PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- Brown University researchers have demonstrated a way to bring a powerful form of spectroscopy -- a technique used to study a wide variety of materials -- into the nano-world.Laser pulses illuminating a sample material cause the emission of terahertz radiation, which carries important information about the sample's electrical properties."This is a well-known tool for studying essentially any material that absorbs light, but it's never been possible to use it at the nanoscale," said Daniel Mittleman, a professor in Brown's School of Engineering and corresponding author of a paper describing the work."Our work has improved the resolution of the technique so it can be used to characterize individual nanostructures."Typically, LTEM measurements are performed with resolution of a few tens of microns, but this new technique enables measurements down to a resolution of 20 nanometers, roughly 1,000 times the resolution previously possible using traditional LTEM techniques.For their research, the team adapted for terahertz radiation a technique already used to improve the resolution of infrared microscopes.
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If scientists could precisely regulate gene expression, they could turn off the genes responsible for illness and disease and turn on those that enhance health and the immune system.For Lucks, having a "good" handle on gene expression might be an understatement.He and his team have developed a powerful and versatile tool that achieves gene activation thousands of times better than nature.Supported by the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust, the research was published online on October 19 in the journal Nature Communications.James Chappell, a postdoctoral fellow in Lucks's laboratory and now an assistant professor at Rice University, served as the paper's first author.Using a computational design approach, Lucks created the switch by molecularly programming an RNA molecule called called Small Transcription Activating RNA, or STAR that his group had previously discovered.
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Bubbleproof is a new mockumentary series following the misadventures of Reputation.com founder Michael Fertik and venture capitalist David Cowan as they launch a new fund.But I’m getting ahead of myself.In this first episode, Fertik (who co-wrote the series with Cowan and director Martin Sweeney) is dealing with newfound celebrity as the visionary behind “femto management,” and as one of the few people to predict the success of Donald Trump.However, Fertik is increasingly dissatisfied with his current life — to the point where he wants to blow it all up.“On Wings of Disruption” also features cameos from investors like David Hornik, Ann Miura-Ko and Jason Pressman, who get a chance to show off their dramatic/comedic chops.Watch the first episode of Bubbleproof above.
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Meituan-Dianping, a company formed by a multi-billion dollar merger in 2015, said today that it has raised a $4 billion Seres C round from a group of investors led by existing backer Tencent.Others involved include Sequoia, GIC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Trustbridge Partners, Coatue, IDG, Tiger Global, and China-UAE Investment.Travel giant Priceline joined as a new investor.The company was valued at $18 billion 18 months ago.That stands for “online to offline” and it basically means services that connect offline commerce industries with consumers using the internet, and in particular smartphones.It pulled in $3.3 billion via its last financing in January 2016 and reports this summer predicted it was in process of raising as much as $5 billion in order to invest significant sums into growing its offline reach.
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The company, which helps marketers send emails to customers, says in its S-1 that it has processed more than “one trillion emails.”Revenue for last year was $79.9 million, compared with $58.5 million in 2015 and $42.3 million the year before.The business is unprofitable, losing $3.9 million in for 2016, compared to $5.9 million in 2015.According to the “risk factors” section of the filing, “if we are unable to maintain consistent revenue or revenue growth, our stock price could be volatile or decline, and we may not achieve or maintain profitability.”SendGrid acknowledges that it competes with SparkPost, MailChimp and divisions of Amazon, Salesforce and Oracle.The company has raised more than $80 million in venture funding dating back to 2009.
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Small UAS Rule (also known as Part 107) has provisions to obtaining waivers to the usual requirements for flying drones in the United States.But another rule is that you can’t fly drones over people who are not part of your operations, and until about a week ago, the FAA hadn’t waived that rule for anybody.The FAA is allowing the cable news network to use a drone to obtain video over uninvolved people, even crowds assembled at places like sporting events.And it’s held together with magnets, allowing it to come apart on impact—say, with your head—which makes it less likely to do any lasting damage.AeroVironment has been using the same strategy with hand-launched military drones—not so that they don’t do inadvertent collateral damage, but so that they don’t damage themselves during their rather hard deep-stall landings.That’s not uncommon for drones, particularly those you might fly inside.
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Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.If you’re using Windows 10’s Power saver plan, you’re slowing down your PC.To change your power setting, simply choose the one you want, then exit Control Panel.Desktop users have no reason to choose Power saver, and even laptop users should consider the Balanced option when unplugged -- and High performance when connected to a power source.Disable programs that run on startupOne reason your Windows 10 PC may feel sluggish is you've got too many programs running in the background -- programs that you may never use, or only rarely use.
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Hungary might not be the most advanced telecoms market in the world but a 5G first is still a 5G first, and this one has been claimed by Ericsson.In partnership with Magyar Telekom, Ericsson claimed Hungary’s first demo of 5G New Radio at its R centre in Budapest.Using 800 MHz of spectrum over the 15 GHz frequency band the demo apparently achieved a whopping download speed of 22 Gbps.Gábor Éry, Country Manager Ericsson Hungary, says: “This demonstration is a real milestone for our partnership with Magyar Telekom,” said Gábor Éry, Ericsson Country Manager for Hungary.“This is the first time a 5G radio link has been established in Hungary and this implementation is helping to ensure that Magyar Telekom is well prepared to take full advantage of the potential of 5G.”“5G means a brand new network concept which combines fixed and mobile communication,” said Kim Kyllesbech Larsen, CTIO of Magyar Telekom.
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Image credit: Saeed Adyani | NetflixNetflix is famous for keeping its viewership statistics secret.That's good for Netflix, but raw popularity isn't particularly interesting for entrepreneurs at large.Comparing the behavior of Narcos viewers to that of New Girl fans can reveal to interested observers what motivates various consumer segments.They can then translate those insights into better ad development and ad placement decisions.There's a reason for this: Netflix, for instance, is a primary source of programming that influences viewer preferences and online behaviors; and marketers who follow viewers from Netflix to those viewers' next choice of platform or device are perfectly positioned to own their attention.
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It was a goal of mine to get a digital marketing podcast published on the iTunes and Android store.The issue was that I didn't want to have to go through the hassle of creating an XML feed to host the podcast on my site.I know I could have figured this out or asked one of the developers at our marketing agency to help.I know that there are a lot of entrepreneurs like me who have yet to record a podcast due to the hoops that you'd have to jump through with this XML feed.When I heard that Anchor allows you to get your podcasts pushed to Apple and Google, I immediately downloaded the app.I finally had a place to record my podcasts and easily distribute them to Apple and Google.
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Chinese Chuwi are the frequent guest at the HongKong Consumer Electronics Fair and it’s a tradition for them to attend the event since 2004.This year they brought as usual the full stock of their latest models, but they also unveiled a fresh new one there, the compact Chuwi SurBook Mini.Of course the main attention is deservedly stolen by their latest laptop model, the fancy LapBook Air, which is currently already available in the Aliexpress campaign.It’s a very stylish full-metal device with 14.1-inch fully laminated FHD screen, Celeron N3450 processor, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB eMMC memory + M.2 SSD expansion slot, backlit keyboard, 33.7Wh long lasting battery and Windows 10 / Ubuntu OS system choice.Their recent Indiegogo campaign, which raised quite some finances for the SurBook model has been quite a success and for those needing a more compact solution they freshly unveiled the smaller SurBook Mini.It will be equipped with a 10.8-inch 1920×1280 pixel screen, Celeron N3450, 4 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, dualband ac Wi-Fi, Windows 10 / Ubuntu system choice and surely the similar detachable keyboard as the bigger counterpart.
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The Pixel 2 comes out today, and so of course iFixit has torn open the first unit it could find to let us see what’s going on inside.The site published its inside look at the Pixel 2 XL this morning, and while there aren’t a ton of surprises to be found (the camera module is pretty large; Google is hiding a secret chip), cracking open the phone does reveal one thing we didn’t know a ton about: how the Pixel’s Active Edge feature actually works.Active Edge is Google’s name for the feature that lets you squeeze the Pixel 2’s sides to open up the Google Assistant.It turns out, it works using a pair of “strain gauges” on either side of the phone.The setup looks like this:What you’re looking at is a series of steel blocks with resistors between them, sandwiched inside a pair of flexible circuit boards, according to iFixit.
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Xiaomi call themselves a ‘software company’ thanks to MIUI, but there’s no denying that the main thing keeping their momentum high are their Mi-line of devices.Besides making phones, Xiaomi also do tablets, home appliances, luggage, and especially TVs which are what Xiaomi launched earlier today.The Xiaomi MiTV 4C features very slim bezels and pack some interesting hardware inside, with an Amlogic T962 processor (4 core 1.5GHz A53, Mali 450 750MHz), 2GB DDR4 memory and eMMC5.1 flash memory to the dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.They can play also Dolby and DTS encoded movies without external players needed.Specificationally, the MiTV 4C is almost identical to the MiTV 4A.The main difference between the two being that all MiTV 4C models have slimmer bezels at only 0.9cm.
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Motorola posted a 10-second long video earlier today on their official Weibo page trying to prepare its fans for an upcoming event on October 24.The small video clip shows a collection of short clips possibly recorded with an upcoming model – presumably the Moto Z2 Force.It’s not a new model for the company obviously, but it is a new device for the Chinese market.The Moro Z2 Force was announced last July in the US and Europe but until today no one knew if it would be available in the Chinese market.A recent sighting of a new Moto Z2 Force with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage on TENAA however hints that this will be the variant our Chinese visitors will get.In case you forgot its official unveiling last July, you’ll be glad to know that the Moto Z2 Force is equipped with a Snapdragon 835 chipset, along with a 2730mAh battery, a 5.5-inch P-OLED QHD display, dual 12MP rear cameras and a 5MP front facing camera with its own LED.
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A few months ago we reported that Facebook may begin testing paywalls and subscriptions for Instant Articles beginning in October.Well now it’s October, and surprise – Facebook has started testing subscription support for instant articles!Here’s how it will work: Facebook will start with two paywalled options for publishers to choose from:The first option is a metered model where everyone gets to read 10 free stories per month before needing to subscribe.The second is a freemium model where the publishers choose which articles to lock.When someone who isn’t a subscriber hits one of these paywalls, they will be promoted to subscribe for full access to the publishers’ content.
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Is your desktop PC placed too far away from the router, so you’re unable to connect it directly via an ethernet cable?Or maybe you want to add 5Ghz WiFi to your older laptop?Then check out the Dodocool DC23, a small and smart WiFi dongle!The Dodocool DC23 is a tiny USB WiFi adapter that will allow you to add Dual Band WiFi AC600 connectivity to any compatible device.The DC23 works on 5Ghz networks with speeds of up to 433Mbps and 150Mbps in 2.4Ghz mode, so you’re pretty much never getting slowed down by the WiFi connection.The adapter supports the 802.11ac standard but it’s backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n as well.
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Xiaomi is trying to seize control over every segment of the market and while in the more budget oriented parts they are extremely successful with the Redmi and Redmi Note series, the solid midrange phones were a bit lacking in the past.Now they are trying to change it with for example the Xiaomi Mi 5X, which you can currently find online for just $199.47.Xiaomi Mi 5X is a stylish all-metal unibody phone and is trying to win the hearts and minds of the customers mainly with the 12MP rear dual camera with telephoto lens and optical zoom.Powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor and sporting 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage it is powerful enough for the mundane midrange tasks.It also has the 5,5-inch FullHD resolution display, fingerprint scanner and MIUI 9 as the OS.It’s the ideal phone for those who prefer the MIUI experience (because the identical Xiaomi A1 is running pure Android) and you can get it for just $199.47/€177.85 in the Lightinthebox e-shop.
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CapitalG, the investment arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has led a US$1 billion funding round in Lyft, the American cab-hailing firm announced today.This brings the valuation of Uber’s rival to US$11 billion.Lyft’s total funding now amounts to US$3.6 billion.CapitalG partner David Lawee is joining the Lyft board.Lyft completed its 500 millionth ride earlier this month and is now available to 95 percent of the US population.“While we’ve made progress towards our vision, the fact remains that less than 0.5 percent of miles traveled in the US happen on rideshare networks.
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As one of the fastest growing Chinese phone makers, AllCall has been invited to partake the Global Sources Mobile Electronics fair taking place in Hong Kong.Back in the spring, AllCall attended a similar event grabbing a lot of international interest, they are now trying to do the same in the October show.That’s why they’re bringing a new device in the AllCall Rio series, a MIX full screen device and the “W” smartwatch series.Let’s begin with the Rio series of devices, this one already sees the AllCall Rio and Rio S, both adopting an innovative three-layer glass coating to achieve a really high shock resistance.Well, we’re now going to see a new smartphone named AllCall Rio Pro, this one will be sporting an IP68 waterproof and dust proof rating on top of the already shock proof body.The Rio Pro will also come with a 3D curved display, a dual rear camera setup with a main Sony IMX175 image sensor and it’ll run a super safe OS custom made by 360 OS.
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Changes Facebook introduced in March may benefit influencersAmong Facebook’s more prolific platform updates of late is the ability to amplify influencer posts.Following March’s update requiring influencers to tag brands in sponsored content, marketers can now amplify content that their brands are tagged in and authorize which creators are allowed to do so.Some have been quick to dismiss Facebook’s move as a ploy for the company to make more money at the expense of brands that want to run influencer campaigns.While it’s certainly true that Facebook will profit from its new amplification features, I’d argue that the platform changes will help brands execute much more effective influencer marketing campaigns.This may seem like a small point, but in light of research showing how much more effective user-generated content is at driving engagement than brand-generated content, this change could drive significant results for marketers.
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