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The press is still having a field day with this relatively new tech term edge computing, and how it will soon displace cloud computing.I’ve seen more a half dozen articles in just the last two months that advancing the perception that edge computing will displace, not complement, cloud computing.It’s sad to see such naive discussions continue around edge computing, which I’ve previously tried to debunk in my posts “Make sense of edge computing vs. cloud computing” and “Edge computing: What you need to know before you deploy.” But let me try again!Everything you need to know now.| Also: InfoWorld’s David Linthicum explains AWS cloud services guide: The right tools for the job. ]Even the predictions that cloud computing would replace all on-premises computing was far-fetched.
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Chris Heivly, the entrepreneur-in-residence at international startup accelerator Techstars, is one of the speakers at VentureBeat’s inaugural Blueprint conference, happening on March 5-7 in Reno, Nevada.At Blueprint, speakers including Heivly will discuss how tech companies can create higher paying jobs across America and expand economic opportunity for all.As entrepreneur-in-residence, Heivly is working with Techstars — which now operates more than 36 accelerator programs in 30 cities around the world — to develop a model to help startup ecosystems grow.VentureBeat: In your role, you’ve traveled around the country for the past year, meeting with entrepreneurs in a variety of cities.Chris Heivly: Founders everywhere are challenged by the same set of constraints: access to the resources they need to grow their business.Resources can be defined from abstract to specific.
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Today Google made known, again, their support for Huawei in the worldwide Android smart devices ecosystem.To the point, Google Head of RCS Amir Sarhangi published an article in the main Google blog portal today all about Huawei’s new big effort with Android Messaging.This was just as much of a win for Google as it was for Huawei, and Sarhangi made clear that Huawei’s efforts were not forgotten.All this despite Huawei’s recent falling out with the US government.According to Google’s Sarhangi, Huawei will “make it even easier for hundreds of millions of people to express themselves via mobile messaging by integrating Android Messages, powered by RCS, across their Android smartphone portfolio.” This makes way for Huawei to play a bigger role as smartphones for business use, as well as personal use – all around the world.RCS business messaging will bring messages to a new level for business users.
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Screenvision Media has revealed its lineup of jurors for its first annual Hegarty ACE (Advertising in Cinema Excellence) Awards—the winner of which, to be announced at the 2018 Cannes Lions festival, will receive $1 million in media consideration in Screenvision’s Front + Center cinema program, for any pro-bono work from June 2018 to June 2019.The panel will be led by Sir John Hegarty, BBH co-founder and the creative chair in residence at Screenvision, alongside Colleen DeCourcy, Wieden + Kennedy CCO; Corinna Falusi, CCO and partner at Mother; David Droga, creative chairman and founder of Droga5; David Lubars, BBDO chairman and CCO; and Scott Donaton, Digitas chief content officer.Together, they will judge the most creative campaigns in cinema, considering ads and content that launched (or are slated to launch) through Screenvision’s Front + Center program from July 2017 to June 2018.Any brand, creative shop or media agency responsible for producing a campaign in the program during that time will be eligible.“In this intensely competitive world, creativity is the most cost-effective way of transforming a brand’s fortunes,” Hegarty wrote in a statement.“You ignore it at your peril.”
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CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed businesses will see less traffic from posts.In a websphere saturated with advertising, companies frequently allocate larger segments of budget to promoting their online content.In line with its fiercely competitive business model, Facebook will now make it even harder for private organisations to attract eyeballs to their posts.In a news release, Facebook confirmed it will “show less public content… from publishers or businesses” in the next update to its social platform.Instead, the algorithms in the Facebook newsfeed will “prioritize posts from friends and family over public content”.The social media heavyweight said it will be “making updates to ranking so people have more opportunities to interact with the people they care about” and made it clear that this will negatively impact business posts’ reach.
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Today we will once again delve deep into the wares of the Cafago e-shop and we will emerge with two interesting loot options.And as usual we are bringing those with a special discount coupons for our readers, because it’s never a bad thing to shave off few dollars here and there from the retail pricing.So let’s get to it.First we have the fancy upscale XGIMI H1 DLP projector, which comes as a full multimedia center package with the integrated Android 5.1 TV Box with plenty of power including quad-core CPU, 3 GB RAM, ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.The XGIMI H1 can offer 1080p native resolution, 900 ANSI lumens brightness, 300 inches maximum projection size, Harman Kardo duo 45mm speakers and a sleek remote controller.With the discount coupon DV313 you can get it for just 622.66€ / 740.97$ up until January 25th, just keep in mind it can’t be shipped to Brazil.
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Google is attempting to push its Duo voice and video calling app with a clever new Android feature: the ability to ring contacts who don’t have the app installed.First spotted by Android Police, this works only with fellow Android users; there are some other limitations that keep your entire contact list from being available to call, but it’s unclear exactly what those are just now.That could certainly help push Duo to more people – but we’ll have to wait and see if folks care to use it.Most users of major messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Facebook Messenger already have access to voice and video calling, so it’s hard to say whether they’ll find any reason to try another tool for the job.Duo already comes preinstalled on certain brands of Android phones, including OnePlus.The new feature is made possible by a component in Google Play Services called App Preview Messaging that debuted in 2016, which the company previously used to allow users of its Allo messaging service to text their contacts through the app, even if the recipients didn’t have it installed.
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Israeli farm management software startup FieldIn has raised a $4m second seed round to expand its pest management platform for specialty crops.FieldIn monitors pesticide applications through a sensor designed by the company, while also providing a platform that allows growers to monitor pest threats, pesticide applications, and other remediation tactics.Using data analytics and artificial intelligence, the software analyzes geospatial, chemical, biological, weather and other data to help growers plan their pesticide applications and then monitor them in real time to spot any errors in the application.The company says that this system allows growers to improve yields, adapt faster to evolving pest resistance, and reduce costs while also reaping the environmental benefits of pesticide efficiency.We know the biology, we know the chemistry and we know what is actually happening in the field,” said FieldIn CEO Boaz Bachar, who told AgFunderNews that the company has reached nearly $1 million revenue.This round was co-led by New Jersey-based Gal Ventures and Chicago food and agtech VC Germin8 Ventures, with existing investor Israeli cleantech VC Terra Venture Partners also participating.
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Do you tend to carry your child on the left side of your body?Chances are, you’ve never really stopped to think about it, but scientists may have just discovered why you do it.Although there’s no right or wrong side to hold a baby, scientists have long noted the majority of women tend to naturally favour the left, with previous research suggesting 85% of women instinctively cradle a baby this way.But until now, the reasons behind this behaviour have been unclear.To get to the bottom of it, researchers from St Petersburg State University, Russia, looked to the animal kingdom for signs of the trend, to determine whether it’s a learned behaviour among humans, or a behaviour that has evolved across species.They discovered populations of walruses and flying foxes displaying the same preferences for left-hand side soothing and concluded the method may be an evolutionary behaviour, developed to aid emotional connection with your child.
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Ever since Logitech introduced the Powerplay mouse pad last June, it seems like gaming accessory manufacturers have been scrambling to release their own takes on the “wirelessly charging mouse pad” concept.At CES 2018, we’ve already seen various takes on the concept from Mad Catz and Corsair, and now it’s time for Razer to take a crack at it with its new HyperFlux technology.The company is starting off with one pair of products — the Razer Mamba HyperFlux mouse and the Razer Firefly HyperFlux mouse pad — both of which are just updated versions of existing Razer products, complete with the requisite Razer Chroma lighting.But unlike the original Mamba wireless mouse, the Mamba HyperFlux doesn’t have a battery on board.Instead, it’s powered entirely by the included Firefly HyperFlux mouse pad, giving you all the cord-free benefits of a wireless mouse without the extra weight of a battery.(The mouse pad does still need to be plugged into your computer.)
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He started as a co-founder of a magazine, then worked for Vanity Fair and wrote a book.In 2011, he established the West London Free School (WLFS) and set up multiple state schools.It was largely on this basis that Mr. Young was appointed to the Office for Students (OfS).The defence that Mr. Young - and supporters such as Mr. Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science who fielded an impressive 45 minutes of questions from across the House of Commons - picked was that this was ‘all in the past’.Firstly, it does nothing to lessen the awful responsibility that you will bear for encouraging persecution for the minorities you have attacked, and for promulgating sexism.Because those statements were shared, and liked, and diffused, and used against people in harmful ways.
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Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to help curb smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters.New York-based Jana Partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System said in open letter to Apple that the company must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices.Among their proposals to Apple: Establish a committee of experts, including child development specialists; offer Apple's "vast information resources" to researchers; and enhance mobile device software so that parents have more options to protect their children's health.In a statement, Apple said the iPhone and other devices running on its mobile software already offer a variety of controls that enable parents to restrict or block "effectively anything a child could download or access online."Examples include distractions by digital technologies in the classroom, a decreased ability of students to focus on educational tasks, and higher risks of suicide and depression.The American Psychiatric Association does not consider heavy internet use a true mental addiction and says more research is needed.
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Last year at CES, I was taken aback by Bellus3D, a company with an uncannily accurate 3D face scanner that took incredibly unnerving selfies, but it was just a prototype.But this year, the company is back with a finished version that you can preorder now for $499 over at Bellus3D’s website.Like the original prototype, the finished device — officially called the Bellus3D Face Camera Pro — works on a twofold scale.First, an infrared depth camera system scans your face, capturing your facial structures.Then, the front-facing camera on your phone or tablet is used to capture a more detailed color image of your face, which the software uses for smaller details like pores and wrinkles, along with color.Taking a scan with the Bellus3D Face Camera Pro is simple — connect it via USB-C to your phone or tablet, launch the camera, and slowly rotate your head from left to right while it captures your image.
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Chinese startup automaker Byton showed off its first car at CES 2018.Although referred to as a concept car, the timeline for production in 2019 makes it seem more like a prototype.
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For as much as its users love to hate on their platform of choice, Twitter occasionally really comes through with a deep dive on a hot topic that provides actual, meaningful insight.Such an event is almost enough to remind us why we all fritter our lives away on there to begin with.Remember when we used to blog?Like, we issued thoughts in sentences and paragraphs instead of a series of social media convulsions?This is kind of like that.A Twitter bot called Thread Reader App (@threadreaderapp) can take your barely readable Twitter rant of choice and transform it into normal text served up on a sparse, normal looking page.
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In a new paper in Science Translational Medicine, a team from the University of Michigan reports the results of the first animal tests and clinical trial of the approach, including data from 20 human tinnitus patients.Based on years of scientific research into the root causes of the condition, the device uses precisely timed sounds and weak electrical pulses that activate touch-sensitive nerves, both aimed at steering damaged nerve cells back to normal activity.Human participants reported that after four weeks of daily use of the device, the loudness of phantom sounds decreased, and their tinnitus-related quality of life improved.A sham "treatment" using just sounds did not produce such effects.U-M holds a patent on the concept behind the device and is developing it for potential commercialization."When the main neurons in this region, called fusiform cells, become hyperactive and synchronize with one another, the phantom signal is transmitted into other centers where perception occurs.
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Bitcoin has always been the most high-profile cryptocurrency out there, but in recent months its recognition has exploded to the point where your granddad who doesn't have the internet and only reads the local paper will have heard of it.The problem is that the reasons why Bitcoin is so recognisable are also causing cyber criminals to adopt competing cryptocurrencies.Since its inception Bitcoin has had a bit of a surly reputation thanks to its use by cybercriminals.The anonymity factor was part of it, and meant criminals could be paid for work with less risk than conventional currency.But the volatility of Bitcoin's value is causing more than a few headaches.Despite the drop in value just before Chrismas, Bitcoin still seems to be popular amongst investors hoping to make some cash.
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I’m heading to CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas next week.And there’s one gadget that I wish I had.Travelmate Robotics will show off its autonomous suitcase, which is a robot on wheels that follows you around.Travelmate Robotics developed the suitcase in San Francisco, and it raised $793,538 in an Indiegogo campaign a year ago.The suitcase lights up with different patterns, and it responds to both gestures and voice commands.If you want to give it a name, like Terminator T-1000, you can do so and it will respond to you.
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Bouldering traditionally means traveling a short distance off the beaten path, laying down crash pads, and attempting to navigate routes to the top of large rocks.Its overwhelming appeal is often bolstered by a short approach you could manage in your flip-flops — as opposed to rock climbing or mountaineering, which often requires long-distance travel to far away places.Because of this, most bouldering pads are big and bulky with harness systems designed for carrying short distances.But for those who want to seek out the remote boulders of the backcountry, Organic Climbing has teamed up with Mystery Ranch to design the perfect pad for you — the Backcountry Pad.The pad is based on Organic Climbing’s popular Big Pad and measures 46 inches by 58 inches when laid flat.It provides about as much landing support a single pad is capable of providing, comprising one inch of top-layer memory foam, one inch of urethane rubber closed-cell foam to prevent users from bottoming out, and three inches of open-cell foam to provide for a cushy landing.
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360 Enterprise Security Group, also known as Qihoo 360, is running China’s newly opened and first cybersecurity innovation center.The company has been in the news recently both at home and abroad for helping out the FBI but causing upset with its security camera spying platform.China opened its first cybersecurity innovation center on Tuesday which aims to use civil-military integration as part of the country’s cyber defenses, the People’s Daily reported.To begin with the center will build systems to protect military-related internet services and a mechanism for sharing threat intelligence.It will encourage private sector involvement, working with small and medium companies to cooperate on RThe center will also set up a fund for cybersecurity innovation investment and may even look into how to assemble cyber militia and teams to monitor and analyze ongoing threats.It was established by the Central Commission for Integrated Military and Civilian Development and “related military bodies”.
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