Sir Richard Branson has hired corporate finance firm LionTree Advisors to help raise hundreds of millions of pounds to invest in Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit, according to Sky News.It comes months after Branson halted a $1bn (£775m) Saudi-funded deal amid the political tension over Jamal Khashoggi's murder.Discussions are already under way with a number of potential investors, including sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, high net worth individuals and strategic partners, Sky News claims.LionTree is understood to have been appointed due to expressions of interest from investors following the Galactic test flight to the edge of space in December.Branson is seeking funding that would value Virgin Galactic and Orbit at a combined sum of more than $2bn (£1.55bn).Sky News claim that the amount Branson is looking to raise would be at least $250m (£193m), with the structure of a deal seeing new shareholders inject money into either or both companies.
This week, genre TV fans received a bit of bad news.Counterpart, the JK Simmons-led Starz drama combining sci-fi realism with pseudo-Cold War spy thrills, would not be getting a third season.Realizing you can’t have enough JK Simmons, new sci-fi spy series doubles himDeadline reported Starz' decision to cancel came in early January.Presumably execs had already read scripts if not viewed the rest of the season, but the timing certainly wasn't ideal for Counterpart's chances.Interchange thus brought in an outsider—former FBI agent Naya (Betty Gabriel)—to look into whether things were as simple as they seemed (the sleeper cell agent, called Indigo, had framed a higher-up within Interchange).
They get stiff, difficult to move and downright uncomfortable when you are trying to enjoy winter activities such as skiing, snowmobiling or sledding.Check out our guide to the Best Heated Clothing to find heated socks, insoles, hats, jackets, and more!Outdoor Research Capstone Gloves ($500)The Capstone heated gloves from Outdoor Research are the most expensive gloves on the list and for a good reason.In the cold, you can feel the warm heat along the entire length of your hand.Each glove includes two batteries that can be used singly to save weight or in tandem to double the heating capacity of the gloves.
Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is planning to take on US rival Uber in some of Latin America’s fastest-growing markets, recruiting managers in Chile, Peru, and Colombia, according to job postings and a company official.Didi has moved senior executives from China to lead its expansion in markets like Chile and Peru, and began in recent weeks advertising for driver operations, crisis management, marketing, and business development personnel in those countries.Didi already faces off against Uber in Brazil, South America’s largest market, where it acquired local ride-hailing startup 99 for a reported US$1 billion last January.The Chinese company has also launched operations in Mexico, Japan, and Taiwan, and it’s an investor in Southeast Asia’s Grab.Yesterday, Didi revealed that it plans to cut up to 15 percent of its staff after leaked financials indicated it racked up a US$1.6 billion loss last year.
Revised proposals attempt to address worries over Manifest v3 API changesGoogle has proposed changes to its Chrome Extension renovation plan that answer some but not all of the concerns its Manifest v3 technical specification.The initial changes, announced in October last year, set off alarm bells last month when a critical mass of Chrome plugin developers finally realized what Google intended.The Manifest v3 changes represent an attempt to address real issues for users of the Chrome browser, specifically the security and performance implications of third-party code that has access to sensitive data.The Manifest v3 specification would break content and ad blockers, privacy extensions, and a host of other browser add-on code that relies on the ability to intercept requested web content before it gets rendered in the browser.The trouble is that as initially outlined, declarativeNetRequest is far too limited to accommodate current use cases.
It seems Apple wants to get you talking.The company reportedly purchased PullString, a startup that develops voice recognition apps, according to a report by Axios on Friday.The deal is worth at least $30 million, according to Axios, and could help Apple's Siri compete with other voice-activated services on the market.PullString develops voice enabled apps that run on the Alexa and Google Home Assistant platforms.Its software also powers Hello Barbie, the talking version of Mattel's doll that can have conversations with children.Apple and PullString didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
Presidents’ Day falls on the third Monday of February (February 18 this year), and while it’s a lesser-celebrated holiday than most – and typically doesn’t bring the same big sales as holidays like the Fourth of July or Labor Day – it still offers some nice opportunities to grab big-ticket items at a discount.A handful of the best sale items are the new Kindle Paperwhite ($100/$30 off), the second-gen Echo Plus ($120/$44 off) and the Samsung 49-inch QLED 4K smart TV ($798/$302 off).Some of our favorite picks include the $390 Xbox One X and NBA 2K19 bundle ($110 off), $829 MSI GV62 Nvidia GTX 1060 gaming laptop ($170 off), the $79 Bose SoundLink Micro speaker ($20 off), and $370 Vizio 55-inch 4K smart TV ($100 off) — with the added benefit of free shipping.Lenovo: Take as much as 70 percent – up to $710 – off of select Lenovo PCs including laptops, desktops, and tablets, as well as PC accessories.Dell: Dell has a boatload of PC deals for Presidents’ Day, letting you save as much as $860 on PCs (including laptops, desktops, 2-in-1s, and gaming machines) and up to 40 percent on TVs, monitors, and other electronics.HelixSleep: You can take $200 off your purchase of $1,750 or more with code PREZ200, $150 off your purchase of $1,250 or more with code PREZ150, or $100 off a Helix Mattress with code PREZ100.
New York Fashion Week seen quite a bit of change over the past decade.And then in January 2015, Mercedes-Benz, which had served as NYFW’s title sponsor for eight years, announced its departure.Later that same year, Fashion Week relocated yet again, moving to the downtown Manhattan location of Spring Studios—though several designers now choose to show their collections at other locations.The milestone anniversary of the two working together is being commemorated with a series of fashion illustrations featuring past Maybelline runway looks from artist Jeanette Getrost.Jeanette Getrost's illustrations, created in honor of Maybelline's 10-year anniversary with NYFW.Maybelline’s cooperation with NYFW has changed over that decade—keep in mind, Instagram did not yet exist in 2009.
On episode 67 of Digital Trends Live, DT’s live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Parker Hall journeyed deep into the mines of tech news, hunting for the biggest stories.The big story of the day?Images of Samsung’s upcoming products leaked as part of an app update, giving the world an authentic look at, among other things, the long-rumored Galaxy Buds, which appear to lack silicone earhooks.We expect to hear much more about the Galaxy Buds at Samsung’s Unpacked event on February 20.Every day brings exciting news for cryptocurrency fans, whether that news be good or terrible.This week brought some very good news for crypto enthusiasts, as JP Morgan has launched its own cryptocurrency, JPM Coin.
In honor of today's premiere of Doom Patrol, we are teaming up with DC Entertainment to bring you this kick-ass sweepstakes.One winner will take home a bundle including a Roku Express, featured on our media streamer's best list, to watch on DC Universe's streaming service along with merch exclusive to DC Universe members.Now you can feel like a superhero, too, with a Wonder Woman T-Shirt (Women's size medium), Young Justice Team Hoodie (size large), Batman: Gotham City Denim Jacket (size large), a Wonder Woman S'well Bottle, Aquaman Collectible and more.The prize has an ARV of US$365.00.You can enter to win* by heading over to our Instagram account and liking the post about the giveaway.You must be following to win.
It seems like today everyone is trying to hop on the video-streaming-service bandwagon.Disney, NBCUniversal, AT and Apple are all making their way into the paid streaming game, and they're surely not the last.These hugely successful corporations want to stake their claims in this already crowded entertainment sector.Disney's service, Disney+ is set to unveil this year and will take advantage of its overarching ownership of many franchises, such as Star Wars, Marvel and the Pixar movies.NBCUniversal's will include original content as well as licensed titles.Apple's service is a bit of a mystery as to what will be included with its streaming service, but a company of that size is sure to be competitive.
Uncle Sam's prosecutors announced this week that a federal district court in the Lone Star state sent 42-year-old Eric McGinnis down for eight years for possessing an unregistered short barrel rifle and possessing ammunition while subject to an active protective order.His trial by jury took just two days.Back in 2015, McGinnis was served with the order after having a violent altercation with his girlfriend.Part of that order barred McGinnis from owning a firearm or ammunition for a period of two years.The next year, McGinnis attempted to purchase pieces for a semiautomatic rifle but was turned down following a background check and was visited by the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms with a reminder of the order.Undeterred, McGinnis then purchased a 3D printer and obtained blueprints for the parts he was unable to legally purchase.
Here's another milestone on the road toward Star Wars: Episode 9.Filming on the final movie in the saga has wrapped, director J.J. Abrams announced Friday."There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast," Abrams tweeted, while sharing a photo of cast members hugging.The tweet only sparked fan interest in the eventual announcement of the film's title."Now we just need that title reveal along with a few trailers to get us all psyched for December," wrote Samuel James.Actor Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, has been teasing hints about the title, and star Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, has also joked about it.
Three is to use London Fashion Week to convey to consumers the benefits of 5G networks, with permanent installations at St Martins College and at its flagship retail store.The operator has created the “world’s first” 5G Mixed Reality (MR) catwalk at the renowned fashion school and will let customers see a smaller version in-store from March.The Oxford Street branch will be able to claim to be the UK’s first 5G-enabled phone shop.Aside from the virtual catwalk, Three has installed a design-focused 5G lab at the college, allowing students to experiment with cloud technology, IoT-connected devices, and Virtual and Augmented Realities (VR and AR) in the design process.“Today we are turning up the volume on 5G and bringing it to life for the first time in the UK, right here in the heart of the fashion world,” said Shadi Halliwell, chief marketing officer at Three.“This is the first glimpse of the future and as we progress our roll-out throughout the next year we will see how it will affect and change everyday life for all our customers.”
“If we can make the creation of casual games as easy as it is to play them, I think fundamentally we can have a big, wide impact on gaming,” says Richard O’Connell excitedly.He envisages avid mobile gamers spending “an hour a day creating something” rather than just playing, and thereby making “pocket money on the side.”Funblock, the startup where O’Connell orks as chief marketing officer, is prepping the launch of its first-ever game, one where the likes of you and I will build all the levels.Called Funblock Factory, the Candy Crush-esque match-three puzzler comes with detailed yet finger-friendly building tools in which anyone can design levels of varying shapes and difficulty in just a few minutes.This is the beta builder as you shape the walls and set the pieces:This content is exclusive to subscribers.
As technology increases at an ever-faster rate, so too do the ways in which our information can be put at risk.The time has come for everyone, including your average consumer, to use a password manager.If you decide to share information, utilize strong passwords and enable multi-factor authentication to safeguard sensitive information.Stay away from any links that ask for information or payment to be updated.The best way to protect identity and information is to check every email or inquiry.Instead, go directly to the company’s website to complete any action to ensure you actually need to do something.
When you visit the website "This Person Does Not Exist" you will likely see a face smiling back at you.Seems innocent enough -- until you realize the face is not actually real, but generated by a neural network algorithm.That person is not real.The website's neural network algorithm codes a "facial image from scratch from a 512 dimensional vector", according to Phillip Wang, who created and posted about it in a Facebook group on Feb. 12.Wang suggested he created the site to "raise awareness for what a talented group of researchers made at Nvidia over the course of 2 years," according to a post in Hacker News.The technology is based on a state of the art Nvidia-designed AI known as StyleGAN -- a neural network that can separate aspects of an image to learn and generate new images.
Facebook, under more pressure from lawmakers and health experts to combat misinformation about vaccinations, said Thursday it's looking at ways to tackle the problem.A Facebook spokesperson said the social media company is exploring "potential approaches to making educational information about vaccines more easily available and minimizing harm caused by misinformation about vaccines and other important health issues."The company hasn't finalized what it plans to do, but confirmed that it was looking at reducing or removing recommendations for anti-vaccine content.Bloomberg reported earlier that the company was also looking at demoting anti-vaccine content in search results and recommendations for groups Facebook users should join.We believe removing provocative thinking does little to build awareness around facts and different approaches to health," a Facebook spokesperson said in an e-mail."Counter-speech in the form of accurate information and alternative viewpoints can help create a safer and more respectful environment."
A major government contractor which conducts disability assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions is trying to recruit NHS nurses and offering perks including private medical care and company cars.Independent Assessment Services, owned by French services giant Atos, highlighted the benefits in a jobs listing for the role of a mobile Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessor, which was aimed at health service workers.One ad, posted last month to a jobs website, said Atos hoped to employ nurses, physiotherapists and paramedics to carry out PIP assessments, which determine whether a claimant needs extra help.“Our client is a leading provider of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) health assessment and reporting services on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP),” the advert, written by recruitment firm SBJ Medical, said.The advert said the role requires successful candidates to “complete medical assessments for a broad range of medical conditions”, often in claimant’s homes.Salaries range from £34,240 in Brighton to £43,870 in the south-east, according to several of similar adverts posted on job sites.
Sir Richard Branson’s new cruise line is prepping for a 2020 virgin voyage by unveiling the ship’s suites for the first time.On Thursday, February 14, Virgin Voyages, part of the Virgin Group, shared the details of the ship’s RockStar Suites.The cruise is designed to allow travelers to vacation like a rock star, the company says, from tables that actually encourage dancing on tabletops, to concierge services willing to fetch such oddities as only red gummy bears.Ticket sales also opened today.The ship Scarlet Lady includes 78 RockStar Suites, all arranged to have a view of the ocean.The suites, according to the company, were inspired by yachts from rock and roll icons such as Grace Jones with a “retro-futurism” look.