The e-commerce giant didn't have enough servers to handle all the traffic on its site during one of its biggest sales days of the year, according to internal documents obtained by CNBC.This reportedly happened 15 minutes after Prime Day -- a 36-hour sale featuring more than 1 million deals -- kicked off at noon PT.Amazon reportedly had to manually add servers to try to keep up with the traffic surge.Experts who reviewed the documents told CNBC this indicated the company's auto-scaling feature might not have been working leading up to the crash.About an hour after Prime Day kicked off, an update on the status of Amazon's servers said "Currently out of capacity for scaling.A breakdown in Sable, Amazon's internal computation and storage system, reportedly led to glitches across Prime, authentication and video playback.
Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute.To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.In this talk from the Chicago Founder Institute, Ted Greene explains how to establish your company’s revenue model.He advises founders to keep it simple and to remember that “ideas don’t mean anything until you build a financial model - that's when the rubber meets the road.” Greene also stresses the importance of benchmarks and being well versed with the numbers in your market.Ted Greene is the CEO of Rainbo Sports and a Partner in Old Willow Partners.He also serves as a mentor for the Chicago Founder Institute, which is currently accepting applicationsfor the 2013 Spring semester.
EE has announced that it will be launching brand new 4GEE Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Mini devices, which are smaller and lighter than ever before.In the case of the 4GEE Wi-Fi device, it manages to offer, in that small package, CAT 12 4G+ speeds of up to 600Mbps thanks to Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, connections of up to 20 devices at once and 15 hours of use thanks to a 4,300mAh battery which charges via USB-C.The latest 4GEE Wi-Fi Mini is smaller making it more portable but tops out at CAT 7 for speeds up to 300Mbps and 8 hours of use on its 2,150mAh battery.This also offers Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac for up to 20 device connections at once and weighs in at just 85g.Both devices are available on a range of plans.The 4GEE Wi-Fi starts at 5GB for £13 per month and an upfront £30 charge or pay nothing up front and get 15GB for £22 per month, 30GB for £28 or 50GB for £40.
Over the last four years, the Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) has helped launch over 110 new companies in Southern California, across both our Los Angeles and San Diego Chapters.With great traction and results across Southern California, we recently began hosting a series of free startup events in Irvine to gauge interest in a new Orange County program.Many of the Graduates for the Los Angeles and San Diego Founder Institute programs were coming from the OC, so launching a local chapter has been in consideration for quite some time.- Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder InstituteThrough the Founder Institute’s four-month program, promising entrepreneurs “learn by doing” and launch a company with structured training, expert feedback, and support from experienced startup CEOs.Founder Institute Graduate companies include fast-rising startups across 6 continents like Udemy, Realty Mogul, Itembase, goplaceit, Appota, and many more.
Understanding the functions of genes in bacteria that form part of the human microbiome -the collection of microbes found inside our bodies- is important because these genes might explain mechanisms of bacterial infection or cohabitation in the host, antibiotic resistance, or the many effects-positive and negative- that the microbiome has on human health.Surprisingly, the functions of a huge number of microbial genes are still unknown.The study was led by Fran Supek, computational biologist and leader of the Genome Data Science lab at IRB Barcelona, and first-authored by Vedrana Vidulin, a computer scientist affiliated to the centres in Slovenia and Croatia.The researchers have developed a new computational method able to examine thousands of metagenomes simultaneously and identify the evolutionary signal that can predict the function of many microbial genes.This method, which analyses "big data" from human microbiomes (e.g.from the intestine or skin) and other metagenomes (e.g.
An electrical engineer secretly uploaded onto his personal Dropbox account thousands of files containing sensitive information about the unmanned underwater vehicles his company was developing for the US Navy’s Office of Naval Research.Last week, a federal jury found Jared Sparks of Ardmore, in the American state of Oklahoma, guilty of multiple counts of theft of trade secrets and of uploading of trade secrets, according to a release from the US Department of Justice.Each count carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.“Yesterday’s verdict sends a clear message that the Department of Justice is committed to protecting American intellectual property and will aggressively prosecute those who steal it,” acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan said in the release.Sparks used to work for LBI Inc., a Connecticut-based defence contractor that makes underwater drones for the US Navy, as well as weather data-gathering buoys for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.While at that company, he collaborated with Charles River Analytics (CRA), a company that made software for the LBI drones.
On the heels of Lyft’s acquisition of bike-share company Motivate, the company is gearing up to fully integrate bicycle and scooter sharing into the app.There’s no word on exactly when this will happen, but it’s likely this will happen soon.Lyft is also investing $1 million to advance transportation equity to people in underserved communities.As part of its commitment, Lyft will work with non-profit organizations like TransForm to develop programs that support people with low incomes.“Soon you will be able to get real-time transit information, plan a multi-modal trip, and use Lyft Bikes and Scooters to connect to a local transit stop or shared ride pickup location,” Lyft wrote in a blog post.In June, Lyft revamped its rider app to encourage shared rides.
Blockchain will impact almost every area of our lives in the coming years, and the telecoms industry will be among the largest beneficiaries.According to a report by Markets and Markets, the blockchain in telecom market size is expected to grow from $46.6 million in 2018 to $993.8 million by 2023 – at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 84.4 percent during the forecast period.Blockchains primarily offer secure ledgers.Recent high-profile attacks on telecoms companies such as TalkTalk highlights the need for improved security to protect user and company data.However, the report notes this growth could be hindered by the current uncertain regulatory environment in countries around the world and the lack of common standards.On the growth of blockchain technology in telecoms, the report says:
Are you a Virgin TV customer that already gets BT Sport?Soon you'll have the 4K UHD channel for no extra cost.From July 30, Virgin TV Full House and VIP bundle customers will get the 4K version of the BT Sport channel added to their package at no extra cost.You'll need to have a 4K UHD TV and the Virgin TV V6 box to be able to make the most of it though.If you're not a customer with one of those top-end packages, you can add the full BT Sport roster to a new or existing package for £18 extra a month.That'll give you BT Sport 1, 2 and 3 as well as BT Sport ESPN and the new BT Sport UHD channel.
Samsung’s got a new smartwatch on the way.That much seems for certain.It’s been about a year since the last big announcement, and the company is about to have two large platforms in the form of August’s Note 9 Unpacked event and Berlin’s IFA trade show the following month.A couple of new tidbits, however, are fueling speculation that things might be a little different this time around.First, a trademark filing in Korea for a Samsung Galaxy Watch logo.The company dropped the Galaxy bit from its Gear line between the first and second generation watches, back in the 2014.
Sony's Alpha A7 full-frame mirrorless cameras became an instant hit when they were launched back in 2013.However, a limiting factor of any star-quality system camera is the depth and breadth of lenses and accessories to back it up.Initially, the small selection of full-frame E-mount lenses gave a distinct lack of versatility, but it hasn't taken long for Sony to develop an enticing range of optics that enable the Alpha A7 range of mirrorless cameras like the Alpha A7R III (along with the flagship Alpha A9) to really take the fight to professional DSLRs.For example, there are no tilt and shift (perspective correction) lens, but Sony's just launched the FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS super-telephoto prime lens that should keep sports and wildlife photographers happy.Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GMThe ultimate wide-angle zoom lens for Sony photographers
Timehop, an app that resurfaces your old photos and posts by connecting to your social media profiles, revealed that its cloud computing environment was hacked and the data of 21 million users was stolen on July 4.The stolen data comprised mostly of user names and email addresses.Of the 21 million compromised user data, the phone numbers linked to 4.7 million accounts were also stolen.“Tokens” provided by social media profiles to Timehop for gaining access to posts and images were also taken.With the “access tokens,” hackers could view some of the users’ social media posts without their permission.However, Timehop claims that the tokens were deauthorized and made invalid within a “short time window” and cannot be used to gain access to users’ social media profiles.
With long summer evenings comes the perfect opportunity to dust off your old boxes of circuits and wires and start to build something.If you’re short on inspiration, you might be interested in artist and engineer Dan Macnish’s how-to guide on building an AI-powered doodle camera using a thermal printer, Raspberry pi, a dash of Python and Google’s Quick Draw data set.“Playing with neural networks for object recognition one day, I wondered if I could take the concept of a Polaroid one step further, and ask the camera to re-interpret the image, printing out a cartoon instead of a faithful photograph.” Macnish wrote on his blog about the project, called Draw This.To make this work, Macnish drew on Google’s object recognition neural network and the data set created for the game Google Quick, Draw!Tying the two systems together with some python code, Macnish was able to have his creation recognize real images and print out the best corresponding doodle in the Quick, Draw!But since output doodles are limited to the data set, there can be some discrepancy between what the camera “sees” and what it generates for the photo.
At WWDC 2018 Apple promised to smarten Siri up for iOS 12 and, keeping to its word, the company has released a beta version of the Siri Shortcuts app via TestFlight to selected third parties.Developers looking to take the new IFTTT-like app for a test drive can request access by logging into the Developer Center, following which, Apple will send a handful of testers an email notification granting permission.The feature will allow developers to create a single Siri voice command to trigger off a series of automated functions.The idea behind Siri Shortcuts, which is based on the Workflow app Apple acquired in 2017, is to expand automation beyond HomeKit to all aspects of iOS 12.When it was announced in June, Apple used the example of a “I’m heading home” phrase, which then automatically triggered the sending of a text to a specific contact, switched on the thermostat and a fan, presented the user with travel time for the journey home, and started playing a radio station.In iOS 11, this entire process takes several individual voice commands.
Scientists of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) in collaboration with neurophysiologists from Sechenov Institute of evolutionary physiology and biochemistry formed the innovative startup iBrain have developed a unique play structure for post-stroke patients rehabilitation as part of Project 5-100.The leading specialists in the sphere of artificial intelligence augmented physical exercise for restoring motor functions with playing with imagination which enables the patient to move.Lev Stankevich, Associate Professor, Institute of Computer Science and Technology, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, who is one of the developers of the play structure, explained that the stroke usually affects the part of the brain which is 'responsible' for motor functions of either left-hand or right-hand (but only one) side of a post-stroke patient's body.However, he says that human brain is very flexible and is capable of recovery bypassing the affected areas.After that the data about the brain activity is gathered: first, the patient must imagine how he/she moves his/her hand, clenches hands, and then tries to make these movements.The equipment is compact: after a while, a laptop can be replaced by a tablet or a smartphone.
Om du är programmerare på jobbet, eller som hobbyist, är chansen rätt stor att du är en ”polyglot”.Det betyder ungefär att lära sig nya språk för att det är kul, inte för att det är ett krav på jobbet.I så fall kanske du ska ta en titt på Julia, om du inte redan har gjort det.Språket har funnits ett tag, men avsiktsförklaringen från 2012 visar varför det är mer aktuellt än någonsin just nu.Julia skapades för att hantera beräkningar på ett enkelt sätt, med bra prestanda.Det passar alldeles utmärkt i dessa tider av dataanalys, maskininlärning och big data.
If you’re in the lookout for an affordable device with a good design, the new trendy 18:9 aspect ratio and a really affordable price tag, then we’ve something for you – the HOMTOM S7.The smartphone is indeed now on sale at just $82.99 which makes it a best buy for the price range.Let’s learn more about it.Starting with the display, that’s probably one of the best features on the phone.The HOMTOM S7 comes with a 5.5-inch screen and an 18:9 display aspect ratio.The relatively small (for today’s standards) screen, along with the elongated 18:9 aspect ratio, will make the phone feel quite comfortable in the hands at around the size of an older 5-inch 16:9 device.
A new study seems to provide an interesting wrinkle in the debate over whether foods containing genetically engineered ingredients (otherwise known as either GE or GMO foods) should be labelled as such.It turns out that people living in Vermont, US actually became less distrustful of GMOs following a temporary state law that mandated a simple labelling system, especially when compared to people living in the rest of the country, according to a paper published Wednesday in Science Advances.The findings are especially relevant in light of an upcoming federal law that will standardise how products containing GMOs should be labelled.But labelling advocates have nonetheless demanded these foods be identifiable, arguing that it would let customers make an informed choice.But less than a month later, former President Obama signed a bill that would dictate how GMOs should be label ed nationwide.But according to the new study’s lead author, Jane Kolodinsky, foods sold in the state continued to feature GMO labelling long after Obama’s decree, including to the present day.
With all the uncertainty and unpredictability that the world has to offer, TechCrunch has set out to define what it means to be human, through exploration of the relationship between man and machine.It’s quite natural for people to talk about the beginning of a period in history with words like “emergence “ and “subversive.” Often times, however, it’s difficult to pinpoint at what particular time has one such phenomenon occurred.What does it mean to define the future?Human beings have, for a long time, searched for ways to make sense of the world.TechCrunch aims to help people better understand the role that technology has played in shaping our past and our present, so that maybe we can predict how it will shape our future.The internet, once doubted by even the industry’s smartest leaders, has become essential to our lives.
This large organization has two kinds of workstations, reports a pilot fish there: the regular ones, and high-security workstations that, if they go down, people can die."Our contractor rolled out a change, possibly two changes, that broke the ability to log in to the high-security ones," fish says.To make matters worse, the help desk is so backed up on other failed upgrades that the average time to answer is measured in hours instead of minutes as required by the contract."When customers are in the help desk phone queue, after 30 minutes a recorded message tells them they can send an email instead of waiting.Now the email queue is over 30 days long."We keep hounding the contractor to get the high-security seats fixed as soon as possible, but there seems to be no priority to the contractor's work.