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Bolt won’t beat Uber by copying it – it needs to forge its own path May 23, 2019

Bolt, previously known as Taxify, is a ride-sharing app and one of Estonia‘s four unicorns (AKA startups valued at over $1 billion). On a visit to Talinn, TNW met with Martin Villig, the company’s co-founder, to hear about Bolt’s plans to become the de facto transport app in the world. The problem? Its plans for […]

A breakdown of Huawei's supply problems after the US ban, using its latest flagship phone as an example, from hardware to software to building an app ecosystem (Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)


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A breakdown of Huawei’s supply problems after the US ban, using its latest flagship phone as an example, from hardware to software to building an app ecosystem  —  Huawei’s hardware independence is actually pretty good!  The software, though…  President Trump’s Huawei ban is in full effect …

A breakdown of Huawei's supply problems after the US ban, using its latest flagship phone as an example, from hardware to software to building an app ecosystem (Ron Amadeo/Ars Technica)
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Walmart launches a line of Android tablets under its Onn store brand starting at $64, which ship with Play Store and Google apps, unlike Amazon's Fire tablets (Ben Schoon/9to5Google)


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Walmart launches a line of Android tablets under its Onn store brand starting at $64, which ship with Play Store and Google apps, unlike Amazon’s Fire tablets  —  Earlier this year it was reported that Walmart was working on bringing its own Android tablets to the market to compete with Amazon’s popular Fire tablets.

Walmart launches a line of Android tablets under its Onn store brand starting at , which ship with Play Store and Google apps, unlike Amazon's Fire tablets (Ben Schoon/9to5Google)
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Cala Health, an SF-based medical tech company developing wearable electronic devices to tackle chronic disease, raises $50M Series C from investors including GV (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)


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Cala Health, an SF-based medical tech company developing wearable electronic devices to tackle chronic disease, raises $50M Series C from investors including GV  —  Cala Health, a medical technology company that develops “wearable therapies” to tackle chronic disease, has raised $50 million …

Cala Health, an SF-based medical tech company developing wearable electronic devices to tackle chronic disease, raises M Series C from investors including GV (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)
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What Apple's WWDC 2019 invite teases about the next iOS and MacOS – CNET

I’m not Miss Cleo, but did my best to try to solve the visual riddles and spot the Easter eggs in Apple’s artwork. What Apple's WWDC 2019 invite teases about the next iOS and MacOS – CNET
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Game of Thrones: Ranking all 8 seasons from worst to best – CNET

How does season 8 stack up to the rest? Game of Thrones: Ranking all 8 seasons from worst to best – CNET
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Game of Thrones book by summer 2020, author vows, or 'imprison me' – CNET

This is as close to a real deadline as George R.R. Martin has had for a while, and he gave it to himself. Game of Thrones book by summer 2020, author vows, or 'imprison me' – CNET
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Wolfram Engine Now Free… Sort Of

You’ve probably used Wolfram Alpha and maybe even used the company’s desktop software for high-powered math such as Mathematica. One of the interesting things about all of Wolfram’s mathematics software is that it shares a common core engine — the Wolfram Engine. As of this month, the company is allowing free use of the engine in software projects. The catch? It is only for preproduction use. If you are going into production you need a license, although a free open source project can apply for a free license. Naturally, Wolfram gets to decide what is production, although the actual license is pretty clear that non-commercial projects for personal use and approved open source projects can continue to use the free license. In addition, work you do for a school or large company may already be covered by a site license.

Given how comprehensive the engine is, this is reasonably generous. The engine even has access to the Wolfram Knowledgebase (with a free Basic subscription). If you don’t want to be connected, though, you don’t have to be. You just won’t be able to get live data. If you want to play with the engine, you can use the Wolfram Cloud Sandbox in which you can try some samples.

If this were just another language it might be interesting, especially since it can do so much with math. but the real power is how it interprets things and can draw data from a variety of sources. For example, this query for flags of European countries:

A Wolfram query for flags of European countries.
A Wolfram query for flags of European countries.

There is no special library or database required. It just happens to know what a country is and what flag each country has and what “European” means. Naturally, it can read data from the web, make charts, and even do machine learning. If you’ve had trouble following machine learning code before, try this animal image recognition example:

Distinguishing between predators, with Wolfram.
Distinguishing between predators, with Wolfram.

We covered when the Wolfram language emerged in 2013. If you really have a thing for the notebook style of programming there is always Mathics, Jupyter, and even Fortran.

Wolfram Engine Now Free… Sort Of
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Boeing 737 Max won't be rushed back to flight, FAA chief says – CNET

Federal regulators are reviewing the aircraft maker’s proposed remedy to issue linked to two fatal crashes. Boeing 737 Max won't be rushed back to flight, FAA chief says – CNET
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Researcher: since at least October, source code for thousands of Instagram profiles leaked the user's contact info when loaded in a web browser; fixed in March (Laura Hautala/CNET)


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Researcher: since at least October, source code for thousands of Instagram profiles leaked the user’s contact info when loaded in a web browser; fixed in March  —  Instagram’s website leaked user contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, over a period of at least four months, a researcher says.

Researcher: since at least October, source code for thousands of Instagram profiles leaked the user's contact info when loaded in a web browser; fixed in March (Laura Hautala/CNET)
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Atari’s VCS throwback console is getting a joystick upgrade


The Atari joystick is one of the most recognizable controllers in gaming history, and now the company is not only bringing it forward into the modern age, it’s making it better with new bells and whistles. You younglings might remember much about the Atari CX40 joystick (The author of this piece was born over a decade after the release of said controller. –Management), but it was extremely ubiquitous in the 80s and was one of the first cross-platform controllers. The introduction of the Atari joystick port predates the computer mouse, just to give you some idea of how old and…

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Atari’s VCS throwback console is getting a joystick upgrade
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IHS reports cloud-based gaming earned $387M in 2018, with Sony's Playstation Now responsible for 36% of that total, and predicts it will grow to $2.5B by 2023 (Giancarlo Valdes/VentureBeat)


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IHS reports cloud-based gaming earned $387M in 2018, with Sony’s Playstation Now responsible for 36% of that total, and predicts it will grow to $2.5B by 2023  —  Cloud-based gaming is starting to heat up.  In a new report from market research firm IHS Markit, cloud gaming earned $387 million in 2018 …

IHS reports cloud-based gaming earned 7M in 2018, with Sony's Playstation Now responsible for 36% of that total, and predicts it will grow to .5B by 2023 (Giancarlo Valdes/VentureBeat)
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Alphabet's Toronto smart campus reportedly opening around late 2023 – CNET

The tech giant’s first smart buildings will open in either late 2023 or early 2024, according to a CNBC report. Alphabet's Toronto smart campus reportedly opening around late 2023 – CNET
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Redditor allowed to stay anonymous, court rules – CNET

In a copyright lawsuit, a Jehovah’s Witness has been given protections regarding anonymous online free speech. Redditor allowed to stay anonymous, court rules – CNET
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Indiegogo CEO and President David Mandelbrot steps down, citing personal reasons, will be replaced by Andy Yang, former Reddit core product lead and 500px CEO (Bijan Stephen/The Verge)


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Indiegogo CEO and President David Mandelbrot steps down, citing personal reasons, will be replaced by Andy Yang, former Reddit core product lead and 500px CEO  —  Reddit’s Andy Yang takes over  —  David Mandelbrot is out as CEO of crowdfunding site Indiegogo, citing “personal reasons” in his farewell LinkedIn post.

Indiegogo CEO and President David Mandelbrot steps down, citing personal reasons, will be replaced by Andy Yang, former Reddit core product lead and 500px CEO (Bijan Stephen/The Verge)
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This Game of Thrones fan remade the ending as an 80s John Hughes film


Game of Thrones was an epic ride. For eight seasons, HBO treated viewers to some of the best acting and storytelling on television. It all concluded, with a bang, on Sunday. While we all agree that it was a magical journey to get us to season eight in the first place, it’s here where two camps begin to form: some who believe the finale was a solid conclusion, and others who, well, don’t. The latter camp has even gone so far as to collect nearly 1.5 million signatures in hopes that HBO will reshoot the final season. (Don’t hold your…

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This Game of Thrones fan remade the ending as an 80s John Hughes film
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Playdate handheld gaming device coming in 2020 – CNET

The bright yellow Game Boy-esque device will have a hand crank, and cost $149 including 12 games. Playdate handheld gaming device coming in 2020 – CNET
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Samsung files emergency motion to redact details of its settlement with Qualcomm last year, revealed to be $100M, made public in the FTC v. Qualcomm ruling (Camilla Hodgson/Financial Times)


Camilla Hodgson / Financial Times:

Samsung files emergency motion to redact details of its settlement with Qualcomm last year, revealed to be $100M, made public in the FTC v. Qualcomm ruling  —  Phonemaker Samsung on Wednesday filed an emergency motion to redact “highly sensitive and confidential” details of its settlement …

Samsung files emergency motion to redact details of its settlement with Qualcomm last year, revealed to be 0M, made public in the FTC v. Qualcomm ruling (Camilla Hodgson/Financial Times)
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Boring Company wins approval of $48M Las Vegas loop contract – CNET

Loop of underground tunnels will ferry passengers around new convention center. Boring Company wins approval of M Las Vegas loop contract – CNET
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Toyota's Gazoo Racing will make MkIII and MkIV Supra parts again – Roadshow

With the increasing sales prices of Japanese sports cars, OEMs like Toyota are starting to see the value of supporting them. Toyota's Gazoo Racing will make MkIII and MkIV Supra parts again – Roadshow
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Indiegogo’s CEO steps down amid layoffs

David Mandelbrot is out as CEO of crowdfunding site Indiegogo, citing “personal reasons” in his farewell LinkedIn post. The company also laid off some employees, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Andy Yang will begin his tenure as the next CEO today, Mandelbrot said in his post, which was published yesterday. Yang was most recently “leading core product at Reddit,” and had previously been the CEO of 500px, an online platform and community for photographers. “I’m thrilled to take over the CEO reins from Dave and enable the company to further achieve its mission,” Mandelbrot quoted Yang as saying.

The post did not comment on the layoffs. An email to Mandelbrot wasn’t returned. Indiegogo declined to comment.

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Software maker Panic unveils Playdate, a Game Boy-like device with a hand crank control and 12 bundled games released over time, coming in 2020 for $149 (Andrew Webster/The Verge)


Andrew Webster / The Verge:

Software maker Panic unveils Playdate, a Game Boy-like device with a hand crank control and 12 bundled games released over time, coming in 2020 for $149  —  Little, yellow, different  —  Panic made its name through high-end Mac software, but more recently, the company moved into gaming …

Software maker Panic unveils Playdate, a Game Boy-like device with a hand crank control and 12 bundled games released over time, coming in 2020 for 9 (Andrew Webster/The Verge)
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Playing NES Games On An Industrial EL Display

Modern consoles are fun, but there are certain charms to retro gear that keep hackers entertained to this day. The original NES is a particularly ripe ground for projects, being one of the most popular consoles of its era. [kevtris] is one such Nintendo hacker, and decided to get NES games running on an old-school electroluminescent display (Youtube video, embedded below).

The display in this project was originally used in an industrial pick-and-place machine.

Rather than work with an original NES, [kevtris] chose to instead work with the NT Mini, an FPGA-based clone of his own design. Having picked up an EL640.480-AA1 screen, formerly from a DEK 265LT pick-and-place machine, he hunted down a data sheet and got to work. With the document outlining the required video input specifications, it was a simple matter of whipping up some Verilog and an adapter cable to get things working.

Mario, Kirby and friends can now run around, looking resplendent in the 9 colors of the red/green EL display. [kevtris] notes that the screen performs well with fast motion, and estimates the refresh rate to be in the vicinity of 60Hz. For those of you playing along at home, such screens are available online, though they’re not exactly cheap.

We’ve seen [kevtris]’s work before, with his SNES chiptune player being particularly impressive. Video after the break.

[Thanks to Morris for the tip!]

 

Playing NES Games On An Industrial EL Display
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Researcher shares zero-day Windows 10 local privilege escalation exploit that grants full control over files reserved for full-privilege users (Tara Seals/Threatpost)


Tara Seals / Threatpost:

Researcher shares zero-day Windows 10 local privilege escalation exploit that grants full control over files reserved for full-privilege users  —  A Windows zero-day exploit dropped by developer SandboxEscaper would allow local privilege-escalation (LPE), by importing legacy tasks from other systems into the Task Scheduler utility.

Researcher shares zero-day Windows 10 local privilege escalation exploit that grants full control over files reserved for full-privilege users (Tara Seals/Threatpost)
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Modsy, which combines computer vision tech with human designers to help users design their homes, raises $37M Series C led by TCV, bringing total raised to $70M (Lucas Matney/TechCrunch)


Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:

Modsy, which combines computer vision tech with human designers to help users design their homes, raises $37M Series C led by TCV, bringing total raised to $70M  —  Modsy has raised some new cash as the computer vision startup looks to get physical and build more of the furniture it recommends.

Modsy, which combines computer vision tech with human designers to help users design their homes, raises M Series C led by TCV, bringing total raised to M (Lucas Matney/TechCrunch)
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Las Vegas approves a $48.6 million contract with Elon Musk’s Boring Company

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority held a vote today, where it approved a $48.6 million contract with the Boring Company, Elon Musk’s tunneling venture. The Boring Company’s underground “people mover,” the LVCC Loop, will consist of two tunnels for vehicles and three stations, as well as a pedestrian tunnel.

The project is expected to be complete in time to be used at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2021, LVCVA told me in March. Then, Musk got on Twitter and suggested the project could be running by the end of the year. The public contract suggests that tests will start by November 2020. Regardless of the completion date, two-thirds of the money in the contract won’t be paid until the project is complete.

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Las Vegas approves a .6 million contract with Elon Musk’s Boring Company
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