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Called RideCheck, the feature will send a push notification to drivers and riders if there's an unexpected long stop or possible crash.Drivers and riders then can respond whether or not they need help."We provide them, at their fingertips, a bunch of options to get help," Sachin Kansal, Uber's head of safety products, said in a phone interview."Our goal really is to detect certain situations as they happen."Uber provides millions of rides per day, but a small handful of those rides have reportedly ended in dangerous situations.Hundreds of passengers and drivers have come forward over the past few years alleging rape, kidnapping, forcible groping and assault during rides.
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Africa-focused tech talent accelerator Andela will cut 400 junior engineers across Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria, CEO Jeremy Johnson told TechCrunch.The layoffs come as the startup released first-time earnings figures indicating it will surpass $50 million in annual revenues for 2019.Yes, the news seems a bit disjointed.Not everything moves in the same direction in the business of startups.On the staff cuts, “they are due to market demand for more senior engineering talent,” Andela said in a company release.Founded in 2014, Andela has offices in New York and five African countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Egypt.
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More than 60,000 attendees and over 250 exhibitors and speakers from more than 90 countries are expected to take part in the Oracle OpenWorld 2019 event.The four-day event, with over 2,200 educational sessions, will take place from September 16 to 19, at Moscone Centre in San Francisco, California, US.This year, Oracle is bringing a more human-centred focus to its products and solutions with a focus on digital transformation, led by demos and hands-on labs.The main absence from the event will be its co-Chief Executive Mark Hurd, who is taking a leave of absence from the company for health reasons, and his duties will be shared by co-CEO Safra Catz and Oracle co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison.The year looks better for the cloud industry due to the global economic instability as organisations are moving to the cloud to cut costs and improve operational efficiency by using artificial intelligence and cognitive technologies.According to research firm Gartner, worldwide IT spending is forecast to reach $3.74 trillion in 2019, an increase of 0.6% from 2018 while the enterprise software market will experience the strongest growth in 2019, reaching $457 billion, up 9% from $419 billion in 2018 and another 10.9% in 2020 to total $507 billion.
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On paper it seems to have the upper hand against Apple's iPhone XS Max which only has three cameras and none of the bells and whistles.But impressive specs don't always translate into results, and to find out which one takes the best photos and videos, I took both of these giants out for a photo shoot around the San Francisco Bay.The iPhone XS Max has two lenses on the back: a wide-angle and telephoto, and a True Depth front-facing camera that does double duty for FaceID authentication and selfies.It's worth noting that the iPhone XS Max stands at a disadvantage because it's last year's model.They both produce good looking shots with even lighting, great dynamic range and sharp detail.The Note 10 Plus did a better job at evening out the exposure in most shots, likely thanks to its dual aperture main camera, but can go a bit overboard with saturation.
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Last year, we saw a number of amazing smartphones coming our way from Gionee.So there was a hope this brand will rise like a phoenix again.However, until today, we haven’t heard anything new about this brand.Today, the company quietly announced two new smartphones in face of the Gionee M11 and Gionee M11s.Also Read: Gionee Shuts Down Official Website In ChinaGionee said that the new machine has made a new breakthrough in appearance.
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A competitor has engaged in high-profile false advertising, and your CEO wants to use an enforcement hammer with more weight than a cease-and-desist letter.For those unfamiliar with it, the NAD is a voluntary self-regulatory forum for the resolution of false advertising disputes.Created in 1971 and located in New York, the NAD provides a streamlined forum for competitors to challenge advertising claims.Disputes are heard by staff attorneys who are well-versed at reviewing advertising claims and supporting evidence.The NAD’s jurisdiction is limited to “national advertising,” but this is defined broadly to include advertising disseminated “to a substantial portion of the United States.”Because the NAD is a self-regulatory forum, compliance with its decisions is voluntary.
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Nubia has officially announced that it ill hold a new product launch conference in Shanghai on September 5th.At this conference, the company will officially release the Nubia Red Magic 3S e-sports phone.The theme of this conference roughly translates to “Super God”.The previous generation of Red Magic 3 took the lead in introducing the “air-cooled + liquid-cooled” module.It adds a fan design in a very small space to counter the heat source.The Nubia Red Magic 3S will obviously continue the heat dissipation design of its predecessor.
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Microsoft revealed its HoloLens 2 back in February, and now we know when we'll be able to get our hands on it.During a speech at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, executive vice president Harry Shum revealed that it'll go on sale in September, Reuters reported.Microsoft didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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This story requires our BI Prime membership.To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.Beleaguered media measurement company Comscore is reorganizing after laying off 8% of its staff this past week.The company's executives outlined its strategy in an exclusive interview with Business Insider.The company said it's reorganizing its products around five product pillars, each of which will be led by a general manager.Interim CEO Dale Fuller said the goal of the reorg was to get the company cashflow positive for the first time in recent history.
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That's just one of the things his medium-sized Golden Whoodle discovered when he took the Whistle Go Explore for a test run during the dog days of an NYC summer.The same company that makes Snickers and M also has a pet division that owns the biggest chains of animal hospitals (VCA, Blue Pearl) and veterinarians (Banfield, Linnaeus), sells some of the most popular pet food and treats (Iams, Temptations) and offers canine DNA testing services (Wisdom Panel).The latest version of its trackers, Whistle Go and Whistle Go Explore, move beyond simple location and health tracking to recognize and report patterns that may indicate other types of problems, just as we're seeing with wearables for humans.Using the results of a survey of 55,000 dogs via Banfield (with another 30,000-dog study ongoing) and machine learning, the initial capabilities are detection of excessive scratching and licking, but the company plans to expand beyond those based on the results of its studies.The $100 Go and $130 Go Explore differ by ruggedness and battery life: The Go Explore can be submerged in up to 6ft/2m of water and the battery can last up to 20 days compared with the Go's 3ft/0.9m depth level and 10-day battery.The Go Explore has a light you can toggle on and off through the app.
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About ten months after we learned that Jon Favreau would be heading up a Star Wars series called “The Mandalorian” on Disney’s soon-to-launch streaming service Disney+, we have the first full trailer.It premiered this evening during the Disney+ panel at the D23 conference.Everyone involved had stayed relatively hush-hush about the series until now, with only a couple of details mentioned with its announcement.We knew it takes place about five years after Return of the Jedi — so a few decades before Force Awakens.Favreau had also said that it follows “the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy” — which we later learned would be played by Pedro Pascal (perhaps best known as Oberyn Martell from Game of Thrones.)According to the New York Times, Disney is dropping “roughly $100 million” to produce the first 10 episodes.
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Xiaomi is gearing up to introduce the Redmi Note 8 series on August 29 at an event in China.The new lineup will follow the company's Redmi Note 7 series which was launched early this year on February 28 in India.Redmi followed it with the Note 7S which was announced on May 20.The most loved smartphone series in India is also a global rage!Can you believe that we've sold more than 20 Million (= 2 Crore) units of the RedmiNote7 Series worldwide?Make some noise and say "Noted".1000 RTs & I am giving away 1 RedmiNote7Pro Xiaomi 48MP 20M pic.twitter.com/OXrcQu8zSZAugust 20, 2019
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At the moment, NVIDIA is all about ray tracing, and while we expect many new and upcoming AAA games to support the feature, soon a game you wouldn’t necessarily expect will be getting it too.NVIDIA has announced that Minecraft, the best-selling game in the world, is getting support for real-time ray tracing, making it one of the most unique titles to take advantage of NVIDIA’s RTX cards.It might be a little strange to hear that Minecraft is being updated to support ray tracing.After all, part of its charm is its graphics that looked dated when the game first launched way back in 2009.With that said, lighting is still a fairly big deal in vanilla Minecraft, so ray tracing won’t be entirely out of place even considering the game’s general aesthetic.In today’s announcement, NVIDIA said that the type of ray tracing coming to Minecraft is called path tracing, which “simulates the way light is transported throughout a scene.” A bunch of different forms of lighting and shadows are calculated using path tracing, including direct lighting from sources like the sun, lava, and glowstone.
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Huawei confirmed news last week that its Mate X foldable phone might not release in September, ostensibly so the firm can ensure the device is reliable and polished.But it also seems like the company delayed the release so it could upgrade the internals.Neowin went hands on with the Mate X in Shenzhen and reports that the foldable is now equipped with the HiSilicon Kirin 990 chipset.This processor hasn’t even been announced yet, but we’re expecting Huawei to announce it at IFA 2019 ahead of its integration into the Mate 30 series.There’s no word on chipset details, but Huawei has been quick to adopt new Arm IP in recent years.So that means we can likely expect the Kirin 990 to offer brand-new Cortex-A77 CPU cores and a Mali-G77 GPU.
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Once the workflow and processes, rather, they are designed to meet specifications of the technology can more than what it actually needs to be done, then is the technology in the way of business. "If you are such as the lack of modern collaboration tools and the opportunities to use video conferences or group chat, then you can just put it together as a team, on the basis that the person is local, rather than a team of individuals with the best skills for the project," says Diane Chaleff, a product manager in the Google cloud drive. The biggest impact of the day's business is that it is able to improve the customer experience, companies need to keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for better and faster services. "One of the clearest signs that the company's technology is doing more harm than good is where the productivity begins to falter," says the Tirena Dingeldein, an analyst at Capterra.do not pass deadline, is a well-known character in a major productivity problems, but there are other things to take note of as well.with A slowly declining market share due to the company's products and services are considered weaker than those of its competitors.
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In the short term, however, YouTube warns that the changes could lead to more videos being blocked entirely.Creators on YouTube have increasingly struggled with record labels claiming copyright on their videos when snippets of music appear momentarily in the background, like from the radio of a car passing by.YouTube’s new rules don’t stop these claims from happening, but they attempt to discourage the claims by removing a key incentive for copyright holders: the ability to make money.YouTube’s hope is that, by removing the ability to make money off of these tiny snippets or accidental clips, record labels will spend less time searching them out and instead just choose to leave creators alone.Record labels could keep up the pressure, but choose to block the videos entirely.The change comes in response to an uptick in the number of manually filed copyright claims on small clips of music in recent months.
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Singapore-based fintech startup Koku announced plans to expand into Indonesia following a US$2 million pre-series A funding round led by Decent Capital earlier this year.The company, which works with non-bank financial intermediaries to build foreign exchange tech solutions, said it is currently exploring projects with firms in Indonesia.Koku is set to partner with local e-wallet players, microlending and payment firms, and remittance and money exchange businesses to integrate its tech into existing operations.It is also exploring opportunities with local supermarkets and convenience stores to act as points of access to financial services.“Expansion into Indonesia will be very much dependent on engaging with the right partners,” Calvin Goh, founder and CEO of Koku, said.“We want to ensure that our technology is localized to adhere to cultural needs and business needs.”
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Flying with Ryanair is set to become extra traumatic and perhaps even literally impossible this summer, as the airline's pilots are planning a couple of strikes to prove various points with the boss.Two all-outs of UK-based Ryanair pilots are planned, a two-dayer for 22-23 August and another three-dayer covering 2-4 September, with representative union the British Airline Pilots Association saying the action is the culmination of decades' worth of frustration at the airline's refusal to do business with unions.BALPA's list of grievances include: "...pensions; loss of license insurance; maternity benefits; allowances; and a fair, transparent, and consistent pay structure," with the union saying Ryanair "cannot understand how to go about working with us constructively" and is seemingly incapable of negotiating in a sensible fashion.BALPA's general secretary Brian Strutton said: "We have had no formal offer from Ryanair and it is imperative that we resolve this dispute urgently to avoid strike action.No pilot wants to spoil the public's travel plans but at the moment it seems we have no choice."
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The heart cannot regenerate muscle tissue after a heart attack has killed part of the muscle wall.That dead tissue can strain surrounding muscle, leading to a lethal heart enlargement.Biomedical engineers believe they can aid the failing heart by using pluripotent stem cells to grow heart muscle cells outside of the body, and then injecting those muscle cells or adding a patch made from those cells, at or near the site of the dead heart tissue.Experimental and clinical trial evidence with this approach has shown moderate improvement of the pumping ability of the heart's left ventricle.In a research letter in the journal Circulation, co-senior authors Ramaswamy Kannappan, Ph.D., and Jianyi "Jay" Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., say their robust approach to select functionally competent, intact-DNA cells from a heterogeneous population can be easily adopted in clinical settings to yield cells that are better able to repopulate the ischemic myocardium and improve the performance of a failing heart.Zhang is chair of UAB Biomedical Engineering, a joint department of the UAB School of Medicine and School of Engineering, and holds the T. Michael and Gillian Goodrich Endowed Chair of Engineering Leadership.
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While most of the attention these days is being spent on the Galaxy Note 10, that doesn’t mean other OEMs are taking things sitting down.Some OEMs, like LG, are already hinting at what’s to come next month.While Motorola itself remains silent, the rumors and leaks about its next phone are the ones doing the talking for it.The latest dump forms an almost complete picture of the Motorola One Action that will bring the purity of Android One to an action-oriented camera phone.Motorola has been rather silent in the smartphone market of late and its latest handsets haven’t exactly made their mark even in their usual markets.The Moto G and E series aren’t selling by the numbers and the latest Moto Z model is pretty much the death knell for the Moto Mod phone line.
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Bytedance Technologies may have carved out a swathe of China’s online traffic with its popular short-video and news aggregation apps, but the Beijing-based company has yet to break Tencent Holdings’ grip on social networking.In at least the third attempt in the past year, Bytedance will try to crack the market for social networking among China’s 829 million internet users with a group chat within its popular Douyin short-video app.Friends who follow each other’s accounts can start a chat group to share text, photos, audio, and videos on the app.The in-app functions allow users to share Douyin videos instantly into a group chat instead of downloading them and going outside the app to share it on other platforms.“Douyin private messaging has been equipped with relevant basic function after it upgraded to Duoshan,” according to a company spokeswoman.Duoshan, which translates to “many flashes,” is Bytedance’s standalone social messaging app launched in January 2019.
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Fresh off the heels of its first serious attempt at electric vehicles, Audi has announced the E-tron scooter, a concept electric scooter that you ride like a skateboard.The four-wheeled rideable can hit a maximum speed of 12.5 mph, weighs 26 pounds (12 kg), and has a range of around 12.5 miles (20 km).Audi plans to release the scooter in late 2020 for around €2,000 (approximately $2,240).Combining elements of an e-scooter and a skateboard results in a pretty unique-looking riding experience.Rather than standing with your torso facing forward like you would with a regular scooter, you instead stand with your torso to the side, and you only hold onto the front handlebar with a single hand.Twisting this handlebar controls acceleration and braking, leaving your other hand free to give turning signals, if you’re so inclined.
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Capital One says it was hit with a data breach, affecting an estimated 100 million US individuals and approximately 6 million in Canada.Paige A. Thompson, a former software engineer, was arrested Monday by FBI in Seattle.She appeared in court and was charged with a single count of computer fraud and abuse, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Here's what was compromised, according Capital One:The largest category of information that was accessed pertained to consumers and small businesses, who applied for credit cards between 2005 and early 2019.
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Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed portable technology that allows farmers to identify plant diseases in the field."All plants release VOCs as they 'breathe,' but the type and concentration of those VOCs changes when a plant is diseased," says Qingshan Wei, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and corresponding author of a paper on the work."Our contribution here is the creation of a device that can be plugged into a smartphone and used to make those VOC measurements quickly in the field," says Wei, who is also a faculty member in NC State's Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security cluster."Our technology will help farmers identify diseases more quickly, so they can limit the spread of the disease and related crop damage," says Jean Ristaino, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology at NC State, co-author of the paper and director of the cluster.The test tube is then capped for at least 15 minutes to allow the relevant VOCs to accumulate.The paper is embedded with an array of chemical reagents that change color when they come into contact with a specific chemical group.
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The report heralds the rise of China as a technology and innovation superpower, with companies like WeChat and Bytedance leading the way with new concepts like “super app” and “social+”, which refers to group buying and video streaming in ecommerce.In Southeast Asia, Grab and Gojek now also happily consider themselves super apps.(Note that SCMP is owned by Alibaba, whose business models and products are obviously featured in the report as well.)A decade ago, people would still look for US models to copy, but people these days are increasingly searching for Chinese business models to import.China didn’t invent super appsLet me start by dispelling the myth that China pioneered the super app concept.
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I've been hunting for gear for hours.Scouring planet to planet, gathering resources, finishing quest steps.I have to access 15 information nodes strewn about the ruined red planet, and to access each of those nodes I need four override keys, which I get by completing other small challenges.It's an exercise in repetition, routing, optimization—doing the fastest activities in the smartest way, to get as many keys as possible as fast as possible, to ultimately get everything I need to complete the quest and get the gun.But those of us who play games still do it.I've noticed a lot of people I know play more massively multiplayer games in summer.
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Robert Mueller visits Congress tomorrow, the most popular vehicle in America is going electric, and the youths are fueling a Snapchat comeback.Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Robert Mueller is set to testify in front of CongressRobert Mueller will testify before the US Congress Wednesday in two separate hearings, the first starting at 8:30 am EST.Probably a lot of questions about the findings of the report versus how Attorney General William Barr framed it, and on the many points of contact between Russia and the Trump campaign.Don't, however, expect any shattering new details—if we know anything about Robert Mueller, it's that he's probably going to stick pretty close to the book.
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New York City might effectively ban the controversial practice of selling consumers’ phone location data, if a new bill proposed this week passes the city council.The bill, believed to be the first of its kind, would require wireless carriers and apps to get explicit permission before giving third parties geolocation data collected within the city.Under the plan, the city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications would be tasked with enforcing the bill, and could levy steep penalties on offenders.A violator could be fined $1,000 for each violation, or $10,000 for each person’s data shared, if multiple violations happened on the same day.The bill will move to committee hearings ahead of a wider council vote.Businesses that sell geolocation information have faced new scrutiny in the past year, as multiple investigations have spotlighted how the sensitive data is widely available, often without consumers noticing.
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To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.Netflix is ramping up work with brands like Coca-Cola and Baskin-Robbins to promote its high-profile original series.Though the effort within Netflix is still developing, Business Insider talked to brands and agencies to identify the early power players who are helping shape the streaming-TV company's work with brands.The brand deals, which were on full display around the return of "Stranger Things" this month, are tapping into marketing channels outside of Netflix's platform and media buys, such as retail spaces, to help grow the company's subscriber base.Read more: Netflix doesn't want to 'get distracted' by trying to make money directly from deals with brands like Coca-Cola and NikeThough the effort within Netflix is still developing, Business Insider talked to brands and agencies to identify the early power players who are helping shape the streaming-TV company's work with brands.
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