The ancient tomb found on Sai Island seems to have been built for a man named Khnummose.A 3,400-year-old tomb holding the remains of more than a dozen possibly mummified people has been discovered on Sai Island, along the Nile River in northern Sudan.Archaeologists discovered the tomb in 2015, though it wasn't until 2017 that a team with the AcrossBorders archaeological research project fully excavated the site.The island is part of an ancient land known as Nubia that Egypt controlled 3,400 years ago.The Egyptians built settlements and fortifications throughout Nubia, including on Sai Island, which had a settlement and a gold mine.The tomb, which contains multiple chambers, appears to hold the remains of Egyptians who lived in or near that settlement and worked in gold production.
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The United States Mint has taken its first "small steps" toward striking coins to commemorate a half-century since the first moon landing.As called for by Congress in legislation approved late last year , the U.S. Mint will issue curved gold, silver and clad metal coins to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in July 2019.The proceeds from the sale of the coins will benefit the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and the National Air and Space Museum.[ Apollo 11's Scariest Moments: Perils of the 1st Manned Moon Landing ]On Thursday (June 15), the Mint revealed three proposed designs for the coins' reverse , or "tails side," at a meeting of the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) in Washington, D.C..The CFA advises the government on issues of design and aesthetics.
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As if things couldn’t get any worse for Uber, which ousted its CEO yesterday, the company’s troubles in connection with allegations of stealing self-driving tech from Google spin-off firm Waymo are about to get a lot worse.In a court filing, Waymo said that Uber has admitted it knew, around some time in March 2016, that one of its execs had secured documents pertaining to self-driving tech from his previous company.According to new court documents filed by Waymo, Uber has acknowledged that Anthony Levandowski told Travis Kalanick and other Uber executives that he had five discs containing files belonging to Waymo.Uber said that during the March 2016 exchange, Kalanick told Levandowski to destroy the documents and not bring them into Uber.Soon after, Levandowski told Kalanick he had destroyed the discs, according to the court papers.BREAKING: Uber knew as early as March 2016 (pre Otto acquisition!)
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ZTE launched the successor to their Axon 7, the Axon 7S this week.And just three days after the launch, a new device, the ZTE V0840 has been certified by TENAA.Photos and specs of the phone have been listed on TENAA.The ZTE V0840 has three capacitive buttons on the front for home, back and recent apps.On the top bezel lies the front snapper.On the back, it sports, what looks like a dual camera setup with LED flash, below which lies the fingerprint scanner.
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Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, has set up a 8.5 billion yuan ($1.24 billion) fund with China’s largest insurer China Life Insurance, to finance the expansion of its network of “smart” handling and storage facilities across China.Cainiao will operate and manage the assets and facilities.The fund’s creation is designed, the companies said, to help Cainiao maintain its asset-light strategy while gaining additional capital to cope with exploding delivery volumes, which Alibaba’s executive chairman Jack Ma predicted earlier this year to grow tenfold to 1 billion/day with a decade.Cainiao is also expected to transfer ownership of some of its existing logistics centres to the fund in exchange for cash.The fund will be dedicated to improve Cainiao’s logistic system and will not be invested into other companies.Founded by Alibaba together with a consortium of Chinese logistics companies, Cainiao doesn’t employ a single delivery driver, but operates a logistics information platform that links to a network of independent providers, warehouses and distribution centres.
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So you missed the first round of deeply discounted tickets to Disrupt Berlin 2017?On June 29, we’ll be releasing another batch of two-for-one Disrupt tickets, giving you not just one, but two whole tickets to the best startup show in Europe for the same price.By taking advantage of this special offer, you’ll get to spend a few days with a friend or colleague geeking out over the latest and greatest in the startup world.To sign up, all you need to do is enter your email address here on or before June 28.After you do that, you’ll receive an email with a link to purchase these deeply discounted tickets when they are released on the 29th.You’re going to want to be at your computer directly at 12 noon local Berlin time on the 29th, however, as there are only 50 pairs of tickets available, and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Mobile POS startup Mswipe closes USD 31 million for Series DFinancing status: USD 31 million Series D round in 2017Mobile POS startup Mswipe has closed its Series D financing round for USD 31 million led by UC-RNT Fund.Existing investors Matrix Partners India, Falcon Edge Capital, and DSG Consumer Partners also participated in this round.Mumbai-based Mswipe is India’s largest independent mobile POS merchant acquirer and network provider.Mswipe’s terminal, Wisepad, accepts all major types of cards including VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, and Rupay.
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A Welsh building firm has found itself in hot water after advertising its plumbing services with the assistance of a naked woman enjoying one of its newly installed showers.Potential customers got more than they bargained for by way of a 360-degree virtual tour published on its website which, as well as exposing one of the firm’s latest bathroom creations, also depicted a woman bathing – pixelated for modesty.The promotion was panned by the Advertising Standards Authority who declared the piece to be ‘offensive and unsuitable’ for an ‘untargeted medium’ – despite protestations that people ‘do not shower wearing clothing’.Writing in its adjudication the ASA observed: “The woman was fully nude, shown full length side on, with her bottom sticking out, her back arched and with some of her breast visible under her folded arms.“In light of the nudity, we considered the pose was provocative and could be seen to be sexually suggestive with the tone further enhanced in the virtual tour because it was possible to freeze the image, zoom in and out and change the angle.”As such it was judged that the work could be regarded as ‘sexist’ and likely to ‘demean women’ and as such has been banned from re-use.
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With new technologies gaining steady pace with more opportunities for advertisers to reach consumers anywhere, where does that leave digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising?Following the disappointing lack of DOOH entries at this year’s Outdoor Lions, a conversation commenced at Clear Channel's DOOH event, in association with The Drum, to debate how the industry needs to get better at using DOOH, in the context of data and technology.Speaking at Cannes Lions, speakers from Clear Channel UK, Grand Visual, Karmarama, and Talon acknowledged the lack of presence but spoke about driving more creativity through providing contextual relevance to the consumer.“This emphasis on personalisation does bother me a bit.I'm not saying that we should not be using precision to target consumers but stumbling across new stuff which is interesting is really important in terms of how people learn about brands,” said Talon’s CSO, Andy Tilly.“When I use Spotify, I find bands that I've never heard of before and that's really important.
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The past decade has proven the importance of digital mediums to set the difference in marketing strategies and catching a large pool of clients.Whereas some people may agree your office’s location still proves a decisive factor for building trust in customer service management, there is still an unexploited value in the usage of smartphones and tablets.We can appreciate inspiring stories all over the net that can bring to the table the importance of keeping up-to-date with the latest marketing trends, but numbers are the decisive factor that can set a difference between a conservative approach and the path to the future.Nearly 54% of potential clients become aware of a new trendy app due to a friend’s referral, whereas the number decreases up to a 27% for those who got the news on the company’s website.Apps as a News Sharing MediumThere’s no surprise when hearing how many leading companies operate even up to 5 social media networks at the same time with an impressive success rate: leading global corporations invest nearly as much in advertising campaigns as in production costs for the goods they are selling.
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Indian smartphone maker's slow innovation has become China's gain as their mobile phone manufacturers saw 3.4x growth in market share to 51% in Q1 2017 according to India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra).According to Ind-Ra, better technological capabilities of Chinese players and superior product offerings have also contributed to their success.The large investments by Chinese players towards brand building and manufacturing facilities in India signal their long-term strategic intent.Chinese smartphone brand Oppo have also signed a deal with Indian Cricket team and Bollywood top stars to promote its brand.The top five Indian smartphone players in financial year 2017 (FY17) were Micromax Informatics, Lava International Ltd. and Karbonn Mobiles Pvt Ltd were replaced by Xiaomi Inc., Vivo Mobile India Private Limited’s (Vivo India; ‘IND BB’/Stable) and Oppo Mobiles India Private Limited’s (Oppo; ‘IND BB’/Stable).While the global vendor Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (Samsung) remained the market leader with 28% share in 1Q 2017 (1QCY16:25%), the share of Indian vendors shrunk a mere 14% to 40% market share.
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Urban bicycle-sharing service operator Mobike continues to push forward its ambitious international expansion by unveiling on Thursday a new subsidiary in Fukuoka, the fifth-largest city in Japan.The move comes a week after the mainland Chinese start-up raised more than US$600 million in its latest financing round, which was led by existing investor Tencent Holdings.Prior to that fundraising effort, Mobike had aggressively rolled out its service in Shanghai and across the mainland since April last year, while also establishing overseas operations earlier this year in Singapore as well as in the cities of Manchester and Salford in Britain.“Fukuoka City, known for its innovation and dynamism, is a natural partner for Mobike,” said Chris Martin, the company’s head of international expansion.“The city government and the Fukuoka Directive Council (FDC) have given Mobike an incredible platform from which to expand our business in Japan.”ukuoka – located on the northern shore of Kyushu, the third-biggest island in Japan – is one of the country’s National Strategic Special Zones and implements a start-up visa programme for foreign businesses.
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If there was a media organisation that could credibly claim to be unsurprised by the huge young turnout at the General Election and Jeremy Corbyn's Labour “surge” then it was the Tab, the digital news service aimed at students and new graduates in Britain and America.Young people, many of them stung by the Trump and Brexit votes last year, are looking to play a more active role in politics and the news brands that are best-placed to benefit are those that have not previously incurred their mistrust.Last month, its website registered a record 11m unique visits, up 200% year-on-year.At 28 years-old, Herrmann is the oldest member of the staff, which has an average age of 23.But because we have got all these local sites we have that and it gives us a breadth of reporting that not a lot of news organisations have.”It’s a major differentiator between the Tab and most digitally-native outlets.
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With Travis Kalanick’s departure from Uber, the ride-hailing app company he co-founded and nurtured into a US$62.5 billion behemoth, he joins a league of distinguished gentlemen, among whom are other over-the-top Silicon Valley renegades to leave under investor pressure, including Apple’s Steve Jobs and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.However, Kalanick’s controversial exit leaves no succession plan and no immediate replacement as chief executive.Most of Uber’s most senior leaders have left in recent months, leaving it without a chief financial officer, chief operating officer, general counsel or head of engineering.In a start-up, the values of the founder are reflected throughout the company’s culture.Developing and bringing to market new technology demands an unusual level of drive that corporate executives have never experienced.But when publicity turns particularly odious, as in Uber’s case, tolerance and moral probity can be rapidly overcome by financial self-interest.
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Samsung Electronics is going all in with the Internet of Things.The company announced this week that it is commencing production on the Exynos i T200, a processor optimised for IoT, reports ZDNet.The chip is a member of its Exynos range of mobile ARM processors, and supports wireless communications and improved security, the company said, boasting a function that prevents illegal copying.It has multiple cores and can support multifunctionality.Samsung seems to be upping its IoT lineup.Last month, it unveiled Tizen 4.0, a software platform dedicated to IoT, and started implementing it in its Artik IoT platform.
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Chinese startup Tantan, which is probably most comparable to Tinder, has raised $70 million in new capital as it looks to monetize its business for the first time and explore overseas expansion options.Of those active users, 75 percent are second-day return active.Impressively, it claims a 6:4 male/female ratio which is far higher than most dating apps thanks to a marketing focus on female users.The funding — the startup’s Series D — was led by video social network YY and Genesis Capital, with participation from SAIF China and Zhongwei Capital.That’s particularly notable because YY is one of China’s more prominent live-streaming services, and already we have seen social networks like Momo (a fellow dating app) and microblogging service Weibo move into live-streaming with much financial success.While it is preparing to make money for the first time, Tantan isn’t planning a move into live-streaming at this point, however.
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Facebook is introducing a new feature to give users peace of mind around how their profile photo can be used and accessed by others.The social network today announced a pilot program in India that is designed to protect users who are concerned about other people gaining access to their profile image.The new ‘photo guard’ feature has a range of safety measures that include:Preventing other users from downloading a person’s profile pic, or sharing it with othersPreventing other users from tagging other people in a person’s profile picPreventing other users from taking screenshots of a person’s profile pic — although this is initially for the Android app only
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Under former CEO Marissa Mayer, Yahoo failed to build anything truly exciting over the past five years – except for a single truly notable app, Yahoo News Digest.Now, under the reign of its new owner Verizon, the company is killing off one of the best mobile apps I’ve ever used.It’s really as simple as an app can get: every day at 8am and 6pm, News Digest would prompt you to swipe through a handful of important stories from around the world, summarized for quick reading and accompanied by photos, fast facts and figures, and tweets to help you make sense of it all.It’s been my go-to app for following world news since 2014, and I’m sorry to see it go.The app didn’t just do a good job of delivering news efficiently, it also offered the most enjoyable user experience I can recall in any recent mobile service.And it did so without having to rely on design principles dictated by Google or Apple – it features a design language that’s all its own, allowing Yahoo to create a unified experience across Android and iOS, without compromising on its usability and appearance.
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galaxy from the early universe has challenged what we know of how dead galaxies evolve.Imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope, the galaxy stopped producing new stars just a few billion years after the Big Bang -- a dead galaxy.It's also an unexpected shape -- a rapidly spinning disk.This makes it the first observational evidence that some dead galaxies evolve from a disk-shaped spiral galaxy into a more three-dimensional elliptical galaxy, the more common shape for old-star and dead galaxies."This new insight may force us to rethink the whole cosmological context of how galaxies burn out early on and evolve into local elliptical-shaped galaxies," said study leader Sune Toft of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark."Perhaps we have been blind to the fact that early 'dead' galaxies could in fact be disks, simply because we haven't been able to resolve them."
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VR content company appMagics receives undisclosed Series A+ in millions of USDFinancing status: 2017 Series A+ round amounting to tens of millions in RMB (a few million USD)VR content company appMagics on Thursday received an undisclosed Series A+ round in millions of USD to expand its marketing plans.appMagics is a fast growing virtual reality (VR) content creator that bridges the gap between smartphone users and VR content.Based on the idea that augmented reality (AR) and VR will soon blend seamlessly to become mixed reality (MR), the company is committed to lead the trend by developing technologies on image processing, environmental detection, advanced facial expression and gesture tracking, and photo taking.It has partnerships with mobile social live streaming platforms and intellectual property (IP) rights owners to create VR content based on smartphones.
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