A newly approved NASA mission, called SPHEREx, will use a space-based observatory to study the early conditions of the Universe and hunt for the celestial ingredients required for life.Proposed in 2016, the Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionisation and Ices Explorer mission, or SPHEREx for short, was chosen by NASA from eight other proposed missions because it “offered the best science potential and most feasible development plan,” in the words of the space agency.The orbital observatory will survey space in both visible and near-infrared light, providing a “treasure trove of unique data for astronomers,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said in an agency statement.The two-year, $242 million (£188 million) mission (excluding launch costs), could be up-and-running as early as 2023.Caltech astronomer James Bock will serve as the project’s principal investigator.Other partners for the project include NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, and Colorado’s Ball Aerospace.
American corn farmers were not pleased with the approach.Miller Lite subsequently shot back with a full-page ad in the The New York Times.Today, Coors Light is hosting a “Toast to Farmers” to celebrate the farmers who grow their ingredients.“Our employees, including members of the Senior Leadership Team, and distributors will visit on-premise accounts, buy a round of Coors Light in states where possible and raise a glass to the hardworking men and women who grow our ingredients,” Ryan Reis, vice president of the Coors family of brands, said in a note to distributors that went out Monday and was included in a MillerCoors blog post about the event.Let’s all raise a cold one to the hard working American farmers, like those who help grow our high quality ingredients.Join people across the country in celebrating farmers in a national ToastToFarmers Friday 2/15.
Next week Samsung will announce a handful of new products -- and if the rumors and leaks we've seen are correct, there's plenty to look forward to.Nothing has been officially confirmed, but we expect a new Galaxy S10 with a hole-punch notched screen and a Galaxy S10 Plus with three-rear cameras.There should also be a budget Galaxy S10E to rival Apple's iPhone XR and Galaxy Buds to rival Apple's AirPods.And, for good measure, there's the 5G Galaxy phone and a sneak peek at the Samsung's foldable Galaxy X phone.However, we won't know for certain about any product until Samsung's Unpacked event on Wednesday Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. PT in San Francisco, CA.You can watch Samsung's livestream here:
The way in which we own assets and pay for goods – unchanged for centuries – is being turned on its head.Systems once boring and functional have morphed beyond recognition, creating whole new sectors of innovation.Yet one sector has been overlooked, seen as too complicated and held in stasis by a powerful incumbent industry: the way we heat our homes.But keeping warm at home accounts for one of the largest domestic outgoings, and around 20 per cent of national carbon emissions.The current set-up stands alone in its antiquity.Imagine if we paid for internet by the byte, still forked out 10p to send a text, or didn’t know how much petrol we had used until a monthly bill arrived.
As technology increases at an ever-faster rate, so too do the ways in which our information can be put at risk.The time has come for everyone, including your average consumer, to use a password manager.If you decide to share information, utilize strong passwords and enable multi-factor authentication to safeguard sensitive information.Stay away from any links that ask for information or payment to be updated.The best way to protect identity and information is to check every email or inquiry.Instead, go directly to the company’s website to complete any action to ensure you actually need to do something.
Called the Arīv (pronounced “arrive” … obviously), GM’s first-ever ebike comes in two versions: The Arīv Merge, which folds up, and the Arīv Meld, which doesn’t.The names were selected following a global crowdsourcing campaign that launched in November, 2018.Anyone who suggested Bikey McBikeface will therefore be sorely disappointed.The Arīv ebikes were engineered and designed at GM facilities in Michigan and Oshawa, Ontario, with the team building the motor from the ground up.Both bicycles can reach speeds of up to 25 kph, and also offer four levels of pedal-assisted power.The company claims you’ll be able to get around 40 miles (64 km) out of the battery before it needs charging, a process that should take about 3.5 hours.
街头共享单车数量明显少了 “禁投令”该不该放松 – Tencent TechWhat happened: Alibaba-backed bike rental company Hello Transtech was summoned by the Shanghai government in January for illegally placing new bikes in downtown areas like Jingansi District of the city while the ban to place more bikes in the city is still in place.The company has been ordered to suspend the move and withdraw the illegally placed bikes.Hello Transtech said the reason for the “misplacement” of the bikes was the company’s unfamiliarity with the locations in question by the company’s operations and maintenance staff.The company said it will cooperate with government departments in the future.Why it’s important: To curb the negative side effects of rental bikes on local transportation management, Shanghai placed a halt on new bikes in the city in August 2017.
Airbus has announced it will stop making the A380, the world’s largest passenger plane.The final one will roll off the production line in 2021.Distinctive for its double-decker design and sheer enormity, the plane has proved popular with those who fly on it, but sadly not so popular with airlines that consider it pricey and now prefer smaller, more efficient aircraft built by both Airbus and Boeing.The European aviation giant still has orders to fulfill, but not enough to justify long-term production.The A380 has a wingspan of 80 meters (262 feet) and is 73 meters (239 feet) long.Depending on how an airline configures it, the aircraft can carry as many as 850 passengers, though most carriers fit it with a mixture of seat types, bringing the number down to just over 500.
Fortnite's season 7 has officially ended -- at least with regards to the regular weekly challenges.But if you're still scrambling to get as many season 7 challenges done as possible, going through each week of challenges to find the appropriate maps would take forever.I've also linked back to each weekly challenges post just in case you need more info.Pick up an item of each rarity (0/5)Dance in different forbidden locations (0/7)Play matches with at least one elimination (0/5) -- hard
Rival tech giants like Google and Facebook aren’t the only companies abusing Apple’s enterprise certifications to distribute unapproved apps in the Apple App Store on iOS, according to reports from Reuters and TechCrunch.Apple revokes Facebook’s developer certificate over data-snooping app—Google could be nextApple’s Enterprise Developer Program is intended to facilitate distribution of apps across devices internally within corporations, governments, and other organizations.But the Reuters report describes the use of enterprise certificates to distribute pirated versions of popular iOS software like Minecraft, Spotify, and Pokémon Go.The distributors impersonate legitimate businesses to gain access to Apple’s enterprise certification program and tools.They also offer both free versions of their services as well as cheap annual subscriptions that are priced at a point the legitimate services from which they steal could never viably match.
A major government contractor which conducts disability assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions is trying to recruit NHS nurses and offering perks including private medical care and company cars.Independent Assessment Services, owned by French services giant Atos, highlighted the benefits in a jobs listing for the role of a mobile Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessor, which was aimed at health service workers.One ad, posted last month to a jobs website, said Atos hoped to employ nurses, physiotherapists and paramedics to carry out PIP assessments, which determine whether a claimant needs extra help.“Our client is a leading provider of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) health assessment and reporting services on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP),” the advert, written by recruitment firm SBJ Medical, said.The advert said the role requires successful candidates to “complete medical assessments for a broad range of medical conditions”, often in claimant’s homes.Salaries range from £34,240 in Brighton to £43,870 in the south-east, according to several of similar adverts posted on job sites.
Sir Richard Branson’s new cruise line is prepping for a 2020 virgin voyage by unveiling the ship’s suites for the first time.On Thursday, February 14, Virgin Voyages, part of the Virgin Group, shared the details of the ship’s RockStar Suites.The cruise is designed to allow travelers to vacation like a rock star, the company says, from tables that actually encourage dancing on tabletops, to concierge services willing to fetch such oddities as only red gummy bears.Ticket sales also opened today.The ship Scarlet Lady includes 78 RockStar Suites, all arranged to have a view of the ocean.The suites, according to the company, were inspired by yachts from rock and roll icons such as Grace Jones with a “retro-futurism” look.
The search giant piloted Interpreter Mode at big hotels like Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Dream Downtown in New York City, and Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.The hotel staff use Interpreter Mode to converse with guests in real-time who speak a different language than their own.You can use the mode to translate conversations in real-time, help you learn a new language, or even to help you out if you’re studying a second language.If you have a smart display, you’ll get both an audio translation and captions across the screen with which you can read along.So, the Google Home Hub is perhaps the best option for using interpreter mode.For the time being, you can use six different languages to start up interpreter mode: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish.
President Donald Trump is expected to both sign a spending bill and declare a national emergency to secure funding for his long-promised wall along the US-Mexico border, the White House announced on Thursday.The move would attempt to bypass congressional approval to spend billions of dollars on the border wall, which he originally vowed Mexico would pay to build.“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action ― including a national emergency ― to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell privately cautioned Trump earlier this month to avoid declaring a national emergency over wall funding, warning the decision could spark backlash from members of his own party, The Washington Post reported.Congress could pass a resolution against the declaration, McConnell reportedly warned the president earlier this month.Congressional disapproval would force Trump to consider his first-ever veto.
Protecting the 2020 election from hackers and foreign influence campaigns is a top priority for the Department of Homeland Security, the agency said Thursday.Christopher Krebs, director of the DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, held a press briefing to detail the DHS' efforts on election security.The story raised concerns that the DHS was not providing resources to adequately protect the election.Krebs denied the report on Thursday, and said the agency plans to expand its election security efforts for 2020.He noted that the DHS' funding for election security increased from $26 million in 2018 to $33 million this year."Despite what some of the reporting might be, election security and countering foreign influence efforts aren't going anywhere, and we're doubling down for 2020," Krebs said.
When it comes to daring to take a stand for equality and justice or pointing out the imbalance of power in the world, it can be tempting to feel we’ve made progress.Take, for example, the widespread criticism of Liam Neeson’s astonishing interview last week about a moment in his past when he wanted to murder a black man after his friend was assaulted.Meanwhile, it’s only been a few months since Nike’s decision to make Colin Kaepernick the face of its campaign was greeted with rampant shoe-burning and a boycott.Rage is the pervading emotion of our times (if Twitter is anything to go by).And much currently seems to be emanating from those with privilege who are clinging to their entitlement like it was the last lifeboat on the Titanic.While brands can console themselves knowing they’re on the right side of history for taking action, it’s deeply worrying to see discussions around race still spark such a high level of ire.
The new 2020 Kia Soul EV will offer a 243-mile driving range, according to the EPA.That makes it one of the longest-range affordable electric cars on sale today, and marks a huge improvement over the last-generation Soul EV's 93-mile range.The new Soul Electric debuted alongside the standard, internal-combustion 2020 Soul at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.The cars have a striking new look inside and out, as well as new features.For the Soul EV, the biggest news is a bigger battery pack.It now has a 64-kilowatt-hour capacity, compared to the old Soul EV's 27-kWh pack.
EVENT: Machine Learning and Statistics: Applications in Genomics and Computer Vision - a Scientific Session at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.Symposium organizer Hal Stern, professor of statistics at the University of California, Irvine, will moderate.Subsessions: "Machine Learning and Statistics for Causal Inference," David Blei, Columbia University, New York; "Machine Learning: The View from Statistics," Genevera Allen, Rice University, Houston; "Machine Learning and Statistics: The View from Industry," Kevin Murphy, Google Research, Mountain View, Calif.WHEN/WHERE: 3:30-5:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, Washington 2 room, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.INFORMATION: Large volumes of data have enabled the development and applications of novel tools like deep neural networks, support vector machines, and random forests.These techniques, often referred to as machine learning, have supported scientists in making sense of their data.
As initially reported last week on Feb. 11, Reddit confirmed a Series D funding round led by $150 million from Tencent, placing the company at a $3 billion post-money valuation.The influx of cash will likely allow the online discussion platform, long billed as the “front page of the internet,” to further scale up and compete for ad dollars with the likes of Facebook and Twitter.What would be, under other circumstances, a fairly standard deal has quickly become a hot-button issue.Fears of Chinese-style censorship are overblown—but business needs may push Reddit away from its legacy “anything goes” content model nonetheless.Tencent has morphed from one of China’s top gaming and social media companies to one of the most powerful investors in the country’s thriving startup ecosystem.By most accounts, Tencent has built a good name for itself in how it has managed its VC investments.
Icons, which may seem like a small part of the digital landscape, reveal larger issues of unconscious bias in tech and beyond.In many instances I can recall, ranging from company presentations to popular apps and websites, the main icons displayed were obviously representative of men.At best, this shows women were not taken into consideration when the product team designed and developed the product.At worst, it isolates women to feel like they are not the intended audience or priority.Perhaps I’m more cognizant of this because gender imbalance is important to me, and as a designer, I’m observant of details.But it’s something that more stakeholders need to be aware of when choosing icons.