We looked at the big picture and distilled the 2016 Exponential Manufacturing conference into the four big themes we saw emerge during the event.Dale Doughtry, CEO and founder of Maker MediaCrowdfunding platforms are fueling the entry of these low-cost machines, like the Makerarm, which raised nearly half a million dollars on Kickstarter, and is the first complete digital fabrication robotic arm that mounts to a desktop.Robotics expert and director of Columbia University s Creative Machine Labs, Hod Lipson, projected how these advances in AI and robotics will converge to create fully resilient and adaptive cloud-connected factories in the future.Shree Bose took this route with Piper, a computer kit for kids to learn engineering through the game Minecraft and the grand prize winner of Google s Global Science Fair.Bose said she only built one scrappy prototype of Piper before beginning the Kickstarter campaign.Hagel said the economy is splitting into two parts—products and services are fragmenting into smaller and smaller pieces, while the platforms knitting them together are getting bigger.
EyeSight's innovation doesn't require new hardware to be built, instead embedding a code into apps or software within existing capabilities on smartphones compatible with VR.Photo: Getty ImagesA start-up that makes technology to allow you to control devices touch-free with gestures has raised US$20 million to accelerate its products, including a new product that allows consumers to make selections on a virtual reality VR headset by touching thin air.Israeli-based eyeSight Technologies received the investment from Chinese conglomerate Kuang-Chi, which manufactures and researches new technologies.The solution from eyeSight Technologies allows a user to simply place their finger in front of the VR headset and move it around.A company that produces VR headsets powered by mobile does not need to build new hardware.The funding will help eyeSight commercialise its solutions and also get a foothold in China with Kuang-Chi now on board as an investor.
Photo: Enoch YiuChina, the world s second largest venture capital market, may have seen a record number of new start-ups last year, but it s struggled on another abstract metric of success -- the output of unicorns, or young companies with a valuation of at least US$1 billion.Premier Li s visit, which the fund managers considered as a sign of government support for start-ups, has helped rekindle interest from venture capital and entrepreneurs alike.Chinese unicorns stand the best chance of spring up from the fields of technology, media, culture, consumption and health care, he said.Technology and entertainment are other fast growing sectors.Internet concepts that only offer information online are not likely candidates.Even if the start-ups fail to reach unicorn status, Guo said they could be successful if they have the right business model and can follow the Chinese saying of accumulate a lot, use little.
The "superbug" now kills 20,000 people each year.Photo: DTKUTOO/iStock/360/Getty ImagesDrug-resistant infections - or "superbugs" – could claim 10 million lives a year and could cost a cumulative US$100 trillion of economic output by 2050 if the world does not act to slow down the rise of drug resistance, a new report warned.O'Neill said that it was fair to assume, at current rates, that over one million people had died since his review had started in 2014.O'Neill is renowned as the economist who coined the term "BRIC" in 2001 to refer to the then- emerging economic powerhouses Brazil, Russia, India and China.O'Neill noted that many of the urgent problems posed by AMR are economic, "so we need an economist, especially one versed in macro-economic issues and the world economy, to create the solutions."O'Neill noted that the U.K. and China had already agreed to contribute US$72 million each into a new "Global Innovation Fund" to research AMR and called for other governments to contribute.
The odds are less in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, yet the share of million-dollar homes there has nearly quadrupled since 2012."Once a rarity, the million-dollar home is now fairly commonplace" in numerous U.S. markets, said Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist for Trulia.In the Oakland metro area Alameda and Contra Costa counties , the share has jumped from 5.2 percent to 19.7 percent.Lagging behind are the Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Diego, New York and Seattle metro areas.Nationally, the share of million-dollar homes has modestly risen from 1.6 percent to 3 percent.Advertisement The price appreciation here reflects a Bay Area-wide problem: the lack of housing supply amid a robust tech economy that creates jobs -- and the demand for more housing.The cycle "is not sustainable," said Matt Regan, senior vice president of public policy with the Bay Area Council, which recently conducted a poll showing massive frustration over housing prices among residents.Paul Sakuma/Associated Press Trulia also has computed percentages for scores of neighborhoods in the 10 U.S. metro areas with the highest share of million-dollar houses.In the Bay Area, the neighborhood with the steepest increase is Westwood Park, near St. Francis Wood in San Francisco.All four are in proximity to the Caltrain station in San Mateo, as well as to Highway 101: Ease in getting to work clearly means something to homeowners and adds to the value of a house.
Photo: ShutterstockAs the Chinese healthcare market continues to boom, Ping An Good Doctor, a medical service mobile app, backed by Ping An Insurance Group , announced on Thursday a Series A funding round of a total of US$500 million.Set up in April last year, the app has hit a reported valuation of US$3 billion, with 77 million registered users and more than 50,000 doctors, Xinhua reported.The app has recruited 1,000 full-time medical professionals and partnerships with 50,000 doctors from public and private hospitals as of last month.Domestic Internet giants and various investors are racing to raise funds to compete for the dominant position in China s digital healthcare market.Tencent-backed doctor appointment website Guahao.com, reportedly with links to 100,000 Chinese doctors and 37 million users, raised nearly US$400 million in September last year, led by Hillhouse Capital, Goldman Sachs and Tencent Holdings.Ali Health, Alibaba s healthcare subsidiary, launched a mobile application in Beijing late last year to connect doctors from grassroots medical institutions and nearby residents.
The attackers netted ¥1.4 billion in cash from ATMs located in convenience stores across the country using counterfeit credit cards.Sources told local media the 1600 credit cards used in the attacks contained account information from an unnamed South African bank.Tokyo is working with South African police through INTERPOL to investigate the theft and bank breach, Mainichi.jp reports.Up to 100 people are thought to have hit the ATMs across 16 prefectures including Kanagawa, Osaka, Aichi, and Fukuoka in the early hours of 15 May in what amounted to a staggering 14,000 transactions.Carder gangs often employ teams of footmen to hit ATMs in coordinated raids.The crims compromised the bank network to roll-back transactions while other crooks emptied ATMs.
Cloud-Enabled AgilityOracle s experience launching the Accelerated Buying Experience shows two sides to how cloud applications bring a new level of speed and flexibility to a global, strategic project.What follows are four examples of how the Accelerated Buying Experience gives Oracle customers and salespeople alike a better experience, made possible by increased process automation and more customer-friendly practices.It s cutting down on the cycle time it takes to sell something, plus the number of iterations salespeople need to go through to get the quote correct and get exactly what the customer wants, Doyle says.Less IT Support RequiredA lot of the strategic levers that business leaders pull—from new product offerings to price changes—require changes to a CPQ system.Now it s all self-managed by the business, which speeds up the product introduction cycle, Juvara says.And, modernizing the purchasing process is only the first phase of Oracle s internal cloud transformation.
It's IPx67 waterproof, so it won't matter if you get caught in the rain, and it can top up on a Qi wireless charging pad although you'll have to bring your own - you only get a USB-to-headphone-jack dongle in the box for wired recharging.Still, that helps keep the price down: US$69 makes it one of the cheapest fitness trackers around.It'll go nine hours between charges, store up to 4GB of music locally or stream directly from Spotify, and sync your activity data with RunKeeper, Strava, MapMyRun, Google Fit and Under Armour Record.it'll shut down any duplicate features and show pace, distance and speed info on your wrist.If you just want GPS tracking, it can last for five days in a low-power mode, sending a text message to let you know where it is - a bit like Bluetooth tracker Tile.It's running Android 5.0 underneath, even if you can't see it, so Pebble expects there will be plenty of clever hacks to get extra features out of it.
Digit links to your online bank accounts and watches your earning and spending patterns to discreetly choose a dollar amount for you to save, and automatically moves it out of your bank account and into a savings account for you.If your linked account has seen better days, and there s not a lot of consistent money coming in, Digit will only save a few dollars here and there.Now when I go to buy something I want, I know I ve already saved, and the amount I m seeing in my checking account is more representative of the money I m allowed to spend without totally wrecking my savings plan.You won t be able to retire off your Acorns portfolio—there are much better ways to do that—but it s a great set it and forget it option to have in addition to a 401k or Roth IRA.Acorns costs a dollar a month, so it won t make you money until it s grown enough to pay for itself, but that s still money put aside, invested, and not being spent.Before you pay bills, buy groceries, and fill your car with gas, you should set aside a portion of your hard-earned money for your future.
Exchange rates can trip you up when you re traveling, making you spend a lot more that you expect.On the flip side, you can save some money when the dollar is strong.GOBankingRates looked at exchange rates and a few other factors to put together a guide to spending money in other countries.GOBankingRates analyzed data and information on tipping etiquette, currency exchange, ATM availability, credit card acceptance, and entertainment costs for 42 of the most popular travel destinations.Here are a few countries where the US Dollar is particularly strong this year:BrazilExchange Rate of Brazilian Real BRL : 0.29 USDAverage Cost of Dinner for Two: $28.42JapanExchange Rate of Japanese Yen JPY : 0.0092 USDAverage Cost of Dinner for Two: $38.70South AfricaExchange Rate of South African Rand ZAR : 0.064 USDAverage Cost of Dinner for Two: $27.20For the rest of the list, check out their chart below, then head to their full post for their guide to spending money in all of these countries.Ultimate Guide to Spending Your Money in 42 Countries This Summer GOBankingRates
The hype of that era is long gone, overwhelmed by a political and economic crisis that regularly fills the front pages of global newspapers.While Brazil s overall GDP fell 4 percent in 2015, the tech industry has been largely immune to the slowdown, growing 20 percent from 2014-2015.The entrepreneurs and investors were wagering that these newly empowered consumers would snap up furniture, shoes and baby supplies at record rates.Full disclosure: My company, Gaveteiro.com.br, was nominated in the B2B category .Dr. Consulta, a chain of low-cost, technology-enabled health clinics serving poor areas, won Most Impactful.Eight of their last 10 investments listed in CrunchBase have been in these two categories.
Freelancer-finding site Fiverr has booted out users offering distributed denial of service attack for-hire groups for as low as US$5.Fiverr is a service that connects buyers with professionals like designers and developers, many of whom offer their services for not much more than the price of a beer.One booter bandit told the pair they could use the stresser against any site but advised against targeting government domains."This just goes to show that even DDoSers have some moral compass, as well as a healthy fear of the government," the pair say.The five-bucks-an-hour services represent a new low.The price plunge may be due to the use of hacked infrastructure including home routers to power the booters, while various request amplification tricks can be leveraged to flood targets with large amounts of traffic.
As spring has truly sprung and summer is just around the corner here in the US, many travel brands will be upping their game to capture the imaginations and dollars of soon-to-be vacationers searching for their next big trip.US travel sales online are expected to surpass $190M in 2016, according to eMarketer forecasts, with business spurred on by low unemployment and an increase in disposable income thanks to low gas prices and a strong dollar.With that increased spending power comes increased opportunity and increased competition, so marketers need all the help they can get, both to reach those consumers looking for vacation deals and to do so efficiently and with an excellent ROI.We looked at a sample of approximately 300 million impressions, driven by 150 million ads across the travel sector, to understand what combinations of ad copy titles, descriptions and so on resulted in quality interactions between advertisers and consumers.Staff authors are listed here.John has been overseeing search advertising campaigns for over 10 years.
The Bangladesh bank heist was pulled off with the help of custom malware that was designed to interfere with the software used by banks to perform transactions on the SWIFT global financial network.The Brussels-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication SWIFT , a cooperative society owned by thousands of financial institutions, recently warned customers it is aware of "a number of fraudulent payment cases where affected customers suffered a breach in their local payment infrastructure."These latest attacks that sought to abuse the SWIFT infrastructure are part of a larger trend observed over the past two years in which cybercriminals have targeted financial institutions directly instead of going after their customers.FireEye declined to comment on the new investigations mentioned in the Bloomberg report, but the company has recently published research about targeted attacks against banks in the Middle East.Last year, security researchers from Kaspersky Labs identified three separate cybercriminal groups that used malware programs to infect bank systems and steal money.The Trend Micro researchers did not name the targeted banks but said six of them are located in the Asia Pacific region and the other two are from the U.S. and Europe.
Photo: Nora TamWeighed down by a weak economy and the largest restructuring in its corporate history, Chinese technology giant Lenovo Group Thursday unveiled plans for a more aggressive investment strategy to turn around its flagging smartphone operation after reporting its first annual net loss in six years.I hope the market will be better than last year, Lenovo chairman and chief executive Yang Yuanqing said at a media briefing in Hong Kong.The company, which operates in more than 160 countries, mainly attributed that loss to restructuring costs of US$596 million and one-time charges totalling US$327 million, which included a write-off of its smartphone inventories as part of a reorganisation at its mobile unit announced in August.Lenovo initiated a sweeping organisational revamp in March to help boost sales and drive innovation at its operations, especially in the smartphone business where other Chinese suppliers have overtaken it on the mainland and various overseas markets.Jefferies Hui, however, pointed out that there might be something more needed.We continue to see that Lenovo holds limited advantages and lacks a coherent strategy in a slowing and competitive smartphone market.
But the jury in U.S. District Court found that Google made "fair use," under copyright law, of Java elements that help different software programs work together.Similar exemptions allow artists and critics to quote or reuse small portions of someone else's work in a larger essay or creation.Oracle and its allies simply argued that the company should be paid for the use of its code.Google co-founder Larry Page testified in person, while Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison appeared on video.Google welcomed the jury's finding in its own statement.You can follow Brandon Bailey at https://Twitter.com/BrandonBailey or find his reporting at http://www.bigstory.ap.org/journalist/brandon-bailey
Since then—less than a year—projects totalling nearly $50 million, about half raised at Kickstarter, have had creating firms go bankrupt, teeter on the edge of partial failure, or have seen a significant delay.After Coolest pushed back the delivery date by months between its choice to upgrade some features and typical production delays, the company began shipping some units in July, even as workers went on strike at the factory originally contracted to make the blender s motor.The company s founder said it needed the infusion of cash from Amazon sales, and it would need $15 million to complete production for units owed.And Kickstarter and Indiegogo have removed campaigns that don't pass the smell test, reported by site visitors or popping up in the radar of internal teams devoted to making sure projects don t violate guidelines.But there s a distinct difference between dance, publishing, theater, comics—to name a few crowdfunding categories—and electronics and consumer products that require building a manufacturing operation to make real.I ve launched four book projects and funded two one print and one ebook , and my profile at Kickstarter says I ve backed 76 campaigns there.
Since then—less than a year—projects totalling nearly $50 million, about half raised at Kickstarter, have had creating firms go bankrupt, teeter on the edge of partial failure, or have seen a significant delay.After Coolest pushed back the delivery date by months between its choice to upgrade some features and typical production delays, the company began shipping some units in July, even as workers went on strike at the factory originally contracted to make the blender s motor.The company s founder said it needed the infusion of cash from Amazon sales, and it would need $15 million to complete production for units owed.And Kickstarter and Indiegogo have removed campaigns that don't pass the smell test, reported by site visitors or popping up in the radar of internal teams devoted to making sure projects don t violate guidelines.But there s a distinct difference between dance, publishing, theater, comics—to name a few crowdfunding categories—and electronics and consumer products that require building a manufacturing operation to make real.I ve launched four book projects and funded two one print and one ebook , and my profile at Kickstarter says I ve backed 76 campaigns there.
Water resistance and core customisation aren't things I normally expect from mid-range phones.Tellingly, though, it's nothing like the performance hit I've heard from multiple first-hand sources and experienced myself in older Moto Gs since the move to Android Lollipop.If video-watching and game-playing is a big hobby, be sure to consider the Huawei Ascend G7.But to get two days' use out of it you'll need to use it lightly or make good use of the Battery Saver mode.2014 Moto Gs suffered from substantial lag, which doesn't seem to affect the new models, particularly the 2GB RAM one.Motorola Moto G 2015 dealsThe manual exposure dial makes getting ultra-high contrast photos like this a cinch The greenish hint to the sky is one of the few colour balance missteps the Moto G made While the Moto G can get good detail at night with a still hand, this shot required a few attempts I manually took the exposure down on this shot for a moodier look This is a good example of the high-contrast images you can get from the Moto G The HDR mode can overdo things - this picture is bright and punchy, but doesn't look natural Check out the green on this- it's highly saturated without looking remotely unnatural The HDR is dead effective, but has caused some contrast issues on the left side of the frame The 'Auto HDR 'mode in action, giving a dynamic range boost without the full-on HDR effect This is a great example of how well the Moto G can cope with strong light sources HDR adds some visual drama to this scene, but I wouldn't mind it being 5% subtlerPrices - Motorola Moto G 2015 :Motorola Moto G 2015 dealsMotorola Moto G 2015 dealsThe 2015 Moto G takes a slightly different approach to its predecessors, despite its initial similarities.
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