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as a Competitor to Google, only about 3.5 million of smart speakers in the past year, compared to 5.9 million units in the same period of the previous year.Alibaba and Baidu are shipped 3.9 million and 3.7 million, the smart speaker.The global market for smart speakers are the way forward, according to Canalys.in this Segment grew 44 per cent during the quarter, where there were 28.6 million units.
Apple released a new 16-inch MacBook Pro to replace the 15-inch MacBook Pro as Apple's large laptop option.The new 16-inch MacBook Pro ditches Apple's controversial "butterfly" keyboard in favor of a more traditional keyboard with a scissor mechanism.Apple's butterfly keyboards weren't universally liked.On MacBook laptops with Apple's Touch Bar, the escape key is a touch button.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Apple revealed a new 16-inch MacBook Pro on Wednesday, and apart from its unusual screen size, two things about the new MacBook Pro stick out.
TikTok is reportedly trying to nab some of Facebook's advertisers through targeted marketing campaigns, Adweek reported.TikTok, a short-form video app with more than 1 billion downloads, has been a problem for Facebook this year, and it recently moved near Facebook's office and started poaching employees.In leaked audio from a Facebook meeting over the summer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company plans to compete with TikTok.Facebook's subsidiary, Instagram, is now launching a new feature that mimics TikTok.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Adweek found that TikTok had at least five campaigns specifically targeting Facebook advertisers that used search terms including "Facebook influencer ads" and "Facebook ad network."
Chaka positions itself as a passport to local and global investing.Investors can get started with as little as 1000 Naira or $10 to create a local and global wallet to trade, according to Chaka founder and CEO Tosin Osibodu.“Embedded in our offer is the ability to buy on the local stock market…we make it more seamless than usual, and assets…from this whole universe outside the continent,” said Osibodu.It has a five-year partnership with NASDAQ and Airtel Africa listed on the NSE in July.Chaka looks to offer more than stocks.Chaka’s fee structure is 100 Naira (or 3%) for local trades and $4.00 for global trades.
'Really very everyday' – reportThe UK's Labour Party says its campaign site has been the target of "sophisticated and large-scale cyber-attack" and has informed GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre.Jeremy Corbyn's party said the attack took place yesterday, adding that security systems ensured there was no data breach.A spokeswoman said: "We have experienced a sophisticated and large-scale cyber-attack on Labour digital platforms.We took swift action and these attempts failed due to our robust security systems.The integrity of all our platforms was maintained and we are confident that no data breach occurred.
Some scientists think the Nile river might be revealing the mysteries of the mantle beneath it.There’s been debate over the age of the Nile – whether it formed from a river redirecting around 5 million years ago or whether a proto-Nile has flowed through the area for 30 million years.If the Nile is older, as one team of scientists’ evidence suggests, then it could be mirroring the course of a plume of mantle material circulating beneath it.The mantle is the largest layer of Earth, consisting of high-pressure rock beneath the crust and above the core.Two competing models try to explain the Nile.In one, the Nile formed when a drainage basin changed its course from westward to northward around 6 million years ago, due to the same processes that formed a crack in the African tectonic plate called the East African rift.
What these two events have in common is their relationship to power dynamics in the AI ethics debate.Power in AI is like gravity, an invisible force that influences every consideration of ethics in artificial intelligence.Deep learning, cloud computing, processors like GPUs, and compute power required to train neural networks faster — technology that’s become a cornerstone of major tech companies — fuel today’s revival.The end of the rise of median income tied to a rise in productivity is what Brynjolfsson calls “the great decoupling.”“For most of the 20th century, those roles in tandem — more production, more wealth, more productivity — went hand in hand with the typical person being better off, but recently those lines have diverged,” he said.Tech giants and access to power
Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally out on PC!For many PC gamers, the long wait to play Red Dead Redemption 2 on their PCs ended up being a whole lot longer.Instead of being able to jump into Rockstar’s beautifully detailed world of cowboys, lowlifes, button mashing and seemingly endless horse riding, many people were instead left staring at a message that reads "The Rockstar Games Launcher exited unexpectedly."Now, the less charitable amongst us who have already played the game might say that this level of frustration offers PC gamers a pretty accurate Red Dead Redemption 2 experience.After failing a mission because you walked the wrong way, or died in an ambush because the game decided to lose all your weapons, you may actually wish for the beautiful simplicity of a simple old fashioned crash to desktop error.And, the messy PC launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 has reminded many of us why gaming on PC can be so frustrating.
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes spoke out Friday against the social network's controversial policy regarding political ads.The social network has faced intense criticism for its rules that allow politicians to make whatever claims they want -- true or untrue -- in ads that run on the platform.Last month, more than 250 Facebook employees signed an open letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg condemning the policy.During a speech at Georgetown University last month, Zuckerberg defended the policy by highlighting the social network's commitment to free speech and expression, versus the suppression of speech.Hughes' comments come as Facebook faces criticism on several fronts, including for data misuse, questions about election integrity, and misinformation.In May, he published an op-ed in The New York Times calling for the breakup of the company he co-founded.
Activision Blizzard reported today that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is outselling last year’s Black Ops 4 title by a percentage in the “teens,” the company announced in its earnings report for the third quarter ended September 30.Modern Warfare shipped on October 25, after the close of the quarter.But Activision earlier said that Infinity Ward’s latest Call of Duty game sold more than $600 million in its first three days of sales.And Call of Duty Mobile launched October 1, and it reached more than 100 million downloads in its first month.Both games suggest that the Call of Duty franchise is alive and well despite challenges in its category from games such as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.Earlier, Activision said that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s $600 million in its first three days of sales compared favorably to past titles WWII and Black Ops 4, which both made more than $500 million in their opening weekends.
You know when you visit a website and a message immediately pops up asking permission to send you notifications?And you know how you're probably annoyed by it?Mozilla studied the situation and found that we really, really don't like those permission pop-ups."About 99% of notification prompts go unaccepted, with 48% being actively denied by the user," Mozilla said in a Monday blog post.For that reason, Firefox will block that pop-up by default starting in January with Firefox 72.Firefox will still show the notification permission pop-ups once you've interacted with the site with a tap, click or keystroke.
The Google Pixel is where you’ll find the very best Android experience in the world, and the Google Pixel 4 XL is set to prove it.Google’s latest flagship is packed to the gills with tip-top hardware, a notch-less display, and — for the first time on a Pixel phone — a dual-lens rear-facing camera suite.While it’s certainly a special phone, it’s an expensive one, too.Don’t stay up all night worrying about your phone — ward off scratches, dirt, and cracks with one of the best Pixel 4 XL cases.It’s time for a design change in Google’s Pixel forges and the Pixel 4 XL is the super-sized representative of Google’s new design ethos.Otterbox Symmetry Series Gradient Energy Case
Google’s going all-in for its quest to build an Apple Watch alternative for Android.After a few days of rumors, the company officially made the announcement on Friday, November 1: Google is acquiring Fitbit, the fifth-largest wearable maker, for $2.1 billion.“By working closely with Fitbit’s team of experts, and bringing together the best A.I., software, and hardware, we can help spur innovation in wearables and build products to benefit even more people around the world,” Rick Osterloh, Google’s hardware chief, wrote in a blog post.The announcement doesn’t share any specifics on why Google made another wearable-focused acquisition in less than a year, but assures existing Fitbit users it won’t misuse their data for advertisements.But don’t forget that Google will also have access to the intellectual property Fitbit brought in when it bought Pebble in 2016.If you have been keeping count, this means Google’s hardware and Android division are now faced with the challenge of integrating a gazillion different teams (don’t forget Google’s $1.1 billion HTC purchase in 2018) under the same roof.
The deadline to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 has sadly now passed.Not to worry though as you can rely on TechRadar to help you buy Windows 10 for the best price.Windows 10 is generally seen as an improvement over Windows 8 - yes, the Start button is back!So, if you're building a brand new system or want to upgrade to Windows 10 on an older device, you're going to need to buy a copy.Don't worry though, because we check the prices of Windows 10 every day to make sure you get the best deals.The best Black Friday Windows 10 prices and deals
MIT has announced the development of self-assembling robotic cubes.The cubes can climb over and around each other, jump in the air, and roll across the ground.The robots are now able to communicate with each other, a development that has taken six years to achieve.The communication system the robots use is a simple barcode-like system on each face of the block.That barcode allows the modules to identify each other.Each of the cubes is called an M-Block and has a flywheel that moves at 20,000 rpm.
L Catterton, a US$15 billion private equity firm based in the US, has closed its third Asia fund at a little over US$1.4 billion, which is aimed at backing retail and healthcare companies across the region.For this fund, L Catterton – which was co-founded by luxury goods maker LVMH – had a target of over US$1.2 billion.But the company kept it open after additional investors expressed interest, Bloomberg reported, citing the firm’s managing partner Chinta Bhagat.According to the company, L Catterton Asia 3 is set to run for 10 years and is focused on deals across China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, with an average ticket size somewhere between US$50 million to US$150 million.Bhagat added that the size of the latest fund means that it will focus on transactions above US$100 million.L Catterton plans to help retail brands grow with the fund, leveraging its employees’ experience in choosing store locations and finding partners.
Button of the Month is a monthly look at what some of those buttons and switches are like on devices old and new, and it aims to appreciate how we interact with our devices on a physical, tactile levelLogitech’s MX Master 3 might be the best mouse ever made.There are a lot of good things about it, but what elevates it above the nest of other mice out there is — without a doubt — the scroll wheel, which is unparalleled by any other.The MX Master series has always had great scroll wheels, going back to the original model in 2015.But the recently released MX Master 3 improves on that with a new magnet-powered scroll wheel mechanism that’s faster and more precise than the old model, as well as almost completely silent to boot.I’m not going to get too into the technical aspects of the changes Logitech has made here with the magnetic mechanism (I highly recommend reading this in-depth teardown from Bolt that goes into the nitty-gritty), but the end result is a practically flawless scroll experience.
Do I think Tim Cook stalks me?Well, I can’t say for certain, but yes.They feature noise-canceling tech, an ambient awareness mode (the company refers to this as “transparency”), improved sound, and removable ear tips — something you can read about in more detail here.But, what has got me convinced Mr. Tim Apple has been tracking me is how eerily similar these new updates are to an article I wrote earlier in the year telling Apple how they could’ve made the AirPods better.Well, let’s have a look at what I advised and compare it to the reality.While the old AirPods were just sticks of smooth plastic, the AirPods Pro have flexible tips you can remove to get a perfect seal around your earholes.
That’s to say the models can be deceived by specially crafted patches attached to real-world targets.Most research in adversarial attacks involves rigid objects like glass frames, stop signs, or cardboard.In a preprint paper, they claim it manages to achieve up to 79% and 63% success rates in digital and physical worlds, respectively, against the popular YOLOv2 model.Incidentally, the university team speculated that their technique could be combined with a clothing simulation to design such a T-shirt.The researchers from today’s study note that a number of adversarial transformations are commonly used to fool classifiers, including scaling, translation, rotation, brightness, noise, and saturation adjustment.But they say these are largely insufficient to model the deforming cloth caused by a moving person’s pose changes.
Though every mattress has a different lifespan depending on the material, manufacturer and usage, the average lifespan of a mattress is about 10 years.Of course, you can continue sleeping on a mattress much longer than that (and many people do, because mattresses are pretty expensive), but sleeping on a worn-out mattress can have real consequences on your sleep quality and overall health.If you find yourself wondering why you can't fall asleep or why your back hurts so much when you wake up, it's probably time for a new mattress.If your mattress has visible signs of disrepair, it's time for a new one.This includes any of the following signs:Sagging in the middle or at the corners
Now in its fifth year, the lengthy name of the event matches the depth of the discussions.But one speaker and her talk stood out to me in particular: Marzyeh Ghassemi, who also happens to be a veteran of Alphabet’s Verily, presented “Machine Learning From Our Mistakes.”Ghassemi, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, talked about the importance of predicting actionable insights in health care, the regulation of algorithms, and practice data versus knowledge data.Because, 10 years ago, all of the data became owned by companies.And so I think we need to make a choice to move into what the vision community has done so that we can create, audit, and deploy fair state of the art machine learning models in health.The conversation is almost exclusively focused on which virtual assistant — Alexa, Bixby, Cortana, Google Assistant, Siri, etc.
WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann didn’t plan for his family’s control of WeWork to end at his death but instead expected to pass that control to future generations of Neumanns, too, says Business Insider.The outlet reports that in a speech Neumann gave to employees in January of this year, footage of which it says it has viewed, Neumann is seen saying that WeWork isn’t “just controlled — we’re generationally controlled.” He reportedly goes on to say that while the five children he shares with wife Rebekah Neumann “don’t have to run the company,” they “do have to stay the moral compass of the company.”According to BI, Neumann even invoked his future grandchildren, telling those gathered: “It’s important that one day, maybe in 100 years, maybe in 300 years, a great-great-granddaughter of mine will walk into that room and say, ‘Hey, you don’t know me; I actually control the place.The way you’re acting is not how we built it,'” he said.These may sound like more outlandish proclamations from Neumann, who has a flair for the dramatic.(Talking to Fast Company earlier this year, he compared WeWork to a rare jewel, asking, “Do you know how long it takes a diamond to be created?”)
We heard early this year that Motorola would be bringing back its iconic RAZR handset as a pricy smartphone with a vertically folding screen, and in February the company confirmed it was working on a foldable for this year.Now, CNET reports that the company has sent out invites for a November 13th event that prominently displays the unmistakable silhouette of a classic RAZR as part of an animated teaser image.While it’s hard to tell for sure, it sure looks like we’re seeing the RAZR’s signature hinge pulled away from the edge of the handset to reveal a different sort of hinge underneath — perhaps to better house a true foldable screen like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold handset.Motorola appears to have multiple taglines for the event, but they all strongly hint at the foldable RAZR.The invite includes the phrase “You’re going to flip,” and the event will apparently be the “highly-anticipated unveiling of a reinvented icon,” according to CNET.We may already know what this phone looks like, by the way, courtesy of these leaked images from Weibo.
Samsung and industry insiders report that the Galaxy Fold keeps on selling out everywhere it launches.That is almost hard to believe since the prohibitive $2,000 price tag and limited availability makes it an extremely rare item.Regardless of the accuracy of those reports, Samsung seems to still believe in the vision of foldable phones, except that vision may be changing before the next Galaxy Fold debuts next year.Samsung may be taking its time before it unveils the yet to be named Galaxy Fold 2.It announced the first Galaxy Fold earlier in February but, thanks to a series of problems, it didn’t fully launch the phone until just last month.Hopefully, the waiting time for the Galaxy Fold 2 will be shorter.
Tablet shoppers don't have a lot of options these days.There's the iPad, of course, and the premium price that goes with it.(The current entry-level model starts at $329.)Good news: Lenovo has a pretty excellent deal on a stock-Android tablet: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus (black) is just $99.99 shipped.The Tab serves up an interesting mix of specs.Its 2GHz Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM definitely put it in the "budget" category, meaning it's fine for the likes of Netflix streaming and web browsing, but probably not up to handling the latest and greatest games or intensive multitasking.
Huawei SVP and global cybersecurity officer John Suffolk claims the company is receiving one million cyberattack attempts every day.Speaking to Japanese press outlet The Mainichi, Suffolk says the majority of attacks focus on stealing intellectual property.Huawei’s leadership in many areas makes it a clear target for such IP theft attempts.The attacks may increase given Huawei’s bans in many countries, providing a gap for rivals with similar technology to fill.Back in September, Huawei even made allegations that US agencies themselves have conducted "cyberattacks to infiltrate Huawei's intranet and internal information systems".Furthermore, Huawei claims its present and former employees have been "threatened, coerced, and enticed" by US law enforcement.
Today, Xiaomi officially unleashed the Redmi 8/8A smartphones in China.Also, it disclosed some noteworthy information concerning the upcoming Redmi K30 flagship smartphone and the new RedmiBook with AMD.It turns out the Redmi K30 will support dual-mode 5G and will come with two holes on the screen.Thus, instead of the single-hole display design adopted by the major manufacturers, the new Redmi flagship will sport two front cameras.What’s more interesting, the RedmiBook with AMD Athlon processor is on its way.It will hit the market as soon as on October 21.
In honor of World Sight Day, Google Maps has introduced a new feature for blind or partially sighted people.Maps will now offer more detailed voice guidance and verbal announcements to make navigating with limited vision easier and safer.“As a legally blind woman living in Tokyo, I know that getting around unfamiliar environments can be a challenge,” Google’s Wakana Sugiyama wrote in a blog post.“I can easily commute from my front door to my desk at work; it’s a trip I take regularly and know well.But going someplace new and unfamiliar can be an intimidating experience without sight to guide you.”The new feature helps people like Sugiyama by letting them know they are on the correct route and warning them in advance when a turn is coming up.