A new VR camera product has launched on Indiegogo, this one designed for use with any Android smartphone that features a micro USB or USB-C port.When attached, the camera records 360-degree content that can be broadcast live, uploaded to services like YouTube, or shared directly with friends via social networks.The camera can also be connected directly to a laptop where it functions as a 360-degree webcam.The Insta360 Air is round and about the size of a golf ball, and it features two 210-degree fisheye lenses, one on the front and one on the back.The content captured by these two lenses/sensors is stitched in realtime to create a single 360-degree high-definition video — stills are captured at 3K resolution and videos are captured at 2K resolution, though some phones can handle 3K resolution video.The company behind Insta360 Air boasts some fairly advanced features, including electronic image stabilization that keeps videos steady despite the real-time stitching; this addresses things like shaking and vibrations.
It s one thing to come up with concepts for Apple products that are just over the horizon, like the iPhone 8, but it s an entirely different challenge to invent a new iDevice without a predecessor to draw from, and make it actually work.But that s exactly what Rafael Dymek did with his Apple Mirror.The mirror is like a computer display, but with iOS-style icons to launch various apps.A clock and realtime weather hub are situated at the top of the shiny screen, and the apps themselves can be moved around and positioned anywhere on the screen.However, as you probably guessed, the apps don t launch in full-screen glory as they would on an iOS device.Since the mirror is essentially a desktop, all programs appear in windows, which should also allows for easy multitasking.
Google can now show you how busy shops, bars and restaurants are in realtime.Launched ahead of Black Friday, the Popular Times update is designed to help shoppers navigate the Christmas crowds.Live visit information based on anonymised and aggregated location data is overlaid on the popular times graph in Google Maps and search results.If it takes off, the service might help spread the flow of customers around businesses a little more evenly during the festive season.Google now also displays data about how long people spend in venues and the hours of specific services within stores and restaurants.Jamie Aspinall, product manager at Google, wrote in a blogpost announcing the updates:
Web commerce giant Alibaba has failed in its bid to steward Java in an election that largely returned a familiar blend of members.Jack Ma's firm failed to win enough votes to secure a place on the Executive Committee of the Java Community Process JCP , receiving just 5 per cent of the 983 votes cast.The firm's JVM team lead Haiping Zhao was standing for one of six elected EC seats, having only joined the JCP in August.Alibaba claims to have "tens of thousands of machines running Java every second" and wanted to rework Java's realtime performance – garbage collection, deployment plus just-in-time compilation – for super-web scale.With just three months under its belt as a JCP member, it's likely Alibaba was unable to build an electoral base or large enough profile in time for the election.Overall, 12 of the available 15 seats open went to incumbents – ratified, elected and brand-new associate seats.
Monty Widenius chats with El Reg at the Big Data London conferenceInterview Monty Widenius, the Finnish author of MySQL and now the chief technology officer at MariaDB — a fork of MySQL — told The Register how laziness and hate drove him to create the concept for ColumnStore, MariaDB's columnar storage engine.Now prepping for its last funding round before potentially going public, MariaDB released ColumnStore under the GPLv2 earlier this year.The engine is intended to allow massively parallel distributed query execution and data loading within MariaDB, in a realtime fashion compared to Hadoop's batch queries.Speaking to The Register at the Big Data London conference this month, Widenius said it was "basically an accident that I created this storage engine concept."I hate upgrades," explained Widenius, revealing that the process of upgrading customers' storage software exhausted him, and so he "basically enabled them to use the old storage and the new storage" at the same time.
A number of programmars and students joined 24 hours of intense hacking and pitched their projects on stage at TechCrunch Beijing Hackathon on Sunday held at Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology.The hours-long demo time was filled with 20 teams presentations displaying their thoughts, ideas and power to execute.Hackathon is a nonstop carnival for those that eat, breathe and code.TechNode has added a Hackathon event to its tight agenda since TechCrunch 2015.Most teams took our partner s challenges from online coding education provider Udacity, robot operating system developer Turing Robot, maker of printable open-source humanoid robot PLEN2 and a real-time video call providing company Agora.io to acquire their scholarship.Five teams chose Udacity s mission, two teams chose Turing Robot s mission, seven teams chose Agora.io s mission, and six teams started with something they wanted, and came up with fresh and innovative ideas to win TechCrunch s Pick.Collaboration One: First Aid App Powered by Agora.io s live streaming video FIrst Time team was awarded Agora.io s prize.Liu Qing fifth Team First Time won the first prize, awarded by Agora.io.The team demoed their app combined with Agora.io s realtime video calls.The current problem in the traditional way of calling 911 is that, patients cannot explain their injure effectively, and paramedics don t understand the situation of the patient.Liu Qing second demoed First Time team s app Using Agora.io s live streaming system, people can ask for help showing their injure through the video and the paramedic can tell the patient what to do first, Liu Qing, a 22-year-old student in BIFT as well as the product designer of Team First told TechNode.
Arex, a startup that is taking a marketplace approach to invoice financing for SMBs, thus helping creating another asset class for investors, has picked up €3 million in backing.Leading the round is Finland s Lifeline Ventures, alongside London-based LocalGlobe, and various unnamed angel investors.Currently launched in Finland but with plans to expand to the U.K. at the start of next year, Arex — which stands for Account Receivables Exchange — is setting out to offer another way for cash-squeezed SMBs to access short-term finance.At the same time, rather than simply moving the traditional invoice financing model online, the startup has built a live, automated and algorithm-based trading exchange that lets an SMB set the discount at which they want to sell an outstanding invoice and have investors bid in realtime to offer the best rate.Arex charges 0.25 per cent per invoice financed.We solve cash flow problem of SMBs by creating a live, automated and algorithm-based trading exchange where companies can set their own prices for their invoices, explains Arex co-founder Perttu Jalkanen.
Striim shim prevents stale data Hazelcast in-memory cache corruptionThere is a hot cache integration between Hazelcast and Striim that prevents an in-memory cache being out of sync with its underlying multi-application access database.It means, Hazelcast says, customers can run multiple applications off a single database, while keeping cache refreshes up to date and meeting latency SLAs.Updating the cache quickly means the other apps using the database via the cache get near-realtime visibility of the changes, and prevents the cache holding stale data.Hazelcast is a software supplier of in-memory data grid technology using a grid of servers.Striim, pronounced "Stream", converges incoming multi-sourced, unstructured data and structured data, and builds workflows so it can be analysed.
Security researchers have discovered flaws in the Mirai botnet that might be used to mitigate against future attacks from the zombie network.Scott Tenaglia, a researcher at endpoint security firm Invincea, found a weakness in the HTTP flood attack that Mirai is capable of mounting.Specifically a stack buffer overflow vulnerability in the code that offers a means to crash the process, and therefore terminate the attack from that bot.Flood attacks are the most straightforward and crude way to DDoS a webiste.The flaw might be leveraged to stop such attacks, though crucially not offering a way to prevent other forms of assault.This simple "exploit" is an example of active defence against an IoT botnet that could be used by any DDoS mitigation service to guard against a Mirai-based HTTP flood attack in realtime.
See larger image New Mac apps of the weekThis week s roundup of new Mac apps includes OverSight, an app that keeps an eye on how third-party programs use your Mac s built-in camera and microphone.Plus, new features for Carrot Weather and Speedtest, and more.App Dynamic s $19 AirServer lets you mirror the screen of your iOS device right on your Mac.The app builds on what AirPlay already offers, and provides built-in support for streaming realtime data between devices using end-to-end encryption.It works with any kind of content, including videos and even games, and is perfect for presentations and demos.
It connects groups, systems, and data under purposeful contexts, and it s the application that has improved my working life most significantly.Slack is a human-first operating system for connecting the next generation of business applications, allowing people to collaborate with data and systems, much like they do with each other.The socket based Realtime Messaging API has its advantages but imposes an impedance mismatch between the rest of the Slack platform, which is HTTP based.With the new Beep Boop Slack app, we pushed the boundaries of what is possible, acceptable, and pleasing.We wanted to provide a balance between complexity and convenience for the user while gracefully conforming to Slack s formatting and interaction guidelines.There were seven key lessons and recommendations that guided our approach, thinking, and design decisions.The term uncanny valley was coined in 1970 by robotics professor Masahiro Mori.The distance between the points of familiarity that are barely human and fully human is known as the uncanny valley.Our new bot is decidedly inhuman.Instead it guides you down a predictable path.A Slack app can be a robot, a sidekick, a lifeless notification deliverer, a set of syntactic commands, or an application.It is an appbot with personality consistent with our brand, but first and foremost users should identify with our Slack app as an application and not as a human-like robot.
Twitter Inc. shares soared the most in more than two years Friday after CNBC said the company may soon receive a takeover offer.The beleaguered social media company is engaged in conversations with potential suitors that are said to include Salesforce.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc. unit Google, among others, CNBC said without citing its sources.Twitter may get a formal offer shortly, sources told the network s David Faber.Speculation that Twitter is ripe for a sale has been swirling for months as the company has failed to lure new users, leading to several quarters of stagnant growth and a plummeting stock.The shares were down almost 20 percent this year before the surge Friday.The stock was up 20 percent to $22.28 at 10:48 a.m. in New York.Twitter declined to comment on the report.Microsoft Corp. s $26.2 billion purchase in June of LinkedIn sparked new conjecture on likely candidates for Twitter.Salesforce, which lost out to Microsoft in the bid for LinkedIn, has remained among those seen as candidates, as has Google.Vala Afshar, whose LinkedIn profile says he is the chief digital evangelist at Salesforce, put out a tweet after the CNBC report outlining why a suitor might be interested in Twitter.1 Personal learning network; 2 the best realtime, context rich news; 3 democratize intelligence; 4 great place to promote others, the tweet said.He later tweeted to emphasize that his comments are his own and don t reflect the official view of Salesforce.
If you re wondering why on Earth Salesforce might want to buy Twitter, Vala Afshar, the enterprise company s chief digital evangelist, has a few reasons.2 the best realtime, context rich news4 great place to promote others— Vala Afshar @ValaAfshar September 23, 2016Afshar quickly added that he was tweeting a personal opinion and not confirming today s rumors that Salesforce is interested in acquiring the struggling social media platform.It is so much more than that now, and wants to be an artificial intelligence company on par with Facebook and Google.
As a foreign tech company in china, getting a leg up from a Chinese tech giant can be good for business.Here we listed three foreign companies that leveraged the help of Chinese tech giants to scale their business or lower the cost of expanding in China.1.Mei.com and AlibabaCo-founder and CEO of Mei.com, Thibault Villet encourages attendees to try out their fashion content through VR headset.Mei.com, a luxury and fashion sales website, partnered with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.Villet saw opportunity in Virtual Reality, and believes that this will provide another way to inspire shoppers.Mei.com mentioned a new concept of fashion applications that can link a fashion show in realtime to VR headsets.When we do a fashion show, we will be able to leverage the technology to review and potentially participate in the show.He did not mention if their VR expansion will be in line with Alibaba s Buy Plan, which aims to provide high-quality VR content.2.
Dubai debuts driverless minibus Dubai has unveiled its first driverless bus service, launching a month-long trial period for the electric vehicle with a view to expanding it across the futuristic Gulf city state.The 10-seat vehicle made its first trip on Thursday along a 700-metre 2,300-foot stretch of road in downtown Dubai, near to the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower.Developed jointly by French group Easy Mile and Dubai-based Omnix, the minibus is powered by an electric motor and can hit speeds of 40 kilometres per hour 25 miles per hour .However, many users still click on them -- and Dr. Zinaida Benenson from FAU s Chair of Computer Science 1 has investigated why.The results of the experiment were clear: up to 56 percent of e-mail recipients and around 40 percent of facebook users clicked on a link from an unknown sender although they knew of the risks of their computer becoming infected with a virus.Researchers map locations of 4,669 servers in Netflix's content delivery network When you open Netflix and hit "play," your computer sends a request to the video-streaming service to locate the movie you d like to watch.
Online freight marketplace Freightos has acquired Spain s WebCargoNet to help expand its database of air, ocean, and land freight rates.Terms of the deal acquisition remain undisclosed, though a source close to the deal tells me it is in the seven figure Euro range and is a mixture of cash and stock.WebCargoNet s air cargo rate management will remain as an independent brand alongside Hong Kong-headquartered Freightos own freight rate management solution and the Freightos market.With a mission to bring realtime quotes to the freight industry, Freightos might best be described as a Kayak or Expedia for international shippers.Both individual users and freight forwarders can use the platform to search for and filter shipping options by price, time, route, fees involved, or type of transportation, replacing the old way of doing business, which relied on fax machines an Excel spreadsheets.In addition to the Freightos market, the company offers a product called AcceleRate, which is described as a software-as-a-service to automate pricing and routing for leading carriers, freight forwarders and shippers.
Realtime countdown clocks are the ants of the public transportation system: small but mighty.If people know when exactly their train or bus is coming, they feel that their wait times are shorter even if they re not , and are more likely to forgive delays.Countdown clocks can even help riders feel safer—if they know their ride s 10 minutes out, they can choose to wait near a manned service booth rather than on the deserted platform.Yet so far, the clocks shown up in just a third of the city s 469 subway stations.This month, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of an eight-station, 90-day countdown clock pilot on the N, Q, and R lines, to test a concept that might be implemented everywhere.Now bright and cheery screens mounted in subway stations will predict the exact minute each train will arrive.
Your morning commute may be getting easier.After helping those in Europe find the most efficient public transit routes, the free transit app Trafi is finally coming to the U.S. Now, you can access Trafi s realtime data on routes around your city in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Forth Worth, and Houston.The app promises to combine proprietary algorithms, realtime processing of traffic situations, and crowd-sourced reports to give users the most accurate travel data possible.This unique combination, Trafi claims, allows them to predict travel and arrival times more accurately than other services on the market.Even if you don t have Wi-Fi or service which happens all the time while you re traveling, right?, Trafi features an offline mode that still allows users to access the app s advice.
India unveiled its newest effort to boost transparency and raise pressure on companies and state governments to meet an ambitious target of lighting every household in the country by 2019.The latest in a series of smartphone apps, called Tarang, or Transmission App for Realtime Monitoring and Growth, lists details on existing and planned transmission projects.It also highlights obstacles to federal and state government transmission projects and seeks to hold states accountable for delays in projects.All the digital initiatives we have taken, all these apps we have launched will bring in more transparency, more disclosures, Pradeep Kumar Pujari, the country s federal power secretary, said Wednesday.The app is the fourth launched since 2014 as the power ministry aims to bring more transparency to a sector that has been handicapped by inefficient power distribution.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is using greater public accountability as a tool to achieve his goal of supplying around-the-clock electricity to every home.Achieving that requires cooperation from the states, which control the transmission and distribution of electricity within their provinces.The apps echo the government s push to bring in transparency, accountability and responsibility, said Sambitosh Mohapatra, a partner at PwC India.