Posted: October 10th, 2014 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Microsoft, Standout, Technoid Computer News, UPDATED! | Tags: Microsoft, Misogyny, Satya Nadella, Sex Descrimination, Tony Abbott Quote | Comments Off on Microsoft’s NEW CEO Tells Women Not to Ask For a Pay Raise
There’s a reason Microsoft left such a huge chasm between CEO’s – remember the hijinks of Steve B? and congratulations to new CEO Satya Nadella – it seems the folk that pick these people might need a little self reflection.
Having ranted all that, it seems the new CEO has done something we all thought unattainable, he’s made people give a f_ck about Microsoft for the first time in years.
Nadella achieved this emotional engagement by offering up the most misogynisticly deplorable advice to women in the workplace. Not since Australia’s Prime Minister advised women to dull-down their expectations has a man at the top uttered such fowl advice.
“I think it’d be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in large numbers, simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons” Tony Abbott
According to Nadella the female ‘confidence gap’ is a sham? Nadella made his pickled remarks on stage at an event to celebrate the marginalized accomplishments of women in the technology industry… Seriously?! :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 9th, 2014 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Facebook, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Advertising, Business News, facebook, Mobile Advertising Platform | Comments Off on Facebook Mobile Ads ‘Delight’
Facebook reckons its better than expected first quarter result were in the main thanks to rapid uptake of its mobile advertising platform.
Revenue in the three months to March jumped by over 70 percent to $US2.5 billion, versus analyst estimates of $US2.35 billion. After costs, net profit came in at $US642 million.
Revenue from mobile ads made up almost 60 percent of the total earnings compared with 30 per cent the same time 12 months ago.
Facebook’s active users also grew, hitting 1.28 billion by the end of the period, with just over a billion of those users accessing the service on mobile devices.
However, while the growth in mobile users and ad revenue growth was viewed as a positive development, the company said its still has some way to go to make advertising content relevant to consumers :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 9th, 2014 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Apple, Technoid Computer News | Tags: apple, Beats Electronics, Business News | Comments Off on Apple is Looking for its Groove via Beats
Apple has been in a funk of late, it hasn’t truly done anything outstanding for close on 4 years. hard to believe it released iPad in 2010, since then the consumertech behemoth has been treading water.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is about to buy its way out of its funk with the imminent purchase of übercool Beats Electronics.
If indeed the deal does go ahead, it would mark the biggest acquisition for the company to date, $US3.2 billion.
The waters around the deal are still a little murky, however sources are saying the deal might be announced as early as next week. As part of the deal Apple will pickup both the hardware – headphones – and music streaming sides of Beats’ business.
Beats was founded by rapper Dr Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine in 2008, the company employs around 300 :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: November 1st, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Facebook, Instagram | Tags: Digital Online Advertising, facebook, Instagram, Internet Advertising | Comments Off on Instagram Displays First Ad
Social networking site Instagram has begun displaying ads, as Facebook moves to start making money from the photo-sharing service it paid a billion-dollars for last year. instagrams first sponsored photo was of a Michael Kors ladies watch, tastefully displayed on a table with a caption reading “Pampered in Paris”
“Michael Kors ran the first ad on Instagram this morning, targeting women in the US in a certain age range,” Instagram said.
The image has garnered more than 218,000 likes within it’s first 12 hours online, along with some bitter remarks from Instagram users. Notably, the Michael Kors ad increased the advertisers likes by more than 370 percent, garnered 4.4 million page impressions, 33,000 new followers and perhaps most importantly, over 2,000 of the respondents said they intended to buy the watch. Cleverly, US Instagram users will see the ad even if they are not following the Michael Kors brand :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: October 3rd, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Naked Truth | Tags: Adult Theme, NSFW!, NSFW! Sexting, Selfy, Sex, Sexting, smartphone | Comments Off on New Twist on SEXTING!10 Percent Using Smartphone During Sex
According to a new study by mobile experts JUMIO, 10 percent of Americans have admitted to using their smart-phone while having sex, either to answer a call or send a text, the 2013 Mobile Consumer Habits Study found.
“People view their smartphones as an extension of themselves, taking them everywhere they go — even the most unorthodox places — from the shower to their commute, from the dinner table to the bedroom,” Marc Barach, chief marketer at Jumio said, the company that funded the study for Harris Interactive. The report compiled surveys from 1,102 smartphone users.
The study also noted that a whopping 72 percent of Americans said they were within five feet of their phones at all times, making it proximal even while between the sheets.
Not everyone is happy about the prevalence of tech in traditionally intimate spheres: 12 percent of respondents reported that smartphones were “getting in the way” of their relationship. For the demographic of 18-34 year olds, the number jumps to 20 percent :: Read the full NSFW! article »»»»
Posted: August 12th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Renovation Planning | Tags: 2013 Solar Decathlon, Australian Innovation, Energy Efficient, Renovation Planning, Sustainable Building | Comments Off on Aussie Student Team Wins International Solar Decathlon
A team from the University of Wollongong UOW and TAFE Illawarra Institute have won a coveted international competition to design a zero-emissions solar home, the teams entry – a retro-fitted Aussie fibro shack – beat-off 24 other entrants to place first in the solar, engineering and architecture categories, with a team from China coming in a sound second.
It’s the first time an Australian team has entered the Solar Decathlon – held in Datong, China since 2002 – the 51-strong team built the Flame House to inspire the Australian community, housing and building industries to embrace sustainable retrofitting technologies.
The retrofitted fibro cottage was also designed to appeal to older builders nearing retirement. The team aimed at building a sustainable home that would sit comfortably in it’s suburban environment :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 10th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Author, Hack!, Verity Penfold | Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, AOL, Apple Inc, Barack Obama, China, Cybersecurity, Email Security, facebook, FB!, FBI Director, Ghack, Gmail, Google, Internet Privacy, Internet Security, Justice Department, Lavabit, Microsoft, NSA, PRISM, Robert Mueller, Secure Webmail, Silent Circle, Skype, The Guardian, Twiiter, US Centre for Constitutional Rights, Washington Post, Yahoo, YouTube | Comments Off on Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down
The encrypted email service used by US fugitive, Edward Snowden has abruptly shut down, amid a legal fight involving US government attempts to win access to user information.
“I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people, or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit,” Lavabit owner Ladar Levison wrote in a letter posted on the Texas-based company’s website.
Lavabit was founded in 2004 by Texas-based programmers, allegedly prompted by privacy concerns about Gmail, Google’s free, widely-used web-based email service, and their use of the content of users’ email to generate advertisements and marketing data.
Lavabit offered significant privacy protection for their users’ email, including asymmetric encryption. The strength of the cryptographic methods used was of a level that is difficult for even intelligence agencies to crack.
Notorious hacker and founder of Ghacks called the secure email service “probably the most secure, private email service right now”. In July 2013, Lavabit had about 350,000 users, it offered free and paid accounts with levels of storage ranging from 128 megabytes to 8 gigabytes.