It has been a tradition since 1991 for China s state television broadcaster, CCTV, to co-hold an annual gala with government agencies on March 15, World Consumer Rights Day, for the sake of protecting consumers rights.The program this year featured mostly tech companies, including the biggest e-commerce site, Taobao, and the food delivery unicorn Ele.me, exposing their acts of infringement and fraud.Let s have a look at what Chinese consumers are complaining about and how companies responded to the charges.Photo from Baidu ImagesEle.meSafe and healthy foods are almost like a luxury product for Chinese people.Reports allege that this platform has provided food from unsanitary, and even unlicensed, restaurants due to the loose process Ele.me employs to authorize a restaurant to operate and the slack regulations they use.Ele.me responded through its official WeChat account saying, Dear consumers, we pay close attention to the problems reported and have formed a new task force to investigate the license validity of all restaurants, and will delist all illegal restaurants.On Thursday, Ele.me announced it had delisted 25,761 illegal restaurants.This still didn t save Ele.me from being singled out by CCTV for criticism.Last December, Alibaba invested USD 1.25 billion in Ele.me, pushing its valuation to USD 4.5 billion.Photo from www.jiqiren365.comDJIThe red-hot drone maker is also on the blacklist .Experts expressed concerns that once a security hole emerged on smart terminals or equipment, criminals could take advantage of the loophole to remotely control the equipment, threatening the physical and property security of consumers.
Allo is a messaging app that employs Google Assistant to help out users in their conversations.It can be used to find things quickly within a conversation, for example a restaurant when you re planning dinner.The app also offers Smart Reply, which suggests quick message responses based on the content and context of what s being discussed.View photosMore Google The app is based on a user s phone number, so it is not limited to those who choose to sign up or create an account on the platform before being able to use it.Google says the aim of Duo is to make video calling faster and more reliable, and again is based on a user s phone number, making contact with anyone in your contacts easier.As part of the central message of openness and accessibility, both apps will be available on both iOS and Android when they launch later in the summer.
The next social app from Google is Allo, a chat app that focuses on Expression, The Google Assistant, and security.Allo is based on your phone number, and Google suggests that their three topics of focus "make Allo really special."This feature allows you to drag a bar up or down to resize the text you're sending.When this feature was introduced at Google I/O 2016, the audience basically flipped out for some reason we cannot yet figure out.You'll also be able to send photos you've taken with scribbles on top - notes or drawings, made on the fly.Allo works with Smart Replies.
Google has taken the wraps off Google Home, its push to bring the Google Assistant into the heart of the family, and push back at Amazon's Alexa in the process.The same is true for video, with the ability to request clips and movies to stream via a Chromecast plugged into a TV.Text messages can be sent by voice, restaurant bookings made or adjusted,However, there'll be support for various smart home products, including Nest and a variety of the "most popular" lights and more.In the future, Google says, it expects Google Home to support things like ordering a car, sending flowers, making purchases, and more by voice.As for the services Google Home offers, it sounds a lot like what we saw Viv demonstrate earlier this month.That, developed by the team responsible for the original Siri, does a similar sort of contextual linking of services.
Executives at restaurant food delivery startup Deliveroo may have felt a chill down their spine on Tuesday as Amazon announced tentative steps to move in on their territory by launching a restaurant food delivery service over the pond in Manhattan, New York.Deliveroo is arguably the best-known restaurant food delivery company in the UK but one of the startup's early employees is aware that there are other companies eyeing up the space it operates in.Last Wednesday, before Amazon announced it was going to deliver food from 350 eateries across Manhattan, Dan Warne, Deliveroo's managing director for the UK and Ireland, told Business Insider: "I m sure there will be some much bigger fish who consider entering the market at some point.But we feel we re in a very good position."Deliveroo, founded by former investment banker Will Shu and Greg Orlowski in 2012, pays a fleet of riders to pick up food from restaurants and deliver it to customers at their homes and offices."Restaurants don t necessarily have a back entrance to handle drivers or a second kitchen to handle deliveries," explained Warne.Warne said Deliveroo plans to put the RooBoxes in areas where there isn t necessarily high footfall.Tommi's first started using the RooBox in February.Tommi's manager Robert Magnusson told Business Insider that the RooBox has allowed Tommi's to test new markets and expand with low financial risk and overheads.The results of the test will be based around how drivers feedback on it.
But that didn't stop some homeowners and business owners telling the BBC this month that the lycra-clad groups, typically made up of males in their twenties and thirties, are becoming a bit of a nuisance.Stephen Foster, a bookseller from Chiswick, told the BBC that he calls the gathering close to his shop "the Deliveroost.We're a retail business and what you want is people to feel comfortable walking past your shop and going into it.Otherwise that customer gets exceptionally upset about that inability to order and the restaurant likewise if they cook food and there isn t a driver to pick it up.As order volumes get much larger, they become more predictable and less volatile, allowing us to staff drivers at more of an exact level vs. that order volume.We work with our consumer base themselves to give us feedback on where they see things like that.They represent our brand, they go into the restaurants.Its really important they re the right type of person so consequently, while there may have been an article about riders congregating together, you ll see in the article there is nothing that stipulates they have done anything wrong, which is why it s quite interesting that it was a BBC News at 10 article.We re going to act on it and take it seriously but it s going to happen, it s human nature.NOW WATCH: Bumble founder: Men should stop putting these 4 things in their profilesLoading video...
A screenshot of Allo's predictive replies.The messenger has a wide variety of stickers you can exchange with others, and the Whisper Shout function lets users decide how big or small they'd like to send their message to give the impression of volume NO MORE ALL CAPS WHEN YOU'RE SHOUTING!!!!!OpenTable, for instance, is working with Allo to help users make reservations at a restaurant if they're talking about going there later that evening.The app was built by the WebRTC team using a new protocol called Quic.Duo is supposed to work in low-bandwidth situations to minimize video lag frustration.The app proactively monitors the connection and degrades performance, Google said, adding that it can switch from Wi-Fi to cellular as needed.
New York may be the city that never sleeps, but as far as eating is concerned, we do that all the time.On-demand food services are all the rage in this buzzing metropolis, and now, Amazon Prime has gotten into the game, officially offering free delivery from over 350 restaurants across Manhattan by way of its Prime Nowservice.Amazon Prime members across Manhattan have already experienced the convenience of ultra-fast delivery through Prime Now, said Gus Lopez, general manager, Amazon Restaurants.Previously, Amazon offered free delivery as a limited time offer, and it looks like that offer is now here to stay, so you ll never have to pay to get your food sent straight to you.And better yet, Amazon promises, If a customer finds a restaurant item that is priced higher than the regularly priced item on the restaurant s current online menu within 24 hours of placing the order, Amazon will refund the customer the price of the item.So if you re feeling hungry at some point today and don t feel like taking a stroll, consider taking advantage of your Amazon Prime membership instead.
GIFChinese restaurants can be really fun and lively places, where family and friends gather around giant banquet tables to talk, drink, and laugh together—all while eating food that s constantly being spun around a Lazy Susan.Anatola Howard s short animation Giraffe Soup captures the essence of eating Chinese food at a Chinese restaurant perfectly.It s also really great because it tells the story from the perspective of a kid, which translates perfectly to any outsider who s looked at the dishes on the table and wondered what in the heck they were about to eat.
Google I/O: Google attempts to monopolise mobile life even further with video app Duo and smart messaging app Allo that can reply for youGoogle is attempting to compete with WhatsApp, Snapchat and iMessage with two new messaging applications that hope to keep people using its services, and inputting information, even when they re communicating.Allo and Duo will be available on Android and iOS this summer and claim to take a fresh look on how people connect – either with friends or family or in a business environment.Allo AlloGoogle AlloIntegration with Google s newly announced Google Assistant is a key distinguishing feature of Allo, which learns how you interact and can even reply for you depending on the context of the message or even a photo thanks to image recognition technology.This includes weather, flight details, maps and sports scores and Assistant can even perform tasks like booking a table at a restaurant.Crucially for businesses, Allo offers end to end encryption for chats with an incognito mode similar to the one in Chrome.Messaging has become an increasingly important battlefield for technology companies that want to keep users in their ecosystems for as long as possible so they view more ads and provide more information.
The short version: Nintendo will soon involve a supervisory committee in making top-level executive decisions.Meanwhile, a Nintendo-themed restaurant seems like a simple-enough expansion for a company that already operates physical businesses such as the Nintendo Store—though, clearly, we'd love to see an official Nintendo diner—and a pun-filled menu.The choice of adding "computer software" to that list, on the other hand, seems particularly curious—especially since Nintendo's existing list of engaged businesses includes terms that sound very much like computer software, particularly the broad term of "contents such as games, images, and music."Is Nintendo planning to create and sell a phone-like system loaded with productivity apps?Rumors continue to swirl about what shape the Nintendo NX will eventually take, including statements from Nintendo executives indicating that the NX will serve as a successor to neither the Wii U nor the 3DS.Also worth noting: Nintendo's current engaged businesses include relatively dormant entries such as "office equipment and tools" and "sporting equipment," presumably from the Japanese company's hundred-plus years of existence along with its genesis as a playing-cards company .
Step aside Alexa, Google has its own voice-based digital assistant: Google Assistant.While it lacks a proper or even pretty name, this could be the mother of all voice-activated assistants."Our ability to do conversational understanding is far ahead of what other assistants can do," said Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who announced the new assistant from the Google I/O 2016 developers conference keynote stage on Wednesday.It will let users manage and access schedules, find out about traffic, track packages, and ask Google Assistant general interest questions.Google Assistant will actually work during conversations and automatically try to help with, for instance, dinner reservations the group is discussing.It will also bring in outside, relevant information like restaurant cards, the kind you normally see in Google Now and Google search results , and then guide users through setting number of diners, time to dine and making reservations with Open Table.
View photosMoreIo keynote-126Watch out Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, Google has a new messenger app on the loose.You can ask the Google Assistant questions while inside Allo; you can even play games.You can even pull other users into the process, by asking @google what restaurant you should eat at, you'll see suggestions and the group can all decide.You can even take advantage of "Smart Replies" to quickly reply to a message inside Allo with the right context or response.All Allo messages will be encrypted as is the trend with messenger apps , but Allo will also have an incognito mode to make your messages even more private.Allo will be coming to iOS and Android later this summer.
Photo: Lizet Vlamings Two years ago founded Iliana Björling Lindenberg their coupon startup Done Deal in Uganda - now it has been acquired by Kenyan restaurant guide, Eat Out Africa. When Breakit talk with Iliana Björling Lindeberg over Skype, she warns that it can be broken. I worked closely startup community here and saw what potential there was, especially in e-commerce, she says. Afterwards also heard the Kenyan restaurant site Eat Out of Africa itself. Since the end of the year, Done Deal and Eat Out therefore negotiated and recently got the deal done. The potential is huge given the fact that the mobile market is growing rapidly in Africa.
Ruby Tuesday managed a significant reduction in its drop-off rate.Ruby Tuesday now has better analytics on factors such as employee retention and training, helping business leaders understand the engagement level of employees.Improving the application process is just one part of a broader digital transformation across the business at Ruby Tuesday, including elements such as shifting more of the company s marketing to digital channels.Reduced IT support, increased innovation focus: Ruby Tuesday s HR team still needs IT support for some activities, but now less of that HR-related IT effort is spent on maintenance activities.With the time saved on application maintenance, Collins HR analysts and the HR IT team can spend their time on more strategic goals, such as exploring whether to use options like those raised by the Oracle optimization team.Collins HR team piloted its first HR system implementation within four months, a breakneck pace for such a large organization.
The amount of money being invested into food delivery startups declined rapidly in the first quarter of 2016, according to research from venture capital analysis firm CB Insights.Grocery and restaurant delivery companies raised $609 million £416 million in the first quarter of the year, down from $2 billion £1.4 billion for the final quarter of 2015.CB Insights' data shows that food delivery startups are set to raise half as much money in 2016 as they did in 2015.In 2015, $5.4 billion £3.7 billion was raised by some 259 food delivery startups, up from 58 in 2012.London's Deliveroo raised a $100 million £68 million funding round in November 2015, while Berlin's Delivery Hero raised $110 million £75 million in June 2015.The most well-funded food delivery startup to date hails from China, with Shanghai-based ele.com raising $2.3 billion £1.6 billion from investors at Silicon Valley fund Sequoia, Chinese tech giant, Alibaba, and many others."US-based companies have attracted 45% of food delivery deals since 2012, followed by India with 18%, China with 10%, and Germany with 6%," wrote CB Insights on its blog."However, the dollar breakdown looks rather different."China s five mega-rounds since 2012 three to Ele.me and two to Womai contribute to the nation s 41% share of food delivery dollars over the five-year period, even as it took just 10% of deals.Germany has racked up six $100 million mega-rounds: three to Delivery Hero, one to HelloFresh, and two to FoodPanda."Of Germany s food delivery mega-rounds, investor Rocket Internet participated in four.
No matter what it is, no one should have to encounter that kind of evil, says what sounds like Michael McDonald, as images we saw in the first trailer—angry Victorian ghost lady, Times Square transported through time, and the logo sprayed on the subway—flash by.All four of these actresses are giving a masterclass in reaction shots here.The shots of the firehouse continue to be slightly odd, since their headquarters appears to be in a Chinese restaurant later.And we see the angry Victorian lady slime Erin Gilbert Kristen Wiig again.Erin: Someone is creating a device that amplifies paranormal activity.It seems so out of character compared to everything else we ve seen, I almost want to say this is a flashback to the event that caused Erin to leave the paranormal—and Abby—behind for a respectable university career.
No matter what it is, no one should have to encounter that kind of evil, says what sounds like Michael McDonald, as images we saw in the first trailer—angry Victorian ghost lady, Times Square transported through time, and the logo sprayed on the subway—flash by.All four of these actresses are giving a masterclass in reaction shots here.The shots of the firehouse continue to be slightly odd, since their headquarters appears to be in a Chinese restaurant later.And we see the angry Victorian lady slime Erin Gilbert Kristen Wiig again.Erin: Someone is creating a device that amplifies paranormal activity.It seems so out of character compared to everything else we ve seen, I almost want to say this is a flashback to the event that caused Erin to leave the paranormal—and Abby—behind for a respectable university career.
Chinese restaurants can be really fun and lively places, where family and friends gather around giant banquet tables to talk, drink, and laugh togethe r— all while eating food that s constantly being spun around a Lazy Susan.Anatola Howard s short animation Giraffe Soup captures the essence of eating Chinese food at a Chinese restaurant perfectly.It s also really great because it tells the story from the perspective of a kid, which translates perfectly to any outsider who s looked at the dishes on the table and wondered what in the heck they were about to eat.
Two buildings at the site between Ravenswood and Oak Grove avenues will be demolished, and former tenants Iberia restaurant, Los Salonez and Cindy's Nail Spa 2 have already relocated or shuttered their businesses.According to Pike & Co., the 25,000-square-foot building will be built to a LEED Platinum rating, the highest standard issued for energy-efficiency by the U.S. Green Building Council.AdvertisementThe Schmidts are known for their work on sustainability and climate change issues through their Family Foundation and the 11th Hour Project.Pike & Co., as well as Lane Partners and Hillspire, declined to divulge details about the acquisition, referring to a news release."Maybe looking at opportunities where we can perhaps provide facilities for them to reach into the community."Following the Schmidts' purchase, Sares Regis Group of Northern California was made the project's development manager.The project includes a secure bicycle storage room with showers in the first level of a two-story underground garage; two public electric vehicle charging stations on a public right of way; three public bike racks along Alma; and an indoor-outdoor conference room separated by a large, operable glass wall.
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