Chinese companies may have filed the most patents globally last year, but that doesn’t necessarily equate to breakthroughs in innovation, said Ryan McCarthy, the principal and chief representative at the Shenzhen office of intellectual property (IP) law firm Fish & Richardson.He called for efforts to boost the quality of these filings.“When you see more patents filings, that’s typically a very clear sign of innovation,” he told TechNode in an interview at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2019 on Monday.“But the number of patents that are actually issued is probably a better sign of quality.”The National Intellectual Property Administration of China, the country’s top patent office, received some 1.54 million patent applications in 2018, accounting for nearly half of total filings globally, according to World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) report last month.China’s rise to become top patent-filer worldwide coincides with the country’s push for complete technology self-reliance amid its ongoing trade conflict with the US.
AMD finally announced the availability of its 3rd Generation Ryzen Threadripper processors recently, but there were only two processors included, topping out with the 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970WX – but we may have just seen another peeking out from a leak.MSI put out a video advertising its TRX40 Creator motherboard, and while by and large it was just another motherboard ad, there was apparently a nice little tidbit spotted by Wccftech.In the video, there apparently was originally an image of someone looking at Windows Task Manager, which showed a processor with 128 logical processors – or 128 threads.Here are the best processorsThere's a whole world of PC components out thereThe current top end of the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3rd Generation lineup is the Threadripper 3970WX, which will retail for $1,999 (about £1,550, AU$2,900) when it hits store shelves on November 25.
Companies from Microsoft to Shake Shack have experimented with a four-day workweek to improve productivity and work-life balance.Some of these companies have said the shorter week has made it easier to focus on important tasks.Others, like educational coding startup Treehouse, found that it made it challenging to uphold a solid work ethic.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.With the rise of popular work chat apps like Slack and easy access to corporate email 24/7 through our smartphones, breaking away from work can feel more difficult than ever.At the same time, employee burnout appears to be on the rise.
Google may have canned Daydream VR and poured cold water on both its Cardboard viewers and VR SDK, but it doesn’t want to see the “no-frills, accessible-to-everyone” VR project go to waste.So the company today announced that it’s open-sourcing Cardboard’s software in hopes that third-party developers will continue to support the platform and its apps.This isn’t the first Cardboard-related open source initiative, as the company previously released manufacturing specs for the inexpensive headset to third-party developers in an effort to promote widespread adoption of the viewer technology.Now Google is releasing iOS and Android libraries to support Cardboard features such as head tracking, lens distortion rendering, and input handling, as well as an Android QR code library so viewers can pair with apps without using Google’s own Cardboard app.Rather than abandoning Cardboard to others, the company also promises to back the project with its own contributions of new features, including a Unity-ready SDK package.While millions of Cardboard viewers were given away and sold — 15 million, according to the company’s latest estimate — smartphone-based VR has been supplanted by standalone and higher-end devices.
Ten steps into my run I realized I forgot to cue up my Discover Weekly playlist.The Echo Buds help Amazon's popular voice assistant bridge a small gap—the few feet between a smartphone and your ears.Those who aren’t already hogtied to Amazon's ecosystem might not be as enticed by the siren song of handsfree calling, playlist picking, and instant BBC news updates.I've realized that this is the only real non-verbal control I consider vital.And in terms of battery life, they only get five hours on a charge, which is a few hours less than many new sets.The bass is focused and revealing, striking kick drums and bass notes hard but quickly backing off in places where competitors like Samsung's Galaxy Buds (8/10, WIRED recommends) wobble and blur.
DC Comics fans are getting another version of the Caped Crusader, this time from Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves.In May, news hit that Twilight actor Robert Pattinson would play Batman.But it seems even more high-profile actors could end up as Batman's friends and enemies.Actor Colin Farrell (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) is in talks to play Batman villain Penguin, according to Deadline on Tuesday.For confirmed villains, actor Paul Dano is onboard to play Riddler while Zoe Kravitz will play Catwoman (Batman's nemesis and occasional love interest).Actor Jonah Hill -- who was initially in talks to play a villain in The Batman -- is no longer being considered for a role, according to Variety on Oct. 16.
You can also go to the Help Center to see common questions and solutions, visit the Resolution Center to solve transaction issues, or ask a question to the PayPal community in a forum.PayPal is a relatively easy platform to use.Whether you're buying a product or service online, sending money to friends and family, or even receiving funds, it's a pretty simple and straightforward process.Thankfully, PayPal makes it easy for users to get in touch.You can do this in a couple of different ways depending on your preferences — phone may be the best option if you need immediate assistance, while a less urgent issue can likely be solved via the site's messaging feature.Once logged in, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click "Contact Us."
The Ebay portal is usually not the place you are using when looking for some shiny new cheap Chinese gadgets, but maybe you should give it a try, because lately there are quite some good Chinese products listed.Today we will take a look at pair of products fitting the handy accessories category with the Huawei WS331s Pro Wi-Fi repeater and Xiaomi 4 ports USB 3.0 multi hub.Both of course available for a pretty solid price so definitely worth your attention.Let’s start with the Huawei WS331s Pro Wi-Fi Extender, which is the right tool to solve your problems with inadequate Wi-Fi signal in your house of an apartment.Simply plug it in the electrical socket and with easy setup (one-click setup even if you also own Huawei router) it’s mere minutes before you can extend your Wi-Fi network to the previously “dead” areas.The extender supports Wi-Fi 802.11n with 300Mbps speed and thanks to the 2*2 MIMO antennas the coverage will be rock solid.
Basketball season kicked off last month and with it comes the return of the most enduring of fan traditions: trash talk.The researchers, led by CU Boulder's Chenhao Tan and Jason Shuo Zhang, studied several years' worth of data from r/nba, Reddit's go-to platform for discussions of all things basketball.They discovered that tossing fans of opposing basketball teams together online may not be a good way to help them get along.In fact, the more those fans interacted, the group found, the more negative their comments became.They are more likely to use negative words and they are more likely to use what we call hate speech," said Tan, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science.The results may not be surprising to fans of famous NBA trash talkers like Kevin Garnett or Charles Barkley.
Google has reached into parent company Alphabet’s $121 billion cash reserves to spend $2.1 billion on Fitbit, a move into the key consumer health market that places them in more direct competition with rival Apple.For more than a year, Ftibit and Google have partnered on healthcare applications; last April, Fitbit announced that it would work with Google’s application programming interface to connect data with electronic medical records via Google’s Cloud Healthcare API.That move followed Fitbit’s February 2018 acquisition of Twine Health, which gave the wearables company a consumer health platform which complied with existing federal regulations.“Working with Google gives us an opportunity to transform how we scale our business, allowing us to reach more people around the world faster, while also enhancing the experience we offer to our users and the healthcare system,” said Fitbit CEO and co-founder James Park at the time of the 2018 Google partnership.Companies throughout the healthcare industry are pushing to get closer to patients, and wearables have opened a new window into their health.Additionally, the technology can potentially encourage patients to pursue preventive healthcare measures, rather than seeking care after they’re ill.
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they are investigating two allegations of sexual assault against Lawrence Jones, who stepped down as boss of UKFast yesterday.GMP sent us the following statement:On Wednesday 30 January 2019 and Wednesday 20 March 2019 police received reports of two sexual assaults which occurred in 2010 and 2013 respectively.In light of these allegations A 51-year-old man voluntarily attended an interview with police.We called Jones and emailed his personal PR flack however haven't had a response.But Jones told the Sun: "Approximately six months ago, I contacted the police and was interviewed voluntarily because I became aware of some rumours circulating about me, that although false, were extremely damaging.
Charlie Brown would certainly be proud of this "great pumpkin."NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found a massive nebula in deep space that "looks like a celestial jack-o'-lantern."The study's researchers have given it the nickname "Jack-o'-lantern Nebula," apropos for Halloween.It's likely that a star, known as an O-type star, approximately 15 to 20 times heavier than our Sun, is "responsible for sculpting this cosmic pumpkin," NASA JPL said in a statement on its website.The GIF was released on Wednesday, with an outline being added around the nebula.Spitzer detects infrared light, so it was able to see the star "glowing like a candle at the center of a hollowed-out pumpkin," NASA continued.
Americans who live in California, Washington, Florida and Hawaii appreciate Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme candy bar.Georgians revel in Twizzlers Strawberry Lemonade Filled Twists.Vermonters fancy Airheads White Mystery.Influenster analyzed the most-reviewed candies—from Reese’s Pieces in Alaska to Brach’s Candy Corn in Oklahoma—on its platform ahead of Halloween, breaking down the data state by state and accounting for the population of each state, to determine the favorite by rating on a scale of 1 to 5.Across America, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis had the most reviews (33,013 reviews; 4.8 stars) overall.According to Influenster, chocolate consumption is decreasing as healthier alternatives increasingly emerge.
This increase was likely caused by disaster-related health care disruptions, said Sue Anne Bell, an assistant professor at the U-M School of Nursing and a member of the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.Bell is first author on two unrelated studies that outline these findings: The most recent compares cancer patients in Louisiana who experienced Katrina to similar patients who did not experience a hurricane.While the study didn't look specifically at cancer patients, the overall findings may help explain the higher breast cancer mortality rate for Katrina survivors, Bell said.What does it mean if your access to health care is disrupted for an even longer period of time because of a disaster?"The study was limited by the difficulty quantifying geographic inequalities that account for higher mortality among poor people diagnosed with cancer.We need more precise ways to measure what happens to people after a disaster."
But despite companies’ best efforts, a large amount of what firms invest in digital transformation actually goes to waste.An article by McKinsey reveals that 70% of such large-scale change programs don’t meet the organizer’s targets.And if enterprises globally invest US$2 trillion on digital transformation – which is research firm IDC’s prediction by 2022 – then roughly US$1.4 trillion will be spent in vain.That’s why it’s important for enterprises to know the exact benefits, potential pitfalls, and ways to avoid setbacks.But there is some method to the millennial madness: flexible hours can improve work-life balance, talent retention, and increase productivity, and hiring home-based employees results in lower costs.Additionally, people can connect to each other flawlessly and instantly through any device via the cloud, which helps employees work from anywhere at any time, share knowledge, and have real-time communications.
The International Astronautical Congress met in Washington, DC, last week, and the conference was attended by NASA, the European Space Agency, and several private spaceflight companies, and the takeaway was clear: Humans are going back to the moon—that’s the plan, at least.NASA recently announced a human exploration program called Artemis, which is aiming for a visit to the moon in 2024.Blue Origin—the space company launched by Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos—said it would be hiring other aerospace companies to help build any landers that NASA might need for its Artemis mission.It’s been more than 40 years since humans have stepped foot on the moon, and while we often see photos of our natural satellite, this week we are going to explore images taken on the moon by the last people who were there.Launch into the full collection here. Prepare for the deepfake era of video; plus, check out the latest news on AI
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The outfit has just revamped its existing lineup of mugs for 2019.Ember's new line, which includes a $179 Travel Mug and a $129 regular old Mug, boasts some welcome improvements, including better battery life, slimmed-down footprints, and larger sizes to accommodate more of your hot coffee and tea.Despite the up-charge, they don't provide drastically better performance or features.Ember says it's 15 percent lighter too, and it sports a smaller charging coaster.This version still holds the same amount of liquid (12 ounces), though Ember has tweaked the mug's controls.Instead of using the physical temperature dial (on the bottom of the first-gen mug), you adjust the second-gen Travel Mug's temperature through its touch-sensitive display.
Canonical has released Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine), a new version of its iconic software that comes with upgraded hardware support and native support for ZFS.The version comes “with a focus on accelerating developer productivity in AI/ML, new edge capabilities for MicroK8s and delivering the fastest GNOME desktop performance.”The arrival of the new version comes as Canonical continues to push Ubuntu as an option for the cloud and data centre, as well other arenas such as IoT and industrial control systems.“In the fifteen years since the first Ubuntu release, we have seen Ubuntu evolve from the desktop to become the platform of choice across public cloud, open infrastructure, IoT and AI,” said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical.“With the 19.10 release, Ubuntu continues to deliver strong support, security and superior economics to enterprises, developers and the wider community.”So what does 19.10 offer?
Your laptop is capable of a lot.It packs just about everything you could need electronically into one device.Your trackpad might be good enough in a pinch, and your keyboard could do for sending off a quick email.For serious work, you may find yourself wanting something better, though.And, they may be enough to keep you from needing to spend a load of extra cash to upgrade to a new laptop.We'll do as much of that work for you as possible, but it always helps to cross reference your deals with manufacturer store pages.
If solving a Rubik's Cube wasn't hard enough already, you can now test your skills against the dextrous new artificial intelligence system created by Open AI.In an 18-second video posted to the company's Twitter account Tuesday, Open AI's new robot masters the cube quickly with a single, human-like robotic hand."This is an unprecedented level of dexterity for a robot, and is hard even for humans to do," OpenAI tweeted Tuesday.Earlier this year, researchers at the University of California, Irvine unveiled an AI algorithm (sans robot arm) that can analyze more than 10 billion possible combinations to solve a Rubik's cube in just over a second.Open AI's robot still hasn't perfected its technique, though.It only solves the cube 60% of the time, according to the company's blog.
Google announced its Pixel Buds 2 true wireless earbuds in New York City on October 15, alongside the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, Pixelbook Go, Nest Wi-Fi, and Nest Mini.Here’s everything you need to know Google’s first proper Apple AirPods rival, including what new features it brings to the table, how much it costs, and when it will hit the shelves.Right off the bat, the Pixel Buds 2 is leaps and bounds ahead of the original Pixel Buds, which debuted back in October 2017.Google went back to the drawing board and came up with a new design — scrapping the frustrating wires that tethered the two Buds together on the inaugural model, while also introducing a slimmer, more discreet body that sits flush with the ear.The most notable of which is the omission of the need to tap the Pixel Buds whenever you want to interact with Google Assistant.Now, everything is handled using your voice.
Over the course of 2019, there's been an upswing in scrutiny of the Chinese telecom giant, with a number of countries banning the use of its networking equipment.Setting the tone for how the year has unfolded for Huawei, the US Justice Department unsealed indictments in January that included 23 counts pertaining to theft of intellectual property, obstruction of justice and fraud related to its alleged evasion of US sanctions against Iran.The core issue with Huawei has been concerns about its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies.The US offered a temporary reprieve to companies, allowing them to work with Huawei until August.Sept. 12: Huawei's founder is ready to sell his company's 5G tech to a Western buyer.Aug 27: US reportedly receives more than 130 requests for Huawei licenses, but none have been issued yet.
But it is also important to consider how much energy goes into the process, a component that is often neglected, says Tony Grift, professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois.Grift is co-author on a new study, published in Bioresource Technology Reports, that takes a look at the bioconversion efficiency of two products often used as biomass for energy production, miscanthus giganteus and sugarcane bagasse.The two materials were chosen because of their importance for energy production.Miscanthus is typically grown as an ornamental crop, but it has a high amount of biomass and grows easily with very little nitrogen use.Sugarcane bagasse is the byproduct left over after sugarcane is crushed to extract the juice for sugar.The study was done in collaboration with chemists from University of California at Berkeley.
A gunman in Germany today opened fire on a crowd of worshippers in a synagogue — and worse, he livestreamed the whole thing on Twitch.The attack took place at a synagogue and kebab shop in Halle.It seems fairly obvious why the attack took place today: it’s Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism.The shooter went on a barely-understandable rant during the livestream, the hateful content of which included invectives against feminism and a denial of the Holocaust.About five people watched the broadcast while it was live, and the video automatically generated after the stream ended was viewed by 2,200 people in the 30 minutes it took Twitch to discover and remove it.Twitch also said it’s working with outside agencies to attempt to keep the vid of the attack from spreading:
OpenAP’s future was looking bleak in April when WarnerMedia, which had created the audience targeting platform two years ago with Viacom and Fox, pulled out of the consortium.But instead of falling apart, the platform has grown—adding David Levy as its first CEO in May—and continued to evolve, rolling out the OpenAP Market, which is now an open marketplace with premium video advertising inventory and audience-based buying across digital and linear television programming.Initially dubbed OpenAP 2.0 when it was first announced in April, the OpenAP Market offers advertisers cross-publisher audience segments for both linear and digital video.Marketers can use OpenAP Market to create an audience segment, define their goals and increase reach.The market, which launched in a closed beta last month and is now available to all advertisers, connects directly to agency planning systems and approved demand-side platforms with standard APIs.OpenAP was “just defining standards, that was great, but then the marketers still needed to go to each individual publisher and transact and get separate reporting and separate billing, and the campaign proposals weren’t unified so you couldn’t tie all those things together, and it was just linear.”
Mario Kart Tour, after a record-breaking first day, raked in 90 million unique downloads in its first week, making it by far Nintendo’s biggest mobile launch.The mobile version of the massively popular Mario Kart series was downloaded 10.1 million times in its first day according to Apptopia, and more than 20 million times according to Sensor Tower’s Store Intelligence.The figures were record-breaking, and it was expected that Mario Kart Tour‘s success was only beginning.Mario Kart Tour‘s 90 million downloads in its first week are six times greater than Nintendo’s second-best launch, which is Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp with 14.3 million downloads, according to Sensor Tower’s Store Intelligence.In third place is Super Mario Run, with just below 13 million downloads in its first seven days, followed by Fire Emblem Heroes with 8.1 million downloads and Dr. Mario World with 3.6 million downloads.Android is the more popular platform for Mario Kart Tour, with 59.5% of downloads on Google’s mobile operating system, while the United States is where the game was the most popular, with 14.7% of all downloads.
That's when Niedermeyer traveled to the Tesla Supercharger facility in Harris Ranch, California, to see Tesla's first (and, it turned out, only) battery-swap facility.At a live demo two years earlier, Tesla CEO Elon Musk had shown a Model S getting a replacement battery pack in 90 seconds—compared with four minutes to refuel a conventional car.In 2013, California started giving automakers extra credit for selling electric cars that could recharge in 15 minutes or less."That's when I decided it's worth digging in," Niedermeyer told me.In recent years, Niedermeyer has emerged as one of Tesla's most insightful and dogged critics.Tesla earned its first quarterly profit, and the stock soared to record levels.
As telcos jostle for top-spot in the 5G stakes EE has added further colour to its network deployment plans, with the UK’s busiest transport hubs taking priority.Having switched on, albeit very limited, 5G coverage in 20 cities around the UK, EE is surging ahead to expand the coverage of the high-speed airwaves.As is the standard approach to deploying a new network, the busiest hubs for connectivity are first on the agenda, with the green light lit in London Waterloo, Liverpool Street and Charing Cross train stations.“Switching on 5G in more busy places will help to keep our customers connected to the things that matter to them the most,” said Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s consumer division.“Our engineers are building new 5G sites every day and increasing capacity on 4G sites – all part of our ambition to keep all of our customers connected 100% of the time.”Although some might be a bit irked that train stations are getting 5G exposure rather than their home or office, it does make sense for the telcos.