Thomas Saeler

Thomas Saeler

Followers 55
Following 38
UK
Apple today launched its Research app, kicking things off with three new studies that users can opt to participate in.The company says that all three are “landmark” multi-year longitudinal studies that dive into things like women’s health, heart health, and hearing.So, if you want to help Apple and scientists conduct health research, you can download the app from the iOS App Store and participate in any of these three studies.All three studies seem to be aimed at people using both an iPhone and an Apple Watch, though it sounds like the latter device is only required for one study.In order to download the Research app, you’ll need to be using an iPhone 6s with iOS 13.2 or later, so Apple is casting a fairly wide net here.The first study Apple previewed today is centered around women’s health, which the company says is the “first long-term study of this scale and scope.” The goals of the study are to better understand menstrual cycles and how they relate to health conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, osteoporosis, and menopausal transition.
UK
There could be a million different structures with the ability to store genetic information, according to a recent paper.DNA stores the genetic information that describes all of Earth’s life, in the form of a twisted scaffold lined with a sequence composed of four data-encoding molecules.What if there are better molecules for other purposes?The new research points “toward there being large spaces of unexplored chemistry relevant to pharmacology and biochemistry and efforts to understand the origins of life,” according to the paper published in the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling.The researchers uncovered the rich variety of possible data storage molecules using a program called MOLGEN 5.0.Then, they used another program called Pipeline Pilot to generate new structures with the same chemical formulas to see what they might have missed.
UK
It spurred the state's greatest debris cleanup since the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.It’s still going on today, contractor pickups plastered with various acronyms prowling the town; crews still restoring power and cable, ensuring there’s clean water, hauling debris, and otherwise trying to lay the foundation for a future Paradise that may bear little resemblance to the one that vanished a year ago.The landscape has become more flammable due to climate change and human development, and now we bear the burden of the consequences.For other towns, for millions of people, it’s meant rolling blackouts to stave off power grid-sparked fires.And for California’s government, it’s meant turning to prison labour to battle increasingly intense blazes.There are still people living here.
US
Disney Plus already has 1.9 million US subscribers ahead of its launch on Tuesday, according to data from analytics company Jumpshot.34% of those subscribers use at least one other streaming service, according to Jumpshot.For instance, Verizon is offering a free year to Verizon Wireless Unlimited customers, new Fios Home Internet customers, and new 5G Home Internet customers.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The data is based on desktop and mobile web subscriptions in the US.Disney did not immediately return a request for comment.
Sweden
But for a pure electric vehicle in its range, Toyota has maintained that hybrids are a better solution.However, now that they have entered into an agreement with the chinese BYD to develop electric cars in a new, jointly owned company.In the automotive industry, my interest is shifting from hybrids and plug-in hybrids, to rural electrification, but the internal combustion engines, but Toyota is going against the grain.the Company is the only one of the largest manufacturers of the day, the lack of a pure electric vehicle in the world.In an interview with the New Technology, " explained Toyota's chief technology officer Shigeki Terashi, that pure electric cars can't stand on its own two feet, without subsidies.long-term bet on the hybrid technology, and his company, therefore it is a manufacturer that has been making the right choice, he said.
UK
Beleaguered ride-sharing giant Uber continued to torch cash like an outdated Joker reference in Q3 2019, but it claims that the news is positive because parts of its business would technically be profitable if one looked past all the ways it’s losing money.In quarterly results posted on Monday, Uber reported a net loss of roughly $1.2 billion – which the Wall Street Journal reported beat many analysts’ expectations, but still stood as the third-largest since it began issuing reports in 2017.That’s significantly better than its last quarter, in which it cast $5.2 billion into the flames, though it’s not much of an improvement when considering that quarter’s one-time charge of $3.9 billion for stock compensation.Uber reported that its core ride-sharing business is now profitable to the tune of $631 million on revenue of $2.9 billion, but only when excluding major categories of non-operating expenditures such as interest, depreciation, and stock-based compensation.That $631 million number, which again exists only in theory, is higher than its Q3 2018 total of $416 million.As Ars Technica noted, these are real costs that can’t be discounted and will continue to dog Uber’s business.
US
Now, researchers have demonstrated a potential new security risk: it’s possible to issue commands to smart speakers with lasers instead of spoken words, as Wired reports.The researchers found that by changing a laser’s intensity to a specific frequency and pointing the laser directly at a smart speaker’s microphone, they could make the microphone interpret the laser as if it were sound, letting them issue a command to the voice assistant powering the device.And it seems like practically every voice assistant may be vulnerable to this vector of attack, as the researchers say they have tested this on Google Home devices, Amazon Alexa devices, and Facebook’s Portal Mini, as well as some smartphones including an iPhone XR, a sixth-generation iPad, a Samsung Galaxy S9, and a Google Pixel 2.There’s also a video of a laser asking Google Home to tell the time and a video of a laser issuing a command across buildings:This is wild stuff — but it’s not probably not easy for a potential attacker to pull off.For one, the attacker needs line of sight to the device they’re pointing a laser at — through a window, most likely.
UK
BlizzCon is set to kick off tomorrow, and Blizzard is widely expected to reveal Diablo 4 during the show.As with many expected big-name reveals, there have been a number of leaks surrounding the game, and the latest one paints an encouraging picture for those who have a soft spot for Diablo 2.It seems that Blizzard has looked to Diablo 2 for a lot of inspiration for Diablo 4, which should make a lot of franchise fans happy.It isn’t very surprising to hear that Blizzard is tapping its work with Diablo 2 when it comes to developing Diablo 4.While a lot of folks will tell you that Diablo 3 in its current state is a pretty solid game, it didn’t get the warmest reception on release.A lot of that had to do with Blizzard’s ill-advised real money auction house, but fans also lamented the shifting tone of the series as a whole.
US
You can turn off your PS4 without a controller by using the power button on the front of the console.You can put the PS4 in rest mode by pressing the power button on the front of the PS4 until it beeps once.To turn off the PS4 completely, press and hold the power button for about seven seconds, until it beeps twice.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Normally, the best way to turn off a PlayStation 4 is via its controller.However, if your controller dies while the console is on, you're not out of luck.
US
Walmart announced today an expansion of its existing relationship with financial services provider Green Dot, which will continue to serve as the issuing bank and program manager for the Walmart MoneyCard program for another seven years.The two companies also agreed to partner on the creation of a new accelerator that focuses on the intersection of retail and consumer financial services.The accelerator, called Tailfin Labs, will help startups develop solutions that integrate omni-channel shopping and financial tech, which can be aimed either at consumers or businesses.These may involve products built on top of Green Dot’s “Banking-as-a-Service” (BaaS) platform.“Green Dot is extremely proud and honored to both extend our MoneyCard partnership for many years and to additionally enter into an entirely new equity partnership with Walmart in the creation of a fintech accelerator,” said Steve Streit, founder and CEO, Green Dot, in a statement.“We believe the combination of Walmart’s unmatched retail ecosystem with Green Dot’s innovative and highly flexible BaaS platform, which enables the world’s largest technology and consumer brands to address their consumers with bespoke financial products and services, has the opportunity to create and bring to market many new and exciting innovations over the years to come.”
US
T-Mobile continued its recent run of strong wireless growth, bolstering the nation's third-largest carrier even while it awaits the status of its pending merger with Sprint and prepares to launch its nationwide low-band 5G network.In its third-quarter earnings posted Monday afternoon, the self-proclaimed "Un-carrier" added 1.7 million subscribers, 754,000 of which were postpaid phone additions, to bring its total count to 84.2 million subscribers.The postpaid subscriber, who pays at the end of the month and is valued more highly by financial analysts, saw a 3% year-over-year increase.Revenue for the quarter came in at $11.1 billion, lower than the $11.33 billion analysts polled by Yahoo Finance estimated.The earnings come as T-Mobile prepares for what is shaping up to be a busy end of the year.After launching higher-frequency millimeter-wave 5G in a handful of cities earlier this year, the carrier is planning to launch its nationwide, low-band 5G network that it says will cover 200 million people before the end of 2019 including indoors and over wider areas.
US
These Google Pixel deals slash up to $265 off the best 2-in-1 Chromebook complete with the keyboard and Pixel Pen attachments.Walmart’s and Amazon’s Google Pixel Slate bundles, you get the base tablet, keyboard attachment, and Pixelbook Pen all in one package.You can buy the $1,100 Core m3 model for $894 or the $1,413 Core i5 128GB variant for $1,149.You can save an additional $50 when you apply and are approved for an Amazon Rewards Visa card.Stocks for these 2-in-1 deals are very limited, so hurry and place your order now.Google Pixel Slate (Core m3, 8GB RAM, 64GB Storage) — $206 off
UK
Instagram is forcing you to make do with the face you were born with, so if you want to indulge in filters, go elsewhere.The platform has announced its intention to remove filters that make your face look less like you and more like you if you dedicated some serious time and money to restructuring you entire head and body, and frankly, I feel personally attacked.If I wanted to post unfiltered pics of my giant moon face - well, I wouldn't.I prefer to fool the world into thinking I don't look like a troll that just walked headfirst into a spiky wall."We're re-evaluating our policies - we want our filters to be a positive experience for people," a spokesman said, who probably has the face of Adonis, and doesn't understand the struggles of taking a half decent selfie."While we're re-evaluating our policies, we will remove all effects from the [effects] gallery associated with plastic surgery, stop further approval of new effects like this and remove current effects if they're reported to us."
UK
With the launch of the Disney Plus streaming service this November, though, those Star Wars TV shows and movies will finally all be in one place.Previously scattered across Disney Life, Netflix, and other rental and purchase services, Star Wars on Disney Plus looks set to give fans of Star Wars a centralized way to access a whole lot of content, not to mention the exclusive shows like The Mandalorian coming to the platform.With 4K / HDR support for all Disney Plus subscribers, the only thing stopping you from enjoying Star Wars movies and shows to the fullest will be whether you have a 4K TV capable of pushing those pixels to the max.There have been 11 live-action Star Wars movies to hit cinemas, including the prequel trilogy and latest films featuring Adam Driver, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley.We expect every Star Wars movie to hit the service at some point, though not all of them will be on the service at launch – and there will no doubt be a few months between the theatrical release and new film landing on the service.Release schedule: Star Wars Disney Plus movies
US
Ford is launching a fleet of new electric cars, including a “Mustang-inspired” crossover with 300 miles of range.Those cars will need charging stations, so like other automakers before it, Ford will have to invest in infrastructure as well as in the vehicles themselves.The Blue Oval will use Volkswagen’s Electrify America network for public charging and provide assistance to customers setting up home charging.The entity was always intended to be brand agnostic, but Ford is the first major automaker to commit to using it.Lucid Motors has also said it will use Electrify America, but it’s a small startup that hasn’t delivered any cars to customers yet.Customers will be able to access Electrify America charging stations using the FordPass app, and will be able to take advantage of high-power DC fast-charging stations.
China
Alibaba’s fintech affiliate Ant Financial is in talks with lenders for a syndicated loan of up to $3.5 billion, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.Why it matters: Ant Financial’s latest funding move follows a raft of Chinese tech firms seeking to lower debt costs.Some big borrowers in the region have been taking advantage of abundant liquidity in the loan market amid a slump in deal volume.Details: Ant Financial is in discussions for $2.5 billion in financing that comes with a $1 billion greenshoe option, according to Bloomberg citing people familiar with the matter.An Ant Financial spokesperson told TechNode that the company does not comment on market rumors.The price for the three-year loan in question is less than 100 basis points over the London interbank offered rate known as Libor, or 1%, according to unnamed sources.
US
That's because bananas have potassium.Potassium is an important nutrient for humans, and an even more important nutrient when it comes to alfalfa.With an economic value of $9 billion annually in the United States, alfalfa is the most valuable crop behind corn and soybeans."For example, it's important for converting sunlight to energy, transporting molecules and growing new cells.""In addition to being costly for growers, over-fertilization can put dairy cows at risk of milk fever," says Jungers.So, Jungers and his team wanted to identify potassium fertilization rates that increase yield and nutritive value, while reducing potassium concentration in the tissue.
US
Databricks, the big data analytics service founded by the original developers of Apache Spark, today announced that it is bringing its Delta Lake open-source project for building data lakes to the Linux Foundation and under an open governance model.The company announced the launch of Delta Lake earlier this year and even though it’s still a relatively new project, it has already been adopted by many organizations and has found backing from companies like Intel, Alibaba and Booz Allen Hamilton.“In 2013, we had a small project where we added SQL to Spark at Databricks […] and donated it to the Apache Foundation,” Databricks CEO and co-founder Ali Ghodsi told me.“Over the years, slowly people have changed how they actually leverage Spark and only in the last year or so it really started to dawn upon us that there’s a new pattern that’s emerging and Spark is being used in a completely different way than maybe we had planned initially.”This pattern, he said, is that companies are taking all of their data and putting it into data lakes and then do a couple of things with this data, machine learning and data science being the obvious ones.But they are also doing things that are more traditionally associated with data warehouses, like business intelligence and reporting.
Sweden
Men betydligt fler nyttjar sjukvårdens e-tjänster än vårdappar som Kry och Min Doktor, enligt undersökningen Svenskarna och internet.Digital vård är ett växande fenomen i samhället.Mer än häften, hela 53 procent av alla svenskar använder sjukvårdens digitala tjänster för att boka ett fysiskt läkarbesök.Detta innebär att vård ligger trea på listan över tjänsterna svenskar använder mest, efter Skatteverkets e-tjänster och e-betalningar i kollektivtrafiken.Just tidsbokning online har ökat med närmare 400 procent under de senaste två åren i Stockholm, enligt rapporten.Att en av tio svenskar använder digital vård som alternativ till fysiska besök visar att invånarna vill möta vården på nya sätt.
Sweden
En social bokapp som knyter samman läsare med varandra och med författare.Sweet Studio investerar i bolag i idéstadiet och vi tittade mycket på kinesiska konsumentappar”, säger Miles Scherrer som är vd för BookselfHan sökte sig sedan till startupgeneratorn Antler där han träffade han Jessica Mansourati.Redan efter nio månader lanserade de första versionen av sin app.Ambitionen är att användarna ska börja med att leta i den och bygga en ”bokhylla” med titlar på böcker de läst, eller vill läsa.Efter det kan de börja följa författare och kolla in Bookselfs egna listor över vad förebilder som Bill Gates läser.
US
Google's October 15 hardware event is fast approaching, and in addition to the launch of the Pixel 4, Google Home Mini 2, Google WI-Fi 2, and a new pair of Pixel Buds, the show should usher in a new Pixelbook.We've known the new Pixelbook would be called the "Pixelbook Go," but other than a few details from Chrome OS commits, the device has mostly been a mystery.Google takes its title as "least secretive device manufacturer" very seriously, though, and recently 9to5Google managed to just get a Pixelbook Go ahead of the event.They took a bunch of pictures and video.Unlike the fairly unique design of the original Pixelbook and the Pixel Slate, the Pixelbook Go mostly just looks like a MacBook.9to5Google got that vibe from the device in person, too, writing: "We can’t fathom that this laptop won’t immediately be labeled 'Google’s MacBook.'"
China
US Senator Marco Rubio on Wednesday requested that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review Bytedance’s 2017 acquisition of short video app Musical.ly, citing concerns that Bytedance apps are increasingly used to censor content, Reuters reported.Why it matters: As trade tensions between China and the US intensify, an increasingly wider swath of Chinese companies are facing scrutiny by US regulators.“TikTok US is localized, adheres to US laws, and stores all US user data in the US.Our content and moderation policies are led by our US-based team and are not influenced by any foreign government.The Chinese government does not request that TikTok censor content, and would not have jurisdiction regardless, as TikTok does not operate there.”Details: In a letter to the CFIUS chair, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Rubio said that Chinese apps are more frequently being used to silence open discussion of topics considered sensitive by the its government.
US
The competition for headphones sure got stiffer as more and more people seek an immersive listening experience but if you simply want to let go of the bulk and tune into good sound, then you might just find yourself at home with the Sennheiser CX 7.00BT Wireless in-ear headphones .These are perfectly ideal for those looking for wireless options but aren’t quite comfortable sporting true wireless earbuds.Needless to say, you won’t be able to roll this up, it is, however, convenient in other ways as it saves you the hassle of constantly having to reposition it around your neck or the trouble of digging them out of your bag.Portability is no less guaranteed with the included soft carry pouch that makes for easy storage as well as protect your headset from incurring any damages, and at only 48g, it’s unlikely to weigh you down.Wireless freedom, in this case, means not being tethered to your device and so most of the controls for playback, volume, calls, and power/pairing can be found on the left of the band.You’ll also find the integrated high-quality microphone here for clear and crisp calls, and when you need to talk to more than one person at a time, you’ll appreciate that the CX 7.00BT supports three-way calling.
US
Attackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Google’s Android mobile operating system that can give them full control of at least 18 different phone models, including four different Pixel models, a member of Google’s Project Zero research group said on Thursday night.There’s evidence the vulnerability is being actively exploited, either by exploit developer NSO Group or one of its customers, Project Zero member Maddie Stone said in a post.Exploits require little or no customization to fully root vulnerable phones.The vulnerability can be exploited two ways: (1) when a target installs an untrusted app or (2) for online attacks, by combining the exploit with a second exploit targeting a vulnerability in code the Chrome browser uses to render content.“If the exploit is delivered via the Web, it only needs to be paired with a renderer exploit, as this vulnerability is accessible through the sandbox.”A “non-exhaustive list” of vulnerable phones include:
UK
A former Yahoo software engineer has pleaded guilty in a US federal court of hacking into 6,000 personal Yahoo accounts, including his friends and workmates.Reyes Daniel Ruiz, 34, entered the guilty plea in San Jose this week, after he had been accused of hacking into thousands of Yahoo accounts through his work at the company, in an attempt to find sexual images and videos from the account holders.According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, these were accounts primarily belonging to younger women.Ruiz used his role as a software engineer at the firm to crack user passwords, which allowed him to access internal Yahoo systems to compromise the Yahoo accounts.Ruiz admitted to making copies of images and videos that he found in the personal accounts without permission, and stored the data at his home.And to make matters worse, once he had access to the Yahoo accounts, Ruiz admitted to compromising the iCloud, Facebook, Gmail, DropBox, and other online accounts of the Yahoo users in search of more private images and videos.
US
Already under fire for advancing Chinese foreign policy by censoring topics like Hong Kong’s protests and pro-LGBT content, the Beijing-based video app TikTok is now further distancing itself from U.S. social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, with a ban on political ads on its app.The company today says it will not allow political ads on TikTok, noting they don’t fit in with the experience the short-form video app aims to offer.“Any paid ads that come into the community need to fit the standards for our platform, and the nature of paid political ads is not something we believe fits the TikTok platform experience,” says Blake Chandlee, TikTok’s VP of Global Business Solutions, who recently joined the company from Facebook.“To that end, we will not allow paid ads that promote or oppose a candidate, current leader, political party or group, or issue at the federal, state, or local level – including election-related ads, advocacy ads, or issue ads,” he says.TikTok further explains that it wants to be known as a place for creative expression, and one that creates a “positive, refreshing environment” that inspires that creativity.It will further encourage these goals through its products like its fun filters and effects as well as its brand partnerships.
UK
À l’heure actuelle, le département IT doit accroître l’efficacité opérationnelle, tout en équipant les collaborateurs des bons outils, produits et services pour faire au mieux leur travail.Les entreprises ont besoin de la puissance des technologies les plus récentes pour faire face à l’évolution constante des environnements numériques, ainsi qu’à des collaborateurs hautement mobiles et très exigeants.Même si les contrôleurs (linéaires, axés sur l’informatique et isolés) et les transformateurs (agiles, axés sur les employés et flexibles) ont deux approches différentes, ils sont confrontés à des défis similaires et doivent faire appel à des partenaires afin de pouvoir se concentrer sur les tâches les plus stratégiques et répondre aux besoins des collaborateurs.Bien que leurs objectifs diffèrent, ces deux types d’IT font appel aux mêmes outils et sont bien conscients de la nécessité d’améliorer l’autonomie et la productivité de leurs collaborateurs.Pourtant, la divergence des objectifs a entraîné une divergence des approches en matière de cycle de vie des PC.
US
Blooper reels have long been adored by fans who cherish the behind-the-scenes goofiness from their favorite shows.There's just something a little unsettling when it's puppets doing the blooping.But please enjoy Netflix's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance blooper video released on Wednesday, complete with a crooning Skeksis, an interloping pigeon and lots and lots of screaming.The video covers a series of comedic on-set errors, from fallen wigs to twitching puppet eyes to skeZok, the Skeksis ritual master, singing the smarmy pop hit All By Myself.Age of Resistance debuted on Netflix in late August as a prequel series taking place long before the events of Jim Henson's 1982 movie The Dark Crystal.Both installments have walked an uneasy-yet-compelling line between children's entertainment and fantasy-horror.
China
Earlier this year, Japanese manufacturer Sharp had released the Sharp Aquos Zero – its most ambitious and its first foray into the OLED phone market.The Aquos Zero at the time was marketed as the world’s lightest smartphone with a 6-inch display.Its been 9 months down the line, and the Japanese Electronics major is out again with an update to the Zero – the Sharp Aquos Zero2.Again, the firm is touting the Aquos Zero2 as the lightest 6-inch phone, tipping the scales at just 143 grams.While that only means less strain on your hands, the Sharp Aquos Zero2 offers pretty much more than that.The device is Sharp’s first with an in-display fingerprint scanner, and what is more, it features an OLED display with an insane 240Hz refresh rate.
Sweden
The chinese videoappen Tiktok has reached about 600 million users around the world since its inception in the year 2014.the App, which you can create 15-second videos, and sync those to your music, is very popular among teenagers in Sweden, according to the annual reports of the Swedes, and the internet.In line with the fact videotjänsten also be called into question.Among other things, the company behind the app, is being accused of sending user data to China, which has led to the imposition of fines in the united states.In a review conducted by The Guardian, comes to light now that the Tiktok and instruct their innehållsmoderatorer to censor the content, which may be displeasing to the chinese government.According to the leaked document, which the newspaper has taken to including the videos that mention the forbidden city and tiananmen square, the independence of Tibet, or the Falun Gong, and be subject to self-censorship.
More

Top