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At 8, he started filling drink orders, standing on top of a milk crate to reach the soda machine.“It’s meant to totally obviate them.”That quote turned the entrepreneur into a Silicon Valley caricature overnight, a cautionary note in think pieces foretelling the robot revolution, worker displacement be damned.Greeks were opening diners across the country at the time—mom-and-pop analogs to the McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr., and Kentucky Fried Chicken chains that were multiplying in the postwar sprawl—and Angelo hopped off at the port and started looking for a job.By the early 1970s, Angelo had saved enough to make a down payment on a joint called Archie’s BBQ in the fast-food hub of Downey, California, a few miles away from the original Taco Bell.Eventually, Vardakostas revealed his concept for the burger bot.
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Just last month, HMD released three Nokia handsets in a row.The names of these handsets are also very interesting.They are the Nokia 5.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 2.1.But HMD has gained momentum, and it is not going to stop.Yesterday, we learned the Nokia 5.1 Plus passed TENAA certification.This simply means its launch date is just around the corner.
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A few months ago, artist BossLogic created a very fun Infinity War-style poster that featured Hawkeye, Hawkeye, and more Hawkeye.It was a pretty convincing poster.Maybe a little too convincing.According to user 3STUDIOS on Reddit, the UGC Theatre in Antwerp, a city in Belgium, mistook BossLogic’s poster for the real thing, putting it up for Infinity War showings.Either this was a mistake, or someone at this cinema really wants justiceforHawkeye.Me, I’m just looking forward to Avengers 4: Hawkeye’s Hawkeye War, featuring Hawkeye.
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Well, close followers of Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, will know by now that the company releases all sorts of products, even those that have nothing to do with chips and software.The company has a series of backpacks and it is still unleashing more.Recently, Xiaomi launched a colorful 10L backpack for only 29 Yuan ($5).Interestingly, this is one of the few Mi backpacks that come with a Mi logo in front.If you need to own this backpack, head over to Xiaomi Youpin to grab one at launch price.This backpack is not only very cheap, it comes with eight colour options which include red, navy blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, black and greenish blue.
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Apple and authorities play a non-ending game of cat and mouse (we leave you to decide which is which) when it comes to iPhones.Law enforcement, on the other hand, are constantly looking for ways to break into encrypted devices in the name of justice.The latter group now has a helping hand in the form of forensic hackers like Grayshift who say that they have already found a way around Apple’s upcoming security feature.Grayshift’s most popular product, GrayKey, is a small box that connects to an iPhone via a USB cable.It then uses variations of the brute force method, that is, trying every possible passcode combination, to unlock an iPhone, depending on when the device was last unlocked.Law authorities in the US have not been shy to admit using such a tool to aid them in investigating crimes where the iPhone’s owner is either absent or deceased.
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The images that appear on social media – happy people eating, cultural happenings, and smiling dogs – can actually predict the likelihood that a neighborhood is “healthy” as well as its level of gentrification.So says a groundbreaking study published in Frontiers in Physics, in which researchers used social media images of cultural events in London and New York City to create a model that can predict neighborhoods where residents enjoy a high level of wellbeing — and even anticipate gentrification by 5 years.With more than half of the world’s population living in cities, the model could help policymakers ensure human wellbeing in dense urban settings.The idea is based on the concept of “cultural capital” – the more there is, the better the neighborhood becomes.For example, if there are many pictures of fun events in a certain spot you can expect a higher level of well-being in that area’s denizens.“Culture has many benefits to an individual: it opens our minds to new emotional experiences and enriches our lives,” said Dr. Daniele Quercia.
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Kitty Hawk, a aerial vehicle startup that's funded by Google cofounder Larry Page, opened its Flyer "flying car" for select test flights for businesses and social media influencers on Wednesday.The Flyer, a recreational and lightweight aircraft, has been advertised as needing only an hour's-worth of training before pilots are ready to fly.Here's a look at how the Flyer evolved, how it works, and what the latest version looks like in action.The battery lasts for about 20 minutes before it needs to be recharged.For first-time flyers, the altitude is limited to 10 feet, and the speed is limited to 20 mph — although Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun says the vehicles should one day be able to fly at speeds of up to 100 mph.Similar to how consumer drones are self-stabilized to avoid tipping and to provide a smoother flight, the Flyer has an internal system that regulates the stabilization of the vehicle.
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One of the ways that autonomous car makers and companies working on tech for those self-driving rides make their algorithms and simulations better is with more data.Berkeley has announced that it has made the largest self-driving dataset ever gathered open source.The dataset contains 100,000 video sequences that are each about 40 seconds long.Each of those 100,000 videos is in 720p quality.Berkeley says that the dataset is 800 times larger than the Baidu ApolloScape dataset.The new dataset is called BDD100K and the videos also have GPS information that was recorded via mobile phones.
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Lenovo launched three new smartphones today but there was also a smartwatch in store.Well, it isn’t a true smartwatch per se but it does have some smart features tossed in the mix.This mechanical watch is called Watch X and comes with features like water resistance and an OLED display.If you’re looking for info on the smartphones, the Lenovo Z5 is here, the other two smartphones, the Lenovo K5 Note, Lenovo A5 is here.The Watch X is metallic and has a 600mAh battery and comes in two variants – Watch X & Watch X Explorer Edition.It has six sensors – a barometer, a blood pressure sensor, a heart rate sensor, a gyroscope, a gravity sensor, and a geomagnetic sensor.
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Boulder-based purpose-driven independent agency School has announced a retooling of its business model to become a strategic consultancy for brands looking to be more socially responsible.The first part of its rebrand was the addition of Jim Moscou as its first chief strategist and the promotion of Jenny Max as its strategy director.School, an independent agency in the Project Worldwide family since 2013, had worked with brands such as Hershey's, Beam Suntory, TIAA, Surfrider Foundation and Kimberly-Clark to create purpose-driven creative and said to The Drum that their new hires are part of the company’s strategy to reach C-Suite executives on impactful ideas beyond corporate social responsibility initiatives.Moscou, a former journalist, most recently was chief executive officer of social-impact enterprise Sir Richard’s Condom Company, which donates one condom to developing nations for every condom sold.Moscou spent time in senior strategy roles at CP+B and TDA Boulder, and has sat in board positions for other social enterprises as Vibrant, Inc, and Arms Around the Child.Max had previously worked at the American Cancer Society and General Mills, spearheading its still-ongoing Preserve the Parks initiative.
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Earlier today, Chinese smartphone manufacturer – OPPO – unexpectedly posted some very straightforward images on their Twitter account, making clear that the company is officially coming to Europe in the near future, more specifically in France, Italy and Spain.What’s really cool about the Oppo announcement though, is that it comes very close to the launch of their next real flagship phone – the OPPO Find X, which we might see coming to Europe as well.The OPPO Find X will be featuring a 3D structured light technology for face recognition.Prior to this, OPPO had indeed stated that the tech was ready for mass production, thus we’ll most likely going to find it on the phone.According to OPPO, the basic principle of 3D structured light is that structured light projects specific light information onto the surface of an object and is then captured by the camera.According to the change of the light signal caused by the object, it calculates the position and depth of the object and other information.
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Git going, going, gone to MicrosoftMicrosoft has confirmed it is buying leading code repository GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock – using part of its $30 billion share repurchase programme to fund the acquisition.Chris Wanstrath, co-founder of GitHub, will join Microsoft as a technical fellow.The company is one of the biggest contributors to the popular code repository and as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella increases the company’s focus on in-house development on Linux, extended reach with the developer community will be strategically useful.“GitHub will remain an open platform, which any developer can plug into and extend.Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects – and will still be able to deploy their code on any cloud and any device.”
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Trio says their V2X flavour totally dunks on 802.11p radioQualcomm, amid all of its corporate wranglings with Broadcom, is branching out into silicon for connected cars thanks to a three-way tie-up with Panasonic and Ford.The so-called C-V2X project (cellular vehicle-to-everything) will enable connected cars to talk not only to each other but also to smart street furniture.In spite of what the name suggests, the idea is to do this without involving an external cellular phone network "or subscription", the three say."Recent field test results show a significant range, reliability, and performance advantage of C-V2X direct communications, with more than twice the range and improved reliability compared to 802.11p radio technology," said their statement declaring what they were up to.Trials of their flavour of C-V2X will take place in the American state of Colorado, with the Colorado Department of Transport authorising trials of the tech in Denver and, later this year, on the I-70 Mountain Corridor motorway.
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If you’re in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or Atlanta, you’ll soon be able to play mini golf (or putt-putt, as some people apparently like to call it) and learn about the Google Home product range in the meantime.Sounds like a corporation’s idea of a good time.“We wanted people across the country to feel the magic of what Google Home can do in an environment that’s slightly more exciting than your typical living room,” a Googler connected with this project says in the announcement video.“Everything you can do here, you can do at home,” another Googler says.“We just took your home, and put it into a mini-golf course.”Unsurprisingly, part of the gimmick here is that you have to talk to the Google Homes spread across the course to navigate the obstacles.
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Jacob Rees-Mogg has said it is “ridiculous” to suggest he could challenge Theresa May for the leadership of the Conservative Party.The backbench Brexiteer said the prime minister was “the most impressive and dutiful leader that this country has had”.During an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning, Rees-Mogg was asked if there were “any circumstances” in which he would try to oust May.“I don’t wish to be prime minister.I am very happy being a backbench member of parliament,” he said.“Of course I wouldn’t challenge Teresa May, that is a ridiculous idea.”
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A new study, affiliated with UNIST has recently presented a novel statistical algorithm, capable of identifying potential disease genes in a more accurate and cost-effective way.This algorithm has also been considered as a new promising approach for the identification of candidate disease genes, as it works effectively with less genomic data and takes only a minute or two to get results.This breakthrough has been conducted by Professor Dougu Nam and his research team in the School of Life Sciences at UNIST.In the study, the research team presented the novel method and software GSA-SNP2 for pathway enrichment analysis of GWAS P-value data.According to the research team, GSA-SNP2 provides high power, decent type I error control and fast computation by incorporating the random set model and SNP-count adjusted gene score."With this algorithm, we can easily identify new drug targets, thereby deepening our understanding of diseases and unlock new therapies to treat it."
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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.Why do some startup fail and others succeed?Could it be the idea?Perhaps the secret to startup success actually lies in who you choose as your cofounder.According to Joe Abraham, most successful companies started with just two things: complimentary cofounders, and team members.
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The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation updates the bloc’s privacy framework, most notably by bringing in supersized fines for data violations, which in the most serious cases can scale up to 4% of a company’s global annual turnover.So it significantly ramps up the risk of, for example, having sloppy security, or consent flows that aren’t clear and specific enough (if indeed consent is the legal basis you’re relying on for processing people’s personal information).That said, EU regulators are clearly going to tread softly on the enforcement front in the short term.So it’s not clear exactly why Instapaper believes it needs to pause its service to European users.It’s also had plenty of time to prepare to be compliant — given the new framework was agreed at the back end of 2015.We’ve reached out to Pinterest with questions and will update this story with any response.
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And that's just the second surprise.The standards bods also want to call out fake newsDavid “Doc” Searls, co-author of 1999's cyber-utopian document The Cluetrain Manifesto, has persuaded the IEEE to launch one of two new IEEE projects seeking to inject a dose of ethics into the world of tech.The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers announced the two projects today.Searls' project, IEEE P7012, is briefed to create a “Standard for Machine Readable Personal Privacy Terms”, because who's got time to read a privacy policy that's longer than the average mortgage document?Today, the IEEE explained, “server operators proffer all terms of engagement, including respect for privacy, forcing individuals to agree to all terms, with no alternative but to decline in totality”.
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The Nintendo Switch is so popular that your sibling or maybe even your parents might want one of their own.Especially with the family subscription for the Switch Online service nearly in full force.But with one Switch already in the family, the purchase of additional consoles could easily get out of hand.Unfortunately, there might be too many caveats to make it worthwhile for some aspiring owners.The most important practical consideration, at least for now, is that it’s only available so far in Japan.It’s an official offering from Nintendo but the company is known for making market-exclusive configurations that never make it outside of Japan.
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