Let’s be honest: pre-pandemic, working from home was a dream. After COVID-19 forced almost everyone to work remotely, we’ve discovered the new virtual workplace encompasses more than Zoom calls, virtual coffees, and cat memes in Slack. Tech companies did not exactly embrace working from home before the worldwide lockdown, despite studies showing working from home increases employee productivity. Skilled remote workers are also happier employees that are 9% more engaged and 50% less likely to quit their job. The crisis disproved the perception that working from home was counterproductive. By mid-May, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey emailed his employees that the entire workforce was… This story continues at The Next Web
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(Aarhus University) A team of researchers from Aarhus University have, for the first time ever, linked 40 years of productivity data from the construction industry with the actual work done. The results show that productivity in the construction industry has been declining since the 1970s. The results also explain the decline and how to achieve far more efficient construction in North America and Europe. The study has just been published in the scientific journal Construction Engineering and Management.
An investigation by Vice has revealed the market in stolen data counts government agencies as customers, as they seek to bypass data privacy laws.
Illustration: Alex Castro / The VergeGoogle search is launching a new feature that will let users check their pronunciation of unfamiliar words with the help of machine learning.When searching for a pronunciation guide, a user will be able to speak into their microphone, and Google will use AI to analyze how they pronounce the word.They’ll then receive feedback on how each syllable matches Google’s expected pronunciation.“For example, if you’re practicing how to say “asterisk,” the speech recognition technology analyzes how you said the word and then, it recognizes that the last soundbite was pronounced ‘rict’ instead of ‘uhsk,’” Google says.“Based on this, you will receive feedback on how you can improve next time.”
World leaders are gathering in Paris today to look at the benefits and challenges involved in reinventing government through digitization.On a more promising note, where such efforts have been implemented, the results have been impressive and offer a roadmap for a more profound shift toward e-government.“What’s at stake is government’s transformation and modernization,” said Axelle Lemaire, France’s former digital minister and now a partner at strategic consulting firm Roland Berger.“This is an area where Europe could be a leader.”Produced by Public, a European incubator that seeks to foster ties between startups and governments, the report was released in conjunction with the GovTech Summit.“GovTech” includes such sectors as health, education, smart cities, mobility, security, human resources, job markets, and civic technology.
Electronic cigarettes may have a similar effect on ‘good’ cholesterol levels as smoking traditional cigarettes, plus they may cause an increase in one’s level of LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol, according to a new study.Joining the research is a second study that has also linked vaping with worrisome effects on the body’s ability to pump blood — ones that are even worse than the troubles experienced by tobacco smokers.The findings are concerning for multiple reasons, not the least of which is the popular belief that vaping is ‘safer’ than smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes.A pair of new studies that are scheduled to be presented at an American Heart Association presentation are the latest to say otherwise, finding the people who vape experience worse blood flow issues than smokers.It has been established by past research that ordinary tobacco cigarettes cause a reduction in blood flow during exercise, but a new small study found that vapers may experience this reduced blood flow during rest as well as exercise.In comparison, blood flow is known to return to normal in smokers when they’re at rest.
Utan en ren elbil i sortimentet har Toyota hållit fast vid att hybrider är en bättre lösning.Men nu har de slutit ett avtal med kinesiska BYD om att utveckla elbilar i ett nytt, gemensamt bolag.I bilbranschen har intresset skiftat från hybrider och laddhybrider till elektrifiering utan förbränningsmotorer – men Toyota går mot strömmen.Företaget är en det enda bland de största tillverkarna som i dag saknar en ren elbil i sortimentet.I en intervju med Ny Teknik förklarade Toyotas teknikchef Shigeki Terashi att rena elbilar inte kan stå på egna ben utan subventioner.Genom sin långvariga satsning på hybridteknik är hans bolag därför den tillverkare som har tänkt rätt, menade han.
Mercury will transit the Sun for the first time since 2016 this coming Monday.The smallest planet’s eccentric orbit means it doesn’t often pass in front of the Sun from Earth’s vantage point.This year, part of the 5.5-hour transit will be visible to much of North America starting at 12:36 p.m. UTC.The eastern half of North America and all of South America will see the whole show, which will last until 6:04 p.m. UTC.Instead, it’s best to use a telescope with a solar filter, through which the transit will look like a small black speck passing in front of the Sun, which will appear 194 times larger than the speck.If you don’t have those tools, check if a local astronomy club will be hosting a public viewing.
Develop a system to estimate radiation dose due to solar energetic particles in real-timePossible dose estimation up to 100 km above a ground at anywhere in the EarthProvide ICAO a mandatory information for cosmic ray radiation protection management of aircrewsA research group led by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), and the National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) succeeded to develop a WArning System for AVIation Exposure to Solar energetic particles (WASAVIES), which can estimate radiation dose due to solar energetic particles in real-time just after the solar flare occurrence.This system can estimate radiation dose up to 100 km above a ground at anywhere in the Earth and monitor aircrew radiation dose in real-time.NICT starts to provide information on HF communications, GNSS positioning, and radiation exposure as the only Asian center for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) space weather centers.
Three cybersecurity experts told Business Insider about broader "insider threats," or the risk of surveillance and data breaches carried out by people employed by tech companies.The experts warned that tech companies should implement safeguards by addressing workplace culture, setting up ways to detect unusual behavior by employees, and more robustly protecting user data across the board.Federal charges unsealed Wednesday allege that Saudi Arabia carried out a massive online spying operation, snooping on the accounts of more than 6,000 Twitter users — and prosecutors say the country did it with the help of two Twitter employees.Twitter responded to the federal charges Wednesday, saying the company was thankful for the investigation and would cooperate with future investigations.A representative added that Twitter "limits access to sensitive account information to a limited group of trained and vetted employees."Three cybersecurity consultants told Business Insider that to protect against insider spying going forward, tech companies needed to vet employees and implement more rigorous protections of user data across the board.
A startup that adds a dose of Cash Cab to Uber and Lyft is getting a money pot of its own.Octopus Interactive, a company that offers ride-hail passengers cash prizes for playing games and watching ads through backseat tablets, has raised $10.3 million from investors including the digital venture arm of Sinclair Broadcast Group and MathCapital, an investment firm tied to ad vendor MediaMath.The company has purposely limited its ad business to direct sales until now, according to CEO Cherian Thomas, forgoing high-volume automation for more control of the passenger experience and blue-chip brand deals to establish a reputation as a premium supplier.“A lot of companies get out there, and they just do programmatic out of the gates,” Thomas said.“By going direct and by signing these massively attractive brands, we were able to give our platform credibility in the programmatic world.”Octopus’ primary media output is games—trivia and simple puzzles with a chance to win up to $25 in prizes—but the screens also cycle through questionnaires, weather forecasts and maps.
Welcome to the 21st century, where even death can't stop actors from being cast in new roles.James Dean, who died in 1955, has been "posthumously cast" in Finding Jack, a film about military dogs during the Vietnam War era, The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday.Directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh are making the film, an adaptation of the Gareth Crocker novel by the same name, through their production house Magic City Films, which reportedly acquired the rights to use Dean's image from his family.Dean will take on a secondary lead role, playing a character named Rogan, according to The Hollywood Reporter."We searched high and low for the perfect character to portray the role of Rogan, which has some extreme complex character arcs, and after months of research, we decided on James Dean," Ernst told the publication."We feel very honored that his family supports us and will take every precaution to ensure that his legacy as one of the most epic film stars to date is kept firmly intact.
Each week, Marvel surprises the young heroes by welcoming them into Marvel's Hero Project and turning their stories into actual comics other kids can read and be inspired by.You might remember Jordan from 2016, when she made headlines for building a prosthetic arm that shoots glitter -- when she was just 11 years old."People who are disabled, they're being ignored definitely in the design community," Jordan says in the series."Like paper towel dispensers in bathrooms that say use two hands, I can't do that.Jordan is a tireless champion for inclusivity in the industrial design community, and it's exciting to see how she's helping the next generation of kids like her build a more accessible world through DIY labs and workshops.Instead of just letting it go, Elijah convinced her to tell another adult and get help to stop the abuse.
Den svensk-schweiziska automationskoncernen ABB har fått i uppdrag att ansluta världens största havsbaserade vindkraftparker till det brittiska elnätet, skriver ABB i ett pressmeddelande.Beställare är det brittiska energibolaget SSE Renewables och norska Equinor.Vindkraftparkerna som ska anslutas ligger i Doggers bank i Nordsjön och ska när de är i bruk strömförsörja 4,5 miljoner hushåll.Enligt ABB kommer detta bli den första tillämpningen av högspänd likströmsöverföring på Storbritanniens marknad för havsbaserad vindkraft.Något ordervärde anges inte i pressmeddelandet.
Interesting news are on the horizon for WhatsApp users, one of the most popular instant messaging platforms in the world.The app will soon be available on different new devices.Already in the past, we have heard of this probable novelty and finally, it seems that it is in the implementation phase.In practice, it consists of the possibility of using the same WhatsApp account on different devices, even simultaneously.This applies in a useful and sensible way to those who use multiple smartphones.Or those who use a tablet accompanied by a smartphone.
Jozi officials claim they'll have 80% of systems back online as deadline expiresSeveral hours past the payment deadline, Johannesburg has vowed not to give in to criminal hackers who demanded £29,000 (4 bitcoins) not to publish its data, four days after the South African city shut down its public sector networks in response to the breach.Several "customer facing systems – including the city's website, e-services, and billing system[s]" – have remained offline since they were pulled down Thursday night "as a precaution" after a "network intrusion", which the city first announced just after 11pm local time on 24 October.In a statement issued this afternoon, city councillor Funzela Ngobeni said: "I can confirm that the city will not concede to their demands and we are confident that we will be able to restore systems to full functionality."The ransom demand, for 4 bitcoins, expired at 17:00 local time (15:00 UTC) today.Ngobeni, the city's elected finance chief, said that Joburg authorities had managed to switch on some of the city's billing and CRM systems as well as various others, including library admin and land ownership databases.
The BBC has announced that the international version of its news website is now available on the dark web, via the Tor web browser.The Tor browser is commonly used to surf the dark web, as it is used to navigate web pages without disclosing the user’s identity.That said, it has also been linked to criminal websites selling contraband such as drugs or outlawed weapons.But the Tor browser is also used by people who are seeking to avoid government surveillance and censorship, found in countries such as China and Russia.The BBC made clear that its decision to create a ‘dark web’ version of its news website was intended to help those people seeking independent news, free from government restrictions.The BBC said that countries including China, Iran and Vietnam, among others, have tried to block access to the BBC News website or programmes.
Bad working environments are bad for productivityNew research from workspace solutions provider Fellowes offers several stats that may reflect the problem of poor working conditions:Over 90% of office workers suffer health issues as a result of where they work.[ Take this mobile device management course from PluralSight and learn how to secure devices in your company without degrading the user experience. ]What makes this worse is the attitude some employers have to such complaints.The thing is, when you join the dots and recognize the costs of staff recruitment, retention and training and cross that against the costs of absence, illness and staff replacement, any failure to address these problems is almost certainly more costly than dealing with them.
Staff at Google are wary that the company may be building “an internal surveillance tool” with the purpose of crushing employee dissent, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.Bloomberg cited an internal memo from a Google staffer that the extension, which runs on a workplace version of Google Chrome that documents activity at the company, would automatically flag any employee who creates a calendar event “with more than 10 rooms or 100 participants.” The memo argued that this functionality is an “attempt of leadership to immediately learn about any workers organisation attempts”; three Google employees also anonymously talked to Bloomberg about the matter.For its part, Google has portrayed the matter as much ado about basic spam prevention, telling Bloomberg in a statement that “These claims about the operation and purpose of this extension are categorically false.This is a pop-up reminder that asks people to be mindful before auto-adding a meeting to the calendars of large numbers of employees.”Google staff have raised concerns around the company’s Project Maven contract to build drone AI for the Pentagon, which was later discontinued, and spoken out against its rumoured plans to build a censored search engine in China.Organisers involved in the walkout effort later claimed they were retaliated against, which Google denied.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, an outspoken tech industry figure who is apparently not afraid to criticize other business leaders, spent all week bashing Facebook over the company’s refusal to moderate certain content on its platform, like political ads that contain lies.He’s on tour promoting his book, Trailblazer, and is understandably generating headlines and free promotion as a result.That’s because, according to BuzzFeed News, Salesforce lawyers are using Section 230 as a defense in not one, but seven lawsuits involving the website Backpage, to which Salesforce reportedly sold its cloud-based sales management software and other services.Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is the law that keeps tech platforms from being held accountable for the content posted by their users, and it’s that same law Salesforce lawyers think will protect it from having provided technical assistance to a company that was shut down by the feds for breaking numerous money laundering and prostitution laws.They need to be held accountable for propaganda on their platform.— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) October 16, 2019
Rocket Lab has added another successful commercial launch to its track record: The rocket startup’s ‘As The Crow Flies’ mission took off today from its LC-1 launch site in New Zealand as planned.The rocket took off at 9:22 PM ET (6:22 PM PT), during its second launch opportunity of the day after the first window was pushed due to high altitude winds.This is the ninth Electron launch for the company thus far, and the eighth mission for a commercial customer (the first was a test mission in 2017) since it began ferrying payloads for paying clients in 2018.Today’s launch carried a satellite called ‘Palisade’ for client Astro Digital, which is a technology demonstrator that will test the company’s next-generation geocommunications satellite design.This mission was a late-stage substitute, swapping in for another Rocket Lab client who had to delay their own launch.Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck told TechCrunch that “Electron is a launch on demand service — we’re ready when the launch customer is,” highlighting the flexibility of the launch service they offer to adapt to the needs of their customers.
There weren’t many surprises at the Made by Google event because there were so many leaks in the weeks and months leading up to it, but now that the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are here it’s clear that there are some highlights and some disappointments.Not only is this great for reducing blur during gaming action it makes everything feel just a bit smoother and slicker.For some reason Google has decided to shrink the battery in the Pixel 4, from 2,915mAh to 2,800mAh.I like the built-in radarThe idea of gestures to control your phone is far from new, but we’ve yet to see anyone do it right.Project Soli has been running for years and Google has finally decided it’s ready to roll out with the Pixel 4.
No one ever said science education was easy.Certainly the concepts we teach, like conservation of momentum or quantum mechanics, can be hard to grasp.But what really complicates the endeavor is that we’re also trying to teach a deeper lesson at the same time—to help students understand the nature of science itself.All too often, young people get the impression that science is about learning certain “laws” and then applying them to different situations.After all, that’s what we make them do on tests, to show that they’ve been doing the work.It's difficult to help students understand that aspect of science when we just give them the models to begin with.
In late August, images of a rumored PlayStation 5 design began making the rounds, and they looked like nothing we had ever seen before.The console featured a large cutout on the top, with vents running along the inside, and some presumed it had to be a fake mock-up by a clever fan.However, it appears that this might actually be the design of the PS5 — or at least its development kit.The design was originally confirmed to be for the PlayStation 5’s development kit by Codemasters senior artist Matthew Scott, but after hit original tweet was removed, it became unclear if the confirmation was accurate.A new feature from Wired appears to have done just that, remarking that the development kit it was shown looked quite similar to the renders we have already seen.Sony was not willing to comment on whether this design is going to be similar to the final consumer model, but it would certainly be a change for the PlayStation brand.
Elbilspionjären purchased by the canadian batteriteknikbolaget Hibar Systems.the Acquisition is to be seen as a step forward towards in-house manufacturing of lithium-ion cells.He has long made use of the lithium-ion cells from Panasonic, in both autos and energy, however, for some time, there is evidence that the company is experimenting with its own celltillverkning.There is a theory that is now burning off, that He has acquired the canadian company, Hibar Systems working with the automated production of lithium-ion cells in order to, among other things, electric cars and laptop computers.It is reported by the site, the Electric Autonomy.the Election itself is still, so far, it has neither been out of the public with the purchase, or wanted to comment on it.
Yesterday, Microsoft held its annual Surface hardware event, and as usual, the company unveiled several new devices that are currently in the works.The latest announcements include news on the Surface Laptop 3.During the presentation, Microsoft claimed that the third generation of the Surface Laptop would be a thin and “easily repairable” laptop.“We continue to focus on the purity of this design, which was critical.But we also — for our commercial customers — we wanted to add the elements of serviceability, repairability, the thing that matters for customers,” Surface head Panos Panay explained.Panay lifted the keyboard away from the body of the computer, exposing the module-inspired design.
Adobe's new painting and drawing app, Fresco, is out for iPads and will come soon to the Microsoft Surface.While there are similar apps available, the Photoshop maker says it's designed Fresco to have a natural feel and be easy for anyone to pick up.Working on it initially as Project Gemini, Adobe used its creative artificial intelligence, called Sensei, to create "live brushes" that perform realistically.This means brush strokes using oil or watercolor paints flow, have realistic physics and can blend into each other.Adobe Fresco is available in the Apple App Store for the iPad, and it's free... kind of.Those with certain Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions can use the app for no additional cost.