Traveloka, the Indonesian travel unicorn, has launched a new home protection insurance scheme for Eid, or the close of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.This is a time when many Indonesians visit their hometowns, thus leaving their houses empty and susceptible to criminal activity.“During Ramadan and Eid, many families leave their homes to visit relatives for a relatively long time,” said Yady Guitana, Traveloka’s head of global partnerships.“With Traveloka’s first home protection insurance product, we hope to alleviate our users’ worries and anxiety.”The insurance scheme, which can be purchased through the Traveloka app, insures homes from incidents like fire or burglary for a 30-day period, starting from the user’s departure date.There are two coverage options: 20 million rupiah (about US$1,380, at a payment of US$1 per person) and 50 million rupiah (about US$3,450, at a payment of US$2.40 per person).
Sometimes it’s hard to describe what a weird day is for me anymore.Shouting encouragement to my first robot vacuum named after a Jetsons character?Playing a demon-killing badass in a sequel game I’ve waited over a decade for?But taste-testing a hot sauce made by an erotic game-hosting website that’s actually called “Hentai Hot Sauce?” This is off the scale even for me.Still, I’m not one to let a bizarre opportunity like this slip me by, and for some reason TNW agreed to let me tell you guys how it is.Hentai Hot Sauce comes from the people of Nutaku, a sort of Steam for porn games.
Perceptics confirms intrusion and theft, stays quiet on detailsExclusive The maker of vehicle license plate readers used extensively by the US government and cities to identify and track citizens and immigrants has been hacked.Its internal files were pilfered, and are presently being offered for free on the dark web to download.Tennessee-based Perceptics prides itself as "the sole provider of stationary LPRs [license plate readers] installed at all land border crossing lanes for POV [privately owned vehicle] traffic in the United States, Canada, and for the most critical lanes in Mexico."On Thursday this week, however, an individual using the pseudonym "Boris Bullet-Dodger" contacted The Register, alerting us to the hack, and provided a list of files exfiltrated from Perceptics' corporate network as proof.We're assuming this is the same "Boris" involved in the CityComp hack last month.
Mercedes-Benz's SL63 may not be long for this world thanks to emissions regulations in Europe, according to a report Tuesday by Mercedes Benz Passion.If you're asking yourself why just the SL63 when there are lots of other 63 models that happily meet emissions, it's because the SL uses the old 5.5-liter engine rather than the newer, cleaner 4.0-liter unit.Given the kinds of numbers that the SL63 sells in, it makes more sense to kill it off than retool it for the new engine and all its added complexity.Given that the emissions troubles are coming from Europe, it's unclear whether Mercedes will continue to sell the model here in the US, but that seems unlikely considering the waning popularity of convertible models in the face of SUV sales.Now, the current iteration of the Mercedes-Benz SL (known as the R231 chassis) is getting more than a little long in the tooth.The chassis debuted back in 2012 and was face-lifted back in 2016, and neither version really did justice to the famed SL nameplate.
Getting flustered because you have to find your phone and tap on a prompt every time you log into your accounts from a new device is peak first-world problems.But if you ever had any doubt whether it really made you that much safer, Google has the data to dispel that uncertainty.If you’re not familiar with two-factor authentication (2FA) or two-step verification, it’s all about using an extra layer of security to prove the person logging into an account or device is really you.Even if someone steals or guesses your password, they won’t be able to access your information without another authenticator.Sometimes that means typing in a code you received on your smartphone or tapping on a prompt on a separate device.If you need more security, you could even get a physical device that connects to your computer to verify your identity.
The biggest compliment I can give Brightburn is that, when it ended, I would have sat through a sequel immediately.Directed by David Yarovesky, produced by James Gunn, and written by Brian and Mark Gunn (brother and cousin to James, respectively), Brightburn is the kind of movie everyone says they want these days.A high-concept, original idea that asks more questions than it answers and is destined to spark conversation when you walk out the cinema.A film that takes a familiar story, flips it on its head, and puts it in an unfamiliar genre.Meaning, a Kansas couple is shocked when an alien craft crashes on their farm and, inside, they find a baby they raise to be their own.Where Superman chose to use his powers to save the world, Brandon goes in the opposite direction.
“We can’t just knock on someone’s door and tell them that they are going to become a drug addict…”Meera Kanhouwa has seen the impact of America’s opioid epidemic all too first hand.As a veteran emergency medicine physician, she estimates that she has personally treated 70,000 patients with opioid-related afflictions: from pregnant addicts whose babies are born suffering from withdrawal symptoms, to thousands of overdose patients; some arriving at the emergency room dying; all at risk of relapsing.Once at the medical front line of the country’s opioid addiction crisis – where abuse of prescription pain killers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl is estimated to cost taxpayers $78.5 billion yearly and kill hundreds of victims daily – the Potomac-based doctor is now a managing director at Deloitte, and the face of a new predictive analytics tool built by the professional services giant on DataStax Enterprise and Google Cloud.Demonstrated publicly this week at DataStax’s Accelerate conference in Washington, Opioid360 is a link analysis platform designed to identify individuals at risk of becoming opioid addicts; a predictive tool that performs visually like that of data mining company and law enforcement favourite Palantir.But in the world of big data and machine learning, those rubber bands are made of public datasets, and no human fingers tug them to the next pin on the board – the tool finds its own patterns…)
Disney's "Aladdin," in theaters this weekend, is just one of many live-action remakes of its animated classics the company is releasing this year.We compared some of Disney's animated originals to their live-action remakes at the box office after inflation."The Lion King" arrives in June; a sequel to the "Sleeping Beauty" reimagining, "Maleficent," comes to theaters in October; and a live-action "Lady and the Tramp" will be included on Disney's streaming service, Disney Plus, when it launches in November.READ MORE: Disney's 'Aladdin' remake has fun moments, but feels like a watered-down version of the originalDisney has ramped up its live-action remakes in recent years, and they've raked in tons of cash for the company at the box office.But the animated classics these movies are inspired by fared rather well, too — at least after inflation.
Now that's a case of having eyes too big for your stomach.A photographer captured incredible images of an enormous python in Western Australia attempting to swallow an even bigger python.However, the hungry python, which is estimated to be between 11.5 feet and 13 feet in length, couldn't handle the meal and subsequently regurgitated it.HUGE SNAKE SLITHERS ON TO CONNECTICUT WOMAN'S ROOF, FRIGHTENING VIDEO SHOWS"This beauty was at our house this morning," Parry Creek Farm Tourist Resort and Caravan Park wrote in a Facebook post.The Park continued: "We relocate these big guys so they don't eat our chooks [chickens].
US diplomats are in Seoul and up to their old tricks attempting to convince the South Korean foreign ministry over the dangers of China.After enduring months of frustration in Europe, the anti-Huawei road trip is back in Asia.The doomsday propaganda might have failed to hit the target in Europe, though the US is now seemingly targeting South Korea according to local sources.One of the complaints has been directed at LG Uplus, one of the country’s major telcos which has been using Huawei components and products.The US is suggesting LG Uplus should be banned from operating in areas which would be deemed sensitive or critical, while the Huawei threat should be driven back across the borders as soon as possible.While Huawei has been the centre piece of the US’ anti-China propaganda mission over the last few months, the over-arching conflict is showing the threat of widening.
Huawei expects the US ban will not lead to negative growth or harm the development of its 5G industry despite reporting weaker revenues in April.“Our growth will slow down, though not by as much as everyone imagines.This rate decreased to 25% in April, and may continue decreasing towards the end of this year,” Ren Zhengfei, Huawei founder, said in a statement.Last week’s White House order is expected to disrupt Huawei’s global business by limiting access to components and software, after a 90-day grace period runs out on August 19.“Our company will not end up with an extreme supply shortage...Even if there is an insufficient supply from our partners, we will face no problems.Mo Jia, research analyst at Canalys, said that Huawei has stocked more components prior to the executive order and, “in the short term,Huawei still has sufficient components, however, if Huawei failed to change the situation, it’s a matter of time that the production of its 5G equipment would be impacted,” he said.
With a population of around 1.4 billion people, everyone wants a piece of the Chinese market.And as Chinese consumers become increasingly connected in cyberspace, digital marketing provides a shortcut for businesses and brands to that opportunity, provided, that is, marketers select online channels wisely.Speaking at the Emerge by TechNode conference in Shanghai on Thursday, CMO of key opinion leader (KOL) marketing platform PARKLU Elijah Whaley told delegates that while Chinese social, content and commerce platforms offer similar functionalities, there is a key differentiating factor—user purpose or intent.The question, according to Whaley is, “Why am I walking into this app or what am I explicitly getting out of from interacting with the ecosystem?”The seamless ubiquity of WeChat makes it the go-to place for online marketing, but the platform is particularly good for CRM, and as a place for conversation given its core function in messaging friends, families, and coworkers.“We see a lot of partners really wanted WeChat to be a marketing platform,” he said.
Apple has redesigned its MacBook keyboards after the firm admitted that previous models contained a design flaw.The problem is so widespread that Apple has pledged free repairs for most modern MacBooks that utilise the butterfly mechanism beneath the keyboard.It has been a busy week for the iPad maker.Earlier this week Apple promised to be “clearer and more upfront with iPhone users about battery health and performance,” after a UK watchdog investigated its iOS updates that deliberately slowed down older iPhones.Apple admitted there was a problem in an update to its keyboard repair program, which lists all affected models.Essentially all MacBooks with the so-called butterfly mechanism beneath the keys (nearly all modern MacBooks) will now be fully eligible for Apple’s Keyboard Service Program.
The US government, courtesy of an executive order from President Donald Trump, has blacklisted Huawei from buying from or selling to US companies.That has caused Google, Qualcomm, and ARM to withdraw support from the Chinese manufacturer, three companies that have a mutually beneficial relationship with Huawei.It has gotten a temporary and short reprieve but, unless the situation changes, the hammer will fall again.Disregarding political and economic considerations, the effects of this ban won’t just cause headaches for Huawei, it could also throw the Android world into disarray.Selling more phones means Huawei also buys more components and pays for more licenses, among other things.While it’s inconceivable that Huawei will stop making smartphones the way ZTE almost did, a nosedive in its production will hurt even the likes of Google and Qualcomm, even if not as much as Huawei.
It’s been quite a while since Acer updated its Nitro 5 gaming laptop and its Swift 3 thin-and-light notebook but now that it is, it’s making quite a bit change.Granted, these two new models aren’t exactly the first of their kind to be powered by AMD’s mobile Ryzen processors.But with the jump to AMD’s latest Ryzen chips for portable computers, Acer is promising enough power for HDR visuals for streaming and gaming.The Acer Nitro 5 bumps up the processor to an AMD Rzyen 7 3750H from a 2700U.That’s a jump from s 2.2 GHz quad-core processor to 2.3 GHz.It may look like a meager update but, paired with the Radeon RX 560X dedicated graphics, it could help alleviate the problems the older model encountered with more CPU-intensive processes.For better or worse, nothing else changes for the mobile gaming PC, internally and externally.
A millennial with his finger on the pulse of a generation of young adults carving out their own paths, in careers and in life.As owner of ET Enterprises, Taylor has started and developed several companies, including the marketing and software firms MilliSense and GrowthHackers, the data-driven social-media platform PopSocial, the drug-addiction recovery app Hayver, and the charitable foundation, Southside Fund.And now he is set on applying those skills in an entirely new arena: the world of fine art.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.As the chief executive of ET Enterprises, Taylor oversees several businesses, including the marketing and software firms MilliSense and GrowthHackers, the data-driven social-media platform PopSocial, the drug-addiction recovery app Hayver, and the Richmond, Virginia-based charitable foundation, Southside Fund.As a successful entrepreneur looking for tangible ways to invest his money, he decided to start collecting artwork.
The WWDC 2019 presentation takes place at 10 a.m. PT on Monday, June 3 in San Jose, California.The weeklong conference will likely show off upcoming versions of iOS 13 and the latest MacOS as well as reveal new hardware.If previous years are any indication, the WWDC invitation usually hints at a theme or initiative Apple is likely to unveil.This year, there are five illustrated drawings each of an Animoji character: monkey, robot, skull, alien and unicorn.The artwork shows each character having their Animoji mind being literally blown with a puff of smoke projecting emojis, coding symbols and icons for things like Swift and Metal.In previous years, Apple has been criticized for its seeming lack of support of creative professionals.
Time is of the essence here, so we aren’t going to beat about the bush: Walmart has kicked off an unmissable deal on one of Vizio’s best 60-inch 4K TVs, reducing it from $700 to a healthier $450.The retailer is running low on stock though, so those wanting to take advantage of the offer will need to act fast or risk disappointment.If $450 is still a little too steep, Walmart has the solution — it’s offering customers the option to take that figure and stretch it over a twelve month period, equating to a more manageable $44 per month, including all interest and taxes.It’s also throwing in a $25 rebate, in the form of statement credit, for those who take that route.Just like the newer M-Series, the 60-inch D-Series on sale is an aspiring and seasoned cord-cutters dream, providing access to a slew of on-demand streaming services — Hulu and Netflix, for example — as well as Vizio’s fantastic WatchFree live TV service, straight out of the box, without the need for a set-top box or streaming stick.The rest is all quite standard — for a mid-to-high-end 4K TV, at least.
The Apache Software Foundation has promoted its Java-based remote procedure call (RPC) framework, Apache Dubbo, from incubator to top-level project status.Dubbo includes interface-based remote call, fault tolerance, intelligent load balancing, and automatic service registration and discovery.Like other RPC systems, Dubbo is based on the notion of defining a service, i.e.specifying methods to be called remotely with their parameters and return types.On the server, Dubbo implements the interface and listens for client calls.On the client, a stub provides the same methods as the server.