Beijing is investigating the merger between Didi Chuxing and Uber China regarding potential monopoly charges.This is likely to allow new comers to join the game, and foster legislation progress in the industry.“We are now carefully looking into the case according to related law and regulation… Ride hailing is a new industry…which shows complicated and fast-changing competition,” Wu Zhenguo, head of China’s Anti-monopoly Bureau said during the State Council Information Office’s meeting with media (in Chinese) on November 16.Wu added that China’s Anti-monopoly Law, which has been implemented for ten years, treats all parties equally regardless of nationalities and market status.Criticism on the merger deal’s being monopoly has long been haunting the ride-hailing market in China, but there has been little substantial investigation.On August 1, 2016, Didi formally announced their acquisition of Uber China.
Adam Knox was a week into learning how to capture brown tree snakes on the Pacific island of Guam when the first one slithered out of his grasp.He was training for a seek-and-destroy task force capable of deploying to isolated islands and removing any invasive brown tree snakes before they had a chance to wreak the type of havoc on wildlife, humans and even infrastructure they already had on Guam.The former US Geological Survey biologist had beginners luck with the first couple reptiles when he spotted a 3.5-foot-long serpent in a tree about waist high off the ground.He tried to grab it by the tail—not the right way to capture a snake—and missed completely due to the thick leather gloves he was wearing for protection.By the time you even look down they’re gone,” said Knox, now a resource manager at the Maui Invasive Species Committee.If Knox had only thought to bring an airsoft gun, he may have stopped this invader in its tracks.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Nearly 28,000 American children and teens have died because of firearms in the past decade - second only to the 44,800 who died in motor vehicle collisions.A new website aims to change that by helping researchers, health care providers and others tackle the prevention of youth firearm injuries as a public health issue.The site, http://www.childfirearmsafety.org, aims to share what's known - and what experts still need to find out - about guns and people under age 19.It's the first product of a federally funded national effort called FACTS, for Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens.The effort is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health."Our nation cut the rate of motor vehicle collision deaths and injuries by at least 90 percent over the past 100 years through science, policy and public awareness, without reducing the number of miles we travel or the number of vehicles on the road," she says.
One such product is SpyAssociates’ new SpyFinder Pro hidden camera detector, which turns you into somewhat like a spy to fight other spies.And you might be shocked to know that these can be found not just in hotel rooms and AirBnB lodgings but also in dressing rooms, gyms, and maybe even that house you’re moving into.Hidden cameras have also become more sophisticated and more careful about how they’re transmitting data.It basically uses 6 bright LEDs to strobe lights on suspected areas.Their mere presence is reason enough to pack up and leave anyway.One is its compact and lightweight design, making it possible to simply drop the camera detector in your luggage or bag.
As an open platform, Android is considerably more customizable than, say, iOS.But while there are so many ways to change how your Android phone looks, it also has the problem of having so many ways to change how your Android phone looks.In addition to third-party tools, each OEM implements its own theming engine and system.It may not be one of the best, but Samsung’s themes are far from being the worse.The company, however, might be giving users reason to shun its system by putting a 14-day limit to free themes.Like any other OEM that has its own theming engine, Samsung also offers its own Samsung Themes store for its Galaxy phones.
It's time once again to turn on The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of the latest in the world of culture, from CGI-heavy trailers to casting to box office news.This week: Pottermania takes over multiplexes, an Avengers-like squad of movie directors assembles to save a streamer, and an elephant can fly.The latest entry in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World movie series—Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald—is already making grindelwads of cash: The film earned more than $10 million in its first day overseas, with early estimates pinning its worldwide opening-weekend haul at close to $250 million.Directed by long-time Harry Potter helmer David Yates, and set in 1920s New York City, Grindelwald's crowded cast includes the reliably exasperating Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston, and Eddie Redmayne, who recently attempted to make amends for his other fantastically beastly epic: Jupiter Ascending, the engagingly nonsensical 2015 Wachowskis space opera in which he played a larynx-less, whispery baddie.Disney has released the first extensive trailer for its Tim Burton-directed remake of Dumbo, starring Colin Farrell, Eva Green, and former Batman Returns foes Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton."You have something very rare," Keaton's amusement-park magnate says of the big-eared, airborne pachyderm.
Marketers have a whole new avenue to worry about when it comes to battling ad fraud.Marketers and publishers have been battling ad fraud on the web and mobile for years.Now, they may need to start worrying about getting ripped off by scammers on over-the-top (OTT) and connected TV devices too.The fraud scheme was discovered after DoubleVerify saw a 40% spike in traffic from connected TV devices, all driven by a new bot network.Bot networks are created when fraudsters essentially infect armies of devices with sophisticated malware to impersonate internet users that marketers pay their ad dollars to reach with online ads."Networks of ad servers have ben acting like legitimate sources of advertising but diverting revenues over from content publishers for a while," said Wayne Gattinella, CEO of DoubleVerify.
If you've ever wondered when the best time to hop on a dating app is, Tinder wants to let you know.The company is testing out a new feature called Swipe Surge, Tinder said in a blogpost Thursday.When activity on the app is up to 15 times higher than usual, you'll get a push notification.Just think of how many more people you'll be able to ghost."There are times when activity on Tinder naturally surges—you never know what could happen, you just know you don't want to miss out," the blogpost says.Swipe Surge will be tested in select US cities, on iOS.
Comcast's latest channel is one that has never been seen on a cable before: Tubi TV, one of the most popular free movie streaming services.Comcast will incorporate Tubi onto X1, the cable company's high-tech pay-TV service, starting Thursday, the two companies said.The new partnership means Tubi's library of movies and other programming are set to be available and searchable on Comcast X1 like a regular channel or show.Roll out begins Thursday, and Tubi will be available to all Comcast X1 users in coming days.Tubi has 8,5000 titles, mostly movies, that anyone can watch free with advertising breaks.As Netflix has transitioned away from licensing a deep catalog of movies in favor of its own originals, Tubi has stepped into that vacuum -- but with an ad-based service rather than one requiring a subscription.
Samsung has opened the beta program for One UI, based on Android 9 Pie.Currently available in South Korea and potentially other countries, the beta program lets regular users test drive the new software, which will replace Samsung’s skin on the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9 Plus and a slew of other devices.Some users in South Korea are reportedly already using the new One UI, which Samsung first teased during its Developer Conference last week.As reported by SamMobile, users in Germany and the U.S. are expected to be able to join the beta soon, though an exact timeframe isn’t available yet.Read: Check out One UI: A newer, rounder take on the Samsung ExperienceIf you have a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus and want to test out One UI, you can join the program from the Samsung Members app, which should have been pre-installed on your device out of the box.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Designing safe bridges and water systems for low-income communities is not always easy for engineers coming from highly industrialized places.A new discipline called contextual engineering helps engineers think beyond personal values, expectations and definitions of project success when tackling global infrastructure problems.A new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign uses comprehensive questionnaires and a computer algorithm to provide guidance to engineers working with cultures different from their own.Published in the Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, it details techniques for incorporating the influences of local politics, economics, culture, education and technology into engineering design for a community's infrastructure needs."There can be a tendency for engineers, myself included, to believe in a one-size-fits-all solution and that if we just find that silver bullet, everything will be better," said Ann-Perry Witmer, the study's author and an agricultural and biological engineering researcher.As a former consulting engineer, Witmer said she is well versed in the nuances of working with clients from familiar places.
Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and connected services.We’ve all spent countless hours on YouTube watching random videos.And admittedly, there’s some embarrassing stuff in your history you’d never want anyone to know about, or for the site to base its recommendations on for you.Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a way to wipe the slate clean.Google offers multiple options to manage your watch and search history on YouTube.Go to youtube.com on your desktop browser.
Planning for 2019 is well underway and most marketers are asking themselves if their plan will really impact results.And from there, work backwards to corresponding goals for leads, channels, tactics and audience targets.Unfortunately, the words that no marketer wants to hear ring clear from leadership: do more with less budget.Samantha Stone, the Founder of the Marketing Advisory Network, suggests that marketers flip the usual model for 2019 planning.If you start with marketing strategy, you can stop doing “more” and instead focus on a few tactics your team executes incredibly well, that can have a significant impact on the organization.Fortunately, Samantha offers 3 tips to create a high-impact marketing strategy (regardless of where you’re at).
“Company is uniquely positioned to continue delivering on the core principles of compliance, visibility, data security, and threat protection.”San Francisco-based cloud security platform Netskope has raised £130 million ($168) in a series F round of funding.This latest cash drive brings Netskope’s total funding accumulated to £311 million ($400), having raised £78 million last year in a series E led by Accel and Lightspeed Venture Partners.Netskope addresses an issue that all enterprise have to face in varying degrees of complexity.Employees can use an array of devices over the course of the day ranging from work tablets to their own personal devices.Some of these device are running company created and managed applications alongside store downloaded applications
It looked for a while like the only colours of the OnePlus 6T were going to be black, black and more black, but then they surprised us with a gorgeous colour called Thunder Purple.And after some confusion about whether it was coming to the UK, followed by confirmation that it was, it's finally gone on sale today.If you've read our review and you're ready to pull the trigger, the Thunder Purple 6T is only available in the higher-spec 8GB RAM, 128GB storage model, and will thus cost you a still-bargainous £529.
A new map reveals the remnants of ancient continents lurking beneath Antarctica's ice.The map shows that East Antarctica is made up of multiple cratons, which are the cores of continents that came before, according to study leader Jörg Ebbing, a geoscientist at Kiel University in Germany."This observation leads back to the break-up of the supercontinent Gondwana and the link of Antarctica to the surrounding continents," Ebbing told Live Science.The findings help reveal fundamental facts about Earth's tectonics and how Antarctica's land and ice sheets interact, he wrote in an email.GOCE orbited Earth from 2009 to 2013, gathering data on the planet's gravity field.Gravity's pull differs very slightly from one point on Earth to another, depending on changes in topography and the density of the planet's interior.
Take malware for example - .these sneaky exploits can sneak their way onto your devices without you knowing, then transmit your private information to criminals anywhere in the world.Unfortunately, the end result could be anything from fraudsters emptying your bank account to having all of your information held hostage until a ransom is paid to access to all your important files again.When your sensitive information is stored somewhere such as a doctor’s office, department store database or credit union, your information is only as safe as the weakest online security these companies use.Yes, it’s free and you’ve saved some cash in the process, which may help if you are on a tight budget.Many services will provide you the basic level protection needed, meaning you may have to upgrade to the paid software version to get fully comprehensive coverage.Free software may not always be able to keep up with the dynamic changes in the cyber landscape or may also come loaded with annoying pop-up advertisements that can slow your device.
Icy planet within cosmic spitting distance of humanityVarious science-fiction authors – notably Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Moorcock – have written about an alien world around Barnard's Star, which at six light years away is relatively close to our corner of the galaxy.If the futurists at the Breakthrough Starshot campaign are right, we could get a probe to such a system within 30 years from launch using today's tech.“Barnard’s star is among the nearby red dwarfs that represents an ideal target to search for exoplanets that could someday actually be reached by future interstellar spacecraft,” said Steven Vogt, professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz in the US, and coauthor of the paper on the planet which will be published in Nature.The planet, snappily dubbed GJ 699 b, is estimated to be 3.2 times the mass of Earth and orbits the dim red dwarf star every every 233 days.It's far enough away from the star to make it a most likely frozen planet, with an estimated surface temperature of -150C (-238 in Freedom units).
CLEVELAND--Houses have been getting progressively "smarter" for decades, but the next generation of smart homes may offer what two Case Western Reserve University scientists are calling an "Internet of Ears."But a pair of electrical engineering and computer science professors in the Case School of Engineering have been experimenting with a new suite of sensors.This system would read not only the vibrations, sounds--and even the specific gait, or other movements--associated with people and animals in a building, but also any subtle changes in the existing ambient electrical field.While still maybe a decade or so away, the home of the future could be a building that adjusts to your activity with only a few small, hidden sensors in the walls and floor and without the need for invasive cameras."We are trying to make a building that is able to 'listen' to the humans inside," said Ming-Chun Huang, an assistant professor in electrical engineering and computer science.Huang is leading the research related to human gait and motion tracking, while Soumyajit Mandal, the T. and A. Schroeder Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, focuses on vibration sensing and changes in the existing electrical field caused by the presence of humans or even pets.
Fake news and hate speech thrive on regional language social media– Hindustan TimesWhat happened: A Hindustan Times investigation has revealed that Bytedance’s Indian regional-language news platform Helo, with at least 5 million estimated registered users, is rife with misinformation and political propaganda.Why it’s important: This isn’t the first time that the world’s most valuable startup’s news apps have been accused of spreading fake news.Its wildly popular Chinese app Jinri Toutiaohas faced a series of disciplinary action from regulators for inappropriate content.English-language Topbuzz has struggled with a fake news problem as well and has recently taken steps to clean the platform up.As social media gains popularity in less-developed areas of the world, platforms are increasingly being accused of exacerbating ethnic and religious tensions.