Say goodbye to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and welcome your new favorite apps.This is where you will connect with your friends, communicate with your boss (forget emails), make business deals, flirt, and much more.Food delivery in China is an impressively dynamic and tech-driven industry which means that users have a variety of choices.Renting a bike: ofo (小黄车) / Mobike (摩拜单车)So you tried to get a taxi and got stuck in one of those traffic jams of epic proportions for which Chinese cities are known.Mobike has a similar deal with a ride-hailing company called Shouqi (首汽租车) but the cities covered by the partnership is still limited.
In September, we found out that Alphabet was possibly about to invest in the ride-hailing company Lyft.On Wednesday, Recode reported that the speculation was correct, and Google's parent company is leading a $1 billion round of investment that raises Lyft's valuation to $11 billion.Another Alphabet company, Waymo, is developing self-driving cars and partnered with Lyft earlier this year, presumably for the infrastructure that will allow it to find customers for the service that looks set to launch in Phoenix, Arizona.As we explained recently, Lyft has been putting together a host of partnerships of late, an Android-like strategy that is positioning the company well for the coming years.Lyft has become a recognized and trusted brand, which is critically important when trying to get customers to choose you over a rival like Uber.Lyft has also inked deals with Jaguar Land Rover and Ford, and General Motors invested $500 million in the company last year.
The battery they were testing featured magnesium metal as its negative electrode (the anode) in contact with an electrolyte composed of a liquid (a type of solvent known as diglyme) and a dissolved salt, Mg(TFSI)2."What could possibly cause these reactions between substances that are supposed to be stable under these conditions?"Molecular Foundry researchers developed detailed simulations of the point where the electrode and electrolyte meet, known as the interface, indicating that no spontaneous chemical reactions should occur under ideal conditions, either.In this type of battery, the negative electrode is typically composed of carbon, which has a more limited capacity for storing these lithium ions than other materials would.To explore the formation of this layer in more detail, the team employed a unique X-ray technique developed recently at the ALS, called APXPS (ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy).Even before a current was fed into the test battery, the X-ray results showed signs of chemical decomposition of the electrolyte, specifically at the interface of the magnesium electrode.
There is very difference between the Pixel 2 and the larger Pixel 2 XL, but where they do differ, the difference is nearly staggering.Although more pixel dense and prettier with its lack of bezels, the Pixel 2 XL’s P-OLED screen suffers from one odd flaw: its color quality.It seems that Google has been made aware of that substandard behavior and is mulling over pushing an update that will at least give users the option to tweak things to their taste.Google jumped from LCD on the first gen Pixels to OLED on the Pixel 2 this year, though there is still am minor difference between normal and XL models.The latter is often the material of choice for more flexible OLED screens.While there are objective measurements of color accuracy and range, it still boils down to a matter of personal preference.
BlackBerry Mobile, which is TCL for all intents and purposes, is making its enterprise slab available in the UK.The Motion received a very low-key stealth launch a week ago on a Sunday in Dubai.At £399, the mid-market midranger competes with a diminishing number of phones that are built for endurance, and it's a fairly competitive price for something with BlackBerry's name on it.Road warriors looking for an Android with endurance will probably need to consider this, as this year's Motorola competitor in this space doesn't have anything like the staying power of its predecessor.With a 4000mAh and 2016's Snapdragon 625 inside, the Motion purportedly runs "32+ hours" of mixed use.While the Moto boasts clip-on Mods, the BlackBerry has greater security – it can't be rooted.
Twitter plans to do a better job of responding to users’ reports of abuse by “investing heavily” in improving its review process, according to an internal email leaked by Wired.The company also plans to toughen its rules around violence, hate speech, and abuse in a new attempt to make its platform safer for users.The leaked email doesn’t divulge final rules or full explanations (the phrase “more details to come” appears three times), but it offers the gist of what Twitter intends to do.A lot of what’s happening here is Twitter broadening existing rules so that hate or abuse that previously slipped by might now be banned.Twitter says it will now ban tweets that “glorify violence,” instead of only banning tweets that make or promote threats.Its definition of prohibited “non-consensual nudity” is expanding to include “creep shots” and hidden camera footage.
The flower power era has returned for Volkswagen in its latest campaign, as has the automaker’s iconic Microbus.The new spot, however, isn’t promoting new VW cars or buses – it’s showcasing its new warranty.‘Rain’ is a brand play featuring its new ‘People First Warranty,' and the spot aims to recapture the spirit of the music festivals of the 60s and celebrate the heritage of the brand.Highlighting the hippie favorite, the Microbus, VW is bringing viewers back to a time of love and harmony – and putting its drivers first.In the 60-second spot by Deutsch LA, a mid-60s bus is being driven by a young couple to the soundtrack of Joe Cocker’s iconic cover of “With a Little Help from My Friends.” They stop to pick up a couple of hitchhikers on the way to a Woodstock-style music festival.The era is obviously the late 60s and the festival is filled with hippie revelers, dancing and frolicking in their underwear.
The struggle over ad viewability has been compounded by the different kinds of data available.To help remove that variable about ad display, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Tech Lab has released in limited beta an Open Measurement software development kit (SDK) that it hopes will become the standard for acquiring data about ad viewability in apps.This the first software product issued by the Tech Lab.An API to do the same thing for websites is scheduled for publication by year’s end, with code available early in 2018.Although there are a variety of ways to look at the data, viewability comes down to measuring how much of a digital static, rich media or video ad was shown, and whether it was seen by — you know — an actual human.[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]
If you have one of the affected cars and haven't heard from Tesla, contact the company to get your Model X checked over.If you’re driving a Tesla Model X, you might need to have it checked out.The company has issued a voluntary recall for some of its Model X electric SUVs to fix a fault with its back seats.Tesla said it believes only around 3 percent of the 11,000 recalled vehicles have the problem, which prevents the seat from properly locking into place from a reclined position, leaving passengers vulnerable in the event of an accident.The global recall, which the company announced on Thursday, involves Model X SUVs with second-row, fold-flat seats that were manufactured between October 28, 2016, and August 16, 2017.Tesla said that while the Model X received excellent ratings in independent safety tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, recent internal testing showed that “a small number of cables in the second-row fold-flat seats … may need to be adjusted.”
I våras inledde Apple en juridisk kamp mot Qualcomm, med stämningsansökningar i flera länder och indragna royalty-betalningar.Apple är inte det enda företaget som har tröttnat på Qualcomms hantering av patentlicenser och försäljningen av komponenter till standardessentiella tekniker.Flera andra bolag har också stämt företaget, och även konkurrensmyndigheter i flera länder har blandat sig i.Bloomberg rapporterar nu att Taiwans konkurrensdomstol har dömt Qualcomm att betala cirka 6,3 miljarder kronor i böter efter att ha brutit mot landets konkurrenslagar i minst sju år under vilka företaget har dragit in över 100 miljarder kronor i licensavgifter från andra tillverkare.Tidigare har amerikanska Federal Trade Commission också dömt mot Qualcomm, och Blackberry har vunnit ett liknande fall.
If you don’t feel like spending £150+ on a steering wheel controller after already dropping £60 on a video game, you can always improvise like YouTuber chobiglass did.Using a pair of salad tongs, a computer mouse, and a spinning bar stool, they hacked together a pretty serviceable steering wheel accessory for the game Euro Truck Simulator 2.The setup isn’t quite a simple plug-and-play affair.You’ll need to tweak the mouse’s sensitivity in order to make the movements of the spinning bar stool translate properly to the in-game steering wheel.But once it’s working properly, the clever hack genuinely looks like it makes a game about driving a lorry seem like a lot of fun.
The Internet Archive is an online library known for pushing the boundaries of copyright law to promote public access to obscure works, including classic video games and historic images.Now the organization is taking advantage of a little-noticed provision of the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act to publish complete copies of out-of-print books published between 1923 and 1941.The group hopes that the move will inspire other libraries to follow its lead, making hundreds of thousands of books from the mid-20th Century available for download.Bono was a musician turned member of Congress who died in a skiing accident months before the legislation passed.During the debate over the Copyright Term Extension Act, Mary Bono said that "Sonny wanted the term of copyright protection to last forever.I am informed by staff that such a change would violate the Constitution."
Tesla’s Model 3 is one of the most anticipated cars ever, and the hype has bled over to the used market.Whenever a highly anticipated product comes out, there are always those who try to take advantage of the hype.Did you grab the last Xbox One on Black Friday?Got your hands on some of that Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce from McDonald’s?Dip some nuggets in some of it and hand the rest out for $10 a piece.This cycle applies to almost every retail industry out there, and the automotive community — especially the one surrounding the Tesla Model 3– is no different.
Tanzania is considering a new law to regulate social media in the East Afrikan country.The proposed bill, Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2017, was published by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA).Part of the draft regulations suggest that all online content producers, including bloggers, should be licensed by the TCRA.James Kilaba, Deputy Director responsible for development of Information and Communication Technologies at the TCRA, is reported to have said that they will “hold public forums in the coming week to share the draft document with stakeholders before the final set of rules are sent to the minister for signing and gazettement.”Earlier this year, Tanzania’s parliament approved the Electronic and Postal Communications Act which government officials said will help curb the “moral decadence” caused by social media.They also listed more questionable reasons for the act, such as that social media is somehow a danger to Tanzania’s national security.
Sturdy hardware that's straightforward to installThe smart home is flourishing right now, and connected security is probably the hottest area of them all.August‘s Doorbell Cam Pro arrives today to bring your front door into the 21st century, replacing your dumb doorbell with a camera and floodlight toting, WiFi connected upgrade that also plays nicely with the company’s smart locks.The promise is that the rough spots of the original August Doorbell Cam have been polished away; I got out my screwdriver set to find out if that was true.You still get a backplate and an optional wedge that can angle the Doorbell Cam Pro, but rather than crimping the old doorbell wiring to the backplate’s connections there are now simpler screw terminals.Positioning is easier, too, courtesy of a USB charging dock that magnetically clings to the bottom of the Doorbell Cam Pro and allows you to first get it paired with your WiFi, then try out viewing angles without first having to drill.
Gotland's energy company Geab recently decided to halt all new renewable electricity generation to connect to the electricity grid.It has been Ei to open supervision against the company.Geabs decision was taken by reason of the assessment to fastlandskabeln not able to transmit more electricity to the mainland.the Company cited, among other things, that you do not want to run the risk of causing power outages for customers on the island of Gotland.the Swedish energy market inspectorate warns on its website that electricity grid owners as well has an obligation to connect customers in the voltage level as their condition allows both for production and consumption.this Obligation applies, if it does not exist so-called special reasons.
Hacking to take place in 2015, after an agent at the NSA's hackerenhet took the top-secret documents to his home computer.It is reported by both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, both citing anonymous sources familiar with the event.The Russian hackers have stolen several of the NSA's hacking tools, and information about how the authority carries out the attacks and how they defend their own networks.Experts on the topic call hacker attack "one of the largest säkerhetsintrången the last few years".Many believe that hacking can complicate the NSA's work in the future, and easier for Russian hackers who want to infiltrate us networks, writes the Washington Post.Both papers have sources which say that the Russian hackers have used the antivirus company Kaspersky software to carry out the attack.
Some experiences transcend language and culture.One of those things is anime, the distinctive Japanese style of animation currently embodied by director Makoto Shinkai, whose 2016 hit film Your Name will soon be remade as a live-action movie by Star Wars director J. J. Abrams.Another, apparently, is Canadian tourism.Destination Canada, the Canadian government’s official tourism division, recently released this short by Shinkai.It’s an intimate portrait of a Japanese couple finding love across the Great White North.This unusual film is the product of a strategic partnership between Destination Canada and Vancouver-based consultancy Modern Craft, which helps develop content marketing projects designed to attract international tourism.
Is Google bringing creepy back?Some of the reaction to Google Clips, one of the many gadgets the company unveiled Wednesday, is approaching the Google Glass-creep level.Clips is a $249 clip-on camera that automatically records several seconds worth of bursts of “action” in your life.The company is positioning it as harmless — like GoPro for the mundane — and aimed at people who might want to record precious memories of their kids and pets.Not like Glass, which got banned from places such as bars and dark movie theaters, where bespectacled early adopters were known to roam.Get tech news in your inbox weekday mornings.
The first half hour of Middle-earth: Shadow of War moves fast.We’ve recorded it on video to give you an idea of some very big plot twists that happen at the beginning of the game.The binding of Talion the Ranger and the Elven smith Celebrimbor is the subject of the first game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, which launched to great acclaim in 2014.They do so by forging a new Ring of Power and setting Talion up as the Bright Lord.I’ve got a copy and have been playing it for a good 25 hours or so.This story takes place in the 60 years between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.