Ultra-wide monitors are overwhelming yet impressive to behold, and Dell thinks it has made one that will appeal to all types of professionals.The new U4919DW UltraSharp 49-inch curved monitor nods to the massive gaming monitors made by Samsung, MSI, and others, but it adds a workplace spin while upping the resolution to QHD.Dell describes the U4919DW as the equivalent of two 27-inch monitors stuck together, and its dual mode cements that comparison.Users can fill the entire screen with their desired programs, or they can split it down the middle so the display literally looks like a beast with two heads—two different screens sitting side by side on a single stand.Alienware m15 laptop sports thinnest Dell gaming design, Nvidia Max-Q GPUsWhile one person could use this monitor and bask in its 5120×1440-resolution glory on their own, Dell designed it to accommodate two people (or two digital work spaces).
Since the launch of TechCrunch International Innovation Summit in China, a new stage has been brought to domestic entrepreneurs and innovators.With the rise of a new wave of innovation, TechCrunch, in the eyes of many, is one of the best springboards for local innovation.Among all aspects of the summit, Startup Alley has always been the most intuitive embodiment of entrepreneurial innovation.It not only showcases the world’s most advanced technology products and concepts, but also witnesses the grounding of innovation in various industries.This year, TechCrunch International Innovation Summit aims to “reshape innovation” and will explore the new power of entrepreneurship in Shenzhen, the “hardware capital of the world”.Bring your startup to TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018’s Startup Alley!
London-based Entrepreneur First (EF) has expanded its Asia footprint.The company builder announced today that it has brought its “talent first” accelerator program to Bangalore, India – its third location in the region after Singapore and Hong Kong.India’s startup capital has always been an attractive location for its large pool of tech talent, says EF.“Since we entered Asia three years ago, we have witnessed a very encouraging glimpse of what the most talented and ambitious individuals from India can achieve.By setting up in Bangalore, we can access even more of such individuals, especially technologists,” explains EF Global Expansion director Anne Marie Droste.EF has taken a slightly different approach from other accelerators.
"A smart speaker sitting on a kitchen countertop cannot figure out if it is in a kitchen, let alone know what a person is doing in a kitchen," said Chris Harrison, assistant professor in CMU's Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII).Harrison and colleagues in the Future Interfaces Group will report today at the Association for Computing Machinery's User Interface Software and Technology Symposium in Berlin about two approaches to this problem -- one that uses the most ubiquitous of sensors, the microphone, and another that employs a modern-day version of eavesdropping technology used by the KGB in the 1950s.In the first case, the researchers have sought to develop a sound-based activity recognition system, called Ubicoustics.This system would use the existing microphones in smart speakers, smartphones and smartwatches, enabling them to recognize sounds associated with places, such as bedrooms, kitchens, workshops, entrances and offices.Plus, we can transform and project them into hundreds of different variations, creating volumes of data perfect for training deep-learning models."This system could be deployed to an existing device as a software update and work immediately," he added.
In an analogue world, these threats were physical in nature and, as a result, mostly localised.Critical infrastructures, from smart metres to payment systems, are no longer constrained by geography.Personal digital assets, such as identity and online behaviour data, are increasingly globalised.Threats to these aren’t nearly as easy to monitor or defend against – and governments’ ability to deal with them is being eroded.Industries and businesses are now finding themselves on the front line, safeguarding the digital economy against a series of emerging systemic risks – most notably cyber.Read more: Invest in safeguarding our digital world
Apple has come out with one of its strongest defences of encryption yet, saying it is the "single best tool we have to protect data and ultimately lives."The tech giant has made a submission to the Australian government in response to proposed encryption laws in the country that it says are "dangerously ambiguous" and have the potential to compromise security, safety and privacy for millions of people -- not just in Australia, but around the world.The Australian parliament is currently considering new encryption laws that would require tech giants such as Apple, Facebook, WhatsApp and more to provide access to encrypted communications to law enforcement for policing crime.The so-called "Assistance and Access Bill" sets out three levels of assistance that companies can be called on to provide to police and national security agencies.These range from "voluntary assistance" all the way up to a notice issued by the attorney general requiring tech companies to "build a new capability" in hardware or software to allow access to encrypted communications.But Apple has slammed the bill, saying it is too broad, that the wording is "dangerously ambiguous," and that it would create "unprecedented" powers for law enforcement without appropriate judicial oversight, including the ability to intercept encrypted communications and "eavesdrop" on people in real time.
The third episode of CGI animated series Star Wars Resistance offers a little tension after last week's gentle double-episode premiere.Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean), better known as Kaz, is getting used to life on the Colossus refueling platform as he tries to spy on the First Order in the months leading up to The Force Awakens.The plot has started to take shape, and we learned a little more about this corner of the galaxy.After being sent out for parts by Jarek Yeager (Scott Lawrence), he manages to get sidetracked and draw attention as he vainly tries to gather intel on the First Order.BB-8 offsets his incompetence and saves the day multiple times, but Kaz annoys Yeager and makes fellow mechanic Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath) suspicious about his cover story.He'll surely develop and earn their respect over the course of the series, but it's odd that Poe would entrust any kind of mission to someone so green that they wear a bright green jacket (which is actually pretty nice).
Off stage, away from the cameras, Adweek’s Media Visionary is as genuine and thoughtful as the likable persona she’s cultivated during her long, remarkable career as an entertainer, writer, producer, and LGBTQ and animal activist.Following her steady rise as a comedian, DeGeneres headlined HBO stand-up comedy specials, guested on TV shows and, in 1994, landed her eponymous sitcom on ABC.America was a very different place 20-plus years ago than it is now, and some tough years followed for DeGeneres, to put it mildly.She landed a daytime talker, now with a rabid following and in its 16th season, hosted the Emmys and Oscars (and blew up Twitter with her star-studded selfie) and was a judge on American Idol, and along the way scooped up 59 Daytime Emmy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, 20 People’s Choice Awards and the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other accolades.Somehow, DeGeneres finds time to produce several TV shows via her A Very Good Production company, including NBC’s Ellen’s Game of Games, Little Big Shots and ABC’s Splitting Up Together.DeGeneres in recent years has made the successful transition to the third screen, using social media as yet another platform to entertain and inspire, but also to tackle controversial issues, from school shootings to MeToo moments, most recently taking to Twitter in support of Christine Blasey Ford during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearings.
Nicholas Thompson: One thing that I love about you is that your career dates to 1994 and an essay that you read in WIRED magazine.So I was exposed to the technology and became really fascinated by the implications and kind of developed this thesis that it was going to change everything, there would be this concept of convergence, and I had always been interesting in education reform.And shortly after joining, I read my copy of WIRED that month.And essentially what I picked up from it was everything that could be converted from an atom to a bit would be.I had just joined Warner Brothers and I knew that everything about the place was going to be transformed.So let me ask you a very simple follow up question: What is the equivalent idea today?
The Pixel 3's lone rear camera makes a brazen statement to any phone with two rear cameras or more: "Google's single lens is better than all your fancy cameras combined."Those are fighting words in a landscape where a dual-camera setup is now so coveted, even budget phones like the Moto G6 have two lenses for portrait photos.With the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Google is now the only major phone-maker whose most high-end device has just one rear camera.Case in point: The iPhone XS has two, the Huawei P20 Pro and LG V40 boast three, and Samsung's new Galaxy A9 has a jaw-dropping four cameras on its back.There's no camera advantage to buying "bigger".It's also worth noting that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL both have two 8-megapixel front-facing cameras, but I'll get to that later.
Jack Ma, executive chairman of China’s Alibaba Group Holding, said on Saturday he plans to open an institute to train thousands of tech entrepreneurs in Indonesia, where he is already an adviser to the government on ecommerce.Ma did not say when the Jack Ma Institute of Entrepreneurs would launch, but said the aim was to train 1,000 tech leaders a year over the next 10 years.Alibaba is increasingly focused on Indonesia, the largest market in Southeast Asia.Its cloud computing arm opened a data center in the country, and it has invested in popular ecommerce site Tokopedia.
Britain's richest young entrepreneur can't wait to get out of the European Union.He runs online sports retailer Net World Sports and wants the freedom to strike trade deals with countries outside of Europe.Lovén added that Brussels is run by "faceless bureaucrats not making one discernible difference to people's lives apart from telling them things they don't want to hear."He also happens to be a staunch advocate of the UK leaving the European Union — both for the good of his business and the country.He said he wants to get out of the European Union before it is too late and the bloc of 28 countries collapses."I firmly believe at some point the EU will cease to exist.
The Huawei Mate 20 Lite is a curious case of the “lite” edition predating the “standard” edition, offering an interesting glimpse into the future for fans of the Mate line.The selling point of the Huawei Mate 20 Lite is the AI goodness it offers, even with mid-range specs (and price, in theory).Speaking of which, that’s the phone’s other big selling point — a total of four cameras, thanks to an extra lens around the front.It’s got a 20MP f/1.8 lens around the back, and a 24MP f/2.0 lens around the front, both backed up by secondary 2MP depth sensors.There’s no splash resistance or wireless charging, but that’s par for the course for a mid-range device.Except neither of the benchmark apps I usually use (Antutu and Geekbench) would install.
Fancy a hack 'n' slash game like Diablo 3 that's set in a Disney universe?There's one coming, but it's a mobile game and it's only set to launch in 2019 in Southeast Asia, for now.Disney Epic Quest was announced Saturday at GameStart Asia a Singapore-based gaming convention.The game is made by Singapore-based developer goGame and is a free-to-play title with cooperative play and player-versus-player game modes.The game will feature Disney and Pixar characters from movies like Wreck-it Ralph, The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean and Big Hero 6, as well as famous cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald and Goofy.No word yet on whether characters from Marvel will appear.
Valve, the company behind the Steam gaming platform, is currently under investigation by the Brazilian government after allowing a controversial game to be sold on its platform.While the platform’s relaxed attitude towards games seemed like a commendable idea at the time, it’s starting to backfire.When Valve announced earlier this year it was taking a more hands-off approach to its own catalog of games, I initially called it a good thing.After all, it allowed the company to forgo the task of deciding on a game’s morality, while also not fully taking away their ability to remove unsavory games.That said, it doesn’t seem to be wholly positive for Valve thus far.As of today, the company is being investigated by the Brazilian Public Ministry of the Federal District and Territories over a game called “Bolsomito 2k18.” The 2D beat-em-up is rather obviously “inspired” by the current Brazilian political climate, and the Ministry has asked Valve to remove the game.
The Galaxy Note 8 was one of the best phones of 2017, yet I couldn’t help but feel Samsung played things safe after the flaming Note 7 fiasco.The company has regained its confidence and returned the series to its overpowered roots.I’ve been using the device for over a month now, and it delivers on almost everything you’d want on a $1000 phone.Unless you’re looking for a small and cheap device, there’s something for everyone.This time around, it’s what’s inside that counts:Snapdragon 845 (US & Latin America) / Exynos 9810 (Everywhere else)
Ducati's Multistrada has always been one hell of an excellent way to travel.It is a truly epic sport-touring motorcycle, but for some reason, people keep wanting it to work off-road.To appease these maniacs, Ducati created the Enduro trim level for the last-generation Multistrada, and it's back again with the newest 1260 generation, announced on Friday.The 2019 Multistrada 1260 Enduro gets spoked wheels with knobby tires -- a 19-inch roller up front with a 17-inch wheel out back.The next biggest change is how much fuel it can carry.There is also a semiactive electronic suspension system from Sachs that lets riders easily adjust for different terrains and cargo weight levels.
Google dropped out, saying that it could conflict with its corporate valuesOracle and IBM have lodged formal protests against the bidding process, saying that it's misguided to have the deal rely only on one cloud provider.The deadline for bids on a $10 billion cloud computing contract from the Department of Defense closes on Friday.Amazon is considered the frontrunner because of the certifications it already has, and its existing relationship with the government."When you delve into the nitty gritty [requirements of JEDI], it's clear that some of them are written with one company in mind," said Sam Gordy, General Manager for IBM US Federal, in an interview with Business Insider.The Department of Defense declined to comment, citing pending litigation.
Chinese company Dazzle is set to launch its Dazz 3D L120 Pro, an SLA/LCD-powered 3D printer hoping to fill the gap between cheaper no-frills devices and the $2,500 – $5,000 monsters that dominate the field.Typically, I don’t cover Kickstarter projects unless they’ve already started shipping, but Dazz 3D’s track record on the platform is impeccable, and the L120 Pro absolutely smashed its goal of $30K.With less than 24 hours left, it’s currently sitting just shy of $200K.It also helps keep costs in a relatively affordable range.It reminds me a bit of a popcorn machine, but the touchscreen makes it look like fancy tech.It might not do enough to separate itself from the field aesthetically, but it certainly does in operation.
Researchers have demonstrated an integrated technique for monitoring specific biomolecules - such as growth factors - that could indicate the health of living cell cultures produced for the burgeoning field of cell-based therapeutics.Using microfluidic technology to advance the preparation of samples from the chemically complex bioreactor environment, the researchers have harnessed electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) to provide online monitoring that they believe will provide for therapeutic cell production the kind of precision quality control that has revolutionized other manufacturing processes.By measuring very low concentrations of specific compounds secreted or excreted by cells, the technique could also help identify which biomolecules - of widely varying sizes - should be monitored to guide the control of cell health.Development of the Dynamic Mass Spectrometry Probe (DMSP) was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT), which is headquartered at Georgia Tech.Because of complex sample preparation requirements, existing approaches to ESI-MS require too much time to be useful for continuous monitoring of cell growth in bioreactors, where maintaining narrow parameters for specific indicators of cellular health is critical.To accelerate the analytical process, Fedorov and a team that included graduate research assistant Mason Chilmonczyk and research engineer Peter Kottke used microfluidic technology to help separate compounds of interest from the salts.