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6Estates, a Singapore-based AI analytics firm, has completed a series B funding round led by GDP Venture.Central Capital Ventura, the venture arm of Indonesia’s Bank Central Asia, also participated.The amount raised wasn’t disclosed.The company will use the fresh capital to invest further in its proprietary cognitive data intelligence solutions and to expand its research and development team.It plans to develop its Bahasa Indonesia natural language processing capabilities and collaborate with Bank Central Asia to enhance the bank’s AI competencies.The funding will also bankroll 6Estate’s efforts to broaden its footprint globally.
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Security company Trend Micro has revealed a method hackers are using to bypass the macOS security feature Gatekeeper in order to deploy EXE files containing malware onto their victim’s computer.The discovery was made while analyzing Little Snitch, a firewall application that is readily accessible as a torrent.The researchers believe that hackers are still studying the malware and ways it can be used.Mac users cannot install EXE files, which is the executable format used by Windows.If a macOS user attempts to install an EXE file, they’ll get an error in return.Hackers seem to have found a way around this problem — and specifically the Gatekeeper feature — by packing the EXE file within a DMG file, the latter of which is the format for applications on Macs.
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Sony has announced a management reshuffling in its games business, with two of its top executives swapping jobs.Jim Ryan, a longtime PlayStation executive who most recently served as deputy president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, will become the division's CEO on April 1, Sony said Monday.Ryan will replace John Kodera, who will become the deputy president -- Ryan's former role at the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant.Kodera's new position will allow him to "dedicate his focus on creating innovative user experiences and further enhancing the network area," Sony said in a statement.The new management structure comes less than two weeks after Sony announced disappointing earnings for its games division, which accounts for about one-third of the company's total revenue.Operating income in the division fell 14 percent in the most recent quarter due to slower sales of the PlayStation 4 game console during the holiday shopping season.
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Activision is offering Guitar Hero Live buyers the chance at “potential refunds,” the company has revealed.The game’s music catalog was substantially cut down toward the end of last year, having dropped from its around 500 offerings down to less than fifty.The new “potential” refund program is for customers in the US who bought the game on or after December 1, 2017.Last summer, it was announced that Guitar Hero TV would close down in December 2018, leaving the game with only 42 songs.Guitar Hero TV had first launched in October 2015, offering for-pay downloadable content.Now some Guitar Hero Live customers will get a refund for their purchase.
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In the United States, aging civil infrastructure systems are deteriorating on a massive scale.A recent report by the American Society of Civil Engineers gave these systems a D+ rating nationwide on an A - F scale.Now scientists at the University of Missouri have developed smartphone-based technologies that can monitor civil infrastructure systems such as crumbing roads and aging bridges, potentially saving millions of lives.Based on estimations, researchers say the failure of civil infrastructure systems, such as roads and bridges, could cause a 1 percent reduction in the U.S. GDP.In 2017, that number was $200 billion.The challenges of the aging civil infrastructure systems suggest the need for developing innovative monitoring solutions.
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John Cena is, among a host of things, a branding chameleon.Whether he’s singing the praises of car freshener or doubling as a lovelorn, vodka-slinging boy bander, the man can sell just about anything.It’s hardly difficult to figure out how this is so; his charm and versatile appeal are as magnetic as they are marketable.That’s why Hefty has once again enlisted the help of the WWE superstar and partnering agency Havas Chicago Village for the latest Ultra Strong campaign.Pairing the durability of their trash bags with one of the toughest guys in all of entertainment?It continues to prove itself a match made in brand heaven…even if said charm can be a bit of a distraction to those in his immediate presence.
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A new automated method to prepare digital photos for analysis will help wildlife researchers who depend on photographs to identify individual animals by their unique markings.A wildlife biologist from Penn State teamed up with scientists from Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing service, using machine learning technology to improve how photographs are turned into usable data for wildlife research.A paper describing the new technique appears online in the journal Ecological Informatics."Many researchers need to identify and collect data on specific individuals in their work, for example to estimate survival, reproduction, and movement," said Derek Lee, associate research professor of biology at Penn State and principal scientist of the Wild Nature Institute.Because we often have thousands of photos to go thorough, this creates a serious bottleneck."He and his team take digital photographs of each animal's unique and unchanging spot patterns to identify them throughout their lives.
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UK ministers are planning new laws that would bar Chinese telecoms infrastructure giant Huawei from sensitive infrastructure projects, according to a report.The news comes amidst a steadily escalating trade war between the US and China, which this week sees the US secretary of state visiting Eastern European countries to warn them against Huawei’s influence in the region.The Sun reported that some ministers are concerned that allowing Huawei to participate in building projects such as 5G networks in the UK could allow China to spy within the country and hack British firms.Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt and defence secretary Gavin Williamson were amongst those concerned about the use of Huawei products in the UK, the paper reported.Senior Cabinet minsters and Mark Sedwill, the UK’s most senior civil servant, are reportedly backing plans that would supplement EU procurement laws with British rules that would prioritise national security.The firm has been a prominent supplier of telecoms gear in Britain for some years, but a recent deterioration in relations between the US and China is seeing the US step up pressure on its allies to ban Chinese firms such as Huawei and ZTE.
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On Sunday night, the 61st Grammy Awards saw Childish Gambino win big with This is America for both Record and Song of the Year, and Kasey Musgraves for Album of the Year.When she finally sang her own song, New York, it became ... unforgettable.Janelle Monáe head-bopped her way to the top of this list with her army of women in space-themed suits Michael Jackson would have been proud of.Camila Cabello, Ricky Martin, J Balvin, Young Thug, Arturo Sandoval -- HavanaHow to open the biggest music awards show?Camila Cabello did just that, with a big dance crew and Young Thug, Ricky Martin, J Balvin and legendary Arturo Sandoval on trumpet solo playing her hit song.
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There may be a light at the end of the tunnel for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.And that light is James Gunn’s script.In a perfect world, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 would be filming right now aimed at a summer 2020 release.But it’s not a perfect world.Some of the people most impacted by that were actors portraying the Guardians themselves – so much so that they released a letter supporting Gunn after his firing.
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For all the stick millennials get, with their opulent avocado toast habits, it turns out pensioners who receive a free TV licence earn more than younger age groups who have to pay for it.Over 75s have been entitled to free, government-funded TV licenses since 2000 on the basis that, back then, they faced higher rates of poverty and lower incomes than younger people.But in the 20 years since then, over-75s now enjoy faster income growth and earn more on average than working-age families and households under the age of 35.Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that in 2000, median incomes for working-age families and households under 35 were respectively 9% and 10% higher than the over 75s.By 2016, average incomes among these groups were respectively 8% and 7% below the average income for the over 75s.Additionally, around three quarters of over-75-year-olds own their own home, and according to economists, “almost always outright – having paid off their mortgage”, leaving them with much lower housing costs than most working-age adults.
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Music created in the beautiful Welsh language has received a boost with the release of a playlist of the 20 most-streamed tracks on Spotify.Called Cân y Cymry, the playlist celebrates Dydd Miwsig Cymru (Welsh Language Music Day), the 8th of February.But frankly one day a year isn't enough to enjoy these tracks, which have got us wishing Wales competed separately in Eurovision.A Welsh Lordi-style rock outfit would be an amazing choice, for instance.We always want to help support music from minority languages whenever we can, and musicians performing music in the Welsh language is a particularly rich seam of talent.We have been thrilled to support a number of Welsh language artists who have broken through to international audiences on Spotify lately, including Alffa, whose ‘Gwenwyn’ has had over two million streams, and also Adwaith, who is connecting with new audiences on Spotify."
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Chinese tech giant Tencent is rumored to have contributed $150 million to US social news and discussion platform Reddit’s $300 million Series D, leading to heated discussions over the possibility of future censorship on the platform.Although still unconfirmed, the news has sparked a backlash from Redditors who have expressed concerns that the site, which is famously known as a home for free speech and many niche communities, could face a purge after receiving investment from Tencent.Users responded to the rumors by reposting content that would be censored in mainland China, including photos of Tank Man.But some are less worried as the $150 million investment would give Tencent a minor stake.“Someone with a 5% stake in a company isn’t ‘switching people out’.They have ZERO control,” a Reddit user posted.
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Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and connected services.At TNW, I work in a newsroom with reporters located in several different parts of the world.So it’s not always easy to figure out if a particular colleague is having their first cup of coffee in the morning, or if another has already clocked out for the day.There’s also daylight savings time to add to this confusion.If you’re in the same boat, I’ve got some handy tools that can help you keep track of the time across the globe.Up first is World Time Buddy, which you’ll want to bookmark right away.
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You're calling me a f*cking idiot?!'Back in the late '90s, Trevor was working for a major UK ISP selling cable, which often saw him having to field complaints from irate customers that didn't want to wait for support to pick up the phone."Most callers would understand that we could not help them as we didn't even work with the same product, and were in sales not support," he said.The company's policy was that staffers couldn't hang up unless the caller was abusive, though, so they often had to deal with angry and "fairly [IT] ignorant" callers."One time, I got an extremely irate guy on the phone who had been having a hell of a lot problems with his dial-up service," Trevor told us.Vulture can't resist when a nugget suits another.
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Two people have died in a crash during a police pursuit in west London.The Metropolitan Police said officers responded to reports of an aggravated burglary in Harrow, north-west London, at about 8.40pm on Sunday.As part of the response, a pursuit began, with a police helicopter also called to assist.At about 9pm, the vehicle being pursued moved on to the wrong side of the carriageway on the A40 and crashed with a coach near the junction of Kingsdown Avenue, Acton.A male and a female were pronounced dead at the scene, while a second man was taken to hospital for treatment.All three were occupants of the vehicle being pursued.
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Browsers these days are so powerful you can almost do anything in them.The Web, however, is the great equalizer, at least when it comes to supporting platforms.Almost all devices with screens have one and, because of that, there is a large talent pool of web developers more familiar with technologies and languages like HTML and Javascript.Of course, it won’t all happen by magic and developers will still need to work their way around WebGL, which is fortunately also getting more common.Making it a standard, however, is one step in making WebXR available on all browsers, making it accessible to anyone and everyone, no matter the hardware.The Motorola Moto G7 was revealed today with specifications that supplant its predecessors.
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Requirement threatens to break the bankTo prevent a data grabbing snafu along the lines of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, Google is asking developers who use sensitive Gmail APIs to pay for a security audit that proves their apps play by the rules.And the cost – anywhere from $15,000 to $75,000 or more, every year – could put some smaller companies out of business."The impact is massive," said James Ivings, co-founder of SquareCat, in an email to The Register.His company makes, among other things, a bulk email unsubscription app called Leave Me Alone.The situation underscores the business risks of relying on platform rules that are subject to change at any time but not subject to neutral oversight.
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Ariana Grande has set the record straight, after it was suggested she’d taken aim at Cardi B during this year’s Grammys.After a much-publicised row with producers, Ariana ultimately declined to appear at this year’s Grammys, but did follow the action along on social media, and she was not impressed when it was revealed that Cardi had been awarded Best Rap Album.Pacific Press via Getty ImagesImmediately after Cardi was announced as the recipient of the award, Ariana tweeted “trash”, “fuck” and “bullshit”, before quickly taking down the posts.However, when her fans picked up on what she’d written, assuming she was having a go at Cardi, Ariana quickly fired off some more tweets (which have also now been removed), insisting that she had nothing against the Bodak Yellow rapper, and was actually just disappointed that the award didn’t go to her late ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller, who was also nominated in the same category.John Shearer via Getty Images
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In a strategic partnership with JustCo, Trive Ventures has launched its first startup incubation program.It features a nine-month long project runway that targets early-stage Singaporean startups and will focus on providing support, resources, and mentorship for all participants through JustCo.The Trive Labs program entitles qualified entrepreneurs complimentary hot-desking access at the JustCo Lab, housed at JustCo in Marina Square.As part of their JustCo membership, participating startups can gain immediate access to the co-working operator’s regional community of more than 17,000 members, composed of fellow startups, small and medium-sized enterprises, and Fortune 500 companies.Startups will be accepted into Trive Labs if they have obtained the Singapore government’s Startup SG Founders Grant with Trive as an accredited mentor and secured over S$20,000 (US$14,700) in funding.They also need to have “defensible tech” and a “positive outlook for regional expansion.”
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