While a lot of the recent news surrounding regulators and cryptocurrencies has been pretty bleak, something good has popped up that's bound to please crypto fans across the UK and Europe.Coinbase, a popular cryptocurrency exchange known for its accessibility, has just been granted an e-money licence by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).Not only does that mean Coinbase is able to issue e-money and offer payment services within the UK, it also means that should it go bust or close down the money its holding on behalf of clients are pre-segregated and won't be absorbed or lost forever.It's not the same as having a proper banking licence, which would offer extra regulator protection to stored funds, but it is a big step that makes it easier for the exchange to operate and deal with customers in the UK and, by default, the rest of the EU.Coinbase has used the opportunity to also announce that it will be supporting the UK's Faster Payment Scheme (FPS) for customers in the UK, rather than using the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) method.Because FPS is supported by the UK's major banks, Coinbase promises that transferring funds will be a familiar experience with the added benefits of being faster and more secure.
Microsoft is planning to release its next Windows 10 update in April.The software giant hasn’t officially revealed its name, but the company is planning to label it the Spring Creators Update.Microsoft has, however, revealed the Spring Creators Update will be released in April.In an update to a blog post today, Microsoft provides a Windows 10 overview that includes the April release date, and plans to support the OS version until October 2019.Microsoft is now planning to finalize Windows 10 Spring Creators Update by the end of next week, and the company typically ships it to consumers a few weeks later.Windows 10 Spring Creators Update will include new features like Timeline, HDR support, improved DPI support, and Fluent Design changes to the overall design of the operating system.
Sony is in the smartphones market for strategic reasons only.But it continues designing great phones to stay afloat and be aware of the latest trends.Recently, it announced a couple of new smartphones at the MWC 2018.Today the manufacturer released the Sony Xperia XZ2 and its smaller variant of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact in Hong Kong.In terms of appearance, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact uses a streamlined body with four color options including the fog night black, snow silver, ice lake green, and coral powder.It comes with dimensions of 135 × 65 × 12.1mm.
Frontier Developments and Universal announced today that Jeff Goldblum will reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World Evolution, the park-building simulator coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this summer.Frontier Developments develops Planet Coaster, a popular theme park and roller coaster-building game for PC with over 1 million players.Now, Frontier gets to work with the Jurassic Park brand, and adding Jeff Goldblum gives it a more legitimate tie to that franchise.Goldblum is also reprising his role of Malcolm for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which releases in movie theaters on June 22.The game and film are coming out around the same time, and this could create franchise synergy that helps the game.Frontier has experience working on licensed games before.
Just a few hours ago, the ZTE V890 was reported to have cleared TENAA.As of now, the ZTE A606 has also paid a visit to TENAA, revealing its design and specs.The ZTE A606 looks like a modest phone, one meant for the affordable range.The front has a display, not clear whether it is a full screen or not.There don’t seem to be any physical or capacitive navigation buttons either.On the back is a single camera with a dedicated flash.
The Chinese regulator – TENAA cleared the ZTE A606 a few hours ago, now yet another ZTE device which is of the V series has been certified by Chinese telecom regulator TENAA, and as is always the case, we a detailed list of specs as well as the usual mug shots.Design first, the ZTE A890 looks tall adopting the 18:9 aspect ratio with a 6.0-inch display and should have minimal bezels on all side, the images provided is the dark color, so we cannot ascertain how tiny the bezels are.A thorough look at the rear suggests a device with an all-metal construction, while it comes fitted with the usual suspect – a dual rear camera with LED flash and a fingerprint sensor below.Under the hood, the device will house an unnamed Octa-core processor with 1.8GHz clock speed coupled with three different RAM options – 3GB, 4G, and 6GB of RAM.The listing further indicates the device will be offered in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage, all expandable up to 256GB using external storage.The device is said to sport a 16-megapixel primary sensor coupled with a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with LED flash, while a single 8-megapixel sensor sits above the display.
It’s tempting to pass smartwatches off as a fad, and one that is fading; but we don’t think that’s accurate.While touchscreen smartwatches aren’t thriving unless they’re produced by Apple, fashion brands and companies are releasing hybrid smartwatches on a far more regular basis, and are finding fans among those who want style, sophistication, and a more watch-like design with tech-smarts.It’s eye-catching without being flashy, and stylish without being ostentatious.The leather strap is very stiff when the watch arrives, and even after a few days wearing it, it still hadn’t quite shaped itself to our wrist.Our personal favorite is the knurled pattern surrounding the crown, which instantly makes us think of the interior of a Bentley, and the intricate Kronaby logo imprinted on the crown itself.But at 43mm, the case is quite big, and anyone with small wrists may think it’s a little large.
Your skills in the kitchen can only be fully realized with the help of some morning caffeine, and now, De’Longhi is here to ensure that you have the tools you need for both your cooking and your coffee needs.Promising to be the first and only fully automatic coffee machine to boast De’Longhi TrueBrew Over Ice Coffee technology, this unit also features a one-touch user interface that offers a total of six beverage options, including coffee over ice (without watering your beverage down).And thanks to a removable brewing unit and drip tray, cleaning should be a breeze.Then, there’s the Lattissima One single-serve espresso and cappuccino maker, whose single-button fresh milk system claims to elevate your coffee experience.There’s also the new Lattissima Touch, a one-touch machine that Nespresso’s premium espresso capsules for true convenience.You’ll have to choice of two latte recipes Latte Macchiato and the new Creamy Latte, as well as Cappuccino, Espresso, Lungo, and Steamed Milk.
Artificial intelligence is a technology which amazes and confuses, but the value might be getting lost in translation as telcos look for the silver bullet.This can be a problem according to Emma McGuigan Group CTO of the Communications business at Accenture, as many are finding themselves in over their heads and the technology inaccessible.McGuigan pointed that while the trends are changing, some of the early adopters of the technology were trying to solve the big problems before learning how AI is integrated into a business.Just because AI has the potential to be incredibly powerful and complex, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be applied to the little problems first.“The telcos are looking at the backend now, building the smaller foundations which in turn will build confidence around what you are doing,” said McGuigan.By taking the step-by-step you demystify AI and take away the sci fi image.
The Toronto-based company primarily makes smart thermostats, but also sells smart security sensor packages, and recently announced it will soon sell smart light switches.The Alexa fund, which Amazon launched back in late 2015, invests in third-party hardware companies and help them make their devices compatible with Alexa, or, in some cases, embed Alexa into their devices.Energy Impact Partners, Thomvest, and Relay Ventures, three US-based venture firms, joined Amazon in the investment.Its ongoing support of Ecobee suggests that the company is at least exploring the idea of adding smart thermostats, sensors, and light switches to its own product suite, which would allow it to build a more complete smart home ecosystem around the Echo products.Amazon, however, still faces an uphill battle in a fragmented market long plagued by slow growth.Meanwhile, Amazon will need to confront a fragmented market with legacy home device makers like GE and Honeywell, as well as Nest, which now has its own long line of smart home devices along with its flagship thermostats.
We’ve had sheep Street View and we’ve had cat Street View.And now, thanks to a hard-working team in northern Japan, we now have dog Street View, too.If you’ve always found the Street View experience a little underwhelming due to its distinct lack of animal-led efforts, then the latest addition to this growing body of work should have you yelping like an excited puppy that’s just been thrown a new toy.Keen to give us humans the opportunity to see what the world looks like from a pooch’s point of view, Google Japan has now added “dog view” to its Street View content, starting with a tour of the sights of Odate City in Akita Prefecture.The new imagery is brought to us by two Akita dogs, which, as the name of the breed suggests, has strong links with the area.The panoramic pictures were collected by attaching cameras (no, not the big heavy “Trekker” cameras but smaller, dog-friendly versions) to two cooperative canines called Asuka and Ako.
In just a few minutes, bitcoin price crashed from $10,740 to $9,690, which represents a 10.8 percent crash.As always, it’s a bit hard to know for sure what’s happening.Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has spotted some unusual activities and halted withdrawals.Binance is one of the biggest exchanges out there.According to CoinMarketCap, it’s one of the 4 biggest exchanges for the top cryptocurrencies when it comes to traded volume.“We are investigating reports of some users having issues with their funds.
SpaceX plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida late Monday, Pacific time, for the 50th time since the first Falcon 9 mission less than eight years ago.It's perhaps fitting the milestone mission will be a rather routine delivery of Hispasat 30W-6, a Spanish communications satellite, to a geostationary orbit high above the equator.Such commercial satellite missions, along with the occasional flight to resupply the International Space Station, have been the bread and butter of SpaceX's business for the past several years.Along the way, the Falcon 9 has also pioneered the era of the reusable rocket.The company has successfully landed and recovered a Falcon 9 a total of 23 times (a pair of those landings included boosters that made up the Falcon Heavy launch last month).Six of the 23 landings involved rockets making their second flights.
Nike is running toward the future, and asking you to help propel it forward.In a call to all thinkers, makers, designers, and engineers, the athletics brand is looking to “turn innovation inside out” and further improve Nike Grind, the brand’s palette of premium recycled material.The company is here to prove that the second time around can in fact be better than the first, and to that end, is proclaiming that “it’s time to create better and waste less.” And it all starts with the Nike Circular Innovation Challenge.Comprised of two separate projects, the Challenge gives creative minds the option of either creating new products using Nike Grind materials, or developing new technologies to advance footwear recycling.The idea, of course, is to ensure that no Nike product ever goes to waste again, a mission that the company has been chasing since 1990, when it introduced its Reuse-a-Shoe program.To date, that initiative has managed to collect and recycle more than 30 million pairs of used shoes (including shoes not from Nike).
On Friday, Billboard reported that Tuma Basa, the former global programming head of hip-hop for Spotify, is leaving the Swedish streaming giant for the music industry’s longtime adversary YouTube.The news arrives only one day after Basa, who curated Spotify’s massively popular RapCaviar playlist, stepped down, and the same week Spotify filed paperwork for an initial public offering.Above Image: Tuma Basa (Right)The hiring of Basa would make one of the higher profile music moves by the Alphabet-owned company.Late in 2017, there were reports that YouTube was about to make another go at a subscription music service, codenamed Remix, after numerous failed attempts to get a successful premium service off the ground.Now in case you forgot about 2014’s YouTube Music Key—I won’t judge you.
Kim Kardashian West is creating a celebrity prank series for Facebook Watch.The 10-episode series, called You Kiddin’ Me, will be produced by Lionsgate and executively produced by Kardashian West, Jennifer O’Connell, Melissa Stokes, Brian Tannenbaum, and Peter M. Cohen.The producers say the show is “inspired by Kardashian West’s own fun family antics,” according to Variety.The series is going to star celebrity kids, who will be in charge of pulling off pranks with the help of their parents.“I know from firsthand experience that children are wise beyond their years and can come up with the craziest things, so imagine how funny it will be to see them make all the decisions,” Kardashian West said in a statement to Variety.Facebook has been ordering more content for its Watch platform lately, including a 10-episode dramedy series starring Avengers: Infinity War star Elizabeth Olsen, and an English remake of the Norwegian web series Skam.
A former YouTube employee has sued Google—the video site’s parent company—alleging that he was wrongfully terminated from his position after he complained against hiring practices that he claimed were discriminatory against white and Asian men.The lawsuit, which was filed in late January in San Mateo Superior Court but wasn’t reported in the media until Thursday, comes at a time when many Silicon Valley companies (including Google) are becoming increasingly cognizant of a largely male, white, and Asian workforce.Some companies have publicly said that they are trying to rectify this situation by working harder to find candidates who can do the job and who are also traditionally underrepresented minorities.The civil complaint explains that Arne Wilberg, who is described as a 40-year-old white man by the Wall Street Journal, worked as recruiter for YouTube for seven years.In his job, Wilberg was tasked with helping to select engineering and tech talent for YouTube and Google.According to the lawsuit, Wilberg received high marks for his performance as a recruiter until he began pushing back against Google’s efforts to hire a more diverse workforce in 2017.
In the early 19th century, a blacksmith named John Deere moved from Vermont to Illinois, where he noticed that the farmers were having trouble.Deere’s invention became known as “the plow that broke the plains” and helped transform the Midwest into fertile farmland.Fast forward to 1994, and John Deere’s Ag Management Solutions group, in Urbandale, Iowa, was starting to explore a new concept in farming known as precision agriculture.Still in its infancy, precision agriculture had attracted the attention of a number of technology companies.The Global Positioning System that precision agriculture relied on was primarily a military constellation, and Rockwell used its knowledge of military satellites to design its Vision System.According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the system’s computer attached to a combine and recorded the volume of crops harvested and paired those numbers with location data.
Democrats in Senate one vote away from overturning FCC’s decision to reserve Net Neutrality rulesMore headaches for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as Democrats in the US Senate launch a last ditch attempt to reinstate net neutrality rules in the United States.That said however, it is highly likely the FCC’s decision will be backed by Republican-controlled House of Representatives.And if the Democrats got their way, President Donald Trump could well use his veto on any Senate vote.The FCC, under the leadership of republican chairman Ajit Pai, had voted 3-2 in December to overturn Net Neutrality regulations, in a move that many feel will damage the future of an open Internet in the United States.Last week the FCC published its reversal order in the Federal Register, a US government website.
Peanut, which matches moms based on location and commonalities, announced today that it is launching a new forum-like feature called “Pages”.Moms can log in through the Peanut app — available on both iOS and Android — to ask questions, create polls, like/comment on posts, and more.The “Tinder for moms” uses algorithms to show trending topics, but also surfaces the content that’s most relevant to the user.Topics of discussion include motherhood, pregnancy, food, sex, and work, among others.Peanut launched in February 2017 to match women based on the age of children, life stage (full-time working mom, stay-at-home mom, pregnant), location, and more.When two moms “wave” at each other, they match, can start chatting, and can use the in-chat scheduling feature to plan an in-person meet up.