Bill Davis

Bill Davis

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The first standalone release of 5G has been finalized, paving the way for mobile operators to launch commercial networks as early as later this year.The 3GPP has approved completion after 34 months of work and discussions with stakeholders, including operators, device manufacturers, chipset vendors and Internet companies.A pre-standard release of 5G was made available late last year, enabling the industry to work on rollouts and trials.However while this standard used 5G New Radio (5G NR), it relied on an existing LTE network to function.“The 5G System specification has now reached its official stage of completion, thanks to the intense efforts of hundreds of engineers over the past three years,” declared Erik Guttman, chairman of 3GPP TSG SA.“The 5G System opens the way for commercialization of services based on the New Radio and 5G Core Network and their advanced extensible capabilities.
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Steinway Lyngdorf och Samsung har en anläggning för dig som har vunnit på Lotto en gång till.När danska Lyngdorf Audio, som inte direkt är något billighetsmärke från början, får för sig att göra något riktigt exklusivt, så görs det under namnet Steinway Lyngdorf.Tillsammans med flygeltillverkaren Steinway & Sons har Lyngdorf de senaste åren skapat en serie hifi-utrustning som är lika koststam som den är läcker – de billigaste kompletta systemen har sexsiffriga priser.Men ack, de har ju bara ljudprodukter.Så vad ska en stackars multimiljonär komplettera sin hemmabio med?För att lösa det här problemet har Steinway Lyngdorf inlett ett samarbete med Samsung, som erbjuder matchande bildutrustning.
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Forget mice and keyboards, or even finger swipes and taps – the future of web browsing is voice control.Or, at least, that's what Mozilla seems to think, as it begins work on its new Scout project.With Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant and Apple's Siri making waves in the voice assistant and smart speaker spaces, Mozilla appears not to want to be left behind.A note for an internal all-hands meeting describes Scout as an attempt to "start to explore browsing and consuming content with voice."It's clearly very early days for the project, with little other detail to go on, but it explicitly calls the project a "voice browser", keeping it very much in the Firefox dev's usual wheelhouse."This talk will discuss the architecture and key components needed for a voice platform, the required capabilities of those components and the challenges of working with the limitations and confines of existing platforms," reads the listing.
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We gotta put this in context, cos that's what Microsoft says matters these daysMicrosoft has revealed a plan for a slow-moving upgrade of its Office suite’s user interface, with three new elements to start appearing at Office.com and in Office apps in coming months.The changes bring the “fluent design” concept Microsoft has adopted in other products to Office.The biggest change will see Redmond cut its “Ribbon” toolbar from three lines to two.Microsoft’s asserted that the change has been made “to help users focus on their work and collaborate naturally with others.”That claim’s backed by the Ribbon gaining coloured icons that show collaborators on a document.
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It is about fabriksarbetaren Michael Sanchez, who in the questioning of a witness before the authority for the labour law, the National Labor Relations Board, NLRB, told me that he had been forced away from the workplace by security guards when he tried to hand out leaflets on trade union activity, reports Reuters.the Authority is investigating the now Tesla to see if the company broke federal laws that allow employees to form unions.Elbilsföretaget denies the allegations and has said that they are part of a smear campaign against ceo Elon Musk.The eccentric ceo has previously tweeted healthy if not banned trade unions.If the authority comes to the conclusion that Tesla is at fault in the case of Michael Sanchez may be forced to announce to the employees that failed in the same way.But the decision will take time, in september, additional hearings be held.
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Our bodies are basically just mobile meat packages, chock full of internal organs that keep the whole thing running.But when something goes awry inside — when, for example, the heart momentarily gives out — the fact that these organs are tucked beneath layers of skin, muscle, and bone can make long-term treatment challenging.A new device might help make some treatments more seamless by delivering medication directly to the heart.Developed by an international team of researchers (including from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), the device, Therepi, includes a tube that connects it to an external entry point, providing a sort of express lane from the abdomen to the internal organ.In a study published this week in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering, the researchers demonstrated how the device could deliver drugs, proteins, and stem cells to the heart.If applied in the real world, the technology could mean more efficiency, smaller doses, and fewer side effects than conventional drug delivery systems.
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During a depressive episode the ability of the brain to form new brain cells is reduced.It was previously known that people in an acute depressive episode were less likely to remember current events.The computational model however suggests that older memories were affected as well.The team around the computational neuroscientist Prof Dr Sen Cheng published their findings in the journal PLOS ONE on 7th June 2018.Computational model simulates a depressive brainIn major depressive disorder patients may suffer from such severe cognitive impairments that, in some cases, are called pseudodementia.
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The U.S. Justice Department is said to be investigating the agreed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile.The department is thought to be asking smaller wireless operators for their opinions on the deal.While some people say the deal could lead to high prices in the prepaid market, others say it could help break the dominance of Verizon and ATT-Mobile and Sprint are approaching a potentially significant hurdle in the way of their proposed merger as the U.S. Department of Justice examines how the deal could affect smaller wireless operators.According to Reuters, who cite people familiar with the matter, the Justice Department has been gathering the opinions of smaller wireless operators who buy wholesale access to the bigger wireless networks.Investigations such as the one being undertaken were always anticipated and are a normal part of the process mergers have to go through.The Reuters article makes no mention of whether the investigation is likely to result in problems with the merger, although the deal had previously been expected to gain approval.
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Large-scale accelerators and gigantic devices, such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), are used for this purpose, but relatively small accelerators are used in medicine (diagnostic imaging, cancer treatment), industry (food sterilization, cargo scanning, electronic engineering), and various types of investigation (oil prospecting, archeological surveying, analysis of artworks).Whatever the use, controlling chaos and boosting particle flow efficiency are the goals of the scientific community in this field.A paper describing a new contribution in this direction has recently been published in the journal Physics of Plasmas by Meirielen Caetano de Sousa, a postdoctoral student with a scholarship from São Paulo Research Foundation - FAPESP working at the University of São Paulo's Physics Institute (IF-USP) in Brazil, and her supervisor Iberê Luiz Caldas, Full Professor at IF-USP.The authors designed a mechanism based on the deployment of a transport barrier to confine the particles and prevent them from moving from one region of the accelerator to another.This procedure has not yet been implemented in ordinary accelerators but is used in tokamaks (experimental toroidal reactors used in nuclear fusion research), where superheated plasma is prevented by particle confinement from interacting with the walls of the device.This hasn't yet been done in accelerators, where the usual solution is to add an electrostatic wave with well-defined parameters to the system," said the FAPESP-supported researcher.
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As many of our readers will probably know, the FIFA World Cup 2018 is just around the corner.All football fans around the world will gather up to celebrate their favorite teams in what we hope is a fun time for everybody.To celebrate the event, Chinese phone maker CUBOT decided to bring something to the table: a quiz regarding the World Cup.The campaign is already available on their official website and it could potentially get you a free CUBOT phone.Details of the specific activities are as follows:Guess the winner of 2018 World Cup and share the activity.
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A code-review in the Chromium Gerrit revealed that Chrome OS will support eSIM and Project Fi.They would allow Chromebooks to support 4G LTE connections.We would likely have to wait until a new wave of Chrome OS devices hit the market.Even though Chromebooks are underappreciated devices that can accomplish more than you think, dedicated cellular support would go a long way to make them more useful.It seems that Google has the same mindset, since a recent code-review on the Chromium Gerrit revealed upcoming support for Project Fi and eSIM.Initially spotted by XDA Developers, the code-review mentions that a project codenamed “Hermes” will act as the middle-man for devices with eSIM chips and carrier servers.
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Commercial scale-out filesystem startup Qumulo has scored $93m in a D-round of funding, taking the total raised past $233m.The over-subscribed round for the Seattle data storage biz was led by BlackRock, with strategic investment cash from Goldman Sachs and Western Digital, and follow-on investments from all major existing investors – Highland Capital Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), the Madrona Venture Group (where Qumulo CEO Bill Richter is a venture partner) and Valhalla Partners.The filer firm launched in 2012 and took in $26.8m in 2013.Further funding news was absent until 2015, when another $40m came in, followed by $32.5m in 2016 and another £30m in 2017.Now we get a monster $93m.What's the cash going to be used for?
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Sony is planning to focus on four different games during its E3 2018 press conference — The Last of Us: Part II, Spider-Man, Death Stranding, and Ghost of Tsushima — and now we know know when another PlayStation 4 exclusive will be coming to stores.Days Gone will release for the system next February, and it will have a ton of enemies in tow.In addition to zombies, which the game calls “Freakers,” protagonist Deacon St. John must deal with human survivors, as well as the infected wildlife roaming the rural landscape.These include extremely aggressive dogs, bears, wildcats, and even ravens, all of whom want nothing more than to rip his face off.This is also the first time we’ve met the human faction Rest In Peace, or R.I.P.These survivors aren’t Freakers, but they dress like them and attempt to kill anyone who isn’t in their group.
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Have you ever tried to blow up a standard jpeg or a gif to a much larger size?Chances are, it didn’t go so well.Those image types, known as raster images, are built from colorized pixels and can’t be drastically resized without losing lots of resolution.That’s not the case, however, with vector designs.Those are crafted using mathematical formulas, and are a lot more versatile.Vector logos, for example, work just as suitably on the front of a business card as they will on the side of a corporate headquarters.
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You know what is decidedly extra, but also frustratingly enticing?A laptop with a display in the trackpad.Razer hinted at it with its concept Project Linda back at CES.The Asus ZenBook Pro 15 with Screenpad, also known as the UX580, has a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS display where most of us expect a trackpad.As you would expect it can function they way all our boring and dumb trackpads do now, but it can also be programmed (if app developers so choose) with lots of custom shortcuts.Or it could, I guess, be like your Nintendo DS through 3DS.
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Google began bringing Linux app support to Chrome OS almost exactly one month ago, but it only started with a single device, the very expensive Pixelbook.Now, that’s changing: Linux support is becoming available for Samsung’s Chromebook Plus as well, as spotted by users on Reddit.This still isn’t a widely available feature or something that most Chromebook users will want to check out.You’ll have to opt-in to the developer-only build of Chrome OS, enable things labeled as beta and experimental, and then use the Terminal to install Linux apps.Presumably, this will all be simplified in the future, but right now, Google just seems to be testing whether it works at all.The addition of Linux apps has the potential to make Chrome OS even more powerful and flexible.
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Apple är stolta över Apple TV och lät hälsa från scen att iTunes har det största 4K-biblioteket.Nyheter för i år är att Apple TV 4K får stöd för Dolby Atmos.iTunes kommer få det största biblioteket med atmos.Alla filmer som du redan äger som får stöd för Atmos uppdateras även för dig.Slutligen uppdateras skärmsläckarna så att du kan se var flygbilderna är tagna.Du kommer även kunna byta mellan filmerna.
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iPaaS market has reached $1 billion for the first time in 2017.As businesses shift toward digital business models such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), analytics, and artificial intelligence, the application infrastructure and middleware (AIM) market is growing, with AIM market revenue reaching $28.5 billion (approx.£21.3 billion) in 2017, an increase of 11.9 percent, Gartner has revealed.This is driven by current trends such as migration to cloud platforms and services, ever-increasing demand for near-real-time data and analytics, a shift towards an application programming interface (API) economy, IoT and AI deployment.The American research and advisory firm forecasts faster growth for the AIM industry in 2018, although spending will slow down every year to 5 percent by 2022 with the market shifting from market incumbents to challengers.Fabrizio Biscotti, Research Vice President at Gartner explained robust demand in the AIM market was down to digitalisation and how organisations build digital initiatives.
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En mystisk Macbook Pro med tidigare (för Macbook) okänd hårdvara har dykt upp bland Geekbenchs testresultat, skriver Appleinsider.Datorn kallas ”MacbookPro14,3” och använder sig intressant nog av Intels nya Core i7-8750H, en del av Intels Cofee Lake-serie.Processorn i fråga är Intels nya sexkärniga modell som många hoppats ska hitta till Macbook Pro snart.I7-processorn har en klockhastighet på 2,21 GHz för enkelkärniga uppgifter men hela 4,1 GHz vid Turbo Boost.Mest intressant är dock de sex kärnorna, vilket skulle vara första gången någonsin i en bärbar dator från Apple.I Geekbench-testet får datorn en enkärnigt resultat på 4 902 poäng och 22 316 poäng vid det flerkärnor.
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Due to a change in federal regulation, from 2013-2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) redacted any health care encounter that included a diagnosis or procedure code related to substance abuse from the Medicare and Medicaid identifiable files.The result was difficult-to-identify gaps in claims data commonly used by researchers, policy analysts, clinicians, health care administrators, and others.To better understand the impact of the missing substance abuse data claims, a team of researchers from The Dartmouth Institute and the University of Michigan calculated the effect of redaction on prevalence estimates of common chronic conditions, such as hepatitis C and depression, as well as on inpatient use and spending."Even though access to this data was restored in 2017, it can be quite time consuming and costly to go back and fill in the gaps," says lead author and Dartmouth Institute research scientist Andrea Austin, PhD."And, the reality is that redaction can and likely has affected a wide range of studies, beyond studies of addiction and opioid use disorder."Then, to characterize how redaction might affect studies that utilized this data, they calculated the population rates of admission per 100 beneficiaries for selected diagnoses likely to be related to substance abuse, such as serious mental illness, depression, and hepatitis C. For comparison, they also calculated admission rates for diagnoses, such as diabetes, that are less likely be associated with substance-abuse (and thus less likely to be affected by redaction).
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