With design becoming a key focus in the decision-making and product development of companies, the role designers have also must change to meet this new centralized approach to design.Scott Belsky, the Chief Product Officer at Adobe, has a passion for helping creatives become more successful and empowered and advises and invests in companies and organizations at the intersection of design and technology.Through co-founding Behance, being involved with projects such as 99U, as well as advising and investing in businesses such as Pinterest, Uber, Airtable, and Periscope, Belsky understands the crucial role design plays and the responsibilities designers in those companies have because he’s seen it first-hand.As brands realize this fact, they’re investing more in their design resources, hiring more creative talent and giving those designers more control over projects.”When companies make design one of their key focus points, they can improve and master their customers’ experiences.With the role of designers changing to help meet the needs and requirements of design-centric companies, designers are becoming more respected and influential.
Lifestyle services super app Meituan has expanded its aggregated ride-hailing services to an additional 15 cities around China, intensifying competition in the sector and taking direct aim at Didi.The company initially launched the service, which allows users to access vehicles from several ride-hailing platforms within Meituan’s app, in Nanjing and Shanghai in late April.Users are given the choice of hailing rides using Shouqi Limousine & Chauffeur, Caocao Chuxing, and Shenzhou, as well as its own Meituan Dache.Market leader Didi has not been included in the service.Meituan has now expanded the scope of the platform to an additional 15 cities, including the eastern cities of Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Ningbo, as well as Xi’an, Chengdu, Wuhan, and Shenzhen.Meituan isn’t the first platform that allows users to book trips from multiple ride-hailing companies.
In this hyper-personalized, autoplaying, all-you-can-eat mediascape, it helps to distinguish the healthy stuff from the junk.What family-unifying wonders hath Jobs wrought!Screen time, then, has become a slippery concept.Fortunately, researchers are beginning to study screen-based media in all its forms, instead of just lumping everything together like they used to.Some types of screen fare are like sugar: Limit consumption, especially before bedtime, and watch for signs of overindulgence—obesity, aggression, grade slippage.Cortisol-spiking content and melatonin-suppressing blue light impair sleep.
Dutch bank ABN AMRO has decided to cancel its plans for a custodial cryptocurrency wallet, called Wallie, claiming that digital assets are “just too risky.”Back in January, the rumor mill spun into action after images surfaced on Twitter that appeared to suggest Dutch bank ABN AMRO was designing a cryptocurrency wallet.But now the bank’s senior press officer, Jarco de Swart, confirmed to Hard Fork in an email that the bank has “decided not to follow up on the Wallie enquiry [sic].”“We have approached all the people who have shown interest,” he continued.“We have concluded that cryptocurrencies because of their unregulated nature are at the moment too risky assets [sic] for our clients to invest in.”Back in January, reports suggested that ABN AMRO was trialing a cryptocurrency wallet.
Google has halted some of its business operations with Huawei, Reuters reported Sunday, dealing a devastating blow to the Chinese telecommunications company.Huawei will no longer have access to Android updates and Google technical support beyond what is available through its open source license, according to the news service, which cited a source with knowledge of the matter.The move will also reportedly affect access to apps and services like Gmail on future Huawei phones outside of China, though specifics around the scope of services ban is still being discussed internally at Google, Reuters said.Huawei did not immediately return a request for comment on Sunday.The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday announced that Huawei was added to its list of companies that present potential security threats, which means it will no longer have access to parts produced in the U.S. without prior government approval.Separately, President Donald Trump issued an executive order this week that banned telecommunications firms from using foreign hardware from companies that pose security risks.
Transportation management system provider Abivin took home the grand prize of US$1 million in funding at the 2019 Startup World Cup, a series of global pitch contests organized by Pegasus Tech Ventures.Abivin leverages artifical intelligence to drive its logistics optimization platform.It also digitizes and automates business operations to help companies save on cost and improve efficiency.On its way to victory, Abivin edged out 11 other startups from 10 different countries.Canadian startup Klue, which provides a platform that aggregates competitive intelligence, won the second prize.US-based Sonavi Labs, which develops hardware and software for modern medical products, came in third.
BEER-SHEVA...May 20, 2019 - The first experimental robot drone that flies like a typical quadcopter, drives on tough terrain and squeezes into tight spaces using the same motors, has been developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers.The hybrid FSTAR (flying sprawl-tuned autonomous robot) will be introduced at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2019 in Montreal on May 21.It was developed in the BGU Bio-Inspired and Medical Robotics Lab by Prof. David Zarrouk, senior lecturer in BGU's Department of Mechanical Engineering, and head of the Bio-Inspired and Medical Robotics Lab and his graduate student, Nir Meiri.FSTAR can fly over obstacles or run underneath them.It also adjusts its width to crawl or run on flat surfaces, climb over large obstacles and up closely-spaced walls, or squeeze through a tunnel, pipe or narrow gaps.It can run on the ground at a speed of up to eight feet per second (2.6 m/s).
Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist – source – ReutersWhat happened: Google has blocked Huawei from some updates to the Android operating system to comply with a trade blacklist that bans the Chinese smartphone maker from doing business with US companies without government approval.Huawei now only has access to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which is available for free to anyone who wishes to use it.The company will not be able to use popular services including the Google Play Store, Gmail, and YouTube apps on future Android phones.It also means Huawei will only be able to push security updates for Android once they’re made available in AOSP.Why it’s important: Google apps and services are requisites for Android smartphones in markets outside of China, where smartphone shoppers are unlikely to buy an Android phone that lacks access to Google’s Play Store, which attracts the lion’s share of apps.
When the US imposed a trade ban on ZTE last year, it almost caused the Chinese company to go bankrupt.While Huawei may last longer than its compatriot, it might not take long before the company is also brought to its knees.Google has already been reported to stop licensing its proprietary Google Play components for future Huawei phones.Now silicon makers like Qualcomm and Intel are also temporarily cutting ties with China’s biggest tech company and the world’s second largest phone maker.US President Trump made good his threats on Huawei and has added the company to a roster of companies blacklisted from doing trade with US companies.This has already resulted in Google withholding important parts of the Android experience and now chip makers are reportedly stopping sales of products to the beleaguered Chinese network and mobile equipment maker.
The Lilium Jet, an all-electric, five-seater aircraft, had a successful maiden flight, allowing German startup Lilium to take another step towards its goal of launching an on-demand air taxi service.Two years ago, Lilium completed test flights on the world’s first electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) jet.The two-seater prototype, which was controlled remotely by a pilot on the ground, performed a successful vertical takeoff and transition between hover mode and forward flight mode.The startup, which later that year received $90 million from venture capitalists, promised then that it would next work on a five-seater electric aircraft for taxi and ridesharing services.Lilium kept its promise, with the Lilium Jet taking flight on May 4.The Lilium Jet looks to travel up to 300 kilometers (about 186 miles) in just 60 minutes, and is powered by 36 electric engines that does not create the deafening noise associated with helicopters and commercial aircraft.
London fintech startup Wagestream has today closed a £15m series A funding round, co-led by venture capital investors Balderton Capital and Northzone.The round was raised in addition to a credit facility of up to £25m Shawbrook Bank.At £40m, Wagestream chief executive Peter Briffett said the total amount raised marks the largest single social impact investment to date in the UK.The flexible wage app allows staff to draw down a percentage of their earned wages on any day of the month for a flat fee of £1.75, with no loan or interest charge involved.Businesses already on its platform include Rentokil Initial, Hackney Council and David Lloyd Clubs.London-based Balderton has previously backed the likes of Revolut, Citymapper and Yoox Net-A-Porter, while Northzone was an early investor in Spotify and iZettle.
Red Dead Online, the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2, left beta with a massive update that included the addition of poker, but unfortunately, not all players will be able to enjoy the digital version of the popular card game.Poker is just one of many additions with the Red Dead Online update, as Rockstar Games also introduced new content, rebalanced weapons and abilities, and fixed several bugs.Players may challenge their friends to a private game of poker, or join a public table where the stakes are higher.All poker tables may seat up to six players, and they are available in five locations, namely Blackwater, Flatneck Station, Saint Denis, Tumbleweed, and Valentine.Some Red Dead Online players, however, found out that they are not allowed to play poker.Thinking it might be a bug, they sent messages to Rockstar Support to request access to the card game.
You could watch some of the best fantasy and action TV shows already available, or you could go back to George R.R.Martin's novels when he gets round to completing the Song of Ice and Fire series that inspired HBO's smash hit.Luckily there's no shortage of epic fantasy, sci-fi and thriller books being adapted into movies and TV shows in the coming months and years.From beloved classics to contemporary best-sellers, these are some of the adaptations that will challenge Game of Thrones' crown to become your new obsession.In the far future of humanity, Duke Leto Atreides and his son Paul battle over life-giving spice with the venal Baron Harkonnen on the desert world of Arrakis.After reimagining Blade Runner 2049, acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve takes on another sci-fi classic with the help of a galaxy of stars: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem are among those involved.
There are some unexpected guests aboard the International Space Station (ISS): cute cube robots called Astrobees which help the crew with day to day tasks.Now the first Astrobee robot has undergone hardware tests to check whether its subsystems, including avionics, cameras, propulsion, and docking for power and data transfer, are working correctly.The tests were performed in advance of the full launch of the robots later this spring.NASA astronaut Anne McClain was responsible for checking out the status of the Astrobees, and you can see her tending to one of the robots called Bumble in the photo above.The docking station where the Astrobees recharge is located to her right, and was installed into the Kibo ISS module on February 15.McClain was calibrating the Astrobee by mapping the Kibo module.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before but the ice is screwed.New findings released on Thursday reveal that a quarter of the ice sheets in West Antarctica, the most vulnerable part of the continent, have destabilised.Ice loss has sped up fivefold across the region’s most imperilled glaciers in just 25 years.Scientists used 800 million satellite measurements taken since 1992 to reach their conclusions.The results, published in Geophysical Research Letters, underscore just how rapid the changes taking place are and the perils coastal communities could face if ice continues its runaway melt.The ways that we know the West Antarctic is melting down are manifold.
Investors are recognizing its promise; it recently secured a $60 million funding round that valued it at $1 billion that was co-led by Salesforce Ventures itself.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.When David Schmaier attended Salesforce's Dreamforce conference in fall 2013, he was hoping to find a startup to buy — not to found a company himself.Having done CRM customization before, he was convinced he was the best person to start a company that would focus on it for the future.So Schmaier got together with some of his former colleagues from Siebel and founded Vlocity.So, a telecommunications company might have a module that provides a graph their representatives can view that shows a customer's devices and service options.
Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen, a name that you have trouble spelling, definitely definitely not me, is one of the central players of Game of Thrones, but she, of course, wasn’t the only person auditioned for the part.According to a recent Vulture interview, Elizabeth Olsen, of Scarlet Witch fame, also went out for the part, though according to her it did not go exceptionally well.“When I first started working, I just auditioned for everything, because I like auditioning.And I auditioned for Khaleesi.I forgot that,” she said.“It was the most awkward audition I’d ever had.”
The Subaru Crosstrek is one of the more popular compact crossovers on the market today.Based on the compact Impreza hatchback, the Crosstrek is a tweener that straddles the compact crossover and subcompact crossover segments of the market.The Subaru Crosstrek comes standard with a 152 horsepower, 2.0-liter horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine.While the Hybrid trim gets a detuned version of 2.0-liter engine mated to a pair of electric motors and an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a total system output of 148 horsepower.However, the Hybrid was held back by its steep price tag and limited cargo space.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Maybe you’re taking your first tentative steps into the smart home market, or maybe you’re expanding what you’ve already got, but at some point you’re going to want to get everything working together—or else be faced with using dozens of different apps every day to get your smart gadgets doing your bidding.Each of these platforms will happily control a bunch of smart home gadgets for you, bringing different devices from different manufacturers into one cohesive whole.As always, the best one for you is going to depend on what you’ve already got set up and the devices you’re already using, but we’re going to point out the main areas where these platforms are similar or distinct.You’ll notice big names like Philips Hue, Wemo, Ecobee, TP-Link, and of course Ring here, as well as a huge variety of devices—remember that Amazon even makes an Alexa-compatible microwave.In terms of the sheer number of compatible devices then, Alexa is an obvious choice as your overarching smart home platform.It even works with Nest devices, something Google says will continue as the Works with Nest programme winds down.
US president Donald Trump’s move to effectively ban Chinese telecommunications firms from doing business with American companies is going to impact both the nations and the global tech industry alike, industry experts said.Huawei and ZTE have been added to the “Entity List” from Friday and prevents it from buying parts or technology from US suppliers without government approval as its equipment is considered potential tools for Chinese espionage.“With this executive order, both the US components providers and the Chinese vendors would be impacted, it’s definitely a ‘double-edged sword’,” Mo Jia, research analyst at Canalys, told TechRadar Middle East.But at this stage, it’s unlikely that any other major European country would ban Huawei, as its 5G solutions are cheaper and competitive compared to other players,” he said.Sukhdev Singh, vice-president at market research and analysis services provider Kantar AMRB, said that the US regulators and the government always have clout on influencing other countries decision with whom they should partner with and that can have an impact on the telecom operators globally.“It all depends on how much each government is convinced, and if the governments' influence is not there to ban Huawei, then it will not have a big impact on Huawei.