Truecaller first started as a call screening app. Some countries are more affected than others. But it’s clear that text and call spam is the most intrusive form of spam.
The Swedish company then leveraged this user base to quietly turn the app into a full-fledged messaging app with one focus in particular — India.
With the acquisition of Chillr, the company shows that it wants to recreate a sort of WeChat for India. The company launched payment features — Truecaller Pay lets you pay other Truecaller users as well as pay your bills.
Eventually, Truecaller wants to open up its platform to third-party services. Back in April, the company reported that it had 100 million daily active users.
If you’re impressed by Truecaller’s [...]read more
The relationship between businesses and smart cities is mutually reinforcing, opening doors to new possibilities only achievable under one harmonious environment. In being better connected to their surroundings, businesses – so often the service providers of smarter cities – will not only understand the landscape in which they operate in better, but also the people that inhabit them, offering more advanced technologies and solutions to citizens directly through a city’s infrastructure.
Collection and collaboration
The roots of success lie in the collaboration of data. Cities are collecting vast amounts of data every day, but it’s impossible to comb through all of it. That’s where businesses come in; each holding a piece of the big data puzzle.
The pervasiveness of connected devices and mobile networks in recent years has seen data’s footprint expand exponentially. With the likes of 5G networks being introduced as early as next year, this is only set to increase. And yet, while human and machine [...]read more
For two hours Monday, internet traffic that was supposed to route through Google’s Cloud Platform instead found itself in quite unexpected places, including Russia and China. But while the haphazard routing invoked claims of traffic hijacking—a real threat, given that nation states could use the technique to spy on web users or censor services—the incident turned out to be a simple mistake with outsized impacts.
Google noted that almost all traffic to its services is encrypted, and wasn’t exposed during the incident no matter what. As traffic pinballed across ISPs, though, some observers, including the monitoring firm ThousandEyes, saw signs of malicious BGP hijacking—a technique that manipulates the web’s Border Gateway Protocol, which helps ISPs automatically collaborate to route traffic seamlessly across the web.
ThousandEyes saw Google traffic rerouting over the Russian ISP TransTelecom, to China Telecom, toward the Nigerian ISP Main One. “Russia, [...]read more
«Inaccettabile». Per il sindaco Beppe Sala Milano Ristorazione «ha sbagliato. Capisco che non avevano alternative ai tramezzini, ma non di questa qualità». Secondo giorno di polemiche sui panini «ghiacciati e immangiabili» nelle mense scolastiche. Lunedì e martedì, a causa di un’assemblea sindacale di due giorni, niente pastasciutta o risotto agli alunni delle scuole dell’infanzia e primarie. Al loro posto due tramezzini con mozzarella, pomodorini e crema di basilico e un budino al cacao equosolidale. La variazione d’emergenza ha riguardato lunedì le scuole di metà Milano, martedì quelle dell’altra metà, ma non è stata accettata di buon grado, anzi. Le chat dei genitori sono zeppe di commenti negativi, sui social la discussione divampa e sfocia in contestazioni ben più ampie. Sotto accusa la qualità dei panini e la mancanza di un’alternativa per i bambini che seguono diete speciali, circa 10 mila a fronte di 65 mila pasti al giorno forniti alle scuole.
Edge devices are generally defined as any piece of hardware that controls the flow of data between the boundaries of two networks. These include not just routers, switches and gateways but also a range IoT gadgets like Ring doorbell cameras, industrial robots, smart medical devices or self-guided camera drones. Intel’s NCS2 is essentially a self-contained neural network on a thumbdrive and should make developing those sorts of devices faster and easier by offloading much of the processing power required to train them to its onboard Movidius Myriad X vision processing unit (VPU).
“We can do some incredible things with artificial intelligence, and one of the fastest growing data types, as we all know, is video data,” Steen Graham, General Manager of Channels and Ecosystem in Intel’s Internet of Things group, told reporters during a press call on Friday. “The camera is the ultimate sensor.”
Basically, it enables you to develop AI algorithms and computer [...]read more
Mintos, the Latvian fintech that operates a global loans marketplace to let you invest in loans from various loan originators, has raised €5 million in Series A funding. Backing the startup once again is the Riga-based venture capital firm Grumpy Investments (previously known as Skillion Ventures). More noteworthy, the new capital will be used to launch a Mintos banking account and debit card, significantly expanding the company’s offering.
“Both banking account and the card in our opinion is a natural step in our journey of revolutionising financial services through technology and serving our investors and will nicely complement our current offering of investments in loans, and low-fee mid-market rate currency exchange,” Mintos co-founder and CEO Martins Sulte tells me. “This development also means that, theoretically, our investors won’t need their banks anymore”.
The Mintos banking account will act like any other IBAN account. You’ll be able to receive a salary into [...]read more
Caduta e malori: gli interventi di soccorso nella notte tra lunedì 12 e martedì 13 novembre. Caduta accidentale. Brutta caduta accidentale per una 36enne, soccorsa poco dopo le 23 presso l'impianto sportivo di via XI Settembre a Busto Arsizio. Sul … by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #thisisnews
Music fans rejoice – if you’re tired of listening to radio stations with overly-enthusiastic DJs and a million ad breaks, then you’ll be glad to know that Spotify has finally launched in the MENA region.
The launch is across thirteen countries in the region, including UAE, KSA, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain and Palestine. With the launch in MENA, Spotify’s global reach expands to 78 markets worldwide.
Spotify will support a full-localized Arabic interface and locally-curated playlists, offering over 40m songs in local and international music, as well as its discovery and music recommendation features.
“I am super excited to share with you that, from today, Spotify is now available across the Middle East and North Africa,” said Cecilia Qvist, Spotify’s Global Head of Markets. “Spotify is launching in MENA with a full Arabic service, dozens of locally-curated playlists for every mood and moment, and access to a full catalog [...]read more