Most of them are the returning stars, but there are some heavyweights in new roles—and, unless Disney is playing more coy than usual, one of them is playing the movie’s villain.Along with the Parr family, Frozone, and Edna Mode, here are the new characters that were announced, as well as the actors voicing them:WINSTON DEAVOR (voice of Bob Odenkirk) leads a world-class telecommunications company alongside his genius sister, Evelyn.Ultra-wealthy, savvy and suave, Winston goes big in everything he does—including his infatuation with Supers.He has been a supporter of Supers returning—all he needs is a hero (or three) to help him change public perception and bring them back into the sunlight.EVELYN DEAVOR (voice of Catherine Keener), the brilliant brainchild behind her brother Winston’s telecommunications company, knows her way around tech.
David Sønstebø, the co-founder of IOTA, blamed raids on "inexperienced users".Malicious websites used to generate password details for the fintech network IOTA are reportedly to blame for the theft of nearly $4m (£2.9m) from users' digital wallets.Reports now indicate that the hackers, who remain unknown, ran a phishing scheme using third-party "seed generators" in order to hijack credentials.These are websites that make the random 81-character string needed to protect IOTA wallets."Some users had the misfortune of using the wrong online seed generators, and were burned," tweeted crypto expert Nic Carter.A blog post published Saturday (20 January) by Ralf Rottmann, an IOTA evangelist network member, said the attackers did not "leverage any vulnerability" in the heist.
Late last year, we wrote about how Australia was paying a stupendous amount of money to try using drones and artificial intelligence to detect sharks off of popular beaches.We were skeptical, mostly because it’s hard to make a convincing argument that shark attacks are actually that big of a problem, in Australia or anywhere else, compared to other, bigger problems that we might want to address first.One of those bigger problems, in Australia and in many other places, is drowning—in Australia in 2016, about 120 people drowned on the Australian coast, 60 times more people than were fatally attacked by sharks.Fortunately, the drones doing the shark spotting also happen to carry life preserver pods along with them, and last week, a drone being used for training managed to save a pair of struggling swimmers 700 meters off the coast of New South Wales.Here’s a video from the drone’s point of view:According to the Sydney Morning Herald, lifeguards were using the drone during a training session when “a call came through of two distressed swimmers.”
Graham Younger, a former executive vice president of Box and longtime enterprise software executive, is joining the human resources services provider Namely as its new President.The New York-based company which provides human resources management software for mid-sized companies is growing and has plans to expand its geographic footprint with offices in Los Angeles and Atlanta.And Younger is seen as key to that effort, and the company’s march toward an eventual public offering.Younger’s addition to the Namely organization, where he will handle operations from Los Angeles, indicates the city’s growing strength in a traditionally under-represented aspect of its startup technology landscape — enterprise software.Younger held roles at SAP SuccessFactors and Oracle before landing at Box.His work there brought him to the attention of Jeffrey Katzenberg and DreamWorks Animation’s software subsidiary Nova, where he worked until the company was sold in 2016 and the Nova project wound down.
Vietnamese Mi fans will be quite pleased with Xiaomi’s recent actions as the company announced the availability of budget-friendly Xiaomi Redmi 5A in Vietnam.This Snapdragon powered 5-inch smartphone will be exclusively sold by Lazada for VND 1.79 million which roughly translates to $79.Xiaomi officially arrived in Vietnam about one year ago at an event in Ho Chi Minh city where the company unveiled the Xiaomi Mi MIX, Redmi 4A, and Redmi Note 4.Just recently, Xiaomi Mi A1 Special Edition also arrived in Vietnam in an event that also saw the opening of the first authorized Mi store in the country.The Xiaomi Redmi 5A which was released in December 2017 is powered by a 1.4GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.There is also the 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage option.
After a big fundraise and subsequent reorganization last year at Coursera — which saw a change of CEO, as well as the departure of its COO, CFO, CMO and CPO (along with some 40 others) — the online education startup is today launching a new IT course with Google to underscore its message that the ship is still sailing as it passes 30 million users and 2,500 courses.Coursera cites statistics that say that at the moment there are some 150,000 unfilled IT support jobs in the US alone.The IT Support program — which is launching globally, but will offer courses initially only in English — has 64 hours of coursework in all, and students are expected to complete it eight to 12 months, at a cost of $49/month.On top of that, Google is also offering financial aid to 10,000 people, based on need, and also via a few charitable partnerships it’s forged to improve outreach, specifically with Goodwill, Per Scholas, Year Up, Student Veterans of America, and Upwardly Global.In my online hunting, I’ve seen courses from reputable companies that can cost as much as $1,230 for 20-25 hours of IT support instruction.For Coursera, the IT Support course is part of a larger strategic push for the startup to promote more vocational training alongside the company’s academic mandate (it works with some 150 universities to offer courses, and has its roots more in academia).
Alphabet Inc’s Google is relaunching its map service after being tightly limited in China after eight years, according to Nikkei.This is said to be Google’s latest attempt at making its way back into the country.While the US tech giant’s flagship search engine is still inaccessible in the country, users have discovered mobile apps with map functions based on Google data have become accessible in recent days.But users who try to access the app’s navigation features are automatically redirected to AutoNavi, a mapping app operated by Alibaba.This comes shortly after the news that the US-based tech giant joined an investment in Chushou, a Chinese live-stream mobile game platform, which suggests the company is making new inroads in the Chinese market.“There have been no changes to Google Maps in China,” said Taj Meadows, head of Google’s policy communications in Asia Pacific, according to Nikkei.
Back in October, MasterCard announced that it will eliminate signatures for card holders starting in 2018.Following that, VISA has made a similar announcement, saying that signatures will be made optional for all merchants that support the EMV chip.The move away from signatures has started as many banking customers in North America use credit and debit cards featuring the chip.The EMV chip, more commonly referred to among merchants and consumers as simply “the chip,” is the small square-shaped, gold-colored contact point on the end of your credit and debit cards.Rather than sliding these cards, customers insert them into a slot on the bottom of the merchant’s point-of-sale terminal.Though the chip was still relatively uncommon a couple years ago, most merchants have upgraded their systems to support the chip.
On 18 May 2017, Nokia first announced the strategic agreement covering branding rights and intellectual property licensing with HMD Global.Later, on 1 December, the completion of transactions between HMD, FIH Mobile Limited and Microsoft officially completed.Soon after the transfer of rights, the reborn Nokia made a solid comeback with it’s first Android phone — the Nokia 6, followed by six other Android phones phones out of which, five made it to India.Building on its interest in the Indian market, HMD Global has acquired the trademark for the (in India) Nokia “Asha” label.The “Asha” label was acquired through the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).The trademark was transferred to HMD Global on 10 January, 2018.
Hackney-based Barisieur makes a gorgeous coffee maker that doubles as an alarm clock.Looking like something from a mad scientist's lap, it brews a single cup of coffee (or tea) when the clock hits your appointed time.
Alphabet, the umbrella corporation of Google, Inc.etc., has quietly acquired a UK-based startup called Redux, reports Bloomberg.Redux was founded in 2013 out of Cambridge, and built technology that uses vibrations to turn surfaces of phones or tablets into speakers or provide haptic feedback.The acquisition is reflected on Crunchbase, and in confirmed transfer of shares within U.K. regulatory filings.Google has made no mention of the acquisition as of yet.Google has been aggressive this year with its touchscreen products, predominantly the Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL.
After publishing a video that showed a suicide victim in a forest in Japan, famed YouTuber Logan Paul now finds himself axed from the platform’s projects for original content, which are slated to appear in its ad-free Red tier.Hollywood Reporter noted that Paul won’t feature in the fourth season of Foursome, a comedy series; it’s possible that the sequel to the dystopian thriller film, The Thinning, which starred Paul in the lead role, might be shelved or reworked to exclude the actor.Paul’s clip, which showed the dead body of a man hanging from a tree in the Aokigahara forest in Japan, violated YouTube’s content policies, which prohibit “violent or gory content that’s primarily intended to be shocking, sensational, or disrespectful.”Paul took the video down a day after posting it and apologized, but the move had already rubbed enough people the wrong way.In addition to nixing him from Red projects, YouTube also issued him a strike – earning three of those within a span of three months gets your channel terminated.He’s also been booted from Google’s Preferred program, which earns creators more money from their clips than those that have ads automatically displayed from the company’s ad network.
In another instance of, "How is this still happening?"Ford is being accused of conspiring with Bosch to make cheat-y diesels for the US market.The class-action lawsuit brought by F-250 and F-350 owners alleges that Ford and supplier Robert Bosch GmbH worked together to mask the nitrogen oxides and particulate emissions of F-Series Super Duty diesels built between 2011 and 2017, in violation of the Clean Air Act.The suit goes on to claim that Bosch software allowed Ford to alter engine parameters to help achieve optimum emissions during EPA testing, but in the real world, the engines produced more power with less fuel while emitting over 50 times the legal limit of greenhouse gases and particulate matter.It's essentially the same trick that Volkswagen admitted it pulled on 500,000 TDI models, which led to $24 billion in fines.Both General Motors and Fiat Chrysler have been the target of similar allegations, though they aren't named in this particular suit.
City councillors in Amsterdam have decided to reduce by half the number of nights Airbnb hosts can rent out their apartments in the city — imposing a cap of 30 nights per year, down from the current 60 nights per years (via DutchNews.nl).The new limit will go into force in 2019.It’s just the latest squeeze on the short term rental platform in Europe.Paris — Airbnb’s biggest market in the region — now requires hosts on platforms to register their apartments with the city so it can better track compliance.The French capital also caps the number of nights hosts can list their apartment, though at a rather more generous 120 per year.Meanwhile Barcelona, another popular European tourist destination, has been cracking down on illegal tourist rentals for some years, applying a series of measures intended to limit the growth of tourist rental platforms such as Airbnb.
Sure, the Honor View10 has a high-resolution dual rear camera with wide aperture lenses, making it excellent on paper, but specs are only part of the story.As your smartphone looks through its dual lenses, it intelligently identifies what you’re taking a picture of, optimising your photos so they always pop.This AI scene recognition isn’t limited to animals.It isn’t just high budget smartphones that offer advanced portrait features like background defocus.with AR Effects, artificial intelligence meets augmented reality to create something magical – a transportation device.Okay, so that may be overstating it a little, but with the Honor View10’s smart selfie camera you can swap out your background with the press of a button, so your selfie can be in London one minute and Paris the next.
Comedian and Murder in Successville star Tom Davis is taken on a white-knuckle ride around the world - from an LA studio backlot to the foothills of the Himalayas – in the latest video from Movidiam’s nopressure campaign.The project, The Studio Tour, was created and delivered inside four weeks to promote the capabilities of the Movidiam’s creative production platform and network to deliver always-on-content.Produced by Albane Prioux, the team was made up entirely of companies and freelancers from the network.Prioux said: "Movidiam makes the production process much easier by giving access to amazing talent.Within a few hours, I was able to put together a team that was perfectly suited to the project objectives.”The VFX was created by London based post-production company WeAreFormation.
Huawei will launch the Mate 10 Pro as an unlocked, SIM-free phone in the US come February 2018, selling the Android smartphone through third-party stores but not via a carrier.Announced last year, the Mate 10 Pro packs a 6-inch OLED display and a dual-lens camera developed with Leica.Meanwhile, there’ll also a Porsche Design version of the phone, and a new celebrity ad campaign intended to help potential American buyers figure out how to pronounce Huawei’s name.Dubbed “The Best Phone You’ve Never Heard Of,” the campaign is an honest recognition, Huawei says, that its brand awareness in the US is minimal at best.As a result, it’ll be roping in Gal Gadot – best known right now for her role in Wonder Woman – to front the advertising.“Just say Wow Way,” the tagline will read.
One of the absolute joys about CES is discovering a random jewel amongst the hundreds of exhibition booths.That's the case with the company Wireless Mobi Solution (WMS) from San Diego and its jewel: A mid-range Android phone with a built-in HD projector.The phone is called the Moviphone and as the name so rudimentary suggests, it's all about movies.And what better way to watch a movie than projecting it onto a wall as big as you can?The 50-lumen projector supports a 720p HD image that can be projected up 100 inches in size.If you're watching Netflix or YouTube on the phone's display, it is projected.
Consumers are starting to give Alexa’s voice apps, called skills, more of their attention.During CES this week – where Amazon is battling for attention with Google Assistant across the consumer technology spectrum on display here – the company detailed a few new numbers related to skill adoption and new ways they’re helping consumers find skills they’d like.While Amazon a few days ago noted in a blog post that Alexa now has over 30,000 skills available worldwide, it hasn’t shared much in terms of whether the skills are actually seeing much use.The company still isn’t sharing hard numbers related to skill installs, or day-to-day usage, but it is offering at least a tiny peek under the curtain.According to numbers shared by Vice President of Alexa Voice Services and Alexa Skills at Amazon Steve Rabuchin at CES, Amazon last year launched over 100 tools and features aimed at skill developers, and skill usage is now on the rise as a result of the improvements in developer technology.Specifically, skill engagement has increased by 50 percent year-over-year, and it’s up nearly 75 percent since last January.
The European Union’s executive body is continuing to pressure social media firms to get better at removing illegal content from their platforms before it has a chance to spread further online.Currently there is a voluntary Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech across the European Union.After attending a meeting on the topic today, Andrus Ansip, the European Commissioner for Digital Single Market, tweeted to say the main areas tech firms need to be addressing are that “takedown should be fast, reliable, effective; pro-activity to detect, remove and disable content using automatic detection and filtering; adequate safeguards and counter notice”.Main areas to address on illegalcontent: takedown should be fast, reliable, effective; pro-activity to detect, remove and disable content using automatic detection and filtering; adequate safeguards and counter notice pic.twitter.com/5ErFUBcAsZLaunched 1.5 year ago, the CodeOfConduct on countering illegal OnlineHateSpeech has shown good improvement and a successful collaboration of the companies, the regulators, NGOs and users.— Věra Jourová (@VeraJourova) January 9, 2018