Saturday, 18 July 2015

Facebook is working on a digital assistant named Moneypenny to help you find and buy products


Facebook is working on a digital assistant named Moneypenny to help you find and buy products


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Naomie Harris, who played Miss Moneypenny in Skyfall
Facebook Messenger is getting its own virtual digital assistant code-named “Moneypenny,” according to a report from news site The Information (paid registration required). 
But where Apple’s Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft Cortana focus on productivity, Moneypenny is actually a way to ask real people for help researching and buying products and services.
Facebook is testing it internally, and that name — taken from Miss Moneypenny M’s assistant in the James Bond series of books and movies, and most recently played in Skyfall by Naomie Harris — could still change before its still unknown launch date, according to the report.
“It’s also unclear what features the service will begin with and how exactly Facebook will fulfill requests,” says The Information.
It seems from the report that Facebook’s Moneypenny will have more in common with services like Magic or Operator, where you just text a person what you need and they figure out the logistics.
Those startups take a service charge on top of the cost of the goods delivered, but it’s unknown how Facebook Messenger will charge its 700 million users for Moneypenny, or how it’ll actually handle the delivery itself — it seems unlikely, but not impossible, that Facebook will hire its own fleet of delivery drivers.
Facebook Messenger, which is led by former PayPal CEO David Marcus, has been investing in making the texting app more of a shopping tool, though so far it’s mostly been for stuff like order updates. This could be a major new service from Facebook, and one of the only things the company charges its users for.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Naomie Harris, star of boxing movie Southpaw, doesn’t actually like boxing



Naomie Harris, star of boxing movie Southpaw, doesn’t actually like boxing

Southpaw star Naomie Harris: 'Boxing is my worst nightmare'
Naomie plays a social worker in the Antoine Fuqua-directed film (Photograph by Nico and courtesy of The EDIT, NET-A-PORTER.com)
Naomie Harris, who appears in Jake Gyllenhaal’s boxing movie Southpaw, isn’t actually a fan of boxing.
Despite boxing being the focus of Southpaw, Harris has admitted to Net-A-Porter.com’s The EDIT that the sport reminds her of death.
Harris plays social worker Angela Rivera in the Antoine Fuqua-directed film, which tells the story of light-heavyweight boxing champion Billy Hope.
When asked if she’d ever go to a match, she said: ‘I’d never do that. You smell death in the air. That’s my worst possible nightmare.’
But the ‘passion and persuasion’ of director Fuqua convinced her to get on board.
Naomie Harris photographed by Nico, wearing sweater and pants by J.W.Anderson and shoes by Gucci. Photo courtesy of THE EDIT, NET-A-PORTER.com
Southpaw star Naomie Harris isn’t a fan of boxing (Photograph by Nico and courtesy of The EDIT, NET-A-PORTER.com)
‘Antoine called me. He was so passionate, so persuasive, that by the end of the call, I was like, “I’m getting on the plane to Pittsburgh and working with this man.”
‘I’m so glad I did. He pushes you really hard, but he shows he has faith you can do it. He makes actors feel valued and important, and creates an environment that is totally safe.
‘All those things mean you can and want to take risks. I had the best time.’Naomie is currently shooting the new James Bond film, Spectre, which is out November 6.
To see The Edit’s full interview with Naomie Harris go to www.net-a-porter.com or download the free EDIT app at the App Store.



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Stunning Naomie Harris looks flawless in 70s fashion shoot as she reveals why she had to undergo therapy to deal with her past

'I wanted to become an adult': Stunning Naomie Harris looks flawless in 70s fashion shoot as she reveals why she had to undergo therapy to deal with her past

Naomie Harris has revealed that she recently underwent therapy to deal with her upbringing.
The 38-year-old Bond actress, who stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in new boxing film Southpaw, said the experience was triggered by a desire to 'fully become an adult'
Naomie grew up in Finsbury Park, north London the daughter of a Jamaican mother and Trinidadian father who separated before she was born.
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Woman in charge: Naomie Harries has revealed that she underwent therapy to deal with her 'negative patterns' from her upbringing in north London
Woman in charge: Naomie Harries has revealed that she underwent therapy to deal with her 'negative patterns' from her upbringing in north London
The actress was raised by her mother, to whom she remains extremely close, and only met her father for the first time in 2009.
'I did The Hoffman Process recently, which is all about learning re-parenting, because so many of us come from dysfunctional parents, and we get trapped in negative patterns that stem from that,' she told Net-A-Porter's The Edit.
'To break those patterns you have to be in a space where you can recreate what you went through and deal with it.'
The Cambridge graduate was photographed for the magazine in pre-fall's ’70s-inspired city-chic trend, wearing a range of luxury brands, such as Gucci, ChloĆ©, and Michael Kors. 
Inspiration: The 38-year-old actress also told The Edit that therapy helped her 'fully become an adult'
Inspiration: The 38-year-old actress also told The Edit that therapy helped her 'fully become an adult'
One photograph sees her in a pair of elegant high-waisted black trousers and a white sweater, while another shows her looking pensive in leopard-print trousers and a beige turtle neck.
Naomie, who is set to reprise her role as Eve Moneypenny in the new Bond film Spectre, also revealed that she underwent therapy at the age of 38 to 'fully become an adult'.
'Most of us operate as if we are adults, but we aren't emotionally mature at all,' she added.
The Southpaw actress also revealed that despite starring in a film all about boxing, she would never go to a match. 
'I'd never do that. You smell death in the air. That's my worst possible nightmare.'  
Flawless: Naomie can be seen wearing 70s-inspired outfits in the fashion spread, reflecting the pre-fall trend

Flawless: Naomie can be seen wearing 70s-inspired outfits in the fashion spread, reflecting the pre-fall trend

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