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Evrythng raises $10 million to give physical products a trackable digital identity

Evrythng, an internet of things (IoT) platform that seeks to give each physical product its own trackable digital identify, has raised $10 million in a round of funding.

The announcement comes as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the global supply chain, with inventories, factories, and transport systems all impacted. Evrythng promises transparency and visibility, turning individual items, pallets, and batches into “data-generating” objects on the web and allowing companies to identify and address issues as they arise.

“COVID has caused breakdowns at various parts of the supply chain — factory closures, raw material supply problems, distribution to supply routes, inventory imbalances, and backups,” Evrythng cofounder and CEO Niall Murphy told VentureBeat. “At the same time, COVID has accelerated ecommerce massively, profoundly changing how brands work with different retail channels. Having real-time visibility [into] what is happening across the supply chain and sales channels enables brands to preempt problems and respond or adapt to changes rapidly.”


In addition to giving brands visibility into a product’s path from the manufacturer to retail stores, the underlying technology can offer consumers insights into their product’s journey and even confirm its authenticity — particularly useful when many online marketplaces are awash with fake goods.

Above: Ralph Lauren: QR code

Ralph Lauren uses the Evrythng platform to embed unique QR codes into each of its products at the point of production in factories around the world, giving the company real-time visibility into its supply chain and insights into consumer engagement. By scanning the code, shoppers can see instantly that the product is genuine, and they can also link through to the company’s ecommerce store or contact customer service.

“The scale, depth, and ubiquity of Ralph Lauren’s product digitization strategy are groundbreaking,” Murphy said. “While we can clearly point to specific applications like factory

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Bing rebrands as Microsoft Bing, expands Give with Bing

Bing rebrands as Microsoft Bing, expands Give with Bing

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Twitch Rolls Out Soundtrack Beta To Give Streamers Rights-Cleared Music

Licensed music has been an issue for many streamers in the past, with takedown notices coming from rights holders and making certain games complicated to stream or post videos of. It’s made streaming games with big licensed soundtracks, like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, difficult. Twitch is testing a solution to this issue, an app called Soundtrack By Twitch that will allow streamers to play license-cleared music in their streams.

In a blog post, Twitch has detailed Soundtrack, which has an interface very similar to Spotify. “Soundtrack gives you a curated collection of rights-cleared music and integrates with your streaming software to separate your audio sources, allowing you to keep your channel safe while you create compelling content and grow as a creator,” the post says.

Artists currently available, according to the blog, include Above & Beyond, mxmtoon, Porter Robinson, RAC, SwuM, “and many more”. Claude Von Stroke, Cloudchord, Chrome Sparks, and Tia Nomore are also listed on the Soundtrack website.

The current beta is compatible with OBS Studio v26.0 or later, and compatibility with Twitch Studio and Streamlabs OBS is planned. Streamers can join a waitlist now, and invites to the program will be sent out over email.

This is an issue that streaming platforms seem to be increasingly aware of–Facebook Gaming also recently licensed a bunch of music for streamers. Microsoft, meanwhile, closed down its streaming service Mixer earlier this year.

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NAB to give businesses access to real-time analytics

National Australia Bank (NAB) has announced it has partnered with cloud-based platform Pollinate to provide small businesses access to real-time sales analytics to help them better manage their businesses.

Through Pollinate, businesses will be able to view their sales data, track average transaction value, compare day periods, and filter by payment type.

“Real-time data that delivers greater insights into what customers want, when and how they want it, can be transformative to a small business,” NAB group executive business and private banking Andrew Irvine said.

“Leveraging Pollinate’s platform, NAB will give businesses the information they need to make decisions about their daily sales at their fingertips.”

Pollinate, which NAB will also be a minority investor in, is scheduled to be rolled out across its customer network next year, following a pilot that will run in March.

Read more: How NAB is taking Australia’s skills shortage into its own hands (TechRepublic)

Additionally, NAB has also announced it will roll out merchant choice routing for business customers later this year.

Merchant choice routing will enable contactless payments to be processed via a merchant’s network of choice — whether that’s Eftpos, Mastercard, or Visa — for a flat price of 1.15%.

The bank boasted that the introduction of merchant choice routing would replace 10 separate pricing plans, while also bringing savings to businesses that process contactless payments.

“Contactless payments are part of our daily lives with more than 400,000 ‘tap and go’ transactions taking place every day in Australia. Automating least cost routing ensures competition in the market while giving small businesses greater control over their expenses,” Irvine said. 

Earlier this month, the red and black bank announced the migration of its NAB Connect platform to Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.

NAB Connect is touted by the bank as a solution for businesses

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Give your kid (or yourself) the gift of $634 worth of programming books for $15


Humble Bundle

My son has wanted to learn to code for years. Thanks to the folks at Humble Bundle, I know what I’m buying him for his birthday this week — $634 worth of programming books for a mere $15. By now, you surely know about Humble Bundle, where you get to set your own price and buy awesome bundles at insanely low prices, while the proceeds are split between Humble, the publisher and charity. This week it’s 19 ebooks for aspiring coders. 

The bundle benefits the United Negro College Fund and the No Starch Press Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit created to support the worldwide hacker communities. The proceeds will go, in part, to providing scholarships to minority students and building a nationwide project to develop diverse STEM professionals.

There are three tiers to the bundle. You can pay as little as a dollar and get a half-dozen ebooks that include Think Like a Programmer, Perl One-Liners and Learn Java the Easy Way. If you pay $8 or more you get everything in the first tier plus another 7 ebooks covering topics like Lisp, SQL and Python. And for the full $15, there are six more ebooks, including  The Secret Life of Programs: Understand Computers — Craft Better Code, Eloquent JavaScript and C++ Crash Course. (Check out the whole list Humble.)

There are 19 books in total, and not only can you choose which tier you want to unlock based on how much you pay, but in typical Humble style, you can dial in where your money goes, choosing how much of the contribution goes to the publisher, the charities and Humble itself.

This is a great collection of titles, and if you or someone you know is an aspiring coder, there’s surely something here of interest. And it’s