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Crypto.com’s fund appoints The Ken’s SEA editor as partner

Tech in Asia | Jan. 17, 2022, 12:36 a.m.

In March 2021, Crypto.com Capital launched a US$200 million fund to invest in early-stage startups.

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East Ventures, Emtek lead $3m round of real estate NFT startup

Tech in Asia | Jan. 16, 2022, 9 p.m.

Fraction links properties to NFTs, allowing buyers to own small portions of real estate.

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3 rules for taking a prototype to production

The Robot Report | Jan. 16, 2022, 10 a.m.

Carter Schultz of AMP Robotics shares his three rules for making a successful transition from prototype to production.The post 3 rules for taking a prototype to production appeared first on The Robot Report.

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Warehouse robotics system Exotec raises $335 million

TechCrunch | Jan. 17, 2022, 12:01 a.m.

French startup Exotec has raised a $335 million Series D round in a new round of funding led by Goldman Sachs’ Growth Equity business. Following today’s investment, the company has reached a valuation of $2 billion. Exotec sells a complete end-to-end solution to turn a regular warehouse into a partially automated logistics platform. It’s a […]

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Netflix begins price rise cycle

Broadband TV News | Jan. 16, 2022, 10:41 a.m.

Netflix has raised its monthly subscription fee in the United States by between $1 and $2 per month. The streamer said it would help to pay for new programming to help it compete in an increasingly crowded market. The standard plan, which allows for two simultaneous streams, moves to $15.49 per month, up from $13.99. […]

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End of the road for the BBC Licence Fee in 2027

Broadband TV News | Jan. 16, 2022, 10:18 a.m.

Culture secretary Nadine Dorres has signalled that an announcement due this week on a new BBC Licence Fee settlement is likely to be the last. A two-year freeze in the current £159 fee is due to be put forward as part of a series of crowd-pleasing measures designed to shore up embattled prime minister Boris […]

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How to Use a Free Password Manager---and Make Your Logins Safer

Wall Street Journal | Jan. 16, 2022, 9 a.m.

Reusing passwords on different sites and apps is dangerous. Here’s a guide to safer logins and better cybersecurity, starting with setting up a free password manager.

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Destructive Hacks Against Ukraine Echo Its Last Cyberwar

Wired | Jan. 16, 2022, 10:02 a.m.

A data wiper posing as ransomware bears a discomfiting resemblance to the earlier wave of Russian cyberattacks that ended with NotPetya.

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How to Prepare for Climate Change's Most Immediate Impacts

Wired | Jan. 16, 2022, 9 a.m.

The effects of the climate crisis are happening right now. From natural disasters to supply chain shortages, here's how to cope.

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Our 4 Favorite Electric Kick Scooters

Wired | Jan. 16, 2022, 9 a.m.

These WIRED-tested e-scooters will help you scoot scoot scoot around town.

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Home Cooks, You Should Be Pre-Salting Your Vegetables

Wired | Jan. 16, 2022, 7 a.m.

Brining veggies or tossing them with salt before cooking is a simple and foolproof way to unleash more flavor.

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When It Comes to Health Care, AI Has a Long Way to Go

Wired | Jan. 16, 2022, 7 a.m.

Medical information is more complex and less available than the web data that many algorithms were trained on, so results can be misleading.

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Games Bring Space Exploration Home. But They Omit the Full Risks

Wired | Jan. 16, 2022, 7 a.m.

There’s something trickier than teaching players to design rockets and navigate radiation.

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How Apple's iCloud Private Relay Can Keep You Safe

Wired | Jan. 16, 2022, 8 a.m.

The newest security measure is still in beta. But if you want to make use of it, here's what you need to know.

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An Injection of Chaos Solves a Decades-Old Fluid Mystery

Wired | Jan. 16, 2022, 8 a.m.

In the 1960s, drillers noticed that certain fluids would firm up if they flowed too fast. Researchers have finally explained why.

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The Mega-Guide to Fixing Your Own iPhone

Wired | Jan. 16, 2022, 8 a.m.

Battery not holding a charge? Wi-Fi woes? We break down ways to solve almost any issue you can think of.

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Meet Our New Favorite Travel Mug

Wired | Jan. 16, 2022, 8 a.m.

The Oxo Good Grips Thermal Mug keeps your coffee nice and hot—and it's dishwasher-safe!

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Google Doodle highlights the course of civil rights movement for MLK Day - CNET

CNET | Jan. 16, 2022, 11 p.m.

The doodle reflects Martin Luther King Jr.'s view that the movement is a continuing process.

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Walmart is getting serious about the metaverse

The Verge | Jan. 16, 2022, 6:07 p.m.

Walmart’s recent trademark applications suggest that it wants to break into the metaverse. | Photo by Yichuan Cao / NurPhoto via Getty Images Walmart appears to be getting ready for a leap into the metaverse. Recent trademark applications indicate the company is looking to establish its own NFTs and cryptocurrency, according to a report from CNBC.The retail giant filed for several trademarks on December 30th, suggesting plans to start selling virtual goods, including electronics, toys, appliances, sporting equipment, apparel, home decor, and more, as noted by CNBC. There’s mention of offering customers a digital currency, as well as the opportunity to buy and sell NFTs. Meanwhile, another application details possible “physical fitness training services” and “classes in the field of health and nutrition” that could take place in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality environments (VR) — the company made a separate filing for the use of its name and logo in VR and AR.Walmart also filed trademarks for “Verse to Home,” “Verse to Curb,” and “Verse to Store”As pointed out by Bloomberg, Walmart also filed trademarks for the names “Verse to Home,” “Verse to Curb,” and “Verse to Store,” a hint that Walmart may be preparing a virtual shopping experience (that hopefully doesn’t look like the one created for the company in 2017). The filings are publicly available on the US Patent and Trademark Office’s site, some of which are listed under the name “Walmart Connect,” the retailer’s digital advertising endeavor. You can access the filings by searching for “Walmart” or “Walmart Connect” on the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS).“Walmart is continuously exploring how emerging technologies may shape future shopping experiences,” Walmart spokesperson Carrie McKnight told The Verge. “We don’t have anything further to share today, but it’s worth noting we routinely file trademark applications as part of the innovation process.”Last August, Walmart posted a job listing for a cryptocurrency product specialist, one of the first signs of Walmart’s growing interest in the metaverse. Other retailers are taking part in the metaverse movement as well, with Nike looking to cash in on NFTs and virtual sneakers, Adidas selling out of its Into the Metaverse NFT collection, and Gap offering NFTs of its hoodies.

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