Using ultra-high-speed cameras and modern audio capture techniques, the researchers, from the University of Cambridge, found that the 'plink, plink' sound produced by a water droplet hitting a liquid surface is caused not by the droplet itself, but by the oscillation of a small bubble of air trapped beneath the water's surface.In addition, the researchers found that changing the surface tension of the surface, for example by adding dish soap, can stop the sound.The results are published in the journal Scientific Reports."A lot of work has been done on the physical mechanics of a dripping tap, but not very much has been done on the sound," said Dr Anurag Agarwal of Cambridge's Department of Engineering, who led the research."But thanks to modern video and audio technology, we can finally find out exactly where the sound is coming from, which may help us to stop it."Agarwal, who leads the Acoustics Lab and is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, first decided to investigate this problem while visiting a friend who had a small leak in the roof of his house.
Marks & Spencer is the latest retailer to work with Microsoft on revamping the high-street shopping experienceMicrosoft has formed a deal with Marks & Spencer to provide artificial intelligence expertise that could revamp the high street shopping experience.The companies provided few details about how AI could be used by the department store chain, but M chief executive Steve Rowe said the technology could prove a “game-changer” for UK retail.“M is transforming into a digital-first retailer, at a time when the sector is undergoing a customer-led revolution,” Rowe said.“We want to be at the forefront of driving value into the customer experience using the power of technology.”Under Rowe M last year announced a five-year transformation plan aimed in part at giving the company a more digital focus.
Based in Singapore and Japan, the young company helps fish farms optimize their feeding practices through data and AI, helping them lower their costs and prevent waste and damage to the environment.It sounds like a worthy cause to put money into, and sure enough, Umitron today announced it raised a seed round worth US$8.2 million.Umitron uses a combination of underwater sensors and data analytics to monitor fish activity in fish farms.Umitron feels its product can help lower costs for fish farmers, for whom feeding is more than 70 percent of their expenditure, says managing director Masahiko Yamada.That’s where the founding team’s training comes in: co-founders Yamada and Ken Fujiwara are aerospace engineers and have previously worked on satellite technology, while co-founder Takuma Okamoto is a software engineer.As a result, Umitron uses edge computing principles – this way, a lot of the data analytics and processing is done locally on the device installed at the fish farm, rather than being sent to a server.
No cables, no adaptors (heh), and none of the stuff that generally looks messy as you wrangle with your technology day to day.While everyone is fully aware that Apple ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7, a new rumour claims the company seriously considered removing the Lightning port on the iPhone X.The gist of the delays are that making a matt that can handle multiple devices at once is complicated, especially if you want to avoid the issue of excess heat.Apple designers eventually hope to remove most of the external ports and buttons on the iPhone, including the charger, according to people familiar with the company’s work.That wasn’t feasible at the time because wireless charging was still slower than traditional methods.Including a wireless charger with new iPhones would also significantly raise the price of the phones.
TVAddons has never been without its controversy.The depository of Kodi addons has long been accused of facilitating piracy on the platform, a claim it has adamantly denied, and it's resulted in a lot of legal trouble for the platform and its founder Adam Lackman.Lackman is currently being sued by a number of telecoms providers, including those based in the USA and Canada, and now he's throwing in the towel.The latest update in the court cases saw bailiffs re-enter his home in the hopes of seizing property that could be used to pay off the CAD $50,000 (£28,292) he's been told to pay to cover the telecoms company's lawyers.They left with a laptop and two "near worthless" prints which are to be sold at auction, unless Lackman can come up with the money - which has since grown to CAD $57,500 (£32,536).That said, his lawyers will be blocking the seizure of his laptop, claiming it falls under “work instruments needed for the exercise of your profession.” Lackman claims the bailiff will have known this, but seized it anyway to cause him additional grief.
After Brian Krzanich handed in his notice of resignation, Intel has announced Bob Swan will step out of the accountants office and will lead the company as Interim CEO.An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, after it emerged Krzanich had a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee, though details on the saga are relatively thin for the moment.The search for the next CEO is underway, though with the 5G dawn beginning to emerge, appointing the right person to head the technology ambitions of the company is critical.“The board believes strongly in Intel’s strategy and we are confident in Bob Swan’s ability to lead the company as we conduct a robust search for our next CEO,” Intel said in a statement.We appreciate Brian’s many contributions to Intel.”What this means for the business is anyone’s guess, with future fortunes riding on the appointment of the next permanent CEO.
Three years down the line from its introduction, you’ll find it on most smartphones and many laptops, but its apparent simplicity isn’t the whole story.It doesn’t refer to the actual USB standard supported by a cable or port, but its physical shape and the technology and wiring that can be built in.As we’ve mentioned, this connector can technically support data transfer, charging, video output (technically known as Alternate Mode), and more.These underlying USB standards, as well as connector types like USB-C, are developed by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF).New plugs and new USB technology are often revealed at the same time, which can be confusing, but they’re technically separate—it’s the version of USB, as well as the physical shape and configuration of the port, that determines what you can do with your smartphone or your laptop.As for the accompanying USB-C standard, that’s not been changed since its introduction.
Join tech luminaries and Jenny Agutter for a night on the tilesThe Register is partnering with Byte Night, the annual tech-heavy sleepout fundraiser for Action for Children, the UK charity which has been caring and sticking up for vulnerable young people for 150 years.So, why don’t you sign up now if you want to do something for vulnerable young people, think you can rough it with the best of them, and fancy spending a pleasant evening, then a long chilly night, with stars of both tech and entertainment.This year’s sleepout happens on 5 October, at 12 different locations up and down and right across the UK.And if you’re in tech and in Yorkshire, you can now join in the fun at the newest sleepout location, Leeds.You head over to the Byte Night website, and register, either individually or as a team.
Red Hat returns robust resultsStrong growth in subscriptions, including to the company’s OpenShift – a container application platform built on Docker – drove positive results for open source giant Red Hat in Q1, the company reported late Thursday.The Raleigh, North Carolina-headquartered company reported revenues of $814 million (up 20 percent) for the quarter, with subscription revenue from application development-related and other emerging technology offerings up 37 percent.“We also drove 48 percent year-over-year growth in the number of deals over one million dollars in the quarter which is evidence of our ability to expand our technology footprint with customers,” stated Eric Shander, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Red Hat.“As in March when we gave our annual guidance, we continue to expect strong demand for our hybrid cloud enabling technologies.Net income was $113 million for the quarter.
Robert Swan has taken over as interim chief executive officer while they search for a new CEOBrian Krzanich has resigned as Intel’s CEO and has also stepped down from the board of directors following Intel’s discovery of a consensual relationship he had with an employee in the past.Intel was informed recently about Mr Krzanich’s relationship history with an Intel employee.This information triggered an internal investigation in the company: “An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers,” Intel said in a released statement.Many large corporations have strict non-fraternisation policies in place and the resignation of Brian Krzanich shows that for Intel these polices apply to every employee within the company.“Given the expectation that all employees will respect Intel’s values and adhere to the company’s code of conduct, the board has accepted Mr Krzanich’s resignation,” Intel have commented.
IBM has announced that its containerised “Cloud Private” application development platform now syncs with its managed infrastructure Cloud Managed Services.The American multinational technology giant released IBM Cloud Private in late-2017 where it is part of their main hybrid cloud strategy.The offering allows customers to design, develop, deploy and manage on-premises, containerised cloud applications behind their firewall on-premises, or in many public cloud environments.Mark Slaga, General Manager for IBM Cloud Services said: “By combining the power of IBM Cloud Managed Services and IBM Cloud Private, customers will be able to benefit from a highly-secure and versatile environment for managing and modernizing apps and turning decades of data into competitive advantage.”With the solution being based upon Kubernetes container technology, it adds self-service Platform-as-a-Service capabilities to the company’s CMS cloud infrastructure.The new solution is designed to build, modernise and deploy applications in client-managed environments.
In today’s news, Taobao taps China’s rural counties, South Korea commits millions to blockchain investments, and a Tech in Asia startup pitch battle winner bags funding.Rural regions to see more of Taobao (China).Launched in October 2014, Rural Taobao currently covers 700 counties with over 30,000 service centers where villagers can buy and sell items online.The group says it wants to connect the countryside with cities through this initiative, adding that around half of China’s 1.3 billion people are rural dwellers.Online travel agency Cleartrip buys Saudi Arabian travel startup Flyin (India).Subject to regulatory approval, the transaction is said to be worth up to US$70 million.
The experience of dealing with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Siri, among others, almost feels like talking to someone over a walkie-talkie.Google’s new Continued Conversations feature does make it feel more natural now but beware: you now have to be more careful what you after Google has answered you back.What Continued Conversations does is simply have a delay after Google Assistant has delivered the answer to your question where it will be sitting there listening to your next query.This simple change is admittedly powerful.That’s pretty much all there is to it.The next time you say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” and ask it something, follow it up with one question after another in a back and forth endless Q You won’t have a to say “OK Google” again, at least not until you accidentally say “Thank you” or “Stop”.
Tencent has rebutted reports claiming it plans to increase its advertising revenue to up to 40% of its gross corporate revenue.According to tech media outlet 36Kr (in Chinese), a high-level officer at Tencent said on June 21 that in one to two years the company plans to increase its advertising revenue’s contribution to corporate gross revenue to 30% to 40%.TechNode contacted Tencent to confirm the information.Major websites in China including Sohu Tech and financial information platform Tonghuashun (同花顺) are still republishing and circulating the information.According to Tencent’s fiscal report for the first quarter of 2018 (in Chinese), the company’s advertising revenue channels include internet advertising, social media advertising, and other advertising.Additionally, social and other advertising revenue grew by 69% to RMB 7.39 billion, largely due to WeChat Moments’ advertising services.
Tel Aviv treated to Brucey's bonus viewsIsrael Cyber Week With insecure computers in charge, the healthcare and transportation sectors have become a nexus of security problems, infosec veteran Bruce Schneier warned delegates at Israel Cyber Week.Schneier said that confidentiality attacks, such as leaks of personal information, are being replaced by more dangerous integrity and availability attacks.Schneier told El Reg after his speech: "Everybody understands what might happen if your pacemaker is hacked and it delivers a lethal charge, but what if I took over some inter-connected robot toy and tripped you in your house?It's a little more subtle."Cars and medical devices are the near-term examples that are very evocative."
Netflix’s tax arrangements have again come in for scrutiny after it emerged that not only did the streaming service manage to pay zero UK corporation tax over the last financial year, but that it also wrangled a £174,000 rebate from the government.The entertainment provider earns around £500m per annum from British subscribers, fueling a global market capitalization of £131bn, but recorded a pre-tax profit of a paltry €1.2m last year.Netflix achieved this feat by classing its UK business as a service arm of its Netherlands HQ, routing revenues offshore in a similar controversial fashion to the likes of Google and Amazon.The savvy firm was in fact able to earn money from the government by taking full advantage of a tax credit scheme designed to draw film and TV production to the UK.In a statement Netflix wrote: “We are investing hundreds of millions in the UK entertainment industry, with close to 40 projects under way this year including new seasons of The Crown and Black Mirror and co-productions with British broadcasters.“Netflix is contributing to the UK economy in many different ways, including generating significant amounts of VAT for the UK government through the provision of our service to UK-based subscribers.”
The advertising industry’s grande dame of publishing Campaign turned 50 this year and to celebrate The Drum sent it a little gift during its party in Cannes.As part of our rebrand, launched during The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, The Drum sent its marching brand to serenade the attendees of the annual beach party.As expected, the drummers, wearing the new logo on both t-shirts and instruments, were given a warm reception by the organisers who were over the moon to receive the gift of music.We look forward to another 50 years of working with you.It's been a busy week for The Drum at Cannes Lions, where we have been hosting our own pop-up pub, The Drum Arms, and hosting an array of talks and interviews including a world exclusive one-on-one with Sir Martin Sorrell.Catch up on all our coverage here.
Incredibles 2 is a stunning, delightful film for a number of different reasons, but one that we haven’t really talked about much is the fact that, in many ways, it feels a lot more like a remake of the original film rather than a full-on sequel.As I left the cinema after watching Incredibles 2 and began to replay various scenes in my head, I was a bit disappointed to realise that yeah, a lot of the film’s best action sequences and jokes are reiterations of beats from the first Incredibles.Bob’s inability to be flexible in his family life, Jack-Jack revitalising Edna’s passion for design, and even Helen catching people by transforming into a parachute while an aircraft explodes above them all feature prominently in the latest instalment of the Parr family’s story.Typically, when sequels revisit successful bits like this from earlier films, it has the unintended side effect of making the latest movie feel stale and uninspired.But with Incredibles 2, it actually ends up turning the film into an interesting examination of just what kind of franchises Disney and Pixar are trying to build with the Incredibles brand.There’s a moment toward the end of the film where one of the Parr kids turns on their new television in the middle of an episode of Johnny Quest.
Since its first release, we’ve come to ask Siri everything.The Drum decided to talk to it a bit more, interviewing the human ‘original voice’, Susan Bennett.Fasa ask fasa ask fuzzy.” In 2005, Susan Bennett, a voice-over actor and musician based in Atlanta, Georgia, recorded thousands of such phrases for four hours a day, five days a week, for what she thought was “a sort of phone messaging system”.Six years later this became the first voice of Siri.Among several other voice actors, Bennett’s brief was to read thousands of phrases and sentences at the same pitch, the same pace and in the same tone for a Texan company.“It was very, very, very tedious work, and I didn’t know how it was going to be used or that Apple wanted to create all of the possible sound combinations in the English language.”
McCann London has expanded its creative team with a succession of five new hires and promotions led by the appointment of Ross Neil as new executive creative director.Having previously served as executive creative director at WCRS, Neil will serve alongside McCann London’s chief creative officers Rob Doubal and Laurence Thomson to help run the creative department.Resources have been bolstered further with the arrival of creatives Ran Stallard and Jenna Morrissey from Ogilvy who boast a wealth of experience working for clients such as Vodafone, Greenpeace and Volvo.Elsewhere Jessica Hayes, formerly of Google Ventures business Wonderbly, has been signed up as new head of talent followed in quick succession by McCann’s own Lisa Carrana who has been promoted to deputy head of art.Neil said: “It’s an honour to join an agency with such a creative pedigree.I cannot wait to get my teeth into some of the best accounts in the world, with some of the best talent in the world.