James Dalporto

James Dalporto

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Fresh off a $150 million round of funding, kids’ gaming platform Roblox is making its first acquisition.The company says it’s acquiring the small startup PacketZoom, bringing its team and technology in-house to help it improve mobile application performance as its platform expands further into worldwide markets.Founded in 2013, and based in San Mateo, California, PacketZoom had raised a $5 million Series A late last year.The company combines a content delivery network (CDN) to speed up performance with an application performance management tool to identify issues in a single package, TechCrunch had explained at the time.The company’s products allow developers access to analytics about the app and network-performance related issues, as well as optimize app delivery and content downloads – up to 2 to 3 times faster.The system in particular is designed to overcome the limitations of slow and unreliable networks, like those found in emerging markets.
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Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo processed more than 6000 pieces of fake information and published 159 messages fact-checking posts in September, according to a report by the company.The report, released yesterday (October 10), contains data from the platform’s rumor reporting channels, which allows users to reports instances of potentially fake information.Users reported rumors more than 2000 times a day, hitting a peak on September 16, which coincided with a post refuting the mistreatment of Chinese tourists in Sweden.The event occurred when a family arrived at a hostel in the country earlier than their reservation.After not being permitted to stay in the hostel’s lobby, they were removed from the property by police.The post claims that after the family caused a scene after being treated harshly by Swedish police, they continued their holiday as if nothing had happened, thereby disputing the authenticity of their claims.
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You're not Amazon, so you probably can't afford to host a global contest.You’re the leader of a startup, so your life is filled with endless tasks: crafting business plans, designing products, delegating assignments, nurturing opportunities, analyzing data, learning from mistakes.So, the tasks you decide on and the decisions you make can mean the difference between success and failure.It’s a wonder you can sleep at night, let alone do anything else.Determining this new location could have been an operation that took place entirely behind closed doors, but Amazon instead documented the contest, which led communities and customers to root for -- and heavily promote -- their locations and follow the journey closely.In fact, according to HubSpot, business-to-consumer companies that blog more than twice a week earn four times as many leads as less active bloggers.
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All I lack is the fleece vest.I don’t forget Clay Shirky’s rueful dictum that “it’s not a revolution if nobody loses,” and I concede that the losers in any technologically wrought social transformation are often those with the least to lose.Science, unlike technology, is an absolute good, and learning about the world is a kind of categorical imperative: an unconditional moral obligation that is its own justification.But science is only directly useful insofar as it leads to new technologies.The Haber-Bosch process, which converts atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia by a reaction with hydrogen, was used to manufacture munitions in Germany during World War I, but half the world’s population now depends on food grown with nitrogen fertilizers.(Fritz Haber, who was awarded the 1918 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for coinventing the process, was a conflicted technologist—the father of chemical warfare in World War I.
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BT-owned mobile operator EE has launched a 5G test network in Canary Wharf, London ahead of a full commercial rollout next year.Fotis Karonis, 5G Technology Lead at BT Group, said:“This is the latest milestone in our 5G rollout – a live test of our 5G network, in a hugely busy ‘hotspot’, where we know there’s going to be demand from customers for increased mobile capacity.With constant upgrades to 4G, and laying the foundations for 5G, we’re working to always be able to deliver what our customers need – both consumers and the vertical industries that will make the greatest use of 5G.Mark Nallen, Head of Technology and Innovation at Canary Wharf Group, commented:“Staying at the forefront of connectivity and new technologies is critical to our community, and that’s why we’re partnering with BT Group to support delivery of 5G.
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Google is making it a little easier to book a rideshare through Google Assistant.The company has announced a number of new features for Assistant that should help users look at rideshare pricing quickly and easily, though the actual booking of the service still needs to take place in the app itself.With the new updates, users simply need to ask Google to “book a ride” to a specific destination, after which you’ll be given a list of popular rideshare services, along with pricing and wait times for each one.Popular services that might show up include the likes of Uber, Lyft, Grab, Go-Jek, Ola, and more.If you prefer to use one service over another, you can simply ask Google to “book an Uber ride” to your destination, and you’ll only be given pricing and wait times for that service.Once you get the list of rideshare services, all you need to do is tap on your preferred service, and if you have the app installed on your phone, it’ll open up.
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The European Space Agency's Gaia mission is an ambitious project that aims to provide a complete map of the dizzying number of stars in our home galaxy.New research suggests it might have also picked up a few extragalactic foreign invaders.Since launching in 2013, the mission has provided some incredible data on 1.7 billion stars.With so much data to work through, astronomers have their work cut out for them -- and on Tuesday, the ESA announced that astronomers found stars not being flung away from the Milky Way, but further into it.Stars speed around the Milky Way at hundreds of kilometres per second, but the fastest of them can travel upward of 1,000km/s and are known as hyper-velocity stars.The consensus has been that these fast moving stars start their lives in the middle of the Milky Way, before being flung further and further out.
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The rise of the machines is coming.You can choose to see this as a threat or an opportunity.Artificial intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence through machines using computer systems.This booming field of technology is one of the most exciting frontiers in science, but it also represents a real threat to the job market in the near future.'By the 2030s around 38% of all U.S. jobs could be replaced by AI and automation.'That’s a scary thought, but not if you’re one of the professionals making these smart bots.
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The malware appeared to be primarily intended to attack Ukraine on the anniversary of the NotPetya attack, but VPNfilter was clearly built for long-term use as a network exploitation and attack platform.The initial discovery of the malware may have prevented the attackers from meeting their primary objective, but there are still thousands of routers worldwide that are affected by VPNfilter—including vulnerable Mikrotik routers that were heavily targeted by the attackers.VPNfilter, attributed, based on code elements, to APT 28 (also known as "Fancy Bear"), had been detected on a half million routers in 54 countries.Craig Williams, director of outreach at Talos, told Ars that the malware targeted known vulnerabilities in unpatched products—and it seemed to focus heavily on a remote configuration protocol for Mikrotik devices.The same protocol was targeted by cryptocurrency-mining malware and Slingshot, another alleged state-sponsored malware attack first reported by Kaspersky.The second-stage code was delivered by the first stage pulling down a digital image from Photobucket or, alternatively, from the domain Toknowall.com (a domain seized by the FBI) to obtain an Internet address from six integer values used for GPS latitude and longitude in the image's EXIF data.
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the So-called reläattacker against the keyless cars have increased significantly in 2018, according to the insurance company If.A word of advice to car owners is to store the key in a tin can in the hall.Criminals are taking advantage of the latest technology that the automotive industry has developed to make life easier for the car owners.Owners of modern cars, at least the more expensive models, does not need to touch the car key to open the doors or start the car.Wireless technology reads that the key is nearby, and it is something that criminals exploited to an increasing extent in 2018.It has been known for a long time that jammers have been used at large parking lots, large supermarkets, for example, and when the car owner think they locked the car is still open and the thieves have been draining the valuables.
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D-vitaminbrist, brännskador och ökad risk för hudcancer.Hur mycket du är ute i solen påverkar hälsan på olika sätt.Forskare har tagit fram ett armband som varnar för när solexponeringen blir skadlig.Får du för lite solljus kan det leda till D-vitaminbrist.För mycket sol kan orsaka brännskador och öka risken för hudcancer.En forskargrupp RMIT University i Melbourne har tagit fram ett enkelt och billigt armband för att kunna göra just detta.
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Amazon is hosting a hardware launch event this morning at its Seattle headquarters, and has invited the press into the Spheres, Amazon’s urban botanical gardens, to show off the new products.At that event, Amazon introduced a new 4K Fire TV; a smaller, $99 Echo speaker; a $149 Echo Plus speaker; an Echo that looks like an alarm clock, called the Echo Spot; Echo Buttons, for casual games; and a partnership with BMW to make Alexa work in cars.On Monday, CNBC reported that Amazon planned to launch at least eight new products this year, including a voice-controlled microwave, amplifier, subwoofer, and in-car gadget.It’s unclear whether home appliances like the microwave would be wholly Amazon made, or whether that would be through a hardware partnership.Back in 2012, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos divulged that the company wasn’t making any money off of its Kindle e-readers, and was using them instead to acquire customers and to get them to buy stuff.“The continuing relationship with the customer is where we hope to make money over time.”
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Magic Leap promised us a world of dreams, we’re getting Angry Birds.After about a month in the public spotlight, the Magic Leap One is starting to get its first titles.Rovio and Resolution Games announced publicly today that they will be releasing Angry Birds FPS: First Person Slingshot this fall for the Magic Leap One.It’s an actual game, not just a little tech demo.I had a chance to play with the soon-to-be-released title and it’s actually pretty refreshing and fun making the futuristic hardware feel a little less alien.It wasn’t my first bout with Magic Leap’s new hardware, but it was the first time that I truly appreciated what improvements it boasts over headsets like Microsoft’s HoloLens.
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Starchain’s founders include Andréa Riom, based in Paris, and Cyril Paglino, based in San Francisco.Paglino relocated to San Francisco a few years ago to build out his social messaging startup Tribe.It was in part the painful lessons learned from the failure of Tribe that propelled Paglino’s interest in blockchain and building a more decentralized internet.“We are aware that we are not really ready for the customer aspect of this space,” Paglino said.So we are looking for people creating that first layer of tech.”Starchain was created last year, and hopes to eventually raise up to 20 million dollars over the next 12 months.
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Netflix, Amazon and modern streaming services may have cleaned up at the Emmy Awards, but there's one area where viewers seem to prefer the classics: theme songs.A new survey conducted by audio branding specialist PHMG revealed that 21 percent of voters named Happy Days as America's most memorable TV theme.The show ran from 1974 to 1984 on ABC, finishing up after 11 seasons with a total of 255 episodes.It was followed by The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (14 percent), while Cheers, Gilligan's Island and Friends were tied for third (8 percent).The survey was conducted among 1,000 US consumers."The fact that Happy Days still sticks in the memory more than 30 years after its last episode was recorded might be a bit of a shock, but it only highlights the power of a strong audio identity," Daniel Lafferty, PHMG's director of music and voice, said in a statement.
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Amazon’s mum on the subject so far, but an internal document shows plans for at least eight new Alexa voice-controlled devices for your home and your car to be announced by the end of 2018 and possibly by the end of the month, CNBC reported.Look for a combination of existing Alexa devices that you can control via your voice, like the Echo Show or Echo Dot, and others that are new products with Alexa built-in.Among the new Alexa hardware reported to be rolled out are a microwave oven, an undefined add-on automotive accessory, and sound equipment, including an amplifier, a receiver, and a subwoofer.A microwave oven with Alexa inside could signify Amazon’s willingness to enter the smart kitchen via appliances, which is a new venture for them.With Alexa-responsive speakers throughout the house, an Alexa receiver could then distribute audio content at your vocal suggestion.Alexa already has a nifty bag of voice tricks.
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Over the course of the year, more than 9,000 separate fires burned through 1.3 million acres of land in the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.Upward of 10,000 buildings were destroyed in the wildfires, which also claimed the lives of 47 people.In the aftermath, a large number of people are understandably looking for a proactive solution to help avert future blazes.Having long used drones to create 3D maps for utility companies, Flight Evolved has been called in by some of the Golden State’s largest utilities to find ways of avoiding another destructive season.The innovative startup uses multicopter drones equipped with lidar remote sensing for its work.“If you’ve been following the automotive industry, you’ll know that lidar is the hot-ticket item right now,” David Ilgenfritz, owner and chief operating officer of Flight Evolved, told Digital Trends.
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Mapillary is already working with the major car manufacturers for developing the AI system for self-driven vehicles.Malmöbolaget Mapillary has since the start of 2013 brought tens of thousands of pedestrians, cyclists, motorists across the world to upload images in the company's database.the Images analysed are now operating according to a kind of ”object system” with the categories "man”, ”scooter”, ”tree” and ”the sign”.the Dossier is then used, for example, to work out the AI system to navigate the future of driverless vehicles.”Within a few years, all of the connected cars provide the correct information on where you can park, and where there is a free parking space right now.Our collaboration with Amazon to resolve the first part of this challenge”, says Mapillarys co-founder and ceo Jan Erik Solem.
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With an enormous 6.5-inch OLED display and the power of the new A12 processor pushing smartphone performance beyond previous limits, the iPhone XS Max is sure to be tempting if you like a large screen.Which phone wins when the iPhone XS Max, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus go head-to-head, and which should you buy?157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm (6.20 x 3.05 x 0.30 inches)158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm (6.24 x 3.07 x 0.30 inches)158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches)2,688 x 1,242 pixels (458 pixels per inch)
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Master & Dynamic is no stranger to making unique headphones, but the new MW07 earbuds are the first time it’s dabbled in truly wireless earbuds.These AirPod competitors cost $299 starting today, last 3.5 hours on a charge, and can recharge from their case to reach a total of 14 hours.Like any consumer hardware company, Master & Dynamic has had some design missteps but the MW07s are a step in a different direction: luxury materials meet portability.At launch, Master & Dynamic will offer the MW07s in tortoiseshell, steel blue, grey terrazzo, and matte black acetate finishes.PVD-coated stainless steel houses the rest of the internals, including 10mm beryllium drivers for producing sound delivered by Bluetooth 4.2 radios.My review for the MW07s is coming soon, but I can speak to some of my first impressions.
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