PitchBook now offers users suggested companies when they search

This one’s for all the due diligence fiends and competitive landscape mapping mavens out there.

PitchBook, the data and analytics service for private equity and public markets, is rolling out an automated suggestions feature for premium users when they’re doing searches on companies for market intelligence.

The new service is based on machine learning technology that scours PitchBook’s financially focused information and data set. Each word in a description is represented in 300 dimensional space using the global vectors for word representation software lifted from researchers at Google and Stanford, and those vectors are then applied to companies to determine their various relationships.

“The differentiator for why the output of this is going to be high quality. When we look up a company is because we have this proprietary set of financial related news and information,” says Tyler Martinez, the director of software engineering and data science at PitchBook.

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Apple Deals: Sale on Watch, iPad, Mac, and More Happening Now

We’ve sifted through the internet for deals on tech we like, and hit pay dirt this week. Best Buy is giving out some discounts on Apple gadget, and a number of other devices we recommend are on sale at a few different retailers. You can find them below, along with links to our relevant reviews and guides.

Apple Device Sale

Best Buy is still holding a sale on Apple Devices, and we’re not quite sure when it will end. Below, we’ve surfaced all the deals worth considering. The Apple Watch Series 3 and iPads are particularly nice, if you’re in the market.

Apple HomePod for $300 (Was $350) – It’s amazing for Apple Music subscribers, but not as good if you use other streaming services. Read our review. Beats Pill+ Speaker for $130 (Was $230) – The Beats Pill+ is a decent sounding speaker. It didn’t quite make our list of Best Bluetooth speakers, but it was close. Apple Watch Series 3 for $279 (Was $329) – This is the newest Apple Watch. We gave it an 8/10 and our WIRED Recommends seal of approval. iPad Pro 10.5-Inch for $550 (Was $650)WIRED’s Ultimate iPad pick

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Has your WhatsApp account been hacked? Here’s what TRA suggests

Despite WhatsApp’s secure end-to-end encryption and two-step verification process, it is possible for hackers to worm their way into your account and extract personal data. 

Hackers only need a phone number associated with a WhatsApp account to dupe users into a variety of scams including sharing their verification codes to gain complete access to an account, impersonating a contact, links to malicious software, phishing attempts and more.

However, there are certain steps you can take to secure your account in case you’ve fallen victim to a hacking attempt. A couple of days back, the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) issued advice via Twitter on how to deal with a compromised WhatsApp account. 

Remove WhatsApp and reinstall at different times of the day

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Uber will pay drivers in some cities to use electric cars

The compensation varies, but don’t expect to buy a Model 3 with your fare. The LA Times learned that drivers in Pittsburgh, San Diego and San Francisco are getting just $1 extra per ride, with at least San Diego drivers capping out at $20 per week. Sacramento drivers Suffice it to say this is more for part-time drivers who are thinking of signing up for Uber than full-timers who want to recoup the cost of their car.

There are other perks, though. Drivers get access to education and resources that can help them find every available rebate or other incentive program (not just federal level tax credits). In Canada, Quebec drivers will receive memberships to an EV advocacy group that can give them reduced insurance premiums. And wherever drivers operate, there will be EV-specific app features, such as a notification for longer trips (30 minutes or more) to help them plan their charging times.

As a passenger, you’ll be alerted when you pair up with an EV driver if you’re either read more

Keepsafe launches a privacy-focused mobile browser

Keepsafe, the company behind the private photo app of the same name, is expanding its product lineup today with the release of a mobile web browser.

Co-founder and CEO Zouhair Belkoura argued that all of Keepsafe’s products (which also include a VPN app and a private phone number generator) are united not just by a focus on privacy, but by a determination to make those features simple and easy-to-understand — in contrast to what Belkoura described as “how security is designed in techland,” with lots of jargon and complicated settings.

Plus, when it comes to your online activity, Belkoura said there are different levels of privacy. There’s the question of the government and large tech companies accessing our personal data, which he argued people care about intellectually, but “they don’t really care about it emotionally.”

Then there’s “the nosy neighbor problem,” which Belkoura suggested is something people feel more strongly about: “A billion people are using Gmail read more

Optus offers World Cup watchers Fetch TV boxes to make up for streaming fiasco

If you’re one of the many Australians who signed up to the Optus Sport service in order to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it’s highly likely that you’ve experienced a number of streaming issues during the event’s opening nights. 

Having already received numerous complaints from disgruntled soccer fans, Optus has extended an olive branch to its customers, announcing that it will provide a free Fetch TV Mini set-top box for 12 months to every Optus Sport Premium subscriber who’s had streaming performance issues between June 14 and June 18. 

The offer is available to anyone who’s signed up for the Optus Sport Premium service, regardless of their broadband or mobile provider — all you have to do is go to your nearest Optus store, allow the staff to verify your Optus Sport email address, and you should be able to walk out with a new Fetch TV Mini.

The Fetch TV Mini box (valued at $168) provides access to a number of services read more

Space Really Does Need Traffic Cops

In the early Space Age, the people who sent up satellites could operate under what’s known as “big sky” theory. Space is so vast, so spacious, that we could never possibly use it all up. History, however, has repeatedly shown that whenever we think something is too abundant for humans to deplete, we’re wrong. And so it is in space, where more and more satellites and space junk threaten to crash into each other and crowd out the future. In 2016, the Air Force’s 18th Space Control Squadron had to tell satellite operators to watch out for each other 3,995,874 times.

The burden of sending all those safety messages has rested squarely on the Defense Department’s shoulders. But on Monday, President Donald Trump signed Space Policy Directive-3, which shifts some of that space traffic responsibility to a new owner: the Department of Commerce.

Commerce? Indeed. “I am instructing my administration to embrace the budding commercial space industry,” read more

MIT uses brain signals and hand gestures to control robots

The team harnessed the power of brain signals called “error-related potentials” (ErrPs), which naturally occur when people notice a mistake. The system monitors the brain activity of a person observing robotic work, and if an ErrP occurs — because the robot has made an error — the robot pauses its activity so the user can correct it. This happens via an interface that measures muscle activity — the person makes hand gestures to select the correct option for the robot.

In one trial, the team used “Baxter”, a robot from Rethink Robotics, to move a power drill to one of three possible targets on the body of a mock plane. With human supervision, Baxter went from choosing the correct target 70 percent of the time to more than 97 percent of the time. Critically, the system works with people it’s never read more

Korean crypto exchange Bithumb says it lost over $30M following a hack

Just weeks after Korean crypto exchange Coinrail lost $40 million through an alleged hack, another in the crypto-mad country — Bithumb — has claimed hackers made off with over $30 million in cryptocurrency.

Coinrail may be one of Korea’s smaller exchanges, but Bithumb is far larger. The exchange is one of the world’s top ten ranked based on trading of Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash, and top for newly-launched EOS, according to data from Coinmarketcap.com.

In a now-deleted tweet, Bithumb said today that 35 billion won of tokens — around $31 million — were snatched. It didn’t provide details of the attack, but it did say it will cover any losses for its users. The company has temporarily frozen deposits and trading while it is in the process of “changing our wallet system” following the incident.

Days prior to the hack, Bithumb said on Twitter that it was “transferring all of asset to the cold wallet read more

Snapchat Lenses bring coral reefs to your neighborhood

These are Lens Studio creations, so you only need to grab the relevant Snapcodes (at the source link) to get started. No, this won’t stand in for a documentary or classroom lecture. However, that’s not really the point — this is more about fostering interest in the reefs, whether you’re interested in preserving them or are just curious about what happens under the waves.

social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #engadget https://www.engadget.com/2018/06/19/coral-reef-snapchat-lenses/