In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs participate in weekly training and feedback sessions that are led by Founder Institute Mentors.Our Mentors provide the passion, experience, and support that helps our Founders launch meaningful and enduring companies.The Founder Institute is about practical, actionable training and feedback - not theory.To achieve this, we bring in experienced Founders and CEOs to give our companies the most relevant and valuable advice.In a confidential setting, they share horror stories, best practices, and realistic feedback to help our Founders avoid "rookie mistakes" and be successful.In the upcoming Silicon Valley Semester, we have secured a truly exceptional roster of Founder Institute Mentors, including many from out of town.
The company cleverly managed to snag the most appropriate domain out there: Fast.com.Of course, some more experienced Internet users might wonder why the site is so simple in its approach.The site uses Netflix servers to test your download speed and can give you results no matter where you are internationally and no matter which device desktop or mobile you use."Like the cellular data controls we recently introduced, fast.com is another tool consumers can use for greater insight and control of their Internet service."However, the obscure URL and advertisement-cluttered interface may turn off less techie users.With a clean look and simple URL like Fast.com, this could quickly become both a widely used speed tester for a mainstream audience, as well as a Netflix gateway drug of sorts once you see the subtle "powered by Netflix" logo at the bottom of the page.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. pleaded its case to hundreds of members of an anti-counterfeit group that the company has the data, technology and desire to help keep fake brands off its online marketplaces.Company president Michael Evans addressed the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition in Orlando Thursday a week after the group abruptly suspended the Chinese Internet giant s membership, amid questions regarding conflicts of interest involving the coalition s president and complaints from some members.Alibaba only joined the IACC in April, after the group created a new membership category for the online retailer.We believe the future of Alibaba -- and the future of many of your companies -- will depend on us working closely together to fight counterfeits, Evans said in prepared remarks.IACC members include prominent brands such as Apple Inc., Nike, Calvin Klein and Procter & Gamble, which Alibaba is courting to help boost sales of global brands to Chinese shoppers.In a closed-door meeting at the group s spring conference, Evans shared new details about how Alibaba has used data culled from its marketplace, which serves 400 million shoppers and 10 million businesses, to identify suspected makers and sellers of fake products.Alibaba s collaboration with Chinese law enforcement in 2015 resulted in the arrest of 300 people, the destruction of 46 places where counterfeits are made and the confiscation of $125 million in worth of products, Evans told the group.Alibaba wants global brands to see its marketplaces as a gateway to Chinese customers rather than a place where counterfeits flourish.Evans highlighted Alibaba s data as a key link to help brands fight fraud.The company spent more than $15 million in 2015 buying merchandise on its marketplace suspected of being fake and used its payments division Alipay to freeze accounts of those suspected of selling counterfeit goods, Evans said.The company froze $72 million in accounts and refunded $12 million to customers last year, he said."We have the scale, we have the data and we have the commitment to be a global leader in anti-counterfeiting," Evans told the group.
It's a cold, hard fact: Apple iPhone owners spend a lot more money on apps than people with phones running Google Android.The net result is that it's increasingly uncommon to find a developer who only works with Android.The massive reach of Google's Android operating system is good, but it's almost always better to hedge your bets with a web browser or iPhone app, as well, if you actually want to make money.That's why a cheer went up from the crowd at this week's Google I/O conference when the search giant announced a huge upgrade to its Firebase product — a popular free service, now with 450,000 users, that provides the crucial behind-the-scenes plumbing for iPhone, Android, and web apps.That update brings lots of new features, many of which will make life easier and more profitable  for developers.That includes a new Firebase Analytics product, the evolution of the popular Google Analytics, and a bunch more features that bring Firebase into parity with its soon-discontinued competitor Facebook Parse.It's a smart move that turns a weakness — the difficulty making money from Android apps — into a potential strength for Google and its increasingly important cloud computing business.Unification"This has been a massive effort across the company to unify our efforts for app developers," Google analytics head Russ Ketchum tells Business Insider."The result is that Firebase is now these full suite of integrated products designed to help developers build their apps, grow their user base, and earn more money.With these upgrades, Firebase now does everything that Parse used to, plus its original killer feature of super-speedy database synchronization across devices.Real geniusThe real genius, though, is that Firebase can act as kind of a gateway to the Google Cloud Platform, where customers can rent supercomputing power and services from the search giant just by punching in a credit card.After all, Firebase is simple and powerful, but it won't be enough for every app.
As an experienced programmatic and performance company, Matomy understands that one size SDK does not fit all , said Sagi Niri, Mataomy s chief operating officer, in a statement.Our mobile initiative is focused on eliminating the stress faced by mobile publishers by offering easy-to-use smart monetization solutions to help grow their mobile advertising business whilst alleviating time spent on menial tasks.MobFox s superior technology is able to accommodate the requests of publishers connecting them to the largest advertisers in the world competing for the best inventory.The company offers demand- and supply-side-platforms DSP and SSP and a single gateway for mobile, video, and native ad inventory management via a real-time bidding RTB marketplace.MobFox also offers easy integration to open-source SDK s for iOS and Android and provides a rich creative service.Matomy Media Group was founded in 2007 and creates customized performance and programmatic ad solutions.It is listed on the London and Tel Aviv stock exchanges.
Tech companies could abandon the UK if it leaves the European Union, digital economy minister Ed Vaizey warned on Thursday.Vaizey told Business Insider he is concerned that tech companies of all shapes and sizes could leave for other European nations if a Brexit occurs.Speaking in an exclusive interview, Vaizey said: "With countries like France and Germany very focused on tech, and the reputation of some of the Baltic states, tech will have plenty of homes to go to within the European Union if we were to leave.There are also thousands of tech startups across the nation, particularly in London, that employ large workforces between them.Vaizey believes that tech companies get better access to talented workers and capital by being a part of the EU.It would make it a less attractive place for investors to come to invest in tech companies and I think they might well start to look at opportunities in other countries," said Vaizey.They also come after Tech City UK, a government-funded organisation that aims to support the UK tech sector, found that seven out of 10 tech founders and investors want the UK to remain within the EU.Microsoft has also come out against a Brexit, saying Britain's membership in the EU makes it one of the most attractive places for Microsoft to make investments.Tech City UK is concerned that big commitments to the UK – such as Google s Kings Cross campus – may not materialise in future, if London is no longer seen as a gateway to the EU market.Eileen Burbidge, partner at Passion Capital and Chair of Tech City UK, said in a statement: "London is the biggest tech centre in Europe and attracts the brightest and best talent.Would companies move their headquarters?The chances are that it would increase everyone s costs and lead to slower growth in the overall UK economy from London and the regions alike, potentially for years to come.
Capable of doing 0-to-60 mph in under five seconds and a top speed of 80 mph, Bosch's new all-electric go-kart is about to change the kart racing industry.The e-kart prototype isn't just a glorified golf cart; it was designed from scratch as an EV.More than simply supplying up to 221 pound-feet of torque to the pavement 51 lb-ft. more than produced by the Toyota Camry's engine, for comparison , the electric motors can also slow the e-kart while generating electricity that can be later used for acceleration.When the motors spin forward, expending electricity from the onboard batteries, the kart accelerates.Although the e-kart is a prototype at the moment, it's been embraced by Mach 1, Germany's largest go-kart producer.Since karting is a gateway for the world's race-car drivers, there's a good chance the e-kart signifies the start of a new era in which racers will only know racing dominated by electric powertrains.
A firewall can help block hackers or malicious software from infiltrating your computer through the internet or a network, as well as stopping your computer from sending malicious software to other computers.Generally, there are two types of firewalls; a network firewall is a software appliance which runs on hardware which filters traffic between two or more networks, while a host-based firewall is a layer of software on one host that filters traffic on a single computer.The first type of firewall was the packet filter, which were filter systems first developed by engineers from Digital Equipment Corporation.These packets, which are messages transmitted over a packet-switching network, usually contain information of the packet's source, destination address, protocol and port number.Packet filtering firewalls worked on the first three layers of the OSI reference model, meaning that the majority of the work was done between the network and physical layers.One of a number of common firewall techniques, packet filter firewalls work at a low level of the TCP/IP protocol stack which use an established rule set as a means of blocking or allowing packets to pass into the network.
Though our fast food-chompin , beer-swiggin , 'Murican cousins may have you believing that the Land of the Free is the only place in the world advanced enough to play host to autonomous cars, it isn t. The UK hasn t just got a piece of the action, but is shaping up to position itself as the European hotspot for driverless car testing.The Greenwich Automated Transport Environment way project is arguably the Innovate UK project that s garnered the most attention.Registration for participation opened earlier this month, so get your name down sharpish if you fancy an early self-driving adventure.At this point, UK Autodrive appears to be a little behind GATEway in terms of testing, with the first wave of road-ready Pathfinders expected to be unleashed upon Milton Keynes towards the backend of this year.If they don t kill anyone, as many as 40 will follow, being used to carry non-electric pedestrians along various busy routes.Drive Me LondonThis one's fun for all the family.
Though our fast food-chompin , beer-swiggin , 'Murican cousins may have you believing that the Land of the Free is the only place in the world advanced enough to play host to autonomous cars, it isn t. The UK hasn t just got a piece of the action, but is shaping up to position itself as the European hotspot for driverless car testing.The Greenwich Automated Transport Environment way project is arguably the Innovate UK project that s garnered the most attention.Registration for participation opened earlier this month, so get your name down sharpish if you fancy an early self-driving adventure.At this point, UK Autodrive appears to be a little behind GATEway in terms of testing, with the first wave of road-ready Pathfinders expected to be unleashed upon Milton Keynes towards the backend of this year.If they don t kill anyone, as many as 40 will follow, being used to carry non-electric pedestrians along various busy routes.Drive Me LondonThis one's fun for all the family.
Though our fast food-chompin , beer-swiggin , 'Murican cousins may have you believing that the Land of the Free is the only place in the world advanced enough to play host to autonomous cars, it isn t. The UK hasn t just got a piece of the action, but is shaping up to position itself as the European hotspot for driverless car testing.The Greenwich Automated Transport Environment way project is arguably the Innovate UK project that s garnered the most attention.Registration for participation opened earlier this month, so get your name down sharpish if you fancy an early self-driving adventure.At this point, UK Autodrive appears to be a little behind GATEway in terms of testing, with the first wave of road-ready Pathfinders expected to be unleashed upon Milton Keynes towards the backend of this year.If they don t kill anyone, as many as 40 will follow, being used to carry non-electric pedestrians along various busy routes.Drive Me LondonThis one's fun for all the family.
And GDS's Verify still not readyHMRC is pushing ahead with its own plans to build an online authentication portal following the decommissioning of the current Gateway portal in 2018, according to multiple sources.One source said the department is building its own authentication capability that will deal with businesses – something the Government Digital Service's online authentication system Verify cannot do."It doesn't want to publicly admit it is building its own system, as it's a sensitive issue with the Cabinet Office.A spokesman from HMRC confirmed that the department will use a replacement for Gateway for business users, currently managed by the Department for Work and Pensions.That was in addition to 11,000 people using GOV.UK Verify to file their self assessment tax returns in 2015.In 2016 a total of 9.24 million users paid their tax online, with at least half of those having elected to use an accountant.
Named the mBeaconSense sensor, it can measure acceleration, light, magnetic force, temperature, and vibration.The sensor also has a clock, an RFID tag, and a coin battery that lasts for over a year.1See Also: London startup SAM Labs wants everyone to try out IoTNetclearance says that the sensor can be used in all types of IoT systems, everything from wearables to city furniture.The launch of mBeaconSense addresses a gap in the market by offering a tiny IoT device that can be used alone or with our suite of gateway beacon devices to make it a fully internet capable device, said Jonathan Duffy, executive director of EMEA at Netclearance.Adding an inexpensive sensor to its line of software and services might make Netclearance an complete solution for some companies.Having such a small sensor could be useful for all sorts of projects, especially since the company can leave it to run for over a year, which could be useful for wearable manufacturers that want to trim a few millimeters off the size of their devices.That said, the battery life is still a factor that is negating the opportunities of small sensors.
PayPal's Rob Skinner is pretty happy with his five-year old prediction that we could all be using a digital wallet instead of a physical one by 2016, but his thoughts have already turned to what the next five years will bring.It was 2011 when Skinner and PayPal went public with the assertion that we could be using just our phone to pay for things within the next five years, and amid the arrival of payment systems from Apple and Google, you could indeed leave the house in many cities without picking up your faithful leather friend.The obvious question, of course, is to ask what 2021 will bring to the world of consumer payment, and although Skinner is not yet ready to roll out the big proclamation, PayPal is already pursuing many avenues to ensure it remains at the heart of its market.PayPal is a significant global brand, but a lot of its most important work goes on without people being aware that they are using technology owned or powered by PayPal."We are happy that PayPal is very well recognised and trusted... but equally the best kept secret is PayPal is behind the scenes powering so many mobile payments," says Skinner."The purchase of payment gateway tech company Braintree a few years ago was so important.
The primary one for ecommerce stores is that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to maintain the HTML, beyond a few dozen pages, for a complete site.In fact, since the early days of the Internet, people have used programs to help generate code for websites.A visitor navigates to a page in her browser.All of this happens in less than a second, ideally.require 'sinatra'require 'active record' Setup the databaseActiveRecord::Base.establish connection YAML::load File.read "database.yml" ActiveRecord::Schema.define docreate table :products do table table.column :name, :stringtable.column :price, :decimaltable.column :description, :textend unless table exists?That is an increasingly viable option for companies that want to use a specific platform but still need to customize, say, 10 percent of it.
Samsung to rollout its mobile payment service for Android and iOS users soonKorean smartphone manufacturer Samsung is planning to launch its mobile payment platform Samsung Pay beyond its own Galaxy phones for Android and iOS devices.Recent reports claim the service which is only available for select Galaxy phones as of now may make an entry on the Google Play Store and Apple Store sometime next month and will be termed Samsung Pay Mini.Unlike other mobile wallets, the Samsung Pay Mini will only be available for those devices that have the latest OS version on them like Marshmallow and above for Android and iOS 8 and above for iPhones and iPads.Unlike Samsung Pay, the platform will not use Magnetic Secure Transmission MST technology but exclusively process online payments for credit and debit card transactions just like other mobile wallets out there.To bring about its own touch, users will have to authenticate themselves by a fingerprint scanning or a password.Samsung Pay is not pre-installed on Galaxy smartphones like Apple Pay is for iPhones.
View photosMoreIn a Friday, May 27, 2016 photo, Joe Martinez reads over information about a container outfitted with video conference electronics that is part of an art installation at Military Park in downtown Newark, N.J.AP Photo/Julio Cortez NEWARK, N.J. AP — The truck-size metal container sitting in a downtown park here isn't meant to raise awareness about the global shipping industry, though it may nudge some people's curiosity in that direction.The gold-painted shipping container in Newark's revived Military Park is the hub of a 10-week pilot program sponsored by Shared Studios, an arts and technology collective, in collaboration with local arts group Gateway Project Spaces and researchers at Rutgers-Newark and Yale University."These are two cities where there are police and community tensions," said Shared Spaces co-founder Michelle Moghtader.The portal's criminal justice piece has been an eye-opener as it substitutes freewheeling conversations for more conventional research methods of focus groups and direct interviews."What we've found is people have these very rich and detailed and passionate conversations with strangers," said Rod Brunson, the incoming dean of Rutgers-Newark's school of criminal justice.
Atom-powered home kit so ISPs can pipe VMs into your houseDiane M. Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center GroupAs predicted by The Register, Intel has created an x86-powered reference platform for home gateways that makes the box you use for broadband services an Atom-powered target for virtual machines delivered by carriers.The multi-connection cocktail alone will put the cat among the pigeons in the home gateway market, a field in which many players specialise in one carriage standard or another."Being able to deploy on-premises applications is a far more efficient way than upgrading devices," she told The Register.That hardware should, whenever possible, feed data to, rely on or integrate with cloud services running Xeons inside servers... lots of servers.Consider the new Core i7 Extreme Edition announced at Computex.Or to make sure that your VR headset doesn't get laggy delivering the video that was rendered and/or transcoded on a Xeon-infused video cloud.
Hong Kong may find its role in fintech limited to a gateway provider enabling mainland companies to go global.Photo: ReutersFinancial technology is proving less popular in Hong Kong than other jurisdictions, according to experts.In Hong Kong, take up of such services has been slower.It has been able to leverage Alipay s millions of users to create a financial distribution channel that provides not only payments, but also a myriad of other financial products and services, Kapron said.Singapore is really putting its money where its mouth is, particularly when it comes to regulatory changes, in a way that other regulators in the region are not, Raetze said.Its role however, may be limited to helping mainland companies go global.
Last year, women accounted for less than a fifth of the UK s IT workforce.The number of jobs required by the technology industries is predicted to significantly exceed every other sector.We hear a lot about the stigma associated with coding, the lack of female role models and the way parents raise their children in a gender stereotypical way which fails to introduce their daughters to computing.Launched to inspire and encourage more young women to enter the technology industry, the project addresses the many myths that surround this traditionally male-dominated sector.We want women to see that it s not just a job for maths graduates, but more akin to learning a creative language.Women need to realise that coding will provide a gateway into today s job market and that without it, they could be increasingly marginalised.
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