In a move intended to increase rider safety, Uber has partnered with two companies, Appriss and Checkr, to monitor driver background checks continuously.The program has been in place for two weeks and has already led to the firing of 25 drivers, Axios reports.Uber's partners handle two sides of the equation separately: Checkr provides the driver background checks while Appriss continually monitors safety records.If a driver is charged with a criminal offense, Appriss can see that and forwards the information to Uber, which can then determine whether or not it should remove the driver from service.According to Axios, Uber started testing this program earlier this month in limited areas and has already caught 25 drivers who it deemed unsafe to carry passengers.The flipside to this is that people charged with a crime who are eventually exonerated can once again apply to be drivers for Uber, thanks to the rapidly updated background checks.
Last year, MoviePass announced that it was repricing its movie theater subscription plan to $9.95 a month.It seemed too good to be true — and, as it turned out, it was.In the months since, the service has bled cash, and the stock price of its parent company has tumbled.Subscribers are the ones taking the hit, with elements of their subscriptions swapped, changed, or revoked outright.On top of that, many theater owners aren’t happy because the company’s business model prevents them from competing for customers on things like pricing and presentation.But while MoviePass isn’t the movie industry’s savior, it may have illuminated a path forward for theaters to control their own destiny.
So how can you find your way to the best Prime Day deals this year?Firstly, Amazon’s site is famous for being very hard to navigate - it relies heavily on users searching on site or landing from Google rather than browsing.And secondly, Amazon is obviously always going to be pushing the products it makes the most margin on the hardest.In the UK for example, Amazon is putting its own Echo, Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick front and centre, along with a Bosch cordless drill, a Philips electric toothbrush, Fitbit Charge 2, a Philips Lumea body hair removal device and so forth.It’s no accident that these products are so prominently featured – Amazon thinks it’ll make more money from these products through a combination of margin and popularity.So how can you make sure you actually find the best products rather than the things Amazon is more keen to sell you.
OnePlus has filed a trademark for the Warp Charge name, related to its fast charging technology.The company filed the new application after it lost its bid to use the Dash Charge name in Europe.The firm has been using a generic “fast charge” name in Europe, in lieu of the older name.The EUIPO filing reveals the name would be used for “data cables; power adapters; cell phone battery chargers; electrical adapters; batteries, electric; chargers for electric batteries; wireless chargers.” So it pretty much covers the entire lineup of chargers and charging accessories.The Chinese brand has used the Dash Charge name for its fast-charging technology since 2016’s OnePlus 3.But the company lost its application to use the name in Europe earlier this year after Amazon and audio company Bragi opposed the bid.
Southfield Capital has acquired Match Marketing Group from Beringer Capital.Beringer, which is also Adweek’s parent company, has partnered with Match since the firm’s inception in 2012 and was instrumental in building out Match’s infrastructure, comprehensive service offering and executive team.Southfield will work alongside the group’s management team, which is led by Match CEO Michael Dill.“This is truly an inflection point for our agency and we intend to use it as a springboard for our talent and technology to continue to accelerate solutions that exceed client expectations,” said Dill in announcing the acquisition.“Agencies and their clients are facing pressure for short-term growth, new consumer expectations, technology disruption and the need to deliver growth amidst spending pressures.Match, which is based in Norwalk, Conn., has over 500 employees across eight offices.
The Association of National Advertisers has taken a step toward addressing brands’ transparency concerns, updating its contract template for media buying agencies.“While significant progress has been made in bringing more transparency to the relationships between advertisers and media buying agencies, much more is needed,” ANA CEO Bob Liodice said in a statement.“The new contract template is more comprehensive than the original and contains updates that address the current marketplace.We urge all advertisers to review the changes and incorporate them into their current media agency contracts, where applicable.”In March 2017, the ANA called on seven major ad platforms to allow for independent auditing.Last December, an ANA report found that 35 percent of brands are moving programmatic buying away from media agency partners.
The Nintendo Switch is one of recent times’ most interesting gaming consoles and it isn’t only gamers that are loving it.Its tightly locked system has challenged hackers and modders to find exploits that will let them break into the system.One such vulnerability named Fusée Gelée was supposedly impossible to patch on existing Switch systems.However, reports now claim that a fresh new batch of Switch consoles are invulnerable to it without actually changing anything in the hardware.The Fusée Gelée exploit relies on a bug in the NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor’s USB recovery mode that can be caused to overflow and yield privileged access to the Switch firmware.Because of the nature of that mode, the code is stored in the secure portion of the chip that can’t be modified after it leaves the factory.
Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, and major auto part manufacturer Bosch made a surprise announcement earlier this week that they would collaborate on the future autonomous driving taxis and that the service will start in the heart of Silicon Valley.To power the fleet of Super Ubers will be Nvidia’s DRIVE Pegasus AI supercomputer designed specifically for autonomous vehicles that can deliver 320 TOPS (trillions of operations per second) to help them navigate the mean streets of Palo Alto.A far cry from the room-sized supercomputers seen in sci-fi films, Nvidia’s hardware is the size of a license plate, but packs in the performance equivalent of six desktop workstations.The goal of the partnership is to put driverless cars on the road by 2021, at which point the companies will offer begin offering rides for free on "selected routes" to a limited number of customers.What Nvidia adds to the mix is obviously the brains behind the brawn - autonomous vehicles, especially those in Level 4 and 5 of autonomy, require a vast amount of data to function.According to Bosch, a single video camera generates 100 gigabytes of data per kilometer which then needs to be processed and properly converted into driving commands.
Code found in Chrome OS reveals the existence of a new detachable Chromebook product codenamed “Wand.” According to the report revealing the code, “Wand” is a battery-powered detachable keyboard, one that could potentially bring a backlight to solve existing 2-in-1 Chromebook complaints.The powered keyboard may also be used to provide ultra-long battery life.A 2-in-1 system, of course, features a tablet portion and a keyboard portion, which can be connected together for a laptop-like experience or detached for use as a simple tablet.Oftentimes, these detachable keyboards are simple, thin folio-type keyboards, but some have a built-in battery for prolonging runtime or adding a backlight to the detachable keyboard.There’s already a detachable Chromebook from HP, the Chromebook x2, but it doesn’t contain a backlit keyboard, one of the chief complaints.This makes it impractical for use in dark environments, but an upcoming Chromebook model may change that.
Softbank's mobile unit is set to increase its stake in Yahoo Japan by $2bn (£1.5bn) ahead of its listing in Tokyo.As part of a three-way transaction with US firm Altaba, the deal will see Softbank increase its stake in Yahoo Japan to 48.17 per cent.Once the ¥ 221bn (£1.5bn) in Yahoo Japan shares have been transferred to Softbank, Yahoo Japan will then buy back ¥ 220bn in shares from Softbank.As a result of the deal, Yahoo Japan's share price was up 11 per cent as markets closed in Asia, after falling 27 per cent over the last year.Read more: Yahoo Japan picks up a minority stake in cryptocurrency exchange BitARGSoftbank is intending to list its domestic mobile unit on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in due course, utilising the increase in its Yahoo stake to boost its ties with the e-commerce sector.
If you’re using social media, time to pay for the privilege…at least, if you live in Uganda.Earlier this month, the African nation started charging all of its citizens every time they log into a social media platform.Of course, every time someone builds a better mousetrap, their opponents build a faster mouse.To get around Uganda’s new law, tech-savvy users there have started signing up for VPN service, essentially cloaking themselves from view of communications companies levying the tax.Your takeaway from all this is that even if you’re not a Ugandan, VPNs have loads of inventive uses beyond being one of the most secure online defenses available.Right now, you can get that level of protection for yourself with this limited time offer from TNW Deals — a two-year subscription to NordVPN for just $69, an 80 percent savings.
ANGLR, a tracking system for fisherpersons, has raised a $3.3 million Series A to add AR and wearables to their already impressive package of fishing trip management and devices to help record fishing data.That’s right… they caught a big one!Nic Wilson and Landon Bloomer started this Pittsburgh-based company to build an app that can help record and plan your fishing trips.The system has been around for five years and they’ve logged thousands of catches.They’re releasing “patent-pending connected tracking accessories” to record catch locations so you don’t have to pull out your phone while in the middle of reeling in a real beauty.“Most fishing apps let users record catches.
Product managers need devops, and devops people need product managers.It is helpful to join the processes as well as the people, not just to have an understanding of what the other group is doing, but also to be able to play an active role there, and that goes in both directions.Product managers, like developers, need to think about why you should be building a particular offering, as opposed to the common approach of simply putting resources into building it the right way.One great technique is dogfooding, of course, where you are your own user.If they are motivated in different ways—for example, if the head of product gets a bonus for customer retention, and the head of development gets a bonus for feature ships in production—you have a problem.Get the right data and metrics
Bixby hasn’t exactly been the runaway success that Samsung hoped for when it introduced its own smart assistant last August.assistants, such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or Microsoft Cortana, Samsung Bixby was meant to anticipate users’ needs and almost serve as an extra set of hands, editing photos, sending messages, and composing emails on command.It was also slated to eventually control smart home appliances and Internet of Things devices, but so far, it seems as though it’s a bit less useful than we’d hoped for.But things may be looking up for the smart assistant, especially now that it’s growing its roster of third-party integrations.While this may not seem like much, the move does represent an attempt by Samsung to make Bixby more applicable to users’ lives.Given the global popularity of sports and the frequency with which fans turn to their smartphones for updates, the addition of TheScore could serve Bixby well.
Photographers who still shoot on film claim they like the lo-fi, grainy aesthetics of the medium.But by that logic, they should be throwing hundreds of dollars at Dan Macnish who created a custom instant camera that converts what the camera’s lens sees into crude, stick figure doodles.online game that used a neural network to attempt to guess what people were trying to draw?That game ended up producing a database of over 50 million identified stick figure drawings that Macnish was able to harness to help power his camera, which runs on a Raspberry Pi, with a thermal printer and some other electronics that help it function not unlike an iconic Polaroid does.But unlike a Polaroid, Macnish’s camera doesn’t have a viewfinder, or a preview screen.You blindly point it at a scene, push the trigger, and out pops a small doodle, not a photo, from the thermal printer.
Hiring suits in UK for phase 1 of corporate conquestApple is to set up an alliance with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to reach more suits in the corporate world, The Register can reveal.The ad on LinkedIn is for an enterprise strategic partner manager for HPE, Dimension Data and GE.The role is based in London.We’ve partnered with experts in enterprises around the world, to change the way people work.”The position includes working with the global partner, regional sales and channel marketing and systems engineering teams, both inside and out of Apple.
We’ve long said that humans generally worry about the wrong asteroids.Tabloids love to publish headlines about “potentially hazardous asteroids,” a category created by NASA that can be a bit misleading.The truly worrisome rocks are the smaller ones that we aren’t tracking.The US National Science and Technology Council knows about this problem—and thankfully, it plans to do something about it, according to a report the council released in late June.A 2005 US Congress mandate stated that NASA would try to keep track of 90 per cent of the near-Earth objects larger than 460 feet (140 metres).America is sonly a third of the way there, reports Quartz, and even then, its existing catalogue might be flawed, according to a recent paper.
Try as a nefarious actor might, it would be near impossible to order the ingredients for making a deadly virus such as smallpox from scratch—at least not from any reputable company.That’s because the world’s leading gene-synthesis firms all routinely screen customer requests against DNA sequences from hazardous viruses, bacteria, toxins and other ‘select agents.’ So, as soon as any would-be bioterrorist tried to purchase fragments of the pathogen’s genome, alarm bells would go off.This biosecurity protocol is only as good as its database of potentially dangerous gene sequences, though.Case in point: Earlier this year, researchers from the University of Alberta demonstrated a potential vulnerability in the system when they reported the successful construction of horsepox virus, an extinct relative of smallpox, from DNA pieces ordered in the mail.Still, the study sparked an uproar, and many in the biosecurity and biodefense communities are now openly questioning whether today’s screening tools are good enough to stop the threats posed by tomorrow’s synthetic bioweapons.To help curtail those threats, the intelligence apparatus of the U.S. government is now looking to the world’s largest consumer of synthetic DNA for help.
Brittiska Tokamak Energy har i test uppnått 15 miljoner graders temperatur.”Vi tar viktiga steg mot att nå fusionsenergi”, säger Jonathan Carling, vd på företaget.Fusionsenergi är framtiden, det menar Tokamak Energy som utvecklar en process helt utan radioaktiva material.Och nu har de uppnått ett viktigt mål, de har fått upp plasma i temperaturer på över 15 miljoner grader Celsius – det vill säga varmare än solens mitt.Reaktorn som används har fått namnet ST40 och är den tredje maskinen i en femstegsplan att nå målet om ren fusionsenergi.Nästa mål är nu att fortsätta höja temperaturen för att nå en nivå som möjliggör kontrollerad fusion.