Coinbase is making it easier for Brits to buy and sell cryptocurrency.The exchange desk announced it now supports Pound Sterling deposits and withdrawals natively on its platform.In addition to eliminating frictions associated with converting funds from Euro to pounds, another benefit of having native support for the local currency is that it allows for much faster deposit and withdrawal times.Coinbase has begun rolling this functionality to its UK customers already, but it might take a couple of days before the feature is available to all users countrywide.The new system is currently only available in the UK, but Coinbase says it has every intention to introduce similar improvements in other countries.For now though, the rest of the world will have to wait.
Audio hardware brand JBL is entering the smart display arena with its new Link View, which is powered by Google Assistant and costs $250.For the asking price, you get an 8-inch touchscreen, dual 10W speakers, a 5-megapixel front camera for video calls, and a PrivacySwitch feature that blocks the camera shutter and mutes the mic – all in a black splash-proof body.That’s a bit more than the $199 tag on Lenovo’s 8-inch offering; for the same price, you can get the 10-inch model, which is identical to the former, but gets a larger, higher-resolution display, and a bamboo rear panel.Oh, and Lenovo’s offering is ready to ship, while JBL’s Link View will only arrive early next month if you order one now.JBL also hasn’t yet mentioned the screen resolution on its device for some reason.As with the Lenovo Smart Display and others like it, the Link View runs on Google’s Android Things OS, and will respond to questions with visuals, play music and YouTube videos, display recipes, and control your smart gadgets.
Careem, the UAE based transportation company that competes with Uber, added features to make it easier for sight impaired users to hail rides in Saudi Arabia.The new accessibility features available on both Android and iOS use speech-to-text and speech recognition.The app launched in 2012 and has seen steady growth over the past six years.It now has over 170,000 captains in Saudi Arabia providing rides to millions of users in more than 50 cities in the kingdom.Careem worked with several visually impaired users to learn of the challenges they faced when using the Careem app and what features could help them make most out of the app.Now, users can have the app read text out aloud to them and make simple commands using speech recognition.
The developer of WireGuard has laid the groundwork for pouring his open-source privacy tool directly into the Linux kernel in hope of making secure communications easier to deploy and manage.Jason Donenfeld, creator of WireGuard and the founder of Edge Security, on Tuesday submitted a proposed set of patches to the Linux kernel project to integrate the secure VPN tunnel software as an official network driver.The code is now awaiting review by the kernel maintainers.Initially released and still available as an optional kernel module for Linux, WireGuard is also available for Android, macOS, Windows, and other platforms."Even as an out-of-tree module, WireGuard has been integrated into various userspace tools, Linux distributions, mobile phones, and data centers," said Donenfeld in the notes accompanying his patches.WireGuard was developed as an alternative to secure tunneling protocols like IPSec and OpenVPN.
Hema Xiansheng (盒马鲜生), the Alibaba-owned online-to-offline supermarket chain, will roll out upgraded versions of its physical stores in the near future, according to a Sina report.Li Bing, general manager of Alibaba Cloud’s new retail supermarket division, revealed at the recent 2018 China Smart Retail Conference that Hema will open new “Hema 2.0” supermarkets in Shenzhen after some internal upgrades.Li said, on average, Hema supermarket’s online sales surpass offline sales after 3 months of operation.Hema’s current priority is the internal system upgrade.Since digitization is key to new retail, Hema will focus on putting data first.Video: Alibaba’s Hema supermarket is changing China’s retail game
The origins of the tech industry were founded on solving big problems.The threat of nuclear war caused the US government to press regional universities on innovation, which led to the development of the semiconductor.As semiconductors and computing advanced, a group of renegade hobbyists, like Steve Jobs, led a new wave of entrepreneurs aimed at bringing these new technologies to the masses.Companies like Atari, Apple, and Oracle further established Silicon Valley as THE place to foster and grow big ideas.In the background, however, several new technologies were being created that would lower commercial barriers to entry and set the stage for the massive, global “Startup Revolution” that we still see today.Cost to Launch Races to Zero
How'd you like those 'robots won't steal your job' headlines now, Reg editors?Pedants, imagine how much more relaxed your life would be if artificial intelligence automatically corrected grammar mistake's in online forum and social network posts.Never again would you explode with frustration and anger over misplaced apostrophe's, commas, full stop's and exclamation!She trained recurrent neural networks to restore missing punctuation in text.At the moment, it can only deal with commas and full stops, the most common and easiest of English's punctuation marks.“In natural language processing problems such as automatic speech recognition (ASR), the generated text is normally unpunctuated, which is hard for further recognition or analysis.
Almost a month after the film was released in the US, Marvel and Disney have finally decided people in the UK are allowed to go and see Ant-Man and the Wasp without going to France.Now that the film is finally out, we can get round to pointing out all the different easter eggs and references to the greater Marvel universe hidden within the film.After Scott travels to the Quantum Realm in the battle against Yellowjacket, a shadow can briefly be seen over his helmet.Using a phone as the screen is also reminiscent of the 2015 Ant-Man comic series where Scott shrinks down and lives inside a doll's house, using his regular-sized phone as a big-screen TV.Like many mythical beings Baba Yaga does exist in the Marvel comics universe, where she appears as a Russian Goddess and regular enemy of Captain Britain and other mystical heroes.Ever since losing Janet to the Quantum Realm, Hank has had a pretty short fuse when it comes to people using her as ammunition against him.
Before it was acquired by Facebook, WhatsApp used to display a banner in its app asking users to pay a nominal fee to use its messaging service after the first year.I’ve never paid that fee, and I don’t know anyone who has.But after nine years in existence, the company’s finally settled on a way to earn some cash.WhatsApp is expanding its Business API that let companies communicate with their customers on the platform.They can now programmatically send users information like shipping confirmations and boarding passes, offer real-time customer support, and accept inquiries via a click-to-chat button on their site (similar to how Facebook’s Messenger plugin works).Where’s the money at, you ask?
There’s a different tack you can take – and it doesn’t involve his favourite aftershave, the best outdoor barbie or the most convenient gift card you can find.And while it’d be easy to suggest a range of power banks and storage devices to keep things simple, this year we thought we’d skip the boring stuff and move straight to the coolest gizmos!There’s not much time to go before this year’s Father’s Day – in 2018, it falls on Sunday, September 2 – so now’s a good time to get shopping.Just head to the section that tickles your (or rather, your dad’s) fancy the most and you’re bound to find something suitable.It might feature just a 1080p HDR display, but this 14-inch 2-in-1 promises stellar performance and is one of the most superbly built and designed business laptops you can currently buy.With a gorgeous screen, tactile keyboard and a classy design that’s equally as comfortable to use in tablet mode or as a traditional laptop, this Chromebook from Asus makes an amazing gift, especially since you won’t need to shell out a four-figure sum for it... although it does carry a slightly premium price tag for a Chromebook.
The first ever Hajj Hackathon has officially kicked off in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and is on it’s way to becoming the largest hackathon in the world.Over 3,000 hackers have assembled to take a shot at top spot which will earn them 1,000,000 SAR for 15% equity investment in their venture.Their mission is to find ways that improves the Hajj experience which sees over 2 million pilgrims arrive into Mecca each year.The first day, prior to the official kick-off of the 36-hour hackathon, saw participants connecting with each other over Slack or in-person to create teams that can work together.The diversity of programmers that showed up was sight to be seen.The youngest participant is just 14 years old while the oldest one we could spot was probably in their 60s.
Pinduoduo Tumbles Below IPO Price Amid Fake Goods Probe– Caixin GlobalWhat happened: In less than one week after its strong debut on Nasdaq, shares of Pinduoduo slumped more than 16 percent on August 1 to 18.68 apiece, falling below the offering price at $19 amid the rising concerns about counterfeit goods.Why it’s important: The heat surround Chinese online bazaar Pinduoduo is taking a negative turn shortly after its blockbuster IPO and strong debut on Nasdaq last week.The company is in a whirlwind for selling fake goods on the platform which cater to the need of low-income users in rural China.Talks about the quick rise of IPO has sparked deeper thoughts on the widening inequality of wealth distribution in China.
British civil servants go bonkers with no booze, or too muchHere’s a bit of good news: If you like alcohol, then keep drinking, and if you don’t, then you should start drinking.In moderation, of course, unless you want to increase your chances of developing dementia.A study published in the British Medical Journal this month shows that the risk of dementia increases for middle-aged people whether they consume too much alcohol – more than 14 units (six glasses of wine or six pints of four-per-cent beer) per week – or if they abstained from it.Scientists tracked 9,087 British civil servants aged between 35 and 55 in 1985, who had signed up to the Whitehall II Study, a long-term investigation into how work, stress, and lifestyle had an impact on an individual’s health.One of the diseases they were interested in was dementia.
ByteDance to fold Musical.ly into Tik Tok (China).The social media company is retiring the Musical.ly brand following its acquisition of the “karaoke app” late last year.Musical.ly will be discontinued and its features will be added to an updated version of ByteDance’s short video-sharing app Tik Tok.The branding and user interface for Tik Tok will also be refreshed to reflect the change.Earlier reports of Google’s imminent return to China are false, state media says (China).US “adversarial” news site The Intercept had previously reported that Google is developing a censor-friendly search engine with a view to re-entering the Chinese web search market within the next nine nine months.
What happened: The world’s second largest manufacturer of bitcoin mining rigs Canaan Creative has released a TV set that can mine bitcoin.The device has a processing power of 2.8 trillion hashes a second.For comparison, Canaan’s most powerful rig can process 11 trillion hashes per second.The AvalonMiner Inside TV set can be controlled by voice commands and can calculate mining profitability in real-time.Why it’s important: The announcement comes after the company submitted an IPO application in Hong Kong in May, which is expected to raise up to $1 billion.The TV set forms part of Canaan’s plan to build a broader user base and enable more home appliances to be used as part of the next generation of blockchain technology.
What happened: Beijing-based ByteDance is merging karaoke app Musical.ly with short-video sharing platform Tik Tok to create one global app under the Tik Tok brand.Douyin, the Chinese version of Tik Tok, will remain a stand-alone app.Why it’s important: The merge is another move in ByteDance’s global strategy.Tik Tok has already gained popularity in Southeast and East Asia while Musical.ly made its way to US teenagers.The duo could be a powerful combination for the international market: Tik Tok was the most downloaded non-game app in the Apple app store globally Q1 of 2018.Domestically, however, Tik Tok/Douyin faces strong competition in the short video arena.
Starbucks announced today that it has entered a strategic “New Retail” partnership with Chinese tech giant Alibaba in a move to strengthen foothold in its second-largest market.The rumor about a possible tie-up between Starbucks and Alibaba-backed delivery service Ele.me has been around for a while.But it turns out that the partnership is much larger in scale than previously thought.The partnership will cover nearly every key business within the Alibaba ecosystem, including Ele.me, Hema, Tmall, Taobao, and Alipay.Under the deal, Starbucks plans to leverage Ele.me’s on-demand platform to pilot delivery services in Beijing and Shanghai in September 2018.The delivery program is expected to expand across 30 cities to more than 2,000 stores by end of 2018, the company disclosed.
The food delivery business is big money in China, and Starbucks is aiming to tap it through a new tie up with China's Alibaba.The coffee chain will start deliveries in September at its 150 stores located in Beijing and Shanghai, with plans to expand the program to its over 2,000 stores in 30 cities by the end of the year.Alibaba, which is the Chinese version of Amazon, has a huge ecosystem of companies under its umbrella, such as payment service Alipay, and Ele.me, a food delivery platform similar to Deliveroo and Uber Eats with 3 million delivery riders.The program will see Starbucks use Ele.me to fulfil delivery orders while also partnering with Alibaba's Hema supermarkets to establish dedicated delivery kitchens.These "Starbucks Delivery Kitchens" will begin in Shanghai and Hangzhou, before rolling out to the rest of the country.So the next time you're in Beijing or Shanghai and want to sip a cuppa, you can just whip out your phone and get it sent to you in minutes.
With a fast-growing netizen population, China’s internet industry is one of the largest and most exciting in the world.China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released new numbers (in Chinese) on the internet industry’s first half of the year performance on Monday.The official figures show the overall internet industry maintained steady growth, and business revenue as well as operating profit both posted positive growth.For mobile apps, MIIT noted that online gaming and video/music live streaming are the two categories that see brighter prospects.Revenue of internet companies (limited to enterprises with revenue over RMB 3 million) in China tallied to RMB 417.1 billion during the first half of 2018—a 22.9% growth from the same period last year.Internet businesses in Guangdong, Shanghai, and Beijing topped the charts in terms of growth of revenue, which posted a 27.8%, 22.2%, and 31.5%, respectively.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been quietly working on a way to let students and interested hobbyists build a planet-exploring rover that's a scaled-down version of the American agency's six-wheeled 'droids.For the past few months, JPL eggheads have been toiling away on the project over on GitHub, basing their work on an outreach rover, “ROV-E”, that's toured schools and museums since 2015.The boffins went public with their designs on July 31.The one-sixth-scale Open Source Rover uses mostly off-the-shelf parts, albeit rather a lot of them since NASA's estimate for the bill of materials is about US$2,500.Here are the vital statistics:Maximum 90 deg vertical scale