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Yesterday Alchemist Accelerator, best known for working with enterprise startups, held its 17th demo day at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) in Menlo Park, California.Twenty-four startups pitched ideas ranging from personalized genomics to hard tech spinouts from Stanford’s Linear Accelerator.Rather than expound upon all twenty-four I worked with Alchemist to bring you a top five list of startups that pitched.The team has built scalable transaction platforms in the past, including having authored HBO’s metadata protocol.Deep Science AI : Human-In-The-Loop AI Platform for Active Threat Detection Inside of Retail Businesses and Public Spaces.Human monitoring of security cameras in retail outlets is too expensive (and not a fun job).
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Peckham Levels is home to restaurants, bars, artist studios, and a space where people can listen to talks and watch performances.Above the reasonably priced Peckhamplex cinema (£5 a ticket!)The car park — well known among young South Londoners because of trendy Frank's Cafe (located on the roof) and the odd art exhibition — was occupied by squatters after the supermarket closed its doors in 1983 and it became a hangout for drug taking and prostitution."In all fairness what an amazing place to squat.I know that we came in and relocated a lot of the problems.A soft area is proving popular with children.
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Imagine all the channels this cable system getsTeam DT is back from CES, we hope you got a chance to look around at our comprehensive coverage.If not, we have a few links below you might find interesting.But now that CES is over, it’s back to reality – and waiting for all that great new gear to show up.Anyway, Google is making news today with their new big push into cloud computing, something that so far has been dominated by Amazon and others.Business Insider reports that Google, which operates under the “Alphabet” umbrella, is planning to roll out three new undersea data cables by next year in a bid to expand its cloud-based offering to more regions around the globe.
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It might be hording a ridiculous amount of debt, but Netflix is ranking in the cash as it tops the tables for non-game app revenues.Estimates from Sensor Tower, puts the content giant above the likes of Line and Tinder in the list, with revenues of $510 million, a 138% year on year increase, while last year’s leader Spotify drops out of the top ten completely.In fact, it has been a good year for video apps as Tecent Video and HBO Now also populate the list, hammering home the mobile video revolution.While some might turn their nose up at the idea of the app economy, if Sensor Tower’s estimates are anywhere near accurate, the money is starting to stack up.Over the last 12 months, the team believe the app economy grew by 35% taking the total up to $58.6 billion, with mobile games continuing to dominate, accounting for roughly 82% of the total revenues.And while Android might be the dominant operating system worldwide, Google’s inability to navigate the choppy waters of Chinese regulation is seemingly hurting.
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Bad user interface design has been blamed for Hawaii experiencing a brief spate of nuclear panic over the weekend.In case you missed the news, anyone with a smartphone in the island State on Saturday morning received an emergency message stating “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”The message was sent in error, but advice to that effect took 13 minutes to emerge.Hawaii's State government has explained, in a timeline [PDF] that the message was sent as part of a “routine internal test” at 8.05 AM on Saturday, January 13th.That test message went through the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) 8.07 am.
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Ford knows a good retro opportunity when it has one, and so it’s brought the 2019 Mustang Bullitt to the Detroit Auto Show 2018.The special edition comes on the fiftieth anniversary of the classic movie, Bullitt, with a 5.0-liter V8 engine and of course the option of the classic Dark Highland Green paint job.More powerful than a regular Mustang GT, the special edition is de-badged just like the movie car.It sits on special 19-inch wheels and has a manual transmission with a white cue ball shifter knob, again, just like the original.Ford says it should deliver at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb-ft. of torque.Together that should be enough for a top speed of 163 mph which, if you’re keeping track, is an all-important 8 mph faster than the Mustang GT the Bullitt Edition is based on.
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Julian Assange, who has been living in Ecuador’s embassy in London for the past five years, is officially being granted Ecuadorian citizenship.Assange has been in self-imposed exile since 2012 after it was clear that he may have to face charges that he sexually assaulted two women in Sweden.But this week has been a confusing one for the WikiLeaks founder, as rumours have swirled about him possibly leaving the embassy whether he wanted to or not.Ecuadorian officials made the announcement that they would be granting him citizenship in a press conference just a short while ago, but Assange appeared to allude to his new status on Wednesday, tweeting a photo of himself wearing the jersey of Ecuador’s national football team.Britain recently rejected Assange’s bid for diplomatic status, leaving it to Ecuador to try and find a more permanent resolution than having Assange living in its embassy indefinitely.This appears to be just a first step to getting Assange out, though Ecuador has yet to say what next steps might look like.
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Publishers are scrambling to try and figure out whether Facebook's big algorithm change will impact their business.Many are confused and anxious, while others see a big win for quality publishers.There is a sense of betrayal among some media companies, given how active Facebook has courted the industry.Publishers should have seen this comingSeveral publishers have long warned against putting all their eggs in the Facebook basket, and have tried to diversify revenue streams.And they've also kept their eyes wide open when it comes to Facebook's level of caring about media partners.
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Meltdowns, suspect share dealing and class-action suits, it’s been an interesting 2018 for Intel so far, and it doesn’t seem to be getting better quickly.Intel share price has been dropping all week, though this is unlikely to bother CEO Brian Krzanich after he conveniently offloaded before the news broke, as the company continues to struggle to deal with the vulnerabilities.Intel has continually told users to update their systems when prompted, though these patches aren’t solving the problem.Patches released for Broadwell and Haswell processors are causing both PCs and data centre systems to reboot, which should be seen as a problem.Navin Shenoy, GM of the Data Center Group, feels he needs to calm the ship, but even a soothing note couldn’t stop the downward share trend.“We have received reports from a few customers of higher system reboots after applying firmware updates,” said Shenoy.
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I love miniature gaming PCs, and Intel may have just trumped them all here at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.This is the Intel Hades Canyon NUC, a VR-ready gaming rig that's just 1.2 liters in volume.It's small enough to fit into a messenger bag, or even a very large purse -- and yet it's got enough power to play real VR games and/or drive up to six (!)Echo Arena looked butter-smooth on the system I tried on the CES show floor.I even got Intel to open up the back of its demo station, to prove it was running on this tiny box instead of a hidden gaming rig.How is this sorcery possible?
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The C-2A Greyhound delivery aircraft lies 3 miles underwater.In what is being described as the deepest salvage operation ever attempted, the US Navy is planning the recovery of a transport aircraft that plunged into the Philippine sea in November 2017.The C-2A Greyhound, a carrier-based delivery aircraft, took off from the Marine Air Station Iwakuni in Japan and was headed to its carrier- the USS Ronald Reagan in the Philippine Sea on 22 November.Unfortunately, the plane crashed into the water after which it is reported that 8 out of the 11 crew members on board were rescued.The remaining three crew members have been declared lost at sea, notes a report by Popular Mechanics (PM).Since the aircraft has not been recovered yet, the cause of the crash has not been determined as of now.
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Over one in five children in Reception, and over one in three children in Year 6 were measured as obese or overweight most recent statistics show.National Obesity Awareness Week is undoubtedly a time for action, but also a time to reflect on a journey that has resulted in a tenfold increase in the number of obese and overweight children and teens over the last 40 years, according to the World Health Organisation.The Government released its 10-year plan to cut childhood obesity in 2016 and last week we saw Public Health England (PHE) launch a campaign to encourage parents to stop giving their children unhealthy snacks and instead look for healthier options of no more than 100 calories, twice a day.People are less active nowadays, partly because technology has made our lives easier.Research from the Department of Health suggests that many teenagers spend more than seven hours a day sitting down, at school, on transport or in their leisure time.We all need to move more.
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JPMorgan says that Amazon's market value could eventually grow to more than $1 trillion.The firm says that Amazon is "investing in more major growth opportunities than any other company."The stock would have to surge 66% from current levels to achieve a 13-digit valuation.Amazon is already the fourth-highest valued company in the US market at $602 billion, but JPMorgan has its sights set much higher.Which is saying a lot, since Amazon's 56% surge in 2017 was already the best in the hyper-elite "FANG" group, which also consists of similarly red-hot Netflix, Facebook and Google."We believe Amazon has the potential to be a $1 trillion dollar company over time, as it remains early in the e-commerce and cloud secular shifts," JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth wrote in a client note.
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Jimmy Iovine (right) with Apple's SVP of Design Jony Ive (left).Mike Windle/Getty ImagesRumours went round last week that Apple executive Jimmy Iovine was set to leave the company in August.The exec was on stage at the Grammy Museum on January 8 and addressed the issue saying that he's loyal to Apple and its vision, and he is, in fact, not leaving.He also spoke about what's next, and said that his main objective will be focusing to get streaming right.The music mogul was on stage at the Grammy Museum for a screening to promote the Grammy-nominated HBO documentary "The Defiant Ones," and during the following Q he shot down the reports that claimed that the end of his contract would coincide with his departure from the company (we first saw the news via Variety)."I am almost 65, have been with Apple for four years and in two-and-a-half years the [Apple Music] service has gotten to well over 30 million subscribers and Beats has continued its successful run," he said.
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Chinese web search emperor Baidu is to join forces with deposed king of phones BlackBerry, adding its embedded QNX operating system to the Chinese firm's open-source self-driving platform.BB's Unix-like OS will join the cloud services, open software stack, reference hardware and vehicle sets that make up Baidu's Apollo - the self-driving system behind its autonomous vehicles announced in April 2017.Baidu's own software, including maps, smartphone integration and an AI voice assistant, will be plugged in to give Apollo additional capabilities.Baidu announced partnerships with Microsoft Cloud in June 2017, and other big names like Bosch, Nvidia and TomTom to assist with development and rollout.It backed a fund to pour £1.1bn into 100 lucky self-driving projects around the world in September of the same year.QNX, originally developed by QNX Software Systems, was bought by Research in Motion in 2010, and has been used as an OS in BB's mobile devices as well as control systems for medical and safety applications.
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The sky-high valuations of cryptocurrencies isn't lost on hackers, who are responding with increasingly sophisticated attacks that covertly harness the computers and electricity of unwitting people to generate digital coins worth large sums of money.One example is a recently uncovered mass hack of servers that has mined about $6,000 worth of the cryptocurrency known as AEON in the past 23 days.Based on the rate the underlying cryptographic hashes are being generated, Morphus Labs Chief Research Officer Renato Marinho estimated that about 450 separate conscripted machines are participating.Marinho analyzed one of the servers and found that attackers gained control over it by exploiting CVE-2017-10271, a critical vulnerability in Oracle's WebLogic package that was patched in October.The owner of the compromised server, however, had yet to install the fix."The exploit is pretty simple to execute and comes with a Bash script to make it easy to scan for potential victims," Marinho wrote in a blog post published Sunday.
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Self-driving and connected car tech company Aptiv (formerly Delphi) is back at CES again in 2018, and this time it’s partnering with Lyft to demonstrate its latest developments in self-driving technology.The Aptiv and Lyft team-up brings a fleet of 8 autonomous test cars to Las Vegas, which attendees at the show can hail from their Lyft app for rides to 20 different destinations across the strip – just like they would any other Lyft.Users will be alerted when they’re able to get a self-driving vehicle, and of course queues will probably be long given that CES has nearly 200,000 attendees and their are less than 10 vehicles available, but this test is still open to the public, the first time Delphi has done with with one of its autonomous test vehicles.The car that Delphi is using this year is also new, an iteration on its testing platform that’s based on a BMW 5-Series, complete with Velodyne LIDAR mounted at the front beneath the grill instead of on-top, as well as front-facing LiDAR on the wing mirrors to complete the picture and two radar sensor mounts on either side of the vehicle that retract when not in use.Aptiv CTO Glen DeVos explained that this tech package includes more sensors than ever before, but it also offers a design that’s more integrated into the existing lines of the consumer vehicle, too.The idea is to continue to move towards something that’s more production-ready, both in terms of capabilities, and in terms of meeting the design expectations of manufacturers and consumers.
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Right now, materials like Kevlar are the gold standard when it comes to tough textiles used in applications such as body armor.But materials scientists are busy searching for its possible successor.Previously we’ve covered some innovative ultra-strong materials such a foil-thin graphene shield which can repel diamonds and artificial spider silk able to absorb the majority of an impact.Now researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed their own next-generation tough material: polyethylene nano-fibers, which possess astonishing levels of strength and toughness, despite being just billionths of a meter thick.“Stiff, strong, and tough ultrafine polethylene fibers that rival the best high performance polymer fibers, but with diameters less than one micrometer, [have been fabricated by us] for the first time by a new process called ‘gel-electrospinning,’” MIT professor of chemical engineering Gregory Rutledge told Digital Trends.“Currently available high performance polyethylene fibers like Spectra and Dyneema are already among the stiffest and strongest fibers, on a per weight basis.
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Sony has a trio of new Xperia phones that are designed to fit more of the world around you into your selfies.Unveiled at the annual CES 2018 show here in Las Vegas on Monday, the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and L2 feature a camera that can shoot 120-degree selfies at 8 megapixels.(The XA2 Ultra also lets you shoot 16-megapixel selfies without this wide-angle option.)The very wide angle means you'll be able to see more of your environment than with other cameras: more friends, or a sweeping landscape, or maybe the hijinks behind you.Some phones tackle the problem of cramped selfies by forcing you to take a three-pane panorama from the front-facing shooter, which takes more time to set up and shoot.Image quality and solid performance are typically high points with Sony phones, but in past years the company has struggled to maintain its edge against rivals with bolder designs or lower price tags.
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Further proving CES 2018 is turning into a car show, Kia plans to bring its newest concept car to Las Vegas next week as it talks about its vision of what comes after autonomous driving.The unnamed concept will be a Kia EV, the automaker has confirmed, with what’s promised to be a “highly efficient” battery-powered electric drivetrain.There’s little detail right now as to what that exactly entails, but we’ve seen attempts to use lighting motion on vehicles before, both in concepts and on production models.By changing their colors they could indicate whether the car was in fully-autonomous mode or being driven by a human operator.Meanwhile, the car could flash up warnings about the road ahead on its rear display, while the headlamps were in fact animated “eyes” that could help pedestrians understand that the car’s systems had registered them.On the roads already – though a lot less complex – are Audi’s latest turn signals.
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