The municipal Shanghai government has partnered with China’s central bank and five other financial institutions to create an alliance for blockchain-based trade finance.Why it matters: This is the latest move for Chinese authorities as part of a renewed determination to fast-track blockchain development.The blockchain alliance is the first blockchain application project in customs and the first service project for the China International Import Expo (CIIE), according to Ye Jian, official from the General Administration of Customs of Shanghai, as cited by the Global Times.Details: Shanghai Customs, the Municipal Commission of Commerce, and representatives from six banks, including the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and Bank of Communications, inked a Blockchain Alliance proposal for the city’s e-port area during the CIIE on Thursday, state-run Global Times reported.PBOC’s Shanghai branch and the municipal commerce commission said in a joint statement on Thursday that they expect blockchain to solve information asymmetries in trade finance and verify authenticity for trades, according to Reuters.Regulators also expect to tap into the technology to lower cost thresholds for trading institutions.
this is an op-ed piece.the Results have to a greater extent, will be bought by the public sector in order to increase the benefits for the society, writes Johanna Enberg, and offer the Oak of the Agency.in Sweden, is faced with a host of social challenges, many of which are urgent to deal with today.We need to work pro-actively in order to be able to live up to the goals set in the Agenda 2030 and the global goals of sustainable development at the same time, as the demands on the public sector to respond to growing demands on social services and investment in infrastructure.this is A narrowing of the tax base as a result of demographic change and out-migration is a problem in some parts of the country, as well as the ever-growing towns and cities struggle to meet the residents of housing, infrastructure, services, and health care.The need for new, sustainable and innovative solutions in the fields of utilities, infrastructure, and housing, in order to deal with this in the long term.
Search giant Baidu beat analyst expectations for its third quarter revenues as the company’s diversification away from its core search business showed signs of paying off.Why it matters: Baidu has seen increased competition for advertising revenue from rivals including Bytedance and Tencent in the midst of a macroeconomic slowdown that has led advertisers to tighten their belts.Baidu has had a tough year—the company’s share price fell by more than 35% prior to its latest earnings release.The search giant this year posted its first quarterly loss since listing in 2005.Baidu CEO Robin Li warned in January that “winter is coming,” acknowledging the effects of China’s slowing economy and the fallout from the trade war with the US.Details: Baidu’s Q3 revenue reached RMB 28.1 billion (around $4 billion), beating analyst expectations of RMB 27.5 billion.
“Cogito, ergo sum,” Rene Descartes.How is it that we’re able to look at a tree and see beauty, hear a song and feel moved, or take comfort in the smell of rain or the taste of coffee?This represents a healthy level of skepticism, which is necessary for science to thrive, but there isn’t a lot of room for absolutes when theoretical future-tech is involved.Yet, as you can see, each of these far-out ideas are not only plausible, but grounded in serious research:We could be hundreds or thousands of years away from conscious AI, but that’s a drop in the ocean of time compared to “never.”The prehistoric scientists working on the problem of replicating naturally occurring fire and harnessing it as an energy source may have been the brightest minds of their time, but their collective knowledge on thermodynamics would pale beside an average 5th grader’s today.
Respondents gave Autopilot a score of 4.43 points out of 5, with 61% of them saying they were "very satisfied" with how safe it is, compared to the 1% who were either "somewhat" or "very dissatisfied" with Autopilot's safety.Twenty-eight percent of respondents said Autopilot had saved them from a dangerous situation, while 13% said the feature had put them in one.Autopilot has attracted controversy for its role in a handful of high-profile, and sometimes fatal, crashes, but Tesla has argued that, overall, Autopilot makes drivers safer.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Participants in Bloomberg's survey gave the feature a score of 4.43 points out of 5, with 61% of them saying they were "very satisfied" with how safe it is, compared to the 1% who were either "somewhat" or "very dissatisfied" with Autopilot's safety.Autopilot's more advanced features, like the ability to make lane changes and move between highways, received lower scores.
The American motorcycle industry is in trouble, and Indian seems to have noticed the writing on the wall.It's made significant strides in creating a product lineup that will not only appeal to younger buyers, but they're also bikes that people can afford like the FTR 1200.Now, that isn't to say that Indian doesn't still want to satisfy its historical demographic, and that's why it still makes big, comfy chromed-out baggers and cruisers with ultra-torquey air-cooled V-twin engines.What it hasn't done is create a middle ground between those big Boomer barges and the flat-track inspired FTR.It's still big at 108 cubic-inches (or 1770 cubic-centimeters), but unlike the Thunder Stroke twins of Indian's other bikes, this thing is water-cooled.That big lump of an engine is mated to a six-speed transmission with an assisted clutch.
On a typically bright day in Mountain View, California, last November, thousands of Google workers streamed out of their offices and onto the sprawling courtyards of the search giant's headquarters.The executive, once a member of co-founder Larry Page's inner circle, had allegedly coerced a female employee into performing oral sex on him.For Google's rank-and-file employees -- who'd steadily been building a playbook to protest what they saw as the search giant's immoral behavior -- the sexual assault accusations were the tipping point.Highly paid engineers had rarely taken much interest in activism, and the events at Google reverberated far beyond the search giant's global campuses.Workers at Amazon and Microsoft have protested decisions their companies have made, speaking out against facial recognition work with US immigration agencies.Earlier this week, Facebook, whose employees have been more reluctant than others to push back against their bosses, joined the fray.
Most leading security standards used in secure communication methods - from withdrawing cash from the ATM to purchasing goods online on the smartphone - does not leverage quantum technology.The electronic transmission of the personal identification number (PIN) or password can be intercepted, posing a security risk.Roughly 3mm in size, the tiny chip developed by NTU scientists uses quantum communication algorithms to provide enhanced security compared to existing standards.It also needs 1,000 times less space than current quantum communication setups that can be as big as a refrigerator or even take up the space of an entire room or office floor.This opens doors for more secure communication technologies that can be deployed in compact devices such as smartphones, tablets and smart watches.Prof Liu, who is from NTU's School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, said, "In today's world, cyber security is very important as so much of our data are stored and communicated digitally.
Today, Apple published a surprise press release announcing the imminent arrival of AirPods Pro, the company's long-rumored noise-canceling, in-ear headphones.Report: Apple will unveil overhauled MacBook Pro, “Pro” iPhones this fallAirPods Pro will sync with Apple devices in exactly the same way as AirPods, and they will use the H1 chip found in the second-generation AirPods and some Beats headphones.The H1 is a successor to the W1, a chip that allowed for some creative workarounds for the limitations of Bluetooth for easier syncing with devices.H1 moves from Bluetooth 4.2 to Bluetooth 5, and it enables "Hey Siri" hands-free voice commands.The new headphones will include an additional feature called "Adaptive EQ," which will tune low and mid frequencies to match the shape of your ear—similar to how speakers like the Sonos One scan the room and adapt their output accordingly.
Google has announced that it will stop indexing Flash content in Search as the internet prepares to bid a (not so fond) farewell to the multimedia software platform next year.“In web pages that contain Flash content, Google Search will ignore the Flash content,” said Google engineering manager Dong-Hwi Lee in a blog post.“Google Search will stop indexing standalone SWF files.”It is no secret that Adobe Flash is well and truly on its way out — two years ago, a consortium of internet companies (including Adobe itself) committed to killing Flash by 2020.Preceding that, Steve Jobs’ famous Thoughts on Flash letter from 2010 helped set the wheels in motion for the proprietary software’s eventual demise, with the Apple cofounder citing numerous reasons why his company’s hardware would not support Flash, including performance on mobile and poor security.For more than a decade now, internet companies have been diminishing their support for Flash while simultaneously increasing support for HTML5, with major browsers such as Chrome now blocking all Flash content by default.
5G is still giving its first steps in the Globe, with its major strongholds being in China and in the US.The next-gen network will have a major boost in the next year, especially with the advent of midrange devices packing the new network standards.We know that there are several countries where the development of 5G networks is yet to make out of the paper, however, we may see developed countries getting 5G ready by 2020.Despite the infancy of 5G, there are some talks about 6G, the next new standard.The Chinese company, Vivo has just filed a patent for 6G.Don’t hold your breath network enthusiast!
Johannesburg, the biggest city in South Africa and the 26th largest city worldwide, has shut down its website, billing and electronic services after being hit by a serious network attack, the second one in three months, municipality officials said.A group calling itself Shadow Kill Hackers took to Twitter to take credit for the attack, claiming it took Johannesburg's “sensitive finance data offline.” The group is demanding 4 Bitcoins, valued at about $32,000 US, for the safe return of the data.A Johannesburg spokesman said the city took down the site after it detected a breach and that so far no formal ransom demands had been made.He also played down the extent of the breach.“It was picked up very early while it was at the user level, before it reached the applications level where critical information sits," he told a TV news reporter.“So for us it was important that we safeguard the information first, before we start with the remedial work.”
The LG G9 could be launching in early 2020, so we’d expect rumors about LG’s upcoming flagship to start rolling in soon.Once they do, you’ll find all of them below, but there are already a few things that we’ve heard or suspect, so read on for hints about the LG G9 release date, specs and features.It may even be announced just before that, as sometimes big announcements are made before the show officially kicks off.For example, one patent shows an LG phone with no physical buttons – a move which could free up internal space, improve the look, and allow for a slimmer handset.The following suggestions could help LG achieve that.Bring back the hole-less speaker….
On the heels of getting the FCC’s proposal to merge with Sprint, T-Mobile announced a plan to partner with Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobile streaming service, Quibi.According to statements provided to the LA Times, and confirmed by Variety, Quibi CEO Meg Whitman specifically called out T-Mobile’s “impressive 5G road map” as a good fit for the soon-to-launch streaming service.The partnership will give T-Mobile’s 83.1 million customers access to Quibi’s premium content, but no details as to how it would be bundled into the carrier’s plans are currently available.It’s possible that Quibi will either be offered at a discount for T-Mobile users, or it could be available as an add-on or available with a special bundle deal.The deal will present a new competitor to AT’s streaming services, AT TV Now (previously DirecTV Now) and low-cost WatchTV, as well as its upcoming premium service, HBO Max.Verizon (TechCrunch’s parent company) also dabbled with mobile streaming with go90, but that service was shut down last year after failing to gain adoption.
this has been drawn to the funny names, corporate names, and another is known as the father of the artist, Tove Lo, and is likened to Bernie Madoff.in Today's edition of Di Weekend, punctuated by the dataspelsmiljardären Fredrik Wester.The stylish Spanish house of 500 square meters, with sea views and a ceiling height of five feet, was apparently a badly run-down.Fredrik Wester will be contributed by just two of the things in the interior.On the third attempt, it was, instead, the Wester Invest.There is now a record of more than 33 per cent, of the Paradox of the Internet that allows, Fredrik Wester, a billionaire and a power to be reckoned with in the computer games industry.
Still not sold on the merits of owning a smartwatch?Recently I've made the case for some decent off-brand models priced as low as $30, but maybe that's not your style.Maybe you want something a little more capable, like with the option to make mobile payments and reply to (rather than just read) text messages.For a limited time, the company is offering 30% off all products with promo code BDAYSALE.It's normally $279.99, but the code brings it down to $195.99.Last year's Misfit Vapor 2, currently $199, would drop to $139.30, while the original Vapor hits $111.30 with the code.
China’s TikTok today launched an education program in India as the popular short-video app looks to expand its offering and assuage local authority in one of its biggest markets.TkTok, owned by the world’s most valued startup Bytedance, said it’s working with a number of content creators and firms to populate the platform with educational videos.These bite-sized clips cover a range of topics from school-level science and math concepts to learning new languages.The social app is also featuring videos that offer health and mental awareness, share life tips, and offer motivation.The social platform, which is used by more than 200 million users in India every month, said its education program is aimed at “democratizing learning for the Indian digital community on the platform.”It has partnered with edtech startups Vedantu, Toppr, Made Easy, GradeUp that will produce educational content for TikTok.
Feast your eyes on the first image we have of the next-generation Honda Fit.Or, if you're reading from somewhere else around the world, you know this hatchback as the Honda Jazz.Despite a peachy outlook for the subcompact car, the music may stop for the Fit in the US.Honda on Wednesday offered zero indication that this fourth-generation car will make its way to the US.Currently, the Fit rounds out the Honda portfolio as its smallest offering, though it's mighty spacious despite its size.When asked about the car's US prospects, Honda declined to comment.
It’s a tale that’s been retold – through books, movies, TV, video games, and various other content formats – time and time again.Terms like “down the rabbit hole” and “through the looking glass” are now fixtures in our collective lexicon.From Alice to the Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat to Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the denizens of Wonderland are deeply memorable, and – in their own ways – relatable.These are simple realities of a crowded business environment where trust is in peril.Interviews and podcasts and eBook contributions… oh my!When the content you’re creating in partnership with influencers feels random and chaotic, it isn’t likely to achieve the results you seek.
After Apple’s iPhone 11 event, I noted that while the company was catching up on features like ultrawide and night mode, it was unclear whether it’d be able to get on the Pixel’s level in terms of basic image quality.Over the course of our review process, it became clear that Apple had indeed achieved that.“We didn’t forget about the camera,” Google’s Sabrina Ellis said near the end of the presentation.“With Pixel 4 we’re raising the bar yet again, and it all starts with this little square.” “Little” is perhaps a charitable description of the Pixel 4’s conspicuous camera bump, but that bump does of course house what should amount to the biggest change to the Pixel camera.“Wide angle can be fun, but we think telephoto is more important,” computational photography lead Marc Levoy said on stage.That’s not an unreasonable position — Apple certainly agreed during the last three years it put out dual-camera phones before switching to ultrawide with the iPhone 11.