p Some days ago we have seen some stunning pictures captured on the Oppo R11 leaked to the press by Oppo themselves.Well, it appears as today we have some more and these look even better in our opinion.Photos are shot in what gets called “Portrait Mode”, that basically means the phone uses the two cameras to capture the image and depth information, then the software is able to blur the background if you wish to do so.As we know from previous leaks, the Oppo R11 is going to sport a 20MP front-facing camera and 20MP 16MP shooters on the back, with the second one featuring a telephoto lens.We are also aware that the Oppo R11 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 2900mAh battery and feature a 5.5-inch Full HD display.Meanwhile the bigger Oppo R11 Plus comes with a 6-inch display, 6GB of RAM and a 3880mAh battery.
p With the acquisition of a drone company, Snap Inc may be entering a new hardware market.The new acquisition is Crtl Me Robotics, a small drone retailer based in Venice, California.According to Buzzfeed, Snap paid less than $1 million for the ailing company.Ctrl Me’s founder Simon Saito Nielsen will join Snap in an unspecified role, along with the company’s assets and equipment.Snap has rebranded itself as a camera company ever since the release of its Spectacles last year.Ctrl Me didn’t manufacture drones, according to Variety, but instead fitted other drones to carry cameras, meaning a Snap-branded camera drone might be in the works.
p by Garima Garg /p p AI based multilingual chabot Vernacular.ai raises undisclosed financing /p p Vernacular.ai /p p Founder(s): Sourabh Gupta, Akshay Deshraj and Manoj Sarda /p p Founded In: 2016 /p p Set up by three IIT-Roorkee graduates, Vernacular.ai is a chatbot that aims to solve India’s linguistic barrier problem for business owners.Apart from English, most people are fluent in their native regional languages only which can prove to be a significant barrier in inter-state or inter-region communication./p p The artificial intelligence based chatbot uses the natural language processing (NLP) technology in Indian languages.This allows companies to communicate with customers in their preferred language.The startup has also launched a B2C product called Aisha, which is a personal assistant in Hindi./p p As per report, the Bengaluru-based Vernacular.ai has received an undisclosed amount from Kalaari Capital’s seed funding program, KStart Capital.
p Hospitals connected to Australian State of Queensland's integrated electronic medical record system (ieMR) are suffering outages attributed to patching against a ransomware attack.Since the ransomware-de-jour is WannaCry/WannaCrypt, it's a fair bet that's what Queensland Health was working to patch, but somewhere along the line things have gone wrong.The Cairns Post identifies Cairns Hospital as having system problems, and The Register has been told at least Townsville Hospital and Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital are also affected.Queensland's health minister Cameron Dick told state parliament today the outages haven't compromised patient safety, but Cairns Hospital's emergency department reached capacity yesterday as a result of the outage.Rather, it appears, some users have been unable to log into the systems following the patch – perhaps because endpoints also need updates for compatibility.Dick identified Microsoft, Citrix, and practice management specialist Cerner as vendors who had provided patches.
p VR learning platform Growlib receives undisclosed pre-Series A in millions of USD /p p Growlib /p p Founder: Zhang Kun /p p Founded in: 2016 /p p Financing status: Pre-Series A amounting to tens of millions in RMB (a few million USD) in 2017 /p p VR learning platform Growlib on Tuesday received an undisclosed pre-Series A financing round in millions of USD to create more VR learning content./p p Growlib is a VR learning platform that produces customized learning solutions for students and teachers under various courses.Students can use its VR equipment to experience real-life situations based on the curriculum.One such situation is taking a look at the underwater world through VR equipment while students learn about it.This learning method can help students master the knowledge better as well as increase students’ learning interest./p p Founded in 2016 in Beijing, Growlib has so far reached partnerships with some well-known hardware manufacturers, schools, museums and other institutions to sell its VR learning material.
p LeSports, Chinese tech giant LeEco’s sports arm, on Thursday was rumored to cut its workforce to 200 from its current 700-strong workforce./p p This is the latest sign that LeSports is undergoing a series of setbacks including losing key management executives and broadcasting rights of international games.Here is a look back at LeSports’ short five-year history during LeEco’s volatile development./p p · 2012 – LeEco launched its sports arm LeSports to offer broadcasting and live streaming services for sports games including soccer, basketball, and tennis./p p · December 2015 – LeSports signs a five-year contract for naming rights to name Wukesong Gymnasium, one of Beijing’s landmarks and China’s top-notch stadiums./p p · February 2016 – Purchased copyrights for the Chinese Super League during the 2016/2017 season for RMB 2.7 billion (USD 392 million).
p ClickZ’s recent Ultimate Guide to Marketing Automation webinar explored how marketers can harness automation software to boost revenues while also providing a more timely and relevant experience for prospects and customers.Marketing automation is the practice of using a software platform that allows marketers to automate repetitive tasks, create triggered events for digital channels such as email and social media, and send the right communication at the right time.According to Hank Hoffmeier, Strategic Insights Manager for iContact: “It’s expected that a brand will understand their needs, their history, and everything from the way they engage to what they’ve done in the past.Service and quality often beat privacy now.”Kevin Borwick, CRM and Marketing Automation Specialist for PwC, explained that B2B prospects had similar expectations about the quality of engagement, but that the focus for engagement should typically be more around differentiation of products and services, rather than discounts and coupons which are a more commonly used tactic in B2C automation.“The way you engage and how you go to market in B2B is similar; it’s still about delivering the right message at the right time,” he added.
p Java creator James Gosling has announced he now works for Amazon Web Services.Gosling took to Facebook to announce “It's time for a change.I'm leaving Boeing Defense (nee Liquid Robotics), with many fond memories.Today I start a new Adventure at Amazon Web Services.”AWS has found a job for Gosling as a distinguished engineer, a role usually offered to those who help to devise the company's core technology platforms.Gosling left Oracle not long after it slurped Sun, so the move to AWS isn't necessarily a reflection on his thoughts on Big Red's stewardship of Java.
p Where are they now?It’s a simple but still powerful narrative trigger, put to effective use this week by the editors of New York magazine.In 1972, Jennifer Rogers appeared with her four young children on the cover of the May 15, 1972 issue, for a story about her impending divorce and move to the city in the shadow of the women’s liberation movement.For this week’s issue, exactly 45 years later, Rogers has checked back in.Her begins with the revelation that her then-first husband immediately disappeared upon the publication of the article, resurfacing in Paris with another woman.But that was the least of her problems:
p Uber is making reparations to drivers in New York City after an accounting error left them underpaid for years.According to Quartz, Uber was taking its commission based on the gross fare, or the total amount paid by the passenger.However, the terms of service state that Uber takes its commission based on the net fare, or what the passenger pays before fees and taxes.In total, Uber collected 2.6-percent more from its drivers than it should have.It seems like Uber can’t go a single week without getting more bad press.Most recently, it was getting into a legal tussle with Waymo.
p Some will call staying at one agency for over 13 years magic.The Boston University alum started his tenure with the digital shop back in 2004 as a Flash developer.From producer to executive director, he helped establish the agency’s in-house content studio.Then, as president and later CEO, turning the shop of just over 100 into an agency of innovation, one of Dentsu Aegis’ top small shops, and one of the best places to work in New York City.Among his many passions, endurance events with GORUCK Challenges, and magic performances for the children of Sanctuary for Families, a NY-based organization that empowers and transforms the lives of domestic violence survivors.What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen happen in a new business pitch?
p Apple and Nokia have come to terms on a multi-year licensing agreement and promised future collaboration, ending a brief patent feud between the current and former mobile kingpin.In December last year, the Finnish firm alleged Apple had infringed on 32 of its patents, after Apple halted royalty payments over allegations of patent trolling.Nokia filed 40 lawsuits worldwide, while also seeking to block US imports of devices it deemed to have infringed the patents in question.Related: Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 - What you need to knowHowever, before a repeat of the epic showdown between Samsung and Apple could bore us all to tears, the two firms have instead decided to come together in friendship.The patents - relating to chipsets, display tech, software, UI, video coding and antennas - are now being licensed once again, while Nokia will also receive a chunk of cash upfront.
The order in which products are displayed on categories is a major culprit.While “relevancy” is a common default sort for product listings on search results, there is usually more liberty with the order of items on categories.Most online stores rely on a default sort of best selling items listed first.Most online shoppers look for three things when perusing categories of products: product ratings, price, and visual affirmation (the product appears to fit their needs).Worse, when the shopper is presented with bad choices right out of the gate, he’s apt to bail immediately.By default, the page is sorted by best sellers.
p State-owned telecommunications giant China Telecom is looking to do away with long-distance calling and roaming fees for its mainland customers by September, with its top executive saying the tariff cuts were unlikely to have a major impact on revenue.In March, Premier Li Keqiang renewed his call for the country’s three state-owned telecommunication network operators to “raise speed, drop prices” as part of the government’s plan to move the industry forward, and all three companies – China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom – have pledged to do so by 1 October this year.At China Telecom’s annual general meeting in Hong Kong on Tuesday, chairman and chief executive Yang Jie told reporters that the company was working towards removing the tariffs in September, a month ahead of the agreed deadline.Raising speed is an important way to keep the company competitiveYang Jie, China Telecom chairman“China Telecom has always been raising speeds, from 3G to 4G networks, the rate has gone up from 3.1 megabytes to 300 megabytes.
p The first game is over, and Google’s AlphaGo has done it again, proving that it would take loads of effort to defeat the artificial intelligence Go robot.The computer program today defeated current Go world champion Ke Jie in the first out of three games in China./p p It has been a little over a year since Google’s AlphaGo stunned the world with its 4-1 victory over Lee Sedol, one of the top Go players in the world.Now, it is facing off against current number one player Ke Jie in three game matches./p p During the first game today, the 19-year-old Ke played it out till the end, counting the 0.5 win for AlphaGo.p “The speed of AI development is beyond our imagination… I believe the future belongs to AI,” Ke wrote on a note posted on his Weibo, China’s Twitter-like blogging platform, the night before the match.
p While Quora has been around for almost seven years, it’s been a little slow when it comes to monetization through advertising.The question-and-answer site first launched ads last year in April 2016, but since then it’s only existed in closed beta to pre-approved advertising partners like Mulesoft and Shopify.The startup just announced that it’s opening its self-serve ad platform to the public, just over a month after it reached unicorn status by raising $85M at a valuation around $1.8 billion.Advertisers both large and small will be able to create text-based ads and mobile app install ads – both of which look particularly native and nonintrusive.In terms of targeting, advertisers can use topic targeting (which is how Quora categorizes its Q) to advertise within specific topics like Science, Politics or Cryptocurrencies.You can also target by geography and platform (like desktop or mobile).
p The Russian Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of 20 people following raids related to a malware campaign dubbed “Cron” which had been emptying victims' bank accounts.A Russian security company, Group IB, reckons the raids also thwarted plans to take the campaign international – to Great Britain, Germany, France, the USA, Turkey, Singapore, and Australia.The ministry says the campaign netted 50 million roubles (around US$883,000) – a relatively paltry amount, indicating the plot collapsed before it got a full head of steam.The raids were widespread, including people living in the “Ivanovo, Moscow, Rostov, Chelyabinsk and Yaroslavl regions and the Republic of Mari El”, and the ministry says the group was organised by an unnamed 30-year-old resident of Ivanovo.Group IB, acknowledged by the Interior Ministry as a partner in uncovering the malware group, says the malware scum infected more than a million devices, at the rate of “3,500 mobile devices per day”.Infections were spread either by booby-trapping apps counterfeiting sites like PornHub, Navitel (navigation), Framaroot (to root Androids), or Avito (a Russian classified advertising site); or via text messages linking to compromised Websites.
p You know in far-fetched cop shows like Law and Order, when Ice T and his fellow officers can miraculously take grainy security footage and “enhance” it to show the criminal in perfect resolution?Well, Nest’s next security camera could do the same for your home.According to Android Police, the Google-owned firm formerly known as Dropcam is plotting a 4K camera launch next month.The next Nest Cam, unlike the most recent release, will be designed for indoor use, the report says.However, rather than capture and record the footage at ultra HD resolution, Nest plans to use the additional sensor capacity to enable improved zoom functionality.The idea is that if the Nest detects motion, it will automatically zoom in on that piece of the frame, while maintaining full HD 1080p resolution.
p Amazon has launched a UK version of its Channels service that allows users to either watch a live TV feed or stream on-demand content from a range of popular content providers.Up until now, one of the main complaints about Amazon Video has been the amount of content available that's not available as part of the core subscription.Competitors like Netflix and Now TV include all their content in a single subscription, whereas Amazon has lots of content that's available for an additional charge over the base Prime Video subscription.This new service will mean that the range of content has expanded with bundles that you can use to tailor your selection, but it does come at a cost.On top of your Amazon Prime Membership (£7.99 per month) you will be expected to pay for each channel individually.So if you want to add the movie channel MGM or the documentary channel Discovery, you’re talking an additional £4.99 a month per channel.