‘We want to find gems’: the black venture capitalists invested in change

Impact X, set up to support businesses run by or for minorities and women, is on its way to raising £100m Bola Adegbulu’s idea came to him by accident – literally. Narrowly avoiding a car crash inspired the Londoner’s idea for smart navigation software that could predict the safest route for drivers and prevent some of the 1.3 million deaths due to road accidents globally each year. With more than 90% of those fatalities taking place in developing nations, including Adegbulu’s native Nigeria, the concept hit home. The 30-year-old spent two years working on the pilot for his company, Predina, with co-founder Meha Nelson, before clinching funding from Impact X Capital Partners: a new black-owned-and-run venture capital firm in London …

With new APIs, Sony’s robot dog could be the smart home assistant you’ve always wanted

Image: Sony Sony says you can now use a web-based API to program its adorable Aibo robot dog to do new tricks — and you might even be able to make it your smart home’s best friend. With its new “aibo Developer Program,” Sony is inviting developers to make “services and applications” that can work with Aibo. I didn’t really understand what that meant until I saw this incredible concept video of what might be possible with the new APIs. Aibo helped monitor a microwave, turn on a robot vacuum, remind a child that she had left the fridge open, and… act as surveillance camera for the child’s mom? Who needs Alexa — a robot dog might be able to …

Disney+ will fix The Simpsons’ joke-destroying 16:9 aspect ratio starting in 2020

With the launch of Disney+ this week, many fans were excited to have easy access to all 30 seasons of The Simpsons — only to find to their chagrin that their original 4:3 aspect ratio had been discarded for a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, cropping out many visual gags entirely. But now, Disney says that it will be fixing this in “early 2020” by making an additional version of the first 19 seasons in 4:3, the way they were intended to be viewed. Here’s Disney’s statement: “We presented “The Simpsons” in 16:9 aspect ratio at launch in order to guarantee visual quality and consistency across all 30 seasons. Over time, Disney+ will roll out new features and additional viewing options. …

DXC is betting IT apps and services will stay on-premises

DXC Technology, the massive service provider formed in the 2017 merger of HPE Enterprise Services (formerly EDS) and Computer Sciences Corp., has a new CEO who is focused on shedding distraction businesses and focusing on core businesses of IT outsourcing. That means looking at “strategic alternatives,” including the possible divesture of three of its businesses it feels are a distraction and slowing the company’s growth. The company feels most IT apps and services will remain on-premises and will focus on supporting that business. Last week’s conference call with financial analysts to discuss Q2 earnings was the first for new CEO Mike Salvino, who joined the company in September after 22 years at Accenture. DXC did not have a good quarter. …

This Former Campground Wedding Venue Just Outside of New York City Is a Nature-Lover’s Paradise

New York locals, this (ridiculously adorable) couple wanted the feel of a destination wedding weekend while keeping the travel as easy as possible for their friends and family – enter Cedar Lakes Estate! This gorgeous venue is popping up everywhere all thanks so it’s gorgeous property and endless amenities in the heart of Hudson Valley. Guests enjoyed a weekend of yoga, canoeing, swimming in the lake… it’s the perfect little escape outside of the city. Amanda Savory Events brought the bride and groom’s romantic wedding dreams to life while Tin Can Studios completely wow’d us with their floral instillations. The lovely Rebecca Yale was there to capture every moment – including the sweetest father-daughter first look reaction ever! See it …

Supine Hero Pose

Here are helpful cues to practice Supine Hero Pose correctly and safely Create a vertical support for the spine and head using a bolster and three blanketsThe blankets are folded vertically with two blankets placed in a graduated “staircase” along the bolster and the third placed across the top in a horizontal orientation to support the headSit in front of the base of the bolster and bring the legs into VirasanaMake sure that the thighs are parallel and the knees no wider than hip distanceLie back on the bolster set-up, making sure the front edge of the bolster is against the sacrum and the head is supported so that the chin is not higher than the foreheadDirect the tailbone and …

Mountain

Here are helpful cues to practice Mountain Pose correctly and safely Stand with the big toes touching and a small amount of space between the heelsRoot down with the big toe mounds and pull up with the inner archesPress the thigh bones back while gently releasing the tailbone down –OR –Spin the inner thighs back while gently releasing the flesh of the buttocks towards your heelDraw the shoulders back to align with the side body while softening the front ribs towards the frontal hipbonesStack the crown of the head above the pelvis with the chin level to the floor Press down through the four corners of each foot and lift up through the length of the body, ascending the crown …

Shawn Mendes Shows Off Toned Legs During Day Out in L.A.

Shawn Mendes is enjoying a day out in Los Angeles! The 21-year-old singer checked his phone as he stepped out for a bite to eat on Wednesday afternoon (November 13) in L.A. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Shawn Mendes Shawn kept this hair pushed back with a black band while going sporty in a pair of short, black shorts with a black sweat-jacket over a purple T-shirt for his outing. If you missed it, Shawn and girlfriend Camila Cabello recently got new tattoos! See what they got here. Earlier this week, Shawn and Camila packed on the PDA at a Clippers game. READ MORE: Taylor Swift & Shawn Mendes Release ‘Lover’ Remix – Stream & Download! Read more: …

Alicia Keys Returning as Host of Grammys 2020!

Alicia Keys is going to be hosting the 2020 Grammys! It has been announced that the 38-year-old entertainer will be returning to host the music awards show for the second year in a row. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Alicia Keys “At first, I did think last year was a one-time thing, but when the opportunity came back around, there was no question about returning as host,” Alicia said in a statement via Good Morning America. “Last year was such a powerful experience for me. Not only did I feel the love in the room, but I felt it from around the world and it confirmed the healing and unifying power of music.” The nominations for the upcoming …

Best budget and affordable phones in 2019: a buyer’s guide

When it comes to technology, some people just don’t find it reasonable to spend crazy amounts of money on a gadget that gets old in just a couple of years. Yet, those same people still want the full smartphone experience, the camera, the apps, and the speed. Are there any affordable phones that would fit all those criteria?Affordable without being ‘cheap’ in an embarrassing wayGood news is that with recent launches the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. We now have phones that are cheap without being downright ruined by terrible issues – those affordable devices do not lag terribly, they … Read more: phonearena.com

The ecstatic rise of rainbow hair: ‘I have one life. I’m going to live it colourfully!’

In a world laid low by Brexit, you see them at school gates and in supermarket queues: ordinary women with wildly multicoloured hair. We ask five colour converts why they have taken the leap We are facing the prospect of a few gloomy grey months ahead, with a general election on the horizon, and no end to the Brexit impasse in sight. But one trend has emerged to brighten up these damp winter days. Not long ago you would see rainbow hair only on celebrities such as Katy Perry or Nicki Minaj, or people in the cosplay community. Not any more. What was once a wacky trend is now beloved of ordinary women. Look around your local coffee shop, or …

Pokémon Fans Get ‘Game Freak Lied’ Trending As Sword And Shield Drama Intensifies Yet Again

Fans believe they’ve been lied to. The hashtag ‘#GameFreakLied’ is trending in multiple countries around the world on Twitter, with a significant number of Pokémon fans believing that they may have been lied to about the development of Pokémon Sword and Shield. At the time of writing, the trend is sitting at number eleven in the United Kingdom and at number one in the United States. It has been spreading in response to discoveries supposedly made thanks to the recent Sword and Shield leaks, which – alongside early copies of the game being released into the wild – have seemingly allowed modders to dig into the games’ files and take a closer look at the models used for the Pokémon …

Deals: Amazon UK Gets Into The Black Friday Spirit With Tasty Nintendo Switch Game Bundles

Two games for less. We’re always on the lookout for a decent Nintendo Switch bargain or two, and we’ve stumbled across a set of unusual game bundles at Amazon UK that might be worth looking into ahead of Black Friday later this month. This new offer sees seemingly random sets of games bundled together, with the combined price working out as much less than it would be were you to buy each game individually at their recommended retail price. Some bundles make a lot of sense – such as the Super Mario Party + Just Dance 2019 bundle – while others seem a little more far fetched. Read the full article on nintendolife.com Read more: nintendolife.com

Yes, The Sonic Movie Redesign Was Led By Sonic Mania Animator Tyson Hesse

The fans were right. The revised design of Sonic the Hedgehog in Paramount’s upcoming movie has been revealed, and it’s been widely praised as a huge, massive, incalculable improvement on the character seen in the original trailer. Following the debacle surrounding the initial reveal (Sonicgate? Hedgehogate? It’s always a -gate), it was rumoured that Tyson Hesse, Sonic-fan extraordinaire and animator of the excellent Sonic Mania intro movie and accompanying shorts, was involved in the emergency redesign of the fastest thing alive. The original tweet revealing the revised Valentine’s Day 2020 release date featured an image which eagle-eyed fans deduced might be the handiwork of the talented animator. Hesse fanned the flames by posting an image of Tony Stark from the …

Appreciation

Time has been nipping at the edges my mind for awhile now. How all that has been is now and what is to come is the within the ever changing moment. Time is everything, it’s the matrix of our perceptual reality. We begin, only to end alike everything else in this world. That life is what connects us all, the force that brings everything as we know it to now. What time means to us is a pretense to how we choose to spend it. I believe the behavior towards time comes much from our initial learning in this world, when we come in malleable to our circumstances. Beyond that, I believe the moments that become pivotal times in our …

Twitter wants to stop ‘malicious actors’ from abusing next month’s pivotal UK election so it’s creating special reporting tools and a custom emoji (TWTR)

Ollie Millington/Getty Images Twitter said it would make it easier to report misleading information about the voting process in Britain’s Dec. 12 election, less than a month after its global ban on political advertising comes into force. The microblogging site is a vital tool for candidates, political parties and journalists to break news and fuel debate, but it has also been used to spread fake news, such as manipulated video clips, and to abuse and threaten individuals.See the rest of the story at Business Insider See Also: Russia’s VTB sells stake in Bulgaria’s Vivacom telecoms operatorGoogle launches smart device in Brazil in new challenge to AmazonKremlin eyes four-way Ukraine summit this year Read more: feedproxy.google.com