Volkswagen is making a $300 million strategic investment in the ride-hailing app Gett, the startup announced on Tuesday.The auto giant's minority investment comes as it attempts to move beyond a huge corporate crisis over emissions and launches a new mobility unit focused on new technology.VW wants "to go beyond vehicle ownership," Gett CEO Shahar Waiser told Business Insider in a telephone interview.An Israeli startup that launched in 2010, Get is a rival to Uber, with users able to hail a driver with an app.Waiser said the company was profitable in some early markets but not overall.Waiser declined to comment on Gett's valuation.It operates in 60 European cities along with New York City.The new funding will help accelerate expansion on the continent, Gett says.Waiser also said Gett's technology — big data, predictive algorithms, and so on — could prove useful in the development of self-driving vehicles, but he stressed that Gett was not developing autonomous-vehicle technology.Drivers who use Gett can stand to benefit from the deal: They will be offered terms on Volkswagen vehicles that are better than market rates, Waiser says.This could make the platform more attractive to potential drivers looking to get into the ride-hailing business.The investment is also most likely in some way a necessity, as ride-hailing companies raise increasingly huge war chests in their battle for dominance.Uber has raised billions, and Didi Chuxing, a Chinese ride-hailing company, recently received a rare $1 billion investment from Apple.VW isn't the first legacy auto company to invest in the ride-hailing business.Back in January, General Motors sank half a billion dollars into Lyft at a valuation of $5.5 billion as part of a larger $1 billion Series F funding round .NOW WATCH: Apple just invested $1 billion in this Chinese companyLoading video...
i.am has launched a new set of premium earphones called the i.am EPs that aim to be different in a market that is packed with mostly sports solutions.The hallmark of the design for the EPs is a shape supposed to remind fans of vinyl records.The EPs are offered in black or gold colors and when the earphones aren't being used, they magnetically click in place around the neck so they are ready to be used for answering calls when needed.The integrated remote is an A2DP controller and the internal battery is good for six hours of use per charge.These is no indication of when or if the products will be offered outside Apple Stores, but they are available online from Apple.There is no indication of sweat resistance with the EPs, anyone wearing these for workouts should beware of that fact.
Government-backed Digital Catapult has unveiled an open source platform to help content creators track their work on the internet and help protect copyrights.The OPP has now been designed to allow developers to build technologies and solutions around digital asset permissions and licensing.The organisation expects this to fuel sustainable growth across numerous industries in the "fragmented social media age".Elsewhere, for brokers it will act as a mechanism to absorb all digitally trackable assets into one unified technical system, reducing the need for human-to-human negotiations and in turn operating costs.Furthermore, users will get a standardised method for identifying the permission associated to digital assets, while innovators will be able to use an open framework following the World Wide Web Consortium W3C standards for the World Wide Web, allowing for the system to evolve to the innovators needsAndrew Carr, COO at Digital Catapult, said: "Until now there has been no standardised way of communicating efficiently between the content creator, broker and seller, with each party speaking its own language."In today's social media age, where every 60 seconds, 300 hours of YouTube video are uploaded and 216,000 new photos are posted on Instagram, there is an even greater need for a standardised method of communication to help content creators to manage their digital creations and have clear visibility of how, and when, they're being used by other parties."
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Mycket UV-strålning, ljus hud och nedsatt immunförsvar är riskfaktorer när det gäller den nu snabbt växande och aggressiva hudcancerformen MCC."En signifikant ökning", konstaterar John Paoli, hudläkare och docent vid Sahlgrenska akademin, i ett pressmeddelande.MCC är en relativt ovanlig hudcancerform, knappt 50 fall per år enligt forskarnas senaste siffror, och inte heller så väl studerad som exempelvis malignt melanom.Tumörerna är snabbväxande och livshotande vilket gör att en tidig diagnos är avgörande.MCC börjar ofta med en plötslig tillväxt av en röd, rosa eller rödviolett och relativt hård upphöjning på eller under huden, som snabbt växer till en knuta.Få nyheterna du kommer att snacka om i ditt facebookflöde — gilla Metro Sverige
But as modern as the buses are, with USB charging ports and free Wi-Fi, most will still initially lack technology to address perhaps the worst safety issue with the big vehicles, hitting pedestrians while making turns."Amenities like Wi-Fi are welcome, and they certainly add to the experience of riding the bus, but the first priority should be on improvements to buses that save lives," said Paul Steely White, executive director of the Transportation Alternatives advocacy group.Through this summer, 75 new buses will be added, with a total of 2,042 put on the streets over the next five years, replacing nearly 40 percent of MTA's fleet."These tests will take this commercially-available technology and hopefully show that we can put it to practical use on a larger scale under New York City operating conditions."That spurred Mayor Bill de Blasio to make reducing such deaths a major goal of his administration, and they did indeed decline to 136 in 2015, of which seven pedestrian fatalities and one bicycle fatality involved MTA buses.At least 11 bus drivers have been arrested for Right of Way violations since the law took effect in August 2014, according to the New York Police Department.
Geely acquired the London Taxi Company from Manganese Bronze in 2013Zhejiang Geely Holding Group which is usually referred to as 'Geely' has raised $400m £275.72m, €356.38m via the sale of five-year "green bonds".Geely is a Chinese firm, which owns the London Taxi Company, the manufacturer behind UK's black cabs.The move to introduce such cars which are gentler on the environment follows introduction of zero emissions measures by Boris Johnson, the former London mayor.The measures require all cabs in the UK capital to be able to operate without emitting any waste product that pollutes the environment.The move is aimed at cleaning London's air, according to the Guardian.Geely, which exports cabs to Azerbaijan, Australia and several countries in the Middle East, said it has the capacity to manufacture 36,000 taxis a year.
View photosMoreTesla0rerwThe Tesla's Summon feature is now a well known feature of the electric car — but not everyone is up to date on the car's autonomous mode, which makes playing pranks that much easier.In this case, the prank is played by a father on his son, who innocently sits in the Tesla when it suddenly stirs to life and begins moving.Hey, would you have grabbed the wheel at such a young age in that situation?Yeah, right.The freak out only lasts a few seconds as the dad, who caught everything via a hidden GoPro, shows up and stops the car while grinning at his son's robot takeover panic.We don't advise anyone try this on their own family, but this is video is a great peek into our collective societal transition from expecting to manually control cars into the age of expecting cars to operate on their own.
Arlanda-tornet fotograf: LFVDelar av luftrummet var stängt i timmar på grund av tekniska problem hos flygledningen vid flera flygplatser i Sverige.Tidigt på eftermiddagen var datorfelet tillfälligt löst och trafiken kunde återupptas, enligt Luftfartsverket.Vi är många som är fast här och väntar på besked, säger hon.Sedan är det alltid upp till kaptenen om man vill landa på den flygplatsen eller flyga till någon annan.Jan Ohlsson, flygjournalist och författare, kallar det inträffade "både oacceptabelt och olämpligt":– Någon måste nu ta ansvar för att det inte ska hända igen.KommentarerVälkommen att säga din mening på Ny Teknik.
People walk past stores promoting the Apple iPhone 6S in the southern city of Shenzhen on January 26, 2016.
Google and Apple, two of the world s most powerful technology giants, respectively unveiled deals with major Chinese technology companies Xiaomi and Didi Chuxing in the past week, fuelling speculation about their China market strategy - or, in the case of Google, China market comeback strategy.
The two respective giants controlling the Android and iOS mobile operating systems are in a hurry to find the next growth drivers China, as the world s largest smartphone market enters middle-age, with growth rates in handset sales set to cool.
Apple has to wrestle with falling iPhone sales, while Google needs to first find its way back into China since pulling out in 2010.
Google s search business could return via Sogou, the mainland s third largest search engine company owned by Sohu.com, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be named The two companies have discussed a partnership where Google would perform some of the searches and Sogou would conduct the results screening.
Meanwhile Apple s US$1 billion investment in car-hailing app Didi Chuxing is seen as a win-win deal that would help Apple score new growth in China amid falling sales of iPhones.
Fitbit s future plans clearly extend well beyond simple fitness tracking, as evidenced by products like the Blaze, which leans much more heavily into smartwatch territory than before.Instead it s focused, fittingly, on the mobile company s wearable payment platform.Still, it s hard not to wonder aloud what this means for Coin s future, moving forward.Also on the outs are the Coin Rewards and the Coin Developer Program.For Fitbit, the purchase means extending toward an active NFC payment solution that could be embedded into future Fitbit devices.The fitness hardware developer was still careful not to spill the beans entirely adding that there are no plans to integrate Coin s wearable payments technology into the 2016 Fitbit product roadmap.
It's an interesting theory to say the least, however this has led some music lovers to ask how they can expect to use their existing headphones with Apple's new flagship phone.Thankfully help is at hand: there's a growing collection of digital-to-analogue converters – or DACs – which are increasingly compatible with iPhones.As its name suggests, a digital-to-analogue converter converts a signal from its digital source to the analogue audio waves your ears end up hearing.Unless you're still rocking a classic collection of vinyl or, even less likely, cassette tapes the music you're listening to on a daily basis is stored digitally in either an audio file or CD.The second reason to shell out for an upgrade is the fact that some of the more premium headphones on the market are 'high-impedance' headphones, which require more power through the headphone jack on your music source in order to work properly.An external DAC helps with these headphones as it can work as a headphone amp to provide the extra power needed to drive a high-impedance pair of 'phones.
And despite the overflow of data available to marketers today, some still struggle with identifying who you are.In her blog post, Principal Marketing Manager for HubSpot's optimization team Pamela Vaughan defines personas as fictional, generalized representations of your ideal customers.Taryn Collins, content manager and Web editor for cloud platform Acquia, points out that personas are representations of real customers while segments are groups of actual customers that share similar traits.In a blog post, Gartner's VP of Content Publishing Heather Pemberton Levy writes that personas are built from a combination of the following data points:Demographic income, geography, level of education, age Psychographic values, opinions, interests, aspirations, attitudes, and lifestyles Ethnographic observations of customers in their daily routines Transactional historical customer relationship data, first- and third-party purchase data, post-sale services Behavioral: engagement across channels Buffer Content Crafter Kevan Lee also encourages marketers to check their site analytics for traffic trends; do some social listening to see what problems or concerns customers are talking about; conduct surveys to learn about customers' goals, values, and pain points; and collect feedback from other departments, like customer service.Once marketers obtain this information, Lee says they should stitch it together to bring the persona to life.There's no perfect number of personas one needs to create, but Levy says four to eight is typical.
Researchers have developed a new solar powered battery, capable of changing its shape to fit various flexible forms.The team says the battery could transform the wearables market by lowering the space required for a battery, a big benefit for e-skin and e-clothes products.See Also: America trumps Europe in fitness wearables The components are electronically connected via flexible copper-polymer interconnects, mounted on a highly elastic silicone core, and enclosed within a silicone shell, the team said.The authors demonstrated the use of these systems for continual logging and wireless transmission of body temperature data in a variety of realistic scenarios, such as monitoring skin temperature during physical exercise and bathing, and measuring temperature changes during breathing.The battery may also be a welcome addition to the e-skin market, with researchers recently creating a much longer lasting tattoo that changes color and can even track things like UV rays and heart-rate.Wearables are still a young market, but with 67 percent growth from 2015 to 2016, more companies are starting to see the potential of devices able to gather more data on the customer.
These changes are especially apparent in archive photos recently uncovered by the New York Public Library.The collection contains prints from 1935 to 1936 by Berenice Abbott, a photographer who documented NYC's transformation over the previous century in her series "Changing New York."Comparing her photos to Google Street View images reveals how the city's public spaces have changed up to today."The bones of the city are still there, but we're good at adapting it for what we want."Jefferson Market Courthouse, 1935 vs 2014.Berenice Abbott/Google/Skye GouldIn 1939, the tracks in front of the courthouse migrated underground with the creation of the subway, bringing more light to the street and increasing the value of the nearby real estate.