If 2017 was the spring of hope for Chinese bike-sharing startups’ international ambitions, 2018 is their winter of despair.And Hong Kong’s GoBee, which had similarly made a major international push, pulled out of Europe entirely before going bust last month.The dockless model makes it comparatively cheap for China’s bike-sharing startups to set up operations, but it also makes them incredibly vulnerable to theft and vandalism.In most countries, the operating company is ultimately responsible for fines related to misplaced, poorly parked, or vandalized bikes.When GoBee pulled out of France, its official notice cited “mass destruction”:In four months, 60 percent of our fleet was destroyed, stolen or privatized, making the whole European project no longer sustainable.
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Following in the precedent set by Oppo a couple of weeks ago with its F9 Pro handset, Huawei is reportedly going with a small teardrop-shaped notch on its upcoming Huawei Mate 20 smartphone, according to new leaked renders shared on XDA Developers.Looking closely, we can see a small speaker sitting just above the front-facing camera nestled within the notch, similar to the layout used by Oppo on the F9 Pro, only perhaps with a little more subtlety.On the rear of the phone, we have what's likely to be one of the Huawei Mate 20's more controversial design decisions (that is, if the renders prove accurate), with the device's triple lens camera and flash placed in a 2 x 2 arrangement that gives us very mild flashbacks to Light's ghastly L16 camera.That said, we're quite pleased to see that the Mate 20 will allegedly sport a 3.5mm headphone jack, much like Huawei's Mate 10 but very unlike the Mate 10 Pro.A USB Type-C port and a single down-firing speaker are also shown in the renders.According to XDA Developers, the Huawei Mate 20 will boast a new Kirin 980 chipset, a huge 4,200mAh battery, a 6.3-inch AMOLED screen, wireless charging and at least one version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
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It was back in July 2017 when Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the government’s intention to introduce new legislation that would “oblige” tech companies to help decrypt private communications in the name of national security.The Federal government has now released a draft of the Assistance and Access Bill 2018, which, when passed into law, will force tech giants like Facebook, Google, Apple and Twitter to offer a degree of cooperation in accessing devices or messages on encrypted platforms.A private industry body called The Digital Industry Group Inc (DIGI), representing the tech giants, has voiced its concerns over the draft bill in a statement on Monday, saying the government’s claim that the companies would not have to build backdoors into their products is false.According to DIGI, allowing law enforcement authorities access to private messages would open a can of worms which could potentially expose users’ data to hacking.The Bill gives Australia’s Attorney-General the authority to permit law enforcement agencies like the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to intercept private messages, but DIGI says the companies can’t be asked to “implement or build a system weakness, or a systematic vulnerability, into a form of electronic protection”.DIGI’s managing director, Nicole Buskiewicz, has said that protecting the users should be the government’s and the industry’s top priority, including “protecting the public’s privacy and data from attack” which “would likely be an unintentional consequence of the bill”.
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When you’re paying $1,000 for a smartphone, you expect it to be premium but also not so fragile.Given how that’s exactly what you’ll be paying for a Galaxy Note 9, you’d presume Samsung has taken great pains to ensure it won’t explode or even break.Of course, there’s always a first time for everything so JerryRigEverything put the phablet through its rigorous tests.The results, as they say, will surprise you.Given the almost standard components and materials on smartphones, some of those tests almost become boring and uneventful.Of course, you never know if there’s a surprise lurking around the corner.
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Reddit users expecting to catch up on the latest goings-on at the popular news discussion site Monday evening were instead met with a blank site."Sorry, for some reason reddit can't be reached," was the only text available when users tried to access the site.It wasn't immediately clear how long the outage had been going on or what the cause is.Reddit representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but the site said in on its status page that it's "investigating the issue."Reddit, the sixth-most trafficked site on the web and often referred to as "the front page of the internet," has struggled for years against bad behavior among some of its users.Earlier this year, the site introduced rules meant to crack down on involuntary pornography and deepfakes.
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PepsiCo will buy the Israel-based DIY soda company SodaStream in a deal worth $3.2 billion (£2.5 billion).The move is widely seen as an effort by Pepsi to prop up its catalogue of “healthy” food and drink options as it continues to wage battle against longtime rival Coca-Cola.Both PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have invested heavily in both healthier and eco-friendly alternatives over the past decade.The deal between Pepsi and Sodastream still needs to clear cursory regulatory hurdles, but PepsiCo plans to pay $144 (£113) cash per SodaStream share in the transaction using cash on hand.“Today marks an important milestone in the SodaStream journey.It is validation of our mission to bring healthy, convenient and environmentally friendly beverage solutions to consumers around the world.
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Joining its updated Alienware PCs, Dell has introduced a pair of new gaming monitors, the Dell Monitor 24 and 27.The smaller of the two sports a Full HD resolution, while the larger has a full 4K panel.Both models are part of the new Dell G lineup, targeting gamers specifically with overclocked refresh rates, AMD FreeSync, and more.The two displays, models S2419HGF and S2719DGF, are said to offer tear-free graphics via the aforementioned AMD FreeSync technology joined by overclocked refresh rates — the 24-inch model offers 144Hz and the 27-inch models offer 155Hz.Dell says both monitors have an input lag of less than 1ms.Digging into the specs, the 24-inch model has an anti-glare coating with a 3H hardness, 16:9 aspect ratio, 16.7 million colors, 160 / 170-degree viewing angles, LED edgelight, ComfortView, Dell Display Manager, and VESA mount compatibility.
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This surface ice appears to be trapped in shadowed craters at the lunar poles.Human or robotic missions could harvest such water and turn it into fuel for spacecraft.However, engineers who study space mining say we need to send rovers into craters to find out how wide or deep the ice deposits go.Their model detected hundreds of locations on the moon where ice may lurk very close to or directly at the moon's surface."This idea has been around for awhile," Gertsch, who studies how to extract resources in space, told Business Insider.Finding easy-to-extract deposits of lunar ice would do more than give astronauts something to drink.
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Artificial sweeteners are one of diet soda’s main ingredients.In the early 1960s, a new kind of beverage took the stage.It wasn’t a new shape, or color, or flavor.With fewer calories and less sugar, diet soda promised to be a healthier alternative to regular soda.But like most promises in life that sound too good to be true, it probably is.When we ate something sweet, for example, the brain sent signals to our pancreas.Which started producing insulin, that stored the sugar molecules in our cells for energy.
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Video games you play use rasterization while videos you watch use ray tracing – or that’s the way it’s been in the past.Ray tracing focuses on each pixel’s color and how light in the scene made that color so.Ray tracing isn’t new, it’s just newly available to the average person.It’s generally been used by people who want to make products that are rendered once, recorded, then played from there.That means movies and still-images.Because it takes a lot of time to ray trace any sort of scene, it was not possible to render enough frames-per-second to consider playing a video game with this technology.
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Instagram made its name by offering photo filters that gave the amateur’s pictures some professional sheen.Since the app’s search function is limited—you can search by creator, not subject—IGTV appears to be another vehicle where brands can let their hair down.YouTube already lets brands run on videos of any length, and Instagram classic has existed for years.Of course, this is where brands can get into trouble.There are countless instances of marketers trying to be edgy or funny in social media, only to have those posts taken out of context and then deemed offensive or insensitive.While edginess is too risky for most brands, weirdness is just fine.
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In this increasingly polarizing political climate, can you blame brands for playing it safe?Ever since Trump was elected, there’s been a kind of creative hangover in the industry, and bland spots have become the norm.But is a renaissance coming?On this week’s episode of the Adweek podcast, Yeah, That’s Probably an Ad, we’re joined by managing editor Stephanie Paterik and senior editor Doug Zanger to talk about the Trump creative slump.Plus, we discuss the late, great Aretha Franklin, who has a surprisingly long history in advertising, Ryan Reynolds charms us all with his out-of-office emails for Aviation gin (although for the record I’m TeamGosling) and Audi’s slick new ad made us smile.We also touch on this year’s Project Isaac winners, including McCann New York’s VR helmets for Nat Geo, where users were able to experience what’s it like to be in space.
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A new Mac mini and an entry-level laptop replacement for the MacBook Air could follow the 2018 iPhones as Apple’s big hardware news for the year.The new products, though unconfirmed by the Cupertino company itself, would finally bring updates to some of the oldest products in Apple’s portfolio.Indeed, there had been fears that Apple was simply planning to let the Mac mini languish until it made most sense to axe the form-factor completely.The current model dates back to October 2014, when Apple updated it with new processors and Intel Iris graphics.However the unibody hardware in general dates back to mid-2010.The new model – which, as before, is expected to come without a display or peripherals in the box – will be focused on “pro users” insiders say.
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Raytracing gives developers access to a wide range of effects that the current mainstream approach (rasterization) handles poorly.Here’s how things are done todayA 3D scene is made up of several elements: there are the 3D models, built from triangles with textures applied to each triangle; there are lights, illuminating the objects; and there's a viewport or camera, looking at the scene from a particular position.For each triangle in the scene, the rasterization engine determines if the triangle overlaps each pixel.This back-to-front, overwriting-based process is why rasterization is also known as the painter's algorithm; bring to mind the fabulous Bob Ross, first laying down the sky far in the distance, then overwriting it with mountains, then the happy little trees, then perhaps a small building or a broken-down fence, and finally the foliage and plants closest to us.Rasterization has the advantage that it can be done fast; the optimizations that skip triangles that are hidden are effective, greatly reducing the work the GPU has to do, and rasterization also allows the GPU to stream through the triangles one at a time rather than having to hold them all in memory at the same time.
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CAMBRIDGE, MA -- The human body produces many antimicrobial peptides that help the immune system fend off infection.Scientists hoping to harness these peptides as potential antibiotics have now discovered that other peptides in the human body can also have potent antimicrobial effects, expanding the pool of new antibiotic candidates.In the new study, researchers from MIT and the University of Naples Federico II found that fragments of the protein pepsinogen, an enzyme used to digest food in the stomach, can kill bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli.The researchers believe that by modifying these peptides to enhance their antimicrobial activity, they may be able to develop synthetic peptides that could be used as antibiotics against drug-resistant bacteria.The idea now is to use synthetic biology to modify them further and make them more potent," says Cesar de la Fuente-Nunez, an MIT postdoc and Areces Foundation Fellow, and one of the senior authors of the paper.Other MIT authors of the paper, which appears in the Aug. 20 issue of the journal ACS Synthetic Biology, are Timothy Lu, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and of biological engineering, and Marcelo Der Torossian Torres, a former visiting student.
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Xiaoji Xu, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Lehigh University, has been named a Beckman Young Investigator, earning a prestigious grant awarded by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation for "the most promising young faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life sciences."Xu is one of only ten 2018 Young Investigators named this year nationwide.The Young Investigators program is specifically focused on fostering the invention of methods, instruments, and materials that open up new avenues of research in science.Xu will receive $600,000 over four years to support the development of an infrared microscopy technique that bypasses the two current limitations of the current method: low spatial resolution due to the diffraction limit and incompatibility with the aqueous phase measurement due to the strong infrared attenuation from the water.According to Xu, the new technique will empower researchers to study previously inaccessible nanoscale objects, as well as chemical reactions and biological processes in the aqueous phase with an unprecedented spatial resolution."The support from the Beckman Foundation will elevate my research to the next level, towards label-free super-resolution imaging in the liquid phase, where many important chemical and biological processes take place," said Xu.
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An infrared look by NASA's Terra satellite found powerful storms in the center of Tropical Storm Cimaron that resembled a "Picasso-like" face as they zig-zagged around the center of circulation.On Aug. 20 at 8:45 a.m. EDT (1245 UTC) the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite analyzed Tropical Storm Cimaron's cloud top temperatures in infrared light.MODIS found cloud top temperatures of strongest thunderstorms were as cold as or colder than minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 62.2 Celsius) around the center.Cloud top temperatures that cold indicate strong storms that have the capability to create heavy rain.The Joint Typhoon Warning Center or JTWC noted that animated enhanced infrared satellite imagery showed banding features wrapping into a partially exposed low level circulation center.At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Cimaron was located near Latitude 19.0 degrees north and Longitude 147.0 degrees east.
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Basal body temperature readings and monthly menstruation data feed into an algorithm that tells users whether or not they should be having unprotected sex.Like most forms of birth control, it’s not foolproof; the app has been dogged by reports of unwanted pregnancies that prompted two ongoing investigations by European authorities into its Swedish maker’s marketing claims.It also recently added a research team based in Geneva, made up mostly of scientists hired away from CERN.The new team will search a growing collection of user information for insights, beyond contraception and planning a pregnancy, says Berglund.Users pay Natural Cycles a $10 monthly or $80 annual subscription fee, which includes an oral thermometer.Natural Cycles’ privacy policy states that in using the app each user grants the company and any of its partners broad rights to “use, reproduce, distribute, modify, adapt, prepare derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, communicate to the public, and otherwise utilize and exploit a user's anonymized information.”
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Today at Gamescom, NVIDIA announced three new graphics cards for the next generations.These 20-series cards are built on the company’s new RTX platform and represent a pretty large jump in capabilities over the 10-series.Regardless of the card you choose, you’ll have 4,352 CUDA Cores, along with a base clock speed of 1.35 GHZ.Boost clock speeds are where we find the first difference between the two, as the Founders Edition is capable of reaching 1.635 GHz while the standard 2080 Ti maxes out at 1.545 GHz.Each card will feature 11 GB of GDDR6 RAM, and is capable of speeds of 14 Gbps and bandwidth of 616 GB/s.Both cards top out at 7680 x 4320 resolution and can support four monitors at once.
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Apple has reportedly pulled thousands of apps from its App Store in China, possibly in response to pressure from government-run media outlets in recent weeks.The Wall Street Journal reported in late July that the Xinhua media outlet, China Central Television, and other state-controlled or state-supported news agencies had been criticising Apple for allowing certain content and platforms to flourish in the country.Specifically, CCTV called out Apple for featuring “gambling” apps claiming to be lottery apps approved by the state.And now Apple seems to be bowing to that pressure.According to new reports from the Journal and Bloomberg, CCTV claims Apple has taken down 25,000 apps, and at least 4,000 of the removed apps were “tagged with the keyword ‘gambling.’”Apple confirmed to Bloomberg and the Journal that it had already taken action.
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