Farmdrop, a farmer-friendly online grocery platform based in the U.K., has raised £7 million in Series A funding.Leading the round is Atomico, the London VC fund founded by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström.Originally launched in 2014 as a ‘click and collect’ service that let you order groceries online direct from farmer-producers and pick up your order at a local collection point, the company has since pivoted to door-to-door delivery but with the same basic idea of a marketplace that bypasses the mass supermarkets.“The fundamental problem is that the supermarket’s dominance over the last fifty years has put huge amounts of downward pressure on farmgate prices,” explains Farmdrop co-founder Ben Pugh.“In this environment, the only option for producers has been to focus on yields and durability which has led to a big depreciation in the taste and nutritional quality of homegrown foods”.To counteract this, the Farmdrop platform claims to remove (or replace) wholesalers and retailers from the supply chain, which enables it to pay producers roughly double what they would get from a supermarket.
Follow-ups to the highest-grossing movie of all time were originally slated to start coming out next year.But recent statements by director James Cameron disclosed that there’d be a delay for the coming wave of Avatar sequels.Now we know the exact dates that Cameron and his team are aiming for, starting with December 18, 2020.Today, on the franchise’s official Facebook page, an update mentioned concurrent production of four Avatar movies, with the apparent intent to make these films a winter holiday tradition much like Disney has done with Star Wars:Great to be working with the best team in the business!Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels.
Five Hollywood studios are currently battling over which one will make the next James Bond film.The New York Times reports that MGM and Eon, the companies that control the film rights, are currently taking pitches from several major studios for a one-film contract to distribute the 25th film in the Bond franchise.According to the piece, Sony, which had a deal for the previous four films, pitched the rights holders touting its great successes with those films and deep ties to the franchise.The studio reps even held the meeting on a replica set from Dr. No, to show their passion.Also vying for the rights are Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, and Annapurna, all of which will be doing similar pitches.(Just probably not on replica Dr. No sets.)
New York-based Green Point Creative has featured actress Rachael Leigh Cook in an anti-drug PSA in honor of the 20th anniversary of the “This is Your Brain” spot.With the message that, “The War on Drugs is a War on People,” the spot highlights the inequality, especially by race, that drug regulation and incarceration operate on.The PSA starts with Cook holding up an egg and a frying pan.She says, “This... is one of the millions of Americans who use drugs, and won’t get arrested.” She then holds up a brown egg and says, “However, this American is several times more likely to be charged with a drug crime.“Ryan at Motiv came up with the original egg concept and after the Drug Policy Alliance signed on, we further developed the spot,” said Howard Bowler, creative director, Green Point Creative.“Once we had the script locked and the project in motion, we decided to approach Rachael Leigh Cook to see if she would be willing to recreate her role for this new message.
Som varje år på den stora konferensen AWS Summit passar Amazon Web Services på att lansera åtskilliga nyheter för sin molnplattform.Här är ett axplock av vad Vogels hade att bjuda på:Amazon släpper Lex som en skarp tjänst.Det här inbegriper maskininlärningsteknik för att lära Alexa att träna upp förståelse av text och röstinspelningar.Läs också: Superdator i molnet med AWS nya tjänstEtt problem med kontinuerlig integration och kontinuerliga leveranser är att utvecklare blir tvungna att byta mellan olika verktyg ofta.
The total outlay will be at least $1.05 billion with the maker of the glass that protects most of today’s touchscreens.It looks like this is as much a strategic move to ensure the company has enough fibre to support its future ambitions as any kind of major new initiative but that’s not stopping both companies positioning it as an event of earth-shattering significance.“Our plans identified a shortfall in fibre supply, and Verizon has been working with business teams to forecast demand and fill supply gaps with existing suppliers,” said Viju Menon, Verizon’s Chief Supply Chain Officer.“Securing the required volume of optical fiber and hardware solutions with Corning will ensure we meet our planned rollout schedules.”“We are pleased that Verizon recognizes the value of Corning’s innovative solutions in deploying next-generation converged optical infrastructure, such as One Fiber, more quickly and cost effectively,” said Clark Kinlin, Corning EVP.“Verizon’s purchase commitment supports necessary capacity investments across our manufacturing footprint.”
Hoping to get self-driving vehicle companies to share a common platform rather than design from scratch, Baidu said Tuesday it would offer its technology for autonomous driving to other companies, while also partnering in the sourcing of components and hardware.Baidu will offer a vehicle platform, hardware platform, software platform and cloud data services, and will open source code and capabilities in obstacle perception, trajectory planning, vehicle control, vehicle operating systems and other functions, as well as a set of testing tools, it said in a statement.The project called Apollo, after the U.S. moon missions, could help speed up the development of self-driving cars, making the technology available sooner to smaller car makers and users at a more competitive price.Until now car makers and tech companies have been pursuing the development of self-driving cars independently or in close-knit alliances, guarding their inventions protectively as the ongoing lawsuit between Alphabet's Waymo and Uber Technologies indicates.“An open, innovative industry ecosystem initiated by Baidu will accelerate the development of autonomous driving in the U.S. and other developed automotive markets,” said Qi Lu, Baidu’s group president and chief operating officer in a statement.Baidu’s bid to create a standard platform will depend largely on how many partners sign on to the project.
It is the business concept behind a company that gets heavy support from the Swedish energy agency.How much money the Swedish energy agency has granted will pay out at Acosense.the Company develops, produces and markets instruments for the process industry and are considered to have good potential to launch new products both in Sweden and internationally.the Products will do to the industry can get access to high quality digital process information.Digitisation is expected to contribute to large energy and environmental savings.It is the instrument ACOspector to be further developed and optimized, and in addition, a new instrument, the Preventor, developed, patented, demonstrated and marknadsintroduceras.
Särskilda utmaningar för vårdbolag i och med dess decentraliserade organisationEU:s nya dataskyddsförordning får stora konsekvenser för hur verksamheter hanterar personuppgifter och information i verksamheten, med partners och vilka erbjudanden som ges till individer.Lagen innehåller även detaljerade regler om vilka tekniska och organisatoriska säkerhetsåtgärder den som hanterar personuppgifter ska vidta för att undvika informationsläckage och otillbörlig behandling.För första gången introduceras ett krav på att företaget självt ska kunna visa att företaget följer de processer och skyldigheter som det åläggs av dataskyddsförordningen.En utmaning med vårdbolagens ofta decentraliserade organisationer, bestående av vårdenheter och bolag, är att finna lämplig balans mellan kliniskt självstyre och central kvalitetsledning och uppföljning.Det finns här argument för att ytterligare centralisera informationshantering, it-miljö och verksamhetsutveckling.
If people doesn't own a pet, he might wonder that the enthusiasm with which some of the owners of the dog, cat or other pets talking about.Often the accent's sweet-talking or even pet sounds-seeking.according to New research such speech and behavior is, however, far from silly – it is, in fact, just the opposite.Antropomorfismin experts claim that talking to animals is a sign of intelligence, writes the Metro.Antropomorfismi to attach human-like human qualities to animals, inanimate objects, or even of religion familiar to imaginary destinations.”Historically, antropomorfismi is associated with childishness or stupidity, but it is actually a natural by-product of that, what makes people unique intelligent beings on our planet,” said university of Chicago behavioral science professor Nicholas Epley.
In the nineteen-eighties, when I was a child, my family rarely took vacations.There had been a revolution in Iran, and there was a war on.Most of our trips were to the gardens of family and friends; a couple of times we went to Shomal, as the green band of forests south of the Caspian Sea is known.In those days, travelling was all about us pleasing the group.I was told to keep the frogs and cats away from my paranoid aunt.In the afternoon, when my uncle went jogging, I had to run behind him, carrying a boom box playing “Eye of the Tiger.” He had just returned from the front, and he loved “Rocky.”
Apple on kasvattanut markkinaosuuttaan selvästi Intiassa.Samaan aikaan Samsungin kännykät käyvät maassa kaupaksi entistä huonommin.Apple on pystynyt kasvattamaan markkinaosuutta Intiassa, kun taas kilpailija, korealainen markkinajohtaja Samsung, on menettänyt osuuttaan viime vuoden kokonaismyynnistä Cybermedia Research -tutkimustalon mukaan.Applen osuus kännyköiden kokonaismyynnistä Intiassa on noussut vuodessa 3 prosentista 8 prosenttiin, kun taas Samsungin osuus on laskenut samana aikana yli 40 prosentista 33:een.Intia on perinteisesti ollut vaikea markkina Applelle laitteiden korkeiden hintojen takia.Keskihinta älypuhelimelle on Intiassa alle sata euroa.
Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there — alongside some real gems.But don’t grab your wallet just yet.Ever wished your bike didn’t have chains?Well whether you wanted it or not, the chain-free bicycle is finally here.As its creator explains, the Chainless bike replaces the traditional mechanism with a series of tungsten gears, which won’t rust or ever need to be oiled.And thanks to both front and rear disc brakes, the Chainless is allegedly able to stop on a dime.
In most places around the world, your standard options for a Tinder date involve dinner, drinks or clubbing.That’s why I asked my date if she’d like to help me review a product for work.Have I got game or what?There are a number of custom LEGO-like pieces that accommodate the battery, motors and radio control receiver, as well as a minifigure to take on the role of the pilot aboard your aircraft.You can order kits with or without the $80 remote controller, and replacement parts are available through the company’s site.Once you’ve got all your pieces laid out, you’ll need to carefully follow the instructions to build any of the three prescribed drones – choose from quad, octo and hexo airframe designs, depending on how you want it to look and how much time you want to spend building it.
Swatch said that the phrase has references to its own campaign from the 1980s.Technology giant Apple has lodged a complaint against Swiss watchmaker Swatch for using the phrase ‘Tick Different’ in one its marketing initiatives.The slogan is being used by Swatch as part of its marketing campaign to sell a wristwatch having a contactless payment chip.But the smartphone maker Apple said that the phrase has some similarities to its Think Different campaign, which was carried out during 1990s.Swatch chief executive Nick Hayek was quoted by Swiss news site Watson as saying that the similarity was purely coincidental.Hayek said that the slogan has references to one of the company’s own campaign from the 1980s: “Always different, always new”.
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Virtual reality company Baobab Studios is partnering with musician, producer and activist John Legend for a new animated VR series, Rainbow Crow.Legend will bring his storytelling sensibility as executive producer and the title character in the Native American-based tale.The first in the series will premiere at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival later this month.The 10-time Grammy award winner is one of the most notable stars to enter the leading-edge virtual reality space, fully embracing it as an incredible and innovative medium for artistic expression.“Rainbow Crow brings storytelling and music together in a way no one else has yet in virtual reality.It’s an incredible medium for inspiring a journey of self-discovery and finding your way in times to darkness,” explained Legend in a press release.
Major tech firms including Google, Firefox and Apple are reportedly working with a team of researchers from the UK's Newcastle University who found evidence that hackers may be able to steal PINs and passwords by analysing how devices are held.Cybersecurity experts suggest in a new study that the growing number of motion sensors in our mobile phones may be putting our personal data at risk.They warned that out of 25 sensors in phones only a small amount ask the user to give them permission to access the device.By analysing the movement of the device as information is typed, the team said it was possible to "crack" four-digit passwords with 70% accuracy on the first guess and 100% by the fifth – all due to the information recorded up by the phone's internal sensors.The study found each user touch action – clicking, scrolling, holding and tapping – can be monitored and tracked.On a known webpage, the team claimed to be able to determine what part of the page the user was clicking on and even what they were typing.
A year ago, Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco, often known as “the Netflix of China,” was flying high.By many measures, the quickly growing company appeared poised to become a global consumer electronics powerhouse.How quickly things have changed course.After a splashy U.S. launch of low-priced smartphones, smart TVs, and electric bikes, the company admitted that it was growing too fast, and was running low on cash.The Great Wall, a big budget film starring Matt Damon and co-financed by company’s film division, Le Vision Pictures, flopped at the U.S. box office and failed to meet expectations in China, putting a damper not just on Le Vision Pictures’ future film ambitions, but on the broader U.S./China film co-financing space.Today, things got even worse: LeEco is calling off the $2 billion acquisition of TV brand Vizio, which was first announced last summer.
AltspaceVR is leading the charge to create a social VR experience, where people do in VR pretty much everything they do in real life.Founded in 2013, the Redwood City, Calif.-based company now has more than 40 people.So I caught up with Romo at the recent SVVR event in San Jose, Calif. Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation.GB: How have you evolved over time?Eric Romo: I started the company in 2013.We’ve always talked about Altspace as this intermingling of game and web technology.We’re built on top of Unity, and we have a version of Chromium, the open-source version of Google’s Chrome, built into the product.Unity helps make that easier, but if you survey the market and look at what apps are on all four major platforms, there are very few.We tell developers, “If you develop something once to work in AltspaceVR, using A-Frame or our SDK, it’ll work on every platform.” Developers can build one thing and obviate the need to figure out the store situation.