”Det här skapar jobb i Sverige”, säger rymdminister Matilda Ernkrans.Förra året presenterade regeringen en nationell strategi för att utveckla svensk rymdforskning och rymdindustri.I regeringens budgetförslag för 2020, som har stöd av Centerpartiet och Liberalerna, kommer pengarna som ska göra slag i saken.– Det är ganska enkelt.Det skapar jobb här i Sverige, ger oss teknikutveckling, stärker vår rymdforskning och hjälper oss att hantera livet på jorden.Som exempel på rymdteknik som också används på jorden nämner hon teknik för att spåra plastavfall i havet, mäta koldioxidhalten i atmosfären och att upptäcka och övervaka skogsbränder.
New Jersey is the latest state to say Uber's drivers should be classified as employees rather than independent contractors.The state's Department of Labor and Workforce Development said that because of this misclassification, the ride-hailing company owes it roughly $650 million in unemployment taxes and disability insurance, according to Bloomberg Law.The Department of Labor reportedly has been trying to get unpaid employment taxes from Uber going back as far as 2015, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg Law.It said the company owed the state $523 million in overdue taxes along with another $119 million in interest and penalties for the last four years.Driver classification is an issue that government regulators have been taking a closer look at over the past year.California passed a law in September that could require Uber and other on-demand companies to reclassify their drivers as employees instead of independent contractors.
Exactly 10 years ago, on stage at a TechCrunch event, Alexa von Tobel launched her startup, LearnVest, an online financial planning company that aimed to give people access to more affordable financial planning services.LearnVest went on to raise roughly $70 million from investors, then to sell for a reported $250 million to the insurance giant Northwestern Mutual in 2015.Four days later, von Tobel had her first child, then she headed back to Northwestern where she ran LearnVest as a separate unit, became Northwestern’s chief innovation officer, and ultimately headed up its venture arm, Northwest Mutual Future Ventures.Fast forward a bit, and one gathers von Tobel has no plans to slow down.Days after it was announced in January that she was leaving Northwestern, she filed paperwork with the SEC for a new fund with a $200 million target called Inspired Capital.In April came another baby, followed by some recruiting, fundraising, and investing, and today, von Tobel is officially taking the wraps off that debut fund — it hit its $200 million target — along with Inspired’s small but growing portfolio of investments and its full team.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands marks the eighth major expansion pack for the storied MMO.It's hard to get a sense of an entire World of Warcraft expansion from 30 minutes of play.In my short demo, I recreated my main (a Beast Mastery Hunter) and played through the introductory quests from the Bastion zone, a heaven-like plane from Azeroth's afterlife.The minute-to-minute gameplay very much followed the formula of modern WoW questing, with a variety of tasks like challenging specific enemies to duels, helping craft things in timed minigames, and of course, killing 10 rats (well, not rats, but they might as well be).From what I could tell, not much had changed about my character's build; my DPS rotation was the same as it is in Battle for Azeroth.Taking it to a new (well, old) level
Just in time for the holidays, you can get the best-selling Fitbit Versa smartwatch on sale for $140 at Amazon.That's a $60 price cut and the best price we've found for the feature-rich activity tracker.The Fitbit smartwatch would be a perfect gift for anyone on your list, and this is a fantastic opportunity to not only get a head start on your holiday shopping but also snag a deal before the craziness of Amazon's Black Friday sale officially begins.The Fitbit Versa is loaded with health-focused features while also keeping you connected.The Versa tracks workouts, calories burned, and even sleep and includes heart rate monitoring and even offers guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate.The smartwatch can store 300+ songs and connect to Bluetooth headphones so you can listen to your favorite tunes wire-free.
Your smoke detector that's old enough to drive a carTragically, consumer goods don't last forever.There are a lot of things in our homes that we don't give a second thought -- or a second scrub -- as often as we should.We rounded up 49 items that you might want to consider replacing.Well: Sure, you always replace the batteries in your smoke detector, but the U.S. Fire Administration says you should also replace the entire smoke detector every 10 years.Silicon Valley congressman: Regulate political ads on Facebook just like copyright
Snart kan amerikanska företag börja handla med Huawei igen.Det kan innebära att Mate 30 Pro till sist får en komplett version av Android.Inom en mycket snar framtid kan amerikanska företag få tillåtelse att åter börja göra affärer med bannlysta Huawei.Det säger USA:s handelsminister Wilbur Ross i en intervju med Bloomberg.Redan i somras öppnade president Donald Trump för att amerikanska företag skulle kunna söka dispens för att handla med Huawei.Hittills har 260 ansökningar inkommit, men ingen har godkänts.
Google wants search to be the center of everything you do.Now, in a logical next step to make its search products the access point for all content on the web, the internet goliath is turning its focus to healthcare.David Feinberg, the recently appointed head of its Google Health initiative, outlined plans to make it easier for doctors to search medical records, and improve the quality of health-focused search results across Google and YouTube.“Imagine a search bar on top of your EHR (electronic health record) that needs no training,” Feinberg said at the HLTH health care conference in Las Vegas last week.According to Feinberg, the search bar will supposedly allow doctors to type into it, with the system automatically displaying appropriate responses to the queries.For example, a doctor could just type the number “87” to return details about an 87-year-old patient with a history of stomach cancer.
Officials around the United States have spent the last three years scrambling to harden election and voting infrastructure against the disinformation campaigns, phishing attacks, and system probing that plagued 2016.With exactly one year to go until the 2020 presidential election, local and state boards of election have made significant progress on improving digital defenses.But researchers and election integrity advocates continue to sound the alarm that some of the most important changes—like replacing insecure voting machines and hiring necessary personnel—can't happen without more funding from Congress.They are particularly suited in some ways to aid campaigns, which are lightweight, temporary organizations by nature."I’ve heard election officials in particular say that they are bombarded with offers from private vendors to help with cybersecurity, and often feel like they have no basis for determining who to trust," says Lawrence Norden, deputy director of the Brennan Center's Democracy Program at New York University School of Law.Private vendors aren't the only option for election officials and candidates.
Apple avslöjar fler detaljer om Macbook Pro på 16 tumSedan ett tag tillbaka finns det ihärdiga rykten om att Apple planerar att lansera en ny modell av Macbook Pro med en skärm på 16 tum relativt snart.Senaste nytt är att sajten 9to5Mac har upptäckt fler bilder i äldre betaversioner av Mac OS Catalina 10.15.1 som föreställer den nya datorn.Det mest anmärkningsvärda är att det återigen tycks bli tal om en separat strömknapp, med andra ord är den inte längre integrerad i Touch Bar.Apple råkar läcka bilder som visar ny Macbook Pro på 16 tumNu rapporterar den franska sajten Macgeneration att det finns bilder på den nya datorn i den senaste betaversionen av Mac OS Catalina 10.15.1, något som styrker uppgiften om en relativt snar lansering.
Despite ongoing public relations crises, Facebook kept growing in Q3 2019, demonstrating that media backlash does not necessarily equate to poor business performance.Facebook reached 2.45 billion monthly users, up 1.65%, from 2.41 billion in Q2 2019 when it grew 1.6%, and it now has 1.62 billion daily active users, up 2% from 1.587 billion last quarter when it grew 1.6%.Facebook earned $6 billion in profit after only racking up $2.6 billion last quarter due to its SEC settlement.Notably, Facebook gained 2 million users in each of its core U.S. & Canada and Europe markets that drive its business, after quarters of shrinkage, no growth or weak growth there in the past two years.Facebook says 2.2 billion users access Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp or Messenger every day, and 2.8 billion use one of this family of apps each month.Facebook has managed to stay sticky even as it faces increased competition from a revived Snapchat, and more recently TikTok.
As the 2020 elections inch closer, another senator wants answers from Facebook over its decision not to fact-check political ads.Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, wrote a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the company's policy on exempting political ads from third-party fact-checker reviews.The senator posed multiple questions to Zuckerberg, including asking what steps Facebook is taking to prevent abuse and whether politicians will be allowed to "correct the record" of ads as required by the Honest Ads Act."Facebook's apparent lack of foresight or concern for the possible damages caused by this policy concerns me," Warner said in the letter Monday.Facebook has been criticized in recent weeks after it said it wouldn't be fact-checking political ads.Last week, Zuckerberg spoke in front of the House Financial Services Committee and was grilled about the company's policy.
Watchmen was a 12-issue limited series comic released in 1986-1987 by DC Comics and written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons.There were numerous attempts to adapt the comic into both a TV show and film, but all failed until 2009's Watchmen directed by Zack Snyder.His successful run led him to write two issues of Superman -- For the Man Who Has Everything and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?He has no superpowers, but he does have an unshakeable sense of justice that leads him to cripple, maim and kill any criminal.Both were detectives, with the former known for wearing a mask that makes him look faceless.He was born as Jonathan Ostermann, and an accident caused him to change into a being who could control matter to create or destroy anything.
Products to be presented and winners announced at IndEx 2020 in Miami Beach, April 1-2, 2020BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–October 24, 2019–Industrial Exchange, a creator and manager of high-level forums for industrial companies and their stakeholders, has created a unique contest program — the Industrial Innovation Challenge (IIC) — designed to attract and evaluate the best new tech products and services for industrial applications.The contest program will draw on venture capital leaders from firms including Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Eclipse Ventures, Dynamo, Brighton Park Capital, Tola Capital, Atlas Innovate, Material Impact and Blackhorn Ventures, who will judge the tech presenters on their value proposition, management depth and long-term viability.Also judging will be executives from leading industrial companies, who will assess the problem-solving value of the tech companies’ offerings, said Jon Cooper, CEO and co-founder of Industrial Exchange.“We’ve created the IE Industrial Innovation Challenge because one of our missions is to identify new tech solutions that actually deliver what they promise,” Mr. Cooper said.
When news broke that Gojek co-founder Nadiem Makarim was stepping down as CEO, my messaging apps got a little busier than usual.It looks like the CEO jumped ship: Gojek is locked in a heated battle with Grab, so the timing of Makarim’s departure isn’t great.Being part of the cabinet and scaling Indonesia is all good – it could allow Makarim to make a bigger impact, and founders love that.Makarim’s seemingly “sudden exit” and putting group president Andre Soelistyo and co-founder Kevin Aluwi in charge as co-CEOs could result in a bumpy transition for Gojek.But this may not even be accurate, as several sources told me that this was all discussed and planned well ahead of time.Makarim will be in a better position to help Gojek because politics and tech do intertwine.
A dedicated gaming chair is the one piece of gaming gear you secretly want, but that your spouse, partner or parent would definitely not approve of.Many console gaming chairs look the same, and they offer a bewildering array of features (premium PU leather vs. mesh, lumbar support pillow, padded armrests, adjustable backrest, tilt mechanism, footrest, bucket seat, rocker, gaming recliner and more).The chairs tested here (and most of the ones we researched) share many similarities: adjustable spider bases and 3D/4D armrests that move backwards, forward, rotate inward and out, up and down.Other similarities include caster wheels, lumbar support and padding for ergonomic gaming.All of them would be suitable as an office chair as well.Let's dive in to find the best gaming chair that suits your needs.
The launch of The Outer Worlds from Obsidian is right around the corner, so it’s little surprise that the game got a fancy launch trailer to build up hype (or, perhaps, to tempt people who may be on the fence).Indeed, if you were already excited for The Outer Worlds, this trailer will probably just get you even more ready to become a spacefarer.Much of this launch trailer centers around the player character and they choices we’ll be able to make in the game.Obsidian itself says that The Outer Worlds features a “player-driven story,” and the trailer definitely reinforces that notion.“Remember, no matter what happens out here, it’ll all be your fault.Good luck,” one character says, pointing out that there’s a lot riding on our decisions.
You culminate your online presentation with a passionate call to action.In reality, that reflection often is more like the equivalent of the deflating sound of a record scratch.Follow this six-step program that works for us at GoToWebinar to send your next presentation on a trajectory toward bursting-at-the-seams fame and glory.For example, Google “job title” and “challenges,” or scour the agenda of your audience’s most popular conference.TIP: If you don’t have a solid email list, it’s time to build one.Include a bullet list that focuses on the recipient, e.g., “You will learn:”
Clay Wilkes had already been retired for six years when he launched Galileo Financial Services in 2000.The serial entrepreneur who had been an early pioneer in telecommunications technologies (like voice over internet protocols) saw the need for better connectivity between secondary services and financial institutions 19 years ago, just as new digital services around payroll processing, transit vouchers, store cards, and other services were launching.Now the company runs the backend integrations with financial institutions for some of the biggest names in financial technology and has just raised $77 million in financing from Accel Partners.Not that Galileo necessarily needed the money.The company has been profitable for years since its bootstrapped beginnings and counts fintech giants like Chime Banking, Robinhood, Monzo, and Transferwise among its customers.In fact, the debit and credit card service provider will process nearly $26 billion in financing by the end of the year, according to the company.
After being dark for a day, Fortnite came back triumphant with a new map — effectively going from a black hole to a Big Bang as it introduces users to a new map and new gameplay.Fortnite‘s not the first game to radically alter its map, though it might be the first one that did so under the pretense of a universe-ending event such as the black hole, which lingered for over a day.The game‘s youthful audience and their parents were apparently so confused they were ringing up Epic’s customer support line to ask why they couldn’t play the game (I hope Epic’s call center employees got combat pay for that).But now the new “chapter” of the game is live, so everyone can relax.The map’s also been completely revamped, so the Twitch and Mixer streamers who’ve had the last year to memorize every inch of in-game real estate will have to start fresh.Some of the new material brings to mind other games.
Businesses heading for the Windows 7 escape hatch and US retailers panic-buying ahead of the next round of trade tariffs helped PC shipments rise globally in Q3 at the fastest rate in seven-and-a-half years.This is according to sales-in figures collated by number-cruncher Canalys: 70.9 million desktops, notebooks and workstations were estimated to have made their way into the channel, up 4.7 per cent year-on-year, the highest growth since Q1 2012.On the global stage, the biggest spike was reported in Japan, where businesses are refreshing their PC estates before Microsoft pulls the plug on extended support for the venerable operating system, scheduled for January.Preparations for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and the hike in the country's consumption tax from 8 to 10 per cent – which kicked in on 1 October – also kept the sales dial swinging upwards.Over in the US, sales were up 3 per cent on a busy back-to-school period and PC vendors loading up the channel before tariff-happy US President Trump imposes yet another trade duty on Chinese imports.Canalys estimated this would equate to a $37bn tariff on notebooks and tablets.
Trying to roam through vast computer-generated worlds from your not-very-vast living space poses a number of challenges for virtual reality – and a new patent filed by Microsoft promises to offer some assistance in keeping you from colliding with real world objects.The patent, spotted by Variety, details a floor mat that marks out a boundary for a gaming space.Your VR or AR headset could use the boundaries of the mat to work out where you are, and provide haptic feedback under your feet to help you stay within those boundaries.As well as keeping you from knocking the television over or standing on the cat, the mat could also buzz your feet to provide in-game feedback as well.There are all sorts of possibilities that developers could make use of.Pressure sensors inside the mat could be used to help work out a user's position in three-dimensional space, the patent suggests, reducing the reliance on cameras and sensors on board the VR/AR device itself for tracking position.
The Asus Zenfone 6 is one of the most interesting devices launched this year.Sure, it has killer specs — including the Snapdragon 855 chipset and a monster 5,000mAh battery — but the thing that’s most interesting about it is the flipping camera system.Now, that camera system has been put to the test by photography review site DxOMark.While DxOMark posits that the Asus Zenfone 6 has a slightly better camera than the Google Pixel 3 from 2018, it doesn’t hold a candle to many of the top-of-the-line flagships launched this year.Even the rear camera system on the Huawei P20 Pro — also a 2018 device — bests the one on the Zenfone 6.You can see the current rankings here, where the Zenfone 6 sits at twelfth place for its rear camera system.
You think your gaming rig is impressive?Meet Ryan Edgar, a 19-year-old who has the wonderful honour of playing DOOM ... on a McDonalds register.The key question with any piece of technology is, of course, whether it can run DOOM.Edgar had the chance to answer this question recently after visiting a local McDonald’s.The store was in the process of replacing their antiquated cash registers, and because McDonalds aren’t actually in the business of selling point-of-sale computers that are still running Windows XP, Edgar was able to take an old register home.Talking to Kotaku Australia over DM, Edgar explained that he got DOOM going by copying ZDOOM onto a USB.
NASA has announced the total funding it will distribute to the 14 companies it’s chosen to work with on developing key, innovative technologies that will be instrumental in helping get the agency to the Moon through the Artemis program, and potentially to Mars and beyond later on.The U.S. space agency is awarding $43.2 million to the companies, in varying amounts ranging from $1.3 million to as much as $10 million (going to Blue Origin) for the most lucrative contract.NASA announced in July a similar series of partnerships selected to further its Moon shot program, which also included SpaceX and Blue Origin.This new “Tipping Point” partnership program round includes Blue Origin, as mentioned, as well as SpaceX, OxEon Energy, Skyre, SpaceX, Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, Paragon Space, TallannQuest, Accion Systems, CU Aerospace, ExoTerra, Blue Canyon Technologies, Astrobotic Technology, Intuitive Machines and Luna Innovations.It includes projects that range from developing autonomous navigation for satellites, better propulsion systems, rover tech, advanced spacecraft avionics, cryogenic propellant and more.Blue Origin will be using its $10 million to develop a ground-based demonstration of liquefying hydrogen and oxygen, and storing the resulting liquid.
With one of the most impressive spec sheets we’ve ever seen, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has almost everything you could want in a smartphone, but it lacks some very important elements because of the U.S. government ban.Sadly, the Mate 30 Pro comes out of the box without any Google apps on board and it lacks any official U.S. carrier support or a release date in the states.Determined buyers may decide to import and sideload the missing apps and services, and in the markets where it is available the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is going to be a tempting prospect, so here’s how it compares to Huawei’s previous two flagships.158.1 × 73.1 × 8.8 mm (6.22 × 2.88 × 0.35 inches)158 × 73.4 × 8.41 mm (6.22 × 2.89 × 0.33 inches)157.8 × 72.3 × 8.6 mm (6.22 × 2.85 × 0.34 inches)
Project A, the Berlin-based VC, just raised a new $200 million fund (€180 million) to continue backing European startups at Seed and Series A stage.In addition, the firm — whose investments include WorldRemit, Catawiki, Voi and Uberall — announced it will now have a presence in London and Stockholm in order to put people on the ground in what it says are “two of its favorite ecosystems.”What better time, therefore, to catch up with the team at Project A, where we talked investment thesis, why Stockholm and London, and the increasing interest in Europe from U.S. LPs and VCs.Other subjects we touched on include diversity in venture, and, of course, Brexit!TechCrunch: You last raised a fund in 2016, totaling €140 million, what changes have you noticed since then with regards to the types of companies you are seeing and the European ecosystem as a whole?Uwe Horstmann: Entrepreneurs definitely matured a lot over the last few years.
It is thought to account for around 27% of the universe, outweighing visible matter by a ratio of approximately six to one.Everything in the universe that we can detect — all the atomic matter that makes up galaxies, stars, planets, life on Earth, the device that you’re reading this article on — is just a tiny, tiny fraction of all the matter that exists.Dark matter is therefore theorized to be the secret ingredients that give these galaxies the extra mass they require to not tear themselves apart like a suicidal paper bag.Weak gravitational lensing to the rescueLooking for something that can’t be looked at sounds difficult.They do this by looking at the subtle ways that light that the gravity of big galaxy clusters bends and distorts the light from more distant galaxies.
Tesla announced on Thursday the release of a software update, called "software version 10.0," for its vehicles.The most striking new feature is "smart summon," which allows Tesla vehicles with the most robust version of the Autopilot driver-assistance system to drive in parking lots without anyone in the car.Many of the software update's other features are related to in-vehicle entertainment, including the ability to use Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, or Spotify from a vehicle's touchscreen.Software version 10.0 will begin rolling out to owners this week, Tesla said.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.In a post on its website, the electric-car maker referred to the update as the largest in its history.
American tuner Hennessey is well known for its work with V8-engined, high-horsepower muscle cars like the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang.It will visit Porsche territory for the first time by releasing an array of aftermarket parts designed to fit the Taycan, the German firm’s first series-produced electric model.The Taycan stands out as the first Porsche Hennessey has ever worked on, and it’s also the first electric car it has put its hands into.Company founder and CEO John Hennessey explained his team has wanted to modify electric cars for a while, and the Taycan is the right platform to start with because it’s quick right out of the box.The upgrades available from the Texas-based tuner will initially be limited to fairly basic parts like alloy wheels, stickier tires, and new-look interior components, though photos of the upgraded cabin haven’t been released yet.Renderings show a wide vent right below the hood that reminds us of the 911 GT3.