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Baidu, a Chinese tech giant making rapid advances in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), has received funding from the Chinese government for a new research project, Quartz reports.AI has the potential to be of the most influential technologies that humanity has ever invented.Governments around the world are
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NASA s Lessons Learned database is a vast, constantly updated collection knowledge and experience from past missions, which it relies on for planning future projects and expeditions into space.With detailed information from every mission going back as far as the sixties, every record is reviewed and approved before inclusion.As well as NASA staff, thousands of scientists, engineers, educators and analysts access the database every month from private sector and government organizations.As it has swollen in size, the interface used internally to query the dataset – a keyword-based search built on a PageRank-style algorithm - was becoming unwieldy.Chief Knowledge Architect David Meza spoke to me recently, and told me that the move to the graph-based, open source Neo4J management system has significantly cut down on time engineers and mission planners spend combing through keyword-based search results.Meza says This came to light when I had a young engineer come to me because he was trying to explore our Lessons Learned database – but sometimes it s hard to find the information you want in that database.
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Ant Financial, the financial affiliate of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, announced today a US$ 200 million investment in Kakao Pay, the soon-to-launch mobile finance subsidiary of Kakao Corp, parent to South Korea s leading mobile messaging platform Kakao Talk.Kakao, which now claims 48 million users, has launched its mobile payment feature Kakao Pay last year.The platform has accumulated more than 14 million members and gradually evolved from payment transactions to offer innovative and convenient mobile financial services including bill payment, remittance and membership management.Kakao s board decided in January to form a separate entity for its Kakao Pay financial service brand, tentatively named Kakao Pay Corp. Young-Joon Ryu, who currently leads Kakao s fintech division, will head the new company.Under the agreement, Ant Financial, operator of China s ubiquitous mobile payment tool Alipay which claimed 450 million users, will offer its wide range of digital financial services through Kakao Pay in South Korea.The new company will increase the number of online and offline merchants by merging Alipay s 34,000 merchants into Kakao Pay s system, providing merchants a much larger customer base, according to the company statement.The partnership would be a win-win cooperation between the two parties as Kakao Pay can gain access to Alipay s existing online and offline resources and technological support, while Alipay can leverage on Kakao s huge user base to enter the Korean market.While leading the domestic mobile purchase transformation, Ant Financial is also taking aggressive steps in overseas expansion through partnerships with local players.Alipay has been supported widely both online and offline in Japan, Korea, and Europe.Investment is another major channel for the Chinese firm to penetrate overseas markets.Alibaba announced an undisclosed investment into payments service Mynt, a unit of Philippine telco Globe Telecom.It has acquired a 20% stake in Thailand s third-party payment company Ascend Money last year and has invested in Indian s PayTM in 2015.As service first boomed in China, it s natural for Alipay to take overseas payment made by Chinese users – whether made online or on a vacation abroad, as their first frontier when tapping overseas markets.
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Pace of play is one of the major hot-button topics in Major League Baseball these days.It's also a topic of discussion on the virtual diamond with MLB The Show.Sony San Diego Studios introduced Quick Counts in MLB 15 The Show, but they may be looking to take another step toward shortening a game in MLB The Show 17.On Monday, SSDS released their Little Things trailer and as you can see in the tweet below from Operation Sports' Steve Noah, there's an option in the lower left corner called Critical Moments.We haven't been given a formal explanation for this option/feature, but it sounds a lot like Madden's Play The Moments feature, as Noah suggests.I agree, this almost certainly appears to be a feature that will allow gamers to play only the most exciting and impacting moments in every game on their team's schedule in franchise mode.
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Facebook, Twitter and soon Snap can make IPOs look like the gilded path that all major tech tech companies should eventually try to go down.Most startup founders don t agree.When asked what a realistic, long-term goal was for their companies, the majority of leaders of tech and health startups said it was acquisition by a larger player.Some 53% said they expected to be acquired, while only 16% said they expected to go public.It s the second year in a row that acquisition has remained the dominant, long-term exit strategy for startups according to a survey on startup outlooks for 2017 conducted by Silicon Valley Bank, which questioned 941 technology and healthcare startups.Around 18% of respondents said they expected to remain privately owned.
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Hi, I have an interview on Sunday with SaaS company.The job offering is at a startup, and the position was advertised as content and social primarily.However, it did note that the position is flexible to the applicants marketing interests.I was wondering how I can come prepared to outshine the other applicants.I am graduating this year, so I'm likely less educated and less experienced than many of the applicants.I was thinking to come with a SWOT analysis of the company/product.
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Thinner TVs mean tinier speakers that can leave you asking, What did they say?WSJ Personal Tech columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler goes into Dolby s lab to find ways to improve the sound, especially dialogue, on your TV set.Illustration: Daniel Hertzberg/Video: Emily Prapuolenis/The Wall Street JournalThis is a safe space for tech troubles, so I m not embarrassed to share: I have a hard time hearing voices on my TV.I had to turn on subtitles just to follow Westworld.Even with them, I m still not entirely sure what happened.
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Microsoft desperately needs to make people forget about its ugly past in the web browser market.That s why it s putting its marketing engine hard at work to promote the hell out of the new and fancy Microsoft Edge web browser.If you do ignore compatibility with sites that still need the ancient Internet Explorer, Edge does offer a more modern and, perhaps more importantly, cleaner browsing experience.And it s about to get even better in the Windows 10 Creators Update!While users web browsing experience is, ultimately, in the hands of individual website, broken or hard to use browsers definitely take the joy out of any web surfing.Microsoft s aim with the new Edge is to make that experience as enjoyable as it can be while still letting you browse as much as you want.
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In 2015, Atlanta-based SalesLoft was mulling the death of Prospector, the company's flagship product for finding salesProspector was intended to help companies generate sales leads, but instead, it was being used by customers to gather up e-mail addresses from LinkedIn and send off huge spam blasts."On one hand, I have
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By Matt Heinz, President of Heinz MarketingLate in 2015 we started producing a radio program called Sales Pipeline Radio, which currently runs every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Pacific.We ve already featured some great guests and have a line up of awesome content and special guests coming up.Our very first guest was Funnelholic author and Topo co-founder Craig Rosenberg.Recent Guests: Jim Keenan; Joanne Black; Aaron Ross; Josiane Feigon, Meagen Eisenberg, and Trish Bertuzzi.We cover a wide range of topics, with a focus on sales development and inside sales priorities heading into and throughout the year.
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Xiaomi took their own time in getting the Mi 5 out in the market, a bit like OPPO are doing with the successor to the Find 7.That said, Xiaomi do seem in the mood to launch the successor to the Mi 5 pretty soon.According to reports coming in from Xiaomi s home country, the Mi 6 is planned for a mid-March launch.Previous reports have also suggested that the Mi 6 would be shown off at the MWC 2017 in Barcelona next month.As you will have read on GizChina before, the Mi 6 is expected to feature a few different spec sets typical of Xiaomi, usually — three, to be precise.You can learn more about the variants and the expected specifications here.The Mi 5 didn t really turn out to be the stupendous success that Xiaomi would ve hoped for, which is why word is that the Mi 6 is going to be a very crucial device for Xiaomi if the brand has any expectations from its high-end phones.In related news, Xiaomi recently launched the Redmi Note 4 in India.
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Tesla s Model S P100D can already match the still unreleased Faraday Future FF91 s top 0 to 60 mph time, and that s using a stock car with software available to any driver right now.The Ludicrous software Easter Egg update pushed out by the automaker late last year has resulted in a 0 to 60 mph time of just 2.389 seconds, a hair faster than Tesla s own claims about its current fastest time for the standard acceleration measurement distance.The P100D used in the tests was not modified in any way, either on the software or the hardware side, according to Tesla Racing Channel, which posed the run to its YouTube channel.Electrek notes that this means a current, street legal production Tesla car can already beat Faraday s own claims of a 2.3-second time for its FF91, which is a time achieved also with a modified interior designed to cut some weight and make the concept car a bit faster than the eventual shipping version.Tesla hasn t really made any direct responses to Faraday Future, which called out its electric rival on stage and even went so far as to bring out both a Model S and a Model X for a time trial at its splash Las Vegas reveal of the car.But Musk noted that he thinks a 2.3-second time is theoretically possible for a stock Model S with the Ludicrous update, based on Motor Trend s testing standards, and this demonstration from a third party certainly makes that seem well within reach.
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If anything about gets a player to check out early, it will be its length.Like most games, it takes dozens of hours just to get through the main story, most of which is composed of dialogue and cutscenes.I m talking about hours upon hours of seemingly endless character chatter.In fact, if you do play through the central story, you ll probably wind up more than playing it.The vast reams of dialogue are only occasionally broken up by close combat scenarios, running from A to B, and, uh, karaoke mini-games.
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Chinese co-working office space URWork is moving a step further to catch up with its U.S. peer WeWork, at least in valuation.The company announced today the completion of 400 million RMB 58 million USD series B at a valuation of 7 billion RMB 1.02 billion USD , our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting.The valuation may still not comparable to WeWork s whopping 16 billion USD mark, but it already boosts the company to China s first co-working unicorn.Investors of the round include Tianhong Asset Management, a fund management affiliate of Alibaba s Ant Financial, Junfa Group, Shanghai Chuanghehui, an alumni of renowned business schools, Tianming Shuangchuang Technology and Dahong Group, adding to a top-notch current investor roster that includes reputable VCs like Sequoia Capital China, ZhenFund, and Sinovation Ventures.As of present, the co-working company has raised six rounds of funding with total venture fundraising of over RMB1.2 billion US$175 million .URWork was founded in April 2015 by Mao Daqing, former vice president of Chinese real estate conglomerate Vanke Co., Ltd.In addition to providing the physical spaces, the shared-office-space startup is actively constructing an ecosystem that involves all kinds of supporting services, such as, financial assistant platform, human resources services, startup acceleration program, and space design.Operating in twelve Chinese cities serving 15,000 users, the firm is poised to accelerate its oversea expansion that started in second half of 2016 in Singapore, London, New York, and Taiwan.The new funding is earmarked for opening more spaces domestically and overseas, facilitating business cooperation among member companies, improving and standardizing supporting services, and adopting mobile and smart hardware devices in the spaces, according to a company statement.Thanks to a series factors like the rise of the millennial workforce and government support, China is recording a boom of co-working spaces in the recent years.Capital flows in the sector to capitalize on the market boom.Upcoming co-working startup nakedHub received new funding at the end of last year for overseas expansion.While Chinese co-working startups are busy with globalization plans, their foreign counterparts are targeting China.WeWork launched its first space in Shanghai last year after sealing a 430 million USD pay packet to fuel their Asia expansion.
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Chinese search giant Baidu is looking to further entrench itself in the world of augmented reality, announcing today that it is establishing an AR lab to research and build experiences that more tightly integrate the digital experiences we have on our devices with the world around us.The institution is the fourth such lab to be established under the Baidu Research division, joining the company s Big Data Lab, Silicon Valley Lab and the Institute of Deep Learning, which the AR Lab is spinning out from.In September, the company unveiled a $200 million venture fund focused on making investments in companies focusing on artificial intelligence and augmented reality.The company launched its AR platform DuSee in August allowing users to view AR animations overlaid on real world environments.Since the platform was launched, Baidu has worked with companies like L Oreal China, Lancôme and Mercedes Benz to create customized AR experiences inside the search company s central app.Baidu is already shipping AR experiences inside Mobile Baidu, Baidu Maps and its local services app, Baidu Nuomi.
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The VR community was hit with quite a shock yesterday.Guerrilla Cambridge, the Sony-owned developer behind PlayStation VR multiplayer first-person shooter Rigs: Mechanized Combat League, was confirmed to be closing just a few months on from the game s launch last October.Needless to say, shutting the doors to the studio behind one of the biggest titles on the new hardware comes as a big surprise.In our 2016 VR Game of the Year Awards, we named Rigs our PS VR Game of the Year.Initially it had been assumed that Cambridge was about to embark upon a lengthy DLC roll out plan for the game, which would have kicked off with December s Winter Update, but it looks like that may not be the case any longer.DLC might not be dead entirely Sony didn t respond to our questions about if it could continue , but it won t be Cambridge making it.Studio closures are an unfortunate part of the games industry, but this is the first time we ve seen a developer behind a high-profile VR game shut down.That makes this news all the sadder; Cambridge was one of the pioneers of a new industry and it s closing its doors far too early as far as we re concerned, even considering its 19-year history.But the U.K. studio did take some important steps for the early days of VR with its lone HMD release, and it s only right that we don t forget them.I was one of the first people to play Rigs following its reveal at E3 2015.
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Andy Rubin, the man who created the Android operating system, is planning his next big thing with a new startup called Essential, according to a person familiar with the matter.Bloomberg first reported the news.Essential will focus on high-end hardware and attempt to differentiate itself from budget-friendly Android products that
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Google today is announcing the launch of a new app called Toontastic 3D for both Android and iOS.The app amounts to a considerable expansion of the Toontastic iOS app kids could use to make cartoon-style video content.The launch comes almost two years after Launchpad Toys, the startup behind Toontastic, announced that it had been acquired by Google to create even more amazing creativity tools for kids.Sure enough, that s happened.Toontastic is now cross-platform, and it also allows its users to work in 3D rather than just 2D.This comes after Microsoft introduced the Paint 3D app, which people of all ages can use.With Toontastic 3D, kids can draw, animate, and narrate their own adventures, news stories, school reports, and anything else they might dream up, Google said in a blog post.All they need to do is move characters around on the screen and tell their story.
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I'm not an expert on this, so will look forward to seeing some other answers.But, at the outset, I don't think think that there is a clear divide between B2B and B2C.I think that, on a case-by-case basis, B2B and B2C companies may have different needs.As such, different MA platforms aim to meet the needs of different kinds of businesses.Sometimes their features more directly align with B2B companies and other times, B2C.B2C companies may have recurring product purchases e.g., you buy often, over time versus a B2B company that may have a subscription model or a one-time product purchase.
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In November 2016, the Las Vegas Strip got a brand new Taco Bell Cantina — the latest, and arguably greatest, in the fast food chain's new line of upscale restaurants, as it wages war on Chipotle."This flagship restaurant is our ultimate expression of the Taco Bell brand, and lifestyle," Taco Bell CMO Marisa Thalberg said in a press release at the time.Located right on the world-famous Las Vegas strip, this restaurant goes a little bit above and beyond your average Taco Bell.Not only is it super-swanky inside, it also serves alcohol including slushies made from its famous Mountain Dew Baja Blast soda, with an optional shot of liquor .Better yet, it's open 24 hours.We knew we had to swing by while we were around Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, especially after a cab driver told us that it was the hottest ticket in town.Here's what it was like: View As:
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