Babylon Health, the U.K. startup that offers a digital healthcare app using a mixture of artificial intelligence (AI) and video and text consultations with doctors and specialists, has raised $60 million in new funding.The company says it plans to use the new capital to continue building out its AI capabilities, including offering diagnosis by AI (rather than a more simple a triage functionality), which is pegged to roll out later this year.Investors in the round aren’t being disclosed, though the FT cites Sawiris, an Egyptian billionaire business family, as a new backer.The company’s previous $25 million round was led by Investment AB Kinnevik, the Swedish listed investment fund.The newspaper also says the new funding gives Babylon a valuation of “more than $200m,” while my sources say this in the right quarter of a billion ballpark.Others Babylon investors include Hoxton Ventures, Richard Reed, Adam Balon and Jon Wright (co-founders of Innocent Drinks), and, perhaps most notably, Demis Hassabis and Mustafa Suleyman, founders of Deepmind, the AI group bought by Google for $500m, who are also advising the digital health startup.
A moth caterpillar commonly bred for fishing bait feasts on polyethylene plastic, scientists have discovered, raising hopes the creature can help manage the global problem of plastic-bag pollution.“This discovery could be an important tool for helping to get rid of the polyethylene plastic waste accumulated in landfill sites and oceans,” said Cambridge University professor Paolo Bombelli, co-author of a study published Monday in the journal Current Biology.Taking many years to biodegrade, these objects constitute a serious hazard for the environment, especially for sea life, when they are not recycled.The promising discovery centres on the wax worm - the name for the caterpillar larva of Galleria mellonella, or greater wax moth.In its pre-caterpillar form, the species is commercially raised as maggots to provide fish bait and aquarium food.The find happened by accident at the home of the study’s lead author, Federica Bertocchini, a biologist at the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria in Spain.
Marco Polo I am not, but today I embarked on a journey just as important.For science, and only science, I traversed the depths of PornHub, shielding myself from cocks while on the lookout for an elusive member… wait, bad word choice… user known for leaving the most G-rated comments on a site known for some not-so-G-rated content.There’s a saying on the internet: don’t read the comments.On a porn site, I discovered, this is doubly true.There’s sage wisdom touting previously unknown fellatio ranking systems.And complaining about dicks occupying too much of the screen in a non-solo, non-lesbian porn film.
Channel 4 is bolstering its video on demand advertising package with a new ad format that can directly address viewers.Accessing registration data, the company can directly address viewers with an audio personalised digital ad campaign, culminating in a disturbing slot promoting 20th Century Fox’s Alien: Covenant.20th Century Fox, Foster’s, and Ronseal are the first brands aboard to try out the new format.The Forster’s ad will reveal a pint with the viewers’ name on it and Ronseal will attempt to directly motivate viewers to engage in DIY.David Amodio, Channel 4’s digital and creative leader, said: “We’re incredibly excited to offer the market something completely ground breaking.The most attention-grabbing word for anyone to hear is without doubt one’s own name, so to be able to offer advertisers the chance to speak directly to our millions of viewers is not just unique, but an immensely powerful marketing tool which adds even more value to All 4’s increasingly personalised experience.”
Once considered a darling and pioneer of the still nascent ride-hailing industry, Uber has quickly become the villain of a still ongoing drarma.It’s the typical story of a successful company willing to do anything and everything to stay that the top, even when that means breaking the rules.And break the rules Uber did, according to this new report.Uber has allegedly been “fingerprinting” iPhones, identifying them even after they have been fully erased.It was a gross violation of Apple’s privacy policies and a practice that went on for almost a year until Apple CEO Tim Cook put a stop to it.Back in 2014, the already dominant ride-hailing service was facing not just competition in China, it was also facing fraud.
Spotify is looking to get into producing hardware in a big way, according to job listings which claim the music-streaming company wants to replicate the high-profile hardware debuts of the Amazon Echo, Pebble smartwatch and Snapchat Spectacles.Several jobs at the company's Stockholm, Sweden headquarters make it clear that Spotify is on the lookout for hardware specialists, including senior product managers for hardware and voice.A third listing asks for a director of product and natural language understanding, suggesting Spotify is creating a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo and Google Home.One listing, first spotted by a blog called Zatz Not Funny, explains the company is looking for someone who will be "leading an initiative to deliver hardware directly from Spotify to existing and new customers; a category defining product akin to the Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo and Snap Spectacles."The listing adds that the ideal candidate will "define the product requirements for internet-connected hardware, the software that powers it, and work with suppliers/manufacturers to deliver the optimal Spotify experience to millions of users."A different listing reveals Spotify's interest in creating a voice system, likely similar to Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google Assistant.
Feast of solo, multiplayer and online game modesMash-up approach to classic gameplayAdventure mode teachers you to play with skill and strategyAnother brilliant Switch sofa party gameAvailable on Nintendo Switch (version tested), PS4So, you’ve got yourself a PS4 or a brand spanking new Nintendo Switch.
Silicon pays a visit to the south coast to find out how Ben Ainslie Racing is using mobile technology to power its bid for the 2017 America’s Cup in BermudaLand Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) is leaving nothing to chance in its mission to become the first ever British winner of sport’s oldest international trophy: The America’s Cup.Sir Ben Ainslie will lead his eponymous team’s charge, assisted by a team of world class sailors, design and operations teams both in Bermuda and Portsmouth.And there is a consortium of British companies hoping to contribute to success and showcase their wares.“Any small improvements we can make – reliability, more information – can make a huge difference and that’s what TIG tries to achieve.”Read More: How the IoT is powering Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup bid
You may not even realize how much your history is weighing you down… and we don’t mean metaphorically.We mean the gigabyte after gigabyte of old videos, music, documents and other assorted files that sit jam-packed in your laptop or phone’s memory, taking up valuable real estate and slowing down your device.Instead, get all those files off your desktop — and know your data is always safe — with a lifetime premium subscription with the cloud storage folks at Degoo, which you can get right now for just $59.99 (95 percent off) from TNW Deals.With Degoo, you’ll have 2TB of storage space in the cloud, ready to warehouse all your extra files until you need them.With Degoo’s high-speed transfers, you can sync it to all of your devices, perform backups (which can be set automatically) and push all your data to the cloud for easy access as well as safekeeping.And we do mean safe, your files will be fully secure under ultra protected 256-bit AES encryption, guaranteeing your information won’t ever fall prey to hackers or prying eyes.
Data is going to be a part of the way every firm operates both now & in the future... some even say data is great.Companies are digitizing and pushing all their operational functions and workflows into IT systems that benefit from so-called 'big data' analytics.Drinking from the data firehoseAs a technologist, writer and speaker on software engineering, Aashu Virmani also holds the role of chief marketing officer at in-database analytics software company Fuzzy Logix (known for its DB Lytix product).This is the point where firms start to realize that they need to invest in an ever larger army of data engineers and data scientists.What the difference between a data scientist & a data engineer?
Apple’s launch last year of the new MacBook Pro range saw a new feature being launched with the Touch Bar, but also a resetting of the price point.It keeps the margins high and as components become cheaper over the years the price can drop while the profit remains.It does leave consumers looking at a rather large early adopter ‘tax’ but now there’s a cheaper way to get started with Apple’s new design of MacBook Pro… and it is hidden deep in Apple’s own website.The machines generally come with a $200-$300 discount depending on the model, but Apple will still offer a twelve-month warranty and the option to purchase Apple Care for the same price as those who buy their MacBooks new.This weekend saw the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar arrive in the refurb section in various configurations.The ‘entry-level’ model with an i5 processor, 8 GB or RAM and 256 GB of flash storage is priced at $1529 compared to $1799 for a brand new model.
Twitch has helped bring Dungeons & Dragons to hundreds of thousands of viewers across the world.And there can be a lot of technical and artistic hurdles when it comes to setting up a decent D stream, so I asked Critical Role's Matthew Mercer what he thinks is essential to any successful D show in the video interview above.You can watch Matthew Mercer's show Critical Role every Thursday at 7pm Pacific time on Geek & Sundry Twitch channel.Watch my Dungeons & Dragons show Dungeon Life on YouTube and Facebook.
If your board game collection is gathering dust, it’s time to freshen up your options with Amazon’s one-day Gold Box deal.Nearly 100 games are available, including popular titles like Labyrinth, The Grizzled, Scotland Yard, San Juan, and a lot more.Just note that like all Gold Box deals, these prices are only available today, and the best stuff will likely sell out early, so don’t roll the dice by waiting.Bonus: This isn’t part of the sale, but if you don’t have the Catan base game, it’s down to an all-time low $26 right now as well.
In May of 2007, a few weeks before Apple’s iPhone hit shelves, Palm founder Jeff Hawkins took the stage at the All Things D conference and unveiled a new gizmo: a “mobile companion” that paired with your phone.The $500 accessory was little more than a screen and a keyboard, with a cheap processor and little memory; it got all its data and connectivity from the Treo in Hawkins’ pocket.Hawkins said he’d been thinking about the Foleo for five years, after having a simple insight: smartphones were going to take over the world, but people would still need big screens and full keyboards.“The smartphone is a truly capable computer,” he told the crowd, “but sometimes you need to be able to look at that big spreadsheet.” He knew that eventually, the processor, memory, graphics, wireless radios, and storage inside your phone would be powerful enough to do everything you’d want from a laptop.So why buy everything twice?The Foleo inspired some excitement, even though it was expensive and couldn’t do much more than browse the web and send emails.
Every domain acquires authority based largely on the quality and quantity of links pointing to it.Companies that operate in multiple countries or offer multiple sites for different product sets or audiences can be at a search engine optimization disadvantage.Instead of accruing links, mentions, contextual relevance, and other positive SEO signals to a single domain where they can benefit the entire business, these signals are split between and accrue to multiple domains.If there’s not, consider making the argument to migrate them to the same domain — carefully and strategically — during the next major site redesign or replatform.Offering a crawlable dropdown menu or list of links in the header or footer used across all the sites is the best way to ensure that search engine bots can navigate all the country and language sites.Toys”R”Us could further nail the implementation by linking to the equivalent page on the other country’s site, instead of linking back to the home page, forcing shoppers to restart their journey to find a product.
In the run-up to the National Association of Broadcasters trade show next week in Las Vegas, Nokia has announced the launch of OZO Reality – an updated set of technologies for supporting the delivery, creation and end user experience of VR content.The specs and partners look impressive, but perhaps OZO’s only serious challenger in the space at present is Facebook, which has just unveiled the second generation of its Surround 360 camera this week.Delivery is a thorn in the side of the VR industry, so Nokia's OZO Deliver software component claims to enable partners of the OZO Reality platform to ingest and manage immersive experiences – delivered at lower bandwidth to broader audiences.Perhaps more significant and exciting from Faultline's point of view is the technology vendors which have jumped into bed with Nokia for its OZO VR ventures as part of this week's announcement; vendors with tried and tested expertise in specific steps of the OTT content delivery chain which bodes well for shaping the VR experiences of the future.Those vendors are Akamai, AWS Elemental, Harmonic, NeuLion, Youku, 3stage Design, Accedo, Haivision, Ideal Systems, Kaltura, LiveLike, Nibiru, Primestream, Ratio, Qello, and China Intercontinental Communication Center (CICC).Many of these are brand new names to collaborate with Nokia in VR, while Akamai and Elemental have been on board since OZO debuted in January 2016, and NeuLion first announced a partnership with Nokia and its OZO camera in September last year.
Apple got its permit to test self-driving cars in California earlier this month, and now you can read the full paperwork itIt's a rare glimpse into Apple's processes — the documents tell us that the company has registered three Lexus RX450h SUVs for testing, and that the drivers must pass seven tests beforeApple has never really talked
A roll-out of industry-wide ad blocking would be a benefit for users who would see less disruptive ads, but would also put a significant amount of power in the hands of Google andGoogle is reportedly working on an ad blocker that would be included by default in its Chrome browser on desktop and mobile.And Google is also part of the Coalition for Better
What is the Asus ROG Gladius II?Some may argue that the detachable cable is invaluable, and many will appreciate the swappable clicks under each mouse button.Asus ROG Gladius II – Design, Build and FeaturesThe Gladius II is a mid-sized mouse and comes equipped with a total of seven buttons.The design matches the rest of the Repuplic of Gamers' premium peripherals, with a metallic finish on the top section of the mouse, and Mayan inspired etchings on the rubber grips on each side.The left hand side of the mouse has a total of three buttons, with a sniper button sitting alongside the usual backwards and forwards buttons.
Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly threatened to have Uber's iPhone app pulled from the App Store in 2015 after learning that the ride-hailing firm had secretly been identifying and tagging iPhones even after its app was deleted from the phone.According to the New York Times, Cook apparently pulled up CEO Travis Kalanick over the scheme that violated Apple's privacy rules."So, I've heard you've been breaking some of our rules," Cook reportedly told Kalanick during an in-person meeting at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.The Times reports the practice began in 2014 when Uber was tackling widespread account fraud in markets like China where people were buying stolen, erased iPhones and then create multiple fake email addresses and Uber rider accounts.They would then request rides via these accounts, accept these rides and cash in on Uber's incentives for drivers to take more rides, earning them more money.To address the fraudulent activity, Uber used a practice called "fingerprinting" by adding a piece of code to let them identify an iPhone and keep tabs on it even after the app is deleted or the phone is wiped.