The legendary Silicon Valley venture firm, known for its stellar investment returns, is in the early stages of raising its next global growth fund.Recode’s Kara Swisher first reported the news of the fund.The fundraising is expected to get underway in the first quarter of 2018.This compares to its last growth fund from 2015, which was $2 billion in size.Some of its late-stage portfolio companies include Airbnb, Stripe and 23AndMe.Sequoia also has a significant early-stage investment business.
It’s definitely going to be late for the holidays, but this announcement at least gives you time to prepare for the costs ahead.LG is prepping CES 2018 attendees with what to expect at its Las Vegas booth, including two rather massive new monitors.The 32UK950 and the ultra wide 34WK95U both boast of the latest in color gamut and HDR support, their main selling point, at least as far as LG is concerned, is the company’s new Nano IPS technology, designed for even more accurate color reproduction.Samsung has its QLED, short for Quantum LED, as its marketing buzzword and now LG has its “Nano IPS”.While both were developed to improve color accuracy, they do so in almost opposite ways.Samsung QLED uses quantum dots to emit more accurate light, depending on their size.
I tested out the 13-inch model and realized size really does matter: smaller is better.My current laptop is a big, heavy Alienware gaming computer that often sounds like it’s going to blast-off thanks to the numerous fans housed inside of its massive shell.It’s designed to be portable in the sense you can move it from one solid surface to another.After an hour watching Netflix its metal surface is still cool to the touch.Thanks to the magic of Windows 10, testing a new piece of hardware is, well, a piece of cake.The first test a laptop has to pass in order to be even slightly useful to a technology journalist is the ability to operate with an infinite number of browser tabs open.
August’s landmark observation of two colliding neutron stars was incredible for its immediate impact on astronomy.It answered questions, like “where did the universe’s gold come from” and “how fast is the universe expanding?” But it left behind mysteries, too.Like, “what the hell is going on with those gamma rays?”Even with the first announcement, scientists wondered why the collision’s gamma rays looked weaker than expected.But a few new papers have released further data on the collision’s radio waves and x-rays—and demonstrate that the story probably isn’t as cut-and-dried as that.On 17 August, observatories across the world spotted GW170817, the result of two colliding stars, each a little heavier than the sun but only the size of a small city.
More than a year after its initial launch, Pokemon Go is often remembered for its rabid players that overwhelmed parks and swarmed streets looking for cute little pocket monsters.But people tend to forget that Pokemon Go was also many people’s first experience with augmented reality.And while today’s trainer count is down from peak numbers last summer, Pokemon Go creator Niantic says the game’s augmented reality features were noticeably improved thanks to an integration with Apple’s ARKit on iOS.The enhanced capabilities of the new AR+ mode (available on devices running iOS 11 and higher) mean you can get a much better sense of a Pokemon’s size and scale, as each creature is now fixed to a certain point in space.Now, you can walk around them, move closer and further way, all while your phone automatically adjusts its appearance relative to your location.In fact, if you’re stealthy enough, you can even sneak up on Pokemon in the wild and earn an Expert Handler bonus.
Much of the research in the field of plant functional genomics to date has relied on approaches based on single reference genomes.A pan-genome, the non-redundant union of all the sets of genes found in individuals of a species, is a valuable resource for unlocking natural diversity.However, the computational resources required to produce a large number of high quality genome assemblies has been a limiting factor in creating plant pan-genomes.Having plant pan-genomes for crops that are important for fuel and food applications would enable breeders to harness natural diversity to improve traits such as yield, disease resistance, and tolerance of marginal growing conditions.In a paper published December 19, 2017 in Nature Communications, an international team led by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a DOE Office of Science User Facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), gauged the size of a plant pan-genome using Brachypodium distachyon, a wild grass widely used as a model for grain and biomass crops."There are a vast number of genes that are not captured in a single reference genome," added study senior author John Vogel, head of the JGI's Plant Functional Genomics group.
Sure, Apple and Samsung are competitors with their fair share of legal disagreements, but that doesn't stop the frenemies from using each other to make a buck.According to a report by Korean outlet ETnews (via The Investor), Apple reportedly placed an order for 180 million to 200 million OLED displays from Samsung's manufacturing branch, Samsung Display, for the next round of iPhones.Each display is estimated to cost about $110 (roughly £82 or AU$143), which could mean the deal is worth up to $22 billion (or £16.4 billion or AU$28.7 billion).The recently released iPhone X was Apple's first phone to feature an OLED display, rather than an LCD panel.Samsung, on the other hand, has been using OLED displays in its phones for quite some time.Currently Samsung holds a near monopoly on the world's manufacturing of OLED screens.
Samsung have built a memorable legacy with the manufacture of chipsets, components and DRAM memories.The company announced today the start of mass production of the industry’s first 2nd generation of 10nm 8GB DDR4 DRAM.The component will be used in a wide range of computing systems.The new DRAM not only brings the best performance and efficiency but also comes in the smallest achievable size.Furthermore, the company’s 2nd-generation 10nm-class 8Gb DDR4 features an approximated gain of 30 percent in productivity when compared with company’s 1st–generation.“By developing innovative technologies in DRAM circuit design and process, we have broken through what has been a major barrier for DRAM scalability […] Through a rapid ramp-up of the 2nd-generation 10nm-class DRAM, we will expand our overall 10nm-class DRAM production more aggressively, in order to accommodate strong market demand and continue to strengthen our business competitiveness.”
Coinbase has launched an internal probe to identify whether its employees engaged in insider trading of Bitcoin Cash shortly before the cryptocurrency was officially introduced to the exchange yesterday.Increased trading led to a spike in Bitcoin Cash’s valuation, and just four hours after its introduction, Coinbase suspended trading of the digital currency.Coinbase’s ethics policy prevents employees from “trading on ‘material non-public information,’ such as when a new asset will be added to our platform,” wrote Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong in a Medium post today.In the hours before Coinbase added Bitcoin Cash to its exchange, the price of the cryptocurrency had already begun to rise.The price for a single Bitcoin Cash coin soared past $8,000, or more than double its price a day earlier.Coinbase maintains a strict trading policy and internal guidelines for employees.
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ surge to the club’s first National Football League playoff berth since 2007 let to a social surge, as well.The Jaguars posted the highest growth among NFL teams on Facebook and Instagram during weeks 13 through 15 of the season, while another team that has been absent from the postseason for a long time, the Los Angeles Rams (2004), led growth on Twitter.Social marketing firm Unmetric analyzed all of the teams in the league on the three social networks from Nov. 30 through Dec. 20, using its cross-channel reports, and its other findings included:The leaders in audience size across the three social networks remained consistent: the Dallas Cowboys on Facebook and the New England Patriots on Twitter and Instagram.The Buffalo Bills had the highest engagement on Facebook during the three-week period, while the Pittsburgh Steelers led Twitter and the Patriots topped Instagram.The Cowboys had the most Facebook posts from Nov. 30 through Dec. 20, while the Green Bay Packers were the most prolific tweeters and the Carolina Panthers were tops in Instagram posts.
AR+ will allow Pokemon to appear in a more true-to-life size than beforePokemon Go players running iOS 11 on iPhone 6S and newer will soon be able to experience new gameplay features with the introduction of AR+.AR+ uses Apple’s ARKit to offer new features for players who capture Pokemon while using the game’s augmented reality functionality, which makes Pokemon appear as though they’re in the real world.First, AR+ will allow Pokemon to appear in a more true-to-life size than before.Niantic explained this change in a blog post: “With AR+, Pokemon are now fixed to a point in space, meaning that you can walk up close to a Pokemon to see to how they’ll look in the real world.Imagine looking up at a massive Onix or walking around a gigantic Snorlax blocking your path.
Pokemon GO is adopting Apple’s ARKit, with an incoming update to the augmented reality game promising a much better experience on iPhone and iPad.The new Pokemon GO AR+ feature will be exclusive to Apple’s devices – since, of course, Apple isn’t making ARKit available for other platforms such as Android – and promises more accurate positioning and perspective of Pokemon encountered in the encounter mode.They’ll also scale more accurately in size.It’s that which allows apps built on the platform to more accurately measure objects in the real environment as seen by the iPhone or iPad’s camera.3D AR scaling can then be used to better calculate the correct size of the virtual Pokemon character shown on-screen.As you move closer, therefore, the Pokemon should scale proportionally; conversely, it’ll shrink in perspective to the world around it as you move away.
After more than three years, Magic Leap has unveiled what it describes as a “creator edition” of its augmented reality system.The Magic Leap One consists of a pair of oversized cyberpunk-y goggles, a puck-shaped external computer called a Lightpack, and a handheld controller.It’s supposed to accept “multiple input modes including voice, gesture, head pose and eye tracking,” and maps persistent objects onto the environment — “place a virtual TV on the wall over your fireplace and when you return later, the TV will be right where you left it,” the site promises.An SDK is supposedly coming in early 2018, and the hardware is supposed to ship at some point next year.Magic Leap invited Rolling Stone to try out some demos, which include virtual characters that can react to eye contact, a floating virtual comic book, and a virtual live performance using volumetric camera capture.The piece seems to refute rumors that Magic Leap was having difficulty shrinking its technology to goggle size while keeping performance up, saying that “there was no stuttering or slowdowns, even when I walked around the performance, up close and far away.”
But I’m not talking about the one battling for your eyeballs, I’m referring to the one jockeying for your ears and your voice.Most of the smart speakers so far have been low-end and inexpensive – they are great for casual music listening and accessing a virtual assistant with your voice, but they won’t replace a high-end audio system.Well I (stupidly) put it in a somewhat precarious spot on a mantle, and it managed to slip off while playing music and fell about four feet to the stone landing below.Contributing to its size and weight are four drivers – two 4.5-inch long-throw woofers and two 0.7-inch tweeters – and six Class-D amplifiers.The Home Max doesn’t convey the same feel or aesthetics of a wood-encased bookshelf speaker, but it’s certainly solid and doesn’t feel cheap.The volume control is rather finicky and not intuitive – a single swipe across it does not adjust the volume from 0 to 100 and you have to swipe multiple times to do so.
Sony is making strides into the emerging technology sector with the mass roll-out of its new time-of-flight (ToF) image sensor.The improved accuracy of depth map production in the latest sensor model is a formidable string to the bow of the tech-builders’ autonomous vehicle capability.The Japanese electronics giant has released its 1/2-type, VGA resolution sensor as part of its DepthSense range for use in autonomous operations, VR, AR and mixed reality systems.Sony claim the 9mm component provides enhanced distance measurement capability owing to their development of 10µm square pixel.The tiny gadget detects distance information for every pixel, creating more accurate depth maps, the company promise.While typical ToF sensors have trouble measuring distances of up to 10m, Sony say its IMX456QL model has a “sensitivity raising mode” to improve performance in this range.
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Christmas is one of the best times to treat yourself and your loved ones to some shiny new tech, but no one wants to unwrap a lemon.So we’ve picked out the five best smartphones of 2017 that we've seen, those that take the best photos, offer a top gaming experience, brilliant value or just something we think you should spend a little more on.Whatever your smartphone priorities, there’s a handset here for you - even if Santa’s left you footing the bill.Weight: 143g | Dimensions: 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.0-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 2,700mAh | Rear camera: 12.2MP | Front camera: 8MPFirst to get Android updatesChristmas is all about the memories, and no smartphone will capture them better than the Google Pixel 2.
No other device or company is trying this hard to move the smartphone game forward.Best Audio Device: UE WonderboomThis is the third year in a row that a UE speaker has won an audio award, and we honestly could have given the award to the Boom 2 again, or the new UE Blast with Alexa just as easily.It even has a little loop on the top so you can hang it on a backpack or bike—and since it's been drop-tested extensively, don't worry about fumbling it.Considering its size, bass notes come through with a wallop, and the rest of the audio frequencies are balanced and never tinny.Best Voice Assistant Product: Sonos One
The considerable majority of modern weather forecasting is aided by computer algorithm.Most hurricane tracking relies on data crunched by various public and private computer models, and the models, which take different variables (temperature, moisture, mass) and consider them in different ways, are not always in agreement.Berger does not generate his forecasts from scratch, pointing his licked finger into the wind and taking readings from the Galileo thermometer on his windowsill.In the comments, one reader asked what Berger thought the rainfall totals might be in San Antonio, 200 miles to the west.That population explosion, combined with a certain regional antipathy toward civic oversight, has seen former swamps turned into sprawling, unregulated developments.Houston’s physical size also makes rain forecasts challenging: Each side of the I-10, for instance—one of several highways that serve as boundaries in an otherwise endless city—might receive a substantially different amount.
Over the years TVs have gone from massive hulking beasts to OLED displays that are as thin as a coin.But speakers haven't gone through quite the same transition, leading to soundbars that dwarf the size of the TV they're attached to.That's something that Samsung wants to fix with its upcoming NW7000 Sound+ soundbar, a 53.5mm-deep speaker that comes close to matching the thinness of modern televisions.Big sound in a thin packageThe soundbar comes packing three channels of sound and a built-in subwoofer, all packed into a chassis that Samsung claims is 41% thinner than its predecessor.Perhaps understandably, given its size, the soundbar does not feature support for modern surround sound technologies such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
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Many headsets today flaunt features like active noise cancellation or even sophisticated audio technologies that let the world’s sounds through while you listen to your music.Such things might be “nice to have” features for audiophiles, but technologies like these are essential to people with less than perfect hearing.Sivantos, the hearing aid company spun off from Siemens, is putting that technology at the service of such people.Its new Signia Nx, for example, boasts of the ability to replicate nature by allowing separating the user’s own voice from ambient sound.Even the most sophisticated noise cancellation technologies often treat sound equally.Sure, they do some processing to separate music from background noise but, when it comes to voice, even the user’s own voice, sound is just sound.
The well-received Nokia 8 has done a pretty commendable job of being HMD Global's placeholder flagship phone in 2017.That said, we all know the upcoming Nokia 9 will take the reigns as the Finnish company's top handset when it arrives early next year, and thanks to new details made public by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), we now have a pretty good idea of what it will entail.GSMArena has posted a table obtained from the FCC's website, and according to details from the device's FCC certification report, the Nokia 9 more or less lines up with every other Android flagship currently on the market in terms of hardware and specs.According to the report, the Nokia 9 will sport a 5.5-inch OLED panel from LG (last seen on the Google Pixel 2 XL, which has admittedly had some display issues), though size and aspect ratio is currently unknown.In terms of its chipset, the Nokia 9 will use the same Snapdragon 835 processor featured in its Nokia 8.It can also be found in several other big 2017 phones, including Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, S8 and S8 Plus, Google's Pixel 2 range and the LG V30.
Since the first rumors regarding the Galaxy S9 series started to appear, we’ve been discussing if the handset will either support or not a dual-camera setup.It’s definitively a new trend and would be natural to see the world’s top smartphone manufacturer to place two cameras on their king, but seems that will not be the case, at least not completely.According to a report coming from known leakers Olixar and MobileFun, who already leaked previous Galaxy S models in the past, the only handset sporting a pair of cameras in the rear will be the bigger Galaxy S9 Plus.Knowing that pictures are better than words, Olixar brings a set of renders of transparent cases covering the big phablet.The new differentiation between the two variants of Galaxy S9 will seem like a interesting step from previous models, considering that both Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus packed the same setup of specs with main differences resting in screen size and battery.Apparently this new change will come to confirm earlier rumors of Samsung wanting three different lines of flagships and not just the S and Note division.
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 19, 2017 -- In today's "internet of things," devices connect primarily over short ranges at high speeds, an environment in which surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices have shown promise for years, resulting in the shrinking size of your smartphone.To obtain ever faster speeds, however, SAW devices need to operate at higher frequencies, which limits output power and can deteriorate overall performance.A new SAW device looks to provide a path forward for these devices to reach even higher frequencies."We have found the acoustic field distribution is quite different for the embedded and conventional electrode structures," said Jinying Zhang, one of the paper's authors."Based on the numerical simulation analysis and experimental testing results, we found that the embedded structures bring two benefits: higher frequency and higher output power."Surface acoustic wave devices transmit a high-frequency signal by converting electric energy to acoustic energy.
The University of California, Davis, is pleased to announce a licensing agreement with SensIT Ventures Inc. for a breakthrough technology that can be used to identify a broad range of chemicals from environmental samples.The license, negotiated by the InnovationAccess team within the UC Davis Office of Research, provides exclusive access to an ion mobility spectrometer capable of detecting trace chemicals at a fraction of the size, weight and power requirements of traditional detection instruments.This micro-electro-mechanical system -- what's known as a MEMS -- can detect molecules present at parts-per-billion while operating on common direct-current batteries, such as a 9-volt or watch battery.The programmable devices enabled by this technology are expected to be cheaper to build and operate than traditional ion mobility spectrometers, and can be linked to wireless data transmission with associated cloud-based management and analytics."We see valuable opportunities to apply this technology to problems in defense and security, food and agriculture, process engineering and health care," said Tom Turpen, president and CEO of SensIT.The technology was developed by a team led by Professor Cristina Davis in the Bioinstrumentation and BioMEMS Laboratory at UC Davis.
So when word broke that Elac had released its own integrated amplifier, the $699 Element EA101EQ-G, we knew we had to get our ears and eyes on it.Its slimline shape is noticeably more compact than other integrated amps we’ve seen, and we appreciated how the Element’s diminutive size allowed us to tuck it into tight spaces or inconspicuous corners.Nearly the entire top surface consists of a honeycomb-patterned sheet of rubber, and we found it quite practical as a no-slip grip pad for anything we placed on it.While Elac doesn’t specify compatible file formats for the Element’s D/A converter, we had no trouble playing all manner of MP3, WAV, and PCM files up to the specified resolutions, and it will even decode Dolby Digital signals; DSD files however were incompatible.Wireless streaming via Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX is also on tap.Unfortunately, we got mixed results when trying to use some of the app’s features, at least in our acoustically-treated listening room: playback controls worked fine, but ABC calibration made very little, if any, noticeable difference in equalizing or tuning the speakers to our listening space.
The Android rumor mill is rapidly churning out leaks about Samsung’s Galaxy S9, and at first glance there’s a lot to like: a fingerprint sensor in a reasonable central location, even smaller bezels, dual cameras, and 6 GB of RAM.Yesterday, GSMArena even shared images of what appear to be the S9’s front and rear panels.There’s just one problem: according to current rumors, not all of these upgrade are coming to the smaller Galaxy S9.Specifically, only the larger model will get the extra 2 GB of RAM and dual cameras.Up to 2017, Samsung has been one of very few manufacturers that still makes a ‘small’ phone without any spec compromises.The only meaningful difference between the S8 and S8+ was battery size, which was mostly offset by the latter’s larger display.
Apple’s second-generation AirPods will launch in the latter half of 2018, complete with internal refinements, according to new analyst predictions.The wireless headphones have proved to be a stand-out hit for the Cupertino firm, despite their later-than-planned release.Indeed, Apple is struggling to keep AirPods in stock.New orders for the wireless earbuds online are currently shipping after the Christmas holidays, which suggests there’ll be some unhappy people over the next week.According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has added new suppliers in Asia to try to meet AirPods demand this holiday season, MacRumors reports.Nonetheless, limited access to components like the RF printed-circuit boards for the batteries the earbuds use has stymied production.
McGill University researchers have chemically imprinted polymer particles with DNA strands - a technique that could lead to new materials for applications ranging from biomedicine to the promising field of "soft robotics."Although polymers are used in everything from clothing and food packaging to 3D printing and electronics, most self-assembled polymer structures have been limited to symmetrical forms such as spherical or cylindrical shapes.One example: robotics made with soft, flexible structures that can change shape in response to external stimuli.The method described in the Nature Chemistry paper "introduces a programmable level of organization that is currently difficult to attain in polymer chemistry," says McGill Chemistry professor Hanadi Sleiman, senior author of the study."Chemically copying the information contained in DNA nanostructures offers a powerful solution to the problem of size, shape and directional control for polymeric materials."Using DNA cages as molds