Ola, India’s local rival to Uber, has seen its valuation jump to nearly $6 billion as it prepares to take in a large round of financing.The ride-hailing firm, which was founded in 2010, has raised around $3.3 billion from investors to date, and it topped that up a little this week.Ola pulled in 520 crore (around $75 million) from existing investor Steadview Capital, according to filings provided to TechCrunch by business signals platform paper.vc.The paperwork indicates that Ola’s business is now valued at $5.7 billion.That figure is on par with Ola’s valuation when it raised in 2015, and a boost on recent numbers, which went as low $3.5 billion but reached $4.3 billion last year.Ola was said to be on track to reach a $7 billion valuation in 2017, but it appears that landmark wasn’t hit.
Toyota announced on Wednesday it’s recalling another 1.7 million vehicles globally as part of the ongoing Takata airbag replacement program.Around 1.3 million of the vehicles are in the U.S.The largest multi-automaker recall in history started in 2009 after it was discovered Takata’s airbag inflators could degrade over time and, if activated, spray sharp metal fragments toward the vehicle’s occupants, causing injury or even death.Toyota’s latest recall involves vehicles manufactured between 2010 and 2015, and includes various Lexus models, as well as Sienna, Corolla, Matrix, Scion XB, and 4Runner vehicles.Specific details regarding the automobiles involved in the recall can be found on this Toyota webpage.The Japanese car giant says affected owners will receive direct notification of the recall by first class mail “or other means” starting in late January 2019.
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Samsung will apparently launch its Galaxy S10 series of smartphones on February 20 in San Francisco and London.The news comes via The Wall Street Journal, citing “people familiar with the matter.” If the speculation is accurate, it means Samsung won’t be launching its 2019 flagships in Barcelona as part of Mobile World Congress festivities.It wouldn’t be the first time the Korean manufacturer skipped MWC for its flagship S series, having done so for the Galaxy S8 family.Nevertheless, the firm’s most recent MWC launches include last year’s Galaxy S9 and 2016’s Galaxy S7.Previous rumors suggest that we’ll see at least three Galaxy S10 variants at launch, namely a Lite model, standard version, and Plus device.The outlet says a 5G model is also in the works, but it’s tipped to land “later in the spring.”
Ever played too much Pokemon Go and find yourself running out of battery juice and don't have a power bank on you?Well, that's set to be a thing of the past, thanks Singapore startup Shareasy, who have started up a business of renting out power banks to users around the world.Instead of handing out power banks by hand though, the company has automated the process with a dock that dispenses and charges up these rental battery packs.To unlock one, you just need to scan the QR code on the machine and it automatically allocates a charged battery pack for use.Payments are done through your credit card, and if you're not old enough to have a credit card, there's also a family account that parents can set up to pay for their kids.The first 30 minutes of charging are free, and the company aims to charge around 40 Singapore cents an hour (about 30 cents), but if you run away with the battery pack, you'll have to cough up $30.
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TechCrunch reports that Instagram has introduced a handy new feature in its iOS app that lets you share the same post from multiple accounts that you run.That should make it easy for content creators looking to promote their work on their personal and brand accounts, as well as businesses with multiple profiles for different audiences.The feature is gradually rolling out globally on iOS.From the screenshot above, it appears that the regram functionality is available at the last stage of the posting process; you can select which of your accounts you want to publish your post from at the same time.The feature won’t let you grab other users’ posts and share them from your own profile.The company’s been testing that for a while now – we first heard of it in November 2017, and again last September – but it’d greatly alter the app experience, and that’s probably the reason for the hold-up.
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Twitter used CES to detail some new features it will begin testing, for both users and publishers.Karissa Bell of Mashable reported that Twitter will establish a beta program in the coming weeks for people who want to test its new experimental features, which could change the way conversations appear on its platform.One of the features to be tested is a new design for threads on Twitter with the goal of making conversations easier to follow.The social network is experimenting with threaded tweets, similar to Reddit posts, in which replies to a tweet will be nested so that it is easier to see which replies are directed at which users.Color-coded labels were also part of the mix.Twitter director of product management Sara Haider told Bell, “We’ve spent a lot of time on making sure that people can find what they’re looking for when something is unfolding in real-time.
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OneLogin is not a young startup by any means.The identity access management company was founded in 2009 and has watched while companies like Ping Identity, Duo Security and Okta had tidy exits.But as CEOs are fond of pointing out, the total addressable market is large and where investors see a chance, they take it.The latest round was led by new investors Greenspring Associates and Silver Lake Waterman, the late-stage investing arm of Silver Lake.Existing investors CRV and Scale Venture Partners also contributed to the round.It is referring to this as a “growth round,” but indicated that actually means Series D plus “flexible capital.” Whatever you call it, it would appear to give OneLogin some runway to grow large enough to find a way to exit.
Should you let AI help you pick your roommates?Barcelona-based urban room rental startup Badi thinks so, and it’s just closed a $30 million Series B funding round less than a year after a $10 million Series A — suggesting algorithm-aided matchmaking is resonating with its target millennial(ish) “Generation Rent” demographic as they hunt for their next flatmate.The 2015-founded startup has now raised circa $45 million in total, while its platform has passed 12 million rental requests.The business was set up to respond to the rising trend of urban living (and indeed tourism) that’s been driving rents and squeezing more people into shared houses to try to make city living affordable.Badi CEO and founder Carlos Pierre points to estimates that by 2050 the total population living in cities will increase from 54 percent to 66 percent.“There will likely be a shortage of homes for people looking to live in cities and as a result, this will lead to an increase in smaller living units or rooms.
One of the coolest audio trends of CES 2019 is the re-emergence of WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Audio).First announced way back in 2012, WiSA is a wireless speaker protocol that allows for slick and intuitive transmission of high-resolution surround sound to a growing variety of wireless speakers.Klipsch has been hip to WiSA for years, but its new WiSA home theater system, the Reference Wireless series, is something special.The new Klipsch Reference Wireless home theater system currently comprises three speaker models, including the RW-34C center-channel speaker ($699), the RW-51M Monitors ($699), and the beefy-and-beautiful RW-100SW ($499) wireless subwoofer.All of the speakers are internally powered, requiring only a power source to work with WiSA transmission devices.You can also, of course, package them together for a 5.1 surround sound system (or up to 7.2 if it strikes your fancy).
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A little like a penguin, a little like a sloth, Lovot is a companion robot with big googly eyes and an even bigger AI-powered heart.It's designed and built by Kaname Hayashi, who's best known as "the father of Pepper," for designing Softbank's semi-iconic robot that can be found in banks, airports and many other public spaces around the world.Lovot has been a passion project for Hayashi for many years now.The last time I met with Pepper's dad was back in 2016, at the office of his company Groove X, high above the neon-lit Akihabara district of Tokyo.He also told me he wanted the robot to help cure the epidemic of loneliness that's a particular problem in his home country of Japan.Japan isn't the only country struggling with loneliness.
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New research could lead to the design of new materials to help improve the performance of perovskite solar cells (PSCs).Perovskite solar cells are an emerging photovoltaic technology that has seen a remarkable rise in power conversion ef?ciency to above 20 per cent.However, PSC performance is affected as the perovskite material contains ion defects that can move around over the course of a working day.As these defects move, they affect the internal electric environment within the cell.The Perovskite material is responsible for absorbing light to create electronic charge, and also for helping to extract the charge into an external circuit before it is lost to a process called 'recombination'.In some designs it occurs predominantly within the perovskite, while in others it happens at the edges of the perovskite where it contacts the adjacent materials known as transport layers.
Not every startup manages to reach — or exceed — $100 million in financing.The San Francisco cloud-based identity and access management provider today announced that it has secured $100 million in a Series D round led by Greenspring Associations, with contributions from existing investors Charles River Ventures and Scale Venture Partners.It’s very much justified: OneLogin now counts more than 2,500 enterprises among its clients, including California’s Bay Area Rapid Transit, Airbus, British Red Cross, Change.org, Fujitsu, Indeed, Nasa, Pandora, Softbank, and Broward College.It also says the funds will be used to increase OneLogin’s North American and European footprints and to build out the startup’s 250-person team “across levels and disciplines” and further expand in Europe.Its cloud-based solution — appropriately dubbed Unified Access Platform — offers features such as single sign-on, compliance reporting, and a centralized cloud directory that collates directories from G Suite, Workday, and other providers.It taps machine learning to detect high-risk login attempts and trigger additional authentication factor requests, in part by taking into account the networks users are connected to and the devices they’re using.
(Reuters) — Amazon could build a stake of almost a third in warehouse robotics firm Balyo in the next seven years, as part of a deal that could boost sales of the French company’s technology for self-driving forklift trucks.Warehouse automation is a key element in efforts by Amazon to cut costs and speed up deliveries.The world’s biggest online retailer currently uses robots developed by Kiva Systems, a company it bought for $775 million in 2012.“This agreement … represents an unprecedented opportunity for Balyo to grow its business and supports the soundness of our investments over the years to perfect our robotic solutions,” Balyo Chief Executive Fabien Bardinet said on Thursday.Under the terms of the deal, Amazon will receive free stock warrants representing up to 29 percent of Balyo’s capital which it can exercise depending on orders of the company’s products.The full 29 percent would be exercised if Amazon orders up to 300 million euros ($346 million) of Balyo’s enabled products.
WhatsApp doesn’t require a password or PIN in order to be opened, which means anyone can access your account if your phone is unlocked.Fortunately, the Facebook-owned company is reportedly working on a solution to the problem.According to reliable website WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is testing fingerprint authentication on the Android version of the app.Once enabled, you’ll need a fingerprint to open the app from the app icon, notification shade, or “external pickers.”Additionally, a screenshot of the functionality shows that you can use your device credentials (presumably your PIN code) instead of a fingerprint if you’d like.This could prove handy if your fingerprint scanner is finicky or broken.
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In the not-so-distant past, if you wanted to become a successful movie writer, you needed to have a sea of connections in Hollywood and access to the industry’s most powerful producers in order to get noticed.Thankfully those times are behind us, and practically anyone with a great idea and a solid pitch can transform a simple script into a full-fledged film on even a modest budget.But you still need the right tools and formatting if you want your script to be taken seriously by both indie and Hollywood producers and directors.WriterDuet Pro is an industry-standard program that allows you to quickly and effectively draft your next great screenplay idea, and right now a lifetime subscription is available for over 55 percent off at just $99.99.Ideal for both solo writers and those who thrive on collaboration, this streamlined and intuitive platform makes it easier than ever to transform basic ideas of plots and characters into a finished and polished storyline.Designed by screenwriters for screenwriters, WriterDuet Pro allows you to work with other writers in real-time, through a series of formatting tools and shortcuts that cut down on production time so you can focus more on the most important elements of your ideas.
Unexpectedly announced at an early CES 2019 media event, HTC’s latest and highest-end VR headset is the Vive Pro Eye — an upgraded version of the already premium Vive Pro with integrated eye-tracking hardware.The eye tracking can be leveraged for in-app controls, analysis of user attention during training sessions, and foveated rendering.Cameras inside a headset precisely and quickly track the position of your pupils, enabling the GPU to know where it needs to focus its rendering resources — and where it can skimp.One Vive Pro Eye developer said that with foveated rendering the GPU was saving 30 percent of its power over standard rendering, performance that can be saved to conserve energy or used to increase detail within the area viewed by the pupil.One key selling point of the headset is a rapid-fire setup process that lets users enjoy a powerful VR experience with little manual adjustment — nothing more than turning an IPD knob to properly align the displays horizontally with your eyes.Once that’s done, Vive Pro Eye’s screens go grey, and a blue dot moves through five positions to see that your pupils are able to register center, northwest, northeast, southeast, and southwest positions.
When I first heard about the Samsung Notebook Flash, it sounded like a less expensive version of one of our favorite slim, stylish notebooks, Microsoft's Surface Laptop.Starting at $350 (roughly £275 , AU$490), the 13.3-inch laptop is intended for students or anyone looking for a stylish, inexpensive laptop for everyday use.It'll be available in multiple colors and the keyboard deck was described as having a textile finish that sounded like the Alcantara fabric Microsoft uses on its Surface devices.Samsung manufactures its own plastics and, over the years, it has experimented with various finishes and textures to those plastics.For example, its Chromebook 2 from a few years back had a plastic lid textured to look like leather and even had "stitches" around the edge.For the Flash, Samsung used plastic that looks and feels like burlap.
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It’s quickly becoming apparent that laser projectors — historically the exclusive tech of commercial cinemas — are one of the hottest trends for the home in 2019.This year, CES is home to several new models from brands such as LG, Hisense, Optoma, and Vava.Though it’s the newest kid on the tech block by far, having launched its first product as recently as 2015, it’s aggressively growing its product portfolio, which now includes a 4K laser projector.So how can a newcomer expect to compete with the likes of LG, a brand that has established itself at the very highest levels of TV quality, and Hisense, a company that occupies third place worldwide in terms of TV sales?By offering a 4K, ultra-short throw (UST), HDR-capable laser projector that can pump out 2,000 ANSI lumens, with projected images sizes that can reach 150 inches.Oh, and then there’s the price: $3,500.
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At a press event in New Delhi, Huawei launched its new mid-range smartphone, the Huawei Y9 (2019), in India.The Huawei Y9 sports a 3D arc design that ups the aesthetics as well as ergonomics of the phone and there’s dual camera both at the front and back.Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2Display: 6.5-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080) IPS LCD | 19.5:9Processor: 2.2GHz Kirin 710 Octa Core | Mali-G51 MP4 GPUStorage: 64GB; expandable using a microSD card
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Tickets are now on sale for Captain Marvel on Fandango and some sites, and they're selling fast as a photo blast.Special features and offers are also available at different theaters.AMC Theaters has a "fan screening" that begins an hour earlier than the early showings, at 6 p.m. local time on Thursday, March 7.In the scene, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) find themselves in the middle of the Thanos-sparked chaos as half the universe's population disappears.Fury manages to use his pager and apparently sends a message to Captain Marvel just as he, too, disappears into dust.And when Infinity War was released on digital in August, a keen-eyed Reddit user pointed out that one of Thanos' children, Cull Obsidian, was seen wearing a piece of cloth with Captain Marvel's colors and design on it.
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