Alex Blair

Alex Blair

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We ve heard a lot about how stuffing cows full of antibiotics is accelerating the superbug apocalypse.That alone should convince us to stop, but if you needed more evidence, here s another dirty secret: antibiotics could be making cows gassier and boosting their contribution to global warming.That s the conclusion of a new study, which looked at the impact of a three-day course of the antibiotic tetracycline on the amount of heat-trapping methane released from cow dung.Ruminants, including cows, sheep, and goats, release approximately 100 tonnes of methane each year burping, farting, and shitting.With 80 times the global warming potency of CO2, all that methane goes a long way toward cranking up the heat in our atmosphere.But hopefully, between this line of research and efforts to stamp out cow farts entirely, global warming-by-flatulence is one planetary problem we ll soon have under control.
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Image caption Project Ara handsets will be able to contain up to six modules adding functionsGoogle has rethought its plans for a modular smartphone and now plans to release a less customisable model than it had first proposed.One expert said the move increased the initiative's chance of success.Scaled-back ambitionGoogle originally revealed it was working on a customisable phone in October 2013, after its Motorola division - which it later sold - teamed up with the creator of the Phonebloks concept.The project's head of creative, Blaise Bertrand, said that one potential module would be a glucometer for people with diabetes, which he said was something mass-market handsets were unlikely to incorporate as standard.Other examples included:a secondary e-paper displaya high-resolution cameraloud speakersexpandable storagea kickstandMr Bertrand said his team was already working with Samsung, iHealth, Toshiba, Panasonic and Harman among others, to make the parts.Each slot should work for at least "10,000 connect cycles" he added, and the device could be made to eject one of the parts by giving it a voice command.
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It also pared back its product line-up, overcoming internal resistance, enabling it to streamline production, an executive said.After peaking in 2013, a sharp drop in mobile profits exposed Samsung as slow to adjust to the changing market: its budget devices were overpriced and unappealing versus Chinese offerings, and the 2014 version of its Galaxy S flopped.The move worked."I think they will try to imbue the Note tablet with a more transformative change such as new technology under the new leadership, than the fine-tuning we saw with the Galaxy S7," said Kim Hyun-su, a fund manager with IBK Investment & Securities, which holds Samsung shares.LESS IS MORESlimming down its product portfolio was another departure from the past, when Samsung launched variations to soak up as much demand as possible."There are also different needs depending on individual markets, so regional sales staff naturally can't be happy when the company moves to rationalize and restructure from a global structure.
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FILE - In this April 30, 2015 file photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook responds to a question during a news conference at IBM Watson headquarters, in New York.Modi suggested that Cook help the global community cope with the challenges of cybercrime.Modi said that in India, "seeing is believing," and that Cook's experiences on his trip would help steer his business decisions.The prime minister explained his Digital India initiative to Cook, identifying its three key objectives as e-education, health and increasing farmers' incomes, the statement said, adding that Modi sought support from Apple in furthering the objectives.Cook told Modi that he appreciated the breadth of young talent in India, and that the country's youth have significant skills that Apple would like to tap, according to the statement.He said Apple runs on 93 percent renewable energy, and spoke of plans to move Apple's entire supply chain to renewable energy.
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Instant Apps are a new concept for Android.This is probably where Google see the money — rather than producing finicky hardware that will have to compete with the likes of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Google s making a play to brings its apps and experiences to other people s hardware instead.It relies on a base skeleton, which contains core components like a motherboard, processor and RAM.Google has made reference designs in the form of the Nexus design for years, but that s always been in partnership with other manufacturers.Bringing Ara to market is also a milestone for ATAP, Google s special projects division.Chrome OS, the software that powers Chromebooks, has been mostly overlooked by third-party developers, and still has limited functionality as a result.
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The competition is heating up at the top end of the hard disk drive market with Toshiba finally announcing its first 8TB hard disk drive, the X300, one aimed at the high performance market: that's nearly two years after Seagate first announced its model.The drive sports a 7200RPM spinning speed, 128MB cache and uses Perpendicular Magnetic Recording and Tunnel Magneto-Resistive technologies: so no shingles SMR or helium magic here which means that higher capacity drives are likely to follow.The X300 does also feature Advanced Format AF storage and supports NCQ Native Command Queuing plus some nifty internal shock sensor technology that improves the drive's resistance to knocks and vibration.Toshiba will launch the drive next month with two year standard warranty and a suggested purchase price of £262 about $380, AU$530 .That's not such a bad price given that Seagate's model retails for 30% less almost two years on the market.The latter though comes with a solid 3-year warranty although it is likely to have a lower performance due to a slightly slower rotational speed.
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I'm going on my fifth year in this tech reporting game, and Google I/O 2016 is the only time I've been handed sunglasses, sunscreen, and a protective bandana as part of the welcome pack when I registered at an event.Google's big developer conference this year isn't being held in its normal location at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco—it was moved to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Google's hometown of Mountain View.The keynote actually happened in the amphitheatre, and the rest of it was spread out into various ticket and concession booths and the sprawling parking lots surrounding the venue.The worst that can be said of the weather is that it was a little hot the first day and a little windy the second day.The outdoor venue gives you near-limitless space compared to the Moscone Center, which both Google and Apple have long since outgrown, but the actual tents that the developer sessions were held in were too small for every developer to attend every session that they wanted to attend it also didn't help that the tents were all erected in the parking lot, subjecting those standing in line to the scorching blacktop as well as the 80-something-degree heat .I've attempted to capture in pictures what it's like when the biggest event on Google's calendar gets moved to an all-new location—it's sort of like a music festival where fewer people are smoking jazz cigarettes and more people are talking about APIs.
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Cabinet Office lacked 'accountability', 'experience'Moves to shift departments' back office tin and ERP systems into two privately owned shared services - which had been touted as set to save the taxpayer £128m - have failed to prove "value for money", according to a report by the National Audit Office.NAO head Amyas Morse said: The Cabinet Office s failure to manage the risks around the move to two independent shared service centres from the outset means that the programme has not achieved the significant anticipated savings and benefits to date.He added: "The programme will only achieve value for money in future if the Cabinet Office shows clear leadership, and government accepts the need for collaborative and flexible behaviours from all departments involved.Costs escalated due to major delays as well as maintaining and extending the life of existing and ageing systems.Five different senior responsible officers have overseen the programme so far.Several departments also said they were unhappy not to have been sufficiently consulted on key elements, such as the appointment of Steria, which they consider to have been undertaken too quickly, it said.
Finland
Kuva: Gleb Garanich / ReutersMagento-verkkokauppaohjelmistosta korjattiin kriittisiä haavoittuvuuksia, jotka kauppojen on syytä paikata pikimmiten.Enterprise- ja Community-sarjan tuotteille on julkaistu päivitetty versio 2.0.6, jossa on korjattu useita haavoittuvuuksia.Vakavimmat päästävät todentamattoman käyttäjän suorittamaan omaa ohjelmakoodiaan palvelimella API-kutsujen avulla.Magento on pisteyttänyt vakavimmat haavoittuvuudet 9.8:aan, kun maksimi on 10.Muita korjattuja haavoittuvuuksia hyväksikäyttämällä hyökkääjä on voinut vaikkapa muuttaa muiden käyttäjien tietoja tai saada haltuunsa luottamuksellista tietoa muista käyttäjistä tai itse palvelimesta.Tammikuussa Magentosta korjattiin niin ikään vakava haavoittuvuus, jolla koko ohjelmistoa käyttävän verkkokaupan olisi voinut kaapata yhdellä koodinpätkällä.
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According to Radio Sweden's Arlanda, Bromma, Linkoping and Landvetter affected. The reason tilll interruptions, according to the radio broadcasts that air traffic control communications are down. Stockholm air traffic control system Seems to have broken down. - Carl Bildt @carlbildt May 19, 2016 comments Welcome to have your say on new technologies. The principle of our rules are simple: to show respect for the people we write about and other readers who comment articles. All comments are moderated after publication of the new technology or by us enlisted personnel.
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Forget extra vacation days, good health insurance, and 401k matching — these companies take their employee perks above and beyond.Glassdoor/FacebookFacebook, Google, Netflix, and other top companies in the US are competing for the best talent out there.See which companies are raising the bar and going beyond free food, on-site gyms, and 401(k)s to attract new talent.According to career site Glassdoor, more than half (57%) of all workers say perks and benefits are among the top things they consider when deciding whether to accept a job, and almost 80% of employees say they would prefer new benefits over a pay raise.Spotify provides six months of paid parental leave, plus one month of flexible work options for parents returning to the office.Lactation consultations for new moms at American Express
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