London-based Callsign has closed a $35 million Series A, led by Accel and early stage investor PTB Ventures, for an authentication platform which uses deep learning technology to power adaptive access control for enterprises — saying it can verify a person is who they say they are just from a swipe on a touchscreen.Other investors in the Series A include Allegis Capital and cybersecurity industry veteran David DeWalt’s NightDragon Security.The company, which was founded in 2012 — though only launched its platform to major customers 18 months ago — name-checks the likes of Lloyds Bank and Deutsche Bank as clients, and says the platform has been deployed “to hundreds of thousands of users” globally at this stage.The wider aim is to help enterprises mitigate the risk of unauthorized access after login credentials have been stolen or compromised via a data breach or phishing attack.It’s worth noting that Callsign does not replace any existing authenticator technologies — rather the aim is to enable businesses to more effectively deploy these technologies, based upon the intelligence it gathers and the policies it allows enterprises to flexibly set.The platform works by analyzing a variety of signals in real-time, pertaining to each login attempt, and then adapts dynamically to offer “the most appropriate security challenge(s)” — based on its analysis of “hundreds of data-points”, according to founder and CEO Zia Hayat.
Google is finally taking the most logical step towards growing its streaming business: it’s set to merge YouTube Red with Google Play Music, which should make it easier for subscribers to find the tunes they want without all the confusion of the company’s myriad offerings.That’s from Lyor Cohen, YouTube’s head of music, who confirmed the move at the New Music Seminar conference in New York.What we don’t yet know is whether it’ll lead to the launch of an entirely new product.For now, it sounds like Google will simply create a new brand under which both services will be offered with a single subscription.But I’m hoping that the merger also sees the company make YouTube’s premium tier available globally.YouTube Red is currently available in just five countries, and, as an example, India isn’t one of them.
German car industry tosses incident, which has spoken in public for many days.Economy said on Monday the EU to investigate whether the Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, BMW and Daimler been running secret collaboration institutions for years, even since the 1990s.the Newspaper claims that the manufacturers of secret cooperation was also affect emissions kohuihin that have shaken the car industry widely.the Arguments associated with the key in the diesel cars to reduce nitrogen oxides used in the AdBlue solution, for Der Spiegel, according to the automobile manufacturers would together secretly agreed the car might be fitted to the AdBlue solution tank of small size, which would mean that the solution of the power would be too small for the need.according to the Newspaper, the car manufacturers would have ended up a scam programs use emissions to cover.the Finnish expert, this is possible.
It’s 2017 and we are still under constant threat from viruses, even biological ones.In fact, malware has taken on an even darker tone, including strains that have no purpose but to destroy your files, whether you pay a handsome ransom or not.And yet the anti-virus industry isn’t on the rise despite the rise in threats.Sensing a disturbance in the force, Kaspersky, one of the more popular names in the AV market, has finally released a free version of its eponymous software.Here’s what you get with the free version of Kaspersky: basic file, email, web, and instant messaging protection, automatic updates, and quarantine.What you don’t get are things like parental controls, online payment protection, VPN, and more, all of which are hidden behind a $50 or so fee.
The HTC U11 has some fervent fans, but not everyone with their eye on the model has picked one up yet.If you’re counted among those people, HTC has some good news: you’ll be able to preorder the 128GB version of the U11 in the United States starting tomorrow.The company is also hoping to bring in some new customers by dangling a few sweet summer deals.The 128GB version of the HTC U11 features, of course, 128GB of internal storage space, making it more appealing than the options currently available.The preorders will start tomorrow for $729 USD, a fairly reasonable price for a flagship phone packing this much storage.The HTC U11 is notable for its Edge Sense feature and ‘squeezable’ nature, enabling users to summon Alexa and similar by squeezing the phone.
Daimler and Bosch teamed up to bring autonomous driving tech to one of the more annoying parts of driving – finding and parking a vehicle.Their automated valet system is debuting today at the parking garage for the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, making it easy for vehicles to simple drive up, leave their vehicle, and trust the system to negotiate the multi-story parking facility, find and park in a spot.The valet system will actually be able to work for museum visitors starting in 2018, with visitors able to reserve cars from the facility using a smartphone app.The vehicle then autonomously heads to the pick-up spot, and then once the visitor is through and wants to drop off the car, they simply drive it up to the drop-off zone and check it in using the same smartphone app.The car then drives itself to its assigned parking spot, guided by the facility’s infrastructure and its own onboard sensors.The infrastructure component is supplied by Bosch, and it works in concert with the car tech provided by Mercedes-Benz on its vehicles.
Yesterday, Dwayne Johnson — y'know, The Rock — dropped a bombshell: he had a new film coming out, funded by Apple, co-starring Siri.Teamed w/ @Apple to make the biggest, coolest, sexiest, funnest (is that a word?)"You should never, ever, under any circumstances, underestimate how much Dwayne Johnson can get done in a day with Siri.Follow the world’s busiest actor and Siri as they dominate the day": that's the pretty simple premise behind this four-minute flick.In it, the world's highest paid — and most versatile, and most talented, and best stunt-driving, Sistene Chapel-painting, commercial aeroplane-flying, fashion line-designing — actor tries his hand at a few different tasks, all with the help of Apple's voice-activated virtual assistant.Gizmodo Australia is gobbling up the news in a different timezone, so check them out if you need another Giz fix.
What you hear listening to the first episode of Radio Atlantic, the publication’s flagship podcast that makes its debut today, isn’t necessarily what you’ll get the next time.“We expect one of the things listeners will hear is a certain amount of variety in format,” says Atlantic executive editor Matt Thompson, who is a co-host along with editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg and contributing editor Alex Wagner.One of the experiments in format, for example, that Thompson hopes to introduce as the podcast progresses is making its audience a part of the podcast.“Hearing voices of people responding to some of the themes that people are talking about is something that I’m definitely very interested in and hope that we can also figure out how to do in future episodes,” he says.Each show will have a specific theme, a sort of leading question or idea that will organize what is covered throughout the podcast.The hosts will continue to be Goldberg, Thompson and Wagner, a trio that coalesced rather organically.
Setting up solar panels can be a pain, but LG is creating simpler, more efficient modules to make it easier for residential use.As concerns for the environment continue to rise, more and more people are switching over to greener forms of energy.One of the more famous options, solar energy, continues to upgrade beyond the giant panels of the past.With two new additions to its Neon solar panel line, LG is continuing the trend of slimmer, more efficient panels.Many solar panels have two big weaknesses.Conversely, if the weather is hot and sunny, the increased temperature of the panel can affect energy production.
The Chinese phone maker will fix the flaw with a software updateChinese phone manufacturer OnePlus has admitted to a fault in some of its OnePlus 5 flagship handsets that forces a handset restart when an emergency call is made.The glitch was highlighted by Reddit users where one OnePlus 5 users demonstrated how the restart was prompted when making an emergency call.Emergency numbers such as 999 in the UK and 112 in Europe are also reported to be affected by the glitch.“I had to dial 911 on my OnePlus 5 yesterday (saw a building on fire a few blocks away) and both times I tried my phone rebooted on me,” said Reddit user Seattle_Horn.The problem has the potential to put lives at risk if the phone prevents emergency calls from being made.
Getting rid of CEO Travis Kalanick has apparently not magically resolved all of ride-hailing giant Uber’s many, many problems, with the company now facing a lawsuit in New York over its near-total lack of cars accessible to people with wheelchairs.Disability Rights Advocates filed a lawsuit in the State Supreme Court on Tuesday on behalf of a coalition of activists, the New York Times reported, claiming just 100 of Uber’s 58,000 cars within city limits are equipped to handle customers who use wheelchairs.In a complaint also posted to DRA’s web site, the plaintiffs wrote “Uber has demonstrated a total disregard for the needs of people with disabilities in the provision of its transportation services and the anti-discrimination laws of New York City.”DRA noted that 100 wheelchair-accessible vehicles means over 99.9% of Uber’s NYC fleet is inaccessible to many passengers with disabilities.It said passengers trying to hail a car with Uber’s pilot program for wheelchair-accessible vehicles, UberWAV, “face extended wait times, or are still denied access to the service altogether, demonstrating that the new service is nothing more than window-dressing, designed to avoid government regulation and legal requirements.”For its part, Uber told the Times its UberWAV programme has expanded to nearly 200 cars (in a city of over 8.5 million people), as well as offered financial “incentives” to sign up drivers with wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
As open surgery has gradually been replaced by minimally-invasive and image-guided procedures, tissue adhesives are taking the place of sutures and surgical staples.With countless applications, including: bleeding embolization, angioplasty, stent insertion, and biopsy, among others, new surgical glues are highly desired in medical clinics.Researchers at the Center for Nanoparticle Research, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) in collaboration with medical doctors in Seoul National University Hospital, created a surgical glue that is both adherent and visible in the most common imaging techniques: fluoroscopy, ultrasound, and computed tomography (CT).It is the first nanoparticle-based tissue adhesive that features these characteristics.Its properties were successfully tested in sealing a liver puncture and in conducting operations in moving organs, like lung and limbs.The full results of these surgical procedures conducted in animal models are available on Nature Communications.
Today's the day the BBC reveals the salaries of its top talent, with the broadcaster and its presenting stars preparing to be shamed by the amount its top stars receive.The data appears to show a massive gulf between pay rates for male and female stars that's going to be extremely hard to put a positive spin on, no matter how many of them magically regenerate into women.Jeremy Vine, who does angry phone-ins about cyclists, earns around £700,000 per year, whereas Fiona Bruce takes home just over half that for doing that thing about old wardrobes and the odd interesting documentary.Another obvious male winner is self-interrupting Hollywood pal Graham Norton, who is said to take home between £850,000 and £899,000 each year, a figure that's getting on for double the £499k maximum earnings of similar light entertainment niche inhabitant -- and the BBC's best paid woman -- Claudia Winkleman.Other male/female divides of note include that of sporting presenters Gary Lineker and Clare Balding, with Lineker getting around £1.75m for that thing about football that's probably still on; a stark contrast to Clare Balding and her top rate of just (ahem) £200,000 for presenting the coverage of all the other sports.Chris Evans is the highest paid BBC star of them all, taking home up to £2.25m each year for being cheerful on the radio and shouting too much about cars in a warehouse.
some choose, instead, the closed-loop system like the Sonos for its sound systems, while others prefer the Google's Chromecast.With IOS and Android you can easily stream audio from such as Spotify to either a hemmabioreceiver or with Chromecast and Audio to the stereo at any time.Spotify, for example, lack of support for Chromecast on Mac, but with this trick, you can still stream music to the stereo.Simple method – it costs a buckThere are two ways to fix this.It is a breeze to use and if you have multiple sound systems at home, and are looking to arrange some form of flerrumsstyrning it is incredibly affordable.
Google's started a Snowball fight with Amazon Web Services by announcing a “Transfer Appliance” to get data out of your data centre and into its cloud.AWS already has just such a machine: its Snowball is a ruggedised storage appliance with 80TB capacity that the cloud colossus sends to your premises so you can load it up full of data.Once loaded, the Snowball rolls back to your preferred AWS bit barn where its contents are uploaded direct to the cloud without all the nasty latency and cost it takes to upload data over wide area networks.AWS will also send a loaded Snowball back to your bit barn.Google's now decided its customers need the same thing, at least for uploads to the cloud, so has revealed 100TB/2U or 480TB/4U devices designed to nestle into 19” racks.Both boxes' capacity just about doubles if you compress data.
IBM reported its quarterly earnings this week and while the company’s overall results were once again disappointing, cloud revenue was up 15 percent year-over-year and accounted for $3.9 billion in revenue.It’s no surprise then that IBM is doubling down on its cloud strategy and to keep its momentum going, the company today announced the launch of four new data centers for its customers.These new data centers are located in London, where the company is opening two data centers at the same time, Sydney and San Jose.This brings IBM’s overall data center footprint to 60 across 19 countries.With today’s launches, this includes five in England, four in Australia and 23 in the United States.The company notes that it’s the only cloud provider in Australia to offer a full set of IRAP-certified solutions for bare metal, private and public cloud services (IRAP is the country’s certification for cloud services providers that want to work with the Australian government).
ObEN, which uses artificial intelligence-powered tools to create avatars that look and sound like the real deal, announced today that it has raised $5 million in strategic investment from Tencent as it looks to tackle the AI celebrity scene.Li Ruigang, Chairman of CMC and Fengshion Capital, also participated in the round.The startup has raised nearly $13 million to date.The company, which recently graduated from HTC’s Vive X virtual reality accelerator, has shifted its focus a bit as it’s moved from helping VR gamers make more accurate avatars to building virtual copies of celebrities that can “interact” with fans.With this move, ObEN seems to be moving to capitalize on the popularity of things like mask filters and Snap’s Bitmoji figures to bring celebrity avatars into augmented reality experiences.The AI-powered tech takes a photo and audio snippet and creates a “virtual celebrity” that not only looks similar but talks in a familiar tone.
The health and fitness market is now a multi-trillion-dollar industry.It’s tremendous success comes as no surprise, either; between the popularity in fitness classes, all the athletic apparel that’s sold, the ubiquity of tech fitness wearables, and a more wellness-minded populace in general, the sector has ballooned to a 2015 net worth of $3.7 trillion worldwide, according to the Global Wellness Institute.In fact, the sector has seen annual growth for the last few years, and it’s projected to keep growing.There are two key areas to focus on: remote training, and reality that’s both virtual and augmented.Still, it’s not always easy to find the right trainer.It’s a setup that offers benefits for students and trainers alike.
But in those two trouble spots the signal can drop to a pathetic 130Kbps (yup, slightly faster than the average modem circa 1998) or disappear entirely.That’s a problem when you’re trying to stream Netflix, or do anything.How do you do that when it needs to be connected to your DSL or cable modem and to a power supply?Still, it made me wonder.But it’s narrow (18 feet at its widest point) and includes thick wood beams backed by solid brick walls.Over the years, I tried 9 different routers from companies like Linksys, Buffalo, Apple and Netgear, as well as multiple range extenders from brands like Belkin and TP-Link.
Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesI don’t know what to wear on Crunch Report (It’s a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself).If you are a startup and want to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and I’ll wear it in an episode.I’m not going to mention the company on the shirt in the episode but it will be there.No offensive stuff, it’s totally at my discretion if I wear it.