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A WIRED / Microsoft Cloud promotion.Inside Renault Sport Formula One Team as it prepares to take on the radically different 2017 race season using the Micro...
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The round comes from venture capital firms like Maverick Ventures, Maverick Ventures, Founders Fund (Founders Fund’s Peter Thiel joined the board last year), 8 VC, Bain Capital Ventures, First Round Capital and SV Angel — plus two celebrity investors, NBA star Kevin Durant and actor/VC Ashton Kutcher.Founder and CEO Jack Abraham (pictured above with Durant and Kutcher) previously sold his local shopping startup Milo to eBay for $75 million.He said that Zenreach, like Milo, is “bringing the online and offline world together.”Specifically, businesses that use Zenreach can offer their customers free WiFi.All the customer needs to do is register using their email address, phone number or Facebook account.Zenreach then uses that information to create a customer database for the business, which in turn allows them to deliver targeted promotions — businesses could create different messages and offers for new customers, loyal customers, customers who need to be enticed back and so on.
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Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family — the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing.The location-monitoring feature will begin rolling out Wednesday in an update to the Google Maps mobile app, which is already installed on most of the world’s smartphones.It will also be available on personal computers.Google believes the new tool will be a more convenient way for people to let someone know where they are without having to text or call them.The Mountain View, California, company has set up the controls so individuals can decide with whom they want to share their whereabouts and for how long — anywhere from a few minutes to indefinitely.But location sharing in one of the world’s most popular apps could cause friction in marriages and other relationships if one partner demands to know where the other is at all times.
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Formula E announced the nine manufacturers that will race electric cars in seasons five, six, and seven.You may think this is no big whoop, but it is.Here’s why the whoop is big: beginning in season five, each team will race one car per driver for the entire race — like every other racing series on the planet — rather than two.Because battery technology lagged behind series founder Alejandro Agag’s ambition for all-electric racing, Formula E teams have fielded two drivers with two cars per driver, so four cars in the garage.In the middle of the race, usually after about an hour on the track, the driver would pull onto pit row and climb out of the first car and into an identical second car with a fresh battery.The new single-car standard will cover seasons five, six, and seven, which begin in fall 2018.
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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is trying to play catch-up.The startup generated a lot of hype in August 2015 when it said it will break ground on its five-mile Hyperloop test track in Quay Valley, just north of Los Angeles, beginning in May 2016. the time, HTT said passengers will be able to use the system inHowever, HTT never completed its application to build the test
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A waste recycling company has hit upon a potentially useful thing to do with old sanitary products and nappies -- wringing them out (hopefully by machine), baling them up and burning them in power stations.The concept comes from PHS Group, which says the tax costs of sending sanitary products to landfill might soon make it more cost efficient to have them recycled and burnt instead.The company's given its process a name too, with the LifeCycle system combining mechanical separation with a chemical treatment process to turn them into RDF -- a refuse derived fuel that's certified for use in power generation plants that burn biomass produced from waste.The group's chief exec Justin Tydeman said: "We have spent almost a decade refining the LifeCycle process and we now have a viable option for diverting hygiene waste products away from landfill.For the first time, we can all enjoy the benefits that the products bring and know that they are disposed of in an environmentally responsible way."Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?
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International Women’s Day recently shone an even brighter light on workplace gender diversity.Virtual reality (VR) - the industry I work in - should be a shiny new opportunity for gender neutrality.Just take a look at the doyennes of AR/VR, Magic Leap.When their engineers were asked to make headsets more female-friendly, their ill-informed suggestion was to design them in pink.After speaking to a few rare female VR pioneers - Catherine Allen (independent VR creator and consultant), Mitch Turnbull (factual producer/director and BAFTA VR Advisory Associate) and Mary Matheson (freelance director) - I’ve started feeling more positive.It would certainly make industry-insiders think twice before idly offering up the dreaded ‘pink solution’.
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Secure your seat now "Intel's purchase of israeli hp engine, which develops advanced systems for driver assistance systems to make an alliance between the two companies and the vehicle manufacturer BMW will be strengthened.BMW has plans to deliver self-driven cars by 2021.the Deal will also involve support for the Mobileyes decision to favour the BMW, with its chippteknik called EyeQ in front of the Tesla.This is according to a report from Trendforce.”After having entered into this agreement, it becomes even clearer that the company is not going to support Tesla's technology is more advanced than its EyeQ 3-chipp”, they write in the report.
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Mediehuset Stampen har haft ett turbulent år bakom sig.Efter att våren 2016 ha tvingats ansöka om rekonstruktion gick en grupp investerare i december in som nya delägare i bolaget.2016 visade Stampen ett rörelseresultat på 63 miljoner kronor.Resultatet efter skatt hamnade på 10 miljoner kronor.Samtidigt har bolaget mottagit stöd från staten och affärspartners på över 1 miljard kronor, skriver Resumé.I dag höll Stampen bolagsstämma och valde in en ny styrelse.
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While Suicide Squad was a huge hit at the box office, it was a critical disappointment, which may be why Warner Bros. is focusing on hiring a veteran writer to pen the sequel.Suicide Squad may have brought in big dollars at the box office, but fans and critics alike had varied responses to the high-profile action flick.There is definitely room for the sequel to improve, and Warner Bros. seems to have found the writer it thinks can do the job — Legend of Tarzan scribe Adam Cozad.The writer is in talks to pen Suicide Squad 2, THR reports.The first film about DC’s villains-turned-heroes starred Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto, and brought in more than $745.6 million worldwide after it opened on Aug. 5, according to Box Office Mojo data.Yet, in spite of successful ticket sales, Suicide Squad earned somewhat lackluster reviews.
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”Våra utvecklare trodde att de kunde skapa fantastiska tekniska lösningar som var självgående och enkla att använda, och att det skulle vara tillräckligt för företagskunder.Vi förstod inte de mänskliga aspekterna, att folk var rädda för att flytta till molnet eftersom de gav upp kontroll.Läs också: Google lanserar ny gratistjänst för server och lagring i molnetOch det verkar inte bara vara tomma ord, eftersom företaget gör en rejäl omstrukturering av sitt supporterbjudande för molnkunder.En stor förändring är att man ska betala per användare, i stället för en klumpsumma för hela företaget.Det är oklart när den nya supportmodellen börjar gälla, men den finns i alla fall beskriven i ett blogginlägg.
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It is hearing loss - a condition that can still have profound consequences, experts say."Hearing loss is considered an invisible epidemic because people don't see it or know that someone suffers from it," says De Wet Swanepoel, professor of audiology at South Africa's Pretoria University.Delays in diagnosis can affect the educational attainment and life chances of children in particular.The problem is that there aren't enough trained audiologists able to go out to sometimes very remote, rural areas to diagnose the condition.This is where the smartphone is making a big difference.Complete with real-time background noise monitoring, the app turns a mobile phone's microphone into a calibrated sound level meter.
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Sandman artist Dave McKean has once again lent his talents to Neil Gaiman’s iconic works, illustrating a new edition of Gaiman’s supernatural novel American Gods, and it simply has to be seen to be believed.The Folio Society is releasing a new collector’s edition of American Gods to conjunction with the upcoming show on Starz, which includes illustrations from Gaiman’s frequent collaborator.For this latest edition, McKean has created 12 illustrations, including three double-page spreads.According to the press release, the pieces on the binding and slipcase are designed to mirror each other, capturing the “uneasy relationship between the real and the unreal.” It’s no surprise McKean would choose this as a theme, since duality is often expressed in his work... including in his and Gaiman’s 2005 film MirrorMask.Here are a few samples from the book.The illustrated edition of American Gods is available to order and costs $120, so it’s definitely something for the more serious book collector.
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Geology usually requires outdoor activities in remote, inhospitable, hazardous or dirty environments.At the beginning of the 19th century, it was hard to imagine that a gentleman would engage voluntarily in such an activity, and it seemed even less comprehensible that a woman could and should be allowed to do so.As a result of these social prejudices throughout history, women-geologists have encountered difficulties working in the field.Women could minimize such "problems" by collecting fossils and studying rocks in their local environment, like for example, on private property or in the surroundings of their home.Fossil and rock collecting was regarded as eccentric, but somehow tolerated behavior.However upper-class women had to face inevitable troubles as soon as they went abroad.
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The updates bolster both the power and agility of Google Cloud for businesses.The first of these releases is the new private beta of Google Cloud Dataprep.In an attempt to democratize the process, Google prioritized cleanliness of its interface, opting to enable control via drag-and-drop.Dataprep is optimized to be integrated with GCP, meaning it can create pipelines in Google Cloud Dataflow for easy export to BigQuery.BigQuery itself also got attention from Google, with a new BigQuery Data Transfer Service.The idea behind the release is to simplify the process of merging data from multiple sources.
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Action cameras have exploded in popularity in recent years, letting adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts of all types record and share their experiences from an up-close, first-person perspective.Many of these small camera designs already pack a lot of advanced capabilities like 4K video recording inside their small, shockproof housings, but innovations like 360-degree lenses have opened up even more possibilities.If you want a rugged action cam with 360-degree recording capability, consider the 360fly, available on Newegg at a discount of $79 through March 11.More: Aukey SoundTank Bluetooth speaker can be your outdoor audio companion for $45The innovative 360fly can record panoramic HD video in 360 degrees, and can also be positioned horizontally for a 190-degree, first-person point of view similar to what most standard action cameras offer.The panoramic mode is fully compatible with virtual reality applications, allowing you and others to enjoy your 360 footage using a VR headset.
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At its Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco today, Google is announcing several updates to Google Drive, its cloud-based file syncing and sharing service.For one thing, Google is introducing a feature called Drive File Stream that will make your entire Drive show up on your Mac or Windows PC but not put it all on your computer’s hard drive, if you’re an end user in an organization that pays for the G Suite portfolio of cloud services.Drive File Stream is sort of like what Dropbox’s Smart Sync feature for Dropbox Business customers, but Google’s system is different in that it’s effectively an “intelligent cache,” Prabhakar Raghavan, vice president of apps in the Google Cloud organization, told VentureBeat in an interview.“You don’t have to select [folders to sync], that’s the point of it,” Raghavan said.Still, it will be possible for users to explicitly choose which files and folders they would like to sync.But going forward, Drive File Stream will be the “preferred way to access content” for G Suite customers, although end users will still be able to use the desktop client, a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email.Also today, Google is expanding the availability of Quick Access, a feature that shows you the documents that Google thinks you’re looking for right when you open the app.Quick Access arrived on Android in September.Rather than providing a carousel that you can scroll through horizontally on the web, Google will just surface three files for you to tap and jump into.Additionally, Google is revealing its acquisition of AppBridge, a startup founded in 2014 and based in the Canadian city of Vancouver.
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Pinterest announced that it has acquired Jelly, the question and answer service produced by Twitter cofounder Biz Stone.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Stone will become a “special advisor” to Pinterest chief product officer Evan Sharp, while Jelly’s chief technology officer Ben Finkel joins the growth product team.The addition of Jelly’s team could benefit Pinterest through its expertise in image recognition and building networks across products and machine learning.In addition, the use of artificial intelligence could better allow Pinterest to surface more contextual pins and ads.Details about what’s going to happen to Jelly’s app remains unknown.In a Medium post, Stone admitted that both teams are “working out details” such as whether Jelly remains separate or will be integrated.“Nevertheless, we are incredibly enthusiastic and certain, that this is the best decision for the future of human powered search and discovery,” he wrote.According to Bloomberg, Pinterest will be paying for the acquisition through its stock.In a statement, Sharp spoke about the acquisition: “The Jelly team’s approach to an exploratory search powered by a mix of technology and human curation is closely aligned with our own vision.The addition of Biz Stone to the team, who’s one of the great product thinkers and creators of our time, will move us closer to our mission of building a product that helps people around the world discover and do what they love.”Stone is no stranger to Pinterest, as he’s an angel investor in the company.The history behind Jelly is a complex one since it was reincarnated at least three times.
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Nearly a third of the 30 richest billionaires on the recently relaunched Bloomberg Billionaires Index have one major thing in common: They earned their fortunes in technology.That includes Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who retains his title as the richest man in the world, as well as Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.Though US moguls dominate the world of tech billionaires, China's Jack Ma of Alibaba and Pony Ma of Tencent also earn spots in the top nine.Tech money proves to be hard-earned as well: All nine of the richest billionaires are self-made, thanks to the powerful companies they built themselves, including Facebook, Microsoft, and Google.For the ranking, Business Insider culled data from the Bloomberg Billionaires Index as of March 1, when the index relaunched in its expanded format.The index updates daily to provide up-to-the-minute data on the world's wealthiest men and women.You can read the full methodology here.Below, read on to see the nine richest billionaires who made their fortunes in tech.
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WikiLeaks has dumped online what appears to be a trove of CIA documents outlining the American murder-snoops' ability to spy on people.The leaked files describe security exploits used to compromise vulnerable Android handhelds, Apple iPhones, Samsung TVs, Windows PCs, Macs, and other devices, to read messages, listen in via built-in microphones, and so on.The dossiers discuss malware that can infect CD and DVD disc file systems, and USB sticks, to jump air-gaps and compromise sensitive and protected machines – plus loads more spying techniques and tools.Yes, government surveillance has a chilling effect on freedom of expression.The tranche of CIA documents – a mammoth 8,761 files dubbed "Year Zero" – accounts for "the entire hacking capacity of the CIA," WikiLeaker-in-chief Julian Assange boasted today.He said the documents show the intelligence agency had lost "control of its arsenal" of exploits and hacking tools, suggesting they were passed to the website by a rogue operative.
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