Trick or treating Android Emoji keyboard app makes millions of unauthorized purchases

London, October 31, 2019 – A popular Android keyboard app, ai.type, downloaded more than 40 million times and included in the Google Play app store, has been caught making millions of unauthorized purchases of premium digital content, researchers at mobile technology company Upstream report. The app has been delivering millions of invisible ads and fake clicks, while delivering genuine user data about real views, clicks and purchases to ad networks. ai.type carries out some of its activity hiding under other identities[1], including disguising itself to spoof popular apps such as Soundcloud. The app’s tricks have also included a spike in suspicious activity once removed from the Google Play store.

Robots hiring humans: new research reveals the importance of striking the balance in the hiring process

31 October 2019: New research into job-seeker attitudes to digitization, automation and AI in the recruitment process has revealed how job-seekers are cheating recruitment technology platforms, to better their chances of landing a job. Seven in ten (67%) job seekers admitted to deliberately using optimization strategies to improve their chances of getting a job. 

The study, Hiring Humans vs. Recruitment Robots, by recruitment software provider TribePad canvassed the views of over 1,000 employees and job seekers in the UK. The findings revealed a worrying trend: as technology continues to permeate the recruitment and HR industry, job-seekers are looking for ways to game the system. 

Powered by Battery: Did EGO's New Cordless Electric Mower for 2020 just leak?

Whether intentional or not, Home Depot briefly listed a never before seen "21 inch Select Cut Lawn Mower with Touch Drive Technology" .  While we're unaware of public announcement from EGO POWER+, we came across a couple interesting pages online via Home Depot Pro that may very well be an upcoming new EGO Power+ mower about to hit the market. Details on this new mower are subject to change but below is what we can speculate from the information we know so far.

EGO is about to introduce to market a new 21 inch 56-Volt cordless electric walk behind mower with two significant features:

Deep Learning Is Overtaking Classic Machine Learning Methods, Study Finds

Peltarion, leading AI innovator and creator of an operational deep learning platform, and AI Knowledge Network CognitionX, organizer of the CogX festival of AI and emerging technology, today released a new study based on research and interviews with other AI industry leaders across Europe such as Amazon, Google, DeepMind, and JP Morgan. The report, “Deep Learning: Opportunities and Best Practice”, provides insight that deep learning is overtaking more classic Machine learning methods. However, several challenges remain; cost, complexity, and skills are yet to be solved to enable market growth.

Website Templates vs. Custom Web Design – What are the Differences and Which One to Choose?

Do you require a website for your business or you want to have online representation for your offerings? Then there are many ways to build a website and present it to the public. While building a business website, there are many things to consider as well as different choices to make. In any case, the primary consideration to make is whether to go for custom website design or to adopt the smart method of using website templates?

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Epic Content That Will Go Viral

When you think about some of the most globally shared content this year or the year before, it may seem as if the whole thing is random. Ok, some funny stunt made by a cat may have been accidental but when we are speaking about writing content, you will soon learn that the process is not random and that it takes effort and creativity to achieve your content to go viral. But this also means that it can be done, instead of accrediting each viral success to luck. To help get you moving in the right direction, here is a guide to making your content so grand that it goes viral. 

WordPress.com Premium Plan now offering Google Analytics

After years of maintaining and hosting my own WordPress and Drupal sites myself, last year I decided to give WordPress.com a trial run for one of my websites. I opted to subscribe to WP's Premium plan over their Business plan. The initial quantity of content for my website was low and I could not justify the higher cost of the Business plan for this site.

Mobile App Maintenance: A Critical Element In Any App’s Success

Have a mobile app for your business? How do you handle a major OS update like Android Oreo 8.0 or iOS 11? How do you add a new feature to your app after it has been uploaded on the app stores? How do you push security patches for new vulnerabilities? These questions need to be properly addressed to ensure an app’s success in the long run.

As high street shops close, retailers also fail to control online customer churn

London, UK, 22nd October, 2019: A recent survey of 500 retailers sponsored by Eggplant, the digital experience specialist, revealed the pressures facing online digital teams in advance of busy retail season. While 92% of digital teams are focused on business outcomes and an omnichannel experience that delights, 60% fail to measure customer churn - even though around one in three (30%) have an average drop off rate of 50% or more on online properties.

This follows recent reports that nearly 3,000 shops shut on UK high streets in the first half of this year and in July the proportion of all shops that are empty reached 10.3%, its highest level since January 2015.