Ultimately, I believe that -- to companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft -- subscriber services matter, not proprietary control of the hardware. While Sonos appears to be more tied to hardware today, it could certainly make speakers with a modular PiLe card that could be replaceable over time if new features required it, or it could provide the Sonos Controller as an app to integrate streaming services for any network of PiLes made by any group of manufacturers. … [Read more...] about So long, Sonos: Meet the open-source audio system that will never die
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Ride hailing giant Uber has started its official rides and app in Vancouver, British Columbia, making it the last major city in North America to get the cab hailing services. This isn't the first attempt that the ride hailing giant has made to operate in Vancouver. The city was one of the first target markets outside of the US during the company's expansion in 2012. However, the British Columbia Passenger Transportation Board, an independent tribunal that makes licensing decisions for commercial passenger-directed vehicles, informed Uber that it would need to charge a minimum of $75 per trip, the same as other chauffeur services, which caused the company to exit the market, wccftech reported on Saturday. It is pertinent to note that people in Vancouver, BC can hail rides from San Fransisco headquartered Lyft, too. The approvals technically cover the whole of the Lower Mainland and the skiing destination of Whistler, BC, although that wider permission only allows for drop-offs. The … [Read more...] about Uber, Lyft start ride hailing services in Vancouver: Report
BENGALURU: Point-of-sales (PoS) services provider Pine Labs has raised a new round of funding from the global card network major Mastercard. While transaction details were not disclosed, the new round is pegged at $100-150 million (Rs 713-1,069 crore). This will make the Sequoia-backed Pine Labs the first Indian unicorn in 2020 with a valuation of $1.5-1.6 billion, said one of the sources briefed on the deal. In a prepared statement, Pine Labs said it will work with Mastercard to deliver a range of card and real-time payments-based instalment financing at checkout — both in-store and online. The funding comes at a time when the company has been expanding its lending business with debit and credit card-based financing options for consumers in partnership with banks and merchants. It has about 1.4 lakh merchants across 4.5 lakh network points. It already offers working capital loans and the company also set up a unit called Pine Labs Finance earlier last year. One of Pine … [Read more...] about Meet India’s latest billion dollar startup
In the next tank, called a digester, low oxygen and hot temperatures (around 95 degrees Fahrenheit, or 35 degrees Celsius) create the perfect conditions for anaerobic bacteria, which thrive without oxygen. The anaerobes further break down the waste inside the tank, converting most of it into water, methane and carbon dioxide. (Some treatment plants even reuse this gas as fuel.) Unlike anaerobes, most pathogens don't fare well in these inhospitable conditions, and most die off at this stage, Noguera said. … [Read more...] about Where does all our poop go?
One remaining weakness of phage therapy, however, is that each virus has a very narrow range of targets; most phages infect just one species of bacteria, and some are even limited to a few strains within a species. To overcome this obstacle, the researchers suggested the development of mutant phages that could infect many bacterial strains and species, or the use of mixtures of phages that target a range of strains and species. … [Read more...] about Viruses Could Help Fight Deadly Superbugs