Emoji are used so often and in such volume that it feels as though they’ve been with us forever.In fact, it wasn’t until Apple released an emoji keyboard in 2011 that the Cambrian exploji ensued, a flowering to rival the birth of any language.Linguists might dispute the term—languages have verbs, emoji (probably) do not—but the emojicabulary continues to expand every year.Angela Guzman was an intern at Apple when she helped design about 500 of the company's early emoji, including one very explicit piece of fruit.Q: At the time, did you think the eggplant looked phallic?To make all the fruit and veggies part of a single set, visually.
Congressman Brad Sherman, D-California, believes the government should prohibit U.S. citizens from mining and using cryptocurrencies.He made the statement during the Wednesday, July 19, hearing of a subcommittee for the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, adding that as a medium of exchange, cryptocurrencies accomplish nothing except facilitating narcotics trafficking, terrorism, and tax evasion.“Some of its supporters delight in that if you can disempower the U.S. government from being able to prevent terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and tax evasion, you have somehow struck a blow for liberty,” he said during a five-minute statement.“That is reason enough to ban it.”Part of his argument is that mining alone requires large amounts of power that takes away from other needs and/or adds to the current power footprint.Its role as an investment is also deemed “bad” as instead of gambling in Las Vegas — which in turn feeds casinos, restaurants, and hotels that pay high local taxes — “animal spirits” are gambling on virtual coins, helping to create a market for tax evaders, terrorists, and so on.
Within 24 hours before its official event, it has practically revealed everything there is to know about the Mi Max 3.It’s a strategy LG regularly employs for its flagships but unusual for Xiaomi.Not that we’re complaining because now we know just how massive the phone is to fit its equally massive battery.But while the price tag is fortunately not that big, US consumers are again left wishing for good things they still can’t have.The Xiaomi Mi Max 3’s size is almost like just a side effect of its primary feature, that 5,500 mAh battery.There’s no denying that’s one of the largest you’ll find in the market, barring lesser known phones from the likes of Oukitel.
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Zirtual, an invitation-only personal concierge service, is opening up a limited number of memberships today to help busy professionals survive the holiday season.Their dedicated “Zirtual Assistants” act as the point person to handle anything and everything you need, which should free up precious time for family and friends.Zirtual, and its Founder Maren Kate, are Graduates of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute.Only 50 new memberships will be available for the Black Friday weekend, and once these spots fill the service will revert to invitation only access.To secure one of these memberships check out Zirtual.com or call an account specialist at 1.800.977.9714.Packages start at under $100/month.
Founder Feedback gives you insights from the startup trenches.In a post from the Red Rocket Ventures blog, George Deeb, Managing Partner of Red Rocket Ventures, Founder of iExplore, and Mentor at the Chicago Founder Institute, shares 23 inspiring quotes for entrepreneurs, spanning a wide range of luminaries like Barack Obama and Sun-tzu.You can read the full post here, which is part of George's "101 Startup Lessons - An Entrepreneur's Handbook.""Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall" - Confucius“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”- Sun-tzu“Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work”- Horace
Silicon Valley grad Tiffany Liu (Co-Founder, Logrado) was recently featured on Women 2.0 to weigh in on some of the harsh realities of running a startup and to share some insights from what she has learned since making her mark in the Valley.While most startup entrepreneurs will agree that building a company and dedicating yourself to a problem you're passionate about can be rewarding, the challenges faced by these brave (sometimes described as crazy) souls are not to be taken lightly.Now a seasoned entrepreneur herself, she knows that having to outlast self-doubt and continuously confront unexpected problems is to be expected for any startup, young or old.Demystifying some of the romanticism that Silicon Valley can exude, Liu outlines 5 realities of running an early stage startup;Reality 1: You will have to make sacrifices.Reality 2: You’ll question yourself no matter how big your ego is.
Thanos' infamous snap at the end of Avengers: Infinity War may have done more than wipe out half of all life in the universe -- it potentially sucked some of the air out of this year's San Diego Comic-Con.Compare that with last year, when Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and Westworld had key panels, and Marvel showed up with exclusive footage to Infinity War, concept art for Captain Marvel and teases for Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok.The convention, which last year drew more than 135,000 people -- many of them dressed up in costumes ranging from Wonder Woman to Batman -- has grown from a niche event actually focused on comic books to an entertainment mecca drawing A-list stars and big Hollywood franchises like Marvel, DC and Star Wars."I'm just going to walk in," said Jeremy Wong, a 34-year-old project manager for a construction management firm in San Mateo, California, who has waited in line for Comic-Con's famed Hall H presentations every year since 2012.Actor Jason Momoa was among the highlights of last year's Justice League presentation, triumphantly charging down the aisle of the Hall H audience and leaving fans in stitches with his antics.While Warner Bros. has yet to confirm its schedule at Comic-Con (a spokesman hasn't responded to a request for comment), Shazam cinematographer Maxine Alexandre said on Instagram that a trailer would be coming.
It’s no secret that starting a company is one of the biggest challenges anyone can undertake.An intense desire to succeed, paired with unreasonably long work hours and high stress levels can inadvertently take over one’s life, causing tension with family and friends, and compromising health.Fashioning Change CEO, Adriana Herrera is no stranger to the tolls of startup life, and in her recent blog post for the New York Times, shared some of the roadblocks she has faced since starting up.She writes, “I was at a StartupsUncensored event some time ago where a speaker, Jason Nazar, the founder and chief executive of Docstoc, said:‘You can have your start-up and one thing.You can have your start-up and your health.
However, if you want your startup to grow or if you want to move up in the company you work for, you must always commit to the tasks at hand.When you fail to set priorities, it dramatically increases your chances of becoming bogged down by your tasks.Thankfully, Rhett Power lays out several effortless yet effective strategies to help you prioritize your assignments in an Inc. article titled “4 Bad Work Habits That Are Limiting Your Potential”:Try to accomplish the larger or more difficult assignments in the morning when you are freshest and save the more repetitive ones for later in the day.When working in a team, whether you’re the leader or not, you must always be held accountable for your actions.Here’s what Anthony Saladino, Co-Founder and CEO of Kitchen Cabinet Kings, has to say on the matter:
The document outlines its particular goal: quickening merchant transactions that use cryptocurrencies.Lengthy confirmation times, they claim, have put a real dampener on the exchange, especially considering technology is already widely available that make the whole thing instantaneous.Mastercard’s solution is to build a system that manages a “fractional reserve of blockchain currency,” with a hope of streamlining the process.They would hold customers cryptocurrencies and their fiat, supposedly allowing for the quick exchange between the two.Fractional reserve banking is really pretty common in modern finance: customers give their money to a bank thinking that their money will just sit there until they want it.But fractional reserve banking requires only the holding of a fraction of their assets at any one time.
Build-A-Bear Workshop generated buzz on social media leading up to Thursday’s “Pay Your Age” sale, calling the upcoming promotion its “biggest deal EVER.”The company, which allows children to construct and decorate their own stuffed animals, expressed on July 11 that it had received “unprecedented response” from customers leading up to the event, which would allow customers to pay their age to take home a bear or other species of “furry friend.”In other words, for $5, a 5-year-old could walk out with a newly made stuffed animal (with sound effects and accessories available for an extra cost).Build-A-Bear posted a note to its official Facebook page explaining that employees at its stores were “anticipating the potential of long lines and wait times.” Despite the warning, turnout exceeded the ambitious expectations of the 21-year-old company.Many families and children arrived at Build-A-Bear locations across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. to long lines, with reports of some lines extending more than a mile long and wait times of several hours.A release leading up to the event specified that each customer “must be present for offer,” meaning there were a lot of cranky kids queued up for new toys.
The NFL, the home of America's favorite form of recreational brain trauma, will find itself a bit less wealthy, after it settled a lawsuit brought by a streaming video software developer.The football league on Thursday finalized a settlement with OpenTV, which had accused the NFL of ripping off parts of eight of its US patents related to video streaming:US Patent 7996861B1 "Flexible interface for secure input of pin code,"US Patent 7,421,729 "Generation and insertion of indicators using an address signal applied to a database,"US Patent 7,028,327 "Using the electronic program guide to synchronize interactivity with broadcast programs."US Patent 7,950,033 "Utilization of relational metadata in a television system "
Goodwall, a US-focused student and graduate professional network which aims to connect young people with college and employment opportunities, has closed a $10.8 million Series A funding raise.The 2014 founded startup says it will be using the new funding to grow the professional network, which has a core demographic of 14-24 year-olds, and more than one million members at this stage.“Our main initiative with this round of funding is hiring new talent in New York to support our expansion,” says Taha Bawa, co-founder and CEO.We are growing our sales team as well, to handle the demand that enterprises have shown in our talent.”“The United States is our current focus and will continue to be the focus throughout 2018.We will be growing with our students and serving them in college,” he adds.
Both the Subaru Legacy sedan and Outback wagon (or crossover, however you want to categorize it) were refreshed for the 2018 model year, so the two models soldier into 2019 with few changes, one of which will be very welcome.The 2019 Subaru Legacy will start at $22,545, which is just $350 more than it was last year.That's a modest price increase considering the base Legacy now gains Subaru's EyeSight suite of active and passive safety systems, including autobrake and adaptive cruise control.Additional standard equipment includes a 6.5-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite radio.Moving up to the Premium trim brings the price up to $24,695, but you get additional kit like larger alloy wheels, heated front seats and side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control and a 10-way power driver's seat.If you want something a little more aggressive in the looks department, the Legacy Sport packs even bigger wheels, a sportier front grille and a unique two-tone cloth interior with blue accent stitches and carbon fiber-look trim.
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The evidence is increasingly clear: 2018 is the year of the Chinese venture deal.These sorts of top line numbers are always driven by large deals, and the Chinese VC market is no exception.Crunchbase’s analysis shows an almost four-fold increase in the number of venture capital rounds completed last quarter in China compared to the same quarter last year.Venture capital today is being wholly redefined by new crowdsourcing models and of course, the rise of blockchain and the world of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).However, what these aggregates do show is the changing power dynamics between the U.S. and China, particularly in critical future growth markets in the emerging world.Nowhere is that more obvious than in the burgeoning strength of China’s high-flying tech companies.
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Chinese multinational carmaker SAIC Motor (上汽集团) has launched its own AI lab, according to The Paper.The Shanghai-headquartered SAIC Motor is reportedly the first domestic automaker to establish an AI lab.The new lab will focus on research and development, as well as real-world AI solutions in three fundamental areas—cloud computing, big data and business applications—with the ambition to push forward smart transport, smart manufacturing, and intelligent driving.The AI solutions will be adopted across businesses under the SAIC Motor umbrella, such as rental service and logistics.The company also plans on using AI to improve the efficiency of its car manufacturing.SAIC Motors deputy chief engineer Zu Sijie stressed that the company plans to take advantage of innovative applications of AI as they emerge.
I have to admit I was a bit skeptical when Wyze sent me a camera with a laundry list of features that seemed excessive for such a modestly priced device.In order to get the same amount of coverage from non-rotating cameras you’d have to use at least two.You can set the camera in the middle of a room and put it on patrol, if it sees anything move it’ll track it – though it does bear mention that the tracking features are currently still in beta.As mentioned before, the device shoots in 1080p, so you’re getting a full HD image.The picture is sharp and bright, and you can save video and photographs to a gallery in the cloud, with 14 days of included rolling storage, or to an SD card internally.In the looks department it again overachieves.