‘The fake reporter wanted to know about our software’

As Johannes Siebers sat and nervously waited for the imposter to turn up, it could have been a scene from a spy movie.

Johannes and his younger brother Michael were in a cafe in Munich, where they had arranged to meet a fake journalist.

The pretend writer had got in touch, claiming to be from one of Germany’s leading magazines. He said he wanted to interview the brothers about their new company Holidu, a holiday rentals price comparison website.

The man added that he was particularly interested in finding out more about the image recognition software they had developed.

This automatically checks the photos of millions of villas and apartments around the world, be they on private websites, or the likes of Airbnb. The software does this to ensure that if a particular property is featured in numerous places online, which is often the case, Holidu only lists it once,

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Media buyers review 2021 upfronts

Last year, chief sales officer Rod Prosser appeared in a Carpool Karaoke segment with James Corden. This year, Ten stressed the importance of home. Its 2021 upfronts presentation opened with Amanda Keller as The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy, flanked by her Living Room co-hosts – who were the lion, tin man, and scarecrow – and Osher Gunsberg as the Wizard of Oz himself.

Sizzle reels across Ten’s slate were used to illustrate the network’s ‘heart’, ‘brain’, and ‘courage’, but the segment used the ‘No place like home’ tagline to confirm that shows usually filmed internationally – The Amazing Race, Survivor, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! – will be made in Australia next year.

The move gives the broadcaster some certainty in a COVID-uncertain world. As Chris Brown put it at the very beginning of the show: “Jeez, has 2020 been a write off or what?”

Airing at

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Great iPhone and iPad news: You can now change two default apps in iOS 14, iPadOS 14. Here’s how


We’ll show you how to set default apps on your iPhone or iPad. 

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You can almost feel Apple loosening its steel grip over the iPhone and iPad with the release of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. iPhone and iPad owners now have the option to alter how their home screen looks, including the ability to put widgets on the iPhone’s home screen. But also noteworthy is the ability to now set the default email and browser apps on the iPhone or iPad. 

That means you can use Gmail or Google Chrome — or any other app of your choice — and finally leave Safari and Apple Mail behind. It’s a big step for iPhone ($699 at Amazon) and iPad ($239 at Back Market) users, and one that was sorely overdue. 

The process to change over your default mail and browser app is really simple, but also

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Proper people need to be put in place

What role do you think the school board has played in the academic decline in Midland over the last decade? What will you bring to the board that will change that? And as you answer this question, please indicate the one or two most important things you think the district needs to focus on in order to significantly improve our educational outcomes. Lastly, as a board member, what will be your signature initiative(s) in support of improving educational outcomes in the district? 

While it is important to learn from past mistakes, we should spend our time and energy looking forward. We must create attainable solutions to combat MISDs academic decline and that starts with the superintendent search. As I discussed previously, hiring a new superintendent is the most important role a school board member can play. To that end, and to answer the question, the hiring of our … Read More

A top AWS exec explains why cloud is now a top priority for banks

  • The financial industry has a reputation for being willing to try out emerging technologies, which was especially apparent during COVID-19. 
  • Wall Street is now looking to double-down on digital investments to better meet customer needs and gain actionable insight from the data now stored in the cloud, according to Amazon Web Services managing director Scott Mullins. 
  • “What COVID did was show them that it’s not something for tomorrow, it’s something for today,” he told Business Insider. “And we’ve seen a large number of organizations lean into and embrace that transformation really quickly.”
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The financial industry has a reputation for being willing to try out emerging technology, like cloud or artificial intelligence.

JPMorgan Chase, for example, is already investing in quantum computing despite the tech being years away from robust commercial use and Bank of America and Nasdaq were well

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NZ travellers free to enter state

“Currently the Victorian borders are open,” the website said.


“If you are travelling from New Zealand and have passed all relevant immigration and biosecurity requirements as established by the Federal Government, New South Wales Government and Northern Territory Government, then you are able to travel to Victoria.

“You do not need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Victoria.”

The Victorian government website tells potential travellers they should not enter the state if they have coronavirus symptoms and says they may be subject to detention under public health laws, but it does not advise them against entering the state.

Mr Andrews blasted the federal government over the weekend after up to 55 travellers from New Zealand entered Victoria via Sydney. State government sources said they asked the Australian Border Force for passengers names on Friday night and didn’t get them until Saturday lunch time.


The Premier mocked

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The five kitchen gadgets every household should own

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Australian consumer experts CHOICE has revealed the five ‘game changing’ kitchen gadgets every household should invest in.

The experts said having a handful of essential appliances can help you save time and money every time you cook or meal prep.

The must-have tools include a kitchen mixer, food processor, cast-iron pot, stick blender and a pressure cooker.

a woman standing in front of a refrigerator: Not only are they designed for baking cakes or pavlovas, but CHOICE experts said you could create just about anything from scratch with the versatile mixer (stock image)

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Not only are they designed for baking cakes or pavlovas, but CHOICE experts said you could create just about anything from scratch with the versatile mixer (stock image)


The first gadget you should consider buying is a quality kitchen mixer.

Not only are they designed for baking cakes or pavlovas, but the experts said you could create just about anything from scratch with the versatile mixer.

‘With the right attachments, you can transform them into mincers, pasta makers, blenders

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Silicon Valley Is Getting Into the Hearing Aid Business

The startup Whisper launched its Whisper Hearing System, an AI-powered hearing aid, this week.

The startup Whisper launched its Whisper Hearing System, an AI-powered hearing aid, this week.
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Although hearing “Silicon Valley” and “hearing aids” in the same sentence might not seem all that normal, it is now. This week, the startup Whisper launched its new flagship product, the Whisper Hearing System, and also announced a whopping $35 million Series B investment. 

The Whisper Hearing System uses artificial intelligence to process sound in real-time and optimize it for the user’s surroundings. The system consists of three main components: the earpieces, the “Whisper Brain,” or a small pocket-sized device that enables the company’s AI Sound Separation Engine and the Whisper app.

In a statement announcing the product, the company said that the Whisper Brain is the center of the device’s learning capabilities. Whisper maintains that it is constantly working on refining the Brain’s ability to identity and process different sounds, such

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Toronto software company Nulogy suing U.S. client for allegedly stealing trade secrets

Nulogy CEO Jason Tham at a custom-packaging facility.

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The Toronto supply chain management software company Nulogy Corp. is suing a client from Wisconsin, alleging it misappropriated Nulogy’s trade secrets as it developed similar software to make supply chains more efficient.

Nulogy’s software allows participants all across a supply chain to maintain constant communication and co-ordination. This has become more important during the COVID-19 pandemic, as demand for some products has become unpredictable and new safety precautions are in place across chains’ every link.

With clients including Procter & Gamble Co. and Kellogg Co., Nulogy says its revenue is about $20-million annually – and the company says that figure is expected to rise because of heightened supply chain scrutiny and safety because of the pandemic.

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But in a filing with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice this past summer, Nulogy alleges that Wisconsin’s Menasha

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You’ve Heard Of Computer-Aided Design. What About Computer-Aided Biology?

In the early days of the semiconductor industry, integrated circuits were designed by one or two engineers with slide-rules, hand-drawn on paper, and then given to a lithographer to print onto silicon wafers. As circuits became more complex, blueprints gave way to software. These digitally represented designs were much more than a reproduction of a pencil sketch: productivity, design quality, and communication all improved rapidly thanks to software’s ability to codify desired behaviors into actionable layouts, while also allowing for easy, iterative design improvements.

Today, large teams of engineers design circuits using high-level languages that automate the process, and chip layouts more detailed than a street map of the entire U.S. can be generated automatically. The result has been a revolution in engineering and design, manifesting itself as Moore’s Law and the Information Age itself.

Today, a similar revolution is happening in biology, most notably in the field

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