Toyota steers $400 million to self-driving startup Pony.ai

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Pony.ai, which is jointly based in Silicon Valley and China, has been testing robot taxis since 2018     Pony.ai, a self-driving startup based in Silicon Valley and Guangzhou, China, is deepening its ties to Toyota. The two companies announced a pilot program to test self-driving cars on public roads in two Chinese cities, Beijing and Shanghai. The Japanese auto giant plans to invest $400 million in Pony.ai, valuing the startup at $3 billion. Pony.ai has been working with Toyota since 2019 on public autonomous vehicle testing. With this new investment, their relationship will become even closer, with the automaker and the startup “co-developing” mobility products like “mobility services.”   Pony.ai has been testing robot taxis in Beijing and Guangzhou since late 2018 as well as in Fremont and Irvine,…
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Is the Computer Geek Stereotype Still a Thing?

Is the Computer Geek Stereotype Still a Thing?

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When people think of an average computer science student, it’s difficult to get away from the classic stereotype. You know the one. A fairly quiet young guy, digitally savvy yet socially awkward, who prefers the company of online role-playing games and instant noodles to nights out and fine dining. We’ve become so used to pigeonholing the ‘computer geek’ – an image reinforced by popular films and TV shows like IT Crowd – that we tend to overlook the reality. The fact is that computer science is no longer a niche subject these days and has become more and more popular in the last five years – whether for good or bad. According to a major UK study by Voucherbox, a degree in computer science also offers far better value for…
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How I learned to love Electric Objects’ digital art display

How I learned to love Electric Objects’ digital art display

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It's the closest thing we have to a Netflix for fine art.   "The last thing I need is another screen in my apartment." That was my first thought when I heard about Electric Objects, a company that makes digital art displays. Between my 55-inch OLED TV, 34-inch ultra-widescreen PC monitor, MacBook Air, multiple tablets and iPhone 6S, what use would I have for more screens? But after spending some time with the $299 EO2, the company's latest product, and its accompanying $10-a-month "Art Club" subscription, it wasn't long before I saw the appeal of a cloud-connected display on my wall. You could call me an aspirational art owner. I'd love to fill my apartment's walls with unique pieces, but the process of finding and framing things is just too…
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Easy Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work When You’re Really Not Feeling It

Easy Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work When You’re Really Not Feeling It

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We all have those days where we’re really not feeling it but we have to get some work done anyway. Whether that’s today or every day, this graphic offers a few tips to help you get energized and tackle your to-do list, project, or drudgework with vigor. Some of the tips you’ll see below are ones we’ve highlighted before, like rewarding yourself for starting a difficult task, not just for finishing one, and to take breaks in nature to boost your productivity (or even just look at nature, that works too.) Others may be familiar but have a troubled history, like the whole power poses thing, which if it works for you, great, keep them up! Scroll down for more.   Originally published @ Lifehacker [themify_button style="large orange rounded" link="http://www.itworkz.co.za/whitepapers"…
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Who Invests in Hardware Startups?

Who Invests in Hardware Startups?

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While many angels and VCs are still skittish about hardware startups, there has been a massive renaissance in the hardware funding ecosystem over the last few years. Since 2010, venture capital investment in hardware startups is up more than 30x: I’m only including hardware/connected device companies who have publicly raised $1M or more from institutional VCs or Angels. With this explosion in hardware funding, one of the questions we get all the time is, “who else is investing in hardware?” We generally think about private hardware investors in three buckets: Hardware-only VCs There are a few small funds (like ourselves) that only work with hardware companies. We’re usually first money in and can follow-on but not lead future investment rounds. Hardware-friendly micro VCs There are also a number of other micro…
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Cerber ransomware removal instructions

Cerber ransomware removal instructions

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What is Cerber? Cerber is a ransomware-type malware that infiltrates systems, encrypting various file types including .jpg, .doc, .raw, .avi, etc. Cerber adds a .cerber (some variants add .cerber2 or .cerber3) extension to each encrypted file. Notice that some variants of this ransomware add random file extensions - for example: “.ba99”, ”.98a0", ".a37b", ".a563" etc. Following successful infiltration, Cerber demands a ransom payment to decrypt these files. It is stated that payment of the ransom must fall within the given time frame (seven days), otherwise the ransom amount will double. Some variants of this ransomware disclose their versions - for example: Cerber Ransomware 4.1.5", "Cerber Ransomware 4.1.6", "Cerber Ransomware 5.0.0"  ( the latest variant demands a ransom of $499) etc. During encryption, Cerber creates three different files (#DECRYPT MY FILES#.txt, #DECRYPT…
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Stop Saying “Hardware is Hard”

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If we want to live in the world we dream of, “hardware is hard” doesn’t help us get there.Image courtesy Creative Commons Image (http://orig09.deviantart.net/44bf/f/2012/148/b/4/elon_musk_portrait_by_lewis3222-d51e46s.jpg) I hear the phrase “hardware is hard” dozens of times a week. Repeating this cliche misses both the point and the opportunity. If we want to live in a world of autonomous cars, consumer space travel, and a green energy grid (I know I do) we have to stop defining hardware by its difficulties. The truth is, it has never been easier to start a hardware company. Why is this phrase so common? Hardware Myths When you drill down into why people say “hardware is hard” you find a handful of platitudes that lack nuance: Hardware requires more capital In the very earliest stages this is…
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Here’s how to get back the MacBook battery feature Apple doesn’t want you to have

Here’s how to get back the MacBook battery feature Apple doesn’t want you to have

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Rather than fix the time remaining estimate in its Battery menu bar widget, Apple removed it in the macOS 10.12.2 update. Here's how to get it back. Following complaints from owners of the new MacBook Pro that they weren't getting the battery life they expected, Apple decided that the problem wasn't with the hardware but with the code in macOS that calculated how long the battery would last. But rather than fix the code, Apple decided to remove it. If you relied on that feature - no matter how inaccurate it was - then tough. See also: Apple releases iOS 10.2 for iPhones, iPads. Here's what's new Well, perhaps not. If you still want an estimate of how long your battery might last, then you have to turn to third-party…
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The best upcoming games of 2017 (and beyond)

The best upcoming games of 2017 (and beyond)

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The games to watch on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch – from blockbusters to potential under-the-radar gems 2017 is almost upon us, and with a bewildering array of great new titles already announced, we've rounded up the best upcoming games of 2017 in one place. There's a great selection of titles, including the best upcoming PS4 games, the best upcoming Xbox One games and – if you're looking for a new console – Nintendo Switch, ranging from enticing sequels to intriguing new ideas. Below are some of the best upcoming games in 2017 (and even a few due in 2018). Take a look, try to work out how you're going to afford them all (good luck) and let us know what you're most looking forward to below. Resident Evil…
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The 15 best laptops of 2016: the top laptops ranked

The 15 best laptops of 2016: the top laptops ranked

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The best laptops for your every need Update: We've swapped out last year's 'old' MacBook Pro with our recently reviewed 15-inch MacBook Pro, Touch Bar and all, at number 13 on our list! It was only a few years ago that we were all prematurely declaring the death of the PC, thanks to the swarm of tablet computers that flooded market following the lead of the iPad in 2010. While a handful of these slates saw success, many did not, inspiring renewed interest in laptops and hybrid devices. Looking to play Overwatch at max settings? These are the best gaming laptops Laptops in particular have found a fresh sense of purpose, mainly as a result of Microsoft's efforts in unifying Windows 10 across all sorts of devices. These include (but…
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