Manuel Darcangelo

Manuel Darcangelo

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UK artificial intelligence (AI) startup Babylon has raised $60 million (£47 million) for its smartphone app which aims to put aThe latest funding round, which comes just over a year after the startup's last fundraise, means that the three-year-old London startup now has a valuation in excess of $200 million (£156 million), according to The Financial Times.
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Tomorrow is the big day for our launch of Hacking Growth and I’m hoping to get the GH community’s help with a little growth hack (though we all know that growth hacking is more about process than growth hacks).We’re running something called a Thunderclap campaign where at a certain time tomorrow a bunch of Twitter or FB accounts will post this same message “It's finally here!Hacking Growth by Sean Ellis & Morgan Brown is out today!growthhacking Get it here: http://thndr.me/X0YGD1”Here is the link to participate (please click through now): https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/56018-hacking-growth-book-launchIn case you’re wondering about the quality of the book, Jeff Busgang, senior lecturer at Harvard Business School published an article today calling it "a terrific book and belongs up there with Geoffrey Moore, Eric Ries and Steve Blank's books as a fundamental part of the canon of StartUpLand (since, as everyone knows, entrepreneurship is like a religion)."
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While the act of physical teleportation remains in the realms of sci-fi, National University of Singapore (NUS) researchers have now developed a way to transmit a drink over the Internet — or at least replicate the taste of a particular drink from anywhere, at any moment on the planet.The project, led by Dr Nimesha Ranasinghe, was presented to the public last month at a conference in Yokohoma, Japan.The “lemonade sensor” is actually two sensors in one device: The first sensor detects the colour of the drink, the other measures the drink’s pH level (a numeric scale used to specify the acidity of a solution).The tumbler then uses LED lights at its bottom to replicate the colour of the drink, while electrodes around the rim send electrical pulses to your taste buds in order to mimic sourness.The process is almost instantaneous, as demonstrated to TODAY by Dr Ranasinghe and his team.Except for a little more sweetness in the store-bought lemonade, the virtual lemonade was practically identical in taste.
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Governments may govern nationally, but scientists must work globally by requirement, as the folks who establish human truths based on evidence.A crowd of several thousand marched from London’s Science Museum to Parliament Square in the shadow of Big Ben.Donald Trump might not be the President, but solidarity, Brexit woes and a general love of evidence-based facts drew the excited crowd.She moved to the UK from the United States in September to do research and started the March for Science London Facebook group.Scientists made the obvious influence of American politics on their motivations clear while I chatted with them during the two-or-so-mile walk.However, the United Kingdom’s scientists have marched before — back in 2010, the campaigning group Science is Vital, marched in response to feared funding cuts.
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Though Google Home and Amazon Echo are primarily intended for use around the house, Mercedes-Benz is looking to use the smart speaker tech for hitting the road.The auto manufacturer announced today that both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, the digital assistants that power the Home and Echo, respectively, are now compatible with all 2016 and 2017 Mercedes-Benz models in the US.To utilize the new integration, users will need a Mercedes me account and active subscription to mbrace, Mercedes' car-connected app.Then, they can do everything from start their vehicle to send directions.Once activated, Mercedes owners can interact with their vehicle via voice commands such as, “OK, Google, tell Mercedes me to start my car,” or “Alexa, ask Mercedes me to send an address to the car."You can see Google Home functionality with Mercedes-Benz vehicles demonstrated in the video below, as well as a tease at what the tech could do on an Android Wear smartwatch.
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Starbucks' limited-edition Unicorn Frappuccino (which our own Amanda Kooser tried) brags that it's "made only with the finest rainbows."In reality, it contains "a sweet dusting of pink powder, blended into a creme Frappuccino with mango syrup and layered with a pleasantly sour blue drizzle ... finished with vanilla whipped cream and a sprinkle of sweet pink and sour blue powder topping."But that's not what customers are seeing.Some noticed the resemblance to a certain 1989 Nine Inch Nails album.Some thought the drink belonged on the Nickelodeon show "The Fairly OddParents."Others spotted a "Suicide Squad" connection.
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Chinese parking assistant startup U-Parking announced today that it raised RMB 12 million (around US$ 1.74 million ) Series A led by Gobi Ventures.U-Parking (有车位), founded in Beijing in 2014, provides distributed parking space supplies in big cities in China and secures decent parking experience for both individual users and car-sharing businesses.U-Parking has implemented a parking spot booking and automated allocation system, using car license plate numbers for identification, to maximize the parking space utilization across the city, and at the same time to cut down marginal costs encountered in parking management.“U-Parking’s services are perfectly matched to the existing car-sharing services, because they give their business partners more choices of parking spaces at a low cost, and these parking lots are even monitored,” said Michael Zhu, Managing Partner at Gobi Ventures.The funding will be utilized to expand its business by providing parking services covering more “nodes” or parking lots in urban areas.U-Parking has now covered more than 300 “node” in over 180 core business region in Beijing’s downtown area.The startup will soon expand its service to other major cities in China including Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, etc.As a B2C platform, U-Parking mainly goes after commuters, who suffer an increasing degree of unpredictability in parking due to scattered distribution of parking lots, non-standard prices and poor managements.To counter these issues, U-Parking has incorporated features into its app that allows its users to estimate parking costs ahead of time and to ensure standardized services when parking.At the same time, U-Parking is integrating various third-party service providers such as restaurants and gas stations into its platform to provide all-rounded commuting service for users.Along with the motorization of China, parking is becoming a big concern for Chinese urban residents especially those in metropolises like Beijing and Shanghai.The rising demand fostered a hot vertical of on-demand parking.
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When you’ve got a Lamborghini, there aren’t many land-bound vehicles that can keep up with it.So what do you for a truly challenging race?Lamborghini organized a challenge for its new Aventador S that looks like it was ripped straight out of Top Gear or The Fast and the Furious.In this video, a bright yellow Aventador S races an airplane, and not on a nice grippy runway or track.The sight of this battle is snowy Valtellina, in the Livigno Alps of Italy.The video starts out with a skier getting buzzed by an aerobatic plane.
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Meet the Modder: Alex 'Maki Role' BanksAll of us here strive to ensure that bit-tech is a great source of news and an excellent place to go for reviews, but for some people it is the modding that ensures they keep coming back.He is popular on our forums and has won plenty of Mod of the Month competitions.Alex is very well known for his amazing photo realistic renders.Hi, I'm Alex Banks aka Maki Role or Praetex Design, and I hail from London, UKI’d say what really kicked it off was taking part in bit-tech’s first Build a NUC contest in 2013.
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Because who hasn't wanted to be propelled through the water via arm-worn jet propulsion like a superhero or a 1960s British spy?We can just see “Q” saying, “Now pay attention, 007!” to Mr.Bond while showing off this new device.Resembling something straight out of a Sean Connery-era James Bond movie, Scubalec is an exciting new Kickstarter crowdfunding project for a handheld, arm-mounted personal jet drive, designed to propel intrepid users through the water.“People go snorkeling because it’s a great way to explore the underwater world,” creator Un-Yong Park told Digital Trends.“For those people who love snorkeling, we’ve created a handy device to bring even more fun to the underwater experience.
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Samsung's Galaxy S8 ships with some software tweaks that will force diehard Samsung users to relearn common tasks, such as opening the app drawer.You can bring it back, but you may not want to in the end.With the apps button removed, you can add an extra app to the dock on your Galaxy S8.If having five icons in the dock just isn't your speed, add the Apps Button back with a long-press on the home screen and then tap Home screen settings Apps Button Show Apps Button.Keep in mind, adding the Apps Button back to the dock does not disable the ability to swipe up or down on a home screen to open the app drawer.In the app drawer, a horizontal swipe will cycle through pages of installed apps.
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On Tuesday, we saw the future of virtual reality on Facebook.They're calling it Facebook Spaces, and it shouldn't be a surprise that it's all about hanging out with your Facebook friends -- in virtual reality.It'll start with an avatar that you can customize to look just like you, and from there you can invite other Facebook friends to hang out in Spaces, or you can call them with Facebook messenger and invite them into a VR chat.Together, you can look at Facebook 360 video, draw and hold different objects and show off pictures in a virtual reality slide show."This is the easiest it's ever been to bring the real you into VR," said Rachel Franklin, head of social VR at Facebook.Franklin announced the platform at Facebook's annual developer conference, F8, on Tuesday.
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Online music service Pandora has opened its on-demand music streaming service to everyone, a little more than a month after debuting the service on an invite-only basis.The news comes three months after Pandora Premium was first announced by the company, after which the feature was gradually opened up (from March 15).Pandora Premium costs $10 per month, which is in line with competitors like Spotify and Apple Music, but it promises additional smarts, including the ability to create playlists by adding just a couple of songs and then hitting the “Add Similar Songs” button to generate the rest.Launched in 2000, Pandora is available in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand and now claims around 80 million listeners.Pandora has always differed from the likes of Spotify in that it didn’t offer an on-demand subscription tier and it only allowed users to listen to music at random.But the company has been pushing to reinvent itself over the past year, with founder Tim Westergren returning as the company’s new CEO last March and a rebrand featuring a new logo.Rumors persist that Pandora has been courting buyers, with SiriusXM touted as one potential suitor.However, nothing has come to fruition, with Pandora insisting that it’s “focused on executing its strategy and its operating model.”Pandora Premium is limited to those in the U.S. on Android and iOS, with desktop and other “popular connected devices” being added to the mix later in 2017.You can also stream the service through Chromecast, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto.
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This is hardly the first criticism of the broad and unfocused nature of Occupy Wall Street but it bears repeating as an example of a movement with an excess of visibility and public support that nevertheless failed to achieve tangible outcomes (or at best channeled an abundance raw energy into other, more specific campaigns).The alternative to an Occupy is to get specific.If your goal is too lofty to be realistically achieved, start with a smaller step, or 10 smaller steps, that might ultimately lead to the macro paradigm shift you and are supporters want to enact.Each small success then becomes reason to celebrate, to self-promote, and to debrief with the potential to re-calibrate techniques and desired outcomes.Social campaigns always depend on a supportive response from the public, and the core of public support is found among individuals with enough dedication to commit time and resources to a cause.From a can drive at an elementary school to the Irish Republican Army, leaders of social campaigns need to understand what motivates their supporters and how much should be asked of them and when.
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Terribly troubled Palo Alto blood-testing firm Theranos will pay a $30,000 fine and has agreed not to own or operate any clinical labs for two years, after a settlement with federal regulators.Theranos, led by charismatic CEO Elizabeth Holmes, had catapulted itself into infamy through the failure of its signature testing device, the “Edison” machine, and subsequent findings by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that Theranos was not in compliance with the law, had marketed inaccurate testing, and potentially endangered patients.The company had claimed it could conduct dozens of diagnostic tests from a drop of blood.Before the enterprise came crashing down, Theranos had reached a peak valuation of $9 billion, with Holmes estimated to be worth $4.5 billion herself.After failing federal inspections, the company voided a year’s worth of test results, closed its labs and blood-testing centers, was sued for $140 million by Walgreens and announced in January it would lay off 155 workers, about 41 percent of its workforce.On April 17, Theranos announced the settlement with the federal regulator, saying the deal resolved all outstanding legal and regulatory proceedings between the company and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.Although the company agreed not to own or operate labs for two years, it said it had “exited the clinical lab and retail business last year” and was focusing on its “miniaturized, automated testing platforms and related chemistries.”These platforms will enable blood-testing for a variety of conditions, according to Theranos, and Holmes has said the firm’s test for the Zika virus has been submitted for FDA approval.“The company looks forward to working with regulatory authorities to secure approval for these innovative technologies,” Theranos said in a press release about the settlement.However, Theranos’ testing scandal gave birth to considerable skepticism about the firm’s future.After Holmes discussed the new automated-testing platforms last year, NYU bioethicist Arthur Caplan told the MIT Technology Review he couldn’t imagine anything that could be said that would “resurrect” the firm.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said the settlement with Theranos had been finalized April 14.“Through this agreement, CMS continues to protect patient safety which is our highest priority,” the agency said in a statement.“Theranos closed its labs in Scottsdale, Arizona and Newark, California in October following the initiation of enforcement actions by CMS.“As a result of this settlement agreement, Theranos’ current and former owners, operators, and directors have agreed not to own, operate, or direct any clinical labs subject to CMS’ Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) for two years.”SiliconBeat asked CMS to explain why the penalty against Theranos was relatively small, but did not immediately receive an answer.This post will be updated with any response to that question.Photo: Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes in 2014 (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)Tags: Arthur Caplan, blood-testing, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos
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Sedan lille Sam kom låg de bara där och stirrade tillbaka.De låg och skräpade lite överallt hemma hos den nyblivna mamman Maria Sabbah, hennes man Jossi och bebisen Sam.Hon fotade sitt verk och slängde upp bilden på Instagram med ett gäng hashtags.I den lilla bubbla som utgjordes av andra inredningsintresserade småbarnsföräldrar började Maria Sabbahs bild spridas.Många ville ha en likadan påse att langa ned ungarnas leksaker i när de inte användes.”Jag bara lade upp bilden sådär som man gör, sen tog det fart.
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New York's Richard Kauffman: planning for the emerging energy economyIn March, Austin Texas hosted the Energy Thought Summit, a gathering focused on the topic of designing for our energy future.As a result, the previous demarcations between supply and demand assets have become blurred, and this dynamic will accelerate in the near future.But Kauffman, whose formal title is Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, says that it doesn’t have to be that way.The general concept being developed is to move the utility away from being compensated based on the quantity of electrons sold or the amount of infrastructure it builds.During a wide ranging hour-long conversation on the topic, Kauffman was kind enough to share his thoughts as to what has been achieved to date and what New York’s electricity future may look like some time in the future.
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Mercedes-Benz may have unveiled the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 at the New York Auto Show, but the German automaker made sure to save two other cars for Shanghai.Mercedes-Benz will unveil two new vehicles at the Shanghai Motor Show next week.The first is a midcycle refresh of the S-Class flagship sedan.There's a teaser, but it doesn't reveal much.The headlights' running lights are different, with three distinct lines of LEDs spanning the width of the light fixture.The front grille looks new, as well, and it appears that the lower front fascia has been revised.
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Tunnistusteknologiaa hyödyntävät esimerkiksi suuret vähittäismyyjät.Se on yleistymässä myös yksityiskäytössä.Pilvipalvelujätti Amazon Web Services (AWS) näkee suuren potentiaalin tekoälyn nousussa Pohjoismaissa.Yhtenä esimerkkinä on tunnistusteknologia, jonka kysyntä on kasvussa.Yhtiöt haluavat käyttää tekniikkaa muun muassa sosiaalisen median kanssa.Jos esimerkiksi muotiketju julkistaa vaatemalliston nuorille naisille, niin teknologian avulla yhtiö pystyy tunnistamaan Facebookista tai Instagramista vaatteet ilman, että merkkiä mainitaan julkaisussa.
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But, according to BI Intelligence’s exclusive analysis of data from The Weather Company, the e-commerce giant isn’t the best positioned to take advantage of drones’ promise.Fast and free shipping are the top services that attract US consumers to shop online more frequently, and drones could help Amazon slash delivery costs to less than $1 a package by eliminating fuel and labor costs, according to a 2015 analysis by ARK Investment Management.It could also bring same-day (or faster) delivery to more customers.In fact, while both have posted respectable growth, there’s little indication they are gaining ground:Amazon's total online sales last year topped $96 billion.Target reported $3.1 billion in online sales last year, only about 4% of its overall sales.Walmart doesn’t report total online sales anymore, but they totaled $13.7 billion in 2015, accounting for just 3% of revenue, according to Internet Retailer estimates.This has translated to sluggish overall growth for both retailers.Walmart’s total revenue grew just 0.8% during its last fiscal year ending January 2017, and Target’s grew 0.9% from 2015 to 2016.
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