Braves ad blocking eases your computers memory use

first_img See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Apple MacBook Air (128GB, Gray, 2018) Software Internet $1,099 Walmart Ad-blocking Brave also gives you a memory advantage, tests show. Stephen Shankland/CNET You might run an ad blocker in your browser to cut website clutter and keep companies from tracking you online. But the ad-blocking Brave browser has another reason to intervene: to free up memory and preserve your battery life.Detailed tests comparing Brave to Google’s dominant Chrome browser, with and without the Adblock Plus and uBlock Origin ad-blocking extensions, show that blocking ads can help reduce browsers’ ever-heavier use of precious computer memory on ad-heavy sites. Brave cuts memory use by 33 percent to 66 percent compared with ordinary Chrome, the company said Friday.Memory is a precious resource on laptops and phones, critical to everything a device does. As browsers have increased in power, becoming full-fledged software foundations instead of just vessels for digital documents, memory usage has soared. But browsers are getting more assertive about displaying websites in ways that are good for those of us looking at them, not necessarily those publishing them.Reader mode, tracking protection and ad blocking are some examples of browsers taking more control. Ad blocking helps not just with memory use, but also with power consumption, Brave has found.”The primary savings come from blocking resource-hungry ads and trackers that popular sites are teeming with, especially news ones,” Brave Chief Scientist Ben Livshits told CNET in an exclusive interview. “In our research, we show that Brave consumes 40 percent less battery than popular browsers like Chrome, Edge and Firefox thanks to a combination of bandwidth savings and lower CPU pressure.”Brave Software, founded by JavaScript inventor and former Mozilla Chief Executive Brendan Eich, got its start with an ad-blocking browser. But it isn’t opposed to ads. In fact, its business strategy relies on showing its own ads with its own technology designed to protect privacy and share some of the ad revenue with anyone using its browser. In its first phase, now in testing on personal computers, ads are shown in notifications that have no tracking scripts, animation, audio or video.Brave Chrome ad-blocking memory testBrave testing showed its browser using less memory usage than Google Chrome, with or without the AdBlock Plus and uBlock Origin ad blockers. The four comparisons show results for a higher-end MacBook (W1) and less powerful MacBook Air (W2) making network requests from the US and UK. The test was on ad-heavy news sites where ad blocking saves memory and cuts power use. Brave Software Reducing memory use is a priority in the browser world. Google Chrome — whose open-source Chromium project is the foundation for Brave, Opera, Vivaldi and soon Microsoft Edge — is working on memory reductions. And Firefox has a whole project called MemShrink, a good thing since security improvements mean it won’t be as economical.Memory is preciousNew trends make memory even more precious. Websites are piling on ever more JavaScript code, and smartphones don’t typically have as much memory as laptops even though web developers want to build more advanced websites.If you want to stick with Chrome, you can get most of Brave’s advantages with the uBlock Origin extension, Brave’s test showed. The AdBlock Plus extension actually increased memory use. The company measured memory usage with a number of websites, mostly news sites, on a powerful MacBook Pro, but it said its results were validated with an older, feebler MacBook Air.Adblock Plus by default shows ads that comply with its “acceptable ads” policy. Disabling that reduces memory usage to about the level of Chrome and uBlock Origin, Livshits said. Adblock Plus developer Eeyo didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Google, Apple and Microsoft didn’t comment.”We’re very conscious of Firefox’s memory footprint, but efforts to decrease RAM must be balanced against features that make the browser faster, more responsive, and more secure,” Mozilla said in a statement. The upcoming Firefox 66, for example, will improve performance without requiring more memory. “We’ll continue to improve the resource efficiency of Firefox so it continues to run great for every user on whatever device they’re using,” Mozilla said.Advantage evaporates on sites without adsBrave’s memory advantages won’t carry over to websites that aren’t so heavily loaded with ads as those in the company’s test.”Pages that are clean, such as Gmail or Wikipedia, would currently use the same amount of memory as on Chrome,” Livshits said. And your mileage may vary: “Power users tend to see high memory use regardless of browser or ad blocker,” because browsers cache more information for quick access, he added.You could see websites get even easier on your hardware, too. Brave is working on a new SpeedReader mode — a more aggressive alternative to browser reader modes that show reduced-clutter views of websites. SpeedReader is designed to block ads and trackers long before they burden the computer, increasing website display speeds by a factor of 20. That’ll bring benefits for memory and power usage, too.”By focusing on allowing the least content possible for great content reading experience, it does not load any scripts (advertising or not) and even removes unimportant graphics,” Livshits said. “We haven’t run the exact same test to measure memory use in this scenario, but expect it to use a fraction of the memory of standard mode.” $1,199 Comments See It Apple News • Hands-on with the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro $899 Review • Apple MacBook Air review: Rebooted as a thinner, lighter, more expensive laptop Share your voice Preview • The MacBook Air is dead. Long live the MacBook Air 2 Tags Apple MacBook Air Microsoft Edge Advertising Brave browser Chrome Firefox Google See Itlast_img read more

ATT earnings sees wireless growth in Q2 but video side continues to

first_img Share your voice 1 Review • Live TV streamer is stronger on channels, weaker on DVR 2:00 Now playing: Watch this: News • AT&T misses on revenue, loses more DirecTV Now customers Why you should say no to DirecTV Now Mobile Tech Industry 13 Photoscenter_img DirecTV Now continues to underperform for AT&T.  Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images AT&T met analyst expectations in its latest earnings report, even as struggles continued around the company’s U-Verse and DirecTV video unit. The technology giant added 335,000 phone users, the bulk of them coming on the company’s prepaid side. AT&T says it added 72,000 postpaid users, the more lucrative customers that sign up for its traditional monthly wireless service. By comparison, in the first quarter of the year, the company added 179,000 phone users, of which 80,000 were postpaid. Utilizing its deployment of FirstNet, a wireless network for first responders, AT&T says it has been able to upgrade its traditional wireless network and get it ready for 5G, which it plans to make commercially available nationwide during the first half of 2020. “The wireless side of the house, we’re feeling more and more confident every day,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman and CEO in a call with investors. Stephenson says the company has built out 60% of its FirstNet network thus far. The growth in mobile comes as its more premium DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse continue to shed users for its traditional satellite, cable and streaming DirecTV Now services. AT&T said it lost 778,000 premium video users, with an additional 168,000 users disconnecting from DirecTV Now as the company rolled out fewer promotions. AT&T warns that the losses could continue through the rest of the year as it still has 1 million users locked on two-year pricing promotions. The company is touting a new, forthcoming over-the-top streaming service called AT&T TV, set for trial in the third quarter of the year, as well as next spring’s HBO Max launch, as options to turn its video ship around. Read more: DirecTV Now vs. YouTube TV vs. Sling TV vs. Hulu and moreStephenson says HBO Max will have live sports, touting the NBA and MLB as two potential examples. While it is unclear exactly what AT&T TV will look like and how it will compare to the company’s other streaming services, Stephenson told investors that the company “will put our shoulder and our muscle behind AT&T TV.”WarnerMedia, the division that houses the Time Warner properties AT&T acquired last year, including Turner TV stations and HBO, had revenues of roughly $8.4 billion. Earnings per share were 89 cents for the quarter, exactly matching the estimates from analysts polled, according to Yahoo Finance. Revenues came in at $45 billion, slightly higher than the $44.85 billion analysts anticipated.   Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Comment Tags DirecTV Now AT&Tlast_img read more

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Tarantino love letter to movies has

first_imgOriginally published July 26.  10 best free movie and TV streaming services 2:38 Comments Tags Movie reviews Share your voice Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, is actually two stories. On the one hand, you have the odd couple of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth. Dalton, an actor who’s seen better days, left his TV hit to make movies and has struggled ever since. Booth is his stunt double, driver, impromptu therapist and best friend. On the other hand, you have Dalton’s new neighbors: director Roman Polanski and his wife, actress Sharon Tate. Similar to what he did in Inglorious Basterds, Tarantino reinvents history here, imagining an alternate version of 1969 Hollywood in which Dalton lives next door to Tate on Cielo Drive, where the actress and three of her friends were famously murdered by the Charles Manson family.I was all in for the stylish homage to Hollywood’s golden age. I just wish it didn’t also have to be a horrific real crime with the full-on, blood-spattering Tarantino treatment. I should say up front that I’ve never been a Quentin Tarantino fan. I found both Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction violent and uncomfortable to watch. Watching Kill Bill: Vol. 1, I wanted to leave the theater because I was disgusted by all the blood and explicit acts of violence against women. I never bothered with Vol. 2. I’m among those who think Tarantino’s time may have passed and never understood why he was so revered. So I was ready to hate Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. In fact, I liked it, though I have some quibbles. Not the least of them is that at 161 minutes, the film would have benefitted from being shorter and tighter. Basically one movie instead of two. qt9-r-00318-01-rgbQuentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt on the set of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures There’s already a lot going on in a film with two very strong leads. One (DiCaprio) is going through quite the midlife crisis. The other (Pitt) is just trying to scrape by. On top of that, you have an ensemble with so many famous names it’s hard to recall them all. We’re talking the likes of Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Luke Perry, Rumer Willis, Bruce Dern, Scoot McNairy and Lena Dunham.qt9-r-00061-rMargot Robbie in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures With so many characters popping up, Margot Robbie doesn’t really have much to do as Sharon Tate other than stand there with perfect blond hair and exquisitely sculpted legs. She’s flawless throughout the whole movie, with one exception. In Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Tarantino lets everyone know that even gorgeous women snore. Actress Margaret Qualley gets a similar superficial treatment. She plays Pussycat, a member of the Charles Manson family with a penchant for hitchhiking and flirting. She has a scene with Pitt’s character that is quite cringe-inducing. Not only because she looks like a teenager and he’s well into his fifties, but because at one point she offers him oral sex while he’s driving. But let’s talk more about what I liked in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Longtime Los Angeles institutions (and their neon lights) make an appearance: among them, restaurants Musso & Frank Grill and El Coyote, the landmark Capitol Records and theaters Cinerama Dome, Bruin and Pantages. center_img 77 Photos 2019 movies to geek out over Endless cameos and historic references will seduce any film and TV buff. Mike Moh plays a cocky version of Bruce Lee who says things like, “My hands are registered as lethal weapons.” Damian Lewis plays a blond-but-not-cool-enough Steve McQueen. Director Sergio Corbucci’s name is shown some reverence. There are countless references to spaghetti westerns (the title of the movie being one of them). People are glued to their TV sets to watch Three in the Attic, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The F.B.I. Our protagonists’ pasts are re-enacted as little flashback sequences perfectly interwoven into the action, and Tarantino has a lot of fun with the format, especially with Dalton, as we get a glimpse of his work as an actor but also how it could have been. One standout sequence shows the ending of The Great Escape with DiCaprio’s Dalton playing McQueen’s character in a way that made me want to watch The Great Escape for the umpteenth time. In another sequence, we see Dalton as a performer lashing out in the funniest way because he can’t remember his lines. Then there’s Pitt, whose cool Cliff Booth is arguably just as objectified as Robbie’s and Qualley’s characters. He has a shirtless sequence on top of a sunny roof where he doesn’t have any reason to be jealous of his very ripped and younger Fight Club self.There’s much more to say about Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. The camera moves masterfully. The soundtrack is catchy. There’s some sort of shoe and foot fetish going on. A conversation between Dalton and a child actor is both hysterical and raw.Be sure to go see the movie the way the director intended you to see it: in 35mm. I just hope you’re luckier than me and your theater has more than one projector, like the charming little theater I saw it in has. Otherwise, prepare yourself for a pause every hour or so as they change reels. Or just take that opportunity to stretch your legs. Did I mention this is a 161-minute movie? Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies 9last_img read more

Trump Democrats head toward immigration showdown

first_imgUS president Donald J Trump talks with members of his cabinet, including treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, secretary of state Rex Tillerson, defence secretary James Mattis and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt following the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives on 30 January 2018 in Washington, DC. AFPA showdown over US immigration policy loomed Wednesday after president Donald Trump laid out a tough deal in his State of The Union address that offers citizenship to 1.8 million “Dreamers” in exchange for sharp overall cuts to immigration.Less than two weeks after Democrats forced a three-day shutdown of the government over the issue, the Republican president said he would not give in to anything less than a harsh retrenchment of existing immigration and massive funding for a wall on the US-Mexican border.For that, Trump offered a 12-year pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million people who came to the US illegally as youths and grew up here.Democrats have sought to keep the Dreamers issue separate from other immigration issues.But they failed to get a deal when they blocked a one-month budget extension on January 19, forcing a three-day shutdown of the government.The same immigration divide now looms over the new deadline for a long-term budget, 8 February.In his annual speech before Congress late Tuesday, Trump again portrayed legal and illegal immigration as a threat to the country, highlighting murders by gang members from other countries and terror attacks by people who entered the United States legally.“For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they have caused the loss of many innocent lives,” Trump said.“My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans-to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are Dreamers too.”Democrats: Trump ‘uncompromising’With the immigrant population a crucial part of their voter base, Democrats sought to frame Trump’s speech as demeaning and uncompromising.Representative Joe Kennedy, chosen by the party to answer Trump’s speech, began with a paean to new foreign arrivals and their contributions to the country.“We are here in Fall River, Massachusetts-a proud American city, built by immigrants,” he said.Speaking in Spanish, he tried to assuage the mostly Latino Dreamers.“To all the ‘Dreamers’ watching tonight, let me be clear: You are a part of our story. We will fight for you. We will not walk away.”Speaking on NPR radio, early Wednesday Democratic Senator Chris Murphy accused Trump of being divisive and using the Dreamers as “political pawns.”“The president doubled down on his rhetoric, demonising immigrants and trying to make Americans afraid of people who are crossing our border to come here to seek a better life,” he said.“We didn’t get any closer to a deal on immigration or on the federal budget. We got further away,” he said.Dreamers vs. immigration cutsDemocrats have pressed since last year for separate legislation to deal with a subset of the Dreamers, 690,000 young illegal immigrants who are registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, established by president Barack Obama in 2012 to protect their presence in the country.Trump cancelled the program in September but suggested the DACA recipients would be able to stay if Congress legislates it.But the president appeared to renege on a commitment to a separate bill two weeks ago when he made other immigration demands in budget talks, sparking the shutdown.Trump has now offered a 12 year path to citizenship not just for DACA recipients but all those who arrived in the country as youths and children and have grown up here.But in exchange he wants $25 billion for a border wall, the end to the “green card lottery,” and a sharp cutback to family-based “chain” migration.Immigration groups say that will reduce overall immigration by as much as half, and Democrats say the chain migration cutback will hurt families.Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier said Wednesday that Trump’s stance was a non-starter.“I think we are nowhere,” she said on CNN. Without a “clean” Daca fix, and a budget bill without his immigration demands, “I think we will be teetering on another shutdown, which is horrible.”“Nobody wants a shutdown,” she said. “What we need to do is be responsible adults and realise we’re not going to get everything we want, and carve a pathway forward.”last_img read more

Epsons 3D glasses simulate 80inch screen

first_img © 2012 PhysOrg.com At tech events, wearable displays that have showcased in the form of high-tech visors and chunky spectacles or goggles seem to draw measured responses—impressive inventions for private media viewing at home or on the go but silly-looking or even evocative of special-recovery shades for postoperative elderly outpatients. We noticed at least one reference to “grandma glasses.” Epson’s Moverio BT-100 Wearable Display do not look exactly like designer sunglasses but they do have loaded features for gadget collectors who do not think $699.99 is an unthinkable price. Explore further Epson packs features into new Android HMD More information: www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Moverio/Home.do According to reports, the glasses have pico projectors that are able to create a virtual experience of up to 80 inches’ display at a perceived distance of about 16 feet. According to Expert Reviews, the headset has a tiny pico projector built into each arm, pointing inwards towards an angled mirror in each lens, which projects the image in the center of the wearer’s vision. The dark outer visor is semi-transparent, letting the wearer see surroundings without being distracted by them. The device carries 1GB of built-in storage. Users access downloaded content via the microSDHC card slot (4GB card included) There is built-in WFi connectivity; a lithium rechargeable battery provides around six hours of continuous use. Built-in earbuds provide Dolby Mobile virtual surround sound. Of all the features, much appears to be made of the Android name in Epson product descriptions, as “Android-powered Moverio glasses.” The glasses connect to a control module; this Android 2.2-based handheld device lets the user select the content to view. Moverio is running on an Android 2.2 platform with Adobe Flash support. Epson publishes the kernel and an SDK, but the company is requiring developers to submit apps to them for consideration rather than going through an app store. The good news is that Epson is interested in seeing more new Android-based applications and side-by-side 3D content for its Moverio BT-100. To help support application and content development for Moverio BT-100, Epson is offering programs for developers residing in the United States.Meanwhile, Epson’s end-user vision is to see the product adopted not merely for personal entertainment use but also for business and professional ends. Epson America’s Anna Jen, director of New Business Development, said the Moverio BT-100 may play a role in virtual training platforms, 3D-CAD environments, and visualizing 3-D design renderings. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — Epson America is now shipping Android-powered projector glasses that place your favorite videos, or games, literally in your face, Epson’s Moverio BT-100 wearable display glasses can simulate an 80-inch screen and deliver 3-D viewing. The Moverio BT-100 wearable display launched in Japan last November and is now available in the U.S. The device is on sale through Epson, resellers, or via Amazon. Citation: Epson’s 3-D glasses simulate 80-inch screen (2012, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-epson-d-glasses-simulate-inch.htmllast_img read more

Jamini Roy A peep into the rebel artists life

first_imgI was once startled to see a beautiful Jamini Roy painting at the entrance of industrialist and veteran art collector B K Birla’s house. He and his wife, wonderful hosts, told me that many years ago they had picked up the piece for  a paltry Rs 100 on a Sunday morning walk to the artist’s studio in the vicinity. Decades have flown by till art collector and restorer Ganesh Pratap Singh  decided to give us a glimpse into Jamini  Roy’s works and life  through a documentary titled, The Art of Jamini Roy. The occasion: 125 years of the artist’s birth. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Singh, who based his documentary on 300 odd letters written by the artist and about 1000 odd archival material, now plans to show the film on Roy at art museums  across the world which have  a Jamini Roy collection like the Philadelphia museum of Art. This has already been shown at  Max Mueller Bhavan, Gorky Sadan, Christie’s and IIC, Delhi.  Directed by the artist’s grandson Debabrata Roy, Singh and his team made trips to Roy’s ancestral home in Beliatore in the Birbhum district to discover the artist’s roots.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Roy  painted ordinary men and women from the village, scenes from the Krishnalila, often  reinventing popular images from the patua’s repertoire. He broke with many traditions of his time’, Singh told Millennium Post.  The letters were written by Roy to John Irwin, Bishnu Dey, Tarashankar Bandopadhyay, Hemen Mazumdar and Stella Kamrisch.As this 53 minute documentary unfolds the author’s life, it becomes apparent that Roy pulled away from the Impressionistic art trending at the time. Sent to  study at the Government School of Art in Calcutta, he  was taught to paint classical nudes in oil but he soon realised that he needed to draw inspiration from Bengal’s own  folk and tribal art for inspiration.  The Kalighat Pat, with its bold sweeping brush-strokes, also influenced his style. Roy’s idiom was a  reaction against the Bengal school and the western tradition.Singh collected his material from two sources, Roy’s family and collectors of the 50s, like Bishnu Dey, Satsh Sinha, Hemen Mazumder and Atul Bose. Army  officers who were posted in the North East in those years after the World War, often picked up  Roy’s paintings for a song. Now, Roy’s originals fetch in the region of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 20 lakh a piece.Roy was awarded the Padma Bhusan in 1955. His work can be found in many private and public collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Singh, who also owns quite a few Roy paintings himself, now wants to write a book on him, using the letters, photographs, clippings and other archival material at his disposal.last_img read more

Panel to handle emergencies when Mamata is away

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government has formed a committee comprising group of ministers and senior administrative officials to deal with emergencies when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is away temporarily, an order issued by the government said. Banerjee is likely to visit Frankfurt and Milan from September 16 to 28, the order, issued Wednesday evening, said. The group of ministers, under the chairmanship of Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, would include Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee, Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Transport Minister Suvendhu Adhikary, PWD Minister Aroop Biswas besides six other ministers, the order said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The group of officers in the committee would be headed by additional chief secretary of the irrigation, waterways and agriculture department Naveen Prakash, it said. The officers in the committee also include Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharyaa, state security advisor Surajit Kar Purakayasta, state DG Virendra, ADG (law and order) Anuj Sharma and city police commissioner Rajeev Kumar. The order said that during temporary absence of the chief minister, the group of ministers and the committee of officers would deal with any emergency in the state.”last_img read more

CocaCola Just Got Rid of Voicemail

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now December 23, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min readcenter_img Have a Coke and a smile and kill your voicemail. Coca-Cola just did.That’s right, the globe’s biggest and most-guzzled carbonated drink maker has hung up on the old “leave a message after the beep” hassle. Ninety-four percent of employees at Coca-Cola’s midtown Atlanta 1 Coca-Cola Plaza world corporate headquarters — and at its swish, new downtown Atlanta IT offices — just permanently ditched one of the most annoying, neediest forms of communication ever invented: landline voicemail.Related: Coke Is Luring Experienced Entrepreneurs to Create New StartupsPhew, not the smartphone kind, not that anyone checks that either.  The remaining 6 percent, nostalgic stragglers still clinging to the dying form of communication most millennials hate, were allowed to keep it if they had “a business critical need,” Bloomberg reports.The goal of the move, which took effect earlier this month, is fairly obvious: duh, increased productivity. Not having to regularly check company voicemail — dialing in, punching buttons, recalling yet another passcode, and listening to people blah, blah about this, that or the other thing — frees Coca-Cola employees up to, well, work more.Related: With Soda Sales Down Anyway, Coke and Pepsi Vow to Promote Healthier DrinksAt least that’s what the company’s chief information officer Edmund Steinike hopes. In a Nov. 6 memo to employees, he said that Coca-Cola nixed company voicemail “to simplify the way we work and increase productivity,” also according to the Bloomberg report.It also doesn’t hurt that the change is projected to save the company around $100,000 annually. That’s a drop in the bucket for the multi-billion dollar sugary beverage giant, which recently reversed an 11-year sales slump with its viral “Share a Coke” name campaign.   Now, when you call Coca-Cola’s corporate HQ, once you navigate past the initial pre-recorded greeting/menu, you get the electronic cold shoulder. (We got the human kind. A woman picked up, said “Hello, Coca-Cola,” then inexplicably hung up on us three times in a row before finally successfully transferring us to, yup, voicemail.)Related: What Coke Is Brewing By Increasing Its Stake in KeurigThe company’s staid new standard outgoing voicemail message is predictably cold and dismissive: “You have reached the Coca-Cola company. The individual you are calling is currently not available. Please call back at a later time or use an alternative method to reach this individual.”Better to send a text or an email, perhaps.While abandoning two-way voicemail isn’t another publicity stunt, it’s sure making headlines. If it were, it’d be the least sexy marketing ploy of all time.Related: Diet Coke Campaign Fizzles After Consumers Mock ‘You’re On Coke’ Snafu Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more