Ingka Investments, the investment arm of European holding company Ingka Group, has made a strategic investment in home interior and renovation platform Livspace.Ingka Group is also a strategic partner in the Ikea franchise system, representing roughly 90% of the furniture retail company’s retail sales through 367 stores in 30 markets including India, according to a statement.The Singapore-based but India-focused Livspace helps customers select and buy furniture and other decor from vendors through its platform.It also connects users to its curated community of interior designers, furniture makers, and home renovation experts.The head of Ingka Investments, Krister Mattsson, said that the investment “aligns closely with the digital direction of Ingka Group,” as well as its Ikea Retail business.Livspace currently serves nine metro areas in India: Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Mumbai, Thane, and Pune.
Australia-based freelance marketplace Cavalry Freelancing has raised a six-figure in a fully subscribed seed round.The funding saw participation from McCann Australia’s ex-CEO and chairman Ben Lilley, MullenLowe Profero’s former co-founding partner and global CEO Wayne Arnold, and Ironbridge Capital’s founding partner Paul Evans.Through its platform, Cavalry enables companies to connect to available freelancers with its network capabilities.Meanwhile, freelancers can also search for companies looking for people with their specific skill set.Cavalry said the seed round will serve as a precursor to its planned series A capital raise in 2020.The startup plans to use the fresh funds to support product development and to extend its services to small and medium-sized businesses.
Roomba may still rule the roost when it comes to robot vacuums, but a bevy of other brands have swept into the market, offering consumers an array of robotic options.The Ecovacs Deebot 601 is one such affordable Roomba alternative, and now you can pick one up on Amazon for just $190, down from $380.Ecovacs’ Deebot line of robot vacuums includes some seriously powerful products, like its Ozmo 930, but when it comes to efficiency, affordability, and ease of use, the Deebot 601 is your best bet.Powered by Smart Move navigation technology, the Deebot 601 boasts a 120-minute runtime, with auto-return and auto-charge ensuring it’s always ready to go to work.Optimized navigation mode enables thorough wall-to-wall systemic cleaning on hard floors, though the Deebot 601 can also comfortably clean carpets in its powerful Max Mode, which offers twice the suction power.This compact 10-centimeter-tall robot can squeeze into hard-to-reach spots, and edge-cleaning brushes help it to simultaneously sweep, lift, and vacuum in a single pass.
After eight seasons of watching Game of Thrones, last night’s series finale left many thirsting for resolution.LMAOOO I CAN'T BREATHE THEY DID IT AGAIN First Starbucks now a water bottle this show is a joke GameOfThrones GameOfThronesFinale TheFinalEpisode pic.twitter.com/9YaFF8Pnm6The goof occurs about halfway through the episode in a scene where Peter Dinklage’s crafty imp Tyrion Lannister makes a case for the future of Westeros, some eagle-eyed viewers spotted not one but two plastic water bottles.The first was spotted at 46:19 minutes into the episode, behind the foot of one Samwell Tarly.The second appeared a few minutes later, between the feet of an equally thirsty Ser Davos Seaworth and Gendry Baratheon.To be fair, this happened after some extremely angry dragon action, so maybe Westeros’s leadership was just trying to stay hydrated.
The American Civil Liberties Union is keeping up its pressure against Amazon's practice of selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement.Two days ahead of Amazon's annual shareholder meeting, the civil rights group sent out a letter imploring the company's shareholders to vote on two shareholder proposals that could curb the use of the tech company's Rekognition software."Without shareholder action, Amazon may soon become known more for its role in facilitating pervasive government surveillance than for its consumer retail operations," the letter stated.Amazon's board recommended shareholders vote against both proposals, which makes the passage of either proposal unlikely.CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, a board member, controls about 16% of Amazon's shares and isn't expected to vote for these proposals.The letter, one of several the ACLU has organized to call attention to facial recognition tech, comes as efforts to curb law enforcement's use of facial recognition gains momentum around the country.
More stress and upheaval is about to enter our lives thanks to Nestle, which is reformulating the box content of its Quality Street perennial gifting treat.As if we haven't got enough to be worried about.In short, the sweet known as "Toffee Deluxe," or the really hard one that routinely destroys the expensive dentistry of the elderly consumer typically over Christmas when all the dentists are closed, has gone.It's being replaced by one of those modern things that combines one type of chocolate with another, with the Nestle taste scientists introducing the "Chocolate Caramel Brownie" in round/blue wrapping in place of the chewy brown parcel.Nestle's probably hoping this kicks off a sort of social media scandal like the ones Heinz gets when it pretends it's cancelling Salad Cream, or when Dairylea says it's going to start selling cheese spread by the parallelogram rather than the triangle.The strategy is working, as Nestle is currently dealing with distraught shoppers on social media, who may or may not be pretending to be upset in the hope of getting a free box in the post.
Android devices command the lion’s share of the smartphone market, but Apple has held its position as the top tablet maker for years now.The Apple iPad has stood as the tallest for awhile now, but other tablet makers are quickly catching up, with newer devices like the excellent Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 – which is now on sale on for less than $500 – proving that Android tablets can definitely deliver what it takes to compete with high-end iOS devices like the iPad Pro.Given Samsung’s status as a dominant player on the smartphone landscape, it should come as no surprise that this company also makes the best Android tablet out there today.The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 is our favorite Android-based iPad Pro alternative thanks to its superb build quality, gorgeous 10.5-inch 1600p display, long battery life, and solid performance for streaming and multi-tasking.Four built-in speakers are also a notable upgrade over the typical dual (or even single) speakers you see featured on most tablets.The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 also makes for a pretty good 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid when paired with the Book Cover Keyboard (which also happens to be on sale right now for $104, saving you $46).
Gamification is getting ready to save us from that awkward pause after a recruiter sits back and says, “So tell me about yourself.”Not only will it make the hiring process more bearable, but a number of new startups also claim their recruitment games can help companies finally tackle unconscious bias.In order to prevent overload, our brains are hardwired to automatically categorize it making it easier to process.In fact, some of the top figures like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are all college dropouts.Instead, gamification presents a completely new approach to recruitment.Similar to the blind auditioning process in symphonies, the names of candidates can be anonymized so all recruiters are seeing are the scores and the code they used to complete the challenge.
Several major tech hardware companies will no longer supply Chinese tech giant Huawei with the parts it needs to manufacture smartphones and other electronics, according to a new report from Bloomberg.Existing Huawei users will still get security updates, but newly produced smartphones will likely lose access to applications like Gmail in the near future.But it’s not clear what kind of impact there will be on Huawei beyond the next three months.The move comes after the US Trump regime blacklisted Huawei last week over concerns that the company has close ties to the Chinese government.A new report from the Financial Times this morning reveals that top U.S. intelligence officials, including Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, have recently briefed American tech executives on the supposed “dangers of doing business in China.” The meetings reportedly started in October and have been led by a bipartisan delegation of Republican and Democratic lawmakers.“We have to increase awareness among U.S. companies, investors, and universities about the tactics China is now using to undermine US competitiveness, security, and influence,” Democratic senator Mark Warner, one of the people involved in the briefings, told the Financial Times.
Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm spoke at the Viva Technology conference of the need for Europe to stop playing ‘catch up’ and take a lead in 5G.Ekholm first addressed the myth that Ericsson is behind in 5G technology and rollout.He notes Ericsson’s technology is already live with multiple operators in the US and Korea, and with Swisscom in Europe.“It’s impossible to be behind in 5G when there is no-one in front of us,” boasts Ekholm.“When 4G was introduced in Europe, there was a prolonged discussion about use cases.Meanwhile, China and the US raced ahead to build out 4G infrastructure; providing young and new companies with unprecedented infrastructure for innovation on a global scale.”
In a bid to save £1.5 billion, Tesco has been cutting jobs and has plans to close down meat, fish, and deli counters in 90 of its supermarkets across the UK with Quedgeley and Cirencester being amongst the first to go, reports GloucestershireLive.The two Gloucestershire stores are the first to be affected, with Quedgeley retaining only its deli counter that will now be operating at reduced hours, opening Wednesday to Saturday, and closing Sunday to Tuesday."Our counter changes have now taken place in store and we have communicated these changes to our customers," said a spokerperson for Tesco."We have supported colleagues that have been impacted by these changes including, where possible, offering alternative roles in our business."Cornwall is next on the chopping block, with closures expected for St Ives or Penzance, and cuts elsewhere that will see meat and fish counters closing altogether while the deli counters will keep going at some stores (via CornwallLive)."Overall, we estimate that up to 9,000 Tesco colleague roles could be impacted, however, our expectation is that up to half of these colleagues could be redeployed to other customer-facing roles," said Tesco in a statement earlier this year.
After reported pushback from government and antitrust officials, new concessions from T-Mobile and Sprint Monday have seemingly given the merger new life.In a blog, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that the new company, called the New T-Mobile, will "cover 97% of the U.S. population with 5G on low-band spectrum and 75% of the population with 5G on mid-band spectrum" in three years, with an additional focus on using 5G to provide an alternative to traditional home broadband.T-Mobile recently announced it was beginning to trial using its 4G LTE for home broadband while Sprint last week announced that its HTC 5G Hub, a hotspot that aims to replace a traditional modem and router, will be available in its first 5G markets on May 31.In addition to promises for 5G rollout, an area of focus for the Trump administration as the world races to rollout the next generation network, Legere also says that as part of the deal the New T-Mobile will divest Boost Mobile, Sprint's prepaid provider and a rival to T-Mobile's own Metro."We'll work to find a serious, credible, financially capable and independent buyer for all the assets needed to run – and grow – the business," Legere writes."And we'll make sure that buyer has attractive wholesale arrangements."
You may have seen Market Deeping Model Railway Club in the news over the weekend, after some of those "youths" we are routinely menaced by broke into the club's hall and smashed up an entire installation of scores of people's beloved model rail lines and miniature trains.Club chairman Peter Davies said of the damage, pictured above: "Models that were made over years were trodden on and thrown around.It's a total wanton destruction of the highest order.I've never experienced anything like it.A hurricane would have done less damage."The police caught the perpetrators in the act so they're going to get it.
For many companies the appeal of the public cloud is very real.For tech startups, the cloud may be their only option, since many don’t have the capital or expertise to build and operate the IT systems their businesses need.Existing companies with established data centers are also looking at public clouds, to increase IT agility while limiting risk.The idea of building-out their production capacity while possibly reducing the costs attached to that infrastructure can be attractive.For most companies the cloud isn’t an “either-or” decision, but an operating model to be evaluated along with on-site infrastructure.And like most infrastructure decisions the question of cost is certainly a consideration.
We had everyone on the Insider Picks team who wears glasses daily test them out to see how well they work at blocking blue light and keeping our eyes from fatiguing.Turns out there's a reason everyone loves them so much.A few years ago, Insider Picks wrote about Felix Gray's reflective computer glasses that keep blue light from harming your eyes or causing screen-induced headaches.Thankfully for our sake, after receiving loads of customer feedback, the company has finally made prescription lenses available for their computer glasses.Three of us on the Insider Picks team wear prescription glasses every day, so we we've been really excited about this new launch.Felix Gray sent over some glasses in each of our prescriptions, and we've been wearing them at the office where each of us spend pretty much the entire day (about eight hours) staring at a computer screen.
You’ve traded in your cap and gown for a button-up and a cubicle, and now you’ve found yourself surrounded by confident industry experts who take their coffee black and throw around acronyms like confetti.As a recent graduate, you may find that you’re the youngest person in your workplace, which can be intimidating, if not downright terrifying.Adweek talked to Huge’s senior recruiter Kelly Conforti and senior creative recruiter Melody Benjamin to learn how to make a name for yourself as the youngest person in your workplace.Taking it a step further, we also did a poll on Twitter to get opinions from recent graduate peers in the industry.Here are five takeaways to help you navigate your early career:Keep imposter syndrome in check
At first glance, Facebook’s nascent robotic platform looks a bit … chaotic.It’s supposed to casually move its hand to a spot in space to its right, but it goes up, up, up and way off course, then resets to its starting position.This robot, you see, is teaching itself to explore the world.At the moment robots are very dumb—generally you have to spell everything out in code for them: This is how you roll forward, this is how you move your arm.Over at UC Berkeley, a team of researchers used a technique called reinforcement learning to teach a two-armed robot named Brett to shove a square peg in a square hole.That’s how humans learn to manipulate objects: Children are driven by curiosity about their world.
“Cyber criminals tend to have poor online etiquette.”Game of Thrones, the epic fantasy saga spanning eight seasons across almost a decade, reached fever pitch as the final episode approached, writes Peter Groucutt, managing director, Databarracks.For those still playing catch-up, it’s been difficult to avoid at best, mentions and at worst, spoilers, about each episode as they’re released.Because of social media and the proliferation of information, there is a demand to consume as much content as possible to stay up to date.With both legal and illegal means of watching episodes now easy to access, there are new risks at play.A survey by Kaspersky, for example, has shown hackers predictably use online downloads to spread malware.
The series finale of Game of Thrones defied pretty much all the predictions as to who would emerge triumphant and sit on the Iron Throne, in what has proved to be the most polarizing and controversial season yet.Showrunners David Benioff and David B. Weiss got the plane on the ground in the end—but it wasn't a pretty landing, and there's bound to be a lot of grumbling from dissatisfied customers.Let's get the controversial plot turn from last week out of the way up front, since it drove much of what transpired in the finale, and pretty much encapsulates the best and worst aspects of this final season.She proceeds not to just incinerate the Red Keep where Cersei has been watching the battle from afar—which is what everyone expected—but to rain down dragon fire on all the innocent civilians who Cersei brought in to serve as a human shield.She's always had equal parts kindness and cruelty, and she's literally solved every problem she's encountered over eight seasons by raining down fire and blood.That's exactly what she explicitly vowed to do to take back the Iron Throne; it's what Varys promised she would do when he recruited Dorne and the Tyrells of Highgarden to her cause.
“I wish I could say I wanted to be an astronaut or an MMA fighter…”Every Monday morning we fire five questions at a C-suite tech industry interviewee.Today we’re pleased to be joined by BetterCloud CEO David Politis.Cloud applications have completely changed the game in the last few years.Unfortunately, many companies are still stuck in the past and rely on traditional perimeter-based security methods to protect their data in the cloud, but it simply doesn’t work.Protecting a network or a device today is a losing battle.