TVAddons exposes ‘fake news’ about Kodi

President Donald Trump seems to enjoy calling any news organization that isn’t favorable towards him “fake news.” He has overused the term to the point that it is a parody of itself — when it leaves his lips, at least. With that said, fake news is a legitimate concern. There have been cases where organizations have shared news that was either untrue or misleading. Sometimes this is caused by bad reporting, but in other cases, it could be intentional — such as spreading fake news and advertisements on Facebook to help someone get elected, for instance. Today, TVAddons — a Kodi community website/group… [Continue Reading]

Trump Weighs Travel Ban Replacement

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday was considering a replacement to his controversial executive order, which barred travel to the United States from several majority Muslim countries. The current ban was enacted in March, and is set to expire on Sunday evening. It extended to travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The new order could fall short of a complete ban, and instead might tailor travel restrictions on a country-by-country basis.




President Trump Issues New Travel Restrictions, North Korea and Venezuela Added

WASHINGTON—The United States will prohibit entry of citizens from North Korea to the United States as part of a sweeping new travel ban that also slaps restrictions on Iran, Chad, Libya, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia, the Trump administration said on Sunday. The new restrictions, slated to go into effect on October 18. The addition […]

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Best Steam Driver Experience Day Course?

Hi All!
I’ve been looking at doing one of these courses for a while now, and have decided to do one for my eighteenth birthday (the minimum age for most of these courses) and was wondering if any of you had done one of these and could recommend one based on how much you do, value for money etc.
I live in Devon, but I’m willing to travel around if necessary. I have a little experience (about 15 minutes on the South Devon Railway – regulator, brake, changing direction, whistle, etc.) so I’m…

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Korora 26 ‘Bloat’ Fedora-based Linux distro available for download — now 64-bit only

Fedora is my favorite Linux distribution, but I don’t always use it. Sometimes I opt for an operating system that is based on it depending on my needs at the moment. Called “Korora,” it adds tweaks, repositories, codecs, and packages that aren’t found in the normal Fedora operating system. As a result, Korora deviates from Red Hat’s strict FOSS focus — one of the most endearing things about Fedora. While you can add all of these things to Fedora manually, Korora can save you time by doing the work for you. Since Korora is based on Fedora, it always lags from a version perspective. For instance,… [Continue Reading]

Facebook re-licenses React under MIT license after developer backlash

A major barrier to the adoption of Facebook’s React front-end library has been its license. Facebook chose to use a BSD-derived license that contained some troubling terms surrounding patent litigation. But this is no longer an issue, as Facebook has announced it intends to re-license React – and several other Facebook-owned open source projects, including Jest, Flow, and Immutable.js – under the popular MIT license. Explaining the decision, Facebook engineering director Adam Wolff wrote that “React is the foundation of a broad ecosystem of open source software for the web, and we don’t want to hold back forward progress for…

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THE CONVERSATIONAL COMMERCE REPORT: Chatbots’ impact on the payments ecosystem and how merchants can capitalize on them

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This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.

To keep pace with the ongoing shift toward e- and m-commerce, retailers are turning to chat apps, where smartphone users spend considerable time each day.

One way they’ve been accessing consumers on these platforms is through chatbots, or software programs that use business-to-consumer (B2C) text-based messaging as an interface through which customers can communicate with merchants in a question-and-answer format. 

For merchants, these offerings are valuable because sales increase as customers communicate with and shop from their brand on more channels. But there’s considerable friction — in chat apps, payments offerings are limited, which means users who might be browsing in a messaging app will still be redirected to another app or the mobile web to complete a purchase. 

This is creating an opportunity for payments processors and card networks, which are beginning to partner with merchants to capture potential volume from chat apps. And as the hype increases, other payments firms, like remittance providers and banks are also entering the game, in the hopes of increasing user engagement or attracting new types of clients.

There’s a long road ahead: We’re just at the beginning of what’s likely to be a long adoption cycle, with payments firms only starting to dip their toes into the space. But improvements in the ecosystem, combined with rising consumer appetite for these services and increasing trust, will eventually lead to moderate gains in usage that open up a massive volume opportunity for Western firms.

BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has put together a detailed report on chatbots’ role in the payments ecosystem.

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

  • Chat apps are the next frontier for digital commerce, but without payments functionality, the opportunity is extremely limited. Customers can — and do — ask for support, take advantage of deals, and browse many stores within chat apps. But when it comes time to pay, users have to switch to another app or the mobile web — a turnoff that could hinder adoption and lower conversion rates.
  • Most payments firms are teaming up with retailers, often those they already count as clients, to enable customers to make payments using their mobile wallets or processing features within chat apps. That’s allowing retailers to get to the space faster while opening a revenue opportunity for payments players. Others are taking less direct approaches, working to increase consumer engagement in a way that promotes more spending offline.
  • We’re at the beginning of an adoption curve, so digital payments providers shouldn’t expect massive success quickly, but in the long run, it’s likely to be a large market. As firms work to grow consumer awareness and improve the experience, the technology will eventually become mainstream, which makes getting in early and becoming established worthwhile. 

In full, the report:

  • Explains why the chat app is the next frontier for commerce, and why payments functionality is a linchpin of that success.
  • Details different types of chat app payments and their potential use cases.
  • Evaluates the hurdles that could prevent consumers from using chatbot payments.
  • Suggests ways firms can overcome these hurdles and begin seeing adoption.
  • Sizes the potential long-run market for chatbot payments in the West.

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Portuguese children to crowdfund European climate change case

Group from region hit by deadly forest fires to sue 47 countries alleging failure to tackle climate change threatens their right to life

Portuguese schoolchildren from the area struck by the country’s worst forest fires are seeking crowdfunding to sue 47 European countries, alleging that the states’ failure to tackle climate change threatens their right to life.

The children, from the Leiria region of central Portugal, where fires this summer killed more than 60 people and left hundreds injured, are being represented by British barristers who are experts in environmental and climate change law.

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Exposed: ‘secretive’ NHS cost-cutting plans include children’s care

Documents reveal £5m cuts in South Gloucestershire will include cancer diagnostics and treatment for children with complex needs

Cancer diagnostics and treatment for children with complex needs are among services earmarked for cost-cutting plans considered by the NHS to plug a funding gap, according to documents seen by campaigners.

The plans, by South Gloucestershire clinical commissioning group and released under a freedom of information request, show that waiting targets for non-urgent operations are also due to be relaxed under the “capped expenditure process” (CEP) as the health service seeks to balance its books in the current financial year.

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TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Australia joined by leading Aussie names

 As you’ve probably gathered TechCrunch is headed to Australia to find the most disruptive early-stage startups, in partnership with ELEVACAO. As we like to say these days, ‘all roads lead to Disrupt’ and our focus now is to reach out internationally to find the best startups for our Disrupt stages, from all around the world. TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Australia is… Read More

BBC political editor given bodyguard for Labour conference

Laura Kuenssberg will reportedly be accompanied by security team after being jeered for her treatment of Corbyn

The BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, is being protected by security guards at the Labour party conference this week following abuse she has received over her role, according to reports.

Related: Yvette Cooper ‘sick to death of vitriol’ directed at Laura Kuenssberg

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