(Vienna University of Technology) Experiments with DNA molecules show that their mechanical properties are completely different from what those of macroscopic objects - and this has important consequences for biology and medicine. Scientists at TU Wien (Vienna) has now succeeded in explaining these properties in detail by combining ideas from civil engineering and physics.
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Microsoft paused negotiations with ByteDance over TikTok's US operations after President Donald Trump said he wouldn't support a deal, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The newspaper reported that Microsoft had been in "advanced talks" with ByteDance, but those were stalled when the president told reporters Friday evening that he wanted a flat ban on the Chinese-owned app and not a sale.
Trump's comment to reporters came after a month of his administration publicly threatening to ban the app.
Officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have expressed concerns about the possible sharing of user data with China, which TikTok has denied.
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Microsoft is pausing negotiations over TikTok's US operations amid hostility from President Donald Trump, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.
The Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, reported that Microsoft and the Chinese parent company ByteDance were in "advanced talks" over a potential sale and were "caught off guard" when Trump voiced his opposition to the deal on Friday.
Trump told reporters that evening that he preferred a flat ban on the app and wouldn't support a sale. He had threatened to ban the short-form video app via executive order as early as Saturday.
Reuters reported Saturday that ByteDance agreed to divest its US operations to avoid the app being banned, leaving Microsoft able to take over completely.
One source told The Journal that Trump's opposition to a sale came as a surprise, and another source told the newspaper that the White House had previously appeared to want TikTok to be "American owned."
The deal isn't "dead," according to the Journal's report, but both companies are seeking more information from the White House on the best next steps for the app.
Trump's comment to reporters on Friday came after a month of publicly threatening to ban the app. Trump administration officials such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed concerns about the app's ties to China and the possible sharing of user data with the Chinese Communist Party. TikTok has denied that it would share user information with the Chinese government.
Tiktok's US General Manager Vanessa Pappas appeared in a one-minute video released Saturday morning in response to Trump's comment about banning the app.
"We've heard your outpouring of support and we want to say thank you, we're not planning on going anywhere," Pappas said to the community of users. "TikTok is a home for creators and artists to express themselves, their ideas, and connect with others across different backgrounds and we are so proud of all the various communities that call TikTok their home."SEE ALSO: Trump told reporters on Air Force One he is banning TikTok from the US
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Cuphead, the hard-as-nails run-and-gun platform game, is coming to the PlayStation 4 today. Studio MDHR announced the game’s arrival on Sony’s console with a fun (and kind of creepy) stop-motion trailer featuring Cuphead and the evil King Dice.
Cuphead was already renowned for its hand-drawn art style that made it feel like a 1930s cartoon you could play. But the new trailer put two of the game’s most iconic characters in a whole new style of animation inspired by the 1933 experimental short The Peanut Vendor, Studio MDHR co-director Chad Moldenhauer said in a PlayStation Blog post.
Studio MDHR worked with Toronto-based studio Stop Motion Department to make the trailer, and they “went the extra mile to ensure that they were holding...
A ransomware hit and subsequent outage caused problems in the company's aviation services, including flight planning and mapping.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking Google to court claiming the search giant did not appropriately collect user consent when its expanded data collection.
Nintendo doesn’t seem to be having the best of times this year when it comes to security. Following the hack of hundreds of thousands of Nintendo accounts back in April, the company experienced another data breach in May, this time yielding a massive amount of source code for many of its old games and consoles. While the gaming industry is … Continue reading
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Although a compact storm, hurricane Douglas in the Eastern Pacific is mighty, as it has become the season's first major hurricane. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with an image of Douglas that showed development of an eye as it quickly intensified.
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Virgin Galactic has announced that Michael Colglazier, a former boss of Disney's theme parks and resorts, will become its CEO later this month.
Colglazier was chosen because he's grown companies, developed experiences, realized and commercialized engineers' ideas, and has a deep passion for space travel, according to a Virgin Galactic call with analysts.
"Space Mountain is actually my favorite attraction," he said on the call.
Here are five key reasons why he was hired to be Virgin Galactic CEO.
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Virgin Galactic announced this week that Michael Colglazier, a former Disney theme-park boss, will take over as CEO on July 20, the 51st anniversary of the moon landing.
Colglazier's appointment is one small step for Richard Branson's space-tourism startup, but could be one giant leap toward creating a compelling and lucrative customer experience.
Here are five reasons why Virgin Galactic hired Colglazier, based on the group's call with analysts on Wednesday. Business Insider viewed a transcript of the call using Sentieo, a financial-research site.
Colglazier worked at Disney for more than three decades, where he served as Disneyland's president, head of the company's Asia-Pacific parks and resorts, and most recently the boss of its international parks division.
As a result, he's adept at "growing consumer-oriented, multibillion-dollar businesses strategically, commercially, and operationally," Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides, who will move to the role of chief space officer when Colglazier starts, said on the call.
In other words, Colglazier knows how to map out and execute a realistic growth plan, build revenues and profits, and run a giant corporation.
The incoming boss outlined his vision for Virgin Galactic during a mock board meeting.
"What jumped off the page was how to think about commercial scale, how to think about sales and a much larger and progressive sales footprint and relationship footprint," the startup's chairman, Chamath Palihapitiya, said about Colglazier's presentation on the call.
While at Disney, Colglazier oversaw the creation and management of safe, innovative, and entertaining experiences at several of the media giant's parks and resorts. He plans to play a similar role at Virgin Galactic.
"When he described the process of how he wants to expand the scope of how Virgin Galactic delivers our experience, not just to the astronaut, but to all the people that come with them, it was incredibly inspiring," Palihapitiya said on the call.
It's easy to imagine Virgin Galactic entertaining the friends and families who visit its New Mexico hub to see their loved ones leave the planet.
They might be able to watch and communicate with the astronauts inside the shuttle, buy food and souvenirs, and speak with space experts while they wait.
Imagineers to engineers
Disney famously employs "imagineers" to create, design, and construct attractions at its theme parks and resorts.
Colglazier spent years "working alongside Disney imagineers and helping them bring their visions to reality," and will now "bring the dream of space flight to people around the world," he said on the call.
He helped the imagineers to refine their ideas so they made commercial sense, meaning they generated the profits needed to realize even more of their idea he said.
Colglazier will collaborate with Virgin Galactic's engineers with the same goal in mind, he added.
A key part of Colglazier's new role will be introducing experiences for both astronauts and their companions that they're willing to pay for.
"The ticketing revenue is just the beginning," Palihapitiya said on the call. "This is really all about ARPU," he continued, referring to average revenue per user.
"The ticket should eventually be 10%, 15% of the revenue, right?" he added. "But in order to do that, you really have to think about the end-to-end customer journey."
Given Virgin Galactic's tickets currently cost $250,000, it will have to offer extremely pricy products and services if it wants to make upwards of $1.6 million per customer.
One potential revenue stream could be selling memberships to an exclusive community of astronauts, where people could network and discuss their space flight with other wealthy and influential people.
It could also offer upgrades such as personalized spacesuits or access to a private screening room for an astronaut's friends and family on the ground.
Passion for space travel
A final reason why Colglazier may have been hired is his deep interest in the industry.
He fantasized about becoming an astronaut as a child, and is "incredibly excited to live out that dream," he said on the call.
Indeed, his Virgin Galactic contract includes the right to join a spaceflight and bring three guests with him if there are seats available.
"I guess this is a totally new kind of Space Mountain for you," Credit Suisse analyst Robert Spingarn joked on the call, referring to the famous Walt Disney World roller coaster.
"Space Mountain is actually my favorite attraction," Colglazier replied.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Leslie Odom, Jr.'s $500,000 gamble that led to a starring role in 'Hamilton'
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Even before Lenovo took over from IBM, the ThinkPad brand has had a well-earned reputation for its robust, no-nonsense, and almost rugged qualities squarely targeted at hardcore computer users, especially those who need such devices for work. Save for one or two tablet models that mixed with Lenovo’s Yoga brand, ThinkPad notebooks have never been considered to be anywhere near … Continue reading
You can't listen while chargingNot a lot of bassFive years ago, Master & Dynamic entered the audio world with its first product, the MH40 headphones.Their elegant and unique design captured people’s attention, as did their sound quality.But five years ago, Apple and other smartphone makers hadn’t yet issued the death warrant for the headphone jack.All of the touches that made the MH40 a breath of fresh air remain, like the undeniably cool retro-aviator design and premium materials.
At launch Tuesday in the US, Disney Plus included nearly 500 movies and 7,500 episodes of TV, spanning Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, the Simpsons, as well as a gamut of other titles.Everything on Disney Plus is rated PG-13 or softer, so anything rated R that Disney has available to stream (like Deadpool) will be on Hulu.It also summarizes the pipeline of originals coming to Disney Plus, with timing details if they're known.Captain America: The First AvengerCaptain America: The Winter SoldierGuardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is looking to raise around $13 billion through a secondary listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange, people with knowledge of the matter told TechNode on Wednesday.Why it matters: The company’s long-expected secondary listing could be the world’s largest issuance this year and the largest one for the Hong Kong market since 2010.The potential listing would make Alibaba shares available to Chinese investors who are also users of the e-commerce platform.A dual listing in New York and Hong Kong would allow the shares to be traded on a full-day cycle, reflecting investor sentiment in real time.Details: The company will offer 500 million newly issued shares through the Hong Kong listing, said the source, who asked not to be identified as the information is private.The offering includes a greenshoe option, allowing underwriters to buy an extra 15% of shares—or 2.8 million diluted shares—from the issuer at the offer price for a few weeks after the initial offering, the source added.
Buildings use 40 percent of America's primary energy and 75 percent of its electricity, which can jump to 80 percent when a majority of the population is at home using heating or cooling systems and the seasons reach their extremes.The US Department of Energy's (DOE)'s Building Technologies Office (BTO), one of eight technology offices within DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, aims to reduce the energy consumption per square foot of American buildings by 30 percent from 2010 to 2030--a massive challenge considering that America is home to 124 million building structures.Building energy modeling--computer simulation of building energy use given a description of the building, its systems, use patterns, and prevailing weather conditions--is an analytical tool that can be used to identify cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities in existing and new buildings.As a result, modeling is used in only a fraction of new construction and retrofit projects.A team led by research and development senior staff member Joshua New at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is looking to change that, and specifically to make it possible to cost-effectively create a building energy model for every building in America.To demonstrate their approach, the team recently used the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's (OLCF's) Cray XK7 Titan supercomputer to model every building serviced by the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga--all 178,368 of them--and discovered through more than 2 million simulations that EPB could potentially save $11-$35 million per year by adjusting electricity usage during peak critical times.
Blue Origin has pushed its timeline to send tourists to space back a year to 2020, CEO Bob Smith told CNBC in an interview published Tuesday.The rocket company, founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2000, is testing commercial space flights that would take passengers on an 11-minute flight to the boundary of space on its New Shepard rocket."We were planning on this year; unfortunately, it's very unlikely we're going to get in this year.We need a few more flights to make sure that we're all comfortable with the verification," Smith told CNBC."We hold ourselves to very, very high standards here, we're never going to fly until we're absolutely ready.I think we have a very, very good amount of confidence around the system itself, I think it is working very, very well.
We’ve heard the criticisms that there were fewer black women speakers than white men at Grace Hopper Celebration in the past, but event organizers heard our complaints and created an entire conference pathway and new grants for “women of color from underrepresented groups and women from untapped pathways.”We feel better now that our panels include hijabi and transgender women.The work done by women of color and others to broaden our understanding of diversity and inclusion in these spaces cannot go without recognition.What we can say about many corporate women in the American tech sector is that we are white or Asian-American, heterosexual, abled and a plethora of other dimensions of privileged.Conferences tout scholarships to offset the cost of attendance for the up and coming generation of tech women, but often times those students are required to show existing proclivities to STEM.Extending resources to students who already have exposure to STEM biases our outreach to those with privilege already; low-income schools in California are four times less likely to offer AP computer science A courses than high-income schools, according to an independent study done by the Kapor Center.
A Samsung smartphone with dual-screen, as if they were two smartphones joined together by a zipper.What is surprising is that the patent application was filed by Samsung in July 2015, well before the rumors began on Duo.As if this were not enough, Samsung has already similar patents before that.The image below comes, for example, from the end of 2013.That it is so old and can be easily understood by looking at the “design”.Even if it is only an example.
Apple has officially confirmed that its scripted Apple TV Plus shows The Morning Show, See, Dickinson and For All Mankind are all going to be returning for second seasons.It was already widely known that production was continuing on The Morning Show, but now Apple has definitively stated (via Variety and others) that all four shows are going to be back on your screens in the future.If you're still in the middle of your free week of Apple TV Plus and wondering whether it's worth the $4.99 / £4.99 / AU$7.99 subscription fee, news of more space, fantasy and literary adventures might seal the deal.Apple might launch some AR glassesAlternatively, you can just treat yourself to a brand new iPhone or MacBook – new Apple hardware purchases come with a year of Apple TV Plus included, so you can sit back and binge-watch for 12 solid months.At the same time as confirming the new shows are coming back for second seasons, the media is reporting that "sources close to Apple" are happy with the viewer response so far.
If you own the original Google Pixel or Pixel XL, you can expect one more software update for your phone to land in December - but that's it.It marks the first time Google has dropped one of its Pixel phones from its standard monthly updates, as the company has confirmed to The Verge that the next upgrade will be "one final software update".The original Pixel phones were introduced in October 2016, meaning you've been able to access three years of updates for the devices.The Pixel and Pixel XL missed out on November's security update earlier this month, so many assumed they were already done for upgrades.When Google revealed the original Pixel lineup, it confirmed there would be two years of standard software updates with three years of security upgrades.Google then introduced Android 10 software to the original Pixel line a few months ago, which was a surprise upgrade as based on Google's comments many expected the handsets to be stuck on the previous version of the software.
GSN Games announced former Rovio executive Wilhelm Taht will be the new senior vice president and general manager for Bingo Bash, effective November 18.Taht will report directly to Mark Feldman, the Game Show Network’s President and CEO.We are fortunate to be able to add his vision and strategy to driving growth in our Bingo studio,” said Feldman, in a statement.He was tasked with trying to get more out of the Angry Birds franchise as well as jumpstarting new games.At GSN, the goal is to get more out of the lucrative Bingo Bash franchise.“I am super-excited to join GSN Games and am looking forward to help steer Bingo Bash into its second decade of live operations.
Chinese tech giant Huawei has asked some of the world’s best phone hackers to a secret meeting in Munich later this month as the company tries to curry favor with global governments, TechCrunch has learned.Sources with knowledge of the November 16 meeting said Huawei will privately present its new bug bounty program, which would allow researchers to get financial rewards for submitting security vulnerabilities.The sources said the bug bounty will be focused on past and future mobile devices, as well as its new mobile operating system, HarmonyOS, Huawei’s Android competitor.Other phone makers, including Apple, Google and Samsung, also have bug bounties.The move comes at a time of increased pressure on Huawei over its links to the Chinese government.Huawei has denied U.S.-led claims that it could be forced to spy on behalf of Beijing.
The wreck of Royal Navy submarine HMS Urge has been discovered 77 years after it vanished in the Mediterranean during World War II.The sub disappeared in 1942 during a mission from the island of Malta to the Egyptian port of Alexandria.Desperate to capture the island, German and Italian forces laid siege to Malta from June 1940 to November 1942.Part of the Royal Navy’s 10th Submarine Flotilla, HMS Urge had been a thorn in the side of Axis vessels since her launch in 1940, including successful missions against ships supplying German General Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps in North Africa.By April 1942, however, bombing by German and Italian aircraft had caused severe damage to the submarine base used by HMS Urge on Malta and a decision was taken to send the sub to Alexandria.The sub left Malta on April 27, 1942, but never reached her destination.
As ITHome reports, on November 4, the 7th Huawei Innovation Day was held in Paris.Xu Wenwei, director of Huawei’s strategic research institute, revealed at the meeting that Huawei’s R personnel reaches 80,000 worldwide.Interestingly, they account for about 45% of the total.Also Read: Apple’s R Spending Hit The Record High Since 2003Xu Wenwei said that Huawei maintains its innovative vitality and competitiveness through long-term and sustained R investment.In 2018, Huawei’s R invested exceeded $15 billion.
A security researcher has found several vulnerabilities in the popular open-source Horde web email software that allow hackers to near-invisibly steal the contents of a victim’s inbox.Horde is one of the most popular free and open-source web email systems available.It’s built and maintained by a core team of developers, with contributions from the wider open-source community.It’s used by universities, libraries, and many web hosting providers as the default email client.An attacker can scrape and download a victim’s entire inbox by tricking them into clicking a malicious link in an email.Once clicked, the inbox is downloaded to the attacker’s server.