These are enterprises that operate 10 times better, faster, and more cost effectively than their traditional, linearly-operated peer organizations.They exploit the benefits of “exponential”, or scaling, technologies to one-up competitors, disrupt industry icons, and keep competitors at bay.Singularity University was founded to explore the effect exponential technologies have on bringing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems — those that touch a billion or more people.The operational requirements were extreme, and our core team totaled fewer than 10 people.We didn’t have the luxury of waiting weeks or months to make a new hire.So we hacked the traditional process and collapsed the hiring cycle from weeks or even months, down to days.
Players from English Premier League football club Manchester United, as part of its partnership with Film distributor 20th Century Fox, have featured a short video to create buzz around the movie Kingsman, The Golden Circle.The video featuring Manchester United players Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, David De Gea, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku begins with the tagline 'Manners Maketh Man - Manchester United' and has parts of the trailer for the film.The players share their insight on which player is best suited to play a character from the film.Most of them prefer to play the role of the Kingsman.Pogba regards gadgets as the coolest thing about the Kingsman.Juan Mata said: "The first movie was great, I really enjoyed watching it," he said.
You might soon be able to pay by scanning some sort of veiny part of your body in at the supermarket till, with a trial backed by supermarket chain Costcutter using a bizarre gadget known as Fingopay to scan the veins of a... finger.Fingopay and Costcutter are demonstrating the technology in the labs of Brunel University, where users must first go through the fuss of linking a finger scan with an existing credit card before paying the with biometric vein pattern reader, thereby adding one extra layer of tedious administration beyond that of simply using your credit card to pay in the first place.Plus who wants to get mugged for a finger?Apparently hundreds of students and staff at the university have been using the finger payment system, with Brunel's James Budkiewicz saying: "The real benefit is not having to queue at the ATM and not worry about losing cash or cards anymore.It reduces queuing at tills, and for retailers, it brings the ability to introduce loyalty schemes and reward customers for returning."
Mehmet Tekagac, 43, of Viscount Road, Padgate, in Warrington, lied about his shop's takings as part of a £179,000 tax fraud.The fast food owner claimed he made around £9,000 a year from the Top Grill Kebab and Pizza House on Warrington Road between January 2012 and October 2015.But HMRC investigators found he earned far more after examining bank records, his personal income and records of sales made through a website.Tekagac hid his takings to evade paying £31,244 in Corporation Tax.He also pocketed more than £98,000 VAT he charged customers and claimed £49,528 in Child Tax Credits as a low income family of six during the fraud.Sandra Smith, assistant director of HMRC Fraud Investigation Service, said: "Tekagac is paying the price for thinking it was acceptable to steal from the public purse.
No VR system is perfect.PC VR relies upon you buying an expensive headset to sit alongside your already expensive computer, while mobile VR makes use of the hardware you already have in your phone while being limited by that same hardware.Intel's new system wants to combine the benefits of the two in order to overcome the disadvantages by streaming VR content from a powerful PC to a mobile phone acting as a headset.Called 'Portal Ridge', the system makes use of existing hardware from HTC including its Vive controllers, basestations, and a Vive tracker (to track the position of the headset) to combine the benefits of a gaming PC and your mobile.At an event in San Francisco, Intel demoed the system working with a Google Pixel phone.Visual data was streamed over Wi-Fi, and first hand reports from RoadtoVR suggest that this has lead to a certain amount of compression visible in the image.
Kotitalouksien säästämisaste oli vuoden toisella neljänneksellä negatiivinen, kertoo Tilastokeskus.Säästämisaste heikkeni huhti-kesäkuussa edellisestä neljänneksestä.Tilastokeskus selittää laskua sillä, että kotitalouksien käytettävissä olevat tulot ovat laskeneet lievästi ja kulutusmenot puolestaan kasvaneet.Kotitalouksien säästämisaste laski -2,2 prosenttiin.Laskua tapahtui huhti-kesäkuussa 0.9 prosenttiyksikköä.Sen sijaan kotitalouksien investointiaste kasvoi verrattuna edelliseen neljännekseen.
Codemasters has been in fine form, giving us two very good games this year.But it's still no easy arcade racer, and the hardcore nature of its simulation means it's not going to appeal to everyone.Slightly Mad COO Rod Chong and his team have also gone to the trouble of including race tracks from the past—historic places like the old eight-mile Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps or the long-abandoned Rouen-Les-Essarts in France.The tracks all feature dynamic weather and lighting, and the game now also models surfaces like dirt and even ice.Since the game designers also modeled historic F1, IndyCar, and sports cars from the 1960s and 1970s, that means Project CARS 2 is the closest thing you'll find to something like the classic racing experience of the old Grand Prix Legends game of the late 1990s.No, better to spend the first couple of hours beginning your career in either a kart or the Ginetta G40 Junior, a real-life racing car for young drivers that's an early step on the real motorsports ladder.
Ett nytt vr-headset med ”8k”-upplösning gör just nu succe på Kickstarter.Kinesiska Pimax bad publiken om 1,6 miljoner kronor.När det här skrivs har de mottagit över 6 miljoner kronor, med 43 dagar kvar till dess att kampanjen löper ut.Det två skärmarna, en för varje öga, har vardera en upplösning på 3840x2160.Det rör sig alltså om 4k-upplösning som i marknadsföringen presenteras som sammanlagt 8k.Synfältet är 200 grader på bredden och 120 grader på höjden.
Twitter has confirmed it will meet with the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.The company tells WIRED that it will speak with Senators next Wednesday about the prevalence of bot accounts, as well as the widespread dissemination of fake news and misinformation, on its platform."Twitter engages with governments around the world on public policy issues of importance and of interest to policymakers.We are cooperating with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in its inquiry into the 2016 election and will meet with committee staff next week," a spokesperson tells WIRED."Twitter deeply respects the integrity of the election process, a cornerstone of all democracies, and will continue to strengthen our platform against bots and other forms of manipulation that violate our Terms of Service.”The confirmation follows comments Democratic senator and committee vice-chair Mark Warner made on CNN Wednesday.
A British cyber security firm has raised $26m (£19m) to develop its technology that scans the internet for threats to businesses.Digital Shadows, founded in 2011, analyses the hidden part of the internet known as the dark web for criminal activity that could threaten its clients.The investment has been led by Octopus Ventures, which has previously backed British tech firms like Zoopla and SwiftKey, the keyboard app sold to Microsoft last year."You see stories every single day of companies being attacked and data lost," said James Chappell, Digital Shadows' co-founder and chief technology officer.Unlike other cyber security start-ups, which analyse inside companies' networks, Digital Shadows looks at threats on the open internet."We monitor all the passwords and usernames leaked online by hackers that could be used to break into businesses," said Chappell.
Do you believe a child is a threat?These are the questions Unicef is asking in today's Ad of the Day.Children, some who are refugees of war themselves, are asking viewers thought provoking questions in the latest film from Unicef, directed by Rankin.The spot sees children watching and wearing projections of the war and the upheavel is has caushed on families and the country.In a bid to challenge the prejudice refugee children are facing each day, the viewer is asked if they believe "a child is a child no matter what," with imagination, play time and a family around them, concluding that they do.This is a question echoed throughout the campaign, creating the name and hashtag achildisachild.
Snart får toppmodern datorutrustning sällskap av gamla tv-spelskontroller i kontrollrummen på den amerikanska flottans atomubåtar.Xbox 360-kontroller kan nämligen göra livet lättare för soldaterna ombord.Microsofts handkontroller kommer att användas till att styra periskopet på attackubåtar av Virgina-klass, rapporterar tidningen The Virginian-Pilot.Periskopen har två kameror som kan roteras i 360 grader, och bilderna sänds ned till besättningen i kontrollrummet.Idag styrs de med hjälp av en slags joystick som soldaterna själva beskrivit som klumpig och svårmanövrerad.Lösningen blev att militärföretaget Lockheed Martin plockade ner en handkontroll från butikshyllan och började experimentera.
If you want to take a ride in Cruise Automation's self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV, you'll have to work there.But it might not stay that way for long.Cruise Automation, a subsidiary of General Motors focused on autonomous driving, hopes to expand its Cruise Anywhere program to the general public, Reuters reports.Using an app, employees can snag up a ride to get anywhere in San Francisco, seven days a week.Per TechCrunch, the program, which launched earlier this year, relies on Chevrolet Bolt EVs equipped with the technology to enable full autonomy.For safety's sake, though, employees still sit in the driver's seat.
turkeydance shares a story from ZeroHedge: Category 1 storm clouds are gathering over what has traditionally been one of the most lucrative, and perhaps only profitable, sectors to come out of Silicon Valley in decades: online advertising.Two months ago, it was P which fired the first shot across the "adtech" bow when not long after it announced it was slashing its digital ad spending because it thought it was not getting the kind of return on investment it desired, it made a striking discovery: "We didn't see a reduction in the growth rate."CFO Jon Moeller said "What that tells me is that that spending that we cut was largely ineffective"...So fast forward to last week, when during Thursday's Global Retailing Conference organized by Goldman Sachs, Restoration Hardware delightfully colorful CEO, Gary Friedman, divulged the following striking anecdote about the company's online marketing strategy, and the state of online ad spending in general... What Friedman revealed - in brief - was the following: "we've found out that 98% of our business was coming from 22 words.So, wait, we're buying 3,200 words and 98% of the business is coming from 22 words.What are the 22 words?
Google’s task now with Pixel is to create not only a solid Android phone, but a device that’s at least as high quality as the phone’s first generation.Today we’re having a peek at some of the key features on the iPhone X to see what Google’s Pixel 2 will need to directly compete.Neither the iPhone X or either of Google’s Pixel phones are meant for your everyday average Joe.No user new to smartphones will purchase a Pixel 2 or an iPhone X – not for the amount of money each of these smartphone lines cost.But they cost many hundreds of dollars – far more than is reasonable for someone who’s just getting started in the smartphone universe.With the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, Samsung’s displays spill over the edges, while with iPhone X, the display has a notch but for the entire frontside of the phone.
The world received an unpleasant reminder of what it's like to live without the cloud on Thursday, after Amazon Web Services' Simple Storage Service fluttered for an hour or so.The incident invoked memories of the S3 outage in March 2017 that caused interruptions to plenty of web services and apps, sparking much rending of garments and gnashing of teeth as the fact of AWS being fallible worked its way into the minds of the faithful.The US-EAST-1 region that caused so much trouble in March was again the culprit on Thursday, as at 11:58AM on Thursday AWS reported “increased error rates” on S3.By 12:20 the company admitted “We can confirm that some customers are receiving throttling errors accessing S3.” By 12:38 the problem was identified and the fix commenced, error rates fell by 12:49 and at 1:05 AWS sounded the all-clear, confident that errors had ceased nine minutes previously.AWS CodeCommit, Elastic Beanstalk and Storage Gateway all wobbled, too, and all in the same North Virginia data centre.While this incident was nowhere near as bad as March's ApocalypS3, users were predictably grumpy about this latest S3izure:
Beneath the Antarctic ice, Weddell seals play in underwater caverns.Resplendent quetzals deliver food to their young in a Costa Rican cloud forest.Even as hurricanes and wildfires wreak havoc on much of the globe, the natural world is still full of beauty.The images in the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest are a perfect reminder of that.The contest is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London.The selection that we've published below are finalists in various categories — and two of the photos were taken by kids between the ages of 11 and 14.
Teknologiayhtiö Apple julkisti tiistaina jopa kolme uutta puhelinmallia – iPhone 8 sekä iPhone 8 Plus –puhelimet, sekä näitä malleja kalliimman iPhone X –puhelimen.Sijoittajat eivät kuitenkaan innostuneet Applen uutuuksista, sillä Apple sulkeutui pörssipäivän päätteeksi Wall Streetilla 0,4 prosentin laskuun.Tutkimusyhtiö Gartnerin analyytikko Tuong Nguyen uskoo, että Applen uusista tuotteista etukäteen vuotaneet paljastukset selittävät innostuksen puutetta.Applen uusien tuotteiden ominaisuudet ovat askel eteenpäin uudessa teknologiassa, muttei kuitenkaan harppaus eteenpäin.Tämän takia osittain monet valittavat, ettei Apple ole innovatiivinen”, hän kommentoi.Hinta osui melko lailla analyytikkojen ennusteisiin, sillä analyytikot povasivat puhelimelle 1 000 dollarin hintaa.
It would seem that the Galaxy Note 8 is on its way to being a success.Last week, pre-order numbers began surfacing from South Korea and showed us that interest was outpacing that of the Galaxy Note 7.Today, we’re getting a more complete picture of Note 8 pre-orders, and they paint a rather pleasant picture for Samsung, which had a lot riding on this release.According to a new report from Reuters, Galaxy Note 8 pre-orders have climbed to around 650,000.That number represents pre-orders from around 40 countries over the span of 5 days, which is impressive to say the least.Even more impressive is that they’re around 2.5 times higher than pre-orders for the Note 7, which means that the Note line hasn’t stumbled at all in the wake of last year’s battery debacle.
Apple announced lower pricing for 4K movies that might make you rethink your digital library strategy.At an event in Cupertino in the brand new Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple campus, the tech giant announced a new Apple TV that supports 4K movies, but the bigger news might have to do with the pricing schemes.Many 4K movies sold at shops like the Google Play store cost $30, which is quite a jump up from the $10 price you can find for Blu-Ray movies at Walmart.In fact, the same 4K movie — such as Wonder Woman or (shudder at the thought) Baywatch in 4K costs $30 for the optical version on Amazon.Most HD movies on iTunes start at $20, and Apple today promised to sell 4K movies for the same price as HD.Having these same movies on iTunes and loading them onto your Apple TV suddenly makes more sense, depending on the movie.