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Sunday, 4 June 2017

London Bridge attack latest Updates

Death toll has risen to 7, Met boss confirms
48 injured, many with 'life-threatening' injuries
Theresa May warns that 'terrorism breeds terrorism'
London Bridge and Borough Market attack: everything we know
How the London terror attack unfolded
Parties suspend election campaigning - but Ukip refuse
Witness: 'I saw a man with a large blade'
Londoners offer shelter and rides
How hero taxi driver tried to stop terrorists
Donald Trump tells London 'we are with you'
Who are the suspects behind the attack?
How newspapers around the world reacted
Theresa May has warned that Britain is in the grip of a spate of copycat terror attacks in the wake of the London Bridge atrocity.

The Prime Minister delivered a stark assessment of the threat facing the UK after seven people were murdered and dozens more injured by three terrorists on Saturday night.

It was the third terrorist outrage to hit the country this year following the Westminster and Manchester attacks.

London attack today: Theresa May says enough is enough after seven die

The prime minister has said "it is time to say enough is enough" as she condemned a terror attack on "innocent and unarmed civilians" which left seven people dead and 48 injured in London.

A white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge at about 22:00 BST on Saturday, then three men got out and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market.
The three attackers, who wore fake bomb vests, were shot dead by police.
Several arrests have been made after police raids in Barking, east London.
It is the third terror attack in the UK in three months, following the car and knife attack in Westminster in March, which left five people dead, and the Manchester bombing less than two weeks ago, in which 22 people were killed.
Most political parties have suspended national general election campaigning, but Mrs May said full campaigning would resume on Monday and the general election would go ahead as planned on Thursday.
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Eyewitnesses to the attack described seeing a white van travelling at high speed along London Bridge, hitting pedestrians, before crashing close to the Barrowboy and Banker pub.
BBC reporter Holly Jones, who was on the bridge, said it was "probably travelling at about 50 miles an hour" and hit "five or six people".
Three men then got out and began attacking people in the nearby market - an area known for its bars and restaurants, which were busy on a warm summer evening.
Terrified drinkers rushed away from the scene, some taking shelter in London Bridge Underground station.


One witness, Gerard, told the BBC he saw a woman being stabbed "10 or 15 times" by men shouting "This is for Allah".
Another, Eric, told the BBC the men "ran towards the people that they nearly ran over".
"I thought, 'Oh maybe they're worried about them and trying to comfort them...'
"[Then] they literally just started kicking them, punching them, they took out knives... it was a rampage really."
Media caption
The three suspects were shot dead within eight minutes of the first 999 call being received.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick praised the "extraordinary bravery" of her officers, on and off duty, who risked their lives by rushing to confront the attackers.
She said she understood there could be a certain amount of "fear" among Londoners, but added: "The last thing we need is people over-reacting or taking out their frustrations on people in other communities or in their own communities."
Among the main developments:
  • More than 80 medics were sent to the scene. The injured, some of them in critical condition, are being treated in five London hospitals
  • The Met Police has set up a casualty bureau on 0800 096 1233 and 020 7158 0197 for people concerned about friends or relatives
  • Two Australian citizens "have been directly impacted," says the country's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
  • Four French citizens have been injured, one seriously, according to foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian
Another eyewitness, Steven Gibbs, who was drinking in St Christopher's Inn, just metres from the scene, told the BBC: "A black cab drove past and the driver shouted, 'Terrorist attack, run!'
"I stood up to take a look and then all of a sudden there were gunshots. Lots of people were screaming."
Steven was taken into the basement of the bar before the police came in and told everyone inside to run.
"I've never been so scared in my life," he said.
Media caption
Speaking in Downing Street after a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee, the prime minister said the country "cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are".
"We believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face as terrorism breeds terrorism," she said.
Mrs May said the UK's counter-terrorism strategy would be reviewed, as she promised to step up efforts to combat Islamist ideology and work with other countries to prevent the internet being a "safe space" for terrorists.
She said there was "too much tolerance of extremism in our country" and while it would involve "some difficult and embarrassing conversations", that must change.
"It's time to say enough is enough," she added.
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The country's terror level remains at severe - meaning an attack is highly likely - but has not been raised to critical as it was after the Manchester Arena bombing.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "We're staying at severe because we think they have got all the main perpetrators."

Analysis: BBC security correspondent, Frank Gardner

All through the night supporters of so-called Islamic State have been celebrating the London attack, even before any claim has been made by IS.
There was never much doubt either in their minds, or in those of British counter-terrorism officials, that this was a jihadist attack inspired by IS.
It follows a widely-circulated propaganda message put out by the group on social media urging its followers to attack civilians in the West using trucks, knives or guns.
The message makes reference to the current Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Last year attacks intensified during this month with deaths resulting in Istanbul, Dhaka and Baghdad.
Some analysts see this as a last desperate bid by IS to its supporters, following multiple setbacks in the Middle East where its self-proclaimed caliphate is shrinking fast.
However, the ideology of IS is likely to survive those defeats and will continue to fuel terrorist attacks around the world.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the capital remained the "safest global city" and would not be cowed by terrorism.
Neil Coyle, the Labour candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, praised the "amazing" response of Londoners.
"The cabbies who offered free rides, the hotels offering accommodation and people just offering a spare room, a sofa for the evening or somewhere just to charge a mobile phone, to make sure that those directly affected could keep in touch with their families and loved ones."

At the scene: Cherry Wilson, BBC News website

No-one has been able to clean up the empty pint glasses on the tables outside Belushi's bar on Borough High Street - a stark reminder of what happened in London Bridge last night.
Dozens of police cars and cordons remain in the area, blocking anyone from walking up to Borough Market, where the tragedy unfolded.
People wait by the police cut-off areas in a confused state trying to work out how to get home or to work.
But no-one is prepared to give up.
There is a determined resilience in the air with nurses and railway workers walking miles out of their way to try to get to their jobs.
Security officer Mohammed Osman, who works on Borough High Street, had to wait for an hour before he was allowed through to his place of work.
He said: "I'm not feeling worried. I'm strong enough. These enemies are trying to divide us but we have to be together."

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, said he was "appalled and angered" by the attack.
"Muslims everywhere are outraged and disgusted at these cowards who once again have destroyed the lives of our fellow Britons.
"That this should happen in this month of Ramadan, when many Muslims were praying and fasting only goes to show that these people respect neither life nor faith."
The police are asking anyone with photographs or videos of the incident to upload them here.
The area around the attack scene remains cordoned off on Sunday morning, with London Bridge closed. Neighbouring Southwark Bridge has now reopened.
Many other roads, including Borough High Street and Lower Thames Street, are also closed, and trains are not stopping at London Bridge rail station or Tube station.

Terrorism begins to feel like the new normal

Analysis by Dominic Casciani, home affairs correspondent
With three attacks in close proximity, terrorism against soft targets is beginning to feel, to some people, like the new normal.
The brutal reality is that this kind of threat is absolutely typical of what jihadists sought to achieve in all their attacks across Europe.
Since 2013 security services in the UK have foiled 18 plots. A large proportion of those have involved suspects who set out to commit acts of violence similar to the attack on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge.
Plans to use bombs, such as at Manchester Arena, are rarer because plotters need to have the technical skills for such an appalling attack - but attacking people with cars and knives is far easier and has long been encouraged by so-called Islamic State and other jihadists.
The aim of the three attackers last night is abundantly clear - not only did they want to kill, but they wanted to lose their own lives.
They would've known full well that attacking people in the street would draw armed police in their direction and the fake bomb belts they were wearing would, in their own warped minds, hasten their demise.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Thinking of a personalised video app? Rheo launches on iOS and the web

On YouTube, you have to either know what it is you watch to watch and seek it out, or you can click through the site’s suggestions of popular or trending content. A startup called Rheo, founded by ex-Apple product veterans, has a different take on video discovery. Instead of browsing by genre, publisher or chart position, viewers can browse by mood. That is, you can seek out videos to make you laugh, those that inform you, those that instruct or teach, those for times you want to chill, and more.

Previously available as an Apple TV application, Rheo this week expanded to both iOS and the web.

Rheo was created by Alan Cannistraro, an Apple product development veteran who previously spent 12 years at Apple working on apps like Remote, iBooks, and Podcasts. He later joined Facebook, where he worked on News Feed, Facebook’s iOS autoplay video feature, and Facebook’s Creative Labs, which built experimental apps like Slingshot, Rooms, and Riff.

Co-founder Charles Migos, meanwhile, worked at Apple for over a decade, where he created Apple News, as well as Microsoft, where he designed the company’s home media experience. Migos joined Rheo in the first half of 2016.

“This idea has been churning in my head for years,” explains Cannistraro, describing how he came up with Rheo. “I’ve picked up pieces along the way: learning how we interact with video from my time on Final Cut; thinking about how entertainment, mobile devices, and the home all fit together from when I built the first iOS app: Remote; understanding the attraction that people have to move images over text, from my time building autoplay video at Facebook,” he says.

This all solidified for Cannistraro one night in 2015 when he was traveling, he says. Exhausted, he checked into his hotel room and turned on the TV, hoping to relax. But instead of being able to just wind down, Cannistraro realized that the television’s interface forces you to browse through a massive grid of content first – and this interface has carried over to today’s online video services, as well.

“Two days later, I quit my job and knew what I had to do,” says Cannistraro.

On Rheo, you pick a channel to watch based on what type of mood you’re in – in terms of what you want to watch, that is – and the app then personalizes the content to you using a variety of other factors.

For example, Rheo’s “Laugh” channel is for comedy; “Inform” offers news coverage; “Spark” features creative content from artists, designers and musicians; “Learn” is for educational content; “Chill” is music; and “Move” offers action sports.

These short-form videos are played in a stream that’s further customized by things like what time of day it is, your interests, what’s trending on Rheo, as well as your own behavior – meaning, what you’ve previously watched, skipped, boosted (a vote up type mechanism), and shared to social networks.

The promise is that the more you watch on Rheo, the more personalized your video streams will become as the service adapts to your input and actions.

In addition, the new Rheo iOS app introduces a social networking component. You can record your reactions to videos you watch, and these reactions will then appear in your friends’ streams. These personal videos are also saved to your “Reel” in Rheo. Friends who visit your profile can view your video channel with all your shared reactions.

The content on Rheo comes from public sources, like Facebook and Twitter (via API), as well as formal partnerships, like Vimeo and Refinery 29.

The nine-person, San Francisco-based startup isn’t currently focused on revenue generation, they tell us, but they previously raised $2.3 million in seed funding last year.

While Rheo will be challenged to attract users in a world where larger video platforms, like YouTube already exist, Cannistraro believes its curation element fills a void in the market – much like how Spotify’s “Discover Weekly” playlist of personalized content helped give it the edge.

“The long-term vision of Rheo goes far beyond being a video player. Instead, we think about media as an integral part of our environment,” Cannistraro adds. “Navigating apps, menus, channels, titles, etc, takes effort and attention,” he says. “The next few years will see us move towards media being available ambiently, as effortlessly accessible as a glance at your microwave or alarm clock to tell the time, and contextually tailored to you.”

Source : TechCrunch

Google Home pre-order now open in Canada

Google Home is now available to pre-order for Canadians. Google had announced at I/O this year that it would be coming to the country this summer, but now the smart home speaker with Google Assistant built-in is available on Google’s own online store, as well as at retail partners including Best Buy.

In Canada, Google Home is selling for $179.00 CDN, which is actually pretty much in line with U.S. pricing once you factor in the current currency conversion rate. The shipping time for the Google Home is listed at “2-3 weeks” for customers on Google’s own online store, and Google’s official blog says the in-store release date is June 26. Best Buy is also offering a free Chromecast with pre-orders for the Google Home, and it’ll also be available at Bell, Indigo, London Drugs, Rogers, Telus, Staples, The Source and Walmart.

Google officially launched Home in the U.S. on November 4, and it became available in the U.K. on April 6, 2017. The speaker offers built-in support for Google’s virtual assistant, which can integrate with services and smart home devices and which responds to voice queries made by the user. It also features swappable base accent colors, and can work with Chromecast Audio and Cast-enabled speaker devices for whole-home synchronized audio streaming.

Google Home is the search giant’s answer to Amazon’s Echo, which houses its Alexa assistant and which pioneered the home smart speaker category. Home is also launching in Australia, France, Germany and Japan this summer.

Source : TechCrunch

Next, Alphabet Waymo has self-driving trucking in sight

Alphabet-owned Waymo, the autonomous driving technology that began life as Google’s self-driving car project, is evaluating a move into self-driving trucking. The company told BuzzFeed that it’s currently conducting a “technical exploration” of how its “technology can integrate into a truck,” a test which involves use of a single truck, being driven only by people in order to collect data at this stage.

Waymo has not talked about any specific interest in the world of autonomous trucking prior to now, but one of its former employees, Anthony Levandowski, founded a self-driving transport trucking company called Otto upon his departure. Levandowski’s company was acquired by Uber, which put the former Google employee in charge of its self-driving engineering operations, but he was fired earlier this week for continually refusing to comply with Uber’s own internal investigation related to a Waymo suit that accused him of stealing Google employees and trade secrets.

Self-driving trucking is considered one of the lower-hanging fruits of the self-driving industry, since it involves relatively uncomplicated navigation of long stretches of highway driving. A hybrid model, in which a human driver is still present and ready to take over once trucks enter city driving scenarios, is a popular option being pursued in the sector as a way to make practical commercial use of the technology much more easily attainable. A startup called Embark recently debuted with this model, and is approved to test autonomous truck tech on Nevada roads.

Waymo recently kicked off public trials of an on-demand autonomous ride hailing service in Phoenix, Arizona, using its current generation self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans.

Source : TechCrunch

Greenlight smart debit cards for kids

Back when I was a kid, my parents gave me cash as part of my allowance or whenever I ever needed to make a purchase at the mall. But these days, who uses cash or has it lying around?

For parents today, a company called Greenlight is offering a smart debit card that can be given to their kids, instantly reloaded with funds from a mobile app, and place restrictions around merchants their children can make purchases.

After less than six months in market, the company has already signed up 10,000 paying customers and has attracted $7.5 million in funding from investors that include Relay Ventures, Social Capital, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and TTV Capital. Greenlight plans to use that funding to expand its team and invest in attracting more customers with its smart debit card.

Greenlight co-founder and CEO Tim Sheehan began working on the startup to solve his own problem — that is, being able to give his kids money to spend when he didn’t have cash on hand. After surveying other parents, he found this problem wasn’t exactly unique, and that parents were also looking for ways to teach their kids financial responsibility while also having a better view of how they were spending money.

With Greenlight parents can give their kids debit cards that provide unprecedented control and transparency into how and where they are used. By combining the cards with a mobile app that provides account information as well as transaction data,

For a low monthly fee, parents can instantly transfer cash to their children’s cards, get alerts when children make purchases, and set store-level controls around where children can make purchases. It also provides easy ways for parents to automatically fund allowances or freeze cards if they’re lost or stolen.

The service is aimed at families that have kids aged 8 through 18. It costs $4.99 per month and includes up to five debit cards per family. It’s easier and in most cases, a cheaper alternative to setting up individual bank accounts for each child, which can come with age restrictions, balance requirements and hidden fees.

Greenlight makes its money off that monthly subscription as well as interchange fees that it makes from all transactions made with a card. But there are no additional ATM or transaction fees for users.

Source : TechCrunch


LG launched its mobile payment service in Korea

LG announced plans for its own mobile payment service way back in November 2015, and today it finally went official with the launch.

The LG Pay service is initially limited to the G6, LG’s flagship smartphone, via a software update, but it is only available in Korea. There is launch support for cards from Shinhan Bank, KB, BC and Lotte, and LG plans to cover all of Korea’s card companies by September.

The primary focus of the service — like rival offerings from Apple, Samsung and Google — is offline point-of-sale. LG Pay requires a user’s fingerprint to process every transaction. It uses magnetic signals to enable a mobile device to communicate with a regular credit card terminal in order to make the payment. That’s the same technique used with Samsung Pay.

Users can store up to 10 cards within the service — including store loyalty cards and specific retail cards — but payment itself is made by a ‘virtual’ card number to improve privacy and keep user data safer. Beyond providing payment at point-of-sale, LG revealed that it is working to support online payments and other banking services.

An LG representative told us that there’s current no update on when, or indeed whether, LG Pay will become available outside of Korea. That’s the company’s primary focus for sales, and the country where it has the most significant marketshare, which makes it an obvious starting point. But with LG Pay badly lagging competitors such as Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay — which got a significant head start — and overtaken on the sales front by a range of companies, it may not make sense to ever take LG Pay overseas. We shall see.

Source : TechCrunch

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