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Por qué estudiar datos de los móviles ayudaría a los países en desarrollo

Un equipo de investigadores ha descubierto que analizar información anónima de los teléfonos es útil para estimar la densidad de población o el consumo de electricidad en Senegal. Ahora, defienden que esos datos pueden servir para mejorar la planificación de infraestructuras en los países en vías de desarrollo
Source: MIT

Google is shutting down its Trips app

Google is shutting down its Trips app for mobile phones, but is incorporating much of the functionality from the service into its Maps app and Search features, according to a statement from the company.

Support for the Trips app ends today, but information like notes and saved places will be available in Search as long as a user signs into their Google account.

To find attractions, events and popular places in a geography, users can search for “my trips” or go to the new-and-improved Travel page in Google.

Google announced changes to their Travel site in September 2018, which included many of the features that had been broken out into the Trips app. So now the focus will be on driving users back to Travel and to include more of the functionality in Google’s dominant mapping and navigation app.

Soon users will be able to add and edit notes from Google Trips in the Travel section on a browser and find saved attractions, flights and hotels for upcoming and past trips.

In Maps, searching a destination or finding specific iconic places, guide lists, events or restaurants can be done by swiping up on the “Explore” tab in the app.

Tapping the menu icon will now take users to places they’ve saved under the “Your Places” section. And soon the maps app will also include upcoming reservations organized by trip and those reservations will be available offline so a user won’t need to download them.

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Source: TechCrunch

Tech stocks walloped as China retaliates in the latest salvo of its trade war with the US

All U.S. stock markets were down severely today, and tech stocks were hit especially hard, as China retaliated to increasing U.S. tariffs by halting imports on U.S. agricultural goods and finally acceded to market pressures by letting the yuan slide in value against the dollar.

At one point, the Dow was down nearly 900 points before staging a late afternoon rally to close off by roughly 760 points. The Nasdaq, the marketplace which is home to a number of technology stocks, saw its value drop by 3.4%, or 277.10 points.

Shares of Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix and Twitter were all down for the day. Indeed, as CNBC reported, the biggest tech stocks — Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet — lost a combined $162 billion in market value.

Declines came as China allowed its currency to fall below what was once considered to be a red-line in the country’s currency peg against the dollar. That means that Chinese goods start to look more attractive globally as their prices decline in relation to the dollar. It could also trigger a wave of currency devaluations and protectionist measures across the globe — further putting downward pressure on global economic growth.

Stocks also continued to feel the pinch from the threat that President Donald Trump would make good on his threat to impose new tariffs on goods from China beginning September 1, 2019. Those tariffs are expected to take a bite out of every-day consumer goods and clothing, which adversely affects tech companies.

The big concern for these tech companies is the looming threat of that tariff expansion from the U.S. If those tariffs go into effect it would have significant consequences in these companies’ home market. 

“Assuming smartphones, tablets, smart watches, and computer systems are not categorically excluded from the final $300B tranche, we expect there will be material impact to Apple hardware product earnings,� analysts from Cowen & Co. wrote in a note quoted by CNBC .


Source: TechCrunch

Nvidia stumbles again with serious security vulnerabilities across GPU lines

Nvidia has issued a security bulletin alerting customers that a spate of security vulnerabilities were found in GPUs across multiple product lines. The vulnerabilities are high severity, but can be patched with a recent driver update.
Source: Digital trends

Netflix cancels ‘The OA’

“The OA” is ending after two seasons on Netflix .

The series premiered in December 2016 with eight “chapters” that veered pretty far from traditional TV storytelling — the opening credits didn’t roll until nearly the end of the first episode, and episode length varied from 30 minutes to one hour and 10 minutes. Then, after that first season, fans had to wait two-plus years for the show to return in March 2019.

Created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, “The OA” begins with the reappearance a young woman named Prairie Johnson (played by Marling), who disappeared several years earlier. The ensuing story goes in some pretty wild directions to explain where the previously blind Johnson has been for the past few years, how she regained her sight and why she now calls herself The OA.

I’ve only seen the show’s first season, but it sounds like there was more story to tell after season two. In an Instagram post, Marling said, “While we cannot finish this story, I can promise you we will tell others.” (She also expressed “profound gratitude” to Netflix for allowing her and Batmanglij to make the show.)

“We are incredibly proud of the 16 mesmerizing chapters of The OA, and are grateful to Brit and Zal for sharing their audacious vision and for realizing it through their incredible artistry,” said Netflix head of originals Cindy Holland in a statement. “We look forward to working with them again in the future, in this and perhaps many other dimensions.”

This announcement comes just a couple of weeks after Netflix also canceled “Tuca & Bertie,” “Designated Survivor” and “She’s Gotta Have It.” And while the streamer has revived beloved shows after they were canceled by other networks, it recently found itself at the other side of that equation — it canceled “One Day at a Time,” which was subsequently picked up by Pop.


Source: TechCrunch

Segment CEO Peter Reinhardt is coming to TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise to discuss customer experience management

There are few topics as hot right now in the enterprise as customer experience management, that ability to collect detailed data about your customers, then deliver customized experiences based on what you have learned about them. To help understand the challenges companies face building this kind of experience, we are bringing Segment CEO Peter Reinhardt to TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise on September 5 in San Francisco (p.s. early-bird sales end this Friday, August 9).

At the root of customer experience management is data — tons and tons of data. It may come from the customer journey through a website or app, basic information you know about the customer or the customer’s transaction history. It’s hundreds of signals and collecting that data in order to build the experience where Reinhardt’s company comes in.

Segment wants to provide the infrastructure to collect and understand all of that data. Once you have that in place, you can build data models and then develop applications that make use of the data to drive a better experience.

Reinhardt, and a panel that includes Qualtrics’ Julie Larson-Green and Adobe’s Amit Ahuja, will discuss with TechCrunch editors the difficulties companies face collecting all of that data to build a picture of the customer, then using it to deliver more meaningful experiences for them. See the full agenda here.

Segment was born in the proverbial dorm room at MIT when Reinhardt and his co-founders were students there. They have raised more than $280 million since inception. Customers include Atlassian, Bonobos, Instacart, Levis and Intuit .

Early-bird tickets to see Peter and our lineup of enterprise influencers at TC Sessions: Enterprise are on sale for just $249 when you book here; but hurry, prices go up by $100 after this Friday!

Are you an early-stage startup in the enterprise-tech space? Book a demo table for $2,000 and get in front of TechCrunch editors and future customers/investors. Each demo table comes with four tickets to enjoy the show.


Source: TechCrunch

New line of Lenovo Chromebooks feature Intel processors and eye-catching colors

Lenovo will be coming out with new Chromebooks soon, according to a video posted by the laptop manufacturer. These laptops will be outfitted with new colors and processors, among other features. Here’s what to expect.
Source: Digital trends

Back-to-school alert: HP drops 41% off this 15-inch laptop with wireless mouse

With HP’s Back to School Sale, you can get the HP Notebook 15-bs121nr bundled with one HP X3000 Cobalt Blue wireless mouse and an HP Reversible Neoprene sleeve for only $330 instead of $557.
Source: Digital trends

Need an affordable Mac laptop? Amazon deal cuts $611 off this Apple MacBook Air

If you want to get your hands on an 11.6-inch Apple Macbook Air, Amazon is offering a 61% discount on a renewed version. Take this sleek laptop home for $389. You may also qualify to knock another $50 off with your Amazon Rewards Visa Card.
Source: Digital trends

Surface Studio 3: Everything we know about Microsoft’s next all-in-one

Check out all the latest news, rumors and reports about the Microsoft Surface Studio 3. We’re covering why Microsoft is focusing on a modular design, expected upgrades, and other info about the upcoming desktop.
Source: Digital trends

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