As a manager, I view it as my responsibility to provide every engineer with a realistic and achievable growth plan they can execute against.We worked together closely after this, but the fact that she now “owned” it made it immediately obvious to me how much my limited availability had been holding this project back.Step 2: Agree on what you are buildingUntil all stakeholders agree on what your goals are, every attempt at implementation will stall.One of the questions that came up repeatedly for us was: is this codification of the status quo or is this aspirational?The breadth of roles affected will greatly change the competencies you choose to codify, and the level of abstraction you need to use.
The use of visual search in marketing and retail is on the rise, with more than 60% of consumers citing it as the top technology for their digital shopping experience.Recently, online property listing site PropertyGuru launched its own visual search feature called PropertyGuru Lens.Tech in Asia reached out to chief technology officer Manav Kamboj and director for consumer product technology Vivek Kumar to get a glimpse of its inner workings as well as the challenges the team faced and the lessons it learned.Kumar: To activate PropertyGuru Lens, focus your phone’s camera on any residential building and the underlying technology analyzes and interprets the image in your line of sight.The concept of “lens” was inspired by several factors:Our consumer research revealed that users increasingly see property search as a mobile experience.
Game of Thrones season 8 finished last week, marking the end of quite possibly the most popular and largest scale television show ever made.In case you've been living under a rock that swallows all sound and light, people were a little disappointed.This week there was no new episode, but there The Last Watch -- a behind-the-scenes documentary that goes into detail on the massive production that was Season 8.It's hardly the complete rewrite some are asking for, but it has gone a ways to softening some of the harsher reactions.I mean just look at this opening!God bless you behind-the-scenes dog.
The following is an adapted translation of this article written by Li Meng and published by Sina Tech.Recently-IPO’d coffee startup Luckin Coffee has gotten a lot of media attention.As a Luckin senior executive recently said, “a lot of popular industries are worth doing over again with the internet.” That’s what the startup’s trying to do with coffee.Its rise has been astonishing: in just half a year, it surpassed Costa Coffee in terms of China outlets (12 years after entering the nation) – and right now, after three years in existence, it’s looking like it might beat Starbucks, which has been in China for 20 years.Support quality journalism and content.This content is exclusive to subscribers.
“Our vision is to push technology to its limit,” AMD CEO Lisa Su said in her opening keynote remarks at the Computex trade show in Taipei.“It’s all about industry firsts and introducing technology that wasn’t introduced before.” That innovation is its 7nm architecture, which is now available in data center, gaming, and processing technology.Now, it is pushing the 7nm technology into its Navi graphics, Zen 2 cores for its Ryzen processors, and its Rome processors for Epyc data centers.The Ryzen 7 3700X will be AMD’s entry-level model, which boasts eight cores and 16 threads and a base speed of 3.6GHz that can go up to 4.4GHz with boast.When combined with AMD’s Navi Radeon RX 5700 — a new GPU based on AMD’s 7nm architecture — on an x570 motherboard and PCIe Gen 4, Su’s demo shoed that the 3800X was able to perform 3D Mark’s PCIe Feature test up to 69 percent better than Intel’s Core i9-9900K coupled with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics.The Ryzen 9 3900X has a base clock of 3.8GHz that can go up to 4.6GHz on boost, comes with 70MB of total cache, and operates on a 105-watt TDP.
Huawei said on Sunday that the company’s current products and services would not be affected by restrictions on participating in alliances with several global standard setters.“Huawei will continue actively participating in related standard and industrial organizations and build a benign, fair, open, and sustainable industrial ecosystem,” said the company in a statement (in Chinese).The Wi-Fi Alliance, which sets the standards for wireless technology whose members include Apple, Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Intel, said last week that it had “temporarily restricted” Huawei’s participation in activities in compliance with the US government’s blacklisting , according to Nikkei Asian Review.The US government placed Huawei on a trade blacklist that bans the transfer of US technology to the Chinese company without a license on the grounds of national security.The group told Nikkei Asian Review that the decision was made to “comply with US Department of Commerce orders.”“The reason why standard organizations, open-source communities, and industrial associations work is that all of their activities follow the principles of transparency, openness, fairness, and non-discrimination,” Huawei said in the statement.
Asset management company Ion Pacific completed a US$7.3 million investment in tech-driven life insurance company Singapore Life.It made the investment alongside Singapore Life’s original shareholders as part of a series of transactions, according to a statement.Western insurance companies Aflac and Standard Life Aberdeen also participated.The investment gives Ion Pacific exposure to the life insurance market in Southeast Asia, a “key focus region” for the company, said principal Kristaps Ronis.Singapore Life, which was founded in 2014 and started operations in 2017, uses its own digital platform for insurance approval.It has previously acquired Zurich Life’s life assurance business in Singapore, taking over all of the policies of Zurich’s customers in the city-state.
At Computex 2019, AMD is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and it has unveiled AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors and Navi graphics cards.These chips, based on a 7nm Zen 2 manufacturing process, bring higher core counts, faster clock speeds and more power efficiency.Finally, AMD unveiled the Ryzen 9 3900X, with 12-cores and 24 threads and a boost clock of 4.6GHz for the first time in the mainstream market.This chip, when compared to the Intel Core i9-9920X in Blender was 18% faster for half the price.These improved clock speeds and IPC boosts promise better performance not only for general computing, but might actually take Intel's throne when it comes to the best processors for gaming if AMD's benchmarks can be trusted.And, will set you back $329 for the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, $399 for the Ryzen 7 3800X and $499 for the Ryzen 9 3900X.
Which are the startups that are on the path to becoming the next big thing?In this regular post, we give you an overview of the companies that have raised money in the past week, as well as those we think investors should look at.Online travel agency Mafengwo raised a US$250 million funding round led by Tencent with participation from General Atlantic and Qiming Venture Partners.The startup has reportedly grown its gross merchandise volume by more than 100% year-on-year for the past four years.AI healthtech startup Biofourmis raised US$35 million in a series B round led by Sequoia Capital India and the venture fund of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company.Openspace Ventures, Aviva Ventures, SGInnovate, EDBI, and Chinese healthcare startup Jianke participated in the round.
Snap Inc. is reportedly in discussions with major record labels to add more music to Snapchat, as the company looks to better compete against rivals such as massively popular TikTok.The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported that Snap is seeking broad rights to the music catalogs of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group.This will be a departure from the music licenses that Snap currently holds, as they are on a case-by-case basis.Snap wants to “expand the ways users can include music in posts,” and securing licenses from the major labels will allow Snapchat users to enjoy musical features similar to the ones offered by TikTok, as well as Instagram Stories.The two apps offer features to add short clips from popular songs to posts, and it appears that the plan is to enable the capability on Snapchat as well.Snap rolled out lip syncing to Snapchat’s Lens Challenges in December last year, which combined lip sync videos with augmented reality effects.
AMD turned 50 this year, and it's celebrating the old-fashioned way: By announcing new processor architecture.At Computex 2019 the chipmaker announced a slew of new processor units, both central and graphics, running its new 7nm architecture.On the CPU side is the Zen 2 range, while the GPUs fall under the new Navi umbrella.The "one last thing" moment of the press conference, which kicks off days of Taiwan's annual computer extravaganza, was the Ryzen 7 3900X CPU.A competitor for Intel's top-of-the-line Core i9 9920X CPU, the 3900X features 12 cores and has a boost clock of 4.6GHz.It runs on 105 watts, versus the 9920X's 165w and, more importantly, will retail for $499 upon its July 7 release.
The world may be focused on unicorns, but Tech in Asia is looking out for the diversity of startups looking to break out.“Unicorn” is a vanity term anyway.Given how the Lyft and Uber IPOs have performed, perhaps it’s time the industry focuses on operational metrics rather than mindless growth.For every WeWork, there’s a JustCo, a US$200 million co-working operator that’s trying to set itself apart.A unicorn itself, Bukalapak is carving a distinct path from larger rival Tokopedia by opening its platform to international users.And while Honestbee’s stumbles have cast doubt on online groceries, Metromart in the Philippines is confident it can be profitable.
For a preview of the top-shelf Android phones that'll arrive in 2020, check out the Arm Cortex-A77 processor design -- and the 20% speed boost it should bring to smartphone chips.Some companies, like Apple, license only the chip instruction set, the interface that software uses to command a chip.Licensees combine those chip brains with other components, like Arm's new Mali-G77 graphics processing unit, into a single package called a system on a chip.Arm announced the new chip technology at the Computex show in Taiwan, along with plans by MediaTek to use it in chips coming early in 2020.Better performance is important for getting more out of our phones.We're holding onto our phones longer, but when we do upgrade, speed lets us tap into new features, like useful speech-to-text transcription, video editing and gender-swapping Snapchat filters.
As with last year’s Cortex-A76, the Cortex-A77 is designed for premium tier applications demanding Arm’s signature low-power consumption.Everything from smartphones through to laptops and quite likely beyond.With the Cortex-A77, Arm has targeted the maximum instructions per cycle/clock (IPC) performance increase it could manage over the Cortex-A76.A fair chunk of this huge projection was accomplished with the major microarchitecture shift with the Cortex-A76, higher modern clock speeds, and the move from 16 to 10 and now 7nm manufacturing with 5nm to follow.This puts us well on the way to Arm’s 2.5x target, although mobile devices with limited power and thermal budgets aren’t expecting to see all of these gains.If you want a comparison with the desktop leaders, AMD managed a 15 percent IPC boost between Zen2 and Zen+, while Intel’s IPC has remained virtually static for years.
Alongside its new Cortex-A77 CPU core, Arm has unveiled a next-generation GPU destined for next-generation smartphone SoCs.The Mali-G77, not to be confused with the new Mali-D77 display processor, marks the departure of Arm’s Bifrost architecture and the move over to Valhall.Arm boasts up to a 40 percent graphics performance boost with next-gen Mali-G77 devices compared with today’s Mali-G76 models.Handily, this lets us make some speculative performance assessments against existing chipsets.Looking at the popular Manhattan GFXBench benchmark, a 40 percent performance boost opens up a sizeable lead against current generation hardware.Qualcomm’s next-generation Adreno chip will need its own significant performance upgrade to keep the playing field level.
Following our briefing at Arm Tech Day 2019 and coinciding with the kick off of Computex 2019, Arm has unveiled two key new entries in its CPU and GPU lineup.The Arm Cortex-A77 takes high-end CPU performance to new heights.Meanwhile, the new flagship Mali-G77 GPU marks the dawn of a new graphics architecture as Valhall replaces Bifrost.If you’re after all the nitty-gritty details, be sure to check out our deep dives on both the Cortex-A77 and Mali-G77.Expect 20-30 percent more performance next-genNext-generation processors are always targeting better performance and in the case of Arm without increasing power consumption.
Based in Shanghai, Lee said in an interview that she once had to call up a startup founder’s wife, who thought her husband was neglecting their family, to explain that the man frequently slept at the office because he was working hard to raise a new round of financing to keep their company afloat.At GGV, she has been instrumental in investing and helping eight early-stage startups go public on the New York and Hong Kong stock exchanges, as well as on the Nasdaq-style ChiNext board of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.Her past investments on the mainland include smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp, video-based social network operator YY, high-end electric scooter maker Niu Technologies, and data center services provider 21Vianet.“A lot of my investment decisions derive from my life,” said the Singapore-born Lee, who credits her deep understanding of China’s tech market to being constantly curious and open to new information.Her decision to invest in Tangdou, the operator of a social media app that teaches elderly people how to dance, was based on her observation of middle-aged Chinese men and women dancing for hours at a public square.It features tutorials that break down the choreography for a variety of dance styles, including Chinese folk dance, jazz, ballroom, and even hip-hop.
2nd-gen Epyc, 3rd-gen Ryzen 7 and 9 processors, Navi GPUs, Intel 10nm CPUs, etcAMD and Intel both teased details of their upcoming processors on Sunday at Computex, the computer industry's annual jamboree in Taiwan.AMD's second-generation Zen-based 7nm Epyc data center processor, codenamed Rome, is, we're told, launching Q3 2019.The chip designer also touted RDNA, its all-new architecture for its forthcoming PCIe 4.0 7nm Radeon GPUs.This technology will appear alongside an AMD Zen 2.0 CPU in the next Sony PlayStation, and in upcoming Radeon RX 5000 graphics cards: we're told the RDNA-Navi-based RX 5700 series will go on sale from July.GCN will still be used for some other stuff.
Microsoft, no stranger to rolling out quirky limited edition versions of its consoles, is reportedly planning to release a very purple Xbox One S as part of a Fortnite bundle.German website WinFuture claims that it has acquired multiple images of the Xbox One S Fortnite Limited Edition bundle, with a 1TB Xbox One S console and a matching wireless controller in multiple shades of purple, contrasted by a white Xbox logo.The striking color, described as Gradient Purple, is clearly inspired by the space-constricting storm in the wildly popular Battle Royale mode of Fortnite.The report added that the console and controller will come with a “shine” finish for a glossy appearance, though that is hard to discern by looking at the leaked images.The bundle will not only come with hardware, as WinFuture said that buyers will also receive a copy of Fortnite; 2,000 V-Bucks, which is Fortnite‘s in-game currency; and a one-month subscription to Xbox Live, EA Access, and Xbox Game Pass, to maximize the console’s online experience.The bundle also comes with the Dark Vertex skin that follows the purple theme.
Game of Thrones season 8 finished last week, marking the end of quite possibly the most popular and largest scale television show ever made.In case you've been living under a rock that swallows all sound and light, people were a little disappointed.This week there was no new episode, but there Last Watch -- a behind-the-scenes documentary that goes into detail on the massive production that was Season 8.It's hardly the complete rewrite some are asking for, but it has gone a ways to softening some of the harsher reactions.I mean just look at this opening!God bless you behind-the-scenes dog.