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Powerbank rental startup Guaishou Chongdian receives millions in USD for angel roundGuaishou ChongdianFounder: Cai GuangyuanFinancing status: Tens of millions in RMB (a few million USD) for angel round in 2017Guaishou Chongdian is a power bank rental startup that collaborates with other businesses to place its power banks at their stores to enable customers to charge mobile phones easily.Guaishou Chongdian’s founder Cai Guangyuan previously worked for Uber as a general manager and marketing director in Shanghai, and the founding team are made of members who previously worked at Meituan, Uber, Alibaba and Baidu.By partnering with other businesses to place its rental power banks at their stores, this new way of placing rental power banks have some advantages.First, it makes them more exclusive than its competitors.Also, as compared to other power bank rental models, it achieves economies of scale with a cost of only RMB 100 to manufacture one power bank.In addition, these rentals can be extended to ordering, payment and membership system.This angel financing round was led by Shunwei Capital, Xiaomi, Zmifi, Crystal Stream and Hillhouse Capital.The company plans to use the fund to place tens of millions of power banks in its partner’s stores to quickly capture market share.Powerbank rental startup Hema Chongdian receives millions in USD for angel roundPhoto from Baidu Image.Hema ChongdianFounder: Wang RunFounded in: 2016Financing status: Tens of millions in RMB (a few million USD) for angel round in 2017Hema Chongdian is a power bank rental startup that places its power banks in several businesses such as restaurants and cafés.
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Microsoft today announced that it has begun to add features to its standard-issue Mail and Calendar apps for Windows 10 for Gmail account holders.Over the next few weeks, the enhanced apps will become available to people participating in the Windows Insider Program, and after that, all Windows 10 users will get them.Gmail support in Windows 10 Mail and Calendar is not new.What’s new are nice-to-have features that have only been accessible to Outlook.com account holders and Office 365 subscribers.For one thing, Gmail users will get to use the Focused Inbox, which is a way to prioritize certain emails that Microsoft picked up through its Acompli acquisition and subsequently brought to Outlook and then to Windows 10 Mail.But that’s not all.Windows 10 Mail and Calendar will soon provide other features to Gmail users: “easily tracking travel and shipping deliveries, making emails more actionable, helping you easily track your favorite sports events, faster search, and more,” Vivek Kumar, Microsoft’s product marketing manager for Windows 10 Mail and Calendar, wrote in a blog post.In February Microsoft said it would bring summary cards for travel plans and shipments to Windows 10 Mail and Calendar after introducing them to Outlook.At the time Microsoft said people using email services other than Office 365 and Outlook.com would get the features at some point “in the future.” In early March Microsoft said it would be bringing these enhanced features to Outlook for Mac for Gmail users.The bigger picture here is Microsoft is trying to make you more productive and efficient and a little happier when you’re using its software to go through good old email — even if you’re not using Microsoft’s own underlying email services.Google has reinvented email with Inbox by Gmail, which promotes certain emails and turns certain emails into cards that are more pleasant to look at.
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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft faces one last perilous adventure around Saturn.Early Saturday, Cassini will swing past Saturn’s mega moon Titan.“That last kiss goodbye,” as the project manager calls it, will put Cassini on a path no spacecraft has gone before — into the gap between Saturn and its rings.Even a speck from the rings could cripple Cassini, given its velocity.Cassini will make its first pass through the relatively narrow gap Wednesday.Twenty-two transits are planned until September, when Cassini goes in and never comes out, vaporising in Saturn’s atmosphere.
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It may not have a great rep these days, with flare-ups over inappropriate placements, fraud and transparency concerns, but automated ad buying continues to gain share.An estimated $32.56 billion will transact programmatically on display advertising in the US this year.That works out to 78 percent, or roughly four out of five ad dollars spent on display ads in the US, according to eMarketer’s most recent estimates.But as capabilities and access to premium inventory improve and media buyers and advertisers seek greater control and transparency, private marketplaces continue to gain momentum.The share of transactions occurring on open exchanges is on the decline.Programmatic direct is expected to account for 56 percent of all programmatic display spend, and open exchange RTB buying will make up 44 percent.
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Get ready to say your goodbyes to oh-so-patient, no-longer-pregnant April the giraffe and her still-unnamed baby boy.The popular YouTube livestream of the giraffe's pen will come down Friday afternoon, staff at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, announced on Thursday."Giraffe Cam will go dark Friday at 4:30 p.m. Eastern," keepers wrote in a Facebook post.Text alert subscribers will receive weekly photo updates also."The camera went up in February, and April didn't deliver her calf until April 15, giving fans a long time to tune in and get used to checking on the expectant mama.The park announced Monday that this was to be the cam's last week, as staff is busy preparing to open for the season on May 13, and the flurry of interest in the cam has taken away from regular activities.
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Facebook has released the latest version of their 'Topics to Watch' report, which highlights the key issues and subjects that are gaining momentum, in terms of conversation volume, across The Social Network.Launched a year ago, Facebook identifies the Topics to Watch by analyzing conversation trends and comparing them to previous subjects which went on to become more significant shifts.Based on this, Facebook predicts that the topics they identify will continue to grow and become more relevant in future - meaning if your business has a relevant angle or perspective to share on any of these issues, it's likely worth investigating.Facebook says that up to 80% of the topics they identify using this formula go on to see bigger focus from Facebook users.This month, Facebook's identified another diverse range of discussion subjects to consider.Maybe none of these relate to your business, maybe some do - but either way, the topics identified here, according to Facebook, are gaining momentum.It's worth considering whether you can tap into these trends to boost your Facebook content performance.
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Det är många som tycker att containerteknik ger smidiga lösningar för att bygga, leverera och köra applikationer.Det här tar Docker, leverantören bakom den mest populära containerplattformen, fasta på med ett samarbete med Cisco, Avanade, Microsoft och HPE.Partnerföretagen ska bidra med konsulter, med syfte att migrera äldre applikationer till Dockercontainrar på fem dagar, skriver IDG News.Samarbetet som har fått det pedagogiska namnet Modernize Traditional Applications innebär att en kund betalar ett fast pris för en migrering.Kunderna får även ett antal ”hemuppgifter”, avsedda för nyckelpersoner, med syftet att kunna utföra migreringar på egen hand i fortsättningen.Om det här fungerar bra så borde det bli enklare att använda containerteknik även för äldre applikationer.
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Times Square starts at 42nd Street, between the H and the Walgreens, and stretches north for five blocks.I stood there a few days ago, illuminated by the glow of a canary yellow ad for Spectacles by Snap.Today, Times Square celebrates the completion of its six-year transformation from a congested thoroughfare into a European-style piazza.“We tripled the amount of pedestrian space,” says Craig Dykers, co-founder of the architecture firm Snøhetta.Remaking the Crossroads of the World follows a broader trend by cities around the world to create more pedestrian-friendly spaces that favor people over cars.And it will help the area thrive in the years ahead.
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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.It seems that everyone leaped onto social media last week when United Airlines dragged a 69-year-old passenger, Dr. David Dao, off a plane -- all because it wanted to put one of its own employees in his seat.Somehow, the joy of detesting United still reverberates.On Tuesday, comedian Jimmy Kimmel claimed that the airline had made a new ad, featuring a celebrity spokesman.Sadly, it was Matt Damon, a man with whom Kimmel has fake-feuded for quite a while.But then he remembers that he's been "bumped from Jimmy's show for the last eight years."
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Keeping your kids free from online distractions can be a challenge, with modern mobile devices giving them ready access to videos, games, and more.A dedicated ebook reader for your child is a great alternative to a tablet, but if you’re looking for a device with built-in learning apps and a better warranty than most, then check out Amazon’s Kindle for Kids bundle.Children’s literature tends to be fairly short and if your kid loves to read, you know how quickly they can burn through a stack of books.An ebook reader not only gives you access to much cheaper ebooks, but keeps all of them on a single device, making them ideal for road trips and reading on the go.The Kindle for Kids bundle includes the standard Kindle ebook reader along with a folding case that protects the screen, and boasts the e-ink display that made the Kindle famous.This screen uses multiple shades of gray to mimic the appearance of paper, virtually eliminating the eye strain that comes from staring at a bright LCD display — an even bigger concern for children whose eyes are still developing.
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Under Facebooks F8-konferens 2015 berättade Marc Zuckerberg att företagets chattapplikation Messenger skulle bli framtidens kundtjänst-verktyg, och under årets upplaga av konferensen fick vi en inblick i vad han menade med det.För under namnet Messenger Platform 2.0 visades en rad nya funktioner upp som alla riktade sig mot företag som vill nå sina kunder på nya sätt.Den kanske största nyheten är fliken Discovery som Facebook själva liknar vid Gula sidorna.En flik som ska kunna användas för att nå ut till konsumenterna med sina tjänster eller erbjudanden.”Vi kopplar samman telefonkatalogen, folkets katalog, med gula sidorna som är företagens katalog”, säger Messengers produktchef Stan Chudnovsky till sajten Engadget.I Discovery-vyn kan användaren kommunicera direkt med företagen eller med deras chattbottar, som kan svara på enklare frågor eller hålla reda på information som beställningar och leveranser.
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Gionee M6 and M6 Plus smartphones were unveiled officially last year aimed mainly at mid-range buyers and their needs.It seems that time has come now for their successor and its press invite just revealed its name: Gionee M6S Plus.Join GizChina on TelegramNot that innovative name I know, but it still seems to work.According to the official press invite that leaked yesterday, the upcoming model is scheduled to be unveiled on April 24 in Beijing.Unfortunately the press invite didn’t give any info on its possible specs, but one thing is certain: it will retain the the same fingerprint encryption which the M6 and M6 Plus featured.Obviously there will be several updates for this new model, but so far there’s nothing confirmed.If we were to speculate, then the Gionee M6S Plus model will be equipped with a new upgraded Helio P20 SoC along with 4/6GB of RAM and it will surely use the same 6020 mAh battery that its predecessor had.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
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Tesla is soon to undergo its most difficult period to date as its mass-market Model 3 enters production, but it seems CEO Elon Musk has enough bandwidth to start discussing two different planned Tesla trucks.On Thursday, Musk tweeted that Tesla will show off its plans for a battery-electric semi, called the Tesla Semi, in September.He sounds pretty proud of it, promising it will be "next level."Musk brought up the Tesla Semi back in the summer of 2016, when he unveiled his "master plan."He said it would be "really fun to operate," but further information hasn't materialized, whether through official channels or leaks.A Twitter user asked about this in a reply to Musk's Tesla Semi status, and Musk responded that Tesla would show off its pickup truck in "18 to 24 months."
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But major food businesses are investigating the possibilities already.TechCrunch spied Marble’s delivery robots, stickered with a Yelp Eat24 logo, earlier this month.Marble is one of a handful of ventures developing ground-based robots that can navigate autonomously to a customer’s address.Their machines look like a large kitchen appliance crossed with a Mars rover.If they opt in, they get a pin code texted to their phone, which they can use to unlock the robot’s cargo bay when their Marble delivery arrives.While Marble hasn’t built this feature yet, it plans to someday offer “temperature control,” turning its robots into a kind of roving refrigerators or ovens.
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Walmart will soon offer customers new ways to get discounts if they buy products online and then pick up the items in one of the retailer’s stores, the company said Wednesday.“Starting on April 19, we are going to begin offering a discount on eligible, online-only (non-store) items that customers buy online and ship to any Walmart store for pick up,” Marc Lore, chief executive officer of Walmart U.S. eCommerce, said in a blog post.The move by Walmart — whose e-commerce operations are largely designed at company offices in San Bruno and Sunnyvale — is a reminder of the increasingly fierce battle to capture shoppers’ dollars through the Internet.Amazon, Target and other retailers are scouting for those dollars in growing ways.And brick-and-mortar retailers are wrestling with ways to successfully meld their physical stores with their digital commerce sites.This is also an indication that Walmart is finding ways to parlay its purchase of online retailer Jet.com into increased online sales and new ways to entice customers to its digital site.The acquisition of Jet was completed in September 2016 for $3 billion.Jet’s software enables it to lower prices when customers add more items to their shopping carts.The deal also is expected to help Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, to reach more customers such as millennial shoppers.For a $148 infant car seat, the discount was $7.40 if customers picked up the item in the store, according to an example of a potential purchase suggested by the retailer.The hypothetical transaction also included free two-day shipping.Of course, the real question is whether $7 in savings are enough to entice people to hop in a car to pick up the item — unless that trip was combined with other errands, including shopping at the store.These kinds of e-commerce initiatives are being designed by Walmart tech workers in San Bruno and Sunnyvale, said Amelia McLear, a spokeswoman for the retailing giant.“Jet.com created a unique, transparent way for customers to shop, helping them make choices that lower their prices as they shop — from building smarter baskets to opting out of free returns and using debit cards,” Doug McMillon, Walmart’s president and CEO, wrote in a blog post to discuss the Jet.com acquisition.“This has helped Jet.com win fans among savvy shoppers and will help us put the power to save in more shoppers’ hands.” Walmart.com image shows the potential savings from a hypothetical transaction involving a purchase of an item online combined with an in-store pickup.Tags: e-commerce, Tech, Walmart, walmart.com
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Now, can the mobile users of the collaborative tool Dropbox Paper both edit their dokumet and create new ones even without an internet connection.Which makes it possible to continue the work even during a long-distance flights or in the subway.When the phone then connects to the network again syncs everything to the user's space.The newly launched feature is available in both IOS - and Android-version of the Paper, but desktopanvändare will have to wait because Dropbox given priority to mobile users when they have been most vocal about the need for an offline mode.Dropbox Paper was launched in January as part in Dropbox's attempt to keep pace with Google, the G Suite in the market for collaboration tools.since Then, the service has received a huge facelift and currently support 20 languages, including japanese and German, which is a significant improvement from the launch then only English is supported.
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Apple's pay-with-your-iPhone service Apple Pay is well ahead of its rivals, but adoption of the concept by consumers remains limited.Fintech analyst Juniper Research estimates that the number of users of Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay will exceed 100 million for the first time during the first half of this year and hit 150 million by the end of this year.Juniper forecasts the number of users will reach 500 million by 2021, with such services becoming the primary contactless mechanisms of choice in the US.The analysts said that the challenge facing Apple and its rivals is to ensure that the infrastructure is in place for consumers to make in-store payments: only a third of US retailers currently support Apple Pay."We believe that as contactless usage gains traction and consumers/merchants recognise the speed and convenience it offers, then, as in European markets, there will be a further and significant increase in availability at the point-of-sale", added research author Nitin Bhas.Although Apple Pay has now been around for several years, consumer adoption remains deeply underwhelming.
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Företaget ImmersiON-VRelia stämmer nu via ombudet Techno View IP stämmer nu det Facebook-ägda företaget Oculus då Techno View IP anser att Oculus använder sig av ett av ImmersiON-VRelia patent i sitt VR-headset Rift.ImmersiON-VRelia gör även de VR-headsets och patentet som Oculus anses använda i Rift handlar om hur man ska generera olika perspektiv i datorspel som utvecklats för den virtuella verkligheten.Varken Facebook eller Oculus har än så länge kommenterat den här stämningen.De båda har antagligen fortfarande fullt upp med att försöka slippa att betala en halv miljard dollar till ZeniMax Media, ett företag som man tidigare i år förlorade en rättslig tvist emot.
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Malware allegedly made by the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been released by a hacker group called Shadow Brokers.The hacking group released a password which unlocks an encrypted cache of hacking tools, with the group saying that the publishing of the password was a ‘protest’ against US President Trump.The group had earlier […]Malware allegedly made by the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been released by a hacker group called Shadow Brokers.The group had earlier tried to sell the cache of tools in an online auction, but instead released the password via a blog in efforts to help “America be great again”.Among other criticism’s of the new US government under Trump, the group also slammed “[Steve] Bannon’s removal from the [National Security Council]” and the “US military strike on Syria”.
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Consider him a pretty stern papa.Cerf, who is hearing-impaired, played an integral part in the invention of some of the most crucial technologies of the last half century, including the internet and email.But as quickly as he'll extol how tech can advance society, he won't mince words about its track record accommodating people with disabilities."It's a crime that the most versatile device on the planet, the computer, has not adapted well to people who need help, who need assistive technology," he said in an interview last month."It's almost criminal that programmers have not had their feet held to the fire to build interfaces that are accommodating for people with vision problems or hearing problems or motor problems."Cerf is best known as one of the designers of the architecture for the internet in the early 1970s, helping to shape the rules that dictate where internet traffic goes and, about a decade later, helping to deliver the first commercial email system.
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