Think again–good old-fashioned brick and mortar stores have been attracting investment, the latest coming from Meituan-Dianping.The Tencent-backed on-demand services provider is planning to invest into so called “new retail”, Reuters is reporting.The term, coined by Jack Ma, refers to a new format where internet technology connects and optimizes offline outlets, online stores, and the overall supply chain.Some of the goals for new retail include intelligent self-service, anytime anywhere access, and high efficiency.Brick and mortar stores still make up over 80 percent of total retail sales in China.Alibaba and JD have both been investing in the offline retail market, with many projects covering un-tapped rural areas.
It’s time to call an end to the “complete the course” message for some antibiotics, experts have said.Writing in The British Medical Journal (BMJ), Professor Martin Llewelyn and colleagues from Brighton and Sussex Medical School said patients are put at unnecessary risk from antibiotic resistance when treatment is given for longer than necessary, not when it is stopped early.They said it’s time for policy makers, educators and doctors to drop the “complete the course” message, adding that it’s not evidence-based and is incorrect.They said traditionally antibiotics are prescribed for recommended treatment courses and fundamental to this concept is the notion that a shorter treatment would be more inferior.They add that for most indications, studies to identify the minimum effective treatment duration simply have not been performed.The “complete the course” notion ignores the fact that different patients respond to treatments in different ways, they said, adding: “Currently, we largely ignore this fact and instead make indication specific recommendations for antibiotic duration that are based on poor evidence.
Cyber-thieves have made at least $25m (£19m) from ransomware in the last two years, suggests research by Google.The search giant created thousands of virtual victims of ransomware to expose the payment ecosystem surrounding the malware type.Most of the money was made in 2016 as gangs realised how lucrative it was, revealed a talk at Black Hat.Two types of ransomware made most of the money, it said, but other variants are starting to emerge."It's become a very, very profitable market and is here to stay," said Elie Bursztein from Google who, along with colleagues Kylie McRoberts and Luca Invernizzi, carried out the research.Ransomware is malicious software that infects a machine and then encrypts or scrambles files so they can no longer be used or read.
Microsoft on Wednesday officially launched their India specific mobile-first productivity app called Kaizala.The app is designed for large group communications and work management.Kaizala app makes it simple for organizations to seamlessly communicate, collaborate, and complete tasks bringing together desktop users and mobile- only users who may be within or outside their organizations.“Microsoft Kaizala, a made for India product, brings together the two disparate worlds of mobile only messaging apps and a digitally integrated modern workplace,” said Anant Maheshwari, president, Microsoft India. "The product will make it possible for organizations to interact with everyone both within and outside, seamlessly and with rich content.Microsoft Kaizala has been optimized for 2G networks to enable connectivity in remote locations and offers features with offline support", said Mr. Maheshwari.
Lauren lived in China for 8 years where she developed a large fan base.Weibo Stories function is an exciting addition to the platform that Sina-Weibo is heavily promoting.However, it is still in its early stages in terms of reach and engagement, and a bit unoriginal.As more users start understanding how to utilize and incorporate stories into their content mix, should we bet on it taking off?The “Location” feature and AR face filters are the most recent examples.While many people didn’t understand the feature at first or see how it could benefit them, it has since become integral to the platform.
Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and Lenovo are among the top five mobile brands in India, but Samsung continues to rule India’s smartphone shipments with a 25 percent market share, according to new figures from market research company Canalys.“With China suffering its own decline this quarter, India is a market of huge strategic importance to Chinese smartphone vendors,” said Canalys Research Analyst Ishan Dutt.“Samsung is under immense pressure in the mid-tier from the Chinese players.”Over 50 percent of India’s smartphone brands is currently controlled by Chinese brands, including Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Shenzhen-based Gionee, and Lenovo.The biggest winner of this year’s Q2 is Xiaomi which has more than quadrupled its shipments to 4.8 million units making it India’s largest smartphone brand after Samsung.This month, Xiaomi celebrated its third Mi anniversary in India.
Pony Ma Huateng moved up on Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index today and became the second richest man in China–a place previously held by Wanda Group’s founder Wang Jianlin.Ma is the co-founder and CEO of Tencent, one of China’s largest internet companies and is famous for its most-loved instant messaging and social media software QQ and WeChat.A native of Guangdong Province, Ma graduated from Shenzhen University with a computer science degree and started the now-multibillion company with a college friend of his, using his savings from stock investment.He is now estimated to be worth US$33.7 billion.
What if I say that your cute, smart robotic vacuum cleaner is collecting data than just dirt?During an interview with Reuters, the CEO of iRobot, the company which manufactured Roomba device, has revealed that the robotic vacuum cleaner also builds a map of your home while cleaning — and is now planning to sell this data to third-party companies.I know it sounds really creepy, but this is what the iRobot company has planned with the home mapping data its Roomba robots collect on its users.Early versions of Roomba used IR or laser sensors to avoid obstacles in their way, but the company began distributing high-end Wi-Fi-connected Roomba models from 2015, such as the Roomba 980, which includes a camera and Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM) technology that can not only avoid obstacle but also build a map of your home.Roomba robots gather all kinds of data—from room dimensions and furniture position to distances between different objects placed in your room—that could help next-generation IoT devices to build a true smart home.Angle believes mapping data could be used by other smart home devices—such as thermostats, lighting, air conditioner, personal assistant, and security cameras—to become smarter.
The app allows users to automatically share their locations with trusted friends and family membersTrusted Contacts application on Android in December 2016, released the personal safety app on iOS devices.The app allows users to share their location with “trusted” contacts even if they’re offline or are unable to get to their devices.With the Trusted Contacts app, users can mark specific contacts as “trusted,” and then share their location with these users at any time.For instance, if the user ever feels unsafe in their current environment, they can share their location with their trusted contacts for added security.In addition, a trusted contact can request the user’s current location, and the user can deny the request if they’re safe.
Instagram finally added the ability to zoom in on photos last year, which you activated using a pinch gesture.Now Facebook appears to be bringing the gesture over to your News Feed.I was browsing my feed earlier today when I noticed a Facebook animation tell me I could pinch to zoom into a photo.There are a few stray mentions of the feature on Twitter over the past couple of months, but I couldn’t find any other reporting on it, so I assume it was probably a small test that went under the radar.Though the feature didn’t work on any iOS device we tried, we were able to replicate it on four separate Android phones, so it seems the company is rolling out the feature more widely now.Of course, you could already tap on a photo to open it and then zoom in, but the new feature is a faster and more seamless way of expanding a photo without leaving your News Feed.
The marriage of technology and cannabis entrepreneurship has gone from a passion-project for growers, to a full-fledged venture capitalist (VC) bonanza in just the past year and a half.Marijuana startups are no longer simply the domain of experts on cultivation and plant-strain for medical dispensaries.The profits are now measured in billions and developers are being offered increasingly high-paying positions at cannabis startups .Investors looking for an emerging industry that’s worth billions, doesn’t have stiff competition from major international companies, and is as close to a ‘sure thing’ as possible need look no further than cannabis.The Motley Fool expects a 300 percent increase in cannabis revenues, in the US alone, over the next five years.This stands in contrast to the laws of the States that have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use, or medicinal use by prescription.
This partnership between Oracle and the Bloodhound Project will target the land speed record with data playing a crucial role.Oracle’s cloud technology is being used in support of the Bloodhound Project as it aims to break the land speed record by reaching 1000 miles per hour.Oracle will be responsible for channelling the vast amounts of data that will be emitted from in excess of 500 sensors installed all over the vehicle with which the record is intended to be broken, Bloodhound Super Sonic Car (SSC).The partnership is not only targeting blistering speeds and a record that has been proudly associated with Great Britain for over 100 years; it is also passionate about education, and inspiring a new generation to pursue technical skills.With this focus, the project has become a leading science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) opportunity for over 100,000 students across the United Kingdom every year.This initiative targets a critical shortage of skills that the world is facing, as an increasing technological world requires an increasing number of technical skill sets to maintain it.
Meizu have just launched what’s possibly the most unique smartphone to come out of China in the past years, they are the Meizu Pro 7 and Meizu Pro 7 Plus.These will be the company’s flagship phones for 2017, both sporting a dual display and dual camera setup.The Meizu Pro 7 and Meizu Pro 7 Plus differentiate in three main factors: screen size, we indeed find a 5.2-inch FHD Super AMOLED display for the former and a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED for the latter; equipped CPU, with the more efficient MediaTek Helio P25 on the smaller Pro 7 and the powerful MediaTek Helio X30 on the Plus.The Plus version will be also available with 6GB of LPDDR 4X RAM vs the 4GB on the cheaper variant.Let’s now get to what they have in common.Both smartphones will feature a dual camera setup on the back consisting of a couple of 12MP shooters, with one of them being monochrome and the other capturing colors as well.
Landing a date with your celebrity crush has never been easier - as long as you are verified on Twitter.A new dating app boasts that its users can “date celebrities discreetly” by linking blue-ticked Twitter accounts in a members-only community.The "Blue" version of the Loveflutter app claims to connect “the most happening singles on Twitter nearby” in the “largest pool of 100 per cent real users online, anywhere”.It describes itself as the “safest dating community ever”, creating an exclusive club for the nearly 200,000 verified Twitter users across the world.“In an era of catfishing and fake identities, authenticity is key, which is why we are leveraging Twitter’s world-class verification system to make dating safer,” Loveflutter said.“For those of you in the public eye, privacy and authenticity in dating are a key concern.
A US judge has ordered Apple to pay more than half a billion dollars to a university after the tech firm failed to abide by an earlier court ruling.Apple was sued in 2014 for allegedly using a technology developed by a professor and his students in its iPhone chips without the University of Wisconsin-Madison's permission.Apple was ordered to pay about $234m (£179m) when it lost the patent case.That sum has now been more than doubled because it continued to use the tech.The judge said that additional damages and interest brought the sum owed to $506m.However, Apple still hopes to overthrow the fine by appealing against the original jury verdict.
Another day, another terrific roundup covering the best paid iPhone and iPad apps of the day that have been made free for a limited time.OmniFocus’ interface was designed from scratch for iOS and organized around your data—your stuff—to make it easier and more natural for you to quickly get ideas into and out of the app, whether you’re using Getting Things Done (GTD ) or any other productivity system.OmniFocus’ sync format is encrypted so even if your server is compromised, your data is protected• A flexible hierarchy: keep all your to-dos in one list or use as many levels of Folders, Projects, Groups, and Actions as you need to stay organized• Assign contexts based on location, people, energy level—whatever you’d like to use to organize your to-dos• Plan your day’s errands by listing nearby location-based contexts or viewing them on a map
After multiple rounds of speculation, leaks and rumours, Xiaomi today made the Mi 5X official.In a nutshell, the Mi 5X is something like a OnePlus 5 alternative from the company, compete with dual rear cameras and an iPhone-inspired look.Have a look at the full specifications here.Xiaomi Mi 5X Full SpecificationsRear Cameras: 12 megapixel dual camerasOS: Android 7.1 based MIUI 9
Adobe Systems has announced plans to kill off its Flash Player plug-in by the end of 2020 due to waning interest and public opinion after years of criticism regarding security flaws and its many, many updates.The platform was once widely used for online videos, animations and games, but has been usurped in recent years by the new standard offered by HTML5, which serves a similar use without the need for a dedicated plug-in.Adobe vice president of product development, Govind Balakrishnan, said the decision was reached because technologies like HTML5 have "matured enough and are capable enough to provide viable alternatives to the Flash player."Few technologies have had such a profound and positive impact in the internet era," he added, referring to Flash, not HTML5.Flash was installed on 98% of PCs when Adobe acquired Macromedia and Flash along with it in 2005.Twelve years later and usage has plummeted.
The days of the good old trusty internal combustion engine, which revolutionised transportation but also maybe helped usher in a looming environmental apocalypse, may be numbered.Reports in the Guardian and Financial Times both indicated the UK is set to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol-burning cars and vans by the year 2040 as part of an air quality plan, including hybrid vehicles.If followed through, the plan would require all new cars and vans sold throughout the country to have purely electric engines.A government spokesman told the Guardian, which said it was given access to parts of the proposal, the move was primarily related to concerns over air quality.A recent government report concluded smog kills at least 40,000 people throughout the UK a year.“Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible,” the spokesman said.
A cheap alternative to traditional laptops, they offer a safer environment for surfing the web, as well as smooth performance.But this means they don't slow down, unlike some Windows laptops, meaning they don't need to be updated as regularly to be kept safe and secure.Plus, since you can pick up a decent Chromebook for under £200 there has never been a better time to think about buying one instead of a notebook.The best Chromebooks for 2017Acer Chromebook 11: Acer's cheapest, no-frills Chromebook comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and an Intel Celeron processor.Asus Chromebook C201: A compact Asus Chromebook with an HD display, this device has plenty of connectivity and weighs less than a kilogram.