recently launching direct connect to Air Canada Corporate Rewards (ACCR) platform. ResVoyage is now being introduced to Canada, and Europe with existing customers in USA and South America.Canada One Travel has implemented the ResVoyage corporate programs for many in its existing corporate base. ResVoyage is simultaneously implementing its leisure booking engine for the bulk of its online leisure clientele.Interested agencies can go online for a product overview at resvoyage.ca. For a full demo of the ResVoyage products Ling can be contacted directly at 204-287-8228 or 1-800-668-6889 or by email at email@example.com. Share Tags: Canada One Travel, Online, ResVoyage ResVoyage online booking tool now available through Canada One Travel