New start-ups from Taiwan, where the entrepreneurial environment is lacklustre, should shift their focus to mainland China where there are abundant opportunities and capital, according to an industry veteran who recently started investing in start-ups.“There is a [longstanding] culture that works against Taiwanese entrepreneurs as the government and people have the tendency to want to build up huge enterprises to fend off external competition ,” Richard Kang, a partner at Taiwan Accelerator, which claimed to be the only seed accelerator in Taiwan, told the South China Morning Post.“So for people who grew up in Taiwan, they tend to work in the government, or HTC and Taiwan Semiconductor.”Kang said he rarely heard of any successful start-up stories in Taiwan, where there has been a severe lack of mentors and investors in the past few years.Taiwan Accelerator was founded in 2016 and began operation in February.It has picked eight start-ups out of 153 applicants in the first cohort – seven from Taiwan and one from India – to be granted seed capital and mentorship that covers a variety of aspects, including building the business model, developing products to be market-fit, know-how in finance, accounting, legal areas, and media relations.
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Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday said he had received “verbal” approval to start building an ultra-high-speed underground transport system linking New York and Washington that would cut travel time between the cities to about half an hour.He offered no details on what entity had green lighted the project that could result in the world’s longest tunnel.Musk, the chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Inc and rocket company SpaceX, is seeking to revolutionise transportation by sending passengers and cargo packed into pods through an intercity system of giant vacuum tubes known as the “hyperloop.”Officials in Washington and New York said they had not approved any project, and under federal rules Musk would need extensive environmental and building permits to mount such an ambitious project.Musk recently started an enterprise called the Boring Company to build transport tunnels for the system, which he says would be far faster than current high-speed trains and use electromagnetic propulsion.In tweets on Thursday Musk said:
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Updated America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, has declined to share any more details on the cyber-assault that apparently downed its website shortly after it announced its intent to kill net neutrality.Shortly after Oliver's segment aired, the FCC's comment system went down under the weight of what the commission said was a distributed denial of service attack, but what critics claim was merely the American public firing up their web browsers and letting the regulator know what they thought of the policy.A group of US Senators also sought out proof.Now the FCC claims it can't provide more than 200 pages of the requested documents because they contain commercially confidential details, copyrighted information, and internal agency notes that are protected from civil discovery requests."Records responsive to your request were withheld under FOIA Exemption 4.Exemption 4 protects matters that are 'trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential'," the FCC claimed.
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The philosopher and intellectual foresaw the birth of the internet 35 years before it happened.He rose to prominence in the 1960s for his work as a media theorist and for coining the term "global village", which was a prescient vision of the internet age.McLuhan's preeminent theory was his idea that human history could be divided into four eras: the acoustic age, the literary age, the print age and the electronic age.He outlined the concept in a 1962 book called The Gutenberg Galaxy, which was released just as the television was starting to become popular.In his follow-up book, Understanding Media, he expanded the theory to show the method of communication rather than the information itself would come to be the most influential fact of the electronic age.He soon became a TV personality, making regular appearances to explain his theory of why "the medium is the message".
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If Deutsch NY CEO Val DiFebo isn’t on this list of icons from the “boogie down”, she very well should.DiFebo started her tenure at Deutsch in 1992 and quickly became one of the agency’s cornerstones as the entire industry adapted to a nascent digital era.Fast forward to this year, her 25th at Deutsch (and 8th in her current role) and the powerhouse exec has seen standout work come out of her agency from Taco Bell, Angel Soft, and PNC Bank especially.Culturally, DiFebo has ensured that half of all the agency’s leadership is made up of women, still a misnomer in an industry trying to tackle diversity issues of all kinds.DiFebo has previously received honors from the Advertising Women of New York, (now rebranded as She Runs It) and Business Journal, and this year, the Italian Welfare League has named her their 2017 Woman of the Year.Under her leadership, Deutsch doesn’t just rack up its share of advertising awards, but honors from the Coalition for the Homeless, Live Out Loud, the Advertising Educational Foundation and MAIP for corporate leadership and service.
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When it comes to homebrew projects, Google is actually a pretty cool company.Unlike some of its rivals in Silicon Valley—particularly in Cupertino—the search giant sometimes likes to help people hack into its hardware and make it their own.The latest example of this fine tradition helped one crafty British man turn a vintage intercom into a working version of a Google Home.The adventure started when Google bundled an AIY (Artificial Intelligence Yourself) Projects Voice Kit with the May issue of MagPi magazine.The kit included a Raspberry Pi HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) that made it possible to add natural voice interaction to any Pi-powered project using the Google Assistant SDK.While the MagPi magazine offered instructions on how to build a little cardboard box that you could talk to, a hardware hacker from the United Kingdom had other designs.
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It could be argued that many of the floundering retail chains failed to invest in people — both employees and customers — and the technology needed to serve those people.Several reports estimate that somewhere between 2,500 and 2,800 new, physical retail stores have opened this year, offsetting some of the aforementioned closures, and in some areas, retailers are having trouble hiring enough employees.So while it is worth noting that retail sales growth is slow and there have been more store closures than store openings, the industry is not on the verge of collapse.Media outlets from The Wall Street Journal to Fortune to USA Today have trumpeted news about store closings, retail bankruptcies, and the end of retail as we know it,” wrote Paula Rosenblum, co-founder and managing partner of RSR Research, a retail analysis firm, in a Forbes article from May 2017.And the rest of us should just close up shop now, and put an end to the pain,” Rosenblum continued.The retail chains that are suffering, going bankrupt, and closing stores are a symptom of poor management and a lack of investment more than they are an indication of the retail industry’s health.
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A good onboarding stream can do wonders to help make sure your users are continuing to make the most of your app on a regular basis, long after they’ve downloaded it.A good onboarding stream will also help win the permissions that allow an app to fulfill on its promise.If your onboarding stream is less than awesome, there is plenty of inspiration to be found in companies that are doing a great job of this.Sephora: Simple designs, beautiful resultsSephora is an acknowledged master of marketing — especially mobile marketing — and this onboarding series shows why.BP: Using onboarding to de-mystify prompts
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Details on Star Trek: Discovery have been fairly scarce—we’ve got a few good general ideas, but nothing specific.That’s changed now, because a bevy of props and images are currently on display at San Diego Comic-Con, and while Starfleet is always Starfleet, the Klingons are stealing the show.There is a fair bit of concept art for Klingon ships, which look unlike anything we’ve seen from the species before:In previous footage, we’ve seen the Klingon T’Kuvma (Chris Obi) take charge of the Klingons.The Torchbearer suit is both armour and an EV suit—which the full face helmet makes a bit of sense for.Apparently this version of the suit is “worn only by a warrior chosen through a sacred ritual” and Torchbearers can “sound The Call for all houses to unite by activating a ceremonial obelisk.” We know that uniting the houses is the goal of T’Kuvma, so I wonder if we will see him don this armor.
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Of all the things that we suggest you do not try with your Android phone, boiling them in water has to be right up there!Chinese phone makers have a long history of running extreme torture tests to show how tough their phones can be.Over the years we have seen phones hit nails into wood, fall out of office windows and even be set on fire, but this is the first time we’ve seen a phone boiled in water!Error loading player: No playable sources foundNOMU decided that an appropriate method of showing just how tough the NOMU S30 mini really is was to place it in a pan of boiling water for a minute and see what would happen.We’re not sure what they were trying to prove with the video, as the phone was already certified IP68 which covers dust and water, and we don’t know how often people accidentally drop their phones in boiling pans of liquid.
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Over the next few weeks, customers wanting the HOMTOM ZOJI Z6 or Z7 smartphones will be able to save at least $10, and may even be able to buy their phone at half price during social limited flash sales.HOMTOM is working with Geekbuying, Coolicool and e-Fox to offer the Z6 at just $68.99 while the Z7 is only $88.88, however, at special times, there will be a chance to buy these phones at 50% off!Both phones are rugged models with IP68 rating meaning that they are shockproof and water resistant.The HOMTOM ZOJI Z6 has a body of just 9.9mm which HOMTOM claims is the thinnest of any rugged Android phone on the market.The phone is an affordable device for 3G data connection only and feature a 4.7-inch HD display, Corning Gorilla Glass, 3000mAh battery, 1GB RAM and a Mediatek MT6580 chipset.The HOMTOM ZOJI Z7 gets are more textured exterior with brushed alloy finish.
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One of the biggest knocks against the DC Extended Universe has been its general lack of vibrant colour compared to the comic books.In exchange for gritty realism, the DCEU—especially its costumes—come across as unsaturated and dour.That’s a shame because, up close, the League’s costumes look great.Last night, Warner Bros. and DC unveiled a series of replica costumes from the upcoming Justice League movie that showcased every painstaking detail that went into bringing the characters to life.It’s one thing to see the costumes in motion on a screen in a trailer—you know what you’re looking at even though you’re not taking it all in.But it’s another thing when you actually get a chance to pore over the geometric complexity of Aquaman’s chest armour or the intricate latticework that makes up Cyborg’s abdomen.
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A New York importer has recalled an undisclosed quantity of ground cumin after it was found to be contaminated with lead, Food Safety News reports.The lead levels in the recalled product are high enough to cause health problems, which can include developmental disorders in children and permanent damage to the central nervous system among pregnant women.The contamination was discovered during routine checks by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspector.The recalled products were distributed to retail stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, packaged in 2-ounce plastic bags and carry the UPC number 884752003812.Lead contamination is a recurring problem in spices imported into the U.S. Last year, Indian turmeric imported by Spices USA was found to contain excessive amounts of lead, and it is a common issue for spices such as fenugreek, cardamom and chili powder.Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), importers have had to vet suppliers through its Foreign Supplier Verification Program since the end of April 2017.
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You’re staring at the sky on a sunny day when you notice, in the corner of your eye, a transparent squiggle floating slowly across the blue.You try and focus on it, but it eludes your glance, refusing to be resolved.So a team of scientists want to know if they could safely treat these distracting dots with lasers.Laser treatments have existed for at least 15 years, but there haven’t been other attempts to fix floaters with these specific lasers compared to placebos, the authors from Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston write in the paper published today in JAMA Ophthalmology.This is particularly important because of the strong possibility for a placebo effect.The authors recruited 52 patients and put them into experimental and control groups.
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Almost 60 years ago, Peter Drucker coined the term “knowledge workers,” saying that a new generation of professionals and their productivity would become “the most valuable assets of a 21st-century institution, whether business or non-business.” Unlike the previous century’s most valuable assets – production equipment – this century’s assets would be human, he said.He said tomorrow’s professionals would need to become adept at storytelling, a skill that requires “high concept” aptitudes.They would need “the capacity to detect patterns and opportunities, to create artistic and emotional beauty, to craft a satisfying narrative, and to combine seemingly unrelated ideas into something new … to stretch beyond the quotidian in pursuit of purpose and meaning.”Most of us are still knowledge workersConsider that we simply digitized our analog world.As Pavan Arora, the director of content at IBM Watson, said at CMI’s Intelligent Content Conference, “Artificial intelligence may be the engine, but content is the fuel.”
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Oracle Cloud at Customer has been available for over a year and the company says that it has already proved itself to be a popular choice amongst customers, with the likes of AT and Bank of America using it alongside other businesses across more than 30 countries.Cloud at Customer is basically a way to help businesses to find a comfortable level at which they can get onto the cloud path.What this means is that businesses can choose what applications sit in the cloud, where they sit, and so on.Oracle says that this is a big stumbling point for businesses looking to move to the cloud, given the growing number of regulations and data privacy concerns that they face.Dermot O Kelly, SVP and Country Leader, UK, Ireland and Israel at Oracle said in a call with members of the press that, “some move to the cloud relatively easily, some mission critical systems they are not comfortable with moving because of regulations or the way they feel with the cloud.”At the heart of it is the desire to give the customer what they want, giving them the ability to pick and choose what sits where so that the customer is happy.
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Popular cosmetics line Shu Uemura has teamed up with Nintendo to launch a special new makeup set.Because the makeup set revolves around the company’s most popular video game franchise: Super Mario.The makeup is inspired the massively popular game franchise, though it’s more accurate to say that the packaging is inspired by it: the makeup is just makeup, after all.The makeup will be part of an overall Super Mario-themed collection in which the cosmetic products feature classic Mario imagery, the pixelated kind you’d find in the oldest iterations of the game.The most popular characters are included, among them being Mario of course, as well as Princess Peach, and Toad.The makeup collection isn’t terribly large, and that’s not surprising given the limited audience that is likely looking for both high-end makeup and Nintendo imagery.
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Google Play Music users can now access the app through Apple’s CarPlay, with a new update quietly adding it to the short list of third-party services.The new version of Google’s music app joins Amazon, Spotify, and a select few others with CarPlay support, with a much simplified interface promising to be easier and safer to access while on the move.You will, of course, need a CarPlay-compatible vehicle in order to actually use it, mind.Finally, there’s a Stations section for Google Play Music’s custom playlists, based on genre and activity.Music is the best served category on that front, with more than ten third-party streaming radio and on-demand services supported.That hasn’t gone down well with those who would rather use alternative phone, messaging, or navigation apps to those Apple would prefer: its own dialer, Messages, and Apple Maps.
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Apple released two security updates this week, one for iPhones and iPads, the other for macOS computers like the MacBook.This set of updates is absolutely imperative for all users as it fixes a security hole that can potentially take over your device through a Wi-fi connection.Updating a MacOS device or an iOS device can be done right now right now – both can be gotten straight from Apple with the instructions provided below – and it’s EASY.These security holes come courtesy of the serendipitously titled “Broadpwn” flaw.This flaw allows the hacker to execute code within your device after finding their way in through the front door – your Wi-fi chip, in this case.This flaw was discovered by Nitay Artenstein of Exodus Intelligence.
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Police in Maryland have used drones to locate stolen goods and provide evidence for investigations.Hundreds of police departments across the US are now starting to use hexacopter drones to aid criminal investigations by remotely gathering evidence.Over 350 police departments are now training officers to become drone pilots and simulating emergency response in a crisis.The police foresee unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) being used for a variety of purposes, including locating a gunman by flying past windows during a school shooting; photographing and monitoring traffic accidents; or tracking missing people.One example is Cecil County, Maryland, where the sheriff's department recently used its brand new Yuneec Typhoon H Pro drone to fly over a property where it was suspected that stolen construction equipment was being stored.The police flew the drone over a house in Elkton and on the video feed they spotted the equipment being hidden in the back yard behind the property.
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