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(University of Huddersfield) The Institute of Rail Research at the University of Huddersfield launches a £1.8m project to improve maintenance of the UK's railway rolling stock.
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Our ability to efficiently detect space debris has taken an important leap forward, thanks to this newly developed technique.
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British Dental Association not yet sure what's been hijacked.
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Amazon's Echo Studio is for real. With 3D sound and brawling bass, the Studio is Amazon's best smart speaker.
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Photo by Andre Borges/NurPhoto via Getty Images Facebook has blocked the accounts of a dozen allies of President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, BBC News reported. Brazil’s Supreme Court ordered the 12 accounts blocked back in May, as they are under investigation for allegedly spreading false news about judges in the country. A Supreme Court judge said Friday that Facebook had not fully complied with that earlier order. A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge that the company had complied with the order, which it called “extreme” by “restricting the ability for the target Pages and Profiles to be seen from IP locations in Brazil.” The Supreme Court fined the company 1.92 million reais (about $368,000) for not blocking worldwide access to the accounts in question. It could... Continue reading…
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Ford is exploring whether it can increase production of its upcoming Bronco, after hitting more reservations for the new SUV than it perhaps expected to. The pre-order books opened up for Bronco reservations earlier in July, as the iconic truck nameplate returned for a 21st century reinterpretation of the vehicle. Indeed, the new Bronco won’t just be a single model, … Continue reading
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Qualcomm has warned 2020 financials might be impacted by a customer delaying a flagship launch, suggesting Apple might be facing some issues of its own.
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Although Python finished second behind JavaScript is the June edition of the RedMonk Programming Language Rankings, is nonetheless considered the report’s big winner, because it took sole possession of the number two ranking after tying with Java in January. The RedMonk rankings are published every six months. This is the first time a language besides Java or JavaScript has occupied the second spot alone since the rankings began in 2012, and it’s the first time Java has ranked lower than first or second. By way of explanation, RedMonk said Python is the glue for thousands of small projects and the basis for countless personal scripts, including a few that retrieve data for RedMonk’s rankings. The company noted that Python also has found niches in areas such as data science.To read this article in full, please click here
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The shortened 2020 season starts today with the New York Yankees visiting the defending champion Washington Nationals.
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According to AFP news agency, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that the U.S. will impose sanctions on some Huawei employees. He also declared ... The post U.S. declares that it will impose visa restrictions on Huawei employees appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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A GoPro for creepy-crawlies puts scientists at the insects' eye level.
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This handy and long-awaited email feature will soon be available with Microsoft Office 365.
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Here are the accessories and services keeping me safe and happy in the saddle.
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The US has a coronavirus testing problem and it's one reason why the country has fallen behind others in battling the pandemic.  Results can take upwards of a week or more to come back, complicating efforts to effectively track the spread of the virus.  3M and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are trying to change that. The two organizations are teaming up to develop a rapid-response, paper-based test.  The effort received $500,000 in initial funding from the National Institutes of Health.  Sign up here to receive updates on all things Innovation Inc. 3M and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are teaming up to try to develop a rapid-response, paper-based test to detect COVID-19, the organizations said on Tuesday.  The $90 billion maker of N95 masks and the famed engineering school are hoping that combining 3M's manufacturing prowess with MIT's deep research talent will lead to a highly-accurate diagnostic device that can be produced in large quantities — with an ultimate goal of millions of tests a day.  "It works to the strength of 3M in both our roots in scientific exploration as well as our ability to mass-manufacture," 3M lead researcher Cathy Tarnowski told Business Insider. The duo is first working on creating a "highly-accurate, rapid-response test," she said, and if it succeeds "we'll start scaling ASAP."  3M is well-adept at rapidly increasing production. When the coronavirus first hit and hospitals experienced a major shortage of critical equipment — like N95 masks — the company immediately began accelerating manufacturing. It's now making 50 million masks per month in the US — up from 35 million just a few months ago — and is hoping to reach 2 billion per year globally by the end of 2020.  "We have the ability because we have such a great foundation in science and such a great manufacturing foundation that we can be pretty nimble and pivot when something like the COVID pandemic arises," said Tarnowski. Tarnowski's team is working with MIT researcher Hadley Sikes and her squad on the effort, the latest in a series of collaborations between the two groups. The cohort already received preliminary approval and a $500,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, the nation's premier federal health research organization.  The lack of robust testing is one factor that many experts cite as why the US has fallen so far behind other countries in battling the pandemic. While the US has the highest number of individuals tested, it lags when analyzing the total amount based on the overall population.  The results of existing tests can take upwards of a week to return, which can complicate efforts to effectively track the spread of the virus. 3M and MIT are hoping to return outcomes in minutes, while still maintaining high levels of accuracy. The paper-based test would be easier to administer than some of the existing ones — like those that rely on swabs inserted deep into a person's nose and require trained health professional to administer. MIT is working on a similar effort to develop a paper-based COVID test in Singapore.  The teams have no firm deadline of when they are hoping to finalize research, per Tarnowski. "We are trying to move as quickly as possible," she said.  Tarnowski declined to say whether there would be a cost associated with the test and what the price-point might be. "Our focus really is making sure we have a great test that gives the accuracy that we need," she said.SEE ALSO: We got an exclusive inside look at Fidelity's innovation lab where the $8 trillion investment giant is prototyping VR systems for meeting financial advisors and explaining quantum computing Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 7 secrets about Washington, DC landmarks you probably didn't know
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Get the latest on coronavirus. Sign up to the Daily Brief for news, explainers, how-tos, opinion and more.Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets is to be made mandatory in England from next week, the government has announced.In a statement on Tuesday, health secretary Matt Hancock will say anyone failing to comply with the order could face a fine of up to £100. The move comes into force on July 24.It will bring England into line with Scotland, where face coverings are already mandatory in shops. Germany, Spain, Italy and Greece have also already made it compulsory to wear coverings inside shops.The decision follows a weekend of confusion over whether ministers intended to make face coverings compulsory after Boris Johnson said they were looking at “stricter” rules.The senior Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said on Sunday he did not believe they should be mandatory and that it was better to “trust people’s common sense”.However, during a visit to the London Ambulance Service on Monday, the prime minister offered the clearest signal he was going down the route of compulsion, saying the government was looking at the “tools of enforcement”.Ahead of Tuesday’s announcement by Hancock, a No 10 spokesman said: “There is growing evidence that wearing a face covering in an enclosed space helps protect individuals and those around them from coronavirus.“The prime minister has been clear that people should be wearing face coverings in shops and we will make this mandatory from July 24.”The government has been urging people to wear face coverings in confined spaces such as shops since early May and they have already been made compulsory on public transport in England since mid-June.The regulations will be made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984, with a maximum fine of £100 – reduced to £50 if it is paid within 14 days.Enforcement of the regulations will be the responsibility of the police.While shop workers will be asked to encourage compliance, retailers and businesses will not be expected to enforce them.As is the case on public transport, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.The British Chambers of Commerce said the government needed to issue detailed guidance on the new requirement “as soon as possible”.“Businesses need clarity on the approach to the wearing of face coverings that is consistent and supported by public health evidence,” said BCC co-executive director Claire Walker.“Updated guidance, including on enforcement, should be issued swiftly so firms can maintain their Covid-secure status and continue their operations successfully.”For Labour, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said ministers needed to explain why it had taken them so long to act.“The government has been slow and muddled again over face coverings,” he said.“Given the government’s own guidance issued on May 11 advised in favour of face masks, many will ask why yet again have ministers been slow in making a decision in this pandemic, and why it’ll take another 11 days before these new guidelines to come into force.”In the early days of the pandemic, ministers and the government’s scientific advisers repeatedly played down the value of face coverings, saying the evidence on the benefits was thin.There were also thought to be concerns stocks could be diverted from the NHS at a time of intense pressure on the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) if the public were encouraged to wear them.However, speaking during his visit to the London Ambulance Service, Johnson said he was now keen to make progress on the issue.“As the virus comes down in incidence and we have more and more success, I think face coverings are a kind of extra insurance we can all use to stop it coming back and stop it getting out of control again,” he said.The president of the Royal Society, Dr Venki Ramakrishnan, said the evidence was now “quite strongly in favour” of using face coverings in enclosed spaces where people are likely to come into contact with strangers.“I think that the government should be very clear,” he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.“It’s not consistent to make it mandatory on public transport and not make it mandatory in other enclosed and busy public spaces, because the behaviour of the virus is the same in all of these spaces.”Related... How The Government Spent Four Months Screwing Up Its Message On Face Coverings UK Records 11 More Covid-19 Deaths In 24 Hours – Lowest Daily Rise Since Early March Boris Johnson To Take 'Staycation' As He Urges Brits To Holiday In UK
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New Zealand startup Eight360 created, a virtual reality motion simulator. Nova is a motion simulator that can make VR feel more real by turning in any direction.  Creators see the device being used for military training and e-racing in the future.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Eight360, a startup in Wellington, New Zealand has a way of tricking your brain into thinking you're driving a racecar, riding a rollercoaster, or even flying a jet. The company's VR motion simulator, NOVA, can turn 180 degrees in any direction in only one second, combining visual, audio, and physical elements to make the experience as realistic as possible. Eight360 even says that this scary-looking contraption makes motion sickness less of a problem, because it matches up what the user is seeing to what they're feeling. At $150,000 per year for a lease, the Nova probably isn't going to show up in many homes, though it could become standard in esports lounges. Instead, Eight360 is promoting the device as a way for racecar drivers to put in extra practice time off the track, or to practice esports, and for military training for pilots. Here's how it works. SEE ALSO: FarmBot automates tending, weeding, and watering a garden and makes it as easy as playing a video game to feed a family of 4 — here's how it works Nova is an "untethered VR motion simulator," making virtual reality games and training programs feel more real by rotating in any direction. Eight360 says that Nova could be used for training, education, and fun. Inside and wearing a VR headset, the user has full audio, visual, and physical immersion. CEO Terry Miller has called it "the crazy spinning ball of death." Source: VR Scout Nova is a combination of standard parts, like gears and a motor, supplemented with modular parts for the best VR experience. The whole thing weighs about 1,100 lbs, and can be transported on a pallet or forklift. The sphere, which has been compared to a "human-sized hamster ball," is 5.9 feet in diameter, needing just a 6.5 square foot area. Source: VR Scout It works with some Windows games right off the shelf, making roller coaster simulators and racing games feel more realistic. While Nova could definitely improve the gaming experience, it's too expensive to be practical for widespread use. Eight360 is looking to lease out the Nova for $150,000 per year. Instead, the company is looking at other industries, like e-racing and defense training. The seat and controls can be swapped out to better fit a particular need, like training pilots to fly a certain aircraft.
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the Company is going to drop to 500 million new shares, plus the 75 million greenshoe”options, which will give the banks the option to sell more shares than the originalsumman.a Total of 13.8 billion dollars is taken out of övertilldelningsoptionen used.out Of the 500 million shares, and 12.5 million of that is reserved for citizens with the opportunity to increase the sum to 50 million shares.the price for the retail shares in the company is set to 188 hong kong dollars, the equivalent of 24,01 dollars a share.the Price for the remaining shares of the company may, however, be priced higher.the Company's shares will begin trading in hong kong on november 20.
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Drones haven't had the best reputation since the infamous Gatwick UK incident of December 2018, but a new DJI app is hoping to help restore public faith in the flying cameras by letting anyone with a smartphone identify airborne drones that are nearby.According to Reuters, the Chinese drone maker will be releasing a free smartphone app in 2020 (once it gets regulatory approval) that will let anyone track and log crucial info about drones that are within a one kilometer (0.62-mile) range.The info you'll be able to glean will apparently include the drone's ID number, as well as its location, speed, altitude and direction.This will work for all recently-released drones, not just DJI-made ones.The idea is to reduce fears about menacing, untraceable drones, and presumably give the public the option to report drones that are breaking the Drone Code or flying in dangerous areas to the local police.The PR battle in the sky
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GitHub today launched the GitHub Security Lab, an ongoing effort to protect open source code projects.The GitHub Security Lab is aimed at bringing together security researchers from partner organizations like Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Oracle, Uber, and HackerOne.Many open source projects form an underlying infrastructure for modern software such as programming languages like Ruby and Python, machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow, and Kubernetes for containerless apps and Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code, the most popular open source repository on GitHub.To power the GitHub Security Lab, GitHub is open-sourcing CodeQL, variant analysis software from Semmle, a company it acquired in September to help GitHub better spot exploits in code.Semmle security software is used by companies like Google, Microsoft, and NASA.GitHub says it’s used the CodeQL semantic code analysis engine to find more than 100 vulnerabilities in popular open source projects with custom queries.
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Clearly the plan is for all citizens to be driving electric or hybrid-electric cars, or – better still – riding bicycles.But can electrification help cut emissions from that other carbon-intensive form of passenger transport, flying?It is possible for small aircraft to be powered by electricity.In fact, several companies are already developing small electric aircraft and they could come on the market within the next few years.But for the large aircraft we all use more frequently, it is unlikely to happen anytime soon.The world’s largest passenger plane, the Airbus A380, can fly 600 passengers 15,000 kilometers in a single flight.
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PUBG Mobile has introduced a new Team Deathmatch (TDM) mode map that arrived with the recent 0.15.5 version update.Besides, the latest update kick-started Season 10 of the Royale Pass themed Fury of the Wasteland with new weapons, vehicles, and in-game items.The new map called 'The Ruins' that went live with the latest update takes its inspiration from the dense rainforest of Sanhok.The gameplay style is slightly different from the 'Warehouse' map of TDM and is a bit shorter than the first map.PUBG Mobile TDM 'The Ruins' map: What's newThe new ruins map, which borrows a bit of tropical feel from the world of Sanhok, is fast-paced and hence more intense than the warehouse map.
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Mass-mail fail followed outfit's appearance at jobs fairBT Security managed to commit the most basic blunder of all after emailing around 150 infosec professionals who attended a jobs fair – using the "cc" field instead of "bcc".The email, shown to The Register by a non-trivial number of aggrieved recipients, thanked them for attending the Westminster Cyber Expo and popping by the BT Security stand."As the importance of security and the scale of the threat grows, we'll be increasing the size of our security team by 25 per cent over the next five years and need people like you to join our team around the UK," boasted the email, which also exhorted its readers to follow BT Security on LinkedIn.Instead of following basic data protection advice, however, BT Security cc'd it to all ~150 recipients – allowing them to read each other's email addresses and identities.Some of the email addresses exposed were obviously work email addresses, including from police and central government employees as well as the usual cross-section of people you'd expect to find at a cybersecurity expo.
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The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite provided a look at the rainfall occurring within the newly developed Tropical Storm Fengshen.Tropical Depression 26W formed in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on Nov. 11 and strengthened into a tropical storm.Once it strengthened it was renamed Fengshen.GPM passed over Fengshen on Nov. 12 at 3:40 a.m. EDT (0840 UTC) and found heavy rainfall in several areas exceeding 1.6 inches (40 mm) per hour around a consolidating low-level center.At 10 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) on Nov. 12 (1 a.m. CHST, Nov. 13) the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam said the center of Tropical Storm Fengshen was located near latitude 16.3 degrees north and longitude 158.6 degrees east.Fengshen is moving west-northwest at 16 mph and is expected to maintain this general course and speed through Thursday, then turn slightly to the northwest on Friday the 15th where it is forecast to pass just north of Agrihan.
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A week after members of Congress expressed concern about Chinese ownership of popular short-form video app TikTok, national security regulators are taking a closer look.Regulators are indeed now reviewing TikTok for national security concerns, Reuters reports.The review is being run by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, a formerly obscure interagency group.CFIUS, based out of the Treasury Department, comprises members from a dozen different agencies who review transactions in which an international business acquires a US business for national security concerns.Congress concerned teenagers’ favorite app is national security threatTikTok and its parent company, ByteDance, are in talks with CFIUS "about measures it could take to avoid divesting" the US assets it acquired, people familiar with the matter said.
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For manufacturers, the location of their factories is very important because it determines the price of the end product.This does not only entail the cost of labour but it also looks at the country’s policies and taxation.For some time now, the US has not been favourable to pitch a factory, especially for non-US companies.TSMC is a global leading chip manufacturer.In addition to its American commercial customers such as Apple and AMD, the Taiwanese chipmaker also manufactures chips for DARPA (American Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).Last month, there were reports that high-ranking US officials contacted TSMC.
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Qualcomm is currently the leading chipmaker in the world in terms of both 5G modem and mobile SoCs.Gone are the days when there was intense competition from MediaTek.However, MediaTek might be able to mount a resurgence as it plans to launch an affordable mid-range SoC with 5G modem in 2020.There have been reports that the chipmaker’s new CPUs are being seriously considered by big OEMs (Chinese) for the upcoming year.As of now, 5G connectivity is only available on premium versions of flagship smartphones.And hence, they are no way near to affordable for most people.
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Apple TV Plus is the latest software service from the team at Cupertino, California.The same company that makes iPhones and iPads is asking for $4.99 a month to watch original TV series and movies.Is there a way to stream Apple TV Plus for free?Here are four ways you can watch the exclusive shows and films on Apple TV Plus for free.Apple TV Plus for freeFree with Apple Music for students
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Eleven years ago today, Satoshi Nakamoto — the person, or persons, responsible for creating Bitcoin — unleashed the cryptocurrency’s white paper into the wild.Published on October 31, 2008, the white paper, officially titled, ‘Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,’ described a novel, immutable, decentralized peer-to-peer network that could track and verify transactions while also preventing double-spending and producing a transparent record for anyone to verify in almost real-time.Nakamoto began by outlining how e-commerce relied almost exclusively on financial institutions acting as trusted third parties to process payments.Although the system worked well enough for most transactions, it still suffered from the inherent weaknesses of this trust-based model, the white paper says.“What is needed is an electronic payment system based on cryptographic proof instead of trust, allowing any two willing parties to transact directly with each other without the need for a trusted third party,” it reads, adding, “Transactions that are computationally impractical to reverse would protect sellers from fraud, and routine escrow mechanisms could easily be implemented to protect buyers.”Ultimately, Nakamoto wanted to bypass the mainstream financial system, removing the need for intermediaries and wholly counteract the centralization of financial power.
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Today’s Black Friday-level deal cuts 38% off the price of an intelligent power-boosted robotic vacuum cleaner .The deal on the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 35C vacuum cleaner with this time-limited sale ends at midnight PT.We monitor major merchant sites for deals like the Eufy RoboVac C35 all year, but especially during the busy time between Halloween and New Years Day.Robot vacuum cleaners are increasingly popular holiday gifts, especially now that price for top brands can start under $200.Eufy’s RoboVac C35 has three times the power of the original RoboVac 10, with 1500Pa suction cleaning power in a low-profile 2.85-inch high body.Three brushes and the extra-strong suction clean hard floors and carpet while you work, rest, or play.
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(Reuters) — WhatsApp sued Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group on Tuesday, accusing it of helping government spies break into the phones of roughly 1,400 users across four continents in a hacking spree whose targets included diplomats, political dissidents, journalists, and senior government officials.WhatsApp said in a statement that 100 civil society members had been targeted and called it “an unmistakable pattern of abuse.”WhatsApp is used by some 1.5 billion people monthly and has often touted a high level of security, including end-to-end encrypted messages that cannot be deciphered by WhatsApp or other third parties.Citizen Lab, a cybersecurity research laboratory based at the University of Toronto that worked with WhatsApp to investigate the phone hacking, told Reuters that the targets included well-known television personalities, prominent women who had been subjected to online hate campaigns, and people who had faced “assassination attempts and threats of violence.”Neither Citizen Lab nor WhatsApp identified the targets by name.Governments have increasingly turned to sophisticated hacking software as officials seek to push their surveillance power into the furthest corners of their citizens’ digital lives.
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