‘Our business just exploded’: All eyes on thriving store

VISION: Diana Ward, from the Optical Superstore in Riverlink, has  considerable experience in the industry.

ACCORDING to a recent Roy Morgan Research report, 58%of Australians wear prescription glasses and on average replace them every two and half years.

It seems the older we get, the more we need to wear glasses.

One local business, Optical Superstore Ipswich, assists locals with all of their optical needs.

Diana and David Ward have been in business since 2002, moving from the Ipswich City Mall to Riverlink and in their third move are now located opposite Coles in the Riverlink Shopping Centre. “Coming into Riverlink was our best move we ever did, a lot more foot traffic and our business just exploded,” co-owner/operator David Ward said.

The husband and wife duo has considerable experience in the industry. Mr Ward worked in Melbourne, the home of the Optical Superstore.

“I am an optical mechanic, I did my apprenticeship in this and I am trained to make lenses and fitting them into frames.

“This particular role is now gone, replaced by computers. I went on to become an optical dispenser,” he said.

Diana is a qualified optical dispenser studying for the position during a four-year course. Starting out as a receptionist in a laboratory, where the two worked together, she moved to selling frames to retailers.

The complementary skills of the pair means customers are the beneficiary of their considerable knowledge and skill.

Optical Superstore is an Australian-owned and operated business.

“When I worked for them they only franchised to people known to the owner,” he said. “I had a young family and wanted to move back to Ipswich and I asked if he would support me opening a store here. He was happy to do that.”

In this highly competitive business, Optical Superstore Ipswich prides itself on offering the latest in technology for eye examination.

“We try to buy Australian-made frames and stock other international brands. In fact, we have well over 600 frames on display in our store.”

Two optometrists, Alison and Emma, are instore six days a week. Bookings can be made from Monday to Saturday, with appointments until 5pm on Saturday and 7pm on Thursday.

“I will go out of my way to assist our customers – that’s what others will not do. For example, I will do prescription diving masks, people don’t think of that.

“I also do a lot of individual safety glasses that are prescription and certified,” Mr Ward said.

While consumers are more aware of their eye health, it seems there is an increase in young people needing prescription glasses due to constantly being on smart devices without taking breaks.

Optical Superstore Ipswich are providers for Veteran Affairs clients and work with all major health funds for hi-caps claims. Mr and Mrs Ward operate a very successful and customer-oriented business, dedicated to continue to support the local community.

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Microsoft’s giving you just 10 days now, not 31, to change your mind about Windows 10

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Microsoft has hidden a new downgrade policy within the Windows 10 Anniversary Update: Once you’ve installed it, you’ll only have 10 days to downgrade to an earlier version or build, rather than the 31 days provided before.

Historically, Microsoft had given users a full month to roll back any updates, including upgrades to Windows 10. Supersite for Windows reported this week, however, that it was unable to downgrade to an earlier build after a 10-day limit had expired, though it wasn’t exactly clear what builds the limit applied to.

We asked Microsoft for clarification, and it boils down to this: Applying the Anniversary Update triggers the new policy. According to Microsoft, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8 or Windows 7, or whether you simply updated your PC from an earlier version of Windows 10. Once you’ve installed the Anniversary Update, you have 10 days to back out, not 31, before the AU becomes “permanent.”

“T]his new 10-day behavior is for all upgrades and updates to the Anniversary Update,” the representative said in an email.

Why this matters: Just when you thought Microsoft’s aggressive upgrade practices were over—remember all the nastiness about deceptive upgrade tactics?—it appears Microsoft is stealthily closing the Windows 10 escape hatch. Recent Windows 10 converts need to figure out when they upgraded to Windows 10, and whether they want to keep it, pronto. And if you upgraded to Windows 10 just so you could downgrade again? You may need to act fast.

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I upgraded this PC from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 on July 28, then upgraded to the Windows 10 AU on Aug. 2. Downgrading back to version 10586 still shows that I have a month (or about Aug. 28) to roll back to Windows 8.1, which is probably still the case.

Vague Windows 10 messaging

The problem is that the new rollback period is not clearly defined by Microsoft’s own messaging within Windows 10. In fact, it’s not defined at all.

In the most recent 14393.10 version of Windows 10 (the Anniversary Update), there’s no time limit attached to the option to go back to a previous build (Settings > Update & Security > Recovery). Even after PCWorld rolled back a second PC on July 28, from the Anniversary Update to the older “vanilla” version 10586.494, the Settings menu still shows a month remaining. It’s also not clear whether rolling back from the AU to version 10586 automatically grants more time.

Microsoft’s one-year period to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1, free of charge, ended on July 29. That gave new Windows 10 users just days before the Anniversary Updates began on Aug. 2.

Microsoft isn’t doing this to be mean, though. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, the company’s doing this to free up storage space on your PC. Downloading Windows 10, for example, requires about 3GB of space. Some amount of your drive is also used to store recovery files, whether to recover an upgrade or simply roll back to a previous build.

“Based on our user research, we noticed most users who choose to go back to a previous version of Windows do it within the first several days,” Microsoft said in a statement provided to PCWorld. “As such, we changed the setting to 10 days to free storage space used by previous copies.”

The bottom line is this: If you’re an existing Windows 10 user, and not having any issues with the Anniversary Update, you probably don’t need to do anything. We consider it to be a positive step forwardfor Windows 10.If you don’t like it and want to opt out, including going back to a previous version of Windows, it appears that your new deadline is ten days from August 2, or Friday, August 12.

Microsoft has hidden a new downgrade policy within the Windows 10 Anniversary Update: Once you’ve installed it, you’ll only have 10 days to downgrade to an earlier version or build, rather than the 31 days provided before.

Historically, Microsoft had given users a full month to roll back any updates, including upgrades to Windows 10. Supersite for Windows reported this week, however, that it was unable to downgrade to an earlier build after a 10-day limit had expired, though it wasn’t exactly clear what builds the limit applied to.

We asked Microsoft for clarification, and it boils down to this: Applying the Anniversary Update triggers the new policy. According to Microsoft, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8 or Windows 7, or whether you simply updated your PC from an earlier version of Windows 10. Once you’ve installed the Anniversary Update, you have 10 days to back out, not 31, before the AU becomes “permanent.”

“T]his new 10-day behavior is for all upgrades and updates to the Anniversary Update,” the representative said in an email.

Why this matters: Just when you thought Microsoft’s aggressive upgrade practices were over—remember all the nastiness about deceptive upgrade tactics?—it appears Microsoft is stealthily closing the Windows 10 escape hatch. Recent Windows 10 converts need to figure out when they upgraded to Windows 10, and whether they want to keep it, pronto. And if you upgraded to Windows 10 just so you could downgrade again? You may need to act fast.

go back to windows 8

Mark Hachman

I upgraded this PC from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 on July 28, then upgraded to the Windows 10 AU on Aug. 2. Downgrading back to version 10586 still shows that I have a month (or about Aug. 28) to roll back to Windows 8.1, which is probably still the case.

Vague Windows 10 messaging

The problem is that the new rollback period is not clearly defined by Microsoft’s own messaging within Windows 10. In fact, it’s not defined at all.

In the most recent 14393.10 version of Windows 10 (the Anniversary Update), there’s no time limit attached to the option to go back to a previous build (Settings > Update & Security > Recovery). Even after PCWorld rolled back a second PC on July 28, from the Anniversary Update to the older “vanilla” version 10586.494, the Settings menu still shows a month remaining. It’s also not clear whether rolling back from the AU to version 10586 automatically grants more time.

Microsoft’s one-year period to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1, free of charge, ended on July 29. That gave new Windows 10 users just days before the Anniversary Updates began on Aug. 2.

Microsoft isn’t doing this to be mean, though. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, the company’s doing this to free up storage space on your PC. Downloading Windows 10, for example, requires about 3GB of space. Some amount of your drive is also used to store recovery files, whether to recover an upgrade or simply roll back to a previous build.

“Based on our user research, we noticed most users who choose to go back to a previous version of Windows do it within the first several days,” Microsoft said in a statement provided to PCWorld. “As such, we changed the setting to 10 days to free storage space used by previous copies.”

The bottom line is this: If you’re an existing Windows 10 user, and not having any issues with the Anniversary Update, you probably don’t need to do anything. We consider it to be a positive step forwardfor Windows 10.If you don’t like it and want to opt out, including going back to a previous version of Windows, it appears that your new deadline is ten days from August 2, or Friday, August 12.

Hands on with the Polar M600: The ultimate fitness-centric smartwatch is just a little too big

I’m not a gym rat, nor do I get pumped up to ride my bike for hours on end. It takes a lot to convince me to leave the house and sweat. Still, there’s something particularly convincing about the new Polar M600 Android Wear smartwatch that makes me think I could start a disciplined work out routine of my own. I just wish it it didn’t look like it was designed specifically for the athletic man.

The Polar M600 is the first truly fitness-centric smartwatch to come to the Android camp. It offers fitness and sleep tracking that trumps most other fitness bands and sportier Android Wear watches. This is not a smartwatch designed for a sedentary couch potato who merely wants to track his steps. Rather, it’s for the devoted athlete who is serious about physically training for the next big showdown, or anyone who might be looking to transition to a heavily active lifestyle.

I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to wear the M600 and sample its fitness tracking app. I really like what Polar is attempting to do for Android Wear, though I’m also a bit put off by the bulky, masculine aesthetic of the M600. Android Wear has come a long way since the first G Watch hit the scene, and the design of the M600 almost feels like a step back.

Function over form

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This giant smartwatch is too big for most wrists.

The Polar M600 is a gigantic smartwatch covered in smooth, black silicone. It reminds me of a toy watch I would have worn in the 90’s, though it also resembles a bloated version of the discontinued Sony Smartwatch 3. It’s big, and it sticks out about a quarter of an inch off the wrist. Smaller hands will have trouble bending backwards while wearing this thing, and I can’t imagine trying to transition from plank to downward dog with this behemoth strapped on.

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The bottom side of the M600 features six LEDs for heart-rate monitoring.

I tried on the M600 for about half an hour and while its material is very comfortable, its bulky aesthetic is not particularly attractive. Polar’s justification for the M600’s size is that it’s chock full of features you don’t get with a typical Android Wear watch, and for the most part that’s true. The M600 is not only equipped with both GPS and GLONASS, but it’s also waterproof, and it can withstand dynamic pressure so that divers can take it underwater.

The Polar smartwatch also employs six LEDs on the bottom of the device for more accurate heart-rate monitoring, compared to the one LED light most other watches use. I tried it out for myself and the darn heart-rate monitor gave away how anxious I get during briefings. I had no idea my heart beats so fast when I’m on the job!

The M600 runs on a 500 mAh battery, which the company says should last up to 48 hours on one charge if you’re using the watch with an Android phone. (iPhone users will see battery life of up to 24 hours because of the lack of Bluetooth LE optimization.) Like most other Android Wear watches, it features the traditional on/off side button, though there’s also an easy access button the front of the device that you can press when you’re ready to start a work out.

This isn’t Polar’s first dance with wearables. The company already offers an extensive line of fitness tracking devices, including the V800 smartwatch, which is widely used by professional athletes around the world. It’s likely that Polar kept the M600 simplistic so that there’s some unity among its product lineup, but I would have liked to see at least another color option and a thinner chassis to make it stand out from the rest of it siblings.

A trainer on your wrist

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The Polar Flow app that comes preloaded on the M600 is already available in the Play Store.

Polar hopes that its app will be what reels you in. The M600 comes preloaded with a companion app called Polar Flow, which you can peak at in the Google Play Store. The app is only compatible with Polar’s fitness trackers, so you can’t use with just any Android Wear watch.

Polar Flow tracks all sorts of activities, including running, hiking, swimming, yoga, and cross-country skiing. The idea is that if your body can do it, the app should be able to track it. The app tracks active time, burned calories, steps walked, and sleep patterns (though I can’t imagine sleeping with it on). It also offers a quick overview of your training and analyzes performance over time. I was impressed at the variety of activity offerings available in the Flow app, but I can’t speak to how functional it is when paired with a regimented training routine just yet. I’ll definitely be trying that out when the M600 comes in for review.

Clearly not for everyone

The M600 is geared up for the rigidly trained athlete who relies on numbers to quantify their physical improvements and wants other app functionality. But for the average Joe who just wants to track his steps, there’s a whole Play Store filled with other Android Wear offerings that are more stylish, and more comfortable to wear.

Perhaps all the functionality of the Polar M600 is totally worth the sacrifice of bulking up your wrist, but we won’t be able to tell until we try out the smartwatch for ourselves when it launches later this year.
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Why 10 Gigabit Is No Longer Just for Big Enterprises

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With data doubling every two years, SMBs can find affordable 10G switching solutions that will do the trick without breaking their IT budgets.

The changing economics around 10 Gigabit Ethernet is about to change how many small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) think about the composition of their networking infrastructures.

When 10G switching debuted more than a decade ago, the new functionality came with a relatively high price tag. Yes, this qualified as a big improvement over GigE and would do wonders to ease congestion and offer greater bandwidth. But only well-heeled enterprises could afford to foot the hefty the bill to upgrade their data centers with this potent improvement in technology.

For example, the cost of an average 10G Ethernet port averaged around $5,000 in 2004, a price that was beyond the reach of most SMBs.

They would have to bide their time. But that years-long wait is over.

The cost constraints that prevented SMBs from moving to 10G have now fallen by the wayside. For instance, these days you can find a choice of eight 10GBASE-T switches from NETGEAR with prices starting below the $1,000 mark and ranging from 8-port (XS708E Web Managed Plus) to 28-port (XS728T Smart Managed) to 48-port (M4300 Fully Managed series).

That kind of newfound affordability will help SMBs upgrade slower infrastructure with potent additions that will help them avoid downtime, lost opportunities, and even business failure.

10G: All about productivity

The drop in the price per gigabit port promises to be a boon to SMBs as they look to meet the demands of more bandwidth-intensive functions. In fact, that migration is already underway.

Consider, for example, that nearly two-thirds of SMBs now expect to include 10G in their business networks by the end of next year, according to a 2015 survey by NETGEAR. What’s more, 100 percent of the respondents also said they intended to eventually deploy 10G switching in their networks.

The price drops are taking place at a time when other developments in the technology business are combining to create a dramatically new networking landscape. This isn’t just a technology challenge but also a business priority.

As SMBs fill out their IT infrastructure with new devices, resource-intensive applications, it’s more critical than ever that networks don’t get overloaded. But the challenge isn’t getting any easier as networks are processing loads of new data related to the sharp growth in video streaming, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Indeed, the challenge is not trivial and network slowdowns and outages have turned into top challenges for IT managers at companies of all sizes, including SMBs.

The thirst for data is not going to ebb anytime soon. Data now doubles every two years – another reason why the advent of more affordable 10G switching could not be better timed. Until recently, SMBs facing this kind of unprecedented increase in digital traffic would have been doomed to suffer bottlenecks with very little recourse. Now management can demand – and come to expect – their data networks to be able to handle constant spikes in video and mobile data.

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Why 10 Gigabit Is No Longer Just for Big Enterprises

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With data doubling every two years, SMBs can find affordable 10G switching solutions that will do the trick without breaking their IT budgets.

The changing economics around 10 Gigabit Ethernet is about to change how many small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) think about the composition of their networking infrastructures.

When 10G switching debuted more than a decade ago, the new functionality came with a relatively high price tag. Yes, this qualified as a big improvement over GigE and would do wonders to ease congestion and offer greater bandwidth. But only well-heeled enterprises could afford to foot the hefty the bill to upgrade their data centers with this potent improvement in technology.

For example, the cost of an average 10G Ethernet port averaged around $5,000 in 2004, a price that was beyond the reach of most SMBs.

They would have to bide their time. But that years-long wait is over.

The cost constraints that prevented SMBs from moving to 10G have now fallen by the wayside. For instance, these days you can find a choice of eight 10GBASE-T switches from NETGEAR with prices starting below the $1,000 mark and ranging from 8-port (XS708E Web Managed Plus) to 28-port (XS728T Smart Managed) to 48-port (M4300 Fully Managed series).

That kind of newfound affordability will help SMBs upgrade slower infrastructure with potent additions that will help them avoid downtime, lost opportunities, and even business failure.

10G: All about productivity

The drop in the price per gigabit port promises to be a boon to SMBs as they look to meet the demands of more bandwidth-intensive functions. In fact, that migration is already underway.

Consider, for example, that nearly two-thirds of SMBs now expect to include 10G in their business networks by the end of next year, according to a 2015 survey by NETGEAR. What’s more, 100 percent of the respondents also said they intended to eventually deploy 10G switching in their networks.

The price drops are taking place at a time when other developments in the technology business are combining to create a dramatically new networking landscape. This isn’t just a technology challenge but also a business priority.

As SMBs fill out their IT infrastructure with new devices, resource-intensive applications, it’s more critical than ever that networks don’t get overloaded. But the challenge isn’t getting any easier as networks are processing loads of new data related to the sharp growth in video streaming, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Indeed, the challenge is not trivial and network slowdowns and outages have turned into top challenges for IT managers at companies of all sizes, including SMBs.

The thirst for data is not going to ebb anytime soon. Data now doubles every two years – another reason why the advent of more affordable 10G switching could not be better timed. Until recently, SMBs facing this kind of unprecedented increase in digital traffic would have been doomed to suffer bottlenecks with very little recourse. Now management can demand – and come to expect – their data networks to be able to handle constant spikes in video and mobile data.

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Amazon is making it even less complicated to buy stuff on Top with just your voice

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Diagram showing Amazon “Alexa” generation on an Echo device
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Diagram showing Amazon “Alexa” technology on an Echo device
Amazon is shifting toward a global in which shopping on-line is as simple as uttering a word.

Nowadays, the organization announced that individuals of its Top service can now order “tens of millions” of items with Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled assistant. Previously, Top participants who very own one in every of four gadgets with Alexa ought to do that with matters they have purchased in the past or through“Amazon’s Desire,” a carrier in which the organisation selections merchandise.

Jogging out of the residence but simply remembered you’re out of espresso? “Alexa, order Starbucksespresso,” Amazon offers as an instance. Some other: “Alexa, order Charmin bathroom paper.”

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The feature will check the energy of Amazon’s artificial intelligence, particularly as competitors, mainlyGoogle, are bringing their personal voice-search merchandise to the house. To peer this selection take off, Amazon will even need to maintain Top membership growing.

Both of those problems are many of the massive threats to Amazon’s sterling boom.

observing your telephone? the subsequent ARM chips are just for you

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ou’re probable spending greater time along with your telephone, and ARM’s observed.

The organization in the back of the architecture probably the greatest maximum mobile processors has created its subsequentgeneration chip designs for sustained excessive performance and longer batteryexistence.

ARM is saying the Cortex-A73 CPU at Computex in Taipei on Monday. Chips based totally at the designmight be a touch quicker than their predecessors, but this generation is extra approximatelyperformance, ARM says.

That suits what’s taking place in telephones now, in keeping with Tirias research analyst Paul Teich.

“We type of have sufficient strength in our smartphones,” he stated. And with displays about as massiveas most consumers want, and telephones skinny sufficient, the size among the best the battery willstay the identical for a while.

What’s nonetheless changing is how people use their telephones, Teich stated. They’re gambling extradisturbing video games, looking more movies on planes and starting to do a little virtual truth, this means that placing the display screen to the test simply an inch from your eyes.

those aren’t quick bursts top-of-the-line hobby like loading a web web page or preventing the most effectivef an ambush in a video game. They’re ongoing sports in which users need a constant best one of the best revel in. as an instance, at very close variety, including in virtual reality, customers speedygrow touchy to delays and to pixel size, stated James Bruce, ARM’s director among the finest cellularsolutions.

Chips have a good way to power these applications with out using up among the finestone of the bestpower. at the cease the most effective a long viewing or gaming consultation, customers still want on the way to make a name.

Cortex-A73 chips need to carry out at almost their maximum pace for lengthy intervals among the besttime, ARM says. the gap between top and sustained overall performance is much smaller than at theorganisation’s closing CPU design, the Cortex-A72.

ARM’s companions can produce CPUs with one of a kind numbers top-of-the-line cores to meet theirwishes. The Cortex-A73 is intended for 92902aa20c12d87b40dfdf6f0aff9775 smartphones in addition tomuch less effective handsets priced as low as US$200, he stated.

The corporation is also introducing a brand new GPU layout, the Mali-G71, based totally on itssubsequent photos chip structure, known as Bifrost. like the Cortex-A73, it’ll be extra green and designed for sustained performance, ARM says. but it may additionally take a few mobile devices to a brand new degree.

The Mali-G71 can be built with as many as 32 shader cores, the among the best processing gadgets thatsoftware program uses to draw gadgets. That’s twice as many as there were in ARM’s last top ratephotographs chip and beats a number of the separate GPUs utilized in midrange laptops, the agencysays.

excessivequit versions top-of-the-line the chip could go into nevertheless cameras, TVs, drones and even virtualfact headsets as well as highquit telephones, Bruce stated. on the low cease, people withjust four cores can be used for low-decision telephones.

the new CPU and GPU need to find their manner into chipmakers’ SoC (device-on-chip) merchandise fortransport in phones subsequent year, ARM says.

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Google’s CEO just referred to as the next wave in computing, and it is now not VR

Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2015 (3)each decade or so, a brand new era of computing comes alongside that shapes the entirety we do. a good deal of the 90s was about client-server and home windows desktops. with the aid of the aughts, theinternet had taken over and each commercial carried a URL. Then came the iPhone, and we’re inside themidst of a decade defined with the aid of human beings tapping myopically into tiny monitors.

So what comes subsequent, while cellular gives manner to something else? Mark Zuckerberg thinks it’s VR. There’s likely to be a variety of that, but there’s a more foundational technology that makes VRfeasible and permeates other regions besides.

“I do assume ultimately we are able to evolve in computing from a cell-first to an AI-first international,”stated Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, answering an analyst’s question during figure business enterpriseAlphabet’s quarterly earnings call Thursday.

He’s not predicting that mobile will depart, of course, however that the breakthroughs of the following daywill come via smarter uses of records as opposed to clever uses of cell devices like those who deliveredus Uber and Instagram.

forms of synthetic intelligence are already getting used to kind pictures, combat spam and steer self-riding cars. The present day trend is in bots, which use AI offerings on the returned end to completetasks mechanically, like ordering plants or booking a resort.

Google believes it has a lead in AI and the associated discipline of machine mastering, which Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt has already pegged as key to Google’s destiny.

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gadget getting to know is one of the approaches Google hopes to distinguish its emerging cloud computing enterprise from the ones of rivals like Amazon and Microsoft, Pichai said.

There’s a darkish side to AI as properly, of course. in case you suppose Google and fb realize an excessive amount of about you these days, wait til they have even smarter computer systems and extrarecords to work with.

Pichai made his comments in the course of Alphabet’s earnings name for the first zone, which had beena mixed bag. income have been up 17 percentage to $20.3 billion, but adjusted income of $7.50 in keeping with share fell brief of the $7.ninety six in line with proportion that analysts were seeking out.

cost consistent with click on at Google, a measure of ways a great deal it gets paid for commercials, fellnine percentage from the same quarter remaining 12 months. Alphabet’s stocks had been down 6percentage on the time of this record after the consequences had been launched.

The market just saw a near-term bottom: Acampora

Stocks are beginning to catch spring fever.

The Dow and S&P 500 closed at their highest level since Jan. 6 on Tuesday, fueled by a massive rally in the financial and technology sectors. The S&P has now bounced 9 percent from its recent low, and that has one veteran technician, calling for a near-term bottom.

On CNBC’s “Futures Now” Tuesday, Ralph Acampora said that stocks could soon surpass levels not seen since late last year.

“The S&P 500 is now poking its head above [its] 50-day [and nearing its 200-day] moving averages,” said Acampora. The S&P 500 closed above its shorter-term moving average for the first time this year last week and is trading less than 3 percent off its longer-term moving average.

“This tells me that this vacuum rally has more to go and I think the S&P has a near-term target upside of 2,050 to 2,100.” That’s as much as a 6 percent rise from Tuesday’s close of 1,978 and puts the S&P at its highest mark since early December.

Read MoreThe markets could see new highs by May: Tom Lee

According to Acampora the market could reach those levels over the next couple of weeks, but the true test comes when we arrive there. “The big question is what happens when we get up there because we run into a ceiling that was all created last year,” said the director of technical analysis at Altaira. “It’s impressive near term, but once we get up there we will have to rethink things.”

Furthermore, he called on the Federal Reserve to back off in order for the volatility to remain muted. “The Fed is causing a lot of volatility,” he said. “In late January and February all we had was their comments pushing and pulling the market. So if the Fed would just keep its mouth quiet I think we’ll be fine,” he added.

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No, Mom, Twitter isn’t just for stalkers

In the third installment of CNBC’s social media on campus series, a senior at the University of Washington in Seattle, Haylee Millikan, explains how social media went from totally taboo to totally changing her life and the world of political activism.

I wasn’t allowed to have an account on social media until I was 15. Of course, I didn’t obey that, but back then, it was a common belief that a young person on social media was “putting themselves at risk” by sharing private information. People were afraid that the open information on the Internet would lead to terrible consequences.

All sorts of crime shows have released episodes about serial killers preying on young people through Twitter, Facebook or Myspace. They would show a montage of selfies and statuses detailing where the person was, what they were doing and who they were with. Every detail of their lives was made public so logically, someone could use that information to find them.

Haylee Millikan

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Haylee Millikan

But what is social media really like for young adults? Is it the scary, too-vulnerable, mysterious place that older generations seem to have thought it was? Not for me, that’s for sure!

According to those crime shows, nothing good happens on the Internet. There are only the perverted, the malevolent and the conceited. That does exist, but my experience of social media has also been one filled with incredible community, empathy, intelligence and creativity.

The last few years have been huge for social media activism, with important movements like #BlackLivesMatter, #ShoutYourAbortion, #YesAllWomen and #StopGamerGate making their way across popular social platforms. Facebook and Twitter may seem trivial to some but each of these movements has been greatly catalyzed as a result of social media. The ability to mobilize is a great strength for social movements and activist groups, and it’s a trait the Internet has regardless of the topic.

Beyond the actual social aspect, I also believe that social media has become an excellent marketing tool in the 21st century. I read more and more stories about people who are able to make a living using social media to market the goods and services they are selling or who advertise others’ products and are paid generously. I’ve worked for a number of various individuals and organizations, running their social media accounts, and there’s no shortage of jobs in the social media field.

Marketing on the Internet has changed: for creatives, crafting a brand through social media is one of the ways in which you gain a more attentive following. Creating an image on social media, whether fabricated or genuine, drives so much of modern advertising. Think of the young Kardashians— as much as I hate seeing that they’re trending, their livelihoods probably depend on the continuation of their followings on social media. When they trend on social media platforms, they drive traffic to sites that sell their various products. For example, Kylie Jenner’s lipstick line for MAC has sold out in under a minute in the past. Even if you are like me and don’t care about the Kardashians at all, you have to admit they’re doing something right in terms of capitalizing on their fame.

I use the Internet, including social media, as a creativity-catalyzer and journal. Following different people who I share interests with on Instagram and Twitter pushes me to be a better artist and writer. The political blogs on my Facebook feed ensure that I’m up to date, informed and active in what I care about. And when I want to reach out to my friends with things I’m unsure about, I feel supported by the community that exists online. And it’s so much faster than reaching out to each one of your friends individually.

Some of the first people who I really felt understood me were friends I met through the Internet. I was bullied incessantly growing up, but on social media there were opportunities for me to be myself in ways I couldn’t at school or at home. I came out as bisexual online far earlier than I did in my “actual” life, but the experience of being open about who I was online made the transition so much easier.

Once I left home to attend college, I started using social media as a way to stay in touch with friends all over the world. I have people I haven’t seen in years who I still feel close to, regardless of physical presence because I connect with them often online. Instead of having to keep a detailed list of contact information, my friends from Paris, Montana andAustralia are all easily available on Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram; I can see what they’re doing with their lives, even if they’re far away.

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Part of the reason I love social media so much is it allows me to quickly disperse information I think is important for people to know. I post petitions and articles about issues not popular in corporate media like the Mississippi Choctaw case in the Supreme Court. And it’s not just me— people all over the world are using social media to disseminate information. I firmly believe that social media has created a space for people to come together with shared experiences with hashtags such as #Blackoncampus. It’s so easy to incite empathy, to lift up voices that are underrepresented in the media because social media is controlled by the people and not institutions that benefit from the silencing of those voices.

I think the idea that young people only use social media as a way to stay self-involved completely overlooks the real tangible ways that it helps us connect to our friends and to the world. I post a lot on my Instagram account regarding my health problems and have found a very supportive community of people who understand what I’m going through. Having this community, even if it’s “just” online, makes day-to-day life much easier.

That being said, not every experience I’ve had on social media is positive. Being a young female writer, and being open about my life on social media, puts me at increased risk for harassment. I’ve had multiple fake accounts on Facebook target me and my friends, sharing images I’ve posted with alternate captions and mean-spirited comments. I regularly get incredibly inappropriate messages, ones I try my best to ignore.

However, even with all that, the positive far outweighs the negative. The relationships I’ve built, the confidence I’ve gained, and the marketing skills I’ve cultivated, all of these things far surpass any hope I had for what social media could do. Something I once thought was banal and shallow has become an invigorating and powerful part of my life, keeping me informed and positive. Who knows what the next five years will hold in technological changes, but I can’t imagine I’ll stop using social media anytime soon.

Going forward, I know I’ll continue using social media regularly. Instagram is my online journal, where I try to practice radical authenticity by posting even when I’m not having beautiful, adventurous days. I run a few organization’s Facebook pages, and I post poems and articles I’ve published and little notes to my friends. I have to have a Twitter for work, but it’s mostly retweets and the occasional unanswered question, Snapchat I hardly check, and Pinterest is for looking at clothes and apartment accessories I can’t afford right now. I’m sure in a few months there will be a new one that I need to get used to, but until then, that’s all I regularly use.

Commentary by Haylee Millikan, a senior studying creative writing and philosophy at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has been the head of the opinion section at The Daily for almost a year, and also runs the Women’s Action Commission of the ASUW. She was a finalist for the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate last year, and is above all else a poet, artist, and activist. Follow her on Twitter @hayleemaid.
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