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Normal people are getting their first chance to ride in Google's self-driving cars.Waymo, the autonomous vehicle group owned by Google parent company Alphabet, is going to begin testing a self-driving car program for hundreds of families in Phoenix, Arizona, the companies said on Tuesday.Waymo has recently been quietly testing the service for a handful of families, learning what potential customers would want from a ride service, the company said in a blog post.It is now expanding the test, and buying 500 Chrysler minivans to do so.The Californian firm is urging people to apply to take part in an expanded test, which is the first public trial of Waymo's self-driving cars.The vehicles include human operators from Waymo behind the wheel, in case intervention is required and to take feedback."Over the course of this trial, we'll be accepting hundreds of people with diverse backgrounds and transportation needs who want to ride in and give feedback about Waymo's self-driving cars," Waymo CEO John Krafcik wrote in a blog post."Rather than offering people one or two rides, the goal of this program is to give participants access to our fleet every day, at any time, to go anywhere within an area that's about twice the size of San Francisco."Silicon Valley is racing to master self-driving technology, betting that it will transform the auto industry and be a gold mine for leading companies.
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Your friends laughed at you, your parents wondered why you weren’t getting a job, and even your fellow Trekkies raised an eyebrow.But all those nights you spent learning tlhIngan Hol, the Klingon language, will finally pay off when you sit down to play Star Trek Klingon Monopoly.There are already a few iterations of Star Trek Monopoly available, but ThinkGeek’s got the only one that comes with tiny token versions of a Klingon Bird of Prey, and a Bat’leth.Those are not the game tokens of a warrior.The game has players trying to conquer planets and territories, building outposts and capital cities to force other players into eventual bankruptcy.It sounds more like a Ferengi version of Monopoly, except that the game board and all of the Combat and Honor cards (a.k.a.
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In a chance discovery, a European research team has learned that a common insect larva is capable of breaking down the plastic found in shopping bags and other polyethylene-based products.This rubbish-munching caterpillar could inspire scientists to develop a new chemical process to tackle the growing problem of plastic waste.Beekeepers are all too familiar with the larvae of the moth Galleria Mellonella, also known as the wax moth.While removing the parasitic pests from the honeycombs in her beehives, she noticed that the plastic bags she used to store the caterpillars became riddled with holes in less than an hour.Like the good scientist that she is, she decided to investigate further, recruiting biochemist Paolo Bombelli from the University of Cambridge to help out.After just 40 minutes, holes began to appear in the bag, and after 12 hours the larvae had managed to reduce the amount of plastic by as much as 92 milligrams.
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(Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)The co-founders of Yik Yak, Brooks Buffington (left) and Tyler Droll speak onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015.The move mainly affects app discovery sites like Touch Arcade and App Shopper which give information on new apps or recent updates.The founder of AfterPad, a site dedicated to hardcore and indie iOS games, said on Twitter that affiliate links were “AfterPad’s only form of monetisation.” Kevin MacLeod added that if fellow website Touch Arcade dies, “the entire iOS indie scene dies.”It’s unclear why Apple chose to cut affiliate commissions, or whether it is planning to divert those funds back to app developers.Reaction from a site founder using the App Store affiliate program.
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However, you can find workarounds to get yourself back online before you resort to picking up a book or taking a long stroll outside—here’s what to try first, after you established it’s not just your router or the whole internet that’s borked.The obvious move when your Wi-Fi keels over is to switch to a mobile phone network to get online, though this is dependent on the strength of the coverage in your area, and the data plans available to you.It can be a lifesaver if you’ve got work to do at home but it’s not really suitable for binge-watching whole seasons on Netflix.Another alternative is to buy a dedicated mobile hotspot device specifically for getting online when your usual internet isn’t available.It’s not cheap, but it can pretty effectively replace your home broadband connection in an emergency, as long as you’re not relying on it for weeks on end and you have decent 4G coverage at your house.There are a host of hardware options and plans from the major networks so have a shop around and see what deals you can get.
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It’s not easy to describe what Randy Weiner does for a living.Some people call him an “impresario,” but he comes across more like a mild-mannered cardiologist than like P. T. Barnum.With his wife, the director Diane Paulus, he created “The Donkey Show,” a disco version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that ran Off Broadway from 1999 to 2005.More recently, he founded the seedy-opulent Lower East Side burlesque club the Box; helped to import the immersive-theatre juggernaut “Sleep No More,” by the British group Punchdrunk; created the ballroom spectacle “Queen of the Night”; and brought “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” to a pop-up Russian supper club in the meatpacking district.A former science teacher (he studied biochemistry at Harvard), Weiner said recently, “If we boil down theatre to its essence, what is it?It’s about a performer and an audience member having an interaction.
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The Apple Watch might have just turned two years old — the first series of the smartwatch was launched on April 24, 2015 — but not everyone is keen on showing up to the party.According to a new survey, individuals who did not already own Apple’s smartwatch were unenthusiastic about buying one anytime soon, while just eight per cent of those surveyed said they planned to make the purchase.A total of 1,339 consumers were polled by market research platform Fluent for the survey.“Customer excitement for the Apple Watch has plateaued since hitting the market in 2015.Only current owners think it’s a great product, but nearly half of them don’t plan on upgrading,” a Fluent spokeswoman said in an email.Meanwhile, 15 per cent of iPhone users answered that they would purchase an Apple Watch while only five per cent of Android owners said they would do the same.
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Fewer would consider targeting the post at people who are interested in Conway Twitty or Cristiano Ronaldo, though.The Los Angeles-based startup Ranker does, and that’s been a major reason for its climb on Facebook.The site, with more than 26 million readers a month, according to comScore, uses its data gathered from readers’ votes to see how much affinity fans of celebrities, movies, athletes and other pop cultural entities have for other similar entities.Knowing this not only informs Ranker’s content strategy but helps it target readers more effectively on Facebook.“Nobody gets their entire audience on Facebook to see their content,” Ranker founder and CEO Clark Benson said.“But if you can tell Facebook what to target inside that 1 or 2 percent [that sees it], you can get a lot more lift.”
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Fintech platform Qianbaomu receives strategic investment of USD 14.5 MQianbaomuFounder: Chen FengFounded in: 2014Financing status: Strategic investment of RMB 100 million (USD 14.5 million) in 2017Qianbaomu is a fintech platform that started its business by providing financial products to women, and now it focuses its product offerings to supply chain assets.Founded in 2014 in Hangzhou, its core team members previously worked at Alipay, Tencent, China Construction Bank and some other financial institutions.The company first picked women in big cities with disposable income as its main target group.It then developed new financial products for its female customers, which contributed to its large user base.Qianbaomu has 1.4 millions users so far with a turnover of more than RMB 10 billion, and the assets it currently manages has reached RMB 500 million.This strategic investment was made by IMCIC, and the investment will be used to expand its company by recruiting more employees who are professionals at risk management and fintech technology, and create new financial products for its users.Sports social network Rejoice Sport Tech receives USD 14.5 M in Series C roundPhoto from 58pic.comRejoice Sport TechFounded in: 2014Financing status: RMB 100 million (USD 14.5 million) Series C financing in 2017Rejoice Sport Tech is a high-tech enterprise that provides users with health services via the development of a sports app and the sale of smart sports gadgets and sportswear.The app Yodo Run, which was developed by the company, is a data recording tool for running, fitness, cycling, and other sports.The app also has an online community where users share their sports experience and communicate with others to seek help with sports related matters.Launched in 2014 in Guangzhou, it has more than 100 million users.Rejoice Sport Tech also has an online store that sells smart sports gadgets including smart step counter bracelets, smart sport watches, smart weighing scales, and so on.
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Once derided as a silly novelty, emojis are coming into their own as a communication tool.New app Wemogee uses the ideograms to help people with aphasia, a language-processing disorder that makes it difficult to read, write or talk.Created by Samsung Electronics Italia (the company’s Italian subsidiary) and speech therapist Francesca Polini, Wemogee replaces text phrases with emoji combinations and can be used as a messaging app or in face-to-face interactions.It supports English and Italian and will be available for Android on April 28, with an iOS version slated for future release.Aphasia is caused when brain regions responsible for language comprehension and speaking are injured.One of the most common causes is strokes, but aphasia can also result from brain tumors, traumatic brain injuries or neurodegenerative diseases.
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Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster are set to make their retail debut in 2017, developer Frontier has announced.Confirmed in a press release earlier today, both titles will receive physical versions across a slew of different platforms.Planet Coaster will be coming exclusively to PC on May 23, while Elite Dangerous: Legendary Edition comes to PS4 and Xbox One later this year.A specific release date has yet to be set.The Legendary Edition of Elite Dangerous will include the base game, its horizon expansions and 1000 frontier points to get players started.These can be used to purchase a range of in-game cosmetic items.
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Antivirus provider Webroot is causing a world of trouble for customers.A signature update just nuked hundreds of benign files needed to run Microsoft Windows, as well as apps that run on top of the operating system.Social media sites ignited on late Monday afternoon with customers reporting that servers and computers alike stopped working as a result of the mishap.The admin and security pundit who goes by the Twitter handle SwiftOnSecurity told Ars that, at the company he or she worked for, the false positive quarantined "several hundred" files used by Windows Insider Preview.Hundreds of "line of business" apps, such as those that track patient appointments or manage office equipment, suffered the same fate.Webroot was also flagging Facebook as a phishing site.
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With fake news continuing to dominate the discussion about the future of the media and role of social networks in spreading it, many in the tech world have tried to come up with ways to fight this new cancer.But it’s hard to get away from the fact that human beings are probably going to have to be involved somewhere along the line.Step forward a new project from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.Today he launches a crowd-funding campaign for Wikitribune.This will be a “wiki-style” attack on the purveyors of fake news by teaming up professional journalists and community contributors to produce “fact-checked, global news stories”.What Wales is hoping is that an army of contributors will help individual journalists vet the facts using a variety of sources such as full transcripts, video and audio interviews.
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Deutsch recently welcomed Michelle Rowley as group planning director on Johnson & Johnson’s global Acuvue account and new business efforts.She started in the role on April 3.“Michelle’s passionate about finding strategic insights that will take our creative and our client’s business to new levels,” Deutsch New York CEO Val DiFebo said in a statement.“We’re excited to have her on the Deutsch team.She’s a collaborative spirit and her global, multidisciplinary experience make her a great addition to the agency.”Rowley joined Deutsch from Deep Focus, where she served as director of brand planning since 2014, managing strategy for such clients as Purina, Nestle, Unilever and Frito-Lay.
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A hacker is waging war on ISIS, with porn.WauchulaGhost — who formerly pointed out security flaws in President Trump’s Twitter account, as well as those of his cabinet members — claims to have hacked over 250 Twitter accounts known to be associated with ISIS.We started hijacking their accounts, taking over their accounts, basically just to troll them.To annoy them and make fun of them.Take screen shots, phone numbers, IP addresses, the whole nine yards.I have all that information on all the accounts I’ve ever taken.
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In a sign of the times, a Dutch architect has adorned their latest building with emoji gargoyles.The building in Amersfoort, Holland, has a range of the iconic digital symbols around its sides and was designed to memorialise contemporary society."In classical architecture they used to put heads of the king - or whatever - on the facades," Changiz Tehrani, the architect who made the emoji building, told the Verge."We were thinking, what can we use as an ornament so when you look at this building in 10 or 20 years you can say, 'Hey, this is from that year'."The answer, for Tehrani, as to what symbols capture the current age was emoji.Tehrani, who works for Attika Architekten, created the emoji gargoyles using a template from WhatsApp, which he converted into a 3D model.
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Flickr/jules You could say Chris Jordan eats with his hands.As the director of exercise physiology at the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute and the person behind the Workout, Jordan is known for his health and nutritionOne aspect of eating right, Jordan says, is eating the rightTo make sure he's not overindulging, Jordan eyeballs his food using his fists as a measuring hack.
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The ransomware that drove last year's boom in file-encrypting malware is back, and this time it's even harder to detect.Ransomware cost its victims some $1bn during 2016, with Locky one of the most widespread variants, infecting organisations across the globe.However, the start of 2017 saw a sudden decline in the distribution of Locky, to such an extent that another form of ransomware -- Cerber -- has usurped Locky's dominance.But after being all but written off, Locky is staging a comeback.Cybersecurity researchers at Cisco Talos have observed a surge in emails distributing Locky, with over 35 thousand emails sent in just a few hours.This time, however, the Locky campaign is harnessing an infection technique associated with the Dridex botnet, in an effort to boost the chance of compromising targets.
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As a supplier, Delphi is responsible for developing all manner of systems and selling them to automakers.Its latest might actually keep owners away from the dealership, at least some of the time.Delphi is working on over-the-air (OTA) software updates, which it hopes to sell to a number of automakers to help them gain an advantage as cars become increasingly digitalized, Bloomberg reports.It wouldn't be just for new cars, either -- Delphi's system reportedly works with cars from all the way back in 2010.It would permit these cars to update certain systems, whether it's engine control units or infotainment, wirelessly and without a trip to the dealer.Delphi hopes its new-car OTA systems could be put to use as early as 2020.
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Last fall, the once indestructible live-viewing NFL audience was starting to show some cracks.Social media engagement is at such tremendous scale that marketers with the right partner can determine which TV show, celebrity or YouTube channel is most engaged with its brand.This creates a feedback loop where affinity plays a key role in strategy, activation/execution and measurement—every association that the consumer makes with a brand has the potential to be a new audience that brand can target.was experiencing its ratings decline, was home to some of its digital ads, according to Moat Pro.As shown in the chart below, while it was maintaining social affinity with SNF, website Trailer Addict’s social affinity with the program grew 25 percent.That’s not to say that Trailer Addict is necessarily a better ad buy for Sunday Night Football, but audiences’ loyalty and attention are constantly shifting in the current media landscape.
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