WeChat announced last night that it has upgraded its mini programs’ user experience and developers’ tools.Here are some of the changes:The programs now allow users to read articles published by subscription accounts linked to the programs.The new update will allow a user to read an article published by the account when shopping in the account’s registered mini program.However, current service doesn’t include tipping an account from a mini program.Mini programs now allow users to put down real-time feedback in a mini program.
Att Apple gillar hälsa borde inte komma som en överraskning, med exempelvis Apple Watch som på senare fått allt större fokus på hälsofunktioner snarare än att bara vara en smartklocka.Och nu ska även själva Apple Park bli lite mer hälsosamt.I en intervju med Tim Cook som David Rubenstein utförde, och som 9to5mac nyligen publicerade i sin helhet, berättar Apples VD om beslutet.– Vi har gett alla våra anställda 100 procent stående bord.Om du kan stå ett tag, sedan sitta och så vidare, är det mycket bättre för din livsstil.Apple-anställda går in i väggen – bokstavligt talat
But after Plume — another mesh router startup — said earlier this week that it’s going to start requiring a subscription just to buy a router and keep it fully functional, Eero has said it doesn’t plan to follow suit.“We’ve never had plans and certainly don’t have any future aspirations for requiring a subscription with the core product we sell.”Though Eero does offer a premium subscription plan, it includes services above and beyond the basic functions of a router.For $99 / year, Eero adds content filtering, malicious site blocking, and subscriptions to other security products, like 1Password and a VPN.Eero hasn’t publicly stated how long it intends to support each of its routers, but Weaver says new features will still come for “many years” after production stops on a given unit.“It’s a really long window on security vulnerabilities” after that, he said.
A decade after deploying a congestion management system to slow down heavy internet users, Comcast announced it no longer needs to resort to throttling its customers.Although heavy internet users will no longer experience slowdowns in speed while surfing the web, however, Comcast will still maintain data caps and charges for overages in 27 states that may deter users from unnecessarily clogging the network.“As reflected in a June 11, 2018 update to our Xfinity Internet Broadband Disclosures, the congestion management system that was initially deployed in 2008 has been deactivated,” Comcast said in a statement released earlier this week.“As our network technologies and usage of the network continue to evolve, we reserve the right to implement a new congestion management system if necessary in the performance of reasonable network management and in order to maintain a good broadband internet access service experience for our customers, and will provide updates here as well as other locations if a new system is implemented.”The disclosure was likely made in order for Comcast to comply with the recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) transparency rules, which were updated at the same time that the agency eliminated net neutrality regulations.A study by the Electronic Frontier Foundation found that Comcast had employed a system to manage network congestion as early as 2008, as the internet provider tried to disrupt the influx of traffic that came from peer-to-peer sharing.
In-car commerce platform Cargo is bringing its boxes full of snacks and other retail products to cars in Los Angeles, with help from messaging application Snapchat and snack delivery service SnackNation.Cargo does not have formal relationships with ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft (although it does have access to Uber’s application-programming interface), instead working directly with drivers.Those drivers can go to Cargo’s website to sign up and receive their boxes, and Cargo said thousands of drivers are participating, having been reached through a mix of digital and referral marketing.The company said drivers can earn up to $300 per month in commissions, referrals and performance bonuses.Cargo recently raised $5.5 million in venture funding, and the company aims to have its boxes in 20,000 vehicles by year-end.It is already up and running in New York; Boston; Chicago; Minneapolis; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Atlanta; and Dallas, and the Los Angeles launch marks its West Coast debut.
Today, Nintendo announced during its E3 press conference that Epic Games’ smash hit Fortnite would be coming to the Switch console.Not only that, but the game is arriving today at 1PM ET on the Switch digital store.Given that Fortnite is a free-to-play game that is played entirely online and supports accounts syncing, that raises some interesting questions about whether Switch players will be able to cross-play with those on other platforms.When asked, Epic Games PR representative Nick Chester confirmed on Twitter that the Switch version of Fortnite will support cross-play with Xbox One, PC, Mac, and mobile.Basically, you’ll be able to play with everyone but PlayStation 4 players.That aligns with past cross-play implementations between Xbox One, PS4, PC, and mobile, with Sony blocking other console platforms from playing with its own.
That strategy is customer acquisition through a push into salons and spas — aided in part by two big acquisitions in the first half of 2018.Those acquisitions lowered MindBody's guidance and sent its stock down 19% in the day after first quarter earnings.One of the most inconspicuous software stocks of 2018 is a little-discussed fitness app called MindBody, valued by the public markets at about $1.8 billion, which helps exercise studio owners manage reservations and payments for classes like yoga and boxing.Among them is KeyBanc analyst Brent Bracelin, who thinks MindBody could double its revenue by 2020, and easily maintain near hyper-growth for the next several years — despite the fact that it's now three years out from its 2015 IPO."MindBody has emerged as the leading cloud software pure-play addressing the fitness, health, and beauty verticals with nearly 60,000 customers," Bracelin wrote in May.For it to work, MindBody will have to make good on its strategy to expand into salons and spas, in order to bring in users who may not already be committed to fitness.
It seems that ebike manufacturers are finally turning their attention on slimming down their latest models in an effort to cut weight and improve speed and agility.First, we had a sneak peek at the new Wilier Cento1 Hybrid, which tipped the scales at a mere 26.2 pounds and now we have a new lightweight model from Focus that promises to set new standards as well.This is good news for traditional cyclists who may have an interest in what electric bikes bring to the table, but have been turned off by their excessive weight thus far.The new Focus Paralane2 was announced at Sea Otter Europe, giving cyclists a glimpse of this new road model for the very first time.It comes equipped with a 250 watt-hour battery and an electric drive system that is capable of producing up to 400 watts of extra pedal assist power, along with 60-newton meters of torque.Those are modest numbers by ebike standards, but the idea behind the Paralane is to give riders an extra boost when they need it, but not necessarily provide them a constant flow of additional power.
Telecoms.com periodically invites third parties to share their views on the industry’s most pressing issues.In this piece Ryan Hamilton, Geodata Product Manager, DigitalGlobe looks at the role geodata will play in IoT.The world just became that little bit smaller as we strive for faster and more efficient connectivity.If you don’t already have some form of connected tech, then I guarantee you that some clever marketing person is working on some campaign to getting you signed up.Technology is an enabler, and like most things our need to be connected on-demand is fueling the growth of both solutions being offered and the technology required to service this capability.Televisions, smart phones, wearable tech, cloud, broadband, transportation, communication, VR, AR; the list goes on, with these developments impacting the way we live our lives in new and increasing ways.
Carbon Engineering, the company Keith founded in 2009 and that has Bill Gates’ support, has been capturing a ton of carbon dioxide every day since 2015 at its pilot plant north of Vancouver.They describe their results today in the journal Joule.“We help to bring it down to reality.Heat and known chemical reactions separate the CO2 molecules.Keith acknowledges that making carbon dioxide an ingredient in fuel doesn’t help to reduce the overall amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.While the technology to capture carbon dioxide from air isn’t new—it was first developed in the 1950s—its use on a large scale to prevent global warming is so far unproven and unaffordable.
The project will use a biological method for manufacturing pheromones, which provide a safe and sustainable alternative to harmful pesticides, reducing the environmental impact of agriculture.In project SUSPHIRE, the team of European scientists aim to use synthetic biology to produce insect sex pheromones in plants and fungi, building on the success of the Polytechnic University of Valencia's entry into the 2014 iGEM competition with project "SexyPlant" in which they produced insect sex-pheromones in plants.Improving on the initial proof-of-concept, the new research will identify and validate key biosynthetic enzymes for the bioproduction of the superfamily insect group Coccoidea (scale insects and mealybugs) pheromones.Bioengineering can provide viable alternatives to manufacturing, expanding the use of pheromones that will be much kinder to our environment."Dr Diego Orzaez, who will present the project at ACHEMA, The World Forum and Leading Show for the Process Industries, in Frankfurt, added: "With an ever-growing global human population, increasing agricultural production through prevention of crop losses to pests has the potential for enormous economic and social impact.Further information on pesticide use
Julia Beizer joined Bloomberg Media Group as its first chief product officer in January — and since then, she said, “Audio has been a big part of my world.”Specifically, Beizer’s team has been releasing products for different smart speakers including Apple’s HomePod, Amazon’s Echo Show and most recently Google Home, with the launch of the First Word news briefing for both Google Home and the Google Assistant app.Bloomberg has also turned its video news show TicToc (initially created for Twitter) into an audio podcast.And by leveraging Amazon Polly for text-to-audio conversion, the company now offers audio versions of every article on the Bloomberg website and app.Beizer joined Bloomberg from The Huffington Post (which, like TechCrunch, is owned by Verizon’s digital subsidiary Oath).She pointed out that these new initiatives represent a range of different approaches to audio news, from the “beautiful, bespoke, handcrafted audio projects” that you can create via podcasts, to an automated solution like text-to-speech that allows Bloomberg to offer audio in a more scalable way.
Daimler has unveiled its first all-electric semi-trailer scheduled to start production in 2021, taking a significant step forward in the EV industry alongside other rivals such as Tesla .The 18-wheeler Freightliner eCascadia was shown to the world for the first time yesterday in Portland, Oregon and will be suited for regional use and port services as it has a 250-mile range.Tesla also has a big rig truck planned, expected to enter the production stage in 2020, called Tesla Semi which will have a range advantage over the eCascadia fronting its 500-mile battery capacity.The German auto manufacturer also unveiled another model at the event, the Freightliner eM2 106, which is designed for distribution on a local level as it will be able to travel 230 miles before needing to charge.Competition in the electric semi-trailer market is escalating and Daimler, who is currently the world's largest truck manufacturer, will have to continue innovation in the EV sector to stay on top.The company, which owns car brands such as Mercedes-Benz and Smart, said that 30 prototypes of the two electric trucks will be delivered to customers this year for field-testing ahead of the scheduled start of production in 2021.
Toshiba is selling its personal PC business to Sharp.The roughly $36 million deal, announced Tuesday, includes the issuance of $1.8 billion in new shares by Sharp to buy back stock from banks, ZDNet reports.Sharp, which was acquired by Apple supplier Foxconn in 2016 for around $3.5 billion, will have an 80.1 percent stake in the business, according to a release.The company closed its PC operations in 2010 but appears to be returning to the PC market.For Toshiba, on the other hand, it's the end of an era.The company released the world's first laptop PC in 1985, but is now pulling back from most consumer businesses.
Earlier today, Xiaomi announced on their official Weibo account that something new is arriving tomorrow.Since then, many have speculated we’re going to see the next Xiaomi Redmi 6 getting unveiled.With all the rumored Xiaomi phones on the horizon, why does everybody think the Redmi 6 is the next in line?Well, the entry-level smartphone (model M1805D1SE) has been the last one to get added into the database of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.The Redmi 6 was even expected to launch a week back, on March 31st, along with the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 SE, but that didn’t happen.Thus the new piece of tech set to be unveiled tomorrow might be it.
Coya, a Berlin-based insurance startup, has raised $30 million in new cash as investors around the world continue to see opportunities in modernizing the insurance industry.Founded by two early employees at the European credit and risk assessment unicorn startup Kreditech (which raised EUR110 million from the Naspers subsidiary PayU) and two seasoned executives from the European insurance industry, Coya is coming to market in Germany with a new renter’s insurance service.For Coya’s co-founder Andrew Shaw, the new company was an opportunity to apply his experience creating credit and risk assessment products to an industry whose cumbersome inability to use technology had affected him personally.The idea for Coya hit Shaw when he was traveling on the Gili Islands off the coast of Indonesia.It was there, while Shaw was trying to get information on his insurance as he recovered from an illness that he decided to start his technologically enabled insurance business.“I knew I had one or two [policies] somewhere, but couldn’t find them in email or log into the webpage, I felt left alone and realized how insurers are not concentrating on their product experience,” Shaw wrote to me in an email.
At Apple's developer conference Monday, the company announced a new app, called Shortcuts, that will allow you to customize app actions and reminders using Siri.Shortcuts will team up with other apps on your smartphone to allow iPhone users to access apps and their functions from the lock screen.The tool will be included in next month's iOS 12 update.Apple showed off a new trick for its Siri assistant on Monday, with a new tool that lets you essentially "program" the virtual assistant to do things that ordinarily would require you to poke around in various apps.It's called Shortcuts, and the idea is that you can tell Siri to do something for you — like ordering your morning coffee, finding your lost keys or making restaurant reservations — when you say customized trigger phrases.For example, you can add a shortcut that will alert Siri to find your keys via Bluetooth tracking service Tile simply by saying "Hey Siri, I lost my keys."
Fake Fortnite APKs have once again started popping up online as the hype builds for the game’s upcoming release on Android devices.Epic Games’ battle royale title is the biggest game in the world right now, pulling in millions of players every day on pretty much every modern gaming platform you can think of with one notable exception: Android.Just last month Epic confirmed that an Android version of Fortnite will officially launch this summer.Unfortunately, there are some people out there that are looking to pray on the game’s enormous fan-base — particularly it’s younger members — by fooling them into downloading malicious software masquerading as beta versions of the free-to-play game.Bogus websites claiming to offer ‘Fortnite beta app’ downloads first started popping up in the past few weeks, but a new scam, spotted by the folks over at Android Police, takes things a step further by positioning an ad in a prominent position within the YouTube app.You can see this in the embedded tweet below.
Apple officially announced its newest version of WatchOS at its annual World Wide Developer’s Conference.The newest version of WatchOS brings some huge changes and additions to the Apple Watch including more watch faces as well as improved health tracking features.Here are all the new features you’ll see when WatchOS 5 hits your Apple Watch later this year.New watch band and faces for Pride monthApple introduced a Pride edition watch band.Health and fitness tracking improvements
Back in January, Brisbane Airport announced a partnership allowing customers to use cryptocurrency as payment at all retail outlets in the airport.On Sunday, it's now a practical reality.It's the end result of a partnership between Brisbane Airport and TravelByBit, an Australian startup focusing on payment platforms designed to help travellers pay for trips using cryptocurrencies.Right now, there are 30 retails stores in Brisbane Airport, where you can use Bitcoin and multiple other cryptocurrencies to pay for goods.Caleb Yeoh, the co-founder and CEO of TravelbyBit, says it's just the beginning."We did a test for two weeks and we launched it last week," said Yeoh.