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Singapore-based gift card company Giftano closed a S$1.15 million (US$845,000) seed funding round from a group of angel investors to expand its business.The startup, founded in 2014, operates an online gift card platform that serves both business-to-consumer and business-to-business markets.It offers gift vouchers from more than 100 food and beverage, lifestyle, and beauty brands, according to a statement.It also provides users with an array of gifting options from various merchants in Singapore, such as yoga sessions at Freedom Yoga, a meal at Michelin-star restaurant Burnt Ends, and gift certificates for Mothercare and Cathay Cineplexes, among others.Giftano plans to use the new funds to expand its product offerings, further improve its platform, and drive growth in its B2C business.It now seeks to be “the largest premium online marketplace for gifts” after finding success in B2B services in its first couple of years, Giftano founder and CEO Jesper Gustafsson said.
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a publicly-traded Company, the New Ventures, taking up about 30 per cent of the Swedish elscooterbolaget for You.on The report of the third quarter, a tribute to managing director Per Brilioth in its portfolio companies.”We believe that the company, on a stand-alone basis, it should be able to generate about $ 500 million in revenue, for a couple of years,” he says.Just as it is for You the head of Fredrik Hjelm, think of Per Brilioth, on the one occasion of the forthcoming consolidation of the elscootermarknaden, where the Swedish company is likely to be more active with acquisitions.the City recently took out more than 800 million of new capital, which the Company's New Ventures, accounted for the lion's share of the funds.Because the transaction occurred after the close of the third quarter end the Company did not put a new valuation on the company.
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“Programmers and engineers [can] co-develop and optimize their hardware and software”Xilinx, like everyone else shipping Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), is trying to make the custom silicon processors and the system-on-chip (SoC) architectures that deploy them easier to programme.To understand why this particular release matters – and why we’re giving the company free airtime – it’s necessary to take a few steps backward.FGPAs Are Going to Be Increasingly Big NewsAs cloud hyperscalers and other Big Data crunchers seek to squeeze ever-more firepower from their silicon, FGPAs have an increasingly crucial role to play.With everyone from banks to pharmaceutical companies looking to run (evolving) AI algorithms over large datasets, FGPAs – which contain an array of programmable logic blocks, and a hierarchy of reconfigurable interconnects – let users flexibly accelerate such efforts; they can be pre-trained by cloud providers, or fine-tuned by anyone who can get their hands on them to run particular workloads.
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The rapper stopped his set 20 minutes early amid jeers and chants for Frank Ocean.HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.Verizon Media and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Facebook confirmed this year it's planning to add an extra layer of security to its messaging services as part of a plan to make it possible for WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram users to send messages to one another without switching apps.Like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram messages would be end-to-end encrypted, meaning messages can't be viewed by anyone outside the sender and recipient.The three apps would still be separate, but they'll be brought together under a single messaging platform or protocol."Mark has has set himself up with a very tall order and I think it's going to be years in the making," said Brian Acton, WhatsApp co-founder and executive chairman of the Signal Foundation at the WIRED25 conference in San Francisco on Friday."The proof is really going to be in the pudding."Last month, government officials from the UK, US and Australia asked Facebook to pause these efforts.
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October is a time for pumpkin spice lattes, scarves – and record-breaking heat.Yup, October 2019 was the hottest October ever documented, but c’mon, does that surprise anyone anymore?The Copernicus Union Climate Change Service managed by the European Union announced these findings Tuesday, noting that this year’s October was 0.69 degrees Celsius warmer than the global average between 1981 and 2010.This latest record-breaker comes after September 2019 broke records and July 2019 was crowned the hottest month in Earth’s recorded history.It beat October 2015 by a mere 0.01 degrees Celsius.Perhaps October 2020 will show them who’s truly hot shit.
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We all love free stuff and we all love a bargain - that is simply a fact of life.And, following those two simple beliefs that is why we also love this new Huawei P30 Pro deal from Carphone Warehouse.Offering up the highly impressive Huawei P30 Pro, decked out with 30GB of data on EE for a solid £44 a month, Carphone Warehouse had already caught our attention.Then, as if it was trying to bring Black Friday forward a few weeks, it threw in a free pair of Huawei Freelace headphones, too!The addition of those wireless headphones (worth £99.99) lobs that near the top of the list of best Huawei P30 Pro deals, rubbing shoulders with an offer from EE with an even more impressive freebie (spoiler alert...it's a Ninentdo Switch!)and Three Mobile with its unbeatable big data pricing.
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The Google Chrome browser was found to have two high-risk vulnerabilities.They allow hackers to escalate privileges and thereby perform high-level malicious attacks on users’ computers.The Chrome Security Team said the use-after-free vulnerability allowed hackers to execute arbitrary code on infected devices.One of the vulnerabilities exists in the browser’s audio component (CVE-2019-13720), while the other exists in the PDFium library (CVE-2019-13721).Both of these vulnerabilities are highly rigorous.They allow hackers to execute arbitrary code in the Chrome browser, obtain sensitive information, and even bypass the host’s unauthorized security mechanisms to fully manipulate the computer.
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When it comes to laptops, Asus is one of the best options on the market.It may not be as well established as tech titans Apple, Dell, and HP, but the company actually has a broad selection of laptops – from affordable Chromebooks to premium gaming rigs.Right now, two Asus ZenBook models are enjoying significant price cuts on Amazon.The ZenBook 13 UX331 is currently sold for $131 off and the ZenBook 14 UX430 for $249 off.The NanoEdge 13.3-inch touchscreen display offers a Full HD resolution, a wide-view technology, and 100% sRGB color gamut, promising stunning visuals for a variety of content.It also comes with the Asus Splendid Eye Care technology designed to ensure a comfortable viewing experience all while keeping your eyes healthy at the same time.
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Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours.We closed the day, October 27 2019, at a price of $9,551.That’s a respectable 3.35 percent increase in 24 hours, or $310.We’re still 52 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017).Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $172,087,039,875.Yesterday’s volume of $32,593,129,501 was the lowest in one day, 108 percent above the year’s average, and 27 percent below the year’s high.
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Transfer learning, or a technique that entails pretraining an AI model on a data-rich task before fine-tuning it on another task, has been successfully applied in domains from robotics to object classification.But it holds particular promise in the subfield of natural language processing (NLP), where it’s given rise to a diversity of benchmark-besting approaches.To advance it further, researchers at Google developed a new data set — Colossal Clean Crawled Corpus — and a unified framework and model dubbed Text-to-Text Transformer that converts language problems into a text-to-text format.They say that in experiments with one of the largest models ever submitted to the General Language Understanding Evaluation (GLUE) benchmark, they achieve state-of-the-art results on benchmarks covering question answering, text classification, and more.Generally speaking, training a model to perform NLP tasks involves ensuring the model develops knowledge enabling it to “understand” text — knowledge that might range from low-level (for example, the spelling or meaning of words) to high-level (that a tuba is too large to fit in most backpacks).The team at Google investigated an approach that took text as input and produced new text as output, applying the same objective, training procedure, and decoding process to every task considered.
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Google's recently announced Pixel 4 has a new biometric feature—well, new for Google, at least—face unlock.Like most new biometric systems, that means we'll probably be writing about security flaws in its implementation, and the first one has already popped up before the phone is even out.You don't need to have your eyes open for the Pixel 4's face unlock to work.The flaw was first publicized by the BBC's technology reporter, Chris Fox, who was able to get face unlock to work on several people with their eyes closed.Pixel 4 hands-on—Thumbs up for 90Hz, thumbs down for Project SoliThe thing about biometrics versus a password or PIN is that having to enter data via a keyboard is a pretty good indicator of consent.
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Japan has officially announced that it will participate with NASA’s Lunar Gateway project (via NHK), which will seek to establish an orbital research and staging station around the Moon.The Lunar Gateway is a key component of NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to land the first American woman and the next American man on the surface of the Moon by 2024.Japan’s involvement was confirmed on Friday at a meeting of the country’s Strategic Headquarters for National Space Policy, at which Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was present.The governing body accepted a recommendation from a panel established to study the possibility that Japan should indeed join NASA’s efforts.Working with NASA on its Lunar Gateway will serve to benefit Japan in a few ways, the panel determined, including by boosting its profile as a technology leader and by strengthening U.S.-Japan relations when it comes to ensuring space is a place where international collaboration on peaceful ventures and research can take place.Further details about how Japan will participate aren’t yet available, which makes sense given this decision has only just been made.
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You can easily add custom words to Voice Control on an iPhone with iOS 13 to make the feature more accurate and useful.Voice Control gives users the ability to use their voice to command actions on their iOS device, like taking a picture, closing out of an app, or swiping left.Voice Control, one of the many features introduced with Apple's iOS 13 software update, gives users the ability to navigate their iOS devices with just the sound of their voice.Commands include phrases like "swipe left," "take a photo," or "scroll down," but Apple also allows users to add their own vocabulary to the feature.Adding custom words and phrases to Voice Control can be essential for those with disabilities, and according to Apple, will make it easier for those who "work with specialized apps or documents."Check out the products mentioned in this article:
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However, the Swedish e-retailers should not have to be concerned about, according to, Per Ljungberg, managing director at Swedish Digital Trade.”It is important to keep your ear to the ground,” he said.about 50 percent of the respondents said that they know about the fact that these companies are committed to the privacy of the internet.This is an increase of 17 percentage points from the year 2015.It sure beats the freshness of the report, Swedes and the internet is fast, which is annually put forth by the internet infrastructure foundation.”It's a Swedish internet use has matured, and people are reflecting more on what they are doing online, and what the consequences are.
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as a Tank the M4 Sherman was a reliable tank that could be produced in large numbers.on the other hand, it wasn't enough used to be, and often is not large enough fire-power to match the German tanks in the battle.the M4 Sherman, were the three primary main battle tank of the second world war. " It was produced in 50 000 copies and had a number of good qualities: the floating, mechanically reliable, and able to assume a number of roles on the battlefield.on the other hand were not up to it against the heavier tanks that Germany launched later during world war ii.this is The only way for the M4 motorway, the gear to fight them was to get up close and hit from the right direction.
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Singapore has a relatively constant climate of around 30 and around 22 g/kg of water outdoors, which is equivalent to just under 70% of relative humidity.and When it cools down, the air increases, relative moisture up to 100%RH, and beginning to condense.If you are just cooling down the air getting the humidity too high, not only for the production and storage of food and batteries, but also in the arts.the need for a national gallery in Singapore appeared followed that the question of the drying of the future of the building at once.Both of these buildings lying in the centre of Singapore in close proximity to each other, and they were built to house the new national art gallery.the dehumidifier from DST mixes fresh air with the returluft according to your needs and dehumidified before it is submitted to the luftbehandlingsaggregaten, which controls the temperature in the different rooms.
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The widow of the CEO of the defunct Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX is surrendering personal assets to assist with the repayments of user’s affected by the exchange‘s sudden collapse.In statement released yesterday, Jennifer Robertson, outlined the settlement that’s been reached with the appointed trustee, Ernst & Young (EY).“I have now entered into a voluntarily settlement agreement where the vast majority of my assets and all of the Estate’s assets are being returned to QCX to benefit the Affected Users.These assets originally came from QCX at the direction of Gerry (Gerald Cotten, QuadrigaCX’s former CEO),” Robertson said in the statement.While the exact amount of assets to be surrendered isn’t mentioned in the statement, a supporting statement from EY estimates the figure to be $9 million (CAD $12 million).While the exact amount of assets to be surrendered isn’t mentioned in the Robertson’s note, a supporting statement from EY estimates the figure to be $9 million (CAD $12 million).
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Being one of the biggest live streaming services around, Twitch is obviously something that’s available on a wide array of devices.Whether you want to watch on a desktop computer, game console or smartphone, there’s probably an official Twitch app you can download to do just that.Up until today, that somehow wasn’t true for Apple TV, but Twitch has fixed that oversight by rolling out an official app for Apple’s media player.Granted, Twitch users who wanted to use Apple TV weren’t left out in the cold entirely before today.With the absence of a first-party app from Twitch itself, a number of third-party solutions like Twitchy sprouted up.Now that there’s an official app on the platform, though, it’s unknown what will happen to those third-party apps.
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NASA issues a new formal request for info from industry specifically around spacesuits.The agency is hoping to gather information in order to help it figure out a future path for acquisition of spacesuit production and services from external industry sources.That doesn’t mean it’s outsourcing its spacesuit design and production immediately – NASA will build and certify its own spacesuits for use in the first Artemis missions, including Artemis III which is the one that’ll see the next American man and the first American woman take their trip to the lunar surface.But for Artemis missions after that, of which there are currently five more proposed (Artemis 4 through 8), four of which will have crew on board.NASA has of course already worked with private industry, as well as academic institutions and researchers, on the technologies that will go into its own space suits.And the agency fully expects that the current exploration suit will form the basis of any future designs.
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A patent filing has revealed Apple may be investigating how to integrate health monitoring technology into clothing.Filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it shows a soft, stretchable band potentially designed to be woven into fabric, and could also contain sensors to monitor the body’s vital signs.Think about it as the next stage on from what’s possible with the Apple Watch.Expect heart rate sensing and an electrocardiogram feature, in addition to blood pressure, blood sugar levels, blood oxygen levels, respiration rates, and additional fitness-orientated measurements including activity and step count.However, there is some evidence the band will have touch-sensitive sections for user control when it’s being worn, and also the potential for voice control through a microphone, too.The band’s stretchable material is key to making it work properly, as it will need to be in almost constant contact with the skin to accurately take the important measurements.
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(Reuters) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended his decision to encrypt the company’s messaging services, despite concerns about its impact on child exploitation and other criminal activity.The United States, United Kingdom, and Australia signed an open letter earlier in the day calling for Facebook to suspend its encryption plan, saying it would hinder the fights against child abuse and terrorism.Zuckerberg, speaking in a livestream of the company’s weekly internal Q session, said he had been aware of child exploitation risks before announcing his encryption plan and acknowledged that it would reduce tools to fight the problem.“When we were deciding whether to go to end-to-end encryption across the different apps, this was one of the things that just weighed the most heavily on me,” he said.Addressing an employee question about online child abuse, Zuckerberg acknowledged that losing access to the content of messages would mean “you’re fighting that battle with at least a hand tied behind your back.”But he said he was “optimistic” that Facebook would be able to identify predators even in encrypted systems, using the same tools it used to fight election interference, like patterns of activity and links between accounts on different platforms.
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Switchzilla's latest security bundle includes fixes for 18 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in the firmware for the Adaptive Security Appliance, Firepower Management Center, and Firepower Threat Defense lines.Administrators are advised to test and install the updates as soon as possible.Among the most serious of the vulnerabilities is the pack of eight CVE-listed SQL injection flaws in the Firepower Management Center.In each case, a baddie would be able to send and execute arbitrary SQL commands via the web management console.The SQL commands would be able to do everything from view data on the device to modify files and even send commands to the operating system.Firepower Management Center was also found to contain a separate command injection attack (CVE-2019-12690) and three remote code execution vulnerabilities (CVE-2019-12687, CVE-2019-12688, CVE-2019-12689.)
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Notarize, a startup that enables people to get documents notarized online, announced today that it has partnered with Guaranteed Rate, one of the largest retail mortgage lenders in the U.S. Guaranteed Rate’s new product, called FlashClose, integrates Notarize’s real estate API and allows customers to close real estate transactions and execute mortgages online.The service is available in all 50 states.Notarize’s products, including its consumer app, connect users to a notary public by video call to witness e-signatures and notarize documents.Its enterprise solutions include business and real estate APIs.Guaranteed Rate, which has had almost $25 billion in total loan volume this year, is now the largest lender that uses Notarize.Notarize, which has raised $47 million in funding so far from investors including Polaris Partners, Lennar Corporation and Realogy Holdings, currently helps customers process real estate deals worth a total of about $1.5 billion online each month.
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On the same day that two Israeli-founded adtech startups, Taboola and Outbrain, announced a merger to create a $2 billion company, another Israel-founded company focusing on advertising and marketing for mobile has also closed a huge funding round.The money is coming from investment giant CVC, which is getting a minority stake in the business in this deal, valuing the company at over $1 billion.However, we have confirmed with the company that these numbers are in fact not accurate.Alongside the merger of Taboola and Outbrain, ironSource’s investment underscores a couple of important trends.First, Israel continues to churn out some significant big data startups that are using their technology specifically for marketing and advertising ends.Second, we’re seeing a collective effort from a number of smaller (but strong) businesses to challenge the biggest tech players currently in the industry, namely Google, Facebook and Amazon, who dominate both in desktop and mobile advertising (and by association, marketing, as advertising is often used as the building block for marketing campaigns).
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Instagram is rolling out a new mode called “Restrict” that will let account owners effectively shadow ban a user who comments on photos with offensive or abusive language.The feature first went into public testing in July.The mode can be activated for specific accounts by swiping left on a comment, heading to your privacy settings, or doing so on the person’s account.Restrict makes it so that “comments on your posts from a person you have restricted will only be visible to that person,” according to a new Instagram blog post published today.Since the person isn’t blocked, people will still have the ability to see the comment by tapping on a message that appears, similar to how muted replies on Twitter look.Account owners will then have the ability to approve the comment so it’s public to everyone, delete it, or ignore it.
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When the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro came out, there was clearly a gap between the two: the OnePlus 7 was only a 6T barely retouched, making the OnePlus 7 Pro the only really interesting between the two.Last month, the Chinese manufacturer unveiled the OnePlus 7T.And now, we finally have an interesting update, about the OnePlus 7T Pro version that will be revealed on October 10th.The 7T Pro will be presented on October 10But that will not be all, according to the official Twitter account of the brand.“Smooth, vivid, and incredibly responsive, the OnePlus7TSeries is coming October 10” posted OnePlus.
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“Much of the ‘knowledge’ a neural network learns from audio data of a data-rich language is re-usable by data-scarce languages.”Google researchers say they have developed a new technique for training AI on data-scarce languages, which could transform automatic speech recognition (ASR) techniques, even for rare or unusual languages, and allow for its use in low latency applications like its own voice assistant.The world has over 6,000 languages and many of those include vastly different dialects.Real-time translation/transcription of conversation with someone speaking a less common language obviously becomes a huge problem.(UNESCO says that at least 43 percent of these 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered.A New Automatic Speech Recognition Training Technique
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Touchscreens and swipe gestures pose a challenge for the roughly 630 million people in the world with a cognitive disability.Executing these tasks requires coordinated motor movements that some with disabilities aren’t reliably able to make.And it usually involves the recalling of some piece of information (like an address or a phone number), a step those with severely impaired memory can’t perform easily.Making mobile apps more accessible was the motivating force behind Action Blocks, a Google framework that uses the tech giant’s intelligent assistant — Google Assistant — to kick off actions with the tap of a home screen shortcut.Said shortcut can be customized with an image of the user’s choosing, which serves as a visual cue.To do this, you had to unlock your phone, find the right app, and type in your pickup location,” wrote Google accessibility software engineer Ajit Narayanan.
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Every manufacturer shaves a few millimeters off its laptops and boasts about a size reduction.With its new 13-inch Spectre x360 update, HP has shrank the bezels on the display and somehow managed to carve almost an inch off the laptop's depth (23mm).HP also boosted the network throughput by doubling the antennas, allowing it to use LTE and WiFi 6 simultaneously, improved the already impressive battery life, and added new display options, including a 4K OLED and anti-reflection glass.And all but the $1,100 entry-level model kick it up a notch with a Core i7-1065G7 -- that's the one with the improved integrated graphics.A better thermal design, with bigger vents, two more heat pipes and an internal sheet of graphite to help dissipate heat betterA dedicated microphone mute button
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