Think again–good old-fashioned brick and mortar stores have been attracting investment, the latest coming from Meituan-Dianping.The Tencent-backed on-demand services provider is planning to invest into so called “new retail”, Reuters is reporting.The term, coined by Jack Ma, refers to a new format where internet technology connects and optimizes offline outlets, online stores, and the overall supply chain.Some of the goals for new retail include intelligent self-service, anytime anywhere access, and high efficiency.Brick and mortar stores still make up over 80 percent of total retail sales in China.Alibaba and JD have both been investing in the offline retail market, with many projects covering un-tapped rural areas.
Chinese bike sharing platform Mobike announced its entry into the Italian market with Florence and Milan as its first stops.With this move, Italy becomes the first country in Continental Europe to introduce Mobike.Meanwhile, it is Mobike's fourth overseas market following Singapore, UK, and Japan.Hu Weiwei, founder and president of Mobike, said that they are very glad to enter the Italian market and especially honored to start operation in Florence and Milan.They will cooperate with local partners to provide smooth riding experience to citizens and tourists in the two cities to help them feel the beauty of the cities.Mobike will first place hundreds of smart shared bikes in Florence for trial operation.
After success in live streaming followed by an impressive user growth and steady profits during 9 consecutive quarters, China’s biggest location-based social network Momo has set out to find the next big thing in China’s social trends.Momo’s foray into live streaming made headlines in March after the company announced that its revenue recorded a 524 percent year-on-year jump to $246.1 million in Q4 last year, while the annual revenue soared 313 percent to reach $553.1 million.But Momo is not willing to rest on its laurels.The company’s COO Wang Li announced during an interview with Tencent Tech (in Chinese) that they are looking to make more room for innovation in live videos.Momo’s version 8.0 update introduced new features the company hopes will capitalize on its streaming success: one-on-one (Fast chat) and group (Party) video streaming as well as new options for playing Werewolf, one of China’s most popular party games.The company plans to add 7 to 8 adjustable new modules for interaction.
The iPhone 7 wasn’t even the only 2016 handset to ditch the headphone jack — or the first.But it’s only Apple that had to thoroughly explain its “courage” to ditch the aging audio standard while facing increased backlash from potential buyers.A year later, people already assume that all new iPhones going forward will not have a 3.5mm jack.Other companies have gotten the message, and are about to pull the same move.Of those, Google might be the most prominent, as the Pixel 2 is already rumored to lack a standard audio port.The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will not launch sooner than late September or early October, but we have plenty of details about them, including 3D renders that show us their purported designs.
This lopsided adoption is most clear when we consider that we now trust a car’s built-in collision-avoidance system to protect our lives, yet still question whether a machine can recommend what to write next in a marketing program or which customer should receive a new product offer.Over the past 10 years, marketing automation has grown into a billion-dollar industry by promising to bring personalization and efficiency to marketing programs.The siren call of automated lead nurturing, lead scoring, and triggered responses to critical prospect activities has proved irresistible to B2B organizations: There were nearly 11 times more companies with marketing automation in 2014 than there were in early 2011 (SiriusDecisions), and 60% of companies turning over at least $500 million adopted marketing automation by 2014 (Raab Associates).And every time you measure results, the outcome is that more rules need to be written.To track those looking at how to address this, Forrester recently started a new research theme it calls “content intelligence,” which it defines as “the use of artificial intelligence technologies to understand and capture the qualities inherent in any content.” As the marketing technology analyst David Raab says, “Something has to give: Either marketers stop trying to make the best decisions or they stop relying on rules.”In the face of relentlessly rising customer expectations, leading marketers are investing in AI-based tools – a category that encompasses everything from personalization tools that “learn” from individuals’ online behavior to recommend content more effectively, to tools that can detect minute patterns across massive consumer data sets and predict future behavior.
Amazon Cyber Monday deals in the US will give you a second chance to buy just about everything you could ever want but missed out on during Black Friday.Cyber Monday is on Monday, November 27, and Amazon is likely to tout 4K TV deals, laptops on sale, reduced iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8 prices and simply have Nintendo Switch and SNES Classic Mini in stock.Best of all, if you're looking for Amazon devices for the cheapest price all year, the retailer is expected offer a price drop on the Amazon Echo, Kindle, Fire TV and Fire Tablets, while also offering deals for its services like Prime and Kindle Unlimited.We have the full rundown of what to expect in a few short months.As we're not privy to Amazon's exact plans, we can't be any more specific than to say that in general you're going to be at an advantage if you sign up for Amazon Prime before Cyber Monday arrives - the company is always looking to boost its subscriber numbers as high as it can, so expect it to have some incentives in store.You might get extra discounts on existing savings, or even deals that are exclusive to Prime members.
Don't panic, because Cyber Monday is here to give you yet more opportunities to bag a tech bargain for yourself.That's right, the sales last all the way across the weekend, so you've got plenty of time to do your shopping - and we've got the very best Amazon offers right here.As well as pointing you towards the most attractive deals, we'll also give you some general tips about how to go about your Cyber Monday 2017 shopping at Amazon.Cyber Monday deals quick linksAmazon Prime and Cyber MondayOne way to get ahead of the pack on Cyber Monday is to sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription, or make use of the one you already have: some of the bargains you'll see are exclusive to Prime members, or exclusive to Prime members for a limited time.
This piece was written by Angelina Xu and originally published on Jing DailyIsabel Ge Mahe is the newly appointed managing director of Apple in Greater China.She will step up from her current role as vice president of wireless technologies to take on the position of vice president and managing director of Greater China, which was created amid falling sales in the region.She will report directly to CEO Tim Cook and chief operating officer Jeff Williams, according to a statement released by Apple on July 18.The Liaoning, China native held an electrical engineer degree at Canada’s Simon Fraser University and has been working at Apple since 2008.She will relocate from Los Altos, California to Shanghai later this summer.
What if I say that your cute, smart robotic vacuum cleaner is collecting data than just dirt?During an interview with Reuters, the CEO of iRobot, the company which manufactured Roomba device, has revealed that the robotic vacuum cleaner also builds a map of your home while cleaning — and is now planning to sell this data to third-party companies.I know it sounds really creepy, but this is what the iRobot company has planned with the home mapping data its Roomba robots collect on its users.Early versions of Roomba used IR or laser sensors to avoid obstacles in their way, but the company began distributing high-end Wi-Fi-connected Roomba models from 2015, such as the Roomba 980, which includes a camera and Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM) technology that can not only avoid obstacle but also build a map of your home.Roomba robots gather all kinds of data—from room dimensions and furniture position to distances between different objects placed in your room—that could help next-generation IoT devices to build a true smart home.Angle believes mapping data could be used by other smart home devices—such as thermostats, lighting, air conditioner, personal assistant, and security cameras—to become smarter.
Huawei is on a highway to success course, especially if we take into account the latest report from analyst company Canalys, regarding the smartphone shipments in China for the second quarter of this year.According to the report, Huawei retains its place as the leader of the Chinese market, with 23 million units sold during Q2 2017 and Oppo is in second place with 21 million units, a significant 37% year to year increase when compared with 2016!Vivo took third place with 16 million shipments between April and June.The Chinese company scored 15 million units during that time and these numbers were enough, to leap over Apple and take the 4th place, with a 60% boost in the Chinese market when compared to last year.This could mean that Xiaomi is in starting to regain all its lost ground during the past few months.According to Canalys, the Mi company still offers the best value in the Chinese market and remains a preferred choice for price-conscious consumers.
Rather than auto-playing Netflix episode after episode from your couch or bed, you should exercise while you’re binging.That would be a healthier way to watch your favorite shows without feeling guilty, but it’s also easier said than done.What if there was a way to force you to exercise to be able to stream Netflix, though?Developer Ronan Byrne comes to the rescue.The Cycflix, found by The Next Web, is a home entertainment system powered by exercise.That’s indoor cycling, to be more precise, and you have to know it won’t work with just any kind of at home workout that you might be accustomed to.
Well here’s something you don’t see everyday — wild rabbits riding on the backs of sheep to flee rising floodwaters.The remarkable scene was captured by a New Zealand farmer who said he’s never witnessed anything quite like it.As reported in the Associated Press, the event was captured by Ferg Horne, 64, on July 22 on a farm near Dunedin, New Zealand.He was trudging through pouring rain on his way to help his neighbour rescue a flock of sheep from the floodwaters when he spotted some strange, dark shapes.On closer inspection he realised — to his shock — that the splotches were actually three wild rabbits, clinging to the tops of sheep for dear life.He quickly pulled out his smartphone to take a photo, but inadvertently began filming video.
Thousands of SMEs suffer from late payments and then find themselves facing gargantuan tax bills, which consequently forces them to dip into their cash reserves.Although the government’s Making Tax Digital timetable has been pushed back, it is becoming increasingly clear that embracing digital transformation is simply an inevitability.Many SMEs still rely on spreadsheets and other inefficient manual processes to manage their business expenses – which costs approximately £8.72 billion each year in lost productivity.To improve efficiency, businesses should consider investing in automated systems and cloud-based solutions which makes it easier to track and control expenses and thus remove administrative burdens and free up business time.Businesses should ensure they are taking full advantage of tax relief opportunities.Commercial property-owning businesses are entitled to claim capital allowances, a valuable form of tax relief for certain types of capital expenditure.
Landing a date with your celebrity crush has never been easier - as long as you are verified on Twitter.A new dating app boasts that its users can “date celebrities discreetly” by linking blue-ticked Twitter accounts in a members-only community.The "Blue" version of the Loveflutter app claims to connect “the most happening singles on Twitter nearby” in the “largest pool of 100 per cent real users online, anywhere”.It describes itself as the “safest dating community ever”, creating an exclusive club for the nearly 200,000 verified Twitter users across the world.“In an era of catfishing and fake identities, authenticity is key, which is why we are leveraging Twitter’s world-class verification system to make dating safer,” Loveflutter said.“For those of you in the public eye, privacy and authenticity in dating are a key concern.
Google’s parent sees lower profit after being slapped with record Europe Union fineGoogle’s parent Alphabet has suffered a setback to its recent strong fiscal performance after it revealed a decline in second quarter net profits.Until now Google had been delivering stunning growth in both profits and revenues, helped by its principle cash cow, namely the advertising market, but also other ventures including its growing cloud business and revenue from its hardware (i.e Pixel smartphone) and Google Play Store.But in the last quarter (June to be exact) Google was slapped with a record-breaking fine of 2.4 billion euros (£2.1bn) by the European Commission for abusing its monopoly on Internet searches within the European Union.This fine has notably impacted Google’s second quarter financial performance, after Alphabet for the month ending 30 June, posted a net profit down at $3.5bn (£2.7bn) from $4.9bn (£3.7bn) in the same year-ago quarter.The profit would have been much larger had it not been for the EC penalty.
How will artificial intelligence (AI) shape the future of humanity?It's a question that is being hotly-debated among some of the more prominent technology figures, from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to Tesla's Elon Musk.Cuban, the multi-billionaire tech investor, businessman and star from US Dragon's Den clone "Shark Tank", said he believes that many people are still underestimating the potential AI has to radically alter the world we live in, especially when it comes to the sheer pace of progress."It scares the s**t out of me," he told attendees at the Ozy Fest conference in New York City, as reported by CNBC this week (Tuesday 25 July).He continued: "However much change you saw over the last 10 years with the iPhone, over the last 20 years with the internet, over the last 30 years with PC's, etc., that is nothing."Either you make them think for you or they will take your place and do the thinking for you.
In which Chronicles of Delphi scribe Verity gives praise to post-book worldStob The best way to acquire a programming skill - by "skill" I mean a working understanding of a framework, a language or, shudder, very very bad word coming up, engaging shatter-proof scare quotes, a "paradigm" - is by modifying a colleague's well-written code and making it do something different that you actually need it to do.That's not to say that long video courses don't have their place, and that place is to bring the gift of deep sleep to all humankind.Provisional strap line: "When command line distributed version control utilities go bad".Finally you took the receipt back upstairs and queued for a third time to rescue your purchases.After the time when virtually nobody stocked software development books, there then followed a long period when virtually everybody stocked software development books.
Researchers in the U.S. are designing and looking to develop 50 megawatt (MW) wind turbines with “extreme-scale blades” 200 meters in length.To put things in perspective, if built, they will be taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.The Segmented Ultralight Morphing Rotor (SUMR) project is being led by researchers at the University of Virginia.In 2015 the project was awarded a three year grant of more than US$3.5 million by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E.“It’s incredibly challenging, because the scale is so big,” the University of Virginia’s Eric Loth told CNBC in a phone interview.“I don’t know if I have any other project that I’ve been working on in the last 30 years that has been… so challenging in that respect,” he added.
Warner Bros. just made it official.Diana Prince will ring in Christmas on December 13th, 2019.That’s the date Wonder Woman 2 will be released in cinemas.Gal Gadot returns, of course, and Patty Jenkins is expected to direct, though her deal has not yet been finalised.The news comes mere days after Warner Bros. took the stage at Comic-Con 2017 to show footage from Justice League and Aquaman, which are the next two DC films to hit cinemas.There could be one more film that hits cinemas before Wonder Woman 2, possibly Shazam, but nothing is official.
The days of the good old trusty internal combustion engine, which revolutionised transportation but also maybe helped usher in a looming environmental apocalypse, may be numbered.Reports in the Guardian and Financial Times both indicated the UK is set to ban the sale of all diesel and petrol-burning cars and vans by the year 2040 as part of an air quality plan, including hybrid vehicles.If followed through, the plan would require all new cars and vans sold throughout the country to have purely electric engines.A government spokesman told the Guardian, which said it was given access to parts of the proposal, the move was primarily related to concerns over air quality.A recent government report concluded smog kills at least 40,000 people throughout the UK a year.“Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible,” the spokesman said.