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Launching a “Google for sound”, Deepgram raises $1.8 million

music data equalizer visualization Deepgram co-founders, 20-year-old wunderkind Noah Shutty and his University of Michigan lab supervisor Scott Stephenson, definitely have faith in sound. The two left behind promising research in particle physics, researching the creation of Dark Matter in the bowels of underground Chinese bunkers, to develop what they call a “Google for sound”. Much as the Google search engine… Read More

Mapping startups hope they can chart a new course to success

HERE Maps Earthmine Alphabet, Apple and Uber may be spending billions on exhaustive new mapping technologies to power the self-driving car revolution, but there’s a new generation of companies betting that a combination of crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence will enable them to navigate their way to success in the wild world of international geographics. Some companies are choosing to go deep into… Read More

Google expands its initiative to provide free Wi-Fi hotspots in emerging markets

screenshot-2016-09-27-18-12-59 Google today announced a collection of updates that are aimed at helping get ‘the next billion’ internet users in India and emerging markets online. One of the more subtle yet interesting components to that push is the launch of Google Station, a project to enable public Wi-Fi hotspots. Read More

Upcoming YouTube Go app minimizes data usage with previews, quality controls, phone-to-phone transfer

If you love watching YouTube videos on the move but hate large data bills, Google has good news for you: it is introducing YouTube Go, an app specifically designed to minimize mobile data usage.

The bad news is that YouTube Go will initially be available only in India, but the company has said that it will be rolled out to other countries later, and hinted that both the U.S. and Europe are on the list.

The app seems pretty clever, offering four separate ways to reduce mobile data usage …

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IBM promises a one-stop analytics shop with AI-powered big data platform

Big data is in many ways still a wild frontier, requiring wily smarts and road-tested persistence on the part of those hoping to find insight in all the petabytes. On Tuesday, IBM announced a new platform it hopes will make things easier.
Dubbed Pr…

Xiaomi Takes on iPhone 7 Series With ‘Mi 5s’ and Dual-Lens ‘Mi 5s Plus’

Chinese mobile phone maker Xiaomi has responded to Apple’s iPhone 7 with the launch of a pair of new high-end smartphones.

The two handsets succeeding the company’s flagship Mi 5 phone are called the Mi 5s (5.15-inches) and the Mi 5s Plus (5.7-inches), the latter featuring dual cameras as per Apple’s own 5.5-inch Plus device. The 12-megapixel cameras come with an f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, phase detection auto-focus, automatic HDR, and video recording of up to 4K resolution at 30fps.

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Both phones have a 1080p display and a fingerprint scanner under the front glass, which Xiaomi says “recognizes a 3D map of each user’s fingerprint through ultrasonic waves”, so no physical button is needed. The use of ultrasonic is also said to tolerate dirty fingers better than the capacitive sensors found in Apple’s devices.

Both dual-SIM handsets are also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, but the Pro is clocked higher and has 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, whereas the Mi 5s features 3GB RAM and 64GB storage as standard, with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage as optional add-ons. Similarly, a higher spec Mi 5s Pro is available with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

#Mi5s new Xiaomi flagship: ultra-large camera sensor with 1.55um pixels, ultrasonic under-glass fingerprint sensor, 600-nit display, SD821 pic.twitter.com/BChcE3OGgP

— Hugo Barra (@hbarra) September 27, 2016

The phones will be available in China from September 29, with the Mi 5s priced from 1999 RMB ($299) and the larger Mi 5s Plus costing upwards of 2299 RMB ($345). There’s no word yet on when the phones will become available in other regions.

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Your users have porous passwords? Blame yourself, IT.

Maybe IT needs to tone down its security awareness efforts. New research by psychologists into password strength delivered the non-intuitive conclusion that users who are well briefed on the severity of security threats will not, as IT had hoped, create stronger passwords to better protect themselves.

They actually tend to create much weaker passwords because the briefings make them feel helpless, as if any efforts to defend against these threats are pointless.

The research, from a Montclair State University study — detailed here in a story from The Atlantic — suggests that IT staffers need to make sure that they emphasize how powerful a defense passwords, PINs and secure phrases can be in defending against threats, at least until we are able to deploy better authenticators.

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Google launches data-friendly YouTube app for India and other emerging markets

 Google has introduced a new version of YouTube that is dedicated to users in emerging markets. Read More

MLB At Bat app adds video highlights in Notification Center, club stickers, more

Major League Baseball has updated its MLB At Bat to provide direct access to video highlights from the Notification Center – provided you have an iPhone which supports 3D Touch. When you see a notification on your lock screen, you can 3D Touch it to play the video – though you do have to unlock your phone to view it.

You don’t need 3D Touch for the two other enhancements, though …

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Red Points bags $2.2M to help brands fight counterfeiting and piracy

Gucci handbags Spanish startup Red Points has closed a €2 million (~$2.2M) funding round to grow usage of its piracy detection and removal SaaS by expanding from Europe into new markets, including North America. It’s also intending to broaden its customer focus. Read More

GE, Bosch and open source could bring more IoT tools

Partnerships that could shape the internet of things for years are being forged just as enterprises fit IoT into their long-term plans.
A majority of organizations have included IoT as part of their strategic plans for the next two to three years, …

Why people are drilling into their iPhone 7s

This should probably go without saying, but by no means should you drill a headphone jack into your iPhone 7.Great. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, you might be asking why I felt the need to say that? Well, because drilling holes into a…

Yahoo’s claim of ‘state-sponsored’ hackers meets with skepticism

Yahoo has blamed its massive data breach on a “state-sponsored actor.” But the company isn’t saying why it arrived at that conclusion. Nor has it provided any evidence.

The lingering questions are causing some security experts to wonder why Yahoo isn’t offering more details on a hack that stole account information from 500 million users.

“I think there’s a lot of fishiness going on here,” said Michael Lipinski, the chief security strategist at Securonix, which sells a security-analytics platform.

Yahoo didn’t respond to a request for comment. The company has protocols in place that can detect state-sponsored hacking into user accounts. In a December 2015 blog post, the company outlined its policy, saying it will warn users when this is suspected. 

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Google India debuts offline YouTube app, public WiFi expansion

At an event in New Delhi, India, Google laid out plans to better serve users in the country. These efforts broadly focus on two areas: data usage and language support.

Google Announces Offline Video Viewing and Sharing App ‘YouTube Go’

Google has announced YouTube Go, a new app that lets users save videos for offline viewing and allows sharing of videos with nearby users over Bluetooth (via The Verge).

The app includes options for previewing videos before download, and controlling…

Tech jobs that will get you the biggest raise next year

The biggest raises in 2017 will go to data scientists, who can expect a 6.4% boost in pay next year. That’s well above the average 3.8% increase that’s predicted for tech workers, according to new data from Robert Half Technology.

The recruiting and staffing specialist recently released its annual guide to U.S. tech salaries, which finds IT workers will be getting slightly bigger pay bumps than many other professionals. Across all fields, U.S. starting salaries for professional occupations are projected to increase 3.6% in 2017. The largest gains will occur in tech – where starting salaries for newly hired IT workers are forecast to climb 3.8%.

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‘And why do they call it dialing, anyway?’

This IT pilot fish working at a U.S. government research facility is also responsible for the phone system.”I got a call from a new post-doc who was having trouble making an outside call,” says fish. “At our location, we have to dial 7 to get an out…

Xiaomi’s Mi 5s hides a fingerprint reader under its glass

We were already big fans of Xiaomi’s Mi 5 flagship smartphone, so it’s only natural for the Chinese company to build on this model’s success by bringing us the Mi 5s. It should be no surprise that this dual-SIM device — which has ditched the glass b…

Apple patents laser mapping system, hybrid mechanical-capacitive keyboard, invisible I/O connectors

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple three patents covering laser-based positional and 3D mapping hardware, a keyboard with mechanical switches and capacitive touch sensitive keys, and optical interconnect tech…

BBC iPlayer will require an account from ‘early 2017’

Starting early next year, Brits will need a BBC iD account in order to access iPlayer. The broadcaster says the move is designed to make its services more “tailored” and “personalised,” presumably through better curation and recommendations. The BBC…

OnePlus 3 gets its first UK carrier partnership in O2

Over the past few years, OnePlus has made a name for itself by releasing powerful flagship smartphones at lower-than-expected prices. The unlocked model lets people buy their devices outright, enabling them to get a better deal on a SIM-only c…

Indie game darling ‘Firewatch’ is heading to movie theaters

Physical photographs aren’t the only way Firewatch will invade the real world. Developer Campo Santo recently revealed a partnership with production house Good Universe (Neighbors and Last Vegas) to make a movie based on the indie game about a fire l…

How YouTube Reinvented Itself for the Next Billion Users

YouTube Go is a brand-new YouTube app made for a brand-new audience. The post How YouTube Reinvented Itself for the Next Billion Users appeared first on WIRED.

Samsung recovers over 60 percent of recalled Note 7s in South Korea, U.S.

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co said on Tuesday it has got back more than 60 percent of recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in South Korea and the United States, suggesting it is making progress in its attempts to recover from the crisis….

Google launches service to take internet to India malls, cafes

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, said on Tuesday it launched Google Station in India, a service that aims to deepen its reach across the country, as the search giant seeks to bring more people on to its Google platform.

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