As we inch closer to building increasingly autonomous cars, the complexities that these vehicles will present as programmable hardware are increasing, with some 250 applications ranging from cameras to navigation controls to weather sensors running on a typical high performance system today.Now, a startup that is building a system to help optimise that and let all of those vendors work together in a neutral way is announcing some funding to continue its growth.Silexica, a startup based out of Cologne, Germany, that has developed a set of tools to help map and optimise a wide range of applications across multicore processors — specifically the kinds of applications and computers that power self-driving cars — has raised $18 million.The Series B is led by EQT Ventures, the newish firm that sits under the PE firm EQT Partners, based out of Stockholm.Existing investors Merus Capital, Paua Ventures, Seed Fonds Aachen (Silexica originally spun out of the University of Aachen) and DSA Invest all also participated in this round.The company has raised $28 million to date.
The Rubik’s Cube was invented back in 1974, and in that time, there have been many variants on the classic puzzle, with new shapes, sizes, dimensions, and basically every other twist (pun intended) that you could think of on the classic puzzle.Of course, that’s never stopped Kickstarter before, which has once again risen to the challenge of making a smart device out of something that probably didn’t need to be a smart device with the GoCube, a Rubik’s Cube with Bluetooth.And while the GoCube might not be necessary, here’s what to like about the idea.The connected app can tell exactly how the cube is configured at any given point, so it can help you learn how to unscramble the cube on your own.And once you’ve learned the finer points of cubing, it can help you improve your skills, as well as track your progress and compete against friends through an online leaderboard.There’s also a more advanced version, the GoCube Edge, which offers more accurate tracking (down to 0.001 seconds, versus the 0.25 second accuracy of the regular GoCube), as well as more advanced stats for things like rotation speed and the ability to save stats offline.
Technology continuing to disrupt the real estate sectorUS professional services company JLL today launched a new global venture fund.The $100 million (£75 million) JLL Spark Global Venture Fund will invest in companies pioneering the use of technology in the real estate sector.The launch comes amid what another new fund, Dot, describes as the “containerisation” of real estate, with new technologies and techniques allowing full acquisitions to be bundled into unique structures at the click of a buttonThe JLL Spark Global Venture Fund will focus on companies “leveraging technology to improve everything from real estate development and management to leasing and investing, while enhancing the experience of those who occupy it.”JLL Spark’s co-CEO Mihir Shah said in a release: “Having been entrepreneurs ourselves, we know how hard it is to bring a new product to market, especially in an industry that has been slow to adopt new technology.
Trio says their V2X flavour totally dunks on 802.11p radioQualcomm, amid all of its corporate wranglings with Broadcom, is branching out into silicon for connected cars thanks to a three-way tie-up with Panasonic and Ford.The so-called C-V2X project (cellular vehicle-to-everything) will enable connected cars to talk not only to each other but also to smart street furniture.In spite of what the name suggests, the idea is to do this without involving an external cellular phone network "or subscription", the three say."Recent field test results show a significant range, reliability, and performance advantage of C-V2X direct communications, with more than twice the range and improved reliability compared to 802.11p radio technology," said their statement declaring what they were up to.Trials of their flavour of C-V2X will take place in the American state of Colorado, with the Colorado Department of Transport authorising trials of the tech in Denver and, later this year, on the I-70 Mountain Corridor motorway.
Uptill now, there’s been just one render of the flagship Find X phone that has now been officially teased by the company.That render is just a leak and looks fishy because of its triple camera setup.However, there’s a new set of images that hit the Internet just today after alleged specs were outed yesterday.This new set of images looks much more realistic with a dual camera setup at the back of the Find X.From the looks of it, the back does appear to be glass-plated with a subtle square design pattern.The front seems to have the same notch design we’ve seen on the Oppo F7 or Oppo R15.
While the North American facial recognition technology market remains the world’s largest, China is developing new technologies at an unmatchable pace.Last year according to CB Insights, Chinese entities filed for 530 camera and video surveillance patents, while U.S. entities filed for only 96.Megvii is thought to be the first facial recognition “unicorn.” Three Tsinghua graduates founded the company in 2011, and its main investors are said to include a Chinese state fund and Alibaba’s Ant Financial.Megvii’s open-source software platform, Face++, is considered the world’s largest.And because 300,000 developers use — and train — Megvii’s software, it’s also among the most accurate in the world.The company said that by as early as 2013, their software had already surpassed the recognition accuracy rate of the human eye.
Xiaomi is a role model for many Chinese and non-Chinese manufacturers.In this sense, 360 Mobiles is the most ‘devoted fan’ of the Chinese tech giant.The latest addition to its product range is the 360 Secure Router 2 P4C (P4C is the model number).As you know, recently Xiaomi has announced its Mi Router 4 with enhanced features and a price tag of 199 yuan.The 360’s model comes with a few highlighted selling points and it’s priced quite affordable as well 2499 yuan.The 360 Secure Router 2 P4C uses a smart game recognition algorithm that can accurately identify game data packets, open up dedicated fast channels for it, achieve game priority and take into account other online functions, allowing you to bid farewell to mobile game delays.
Researchers using powerful supercomputers have found a way to generate microwaves with inexpensive silicon, a breakthrough that could dramatically cut costs and improve devices such as sensors in self-driving vehicles.Selvakumar, an engineering professor at the University of Waterloo who proposed the concept several years ago.High-frequency microwaves carry signals in a wide range of devices, including the radar units police use to catch speeders and collision-avoidance systems in cars.The microwaves are typically generated by devices called Gunn diodes, which take advantage of the unique properties of expensive and toxic semiconductor materials such as gallium arsenide.When voltage is applied to gallium arsenide and then increased, the electrical current running through it also increases - but only to a certain point.Beyond that point, the current decreases, an oddity known as the Gunn effect that results in the emission of microwaves.
Virtual follow-up visits for patients with hypertension appeared to be just as effective as in-person office visits in helping maintain blood pressure control."Our central finding was that you can use online, non-simultaneous communication to manage a chronic medical condition without office visits that can be inconvenient for patients and add to demands placed on busy primary care practices," says study co-author Ronald Dixon, MD, of the MGH Division of General Internal Medicine ."It also supports scaling this concept to other chronic diseases with the addition of devices allowing collection of needed patient information."Hypertension is believed to account for 39 million office visits annually in this country, but whether traditional visits best serve the needs of patients and clinicians has not been determined.So any measures that could reduce the time and resources needed to provide primary care services without compromising the quality of care or increasing the need for specialty care could help relieve that pressure.Select MGH primary care practices began offering virtual visits for common chronic conditions in December 2012.
Amazon has dismissed concerns raised by civil liberties campaigners over its sharing of facial recognition technology with US police forces, amidst concern that the technique could fuel growth of authoritarianism.A chorus of voices led by The American Civil Liberties Union have emerged in opposition to the hi-tech tie-up, which sees the ecommerce giant share a user guide for its Rekognition software - a proprietary technology employing Amazon’s cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services.Amazon contends that it makes no sense to block emerging technologies solely on the fear of how they might be misused in future, pointing out that our ‘quality of life would be much worse’ if we failed to capitalise on the potential benefits.These include tracking lost children and other missing persons as well as tracing crime suspects.In a statement Amazon retorted: “Our quality of life would be much worse today if we outlawed new technology because some people could choose to abuse the technology," Amazon said in a statement."Imagine if customers couldn't buy a computer because it was possible to use that computer for illegal purposes?”
Adobe has announced it is to purchase Magento Commerce Cloud in a deal valued at $1.68bn in a transaction that will amount to its second significant transaction of 2018 following the closure of its Sayspring acquisition.Post the closure of the deal, Magento Commerce Cloud will be integrated into the Adobe Experience Cloud with the goal of delivering a single platform that serves both B2B and B2C brands.The newly acquired platform will bring together digital commerce, order management plus predictive intelligence to help brands improve service levels and better compete in an era when the rise of e-commerce presents challenges to existing retail experience offerings.The Magento Platform is supported by a community of more than 300,000 developers, endowing it with thousands of pre-built extensions, including payment, shipping, tax and logistics.Existing clients include Canon, Helly Hansen, Paul Smith, with both Adobe and Magento currently sharing clients such as Coca-Cola, Warner Music Group, Nestlé plus Cathay Pacific.Upon close, Magento chief executive Mark Lavelle will continue to lead the Magento team as part of Adobe’s Digital Experience business and will report to Adobe’s executive vice president and general manager Brad Rencher.
A little more than a week ago, Chinese phone maker UMIDIGI finally announced the much awaited UMIDIGI Z2 and Z2 Pro.The handset comes with a totally different design from previous UMIDIGI phones, adopting the trendy top notch along with the sexy gradient twilight back cover.Aside from its nice design, the Z2 Pro is also equipped with quite some hardware, going from the MediaTek Helio P60 processor (comparable to a Snapdragon 660) to a whopping 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, for a smooth user experience and full AI support.The UMIDIGI Z2 Pro the packs 18W fast wired charge and the world’s fastest 15W Qi wireless charging tech, as well as 16M+8MP dual camera setups o both the front and back of the phone.Other specs include support for 7 network modes and 36 global bands and NFC, which is a great feature to have.Sealant has been applied to the internals of the glass gradient colorful back, but with the help of a ifixit kit there was no need to heat it up in order to open the phone.
Since we think you might be interested in getting one of their drones, we have gathered all the information you need to make a good purchase, highlighting the pros and cons for each product.The drone comes with a compact remote control that seamlessly works with your Android or iOS smartphone.Compact and easily transported due to its foldable designGLONASS, GPS, and Vision Positioning System12MP still image capture/4K videoBattery life- 27 minutes of air/charge time
Facebook reveals it tracked users with more than 10 million social plug-ins on third-party sitesThe British parliamentary committee probing the data protection scandal in which Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are implicated has said the US social network has continued to leave “significant gaps” in answers it has provided to Parliament.MPs had asked Facebook 39 questions following up on testimony last month by the firm’s chief technical officer, Mike Schroepfer, before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.In one answer, Facebook said more than 10 million web devices – 8.4 million “Like” buttons and 2.2 million invisible pixels – had tracked users’ browsing habits on third-party sites during a week in April.It was the first time Facebook had made that infomation public.In another answer, Facebook said it had restricted data collection by 370,000 apps last year and rejected almost half the apps that applied for permission to collect data beyond basic options since 2014.
Auth0, a startup based in Seattle, has been helping developers with a set of APIs to build authentication into their applications for the last five years.It’s raised a fair bit of money along the way to help extend that mission, and today the company announced a $55 million Series D.This round was led by led by Sapphire Ventures with help from World Innovation Lab, and existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Trinity Ventures, Meritech Capital and K9 Ventures.CEO Eugenio Pace said the investment should help them expand further internationally.In fact, one of the investors, World Innovation Lab, is based in Japan and should help with their presence there.“Japan is an important market for us and they should help explain to us how the market works there,” he said.
Report comes amid 1000 cyber attacks on airports each monthA new report from PA Consulting Group in London shared with Computer Business Review warns that a more “unified” technological passenger airport experience is posing greater cyber risks for airports.The European Aviation Safety Agency has reported over 1000 cyber-attacks each month on aviation systems and suggested the number is most likely to increase with advancing digitalisation passenger engagement.The “Overcome the Silent Threat” report by the consultancy claims that “advancing technology such as smart boarding gates and biometric immigration controls” may “expose airports to new risks and unknown threats”.The reports authors called for a “single point of accountability” for cybersecurity at airports: “Organisations should nominate a board member to be responsible for cybersecurity”, they urged, adding that while vendors and integrators are getting better at providing product security, organisations still need to prioritise cybersecurity as a tender assessment factor.The report also identified other weak points such the replacement of humans with digital instructions, meaning the pilot potentially cannot recognise if instructions such as false clearance messages are suspicious, causing more opportunity for cyber-terrorism.
Android co-creator Andy Rubin isn’t so sure whether there will be one software platform to rule all robots.The former Google exec and Playground Global CEO talked in length about the role of platforms for automation at TechCrunch’s TC Sessions: Robotics event at UC Berkeley.“The business model of platformization is something that is near and dear to my heart,” Rubin said.“For robotics and automatization, the idea of there being one cohesive platform that everyone ends up adopting?Rubin did speak at length about the eventual need for companies to create systems for sharing machine learning data so that these machines will be able to communicate with each other and communicate their learnings so that obstacles only have to be overcome once across different devices.You can watch the entire talk with Rubin below, which also includes a demonstration of the latest iteration of Cassie, a bipedal robot from Agility Robotics.
Ecommerce businesses have a love-hate relationship with image search.Google’s announcements this week, however, show its commitment to searching the visual world and hint at the importance of image search and image search engine optimization to site owners.Earlier this week, at Google’s I/O 2018 conference, the search giant announced Google Lens, its latest rendition of image search based on image recognition and visual analysis.For instance, it can decipher text and allow you to search on the contents, or copy and paste them into another app.In the (near) future, starting first with Google’s Pixel phone, it will work within the native camera app to comparison shop based on, for example, an image of an outfit.I tested the original (less-robust) version on Lens my Samsung phone, with encouraging but mixed results.
The latest update for God of War – which brings the game to version 1.20 – adds a new photo mode that allows you to capture screenshots as you play.Though the PS4 already has a screenshot function built into its OS, this new photo mode gives you a lot more options when it comes to capturing the perfect image.As announced over on the PlayStation Blog, God of War‘s new photo mode can be accessed either through the game’s options menu or by turning out on quick access via the Touch Pad in settings.Once you’ve started photo mode, you’ll use the thumbsticks to change your view of a scene, while the L2 and R2 buttons will pan left and right.Here are all of the features that are included in photo mode, with plenty of filters and settings to choose from:Camera: Adjust the Field of View, Focal Length, and Camera Roll.
Lyft is moving ahead with tests of the All-Access plan, a monthly subscription service for rides through the Lyft platform.In the next couple of hours, a select group of riders will see an option to sign up for a waitlist to be part of Lyft’s next round of All-Access invitations.“Testing our newest All-Access Plan is the next step in moving rideshare from one based on ownership, to one based on subscription,” a Lyft spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch.” We’re excited to roll this out to more passengers in the coming weeks and continue offering Lyft’s affordable, convenient, and reliable rides.”If selected from the waitlist, you’ll be able to buy a $200 pass in order to get $15 off 30 rides.That’s a savings of $250 if you were to take 30, $15 rides a month without the plan.