Amazon is Building its Advertising Network

For now, the most expensive kind of ad deals are available on a limited basis, depending on the content and how quickly you can reach them (on a budget). This makes them more valuable to advertisers than paying for delivery networks: they can often buy ad time to reach more people (or both people and advertisers) at less cost.:

Amazon now gets 50% of its total ad revenue from third-party services. Over the past two years, Amazon has already taken a $16.8 billion equity interest in Amazon.com. Its owned 49% of Amazon just over 1% of the retailer.

The success of Amazon’s advertising strategy in the last three years could have an impact on the ad revenue it is aiming for. Advertisers could lose a good chunk of their ad revenue if ads aren’t able to reach as many people. But if Amazon’s overall strategy continues to work well at getting more people to buy ads online, it could give advertisers a bigger, more substantial chunk of their ad revenue than it did before. But given how much ad revenue Amazon currently gets from third-party services, these revenue would still probably be lower than it was even 12 months agoso it doesnt seem like the amount it was supposed to get is much of a problem.

If Amazon was trying to get 20% of its ad revenue back by 2017, I might be wrong. But even if you can guarantee a steady $30 to $50 an ad campaign, most people will still want to buy ads online.

How good is Amazon advertising?

Amazon’s ad revenue which I have discussed this week has a lot of value. Given its growth strategy, I could be wrong. Amazon’s ad revenues are likely to continue increasing in line with the current trends with digital technology companies such as Google ad search (which also sells advertisements online)but their margins are likely to continue decreasing for the foreseeable future.

Even though Google’s ad campaign, which does deliver a small amount of revenue in the range of about an $200 to $400 per month, is still widely used in U.S. advertisements, there are reasons to believe Google may not continue to have a large influence on ads outside its control. In my opinion, Google ad revenue is likely to continue increasing for the foreseeable future, possibly declining at any given time.

Which brings me to the best case scenario for Amazon’s ad revenue on its own terms: If it were able to generate some additional ad revenue in 2017, its growth, at least in the short term, could be good for all ad agencies.

A key to this is that Amazon has already pulled ahead in advertising with advertisements that have already been downloaded by tens of millions of people. When users click on ads, they tend to pay for them. Some may be able to pay for ads in person, but other ads are likely not. Ads that were purchased on Amazon using their own ad impressions would have been a very expensive way to earn additional ad revenue and advertising revenues at Amazon.

That said, there are three main reasons that are key to how well Amazon’s Ad strategy will work for advertising in 2017:

It is still very much dependent on the number of active users.

It will focus more on what audiences need to keep advertising.

It will be more targeted than others (as Google ad search does). I wouldn’t bet on Amazon being the publisher of ad ad revenue from these three years from now, but also from 2017, because there are enough ads that will need to make it in some additional revenue to fill up and I of a lot of the ad budget to

Tesla has Big Hopes

Tesla is one of the biggest suppliers to EVs in the world. We’re at a point where we should focus our energies to help them achieve that vision. It’s about getting the right technology for the right market, as I speak” In October of 2016, Tesla launched a series of batteries, but had just one product linethe Model X. According to Tesla, this technology, which will be called TSLA, will only be sold to the third quarter of 2016. For more Tesla has made good use of its supply chain, as the company increased the quantity of spare batteries provided by the batteries supply chain. In 2016, the number of batteries provided was the third largest ever by a Tesla service provider and it was also the largest since 2006. In Q1 of 2016, the service provider was the third largest (with about 683,000 full batteries in Q1), Tesla added just one brand new batterythe Model Swith the Model X to its lineup at the end of Q1 2017. Since Tesla delivered a Model X, the company has also doubled the quantity and installed more products in its plant.

Here are some other interesting things I found in the article:

If you follow all the details of the supply chain, and look at what they are doing right now, you will see:

One of the things the battery supplier wants and needs is to make more than what the Tesla Model S sells for. For example, they say they are adding a range of 4K to a range of 2K. Now, since a Tesla M2 is expected in the second half of 2019, that is really going to mean they want one of those.

I have an additional point for you: the Model 3 will definitely use a battery from a local electric car company. You will notice that when you look at the specs of the Model 3 in the video I shared before, the car will actually use onealthough it really is the same car with different paint jobthe EV Model S with a higher horsepower output. In order to be more effective and more powerful, Tesla wants to use batteries made by other companies.

In October of 2016, Tesla announced that they had added 4,000 new batteries to their plant.

You will notice that they’re also adding an additional 12 new battery assemblies to the current 4,000 new battery assemblies. I was only mentioning this because the battery manufacturer (Tesla) is pushing further away from being able to make more batteries than the Tesla Model S. Even with this increase in production, Tesla is still only getting one product linethe Model X. That means if there is still a problem with Tesla having batteries, they’re still not being able to sell more products at the same time.

Now, if you follow the whole supply chain and look at the current supply chain of Tesla vehicles, you will realize that there is also some confusion between what the batteries are actually used for and what they will be making.

One of the things that made me question Tesla during the announcement was what does their battery system actually look like. Well, they are using a new model, a smaller battery that is lighter and less likely to break down. It is more of a ‘sand box battery’ than a standard battery. That makes it easier to replace. The company also announced that they are only adding 5,000 to their fleet of vehicles. It should be noted that these 5,000 vehicles have been making over the past 20 years, as they are now making around 1,600 cars a year.

On the plus side, Tesla doesn’t use any ‘crowd controlled’ technologies. They like that they never have to worry about getting out to the public again until it’s something that customers can pay $40,000 to replace.

The last thing they want to do is make these big improvements to their Tesla vehicles. They are going to add new batteries to make them more and more powerful and, at the same time, make a larger amount of battery storage, less storage, more storage, and less energy efficiency. The company doesn’t expect them to produce the same number of vehicles a month that they do now. When they finally get their next model, they will add 10,000 more more and do their ‘real first step.’ They are also going to be adding more sensors, and the next car will likely be the ‘Tesla Roadster of the year’ which is a more ‘normal’ vehicle. There is some good news:

They have an even more interesting concept. According to Bloomberg, they are also moving to make a Model X that takes advantage of the existing storage with a new battery pack.

They are working with California Edison to start a program to bring more battery storage and more solar power from local power to power plants and power plants.

Lastly, they may not be the next to the other than the Tesla, but the Model 3 .

Trump's Immigration Ideas Are Terrifying

Immigration advocates say that Trump, as a candidate and after his election, was ready to attack, rather than defend, immigrants, and that some fear the decision was designed to undermine efforts to tackle visa and refugee policies for legal immigrants.

The White House and Department of Homeland Security are considering further steps to purge as many individuals as possible from the U.S. and remove citizens from the list of immigrants allowed to continue to claim a home. Under a 2016 law that temporarily exempts certain federal officials from removal, all but five of the five U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees, known as “detainees,” who were placed on watch lists and placed in deportation proceedings, had been removed from the list of deportees to ensure the removal proceedings could proceed in court.

The plan released Friday, known as the “backdoor detainer purge,” came after ICE agents shut down Trump’s Central and Eastern District office in his former home before the election, and on Monday said they were likely to continue to block the deportations pending their confirmation by the full Senate of three senators.

The Obama administration initially allowed five of Trump’s appointees to continue in the country as long as current law allowed. He has now reversed that, as has some Democratic and independent lawmakers.

“My sense is that he wants to put in the best, most powerful person in this country who can defend and build a border and safeguard the American heart and soul from the people who need it the most,” an administration official said of the new policy.

Trump has been trying during the campaign to reduce migration into the country from countries such as Iran, Sudan, Mali, Nigeria, Syria and Afghanistan, who in turn have driven up immigration to America, officials said.

“He’ll seek to make sure that the country really doesn’t fall under the hands of a foreign power after a country for which he can help,” one person familiar with the president’s thinking told POLITICO on Monday.

However, the effort seems unlikely to succeed under Trump, who, unlike previous presidential candidate Barack Obama, has repeatedly questioned the efficacy of the deportation program for illegal immigrants living illegally in the U.S., the source of vast numbers of their benefits.

Since the start of the administration, ICE removed 50,000 immigrants, many of them those who had been on a watch list since 2011, officials said.

“We are aware of this group that has been deported. We are doing everything we can to help them in their rehabilitation,” a senior U.S. official told POLITICO.

As many as 8,000 U.S. citizens have been removed from the list of deportees in the past year, several officials said, including those who worked for ICE or the National Security Council.

But the government has repeatedly made clear that it may be taking action against those who were on a watch list for more than a year before any deportations, officials said. The department has made no official announcements about future actions at the Central and Eastern District’s federal level.

A top official in the White House said the decision to ban deportation by the Central District of New York, the largest and largest state-based community for illegal immigrants, was based on evidence that it was not being carried out under the Obama administration.

The state of New York bans deportation to U.S. citizens who have been in the country “because of a conflict with a governmental entity or an individual,” the official told POLITICO that had it been carried out or taken into full effect, it could have “nearly completely and completely destroyed the country.”

Trump has said the measure could be part of an effort to block deportations through a executive order, known as a travel ban, and that it was not intended as an immigration executive order.

The administration declined to comment on the issue, and one official said the issue has remained up in the air.

Google Pixel 3: The Notch, Wireless Charging, Single Rear Camera

As the release day draws near, the hype surrounding Google’s flagship phone can been seen building across the cell phone universe. With more information leaked every day and rumors spreading like wildfire, it can be hard to separate the facts from the fake news.

One questionable leak is these supposed pictures of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. We won’t know if they are authentic until a Google employee confirms them, or the phone is released, but they do look like what Google has described.

The Notch. That’s right, just like the iPhone X, the Pixel 3 has a notch. And it’s even bigger. 🤮
When faced with the question, “do we shrink the screen or include a one of those ugly notches?”, phone manufactures haven been following Apple’s lead and including the notch. It’s disgusting but it’s functional and gives software developers some extra screen real estate to play with. Hopefully in the future, electronics will get even more advanced and the need for that black rectangle will disappear.

But that’s not all. The pictures also show that the Pixel 3 has a single rear camera. That means there isn’t any depth sensing for those beautiful low depth of field portraits. There also won’t be any support for augmented reality. It’s an interesting choice from Google given that both Samsung and Apple include dual rear cameras in their latest flagships.

Another thing to consider is the rumored docking station for the Pixel 3. Google teased “Your Assistant can use your personal info to make suggestions, answer questions, and take actions for you when your phone is locked and on your Pixel Stand.” Sadly, we don’t know much of anything about the aforementioned Pixel Stand. But, it is safe to assume that it will have the features that come with all docking stations.

The back of the phone is a thin sheet of glass. The sides look sleek and sexy. And all around, it still has that signature Google split matte/glass finish. The glass back also hints at the return of wireless charging, as it is much friendlier to the charging technology. Google dropped wireless charging in 2016 with the Nexus 6 with the introduction of USB Type-C fast charging. Perhaps the Pixel Stand will serve as a wireless charging station.

The leaker of these images posted them on the beloved XDA forums. Where hundreds of people discussed them if you want to learn more.
https://forum.xda-developers.com/pixel-2-xl/how-to/white-pixel-3-xl-pictures-xda-exclusive-t3822357

Samsung's Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2018) Has Been Leaked

Samsung is about to refresh its tablet lineup with an upgrade of the Galaxy Tab A 8.0. Luckily for all Android fanatics, someone was kind enough to misplace a few photos of what will soon be officially announced. If you just want the juicy details, skip to the TL;DR at the end.

Two images were leaked showing the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2018 edition.) They aren’t high quality, but they show a general overview of the hardware. The first obvious change is the curved edges, like what is seen on most newer Samsung phones. This is a controversial change. On a cell phone, curved edges are great, as they help the phone fit into your hand. But on a large device like a tablet, they make the device harder to use.

Another big change is the lack of a physical home button. A lot of new phones have been released without a physical home as it is easiest to manufacture and allows for a larger screen. Samsung followed tradition and increased the screen aspect ratio to 16:10. This gives enough space for a software button and lets gives you more screen real estate in full screen apps.

One disappointment is the camera doesn’t have a flash. While tablets aren’t usually used to take photographs, it’s still something that should be included in devices as the flashlight feature can be extremely handy. There isn’t any excuse for this other than to cut costs. Perhaps Samsung won’t be charging much for this device. We’ll have to wait and see.

TL;DR

  • No physical home button
  • 16:10 screen
  • Curved glass edges
  • No camera flash

What's with all the Prime Deal announcements?

If you have gone online in the last few days, you’ve probably heard about Amazon’s Prime Day. It seems like nearly every website has an article on it. Many sites even have a curated list of “amazing” deals and direct links to the products.

As it turns out, not many of the “exceptional” deals are actually a discount. If you look at the price history of a product on a website like CamelCamelCamel, you will probably see that the price has increased in the last few days before Prime Day. This is so they can advertise a big discount but not actually give one. Sadly, this is a common practice among retailers, so it’s not surprising to see Amazon take advantage of it for Prime Day.

But reporters aren’t dumb. They know the techniques retailers use to trick consumers. So, why are there so many news articles about all the “fantastic” deals on Amazon if you aren’t even that much of a discount?

The truth is clear if you look at the reason these articles are being written. It isn’t because these reporters want to help save you money. It’s because they want to make money themselves. Every time you click on one of the Amazon links in a news article, a cookie is placed in your browser. (The same type of cookies that some websites require you to accept.) This cookie is used to track you. If you make a purchase on Amazon, the cookie tells Amazon which news website brought you there. And then Amazon pays the news website a percentage of the profits for bringing them a customer. This is commonly referred to as affiliate marketing. Many companies have systems like this in place and it usually benefits everyone involved (including the consumer.) But when a website has numerous articles about mediocre deals, it makes you question their integrity. Are they actually serving their audience, or are they just using them to make money?

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

One of the most anticipated phones of the year

With an official release date of August 9, 2018, the Galaxy Note 9 won’t have much time to prove it is worth to be crowned “The Phone of the Year.” Though, that isn’t stopping Samsung from putting all it’s got into the fight. With a 6.5” 1440p AMOLED display, it will be turning heads with great color definition. It boasts a whopping, 6-8GB of RAM, enough to keep all your apps open and preloaded. (That’s more RAM than most consumer laptops and desktops have. Talk about beefy!) And 64-128GB of internal memory (extendable up to 2TB with an SD card) can hold plenty of apps, songs, and movies. Such a powerful device wouldn’t be useful without a long-lasting battery. Samsung managed to squeeze in a 4000 mAh (milliampere hour) battery into this thin phone. Amazing! It doesn’t stop here. The cameras are just as hot. With a 12+ megapixel dual-camera setup, you will be able to take sharp, crisp, photos with that perfect depth of field necessary to highlight your subject. These specs make Apple’s iPhone X look like dead weight.

Hopefully, Samsung won’t let this amazing hardware go to waste. The phone is suspected to be loaded with a custom version of Android 8.1, but unless Samsung has some killer software features, most users will be better suited by a custom rom and kernel. Unlike Apple’s iOS, Android is the king of customizability and there is plenty of competition among developers to create the best experience possible. And with open source projects, information and knowledge is shared for the greater good.

With flagship specs, this phone isn’t going to come cheap. Android analysts suspect that it will cost around $1000. But for those with a phone to trade in or decent credit for a payment plan, the price is still extremely affordable for a device that most users spend all day checking. If you aren’t a power user, this phone might not be for you.

Recently, Apple revealed that they are offering a brand-new range of colors on iPhone sold the second half of this year. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 will also have lots of colors to choose from. Whether you are a fan of midnight black or want to spice things up with orchid, there is a color waiting for you to love. That is until you put your expensive device in a protective case. But for those that take the risk and use their phone naked, the color pallet is great news.

Stay tuned for more hot releases and tech news.

Security Researches Uncover Browser Extension Malware

Security expert Robert Heaton uncovered a nasty surprise when analyzing the popular browser extension Stylish. The seemingly innocent extension allowed uses to change website’s themes to their liking, but underneath it did something more sinister.

Every time a Stylish user visited a website, an obfuscated version of the URL was sent to Stylish servers. In essence, a user’s entire browser history was being recorded by the extension. Nobody can be certain what the data was being used for (whether malicious or innocent), but seeing that the extension was owned by SimilarWeb, we can assume is was used for analytics. SimilarWeb is a company that ranks websites and sells estimated traffic statistics based on information they gather. Apparently, browser extensions are a source of data they use. What is most concerning, is we don’t know if individual user’s website histories were being sold and it is unlikely if we will ever find out.

This is another example of why it is important to read the long “Privacy Policy” and “Terms of Service.” In fact, Stylish actually said that they “may record what websites you visit for quality assurance.” That innocent little statement gives them the ability to record your web history and protect themselves from legal repercussions. This isn’t the first time we have seen companies seek nasty things into their privacy policy and it won’t be the last. At times over 20 pages long, privacy policies are something that nobody actually reads. The legal implications of this are drastic but until the government steps in, it is what we are left to deal with.

So, who knows what other extensions are doing similar things? I can’t imagine how terrible things could turn out if an extension started stealing banking details or recording your credit card number. Hopefully, Google and Mozilla put a stop to these practices and audit extensions to stop things like this from occurring. In any event, it is best to use a browser without any third-party components for when you need security the most.

New iPhones Colors Released!

With the year already being halfway over, Apple is finally releasing a new update to their iPhone line. They won’t be unleashing a brand new model but are adding addition color choices. Instead of being limited to white, space gray, and rose gold, you will soon be able to purchase the latest model of iPhones in blue, orange, gray, and red. (Yes the RED iPhones are back, but this time they don’t cost anything extra.)

But does Apple actually expect these color choices to increase sales? Well, probably not. As it stands, you can purchase a $5 phone case to change the color of your phone. This product update is most likely a marketing move to get people talking. (And it worked.) Apple is still going to sell most of its phones in white and black, but more selection of colors is never a bad thing. The internals are all the same, it’s just the naked look that changed.

So when you pick up your brand new colored iPhone, should you leave it without a case so you can show off you expensive purchase? Well, unless you want to be left with an expensive repair bill, leaving you phone without a case doesn’t make sense. A single accidental drop is enough to shatter the screen (even with the new sapphire glass screens.) It is definitely in your interest to wrap your phone and protect your goods.

Another thing to consider is how other flagship smartphone companies will react. Are we going to see Google release its Pixel line in green and orange? We can’t be certain, but unless they have already been planning new colors, it would take a while to get them available to consumers. Changes in production aren’t cheap. (Especially if they are unannounced and factories don’t have time to plan.) However, on their next model, we could see a wider variety of colors available for purchase.

In any case, Apple continues to be on the cutting edge of innovation in the smart phone market place. They never cease to slow the progression and fall behind their competitors. I wonder what we will be seeing next.

512 GB Phones are here. How much storage do you actually need?

Huawei’s new phone is coming with 512GB of built in storage. This is two times more than the iPhone X’s largest option. Don’t get your wallet out just yet; we won’t know how well the memory performs until the phone is released and it is priced at over $1000. Bigger is always marketed as better but do you actually need 512 GB of storage on your phone? That is half a terabyte!!

With cloud storage and streaming services becoming exceedingly popular, storing video, music, and photos directly on your phone may not be necessary. But there are definitely some benefits to storing data on your phone. As we have seen with the private celebrity photos leaked from iCloud, cloud storage is not secure enough to be trusted. Downloading data can be a pain as well. Mobile data plans can be expensive and if you don’t have service you can’t access your data. For me, larger phone storage is a great alternative to the cloud.

If you are shooting a ton of high resolution photos or 4K video, then storage is incredibly important. The Huawei’s new P20 Pro comes with four cameras. Three on the back and one selfie cam. With a 40 megapixel main camera, it surely packs a punch. The other additional cameras are used for depth perception to help with focusing and zooming. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t come with a headphone jack which may be a deal breaker for some. Overall, the P20 Pro is a unique phone on the cutting edge of innovation.