Techie's speed test ends up bringing sales reps' work to a screeching haltYes, it’s time for another trip down readers’ memory lanes in El Reg’s weekly column that celebrates all the times you’ve tried to slink off without someone noticing the monumental error you’ve just made.This time, we meet “Joe”, who was testing out some new shiny kit – much to the detriment of his fellow workers.“It was 1990, and I was working for a high-tech startup that had grown from 24 employees to well over 200 in three years,” Joe told us.Each of the sales reps in the biz had an IBM 286 desktop running client management system SaleMaker, Joe said.“The entire operation was set up to make selling the highest priority in the company.”
Which investors are most active in Southeast Asia?Using Tech in Asia’s data, we’ve generated this constantly updated list of the VC firms that have invested in Southeast Asian startups in the past two years.We’re arranging firms by the number of deals they’ve done.We acknowledge that this tends to favor early-stage investment firms over others, so in the near future we hope to generate content that better conveys the impact of each firm.To keep things concise, we’re only featuring firms that have invested in three or more companies in Southeast Asia within the past two years.Each firm’s “ of startups invested” is also limited to the region and that time frame.
Google’s third-gen Pixels might be one of the best Android phones in the market, depending on who you ask.Butt like any other best Android phones today, they also cost a fortune.That’s why some would be buyers patiently wait for holiday deals like Black Friday or Cyber Monday to soften the blow.But if you’ve missed those days for one reason or another, Google is throwing you another shot at getting the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL at their lowest prices so far.Late last year, Google slashed $150 off the smaller Pixel 3 and $200 off the notched Pixel 3 XL.Now for some yet unknown reason, Google is bringing that promo back, though with one catch.
In the coming years, most wars will be waged via computers, servers, and digital weapons.In early centuries, wars were fought with hands, fists, sticks, and stones.You had to be close to your enemy to kill.As weapons become more advanced, things like slingshots, bow and arrows, and catapults gave armies the opportunity to attack from a small distance.The first guns allowed for mass killing at a distance – though single-shot rifles were inefficient and time-consuming to use.As automatic guns and long-distance rifles entered the picture, it became possible for battles to be waged at distances.
If you take DxOMark’s word for it, there is no doubt who is the most consistent smartphone manufacturer in terms of camera performance.Ever since the Mate 10 Pro in late 2017, and perhaps even starting with the P10 Plus, Huawei has topped DxOMark’s charts model after model.It late 2018 flagship is no different because, as it turns out, the Mate 20 Pro gets the same scare as its predecessor, the P20 Pro, and ranks as the highest-rating phone in that list.That despite dropping the monochrome sensor that Huawei itself popularized.Although dual cameras have been around far longer, it was with the Huawei P9 that the ball really got rolling.But instead of what you might expect, Huawei has, until the Mate 20 Pro, opted for using a monochrome sensor to assist the regular RGB sensor in collecting more light information for better pictures.
London-based venture capital firm Beringea has led a £6.5m funding round into UK data privacy and cybersecurity startup Exonar.The round was completed by Beringea alongside existing investors Downing Ventures, Amadeus Capital Partners and Winton Ventures.Exonar aims to help firms comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and other legislation by creating an overview of all of their sensitive data, enabling businesses to create inventories and tackle compliance issues more readily and securely.Beringea, which has $715m (£554.9m) under management across its UK and US offices, has previously backed companies such as luxury jewellery retailer Monica Vinader, and men’s fashion tech startup Thread.Managing partner Stuart Veale said he had chosen to invest in the startup because of its leadership team, which claims years of experience from working at firms such as BT, Fujitsu and Symantec."These are exciting times for Exonar," said its chief executive Adrian Barrett.
If you work in construction, the outdoors, or another harsh environment, you may want something a little more robust than a thin glass sandwich.The rise of the rugged category in phones has been led by Cat, but up until now you had to buy them online.That phone boasts thermal imaging, air quality monitoring, and a host of other tools, not to mention a whopping price tag, but the Cat S48c is a much simpler, and more affordable prospect at around $500.To put that in perspective, the iPhone XS Max weighs in at 7.3 ounces (208 grams).You’ll find protective flaps covering all the ports.You’ll also find metallic volume controls on the right spine, while the power button is on the left.
But aside from the legal, social and ethical aspects of the debate, what’s interesting is how the microblogging platform plans to implement the decision.Deep learning, the subset of artificial intelligence that has become very popular in recent years, is suitable for the automation of cognitive tasks that follow a repetitive pattern such as classifying images or transcribing audio files.But so far, as Tumblr is testing the waters in flagging content, users have taken to Twitter to show examples of harmless content that Tumblr has flagged as NSFW, which include troll socks, LED jeans and boot-scrubbing design patents.A—very brief—primer on deep learningAt the heart of deep learning are neural networks, a software structure roughly designed after the physical structure of the human brain.Neural networks consist of layers upon layers of connected computational nodes (neurons) that run data through mathematical equations and classify them based on their properties.
While it was leaked numerous times beforehand, this year’s Detroit Auto Show brought the official debut of the 2020 Toyota Supra.The long-awaited return of the Japanese two-door coupe has been welcomed by Toyota fans and Supra enthusiasts, and that excitement has culminated in this weekend’s auction of the very first production model.The new Supra has base price that starts at just over $50,000, but the very first one was sold for a whopping $2.1 million by the Barrett-Jackson auction house.All the proceeds are going to charity of course, specifically the American Heart Association and Bob Woodruff Foundation.The unnamed buyer will be getting the first production Supra in the US, featuring a VIN of 20201 — with “2020” marking the year and “1” designating the first model.Aside from being the very first one, the auctioned Supra has a number of unique details.
Samsung will be holding one of its Unpacked events on February 20th, and along with revealing another look at its upcoming foldable phone device, the company will be officially announcing the Galaxy 10.The increasing leaks and rumors in recent months have pointed towards three devices for this year’s lineup of flagship Galaxy devices, and a new image has surfaced that offers our best look yet at each model.The new image, which seems to be an official press render, shows the front and rear of the Galaxy S10E, the S10, and the S10+ from left to right.Posted by well-known leaker Evan Blass, the phones are shown in clear cases, but we still get a good look at each model’s camera arrangement.On the left, the S10E, which is expected to be the cheapest model of the three with fewer frills, has two rear cameras and a single hole-punch in the top-right of the display for the front camera.It’s still unknown what the official name of this model will be, but it’s previously been dubbed the Galaxy S10 “Lite” and S10 “Edge.”
Follow any major brand, and you’ll likely see its outlets posting around the clock on social media.Your business or organization may not need to stay that active on Facebook or Instagram, but you also may not be posting nearly as often as you should to increase your chances of appearing to your most likely customers.Since you probably don’t want to stay tethered to posting 24/7/365, enlisting services like the Appz are practically a must.Right now, TNW Deals is knocking over 90 percent off the price of a lifetime Appz subscription, cutting your cost to only $39.99.Appz is like having a fixated Instagram addict working on your account all day every day.Install it as a Google Chrome extension and enter some of your account’s key interests, related users, and crucial hashtags, then Appz handles much of the rest.
A web browser extension lets you change the color theme of websites from bright and/or white to dark mode.Dark modes on pretty much everything — including operating systems, apps, and websites — are much more comfortable for your eyes, especially when you're in a dark room.I'm going to go ahead and claim that one of the biggest oversights in modern tech is darkness — blissful, easy-on-the-eyes darkness.Indeed, developers of operating systems, apps, and websites have seemingly ignored the possibility that regular people might be using their products in a dark setting, and that the bright white theme in a dark setting is actually horribly uncomfortable, whether a user realizes it or not.Some have recently acknowledged that dark versions of their otherwise-bright-white products are actually preferable.Apple gave an overarching dark mode to its macOS Mojave operating system.
This is a new VR real-time strategy (RTS) game from veteran developers Phaser Lock Interactive.It’s true that VR seems like the perfect fit for the RTS genre.But in practice, it’s easy to find these games overwhelming.There’s a lot of ground to cover and, if you suddenly find yourself caught out in battle, it can be a mad scramble to catch up.Though the game’s maps allow for free movement, they also have dedicated paths that keep your units busy.It’s a thoughtful way of making sure you’re utilizing all your resources at all times.
Boo, the 12-year-old Pomeranian pooch often dubbed the "world's cutest dog," has died, his owners reported on social media Friday."Boo passed away in his sleep early this morning and has left us to join his best friend, Buddy," the post says."Our family is heartbroken, but we find comfort knowing that he is no longer in any pain or discomfort."Buddy was Boo's canine chum who passed away in 2017."Shortly after Buddy died, Boo showed signs of heart issues," the post read."We think his heart literally broke when Buddy left us."
He dismissed warnings about the impact of a no-deal Brexit, and said it was “overwhelmingly likely” that Brussels will offer better terms, ie the UK to have the right to decide unilaterally to leave the backstop.Finally, he proposed that we up the ante by threatening to withhold half of the £39billion agreed as the divorce payment until the terms of a deal are met to our satisfaction.MPs that represent manufacturers know how worried these companies are about the possibility of no-deal.With complex supply chains involving components manufactured across Europe and “just in time” manufacturing meaning that some manufacturers have as little as two hours worth of components on site at any one time, companies large and small are united in condemning the prospect of leaving the EU without a deal.Most of the attention being paid to the prospect of leaving without a deal has been on the short-term consequences; I am equally concerned about the long term.Global companies, with manufacturing facilities across Europe and beyond, will look less favourably on the UK as the destination for the manufacture of their next model – or a new model altogether – if we leave the EU without access to the single market having been negotiated.
If it seems like ages ago since ESPN announced that it had won the rights to broadcast UFC, that's because it is.It was way back in May 2018 when the organisations revealed a five-year deal worth around $1.5 billion for ESPN to show Ultimate Fighting Championship events.Taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York tonight, Fight Night is being main evented by what looks like a cracker.Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw are duking it out for the former's championship belt.While former footballer Greg Hardy makes his debut further down the card against fellow heavyweight Allen Crowder.The broadcasting giant's online subscription platform only launched in 2018, but has already made waves by hosting big-ticket tennis, soccer and boxing events.
Home theater technology is becoming more accessible and more affordable, and as in-home streaming services keep getting better (and movie tickets get increasingly expensive), more people are choosing to enjoy their entertainment at home.Although there are plenty of cheap 4K smart TVs on the market today, most televisions – even high-end models – come with pretty crummy-sounding built-in speakers.You can always go the whole nine yards and build a surround sound speaker setup to fix this, but this is not a simple task and can get expensive quickly.A more middle-of-the-road solution to upgrade your TV’s sound experience involves investing in a good soundbar.As these have grown greatly in popularity lately, there are a wealth of name-brand sound bars available today, but if you want one with unique smart speaker capabilities, similar to the Amazon Echo, then the Alexa-enabled Sonos Beam is the one – and it’s on sale right now for a short time only.Although they’re very easy to set up and have a pretty small footprint compared to a multi-speaker surround sound system, sound bars put out much deeper and more detailed sound than your TV’s built-in speakers are capable of delivering.
Snap has reportedly ousted multiple high-ranking employees after an investigation into an alleged scandal involving its now former head of global security Francis Racioppi, the Wall Street Journal’s Maureen Farrell reported Friday.Racioppi was reportedly fired after the investigation found that he had an undisclosed affair with an outside contractor whose contract he later ended after their relationship came to a close, though on what specific terms wasn’t immediately clear.Cheddar’s Alex Heath also reported Friday that Racioppi was let go following the investigation into his undisclosed relationship with the woman, who was not identified in either report.While the Journal reported Racioppi’s dismissal happened late in 2018, Cheddar reported it occurred days ago.Both the Journal and Cheddar cited sources familiar with the matter.The ejection of Snap leadership over the incident reportedly also included Corey Webeck, the company’s former manager of global resiliency who reported to Racioppi and who “attempted to help cover up the scandal,” according to Cheddar.
‘Dancing On Ice’ judge Jason Gardiner has hit out at contestant Gemma Collins, accusing her of being “lazy” and turning the show into a “circus”.The ‘TOWIE’ star has been at the centre of a number of reports about so-called diva behaviour behind the scenes of the ITV skating show this week, but despite her denying them on a number of occasions, Jason has now spoken out against her.Speaking to The Sun, the acid-tongued judge said: “I can always see who’s lazy.She doesn’t look like her heart is in it at all.”Admitting he was unaware of who The GC was prior to her appearance, Jason explained he was initially excited to see her perform as she had bigged herself up as being “better than Beyonce”, but quickly saw she couldn’t back up her claims.“She came out and did what can only be described as one of the most painful routines I’ve ever had to sit through because it looked so uncomfortable,” he said.
News of this week’s so-called “mega breach” might deeply trouble you.Yes, every company should be held responsible for practising sloppy security, allowing your sensitive data to get into the wrong hands.Sorry, but that’s the way it is.The users who have little to worry about are the ones who, at the very least, have enabled some type of multi-factor authentication, the simplest being two-factor authentication or “2FA.” Even better off are those who’ve also adopted a reliable password manager, which allows them to create very long, complex, and unique passwords for each site they log into.Add in a physical security key, and you can sleep easy tonight.2FA works like this: You go to login to, say, your email account, and after entering your password, it prompts you to enter a code that’s been sent to your phone by text.