Tencent moves into automotive with $150M joint venture

China’s internet firms are getting pally with giant state-owned automakers as they look to deploy their artificial intelligence and cloud computing services across traditional industries. Ride-hailing startup Didi Chuxing, which owns Uber China, announced earlier this week a new joint venture with state-owned BAIC. Hot on the heels came another entity set …

Terry Gou resigns as Foxconn’s chairman to run for president of Taiwan

Terry Gou said at Foxconn’s annual general meeting today that he is leaving the electronics manufacturing giant as he prepares to run for president of Taiwan. Gou, who founded Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.) 45 years ago and is also its biggest shareholder, will remain on …

UK should phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, claims government report

The UK can end its contribution to global warming within 30 years by setting an ambitious new target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said in a report today. But the habits of people and organisations will have to …

Time is running out on the biggest Disrupt SF 2019 savings

Here’s an important reminder to all the shoe-string startups, frugal founders, budget-minded makers and, well, anyone else who loves to save a buck. You have two weeks left to reap the biggest savings on passes to Disrupt San Francisco 2019. We offer passes to suit every budget and, depending on …

The most popular WordPress themes & plugins of 2018

Welcome to the GoDaddy Hot 100 for 2018, a rundown of the most popular WordPress plugins and themes running on GoDaddy servers. We’ve curated the list by removing themes and plugins that are auto-installed or aren’t GPL compliant. As committed members of the WordPress community, and the world’s biggest WordPress …

Bosch launches cloud-connected battery management to extend the life of EV batteries

Bosch is bringing to market a new cloud-connected software service to manage and monitor the battery life of electric vehicles. “Bosch is connecting electric-vehicle batteries with the cloud. Its data-based services mean we can substantially improve batteries’ performance and extend their service life,” said Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the …

YouTube confirms plans to make Originals available for free

YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl reaffirmed the company’s plans to take its Originals out from behind the paywall, making them free and ad-supported. Kyncl was speaking at YouTube’s annual Brandcast event, where the Google-owned company lays out its plans for advertisers (with lots of razzle dazzle provided by musicians …

Most workers think robots could not do their jobs

Despite regular warnings about the potentially massive displacement of jobs as a result of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ of automation and artificial intelligence, a new, large scale survey of workers around the world finds that a significant majority of them do not think the technology puts their own role in …

Levels of engagement amongst the UK workforce trail behind other European countries

Employers in the UK need to improve working conditions, as the UK’s workforce pride is trailing behind other European countries, a new report claims. The survey from Cornerstone OnDemand and IDC found just a 48 percent approval rating by UK workers, with just 52 percent of respondents “completely agreeing” that …

Handy co-founder Oisin Hanrahan becomes chief product officer at acquirer ANGI Homeservices

ANGI Homeservices — which operates HomeAdvisor, Angie’s List and other brands — is naming Handy CEO Oisin Hanrahan as its new chief product officer. Handy offers on-demand access to workers who can clean, assemble furniture, mount TVs and perform other tasks around the home. It was acquired last year by …

Graphene as an open-source material

Don Basile Contributor Don Basile is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with more than 20 years of executive experience in technology, healthcare and telecommunications. More posts by this contributor Ethics — the next frontier for artificial intelligence Hemp can’t get you high, but it can get high-tech The open-source model …

Customer data management company Amperity raises $50M

Amperity is announcing that it has raised $50 million in Series C funding. The company offers what co-founder and CEO Kabir Shahani said is the ability to “ingest every piece of atomic-level data remotely related to a customer and assemble it into a customer 360.” To illustrate how Amperity can …

Where cannabis investors see the next big wave? In precision dosing

Women and seniors are joining the cannabis movement, and that’s presenting new investing opportunities, according to a panel of cannabis investors who we interviewed several days ago at an event organized by the cross-border venture firm DCM. Specifically, they say, expect to see an uptick in products of all types …

Africa Roundup: Yamaha backs MAX, Founders Factory and Norrsken support startups, inside Ethiopia’s tech scene

Competition in Africa’s two-wheel ride-hail market is accelerating. Nigerian motorcycle transit startup MAX.ng was the latest startup to add funding, raising a $7 million funding round in June with participation of Japanese manufacturer Yamaha. Based in Lagos, the company’s app-based platform coordinates motorcycle taxi and delivery services for individuals and …

5 Top WordPress Tools and Services for You to Use in 2019

This sponsored article was created by our content partner, BAW Media. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. If you’re looking for the best WordPress tools and services to take your business to the next level this year, you have plenty to choose from – 54,991 WordPress …

Meditation app Calm hits unicorn status with fresh $88 million funding

Calm, the meditation and wellness app that launched back in 2012, has today announced the close of an $88 million Series B financing with a valuation of $1 billion. (We have not been able to clarify whether the valuation was post- or pre-money.) The funding was led by TPG Growth, …

Hackers conquer Tesla’s in-car web browser and win a Model 3

A pair of security researchers dominated Pwn2Own, the annual high-profile hacking contest, taking home $375,000 in prizes including a Tesla Model 3 — their reward for successfully exposing a vulnerability in the electric vehicle’s infotainment system. Tesla handed over its new Model 3 sedan to Pwn2Own this year, the first …

Digitisation and culture of uncertainty lead employees to seek stability

Job security is the top reason employees in the UK joined their company, and also the main reason they stay, according to Mercer’s 2019 Global Talent Trends study. With close to one in three employees  being concerned that AI and automation will replace their job, senior managers are also worried about the …