Remember Energizer's massive slab of a phone with an 18,000 mAh battery?Well, despite being a large company with presumably plenty of cash, brand owner Avenir Telecom has decided to crowdfund it via Indiegogo, and it's going badly.The page has been up for a few days now, and at the time of writing it has... three backers.The funding tracker woefully notes it has raised "0% of $1,200,000."The P18K was written about in pretty much every tech publication going, and got far more attention than the actually quite interesting foldable phone they showed at the same time.Well, it unsurprisingly turns out that while people love the idea of a daft phone that's an inch thick and lasts forever, they don't actually want to buy one.
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This is a day of solemn kitsch: the unveiling of the Doomsday Clock, the minimalist midcentury dataviz that, since 1947, has been adjusted to dramatize the imminence of global catastrophe.On January 24, before a hushed assembly, Jerry Brown, the freewheeling former governor of California, and William Perry, the stern former defense secretary, drew back a heavy black curtain to reveal the iconic clock graphic, now set for 2019—at two minutes to midnight.The mood in the room was funereal.“Humanity now faces two simultaneous existential threats … the future of civilization in extraordinary danger … frightening reality … too volatile and dangerous … catastrophe of historic proportions.” The panelists’ words ran together.To get some focus, I asked Bronson during a break about the graphic, which designer Michael Bierut, who refreshed the image in 2007, calls “the most powerful piece of information design of the 20th century.” She told me about Martyl Langsdorf, a painter once known as a social realist prodigy—a Diego Rivera of the American plains.(Langsdorf’s yellow-gold 1940 mural Wheat Workers shows traditional Kansan harvesters baling hay while ominous smoke from new machines chokes the horizon.)
The development of the Java programming language going forward will emphasize support for modern computing platforms including GPUs and containers, Oracle revealed in a presentation on March 21.Among other things, the company’s plans call for ensuring that Java provides strong support for GPUs and hardware acceleration, which will be key to supporting machine learning and artificial intelligence workloads.GPUs, while initially built for image processing, are increasingly being used for number-crunching applications, machine learning, and even databases.[ 15 Java frameworks that give developers a boost.Container-oriented optimizations will include performance enhancements as well as faster cold and warm startups.Other opportunities and goals cited for the development of Java include:
Assessing the quality of an application’s code is often a subjective process.This is why we turn to code metrics — quantitative measurements that provide valuable insights into our application’s code.Developers can take advantage of code metrics to understand the quality of the code, get an idea of the potential problems, and identify which types and methods need to be refactored to improve the quality.Static code analysis tools are used to measure the quality of code in an application without having to execute the application.These include FxCop, StyleCop, ReSharper, CodeIt.Right, NDepend, etc.This article presents a discussion of how we can use NDepend to visualize code quality and adopt measures to improve it.
The large outer leaves of the vegetables were “literally riddled with holes, more than half their substance being eaten away.” With each step he took around the ravaged cabbages, tiny swarms of little ash-gray moths rose from the ground and flitted away.The moths did not die out, but the pest could be managed and crop damage held in check.Like the diamondback moth, cancer cells develop resistance to the powerful chemicals deployed to destroy them.When Butler and his wife showed up at his oncologist’s office at the Moffitt Cancer Center in August 2014, they braced for what would come next; they had heard about invasive treatments, like radioactive seed implants.Against this backdrop, a cancer researcher named Peter Nowell published a seminal paper in Science in 1976.Nowell suggested—and later research confirmed—that certain DNA alterations grant cancer cells resistance against chemotherapy or other treatments, causing them to edge out drug-sensitive cells through a process of natural selection.
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This hypnotic whirl of metal is the afterburner of a General Electric J79 axial-flow turbojet engine—the same engine used on F-4 Phantom jets, made by McDonnell Aircraft during the Vietnam War.Six years ago, the engine got a new four-line afterburner that increased its muscle, giving it 19,000 pounds of thrust and 45,500 horsepower—enough to go 835 mph.In the past two months, it’s been upgraded again to help race-car driver Jessi Combs take a shot at the womens’ land-speed record.Stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil set the current record—512 mph—for a female driver way back in 1976.(British racer Andy Green has held the overall land speed record of 763 mph since 1997.)Tweaks include a vastly improved fire suppression system and a fuel filter off a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter to replace a DIYed one.
The anti-fraud team was, in Young’s words, “the company’s secret sauce,” adept at tackling every deception the internet had to offer.But the hustle meant to entice Kalvert’s wife relied on old-school telephony.Cracking it would require an unusual set of skills.(The name “Fred Garvin” is another SNL reference, one of several professional aliases he adopted to protect his identity from the scammers and fraudsters he chases.Hollings was the sponsor of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and he seemed to draw upon personal experience during the legislative debate on the bill: Automated calls “wake us up in the morning, they interrupt our dinner at night, they force the sick and elderly out of bed, they hound us until we want to rip the telephone right out of the wall.” The law was signed by George H. W. Bush in 1991 and limited how and when telemarketers could place calls, focusing mostly on landlines, the dominant technology of the time.Today, a single person in a modestly equipped office can make millions of calls a day by renting some server space, installing off-the-shelf autodialing software, and paying a VoIP provider to transmit calls.
The police were investigating a complaint by Janice Trahan, a nurse who had worked at Schmidt’s practice and had a decade-long affair with the doctor.She and her 3-year-old son were asleep in bed.Just over a decade earlier, in 1983, scientists had invented a technique known as polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, which made it possible to copy DNA from tiny samples of blood or tissue in large enough quantities to study.Modern phylogenetics got its start soon after Darwin published On the Origin of Species, but its potential wasn’t fulfilled until the 1990s, when biologists gained the ability to sequence DNA cheaply and run the long strands of genetic code through complex computer algorithms.And they weren’t limited to the broad strokes of change that occur over eons or millennia.The results gave Stutes the evidence he’d been looking for.
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Three years ago, only 49 percent of Republicans thought so, but by last December it was 64 percent, as a Monmouth University poll found.That’s a huge jump in a short time and is all the more astonishing given that the Republican president and many of his party’s politicians pooh-pooh the global emergency.Last year, the percentage of those who say they’re “very worried” about global warming shot up from 21 percent to 29 percent, according to a poll by Yale’s and George Mason University’s programs on climate change communication.The problem is now knocking on everyone’s front door: record-breaking heat and cold, ravaging hurricanes, rampaging wildfires in overdry forests.“It’s not distant,” says Anthony Leiserowitz, head of the Yale program.Peak indifference is a coinage of the sci-fi writer, blogger, and activist Cory Doctorow (who is, full disclosure, a friend).
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A rash develops in the mouth and spreads quickly over the entire body, like tiny marbles pushing up from under the skin.Smallpox killed an estimated 500 million people in the 19th and 20th centuries before it was finally eradicated worldwide in 1980.The Frankensteinian act stirred outrage among the international scientific community, which cast Evans as the Walter White of synthetic biology.In a grim act of Cold War diplomacy, the last two smallpox samples were stored for future study at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and at the State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology in Siberia.It was the first time a virus had been created from scratch with synthetic DNA.It took the SUNY researchers three years to cobble the virus together using mail-order DNA and genetic sequences referenced from an online public database.
One of them is predicting earthquakes.Don’t go showing me “government” “reports” disproving my awesome abilities.So you will believe me when I tell you, unblessed mortals, that my seismological Spidey sense discerns a Third Event.This catastrophe won’t involve literal tectonics.You know, the platforms, the slabs of virtual bedrock underlying my life.Platforms—here’s where meaning truly crumbles—as a goddamn service.
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It looks like PlayStation is ending the sale of game download codes in physical stores.Long-time Twitter leaker Wario64 has released a memo sent by PlayStation to GameStop stores worldwide, stating that "Sony will no longer provide full game digital download codes to [any] retailers" from April 1.While games with a physical disc release will still be offered in-store, digital only games will now only be available for sale through the PSN store itself, accessed directly via your PlayStation console.Stores will still, however, be able to sell general top-up codes for adding credit to PSN accounts.The memo specifies that the move only affects Sony game releases, and has no effect on the policy of Microsoft or Nintendo, who have yet to make a similar announcement.Here is the full text outlining these changes (Sony full game digital codes at retail) pic.twitter.com/wY39bWyhajMarch 22, 2019
Mobike, the bike-rental arm of Chinese food delivery and services platform Meituan-Dianping, will continue to be loss-making through to 2021 and be a drag on overall company profitability, a recent research report from equity firm China Tonghai Securities said.The bike rental-subsidiary, which the company acquired for RMB 18.1 billion ($2.7 billion) in April 2018, contributed RMB 4.6 billion, or over half of the company’s adjusted net losses in 2018.In addition to these persistent bike-rental related losses, mounting competitive pressures in its core food delivery segment, as well as tightening margins caused by cost overruns, mean it will take longer for Meituan to turn its fortunes around, the report added.Fiercer competition from Ele.me is going to worsen Meituan’s position, analyst Esme Pau, who co-authored the report, told TechNode in an emailed interview.Ele.me CEO Wang Lei announced in 2018 the company’s strategy to raise its market share to 50% from 35% in 2018.Meituan is essentially a price-taker in its core food delivery business, given that merchants and users are price-sensitive, the March 19 report said.
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It's been one of the great gaming successes of Nintendo's storied career, so it should come as no surprise that the house of Mario is allegedly working on new Nintendo Switch consoles.But, rather than being a straight-up Nintendo Switch 2, a Wall Street Journal report suggests that Nintendo is working on two individual variants that, rather than making the current Nintendo Switch obsolete, would put it in the middle of a range growing to suit all budgets.According the publication's sources, the first of these new devices will be aimed at budget gamers, and will see the Switch presented in a more traditional handheld-first format.It'll replace removable Joy-Cons with fixed ones, and ditch their HD Rumble feature in order to bring costs down, making it presumably more difficult to play in the docked mode with a TV without the purchase of a separate controller.The second new version of the Nintendo Switch, going by the rumor, is a little harder to pin down, but would be a premium version of the console with "enhanced features targeted at avid videogamers."That's not to suggest it would be aiming for 4K or HDR visuals, but would more likely have features and services baked in that would accommodate the modern obsession with streaming to platforms like Twitch.
Coffee startup Luckin Coffee has partnered with Tencent’s instant messaging platform QQ to open its first QQ-themed outlet in Shenzhen, the home city of the Chinese gaming giant, the company announced today through its WeChat account.Dubbed 1999 beta, the store is decorated with QQ’s theme and imagery dated back the beginning of this century to evoke nostalgic feeling from Chinese millennial, who has been using the decades-old instant messaging tool since they become online.To create the sense, a replica of the working desk of Tencent’s founder Pony Ma in 1999 was placed in the store along with the first version of QQ’s signature penguin mascot.Luckin’s challenge to Starbucks has been focused primarily on brick-and-mortar expansion.The delivery startup said in January this year that it aims to overtake Starbucks as the largest coffee chain operator in the country by increasing the total number of outlets to 4,500, adding 2,500 new stores in the coming year.Marketing veteran Starbucks, on the other hand, has been quite successful with their WeChat gifting feature.
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Welcome to TechRadar's first week dedicated to space exploration.2019 is an exciting time for astronomy and space travel, with private companies pushing extraterrestrial travel to new levels, and space tourism finally becoming more than just a fantasy.All week, we'll be boldly going throughout our solar system and beyond, and showing ways you can get involved and indulge your curiosity.We'll look past Pluto and ask whether there's a Planet Nine in our solar system, explore the technology that's keeping astronauts sane on long voyages, and take a look at some audacious new ideas for space exploration.Closer to home, we'll be showing you how to take great photographs of the moon, the Milky Way and the International Space Station, and sharing our guide to the best astronomy software for surfing the stars from your desktop.Throughout the week, we'll also be keeping you up to date with all the latest news from the world of space travel and exploration.
Another Chinese online lender is exiting the market amid regulatory clamp down.Guangdong-based Hongling Capital, one of the oldest and largest peer-to-peer lenders in China, is calling it quits.CEO Zhou Shiping made the announcement Saturday in a post (in Chinese) on the company’s online community titled “Though we’re winding-up, this is not goodbye!”To those who have followed the rise and fall of China’s online lending industry over the last two years, the firm’s announcement didn’t come as a shock.2017 amid the government-led campaign to crackdown on fraudulent financing activities and lower risk in the financial system.However, regulators then suggested the company, instead of throw in the towel, work to comply with business practice standards so to ensure the stability of the industry.
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It was the bona fide ninth planet from its discovery in 1930 until its controversial demotion to dwarf planet status in 2006.The first recent evidence was presented by planetary astrophysicists Konstantin Batygin and Michael Brown at Caltech in a 2016 paper.These comets and asteroids have elliptical orbits, so every few thousands of years they swing into the inner solar system and loop around the sun.The paper argues that the probability of all that occurring by chance is 0.007%.They suspect, of course, that the gravitational effects of a distant eccentric planet might be to blame, and are currently using Japan's Subaru Telescope in Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Observatory to study the orbits of outer solar system objects to test their idea, and help define the size of Planet 9.Voyager One and Two, the probes sent on a ‘grand tour’ of the solar system in the 1970s, are currently 145AU and 120 AUfrom the sun.
Sept 30 to Oct 2, London – and tickets are going for a song right nowEvent If you've had enough of the hype, and want to explore the nitty-gritty of applying artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science in your business, you really should join us at MCubed this autumn.And if you act now, you can save £100s with our knockdown blindbird ticket offer.Our speakers will take you from the fundamentals of machine machine learning, AI and predictive analytics, through the nuances of key tools and technologies, and will show you how they are applying all of the above to tackle real world problems.Whether you're just starting to grapple with the implications of machine learning, are looking for a deeper insight into neural networks or deep learning, or want to dive deep into key tools such as TensorFlow, we've got you covered.This will all be taking place at the QE II Conference Centre in the heart of London from September 30 to October 2, and as usual there will be excellent food right the way through, as well as our first day drinks party.
The short answer: they wouldn’t do a third movie without Guillermo.Hellboy, a reboot of a moderately successful and well-loved set of a film adaptations, is not what some fans might have wanted from the franchise.Instead, they probably wanted a sequel to Hellboy II: The Golden Army.One such fan was Ron Perlman himself, who has regularly expressed interest in returning to the role of the Big Red hero.But according to interviews conducted by Collider, those involved in producing the Hellboy movies decided that, without the original director on board, it just wasn’t going to happen.Here’s what Lloyd Levin, producer on the franchise since its first film, said:
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