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Black Friday 2018 drone deals: DJI Mavic Air, Parrot Anafi, Ryze Tello and more – CNET

Get a camera drone with GPS for less than $100 or fly an app-controlled paper airplane for $35.
Source: CNET

Black Friday ads 2018: Live sales and best deals at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target and more – CNET

All of the big Black Friday online sales have started. Here are the full ads for the major stores, and links to the best deals.
Source: CNET

Google expands election ad transparency tools ahead of EU vote – CNET

It’s adding security measures for the 2019 elections.
Source: CNET

How to Deconstruct a Football Tackle With Physics

Using video of a football collision, you can figure out the velocity and momentum of the players involved.
Source: Wired

Norman Rockwell's 'Four Freedoms' Recast for Modern America

A new photo project by Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur updates the iconic paintings so everyone can enjoy them.
Source: Wired

The ‘Star Wars Holiday Special,’ a ‘Lego Movie 2’ Trailer, and More Culture News

Everything looks to be as awesome as ever.
Source: Wired

'Game of Thrones,' 'Mad Men,' and Other Pop Culture Meals Worse Than Your Family Thanksgiving

Think your family stuff is unbearable? Compare them to these scenarios.
Source: Wired

Amazon reverses tax-triggered block on US shop in Australia

Amazon has reversed a decision it made six months ago to shut off its US ecommerce site to Australian shoppers. Reuters reports that the U-turn comes after a customer backlash.

Since July shoppers in Australia trying to browse stuff to buy on Amazon.com have been redirected to the local site, Amazon.com.au.

Shipping to Australia from Amazon.com was also shut off at the same time. So shoppers were limited to buying goods sold by local sellers.

But from today the block has gone.

The geoblock on Amazon.com followed a change in Australian tax regulation requiring businesses earning more than $75,000 AUD per year to charge its 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST) on low value items imported by consumers.

The so-called ‘Amazon Tax’ was drawn up in response to concerns about the impact of Amazon and other large overseas ecommerce businesses on local retailers which have to apply GST to all products they sell.

A loophole had meant GST was only applied to items purchased from overseas retailers worth $1,000 AUD or more — so local competitors argued it gave Amazon, eBay and other overseas competitors an unfair advantage.

Amazon’s response was to shutter its overseas shops. But by limiting shoppers to the inventory on its Australian site, which only launched in December 2017, the ecommerce giant seems to have shot its local business in the foot — encouraging locals to look elsewhere for their retail fix. Or just not buy as much stuff.

The Guardian notes there are only about 80 million products on the Australian store vs 500 million on the US site.

Six months later Amazon has backtracked. And seemingly decided to suck up the 10% tax after all.

We’ve reached out to the company for a comment.

An Amazon spokesman told Reuters it had changed its mind after listening to customer feedback, adding it had built the “complex infrastructure needed to enable exports of low-value goods to Australia and remain compliant with [local] laws”.

So far only products sold by Amazon itself on Amazon.com are being made available for purchase by Australians, with third-party sellers not yet covered.

Notably — on the U-turn timing front — Black Friday is tomorrow.

Aka the day when retailers attempt to kick start a holiday buying bonanza by slashing a bunch of prices and scattering digital tinsel all over their online channels. Clearly Amazon doesn’t want to miss out on more sales.


Source: TechCrunch

China’s Geek+ raises $150M to build robots for warehouses and logistics

One of the most immediate — and already live — applications for robotics and artificial intelligence in general has been in using unmanned robots in warehouses and other environments, where they replace humans in repetitive jobs such as sorting and moving objects from A to B. Now, Beijing-based robotics startup Geek Plus (aka Geek+) says that it has raised $150 million to seize that growing opportunity by investing in product development, sales and customer service.

Geek Plus says that this is the largest-ever funding round for a logistics robotics startup. (Indeed, according to PitchBook, the highest-ever round for industrial robots prior to this was just over $25 million for Locus Robotics out of Boston.)

The round, a Series B, was led by Warburg Pincus, with participation from other shareholders including Volcanics Venture and Vertex Ventures. The company is not disclosing its valuation but we have asked and will update as we learn more. Warburg Pincus led the startup’s previous round of $60 million in 2017, and Geek Plus has raised around $217 million since being founded in 2015.

Part of the reason for this large round is because the company says its on track for a big year, projecting to growth business five-fold, and it wants to capitalise on that growth both inside its own giant home market of Mainland China as well as further afield.

To date, Geek Plus says that it has delivered more than 5,000 robots across some 100 robotics warehouse projects in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Europe, and the United States. Current customers include Alibaba’s Tmall and VIP.com out of Asia.

“The investment by Warburg Pincus and other shareholders fully demonstrates their recognition of Geek Plus’s development and their confidence in Geek Plus’s future prospects,” said Yong Zheng, founder and CEO of the startup, in a statement. “We will continue to focus on empowering various industries through AI & Robotics technologies. This year, we expect to grow our business by more than five times…We will continue to be customer-centric, and create values for customers through a seamless integration of AI & Robotics technologies and customers’ supply chain needs.”

There are a number of other companies that have been delving into logistics robotics, both to improve their own logistics operations, and to build as a standalone business to be used by others. These represent competitors and potential partners, or even acquirers, to Geek Plus.

Top of the list is perhaps Amazon, which acquired robotics startup Kiva for $775 million in 2012 to build out its warehouse robots. Since then, it has expanded its robotics operations into a wider unit that, in the grand tradition of other services like AWS and fulfilment, may well productise its robots to fill the needs of other companies that want to inject some AI and robots into their own warehouse operations.

InVia and Fetch, meanwhile, are two companies busy building out technology to sell to third parties from the start, respectively robotics-as-a-service and robots themselves.

Given that some of these robots are also making their way out of the warehouse and into last-mile delivery scenarios, one estimate now puts the value of the wider market at $10 billion.

Geek Plus has been building products to date that cover a range of scenarios where you might use a robot: they include “cargo-to-man” picking systems, sorting and movement systems, and unmanned forklifts.

“Since our first investment in Geek+ last year, we have been very impressed with Geek+’s rapid growth, especially in business expansion and internationalization,” Jericho Zhang, executive director of Warburg Pincus, said in a statement. “Technology is revolutionizing supply chain. Geek+ is one of the leading technology companies that is able to combine robotics, big data, AI and other cutting-edge technologies to solve the pain points of the traditional supply chain. As it accumulates more data, and continues to optimize algorithms and expand into other industries, we are confident that Geek+ will continue to lead the revolution and innovation in the space.”

In all, robotics has seen some other huge funding rounds in the last year. BrightMachines, which focuses more on manufacturing, raised $179 million in October. The biggest-ever venture round for any robotics startup was $820 million for Ubtech, a consumer and educational robotic startup also out of China, in May of this year.


Source: TechCrunch

Wluper, a London-based startup building a better conversational AI, picks up $1.3M seed

Wluper, the London-based tech startup building a conversational AI to power domain specific voice assistants, has raised $1.3 million in seed funding. Leading the round is “deep tech” VC IQ Capital, with participation from Seedcamp, Aster, and Magic Pony co-founder Dr Zehan Wang.

Founded in 2016 and originally backed by Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion Ventures, Wluper’s “conversational AI” is initially targeting navigation products with what it describes as “goal-driven dialogue” technology that is designed to have more natural conversations to help with various navigation tasks.

The ‘secret sauce’, as it were, is that Wluper believes voice assistants work much better when the underlying AI is tasked with becoming an expert in a more narrow and specialist domain.

“When we think of intelligent assistants like Alexa or Siri, the only time you’ll believe they’re really good is if they understand you properly; most of the time, they simply can’t,” says Wluper co-founder Hami Bahraynian. “It is not the speech recognition which fails. It is the missing focus and lacking reasoning of these systems, because they all can do a lot of things reasonably well, but nothing perfectly”.

Describing the goal of “general” conversation AI as one that could take 15, 20 or more years to achieve, Bahraynian says that in the interim what is needed is “intelligent agents” that are created for a certain purpose, now.

“This is exactly what we do,” he says. “We build domain-specific conversational intelligence, which does one thing, understanding everything transport-related, but that one thing perfectly”.

Furthermore, Wluper’s domain-specific approach is able to make clear assumptions regarding what the user is talking about, and therefore claims to be able to understand much more complex questions and in a more natural way. This includes multi-intent queries, and follow-up questions to enable a “true” conversation, says Bahraynian.

Meanwhile, Wluper’s seed investment will be used to hire more engineers and research scientists to expand the startup’s research and development capabilities.


Source: TechCrunch

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