Thousands of Vodafone customers have been given the green light by Ofcom to ditch their contracts, after the mobile phone provider hiked international roaming fees to £5 per day.Earlier this year, Vodafone introduced a roaming charge for customers travelling in 60 countries outside of the EU.This means that pay-monthly customers are now charged a flat fee of £5 a day, if they activate roaming services in these countries.Even if they send one single text.Providers have to give customers 30 days to exit their contract if they make "material changes" to the T Between April and May 2017, Vodafone sent text messages to all customers to inform them of the change to their contracts as a result of the Roam-further charge.But the regulator said it had concerns Vodafone hadn't made it clear to all customers about their rights.
If the US really repeals net neutrality, it’s going to have impacts felt far outside of its own borders.You might think the US net neutrality debate has no impact on Asia’s tech startup scene.On one hand, Asia’s startups could benefit from a repeal.Repealing net neutrality would make it easier for big companies to squeeze startups in the US, and that could inspire a lot of Silicon Valley’s prime talents to think about founding companies in Asia, where they could grow and scale without the risk of getting throttled by bigger competitors.On the other hand, the end of net neutrality could raise the prices of US internet services, and those costs may be passed on to international customers.If your business uses American web services or tech tools, you could end up seeing a fee hike as those companies scramble to cover their increased domestic costs.
Cracking the German Enigma code is considered to be one of the decisive factors that hastened Allied victory in World War II.Starting with clues derived from espionage, computer scientists were able to work out the rules that turned a string of gibberish characters into plain German, providing life-saving and war-shortening intelligence.A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Northwestern University have now accomplished a similar feat, using cryptographic techniques to decode the activity of motor neurons.Their approach has allowed them to predict, from brain data, and with only generic knowledge of typical movements, which direction monkeys will move their arms.The same cryptography-inspired technique could eventually be used to decode more complex patterns of muscle activation, for use in prosthetic devices, or even speech, to aid those with total paralysis.The research team was led by Konrad Kording, a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with appointments in the Department of Neuroscience in Penn's Perelman School of Medicine and in the Department of Bioengineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Eva Dyer, then a postdoctoral researcher in Kording's lab and now an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University.
Wednesday, 13th of December, 2017, Baltimore, MD - Insilico Medicine, a Baltimore-based company specializing in the application of artificial intelligence for drug discovery, biomarker development and aging research, is pleased to announce the lecture of its founder and CEO, Dr. Alex Zhavoronkov, at 25th Annual World Congress, 14-16 Dec 2017, organized by American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M).Dr. Zhavoronkov's session will focus on the latest advances in artificial intelligence for development and tracking of anti-aging interventions.The lecture will cover the novel approach of developing evidence-based nutraceuticals via in silico prediction, in vitro and in vivo validation and post-marketing analysis using Young.AI project.Young.AI, currently in the beta-test version is an online service for tracking the biological age using the deep-learned photographic and basic blood biochemistry-based predictors.By introducing a range of nutraceuticals identified using AI and a pilot system to track their progress - Young.AI, we are trying to develop a novel drug discovery cycle that may substantially reduce the failure rates and the discovery and development time in the pharmaceutical industry", said Alex Zhavoronkov, PhD, the founder and CEO of Insilico Medicine, Inc."Issues following the development of novel molecules into medicines are undeniable, especially in the field of aging.
Before HQ launched in October, most of the trivia games I played took place at dark bars with big groups of friends, everyone trying whisper the answers just loud enough to be heard over 90 decibels of music, but not so loud that competing teams could eavesdrop.When HQ came along, with live games every day at 3PM and 9PM ET, I thought it’d be the perfect way to play trivia without having to wrangle together a group and stop at an ATM.Each game, composed of 12 questions, only lasted around 10 minutes.The host, Scott Rogowsky, looked like an adult Cabbage Patch doll: wide-eyed and energized by the mere mention of trivia.The app, the latest release from the creators of Vine, has managed to grow quickly despite some early bad publicity, with hundreds of thousands of users logging on to the online trivia game show every day.The startup is currently looking to raise venture capital money, and is seeking a valuation anywhere from $80 to $100 million, according to a recent report from Recode.
Google has taken the wraps off what it calls “appsperiments,” an awkward moniker for a trio of new experimental apps that all center around mobile photography.These apps were designed to help explore “the potentials of mobile photography,” says Google, which calls its new apps Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies.Each name refers to the app’s primary function, though you won’t be able to use all three on the same device.Storyboard is an experimental photography app that is exclusively available for Android, offering users a way to create what appear to be single-page comic layouts using their mobile photos.This is done more or less automatically, including desaturating the images so that they look like ink drawings, as well as offering five other visual styles.Joining Storyboard is Selfissimo!, an automated selfie photographer, according to Google.
Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles are finally getting 4K YouTube support this week.It’s been a long time coming for the Xbox One S, which launched with 4K Blu-ray support but no 4K YouTube back in August 2016.Google has been slow to add 4K support for the Xbox One, but it’s arriving with a new app update for both the Xbox One X and Xbox One S.The new YouTube app includes support for 4K resolution videos and 60 fps, ideal for watching gaming footage or sports events.Unfortunately, there’s no support for HDR YouTube content with this particular app.The updated app is rolling out now, or if you don’t want to wait you install it early from the Windows Store.
On the sidelines of announcing the fifth release candidate for the Linux kernel version 4.14, Linus Torvalds said fuzzing, which involves stress testing a system by generating random code to induce errors, is helping the community find and fix a range of security vulnerabilities.He wrote: The other thing perhaps worth mentioning is how much random fuzzing people are doing, and it's finding things.We've always done fuzzing (who remembers the old "crashme" program that just generated random code and jumped to it?We used to do that quite actively very early on), but people have been doing some nice targeted fuzzing of driver subsystems etc, and there's been various fixes (not just this last week either) coming out of those efforts.
At Alibaba’s annual Computing Conference 2017 held in Hangzhou on October 11th, not only did the company unveil its plans to invest $15 billion over the next 3 years in its R, but they also showcased their technology developments to its visitors to give them a glimpse of the future in a way that they can easily understand their technology and actually try out the technology for themselves.Alibaba’s technology developments in internet car, smart logistics, and smart mirror is powered by its partnered companies or the startups that Alibaba previously backed.Alibaba’s top competitor JD is also pushing its technology, as they officially debuted their first full-scale unmanned warehouse (in Chinese) in Shanghai, China on October 9th.The entire warehouse doesn’t have a porter, sorting staff nor packing staff, and is powered by solar panels on the roof, charging the power during the day and storing the power at night.Banma showcased “AliOS”, the newly-launched operating system offering OS solutions for mobile, industrial and IoT devices, allowing users use various functions such as purchasing items and parking their car.Banma’s navigation map uses GPS and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistant System) which helps users not to pay that much to driving.
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The IRS does not expect the Equifax data breach to have a major effect on the upcoming tax filing season, Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday, adding that the agency believes a "significant" number of the victims already had their information stolen by cyber criminals."We actually think that it won't make any significantly or noticeable difference," Koskinen told reporters during a briefing on the agency's data security efforts."Our estimate is a significant percent of those taxpayers already had their information in the hands of criminals."The IRS estimates that more than 100 million Americans have had their personally identifiable information stolen by criminal hackers, he said.The Equifax breach disclosed in early September is estimated to have affected more than 145 million U.S. consumers."It's an important reminder to the public that everyone can take any actions that they can ... to make sure we can do everything we can to protect personal information," Koskinen said of the breach on Tuesday, in response to a reporter's question.
It’s simple because vanity metrics are easy to obtain in large numbers – all platforms supply them; it’s difficult because they are often ambiguous when it comes to reporting a return on investment (ROI) or value to a business.In this article, “vanity metrics” include impressions, “likes,” shares, comments, followers, open rates, views, traffic, time on site, bounce rate, and many more.As far as the numbers go, vanity metrics look great on paper.If reporting stops at the number of people clicking through to the site, Facebook is the best-performing channel.Jill Avery, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School and co-author of HBR’s Go To Market Tools explains, “CFOs are under tremendous pressure to deliver quarterly earnings, and may not be patient for the longer-term effects of marketing to take hold.Marketing efforts not only drive sales and profits in the short term but also strengthen brand equity and customer relationships over time.
Previously, we shared seven top investors to meet at Tech in Asia Jakarta 2017’s Startup-Investor Speed Dating segment.Preferred investment size (in US$): Up to 1 millionCountries of interest: Southeast AsiaVerticals of interest: Agriculture, Clean Tech, any startup that shows good potential(Disclosure: East Ventures is an investor in Tech in Asia.The team at Monk’s Hill Ventures is composed of seasoned entrepreneurs who rely on their years of experience to find and support up-and-coming startups in the technology sector.
An anonymous reader writes: Tech companies are competing to serve the wealthy, argues the winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, complaining there's no "global vision," with big innovations instead "designed and dedicated mostly for commercial successes... while trillions of dollars are invested in developing robotics and artificial intelligence for military and commercial purposes, there is little interest in applying technology to overcome the massive human problems of the world."A genius in the tech industry "can dedicate his work to creating a medical breakthrough that will save thousands of lives -- or he can develop an app that will let people amuse themselves."As an exception, he cites the low-cost Endless computer, which runs Linux and has 50,000 Wikipedia articles pre-installed to enable offline research -- plus more than 100 applications -- for a price of just $79."One part of Endless's business is operated like a conventional, profit-seeking company, while the other part is a social business that provides underserved populations with educational, health, and creative services they were once denied.Endless is already being shipped around the globe by four of the five largest computer manufacturers.It has become the leading PC platform in Indonesia and much of Southeast Asia.
In what could be a first for both the popular mining game and the theatre, a new play will take to the stage this weekend in both the real world and within Minecraft itself.With more than 120 million copies sold, Minecraft is the second-best-selling videogame of all time, behind Tetris.Fans love digging up the resources to create their own elaborate buildings and worlds, as well as following the game's story."Playcraft Live", a multimedia theatre experience, combines this intricate world-building with a new story of its own.It's an original play written by Alex Scarrow, author of the popular "Time Riders" teen novels.The timey-wimey story slips between real and virtual worlds as the Time Riders skip from modern-day New York to Neolithic times, with the story unfolding both in the theatre and online as a single livestream.
Vertex Ventures, the venture capital arm of Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, has closed its third tech fund at US$210 million, making it the largest fund in Southeast Asia, according to Bloomberg.The fund also invests in Indian startups.The fund was first announced in August with a target of at least US$150 million.It aims to invest mainly in series A rounds, with check sizes from US$3 million to US$5 million, Vertex told Tech in Asia at that time.It will focus on enterprise tech, fintech, and consumer internet.The firm’s perhaps most notable investment today is its participation in Grab’s early financing rounds.
In case you missed the announcement during Amazon’s very busy hardware event earlier this week, the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show have all gained the ability to place voice calls to numbers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for free.If you want to receive calls from regular numbers, you’ll need the new $35 Connect box that Amazon unveiled on Wednesday, which also allows you to use your home telephone number for Echo calls and dial emergency services like 911 or premium rate / international numbers.But this is still a nice upgrade from the original version of Alexa calling that Amazon rolled out, which only let you call other Echo owners or people with the Alexa app installed and set up on their smartphone.Now you can just tell your Echo to call anyone in your contacts or speak out a specific number to dial.Once you’ve set up Alexa calling and messaging, your own mobile number is linked to the device and will show up to recipients when you call.This is actually a bit odd since it lets you call yourself with your own phone number from an Echo.
I see it time and time again: The number-one challenge faced by brand-new internet business owners is a lack of traffic.In this article, I'm going to give you an eight-step action plan that will show you:How to get cheap, instant traffic to your website so you can test key components of your sales process--your sales copy, order form, navigation and opt-in offer--before rolling out a large-scale traffic campaign;How to ensure that every element of your sales process is optimized to convert maximum traffic into maximum sales;The most effective strategies for attracting thousands of highly qualified potential buyers to your site right away; andThe secret to putting your entire traffic campaign on autopilot.
While we eagerly awaits the arrival of the mate 10 and its variants, Huawei sub-brand Honor has took to its weibo page to tease the launch of a new Honor phone – the Huawei Honor 7X days before the arrival of mate 10.The official teaser simply shows the letters “7x” with the accompanying October 11th launch date, but what is more interesting is the message accompanying the teaser poster, the message reads in part:While the teaser poster itself didn’t say much, the accompanying message seems to have shed more light on what to expect of the honor 7X.If our guess is anything to take serious, the device is likely to come with a wide display (probably all-screen) with 18:9 display aspect ratio.There are talks in certain parts of the internet that the device would be arriving with 5.5-inch fullHD+ (2160 x 1080) display and powered by Kirin 670 64-bit octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM, 32GB & 64GB storage options.Other speculated specs & features of the honor 7X include full metal body with rear fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, speaker grill and 3.5mm headphone jack.It is expected to run Android 7.1 out of the box, powered by a 4,000mAh battery with 12+12MP dual camera setup.
The class-action lawsuit claims Uber and its former CEO knowingly misled investors to raise funds.Uber and its former CEO Travis Kalanick have been sued by a small shareholder in the company for allegedly failing to disclose "a variety of illicit business tactics" to its investors.The class-action lawsuit – brought by Irving Firemen's Relief & Retirement, a Texas-based retirement fund that invested $2m in Uber – accuses the ride-hailing giant of knowingly misleading its investors in order to raise billions of dollars.Its unlawful practices, according to the complaint, have affected its reputation and business prospects, causing significant harm to the shareholders."Kalanick and Uber failed to disclose that, in order to show strong short-term growth, the Company was employing and plotting to employ a variety of illicit business tactics that threatened Uber's business, reputation and long-term prospects," the suit reads.It mentions multiple instances of Uber's false and misleading statements relating to growth and revenues, competition, corporate culture, compliance with regulatory laws, and focus on innovation and new technologies.
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Richard Smith, CEO and chairman of Equifax, abruptly retired Tuesday following a data breach at the credit-reporting service that affected the personal information of 143 million people.Smith, who was 57 as of the company's proxy statement in March, became CEO and chairman in 2005 after 22 years at General Electric in senior roles in various divisions.He is to appear at a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee on Oct. 4 and is the only person scheduled to testify.He is also scheduled to testify next week at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.Smith's salary for 2016 was $1.45 million and his bonus was $3.045 million.In a regulatory filing on Tuesday, the company said Smith will not get a bonus for this year and any other decisions regarding how his departure has been characterized or how much the company owes him will be deferred until the board completes an independent review of the breach and the response to it.