The Chinese government has issued a set of standards to promote the use of sustainable packaging materials in the logistics industry, where companies including Alibaba-backed Cainiao, JD.com, and SF Express serve millions of online shoppers every day.The standards were issued in a meeting of senior post office officials, in which State Post Bureau Director-General Ma Junsheng presided over the passing of a series of guidelines, including those aimed at setting up national standards for green packaging in the express industry.During China’s 2018 Double 11 shopping festival—held on November 11 every year—nearly 2 billion packages were delivered in the 10 days following the event, a 25% increase from 2017.In the leadup to Double 11 last year, environmental organization Greenpeace said less than 10% of packaging material in China gets recycled.The country faced 160,000 tonnes of packaging waste after the 2017 event.At the postal meeting, Ma said a green revolution is a “political task,” dictated by the central government and echoing down to industry players.
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.Barghest Building Performance (BBP) (Singapore)BBP uses a combination of sensor tech, software, and engineering design to cut the amount of energy used by air-conditioning systems in commercial and industrial buildings.It claims that its technology can cut electricity consumption by as much as 35 percent, and major brands including IT giant HP and Shangri-La Hotels are on its client list.Amount raised: US$33 million series B
Traveloka has acquired three online travel agencies (OTAs) – Indonesia’s Pegipegi, Vietnam’s Mytour, and the Philippines’ Travelbook – for US$66.8 million earlier this year.It’s a sign of Traveloka’s expanding presence in the region and increasing dominance of the OTA sector at home.Before the acquisition, all three companies were subsidiaries of Japanese company Recruit Holdings.In a statement from January, Recruit Holdings stated that its entire holdings of the three companies are transferred to Jet Tech Innovation Ventures Pte Ltd, a company registered in Singapore.That company’s sole shareholder is Jet Tech Ventures Pte Ltd, which is wholly owned by Traveloka and counts CEO Ferry Unardi as a director.We have reached out to Traveloka for comment.
Thermal-sensing cameras mounted on drones may offer a safer and more cost-effective way to locate nests of the elusive European nightjar in forestry work and construction areas, according to new research presented at the British Ecological Society's annual meeting in Birmingham today.Ecologists from Cardiff University recently conducted a pilot study in Bryn, a Natural Resources Wales managed conifer plantation in South Wales, to test the suitability of drones to detect nest sites of the protected European nightjar."The current methods of searching for nightjar nests on foot are expensive and can pose a health and safety risk for people, particularly when accessing clearfell worksites", said Mike Shewring, a PhD student at Cardiff University."Nightjars are camouflaged to look just like a fallen log or dead wood.They nest on the ground and 'sit tight' when approached to avoid detection, which makes it nearly impossible to spot them during the day when they are inactive", he added.Images were taken at various heights (10, 20 and 50 metres) at dawn, midday and dusk.
The “great firewall” segregates China’s cyberspace from the rest of the world.Websites like Google and Twitch are blocked in the country, and content deemed inappropriate by authorities is heavily censored.But despite the information gap, it turns out that Chinese netizens are curious about many of the same topics and issues as their global counterparts.In China, one streaming platform recorded more than 4.3 billion individual views of Russia 2018 matches.China also shared its obsession on Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle with the rest of the world.Disasters were also on people’s minds everywhere: Hurricane Florence, which raged through the US East Coast in September, was the second most searched news on Google.
We’re all familiar by now with Amazon and the ridiculously broad range of goods it offers, but the online retail giant is reportedly drawing a line with its cheaper products in order to increase profit margins even further.The Wall Street Journal has heard from “major brand executives and people familiar with the company’s thinking” that Amazon is waging war against its CRaP (Can’t Realize a Profit) products, as they are apparently referred to internally.These products are typically snack foods and beverages that weigh in under $15.Due to their relatively high weight or size, they are costly to ship despite their low value, and don’t make Amazon enough of a profit as a result.Big brands at Amazon's mercyAn example provided by WSJ is the recently-removed six-pack of bottled water from Coca-Cola Co, which was cheap, heavy, and had to be shipped by Amazon.
With the Internet being people’s primary gateway to today’s services, web browsers have often been the target of hackers and security researchers trying to discover potential vulnerabilities.One such vulnerability has been discovered by Tencent’s Blade security team and nicknamed “Magellan”.While it affects a large chunk of browsers that use the open source Chromium engine, including Google Chrome itself, this time it isn’t the web browser that’s at fault.Instead, it’s the SQLite database that’s used not just by Chromium but by hundreds if not thousands of apps as well.SQL a type of relational database that is used in a large number of applications, from holding data served up in websites and blogs to the pieces of data stored by mobile apps on your smartphone.There are many implementations of SQL, including heavyweights like MySQL and PostgreSQL, but SQLite has been favored by many apps and developers precisely because it is lightweight, simple, and easy to use.
Rumors of the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III being announced by early 2019 could hold a grain of truth, with images of the upcoming compact appearing online late last week.Rumor site Nokishita has published the images, which were revealed by certification agencies, along with a short list of specifications.The leaked snapper is the successor to the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II – one of our favorite travel compacts – and if rumors are to be believed, it will feature built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for a easy transfer of images to a smartphone for uploading to social media.It has also been suggested that the camera will boast a 24.1MP 1.0-inch CMOS sensor with a burst speed of 10fps.According to Nokishita, the lens on the upcoming snapper will be a 8.8 - 36.8mm f/1.8 - 2.8 lens (the current Mark II model sports a 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8), along with a NB-13L battery that’s already in use in the PowerShot G7 X Mark II and gives up to 265 shots.Unlike the older version, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III is rumored to be capable of 4K video.
Bouncing, daring each other to jump higher, higher, higher.For those encased in a space-time vacuum that consumes all sound and light, here is your primer.A free-to-play third-person shooter making its fortune through in-game microtransactions, Fortnite is the current King of the Battle Royale genre, a type of video game that pits online players against one another and forces them to fight to the death until one remains.Smaller, indie games like Florence, Dead Cells and Celeste also came to the forefront.Was it the moment Antoine Griezmann, with 900 million people watching worldwide, scored a penalty in the World Cup final and celebrated with Fortnite's "Do The L" emote dance?For me the moment I walked into the supermarket and saw Fortnite on the cover of Woman's Day -- Australia's biggest weekly magazine -- was difficult to top.
SnapLogic won't stage an IPO anytime soon because CEO Gaurav Dhillon wants to take his time and get it right, he tells Business Insider.Many tech companies have gone public only to see their share prices collapse.The secondary market for privately traded equity is now so well-developed that investors can still sell their stock, reducing the pressure to go public, he says.Backed by $136 million in investment from the likes of Andreessen Horowitz, Vitruvian Partners and Capital One, the enterprise cloud-software-integration platform is likely worth more than $1 billion.There are now efficient secondary markets for privately traded equity, so investors and employees can still sell their stock for cash if need be, reducing the pressure to go public."I've seen horrible things happen to companies that went out too quickly"
Variety is good, so I'm always interested in testing out wearables that don't run the most popular OSes.Huawei's latest smartwatch, the Huawei Watch GT, falls into this category, as it runs the company's LiteOS rather than WearOS.While the Chinese company has primarily focused on its smartphone business this year, going the extra mile to put its own OS on this smartwatch shows that it's serious about wearables (at least, for the time being).The 46mm case features a ceramic bezel and a stainless steel shell, and it was a massive presence on my wrist.My review unit came with a brown leather band, and combined with the large case, it gave the watch what some would consider to be a traditionally masculine aesthetic.They also suit the device's 5 ATM water resistance that lets you to swim with it.
Amazon is building an air hub at Fort Worth Alliance Airport in Texas.The air hub is expected to be fully operational next year, and will operate on the side of the airport also used by FedEx."AMZN's threat to UPS/FDX is growing and this is also a way for AMZN to save billions on shipping," according to Morgan Stanley analysts.Watch UPS, FedEx and Amazon trade live.Amazon is expanding its reach in air delivery with a new air hub in Texas, and that's a threat to legacy delivery giants UPS and FedEx, according to a new analysis from Morgan Stanley.Amazon said earlier this week that it planned to build a regional air hub at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, which would support a handful of daily flights and infrastructure for sorting packages.
Looking good there, Star Trek: Discovery.Not long after dropping a new trailer, CBS has released a fun little behind-the-scenes featurette for the second season of Discovery, highlighting the more grandiose look and feel of the upcoming episodes.In it, creator Alex Kurtzman talks about a deliberate shift in visual style, in an attempt to make the show more film-like, an extension of the universe that feels more in keeping with the big-screen recent history of the series.There’s also good discussion of the role of Pike in the early part of the season, and the drive to, at least a little bit, provide a coherent history of this part of the Trek continuity, weaving the new ideas of Discovery into the untold parts of the early series history.There’s also some new footage here and there, and all told it looks sharp.How well will Discovery grow in its second season?
Nigel Farage has told Brexiteers they must prepare for a second EU referendum.The former Ukip leader made the call at a Leave Means Leave rally and on Sunday morning reports have emerged that Theresa May allies have met with Labour MPs to discuss a re-run of the Brexit vote.“My message, folks, tonight is, as much as I don’t want a second referendum, it would be wrong of us on a Leave Means Leave platform not to get ready, not to be prepared for a worst-case scenario,” he said, at the rally in central London on Friday night.He said campaigners should “move into a different gear” and “start forming branches and active groups all over this country”.May’s defacto deputy PM David Lidington and her chief-of-staff Gavin Barwell have denied any formal meetings with Labour remainers such as Chuka Umunna and Chris Leslie have taken place.But it comes after May returned from Brussels empty-handed after pleading with EU leaders for legally-binding changes to the controversial Northern Irish backstop plan.
Back in September, Amazon announced a huge number of new Echo products, without filling in too many details about when they would be available.It looks like the launch of one of these gadgets, the Amazon Echo Auto, has now been pushed back to 2019.While Amazon hasn't said anything officially, the product page for the Echo Auto has scrubbed any mention of "this year" from the listing, AFTVnews notes.Interested punters can still sign up to try and nab an exclusive invitation, but now there's no promises as to when those invitations are actually going to go out.Another tweak to the Echo Auto description suggests only Google Maps is going to be supported at launch, with Apple Maps and Waze support following at some point later on – worth bearing in mind if you're thinking of signing up.The Amazon Echo Auto is currently being promoted at a knock-down price of $24.99, with a full retail price of $49.99 (at the moment only US customers can sign up for an invite).
The Oura Ring 2 is an exciting ring-shaped health tracking device that measures something a little different from all the other calorie-focused trackers out there.In theory it can help you to feel better, perform better, and make smarter decisions regarding health and training.This is the second iteration of a relatively-underground product that launched on Kickstarter a couple of years ago.To my mind, fitness trackers have huge untapped potential to help us measure our daily activities, mental performance, and physiology in actionable ways.If you’re want to lose weight, a Fitbit or similar alternative can be a useful tool for tracking calories, but as I’ve explained on the site before, those measurements are imperfect and the entire strategy has its issues.The Oura Ring 2 places its focus elsewhere: on providing deeper, more actionable data around sleep, stress, and recovery.
Even as other companies worked to match the early success of the Nintendo Entertainment System, the company has shown a dedication to innovation and family fun that has inspired each of their follow-ups.While some of the company's consoles have certainly been more successful than others, Nintendo's constant push towards new ways to play games has proven beneficial for companies across the video game industry.With Nintendo's emphasis on family-focused gaming, the Wii U tablet was designed to allow children to play on the smaller screen while their families were using the living room TV.However, the tablet essentially turns into a brick when you walk out of range of the console, making it very limited indeed.The added requirement of developing games with the tablet in mind, and Nintendo's lackluster online gaming infrastructure, led to a lack of games from third party publishers, as well.The Nintendo 64 helped video games take the leap to 3D with a significant upgrade in power compared to its predecessor, the Super Nintendo.
The precise location of NASA’s InSight lander within Elysium Planitia is now known, thanks to images captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.The InSight lander touched down on the Martian surface on November 26, with NASA scientists confident it had settled somewhere along an 81-mile-long (130-kilometre-long) ellipse chosen as an ideal landing zone.But it’s exact location within Elysium Planitia—a flat lava plain just north of the Martian equator—wasn’t known until now.A zoomed-in view of the InSight lander.Its two solar panels are clearly visible as the brightest spots.The inset photo is a selfie taken by the lander a few days ago.
Computing pioneer Evelyn Berezin died at 93 this week.She was most known as the designer of the first true word-processing computer.But she designed many other innovative computing systems and helmed Redactron Corporation, a company that helped transform offices by producing and distributing her word-processor device.The evolution of computer displaysBorn to Jewish immigrants from Russia in New York City in 1925, Berezin earned a BA in physics at NYU before working throughout the 1950s and 1960s designing early computing systems.She had become interested in physics after reading her brother's science-fiction periodicals.
Costco is selling Apple computers — including the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac — at its online store.If you're a Costco member, you can get discounts between $50 and $200, with AppleCare+ thrown into the deal for certain models.One of the best deals is the new MacBook Air for $200 off Apple's pricing.Costco has started selling Apple computers online to Costco members, with discounts ranging from $50 to $200.One of the most notable offers is the new MacBook Air, which starts at $1,200 is you buy it directly from Apple.It's a price that some tech reviewers feel is more appropriate for the laptop that's viewed as the go-to entry-level model for anyone who wants an Apple laptop experience.