Friday, 21 September 2018

Uber bid to buy Deliveroo hits shares in rival Just Eat.

 UberEats has put its rival Deliveroo on the menu.
Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA

Reports claim US tech giant’s Uber Eats is in talks to gobble up London-based rival $2bn food app.

Shares in Just Eat have fallen 6% following reports that Uber is in talks to buy online food service rival Deliveroo for at least $2bn (£1.5bn).

Investors in the takeaway app took fright at the prospect of Uber using Just Eat’s arch-rival as a UK platform for boosting the Uber Eats food delivery service. Just Eat shares hit a 2018 low of 664p on the news.

“They say strength in numbers can be a powerful force and so it is no surprise that Just Eat’s shares have taken a big hit on speculation that Uber is going to buy Deliveroo,” said Russ Mould, investment director at stockbroker AJ Bell.

“The combination of two competitors is the last thing Just Eat wants to hear, particularly when it is already trying to play catch up on the delivery side of its business.”

By Staff and agencies.
Full story at The Guardian.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Hackers steal $60m from Japanese crypto exchange.

Security problems in the cryptocurrency market continue to mount after a Japanese digital currency exchange, Zaif, lost $60m to hackers.

Tech Bureau, which operates the  ironically-named exchange, discovered the loss on Monday and then reported it to the authorities the following day.

The thieves made off with at least $40m worth of customers' assets, made up of 5,966 bitcoins and an unknown amount of Bitcoin Cash and Monacoin.

Full story at Fine Extra.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Sky and Netflix and chill with new combination package.

Sky would like to Netflix and chill with you, which is why there’s a new package that ties both services together.

The Ultimate On Demand package, available from November 2018, is essentially a Sky subscription that incorporates Netflix. This isn’t a lazy re-skin of the Sky home page with a Netflix tab – the two brands are fully integrated into one interface.

Netflix programmes appear alongside Sky’s native content at every opportunity: the home screen, the recommendations lists, recently viewed section and even in the search function. If you want to go into Netflix specifically, you can do that too – just scroll to the apps section of the home screen and you’ll find the Netflix-only service as it appears elsewhere.

By Red Yuen.
Full story at Trusted Review.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa plans trip around the moon in Elon Musk’s rocket.

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa plans to take six to eight artists, architects and designers with him on the week-long journey (Picture: AFP) 

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has said that he plans to blast off on the first-ever private commercial trip around the moon and will invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people on the week-long journey. 

The SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023, company founder Elon Musk announced at an event Monday at its headquarters near Los Angeles. 

Mr Maezawa, 42, said he wants his guests for the lunar orbit ‘to see the moon up close, and the Earth in full view, and create work to reflect their experience’.

Full story at Metro.
By Richard Hartley-Parkinson. 

Monday, 17 September 2018

Another tech billionaire turns media mogul.

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Salesforce’s Marc Benioff is the new owner of Time magazine.

Where Jeff Bezos goes, other tech billionaires follow. The latest titan to invest in print media is Salesforce founder Marc Benioff who, along with wife Lynne, is buying Time magazine. The pair are using $190 million from their personal fortune to buy the esteemed title from current owners, Meredith.

Meredith has said that the Benioffs will not be directly involved with the title, and will have no say in its editorial decisions. It's likely that the pair will use their money and expertise to help Time improve its operations and, by extension, its bottom line. The WSJ believes that the title reaches over 30 million people a month, while its current owners put that figure closer to 100 million.

By Daniel Cooper.
Full story at Engadget.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Why you should read this article slowly.

Go slow … Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Amid fears of shrinking attention spans, it’s time to stop skimming our screens and try slow reading – it is rich in rewards.

Are we doomed to read distractedly in the digital age? Technology seems to deter slow, immersive reading. Scrolling down a web page with your thumb feels innately less attentive than turning over the pages of a book. Reading on a screen, particularly a phone screen, tires your eyes and makes it harder for you to keep your place. So online writing tends to be more skimmable and list-like than print. At the top of a web article, we are now often told how long it will detain us, forewarned that the words below are a “15-minute read”. The online reader’s put-down is TL;DR. Too long; didn’t read.

The cognitive neuroscientist Maryanne Wolf argued recently that this “new norm” of skim reading is producing “an invisible, game-changing transformation” in how readers process words. The neuronal circuit that underpins the brain’s capacity to read now favours the rapid ingestion of information, rather than skills fostered by deeper reading, like critical analysis and empathy.

We shouldn’t overplay these dangers. All readers skim. Skimming is the skill we acquire as children as we learn to read more sophisticatedly. From about the age of nine, our eyes start to bounce around the page, reading only about a quarter of the words properly, and filling in the gaps by inference. One of the little miracles of silent reading is that we can do it so quickly and yet also subvocalise, semi-hearing the words in our heads. Skimming is all part of that virtuoso human act.

By Joe Moran.
Full story at The Guardian.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

9 reasons why you shouldn’t buy a new iPhone.

Apple announced three new iPhones at its September ‘Gather Round’ event (the iPhone XS, XS Max and iPhone XR) as well as the newly designed Apple Watch series 4.

I can see a lot of you already reaching for your credit cards. Well don’t. Here are my grumpy-old-man reasons why:

1. These are the most expensive iPhones ever launched
Apple’s lineup of three new phones is the most expensive it’s ever announced. Even the ‘entry-level’ iPhone XR is an eye-watering prospect at $/£749. That’s an awful lot of money for a phone that is the baby of the range. The iPhone XS Max weighs in at a mighty $/£1449 for the top-spec model.

2. You’ll miss the Home button
The iPhone’s Home button might feel anachronistic, but there are millions of iPhone fans who still love its simplicity and function. Sure, you get more screen without it, but you’re also losing one of the reasons the iPhone became such a success in the first place.

By Evan Kypreos.
Full story at Trusted Reviews.