Every episode, we look into urgent global problems — such as human rights violations and environmental issues — and ways technology and finance can help fight them.It’s up to governments, organizations, and society as a whole to battle this evil — and one solution is to analyze bank data.Transcript Forensic Finance, Episode 1: ‘How bank data analysis helps fight modern slavery.‘Callum Booth: You’re listening to Forensic Finance, a podcast exploring if and how banks can help solve urgent global issues.Jill Coster-van Voorhout: If this model would indeed be used on an international level, we’d be solving the problem of a 150 billion US dollar industry.So that could be a cafeteria, or a Chinese restaurant, or a factory building.
Sony, which looks like it is getting into the holiday spirit very early, gave away free copies of PlayStation VR exclusive Astro Bot Rescue Mission to some lucky PlayStation 4 owners.Several gamers took to websites and online forums to report that they received free copies of Astro Bot Rescue Mission.A post on the official PlayStation 4 sub-Reddit showed the email that the lucky people received.“No catch, no strings… we’re just giving you a free PlayStation VR game,” said the image in the email, which contains a voucher code that the recipient will redeem on the PlayStation Store to start downloading Astro Bot Rescue Mission.According to the terms and conditions of the email, the offer is valid until December 2019, and that it is targeting select PlayStation Plus subscribers.Sony’s selection process for who gets free copies of the popular PlayStation VR game remains unclear.
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In fact, we named the MSR Hubba Hubba NX as the best all-around camping tent on the market today.Amazon has the DuraShield Coating variant on sale right now, cutting its price from $400 to just $330.You can also avail an additional $50 off when you apply for an Amazon Rewards Visa card, bringing the final sale price to $280.A home away from home, the Hubba Hubba NX is the quintessential three-season backpacking tent.It boasts the perfect blend of lightweight design, durability, and versatility, making it an excellent pick for nearly every kind of outdoor adventure.It carries MSR’s legendary build quality and performance, resulting in a combination of features that most campers look for.
New York based startup Tastemakers has raised a $1.4 million seed-round—led Precursor Ventures—for its business that connects Africa adventures to global consumers.Tastemakers’ platform curates, prices, and lists African travel and cultural experiences—from paragliding tours to wine-tasting to concerts.Community managers in Africa screen and select experiences that go up on the site .Tastemakers will use the investment to grow the number of experiences offered from 200 to 10,000 and build out machine learning capabilities to better match suppliers, experiences, and clients—CEO and founder Cherae Robinson told TechCrunch.On the startup’s addressable market, Robinson references a segment of culture curious travelers: people who are travelling to experience things such foreign art, food, music, or dance workshops.“We looked at who’s doing these kinds of tours and and the number of people booking…and we found that globally, based on triangulating that, there are about 700 million people globally booking culture forward experiences,” said Robinson.
To make owning an electric car easier, companies don’t just need to increase the number of charging stations.They need to make them easier to use.But now two of the largest charging networks — Electrify America and EVgo — have signed an interoperability agreement.The deal follows previous agreements between both operators and a third network, ChargePoint.The new agreement means that anyone who has an Electrify America account can charge at EVgo charging stations without having to set up a separate account or pay additional fees, and vice versa.Earlier this year, Electrify America announced a similar agreement with ChargePoint, which EVgo also has an interoperability agreement with.
Morrisons is about to enrage the people who get enraged about plastic bags so much that they have to breathe into one for a while to calm down, with a trial in some stores seeing the cost of a disposable carrier upped to 30p.That'll surely make it one of the chain's most profitable items.Influencers will want to be seen with the aspirational shopping transport solution.The official price of a Morrisons emergency plastic shopping bag is 20p nationwide, having risen from 15p earlier in the year.The 30p hike is an experiment some branches are trying, and if people don't pull them over their heads and self-suffocate at the tills in protest, it'll probably go nationwide.After all, the chain is trying to push its sustainable paper options instead – the price of which is also rising, from 20p to 25p.
Add The Roku Channel to the long list of places to find kid-friendly screen time.A new tile in the channel, called Kids & Family, leads to a curated collection of TV shows and movies, all free and available to stream immediately, no sign-in required.Like other free content on The Roku Channel, the kids' shows have ads.Roku says the ad load will be light -- just 40% of traditional TV -- and that the ads will be vetted so they're appropriate for kids.Roku is one of the most-popular streaming platforms in the country, and The Roku Channel serves as a home for free, ad-supported content from a variety of other sources.Roku says the channel is among the top 5 on its platform, and has been expanding it to include live news, premium subscriptions and more.
Portrait mode has been a fixture on smartphones since Apple popularized the feature back in 2016, making its way to virtually every phone under the sun since then.Now, Google has decided to offer the feature on Chrome OS devices as well.“Portrait mode is now available on Google Pixel Slate and we are working on bringing it to other Chromebooks,” the company noted in a blog post detailing new features in Chrome OS 76.It’s a rather strange move, as it’s not the type of feature you’d associate with Chromebooks and Chrome OS tablets.Then again, there are people who enjoy taking photos with a tablet anyway.Don’t expect portrait mode on all Chrome OS products, as some of these devices offer low-quality selfie cameras that might not work well with the mode, Engadget notes.
Indoor or out, the new Soundboks sounds great.It doesn’t try to compensate for lackluster sound with a quirky design, either.There’s nothing fancy to the style of the Soundboks 2, and to me, that’s part of its appeal.It’s the third speaker from the company and it doesn’t follow the current naming scheme.The last previous version was called the Soundboks 2 yet this one is called the new Soundboks.The naming is a touch confusing.
When Instagram’s video hub launched in 2018, brands were slower to adopt its long-form vertical format.New updates (in-feed teasers, horizontal support) are prompting marketers to revisit IGTV, and those that already are have reported record high views.As experimentation grows, a key question still remains: What type of videos work there?Instead of reinventing the wheel, we recommend taking a page from one of today’s top content creators: Netflix.Stranger Things: Offer dual perspectivesView this post on Instagram
Microsoft is warning of a four new Windows vulnerabilities that are “wormable,” meaning they can be exploited to spread malware from one vulnerable computer to another without any user action in much the way the self-replicating WannaCry and NotPetya outbreaks did in 2017.Why a Windows flaw patched nine days ago is still spooking the InternetSimilar to the so-called BlueKeep vulnerability Microsoft patched in May, the four bugs the company patched on Tuesday reside in Remote Desktop Services (RDS), which allow a user to take control of a remote computer or virtual machine over a network connection.The bugs—indexed as CVE-2019-1181, CVE-2019-1182, CVE-2019-1222, and CVE-2019-1226—make it possible for unauthenticated attackers to execute malicious code by sending a specially crafted message when a protection known as Network Level Authentication is turned off, as is often done in large organizations.In such networks, it’s possible for exploits to ricochet from computer to computer.The growing use of hacking tools such as Mimikatz, however, often enables attackers to surreptitiously obtain the needed credentials.
IT kit recycling arm that 'wasn't core' turns out to be importantLondon-listed tech supplier Computacenter has revealed it snapped up the IT asset disposal business RD Trading (RDC) in the UK from Arrow Electronics Inc, just four years after flogging it to Arrow's British tentacle for £56m.Over the past few years, Computacenter has had an agreement with the distributor for the continuation of IT disposal services, which the pair inked at the time of the sale.Computacenter CEO Mike Norris said in a statement: "The motivation behind the acquisition was to protect the service for our major customers."We fully respect Arrow's decision to step out of the [IT asset disposal] business globally."Financial details for the deal were not disclosed, but as analysts at TMV opined: "Computacenter would not have paid anywhere near the £56m it got for RDC's disposal four years ago."
Another one bites the dust.Microsoft has been shifting much of its software to a subscription model, and the latest Office 2019 news heralds another change on that front.The suite of Microsoft programs had been available for purchase as one-off perpetual licenses through the company’s Home Use Program.HUP lets select businesses offer employees discounted rates on the software from their workplaces to use at home.Both Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 have been removed as options for one-off licenses under the program.Instead, HUP will give a 30% discount on annual subscriptions to Office software.
The Ulefone Armor X3 is the latest rugged phone coming from the Chinese maker.The entry-level rugged phone is equipped with a 5.5-inch 18:9 display and a MediaTek quad-core processor, the MT6580A with a frequency of up to 1.3GHz; which should be enough to totally satisfy daily tasks.The Armor X3 has also passed IP68, IP69K and MIL-STD-810G certification, which means it performs well in durability test.So, today the makers released a drop-resistance test video.Let’s have a closer look!Ulefone Armor X3 Drop-Resistance Test Video
A Florida woman taking a stroll through her neighborhood was shocked to find an invasion of blue land crabs scattering across the street.Abriel Arnel, a Stuart resident, posted a video to Facebook showing hundreds of the sea critters crawling around her home.‘INVASION’ OF LAND CRABS AT FLORIDA HOME CAUGHT ON VIDEO"We've lived here for a few years and this is the worst we've seen them!"“I was told they are blue land crabs.Apparently, they burrow throughout the year, but it's during this season (and their spawning season) when the heavy rain forces them out."
Internet retail giant Amazon is looking for a software engineer to put advertising data on the blockchain, according to a recent job posting on LinkedIn.The online retailer is looking for a senior software engineer to work in its “Advertising FinTech team focused on a blockchain ledger,” the job listing reads.Amazon says the successful individual will define the architectural direction of what is currently an untapped area of Amazon‘s advertising business.“This is an opportunity to define a technology architectural direction of a greenfield area for Amazon‘s advertising business using Blockchain technology.”Unfortunately, any more details on the kind of blockchain that Amazon will use here, and what it will be doing with advertising data remain sparse.Given this is a “greenfield” project, the future of this product from Amazon is largely unknown.
After last weekend’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, companies are struggling again with the problem of supporting sites associated with white supremacy.In this case, it’s the forum 8chan, where the killer apparently posted a racist rant justifying his attack.Cloudflare terminated its relationship with 8chan, and when the site began working with competitor Epik, web services company Voxility also banned Epik from renting server space.Cloudflare also emphasized that 8chan likely isn’t going anywhere.Keeping a website online can be a delicate business; there are lots of ways to make a domain temporarily inaccessible or stop it from making money.In the long term, however, keeping a site completely offline can be harder.
It makes sense to provide infrastructure for the biggest biz in entertainmentFeature For better or worse, it looks like cloud computing is here to stay.The gaming landscape presents an interesting new battleground for cloud vendors.Google Cloud for Games was established to sling Google's cloudy wares specifically at game developers.Historically, Google was big on mobile gaming since it was propping up the Android ecosystem.More recently, it has started promoting cloud for complex and demanding games.
In the first half of 2019, we saw numerous Android smartphone manufacturers make use of Sony’s 48MP IMX586 image sensor.But when needed, the camera could be shifted to 1.6μm pixel size by combining four adjacent pixels by a technique called pixel binning, resulting in 12MP images.A bigger pixel size helps in better light sensitivity while preserving details.More recently, Samsung showed off its 64MP Bright ISOCELL GW1 image sensor, which is the industry’s first 64MP smartphone camera.As gimmicky as it may sound, this sensor will help create 16MP images with a pixel size of 1.6μm, which has not been seen before.In ideal lighting conditions, you should be able to click notably detailed pictures at full resolution.
China’s gaokao—both a school leaving and college entrance exam—is one of the toughest exams in the world.Newly accepted as “suitable preparation” by renowned universities including Cambridge, most of those who sit it are competing for college places in their home country.The pressure doesn’t stop once they’ve sat the exams.Results in hand, there is only a short window at the end of June to get a spot at college.If you thought enrollment consultants were only needed for Chinese students headed abroad, you were wrong.Agents for domestic college applications, known as online application volunteers (literally “filling-in volunteers,” tian zhiyuan), are in high demand.
Following a failed attempt in July, French inventor Franky Zapata successfully crossed the Channel on top of a hoverboard this weekend.Starting his trek in Sangatte in northern France, the journey took 20 minutes, before landing in St. Margarets Bay, England.“For the last five to six kilometers I just really enjoyed it,” Zapata told Reuters and other reports on landing near Dover.“Whether this is a historic event or not, I’m not the one to decide that, time will tell.”Zapata, a former jet ski racer, developed the Flyboard Air some three years back.On July 14, Zapata took part in France’s Bastille Day military parade, riding the Air.
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Revenue grew during the year by 54% to 108 million euros.This is all according to the plan.the Company, in 2018, has made an impairment charge of eur 161 million, as a result of the fact that the international side of the business was spun off into an independent company, hereinafter referred to Docly.operating loss was, however, a total of 167 million euros.”It's all according to plan.We have made a lot of great things in the last year, and has positioned the company for expansion, we are currently in,” said Jonas Vig, the ceo of My Doctor.
Apple products might cost a small fortune, but one neat thing about its ecosystem is it’s easy to seamlessly share files between devices.Except according to a newly published report, there might be a creepy downside to all that convenience.If you’ve got Bluetooth enabled and use AirDrop or share your wifi passwords, anyone with a bit of know-how can nab your actual phone number.While Apple famously says “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone”, sharing features inevitably require devices to...well, share information.That said, AirDrop and wifi password sharing broadcasts a partial SHA256 hash to all devices in your vicinity every time you hit share.That means, the next time you try to AirDrop a cursed photo of say, live-action Sonic the Hedgehog, to your fellow bleary-eyed commuters on the train, you could also be broadcasting your actual phone number to anyone smart enough to scoop it up.
Microsoft is planning to improve the way you reset or refresh a Windows 10 PC.The company has revealed it’s testing a new “cloud download” feature for resetting Windows 10 when hardware fails or the OS needs reinstalling.While the feature isn’t available for public testing just yet, it will appear on devices when you boot a machine in a failed state.This will likely be similar to the way Apple handles macOS reinstalls, with the option to reinstall macOS by downloading a copy from the cloud.Microsoft has actually been using a similar feature for its Surface lineup recently, allowing the devices to “recover from the cloud” by downloading a copy of Windows 10 and reinstalling it.Existing support tools for Windows from laptops like Dell, Asus, HP, and more usually involve a copy of the OS on a partitioned part of the drive or third-party tools to restore from the cloud or a USB key.
The concept of smart home is gaining more and more traction, when people are getting more interested into controlling their home devices from just phone apps.Or via voice commands using some of the smart assistant platforms like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.It’s still quite reserved for the slightly advanced geeks, because building the smart home is asking for a bit of a skill in electronics and electrics.And today we have something just for these geeks with cheap SONOFF Mini smart switches from Ebay.SONOFF Mini smart switch is a DIY component for your smart home, which allows you to run devices in your house using the phone eWeLink app or just voice commands.You can time schedule the devices from the app, check the power-on state or just turn them off, let one SONOFF device trigger another one or just trigger full groups of switches together.
Twitter has a new ad campaign running in San Francisco and New York City, featuring tweets from the “Me on Twitter” memes, in which users post two photos (of themselves or otherwise) or statements highlighting how differently they behave on different social networks.The campaign, as reported by Creative Bloq, seeks to embrace the platform as a place where quirky, funny, viral things happen.And they do — along with all of the other nonsense that concurrently happens on Twitter, ranging from harassment, racism, sexism, white nationalism, and Twitter generally being bad at enforcing its own anti-abuse policies.But look at how funny these tweets are!According to Creative Bloq, Twitter recently unfollowed everyone, including its own CEO Jack Dorsey, and followed the 28 people who are featured in this campaign instead.Twitter confirmed to The Verge that it received consent from all users featured in the campaign, with 31 tweets plastered in various New York subway and San Francisco Muni stations.
Kast announced that it has acquired Rabbit‘s intellectual property, software stack, and several patents.Rabbit was a service that let users watch videos together online.Although it averaged about 3.5 million viewers a month, the company shut down in May.Kast is another live-share experience — one that also supports game parties and video chat — and its acquisition of Rabbit’s remnants should help it grow.“The entire team at Kast deeply admired and loved Rabbit as a product, and we followed the news of its shutdown with sadness, as did everyone else in this space,” said Mark Ollila, co-founder and chief executive officer of Kast, in a press release sent to GamesBeat.“Now, we can ensure that the best parts of Rabbit’s innovative service can live on within Kast’s company roadmap.”
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor is expanding its smart devices portfolio, apart from phones and watches, to televisions.The Honor TV, which has a pop-up camera, is going to be launched in China and India in the next few weeks.Other Chinese smartphone brands such as Xiaomi, Realme, Gionee, Hisense and Oppo have launched TVs and OnePlus is expected to launch soon.“Whichever direction we are working on, we want to expand our product portfolio line-up to make people’s life smarter,” Chris Sun Baigong, President of Honor Middle East and Africa, told TechRadar Middle East, after launching its second flagship smartphone of the year – 20 Pro – after View 20.Eventually, he said that what Honor is dedicated is to bring the best user experience to the users - either at home, on the move or in the office.“We have wearable for people on the move and smartphone for people in the office,” he said.