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For the full interview, go here.Orion Zhao is the co-founder and CEO of Moka, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup offering human resources solutions in China.He spent close to two years working as a software engineer at peer-to-peer car-sharing firm Turo before returning to China in 2015 to start Moka with his co-founder Li Guoxing, who is also a Chinese overseas returnee from Stanford University.In this interview, Zhao discussed what challenges he faced as a “sea turtle” entrepreneur and how he recruits and manages talent as well as the state of China’s SaaS market.I was looking for opportunities.What were some of the challenges you faced or lessons you learned as a returnee in China?
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Anyone with a small business will know about the imminent deadline of 1 April, when VAT returns become digital.Quick to seize an opportunity, several companies have developed software to ease the task.The digitisation of tax raises the wider issue of whether technology will help the Office for National Statistics (ONS) put together faster and more reliable measures of the state of the economy.Ron Jarmin, the deputy director of the US Census Bureau, writes in the latest issue of the top ranked Journal of Economic Perspectives that: “current measurement programs are not keeping pace with the changing economy, and current methods for collecting and disseminating statistical information are not sustainable”.For example, national accounting bodies such as the ONS and the Bureau of Economic Affairs in America still rely heavily on sample surveys for their information.The intellectual conservatism of outfits such as the ONS is illustrated by measurements of well-being, or happiness.
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The elderly man inside the doorway of a residential building – tucked in a tiny corner with his cup of tea, crumpled newspaper, and transistor radio – is a common sight for residents in Hong Kong’s many high-rise flats.“Young people won’t want to sit there reading a newspaper all day or even play with their smartphone.They’ll be bored to death,” said Paul Chong, chief executive of Certis Group, the Singapore-based security company that started off as a division within the country’s police force.With high-definition video surveillance cameras, facial recognition, and remote sensors feeding tons of data into artificial intelligence algorithms to analyze in real time, technology has advanced to the point where the “old uncle” is no longer needed, according to Chong.Like other sectors buffeted by the winds of technological change, the concept of physical security is also being redefined by the new tools being used to ensure safety and deter crime.The outfit recorded S$1.2 billion (US$887 million) in its 2018 financial year, crossing the billion-dollar mark for the first time.
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After its debut, last month during MWC 2019, HMD Global's penta camera phone - the Nokia 9 PureView is all set for its India launch.The official Facebook page of Nokia Mobile India has posted a video which is essentially a montage of pictures shot on Nokia 9.By the end of the video, the company takes a jab at other smartphone makers who have been using fake camera samples in their promotional content by stating "Shot on Nokia 9 for real"!The video is accompanied by a caption which reads, "Get ready to capture the most breathtaking pictures with the all new Nokia 9.While there is no official word on the exact launch date or pricing of the Nokia 9, we will certainly know more as we near the launch date.With the Nokia 9, HMD Global brings back Sony's Carl Zeiss optics and tops it up by adding Light's lux capacitor for image processing.
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Isn’t it annoying when you land up on a site just to read something, and suddenly a video starts playing automatically?Well, Firefox‘s latest release – version 66 – aims to solve this problem by blocking autoplaying videos and audio clips by default.Firefox says that a video will only start playing once you interact with it, like by clicking on the ‘play’ button, for example.However, sites can still enable autoplay by muting the video by default.You can whitelist certain sites by clicking on the site overlay button in the browser, and switching the Autoplay sound toggle to Allow under Permissions, as shown in the screenshot below.Firefox’s new option can be really handy for people who use their computers in offices and public spaces.
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In a year that saw the global smartphone market shrink, China’s Xiaomi defied the odds by selling a record 118.7 million phones around the world, according to data just published by the company.Here’s how 2018 stacks up to Xiaomi’s previous annual figures, including a reportedly disastrous 2016 in which the company refused to reveal a number:Some more money shots from Xiaomi’s earnings report for 2018:US$26 billion total revenue, up 52.6 percent from previous yearUS$16.9 billion from phone businessUS$6.5 billion from smart gadgets
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The phone's Infinity-O display has a cutout for the front-facing camera in the top-right corner, as opposed to a notch.The default wallpapers Samsung includes on its latest phones all attempt to hide the cutout by darkening the top corner.But some users have embraced it as a prop for their impressive wallpaper creations.The larger version of the phone, the Galaxy S10 Plus, has two cameras on screen.Using those as eyes, users bring us Bender from Futurama or Baymax from Big Hero 6.Star Wars wallpapers are perhaps the cream of the crop, many of which include Darth Vader, where the S10 camera becomes a dark void in his left eye.
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AI solutions provider AnyMind Group has closed its series B round at US$21.4 million after receiving funding from Thai tech firm VGI Global Media and Japanese financial services company Tokyo Century.Singapore-based AnyMind had previously secured series B funds from messaging app Line and Mirai Creation Fund.It also announced its acquisition of Moindy Digital, a Thai influencer marketing network, from television production company TV Thunder.Moindy works with more than 500 YouTube and Line TV channels, totaling 30 million subscribers and 600 million monthly views.Following its series B round, AnyMind aims to form a joint venture with VGI to create digital out-of-home advertising for VGI’s ad spaces in Thailand, which include billboards and digital signage on buildings, public transport, and at roadsides.This digital signage will include a camera that uses computer vision technology to determine gender, age group, and location of viewers, allowing for targeted advertising.
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The Genius Pack Supercharged will charge your gadgets for you.The carry-on bag uses dual USB ports and a battery pack with enough juice to recharge a smartphone four times.The rolling luggage uses a removable 10,000mAh power pack (lithium-ion batteries cannot be part of checked baggage) and Transportation Security Administration-compliant combination locks.The bag uses a new all-in-one cable that recharges the battery as well as charging smartphones from the same cord.On the inside, a garment hook allows for accommodating hanging clothes, while the carry-on also includes divided compartments, including a laundry compartment.A packing list is also sewn into the interior.
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I got to try Google Stadia, its new video game streaming service that promises to use the cloud to deliver games to almost any device with a screen — including laptops, tablets, smartphones, and TVs.The problem is that it's hard to tell, in a short demo like this, how Stadia would work in situations with poor or unreliable internet connections, if at all.There's still a lot we don't know, but the foundation of Stadia seems solid enough that I'm looking forward to seeing what Google comes up with next.The whole idea of Google Stadia is that all of the tricky, processor-intensive business of rendering the game's graphics gets done in Google's enormously powerful data centers.This means that Stadia can, and will, work on any device, so long as it's capable of running the Chrome browser, or otherwise based on Google's Chrome tech.This suggests that Stadia, in its present form, might work great for games like the relatively more subdued "Assassin's Creed," but maybe less great for twitch-based action shooters.
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The first ever 2019 BMW X7 is, without a doubt, built to satisfy the cravings of modern car buyers.We all know that SUVs – or sport utility vehicles – are the current darlings of the car buying crowd; you have to be a brave automaker to not have an SUV of some sort in your lineup.It not only equates to a more spacious interior for the second and third-row passengers, but the longer wheelbase also helps with a more comfortable and luxurious ride.The SAV term was first coined for the BMW X5: whereas other SUVs prioritized being rugged, athletic, and borderline industrial in their nature, the E53 X5 was the exact opposite.BMW does offer an xOffroad package, raising the X7’s ground clearance, adding an off-road specific differential lock, front skid plate and under guard, and user-selectable off-road modes.You either love it or hate it.
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Chocolate Factory ahas big plans for the eventually operational game starChallenging Amazon and Microsoft for the attention of gamers and for the billing of game industry customers, Google announced a planned game streaming service called Stadia at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.It represents an attempt to make gaming less onerous – playable without installation or downloads – and more powerful – high frame rates and high resolution for multiplayer titles – from a hosted service that can limit cheating and hacking while promoting engagement.To underscore the importance of the project to the Chocolate Factory and to people who may not pay much attention to the troll and trigger-finger market, CEO Sundar Pichai took a turn on stage to to link the specialized concerns of game development to Google's broader focus on ads, data and compute rental.He credited Google's progress in AI in part to its efforts to create software that can master games like chess, Shogi and Go.In the desktop era, gaming drove CPU performance; in the cloud era, with Moore's Law winding down, there's more focus on bandwidth, throughput, and latency.
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The most obvious difference between the two is the screen size and resolution.The 21.5-inch model is a bit on the smaller end of the scale by today’s standards, though.But performance is the real reason you should consider the 5K model.That’s why the jump from the quad-core Core i3 on the $1,300 model up to the $1,500 six-core model is worth the money.We haven’t tested these GPUs yet, but if you’re not needing to do any heavy lifting in terms of software or insane multitasking, the quad-core $1,299 model should do just fine for you.There’s nothing inherently wrong with such a device — in fact, the $1,099 starting price alone is enough to catch your attention.
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The VR revolution hasn’t swept the world like a lot of people thought it would, and though I still have confidence in the medium as a whole, modern VR also has a lot of room for improvement when it comes to comfort, optics, and affordability.On the consumer version, the Reverb gets a removable, machine washable cloth face mask that should help prevent the headset from getting extra funky.But more importantly, both feature a slimmed down chassis that’s around 33 per cent lighter than a Vive Pro.And when you combine that weight savings with easily adjustable velcro straps and a “halo” style headband in back, for me at least, the Reverb feels like the most comfortable VR headset yet.As for optics, the Reverb is pushing resolution further by delivering 2160 x 2160 pixels to each eye, up from the 1440 x 1600 per eye resolution you get on the Vive Pro.HP also opted to give the Reverb squircle-shaped lenses while shifting the position of the lenses themselves to give users a wider 114-degree field of view.
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At GDC 2019, Google CEO Sundar Pichai unveiled Stadia, Google’s new game streaming service that has a mission of making gaming accessible to everyone throughout the world.Stadia uses Google’s data centers to handle the processing power, allowing you to game at 4K resolutions with 60fps on virtually any device you own, regardless of its own processing power.In fact, former Sony and Microsoft executive Phil Harrison took the stage to demonstrate this feature.Harrison showed off Assassin’s Creed Odyssey running on a laptop, then a phone, then a desktop, then a tablet, and finally a PC.That’s right, Stadia is compatible with PCs, tablets, smartphones, and TVs via Google Chromecast.Some TVs have Chromecast built-in, or you can buy the HDMI adapter.
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Google has announced a video game streaming service called Stradia as the tech giant attempts to challenge Sony and Microsoft in the $140bn gaming market.Stadia will allow users to play games on their internet browser without having to download any content or buy a new console, Google announced at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today.The firm said the platform, which will work on all internet connected desktops, laptops, TVs and smartphones, will be launched in the US, UK, Canada and Europe this year, and the first available game will be Bethesda's Doom Eternal."Data centres make Stadia possible, but what sets the system apart is how it works with other Google services," the company said."In a world where there are more than 200m people watching game-related content daily on YouTube, Stadia makes many of those games playable with the press of a button."If you watch one of your favourite creators playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, simply click the “play now” button.Seconds later, you’ll be running around ancient Greece in your own game or on your own adventure—no downloads, no updates, no patches and no installs."
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Apple’s new iMac (2019) isn’t the only all-in-one Mac getting an update today, with the iMac Pro adding some ultra-expensive performance upgrades too.The professional desktop wasn’t about to let its mainstream iMac sibling get all the changes, with a hefty 256GB RAM update the pinnacle of the madness.Head over to the iMac Pro configurator today, and you’ll find a few new options to tempt your wallet.Most expensive of the bunch is the RAM, though.As standard, the iMac Pro packs 32GB of memory, but joining the 64GB and 128GB options is a new 256GB upgrade.You’ll pay handsomely for the privilege of more memory than many people have laptop storage, mind.
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REUTERS/Brendan McDermid While dealing with the death of an employee is likely an incredibly difficult task, Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes' reported reaction to the suicide of one of her first hires was particularly unusual.That's according to an October 2016 feature story by Vanity Fair's Nick Bilton, who detailed the rise and fall of the blood-testing company.In the piece, Bilton describes what happened to Ian Gibbons, one of Holmes' first hires at Theranos.Gibbons, who was named chief scientist by Holmes in 2005, had grown increasingly vocal about the inaccuracies of Theranos' technology, according to Vanity Fair.In May 2013, Gibbons received a phone call and was told Holmes wanted to meet with him the next day.Fearing he was about to be fired, Gibbons attempted to kill himself, according to Vanity Fair.
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Vladimir Putin signed a new law that can fine and even jail citizens for insulting the Russia state, its flag, or Putin himself.People who show "blatant disrespect" can be fined up to to 100,000 rubles ($1,550) and repeat offenders can be jailed for up to 15 days.Putin also signed a law mandating fines for those who spread what authorities deem to be "fake news."Sign up for our best stories delivered to your inboxBy clicking Sign Up, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider Inc. and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law that can jail citizens for insulting government officials — including him.
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Softbank-owned US telecom Sprint opened a 5G experience center at its Kansas City, Kansas, headquarters that could give it an outlet to highlight the potential of its enterprise 5G offering.A dedicated space to showcase a number of 5G applications could be a great selling point for larger enterprises, especially when dealing with potentially conservative upper management that could want to see some classes of solutions in person.And bringing a number of devices and solutions together under one roof could assuage a number of common concerns about the forthcoming standard in its enterprise applications.Sprint's showcase center could help educate and win over customers unfamiliar with 5G by demonstrating the power of the next-generation network standard in a few key areas:Speed: 5G boasts increased bandwidth and data transmission rates of up to 10 times faster than 4G LTE.Sprint's 5G showcase center will demonstrate how businesses and customers can use 5G in applications like AR and VR, which require huge amounts of data and can get bogged down on 4G LTE.
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