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News: Government cash to help IOT firmsInnovate UK has selected Startupbootcamp IoT, a dedicated accelerator to distribute £1m to UK Internet of Things start ups.Managing Director of Startupbootcamp IoT and Connected devices, Raph Crouan said: There are some great hardware startups and IoT technologies being created in the UK at present.Now we re looking to really develop this ecosystem, and government support will help us to take our program to the next level.The UK s innovation agency, Innovate UK has revealed that the accelerator will receive a portion of almost £1 million in DCMS investment as part of the government-funded IoTUK programme.This investment is said to help companies develop an early IoT market advantage, making it possible to bring the gap between the development of a hardware prototype and commercial viability.
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Cozy, a platform to streamline interactions between property managers and renters, closed an $8.5 million Series B today led by American Family Ventures, with participation from Social Capital, General Catalyst and all other investors that participated in the company s $1.5 million Series A in 2012.Despite the fact that our homes are becoming smarter by the day, the way in which we lease them is anything but smart.Many property managers still use their personal emails to communicate with tenants, listings are spread across dozens of sites and nearly every interaction between renters and property managers occurs on a different platform — or worse, no platform at all.Cozy simplifies the rental management process for landlords and takes the pain out of apartment hunting and landlord interaction for renters.The service powers recurring monthly payments and a suite of diligence tools.We see people get Cozy set up and running, and we may not see them sign in for a year, said Gino Zahnd, CEO and co-founder of Cozy.
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ALL CHANGE: Anyone watching BBC iPlayer will need a licence from the end of the weekBBC iPlayer fans who have been tuning in without a TV licence are in for a shock on Thursday.The British brodacaster is finally stopping the iPlayer licence fee loophole which allowed people to watch shows on catch-up without paying a yearly a fee.As long as they didn't hit the 'watch live' button this was perfectly legal – but that's changing.It means from September 1st anyone caught watching the popular on demand service without a licence will be fined.Even if you don't own a TV and simply watch iPlayer on your iPhone you will still find yourself in trouble.
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A team of UFO hunters claim that a mysterious floating island found in Google Maps is in actual fact a massive alien base.The rotating island is located in Argentina and appears to be a bizarre circular island surrounded by a small lake.According Scott C Waring of UFO Sightings Daily, the island actually seems to rotate around the lake, suggesting that it is in some way artificial.Argentina has an over abundance of UFO sightings compared to the rest of the world and I believer this is how aliens try to hide this particular entrance to their base.The shape is large and circular, big enough to fit a 100 metre UFO through it.The water below this floating island needs to be dove into and explored.
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The Federal Communications Commission has decided not to appeal a court decision that allows states to impose laws restricting the growth of municipal broadband.The FCC in February 2015 voted to block laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that prevent municipal broadband providers from expanding outside their territories, but the states convinced a federal appeals court to keep the laws in place.The FCC could have asked for another appeals court review or gone to the Supreme Court but will instead let the matter drop."The FCC will not seek further review of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit's decision on municipal broadband after determining that doing so would not be the best use of Commission resources," an FCC spokesperson told Ars today.The decision was also reported yesterday in The New York Times.The cities that were seeking to expand municipal broadband networks—Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina—were also involved in the case.
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Ride-hailing companies Uber and Careem have abruptly suspended services in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, after 50 drivers were reportedly arrestedPopular ride-hailing services Uber and rival Careem have abruptly halted services in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates UAE since Saturday 27 August after drivers were reportedly arrested by authorities.Citing "an operations manager whose company provides limousine services to Uber and Careem", Emirates newspaper The National reported around 50 drivers were arrested over the weekend."One of our drivers was put in jail at the weekend and it's happened with loads of drivers from other limousine companies as well," the manager said.We haven't been able to see them or speak to them yet."Both Uber and Careem, which were launched in Abu Dhabi in 2013, have said that their services in neighbouring tourist hotspot and commercial hub Dubai have not been suspended.
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Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard speaks at a public lecture on "Slow Normalization or No Normalization" in Singapore May 26, 2016.SAN FRANCISCO Reuters - Facebook Inc changed its popular "Trending" feature, which shows users the most-talked about topics of the day, to make it more automated and further eliminate the potential for human bias, the company wrote in a blog post on Friday.The update is Facebook's latest attempt in recent months to stress its neutrality as its influence grows.The "Trending" feature came under scrutiny in May after a news report alleged it suppressed conservative news, which prompted a demand from Republican members of the U.S. Congress for more transparency.Facebook said an internal probe found no evidence of bias.The "Trending" feature shows users the most-talked about stories and topics on the top right-hand corner of Facebook's home page with one-sentence descriptions.
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Theranos is appealing the government sanctions that have barred its CEO Elizabeth Holmes from running a blood-testing lab for two years.The sanctions from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which has oversight over labs like Theranos', came after the company failed its California lab inspection. California lab doesn't currently run patient tests, but the
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A man examines an iPhone 6 in a shop in Moscow, Russia.For half a decade, the launch of an Apple iPhone triggered the same kind of global hysteria once reserved for beloved music groups – customers camping for days in front of a store, often in Apple-themed costumes.Low expectations for major changes to the next upgrade, and data showing consumers are holding onto their smartphones longer, suggest the Apple buzz is fading.Sales of Apple products dropped more than 20 per cent at Target Corp. during the retailer s quarter ended July 30, said Target CEO Brian Cornell , contributing to a 7 per cent drop in total sales.Apple historically introduces new iPhones shortly after Labour Day the first Monday in September , and if it follows past years patterns, it would launch a phone with a major redesign and upgrade, say the iPhone 7 at this year s event on September 7.This autumn, however, some analysts including Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies expect Apple to hold off on a major upgrade, waiting for 2017 and the 10th anniversary of the phone instead.
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Nepris is a cloud-based platform connecting educators and industry experts to help bring relevance to the classroom and inspire students towards real-world careers DALLAS– BUSINESS WIRE –August 25, 2016– Nepris recently closed a seed round of funding totaling $1 million, led by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation MSDF .Nepris brings together educators and industry professionals in an easy-to-use online community to collaborate and connect through live online interactive sessions where students get to see what they re learning in the classroom applied to the working world.MSDF invested in Nepris for its ability to make a positive social impact in students lives by preparing them for college and career read MSDF blog post here .While Nepris connections do bring classroom lessons to life and add relevance, the greater impact is often inspiration students find in the professionals and experts whom they meet.These experts encourage students to dream big or to consider careers they may never have known about, like being an aerospace engineer or speech therapist or amusement park designer.Frequently, students ask questions about what college was like or what classes they should take now to help them prepare for college.
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Rumors say it s pretty likely that Apple will drop the popular 3.5mm headphone jack from its next smartphone.The decision isn t sitting well with most potential iPhone 7 buyers; even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has warned that moving to an all-in-one lightning connector is going to tick off a lot of people.There s a possibility that Apple will include some Lightning-equipped earphones and a Lightning-to-jack adaptor with the next iPhone, but Wozniak doesn t think this will placate everyone.Mine have custom ear implants, they fit in so comfortably; I can sleep on them and everything.And they only come out with one kind of jack, so I'll have to go through the adapter, he told The Australian Financial Review.If the 3.5mm jack does disappear, there s always the wireless option.
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Weak pound means higher prices for BritsDomain name biz Vidahost has hiked up the cost of its pricing by 25 per cent, blaming Brexit-induced exchange rate woes.In an email sent to customers and seen by The Register, the biz said: "Prior to the referendum to leave the EU, we spent time working up rigorous plans for the Brexit scenario."True to form we focused on how this decision would affect our customers.It was clear that there would likely be some pricing issues around exchange rates between currencies."However, following the vote the company said it saw "an immediate impact on exchange rates."
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Disruptive technologies have always alarmed segments of the population, whether it was the English Luddites who destroyed labor-saving machinery during the Industrial Revolution or modern-day fearmongers who warn of the potential malevolence of artificially intelligent robots.But rare is the modern commercial endeavor founded from the start on the principle of intentionally slowing down technology advances.But that s what we have now with IEX, a private financial trading platform that, after finally gaining US Securities and Exchange Commission approval in June, relaunched on August 19 as a full-fledged stock exchange, putting it into direct competition with the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, and 10 other US exchanges.The most noteworthy and controversial feature of IEX is its speed bump, a technology construct that slows down stock trades ever so slightly by 350 nanoseconds so that all trades arrive in roughly the same amount of time, ostensibly to give ordinary investors a level playing field to compete with tech-advantaged high-frequency traders.The SEC s approval of IEX, founded by the folks popularized in the Michael Lewis book Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, has incited a hue and cry among existing exchanges.The critics continue to argue that IEX itself is inherently unfair because it violates a US regulation that requires all stock exchanges to make their prices immediately available, without any programmed delay.
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His blue face and blank stare suggest a look of despair or simply disbelief.Yet, the snub-nosed monkey above and 37 other similar species just got their genomes sequenced.He seems sad as hell about it.His family seems chill, though.
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Opera has released a free VPN application for Android today, called the Opera Free VPN.the Tool requires no login, and initially, it is possible to change your virtual location to united states, Canada, Germany, Singapore and the Netherlands.the App also has a feature which analyzes the device's Wi-Fi connection.About Opera VPN believe that there is a weakness in the uppkopplingens security is the user to activate the VPN.Worth pointing out is that the developer will share anonymised data about how you use your mobile.Information about your use sent, of course, not without it's about overall statistics for large groups.
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The forums for Epic Games were hacked today, just the latest reminder of the dangers of using one password for all of your sites.Odds are it won t ruin your life if someone steals your Epic Games forum account and starts posting unpopular opinions about Infinity Blade or Unreal.But if you use the same password on that site as you do for your email, or your bank, you re kind of screwed unless you change those passwords quickly.Epic Games says that emails were leaked for the Unreal Engine and Unreal Tournament forums, but not passwords in any form.Users of legacy forums for Infinity Blade, UDK, previous Unreal Tournament games, and archived Gears of War forums were a little worse off according to a statement from Epic Games.The hack of those forums revealed email addresses, salted hashed passwords and other data entered into the forums, according to the statement.
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The Galaxy Note 7 is already one of best-looking and most capable smartphones available, but Samsung is seemingly intent to prove that the best can always be improved upon.Enter what looks to be a new Injustice Edition of the Note 7, complete with Batman-themed case and OS, and a whopping 6GB of RAM.The handset was seemingly revealed in leaked images posted to Chinese social media site, and consistent source of pre-release spy shots, Weibo via wccftech .Revealed in the photos is a new black case, with gold Batman logo on the rear and gold metal finishes on various features on the front of the device.What's more, if the leak is accurate, it seems Samsung has added a new Batman theme to the OS itself, with a modified dial pad, darker theme, and redesigned icons.On top of the photos, a rumour that the device will come with 6GB of RAM has emerged, which gives the rumoured Injustice model 2GB more memory than the standard Note 7.
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Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the GuardianAndroid 7.0 Nougat is the new version of Google s mobile operating system, used by billions of devices around the world.Apps install more quickly, the OS can be smaller in size and updates to Android can be installed on the fly, without having to wait for 10 minutes while it reboots, if you have a new device.The new Vulcan API graphics system is also baked in for better gaming performance and Nougat will support Google s Daydream virtual reality system, eventually.Those that have used Marshmallow on any of Google s Nexus smartphones or devices with little in the way of modification to Android, such as the OnePlus 3, will instantly recognise it.They re now flatter and wider, filling the entire width of the screen on a smartphone, and joined directly to each other, which wastes less space than Marshmallow s card-like appearance.
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Salesforce seems to be slowing down on hiring after spending nearly $4 billion on acquisitions this year.There are 30% fewer open jobs listed on Salesforce's website over the past 3 months, with most of the job reductions occurring since early July, according to a note published by market research firm Cowen & Co. on Friday.It also notes that there have been some "travel restrictions" within the company, citing anonymous sources.The last time Salesforce went through this type of hiring slowdown was in October 2014, when the company missed its billings target, the note adds.It's unclear what exactly is causing this, but Cowen gives 3 possibilities: To absorb the $2.8 billion Demandware acquisition the deal was announced on July 1 Being more mindful of profit margins — in addition to spending more than $4 billion on acquisitions this year, Salesforce has also been telling investors it's paying closer attention to its operating profit margins.Possible weaker quarterly revenue growth.Slowing revenue growth would be a bit concerning, given how Salesforce has been blowing away earnings lately and is aiming to become the first cloud software company to reach $10 billion in annual revenue.Cowen notes that the pricing hike that came into play in May could have impacted its revenue growth, and as a result, it doesn't expect to see any announcements of huge customer wins this quarter — the company has highlighted some nine-figure new deals in recent quarters.Even if there's a slowdown, however, Salesforce would probably rebound next quarter as there are a lot of deals in the works in the pipeline and the company typically sees higher revenue toward the end of the year.Also, the company's big annual conference Dreamforce, which takes place in October, could serve as a catalyst for growth, it says."While 2Q seems to be a weaker quarter, we want to be buyers on pullbacks as we think momentum is poised to rebound in 3Q and we think Dreamforce can be a positive sentiment catalyst for the stock," Cowen's analyst Derrick Wood wrote in the note.A Salesforce representative wasn't immediately available for comment.NOW WATCH: Elon Musk just unveiled Tesla's 'top secret' master plan — here are the detailsLoading video...
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A company that was spun out from Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT has developed a new type of battery that it says can last twice as long as normal smartphone or laptop batteries.The MIT news office published a summary of the battery, which uses thin lithium-metal foil instead of graphite to extend theThat means that it can either store
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