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The Los Angeles Police Department, one of the nation’s largest municipal police forces, approved a one-year pilot program for drones—making it the largest city in the nation to undertake such an evaluation.According to the Los Angeles Times, the LA Police Commission approved a set of policies that limits "their use to a handful of tactical situations, searches or natural disasters."Each drone flight must also be signed off by a "high-ranking office on a case-by-case basis."The drones are also not to be weaponized.The decision, which was announced Tuesday, was made despite vociferous protest.Already the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department uses drones, as do other agencies in California, including the Ventura County Sheriff's Department and the Alameda County Sheriff's Organization.
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Uusi varasto Tukholmassa lyhentää Suomen-toimitusajat nykyisestä puoleen.Zalando on ottanut käyttöön uuden varastonsa Tukholman lähellä Brunnassa.Varasto on saksalaisen muodin verkkokauppiaan ensimmäinen Pohjoismaissa, ja se puolittaa nykyiset toimitusajat Ruotsiin, Tanskaan, Norjaan ja Suomeen."Ensimmäiset paketit on lähetetty eilen, täysin toiminnassa varasto on ensi vuoden aikana.Brunnan varastosta Zalando pystyy toimittamaan tilaukset Pohjoismaiden pääkaupunkeihin seuraavana päivänä, Tukholmaan parhaimmillaan jo samana päivänä tilauksesta", sanoo Zalandon Pohjoismaiden johtaja Kenneth Melchior tiedotteessa.Zalandon toimitusajat koko Suomeen ja Norjaan lyhenevät yhdestä kolmeen päivään nykyisestä kolmesta, jopa seitsemästä päivästä.
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E3 is set to undergo a significant rebranding, as the event continues to transition away from its origins as a trade show.E3 has long since been established as the video game industry’s premier trade show, playing host to some of the most memorable reveals of the last two decades.In recent years, we have seen the event’s organizers make a concerted effort to modernize the show and now that is reflected in a change to its logo.The new E3 logo takes its cues from modern design sensibilities; it uses a stark typeface and flat colors to produce a simple aesthetic that still retains something of its predecessor’s personality.Its yellow-and-red color scheme remains, but the three-dimensional lettering that was introduced back in the 1990s does not.When E3 debuted in 1995, the video game industry was transitioning from the 2D era into the brave new world of three dimensions, thanks to hardware like the Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation, and the Nintendo 64.
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But they also, every one, complete a written survey called the Post-Deployment Health Assessment.It’s designed to evaluate service members’ psychiatric health and ferret out symptoms of conditions like depression and post-traumatic stress, so common among veterans.But the survey, designed to give the military insight into the mental health of its personnel, can wind up distorting it.Thing is, the PDHA isn’t anonymous, and the results go on service members’ records—which can deter them from opening up.Anonymous, paper-based surveys could help, but you can’t establish a good rapport with a series of yes/no exam questions."People are very open to feeling connected to things that aren't people," says Gale Lucas, a psychologist at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies and first author of a new, Darpa-funded study that finds soldiers are more likely to divulge symptoms of PTSD to a virtual interviewer—an artificially intelligent avatar, rendered in 3-D on a television screen—than in existing post-deployment health surveys.
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The Uber-SoftBank deal is almost done, said Arianna Huffington on stage at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Monday.When pressed whether SoftBank’s multi-billion dollar investment in Uber could be finalized within the week, the Uber board member replied that it’s “very likely.”She confirmed media reports that the proposed deal would involve both a direct investment in the company at the last private valuation and also a secondary transaction, buying out existing shareholders at a yet-to-be-determined discount.Uber is still “waiting on what’s going to transpire in terms of the price,” said Huffington.She added that having SoftBank “on your cap table is very important when they’re also investing in so many of our competitors around the world.” Implying that there could be more acquisitions in ridesharing, she said to “expect to see some consolidation.”Huffington also spoke about the difficult period Uber has faced in the past few months.
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Having set the scene with the unveiling of its Neural Processing Unit a few weeks ago, Huawei has focused on the AI capabilities it apparently gives its new phones.Those phones are the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, which we might previously have called phablets due to their 6-inch screen size.Huawei’s latest devices have all the bells and whistles you would expect from a flagship smartphone, but the Chinese giant seems to think it has found a rare point of differentiation with the chip.The Kirin 970 SoC is Huawei’s own design with a fair bit of help from ARM, which provided the four Cortex A73 and four Cortex A53 CPU cores and the Mali-G72 MP12 GPU that go into every one.Unique to this chip, however is the NPU (neural network processing unit – so technically NNPU), which Huawei says enables the chip to provide 25x better performance and 50x greater energy efficiency for AI-related tasks, compared to one with just four Cortex-A73 cores.A proper comparison would be between the Kirin 970 and an octacore SoC that also has four Cortex A53 cores.
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Microsoft has launched its fall update for the Xbox One’s user interface, offering more personalization for gamers and what they see when they log into the game console.Mike Ybarra, corporate vice president of Xbox platform engineering, said in a blog post that the team worked hard to deliver the update.Microsoft teased the fall update back in August, showing off the new Home, Guide and Community tabs.The company absorbed the feedback and it is delivering more personalization options for players.You can now make the Home screen uniquely yours, adding your favorite games, friends, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass, and more.The screen introduces “blocks, which you can use to add or remove or change the order of it.
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Creating an international satellite office for a growing startup can be a tough challenge.In order to get started, companies have to find talent, real estate, and deal with new employment laws, tax considerations, and all manner of other complexities.A startup coming out of stealth today is aiming to fix that by doing much of the heavy lifting for its clients.Called Terminal, the company plans to open offices in a wide variety of tech hubs outside the U.S., complete with human resources, finance, and other support employees.Terminal will then hire technical talent to meet the needs of the companies that pay for its services.The goal of the company is to let businesses build out technical teams in key markets without the overhead of spinning up a new office.
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Draper Esprit, the publicly-listed VC firm based in London, has announced its intention to invest in other early-stage VC firms in Europe, putting aside up to £75 million ($100m) to do so over the next five years.To kick things off, it has committed capital to pre-seed and seed investor Seedcamp, and seed and Series A VC Episode 1.Both VCs are known to be in the midst of closing new funds but both have reportedly been caught in the cross-fire of Brexit, making it harder to raise.As the FT notes, the move by Draper Esprit can be seen as a sign that U.K. investors are attempting to fill the gap left by the European Investment Fund (EIF), which has “paused” funding of U.K.-focussed VCs following notification that the U.K. intends to leave the European Union.Meanwhile, Draper Esprit isn’t breaking out specifically how much it has invested in Seedcamp and Episode 1, but says it is part of a wider strategy to create a significant fund of funds business.This will see the firm, which has previously backed equity crowdfunding platforms Crowdcube and Seedrs, increasingly become an LP not just a direct investor in startups in order to invest at each of the different funding life cycles of fast growing technology companies.
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Around 400 Tesla employees were fired just as production begins for the Model 3.Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promised to introduce "aggressive" new rules after women boycotted it.The new rules will cover "unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence," Dorsey said.Qualcomm wants Chinese courts to ban iPhones in the country.A famed Apple analyst said that the company will ditch fingerprint readers for face scanning technology in future iPhones.Ming-Chi Kuo said that all future iPhones will now come with Face ID — not Touch ID.
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Companies like Microsoft are going to great lengths to ensure their employees are working in the best conditions.Microsoft is known for offering unique perks to its employees, and now the company has built treehouse workspaces for its employees, as part of its growing “outdoor districts.” Microsoft wrote all about its new outdoor meeting spaces in a recent blog post.All of the treehouses, three in total, were put together by Pete Nelson of the TV show Treehouse Masters.Two treehouses are currently open and one, which is a sheltered lounge space, is set to open later this year.It’s all part of a new system of technology-enabled outdoor spaces connected to the buildings around the campus.The Microsoft treehouse is real!
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higher education in the U.S. and many other countries – has become more and more expensive.Many students leave the courses with the large and expensive student loans.the Cost has risen much more than the real wages in the country and an average student who went out in 2016 had over 300 000 sek in debt with much higher interest rate than a CSN loan Sweden.this Apple's the one co-founder Steve Wozniak to help do something about, and have, therefore, started the Woz U. It is an educational initiative that will give people the skills that can provide job in it and technology, but that they end up deep in debt.From the beginning offers online courses in computer support and software development.computer Science, mobile development and safety training will also be soon, and there are plans to open physical campuses in over 30 cities around the united states.
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Haven't had the pleasure of seeing Ashley speak but @ginafrombrazil was one of the standouts at GHConf17 so I can only imagine how good this roundtable must have been.Of course, also found myself nodding along to this article all the way through.This post is a great addition to the awesome content on growth teams already on GH: https://growthhackers.com/tags/teamA few selections from that category that I think make for great related reading (in no particular order):
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This week the folks in charge of Mincecraft Servers have revealed the Halloween Spectacular in full.This event will pour over the online version of Minecraft, taking over the Minecraft Servers universe as it does so.In Lifeboat, there’ll be a hostile Zombie Invasion.The Lifeboat lobby will be full of undead, basically – as well as pumpkins, glowing ghoul water, and other “creepy-crawlies” too.There’s also a “Haunted House parkour course” inside.Mineplex brings on The Pumpkin King to lord over the wasteland.
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in the Autumn of 2015 ended Paul Fischbein as president and ceo of Kinneviksägda e-handelsjätten Qliro.After that, he has gone into the assignments that budtjänsten Budbee, prisjämförelsesajten Pricerunner and Everysport media, which is behind sport-the site Svenskafans.Now Paul Fischbein has taken on a new mission – namely, as chairman of the board of Barnebys, a search engine for auctions.Barnebys, which was founded in Sweden in 2011, collects all the world's actions on his site and here you can find art, design and antiques.today there are Barnebys in seven countries and claim themselves that they attracts around 1.7 million visitors per month.Paul Fischbein says Barnebys are in a global market that is currently undergoing a digitaliseringsfas.
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the pornography industry has often been at the forefront of technical development.In the light of this, it is probably not particularly surprising that the world's overthrow porrtjänst Pornhub now has begun to use artificial intelligence in order to easier be able to categorize the movies that are uploaded to the service.the System uses computer vision to identify the people involved in the movies and it can also identify other characteristics of the film and ensure that the films then ends up in the right categories.the AI has been fed with images of thousands of porrskådespelare to be able to see who is in the movies it's watching.the Pornhub says that they just fed the AI with images in professional porrskådespelare and the amateur should, therefore, not risking to be cataloged by the AI.so far, says Pornhub has indexed about 500,000 porrklipp with the AI and hope that the AI will have gone through their entire huge library to the end of the year.
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, a Singapore-based provider of shared workspaces, has just closed a series B funding round in which publicly traded Thai property developer Sansiri was the sole participant.The investment amount was not disclosed, but the Singaporean company said it now values itself at US$200 million post-money.JustCo currently operates four shared offices with a total floor space of 180,000 square feet in central Singapore.The series B funds will be used to open its first venues outside of the city-state, with spaces planned for Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Manila.The plan is to have a total of 30 shared workspaces totaling 1 million square feet in operation across Asia-Pacific by next year.The firm currently offers a range of membership options at its Singapore locations.
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Looking at the new Pixels, it’s pretty clear that even if Google had taken over HTC’s factories, it wouldn’t have known what to do with them.So the story goes, a lack of development time forced Google to co-opt an existing mid-range HTC design.Surely this meant the Pixel 2 would represent Google’s true vision for its smartphone line.This situation may change in time, but it certainly hasn’t yet.Google can do a lot with 4 GB of RAM, but specs hounds won’t be pleased.Case in point: Google’s dual pixel software solution means it can employ the same trick on both the front-facing and main cameras.
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As media becomes more fragmented, the days of relying solely on panel data from comScore and Nielsen to determine media planning and buying are nearing an end.WPP-owned GroupM has promoted its audience-based planning platform mPlatform since last December, and shops like Dentsu Aegis-owned Merkle and Omnicom-owned Hearts & Science are quietly doing something similar.Audience-based planning — also known as “people-based marketing” and “identity-based marketing” — essentially assembles different data sets like brands’ first-party data; device IDs; data from Amazon, Google or Facebook; and agencies’ purchased data sources to build a consumer identity graph, and then matches it with publishers’ inventory, without disclosing personally identifiable information, according to media agency executives.They believe audience-based planning is more practical and targeted than traditional, panel-based planning, as the former is channel-agnostic.“An audience-based planning approach would consider the consumer profile, the format (video), the screen (on mobile) and the publisher (in this case, Facebook).We need to change the way we think [about media planning].”
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WPP has released a statement about ADK and Bain Capital’s intent to buy out WPP’s shares and delist itself from the Tokyo Stock Exchange, countering claims that WPP’s investment in ADK was hindering digital growth.The announcement of the deal a week ago was followed by a statement by ADK, which laid blame on WPP’s majority shareholding as a large factor in its inability to move quickly on digital decisions, largely because it could carry out many partnerships outside the WPP Group.The statement from WPP threw blame back at ADK, suggesting that the management had resisted opportunities around digital and had made bad financial decisions.“ADK’s management have consistently resisted opportunities to improve the performance of its overseas operations and exploration of significant digital opportunities, preferring to invest in disastrous acquisitions and consolidations such as Gonzo and Bungeisha, the costs of which have not been fully exposed, along with the disposal of DAC in 2011 at a lower price than WPP’s indication and the reduction of ADK’s stake in Video Research Interactive,” read the statement.WPP also said the deal undervalues ADK, a sentiment it claims is shared by other shareholders, and has criticised the move because it has not taken into account other deals that may have been of greater benefit to shareholders.The statement asked: “have the Board ever considered or discussed any alternative bona fide offers or proposals for the company which may be of greater benefit to the stakeholders in the business including its clients and its people or has the only consideration been management’s concern about their own position in the future?
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