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wants to make restaurants more convenient and efficient for the busy bees of this world and announced today that is has secured $5 million to expand nationwide.Greycroft Partners led this round, with participation from new investor Vaizra Investments.Previous investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Compound, FJ Labs, and SMRK VC Fund also joined.They then pick a place, choose from the menu, order, and pay ahead of time, so that everything is ready and taken care of once they sit down upon arrival.If you’re running between meetings, however, saving time on ordering and paying is a definite plus.Allset charges each restaurant a 12 percent commission on each order placed through its platform.
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The wireless industry suffered a setback this week after California’s governor vetoed a bill designed to make it easier for companies to install new cellular transmitters.Jerry Brown said Sunday that he wouldn’t sign a state bill easing deployments of so-called small cells, or short-range networking gear.He said a simpler permitting process for new technology should be balanced with the interest local governments have in managing their own rights of way.The decision was a rare setback for cellphone companies, which have lobbied for simpler rules for new radio transmitters that can fit onto streetlamps, traffic signals and other structures that usually belong to cities or local utilities.Jonathan Adelstein, head of the Wireless Infrastructure Association, an industry-backed group, said the bill would have helped carriers handle more traffic.“California needs to enact laws that streamline the permitting process and grant greater access to public rights of way or its residents will be left behind,” he said.
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The change means that the enhanced image quality of HDR+ will soon be available inside apps that also offer manual exposure and focus control.The Google Pixel 2 comes with a number of innovative camera features, and one of those camera features, HDR+, will soon be available to third-party photography app developers via a preview of Android Oreo 8.1, the company announced on October 17.It means that non-native apps can utilize the enhanced image quality from the Google Pixel 2 HDR+ mode.Google’s HDR+ mode has been part of Google Camera for a few years, but the Google Pixel 2 refines that program by expanding processing power.HDR is a photo technique that blends multiple images together to keep the detail in both the bright and dark areas of the image.Since HDR involves multiple images, faster hardware is necessary in order to keep HDR from slowing down the performance of the smartphone.
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Yet many businesses lack the in-house skills to deploy and manage these technologies cost effectively.Although every company has different objectives – for example a florist might look to expand its delivery radius, while a construction contractor’s main concern may be safety and compliance – wasting resources, whether time, money or both, is not an option.From the outset, it should be easy for businesses to buy technologies that enable them to reach their objectives – whether that’s increased productivity, reduced costs, or a mixture of the two.One obvious way of doing this is by buying bundled solutions that package complementary applications together.The classic example of this is packages such as Microsoft Office or Open Office; giving businesses not only the necessary capabilities of a word processor, and spreadsheet and presentation capabilities, but allowing them to transfer content seamlessly between each application.A florist may need to not only make phone calls, but increasingly use instant messaging and even video conferencing to share images and information between nurseries, delivery drivers and customers.
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Soho-based Lab, an independent full-service digital agency, has announced that Rosita Wijngaarde has joined the performance marketing team as managing partner to drive strategic growth by offering a uniquely transparent and end-to-end solution for marketers.With the recent disruption and lack of accountability in the media and performance marketing industry, Lab believes that by offering a truly transparent solution with end-to-end accountability it will help to restore some of the lost credibility.Lab founder and managing director, Jonny Tooze, said: “You don’t have to be a genius in human behaviour to see that everyone is getting a bit fed up.The lack of accountability, attribution or just valid data for advertisers has got to stop and we want to be the agency to do something about it.What’s great about bringing Rosita on board is that she is an industry leader who feels the same as we do, and she’s joined us with a mission to win some brilliant clients who just want a completely different experience.”The E2E offering is an integrated solution that combines business consultancy, creative design, UX and digital performance marketing.
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A report, subsequently confirmed by both companies, states that Qualcomm is seeking to ban the sale and manufacture of Apple’s smartphones in China.The story was broken by Bloomberg, which said that Qualcomm had filed law suits at a Beijing intellectual property court, claiming patent infringement and seeking injunctive relief – i.e.a ban on commercial activity.A Qualcomm spokesperson offered a generic confirmation of the action while an Apple spokesperson gave a generic statement on how baseless it all is.This is just the latest phase of a litigation arms race between the two companies.Apple doesn’t like how much money it has to pay Qualcomm for its chips and, as ever, the move to litigation is a consequence of negotiations between the two companies breaking down.
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Competition heats up across the UK as government looks for new projects to boost 5G targets.A £25m nationwide competition aims to bring the UK a step closer to becoming a ‘world leader’ in 5G development technology.As part of the UK Government’s £740m National Productivity Investment Fund to support the next generation of digital infrastructure, the Government has launched a competition entitled “5G Testbeds and Trials”.The competition aims to support the future of digital infrastructure across the UK, including 5G and full fibre broadband development.Successful projects could be backed with up to £5m.Digital Minister, Matt Hancock, made the announcement earlier today and said: “To stay competitive we must be at the cutting edge of new technology and we are determined to be one of the first countries in the world to use 5G.
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The Telegraph has appointed Aki Mandhar as its chief operating officer, a role that has been vacant since June when Nick Hugh stepped up as chief executive.In the role Mandhar will take responsibility for commercial content, newspaper production and circulation, events and commercial operations.She joins the publisher from OMD UK, where she was most recently managing director.It is not yet known who will be replacing Mandhar at OMD.Prior to this she was managing director of MediaCom's entertainment division Ted, as well as managing director of MediaCom’s employer brands arm Career and general manager at TMP Worldwide/Monster.com, where she led the agency’s commercial arm.Mandhar’s appointment comes just days after the publisher appointed Chris Forrester, formerly the country manager of Spotify UK, as its first chief revenue officer.
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The Nubia Z17miniS was unveiled today at an event in Shenzhen, China.The Z17miniS is one of the phones that were slated for launch today.The front has fairly thin bezels on the sides although they are nowhere close to the likes of the other bezel-less phones in the market.The back houses the dual camera setup, making the count of cameras on this phone, 4.The Z17miniS measures 147.5 x 71.2 x 7.6mm and has a weight of 155g.The Nubia Z17miniS sports a 5.2-inch in-cell JDI display which has a resolution of 1080p and comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
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A decade of smartphones has changed our expectations; now we're accustomed to frequent updates that car makers are still trying to wrap their business models around.As Ron Amadeo found out in his mammoth review, some infotainment systems are definitely better than others, but it's fair to say that the best ones are really quite good.We are also at the point where third parties are developing apps for these car platforms, which is probably a good thing, as the sad ending to Windows Phone illustrates.(A couple of caveats: yes, it's not quite analogous to the smartphone market, and I doubt that an infotainment system will be the main reason someone decides to buy a particular make or model.And yes, Apple and Google have created "casted interfaces" for iOS and Android.But the number of apps that are compatible with this mode is limited, and plenty of OEMs are yet to add CarPlay or Android Auto support to their infotainment platforms.)
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Twitter for Apple TV users can now link their iPhones or iPads up with their accounts and tweet away.Twitter announced the update to its application for Apple TV in a tweet.Connect your Apple devices and Tweet while you watch!Update to the latest Twitter app for Apple TV.— Twitter Live (@TwitterLive) October 11, 2017The social network said in an email to Social Pro Daily that the new feature works as follows:
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For years, Samsung used two different processors for all its flagship devices, including Qualcomm’s flagship CPU and a chip of its own.Reports already say that some of next year’s Galaxy S9 models will be powered by the next-gen Snapdragon 845 processor.But a fresh rumor indicates that the Galaxy S10 chip is already in the making, the Snapdragon 855.On the other hand, considering the bad news Qualcomm got this week, it may be no coincidence that the first Snapdragon 855 rumors have started to appear this early.Roland Quandt said on Twitter that the SDM845 (Snapdragon 845) will be followed by the SDM855 (Snapdragon 855), which seems absolutely logical.He found the mentions of the SDM845 and SDM855 on Linkedin.
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WhatsApp, despite its claims to privacy and end-to-end encryption, has never really recovered from the scandals that plagued it, especially after its acquisition by Facebook.This recently discovered vulnerability doesn’t help it either, especially when it can, amusingly or not, be used to establish infidelity.All that from an exploit that allows others to see your online and last seen status, which can eventually be correlated to your sleeping patterns and who you might be chatting with.Before sounding the alarm, it should be noted that the exploit is actually very superficial on some level.It can’t give others access to your messages and other information that you have chosen to withhold from the public.And the vulnerability seems to also only work if the targets are already in your contacts list.
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We love it when a brand uses its own tools and interests to make a bigger impact on the culture.Inspired by its work with Egyptologists for the video game Assassin’s Creed: Origins—which takes place in Cleopatra’s ancient Egypt—the project was born when the brand realized how hard it is to cull information about that time period.In the field of humanities, it gave birth to a new field of studies called digital humanities,” says Egyptologist Perrine Poiron in the video below.She goes on to tell us that translating hieroglyphics—the primary mode of recording storytelling and history in ancient Egypt—has been stagnant since the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, 200 years ago.Conceived in a partnership between Ubisoft and Google, the goal is to use machine learning-driven artificial intelligence to extract hieroglyphic symbols from multiple sources, enabling algorithms to learn to recognize them automatically.“Then we can analyze existing translations, matching hieroglyphic sequences to unlock their meaning,” says technology director Alex Fry of The Hieroglyphics Project.
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iOS 11 may not come jam-packed with an endless list of cool and must-have features, but there’s still a lot to like about the latest update to Apple’s mobile software.From a revamped Control Center to new image formats that will prevent photos and videos from eating up all your storage, iOS 11 is certainly an update worth downloading.And that’s to say nothing of the support for some of the incredibly cool ARKit-based apps that continue to pop up in the App Store.As it stands now, iOS 11 hasn’t even been out for a full month and nearly 40% of all iOS devices are already running it.In stark contrast, more than 80% of all Android devices are currently running variants of Android that are at least two years old.All that said, one of the great things about any new iOS update is that there are a number of interesting features and subtle system enhancements lurking beneath the surface.
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The final marketing blitz for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which I sincerely hope is just 160 minutes of training sequences, is about to begin.In the meantime, we’ve got a couple tantalising teasers to whet our space appetites.First, we’ve got Rey training on Ahch-To, finally with a lightsaber instead of her trademark staff.(I love how we’re seeing a loose progression of Rey’s training just based on released footage.)Then, courtesy of Good Morning America, we finally, frickin’... finally see the culmination of the final scene of The Force Awakens.Brand new @StarWars: TheLastJedi trailer TOMORROW during Monday Night Football on @ESPN.
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With the release of PostgreSQL 10, the open source database's developers are farewelling the deprecated MD5 in their authentication mechanism.Released late last week, PostgreSQL 10 instead uses an SHA-256 implementation of the Salted Challenge-Response Authentication Mechanism (SCRAM-SHA-256, described in RFC7677).The database has also gained the ability to distribute workloads across multiple nodes.To handle this “divide and conquer” approach, Version 10 introduces a publish/subscribe framework for logical replication.PostgreSQL says this means database admins can send modifications between different databases on a per-database or per-table level.Admins can also fine-tune how data is replicated across clusters, and the replication features are also designed to support zero-downtime upgrades.
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Under första halvåret i år var det just uppstartsbolag inom finansiell teknologi som mottog flest investeringar av alla branscher.Trots att svenskarna det senaste året har ökat sina bolåneskulder med 200 miljarder kronor är startupbolagen som riktar in sig på nischen få och små.Läs mer: Hypoteket ska få pensionsfonder att investera i bolånBilden som framträder när Di Digital pratar med bolag och experter är att tekniken och kundbeteendet finns på plats för fler digitala tjänster kring bolån.Hindret är de stora bankernas ovilja.“Om riskkapitalister vet att bankerna inte kommer gå med på din idé så kommer de inte att investera.
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A reader shares a report: The growing popularity of online shopping has hit traditional retailers hard, culminating in a spate of retail bankruptcies and store closures in recent years.But according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the retail apocalypse has actually created nearly as many jobs as it has killed.Though e-commerce and other non-store retailers have hired nearly as many workers as traditional retailers have cut, these new jobs are much more geographically concentrated.
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For the first time ever, a 360-degree video has been created of a spacewalk on the International Space Station (ISS), allowing you to see Earth in all of its glory.Looking down at Earth from space is an experience that is often described by astronauts as being phenomenal, and both exhilarating and humbling in equal measure.Now you can experience a part of that from the comfort of your own home thanks to the crew of the ISS.The video, First time in the Universe: Spacewalk in 360, was created by Russian space agency Roscosmos in collaboration with Russian news station RT.Get your VR headset out, and enjoy the video below:The video documents a mission in which two cosmonauts, Sergey Ryazansky and Fyodor Yurchikhin launch smaller satellites into orbit, which sounds a lot more graceful than it looks.
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