Exeter-based Crowdcube has posted losses for another year, as revenues slump due to sources of new campaigns on the platform drying up.Despite its status as one of the UK’s largest crowdfunding platforms, and having previously raised an additional £1m in growth capital last May, its operating loss for the year ending last September came in at £4.7m, slightly reduced from £5.4m in 2016.Though the average size of a completed pitch increased average revenues per campaign by 19 per cent, the number of pitches completed in 2017 overall fell into decline, resulting in an actual 5 per cent decrease in revenue for the year.The group’s average staffing numbers also dropped to 79, despite previous growth plans involving a large intake of employees in 2016, increasing its initial numbers from 54 to 85.As a result, despite early backing from venture capital stalwarts like Balderton, Numis and Drapers Esprit, Crowdcube’s directors will be looking to fundraise again this year through opportunities involving both crowd and institutional investors.However the group has already been working on rectifying some of its issues, undertaking a number of initiatives towards the end of 2017 to increase the number of pitches launched on its platform.
Halocynthia roretzi is a solitary ascidian, whose body is entirely covered with the tissue called the 'tunic'.While the tunic has cellulose Iβ, chitin sulfate-like polysaccharide, blood vessels, nerve cells and hemocytes, it also has the components contributing to mechanical properties, including α-smooth muscle actin.The previous reports indicated that the tunic of Halocynthia roretzi responded to mechanical stimuli and deformed itself.In this study, the mechanism of responding the mechanical stimuli in the tunic was investigated.When the tunic was just put into the artificial seawater without the mechanical stimuli at 5 C, an increment in the mass of the tunic, corresponding to that in the water content of the tunic, was observed.Also, the increment per day became higher at the position closer to the siphon, where the seawater flows in and out.
E3 2018 is wrapping up, which means that it's time for everyone in the videogame world to pull out their crystal balls.Is extrapolating from a few hours' worth of press briefings and demos to a cohesive analysis of the prospects of gaming at large isn't a foolproof venture?Herein, the most interesting trends that emerged at this week's show.Demos like these always work well under controlled circumstances, and it's easy to see the appeal of such a service: What if you could offer your entire game library to everyone, regardless of their hardware, at all times?Games involve a lot of data, and even if you're just streaming video and button inputs back and forth from the cloud, you still need consistent, reliably zippy internet to do that at a usable frame rate and video quality.Q1 is the New Big Game Release Window
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As a regular visitor to Cannes Lions, Thomas Bremond, General Manager, International, at FreeWheel, sees the event not only as an important date in the calendar for the creative and marketing industries, but also as a milestone for the Comcast-owned advertising management company.FreeWheel will be in Cannes again this year.I also think there will be a lot of talk around addressable TV and the role of agencies in the battle for attention.Premium video has always been a fantastic vehicle for showcasing creativity and storytelling, which is at the core of Cannes.As TV and premium video continues to evolve, I’m sure there will be many discussions about distribution, the application of data and enhanced transaction models.You get a real mix in terms of regions, industry sectors, and audiences.
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.This week was something of a first for the crew, twice.First, we had two guests on the show, and, also, we only made it through two and a half topics.The former is good, the latter is, well, we’ll see.So, this week Matthew Lynley and I were joined by David Chao, co-founder and general partner at DCM, and Steve Vassallo, a general partner at Foundation Capital.Heading into our first topic I’m sorry to inform you that, at least in terms of Equity, scooters are the new Uber.
An internal document from Microsoft has allegedly been leaked out, where it is evident that the company has something new in the pipeline under the code name ”Scarlett”.In the documents described Scarlett as a family of devices and the launch will occur in 2020.If one or more new consoles or just an updated version like the Xbox One X is not.Then there are some pictures of the leaked document, a pinch of salt ingested.Tvåbarnspappa resides in Stockholm with a penchant for all the technology.Right now very snowed in hemautomatisering.
We'll see the next version of an Xbox, currently referred to by the code name "Scarlett," in 2020.That's the time frame given in a story on Thurott.com, at least, which also says that Scarlett's actually a family of devices.We definitely know there's a new console on the horizon."Our hardware team... is deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles," said Phil Spencer, Microsoft's press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.He promised that the team will continue to "deliver on our commitment to delivering the benchmark on console gaming."Microsoft declined to comment on the news.
Bethesda opened its media presentation prior to the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show with Rage 2 from developers id Software and Avalanche Studios.Like the original, this sequel is a shooter in a post-apocalyptic world filled with marauders, pirates, and freaks.And Bethesda confirmed that it is launching for PC and consoles in the spring.In a new trailer, Bethesda showed off how the gameplay combines intense shooting action with car combat.The shooting sequences featured frantic, fast-paced gunplay that is reminiscent of id’s 2016 Doom release.To take out foes, you can shoot them, but you can also charge them with melee attacks or use a stunning ground-pound move.
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Facebook has apologised to 14 million users it believes have been affected by a bug which led to their private posts being published publicly inadvertently in some cases.The problem arose from Facebook’s ‘audience selector’ tool, which enables members to decide whether to publish a post solely for their friends or to engage a wider audience.In general this remains locked to the last enabled setting but from 18 May to 27 May it defaulted to public.Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer said: “We have fixed this issue and starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time.We’d like to apologize for this mistake.”Those affected will be notified individually with an explanation and an apology for the oversight – together with a request to review any sensitive posts which may have been made over the period in question.
Polyarc Games today announced the launch of a PC port for its critically acclaimed Moss, available now for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.It’s finally here: Polyarc Games released Moss back in February, but it was exclusive to PSVR.Gamers outside of the Sony ecosystem have been forced to bide their time waiting for the PC port, until now.And we’re happy to report that it was worth the wait.Not only is Moss an amazing combination of the puzzle and adventure gaming genres, it also features both first and third person exploration.Perhaps the biggest draw of Moss, and the reason why it’s one of the highest rated VR titles to date, is its fantastically compelling story and Quill, the amazing little mouse you’re likely to fall in love with immediately.
That job opportunity piqued your interest, but how is the commute?LinkedIn can now answer that.The professional network Thursday began adding a See Your Commute module to job listings, with senior product manager Dan Li saying in a blog post that 85 percent of U.S. professionals said they would take pay cuts for shorter commutes.The new See Your Commute module will allow users to enter their addresses and calculate how long it would take them to reach jobs they are interested in via walking, driving or public transportation.Mobile users will also be able to save their location information on their devices so that they don’t have to enter it for each new job listing they are considering.LinkedIn users can also set commute preferences within their Career Interests dashboards.
We keep hearing voice is the next interface, but the tech world is still pretty darn obsessed with screens.At Computex in Taipei this week, the world's biggest PC and gaming manufacturers have been showing off their latest kit and there's one overwhelming trend: Why have one screen when you can have two?Since the very first laptops started weighing down our legs (and our messenger bags) in the '80s and '90s, the design hasn't really changed.We've gone thinner, lighter and brighter, but we've largely worked with physical keyboards below digital displays.The first taste of the dual-screen future at Computex was Project Precog -- an ambitious concept laptop from Asus that does away with the physical keyboard in favour of two beautiful 4K screens.Like the convertibles we've seen in past years, it flips and folds every which way, but the second screen also adapts to anticipate your needs.
Smartphone touch screens and flat panel televisions use transparent electrodes to detect touch and to quickly switch the color of each pixel.In the journal Optical Materials Express, the researchers report fabrication of a transparent conducting thin-film on glass discs 10 centimeters in diameter.Based on theoretical estimations that matched closely with experimental measurements, they calculate that the thin-film electrodes could perform significantly better than those used for existing flexible displays and touch screens."The approach we used for fabrication is highly reproducible and creates a chemically stable configuration with a tunable tradeoff between transparency and conductive properties," said the paper's first author, Jes Linnet from the University of Southern Denmark.Researchers are seeking alternatives to ITO because of these drawbacks.However, until now, noble metal transparent conductive films have suffered from high surface roughness, which can degrade performance because the interface between the film and other layers isn't flat.
Here’s what the company’s first ever market segmentation report revealsSoftware automation specialists Puppet have released their first ever market segmentation report on the back of the Portland, Oregon-based company’s annual State of DevOps survey.Over the past six years, Puppet have surveyed more than 27,000 technical professionals, for the report; arguably the most comprehensive and longest-running study on the topic of DevOps.It is an approach to breaking down silos between the development (of new software or applications) for a company or organisation and operations (their administration, upgrading and support).Because the days of shipping software in monthly or quarterly releases is ancient history; daily and even hourly updates are not unusual and the process needs to be smooth and rapid.Some typical practices in DevOps include Infrastructure as Code and Continuous Integration/ Deployment (CI/CD) pipelines.
Arguably one of the most powerful and beautiful Chromebooks on the market today, Google’s Pixelbook is now at its lowest price ever with a $250 discount.This brings the cost of the entry level Pixelbook down to a more palatable price of $750 from its $999 price tag when it debuted, and the laptop could be ordered from Google’s online store, Amazon, and through Best Buy.At $750, the Pixelbook still costs more than twice as much as an entry-level Chromebook, but you also get a faster processor, pen support, more storage and RAM, and a premium Swedish design for your money.The entry-level model comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB of solid-state storage, and 8B RAM in a convertible form factor where the screen can flip around to transform into a tablet.Google’s discount only applies to the entry-level model.Unfortunately, that means the upgraded Core i5 model with twice the storage still costs $1,199, and the top configuration with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB solid-state drive saw no change to its $1,649 price.
“AI is any technology that enables a system to demonstrate human-like intelligence,” explained Patrick Nguyen, chief technology officer at 7.ai.According to the University of Maastricht, “Machine learning algorithms are widely employed and are encountered daily.Now, just imagine a human programmer manually setting up a neural network for every possible outcome of a Google search!And once the machine is trained, it can sort new inputs through the network and produce accurate results in real-time (think voice search).It’s an incredibly complex and clever technique, but still, machine learning doesn’t possess any real intelligence.Think about an algorithm that can identify patterns in data based on specific weighted factors, or perhaps identify all types of images that are the same.
Once upon a time, the space race was all about the US and Russia.Now it's about private companies competing for innovations and bragging rights.No accomplishment would be bigger than landing a human on Mars.Boeing says it will get to the Red Planet before SpaceX does.SpaceX founder Elon Musk had a short response to that idea: "Do it."This mild war of words started when the TheStreet interviewed Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, who told the publication, "I firmly believe that the first person to step foot on Mars will get there on a Boeing rocket."
Google’s involvement in the Pentagon’s controversial Project Maven kicked up a storm within the company, prompting more than 3,000 employees to sign a letter in opposition and more than a dozen to resign.Despite the protests, internal emails obtained by The Intercept show that the Mountain View company planned to ramp up military drone artificial intelligence research.One September exchange between Fei-Fei Li, lead scientist at Google Cloud, two members of Google’s defense and intelligence sales team, and members of the communications team, notes that Project Maven alone would net $15 million over the next 18 months and as much as $250 million in the coming years.They also show that Google competed with Amazon to secure a vaunted slot on Project Maven, and that the contract was “directly related” to a cloud computing contract worth billions of dollars.The Intercept speculates that the computing contract is the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), a 10-year, $10 billion initiative that seeks to migrate much of the U.S. military’s data to a commercial cloud provider.The exchanges reveal that the Pentagon was “fast tracking” Google’s cloud clearance and that work was expected to progress fairly rapidly.