Brian Williams

Brian Williams

Followers 20
Following 29
UK
*Okay so it will be here for another billion years or so but it's shrinking faster than normalSomewhere in the Cancer constellation lies a mini-Neptune sized planet that is disappearing at rate faster than ever seen before, according to research published in Astronomy & Astrophysics on Thursday.The exoplanet, known as GJ3470b, is located about 97 light years away.It’s rare find as most exoplanets are either big and puffy like Jupiter or small and compact like Earth, whereas GJ3470b’s size falls somewhere in between - it’s about as 4.3 times as big as the Earth.When a group of astronomers began studying exoplanet atmospheres, they spotted something strange happening on the warm Neptune-like one.“GJ 3470b is losing more of its mass than any other planet we seen so far; in only a few billion years from now, half of the planet may be gone," said David Sing, co-author of the paper and a physics professor at John Hopkins University.
5
US
Owning a smartphone is almost a requirement for most folks these days.That’s where a good rugged phone comes in.Today’s rugged phones come equipped with military specs for surviving more extreme water, dust, and drop situations.The Caterpillar Cat S61 is the most recent release, a successor to the earlier S60.Be aware it only works on GSM-based cellular networks such as the ones provided by T-Mobile and ATAmazon currently sells the Cat S61 for the very high price of $999.99, but its high degree of ruggedness, plus its thermal camera, make it unlike any smartphone on the market.It can go down as far as 2 meters in water, and work for up to one full hour at that depth.
US
Popular smartphone lens-maker Moment just announced it will now support OnePlus phones.Right now, you can buy a camera case and various lenses for the OnePlus 6.The OnePlus 6T case comes in February.OnePlus Moment photographs show off the terrific pics you can get with the 6 and a Moment lens.Popular smartphone lens-makers Moment have supported Pixel phones for a long time.The company recently added Samsung devices to the lineup, and now another manufacturer is joining the family: OnePlus.
US
Work-life balance in a future job is more important to U.S. student developers than any other early career goal, according to HackerRank’s Student Developer Report 2018, which includes a survey of 10,350 student developers in the U.S., U.K., India, and Canada.HackerRank is an online resource for developers interesting in learning new skills.Work-life balance was defined first and foremost by student developers in the U.S. as flexible work hours, followed by good vacation or paid time off benefits, remote worker support, and a company that focuses on goals rather than a particular number of hours worked.“To speak to these students, employers shouldn’t just talk about work-life balance; they should actively encourage it.Even when younger generations are offered balance opportunities, they fear what coworkers will think if they take advantage of them.Openly encouraging a culture of balance will help them feel at ease,” the report reads.
US
Musk faced scrutiny this year for several controversies, including his battle with a Thai cave rescue diver, a settlement with the SEC and Tesla's production speed.And the billionaire, who's also CEO of Space X, tweeted at every step of the way."Twitter's a war zone," Musk told 60 Minutes.(Editors' note: CNET is owned by CBS, which airs 60 Minutes.)"If somebody's gonna jump in the war zone, it's, like, 'Okay, you're in the arena.Musk also said several times during the interview that he doesn't respect the SEC, though he is abiding the settlement terms.
3
US
The global dust storm on Mars earlier this year coated NASA's rovers in a layer of red planet grime.A new set of images shows how the current windy season is cleaning off the Curiosity rover.Curiosity team member and planetary scientist Abigail Fraeman posted an update to the mission blog on Wednesday with two images taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera on the rover's arm.The first image dates to Sept. 4 and shows the coin used to help calibrate Curiosity's camera and test its performance.The penny is coated with Mars dust, a reminder of the powerful storm that knocked NASA's Opportunity rover out of contact in June.The second image is from Dec. 2 and shows a much cleaner penny.
US
Among Trees had its reveal during the preshow for The Game Awards 2018.It is coming to early access in 2019.This is an indie game from a team called FJRD interactive.It consists of just three people that have been working on this game for the past five years.A short trailer showed off a beautiful and colorful forest.The game is played in a first-person perspective.
US
The Flash and Arrow are about to find themselves tangled in an infamous Hollywood plot net: the ol' body swap.The switcheroo will last for three episodes in an Arrowverse crossover event called "Elseworlds" on The CW Network that kicks off Sunday.(Disclosure: The CW is a joint venture between Warner Bros. and CBS, the parent of CNET.)The first full trailer, which debuted Tuesday, shows Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen/Arrow (Stephen Amell) trying to figure out together why they've switched bodies in a bizarre new timeline.But explaining the turn of events isn't going to be easy if their friends don't believe them.So Barry and Oliver enlist the help of Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), Clark Kent/Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch).
US
I'm putting in my contact lenses at our office lunch table, booting up a little clip-on belt pack, placing goggles delicately over my face, and turning on a wireless controller.Seedling, announced at Magic Leap's first developer conference in October, is one of just a few apps so far, besides Sigur Ros' Tonandi and Rovio's AR version of Angry Birds.And like most augmented-reality apps, it's layered right onto your own world.A briefcase materializes on the table: It's a field kit for my research mission.I'm meant to be growing an alien plant.The plant stays somewhat stable on the pool table, jittering a bit from imperfect object placement.
US
Pump-and-dump schemes are some of the oldest and sketchiest scams used in the financial sector, and sadly, the cryptocurrency industry has seen its fair share.Less informed investors often fall foul thinking increased interest in the coin is a sign of long-term growth – only it isn’t.Spotting a pump-and-dump is tough work, but academics from Imperial College London have devised a protocol, using machine learning, to predict the illicit schemes.Jiahua Xu and Benjamin Livshits analyzed the message history of over 300 Telegram channels between July and November 2018, in doing so, the academics identified 220 individual “pump events” organized through the messaging platform.The researchers estimate this contributes $7 million of artificial trading volume to the cryptocurrency market each month – that’s $84 million per year.On November 14, 2018, an announcement was made stating that the target coin would be the BVB, a coin supposedly setup by supporters of Borussia Dortmund football club.
2
UK
An end to “typical JavaScript dependency hell”?The cross-platform application development tool allows users to create mobile apps for iOS and Android from a single codebase.Among its features are “stateful hot reload” which allows developers to iterate on their apps in real time; familiar to web app developers, but a welcome fillip for mobile app devs; Google claims it makes development cycles three times more productive.Cross-platform development has not previously had a great reputation.While the benefits are clear – shorter development cycles (instead of developing two separate apps you only develop one, then share that code across operating systems) and cost efficiency – application performance has typically suffered as a result.Flutter 1.0: New Bells, Whistles, Uses
4
US
This is a rough draft of something new – provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at danny@techcrunch.com) if you like or hate something here.Kane Wu at Reuters reported over night that SoftBank is looking to open an office and hire an investment team in China, which Wu says will be based in Shanghai.That’s following the fund’s recent global expansion with new targeted offices in Saudi Arabia and India.The fund has reportedly been seeking investments in some of China’s leading unicorn stars, including controversial face recognition startup SenseTime, and leading edtech startup Zuoyebang (作业帮, which literally translates as “school assignment help”).As far as I know, the Vision Fund is a singular “fund” that invests worldwide (send me an email if I am wrong on this count).China has a thicket of regulations on funds and companies, which is one of several reasons we see specifically China-focused vehicles (such as Lightspeed and Lightspeed China or Sequoia and Sequoia China).
UK
When it comes to cybersecurity risks and threats in 2019, attackers will do what they always do and follow the path of least resistance (least time, cost, and difficulty) to the biggest reward (money, payout yield, reach, best success rate).We’ve also seen rushes to firmware, printers, and routers, which will continue with more exploits of less used devices and the lack of hardware- derived security and good security hygiene.This will be accompanied by revisiting the phone as an infection vector early in the year and then more IoT targeted attacks as those devices ramp up with little-to-no protection, providing opportunities to DDoS the world.It will drive our current digital footprint 2X, 10X, and 100X; and we will look back and wonder why we had a special name for what amounts to most computing nodes.These devices will steadily follow Moore’s Law, with full stacks and more computing power and commensurate bandwidth demand.With an increase in complexity and topography, we will see an exponential increase in the options for attackers, almost a Metcalfe’s Law for the darker side.
US
Now, they have a smart dress to back them up.The Dress For Respect by advertising agency Ogilvy has sensors sewn in that measure where on the body, and when, the wearer is touched.The information gets transferred via Wi-Fi to a control unit in real time."It gives us a broader vision of harassment," said Nagib Nassif, a developer who worked on the garment's technology.The dress got a test run in Brazil, where 86 percent of women have been harassed in nightclubs, according to data from Think Olga, a feminist collective founded by a Brazilian journalist.Three women wore the sparkly conceptual dress to a Sao Paulo club in one night, and the data showed they were touched nonconsensually 157 times in less than four hours.
2
US
Your day job may not be paying as much as you’d like, but it’s possible to earn more money without breaking your back in another job.If you play your cards right, a side hustle could even generate a passive income stream.That’s the dream scenario — paychecks rolling in while you sleep.According to Bankrate.com, over one-third of Americans have a side hustle, and the average extra income they generate is almost $700 per month.It’s a 12-part pro guide into all manner of ways you can generate extra income, many of which you can do while sitting around at home in your dressing gown.The learning kits extensively cover Amazon FBA.
US
Amazon’s cashierless checkout technology is now being tested for use in larger stores, according to a report from The Wall St. Journal on Sunday.The system, which involves an array of cameras to track shoppers’ purchases alongside weight sensors on shelves, has been rolling out this year to smaller convenience stores across the U.S. in markets, including Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, and soon New York.The new report says Amazon is now trying out the same technology in a larger space in Seattle, where the ceilings are higher and there are more products to choose from – things that make the system more challenging to implement.The obvious use-case here would be for Amazon-owned Whole Foods, which Amazon has been leveraging to grow its own grocery pickup and delivery business in the U.S.The business challenges rival grocers, as well as Walmart and grocery delivery services like Target’s Shipt, Instacart and others.In particular, it could be difficult to get a cashierless system to work with items where the size, shape and weight varies – like fresh produce, WSJ notes.
US
Iceland's managing director, Richard Walker, has penned an open letter to customers thanking them for their part in stopping palm oil-induced deforestation following a furore over the supermarket's 'banned' Christmas ad.The boss said the controversy around the ad being prevented from broadcast on legal grounds has "re-written" all of the traditional rules.Last month, the grocer revealed it had inked a deal with Greenpeace to repurpose an animated short-film about a fictional character called Rang-tan, a critically endangered orangutan whose home is destroyed by palm oil growers.The spot was designed to underline Iceland's commitment to removing palm oil from its own-brand products, which was announced in April.However due to rules around political advertising the association with Greenpeace meant Iceland's Christmas campaign was never approved for broadcast by ad vetting body Clearcast.While it didn't show on TV, it garnered sweeping momentum across Facebook, Twitter and YouTube thanks in part to support from celebrities like James Corden.
US
The outcry was immediate: Razek’s comments implied that transgender and plus-size models were not a “fantasy.” The next day, he issued an apology, saying that they would “absolutely” cast a transgender model.That exclusion is reflected in the brand’s in-store offerings, too: Their bras only go up to size DDD.Models take a final bow at the 2017 show in Shanghai.Current concerns aside, there’s no denying the monumental impact the show has: In 2016, the Paris-set show reportedly gained 150 billion media impressions worldwide.And from the first show, back in 1995, it seemed destined to be big.The genesis of the “Angels”
1
US
Elon Musk tried to get Mario Kart playable in Teslas, but Nintendo hit his idea with a blue shell.The Tesla CEO revealed his company tried to make it happen in a Twitter exchange about playing Steam games in the vehicles -- an idea Musk said "would be cool.""How about a version of Mario Kart where you can play against random people who are also charging their car at the moment?"Nintendo won't license it to us," Musk replied.The Japanese company has previously been open to working with car companies -- there were licensed Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Mario Kart 8 back in 2014.These are still playable in the Switch version, which you can just buy and play in a Tesla if you really want that Mario Kart-Tesla experience.
4
Sweden
in a few days begins the UN climate summit COP24 in Katowice, Poland.the EU has set out eight scenarios for how the member states can reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases.Two of these would cause Europe to become climate-neutral – and now believe the union will achieve this goal by the year 2050.at the same time must be sufficiently large efficiencies to be deployed to halve the energy consumption to the middle of the century – including efforts around improving the insulation of homes.It is also about balancing out the greenhouse gases by planting more forests, and mechanical means to capture carbon dioxide that is then buried in the ground.– With this plan, Europe will become the first major economy which is aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050.
More

Top