Steven Jones

Steven Jones

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As growth in domestic internet users slows and economic momentum decelerates, China’s technology companies are looking to emerging markets for new opportunities.Chinese tech startups and giants alike are shifting competition to Southeast Asia and India hoping to replicate their home turf successes.The appeal of the two regions is obvious: they boast large populations and internet user penetration is rapidly growing.Silicon Valley has already made significant inroads; tech titans including Facebook, Google, and Amazon have already cultivated strong followings for their respective social, search, and e-commerce services.Chinese tech giants such as Alibaba, Tencent, and Bytedance, as well as thousands of startups, are also shifting their sights to the region for growth.Southeast Asia consists of 11 countries with different languages and culture, while India is a multi-ethnic country with 22 official languages.
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Green Party candidate is fighting to become an MEP in Brexit-loving Yorkshire, but says stopping the UK from leaving the EU is his "main priority".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.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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The US Air Force hopes that the XQ58-A Valkyrie drone wingman might someday accompany the F-35 and a new version of the F-15 fighter jet, according to Defense News.The aircraft is designed to fill a role known as “loyal wingman” — imagined as a low-cost platform that would be controlled by a parent aircraft to accomplish a variety of tasks, such as flying ahead to scout out terrain, or absorb enemy fire in the event that they’re attacked.The Air Force is reportedly talking with defense manufacturers Boeing and Lockheed Martin, which manufactures the fighter jets, about integrating the platforms.Will Roper, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, told Defense News that a forthcoming upgrade to the F-35 represents a “wonderful opportunity” to pair up the prototype drone.“We might also have an opportunity to do this as part of F-15EX,” he added.The drone-fighter pairing isn’t expected to happen any time soon — the F-35 has to first be upgraded, and the XQ58-A Valkyrie has only completed the first of five test flights.
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In a surprise bit of weekend news that could have major implications on the smartphone market, Reuters reports that “Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing.”Translation: Huawei can no longer implement a full-fledged version of Android, losing access to Google services and more.Instead, it’ll only be allowed to use the open source components of Android.That means no Google Play Store, no Gmail, no YouTube – at least not without major workarounds.This presumably affects future devices; it’s not clear what effect it will have on current ones.The Verge has since the Reuters report.
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From Allbirds to Dollar Shave Club, DTC brands are popping up everywhere and across categories, imploring consumers via aesthetically pleasing, colorful ads to ditch store brands and try out their products.Still, fewer than half have purchased a DTC product, according to new data from Toluna and social media intelligence platform Unmetric, although that number is growing.The most compelling reason for trying out a new DTC brand is a free trial period (27.4%), followed by an appealing online presence (21.4%) and loyalty benefits (16.7%).Additionally, consumers cited ads they saw on social media as the top reason they decided to make a purchase.“The data shows positive momentum and consumer interest in DTC brands,” said Unmetric CEO Lux Narayan.“In addition to offering incentives such as a free trial period and new member benefits, DTC brands should also be sure to highlight positive reviews and feedback.
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Google has been quietly keeping track of nearly every single online purchase you’ve ever made, thanks to purchase receipts sent to your personal Gmail account, according to a new report today from CNBC.Even stranger: this information is made available to you via a private web tool that’s been active for an indeterminate amount of time.Because I made my Gmail account nearly a decade ago, my purchase history stretches back as far as 2010, including purchases I made while I was a college student and those through Apple’s App Store, which has been linked to my Gmail account since its inception.It also includes some real-world transactions made using my credit card, thanks to point-of-sale software providers like Square and others that link your credit card number and name to an associated email account to deliver receipts, offer rewards programs, and, in some cases, collect valuable purchase data.According to CNBC, the company says it does not use this information for personalized ad tracking; Google said back in 2017 that it would stop using data collected from Gmail messages to personalize ads.This particular tool is not outright nefarious in an obvious way, but it does highlight Google’s struggle to transparently communicate its privacy policies and ad-tracking methods as Silicon Valley at large grapples with a more sensitive atmosphere around data privacy and security.
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Fiscal year reports are all the rage right now and, with them, come various pieces of different game publishers and developers plans for the next year.Ubisoft is the latest company under a microscope after it disclosed there are three unannounced games that the publisher will be released before April 2020.ResetEra user dex3108 broke down Ubisoft’s report, which comes with the unfortunate news that the person-versus-person pirate ship combat game Skull & Bones will be delayed to 2020.Ubisoft revealed the news on Twitter and shared their disappointment at not being able to attend E3 2019 with the game and the fiscal report explicitly stated that the game has been postponed to after 2019.The good news is, Ubisoft teased four new projects that will be revealed and released by the end of the fourth fiscal quarter, which ends in April 2020.The newly revealed Ghost Recon: Breakpoint is one of those four titles and rumors began to circulate that a new Splinter Cell game is included in that number.
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Singapore-based Vertex Venture Holdings has raised US$230 million in the first close of its fourth Southeast Asian fund to invest in technology startups across the region and India, Bloomberg reports.It plans to finalize the funding in the next few months, which could take it above the first close, said Chua Kee Lock, Vertex’s managing partner for Southeast Asia and India.The venture capital arm of sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings, Vertex plans to continue backing early-stage technology for financial services, enterprise, and consumers in the region.Most of the investors in its third fund, including Cathay Financial Holding Co., have backed the new one.
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Japan to unify mobile payment codes, enlisting Chinese giants – Nikkei Asian ReviewWhat happened: Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Tencent are among the five internet companies that will help Japan standardize QR code payment.Other companies also taking part in this endeavor include Japanese messaging service Line, e-commerce platform Mercari, and mobile carrier NTT Docomo.Why it’s important: Mobile payment has become increasingly popular in Japan, but it is fragmented.There are more than a dozen payment service providers in the space and each has its own QR code standard.China’s leadership in cashless payments has nurtured homegrown payment companies which are eager to make inroads into other countries.
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The company invoked a 1970s case called Illinois Brick Co. v. Illinois, which prevents “indirect purchasers” from filing antitrust suits.The court (in a 5-4 majority) decided that using an app store was fundamentally different from passing a product down a traditional supply chain.The iPhone owners pay the alleged overcharge directly to Apple.Apple argued that its commission system still distinguished it from a direct seller, but the court said this was just splitting hairs.Then it goes back to a lower district court where both parties will start discovery.The company detailed some arguments in a statement yesterday, asserting that “the App Store is not a monopoly by any metric.” It insists that locking down the App Store helps Apple protect users’ privacy and security and that developers can sell the same apps on lots of different devices — including Android phones, TVs, and gaming consoles.
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Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer HTC is reportedly planning to launch another blockchain phone before the end of 2019.Phil Chen, HTC’s Decentralized Chief Officer, announced the intention during a keynote speech at an investment forum event held in Taipei on Friday last week, Taiwan News reports.HTC launched its first blockchain phone – called Exodus 1 – last year.It featured a cryptocurrency wallet, accompanied by hardware designed to support decentralized applications (dapps).Other phone makers like Samsung insist smartphones are great cryptocurrency wallets, researchers still advise using an actual hardware wallet like Trezor or Ledger.Chen also claimed that the HTC Exodus sold in line with the company’s expectations.
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A British government backed initiative is seeking to improve the response of tech giants to unsafe online content.Unsafe content can include child abuse, self-harm, suicide and terrorism, as well as anti-vaccinating content.The initiative will be formerly announced at a roundtable on Monday by the health secretary, Matt Hancock, the Guardian newspaper reported.It comes amid growing concern from parents about the amount of time children are glued to their screens.The government has also recently published a White Paper on “online harms”, and where it was revealed the government would create a new independent watchdog and legislate for a statutory duty of care for social media firms that could see senior executives held personally liable.But the problem with that approach is that it could take many months or even years for the proposals to become law.
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Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online.Grocery shopping can be a real hassle — especially if you live far from grocery stores.Depending on where you live, you can get groceries delivered right to your door with AmazonFresh.The online retailer has brought together ecommerce and fresh produce, and it may just be the best feature that Amazon has to offer.Check to see if AmazonFresh is available where you liveTo determine whether or not your zip code qualifies, visit Amazon.com/AmazonFresh.
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The upward trajectory of Facebook’s financial performance continues unabated in the face of countless security and privacy scandals, including a potential record-setting Financial Trade Commission fine.The company posted first-quarter earnings today for 2019, highlighting its continued monthly and daily active user increases and a 26 percent increase in year over year sales, to $15.1 billion.But Facebook also says it is setting aside $3 billion, or roughly six percent of its cash and marketable securities on hand, for the FTC fine that is coming down the pipe at some point likely later this year.“In the first quarter of 2019, we reasonably estimated a probable loss and recorded an accrual of $3.0 billion in connection with the inquiry of the FTC into our platform and user data practices, which accrual is included in accrued expenses and other current liabilities on our condensed consolidated balance sheet,” the company writes in its earnings statement.“We estimate that the range of loss in this matter is $3.0 billion to $5.0 billion.The matter remains unresolved, and there can be no assurance as to the timing or the terms of any final outcome.”
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Ad sales intelligence platform MediaRadar tracked ads on Snapchat in the quarter breaking down buying patterns, size of ad buys, and product categories.58% of Snap's Q1 2019 advertisers are renewing their spend, signaling longterm adoption.Further, Snap also seems to be broadening its advertiser base attracting more new advertisers than before, with MediaRadar estimating that 42% of its Q1 2019 advertisers are entirely new to the platform.Read More: Snap beat Wall Street's expectations for Q1 2019 but its user growth is still stalledCEO and cofounder Evan Spiegel also touted the company's reach with young people during the earnings call, saying that Snap now reached 75% of all 13-34 year-olds.But when it comes to Snap's relationship with advertisers, the Q1 report card is the latest of numerous encouraging signs, according to ad sales intelligence platform MediaRadar.
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Although they are considered the simplest of all life forms, even microorganisms sense their environment and are able to actively move within it.This allows them to identify both food and harmful substances and to move towards or away from them, guided by the concentration gradient of the substance in their environment.The journey of many microbes can thus be viewed as a sequence of decisions based on chemical gradients.Until now, scientists have generally considered the chemotactic properties of bacteria to be a common feature of a species or population - as if all cells behaved more or less the same.In this case, average values are sufficient to describe their movement behaviour.Now, researchers at ETH Zurich have observed the chemotaxis of bacteria in a behavioural experiment.
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The folks over at DxOMark are now quite famous for their smartphone camera benchmarks that cover quite a wide range of brands.Noticeably missing from those reviews, however, are LG’s flagships.To date, at least with its new-ish grading system, there are only three LG smartphones on its list.And the latest it has reviewed, the LG V40 ThinQ from late last year, doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the brand.The V40 ThinQ is LG’s first triple camera phone though it advertised it as a five-camera phone.That was just marketing smoke and mirrors, though, since two of those five are on the front.
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Amazon has launched a free tier of its music streaming service in the US that is ad-supported and available to use through the company’s Echo speaker and other Alexa devices.Billboard first broke the news about this free option earlier this week, and the tier went live today.This new version gives access to a selection of ad-supported top playlists and stations for free on compatible Alexa devices.Previously, the only ways to access Amazon’s music offerings were to buy a Prime membership, which has Prime Music bundled in, or to separately pay a monthly fee ranging from $3.99 to $9.99, depending on the tier.This launch puts Amazon in direct competition with Spotify.Until now, Spotify was the only on-demand music streaming provider to offer both a free, ad-supported tier and ad-free subscriptions.
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Atlassian beat Wall Street's expectations on Wednesday as it reported revenues of $309.3 million, up from 38% a year ago.However, the stock was down a hair over 9% in after-hours trading at the time of writing.Atlassian delivered yet another quarter of growth, seeing its revenue spike 38% from last year and surpassing Wall Street's expectations on both the top and bottom lines."We achieved a strong third quarter and wrapped up another successful Atlassian Summit, our flagship user conference," Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian's co-founder and co-CEO, said in a statement.However, shares of Atlassian were down just over 9% in after-hours trading at the time of writing, after telling investors that its earnings per share for the next quarter will be short of Wall Street expectations, though revenue is tracking ahead of guidance.Analysts were expecting $304.65 million.
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For decades, experts have predicted that quantum computers will someday perform difficult tasks, such as simulating complex chemical systems, that can't be done by conventional computers.But so far, these machines haven't lived up to their potential because of error-prone hardware.That's why scientists are working to improve the qubit -- the basic hardware element of quantum computers, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.Regular computers use bits to store data, which are represented as a "1" to indicate current flowing through a transistor or a "0" for no current.However, today's qubits are fragile and highly prone to errors caused by environmental factors such as vibrations or temperature changes, Senior Correspondent Katherine Bourzac writes.So far, scientists have proposed about 20 qubit designs, and there's no clear winner.
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