backing an app that's trying to help people avoid having to payThe billionaire has invested in a new app called Dave that aims to predict coming expenses for users to help prevent them from overdrafting on their bank accounts.Once Dave connects with a user's checking account it forecasts the account's lowest possible balance in seven days based off the
For a long time, it was unthinkable that there would be a better mapping solution than Google Maps.It was so dominant, that when Apple switched over to its own mapping software with iOS 6, many went into a downright panic.Where Waze comes in first: DrivingI hadn’t really used Waze that extensively before testing it for this article.Now, I won’t take a long drive or head out into a crowded commute without it.That’s because Waze is hyper-focused on serving as a navigational aide for drivers, while Maps is built for all sorts of mapping needs.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.Or in Google's case, speak the languages they speak.Heeding that advice, Google has introduced support for nine Indian languages with its Neural Machine Translation technology, the company said in a statement to CNET.This language support will be added to products including Maps, Translate, Chrome and Gboard (Google Keyboard).Although India recognises 23 official languages, more than 400 languages are spoken in the country today, and only 20 percent of the population is fluent in English.Bridging the language barrier appears extremely important for Google if it wants to be relevant in the country.
The High Court has decided that a red-and-white "candy cane" house in Kensington can keep its unusual paint scheme, after the humourless local council told the owner to repaint it white.The house has been that way since 2015, reports the BBC, and the owner's been battling The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea pretty much ever since.The council told the owner – who's almost inevitably named Zipporah Lisle-Mainwaring – that the stripes were "incongruous" and had to go.But Mr Justice Gilbert overruled them, declaring the decoration "entirely lawful."He went on to say the council was overstepping its mandate in using Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to decide how people can paint their homes.
Phone calls, emails and faxes move over.Operated by the Hong Kong-listed Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings, WeChat – more often known as Weixin – on the mainland, is already the dominant app in the country with 889 million monthly active users.It is used to send instant messages, buy movie tickets, pay utility bills, as well as for other services that make people’s personal lives more convenient.With its huge user base and an increasing number of features enabling work-related tasks, WeChat continues to blur the line between personal and professional life with nearly 90 per cent of more than 20,000 surveyed web users in China seeing the app as their top choice for daily work communication.When people have more business relationships on WeChat they will need to maintain them and spend more time thereMarie Sun, analyst with Morningstar Research
Programmatic advertising has run into its fair share of problems, from bad ad placement to data quality to slow-loading web pages.At Digiday’s Programmatic Summit in Dublin, Ireland, this week, we gathered over 100 programmatic experts from marketing and publishing to discuss and debunk some of the myths around programmatic.Here’s what we learned on Day One:Myth 1: The YouTube crisis wasn’t what it seemedThe dangers of advertising on user-generated content platforms like YouTube are nothing new.In reality, a lot more money was probably spent dealing with the aftermath than the amount of ad dollars affected in the first place.
VistaJet is now the first international private jet operator that lets clients book flights on WeChat.The company hopes its newly launched service on the mobile platform can replace the convenience of owning or renting a private plane by allowing affluent Chinese consumers to charter a private jet virtually in an instant.“For Chinese customers who require guaranteed aircraft availability 365 days a year, WeChat could genuinely become an alternative to ownership — merely instant message our team, and we’ll organise the rest, to your own specific taste.” Vista Jet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr said in a statement.The launch comes amid the rapid expansion of VistaJet’s business in the Great China region in 2016, where the number of Chinese clients now makes up 17 percent of their current global customer base.Heading into the year of 2017, the company’s growth has continued in the first quarter, when sales of flight hours doubled compared to the same period the year before.Flohr said VistaJet intends to use the WeChat service to continue this expansion by reaching out to China’s digitally active consumers and simplify the way they charter a private jet.
AVA Advisory, a Thai-owned fintech start-up, is planning the commercial launch of its first robotic adviser app for the financial sector in Singapore in the fourth quarter, aiming to create an entirely new breed of smart wealth and investment management activity.Using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms in the robotic adviser or automated financial advice tools, the AVA Alpha Fund app can help customers manage and optimise their wealth and investment portfolio.“After spending 50 million baht (US$1.45 million) in developing the AVA Alpha Fund in the past 12 months, we’re ready for the commercial launch of our AI robotic adviser service in Singapore as the first country in the fourth quarter,” said Miranda Songpatanasilp, chief financial officer and co-founder of AVA Advisory.AVA Advisory is a Thai company but is registered and based in Singapore.Ms Miranda said the global robotic adviser will have US$8 trillion worth of assets under management by 2020.The emergence of AI will play an increasingly important role in financial investment services in Thailand, she said.
Are you an owner or prospective buyer of a DJI Phantom 4, Mavic Pro or Inspire series drone?Then you’re probably going to want to pick up a pair of the DJI Goggles.After they teased alongside the Mavic Pro launch last year, the Chinese firm has now revealed all of the juicy details behind the headset that enables drone operators to experience the flight from a first-person perspective.Without doubt the headline feature is the ability to operate both the drone and the camera gimble through simple head movements, promising even greater control over the recorded visuals.While they won’t be able to control speed, users will be able to turn left and right using only the headset.There’s also a mode that makes enables a third-party to control the gimble using the headset, while the drone is controlled through conventional means.
During CES 2017, Sennheiser took the wraps off a unique pair of earbuds that feature microphones built into the ear pieces for binaural audio recording.While binaural audio is nothing new, the ability to record it has largely been limited in the consumer world.Sennheiser’s Ambeo Smart Headset aims to change that by making so-called ‘3D audio’ (binaural) recording as easy as putting in earbuds, and now the company has announced that Apogee tech will be used to refine the headset.Binaural recording has traditionally involved two separate microphones placed apart from each other, with the distance between them being about the same as the distance between a person’s ears.The idea is to record audio as it is heard by a person as if they were in the room with the noise; by merging the two microphones’ audio together, the resulting ‘3D’ audio sounds more realistic than something recorded with one microphone.For the average consumer, recording this binaural audio usually meant strapping two microphones to a mannequin head, then using software to later merge the two audio files into one.
For years, automakers and hackers have known about a clever attack that spoofs the signal from a wireless car key fob to open a vehicle’s doors, and even drive it away.But even after repeated demonstrations—and real thefts—the technique still works on a number of models.Now a team of Chinese researchers has not only demonstrated the attack again, but also made it cheaper and easier than ever.A group of researchers at the Beijing-based security firm Qihoo 360 recently pulled off the so-called relay hack with a pair of gadgets they built for just $22.That’s far cheaper than previous versions of the key-spoofing hardware.The Qihoo researchers, who recently showed their results at Amsterdam’s Hack in the Box conference, say their upgrade also significantly multiplies the radio attack’s range, allowing them to steal cars parked more than a thousand feet away from the owner’s key fob.
The constant rain in the capital didn’t dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands of marchers who slogged through the mud to cheer for science this weekend.“Hi, my name is Dana from the University of Maryland.“I’m not going to crowd you, but I’ll be here if you have any questions.”Fisher is a sociologist who studies protest movements.Those results will be compared with similar surveys at other protests around the world.Is it for science or for people concerned about Black Lives Matter or immigration and this is a chance to protest the president?”
Snapchat wants brands to buy a lot of geofilters that layer fun text and graphics over users’ photos and videos.On Monday, the app opened up its API (application programming interface) a bit more, letting brands buy the location-based promos automatically.More than 15 of Snapchat’s ad partners in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Canada, including Amobee and Videology, are now pitching sponsored geofilters to agencies and brands, as well as the full-screen, vertical video ads that run alongside stories and Discover content.Until now, advertisers have purchased branded geofilters through Snapchat’s self-service buying tool.The API is Snapchat’s version of programmatic technology that plugs tech companies into the platform to manage campaign spend, data, targeting and creative for advertisers.In theory, the ad-tech vendors can help brands buy bigger ad packages that include both formats and automatically manage the targeting of geofilters to make sure they run at specific locations and times.
A Vanquish PC release seems imminent.It looks like 2010 cult classic Vanquish may be coming to PC.The port was teased inside a tiny 22kb update to Bayonetta on steam, when gamers discovered that it was simply for an image file of Sam Gideon, the protagonist of Vanquish.The super-fast third-person shooter from Shinji Mikami only ever released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.It's one of many likely contenders for a PC port thanks to Sega's new commitment to porting its console exclusives.Sega is “dedicated to bringing high-quality, best practice PC conversions of our back catalogue games to our fans” according to Sega Europe's John Clark.
Next month at the 2017 installment of Google I/O, the company is expected to give developers their first look at the next major Android version.It's believed that Android O will mostly bring subtle changes, though one in particular could make your devices much more secure.Instead, it will be the result of Google putting the breaks on a couple of things.As Bleeping Computer notes in a recent post, Android O will prevent ordinary apps from displaying several kinds of system alerts -- which has been a common tactic used by Android ransomware to lock users out of their devices.There are at least half a dozen such alerts that are being restricted.Android currently has two broad groups for permissions: normal and dangerous.
We live in volatile times – whether politically, socially or economically – our faith and trust are being constantly tested and eroded.Increasingly, actions speak louder than words but in order to get to action you have to know what you stand for and where you are heading towards.Businesses are falling short despite having clear CSR programmes, businesses have forgotten how to be really human let alone ‘fake-human’.The average brand ‘About Us’ page is a poor, humble brag or worse a dehumanized introduction of successes and bland historical references.These pages often don’t help the reader understand much about a business with a tone that often feels robotic.Brand books are often a different affair.
Over three quarters of shoppers abandon the items in their cart before purchasingExtra shipping costs, having to create an account and an overly complex checkout among top reasons for cart abandonmentRetailers must go beyond checkout best practice and consider: optimizing for mobile, offering several payment options and exploring innovative ways to drive conversions.So, what stops customers from converting?All these issues (with the exception of customers just conducting research) could be improved by simply following basic checkout design best practices.Whether that’s displaying shipping costs more clearly, offering an option to checkout as a guest, or making sure your security credentials are displayed prominently.
Getty Apple is expected to launch a redesigned iPhone model this fall based around a next-generation display technology called OLED, and Wall Street analysts believe it could cost a lot more than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.Some analysts have even predicted that the cost of the device could top $1000, which was first reported by Fast Company.
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.
We've already had a few sets of schematics purporting to show the iPhone 8 leak in the past few weeks, and now we've got what look to be the most detailed yet.The latest set of schematics arrived on Slashleaks (via) and provide an in-depth look at what could be the final design for Apple's next iPhone.While several features shown in the design have been seen before, there's a few new additions worth taking note of in these latest schematics.First up, there's the dual rear camera, shown here with the two lenses stacked vertically rather than horizontally – a rumour we've been hearing a lot about in recent weeks.It looks as though the vertical placement is down to the positioning of the front-facing sensors and camera, which are shown here in the form of a front-facing camera and flash along with what is likely the rumoured face-scanning technology we've been hearing so much about.There also looks to be an infrared sensor on the top-right-hand side, with the speaker itself sitting in the middle.