Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was speaking to Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait today at the new outlet’s event TheYearAhead event, and he shared some more information about Uber’s plans around autonomy, and autonomous ride-hailing service rollout.“True autonomy for every single use case, is some ways away,” Khosrowshahi began, acknowledging that the problem is a massive one to solve.But, he suggested that the first Uber autonomous vehicles to be deployed commercially would be on streets relatively soon.“We will have autonomous cars on the road, I believe within the next 18 months,” he said.“And not as a test case, as a real [use] case out there.”Uber has put its autonomous vehicles on roads in a testing capacity in a number of different pilot projects, including most recently in Arizona.
After missing its original December 2017 release date, Apple has finally announced that the HomePod will be available to buy on February 9th, with pre-orders due to open this Friday, the 26th of January.The news was announced by Apple via a blog post on its official website, and follows a week of speculation fueled by rumors from Apple's suppliers and an FCC filing that suggested the speaker was on its way soon.Originally announced at Apple's developer conference last year, the HomePod will mark the first time the company's voice assistant will appear in a standalone speaker.A first for the homePreviously Siri, which is Apple's competitor to Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant, has stuck mainly to the company's phones, although it has also made its way to TVs via the Apple TV.However in recent years voice assistants have started to appear in standalone speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home.
You are either a cryptocurrency believer or a sceptic.The trading of cryptocurrency including Bitcoin and Ethereum may be clamped down on by The European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) in the interest of safeguarding amateur investors.Regulations have been emplaced in other parts of the world to limit the ability to trade digital currencies, actions that threaten to hamper their booming growth.Contracts for difference (CfD) are at the centre of the watchdog’s concerns, expressing awareness that many are losing excessive amounts of money by investing in them.These contracts allow trading to be done without owning the asset involved.Proving the intentions of the EU watchdog, it announced that proposals for cryptocurrency regulation have already been considered and they are being looked into.
Before cars hit dealerships, the EPA determines its fuel economy and posts the results on its website.With the 2018 Hyundai Kona arriving soon, its fuel economy numbers are now published, and they're pretty alright.The 2018 Hyundai Kona has four different EPA ratings, depending on which trim and drivetrain are selected.Its front-wheel-drive variants receive the highest fuel economy ratings, at 27-28 mpg in the city, 32-33 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined.Adding all-wheel drive reduces all three figures anywhere from 1 to 3 mpg.The full list is below:
“I’ve been trying to recruit Ken for years,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a press release.“He has unique expertise in areas I believe Facebook needs to learn and improve — customer service, direct commerce, and building a trusted brand.Ken also has a sense of social mission and integrity I admire and the perspective that comes from running an important public company for decades.”Chenault, who joined American Express in 1981, has been chairman and CEO of the massive financial services company since 2001.In addition to serving on Apple’s board, Chenault serves on the boards of IBM, Procter & Gamble, the Harvard Corporation and others.Unlike Facebook’s other board members, Chenault is black.
Software won’t just automate aspects of recruiting influencers and encouraging them to post content.Instead of making manual adjustments, these machines will tweak activities continuously to optimize influencer campaigns.In the coming year, influencer marketing AI will advance in five distinct ways:Reducing time spent understanding influencer-generated content: Computers are already capable of detecting basic image attributes, from brand logos to scenery.Recommending the right incentives based on influencer preference: Marketers already have the ability to implement always-on influencer identification solutions that engage consumers in the moment of interaction with a brand, whether it be on-site or via email or display ad.This will be true for influencers of all sizes, from celebrities with millions of followers to micro-influencers with smaller, highly engaged networks of friends and family.
While AT and Verizon used last week’s CES to announce limited-scale 2018 rollouts of 5G cellular services, T-Mobile had little to say.That changed this week with a blog post from T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray, who has clarified the third-largest U.S. carrier’s 5G plans while throwing punches at rivals.Previously, T-Mobile “expected” to begin its 5G rollout in 2019 “with a target of 2020 for full nationwide coverage.” In light of rivals’ 2018 announcements, Ray switched the emphasis to suggest that the carrier won’t lag rivals if 5G smartphones become available in 2019: T-Mobile is committing to start offering some 5G service in 2019, with nationwide 5G coverage in 2020.Ray explained that T-Mobile’s 5G rollout will actually begin with the carrier’s addition of “new, clear” 600MHz “low band” spectrum.Next up will be repurposing of previous 4G/LTE spectrum to 5G, and the addition of millimeter wave hardware for “urban multi-gigabit hotspots, campuses, and buildings.”According to Ray, 5G-ready 600MHz equipment is “already deploying,” enabling T-Mobile to add 5G services to its network with a software upgrade “when the technology is ready,” which is expected to be in 2019.
Instagram is a photo-focused platform — but the platform appears to be offering way to share photo-free test, at least inside Stories anyways.While Instagram hasn’t confirmed the test, users in Japan and Europe have spotted options to add text to a colored background, no photo necessary.According to the Next Web, the feature, called Type, gives users four different fonts to add to a colored background before adding to an Instagram Story.For users who are part of the test, the feature is located in the bottom menu bar inside Stories.After typing in the note, users can choose from a handful of different formats that will change both the text and the background together.Adding text to Stories isn’t an entirely new feature.
This month, the famed Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator put out a call for companies working to “help people live healthier for longer.” If you’re a scientist or entrepreneur who wants to increase human longevity and “healthspan,” Y Combinator will give you up to $1 million (£719,000) to do it.“I think this helps people a lot, obviously, and will lead to very valuable companies.”Silicon Valley investment is increasingly turning to human biology.It makes sense: There’s certainly a lot of money to be made.Health has become a focus of tech industry luminaries, from Mark Zuckerberg to Elon Musk, who view the body as the next big thing to hack.If the body is merely a machine, then surely millions of research dollars will one day succeed in making mortal concerns like death optional.
, Google is expanding again through a move into Shenzhen.The U.S. tech giant has opened an office in the Chinese city, which borders Hong Kong and known for being a global hardware hub, according to an internal email obtained by TechCrunch.“We have many important clients and partners in Shenzhen.We’re setting up this e-suite office to be able to communicate and work with them better,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch in a statement confirming the news.Here’s the short email that was sent to staff:I hope your 2018 is off to a great start!
The winner of this week's creative work of the week in Asia Pacific is Kraft Heinz, which treated 36,000 mothers in three cities across Indonesia to their favourite meals, served up by three renowned chefs to celebrate Mother’s Day in the Southeast Asian country in December 2017.The campaign, which was created by VML Indonesia, in partnership with Geometry Global and OMD for Kecap ABC, wanted to show that while Indonesian mothers give their all to their families, they are not recognised enough for the sacrifices and efforts they make, a difficult truth that is also acknowledged by their family members.This insight was uncovered as a part of a study that Kecap ABC authored, in collaboration with Ipsos, to better understand the motivations and struggles of Indonesian mothers.In line with the brand and company’s push towards creating acts, not just ads, mothers in the three cities of Jabodetabek, Surabaya and Semarang were treated to their favourite dishes, cooked with Kecap ABC’s very own 1st press recipes, and served by three well-known chefs - Chef William (Jabodetabek), Chef Billy (Semarang) and Chef Ken (Surabaya).Kraft Heinz: 'Thank You Mom Meal Service' for Indonesian moms by VML, Geometry Global & OMDAgencies: VML, Geometry Global, OMD
"It's easier for shorter games to get in; we were pretty up front about that," says Matt "CoolMattie" Merkle, AGDQ's Director of Operations and Event Manager."RPGs are obviously really long... a game like Final Fantasy X isn't going to make it into the event without something crazy happening, like a 'skip cutscene' button being discovered."Merkle says the organizers struggle to create a mix of games that includes the classics speedrun fans expect while also introducing games that haven't been seen at the marathon before.In addition to the main ballroom, where the stream emanates, there are massive practice rooms (both public and private), a makeshift arcade, a tournament room for impromptu competitions, and a "casual" console room with loads of classic consoles for those just hanging out.A fleet of food trucks swings in front of the lobby around lunchtime to help feed the hordes.For the most part, Merkle says, there are people awake at all hours to take the four-to-eight hour shifts at each post.
One of the biggest hurdles for smartwatch manufacturers early on was that its products tended to be (let’s not mince words) ugly.Consumers who prefer the timeless elegance of a proper watch may be excited to learn that fashionable watchmakers have begun to enter the smartwatch space, creating smartwatches that blend functionality with aesthetics.Clothing retailer Fossil has been working to produce fashionable watches for the modern tech user, and Strategy Director Hannah Liu visited Digital Trends’ CES booth, showing off some new wearables for the tech user who likes to look good.First up was the Kate Spade Scallop Android smartwatch.Kate Spade is a popular women’s fashion brand, and the Scallop is the latest example of manufacturers designing tech for women; it’s particularly notable for not following the “pink it and shrink it” approach, as one Kate Spade executive described it to DT.The Scallop allows users to tailor the watch face to match their outfit.
Pepsi has launched a digital miniseries, leveraging its NFL sponsorship in a celebrity cookoff on Vox Media’s SB Nation and Eater sites.Former NFL stars Greg Jennings, Nick Mangold and Rashad Jennings were utilized for the series, showing off their cooking skills and battling for the champion title in PepsiCo’s culinary competition.In the three episode series, each athlete was challenged to prepare game day dishes using PepsiCo food and beverage products as ingredients – from Doritos to Tropicana, Sabra hummus to Naked Juice, Tostitos to Quaker Oats.Pepsi brought in celebrity chefs Anne Burrell and Josh Capon, as well as its own executive chef, Stephen Kalil.Hosting the competition was Kay Adams of NFL Network's Good Morning FootballThe winning dishes are to be featured on Buffalo Wild Wings’ menu at Minneapolis’ Mall of America during Super Bowl weekend.
Apple CarPlay shows navigation, podcasts and apps on your car's dashboard LCD, but one thing it doesn't do is radio.Gracenote, the company that creates tagging information for digital music, showed a solution to CarPlay's radio problem at CES.Using a demonstration app, Gracenote showed how it gives drivers a rich radio interface integrated with CarPlay.Beyond simply playing local radio, the app lets drivers choose from a list of favorited stations and browse stations based on location or genre.Even better, it seamlessly combines streaming and broadcast stations, so drivers can get their local favorites while traveling.With its Internet-centric approach and limited number of apps, Apple CarPlay doesn't integrate with AM/FM radios in cars.
Julian Assange, editor and founder of Wikileaks, has been holed up in London's Ecuadorian Embassy since 2012, following a rape allegation in Sweden.The UK Supreme Court ruled he was to be extradited, which led to him seeking political asylum - while claiming the whole thing was a ruse to extradite him to the USA and face trial.The Swedish investigation has since been dropped, but the government has made it clear he would still be arrested if he left.According to a MET Police statement from last May, that's because an arrest warrant was filed after Assange failed to surrender himself to court on 29th June 2012.Ecuador had applied for Assange to receive diplomatic status, that would presumably let him leave the embassy without a pair of handcuffs, but the Foreign Office has rejected that request.Now the official Wikileaks Twitter account has demanded Assange be released, and considering Assange is in charge of Wikileaks it's sort of like he's asking the government leave him alone in the third person - even if Assange isn't writing the tweets himself.
Billed as “the year of virtual reality,” 2017’s Consumer Electronic’s Show did little to build confidence in the industry.Aisles of exhibitors seemed almost reluctant at times, each displaying products ranging from half-finished to complete vaporware in an effort to capitalize on the crescendo of hype surrounding everything virtual or augmented.The reality each woke up to was different than the one they’d dreamed up weeks earlier.While some manufacturers still attempted to reinvent the wheel, the majority instead turned their attention to some of the segment’s biggest shortcomings.Companies are content to let the major players sort out headset issues while they work on problems that could prove more crucial to VR’s continued push toward the mainstream.Some of the best games in virtual reality, like Thumper, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-Ality, and Job Simulator aren’t even attempting to be realistic, yet all are some of the most fun you can have strapped into a headset.
Jimmy Iovine says he's still "committed" to Apple.The music mogul on Tuesday shot down rumors he's planning to leave Apple in August after his stock fully vests, according to a report by Variety.Last week, the music industry blog Hits Daily Double and Billboard reported Iovine is leaving the company, which he joined in 2014 when the iPhone maker bought his company, Beats, for $3 billion.Apple used Beats Music as the backbone for Apple Music, a $10 per month streaming music service meant to rival Spotify and Tidal, the streaming app started by Jay-Z.But Iovine this week denied the headlines."I am almost 65, have been with Apple for four years and in 2 1/2 years the [Apple Music] service has gotten to well over 30 million subscribers and Beats has continued its successful run," he said, according to Variety.
There’s no shortage of new gear at CES 2018, even Xiaomi backed Yi is on hand with another new addition to its ever growing camera range.Yi has been making waves in the camera field ever since it released the original Yi Action cameras.Since that early, Yi has upped the ante with 4K action cameras, 360 cameras, and even a mirrorless DSLR.The latest camera from the upstart is the new Yi Horizon VR180.VR180 is a format that Google has launched in the effort to bring VR 180 viewing to video and photos and in fact, Yi worked with the Google Virtual Reality team to perfect this stereoscopic 3D camera.The benefit of this 180-degree format is that media can be captured and viewed in VR or as a standard 2D photo or video without losing detail.
For years Will.i.am has been peddling crap gadgets, in his attempt to become the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.Some people might have hoped he'd give it a rest and stick with the music, but that isn't happening.Particularly not since his tech company i.am+ just bought out a headphone makers Earin.Earin is best known for making some of those totally-wireless Bluetooth earbuds that have become popular over the pas couple of years.In fact some people claim Earin's crowdfunding efforts produced the world's first totally-wire-free earbuds, which seemed to be fairly well received - despite some issues with connectivity.While wireless earbuds are generally quite discrete (definitely more discrete that the stuff Will.i.am has come with) Earin's earbuds were notable for their flashy packaging and presentation, which makes them a perfect fit for i.am+.