Punchh, a startup leveraging machine learning and omnichannel integrations to create customer journeys, today revealed that it’s closed a $40 million series C round co-led by Adams Street Partners and Sapphire Ventures.According to CEO Shyam Rao, the bulk of the funding will be put toward augmenting Punchh’s AI capabilities as it expands into new verticals like convenience stores and other physical retail segments.In-store retail remains extremely popular and is one of the most powerful relationship building channels ever created,” said Rao, who cofounded Punchh in 2010 with Aditya Sanghi, Jitendra Gupta, and Sastry Penumarthy.“Our platform gives retailers an unparalleled understanding of how customers engage with their brand in the real world, along with the ability to use that understanding to create AI-powered experiences that keep customers coming back for more.”Punchh’s products aim to supercharge same-store sales by integrating with existing point-of-sale and ecommerce systems, enabling them to collect in-store and online data that inform customer profiles.AI algorithms tap these profiles to generate targeted marketing campaigns and offers with the goal of promoting loyalty, which in turn incorporates a range of engagement channels including online forms, Wi-Fi marketing, and bounceback offers via email, SMS, or printed receipts.
Research led by the University of California, Riverside, could help ships navigating these freshly thawed routes avoid the Titanic's fate with a new way to forecast the motion of floating ice.A group led by Monica Martinez Wilhelmus, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, is the first to use moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer, or MODIS, satellite imagery to understand long-term ocean movements from sea ice dynamics.MODIS sensors aboard NASA satellites have been collecting daily images of arctic ice floes -- large, flat sheets of floating ice -- for over 20 years, but using them to study how they move with ocean currents has been a laborious task.Clouds often obstruct the view and floes must be identified and marked by hand.The resulting ocean current maps were about as accurate as maps made using more labor-intensive traditional methods.Tracking sea ice will help scientists better understand the sources driving sea ice transport.
Antalet fintechbolag med egna betalkort fortsätter att växa.Nederländska Adyen meddelar i dag att de hoppar på korttrenden, en tjänst som företaget kommer erbjuda i hela Europa.”För oss är det inte ett sätt att konkurrera på”, säger Adyens Nordenchef Tobias Lindh.Det nederländska betalbolaget Adyen lanserar ett eget betalkort i Europa och därmed även i Sverige.Korten som nu lanseras riktar sig till handlare, som i sin tur kan ge korten vidare till sina konsumenter.Idén är att ge handlarna mer kontroll över transaktionerna genom att slippa blanda in en tredje part i kortutgivningen.
It's easy to divide two numbers or cell values in Excel using the forward slash in a simple formula.You can also divide a column of values by a constant, using the dollar sign to create an absolute reference in your spreadsheet.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.There are a few common techniques for performing division in Excel.Here's what you need to know to divide in Excel on a Mac or PC.Check out the products mentioned in this article:
Now that Black Friday is just weeks away, we can already see incredible earbuds deals on the top retail websites.Amazon has even dropped the Samsung Galaxy Buds to its best price yet.The retail giant is also slashing up to $40 off the sporty Jabra Active Elite 65t.Grab these discounted wireless earbuds today before the holiday shopping craze begins.If you want a pair of value-for-money earbuds, the Samsung Galaxy Buds is a great option.Smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the Galaxy Buds are some of the most comfortable wireless earbuds we have ever tested.
A site that tracks the quality and speed of the UK's internet connections claims we've stormed* to a hyper-connected science-fiction state of late, with as many as 10 per cent of homes now enjoying a full-fibre internet connection.More than enough to jack in to the cyberspace and upload/download entire consciousnesses.The figure is slightly more impressive than it may at first seem because Think Broadband's exhaustive numbers track actual, live connections, not the simple availability of fibre links.So when it says 10.01 per cent of the population has fibre, it means actually has it, is paying for it, connected to it, and proudly burning through half of the monthly bandwidth allowance performing and sharing speed tests.The site's connection counters estimate that the next ten per cent of FTT-Population ought to take 18 months to hit, as the low-hanging, easily reached connectivity regions continue to be hooked up to various ultrafast-tier products.
From Sony to Panasonic, Japanese brands dominated the tech world before the mobile internet era.China and India previously looked to Japan when fostering their practices over the past decade.The Japanese economy is still highly focused on the manufacturing industry, with over half of the top 500 local companies coming from the manufacturing sector.In contrast, Japan is home to only three unicorn startups, or private firms with a valuation of $1 billion, according to a long list of 415 such firms globally from CrunchBase Insights.Unlike in China and the US, where startups mainly drive tech entrepreneurialism, Japanese corporations are taking a more prominent role in pushing tech innovations, according to Shimizu Kenji, director general at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).“There are fewer startups in Japan now, but big corporations are very proactive in pushing innovations,” he said during a panel at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019 on Monday.
Frontier Car Group, the Berlin-based startup building used car marketplaces targeting high-growth, emerging markets, has picked up another significant round of funding from a strategic backer also focusing on the same geographical opportunity.Today, OLX, the online classifieds division Prosus (the digital division of Naspers that listed earlier this year in Europe) announced that it would invest up to $400 million in Frontier, in a mix of equity, secondary share acquisitions and existing business shares.The deal will include a primary capital injection of an unspecified amount, which OLX has confirmed to me values Frontier Car Group at $700 million, post-money.Meanwhile, the secondary acquisitions — the shares are currently held by other investors, founders and management — are subject to a tender process.The markets that Frontier operates in now include Nigeria, Mexico, Chile, Pakistan, Indonesia and the USA (where it acquired WeBuyAnyCar last year), in addition to India and Poland.Notably, even before the full $400 million amount is exercised (that is, after the tender process is completed), an OLX spokesperson confirmed that first capital injection will make it Frontier’s largest single shareholder (but not the majority shareholder), which essentially values the deal at less than $350 million (based on the $700 million valuation).
Efter lång väntan står det nu klart.Senare i november presenterar Tesla sin el-pickup.Elon Musk själv kallar Teslas kommande elektriska pickup för ”Cybertruck”.Skälet är att den ska vara som något hämtat från Blade Runner.Snart kan vi själva bedöma.Väntan har varit lång, och svenska Simone "Queen of Shitty Robots" Giertz har hunnit emellan med att bygga om sin Tesla Model 3 till en el-pickup som hon kallar Truckla.
With electrification sweeping across the industry, the battle to establish a foothold in sustainable mobility is fiercer than ever.The arena is already littered with the remains of ambitious, well-funded young companies that promised to “disrupt” the automotive landscape, and later learned the hard way that it’s an extraordinarily complex and costly endeavor to undertake.The company’s origins actually date back to 1996, when Volvo began funding the efforts of the Flash Engineering racing team in the Swedish Touring Car Championship.Accordingly, they established a new Polestar division within the brand to create performance-tuned versions of their road cars, much in the way that Mercedes Benz had with AMG in the 1970s.But rather than a mainstream, all-electric family sedan to rival the Model 3 (that will be the Polestar 2, due next year), the Polestar 1 is a showcase of hybridized, high-speed grand touring technology, a $156,500 carbon fiber-bodied coupe which employs no less than three different methods of propulsion to generate its combined output of 619 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque.Slated for a limited production run of 500 cars per year over the next three years, with only one choice on the options sheet – the paint color – the Polestar 1 isn’t so much a BMW M8 rival as it is a statement of purpose for Polestar.
There are concerns over the future of Samsung’s Exynos processor after the company confirmed 290 employees will be laid off at its CPU research and development office in Austin, Texas.The news comes after rumors of the closure spread at the beginning of October, and raises questions over whether the Exynos processor will survive, or how it may be altered in the future.Local news source the Statesman obtained a letter sent to the Texas Workforce Commission as a regulatory necessity, additionally stating the job cuts would also affect some workers at Samsung’s Advanced Computer Lab in California.The manufacturing facility in Austin will not close down, and the 3,000 employees there will not be affected.It has invested $17 billion in total, and at the end of 2018, committed to invest $291 million in its wafer fabrication lab.When asked for comment, Samsung told Digital Trends:
Google has partnered with mobile security firms ESET, Lookout and Zimperium to combat the scourge of malicious Android apps that sneak into the Google Play app store.The announcement came Wednesday, with each company confirming their part in the newly created App Defense Alliance.Google said it’s working with the companies to “stop bad apps before they reach users’ devices.”The search giant has struggled to fight against malicious apps in recent years.Although apps are screened for malware and other malicious components before apps are allowed into Google Play, the search and mobile giant has been accused of not doing enough to weed out malicious apps before they make it to users’ devices.Google said earlier this year that just 0.04% of all Android apps downloaded from Google Play were considered potentially harmful apps — or about 30 million potentially malicious apps.
Dell introduced the UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor (UP2720Q) during the Adobe MAX 2019 convention on Monday.The company claims it’s the world’s first 27-inch 4K monitor with a built-in colorimeter paired with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.“The built-in colorimeter helps users stay productive and get work done faster with quick and easy calibration — on-demand or scheduled after hours for consistent and optimized color performance every time,” Dell’s Yoon Lee said in a blog posted Monday.“Users will also experience a more efficient workflow with a responsive built-in colorimeter that maintains consistency from production to delivery.”The new monitor features a 27-inch IPS panel with a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution running at a native 60Hz.It has a 250-nit maximum brightness, a 1,300:1 contrast ratio (typical), and a 178-degree viewing angle.
Numerous companies hit, ransomware details not yet knownUPDATED 13:50 BST 4/11/19 with more details, government comment.Spain has been hit by a wave of ransomware attacks today, with NTT subsidiary Everis – a major IT consultancy – and national radio station SER among those reported to be affected.“We are in hysteria mode” a technician from one of the companies hit told Spanish news media this afternoon.The attacks are believed to be ransomware.The specific type of ransomware payload or the vulnerability they are exploiting have not yet been reported.
Not bad if you have over $3 million to splash out on cloudDeepMind’s AlphaStar AI bot has reached Grandmaster level at StarCraft II, a popular battle strategy computer game, after ranking within the top 0.15 per cent of players in an online league.Three neural networks were trained to play a series of 1V1 matches as each species in the game.“The supervised agent was rated in the top 16 per cent of human players, the midpoint agent within the top 0.5 per cent, and the final agent, on average, within the top 0.15 per cent, achieving a Grandmaster level rating for all three races,” according to the results published in a paper in Nature this week.AlphaStar Final performed the best out of them all, and was ranked above 99.8 per cent of amateur human players in the Battle.net league.The performance for AlphaStar Final, however, was not calculated from scratch and instead picked up from where AlphaStar Mid left off and after it had played an additional 90 games on top.
Lawrence Jones, founder and boss of Manchester hosting provider UKFast, has stepped down while an internal investigation probes allegations of sexual assault, harassment and bullying made against him.UKFast sent us the following:UKFast confirms that Lawrence Jones has stepped down as CEO and is taking a leave of absence.Gail Jones, currently Managing Director, will assume the role of Chief Executive.The company acknowledges the serious allegations recently made in a national newspaper and is conducting an internal investigation.The "serious allegations" were uncovered by a Financial Times (behind paywall) investigation in which Jones was accused of sexually assaulting two female employees and overseeing a toxic working environment.
If you’ve hopped into Destiny 2 since the game’s big October 29th update, you may have noticed a brand new PVP mode sitting in the Crucible: Momentum Control.While this is a variation on the game’s flagship point capture game mode, it can be overwhelming to hop into at first thanks to a myriad of differences.Like regular Control, the point of this mode is to capture zones by standing on them.The more zones you control, the more points you get for each kill.That means you won’t have to wait a few seconds to come back after you die like normal, which is great because you’re going to die a lot more often in Momentum because your radar tracker will be disabled.You’ll have to play more aggressively than you might be used to here, so make sure to jump into the action when your team has more zones controlled so you can push the momentum.
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named 62 Distinguished Members for outstanding contributions to the field.All 2019 inductees are longstanding ACM members and were selected by their peers for a range of accomplishments that have contributed to technologies that underpin how we live, work and play."Our overarching goal is to build a community wherein computing professionals can grow professionally and, in turn, contribute to the field and the broader society.We are delighted to recognize these individuals for their contributions to computing, and we hope that the careers of the 2019 ACM Distinguished Members will continue to prosper through their participation with ACM."The 2019 ACM Distinguished Members work at leading universities, corporations and research institutions around the world, and hail from Canada, China, Germany, Qatar, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.The ACM Distinguished Member program recognizes up to 10 percent of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience as well as significant achievements in the computing field.
There have been a number of rumours recently regarding Apple AirPods Pro.Now, a new report published on China’s Economic Daily News suggests the AirPods Pro will be available in multiple colours.If that is thought to be true, it will be step up from the previous two generations which are only available in white colour.The existence of new AirPods was first discovered by 9to5Mac in iOS beta.Based on the assets, it was thought to be an upgraded higher-end version with noise-cancellation.A few days back, a purported AirPods model with a new design in white colour was leaked in images.
All this weight places more demands on our browsers and the system resources underneath... which is to say it might not just be your web browser that’s slow, it might also be the computer.Then there’s the habit we have of lining up browser tab after browser tab in our daily journey across the web – links of note, articles we keep meaning to get back to and all those apps we need at our fingertips.With each browser tab potentially requiring a lot of data to be juggled at once, and a lot of processing to be carried out, it’s no wonder that browsers can start to suck up precious RAM.Open up Task Manager in Windows or Activity Monitor in macOS and you might be a little perturbed at just how much memory Chrome or Firefox is using up.All that RAM usage helps make the web run faster – modern-day browsers like to keep separate tabs in their own allotted space, so if one crashes, the others aren’t affected.All the RAM your browser is using is actually keeping it running quickly and stably... until that RAM gets exhausted.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg now has a tiny beetle named after her.The insect, called “Nelloptodes gretae”, is less than a millimeter in length and has no eyes or wings, the London Natural History Museum says.It was named in honor of the 16-year-old environmentalist on Friday after Michael Darby, a scientific associate at the Museum, found it in one of its collections.“I chose this name as I am immensely impressed with the work of this young campaigner and wanted to acknowledge her outstanding contribution in raising awareness of environmental issues” Darby said in a statement.THUNBERG TELLS U.S. HOUSE COMMITTEES TO 'UNITE BEHIND THE SCIENCE' AND 'TAKE REAL ACTION'The Nelloptodes gretae belongs to the Ptiliidae family of beetles and was first collected in samples of soil and leaf litter taken from Nairobi, Kenya, in the 1960s, the Museum says.
As of now, South Korea is still leading the 5G market in terms of the number of active users.However, it appears that the Chinese market will be taking over pretty soon.According to media reports, Chinese operators will officially implement the 5G package on November 1.At today’s Beijing Mobile Industry Alliance Conference, Beijing Mobile executives revealed that on October 31.China’s 5G commercial launch ceremony will be held at the 2019 Beijing International Communication Exhibition.This launch is under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
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The state innovation agency Vinnova's grants to companies and organisations who wish to develop their innovations.A major focus is on the techbolag.As part of the work of the ministry and Vinnova, in the summer, a call for innovative start-up companies.the Aim was to achieve the company less than five years, with an annual turnover of less than two million dollars a year.the Idea is to in no way be able to contribute to the sustainability Agenda by 2030.the call is closed and 93% of the companies have been selected to share in a pot of about 28 million.
When marketing to larger companies, entrepreneurs know they need to stand out.The same tactics that resonate with everyday consumers -- humor, color and playfulness -- catch the eye of procurement professionals.Serious, trustworthy, compelling and fun can co-exist in B2B campaigns.From Case Paper's "About" page to the decals on its delivery trucks, Case Paper uses surprising visuals, fun asides and likable language.Quirky, authentic content cuts through because it reminds us to laugh at the small things.Forget your filter, and embrace that low-lying comedic fruit.
Consumer privacy is a tightrope act that no company has quite managed to nail down and that some seem to have given up on.In a recent interview with the BBC that followed Google’s event in New York, Rick Osterloh, the senior vice president of devices and services, said that homeowners might want to consider disclosing the presence of smart devices before they invite guests into their home.The statement follows a string of incidents involving Google devices.In July, a Belgian company discovered that third-party transcriptionists were used to review Google Home and Google Assistant recordings — and that those recordings had captured private, personal information without the user’s knowledge.Last month, a hacker terrorized a family through their Nest smart thermostat.Google assured the homeowners the attack was not the result of a security breach, but had no other answers.
Lenovo owned Motorola is scheduled to unveil the Moto G8 family in Brazil in the coming days.Specs and official-looking renders of the Moto G8 Plus were leaked earlier this week by German publication Winfuture, and today we have detail specs, retail box, as well as hands-on images of the Moto G8 Play.First revealed by tudocelular, the Moto G8 Play looks similar to the G8 Plus on both sides, but not without some minor differences.While the G8 plus get a triple camera setup with a 48MP sensor, LED flash, and laser autofocus, the G8 Play makes do with just a triple camera setup with an LED flash.Also, there is a fingerprint scanner embedded inside the usual Motorola dimple.At the front, there is the usual waterdrop notch, with the same amount of bezel as the G8 Plus.
Our online habits have changed a lot over the past decade (and even over the past few years), with modern high-speed internet allowing for drastic worldwide increases in everything from bandwidth-heavy online gaming to the on-demand streaming of movies, TV shows, and live entertainment.If any of the above applies to you and you’re ready to upgrade your connection, then you’ve come to the right place: These home internet deals and bundles from the top service providers will have you enjoying faster network speeds and saving some money in no time.Bear in mind that these offers are naturally only offered in certain areas, so you’ll be limited to the service providers that are available in your particular geographic location.TV packages will still require additional equipment that you can’t buy yourself, however, so some rental fees may be unavoidable.Verizon Fios — Internet plans starting at $40 with a free Visa gift card (up to $250) for new members.Cox — Basic plans starting at $30/month, high-speed Gigabit plans at $100/month, and Gigabit internet + TV plans starting at $130/month with a 12-month subscription.
From sub-$20,000 economy cars to million-dollar exotics, nearly every new vehicle you can buy comes through our collective garage at some point or another.Instead, these are the ones that keep us up at night; the ones we think about when we close our eyes and daydream (not that we'd ever do such a thing during a workday).Carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic makes up the vast majority of the supercar's body, and a whopping 4.8-liter, naturally aspirated V10 sits under the hood.A 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine and fluidly shifting six-speed manual transmission provided ample motivation, but with only 200 hp on tap, the Toyobaru twins were momentum cars -- ones you can easily wind out without hitting crazy speeds.In this business, we're fortunate enough to drive incredibly powerful and expensive cars that regularly triple -- if not quadruple -- the power output and cost of the humble fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata.At just over $40,000 for the V6-powered GT model, which is loaded with tech and convenience features, the Stinger is a hell of a performance bargain.
Owner of Douyin and Jinri Toutiao short video apps Bytedance on Tuesday said it would release an education product that functions as a study companion for children, venturing further into China’s highly competitive education and hardware market, Caixin Global reported.Why it matters: Bytedance has experimented in different sectors to expand its line of products.Most recent trials include social apps Duoshan and Feiliao, as well as online reading apps Tomato Novel and Honguo Novel.Bytedance also launched an in-app search engine in its content aggregator Jinri Toutiao in August.Details: According to Bytedance, the education hardware will “accompany” children while they are studying and will be powered by artificial intelligence.The company declined to offer further details when contacted by TechNode on Thursday.