Amazon Echo Look now on sale in U.S. for $199.Fashion-focused smart device had previously only been available via an invite system.Will the weirdest member of the Echo family attract a wider audience?Anyone can now buy the Amazon Echo Look in the U.S. for $199.The Alexa-powered connected camera/personal shopper had previously only been available via an invite system but is now up for grabs for any discerning fashionistas.On top of Alexa’s usual bag of tricks, the Echo Look features a depth-sensing camera which lets users take photos and short videos of their current outfit with simple voice commands.
Amazon is making it easier for PC manufacturers to integrate Alexa into PCs.The retailer today announced four new pre-tested, white-box form factors designed with its voice assistant in mind from original design manufacturers (ODMs) partners.The new device lineup from Wistron, Compal, and Quanta, which includes an all-in-one desktop and convertible notebooks, are designed to spec for a “far-field Alexa experience.” All four sport Intel processors, microphone arrays, and Amazon’s Alexa wake word engine.Wistron’s All-in-One PC: 27-inch UHD display, FHD webcam with IR sensor, four MEMs microphones, and two stereo speakers.Compal’s convertible notebook: 15.6-inch FHD display with touch, 13 hours of battery life, fingerprint security, IR camera, productivity quick-turn knob, a stylus, four digital microphones, and two 2W speakers integrated.Quanta’s convertible notebook: 14-inch FHD display, 18 hours of battery life, a fingerprint reader, four digital microphones, and two 2W speakers for interaction with Alexa.
Snap shares have spiked 16% over the last four trading sessions.Shares tanked during the month of May as short interest rose, providing the perfect "backdrop" for positive momentum on any bullish sentiment, USAA Senior Equity Analyst Jason Lincoln told Business Insider.The recent bounce has been welcome news for Snap shareholders who have come under a barrage of pressure from short sellers.Short interest has risen considerably since Snap went public in March of 2017, and the company is one of the most shorted companies in the entire US application software sector.As of Friday short interest sat at $1.35 billion, or 21.3% of the float, according to data from financial analytics firm S3 Partners.And it was those short sellers who were laughing all the way to the bank in mid-May when Snap plunged to a record low of $10.51 a share in the wake of its disastrous first-quarter results.
[ Git essentials: Get started with Git version control.• 20 essential pointers for Git and GitHub.| Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]After several days of rumors to the effect, Microsoft today revealed it had reached an agreement to acquire popular code-sharing site GitHub, for $7.5 billion.With the acquisition, Microsoft plans to accelerate enterprise use of the platform, which has held repos for open source software projects of all kinds, including software sponsored by Microsoft rivals such as Apple and Oracle.Although it has not been profitable, GitHub has generated revenues through private repos and an on-premises version called GitHub Enterprise.
That's what a team of researchers is trying to figure out with their study of Easter Island statues and the red hats that sit atop some of them.Previous research by Carl P. Lipo, professor of anthropology, Binghamton University, and Terry Hunt, professor of anthropology and dean of the Honors College, University of Arizona, determined that the statues, which can be up to 33 feet tall and weigh 81 tons, were moved into place along well-prepared roads using a walking/rocking motion, similar to the way a refrigerator is moved."The statues were moved in a fashion using simple physics-based processes in a way that was elegant and remarkably effective," said Lipo.The hats, with diameters up to 6.5 feet and weighing 13 tons, might have been rolled across the island, but once they arrived at their intended statues, they still needed to be lifted onto the statues' heads.The islanders probably carved the hats cylindrically and rolled them to the statues before further carving the hats to attain the final shapes, which vary from cylindrical to conical and which usually have a smaller cylindrical projection on the top.The only features they found the same were indentations at the bases of the hats, and these indentations fit the tops of the statues' heads.
Think of how much it would cost to have airlines read out the name of your company’s latest flagship smartphone before every single flight.After news stories ranging from a Note 7 torching a family’s car to one causing the evacuation of a Southwest Airlines flight, Samsung made the decision to recall the disastrous handset at great personal expense.It tried reissuing a corrected version, but this also suffered from similar issues.He subsequently committed suicide at the age of 41.In 2013, Turing was given an official royal pardon.It reads: “Now know ye that we, in consideration of circumstances humbly represented to us, are graciously pleased to grant our grace and mercy unto the said Alan Mathison Turing and grant him our free pardon posthumously in respect of the said convictions.”
CancerAid, a self-reporting and symptom monitoring tool for cancer patients, has scored its first major coups in the U.S. healthcare market with its integration into Epic Systems electronic health records at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles and an integration with Apple’s HealthKit.Cedars, an investor in the company through an accelerator program it ran in conjunction with Techstars, marks the first U.S. hospital system to incorporate CancerAid’s self-reporting information into a dashboard system for doctors.It’s been a long road for company co-founders Raghav Murali-Ganesh and Nikhil Pooviah, who first met eight years ago at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, a Sydney, Australia cancer treatment center.Pooviah was a resident working with Murali-Ganesh in radiation oncology, positions the two men occupied for several years before venturing off on their own to launch the service that would become CancerAid.The company’s initial came from years spent checking out the tools that were already in the market for cancer patients.Tools like Chemo Calendar that helped with things like scheduling and monitoring appointments were the initial inspiration.
Ride-hailing firm Uber is now in talks with Alphabet’s autonomous driving firm Waymo on a possible future together using Uber’s taxi app despite its previous rivalry, its CEO said last night.Speaking at a conference in the US, Dara Khosrowshahi said that Uber’s relationship with Waymo has been improving since the outcome of a legal dispute over trade secrets in February, which saw Uber pay Waymo $245m (£184m) in shares.The lawsuit followed the career change of one of Waymo’s former engineers, who later became chief of Uber’s own self-driving car project and reportedly took with him thousands of confidential documents.Read more: Uber fired the head of its self-driving car project.Waymo itself plans to launch a ride-hailing app-based service using its autonomous driving technology this year, and already holds a partnership with Lyft, another Uber competitor.“We’re having discussions with Waymo.
Crypto and Blockchain will be a major theme this year, and we’re bringing together many of the key players.TechCrunch is once again the key media partner, and if you attend The Europas you’ll be first in the queue to get offers for TC events and Disrupt Europe later in the year.You can also potentially get your ticket for free just by sharing your own ticket link with friends and followers.To recap, we’re jumping straight into our popular breakout sessions where you’ll get up close and personal with some of Europe’s leading investors, founders and thought leaders.The Unconference is focused into zones including AI, Fintech, Mobility, Startups, Society, and Enterprise and Crypto / Blockchain.We’ve lined up some of the leading blockchain VCs to talk about what trends and projects excite them most, including Outlier Ventures’ Jamie Burke, KR1’s George McDonaugh, blockchain angel Nancy Fenchay, Fabric Ventures’ Richard Muirhead and Michael Jackson of Mangrove Capital Partners.
For most people, augmented reality became real with the explosion of Pokémon Go.People who hadn’t taken a leisurely walk outside in years were walking around the streets bumping into new friends (and sign posts) while collecting cute animated characters that appeared on the sidewalk.If you are old enough to remember someone trying to send you a video through email, you’ll recall you either had to wait an eternity to download an attachment (assuming the file wasn’t large enough to be rejected by your email provider), or you had to download a separate video player that you likely only used once or twice.By the summer of 2005 — only nine months later — Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion.Today, YouTube is on every screen in the world.What I mean by “augmented reality experiences” are things that are often not as built out as an entire app, but that provide entertainment value or functionality that can be used as quickly as a YouTube video might be used.
With the trend for in-housing programmatic hitting client agendas, it is clear that a shift is taking place in the relationship between advertisers and agencies.Prompted by concerns in transparency and brand safety, advertisers are increasingly looking to seize control over programmatic spend.As a result, legacy agencies are facing a major challenge to transform the structures that underpin their existing approach.Evidence of the nature of this change can be found in Infectious Media’s own research, which questioned 200 decision-making marketers with programmatic remits in EMEA, APAC and NOAM.The study revealed that 84% of respondents are seeking greater control over their programmatic operations.At the same time, it found that 96% of marketers would still look to agencies to manage multiple aspects of their programmatic advertising in the future.
Time for plan C, says DNS overlord stuck in a privacy bindA fight over private information and the internet's domain name system is heading to a German court, in a proxy battle between European legislators and American intellectual property lawyers.By filing for an injunction and insisting the matter is urgent, ICANN hopes to preempt challenges to the contract it has with registrars across the world as well as buy time while it develops a new version of that contract to fit with the GDPR legislation.While the actual details under consideration are relatively insignificant – the requirement for someone registering a domain name to provide an administrative and technical contact as well as their own personal details – the legal challenge is critical to the future of the so-called Whois domain-name-lookup service as well as ICANN's authority over the global internet.Do this by next week, pleaseThat resulted in a ludicrous situation where ICANN published a "temporary" policy that required significant changes to hundreds of companies' backend systems just one week before the deadline – and then warned those same companies that it would be monitoring them for compliance.
That’s not the world we live in today, but Google, Apple, and Microsoft are doing their best to create it.A responsive, unified operating systemToday, forcing your phone and your laptop to be friends is like trying to force a conversation between people who speak different languages.He’s a project manager on Google’s Pixelbook, a 2-in-1 laptop that tries to bridge the gap between desktop and mobile.No longer is that desktop-installed application or “program” the first way you think about computers.It’d need to function fluidly regardless of what kind of computer or input devices you use with it.
the Social media giant and the hugely popular the app start to be more integrated with each other.Read a selection of the morning's health news here!It is in the Daily Express which reported that Facebook has begun to give beta users the ability to now be able to share content from the Facebook app into Whatsapp.the Development should be a part of Facebook, which owns Whatsapp, to try to find new opportunities to make money on the app.Many android phones are being shipped out with the adware-rated software, reports anti-virus Avast on its official blog.In the analysis, the Avast found a previously known adware by the name ”Cosiloon” in the pre-installed programs on hundreds of android phones from manufacturers such as ZTE and Archos.
A NASA photographer was able to salvage a camera's memory card and watch the final moments before the device was engulfed in flames while filming a launch at a California air base.Longtime NASA photographer Bill Ingalls wanted to shoot the launch of Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on, or GRACE-FO, at Vandenberg Air Force Base last Tuesday and set up six cameras around the launch pad, the agency wrote in a blog post Friday."I had six remotes, two outside the launch pad safety perimeter and four inside," Ingalls said."Unfortunately, the launch started a grass fire that toasted one of the cameras outside the perimeter."The camera that was placed a quarter of a mile away from the launch pad, the farthest location, was engulfed in flames from the brush fire, destroying the device’s body in the process.Ingalls returned to the site hoping there was one salvageable piece of the “toasty” camera.
The Blu X Link watch has an introductory price of $50, but lacks the WearOS platform.Blu’s watch might not have an app store, but it does have cellular connectivity via 2G networks.The wearable also offers a heart rate monitor, pedometer, and sleep tracking functionality.If your name isn’t Apple, chances are good that you’re not selling loads of smartwatches.Now budget U.S. mobile brand Blu has taken a different approach with its X Link watch.The new watch is available to pre-order on Amazon for an introductory price of $50.
Didi announced via their official WeChat account on May 24 that their food delivery service, Didi Foodie, will formally land in its second city, Nanjing, on June 1.According to the company, the service in Nanjing will follow strict food safety and delivery standards.Didi also hopes to cooperate with municipal administrative parties including traffic management department to improve service.The company solicited ideas for their next city after Wuxi and Nanjing got the most votes (86,455).Read more: Fresh and driver-friendly: Meituan Dache’s first day in ShanghaiHowever, the announcement cannot guarantee business success.
Bootstrapping is an attractive way to launch and run a startup for many founders, primarily because it gives more freedom to the founders than getting investors to invest in the company.Too many promising startups have failed because the founders neglected to make informed decisions with their limited funds or utilize their available resources to their full potential.Once you’ve defined what your company does, what it offers, and the problem it solves, you must focus your attention on the branding and marketing of your company.Restrict your pitch emails to two short paragraphs or less when engaging with your media contacts to pique their interest without boring them.Establish yourself as a well of industry knowledge and an expert in your field to increase your chances of attracting more attention from journalists.Research your industry to develop your startup’s unique selling propositions.
But knitting is everywhere, producing just about everything you put against your skin each day, from socks and t-shirts to hoodies and beanies.This “seamless” or “whole garment” knitting technique was first developed in Japan 20 years ago, but high costs have prevented it from hitting the mainstream until recently.While weaving likely came first, one of the oldest surviving items of fabric clothing is a pair of Egyptian socks made through nålbindning, an early form of knitting that used one instead of two needles.The first automated loom, introduced in the early 1800s, was the forefather to the modern computer, utilising early binary code and inspiring the original Luddite revolts.When I asked Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, the founder of Interwoven Design Studio, why knitting has been a focus for e-textile makers, her answer was simple: “The majority of what people own is already knitted,” she said.“It’s what people want to put on their body.”
They cost money, but the amount they save in time and, more importantly, convenience make them an absolute necessity in most kitchens.Moen is one of the leading faucet makers, and their MotionSense Wave line takes style and usability to the next level by adding a motion sensor that flips the water on and off with a wave of your hand.This isn’t particularly new technology, of course.We installed the Moen Essie Pull-Down Touchless Kitchen Faucet with MotionSense Wave ($625) in one of our test kitchens to take its hands-free technology for a test drive.Unfortunately, it pops off much too easily (especially when plugging in the power cords) and is challenging to click back on.The MotionWave comes with a battery pack (and batteries) to power the unit, but the AC adaptor is strangely a separate $125 purchase, which seems rather extreme.