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Prada Brings Virtual Reality to Home Entertainment

prada brings virtual reality to home entertainment

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VR AT HOME: Prada is bringing its virtual reality project into people’s homes.
Kicked off as an innovative retail initiative aimed at enhancing customers’ shopping experience in store, the Prada Virtual Reality adapts to the current station of reduced social contact to continue engaging the brand’s fans at home.
A range of contents, available at popular platforms, including YouTube VR and VEER, will guide users in an immersive journey through the Prada world with stops in several locations, including the brand’s Epicenter stores in Tokyo, New York an Los Angeles, as well the Fondazione Prada in Milan and Venice.
Using the virtual reality technology, users will also have the chance to take a closer look to the Prada spring 2020 collection and to discover the secrets of the Made to Measure project, as well as the artisanal making of the Prada men’s shows.

The launch of this project reflects the brand’s current focus on innovation and digitalization. Among the several initiatives developed by the company, in May, the Prada Group signed a partnership with leading customer experience management platform Sprinklr aimed at reinforcing the digital culture within the company. Based in New York, Sprinklr is a …

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From real-time payments for truckers to investments pouring in for startups – India’s logistics sector heats up in Unlock 1.0

from real-time payments for truckers to investments pouring in for startups – india’s logistics sector heats up in unlock 1.0

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As interstate movement begins, tech-enabled logistics companies are expecting business to return to normal soon.
With the rise in demand expected to set in, investments are also pouring in. Logistics startups LetsTransport and Vahak have both announced their funding today.
Meanwhile, Transport Corporation of India Limited (TCIL) has partnered with DBS Bank to offer real time payments to truckers across the country.
With the coronavirus lockdown since March, India’s supply chain sector had been severely impacted. But tech-enabled logistics companies began to gain pace to deliver essentials during lockdown and now, with the borders open, companies are expecting business to return to normal soon.
“Since the commencement of the lockdown, the logistics sector has been playing a key role in ensuring minimal disruption of supply chains for businesses offering essential goods. Now that the government has greenlit the delivery of non-essential goods, we are looking forward to businesses picking up the pace and resuming their growth trajectories, providing a fillip to the logistics space as well,” said Saahil Goel, CEO and cofounder of Shiprocket.
Investments pour in
Logistics startups LetsTransport and Vahak have both announced their funding today. LetsTransport has raised ₹10 crore from Blacksoil Capital. Pushkar Singh, Co-founder & CEO, …

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A mysterious company’s coronavirus papers in top medical journals may be unraveling

a mysterious company’s coronavirus papers in top medical journals may be unraveling

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A hydroxychloroquine study is being audited.

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By Kelly Servick, Martin EnserinkJun. 2, 2020 , 7:55 PM

Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center.

On its face, it was a major finding: Antimalarial drugs touted by the White House as possible COVID-19 treatments looked to be not just ineffective, but downright deadly. A study published on 22 May in The Lancet used hospital records procured by a little-known data analytics company called Surgisphere to conclude that coronavirus patients taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine were more likely to show an irregular heart rhythm—a known side effect thought to be rare—and were more likely to die in the hospital.

Within days, some large randomized trials of the drugs—the type that might prove or disprove the retrospective study’s analysis—screeched to a halt. Solidarity, the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) megatrial of potential COVID-19 treatments, paused recruitment into its hydroxychloroquine arm, for example.

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But just as quickly, the Lancet results have begun to unravel—and Surgisphere, which provided patient data for two other high-profile COVID-19 papers, has come under withering online scrutiny from researchers and amateur sleuths. They have pointed out many red flags in the Lancet paper, …

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7 Layers Interview: Cameron Coursey, ‘Sustainability Is One of the Areas Where IoT Can Really Make a Difference’

7 layers interview: cameron coursey, ‘sustainability is one of the areas where iot can really make a difference’

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Listen to this Q&A session between Vice President of Advanced Technical Solutions at AT&T, Cameron Coursey, and 7 Layers host Connor Craven on the IoT market and use cases.

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Listen to the voices of these 10 Black Baltimore technologists right now

listen to the voices of these 10 black baltimore technologists right now

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It’s a time to create space, and listen.Amid large-scale civil unrest sparked by police violence and systemic racism, it’s a time to meet the moment. There’s the action of raising a voice, donating money if you can and, if you’re a Baltimore resident, voting.But, as leaders from Baltimore Corps and other local innovators often say, the people who are closest to the problem are the best positioned to figure out the solutions.When it comes to racism, that starts with amplifying Black voices.In a majority-Black city, it’s not a surprise that there is no shortage of such voices to follow. We’ve learned a lot from them in recent years.And we’re thinking a lot about those lessons now. This month was already Racial Equity in Tech Month in Technical.ly’s editorial calendar. As if that wasn’t reason enough, this weekend and this moment further reminds how important it is to support perspectives and messages from Black people. And it’s important to amplify their work, too: As we saw in Baltimore after the uprising that followed Freddie Gray’s funeral in 2015, working to end systemic racism also means …

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Venture firms rush to find ways to support Black founders and investors

venture firms rush to find ways to support black founders and investors

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As protests against police brutality and economic manifestations of systemic racism in the U.S. continue, venture capital firms are joining the chorus of technology industry advocates lending their support to the cause.
For the past three days, technology company executives and the investors who backed them have issued statements of support for the protests and the Black Lives Matter movement. Firms like Benchmark, Sequoia, Bessemer, Eniac Ventures, Work-Bench and SaaSTR Fund founder Jason Lemkin all tweeted in support of the cause and offered to take steps to improve the lack of representation in their industry.
But some Black entrepreneurs and investors are questioning the motivations of these firms, given the weight of evidence that shows inaction in the face of historic inequality in the technology and venture capital industry.
“The way to find, hire and fund black people in the tech world is the same as finding, hiring and funding any other group. You build relationships with people in that group, you seek out thought leaders from the community and learn from them, you tell your hiring and investing teams that there’s a hole in the fund’s expertise stack and you fill it. It’s not about …

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Urban foxes may be self-domesticating in our midst

urban foxes may be self-domesticating in our midst

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A fox on the prowl in its Bristol, U.K., home

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By Virginia MorellJun. 2, 2020 , 7:01 PM

In a famous Siberian experiment carried out the 1950s, scientists turned foxes into tame, doglike canines by breeding only the least aggressive ones generation after generation. The creatures developed stubby snouts, floppy ears, and even began to bark.

Now, it appears that some rural red foxes in the United Kingdom are doing this on their own. When the animals moved from the forest to city habitats, they began to evolve doglike traits, new research reveals, potentially setting themselves on the path to domestication.

“I’m not so much surprised as delighted,” by this study, says Lee Dugatkin, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Louisville, who has written about the Russian fox experiment but was not involved with the new work. “This is a ‘natural experiment’ that is very much in line with what the Russian experiment has found.”

The renowned Siberian study immediately came to mind when Kevin Parsons heard about a large collection of red fox skulls at National Museums Scotland. A native Canadian and evolutionary biologist at the University of Glasgow, Parsons had already been struck by the …

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Capital Factory Launches 100K Challenge for Tech Startups

capital factory launches 100k challenge for tech startups

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Capital Factory, which calls itself “the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas,” has opened applications for the Human Performance Investment Challenge, which will close on June 28.
The finalists will be judged by a panel of entrepreneurs, defense industry leaders, and venture capitalists with $100,000, which will be awarded by Capital Factory on a convertible note, and a “new home” at Capital Factory’s Center for Defense Innovation on the line, according to a blog post.
The challenge will take place on July 15 during the first-ever Fed Supernova virtual conference, which is a “first-of-its-kind interactive experience” bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, and thought leaders in the defense industry, according to the post.
The two-day conference will also include keynotes, lightning talks, “Epic Office Hours,” and panel discussions. Army Futures Command’s Innovation Combine and xTechSearch programs have partnered with Capital Factory for the event.
To qualify for the Human Performance Investment Challenge, a tech startup must be based in the United States and developing hardware and/or software applications that improve a person’s physical or cognitive capabilities. You can apply for the challenge here.
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Insect wings evolved from legs, mayfly genome suggests

insect wings evolved from legs, mayfly genome suggests

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No bigger than a mosquito, this mayfly swarms by the millions in late spring.

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By Elizabeth PennisiJun. 2, 2020 , 5:20 PM

Along rivers and streams around the world, mayflies are a rite of spring. The mosquito-size insects lead double lives, with the young thriving in water and the adults emerging by the millions around June for just a few hours to mate and quickly die. There can be so many that they clog traffic, make roads slick, and even create a smelly mess.

Now, by sequencing the genome of one remarkable mayfly species—whose males have a second set of skyward-pointing eyes—researchers have learned how aquatic young transform into airborne adults. They’ve also discovered new clues about how all insects evolved to fly in the first place.

The amount of information gleaned from the study is impressive, says Craig Macadam, an entomologist at the U.K.-based nonprofit insect conservation organization Buglife. “It really shows that once we know the genetic makeup of a species, we can start to work out a huge amount about [it].”

Because of their sheer numbers, mayflies are important food for birds, fish, and mammals. They spend most of their lives underwater eating dead …

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Want to explore a real haunted house? Best virtual reality tours to try at home

want to explore a real haunted house? best virtual reality tours to try at home

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Like everyone else in the world, you’ve probably had to put off your travel dreams and getaway destinations until this pandemic blows over.Some of us have resorted to catching livestreams, others dove into gaming to “explore” other worlds. But for those who want a more in-depth experience, you might want to consider another option: A virtual reality (VR) tour.

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The advantage of a VR tour is that it provides much more in terms of experience than a straightforward livestream. When it comes to the latter, you can’t control the feed, but with VR, you’re the virtual master of your own universe (or at least what’s shown onscreen, that is)We’ve cobbled together some of the most interesting ones you can experience for yourself. And the best part is – you don’t have to buy any goggles or gadgets.CLIMB UP EVEREST BASE CAMP, NEPAL

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Few Singaporeans have ever made it to the top of Everest – it’s a dangerous feat that requires intense physical training and mental fortitude. Those looking for a more straightforward – but still difficult – experience, go up to the base camp instead.If you’ …

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