Chip designer Arm has become the latest company to cut ties with Huawei to comply with a Trump administration ban.But Arm will keep supporting older products, and previously signed licenses likely make it possible for Huawei to build its own Arm-based chips for years to come.The Chinese company likely won't see a huge impact unless the ban lasts for years.Arm is a UK company whose designs are the basis for most of the world's mobile processors, including those used by Apple, Samsung -- and Huawei.Its key place in the industry attracted Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank, which bought Arm in mid-2016 for about $32 billion (£23 billion, AU$40 billion).Nearly 150 billion Arm chips have shipped since the company was founded three decades ago.
Loot, the digital current account for students, has called in administrators after it was unable to secure funding following the collapse of a potential sale to the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).RBS owned a 25 per cent stake in the fintech firm through Natwest’s digital bank Bo, which is currently under development and invested a total of £5m in the startup.However, a deal to buy the whole company fell through.Loot had recently encouraged customers to sign up for a crowdfunding round, however, the fintech firm was forced to appoint Smith and Williamson to oversee the administration before the fundraise could go ahead.The company was established in 2014 to help students manage their finances and had secured more than 175,000 sign-ups by the beginning of this year.The digital banking start-up had not secured a full banking licence but was able to operate through a partnership with Wirecard, which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, under an electronic money licence.
We talk about movie magic, but sometimes the magic's real.The Rise of Skywalker will focus on the new generation of Star Wars heroes, but Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016, will once again make an appearance as General (formerly Princess) Leia Organa.Vanity Fair shared the news on Monday that Leia will share scenes with Resistance fighter Lieutenant Connix, played by Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd.Lourd appeared in the role in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.The Vanity Fair feature also includes a new batch of images from the film that gives a first look at the new characters.Director J.J. Abrams found unused footage of Fisher from The Force Awakens and wrote new scenes around the dialogue.
DTC brands like Curology and MeUndies have started flocking to Snapchat's Discovery Story Ads, a branded tile format that shows up in a feed next to popular shows and publishers.The format is suited to DTC brands because it lets them show their product portfolio and gauge consumer intent.Snapchat has benefited as Instagram gets increasingly crowded and expensive for DTC brands.Story Ads are also delivering for some performance-focused DTC brands.MeUndies, for example, is using the ads to promote its new llama-themed underwear, onesies, and socks."Snapchat is an increasing focus for us as it becomes a more sophisticated ad platform," said Grace Lawrence, associate director of user acquisition at skincare brand Curology.
Even though we already knew the Apple WWDC 2019 keynote date before today, we just got in the all-important press invites to June's developer conference.We'll be bringing you the story of Apple's next software updates on June 3: iOS 13, macOS 10.15, watchOS 6 and tvOS 13, among other likely beta software launches.
Whether you are ready for summer or not, at least Netflix is getting a few fantastic films.Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to the delightful Disney animated film Wreck-it-Ralph hits Netflix on June 11.And on June 26 you can check out Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, one of 2018's best films.Dark and depressing TV will reign supreme in June on Netflix.Season 5 of Black Mirror lands on June 5.Plus the second seasons of The Confession Tapes and the German sci-fi thriller Dark will be available on June 21.
DJI is about to make it harder to fly its drones too close to larger aircraft.The Chinese tech company announced Wednesday that all DJI drones weighing more than 250 grams — which includes every one it currently offers — released in 2020 onward will have built-in airplane and helicopter detectors.Each of those new drones will now include sensors that can receive the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) signal that planes and helicopters send out.It’s a technology that’s being mandated by the US government for traditional aircraft that fly through a number of controlled airspaces starting January 1st, 2020, and is even used by air traffic controllers for real-time precision and situational awareness.DJI’s new drones will use this ADS-B detector, which it has branded as “AirSense,” to alert pilots when a plane or helicopter is nearby.Crucially, it won’t automatically cause the drone to move away from the larger aircraft — that will still be up to the pilot.
Digital banking startup N26 has been ordered by the German banking regulator to step up its anti-money laundering policies, after a probe found the fintech firm was deficient in several areas.Bafin said today it has issued an order against N26 to "take appropriate internal safety measures" in order to comply with rules on customer due diligence obligations, and sufficiently monitor accounts for money laundering and terrorist financing.The probe followed reports of fraudulent transactions and problems with the bank’s communications structure, which first emerged in October last year.Customers complained of fraudulent activity going ignored at the bank due to poor reporting processes, in one instance relating to theft of about €80,000 (£68,848).Some users said they were unable to get a response through its chatbot or by email for several weeks, which were the only means of talking to staff.Bafin ordered N26 this week to carry out several changes to its internal procedures, including the removal of backlogs in IT monitoring, to establish process descriptions and workflows in writing.
Google is introducing some noticeable changes to how it displays mobile search results, meant to better highlight the source behind each link.Mobile search results will soon display a website’s icon and name above the title of the specific page being surfaced.Until now, Google has somewhat downplayed the source of search results, displaying a website’s name in a smaller font beneath each link.The design will begin rolling out in the “next few days.” Google says the design is “coming first to mobile,” but didn’t elaborate on where we’ll see the new design next, be it specific apps or the desktop.We’ve reached out to Google for clarification.With the updated design, Google’s mobile search starts to look a lot more like a news feed, filled with posts from various publishers on a specific subject.
The automated lane-change feature in Autopilot, Tesla's semi-autonomous driver-assistance system, is worse than a human driver, Consumer Reports said in a review of the feature published on Wednesday.Consumer Reports said its testers found that the feature wouldn't leave enough space in front of approaching cars when changing lanes, would often brake abruptly after merging into dense traffic to create more space behind the vehicle ahead of it, and would sometimes make a maneuver that is illegal in Connecticut, where the publication ran its tests.Testers often had to cancel lane-changes initiated by Autopilot due to safety concerns, Consumer Reports said.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Autopilot can control steering, braking, and acceleration in some situations, but requires human supervision.In April, Tesla updated Autopilot to allow it to make lane changes without the driver's approval, though the driver must activate this feature.
Of all the gaming features present in Windows 10, the Xbox Game Bar doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention.There are, after all, a lot of programs that can capture screenshots and gameplay video like the Game Bar can, so when the tool was first introduced in Windows 10, a lot of players probably stuck with what they were already using.Nevertheless, Microsoft has been improving the Game Bar over time, and the new features it’s introducing today might make it worth another look.At the beginning of April, Microsoft rolled a bunch of new Game Bar features into beta for Windows Insiders.Today, those features are all coming to the live version of Windows, giving players more control over their music and more social options within the Game Bar overlay.As a reminder, to open the Game Bar while you’re in-game, you simply need to hit Win + G – Game Bar works with most PC games, though Microsoft notes that there might be some compatibility issues with games using the Vulkan Graphics API.
Mario Kart Tour, the smartphone debut of Nintendo’s long-running kart racing franchise, has started its closed beta in Japan and the US, and it hasn’t taken long for videos and screenshots to start appearing on the web.But Kotaku reports that the game also features lootbox-style (or “gacha”) systems where you spend virtual currency for a shot at unlocking new items which offer different degrees of rarity and functionality.For five green gems, for example, you get a random chance of earning a new driver, kart, or glider.Certain equipment and characters get you bonuses on different tracks, but other characters seem to have a better average bonus across all the game’s courses.There’s also a stamina system involving hearts, and once these run out, you’ll have to wait for them to replenish or pay money to purchase more hearts.Since the game is currently in beta, all these features are subject to change.
Amazon announced a new initiative called The Drop on Wednesday.The Drop's limited-time streetwear designs will be made on demand and available for 30 hours only on Amazon.An always-on-sale collection will complete the offering.Amazon says the program, which is the latest in a long line of clothing-related initiatives from the e-commerce giant, will launch soon.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The e-commerce giant announced Wednesday it has developed a new fashion shopping experience called The Drop.
Apple's AirPods come with several customizable options, and you can change the name of your AirPods easily should you want to.Changing the name of your AirPods to something more recognizable than their default name can make them easier to identify in a crowded Bluetooth menu.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.With the ever-growing popularity of AirPods these days, and the impending release of newer versions, it's important to keep yours customized to your liking: whether it be setting them up so a double tap engages Siri, or instead plays the next song or podcast episode on your device.You can similarly customize the name of your AirPods— and changing that name is easy to do on any iOS device with the same steps demonstrated below on an iPhone.How to change the name of your AirPods
The past couple of years have been good for gaming laptops.But while all of those advancements have been extremely welcome, most gaming laptops are still heavily compromised for non-gaming activities.They tend to have worse keyboards, bad trackpads, and battery life that’s too short to really make them practical away from an outlet for any stretch of time.So when it came time to evaluate the latest refresh, which includes Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards, I got my hands on the most conservative-looking model I could get: an entry-level Blade 15 Advanced in the “Mercury white” color scheme that sells for $2,349.While this Blade 15 is certainly a capable gaming laptop, it also looks the part of a more traditional computer for productivity work; most people wouldn’t even guess that it’s a full-fledged gaming laptop when they see it.Solid build quality with understated design
In addition to the various successor shows being planned, author George R.R.Martin is still working on two more books in the Song of Ice and Fire series that inspired the hit fantasy show.And on Monday night, Martin assured fans the books won't march in lockstep with the show.Martin wrote on his site, Not A Blog."The same ending as the show?Martin reminded readers that where the HBO series' final season was limited to eight hours of screen time, he expects to have at least 3,000 manuscript pages in his final two books, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.
MuleSoft founder Ross Mason has joined an unusual venture fund called SignalFire.Salesforce bought MuleSoft for $6.5 billion a year ago.Mason has been an investor in SignalFire for four years, he tells Business Insider, and it helped him with his 40 angel investments.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Although Mason is expanding his role at SignalFire, he's been an advisor and a limited partner investor with SignalFire for about four years now, since its early days, he tells Business Insider.Mason's relationship with SignalFire began when he met the firm's founder, Chris Farmer, at their kids' kindergarten, which both of their children attended.
If you hide a post from your Facebook timeline, it's easy to later unhide it.You can unhide posts from the Activity Log in both the Facebook mobile app and in any web browser.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Facebook provides a quick and easy way to hide a post you've created without actually deleting it — this is convenient for removing it temporarily from your timeline.But what happens later, when you want to unhide the post and restore it to your timeline?The good news is it only takes a few clicks or taps, and you can do it from a desktop browser or the Facebook mobile app.
Facebook has unified its Ads and Business Platform team that builds products for businesses under one mandate and leadership.The team used to be two separate groups, one focusing on paid products and ads and the other on free products and tools.The unified group will be led by longtime Facebook exec Dan Levy, who said the goal is to better serve businesses across the board.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Facebook is announcing today that it's overhauled its Ads and Business Platform (ABP) team that builds products for businesses under one mandate and leadership.The team used to be divided into two groups, one focused on developing paid products and ads and the other focused on free products and tools.
It looks like Huawei is not just being shunned by the US, but now, the world!ARM's interpretation of the US export ban comes as a surprise, as the company is not based in the US.ARM's headquarters are in Cambridge, UK (hence the BBC scoop), and it was bought by Japan's Softbank in 2016.Everyone in the tech industry is still discovering how broadly Trump's executive order will be interpreted, and ARM believes it is affected due to its designs containing “US origin technology."ARM has more than 40 offices around the world, including eight in the US.The ARM CPU architecture is the dominant instruction set in smartphones and embedded computers, and it's a rival to Intel's x86 architecture mainly seen in PCs and servers.