Razer makes virtual currency push with $20M investment in Asian payment firm

 Razer has invested close to $20 million into Malaysia-based online payment firm MOL Global as part of a push to establish its virtual currency for gamers in Asia. The deal sees Razer subsidiary ZV-Midas buy equity from existing backers MOL Investment and Hotel Resort Enterprise in a deal that values the MOL Global business at around the $100 million mark. Gaming company Razer, which made… Read More

Four short links: 23 June 2017

Neural Network Numbers, Pwning Android, Pwning America, and Putting the AR in Mario
  1. What I've Learned About Neural Network Quantization (Pete Warden) -- lots of nerdy gems—for example, on the importance of being able to exactly represent zero: The problem is that the real value of zero shows up a lot more often than you’d expect in neural network calculations. Convolutions are padded with zeros at the edges when filters overlap, and the Relu activation function gates any negative numbers at zero. This means that any error in the zero representation contributes disproportionately to overall results.
  2. Complete Control of the UI Feedback Loop -- paper on a design problem in Android, whereby with just two permissions you can then do all sorts of nasties: quietly mount practical, context-aware clickjacking attacks; perform (unconstrained) keystroke recording; steal user’s credentials, security PINs, and two factor authentication tokens; and silently install a God-mode app
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China clamps down on live-streaming services

 The Chinese government has cracked down on three of the country’s top live-streaming services over their apparent broadcast of unsuitable political content. Weibo, the Nasdaq-listed microblogging site, disclosed that it had received a notice from The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (‘SAPPRFT’)… Read More

Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature

Crunch Report June 22 Today’s Stories  Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta Sean Parker has left Spotify’s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users Tantan, China’s… Read More

Honda Clarity grows from one-shot to series

Honda Clarity times three For years, the Honda Clarity has been one thing: a hydrogen fuel-cell powered sedan available for lease to a vetted group of early adopters in California. Now in its third generation, the Honda Clarity fuel-cell car is still basically that. But it’s getting a couple of friends. This year, the Honda Clarity adds two new versions: an all-electric car and a plug-in hybrid. Granted, the… Read More