In June, its Sample Analysis at Mars instrument detected a surprising spike in methane gas that puzzled NASA scientists.New research, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets on Tuesday, details an almost 6-year-long air-sampling project conducted in Gale Crater, where Curiosity has been spending most of its time.Using the SAM instrument, the portable lab that detected the methane spike, NASA scientists found "significant seasonal and year-to-year variability" in the oxygen content.The SAM instrument is able to analyze what molecules make up the Martian atmosphere.The atmosphere on the red planet consists mostly of carbon dioxide, but during winter, CO2 freezes over the poles, which lowers air pressure across the planet.During the thaw, in summer and spring, the CO2 raises air pressure.
Matleveransföretaget Doordash, som har Softbank som investerare, tar in ytterligare närmare en miljard kronor (100 miljoner dollar).Det gör att startupen närmar sig en värdering på 126 miljarder kronor, enligt källor med insyn till Bloomberg News.Investeringen kommer efter att bolaget tagit in 5,9 miljarder kronor (600 miljoner dollar) i maj, en investeringsrunda som leddes av Darsana Capital Partners.Den senaste investeringen kommer från T. Rowe Price Group som är ny investerare i Doordash.Doordash, som startade 2013, har tagit in närmare två miljarder dollar de senaste 18 månaderna.Företaget konkurrerar med bland annat Grubhub och Uber Eats.
Travelling to and from the US anytime soon?There’s a smaller chance you’ll be subjected to random phone searches at the border.A Boston federal court has put a stop to suspicionless searches of travelers’ electronic devices in the US.Random searches of phones and laptops have become quite rampant in the US.Last year, the US government conducted more than 33,000 searches of travelers’ devices.The number reflects a four-fold surge in the past three years.
Sony's phone strategy is currently a little confusing, with the introduction of the flagship Xperia 1 in February this year and the slightly less flagship Xperia 5 in September, as it seems the next phone from the company will be called the Xperia 3.Spotted in leaked photos from Chinese website CNMO, the phone is expected to come with the Xperia 3 branding as well as sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset.That's a chipset that has yet to be unveiled by Qualcomm, but it's expected to be the next-gen model we see Qualcomm launch in December, and it's likely to feature in phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S11 and OnePlus 8.What we had expected from the Sony Xperia 2Or maybe just try our best smartphone guideThe leak also suggests that Sony will be offering two versions of the phone - one with 5G support, and the other without.
For the first time, SpaceX has launched and landed an orbital rocket booster on a fourth mission.And for a special bonus trick, Elon Musk's space company carried out Monday's mission -- the launch of its latest batch of broadband satellites -- using a recycled fairing, or nose cone, a first.The Falcon 9 first-stage booster that sent 60 Starlink satellites into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida was previously used to launch commercial satellites in July and October of 2018.Its third launch was on Feb. 22, sending an Indonesian communications satellites into orbit and the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft toward an eventual crash landing on the moon.After decades of space agencies dumping many of their boosters in the ocean after a single use, SpaceX has helped pioneer the landing and recycling of orbital rockets, with Musk aiming for the "holy grail" of a fully reusable rocket.To that end, the company has also put considerable effort into recovering the fairings that shield the payload during launch, going so far as to try catching the halves of the nose cone using a barge equipped with a giant net.
The incident began when software developer David Heinemeier Hansson complained on Twitter that the credit line offered by his Apple Card was 20 times higher than that offered to his spouse, even though the two file joint tax returns and he has the worse credit score.“The @AppleCard is such a fucking sexist program,” wrote Hansson.Yet Apple’s black box algorithm thinks I deserve 20x the credit limit she does.”Hansson said Apple’s customer service responded quickly to his complaints and eventually intervened to raise his wife’s credit limit as a one-off response, but those same reps reportedly told him they could do nothing to change the algorithm’s overall decision.When a trillion-dollar company simply accepts the algorithmic overlord like this...— DHH (@dhh) November 8, 2019
The Dealmaster is checking in for a special weekend edition of our deals roundup, since several early Black Friday deals on tech gadgets and gear are currently available at retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon.The former says most of its sales will end on November 10—and you might need a "My Best Buy" account (which is free) for some of them—but that these prices match what we'll see on Black Friday proper.Some of the standout deals here include new lows for a pair of excellent noise-cancelling headphones, Sony's WH-1000XM3, and Bose's QuietComfort 35 II, both of which normally cost $350 but are normally available for less than $280.We prefer Sony's pair out of the two, but both are just about class-leading when it comes to over-ear ANC headphones.There are plenty more noteworthy discounts beyond that—including deals on the Apple Watch Series 4, gaming laptops, Garmin watches, and external storage—so have a look through the list below and see if there's any holiday shopping you can get done early.Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.
It’s become increasingly clear as we reach its limits that deep learning – a specific subset of AI technology – isn’t going to magically lead to human-level artificial intelligence.Curiosity and exploration are the two key components of the human intellect that deep learning simply doesn’t provide.In a recent article in Quanta Magazine, writer Matthew Hutson describes the work of computer scientist Kenneth Stanley, who is currently working at Uber’s AI lab.Stanley’s pioneering work in the field of “neuroevolution” has paved the way for a new artificial intelligence paradigm that eschews traditional objective-based training models in favor of AI models that have no purpose but to explore and be creative.Instead of hard-coding the rules of reasoning, or having computers learn to score highly on specific performance metrics, they argue, we must let a population of solutions blossom.They may discover an indirect path, a set of steppingstones, and wind up walking and talking better than if they’d sought those skills directly.
They have five hours of battery life, a snug-fitting and comfortable design, an IPX4 sweat and water-resistant rating, Bose Active Noise Reduction, and hands-free access to Alexa — with Siri and Google Assistant compatibility, too.Though it wasn’t ready for testing at the time of this review, Amazon is developing an ear tip sizing test — a tool inside the settings menu of the Amazon Alexa app — that helps you find the right size of ear tip.At my gym, it was a lot easier to focus on my daily fix of morning talk-show radio.Inside the Echo Buds settings, you can adjust the level of pass-through amplification.On its maximum setting, the feature acts like a hearing aid of sorts, not only letting sounds in but magnifying them.They over-deliver on bass out of the box — not uncommon on audio accessories — but you can compensate using the Alexa app’s EQ settings.
Saudi Arabian officials allegedly paid at least two employees of Twitter to access personal information on users the government there was interested in, according to recently unsealed court documents.Those users were warned of the attempt in 2015, but the full picture is only now emerging.According to an AP report citing the federal complaint, Ahmad Abouammo and Ali Alzabarah were both approached by the Saudi government, which promised “a designer watch and tens of thousands of dollars” if they could retrieve personal information on certain users.Abouammo worked for Twitter in media partnerships in the Middle East, and Alzabarah was an engineer; both are charged with acting as unregistered Saudi agents — spies.Alzabarah reportedly met with a member of the Saudi royal family in Washington, D.C. in 2015, and within a week he had begun accessing data on thousands of users, including at least 33 that Saudi Arabia had officially contacted Twitter to request information on.These users included political activists and journalists critical of the royal family and Saudi government.
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American researchers have developed a new material that is able to follow a flash of light, much like sunflowers turning to the sun's rays.In the wild, it is known as fototropism when the plants are directed towards the light.However, in the laboratory, it has been difficult to replicate the process.A team of researchers from the University of California and the California Nanosystems Institute, is believed to have been successful.it has been considered as a nanomaterial that absorbs the light and converts it into heat.It has been combined with a polymer that contracts when heated.
Brushing your teeth is one of the most important things you do every day.There’s nothing like cleaning the gunk off your teeth after a long night of particularly deep sleep, but studies indicate that many people don’t use proper technique when it comes to brushing.If you don’t brush long enough or skimp on certain areas, it can cause serious problems down the line.Oral-B’s new Geniux X electric toothbrush can help combat negligent oral hygiene with the help of onboard A.I.The toothbrush connects to your phone via Bluetooth and activates a timer when you start brushing.An array of sensors warn you if you’re using too much pressure and then awards an overall rating for how well you brushed.
A mystery is playing out on the Bitcoin BTC subreddit: the infamous ‘Bitcoin time traveller’ post has been edited, and nobody knows who did it.In 2013, a Reddit user appeared to present a bleak outlook of the year 2025, where rampant inequality and parabolic Bitcoin value has pushed the world to the brink of collapse.Strangely, it’s now prefaced with: “Well gee, this blew up, Bitcoin should not be treated as an investment, it should be recognized as a speculative negative-sum game.”The editor then launches into scathing attacks on its mining infrastructure and the software developers that maintain its code.From then, there will be apparently no good way to express Bitcoin‘s value in dollars, as the dollar is no longer used.In my world, soon to be your world, most governments no longer exist, as Bitcoin transactions are done anonymously and thus most governments can enforce no taxation on their citizens.
Bitcoin BTC mining in the Eurasian country of Georgia is reportedly “sucking its power grid dry,” but it doesn’t matter because the country has reserves of hydroelectric power.According to BBC Sounds podcast, Business Daily, Georgia is now the world’s third largest miner of Bitcoin, behind China and Venezuela.However, it’s not good news for some.David Chapashvili from Green Energy, an environmental pressure group, criticizes the practice for how much electricity it consumes.Bitcoin mining is Guzzling up electricityDocuments shown to Business Daily by the environmental group report that one BitFury-owned Bitcoin mining farm is “guzzling” up 4 percent of the country’s electricity.
NASA’s commercial crew program Boeing will run a key test today of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner, a new spacecraft developed by the aerospace company to bring American astronauts to the International Space Station, beginning as early as next year.The Starliner will undergo a crucial and necessary launch pad abort test, wherein if all goes will it’ll show exactly how it can use its on board engines to quickly move the spacecraft away from the launch vehicle prior to lift-off in the unlikely chance of an emergency.The test is set to begin at 9 AM ET (6 AM PT), and there is a three-hour window from that time in which the test can take place.If all goes to plan, the Starliner, which is mounted aboard a sub-scale test stand in New Mexico at the White Sands Missile range for this test, should reach a height of 4,500 feet and move about 7,000 miles away from the launch site.The spacecraft’s service module and base heat shield will separate from the crew-bearing spacecraft itself, and then the capsule will parachute back to earth, with airbags inflated to further mitigate any impact.The animation below shows how everything should proceed.
Nintendo’s operating profit saw a massive jump during its second quarter as Switch sales continue their momentum.The company reported an operating profit of 94,222 million yen ($871.18 million) for the first six months of the fiscal year.That is up 53.4% year-over-year.Net sales, meanwhile, were 443,967 million yen ($4.1 billion).That is up 14.2% over the same period in the previous period.Over the previous two quarters, Nintendo sold 4.98 million Switch systems and 1.95 million Switch Lite devices.
Riot Games' cofounder and president talked with Business Insider about Riot's growth in the past decade, and the global impact of "League of Legends."Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Riot has more than 2,500 employees working in offices around the globe and the company is showing off the results after more than a decade of growth.It took several years to launch "League of Legends," and Riot continues to update the game on a regular basis.As a free-to-play title, "League of Legends" was one of the first modern games to establish itself as an ongoing service, defying the retail-first approach that dominated the industry at the time, and forgoing the monthly subscription models that supported popular online games like "World of Warcraft."This thought process has helped "League of Legends" amass a global community with millions of dedicated fans who are invested in everything from professional gaming leagues to live concert tours playing orchestrated "LoL" tracks.
And October 14 wound up being the biggest day for Fortnite-related videos since July 1, with 389 million views across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube that day.Each month, GamesBeat partners with Tubular Labs and CreatorIQ to provide a recap of the month’s most interesting social media trends in gaming.Six different videos from Fortnite received at least one million views between October 15 and 16, and Fortnite-related videos still generated at least 200 million views per day on both days.The uptick is a welcome surge for the Epic Games property, as monthly social video views have been cut in half for Fortnite from Jan. (8.6 million views) through September 2019 (4.3 million views).However, the lead has certainly shrunk over the past nine months.The channel’s engagement rate hovers around 2.53%, which is right in the sweet spot for YouTube, according to influencer marketing platform CreatorIQ.
Yesterday saw the launch of GameClub, a long-in-development subscription-based service that revised older, deprecated iPhone games for modern software and devices.Curated by former TouchArcade Editor-in-Chief Eli Hodapp—a prominent voice in the world of mobile games who has long opined on the need for quality premium games on the platform—the service offers a 30-day trial and will charge $4.99 per month thereafter.Titles offered include premium iPhone and iPad classics like Sword of Fargoal, Orc: Vengeance, and Super Crate Box.$4.99 per month is the same price as Apple Arcade, Apple's recently launched game-subscription service that offers around a hundred carefully curated, premium games—many from prominent creators—across all of Apple's device categories.As is the case with Apple Arcade, though, none of the games on GameClub contains ads or in-app purchases (IAP).Many are early premium hits from the App Store before timer- and IAP-based games came to dominate the charts.
India-based outsourcer Infosys has confirmed it is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington, which will probe recent allegations of fiscal impropriety made by employees.The business said it will cooperate with the US regulator and confirmed it has also had requests for more information relating to the anonymous complaints from the Securities and Exchange Board of India.It also warned that a class-action suit had been filed in United States District Court Eastern District of New York (PDF here).Infosys shares dropped by 15 per cent on the news yesterday and fell again slightly this morning.The class-action is on behalf of investors that bought Infosys stock between 7 July 2018 and 20 October 2019."Plaintiff seeks to recover compensable damages caused by Defendants’ violations of the federal securities laws under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934," it states.
A new 3D printer is using innovative technology to be the fastest device ever when it comes to printing speeds for larger objects.Known as the HARP printer, an acronym for ‘high-area rapid printing’, the device has a print bed with a footprint of 2.5 square-foot and is 13-feet tall, and it can print an object the size of an adult human in a couple of hours (Madame Tussauds has probably got its order in already).Specifically, it’s capable of printing objects vertically at a speed of half a yard (just under half a meter) per hour, which represents a record level of throughput in 3D printing.HARP has been developed by researchers at Northwestern University (Illinois), and one of them, David Walker, observed: “Obviously there are many types of 3D printers out there – you see printers making buildings, bridges and car bodies, and conversely you see printers that can make small parts at very high resolutions.We’re excited because this is the largest and highest throughput printer in its class.”It’s particularly useful for speedily printing large parts, or a whole bunch of different small parts simultaneously.
In just over a decade, there will be two spacecraft exploring one of the most habitable worlds in the solar system – Jupiter’s moon Europa.That’s thanks to a recent announcement by NASA that the orbiter Europa Clipper has been given the go ahead, scheduled to reach the moon at the beginning of the 2030s.In April this year, the European Space Agency also approved development of the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE), which is currently slated to reach the Jupiter system in 2029.The frozen ice ball moons of the outer planets seemed unlikely abodes for any kind of life.Discoveries of thriving ecosystems at the bottom the oceans of Earth, relying on hydrothermal vents for both energy and molecular fuel, changed all that.Now we know that life can thrive in environments that are completely isolated from the sun.
Earlier this year we heard rumours that the Nividia Shield would be getting updated, though that update looked so minor it was barely worth having at all.Well it seems as though those rumours were true, because it looks as though something called the Shield TV Pro is on the way.Let's start with the Shield TV Pro, which leaked thanks to a now-removed listing on Amazon.com.A lot of things will seem familiar to Shield enthusiasts, since it has the same design as the current model as well as the same 16GB storage and 3GB of RAM.But the Pro model will come with the upgraded Tegra X1+ processor, which promises to be 25% faster than the regular Tegra X1, and a bunch of other smaller things.There's support for Dolby Vision, Dolby Digital Plus surround sound, Dolby Atmos, and a feature that enables 'AI upscaling' that will upscale your content to near-4K resolution in real time.
The biggest wave in consumer products right now has all the hallmarks of another bubble of misplaced investor expectations and sadly lower margins.CloudKitchens, which has been funded by former Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick, is perhaps the most well-known example, but others are competing, and none more so than meal delivery companies.DoorDash announced that it was opening a shared kitchen in Redwood City just this week, Amazon has announced it is getting in the game and, around the world, companies like India-based transportation network Ola are building out their own shared kitchens.Mike Isaac and David Yaffe-Bellany talk about “the rise of the virtual restaurant” at The New York Times, while Douglas Bell, contributing to Forbes, wrote that “Deliveroo’s Virtual Restaurant Model Will Eat The Food Service Industry.”And there are not just headlines, but predictions of doom as well for millions of small-business restaurant owners.Mike Moritz, the famed partner at Sequoia, wrote in Financial Times earlier this year that:
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Regeringen kommer i dag att säga nej till att det fossila bränslet naturgas från Göteborgs hamn kopplas till det svenska stamgasnätet, rapporterar TV4 Nyheterna.– Vi kan inte bygga fast Sverige i ett beroende av fossila bränslen när vi har klimatmål som gör att vi ska vara nere på nollutsläpp om 25 år, säger miljö- och klimatminister Isabella Lövin (MP) till kanalen.Hon förespråkar i stället en fortsatt satsning på biogas.Flytande naturgas är ett fossilt bränsle, men är enligt förespråkarna ett bra alternativ för sjöfarten då det bland annat har mindre partikelutsläpp än olja och diesel.Företaget Swedegas ville ansluta sin naturgasterminal i Göteborgs hamn till stamgasnätet.
Authoritarian regimes continue wrestling internet back into boxChina and Russia will sign a joint treaty aimed to tackling “illegal internet content” later this month, the Russian telecoms regulator has announced.The signing will take place on October 20, the first day of annual internet governance conference that the Chinese government has run for several years in Wuzhen.Details are currently vague but for several years, both countries have passed increasingly restrictive laws on what people can post on the internet and how users can access it.That means that it is likely to be just the start of a broader effort by both countries to expand their vision of what should be allowed on the internet to more countries across the globe.China is renowned for its Great Firewall that effectively shutters it off from the global internet and its vast armies of censors that constantly trawl what its citizens are posting and remove anything they deem inappropriate, as well as occasionally making a personal visit to people that frequently post such content.
Today, large CPG brands are feeling even greater pressure in an expanding world of new go-to market strategies.Subscription services, ecommerce “anti-brands” and sustainability-driven challengers are changing the paradigm of how people shop and consume.Brands like Hims have linked a suite of products to address top-of-mind men’s issues such as hair loss, erectile dysfunction and anxiety.The online subscription model offers a discreet (no face-to-face medical consults) and holistic solution for guys that otherwise might not seek help through normal channels.For many startups, the irony is that they are risking everything including savings, homes and the investment of close associates and family.So how do they find the resolve to take risks?
The gang continued its creep toward the imminent next release of Windows 10 (expected this month) with an update for Insiders in the Release Preview Ring to take their 19H2 (the next version of Windows 10) build to 18363.388.The looming 19H2 aside, Microsoft also emitted a new build of 20H1 – next year's Windows 10 – to the Fast Ring.The gang also highlighted more tweaks to the Your Phone app, which should be rolling out to all Insiders who have the thing installed.Your Phone has become quite the useful tool – if you have an Android Phone – and as well as the Link quick-connect function rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, S10 5G, and Fold devices in "select global markets", the gang also extended the roll-out of Phone Screen to more Samsung devices, as well as adding a battery indicator and the phone's wallpaper to its icon in the app.The service enjoyed a few brief years in the sunshine until the young pretender Azure Video Indexer put in an appearance at the company's Build 2017 and eventually went to General Availability in September 2018.The "legacy" v1 incarnation will carry on a little longer before the sweet, sweet release of retirement beckons on 1 October 2020.