Researchers in Japan have found a way to create innovative materials by blending metals with precision control.Their approach, based on a concept called atom hybridization, opens up an unexplored area of chemistry that could lead to the development of advanced functional materials.Multimetallic clusters -- typically composed of three or more metals -- are garnering attention as they exhibit properties that cannot be attained by single-metal materials.If a variety of metal elements are freely blended, it is expected that as-yet-unknown substances are discovered and highly-functional materials are developed.So far, no one had reported the multimetallic clusters blended with more than four metal elements so far because of unfavorable separation of different metals.A team, including Takamasa Tsukamoto, Takane Imaoka, Kimihisa Yamamoto and colleagues, has developed an atom hybridization method, which has realized the first-ever synthesis of multimetallic clusters consisting of more than five metal elements with precise control of size and composition.
Following up on its promise from August, Opera is finally rolling out a desktop version of its specialized browser with a built-in cryptocurrency wallet – but only to a select group of beta testers.Among other things, the browser lets you handle your funds on the Ethereum ETH blockchain and natively browse decentralized apps (dApps) on its network.The company is calling the crypto-equipped browser Opera Labs to distinguish it from its flagship offering.While regular users will have to wait for the official release, those with early access can now pair their desktop wallet with the one on the Opera mobile browser for Android.This means that anytime you want to sign a transaction or a message on Ethereum, your phone device will prompt you to confirm with your fingerprint.Opera says that the associated wallet private keys are stored on the “hardware of your mobile phone and are never transmitted.” This is a fairly secure way of storing cryptocurrency, but there are better ways to keep your funds safe than a smartphone.
A security expert has discovered that Google had quietly made important changes to Chrome's login requirements.Matthew Green spotted that Google was logging them into Chrome without their knowledge.Google's changes also made it easier for users to unwittingly turn over their browsing history to Google.The company acknowledged the changes late on Sunday, but stressed that users needed to consent to a sync before their browser data was transferred.For years, Google has given Chrome users the option of surfing the web without logging in.Google tucked the new login requirements into the latest Chrome update without notifying users, Matthew Green, a cryptography expert and professor at Johns Hopkins University, said in a blog post on Sunday.
It’s not quite AirPower, but Belkin’s latest charging dock gives you a convenient way of charging up to three Apple devices simultaneously.The Boostup Wireless Charging Dock has a pair of elevated wireless charging pads to power your iPhone and Apple Watch, and a USB Type-A port for charging a third device, like an AirPods case.The charger offers 7.5W of Qi power for all iPhone models capable of wireless charging, including the bigger XS Max.Otherwise it delivers 5W/1A to both the Apple Watch and via the USB port.The dock as a whole is powered by an included 45W AC adapter.The announcement comes after Apple’s first-party AirPower charging pad failed to launch amid reports that the device continues to be plagued by issues such as overheating, despite being namechecked in the iPhone XS manual.
It’s Moonday Morning which can mean only one thing.That we have to hook ourselves up to an IV drip of coffee, and hard-line that weekend cryptocurrency and blockchain news straight into your thought box.Despite hating the idea, Brazil’s largest independent brokerage will be launching a cryptocurrency exchange.US congressman, Tom Emmer, has drafted three bills in support of blockchain and cryptocurrency.Emmer wants America to lead blockchain innovation – good luck buddy!Keen to put its entire government on blockchain, Dubai – or rather, “Smart Dubai” – announced the launch of a blockchain-powered ‘Payment Reconciliation and Settlement’ system.
WhatsApp has appointed a ‘grievance officer’ to address complaints concerning the spread of fake news and misinformation on its platform in India, reports the Press Trust of India on NDTV.This comes in response to the government’s demands from earlier in the year, following a nationwide string of lynchings believed to be incited by false information shared on WhatsApp.The Facebook-owned messaging service has named Komal Lahiri – its senior director of global customer operations and localization in Menlo Park, California – as its first grievance officer for its largest market.An updated FAQ on WhatsApp’s site states that people can contact the grievance officer directly via email.But it’s unclear as to how WhatsApp will process complaints, and what measures it will take to address reports of fake news and hoax forwards.WhatsApp’s move follows a slew of initiatives to address the spread of misinformation in India: It previously launched ad campaigns in newspapers and on the radio to help people identify fake news.
Businesses often invest in liability insurance in case someone gets injured on their property.High-profile incidents such as last year’s Equifax data breach highlight how some of the biggest threats in today’s world exist in a purely digital realm.In an effort to protect themselves against the wide range of cyber security risks that exist in today’s marketplace, many companies are taking on the added measure of purchasing cyber insurance.In fact, a report by USA Today found that approximately 61 percent of data breaches target smaller businesses, with average costs ranging between $84,000 and $148,000.Even worse, a full 60 percent of startups affected by such incidents go out of business less than six months after the breach.It’s worth noting that such considerations aren’t as pertinent to individuals.
London-listed music technology firm 7digital will today reveal a partnership with Universal Music Group, the record label behind artists such as Taylor Swift, Elton John and Lady Gaga, to create new bespoke music streaming services attributed to individual artists.The deal will see 7digital power online stores for artists through which fans can buy access to streamed or downloadable music content, such as curated playlists or new music singles, alongside artist merchandise and products.In a bid to shake up the market currently dominated by the likes of Apple Music and Spotify, 7digital’s chief executive Simon Cole told City A.M. the firm aims to provide a range of services to record labels that helps them create fresh revenue streams “outside of the standard £9.99 model” in digital music.The new model has already been proven successful, utilised in 2017 by artists such as Shania Twain and Kanye West.The partnership is set to last over a multi-year term, laid out over three separate global agreements.
Fintech powerhouse Revolut has revealed its post-Brexit strategy amid the publication of its 2017 financial accounts, which put a heavy spotlight on the banking app’s operational losses.Primarily, a spokesperson for the London startup confirmed to City A.M. it had applied for a second e-money licence in Luxembourg, in addition to its 2017 application for a full banking licence in Lithuania.The fintech currently operates under an e-money licence in the UK, through which it passports its services to other European countries.In its financial year ending in December 2017, operational costs weighed heavily on Revolut as it incurred £14.8m in total losses after tax at a 52 per cent increase from the previous year, largely attributed to costs associated with its card scheme, acquiring and user acquisition as the app saw its user numbers treble.Read more: UK fintech tops the US on investment for the first half of 2018This was despite the fintech’s revenues for 2017 rose to £12.8m from £2.4m in 2016, which co-founder and chief executive Nikolay Storonsky said was “in reality” the result of the launch of several revenue-generating products such as cryptocurrency trading and premium accounts.
Hardcore Star Wars fans have probably lost count of the times they've watched A New Hope since it originally debuted back in 1977.But thanks to Russian artist and animator Dmitry Grozov we can see our favorite Star Wars characters once again, in the style of '80s Japanese anime.His video "Star Wars: A New Hope Animotion Trailer" shows some of the best scenes from the movie in old-school anime style.Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader and other well-known characters are also given anime makeovers.Plus the trailer includes Japanese voice-overs to give the trailer that extra-authentic anime feel.The trailer is so impressive that many viewers have left YouTube comments demanding that a full movie based on the trailer be made by Disney and Lucasfilm.
SoftBank Group, one of the world’s biggest tech investors, may be based in Japan.When James Riney, managing director of 500 Startups Japan, quit his job at JPMorgan Chase in 2012, he recalls that his Japanese friends were “very worried” for him.In contrast, his American friends rallied behind his decision and told him to “go become Steve Jobs.”“In American culture, specifically in Silicon Valley, there’s this underlying energy and encouragement for the underdog.Whereas in Japan, you have some of the world’s oldest companies because [people] want to preserve them instead of breaking them down and starting from zero,” explained Riney.Make yours with Squarespace and stand out.
The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) has fined the ride-hailers a combined S$13 million ($9.5 million) over the Uber-Grab merger deemed to have hurt competition in the country's ride-hailing market, Channel NewsAsia reported Sunday.Individually, Uber was fined S$6.58 million and Grab S$6.42 million, penalties the watchdog imposed in order to "deter completed, irreversible mergers that harm competition."Despite the fines, the Uber-Grab merger was not required to be unwound.Uber agreed to sell its Southeast Asia operations to Singapore-based rival Grab in March, in exchange for a 27.5 percent stake.The deal included handing over ride-sharing, food delivery, and payments and financial services in Singapore, as well as in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.Grab released a statement Sunday saying it had been compliant with the watchdog in the review.
A dual-screen Nubia smartphone has appeared on China’s TENAA website.The website lists several specs, including a TFT display on the front and an OLED screen on the back.Nubia’s phone doesn’t seem to have a selfie camera, suggesting that you’ll need to use the main cameras instead.An apparently leaked video of the Nubia Z18S made us sit up and take notice last week.The video shows a phone with a massive color display on its back, rather than an e-ink screen or tiny display.It looks like the phone is indeed the real deal, as a Nubia device (model number NX616J) has landed on China’s TENAA regulatory body.
A software error has caused Subaru to completely dispose of 293 of its Ascent 2019 SUVs.According toa safety recall report filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), robots at missed critical welds, thanks to improper coding.The robots missed welds on the cars’ B-pillars which holds the hinges to the second row doors.This gaff reduced the cars’ body strength, and could lead to passengers being injured in a crash.The company said that there is no physical remedy available to fix these cars, and as such, all of them will be destroyed instead of being refurbished.It added that thankfully, only nine units were sold to the customers; all of them will receive replacements.
We've all heard of the Turing Test, designed in 1950 by Alan Turing in a test of a machine's ability to mimic human behavior.They asked themselves a question: If you could only use one word to convince a human you weren't a robot, which word would you choose?One thousand participants suggested 400 words.The most commonly suggested words related to concepts most people think an artificial intelligence might have difficulty understanding -- words like "love" or "soul".But plenty of words were suggested more than once, words like "compassion" or "mercy".One curious choice made by a number of people: "please".
Indian startups focused on artificial intelligence and smart devices have a serious new source of funding in the shape of Pi Ventures.The homegrown VC today revealed that it has secured the final tranche of its first fund, worth a total of US$31.3 million.That’s above the US$27 million it was aiming for when the new outfit began gathering its resources at the start of 2017.Backed by big-name India tech figures like Flipkart’s Binny Bansal as well as institutional investors from around the world, Pi Ventures plans “to invest in 18 to 20 deep tech startups in India in the next three to four years with a significant portion allocated for follow-ons,” according to a statement this morning.Pi Ventures has already funded six Indian startups:SigTuple: Data-driven intelligence for healthcare
Shohoz, a Bangladesh-based online ride-sharing and ticketing platform, announced today that it has raised US$15 million pre-series B investment.Shohoz lets consumers book car and motorbike rides for their daily commute, reserve bus and ferry seats, and even buy movie tickets from its website and app.It will use the fresh capital for customer acquisition and retention and expand into other on-demand services.This “super-app” is envisioned to provide all major on-demand services like transportation, food, medicine, financial services, bus tickets, and more — all with one swipe on their smartphone.Singapore-based Golden Gate Ventures led the US$15 million investment, which Shohoz claims is the country’s largest single venture capital deal to date.China’s Linear VC, 500 Startups, and Singapore angel investor Koh Boon Hwee also participated.
Less than two weeks after Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma announced his plans to retire, his company held its biggest event of the year, The Computing Conference, in Yunqi Town, Hangzhou.During his speech at the investor day event, Ma emphasized the theme of this year’s event — “Empower Digital China” — when he evoked the U.S.-China Trade War.He suggested Chinese manufacturers could survive the mêlée by boosting innovation, and he urged the industry to follow the example of Chinese retail.Ma said, “We only protect the future.We only protect the hope.We only protect the new ideas.”
When it comes to space travel, human beings are just getting started.Robots on the other hand are ahead.And now JAXA, the Japanese Space Agency, has landed two rovers on a goddamn .Best of all: They've sent back photographs.The MINERVA rovers were launched from Japan's Hayabusa 2 probe, which has been orbiting an asteroid called Ryuga for a few months now.The probe is on an asteroid sample-return mission, and is planning to survey the asteroid and return to Earth in December 2020.
The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) has fined Grab and Uber a combined US$9.52 million after it found their merger earlier this year to be in infringement the city-state’s antitrust regulations.Uber has been fined US$4.82 million, while Grab will have to pay out US$4.7 million.The watchdog said the fines were calculated according to the two companies’ respective turnovers and other factors including “the nature, duration, and seriousness of the infringement, [and] aggravating and mitigating factors such as whether the parties were cooperative.”The CCCS also said that part of its justification for the fines is “to deter completed, irreversible mergers that harm competition.” Grab has claimed that it notified CCCS of its intention to acquire Uber’s regional business prior to completing the transaction.Such notice is voluntary under Singapore competition regime.However, CCCS today stated that Grab and Uber had “proceeded to complete the transaction […] and began the transfer of the acquired assets immediately, thus rendering it practically impossible to restore the status quo.