Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet’s smart city subsidiary, released its massive plan Monday to transform a slice of Toronto’s waterfront into a high-tech utopia.Eighteen months in the making and clocking in at 1,524 pages, the plan represents Alphabet’s first, high-stakes effort to realize Alphabet CEO Larry Page’s long-held dream of a city within a city to experiment with innovations like self-driving cars, public Wi-Fi, new health care delivery solutions, and other city planning advances that modern technology makes possible.Previously, Sidewalk Labs called it “a neighborhood built from the internet up.” But on Monday, Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff went a step further to describe it as “the most innovative district in the world.”Sidewalk Toronto’s original pitch was to build a high-tech community on a mostly vacant 12-acre patch of an industrial waterfront site called Quayside, just east of the city’s core.Ten new buildings of mixed-use development consisting primarily of thousands of new residential units, as well as retail and office spaces, all made from mass timberA proposal to extend the city’s light-rail system to serve the new neighborhood
Trash is a new startup promising to make it easier for anyone to create well-edited videos.Social video is an area that CEO Hannah Donovan knows well, having previously served as general manager at Vine (the video app that Twitter acquired and eventually shut down).She said that in user research, even though people had “really powerful cameras in their pockets,” when it came to editing their footage together, they’d always say, “Oh, I’m not technical enough, I’m not smart enough.”Donovan, who also worked as head of creative at Last.fm, said she “got curious about whether we could use computer vision to analzye the video and synthesize it into a sequence.”The result is the Trash app, which comes with a straightforward tag line: “You shoot, we edit.”Donovan demonstrated the app for me last week, shooting a few brief clips around the TechCrunch New York office, which were then assembled into a video — not exactly an amazing video but much, much better than anything I could have done with the footage.
Committee members questioned whether "Fortnite" has proper restrictions in place to keep players, and more specifically children, from spending too much time or money on the game.Representatives from Epic Games said they don't believe the game is addictive — refuting statements made by Prince Harry in April, who called the game "irresponsible."Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Speaking during a mental health conference in April, Prince Harry called "Fortnite" irresponsible and said the game was designed to keep players "in front of the computer for as long as possible."Matthew Weissinger, Epic's director of marketing, told the committee that the game does not directly monitor the age of its players, and there is no specific age requirement to play.However, Epic does not implement measures to prevent or ban children from playing "Fortnite" if they manage to access the game on their own.
Barring exceptions for antique vehicles and contraptions of that ilk (think Hagerty), car insurance is, for the most part, kind of a one-size-fits-all sort of industry.Creating insurance products that tailor to specific brands hasn't really been explored all that much, which is why Porsche has decided to take that route and offer its owners something unique and, above all, helpful.Porsche on Thursday announced that it is launching a mileage-based car insurance program.Offered in partnership with Mile Auto, Porsche said in its press release that this insurance "meets the unique needs of Porsche drivers by limiting costs to actual miles driven, plus a low base rate."After all, not every Porsche owner is driving the industry average of 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year.Porsche's car insurance will track the mileage of each vehicle in a ridiculously simple way: Just take a photo of the odometer and send it to Porsche.
Hopper, a Montreal startup that leverages AI and machine learning to suss out the best available travel rates, is expanding its pricing predictions to hotels around the globe.It today announced that the Hopper app now covers over 270,000 properties in 230 countries across 1,600 major cities, up from 200 hotels across 20 U.S. markets in late 2018 and one beta market (New York) just over a year ago.“Most consumers miss out because they spot check prices about a month before their trip or wait until the last minute.Often times, the best deals can be found 2-3 months in advance.”The newly expanded hotel-tracking feature, which will roll out to Hopper users on iOS this week with Android compatibility forthcoming, features filters for cities, neighborhoods, prices, ratings, and amenities to narrow down searches.As before, instructing Hopper to “watch” a point of interest has the app forecast and track prices continuously, issuing a push notification as soon as prices drop.
The disposal of assets required to sugar the pill of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger looks likely to be completed by US cableco Dish.The latest goss comes from Bloomberg, which has been chatting to people who reckon they know what they’re talking about.These mysterious oracles say Dish is ready to drop $6 billion on prepaid operator brand Boost as well as a bunch of other unspecified stuff.Since Boost has been valued at around $3 billion that’s quite a lot of unaccounted for expenditure.Since US regulators would ideally like a new national operator to be created before it will allow two of them to marge, this probably means some spectrum and whatever else Dish needs to become a viable MNO.Apparently the WSJ had written a similar story last week so these telecoms Deep Throats are being nice and busy.
Apparently Huawei thinks Verizon owes it a billion bucks in unpaid patent licence fees, but a US Senator want to block its ability to sue.The Senator in question is Marco Rubio, who has form with Huawei as you can see from the tweet below.According to Reuters Rubio filed legislation yesterday designed to block Huawei from seeking damages in US patent courts.The move was an apparent reaction to Huawei getting in touch with Verizon to demand the US operator cough up for 230 of its patents that it used without paying for the privilege.Head of Huawei attacked me for wanting restrictions on their research with our universities.They’ve made fortune through theft,unfair practices & spying for China.
Slowing down the progress made by Huawei on the global stage might be a win for the White House, but US firms are not seeing the benefits as some are reportedly lobbying against the infamous ban.In a televised interview this morning, Huawei Founder Ren Zhengfei suggested sales forecasts will be negatively hit by the firms debut onto the US ‘Entity List’, taking two years to get back onto the 2018 trajectory.For the White House, this might be vindication of its aggressive anti-Huawei agenda, but not everyone is happy about how events are unfolding.Let’s no forget that while the White House might seem against globalisation trends right now, the success of these firms is largely based on the idea of free-trade and capitalising on the rapid evolution of international markets.As a result, Lumentum’s sales forecast is now $30-35 million less for the year.Xilinx is another chipmaker which has been impacted by the ban on selling components to Huawei, and there are others as well including Intel and Qualcomm.
“Israel has the deep skill base in AI”Intel has launched a start-up initiative in Israel with the aim to foster innovation in artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.The project, named Ignite, will take in 10 to 15 Israeli start-ups which will then be mentored by Intel employees over the course of a 20 week programme.Over those 20 weeks the start-ups will receive mentoring from Intel and industry experts on an array of business critical areas such as technical impediments, human resources, as well as product and business management.Ignite will be based in Tel Aviv and is expected to begin working with start-ups this year.Initially the programme is only targeting Israeli start-ups, but Intel expects to expand the project out to further countries.
A pair of shapeshifting aliens with electrifying powers and mad breakdancing skills threaten the safety of Earth's inhabitants in Men in Black: International.The fourth installment in the popular franchise hits theaters this weekend, and this iteration is the first not to star Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.Fortunately, former Thor: Ragnorak co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson prove themselves worthy successors to that dynamic duo, bringing their own brand of wisecracking buddy-cop chemistry to this standalone sequel.The first Men in Black film (1997) was an instant classic and pretty much cemented Will Smith's status as a mega-star.Smith's chemistry with co-star Tommy Lee Jones was a sheer delight, and the original was rounded out by an equally terrific cast.Somehow she finds the US headquarters of the most secret organization in the world, which, as she points out to uber-posh Agent O (Emma Thompson, reprising her role in MiB III), pretty much makes her perfect for the job.
Seven years have gone by since the first publication of the strawberry plant's complete genoma (Fragaria vesca), and all the information necessary to understand the thousands of biological processes going on within these plants, became available to the international scientific community.It is not such a long time for the Plant Biotechnology and Pharmacognosy research group at the University of Cordoba, a group that has spent over 20 years working on understanding strawberry defense strategies.What José Luis Caballero, José Garrido, José Higuera and Juan Muñoz have done is characterize, for the first time, a specific gene family, VQ genes, and explain their direct relationship to protein transcription factors that either activate or block the expression of certain genes related to the stress response that pathogens cause.Thus, they were able to identify part of the strawberry's defense system headquarters, specifying some of the response strategies when under enemy attack.This characterization performed at a basic level, as in at a molecular level, was published in the journal Scientific Reports, and carries with it an immediate effect on applied research, because it lays out information especially valuable in order to continue progressing in the genetic improvement of such an important plant for the Spanish economy.Not for nothing is Spain the largest producer of strawberries in the E.U.
Sjukhusrobotar, autonomous, four-legged machines, for a two-sided screen, as the interpreters between the deaf and the hearing.Ask at the Umeå institute of design the university has presented its master thesis.a Total of 44 theses, including research projects, presented at the Designhögskolans's annual Design Talks & Degree Show.There is also an explanation for the students 'high employment, at least eight out of ten have a job before the thesis is presented," says Jens Persson, communications officer at the Designhögskolan.it is Linked to the robot, there is a use of drones to scan the forest, and the topography of the site, in advance, in order to make the robot's job as easy and productive as possible.on one side, to be interpreted in sign language to a computerized voice, and the other side is in transition, the voice of the sign, which is displayed on the screen.
Boris Johnson is leading the contest to become Britain's next Prime Minister after receiving 114 votes, well ahead of runner up Jeremy Hunt who got 43.Andrea Leadsom, Mark Harper and Esther McVey are out of the race after failing to garner enough votes.Further rounds of voting will whittle down the list of candidates until a winner is announced in late July.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.
In the course of the past few days, protests in Hong kong, many of the protesters communicated with each other by means of encrypted messages on the popular app, Telegram.According to The Next Web struck, however, the service is out for a couple of hours on Wednesday, after the so-called " distributed denial-of-service attacks have been directed against the Telegrams of the servers.According to the Telegrams, the ceo, Pavel Durov carried out the attacks from ip addresses in China, which could mean that the chinese government is behind the whole thing.The massive protests are the result of a heavily criticized draft law on criminal suspects can be extradited to the mainland.the Protesters are concerned that this may lead to that the citizens in Hong kong, ends up in chinese jails solely because of anything they have said or written.
Pinterest has reportedly banned anti-abortion group Live Action for spreading misinformation and spreading conspiracy theories.The influential group had published videos linking Planned Parenthood to the harvesting and sales of fetal body parts.Live Action, which has 3.3 million followers on social media, tweeted a letter it said was sent to it by Pinterest informing the group it had been "permanently suspended" from the platform for spreading "harmful misinformation.""We don't allow harmful misinformation on Pinterest," a screenshot of the letter from Pinterest reads."That includes medical misinformation and conspiracies that turn individuals and facilities into targets for harassment or violence."Pinterest users deserve to know the truth and our messages deserve to be treated fairly.
Garmin just upped its dashboard game by integrating Amazon Alexa with its DriveSmart 65, the company’s top-of-the-line, voice-controlled navigator.Now drivers can have two digital voice assistants in the same device, with Garmin voice ready to help with travel and Alexa for everything else that Echo smart speakers can do.The DriveSmart 65 with Amazon Alexa premium edition is Garmin’s most advanced and largest “road-trip ready” navigator with a 6.95-inch diagonal, edge-to-edge, high-resolution display and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for software and map updates.The Alexa-enabled features in the premium edition work in addition to the earlier DriveSmart 65 model’s array of travel and navigation abilities.Alexa won’t take over the Garmin’s nav features, but you can ask Amazon’s voice assistant to check the news and weather, update your calendar, create to-do lists, and set timers and alarms.Ask Alexa to play songs from your favorite artists from Amazon Music or music subscription services such as Pandora, SiriusXM, and iHeartRadio.
Facebook has been slammed for privacy failures and scandals, and like social media in general, it's been called out for feeding loneliness and depression.I've been tempted to follow suit, but I stay, in part, for Chonky.One Chonky mod asked members to share what the group means to them -- and got over 1,000 replies.Chonky founder Tori Diaz gets messages from group members who want her to know how Chonky has cheered them up during their most stressful moments."What hit me the hardest," Diaz says, "were the people responding saying the group has helped them through suicidal thoughts, depression and severe medical problems."I visited Chonky one day when a young woman expressed thoughts of self-harm.
There have been plenty of whispers in the back alleys of Silicon Valley of the antitrust boogeyman and now the nightmares are turning into reality.Speaking at an industry conference in Israel, Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim outlined his views on competitiveness in the technology industry.Those who were anticipating an antitrust battle in the US can feel suitably vindicated, as Delrahim effectively confirms he has Google and Apple firmly in the crosshairs.“There has been robust public discussion about whether the broader economy, undoubtedly transformed by digital technologies, is working well for everyone.”Although this is not necessarily shocking news, it is a nuanced confirmation of the up-coming assault against big tech.The House Antitrust Subcommittee announced the launch of a bipartisan investigation into competition in digital markets, potentially offering a threat to solid foundation of the technology giants.
There’s a new “walk of shame” these days—when you’re leaving the grocery store without your reusable bags and have to use up yet another plastic sack destined for the landfill (or, even worse, a body of water).To help rub a little salt in that enviro-guilt wound, agency Rethink has created a line of embarrassing plastic bags (labeled with fake businesses) that will be handed out by East West Market in Vancouver.So unless you want to be sporting a bag from “Into the Weird Adult Emporium,” “The Colon Care Co-op” or “Dr.Toews’ Wart Ointment Wholesale,” you might want to remember your canvas totes before your next stop at this small grocer.“So many people own reusable bags but forget to bring them,” says Leia Rogers, managing partner and creative director at Rethink.“By redesigning these grocery bags, we’re hoping to get people out of the cycle of purchasing plastic bags every time they come to the checkout.”
Bitcoin BTC is the most popular cryptocurrency on Reddit with an average of 3,600 comments about the digital currency being posted every day.That’s according to a new research paper by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which analyzed three years worth of discussions on Reddit from January 2015 to January 2018.As part of their study, the researchers sought to measure the speed and scale at which discussions about Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Monero spread.The paper says cryptocurrencies “are disproportionately used by criminals and hackers, and their use has political and economic implications.”“The way information about these novel distributive technologies spreads across online social platforms shapes online and offline discussions, and could potentially influence peoples’ beliefs and decision making.Thus, it is crucial to understand, explain, and anticipate the social behavior and communication patterns in the social environments surrounding cryptocurrencies to understand these phenomena and devise appropriate responses,” it adds.