Nicolas Yeager

Nicolas Yeager

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The chief executive of email unsubscription service Unroll.me has said he is “heartbroken” that users felt betrayed by the fact that his company monetises the contents of their inbox by selling their data to companies such as Uber.Founded in 2011, the free web service allows users to unsubscribe en masse from mailing lists, newsletters and other email annoyances.To do so, it requires access to the users’ inboxes, and permission from them to scan the data for unsubscribe links.But following an acquisition by shopping app Slice in 2014, Unroll.me developed a side-business: selling aggregated data about users to the very apps they were unsubscribing from.The revelation came as part of a New York Times story about Uber, which was one of Slice’s big data arm Slice Intelligence’s customers: the cab app wanted to find out information about the corporate health of its key US rival, Lyft.The data Slice sells is anonymised – customer’s names are not attached – and it covers both Uber and Lyft ride receipts, but the company won’t confirm or deny its customer list.
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När vi testade första Soundlink Mini älskade vi den.Men den hade några brister.Batteritiden var inte speciellt lång.Den saknade mikrofon för telefonsamtal.Och man måste använda den medföljande laddaren.Alla dessa brister är åtgärdade.
China
Three co-founders of ride-hailing service Yidao Yongche (易到 in Chinese), announced their resignations today in a joint statement, following a recent spat between Yidao CEO Zhou Hang and the company’s controlling shareholder LeEco, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting.In the joint statement, the three co-founders Zhou Hang, Yang Yun and Tang Peng said that they started to fade out from the management since LeEco appointed Peng Gang as Yidao’s president last June.They stayed with the company (job titles retained and a token amount of compensation paid but had no real power) to help facilitate financing and ensure a smooth handover of the company at the request of LeEco but found only unwanted interference and their reputations being maliciously attacked.LeEco bought a 70% stake in the ride-hailing service in October 2015 and became its controlling shareholder.Public information shows that Zhou, Yang, and Tang remain Yidao’s second, third and fourth-largest shareholder, each holding a 25.33%, 2.29% and 1.91% stake in Beijing Dongfang Cheyun Information Technology (北京东方车云信息技术有限公司 in Chinese), the operator behind Yidao.The verbal grenades may subside with the departures of these co-founders, but serious financial challenges have yet to be resolved for Yidao and LeEco.It all goes back to LeEco’s cash squeeze.Shallow-pocketed LeEco began to slash its spending on the ride-hailing service last year, as years of breakneck expansion into myriads of businesses, coupled with declining performances, has put a strain on the purse of LeEco.And LeEco’s cash spinner Leshi Internet Information (乐视网 in Chinese) even saw its 2016 net profit fall 3.19% year on year to RMB 555 million, the first decline since it went public eight years ago (in Chinese).This cash crunch has inevitably threw Yidao into turmoil, as the ride-hailing firm has been relying heavily on LeEco’s financial support to subsidize rides.In this ride-hailing market gradually cornered by Didi Chuxing, Yidao and other small players have had to continue their subsidy campaigns to woo consumers and drivers in hopes of a turnaround in this brutal contest.Yidao’s cash conditions have scarcely improved even after LeEco managed to secure an RMB 15 billion funding program from real estate titan Sunac in January, as the investments are meant to boost LeEco’s core business lines such as the company’s TV making and film production units, while those non-core and cash-burning ones are not in the picture.Word is out (which has not yet been officially confirmed) that Zhou found another potential investor Shunwei Capital and submitted an investment plan to LeEco in February.Yet the plan was scrapped as LeEco failed to reach consensus with Zhou on the sum of the consideration.And an even deeper reason may be LeEco’s fear of losing control of the company since Shunwei Capital is a VC firm set up by Lei Jun, founder of Xiaomi, a longtime rival of LeEco.Zhou joined Shunwei two weeks ago.There are signs that LeEco is orchestrating a new round of financing for the besieged car-hailing service.
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According to the Cambridge News, instead of 500 bikes for hire, there'll be just 20.You probably wouldn’t blink twice if you saw a bright yellow bicycle lying unguarded on a city street.But you might do a double take if you saw 500 of them — which is what residents of Cambridge can expect when Chinese bike-sharing company Ofo rolls out its hugely popular scheme across the city next month.Similar roll-outs took place in Singapore and Silicon Valley in February, in the first wave of global expansion for the Beijing-based firm.Similar to London’s Boris Bikes, or Santander Cycles, riders will be able to hire an Ofo bike whenever they want, no matter the time of day.The app then sends a four-digit code to open the lock that’s affixed to the back wheel.
UK
Earlier today, House Oversight Committee Chairman and Benghazi enthusiast Jason Chaffetz announced that he would not seek reelection to public office in 2018.While this is surely a blow to fans of incompetent investigations and ineffectual letter writing, the Chaffetz-heads out there need not worry quite yet.Because judging by the web domains his campaign committee registered about a week and a half ago, Jason Chaffetz just might have his eye on the White House... a little more than a decade from now.According to the WHOIS domain name directory, Friends of Jason Chaffetz secured both Jason2028.com...At the time of publication, both URLs redirect generic GoDaddy landing pages.In a Facebook statement announcing his decision not to run in 2018, Chaffetz did say that he “may run again for public office, but not in 2018.” While Chaffetz made sure to let his constituents know that he is both “healthy” and confident that he would “continue to be reelected by large margins,” Chaffetz did not make any mention of the fact that he had publicly declared interest in a 2020 bid for governor of Utah just last year.
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A developer using the handle “Zeffy” claims to have found a way around Microsoft's ban on updates for old versions of Windows on shiny new CPUs.Microsoft flagged its new policy early last year, telling world dog that Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Intel’s upcoming 7th Gen Intel Core (Kaby Lake) silicon.The policy went down badly with business users who had perfectly good reason to run old Windows on new PCs.Microsoft eventually changed the policy so that those of you running Windows 7 or 8.x will still get security updates until those OSes reach end-of-life, but won't get other fixes.Microsoft put the policy into effect last week.Enter Zeffy, who on his GitHub page describes the policy as “...just Microsoft's nice way of telling everyone who'd rather keep using Windows 7 or 8.1 on their Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Ryzen systems to screw themselves.”
US
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives."A great book for your reading enjoyment: 'REASONS TO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS' by Michael J.Could this be a treatise on why Hillary Clinton had been an even better candidate than the president himself?Instead, this self-described "comprehensive guide" has little text.The description on Amazon says: "Lefty lawyers require that we state the book is mostly blank and contains precisely 1,235 words."These seem to merely consist of headers and a bibliography.
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Google and Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) have settled the antitrust case focused on the pre-installation of Google apps on Android handsets.It was initiated following a complaint by Yandex roughly two years ago.In 2015, FAS found that the required pre-installation of apps on Android phones in Russia was anti-competitive.The following year FAS imposed a nearly $8 million fine for the violation, which the settlement doesn’t vacate.The settlement also comes after an unsuccessful legal challenge by Google.The following will change in Russia under the settlement terms:
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Rumor had it last week that the Federal Communications Commission was planning to roll back rules protecting net neutrality.Now several major companies who make up the backbone of the internet are fighting the change.The Internet Association, a lobby repping Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Netflix and others, met with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai earlier this week and filed a summary of the meeting.It sounds like they’re content with net neutrality rules as they are:The internet industry is uniform in its belief that net neutrality preserves the consumer experience, competition, and innovation online.In other words, existing net neutrality rules should be enforced and kept intact.
Sweden
the Next version of IOS 10 – with version 10.3.2, is right now during the beta testing of the Apple.But with the update, select Iphone-the manufacturer to provide a lot of models behind them.It is Forbes who reports and writes to the Iphone 5 and Iphone 5c may look pinched at the update.It supports only the 64-bitsprocessorer, these two phones don't have.Apple cuts ties with old phones is nothing new, however, usually occur at major release.it has Long been rumored that IOS 11 would be the kiss of death, but the company thus chose to do it now.
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Five years ago, Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith stared at a $500 million acquisition offer for his bootstrapped company doing $50 million in revenue – half a billion dollars!Better still, Qualtrics is now on track to earn $250 million in revenue this year, Smith tells us.And the value of its company has increased 150% since 2014, when
Sweden
Hackers are now exploiting a previously undetected flaw in the Microsoft Office for to get malware on your computer through infected text documents, reports security company Mcafee.A piece of advice, therefore, is to be careful with what files you open in Word the next few days until Microsoft managed to plug the gap.The infected documents loading the html program that looks like Rich text files, but that can take contact with the server, which then installs malware on your computer.the Shortage will affect all versions of Office, including the latest Office 2016 for Windows 10.Mcafee's advice is to run the Office closed until further notice and avoid opening Office files from unknown sources.
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If you have a garage with a power socket, an electric car makes an awful lot of sense.If you park on the street, however, the infrastructural challenge of keeping your electron-powered vehicle topped up becomes complicated enough that perhaps sticking to driving on squished dinosaurs makes sense for a while longer.Until Char.gy comes along, that is.“Seventy-two percent of drivers in London don’t have off-street parking,” says Richard Stobart, CEO of the London-based Char.gy.“If you want an electric car, not being able to charge at home is a major disincentive.”So, in a world where people want to drive electric cars, cities are trying to clean up the air and car makers want to sell electric cars, how do you take on the not insignificant challenge of charging car batteries in a dense and fast-moving city such as London?
China
According to a new – recent – leak from Weibo, it seems that Xiaomi will finally join the club of the iris scanner equipped flagship models at last.The image below shows a Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus model (i think it’s too big to be a Mi 6) that boasts an iris scanner above the display, located between the front facing camera and the earpiece.Join GizChina on TelegramThis way users will have another -extra- way to unlock their device, one that can offer an extra level of security.The leaked image also confirms that we should keep our hopes low regarding the design of the device, since it shows average sized bezels and a not impressive design all-in-all.There’s also a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button that sits right below the display, with two capacitive soft keys on its sides.Rumors say that the home button is capacitive and comes with an ultrasonic sensor, so don’t expect it to be pressed inside like any other hardware home button.According to the latest information, the Xiaomi Mi 6 model is expected to be unveiled during this week along with its larger sibling, Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus, that will pack a dual camera and larger battery.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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King, the company behind hit mobile game Candy Crush, is making a Call of Duty game designed specifically for mobile.The news was revealed in a grandiose job listing on the company’s website; in it, King seeks individuals to fill four positions, including an art director, level designer, senior-level systems designer, and a senior-level UX/UI designer.Whomever the lucky individuals are will have to be located in or willing to relocate to Stockholm, Sweden.King says that it will sponsor a visa and offer full relocation coverage for individuals who are located outside of Sweden.The company is working on the unnamed titled in collaboration with Activision Blizzard, according to the job listing, and it aims to break ‘new ground for mobile and [redefine] the genre.’The job listings are fairly typical, at least as far as job listings go: they trump up the company, the position, and seek someone well-rounded in their field.
Sweden
Tested har lagt vantarna på UE:s senaste minihögtalare Wonderboom och har släppt en video där de pratar lite om den nya enheten.Har du inte tid att titta på videon så säger Norm att det är en stabil högtalare som är värd ett köp då den har bra ljud, är vattentät och tål stötar och fall.Att Wonderboom inte har någon AUX-ingång är dock lite tråkigt.
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The costly Galaxy Note7 debacle, which led to the recall of about 3 million smartphones because of overheating batteries, seems to be behind Samsung Electronics, with the company forecasting a 48 percent growth in operating profit in the first quarter.Samsung has not had a new flagship smartphone on the shelves ever since it stopped production of the Note7 in October after replacement phones shipped by the company were also found in some cases to have the battery issue.The company now has its hopes for the high-end of the smartphone market pinned on the new Galaxy S8 and S8 , which is expected to reach shelves later this month.The company’s components business, consisting of display panels and memory chips, is likely to have helped boost the company’s profit in the first quarter.The South Korean company said Friday it expects its operating profit in the first quarter was 9.9 trillion won (US$8.8 billion), up 48 percent from 6.7 trillion won in the same period last year.Samsung said in its earnings guidance that it expects revenue will remain flat at around 50 trillion won for the quarter from 49.78 trillion won in the same quarter a year ago.
Sweden
After a judgment of the Supreme administrative court last year required the permission from the provincial government to use a drone with a camera.A press release from the government today presents a change in the law on video surveillance with the drones no longer require a permit.An exception for the use of drones should in that case be made in kameraövervakningslagen, so that companies and private individuals can use drones equipped with a camera – without permission.– With this proposal, we solve business problems and get a more effective regulation, but, at the same time that individuals receive an adequate level of protection against intrusive surveillance, says the minister for justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson.Responsibility for the video surveillance with the drones should not be the violation of personal integrity is then on the user himself in accordance with the data protection act.the Amendment is proposed to enter into force on 1 August 2017.
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Nästa tisdag börjar Windows 10 Creators Update rullas ut till samtliga användare via Windows Update, men redan idag kan du installera uppdateringen utan att behöva gå med i Windows Insider-programmet.Microsoft säger att dagens installationsmöjlighet är till för ”avancerade användare” men det är inte särskilt krångligt: Vad du behöver göra är ladda ner och köra programmet Windows 10 Update Assistant, som du hittar här.Den slutgiltiga versionen av Creators Update delades via Windows Insider redan för en vecka sedan.
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Google appears to be getting serious about taking on Amazon in delivering packages by drone.The Mountain View tech giant has applied to patent a system that combines drones with ground robots.“Aerial delivery devices may be problematic for delivery to users,” said the patent application.Not only could drones endanger pets, power lines and residents of a home, they may not be able to identify a drop-off spot that’s safe from thieves, according to the application, entered in September and made public April 5 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.“Conventional aerial delivery device methods do not allow for safe, secure delivery of packages to delivery locations,” the application said.Enter the ground-going robots.Communicating with the drones via infrared beacons, “mobile delivery receptacles” would meet their sky-going “delivery-device” colleagues at a safe and secure location near the delivery address.“The delivery device deposits the package into the delivery receptacle,” the application said.“The delivery device transports the package to a secure location.”Such a system would rival Amazon’s “Prime Air” drone-delivery service, which Amazon intends to use to get packages to consumers in 30 minutes or less.The firm says it has development centers for the system in the U.S., U.K., Austria and Israel, and is testing the service in a number of international locations.Amazon has patented a drone that would land on extendable legs, and has also patented a birdhouse-like docking station for delivery drones, where they could recharge and download weather information.Meanwhile, the race to develop systems for ground robot delivery is underway, with a number of startups seeking to deploy sidewalk-crawling autonomous machines, with one company testing out a six-wheeler in June 2016.Google’s combination of drone and robot delivery is not guaranteed to see the light of day, as much patented technology never gets to market.Photo: An Amazon Prime Air drone (courtesy of Amazon)Tags: amazon, delivery, drones, Google, packages, robots
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