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Prenetics partners with Watsons, one of Asia’s largest personal care retailers, to sell its new consumer DNA tests

Genetics testing startup Prenetics today announced a major new deal for its brand in Asia. The company is partnering with A.S. Watson Group, the personal care giant whose stores are ubiquitous in many East and Southeast Asian countries. That means Watsons’ Hong Kong stores and website will be the first retailer in Asia to sell Circle DNA, Prenetics’ new consumer DNA testing kit, before it launches in Watsons’ other Asian markets.

Watsons has 15,200 stores in 25 countries across Asia and Europe, including Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Ukraine and Russia, and claims to be the largest health and beauty retailer in the world. Also based in Hong Kong, Prenetics began by providing DNA tests for insurance firms and health care providers, before branching into consumer tests by buying London-based startup DNAFit last year. The acquisition of DNAFIt, which still sells testing services under its own brand, also gave Prenetics a foothold in the U.S., where DNAFit is partnered with Helix, another gene testing company.

Prenetics launched in 2009 and has raised more than $50 million so far from investors including Beyond Ventures and Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, who led its $40 million Series B in 2017.

As it expands, Prenetics will become a more direct competitor with companies like 23andMe and AncestryDNA. Circle DNA’s kits differentiate by focusing primarily on health reports instead of ancestry. The most important advantage a DNA test can offer, however, is accuracy, and the ability of consumer DNA tests to answer certain questions reliably has been called into question by geneticists. Prenetics claims its technology, which uses whole exome sequencing instead of genotyping, is able to provide 50 to 100 times more data than competing tests.

In a press statement, A.S. Watson Group chief operating officer Malina Ngai said “We are excited to launch Circle DNA first in Watsons Hong Kong, providing an easy solution for personalized digital healthcare assessment. Combined with our strong customer connectivity, scalable pharmacy network, professional health team and loyalty program, we are committed to help customers to take further actions to improve their known health concerns.”


Source: TechCrunch

Three iPhones will have 5G in 2020, analyst predicts – CNET

It looks like Apple’s acquisition of Intel’s modem business may already be making a difference.
Source: CNET

Fortnite World Cup: Solos finals winner and more in the $30M tournament – CNET

More than 2 million people watched the best in the world compete for big money.
Source: CNET

Cinco claves para impulsar el éxito de los distritos de innovación

Estos clústeres de conocimiento pueden mejorar la economía y la calidad de vida de las ciudades que los acogen. Pero es necesario entender qué factores contribuyen a su éxito. Eso lo que ofrece el nuevo Atlas de Distritos de Innovación de Aretian a partir de un análisis de los principales distritos de innovación de EE. UU.
Source: MIT

Bastan tres datos para identificar a cualquiera en una base anónima

Se supone que la información anonimizada protege nuestra privacidad. Pero un nuevo estudio demuestra que el 81% de las veces, tres datos son suficientes para localizar alguien, lo que implica que las técnicas de anonimización actuales se han quedado osboletas 
Source: MIT

Se busca motor de cohete capaz de superar al 'Stradivarius' de Rusia

Durante años, el sector de los cohetes espaciales ha estado estancado y dominado por el ruso RD-180, creado en la década de 1990. Pero eso podría estar a punto de cambiar. Gracias a metodologías modernas, cuatro empresas de EE. UU. compiten por crear uno mejor
Source: MIT

Fortnite season 10: Dusty Depot returns, and everything else we know – CNET

It’s back.
Source: CNET

Grasshopper swarms have Las Vegas feeling antsy – CNET

A huge migration of grasshoppers in Sin City is freaking people out.
Source: CNET

Tesla will soon bring Netflix and YouTube streaming to its cars, Elon Musk says – Roadshow

You won’t be able to stream and drive, but Musk says it could eventually be an option, if and when regulators ever allow full self-driving capability.
Source: CNET

Report claims all three new iPhones planned for 2020 will support 5G

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — sometimes described as “the most accurate Apple analyst in the world� — has written a new note to investors saying that the three iPhones expected to launch in 2020 will feature support for 5G. In previous Kuo reports, it’s said the 2020 iPhones could be available in new sizes: a 5.4 and 6.7-inch high-end iPhones with OLED displays, along with a 6.1-inch model with an OLED display.

Previously, he predicted that only two of the three new iPhones slated for 2020 would support 5G. But with well-spec’d Androids flooding the market, he says it looks like Apple will offer 5G in all models in order to better compete. He’s also confirmed the view that Apple will be able to throw more resources into developing the 5G iPhone now that it has acquired Intel’s smartphone modem chip business.

The report, leaked to MacRumors, contains this quote:

We now believe that all three new 2H20 iPhone models will support 5G for the following reasons. (1) Apple has more resource for developing the 5G iPhone after the acquisition of Intel baseband business. (2) We expect that the prices of 5G Android smartphones will decline to $249-349 USD in 2H20. We believe that 5G Android smartphones, which will be sold at $249-349 USD, will only support Sub-6GHz. But the key is that consumers will think that 5G is the necessary function in 2H20. Therefore, iPhone models which will be sold at higher prices have to support 5G for winning more subsidies from mobile operators and consumers’ purchase intention. (3) Boosting 5G developments could benefit Apple’s AR ecosystem.

The report expects all three 2020 iPhone models to support both mmWave and Sub-6GHz spectrum (two different kinds of 5G) for the US market. Whether Apple will launch a 5G iPhone that only supports Sub-6GHz, allowing for a lower price and thus making it suitable for the Chinese market, remains unclear.

mmWave is the ‘fastest 5G’ that’s most often referred to, but as it is suited to denser, urban areas, it will not be used as much in rural or suburban areas, where mid-bands and low-bands, called sub-6GHz 5G, will be employed. All are banks are faster than 4G, with mmWave the fastest.

Apple will use modem chips from Qualcomm in its 2020 5G iPhones, while it works on its own modem chips, due in 2021.


Source: TechCrunch

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