Sweet Escape connects travelers to photographers for truly Insta-worthy holiday pics

The rise of smartphone cameras and social media in recent years has fuelled a new level of marking and sharing memories using photos, but one startup is betting that people are prepared to go the next level and spend money to hire professional photographers to make their photos even better. Focused on travel, Sweet Escape is an Indonesia-based startup that to work with over 2,000 photographers across over 400 cities in some 100 countries. The idea is simple. If you’re traveling — overseas or loc...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Media, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Social Media, Tech, Smartphone, Thailand, United States, Philippines, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Jakarta, Soong

Discrete address

This building housed the railway company “Compagnie du Chemin de Fer de Paris à Orléans” between 1864 and 1938, when the national railway company ”SNCF” took over. In 2011 another giant company took over, “Google” . This is now where you find the headquarters of “Google France”. Find… well you have to know. Of course, it’s not a secret address, but you can’t read “Google” anywhere. The company keeps a very low profile, including, as we know, when it comes to tax-paying, but this is perhaps ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google France, Paris 9, PeterParis, Compagnie du Chemin de Fer de Paris

New York politicians push back on Amazon HQ2 plans

Amazon’s HQ2 process was bound to polarize (though I do enjoy a good dueling op-ed on these pages) no matter how it landed. But the decision to set up shop in New York City is likely ruffling more feathers than just about any other possible outcome. As a resident of neighboring Astoria, Queens, the less I say about the matter the better — I’m going to assume you didn’t click on this story to read five paragraphs of me complaining about the N train and my rent.I will say I haven’t spoken to t...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Congress, Senate, New York City, Tech, Policy, Kim, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, Astoria Queens, Blue Dog, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ocasio Cortez, Ron Kim

These temporary electronic tattoos could redefine wearables

Wearables are great, sure, except you have to wear them. Wouldn’t it be nice if that functionality was printed right onto your skin? Well, even though it’s not for everybody, it sounds like it might soon be a possibility: CMU researchers have created a durable, flexible electronic temporary tattoo that could be used for all kinds of things. This might sound familiar — we’ve been hearing about electronic tattoos for a while now. But previous methods were slow and limited, essentially painting one...
Tags: TC, Tech, Carnegie Mellon University, CMU, Carmel Majidi, Mahmoud Tavakoli

Indiegogo’s guaranteed shipping provides refunds for failed campaigns

For all the potential upsides of crowdfunding, backing a project always feels like a gamble. And some fairly high profile campaigns over the last few years have helped removed some of the model’s luster. Indiegogo’s hoping to curb some of those failures with guaranteed shipping, a new feature that suspends funding unless a product actual ships. The crowdfunding site has laid out the terms of the program, which was first highlighted by The Verge. Guaranteed shipping will launch with a select ...
Tags: Crowdfunding, Tech, Indiegogo, Slava Rubin, David Mandelbrot

Facebook reportedly discredited critics by linking them to George Soros

Facing a string of crises, Facebook hired a PR firm to push conspiracy theories about the billionaire, the New York Times reportsFacebook hired a PR firm that attempted to discredit the company’s critics by claiming they were agents of billionaire George Soros, the New York Times reported Tuesday.Soros is a Jewish philanthropist who is the frequent subject of antisemitic conspiracy theories. At the same time, the social media company urged the Anti-Defamation League to object to a cartoon used b...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, US news, New York Times, Anti Defamation League, George Soros, Soros

Dolby releases branded wireless headphones

Dolby’s been making a bigger push for consumer recognition in the last few years, so it was really just a matter of time before it released a branded product. As far as those things go, headphones make as much sense as anything. Even so, the over-ear bluetooth headphone market is a tough on to crack, between quality sets from Bose and Sony, along with the flashiness of Beats and its ilk. Dolby Dimension are working a pretty interesting angle here, however, as the “first wireless headphones p...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Sony, Dolby, Bose

China's Fusion Reactor Reaches 100 Million Degrees Celsius

hackingbear shares a report from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: The team of scientists from China's Institute of Plasma Physics announced this week that plasma in their Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) -- dubbed the 'artificial sun' -- reached a whopping 100 million degrees Celsius which is six times hotter than the core of the Sun. This temperature is the minimum required to maintain a fusion reaction that produces more power than it takes to run. The Chinese resea...
Tags: France, China, Tech, ITER, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Slashdot, China s Institute of Plasma Physics, China s Institute of Plasma Physics While the U S

E ink for the Shanghai Bus System

I was surprised to see this new bus schedule display screen using what appears to be e ink for its display: I did a double-take at first, thinking it had to be paper. (Obviously, it’s a screen.) Pretty cool! I had no idea that this technology was being applied in this way. Curious if this is just a tiny experiment, or if this kind of display is rolling out at a larger scale already. E ink totally makes sense as a way to roll out more dynamic (networked) announcement boards across the city at a ...
Tags: Transportation, Technology, Language, Shanghai, Linguistics

More Spectre/Meltdown-Like Attacks

Back in January, we learned about a class of vulnerabilities against microprocessors that leverages various performance and efficiency shortcuts for attack. I wrote that the first two attacks would be just the start: It shouldn't be surprising that microprocessor designers have been building insecure hardware for 20 years. What's surprising is that it took 20 years to discover it. In their rush to make computers faster, they weren't thinking about security. They didn't have the expertise to fin...
Tags: Hardware, Intel, Hacking, Vulnerabilities, Bruce Schneier

Facebook Reportedly Hired a PR Firm That Wrote Negative Articles About Rivals, Pushed George Soros Conspiracy Theory

According to a recently-published report in the New York Times, Facebook hired a public relations firm last year that wrote dozens of articles critical of rivals Google and Apple and pushed the idea that liberal financier George Soros was behind a growing anti-Facebook movement. "Facebook expanded its relationship with Definers Public Affairs in October 2017 after enduring a year's worth of external criticism over its handling of Russian interference on its social network," CNBC summarizes. From...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Tim Cook, Cnbc, Sheryl Sandberg, Breitbart, Congressional, George Soros, Soros, Cambridge Analytica, New York Times Facebook, Definers Public Affairs, NTK Network

Many Free Mobile VPN Apps Are Based In China Or Have Chinese Ownership

A new study has found that more than half of the top free mobile VPN returned by Play Store and App Store searches are from developers based in China or with Chinese ownership, raising serious concerns about data privacy. "Our investigation uncovered that over half of the top free VPN apps either had Chinese ownership or were actually based in China, which has aggressively clamped down on VPN services over the past year and maintains an iron grip on the internet within its borders," said Simon M...
Tags: Apple, Google, UK, China, US, Tech, Vpn, App Store, Zdnet, Migliano, Simon Migliano Head of Research at Metric Labs

MiSafes' child-tracking smartwatches are 'easy to hack'

Researchers find a way to reveal the locations of children wearing MiSafes watches and spy on them.
Tags: Tech

How MiSafes watches can be hacked

Security experts have found serious security flaws in MiSafes watches for children.
Tags: Tech

Pirate Studios raises $20M from Talis Capital for its ‘self-service’ tech-enabled music studios

Pirate Studios, the music technology company that operates fully automated and self-service 24 hour music studios, has secured $20 million. The investment was led by Talis Capital, the London-based VC family office. Talis was already an existing backer of Pirate Studios, with Talis’ Matus Maar also named as a co-founder of the startup. Other investors include Eric Archambeau (Spotify investor and ex-partner at Benchmark and Wellington Partners), Bart Swanson of Horizons Ventures, and partners of...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Hong Kong, Europe, London, Germany, Berlin, Tech, YouTube Soundcloud, London New York, Talis, Talis Capital, Gaw Capital, Pirate Studios, Talis Matus Maar

Lenovo Canada Black Friday & Cyber Monday Flyer

Lenovo Canada Black Friday 2018 flyer is available now. The flyer starts on Monday, November 19, 2018, until November 27, 2018. The doorbuster deals in the flyer are timed and will be made available throughout the week. Click here to view Lenovo Canada flyers Click here to view all Lenovo Canada online offers.
Tags: Shopping, Canada, Lenovo, Canadian Daily Deals, Lenovo Canada, Lenovo Canada Black, Black Friday 2018, Lenovo Canada Black Friday amp

Airbnb hosts offer free housing to evacuees displaced by California wildfires

With California’s recent cluster of devastating wildfires destroying homes and claiming lives, Airbnb is offering some shelter to displaced residents in its home state. This week, the company added free housing listings to serve evacuees affected by the Hill and Woolsey Fires outside Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in northern California. The free Airbnb housing is currently available through November 29, 2018 for both displaced residents and relief workers helping out with recovery. The Camp F...
Tags: TC, Real Estate, California, Los Angeles, Tech, Marseille, Airbnb, Hill, Woolsey, Disaster Relief, Camp Fire, Woolsey Fires

Luxury travel treats: MX4 mountain bike from Ridgeback, ski jackets from Simply Hike and more

We have a great round-up of products to share with you this week – everything from bags to bikes. Whether you’re heading out to explore the outdoors, wanting to wrap up warm for the forthcoming ski season or currently in the market for travel-friendly apparel or an affordable digital camera, we have a slew of […] The post Luxury travel treats: MX4 mountain bike from Ridgeback, ski jackets from Simply Hike and more appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
Tags: Travel, Gadgets, Accessories, Photography, Featured, Clothing, Luggage, Travel Equipment

Some investors are donating their homes to families in need, as the tech industry responds to the California wildfires (FB, GOOG, GOOGL)

The Northern California Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire near Malibu have collectively claimed the lives of at least 50 people as of Wednesday, and destroyed over 8,000 homes.  Some prominent investors, like Redpoint Ventures' Ryan Sarver and ENIAC Ventures' Nihal Mehta, have responded by offering up their Northern California homes to those displaced by the fires.  Airbnb has been able to facilitate the offering up of homes, as well, with over 2,000 hosts offering shelter across California thr...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, California, San Francisco, Trends, Tim Cook, Airbnb, Waze, Sonoma, Malibu, Redpoint Ventures, Business Insider, Southern California, Northern California, Menlo Park

Google My Business App Updated With Ability to Create Posts, View Analytics, More by @MattGSouthern

Google has launched an improved version of the Google My Business app which lets business owners do more on-the-go.The post Google My Business App Updated With Ability to Create Posts, View Analytics, More by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, Tools, News, Seo, Google My Business

Safari Tests 'Not Secure' Warning For Unencrypted Websites

Similar to Chrome, Apple's Safari browser is testing a warning system for when users visit websites that aren't protected by HTTPS encryption. "The feature for now is only in Safari Technology Preview 70, a version of the web browser Apple uses to test technology it typically brings to the ordinary version of Safari," reports CNET. From the report: Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on its plans for bringing the warning to mainstream Safari. Apple's browser does warn you a...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Cnet, Safari Apple, Safari Technology Preview, Chrome Apple

Tech We’re Using: The Essentials for Covering Silicon Valley: Burner Phones and Doorbells

Reporting on secretive technology companies sometimes means finding people who don’t want to be found. Jack Nicas, who covers Apple, relies on some old-school methods.
Tags: Apple, News, Silicon Valley, Apple Inc, Google Inc, Computers and the Internet, Mobile Applications, Burner Phones, Jack Nicas

Pentagon remains hellbent on using a single-provider cloud for Project JEDI

The US government today dismissed a protest against its Project JEDI contract filed by Oracle. The company claimed the project’s bidding process was rigged, and that choosing a single awardee went against Federal statutes. The government was apparently unimpressed by the common sense suggestion it refrain from instituting a $10 billion cloud-based information platform with a single-provider solution. According to a document released today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Oracle prot...
Tags: Google, Startups, Politics, Microsoft, US, Tech, United States, Pentagon, Government Accountability Office GAO Oracle

Sweetgreen is officially a unicorn

Salad startup and retailer Sweetgreen recently raised a $200 million Series H round led by Fidelity that valued the company at more than $1 billion. This round brings Sweetgreen’s total amount of funding to $365 million. With this additional $200 million in funding, Sweetgreen is setting its eyes on other food categories and looking to expand its delivery offerings. Sweetgreen is also looking at using blockchain technology to create more transparency in the supply chain. “As a company we are ...
Tags: Food, Startups, Tech, Fidelity, Sweetgreen, Jonathan Neman, Forbes Sweetgreen

Indiegogo 'Guaranteed Shipping' Will Ensure Refunds If Campaigns Fail

Indiegogo will start offering "guaranteed shipping" on some crowdfunding campaigns through a pilot program starting next year. Creators who choose to partake in the pilot will promise to users that their product will be delivered. If they fail to fulfill that promise, supporters will get their money back. Engadget reports: Details on how the guaranteed shipping process will work are still pretty sparse, as Indiegogo plans to experiment with it. Creators will have to opt-in to the program. When t...
Tags: Tech, Indiegogo, Engadget

The best laptop brands of 2018

If you want to buy your next laptop based around a specific brand, it helps to know which the best brands of laptops are. This list will give you a good grounding in the most reliable, quality laptop manufacturers today. The post The best laptop brands of 2018 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Computing, Dell, Laptops, Buying Guides, Laptop Brands

Sheryl Sandberg repeatedly tried to downplay Russia's involvement in misinformation on Facebook, report says (FB)

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg reportedly tried to downplay disclosures of the effects of Russian propaganda on the social network. Sandberg argued against singling out Russia in 2017 and called for public disclosures to be made "less specific," according to a new report from the New York Times.  The revelations shed new light on how senior leadership battled to maintain Facebook's image as it lurched from scandal to scandal. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg repeatedly pushed to downplay disclosure...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Russia, US, Trends, Washington Dc, New York Times, Nyt, Signal, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Sandberg, Stamos

Mark Zuckerberg 'Not Able' To Attend International Disinformation Hearing

Mark Zuckerberg is "not able" to attend a joint disinformation hearing in London, Facebook says. "In a letter to the UK's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, the company declined to say why Zuckerberg couldn't attend, but said it remains 'happy to cooperate' with the inquiry," reports CNET. "The letter also laid out some of the efforts Facebook has made over the last year in areas like fighting fake news and striving for transparency in political ads." From the report: Damian Collins, c...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, London, Tech, Parliament, Damian Collins, Cnet, Zuckerberg, Cambridge Analytica, European Union s Parliament, U S Congress Read

Oracle loses protest of Pentagon cloud bid seen favoring Amazon

The Government Accountability Office dismissed Oracle’s argument that the Pentagon’s winner-take-all bid for a $10 billion cloud contract violates federal procurement standards and unfairly favors Amazon.
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, News, Microsoft, Pentagon, Oracle, Government Accountability Office, Nation & World Politics

RFID stickers could signal contaminated food

If a food item isn’t safe to eat, it’s best to find that out before someone eats it. But manual testing of every jar and bottle isn’t possible, even when a threat, like the recent baby food scare, is known. MIT researchers have found a way to check many items instantly, non-invasively, and from a distance — using the RFID tags many products already have. RFID, or radio frequency identification, uses a tiny antenna embedded in a sticker or label that’s activated and powered by radio waves at a...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Tech, Mit, Rfid, Machine Learning, Fadel Adib

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