A woman has stolen the data and has about four hours to pore through the material to solve a mystery.This game’s video scenes include actors Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse), Kerry Bishé (The Romanoffs), and Angela Sarafyan (Westworld).When you patch it all together again, you’ll be able to see an intricate web of relationships between the characters.You see this woman arrive at her Brooklyn apartment late at night, in a hurry.You remember the movie Contact, with Jodie Foster?Most of the content you find is two people talking to each other.
But Facebook’s plans for a digital currency face a number of hurdles, including winning over regulators and allaying concerns over the privacy implications of the scheme.Into this comes the news that the global cryptocurrency will face scrutiny from the US Senate Banking Committee on 16 July.According to Reuters, the hearing will investigate Libra, as well as any data privacy considerations it may raise, the committee said on Wednesday.Representative Maxine Waters, a Democrat who also chairs the House Financial Services Committee, reportedly said earlier this week that she planned to call Facebook to testify, and she asked the company to halt the project while policymakers studied it.Libra builds on the rise of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, which were initially conceived as being independent of existing currencies or governments.But it will differ from existing schemes in ways intended to offset some of cryptocurrencies’ disadvantages, including their typical volatility and their use in money-laundering and sales of illegal drugs and other contraband.
At a press event today at the NBA Store in New York City, Ruffles, the potato chip brand, announced that it’s entered a “Chip Deal” with reportedly the newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Anthony Davis, “to develop bold new products and transformational fan experiences.”Who knew potato chips could be so filled with corporate-speak?The six-time NBA All-Star will serve as a creative partner to the PepsiCo brand, and also introduced a Ruffles-inspired shoe, dubbed The Ruffles Ridge Tops, in collaboration with Nike and luxury shoemaker Dominic “The Shoe Surgeon” Chambrone.Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but when asked by Adweek if he gets paid in cash or potato chips, Davis, whose favorite Ruffles flavor is cheddar and sour cream, said, “both.”Davis, during a Q with Mike McCarthy of Front Office Sports, said that when it comes to brands that he partners with (other companies he’s worked with: Red Bull, Saks, Foot Locker, Nike), he likes “to be involved and have input.”“The beauty of a partnership like The Chip Deal is in merging the relationships and resources of two brands—Ruffles and AD—in new and surprising ways,” said Sadira Furlow, Frito-Lay North America’s vp of marketing.
Although tech companies like Google and Apple have dabbled in medical tech, they have mostly been limited to things like wearables or storing data in apps.At times, they even work on experimental devices like smart contact lenses.Now Google is putting another foot in the medical field, this time in the pharmaceutical field.It has partnered with drugmaker Sanofi in a new healthcare Innovation Lab to harness “emerging data technologies” to better understand diseases and, of course, patients.This is pretty much shorthand for Sanofi using Google’s expertise on data processing to go through thousands if not millions of disease, medical, and patient data it has in its hands.In particular, it will be using Google technologies to have better insight into patient relationships.
After a decade, the Call of Duty Endowment is hitting its stride when it comes to placing veterans into good jobs.I got out literally a month before 9/11 and went to business school.Or they go to college and get a degree, but it’s four years later.You have someone, for instance—if they’re in logistics in the Marine Corps, they’re a pretty natural fit for supply chain if that’s what they want to do in the civilian world.All of our partners are good at cultivating relationships with companies that tend to have success stories on both sides.I know what that means, but when you take that resume to a hiring manager who’s trying to fill a hole in your team, it’s not clear to them what that means.”
In a paper published Monday, June 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and chosen for the cover of PNAS Vol.CNV refers to differences among individuals in the number of copies of a particular portion of the genome, and the study's results suggest this variation played an important role in the adaptation of polar bears to the Arctic."This research addresses a big-picture evolutionary question of how diet shapes the genome," explains Gibbons, assistant professor of food science.Since the brown or grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) and polar bear (Ursus maritimus) diverged less than 500,000 years ago, the polar bear has evolved unique traits to adapt to the Arctic climate and ecology, such as a camouflaging coat of pigment-free fur.Previous population genomic studies of polar bears and brown bears analyzed single-nucleotide polymorphisms, or changes in a single base pair in a DNA sequence."With recent advances in DNA sequencing technologies over the last 15 years or so, computational approaches to detect and quantify CNVs from genomic data have been developed.
Mastercard wants to make owning a credit card a little more inclusive for the LGBTQIA+ community.According to the company almost a third of individuals in the community who have shown IDs with a name or gender that didn’t match their identity report having been denied service, harassed, or even attacked.Mastercard is aiming to solve that pain point with the new True Name card, which allows for individuals to have a card with their chosen name on the front of the card.Mastercard notes that the goal is to at least partially remove the credit card or debit card being a source of sensitivity.The company also says that it’s calling on the rest of the industry to apply similar changes.Of course, the card may not remove the pain points altogether.
By Josh Baez, Engagement Manager at Heinz MarketingAs B2B marketers, understanding our target audience is essential to every single thing twe do.Our audience influences the content we create, the messaging we write, the products we help bring to market — everything.And without a clear sense of who we’re targeting and why we’re targeting them, the work we’re doing is little more than random acts of marketing — screaming product pitches into the void hoping that someone, somewhere, answers back.Yet all too often organizations lack the necessary details around their target audience to be able to actually do anything meaningful, leaving marketing teams to fend for themselves when it comes time to “launch a campaign,” and audiences overwhelmed with woefully underwhelming marketing experiences.That situation where all we have to go off of are titles — maybe there’s some information about industries — but there’s definitely nothing around psychographics, focus areas, or even pain points of the people we’re tasked to market to.
Group travel, it’s something you either love or hate, but Stride, which describes itself as a marketplace for “experiential multi-day and multi-destination packaged trips planned by experts,” wants to change this perception.The service, which was co-founded by former Starwood Hotels and Viator executive Gavin Delany, today announced that it has raised a $2.2 million seed round from JetBlue Ventures and NFX.In addition, it rolled out its new TripFinder feature, which makes it easier to find the right tour from the over 30,000 travel itineraries from its partners in its database.Delany decided to focus on trips because of his own frustration with finding the right operator to hike the Inca Trail in Peru.“At the time, there was no platform that allowed you to search and compare different itineraries and operators,” he told me.And that’s exactly what Stride wants to do: help you find the right operator, no matter whether you are looking for a relaxed multi-day, multi-generational jaunt through Europe or a personalized extreme sports adventure.
Matt Booty, the head of Xbox Game Studios, may have overdone it when he started going shopping for game studios.At the direction of Xbox head Phil Spencer, Booty helped round up a bunch of reinforcements to make sure that Microsoft has enough content to keep gamers happy for a while.Between now and the fall of 2020, there’s going to be a lot of other opportunities to show stuff.Booty: There’s a lot of layers to that one.GamesBeat: I heard that Steve Ballmer once threw a fit when he learned that there would be no more Flight Simulator.In order to make a modern flight simulator at the fidelity you need, you need accurate data.
Tencent has recently filed a lawsuit against a user for livestreaming its PC title “League of Legends” on Bytedance’s Xigua Video without authorization, media outlet BiaNews reported.Tencent said in its filing that the user violated the company’s user agreement, which prohibits users from recording, livestreaming, and disseminating content from Tencent’s games without its authorization, according to the report.Tencent also requested in the filing that the user halt all live-streaming activities and pay RMB 1 in damages.The user in question is 25 years old and has 1,690 followers on Xigua Video, where he uses the handle, “HT Jianjian.” His last post on the platform was an announcement for a live-streaming session of “League of Legends” dated December.Upon being notified of the lawsuit, the user objected and countersued, claiming to have the right to exhibit virtual items that he purchased with RMB 1,500 in “League of Legends,” according to the BiaNews report.By prohibiting him from livestreaming the game, the user stated, Tencent is denying him of such a right.
Facebook is going to launch new Portal video-chat devices in Fall 2019.The first Portal, available in two sizes, was released in October 2018.It's not clear what the new form factors will be; previously, there have been rumours of a TV top box.Facebook will release new Portal devices in the fall of 2019.At Recode's Code Conference in Scottsdale Arizona on Monday, Facebook's head of AR and VR, Andrew Bosworth said that the embattled social networking giant planned to announce new form-factors of the video-chat device later this year, as the company leans into building physical hardware products.Bosworth, who is known by the nickname "Boz," wouldn't disclose total sales of the Portal, which launched in October 2018 and lets users video-call their contacts and utilise other apps, but described them as "really good."
Screenshot by Jon Porter / The VergeA pop-up on Apple’s website says that the new Mac Pro will be released this September, which is a more specific time frame than the “fall” launch window Apple announced at WWDC last week.9to5Mac was the first to spot the September date, which can be accessed by clicking the “notify me” button above the Mac Pro on Apple’s homepage.It’s unclear how accurate the new release information is.If you head to the Mac Pro’s dedicated page, the “notify me” button still brings up a message that says the machine will launch “this fall.” We have contacted Apple for more details and will update this piece if we hear back.Along with its release date, we’re also hotly anticipating more information on the Mac Pro’s price.
When Apple debuted Siri with 2011’s iPhone 4S, it effectively stopped work on a useful but more limited feature that had arrived with the iPhone 3GS only two years earlier: Voice Control, a speech recognition system that enabled users to make phone calls and play songs by just saying them to early iPhones — even without internet connectivity.As of iOS/iPadOS 13 and macOS Catalina, Voice Control will let users do four key things without needing to rely on an internet connection or Siri.Interact with screen items using names and/or numbers laid out on a gridDictate, select, and edit text, including moving the insertion cursor, andInteract with the device’s OS-level features, including volume adjustment, lock screen controls, screenshots, and making emergency SOS calls.Moreover, each command can be set to enabled or disabled, as well as to work either immediately when recognized, or after confirmation.
“However this study is yet another demonstration that other creatures, without language and perhaps without symbols, also have a numerical ability, though of course, not to the same level or extent,” said Butterworth, who wasn’t involved with the new research.These scientists from RMIT University, the University of Toulouse, and other institutions have performed similar experiments evidently showing that bees can do basic maths and understand the concept of zero, though at least one expert we spoke to wasn’t convinced, saying the bees may have been prompted by other cues, among other complaints.That’s never been shown before, and in fact, this study, as far as we know, marks the first time that humans have communicated with insects using a symbolic language.Scientists have already shown that animals like chimps, monkeys, pigeons, and parrots can learn to use symbols to represent numbers.That said, and as demonstrated by the Nobel Prize-winning scientist Karl von Frisch, bees are capable of communicating with members of their own species through a dance-like language.“Mathematics is regarded as a universal language amongst humans, and we wanted to know if bees could understand the basic building blocks of this language that we have developed.”
Two years ago, on the strength of its Alpha series mirrorless line, Sony became the second best-selling full-frame camera brand; in 2019, it took Nikon’s spot as number two for all camera sales, full-frame or otherwise.The question is a bit like attempting to settle the Apple vs. Android debate — the answer depends on exactly who’s asking.Here’s what to consider in the Canon vs. Sony debate before buying a new camera, or even jumping ship and swapping brands.Throughout the company’s history, Canon has been first in a number of different technological feats, from adding video to still cameras to synchronizing the flash.The company then waited several years before launching the CyberShot series — still a designation for Sony compact cameras — in 1996.The company has been quickly catching up, probably in part to the fact that it didn’t have existing products to worry about cannibalizing, which freed it to innovate in the mirrorless arena.
This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers.Rural telecoms' operations will face setbacks following the US government's ban on Huawei equipment.President Donald Trump signed an executive order last month barring US telecoms from buying foreign-made equipment that poses a risk to national security.This executive order laid the groundwork to effectively bar US telecoms from using equipment made by Huawei on their networks, as it's been accused of spying for the Chinese government.Here's how rural telecoms will be impacted by a ban on Huawei equipment: For context, at least one-quarter of Rural Wireless Association (RWA) members, which represents telecoms with fewer than 100,000 subscribers, currently have equipment from Huawei on their networks.Rural providers chose Huawei equipment because it's more affordable than competing equipment: Huawei's equipment was 20-30% cheaper than other suppliers', and the company even offered to customize the equipment, according to Nemont CEO Mike Kilgore, cited by The New York Times.
Cinia, MegaFon expect to start work in the fourth quarterFinnish network operator Cinia and Russian mobile giant MegaFon are planning to lay a telecommunications cable across the Arctic Sea.The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding, expecting to enter a joint venture in the fourth quarter of the year.The 10,000km Arctic Connect cable would stretch from Helsinki to Tokyo, cutting network latencies along its route and enabling new digital infrastructure markets."The Arctic cable will contribute to the socio-economic development of the Arctic areas," said Ari-Jussi Knaapila, CEO of Cinia."The cable is an environmentally sustainable way to boost global, regional and local economy.
The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.In pursuit of an LED monitor without spending a fortune?We might have just what you’re looking for in the Dell 27-inch LED Monitor.You can elevate your gaming experience with its 75Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync technology that helps cut down on screen tearing.The display optimizes eye comfort with its flicker-free screen and has consistent color saturation across virtually any viewing angle.It also has Dell’s Comfort View feature, which reduces the emission of blue light to protect your eyes.
To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.Bank of America saves $2.1 billion in infrastructure costs thanks in large part to its transition of workloads to its private cloud in 2013, Howard Boville, Bank of America's chief technology officer told Business Insider.One of the biggest banks in the world is enjoying significant savings to its tech spend thanks in large part to its decision to build out its own private cloud.The bank began the process in 2013 with a goal of moving 80% of its infrastructure to its internal cloud, which was built on OpenShift, by the end of 2019.The bank's desire to focus on using its own internally-built private cloud, as opposed to public cloud vendors such as Amazon, Microsoft or Google, is contrary to what has become a growing trend on Wall Street.Banks have grown more comfortable using public cloud as they look to cut costs and innovate faster.
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Xiaomi Director of Product Management Donovan Sung has shown off a Xiaomi Mi 9 prototype which features an under-display selfie camera.The prototype appears in a video posted on Twitter earlier today, offering a side-by-side comparison of the device and what looks like a regular Xiaomi Mi 9.The two phones look almost identical, though the notch-less prototype includes only the outline of a camera buried beneath its display (highlighted in the image above).In the video, a person unlocks the two phones and opens the same app on both — indicating they are functionally the same — before opening the Mi 9 camera app on the prototype device, and taking a selfie.Check out the action below:Another video from Xiaomi President Bin Lin, showing off a very exciting phone prototype…
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This would likely deal a blow to the American tech, defense, energy, and manufacturing industries, whose supply chains rely heavily on rare earth metals.China is dropping heavy hints that it could restrict exports of rare earth metals to the US as part of the ongoing trade war through highly-staged photo ops and heavy hints in state media.80% of US imports of rare earth metals come from China, according to the US Geological Survey.Here's what rare earths are, and the US products that would be affected by a Chinese ban.Here are some everyday products that depend on rare earth metals.Neodymium-based permanent magnets are also used to make electric vehicle motors, The Verge reported, citing Frances Wall, a professor of applied mineralogy at Britain's University of Exeter.
GCHQ had proposed a solution to the thorny issue of encryption.Essentially, it wants to be added as an anonymous third party to encrypted messages, so that the intelligence service can obtain a plaintext copy of every encrypted message.But the proposal has outraged privacy advocates and tech firms alike, and they have signed an open letter to GCHQ signalling their deep opposition.GCHQ proposal, known as the “Ghost protocol” was first proposed by GCHQ technical director Ian Levy and chief codebreaker Crispin Robinson in Lawfare last November.The title of their proposal was “Principles for a More Informed Exceptional Access Debate.”In it, GCHQ outlined a proposal for “silently adding a law enforcement participant to a group chat or call.”
As Southeast Asia’s tech industry continues to grow, there is often chatter about a lack of high-quality talent across the region.Matteo Sutto, who has spent the past seven years working in Southeast Asian tech companies, has often been a part of those conversations, but his take on the topic is a different one.“What I instead realized over the years is that Southeast Asia has an incredible amount of talent,” says Sutto, who is originally from Italy.“What is missing is the right tools and platforms to get that talent in sync with the needs of a fast-evolving job market.”Support quality journalism and content.This content is exclusive to subscribers.
Large smart TVs are all the rage nowadays, but that’s not to say there aren’t a number of fantastic, modest-sized 4K TVs to choose from, because there are — including this 43-inch Samsung 4K TV that’s now on sale for $300, down $200 from the usual $500.You may be thinking that $500 is a little steep for a 43-inch television and we’d be inclined to agree if this wasn’t the latest model to roll off Samsung’s production line, so the chance to pick it up for the reduced price of $300 should not be passed up.The fact it’s newer than other Samsung 4K TVs on offer at the moment is advantageous for two reasons, with the first being that it’s equipped with the most recent version of Samsung’s UHD Engine, which transforms HD content into 4K Ultra HD in real time.As for the second advantage, that would be the television’s Smart TV software.The screen itself is crisp and has a fantastic viewing angle, and there’s multi-format HDR for drawing additional detail, such as a slight inscription on a wall in a dark room (think Indiana Jones), from what would otherwise be considered a faint, low-light scene.If $300 is still a little out of your price range, Walmart is on hand to help — it ha teamed up with financing provider Affirm to offer its customers the option to spread the cost over twelve months, boiling down to a more digestible $30 per month.
New York, NY, May 29, 2019 - The winners of the 2019 Grand Finals of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Research Competition (SRC) were recently announced, culminating a year-long competition in which more than 360 computer science students presented research projects at 26 ACM conferences.Gengjie Chen of The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Christie Louis Alappat of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; and Scott Parker Kolodziej of Texas A University took the top three places among graduate students.Through the Student Research Competition, each participating student has the unique opportunity to attend conference sessions, gain a new understanding of the practical applications of computer science scholarship, and share their own research with other students, conference attendees and eminent scientists and practitioners."We are always heartened by the testimonials of the students who tell us how much they enjoyed participating in the Student Research Competition and the doors it opened for them," said ACM President Cherri M. Pancake.We thank Microsoft for their partnership in the SRC and supporting this wonderful 'outside-the-classroom' learning opportunity."said Evelyne Viegas, Director of Global Research Engagement at Microsoft Research.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of U.S. adults haven’t sat in a dentist’s chair within the past 12 months.About 40% of them attribute this avoidance to cost, and that’s not shocking — it’s estimated that 23% of Americans, or about 74 million people, lack dental coverage.These and other sobering statistics motivated engineers Alex Curry, Alex Frommeyer, and Dan Dykes to found Beam Dental, a Columbus, Ohio-based dental benefits provider that leverages algorithmic underwriting to drive down rates.It’s a winning formula — two years after Beam raised $22.5 million in a series C financing round led by Kleiner Perkins, it’s closed a series D that’s over twice that size.Beam today announced that it’s secured $50 million in venture capital from Georgian Partners, with participation from existing investor Drive Capital.The fresh funds bring the company’s total raised to around $90 million, according to Crunchbase, and CEO Frommeyer says the money will be used to develop new products, grow Beam’s workforce to over 200 employees, and expand its dental plans to reach over 90% of the U.S. population by the end of this year.
The Pokémon Company held its 2019 Press Conference tonight, and it was surprisingly filled with plenty of mobile news for Pokémon fans.The service is compatible with Pokémon Bank on the 3DS, Pokémon Go on Android and iOS, and Pokémon Let’s Go, Sword, and Shield on the Nintendo Switch.Finally, Pokémon Home also lets you trade Pokémon with players around the world, friends, and nearby users.The service will debut in early 2020.Pokémon Sleep and Pokémon Go Plus PlusNext up is Pokémon Sleep, an app that game-ifies sleeping.