Uber Developer Experience Lead Chris Messina announced Friday that he has left the ride-sharing company.Messina is known as the creator of the hashtag, and for accurately declaring 2016 the year of conversational commerce.While at Uber, Messina was a champion of chatbots and the Uber developer platform to promote Uber API integrations.He also spoke at tech gatherings like MobileBeat, IBM Watson developer conference, or recently at the Slush conference for startups in northern Europe.Today you can get an Uber ride with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Facebook Messenger.Entering 2017, I m hopeful — even with all the sh*t going on in the world and with the American political climate, Messina said in a Medium post Friday.There s no shortage of good work to be done, and so what s next for me is to take a beat and reflect on the next, best, most satisfying and most impactful thing I can do with my life.In addition to work on bots at Uber, Messina is a big supporter of the burgeoning bot ecosystem.He is one of 10 moderators chosen by members of the Bots Facebook group, a community of more than 20,000 developers, investors, and startups interested in bots.Other moderators include leaders from Slack, Chatfuel, and various bot startup founders.His activity on Product Hunt is also prolific.Being recommended or hunted by Messina on Product Hunt is a badge of honor among bot startups trying to break through the noise and get discovered.Want to stay up to date with the latest from Messina?
Gigabytes of medical data was deleted from one vulnerable databaseThousands of web-based databases have been deleted by cyberthieves seeking a ransom to restore the data.Gigabytes of medical, payroll and other data held in MongoDB databases have been taken by attackers, say security researchers.The systems were vulnerable to attack because their administrators accidentally left them easily accessible via the internet.Attackers are seeking small amounts of bitcoins as payment to restore data.Mr Gevers said the attacks started before Christmas but had accelerated once the holiday period was over.
As Donald Trump has moved from being just another Republican candidate to the president-elect, speculation has intensified about the loose cannon approach he appears to take when it comes to using Twitter.Does he just tweet whatever he feels like saying at any moment, or are his tweets crafted by a PR team?According to Sean Spicer, who will soon become the Trump s press secretary, no one — including Spicer — has any idea what the incoming president is going to say until they see it on Twitter or get the blowback from one of his statements, presumably .I do not get a memo about what the tweets will contain .He drives the train on this, Spicer said during an event on Wednesday night in Chicago, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.The event also included President Obama s former press secretary, Robert Gibbs, as well David Axelrod, a former Obama adviser.Although Spicer said Trump chooses what to tweet and when, he hasn t always had that kind of control.His campaign staff took over his Twitter account just before the election, although he regained his control over it after winning the campaign.Spicer said that he checks Trump s Twitter feed as soon as he wakes up because it drives the news.
What do you call a new 15-inch laptop that offers the latest Intel and Nvidia chips along with a giant battery and 32GB of RAM?If you want the latest tech and a ton of RAM, Dell says to skip that MacBook Pro 15 in favor of its own updated XPS 15, which as of Thursday, now packs Intel s latest 7th-generation Kaby Lake quad-core CPUs along with Nvidia s new GeForce GTX 1050 GPU.Most of the remaining upgrades to the XPS 15 are evolutionary but that can be a good thing since the company isn t actually taking away your favorite ports just to torture you.Since the XPS 15 also supports the legacy barrel charger, you won t lose a port when you charge the device.And yes, while MacBook Pro fans have been screaming over Apple s decision to limit the MacBok Pro to 16GB of RAM, Dell can pack the XPS 15 with up to 32GB of DDR4 memory.Screen options include a non-touch, 1920x1080 screen as well as a 3840x2160 UltraHD touch panel rated for 100 percent of the Adobe RGB.
8booth is a daredevil whose feats have made him a staple on YouTube and Instagram.He jumps off of tall things.He usually lands in wet things.Here he is almost breaking every bone in his body after leaping off a sharp outcropping above the Pacific.And here he is again jumping into a swimming pool from a rooftop.Being inches away from completely ruining his life at all times is what makes 8booth s stunts compelling.
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New years bring new beginnings, and for SpaceX, that means a return to flight after a five-month dry spell.Having officially determined the cause of the infamous Falcon 9 anomaly at Cape Canaveral on September 1st, the rocket company is eyeing January 8th for its first launch of 2017.SpaceX has been grounded ever since a Falcon 9 rocket loaded with a $95 million internet satellite exploded in an epic fireball last fall, taking with it a chunk of Cape Canaveral s Space Launch Complex 40.The company has spent months investigating the anomaly under the oversight of the Federal Aviation Administration.Today, SpaceX released the final nitty gritty details on what went wrong—and with that, it hopes to put the incident in the past.As Gizmodo previously reported, September s Falcon 9 failure was traced to a helium tank in the rocket s liquid oxygen second stage.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps available, and so there are likely going to be some users disappointed today: the app is dropping support for older phone platforms.This isn t a surprise, as the company gave a fair warning in the recent past that this day was coming.It s not all bad news, though — WhatsApp has also announced an extension for certain devices.WhatsApp announced the news back in February 2016, saying it had decided to drop support for older platforms by the end of the year, as well as all BlackBerry phones including BlackBerry 10 handsets .You ll no longer be able to use WhatsApp if you re still using iOS 6 or the iPhone 3GS, Windows Phone 7, or Android versions 2.1 and 2.2.Nokia Symbian S60 and Nokia S40 users are also officially in the pipeline for losing WhatsApp support.
The folks at Nanoleaf have an interesting set of lights prepared for living rooms wishing for colorful accents with Aurora.The Aurora system is a modular smart lighting solution that allows the user to control each panel from a smartphone.The user configures the lighting grid however they like, then turn the lights on, off, dim, and color-change all from a smartphone screen.For users that do not wish to use a smartphone, there s also a hardware controller module.This controller has one button for power and one button for selection of a saved or preloaded Scene.Each Scene is an array of colors set throughout whatever grid the user has configured.
Det visar en genomgång gjord av Nordic Tech List, en databas med investerarna och bolagen på den nordiska startupscenen.Den mest aktiva investeraren under året har varit NFT Ventures NTL som deltagit i åtta rundor.Lena Apler och Collector Ventures har gjort näst flest investeringar i svenska fintechbolag under 2016.Men under 2016 har även de traditionella aktörerna i finanssektorn vaknat till och börjat intressera sig för fintech-bolagen.Till exempel gjorde SEB NTL en jätteinvestering på 85 miljoner kronor i sparappen Tink NTL tillsammans med Sven Hagströmers investmentbolag Creades samt holländska banken ABN AMRO och det danska riskkapitalbolaget Sunstone.Detta leder till vilja att samarbeta , säger Johan Lundberg, grundare och vd på NFT Ventures.
This isn t your mama s Roomba.We ve come a long way since technology first started terrorizing our pets, and smearing their droppings, with robot vacuum cleaners, and now, Samsung is showing us what the digital cleaners of 2017 will look like.Meet the VR7000, the latest in Samsung s line of POWERbot vacuum cleaners.Slated to make its debut in Las Vegas, Nevada at January s CES, the VR7000 hopes to prove that good things really do come in small packages.While it will stand less than four inches tall and is 28 percent slimmer than older robot vacuums, it still promises powerful suction — 20 watts of it, to be exact.The VR7000 comes with an Edge Clean Master feature that allows the unit to get super close a half inch to your wall.
Forza Horizon 3 was the best arcade racer, and now it's on the PC thanks to Xbox Play Anywhere.Windows 10 loves gamers again, if Game Mode says anything about Microsoft's plans.Spotted by an alert user in a leak of the upcoming Build 14997 and reported by Windows Central, Game Mode will shift PC resources to gameplay, letting other software take a backseat.Note that Build 14997 isn't out officially yet, and the Game Mode spotted in that build isn't working yet, apparently.According to Windows Central, however, Game Mode will jump into action when you launch a game, allocating CPU, GPU, and other resources to prioritize smoother gameplay.Still unclear at this early stage is whether Game Mode would work only for Windows Store games.
Some people have wondered if smart speakers like Amazon s Echo devices, or its closest contender, the Google Home, are constantly capturing audio data, rather than just listening when the right wake word is uttered.Now a court case is bringing the issue to the fore, and it could potentially show whether that s actually happening.The case, involving the investigation of a homicide in Bentonville, Arkansas, was unearthed earlier today The Information.Hat tip to ZDNet s Zach Whittaker for subsequently locating the case s documents.The original affidavit for a search warrant from Bentonville Police Detective Corporal Josh Woodhams clearly conveys uncertainty when it comes to what exactly the speakers record:To be clear, the Echo does have a mute button, which you can press if you don t want the device to listen.This is also true of the Echo s smaller siblings, as well as the Google Home.And both Amazon and Google allow users to delete voice recordings.But consumers can only take companies at their word when they say the devices absolutely do not record when they are muted and have not been triggered with a wake word.
But now you can overcome these, and other B2B content marketing obstacles, with the help of influencers.Influencer content marketing involves integrating the power of influencers into your content marketing strategy.Here are a few ways influencer content marketing can benefit your business:Your B2B content marketing strategy may not be yielding desired results because your content isn t relevant enough.Co-created content is highly effective for winning over the loyal band of followers these influencers already have.This can help increase the quality and quantity of your leads.
Faraday Future in a few short weeks is expected to unveil its first consumer vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas… that is, if the company can hang on until then.We ve heard rumblings over the past couple of months alleging financial instability within the mysterious automaker – issues that forced contractor AECOM to halt construction on the company s $1 billion electric vehicle production facility.On Thursday, a report from The Verge who was recently invited to take a behind-the-scenes look at the company as it prepared for CES pegs Faraday Future to be in even worse shape than most suspected.In addition to mounting debt, unpaid bills, supplier lawsuits and general financial mismanagement, sources tell the publication that Faraday Future doesn t even own the intellectual property it s using.Ownership reportedly belongs to an entity called FF Cayman Global, a realization that led one ex-executive to the conclusion that Faraday Future investors are fuc*ed.A separate executive didn t see this as a bad thing for investors but rather, for suppliers.
The families of three men who were killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre have filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google YouTube alleging that the firms provided "material support" to the so-called Islamic State.In their lawsuit, relatives of Juan Ramon Guerrero Tevin Crosby, Javier Jorge-Reyes and Juan Ramon Guerrrero, assert that the user-generated platforms aided in the radicalisation of gunman Omar Mateen."Without Defendants Twitter, Facebook, and Google YouTube , the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible," the lawsuit, which was filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, states.Number one they provide an infrastructure to conduct terrorist operations, and number two, in some cases they share ad revenue."With respect to Orlando particularly, one of the stated intents of ISIS is to radicalise others in order to take action on their behalf, and that's exactly what happened."The Orlando lawsuit is likely to re-focus attention on the Communications Decency Act of 1996, a piece of legislation which is seen as having protected social media companies from similar legal action in the past.
Smartwatches aren t the hit some people had expected, and eMarketer s latest forecast serves to highlight that fact.Though its forecast last year was fairly optimistic, anticipating a 60-percent growth in the wearables market this year, the company s latest forecast is much lower at only 24.7-percent.That doesn t mean consumers are abandoning wearables entirely, however, as fitness tracker growth is increasing while smartwatch adoption stalls.Smartwatches and fitness trackers tend to have some overlap, in that many fitness trackers offer certain notifications from a paired smartphone, as do smartwatches.Smartwatches have more features than the average fitness tracker, though, enabling users to read chats and texts, answer or reject calls, issue voice commands, and similar.For many consumers, though, the extra features offered by smartwatches are ones they don t see any particular use for — in many cases, the same features are available on the smartphone itself, and the smartwatch features are usually stunted in comparison.
VMware's headquarters in Palo Alto, California.VMware has released a hotfix for vSphere Data Protection VDP to change a hard-coded SSH key that could allow remote attackers to gain root access to the virtual appliance.VDP is a disk-based backup and recovery product that runs as an open virtual appliance OVA .It integrates with the VMware vCenter Server and provides centralized management of backup jobs for up to 100 virtual machines.According to a VMware support article, the vSphere Data Protection VDP appliance contains a static SSH private key with a known password.This key allows interoperability with EMC Avamar, a deduplication backup and recovery software solution, and is pre-configured on the VDP as an AuthorizedKey.
We re big fans of OneNote around here, but there s one killer feature that often gets overlooked in coverage of the note-taking program: recorded audio.Your PC, smartphone, or tablet could easily do that with any number of apps.Not only is the audio recorded, but the program tracks your concurrent note-taking with time stamps during the recording process.It s a fantastic way to go over your notes point-by-point to make adjustments, add more information, and so on.Then when it comes time to make an audio recording, go to OneNote s main menu and select Insert Record Audio.As soon as you press that button another menu tab will appear called Playback along with an option called Audio & Video Settings.
Amazon has activated a limited time discount on its popular Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, when you buy it bundled with a few essential accessories.The bundle includes the latest Kindle Paperwhite 6" E-Reader in black with Special Offers $119.99 , an Amazon Leather Cover $39.99 , and Amazon 5W Power Adapter $19.99 , all for $139.97, for a limited time, saving you $40.See the bundle on Amazon.This story, "Limited Time $40 Discount On Kindle Paperwhite Bundle - Deal Alert" was originally published by TechConnect.