Letha Byrd

Letha Byrd

Followers 11
Following 11
US
In the first major new product partnership under Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, the company on Wednesday entered the lucrative credit card market.Uber announced a rewards earning, no-fees credit card, backed by Barclays bank.It's a way for the company to double down on one of its more successful businesses beyond ride sharing and black-car hailing: UberEats.UberEats is Uber's food delivery service (aka its GrubHub killer), on track to book $3 billion in revenue this year, reports The Financial Times and responsible for up to 10% of the company's revenue.Naturally, the Uber credit card will allow you to charge Uber rides to it, giving you 2% cash back on them (the same deal it offers on all online shopping including video and music streaming services).But it will give you 4% cashback on restaurants, takeout, and bars, including UberEats and 1% cashback on typical purchases.
UK
Appleby, a major law firm based in Bermuda, has said the financial details of super-rich clients may be leaked after it suffered a major data breach last year.The firm is currently warning clients, including some of the wealthiest people in the UK, that their sensitive information may be leaked after it was approached by the media group behind the reporting of the Panama Papers, The Telegraph first reported.In 2015, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) released the so-called Panama Papers, a cache of 11.5 million leaked financial documents from the world's fourth biggest offshore law firm, Panama City-based Mossack Fonseca.Disclosures from the Panama Papers shook the global political elite and triggered investigations into many public figures across the globe.Some notable figures named in the leak, dubbed the biggest leak in the history of data journalism, were close associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iceland's then prime minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, Barcelona star Lionel Messi and former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif.Appleby said it has received enquiries from the ICIJ and a number of its media partners regarding "documents that journalists claim to have seen and involve allegations made against our business and the business conducted by some of our clients".
US
Janko Roettgers, reporting for Variety: AT's DirecTV is getting ready to embrace internet-based content delivery beyond its DirecTV Now service: The company is about to introduce a new TV set-top box that's based on Google's Android TV platform and ditches satellite connectivity for over-the-top streaming, according to a new FCC filing.The new device, which goes by the model number C71KW-400, is being described by these documents as "the new AT/DirecTV Wireless 4K OTT Client."A user manual published as part of the filings specifies that the device won't be able to interact with any of DirecTV's existing Genie hardware, and hints at a future hardware product called HS27.Helpfully, the manual also supplies a definition of OTT as "the delivery of video via the internet directly into user-connected devices, allowing access to services anywhere, anytime, on any device."The manual also reveals that the set-top will shop with a voice remote with integrated touch pad, and photos show that it has Ethernet, digital audio, HDMI and USB ports, but no antenna connectivity -- meaning that any and all programming will indeed come over the internet.
US
Exclusive Credit insurers are cutting their exposure to geek emporium Maplin Electronics amid some reports of declining profit and wider concerns about old-school retailing.Trade indemnifier QBE slashed available cover on Maplin by more than 80 per cent in September and has just removed the limit completely, meaning distributors will not be able to use QBE to insure debts with the Brit retailer.A person familiar with the matter said that a dip in profits had spooked the credit insurers.A Maplin spokesman told us today: "Maplin is a profitable and cash-generative business.As part of our normal quarterly reporting process we will shortly be updating credit insurers on our financial position, which we anticipate will reassure any broader sector worries."The rep said that a credit insurer recently doubled the credit level following a meeting with management but did not name them, citing commercial sensitivity.
US
Research has found plenty of things to savor about growing old, including an increased ability to build empathy and achieve financial security.But the scientific research on when people "peak" in various aspects of their life — as determined by the median ages across certain trends — also suggest people max out certain abilities in their youth.Age 7 — Learning a new languageThere's still some debate among linguists and psychologists about whether people lose their ability to absorb a new language as they age, but it's widely accepted that the brain is more malleable, or "plastic," before kids reach puberty.If you want your child to learn a language, best to give them lessons as soon as possible.Age 18 - Brain processing power
UK
The new video for rock band Spoon’s “Do I Have to Talk You Into It” consists of lead singer Britt Daniel being rapidly morphed, deformed, beautified, clone-stamped, liquified, and peeled apart in Photoshop.At one point, Daniel is transformed into a coyote, the Photoshop interface drops away for a split second, and we just see some video of a snarling coyote in the woods.The familiar Adobe interface gets as much pride of place as the rock star does, and like the YouTube “speed edits” that inspired it, the video is fundamentally about its own making.Director Brook Linder rebuffs the idea that the video is trying to say something about the pains of celebrity or fashion-world retouching.“You want to have a light touch so that people can bring their own interpretations to it,” he told Gizmodo.If there’s an element of reflection on celebrity seeping into the video, he said, it’s more likely coming from the redefinition of celebrity that’s facilitated by platforms like YouTube.
US
After months of rumors, the Essential Phone was first announced and went on sale in May.The high-end Android phone finally started shipping to customers in late August.At the time, the price of the phone was $699, but a few days ago some retailers started discounting the device by $100.This evening, Essential announced that the phone was getting a permanent $200 price drop to $499 on its web store.In a blog post, Niccolo de Masi, the president of Essential, stated that anyone who bought the Essential Phone before October 22 will be able to get a $200 “friends and family” code for use on its store.The code can be used to reduce the price of a new Essential Phone purchase, which means if you have one of these codes the price of the phone will go down to $299.
UK
A return to the series’ roots, Resident Evil 7 casts aside the fast-paced action gameplay of the franchise’s latter years for a plodding, methodical approach.Upon arriving in rural Louisiana, Ethan winds up trapped by the maniacal and incredibly persistent Baker family.A surprise 2016 indie hit from developer Bloober Team, Layers of Fear puts players in the role of an ambitious painter at work on his magnum opus.While it could be categorized as a walking simulator, as there is no direct combat, players do interact with objects in order to solve puzzles to get the rooms to shift.The grotesque and vile manifestations you encounter throughout the game are bound to turn some players off — even those who really enjoy the genre.Outlast 2 does both survival horror and psychological horror incredibly well, tells a gripping narrative, and will keep your heart beating a mile a minute as you navigate through its extremely terrifying setting populated with even more terrifying people.
US
The Nintendo Switch might have outsold the PlayStation 4 in September, but it’s Sony video game console that’s ruling the TV screen, leading in ad impressions month after month.GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs, to bring you a monthly report on the TV ad impressions generated by the gaming industry’s biggest campaigns.These are the ads, and by extension the games, that game makers are putting major muscle behind.For the second period in a row, TV ad impressions from the gaming industry increased, up to 2.9 billion from 2 billion in our previous report.More brands came out to play as well: Thirty-five companies (up from 32 last time) ran 121 spots over 17,600 times with an estimated spend of $65.9 million.PlayStation captured over 31 percent (954.5 million) of the industry’s impressions with its 14 ads that aired over 4,000 times.
US
Almost nine years after Bitcoin launched, trading cryptocurrency with fiat currencies remains difficult and expensive, with the space dominated by centralized exchanges charging high transaction fees and not always delivering the user experience and level of service you expect.Exchanges like Coinbase and Kraken (and many more like them) force you to go through time-consuming anti-money laundering and know-your-customer (KYC) processes before they allow you to trade any significant amounts.For anyone doing frequent or large transactions, these fees add up.Gox in 2014 being the biggest and most famous breach, with Bitfinex last year on second place — have given the exchanges a bad reputation among both traders and holders of cryptocurrency, who refrain from storing their coins on the exchanges when possible.You can sell your Bitcoin via multitude of payment methods without having to give anyone your ID, making it the preferred option for buyers and sellers who value their privacy.However, unlike its Bitcoin counterpart, Localethereum will be a completely decentralized service (there won’t be an ICO though) where the user retains full control at all times.
US
Paying back your friends is getting even easier.Facebook Messenger has supported sending money through its platform for a few years now, but you had to use a credit or debit card.Now, Facebook is bringing PayPal into the fold.PayPal certainly has its faults, but it does provide another layer of protection in case someone gets ahold of your account.You can access the new feature the same way you’d pay with your credit or debit card.Tap the blue plus icon, then hit the green Payments button.
UK
Pushing out the big guns to compete with Samsung – and each otherRob Salmon has joined Cohesity as its president and COO, replacing Riccardo Di Blasio who was ejected in October last year.Salmon's hiring comes after a 13-month search process.He becomes, effectively, the deputy to founder and CEO Mohit Aron.Interestingly, Salmon "retired" from NetApp in April 2016, being replaced by Henri Richard, EVP for worldwide field ops and customers.Salmon had been NetApp president from 2014 to 2016 and EVP worldwide field ops before that.
US
More than 1,000 days have passed since Apple updated its Mac mini hardware.Since then, Apple has launched the Apple Watch, AirPods, the retina MacBook, and the Touch Bar MacBook Pro.But in an e-mail to an Apple customer today, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Mac mini isn't going anywhere.The customer, who goes by the name Krar, e-mailed Cook to note that the Mac mini hasn't seen an update in three years.Krar wanted to know, "Are we are going to see anything in the pipeline any time soon?"Cook's response, which was shared on MacRumors, said:
UK
Switching the country from petrol/diesel to electric vehicles isn't going to be a quick task, but the government has announced plans to help increase EV adoption and make them more appealing.Telling motorway services and petrol stations that they have to install EV chargers.This is part of the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, first announced during the Queen's speech in June, was read out in Parliament yesterday, outlining new powers to help increase EV adoption across the UK.In addition to actually installing the chargers, the government wants this new network of charging points to be "smart" - meaning it can interact with the national grid to help manage demand across the UK.Anyone operating the chargers will also have to display clear information on their location, cost, operating hours, and what charging options are available.Plus whether they're a) working, and b) currently in use.
UK
For now, consider the new Surface Book 2 with mere 17-hour life and Intels insideMicrosoft says testing of Qualcomm-powered laptops running Windows 10 is well advanced and suggest it will be possible to use the devices for multiple days without charging their batteries.News from Qualcomm's 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong this week suggest that deadline could be met.Trusted Reviews reports that Microsoft's principal group program manager for connectivity partners Pete Bernard told media at the event that hundred of Qualcomm-powered lappies can be seen in the halls at Microsoft HQ.Bernard also said that the machines are doing better than expected in terms of battery life as he now happily leaves his charger behind, safe in the knowledge he won't need it every day.Other reports from the Summit have Bernard saying testing of Qualcomm-powered Windows 10 machines is very advanced.
US
A Colombian shop owner fought for his rights against Google.The small-scale furniture seller recently won a court battle with Google after failing to silence an anonymous blogger who spread false accusations, shattering his online reputation.The man, who chose to remain unnamed, owns a furniture store in the city of Ibagué, Colombia and decided it was time to take action for protection (acción de tutela) against a blog that published negative comments regarding his small venture.The blog was set up on Blogger, which belongs to Google Inc.The anonymous blogger posted false accusations, including claims that he was a thief and asked for advanced payments — only to then run off with the money and disappear.The man said he waited two years for a response from the blog owner before taking it to court, claiming the increasingly bad rep affected his personal and work life — even though they were false.
US
Now, one of SoftBank’s besties — the sovereign wealth fund of the United Arab Emirates, called the Mubadala Investment Company — is also making a splashy debut onto the scene, announcing today that it’s opening a San Francisco office, pouring $400 million into early-stage startups and committing between $50 million and $70 million to a “fund of funds” that will invest in various venture firms.Middle Eastern investors have been funding Silicon Valley startups for years, just as have Chinese and Japanese investors (and many others).In fact, as Recode reports, the Mubadala team will be tasked, in part, with overseeing the $15 billion that Abu Dhabi has committed to the Vision Fund, which held a close earlier this year on $93 billion.Given the money at stake, you can understand them wanting to get more involved in what’s happening on the ground.Meanwhile, SoftBank is chipping into Mubadala’s new $400 million early-stage fund as a way to cement its relationship with the outfit, as well, presumably, as a way to look at younger, smaller companies that it can’t afford to waste time on now, given the checks it’s writing, which are typically $200 million or larger.As a source close to SoftBank told us a couple of weeks ago: “If you can show [SoftBank] where it can invest $10 million and make a billion, who is going to say no?
US
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Alert: Researchers warn that large parts of biomedical science could be invalid due to a cascading history of flawed data in a systemic failure going back decades.A new investigation reveals more than 30,000 published scientific studies could be compromised by their use of misidentified cell lines, owing to so-called immortal cells contaminating other research cultures in the lab.The problem is as serious as it is simple: researchers studying lung cancer publish a new paper, only it turns out the tissue they were actually using in the lab were liver cells.Or what they thought were human cells were mice cells, or vice versa, or something else entirely.If you think that sounds bad, you're right, as it means the findings of each piece of affected research may be flawed, and could even be completely unreliable.Horback and fellow researcher Willem Halffman wanted to know how extensive the phenomenon of misidentified cell lines really was, so they searched for evidence of what they call "contaminated" scientific literature.
10
China
World’s largest mobile electronics trade fair -Global Sources HongKong Electronics Fair at Asia-World Expo, will be opening its doors already tomorrow and for the next 3 days you can see products from 2.700 exhibitors from over 100 countries all around the world.And well the aspiring chinese brands like Leagoo can’t miss it, so you are invited to visit them at their booth 7J18 and hey they have a beer word in their invite !And in their booth you can surely see the latest models Leagoo S8 and S8, which made the debut not that long ago on September 28th.These two pieces are trying to perfect the 18:9 display formula started originally by LG G6 and Samsung S8 and they will surely try to stand out of the crowd with the design.They tried to make especially the rear cover truly unique with 3D curved glossy finish, CNC metal crafted body and all the jazz.For better idea they also released first batch of live photos today, so you can ogle the Leagoo S8 Pro in stylish Dazzle Blue color.
8
Sweden
Apple har sedan tidigare utlovat att Apple Pay ska komma till Sverige "innan året är slut".Någon tidpunkt har vi dock inte fått, varken datum, vecka eller ens månad.Men nu verkar det hända saker.Sajten Macpro skriver nämligen att Apple och Nordea ingått partnerskap och att Apple Pay lanseras redan i nästa vecka.Närmare bestämt är det tisdag den 24 oktober som Nordea och Apple ska lansera tjänsten.Några fler detaljer framkommer dock inte, exempelvis om fler banker är redo eller om detta är en exklusivitet för Nordea en tid framöver.
More

Top