Why Atlanta Is the Next Great Place for Fintech Entrepreneurs

By Charlie Whitfield Fintech is one of the fastest-growing technology sectors, and Atlanta is emerging as one of its top locales. One recent sign of that emergence is the FinTech Academy, a statewide talent development initiative launched through a collaboration between the University System of Georgia and local fintech companies. The University System, along with private sponsors, plans to invest more than $20 million into the program during the next three years, as reported by the Atlanta Jour...
Tags: Florida, New York, Technology, California, Finance, Sales, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, Silicon Valley, Fintech, Fis, Georgia Tech, Valley, Georgia State University, SBA

Travel News: January 9, 2019

Carnival Cruise Line Reconsidering Room Service Changes Travel Pulse Less than a week after Carnival Cruise Line announced room service would no longer be complimentary on its ships, the company said it is waiting to make those changes until a better plan could be put in place. According to a Facebook post from Carnival brand ambassador John Heald, the cruise line revealed that it was evaluating the adjustments made to its room service plan initially scheduled to take effect in January.   Car C...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, UK, California, Siri, Porsche, Las Vegas, Bmw, Alexa, Palm Springs, Consumer Electronics Show, Carnival Cruise Line, News And Deals, Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park

OmniCharge’s new power pack sports a swappable 40,300 mAh battery

Depending on your portable power needs and propensity for lower-back pain, the Omni Ultimate is either a godsend or something wholly ridiculous. The new power pack from L.A.-based Omnicharge has certainly charged up its fans, however, having raised north of $1 million on Indiegogo — nearly 2,000 percent of its initial goal. The Ultimate appears to live up to its name, with a 40,300 mAh battery that’s swappable, so you’re never out of juice. It’s got an AC outlet, two full-size USB ports, one...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Indiegogo, CES 2019, Omnicharge

Matrix India announces new $300M fund

Matrix India, one of India’s highest-profile tech VCs, is loading up for new deals after it announced a new $300 million fund for early stage investments. This is the third fund for the Indian firm, which is associated with U.S-based Matrix Partners. Matrix India has backed over 60 startups to date, including Uber rival Ola, ambitious medical platform Practo, popular news aggregator DailyHunt and classifieds company Quikr. The plan is to continue on that road with the new fund, which was announc...
Tags: TC, Asia, India, Tech, Walmart, SEC, Mumbai, Reliance Jio, Bajaj, Dailyhunt, Rishi Navani, Tarun Davda, Davda, Ola Paytm, Matrix India, Matrix Partners Matrix India

Meituan partners with Nvidia, Valeo and Icona for its autonomous delivery platform

Meituan Dianping, China’s largest on-demand food delivery company, announced today at CES that it has signed three new major partners for the development of its autonomous delivery open platform. They are Nvidia, Italian automotive design company Icona, and French automotive supplier Valeo. This is the first time Meituan Dianping, which , has attended CES, where it exhibited its Meituan Autonomous Delivery (MAD) platform. Valeo will provide engines and sensors for MAD’s autonomous delivery vehi...
Tags: TC, China, Tech, Beijing, Alibaba, Nvidia, Food Delivery, Logistics, On-demand, Shenzhen, Meituan, Meituan Dianping, Valeo, Meituan Dianping China, New Area, Hebei

AT&T Preps For New Layoffs Despite Billions In Tax Breaks and Regulatory Favors

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: AT&T is preparing for yet another significant round of layoffs according to internal documents obtained by Motherboard. The staff reductions come despite billions in tax breaks and regulatory favors AT&T promised would dramatically boost both investment and job creation. A source at AT&T who asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak publicly told Motherboard that company leadership is planning what it's calling a "ge...
Tags: Tech, Washington Dc, Motherboard, Trump, AT T, McElfresh, Jeff McElfresh, President Technology Operations

Apple's Tim Cook got big pay bump in 2018: filing

Apple gave its chief executive Tim Cook a hefty 22 percent pay raise in 2018, bringing his total compensation for the year to almost $15.7 million according to a filing submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The figure comprised a base salary of $3 million, a $12 million bonus and $680,000 in what it called "other compensation" that includes private air travel and security expenses. Apple's compensation committee cited the company's strong sales performance over the year in justi...
Tags: Apple, News, Tim Cook, Securities And Exchange Commission

Report: Documents Show Extensive Huawei Ties to Suspected Fronts in Iran and Syria

Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei and the daughter of its founder Ren Zhengfei, was detained in Canada late last year at the behest of U.S. authorities, who allege she oversaw a complex financial scam to violate nuclear sanctions on Iran. The incident has become a major source of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Crime, Finance, Banking, Iran, Syria, Canada, Huawei, Iran Sanctions, Ren Zhengfei, Meng Wanzhou, Wanzhou

Xiaomi Redmi Y2 gets another price cut in India, now starts at Rs. 8999

After announcing price cuts for Mi A2 and Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones earlier this week, Xiaomi has announced second price cut for the Redmi Y2, selfie-focused smartphone in the country, after its first price cut in November this year. After Rs. 1000 price cut, the Redmi Y2 3GB RAM with 32GB storage version now costs Rs. 8999 and the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version is available at Rs. 10,999. It is available at new rates on, and offline stores. It's time for the 3rd #High5...
Tags: Amazon, News, India, Blogging, Xiaomi, Xiaomi Redmi, MIUI, Xiaomi Redmi Y2, Redmi India, Xiaomi Redmi Y2 price cut

Deep Pacific Waters Are Cooling Down Due To Centuries-Ago Little Ice Age, New Study Suggests

schwit1 quotes a report from The Inquisitr: Most of the world's waters may be warming as a result of climate change, but a new study shows that the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean still appear to be cooling down hundreds of years after the period in history known as the "Little Ice Age." According to a report from Science Daily, a team of researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) and Harvard University discovered that there has been a "lag" of a few centuries in terms of ...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Harvard University, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, Jake Gebbie, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute WHOI, World Ocean Circulation Experiment

The world’s first foldable phone is real

People have been talking about foldable smartphones for years, but it’s finally happening. Chinese company Royole was showing off the FlexPai at CES in Las Vegas, and we got to play with it for a few minutes. It’s hard to say if it’s a phone or a tablet as you can basically use it as a phone and a small tablet. Arguably, the tablet form factor is the most usable one. It’s a 7.8-inch device that runs Android. When you fold the AMOLED display, there’s still a small gap between the two halves of th...
Tags: Gadgets, Samsung, Tech, Ces, Las Vegas, Royole, CES 2019, Flexpai

The Feds Cracked El Chapo's Encrypted Comms Network by Flipping His System Admin

With signs that the New York trial of notorious Mexican drug lord and alleged mass murderer Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is entering its end phase, prosecutors on Tuesday played copies of what they said were audio recordings of Guzmán the FBI obtained “after they infiltrated his encrypted messaging system” with the help…Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Technology, Crime, Voip, Drugs, Surveillance, Encryption, Fbi, Law Enforcement, Organized Crime, El Chapo, Guzman, Joaquin Guzman, Joaquin, Sinaloa Cartel

Where to find Real Madrid vs. Leganes Copa del Rey on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Real Madrid vs. Leganes in the Copa del Rey, you’ve come to the right place. After a disappointing two weeks for Real Madrid, Los Blancos have an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and to embark on a run in the Copa del Rey tournament if they can get past Leganes over two legs. The first leg is scheduled for Wednesday. For soccer fans in the United States, the game will be shown live on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Espanol, which can be streamed...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Usa, England, Nbc, Mexico, US, Sport, Soccer, United States, La Liga, Real Madrid, Copa Del Rey, Cnbc, NASL, Real Madrid Los Blancos

A nurse who spoke out against Mark Zuckerberg paying to rename an SF hospital is accusing it of retaliation (FB)

Sasha Cuttler, a nurse working at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, alleges the medical institution has illegally retaliated against their whistleblowing. Cuttler has been an outspoken critic of the decision to rename the hospital after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and also raised issues internally about patient falls. The nurse alleges they were passed over for promotions as a result, and removed from leadership positions. Cuttler has filed a legal complaint to the US Department of ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, California, San Francisco, Trends, Signal, Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, General Hospital, US Department of Labor, OSHA, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Aaron Peskin, Institutional Review Board, Cuttler

Google's Nod to a Universal Translator Was a Smart First Move in a Bid for AI Dominance This Year

Last year was a rough one on AI’s public profile, and rightfully so. Major programs powered by machine learning, like Amazon’s recruiting software, were revealed to be biased against women. Others were dangerously ill-conceived, like Predictim’s babysitter-vetting algorithm. Even some of the biggest tech companies…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Automaton, CES 2019, Predictim

Google Is Clearing the Air of Foul AI With Its Stab at a Universal Language Translator

Last year was a rough one on AI’s public profile, and rightfully so. Major programs powered by machine learning, like Amazon’s recruiting software, were revealed to be biased against women. Others were dangerously ill-conceived, like Predictim’s babysitter-vetting algorithm. Even some of the biggest tech companies…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Automaton, CES 2019, Predictim

Google Kicked Off Its Bid to Dominate AI This Year by Moving Towards a Universal Translator

Last year was a rough one on AI’s public profile, and rightfully so. Major programs powered by machine learning, like Amazon’s recruiting software, were revealed to be biased against women. Others were dangerously ill-conceived, like Predictim’s babysitter-vetting algorithm. Even some of the biggest tech companies…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Automaton, CES 2019, Predictim

Washington attorney general wants to hear from those impacted by 911 outage

The outage, which began the evening of Dec. 27 and lasted for more than 12 hours, disrupted 911 emergency calls in Washington and other states. State and federal regulators are investigating.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Washington, Local Politics, Local News, Northwest

The US-China tech war is getting worse. Apple is paying the price

US companies face a growing risk of being boxed out of the next wave of innovation in China, write Paul Triolo and Kevin Allison of Eurasia Group.
Tags: Apple, China, US, Cnn, US China, Kevin Allison, Paul Triolo

This cool tool deletes the background from images so you don’t have to use Photoshop

If you’re tired of firing up Photoshop for lightweight image editing tasks, this little tool is good news for you. Called, it can clear out the background of an image in seconds, no lassoing or any other editing hassle required. Because it uses AI trained on images of people, only works on photos of humans for now, immediately separating subject from background and leaving your image clean and ready for whatever you plan to do with it. While has attracted a bit of a...
Tags: TC, Photography, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Matt Haughey, Image Editing Tool

Microsoft employees got to help tear apart and demolish some of the company's oldest buildings where Bill Gates kept an office (MSFT)

Microsoft began a planned demolition of some of the oldest buildings on its corporate campus in Redmond, Washington.  The demolition is part of Microsoft's project to renovate its decades-old corporate campus. 10 sledgehammer wielding Microsoft employees won the right to take the first swings at tearing down one of the old buildings. While Amazon and Apple ramp up to open major new campuses, Microsoft has opted instead to massively renovate and expand its 500-acre headquarters in Redmond, Was...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Beyonce, Microsoft, Trends, Bill Gates, Bill, Seattle, Gates, Redmond, GeekWire, Redmond Washington, Lake Bill, Matthew Whilden, Whilden

Canada's Bell Telecommunications Company Wants Permission To Gather, Track Customer Data

Bell Canada is asking customers for permission to track everything they do with their home and mobile phones, internet, television, apps or any other services they get through Bell or its affiliates. "In return, Bell says it will provide advertising and promotions that are more 'tailored' to their needs and preferences," reports From the report: "Tailored marketing means Bell will be able to customize advertising based on participant account information and service usage patterns, simila...
Tags: Google, Toronto, Tech, Canada, Bell, Cbc, University of Ottawa, Bell Canada, Canada Research Chair in Information Law, Teresa Scassa, Charlie Wilton, Bell and Rogers

Xiaomi Plunges After Billions of Shares Are Unlocked for Sale

It’s been painful: Xiaomi has dropped to HK$10.50 from a listing price of HK$17, sinking another 5.4 percent Wednesday in early trading. More than 3 billion shares were unlocked, equal to about 19 percent of those outstanding, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The lockup period for controlling shareholders -- such as chairman and founder Lei Jun -- was extended Wednesday for another 365 days, Xiaomi said in a statement.
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Tim Cook wants Wall Street to focus on Apple's happy customers

Tim Cook cares a lot about the happiness of Apple's customers—even if they're not upgrading their iPhones as quickly as he might like.
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Nura is courting mainstream consumers with its bluetooth earbuds

Like many small companies at CES, most of Nura’s time this week will be spent in meetings behind closed doors. Among other things, the Australian startup seems confident that it will be in a lot more stores by the time it releases its second product in May of this year. Distribution for the Nuraphones was limited — no surprise, really, for a young company. Nura managed to strike deals with some brick and mortars, including specialty stores like B8ta, but sales for its first product were mostl...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Cto, Luke Campbell, Nura, Nuraphones, CES 2019, Nuraloop

Bring Google Assistant into your car with the Roav Bolt, shown at CES 2019

You can take your Google Assistant out of your home and into your car with a gadget called the Roav Bolt. The Bolt is compatible even with older car models and it can add smart features like voice navigation and music controls to your car. The post Bring Google Assistant into your car with the Roav Bolt, shown at CES 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, News, Cars, Trends, Anker, Google Assistant, CES 2019, Roav Bolt, Car Assistant

Scott Morrison shoe Photoshop fail gives Australian prime minister two left feet

Australian PM admits his department doctored a family portrait (badly) to scrub out his old trainersIt was supposed to be the perfect political portrait – the smiling family man prime minister with his beaming wife and kids.But the image on Scott Morrison’s website had a simple but rather obvious flaw – the leader of Australia had two left feet and a pair of Photoshopped shoes. Continue reading...
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At CES 2019, KitchenAid dives even deeper into the smart home

Worlds are colliding in the smart kitchen at CES 2019 as Whirlpool-owned subsdiary KitchenAid debuted a new Smart Display with a 10-inch screen, onboard Google Assistant, and access to the Yummly cooking platform. The post At CES 2019, KitchenAid dives even deeper into the smart home appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Smart Home, Kitchenaid, Whirlpool, Smart Kitchen, CES 2019, KitchenAid Smart Display

After over a million pre-orders, Amazon’s Echo Auto has begun to ship

At Amazon’s event in September, the company announced the Echo Auto, an aftermarket product designed to bring Alexa to cars. But the device has remained in pre-order status, even as other products also unveiled at the same event — like the Fire TV Recast, AmazonBasics microwave and various Echo devices for the home — went on sale and shipped to customers. The Echo Auto, meanwhile, is still only available on an invite-only basis. But Amazon confirmed to TechCrunch that it has begun to ship the de...
Tags: Amazon, Auto, Echo, Europe, Hardware, Cars, Tech, Automotive, North America, Alexa, Bloomberg Amazon, CES 2019, Echo Auto, Amazon 's Echo Auto, Transportation at CES 2019, Steve Rabuchin VP Alexa

Software Developer Tops List of U.S. News & World Report's Annual Best Jobs Rankings

According to U.S. News and World Report's annual best jobs rankings, software developer is the top pick for the new year. "The publication's Best Jobs of 2019 list takes seven factors into account, including median salary, employment rate and stress level," reports USA Today. "The median salary for a software developer is $101,790, and the unemployment rate is 1.9 percent, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics." From the report: Though software developers hav...
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