• Why Victorians feared modern technology would make everyone blind

    From concerns over blue light to digital strain and dryness, headlines today often worry how smartphones and computer screens might be affecting the health of our eyes. But while the technology may be new, this concern certainly isn’t. Since Victorian times people have been concerned about how new innovations might damage eyesight. In the 1800s, the rise of mass print was both blamed for an increase in eye problems and was responsible for dramatizing the fallibility of vision too. As the
  • Create custom business plans and final projections with this $20 Upmetrics Business Planner

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  • Bitmain forced to shut down Israel operations due to cryptocurrency bear market

    It appears the downturn of the cryptocurrency market is having a ripple effect (pun intended) on the industry. Numerous blockchain businesses have been forced to close down or lay off staff to survive – and the latest one is Bitmain. The mining giant is the latest to be hit by the cryptocurrency bear market and is shutting down its Israel-based development center, Bitmaintech Israel, Globes Israel reports. The development center was set up two years ago, and will close this week laying of
  • ‘Loot boxes’ in video games could be giving kids a gambling problem

    The number of children with gambling problems has “quadrupled to more than 50,000 in just two years”, according to recent reports. The alarming figures come from the UK Gambling Commission’s latest annual statistics, which showed that the prevalence of problem gambling among children had risen to 1.7 percent, compared with 0.4 percent in 2016, and 0.9 percent in 2017. To put these figures into context, problem gambling among teenagers overall has actually been declin
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  • Microsoft Teams is growing ridiculously fast

    A report from Spiceworks shows that adoption of Microsoft Teams – the Slack rival from Redmond – is growing rapidly and is set to become the second-biggest workplace chat app by 2020, surpassing both Slack and Google Hangouts. The findings come from a survey of 900 IT companies distributed across the US and Europe. Spiceworks found that the penetration of Microsoft Teams grew from 3 percent in 2016 to 21 percent in 2018. This growth can be attributed partially to the fact that Micro
  • How to save all your (NSFW) Tumblr content before it’s too late

    Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Last week, Tumblr announced its ban on porn, starting from December 17th. Since its announcement, the platform has been flagging and removing all adult-rated content from its site — including porn, GIFs, and “female-presenting nipples.” The internet has been questioning the platforms uncertain future and taking to Twitter to share
  • Unilever CMO Keith Weed’s parting wisdom to agency bosses: ‘integrate to show your value'

    Outgoing Unilever chief marketing officer Keith Weed has offered some parting wisdom to holding groups: get your agencies to collaborate or brands will find value elsewhere.
    Speaking to The Drum, Weed reiterated his call from earlier this year that complex holding company structures must continue to evolve to meet client needs and said its experiments with an alternative model were making "good progress".
    “When I speak to Mark Read at WPP, John Wren at Omnicom or Michael Roth at IPG, I tel
  • Who got 2018’s marketing predictions right – and absolutely wrong?

    Bob Hoffman once wrote that 'the great thing about talking about the future is that you don't have to know anything. You just make shit up and nobody can refute it.' Well, I will do my best.
    Since the end of 2017, I have collected every report that I came across with predictions for 2018 for the purpose of writing this column. Below, I judge whether the forecasts from Deloitte, Forrester, Gartner, Gartner L2’s Scott Galloway, HubSpot, and Salesforce were correct.
    Why? There is significant
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  • PUBG Mobile’s Global Finals proved that mobile esports are serious business

    When you get invited to fly to Dubai to watch a bunch of people play a game on their phone, you don’t say no. Especially when the people are professional gamers, the prize is $600,000, and the game is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The idea of a heated esports tournament taking place in the world’s most poshest playground intrigued me, so I packed a suitcase with ‘modest clothes’ (as the invite specifically instructed) and hopped on a plane. Later on, I realized th
  • South Korean bank wants to use blockchain to reduce human error

    South Korea’s second largest bank is in the middle of rolling out a blockchain-based system designed to reduce human error. Shinhan Bank is using the blockchain for Interest Rate Swap (IRS) transactions. The bank purportedly implemented this system at the end of November, local news reports. Interest Rate Swaps can get quite complicated, but fundamentally they are a type of futures contract based on swapping an interest rate between a number of parties. Two or more parties can enter into
  • Facebook is hiring engineers and researchers for its blockchain team

    It seems Facebook is looking to step up its “decentralization” efforts. The social media giant is currently recruiting blockchain engineers and researchers. Facebook wants to add a data scientist, a data engineer, and a couple of software engineers to its growing blockchain team, according to its careers page (via SludgeFeed). “The blockchain team is a startup within Facebook, with a vision to make blockchain technology work at Facebook scale,” the ads say. “It&rsq
  • UK’s top 100 indie agencies revealed in The Drum’s 2018 Independent Agencies Census

    London-based Jellyfish has been crowned the top independent agency in the UK as part of The Drum’s 2018 Independent Agencies Census, which is published today.
    The digital marketing firm is followed by Amplify, Four Communications Group, Bulletproof and Oliver in this year’s Top 100 ranking of the country’s best-run indies.
    Agencies earn their place in the Top 100 based on their performance in The Drum’s annual Independent Agencies Census, the most comprehensive study of i
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  • Amazon Prime Channels revenues jump to $1.7bn over 2018

    The ongoing disruption of the pay TV business by Amazon Prime Video Channels has further accelerated with the release of figures indicating that revenues have leaped from just $700m last year to $1.7bn this year before accelerating to an expected $3.6bn by 2020.
    The stratospheric growth has been charted by BMO Capital markets which estimates that Amazon will pay out $1.2bn to channel partners such as WarnerMedia’s HBO; BBC/ITV’s Britbox and CBS All Access in 2018 alone - assuming it
  • Snapchat is testing new features (that Instagram has had for months)

    Snapchat has clearly fallen behind Instagram when it comes to user growth. In order to catch up, the app is testing a bunch of features like a timer, camera grid, and portrait mode. The finding comes from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who took to Twitter to share screenshots of the new features. Portrait photos are in vogue, and Snapchat users will surely want to have this feature in the app as soon as possible. Wong posted a tweet that shows Snapchat’s redesign camera UI to plac
  • Moonday Morning: Israel is cracking down on cryptocurrency tax evaders

    It’s been another weekend of hodling and waiting for the markets to do something. Of course, we can’t make that happen, but what we can do, is bring you a round up of the weekend’s top cryptocurrency and blockchain stories from around the web. Here’s Moonday Morning for you: 1. The Israeli tax authorities have taken a leaf out of Japan’s play book and are stepping up the search for cryptocurrency tax evaders. Over the last two weeks the Israeli tax office has opene
  • Creative Works EMEA featuring Grey London, Antoni, Specsavers Creative and more

    Welcome to The Drum Creative Works, supported by Workfront.
    As always, this section is dedicated to showing the best creative work of the past week from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We're using our five-star voting system, so to vote for your favourite, make sure you click on the stars.
    For project information, credits and more click on the project to expand to full screen. You can submit your own work via our online form.
    For voting updates and more follow The Drum Creativ
  • Iceland encourages customers to get their skates on for 'Shopping on Ice' pop-up

    Frozen food specialist Iceland has turned a London store into an ice rink with some help from PR agency Taylor Herring.
    The 'Shopping on Ice' concept saw the grocer's Stratford store painstakingly refitted with 250m of synthetic ice, enabling Christmas shoppers to pop their skates on and pick up their mince pies and turkey in double quick time.
    Neil Hayes, marketing director at Iceland says: “At Iceland we know Christmas is and exciting time, however it can be a struggle for lots of f
  • KFC, Nike, Bodyform, John Lewis: The Drum judges' favourite 2018 campaigns

    Amidst all the clashing noise around this time of the year when we are often left wondering if we should highlight the good, the bad and the ugly, The Drum spoke to industry stalwarts about their favourite campaigns in 2018.
    Laurence Thomson, chief creative officer, McCann London
    KFC and Mother London: We're Sorry 
    Bravery might have become a bit of a buzzword, but it’s this very bravery that got me rooting for KFC’s “We’re Sorry” print campaign that
  • Sky chief outlines the ‘inconvenient truth’ about gambling advertising

    Sky chief executive Stephen van Rooyen has taken aim at plans by the Remote Gambling Association (RGA) to implement a ‘whistle to whistle’ advertising ban during live sports, by pointing out that gambling firms splash out five times as much online as they do via TV.
    He voiced concern that this approach will further elevate the importance of the largely unregulated digital domain, opening up a widening gulf with the tightly controlled broadcast sector and moving further from a truly l
  • The best campaigns of 2018 from The Drum Awards: early bird rates for 2019 available

    The Drum Awards is launching its call for entries for 2019. The first eight competitions are already open to enter and you can get an early bird discount if you submit before 19 December.
    Award-winning work takes time and consideration — and the best-of-the-best from your agency, brand or company could be earning well-deserved accolades and trophies. 
    Here are eight examples of those who have wowed and amazed The Drum Awards judging panel of industry experts in 2018.
  • Honor’s new View20 gets a 48MP rear camera and an under-screen selfie camera

    Huawei’s Honor just fired a massive volley in the smartphone megapixel war. At an event in Hong Kong, the company announced its latest model — the Honor View20. This phone comes with a 48-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a selfie camera that’s embedded within the screen. Powering the rear-facing camera is Sony’s IMX586 sensor, which is coupled with the AI and image processing features of Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset. This is the same SoC that’s found
  • 2019 Visual Trends to be Aware of [Infographic]

    As you go about planning your 2019 approach, it's worth taking note of the latest visual and design trends to help ensure your efforts stand out.
  • Pixel 3 Lite XL renders show a headphone jack and no notch

    Last month, we saw leaked pictures of the Pixel 3 Lite – Google’s rumored mid-range phone. Now, OnLeaks and 91mobiles have released renders of the larger Pixel 3 Lite XL suggesting that the device will rock a headphone jack (thank god) and no notch. The report noted that the phone will feature a 6-inch full HD+ display with the top bezel. Compared to this the Pixel 3 XL features a 6.3-inch display because. This might please some people, as there aren&rs
  • Australian competition watchdog cracks down on Facebook and Google

    Google and Facebook will face greater regulation in Australia following a report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). 
    The preliminary report by the nation’s competition watchdog raised concerns about the market power of the two media and technology giants including the companies impact on Australian businesses, particularly, their ability to monetise content. It also outlined concerns about the extent that consumers data is collected and used by companies to
  • This website sets your Spotify playlists to private with a single click

    Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Spotify is more than just a massive on-demand music library. Thanks to its built-in social features, it lets you share your taste in music with your friends and family. But what if you’re ashamed of your taste in music? What if you’ve got a playlist of Peter Andre’s greatest hits that you’re morbidly embarrassed of? Thankful
  • AppNexus and Microsoft's eight-year partnership: the story so far

    In the eight years since AppNexus and Microsoft formed a partnership, the programmatic landscape has evolved dramatically. Starting from when the industry was in a hypergrowth phase to considered advertising’s Wild West, where concerns around low-quality inventory, transparency, and scale were pervasive.
    Even though there have been many changes in the industry since then, with AppNexus now acquired by AT&T and being part Xandr, many of those earlier concerns are still relevant.
    To futu
  • 10 questions with.... MediaLad

    In an attempt to showcase the personalities of the people behind the media and marketing sector, The Drum speaks to individuals who are bringing something a little different to the industry and talks to them about what insights and life experience they can offer the rest of us. This week's 10 Questions are put to the most anonymous of industry commentators - MediaLad
    What was your first job?
    Why did you get into advertising?
    I’ve always had a bu
  • Amazon scouted airport locations for its cashier-free Amazon Go stores

    Representatives of Amazon Go checkout-free retail stores connected with officials at Los Angeles and San Jose airports in June to discuss the possibility of cashier-free grab-and-go locations in busy terminals.
    The post Amazon scouted airport locations for its cashier-free Amazon Go stores appeared first on Digital Trends.
  • Amazon scouted airport locations for cashier-free Amazon Go stores

    Representatives of Amazon Go checkout-free retail stores connected with officials at Los Angeles and San Jose airports in June to discuss the possibility of cashier-free grab-and-go locations in busy terminals.
    The post Amazon scouted airport locations for cashier-free Amazon Go stores appeared first on Digital Trends.
  • Here’s why NASA is sending worms to space

    Space launches are some of the most spectacular and nerve wracking events you can witness. And when you are actually involved in one, you realize just how much can go wrong. We are currently in Florida, nervously counting down the hours until we launch our experiment, sending thousands of microscopic worms to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The launch, taking place at NASA Kennedy Space Center on December 4, isn’t the only one we have to worry abou
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  • Online advertising has alienated our most valuable asset – the consumer

    It’s an understatement to say things have changed since I started my career in publishing 34 years ago, and mostly for the right reasons. The industry has moved on and some of those less palatable institutional barriers have been broken down. Yet there are certain industry behaviours that are having a real impact on original content creators, and they are so often borne from preventable consequences.
    In many instances, these could be negated through the reapplication of ‘guiding prin
  • Amazon’s cashier-free Go store could be coming to London

    Amazon is reportedly planning to open a cashier-free store in London as part of the international rollout of its Amazon Go concept.
    The retail giant is sizing up sites close to Oxford Circus to house the flagship UK store for its Go brand, according to a report from The Sunday Telegraph.
    The claim comes just days after Reuters revealed that Amazon has also been drawing up plans to bring the futuristic grocery stores to American airports to cater for time-poor travellers.
    The company opened its f
  • Blippar warns shareholders it is facing insolvency

    Augmented reality studio Blippar is “on the brink of collapse”, it has been reported.
    The London-based tech firm is preparing to call in administrators, according to The Sunday Times, following a dispute between investors Nick Candy and Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah.
    The report claims Blippar’s board warned shareholders on Friday that Khazanah had blocked emergency fundraising and it had been left with “no current option other than to give notice to start
  • Women were written out of science history – it’s time we put them back in

    Can you name a female scientist from history? Chances are you are shouting out Marie Curie. The twice Nobel Prize-winning Curie and mathematician Ada Lovelace are two of the few women within Western science to receive lasting popular recognition. One reason women tend to be absent from narratives of science is because it’s not as easy to find female scientists on the public record. Even today, the numbers of women entering science remain below those of men, especially in certain disciplin
  • 6 Tips to Strengthen Your Social Media Strategy for 2019

    Here are some tips to help you optimize your social media marketing strategy for 2019 - including some key elements you may have overlooked.
  • 5 Bad Habits Marketers Should Drop in 2019

    Habits are hard to break - especially the bad ones. Replace them with more effective, efficient practices, and start strong in the New Year.
  • How blockchain is bringing staffing innovation

    Blockchain technology is rapidly spreading into every available corner in the market, leading many business owners and managers to encounter it for the first time recently. While many have heard about the exciting cryptocurrencies that are sucking up media attention, like Bitcoin, few have heard as much about the blockchain tech that’s powering those cryptocurrencies and other dizzying digital trends forward. That’s a shame, because blockchain has tremendous potential to reshape how
  • Here’s how a second-hand game market for digital copies should work

    The last weeks have been abuzz with players trying out Red Dead Redemption 2, a long-awaited title by Rockstar games, offered at around $60. Despite its popularity, it’s already entered the secondary market, available for around $50. However, only people who buy physical discs could benefit from this price drop, as a secondary market for digital game copies simply doesn’t exist. But what if we did have a secondary market for digital copies of video games? How would it work, what wou
  • Here’s what your phone can learn from the sound of your voice

    The vast majority of people in developed countries now carry a smartphone everywhere. And while many of us are already well aware of privacy issues associated with smartphones, like their ability to track our movements or even take surreptitious photos, an increasing number of people are starting to worry that their smartphone is actually listening to everything they say. There might not be much evidence for this but, it turns out, it isn’t far from the truth. Researchers worldwide have b
  • Already learned DevOps? Great, now it’s time for GitOps

    You’ve seen DevOps, and DevSecOps, and maybe even NoOps. But if you haven’t already, you’re going be hearing a whole lot more about GitOps. As an indicator, four of the sessions at the upcoming KubeCon are about GitOps. You might not know what GitOps is, but if you’re developing software, there’s a good chance you’re already doing it. What’s GitOps? And do we really need another software development buzzword? Well, GitOps is really the culmination of a
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  • Visa expands global football portfolio via partnerships with UEFA and CAF

    Visa has bolstered its football portfolio by partnering with the Union of European Football Associations’ (UEFA) Women’s Football Competitions and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Total Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
    According to a statement, Visa aims to strategically position itself at the center of football and these events will further exemplify the unique experiences to fans across the globe.
    Visa will collaborate with UEFA for the 2021 Women’s European Champ
  • Google and Landmrk join forces with mixed reality campaign for Ariana Grande

    Google has joined forces with location-based experiences platform Landmrk to unveil Ariana Grande’s new YouTube Original docu-series: ‘Dangerous Women Diaries. 
    As part of the series, fans of Grande will have access to digital content like Grande themed wallpapers and OOH billboards throughout the US.  
    Seth Jackson, chief executive officer of Landmrk, said: “The YouTube Originals activation with Ariana Grande cle
  • This is how I started a successful B2B tech company

    Less than a decade ago, I left a high-paying tech job in New York City to found my own SEO-optimization company. It was a calculated risk — I had a family to support but did not pursue investors or venture capital. Instead, I focused on organically building a consulting company, and using it to later incubate my software company. Since I left my job in November 2011, I have personally sold around $3 million of business to date (without an enterprise sales background). This is more than tw
  • Biohackers enhance sex with this vibrating implant for men

    An implant inserted near the pelvis to deliver “on-demand” vibrations is in development by American biohacker Rich Lee. Designed for men, the Lovetron9000 device will be inserted beneath the skin of the pelvis to “enhance the shared experience of lovemaking, emanating a passionate vibration that connects you to your partner,” Lee says. Lee from St. George, Utah, has spent $15,000 developing the toy – although is yet to sell one or use it himself. “W
  • How to Turn More of Your LinkedIn Profile Viewers into Followers

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  • Kid Cudi, Raury and Candace Parker to unveil their creativity with Foot Locker and Adidas collaborative collection

    Foot Locker and Adidas have partnered to unveil the Asterisk Collective featuring ambassadors like musicians Kid Cudi, Raury and H.E.R., and athletes Patrick Mahomes, Donovan Mitchell and Candace Parker.
    As part of the collection, every ambassador will showcase their creativity with the launch of Adidas Originals Tresc Run sneakers. This will see Kid Cudi provide the opportunity for kids to experience the healing powers that creativity can have, through outlets like music, art and desi
  • DAZN urges Donald Trump to host Mexican president with a full page ad in USA Today

    Sports streaming platform DAZN has published a full page ad in USA Today to invite US president Donald Trump and Mexican president López Obrador for  Canelo vs. Rocky at Madison Square Garden on December 15.
    DAZN is urging Trump to welcome and host Obrador and has also offered two ringside seats for the match.
    The letter further states no sitting president has ever attended a prize fight and that Trump would be the first one. The fight will be available for free for al