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August Home, one of the buzziest names in smart locks, has been acquired by Assa Abloy, the world’s biggest lock maker and the owner of a multitude of lock brands, including Yale.August will be allowed to operate independently and will continue to be led by founder and CEO Jason Johnson.In a press release, Assa Abloy says the acquisition both strengths its position in smart door locks — Yale has a line of its own already — and gives the company an entrance into the video doorbell market and first steps into home delivery solutions.A purchase price isn’t being disclosed.The deal is still subject to regulatory approval but is expected to close by the end of the year.August launched in 2013 with a big round door lock designed by Yves Behar.
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As Blue Apron approaches its next earnings report in a couple of weeks, the company said Wednesday that it is laying off 6 percent of its staff as part of “a company-wide realignment of personnel to support its strategic priorities.”Blue Apron was one of the big — and most anticipated — consumer IPOs of the year, but it’s also now one of the companies that represent the major challenges consumer IPOs have faced throughout the year.Since going public, Wall Street has cut Blue Apron’s stock price in half and it’s barely been able to retain unicorn status.The company is an example of a complex business that can face significant challenges acquiring and retaining customers, as well as one that faces an existential threat from Amazon.These layoffs hit both the company’s corporate offices and fulfillment centers and will add up to hundreds of jobs.Blue Apron said it had 5,393 employees on June 30 this year, which, depending on the number of employees the company still has, will still probably amount to more than 250 layoffs.
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The early indications are that delivery drones will one day be particularly popular with fast food outlets and medical facilities.Google parent Alphabet has been developing its Project Wing delivery drone for several years.Striving for perfection, it even ditched the entirety of its work at one stage in order to start over.This week the company revealed it’s been testing its latest design in the real world — as opposed to highly regulated test areas — ferrying burritos and medicine to folks living in rural communities in Australia.It’s an interesting mix of items, for sure, but fast food and medical supplies are are two types of delivery that have so far proved popular among those looking to make use of the technology.Alphabet’s drone incorporates both propellers and wings, the former enabling it to hover for dropping off deliveries via a tether, and the latter giving it more speed and stability in flight to and from its destination.
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The sudden surge of network data can slow down or cripple an entire network within minutes unless security measures are already in place.For telecom operators in particular, DDoS attacks are even more of a nuisance.The chance that subscriber services are interrupted or slowed down is a risk that no one wants to take, and for regional operators it’s a daily challenge to keep DDoS attacks at bay.“Most of the security market operates by waiting for a particular problem, and then trying to deal with the problem when it happens,” said Alaa Hadi, Regional Director - High Growth Markets (Russia/CIS & Middle East) Arbor Networks.Speaking at GITEX Technology Week, Hadi outlined what Arbor is doing in order to keep regional companies safe from mounting DDoS attacks.“For us, we emphasize on visibility as a much more efficient way to deal with problems.
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While we’re probably still dozens of years away from actually getting lost in our travels between planets in our neighborhood, that doesn’t mean we can’t start pretending already.Google Maps was originally created as a way to navigate our own terra firm but has long expanded to ocean depths, volcanoes, and, now, outer space.Google has just added not a few round objects from our solar system, both planets, moons, and one former planet, so you can live out your space-faring fantasies while companies scamper to make that a thing.The only reason they’ve so far been limited to Earth is one of convention and practicality.You don’t usually travel to other worlds.But Google Maps has long outgrown that limited purpose and has become a tool for exploration, learning, and vicarious adventuring.
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New week, new list of funded startups in Japan.Quoine’s trading platform offers 0% fees for trades in many of the leading cryptocurrencies.The highly customizable interface and tracking options available on the site let veteran traders use more advanced strategies with ease.The startup raised over US$151 million in funding during an initial coin offering last week, reported The PR Times.Nileworks’ drones are built for the purpose of flying over crops to monitor their growth and health.Yappli’s platform is meant for businesses or individuals who need to make a smartphone app, but don’t have the technical know-how to do it.
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Security researchers may have discovered severe vulnerabilities in the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol that protects the majority of Wi-Fi connections around the world.If the encryption really has been cracked, it could allow hackers within wireless range of a network to eavesdrop on traffic, perform malicious injection, and more.The proof-of-concept attack is called KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks).It’s thought that the site Krackattacks.com will disclose the vulnerabilities at 8AM EST / 5AM PST / 2PM CEST / 5:30PM IST on Monday.The flaws will also be the subject of a talk titled Key Reinstallation Attacks: Forcing Nonce Reuse in WPA2, which is set to take place at the Conference on Computer and Communication Security on November 1 and will be presented by security researchers including Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens.The Krack attacks website still isn’t live, but according to its source code: "This website presents the Key Reinstallation Attack (KRACK).
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While it is common for companies not to unveil divestitures during merger announcements, T-Mobile’s and Sprint’s approach shows that the companies plan to enter what could be challenging negotiations with U.S. antitrust and telecommunications regulators without having made prior concessions.Reuters reported last week that some of the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust staff were skeptical about the deal, which would combine the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers.However, regulators can only begin reviewing a corporate merger once it has been agreed to and announced.T-Mobile and Sprint are preparing a negotiating strategy to tackle demands from regulators regarding asset sales, including the divestment of some of their spectrum licenses after their deal is announced, the sources said.The companies’ announcement of a merger agreement, currently expected to come either in late October or early November, will focus on the potential benefits of the deal for U.S. consumers, including the advancement of next-generation 5G wireless technology, which requires considerable investment, the sources added.A combination of T-mobile and Sprint would create a business with more than 130 million U.S. subscribers, just behind Verizon and ATCompanies often chose not to make any pre-emptive announcements on divestitures when they announce mergers.
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the US and Canada, and a new social-first campaign aims to dispel myths about the disease and answer questions that teens and young adults may have.Agency Sid Lee and non-profit Rethink Breast Cancer have launched 8008135 (aka BOOBIES spelled out on a calculator – a trick as old as calculators themselves), a socially-driven campaign developed to educate young adults across the globe about breast health.The campaign was developed based on the results of a US- and Canada-wide research study by Rethink Breast Cancer and Asking Canadians of 800+ teens that showed that young adults overestimate their risk of breast cancer and do not know the actual facts.8008135 is a modern spin on a retro “hotline” and creates a unique way to educate youth in an engaging and interactive format.The program revolves around the first ever breast health bot built to bust breast cancer myths and answer questions related to breast health in an engaging way.The bot helps dispel myths while giving sound advice through colorful, pink-hued cartoon drawings.
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Hours after unveiling the Honor 7X in its home market, Huawei has pushed in another smartphone to the European under its Honor sub-brand dubbed Honor 6c pro.First introduced by Huawei Honor France via a tweet for the European market, the Honor 6C pro is the follow up to the Honor 6C & 6X and will initially be available in a number of EU markets before heading for other markets.With an all-metal body design, the Honor 6C pro comes with a 5-inch IPS LCD screen with 720p HD resolution with 16: 9 aspect ratio, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage space.Under the hood, the device uses a 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor and boots Android 7.0 Nougat with the EMUI out of the box.The device houses a single 13MP camera and a fingerprint scanner at its rear while similar single front-facing camera of unknown pixel size seats at the display frontThe device is fueled by a 3050 mAh battery with USB Type-C port flanked by two speakers, Dual SIM capability, 3.5mm headphone jack and 4G LTE connectivity option.
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Actress Rose McGowan has been very active on social media over the past week, following the multitude of sexual harassment and assault allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein.And on Thursday, McGowan tweeted that the head of Amazon's studio knew that "HW" assaulted her, and ignored it."HW" most certainly refers to Harvey Weinstein.McGowan tweeted at Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, that she "told the head of your studio that HW raped me."McGowan is likely referring to Amazon Studios chief Roy Price."He said it hadn't been proven.
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Den tidigare ”stjärnkirurgen” Paolo Macchiarini åtalas inte för de uppmärksammade luftstrupsoperationerna på Karolinska sjukhuset.– Han är givetvis glad och nöjd, säger Macchiarinis advokat Björn Hurtig till TT.Det saknades etiska tillstånd, det saknades tillstånd från Läkemedelsverket, ingreppen skedde inte enligt vetenskap och beprövad erfarenhet och det var i lagens mening oaktsamt att genomföra operationerna – och alla patienter dog.Ändå väljer åklagaren och förundersökningsledaren Jennie Nordin att lägga ner förundersökningen mot kirurgen Paolo Macchiarini.– Vi kan inte bevisa att det hade blivit bättre med någon annan behandlingsmetod, säger Jennie Nordin.Misstankarna avsåg brott i samband med operationer, varav tre gällde operationer av syntetiska luftstrupar medan den fjärde handlade om helt annan operation som utfördes på Karolinska universitetssjukhuset i Huddinge.
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Bitcoin surged on Thursday morning, blowing past $5,000 for the first time and setting a new record price above $5,200.The rise is remarkable because there has been quite a bit of unfavorable news about Bitcoin in recent weeks.A contentious fork split the Bitcoin network in two in August, and there might be another schism in the Bitcoin community come November.Finally, many experts believe that the broader blockchain world is in the middle of an unsustainable bubble.If that bubble pops, Bitcoin's price is likely to fall with it.One factor may simply be that the blockchain bubble hasn't run its course.
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the Phone is powered by åttakärniga chip Kirin 659 (2.3 GHz), 4GB of RAM and a 3340mAh battery.Storage ranging from 32GB to 128GB depending on the model, and can be supplemented by memory cards (the device has the hybrid-SIM).Just like its predecessor has the Honor 7X dual rear cameras.this time it's on a main camera of 16MP along with a 2MP sensor.An 8MP camera has been placed on the front.the Phone is running EMUI 5.1 which is based at the now-outdated Android 7.0 Nougat.
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AWS config blunder spills secrets all over the internetUpdated Yet another organization has been caught exposing sensitive data to the public internet: this time it is Accenture – consultants to the great and the good – with a misconfigured AWS S3 bucket leaking access keys and other private documents.On September 17, veteran cloud watchdog Chris Vickery at security shop Upguard found four AWS S3 storage buckets open to the public.The repositories, labelled “acp-deployment,” “acpcollector,” “acp-software,” and “acp-ssl,” contained hundreds of gigabytes of files belonging to Accenture – from internal emails to login credentials stored in plaintext – and were set up by a user called awsacp0175, it is claimed.One exposed bucket contained what looked like cryptographic keys and credentials for accessing internal Accenture systems.There was also a section labeled – ironically, as it turns out – “Secure Store” which held a plaintext file of the master access key for Accenture’s account with AWS' Key Management Service, used to encrypt and decrypt data in the cloud, according to Upguard.
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Mark Zuckerberg has been criticised for a "tasteless" video that showed him touring flooded Puerto Rican streets in virtual reality in the wake of Hurricane Maria.In a 10-minute-long video, animated versions of Zuckerberg and Rachel Franklin, Facebook's head of social video, are seen chatting and discussing the social network's latest venture against the backdrop of a devastated Puerto Rico."One of the things that's really magical about virtual reality is you can get the feeling that you're really in a place," Zuckerberg's avatar says in the video, as it bobs in front of scenes of devastation.The clip is meant to showcase Facebook's partnerships with NetHope and American Red Cross, which are helping rebuild areas hit by Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in nearly a century.Zuckerberg uses the video to discuss the help Facebook has given to Puerto Rico.Viewers learn that the social network, which has billions of users around the world, has donated $1.5 million (£1.14m) towards hurricane relief efforts, and is helping the Red Cross create "population maps" that show where people might be in need of assistance.
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Waymo is working with a number of organizations on a new self-driving education campaign to help answer questions the public has about autonomous vehicles and technology.The program is designed to provide easily accessible info that offers answers to questions including “are self-driving cars safe?” and “how do they know what to do?” and it includes participation from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Safety Council, the Foundation for Blind Children, the East Valley Partnership and the Foundation for Senior Living.The new campaign, called “Let’s Talk Self Driving” will include both digital and outdoor advertising, with an initial focus on Arizona, where Waymo is currently testing its autonomous ride hailing service in a limited pilot.The plan is to eventually expand this into a national program, with exposure to Waymo’s self-driving tech for the general public a key aspiration for its expansion.Waymo’s partners in this program might be the most indicative of how it hopes to drive acceptance of autonomous vehicles among members of the public who might be skeptical about sharing the roads with self-driving cars.MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church notes in a statement that self-driving could “completely eliminate drunk driving and other causes of traffic deaths,” while the NSC says that “automation holds incredible promise” but that “Americans will need to understand what self-driving vehicles can and can’t do.”
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Vi fortsätter att diskutera kameran i Pixel 2 idag genom en video från Nat and Friends (tidigare Nat & Lo).Det är en YouTube-kanal från Natalie Hammel som använder den egentid Google ger sina anställda till att skapa informativa videor.Senaste avsnittet handlar om hur Google skapade kameran i Pixel 2 och Pixel 2 XL.Hammel var nyfiken på hur kameror som är mindre än en fingernagel kan ta så pass bra bilder som de faktiskt gör.Det knappt tio minuter långa klippet tar både upp hård- och mjukvaran.Alla som är sugna på en pedagogisk genomgång av dagens mobilkameror kan med fördel kika på videon nedan.
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Google is hoping the way to your ears is through your stomach.To promote the launch of Google Home Mini, the company’s smaller smart speaker—about the size of, say, a donut—the tech company is putting on its baking mitts with a series of pop-up doughnut shops across the country.Starting this week, bakeries across the U.S. are partnering with Google as a way to promote the speaker, which was announced earlier this week during the company’s product event in Mountain View, California.Like Google’s original Home speaker, Mini comes equipped with Google’s voice assistant and will be able to play music, conduct tasks and order products using artificial intelligence.Mini also lets Google more directly compete with Amazon’s Echo Dot—a smaller and cheaper version of the Seattle-based company’s own flagship smart speaker.At nine cities across the U.S. and Canada, visitors will be able to walk into a donut shop to a kiosk, where they’ll be able to ask a Mini device a question, triggering a box to slide down from a chute.
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