Christopher Driskell

Christopher Driskell

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The UK is following in the footsteps of Norway, Holland, France, and several other countries by banning the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles.The plan, which will come into effect from 2040, is part of the government’s clean air initiative designed to deal with the problem of airborne pollution and the effect it has on people’s health.The government was ordered to publish its plans after it lost a high court battle last year.Environmental law organization ClientEarth said its failure to implement policies that tackle air pollution was in breach of EU law and domestic regulations.The judge in the case said nitrogen dioxide pollution, which primarily comes from diesel vehicles, is linked to 23,500 deaths in the UK each year.There had been calls for ministers to introduce charges for entering “clean air zones,” or introduce taxes related to the amount of pollution a vehicle produces, but the government wanted to avoid anything that appeared to be punishing drivers.
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In just a few days in July, blockkedjebolaget Tezos into the equivalent of just over sek 1.9 billion from private investors.It all took place through a so-called ICO, or initial coin offering'.that means shares of future projects in the kryptovalutor sold in exchange for common currencies, or against other kryptovalutor.The who participate in an ICO will have a kind of digital tokens that will hopefully have a market value in the future once the projects takes off.the Name alludes to its 'initial public offering', thus a normal ipo, where shares are offered in exchange for equity.The interest means that new players enter the market.
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Study Reveals Hurdles Around App User Experience, Cost and Management are Stifling Digital InnovationAUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 25, 2017–More businesses are realizing the importance of mobile apps, but are discovering deploying and managing apps in their business is not as easy as they had thought.To gauge the state of apps in the enterprise, Kony, Inc., the leading enterprise mobility and digital applications company, partnered with Wakefield Research.The global survey of more than 1,000 line-of-business executives revealed the majority of respondents are still unsatisfied with the apps they have due to challenges around user experience, cost, and ongoing maintenance.In addition, trust in IT is dismal with fewer than 1 in 5 of respondents saying they would work with their in-house IT department.
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Ögonstyrningsbolaget Tobiis omsättning uppgick under det andra kvartalet i år till 265,9 miljoner kronor jämfört med 240,7 miljoner kronor samma kvartal 2016.Motsvarande siffror för rörelseresultatet blev -69,6 miljoner kronor och -29,2 miljoner kronor.Resultatet före skatt blev -88 miljoner kronor jämfört med -17,5 miljoner kronor året innan.Läs även: Tobiis vd flyttar till USA: "Vill öka vår närvaro"Det innebär att omsättningen har ökat med 10 procent på ett år medan förlusterna har femfaldigats.Justeras för valutaeffekter blev omsättningstillväxten bara 4 procent.
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Your smartphone is a remarkable feat of engineering.Accelerometers handle axis-based motion sensing and can be found in fitness trackers as well as phones—they’re the reason why your smartphone can track your steps even if you haven’t bought a separate wearable.They also tell the phone’s software which way the handset is pointing, something that’s becoming increasingly important with the arrival of augmented reality apps.The gyroscope helps the accelerometer out with understanding which way your phone is orientated— it adds another level of precision so those 360-degree photo spheres really look as impressive as possible.The gyroscopes inside phones don’t use wheels and gimbals like the traditional mechanical ones you might find in an old plane—instead they’re MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) gyroscopes, a smaller version of the concept embedded on an electronics board so it can fit inside a phone.Back then, it was incredibly novel to have a phone that could detect orientation with such accuracy—nowadays, we take it for granted.
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We’ve known about Freedom Fighters: The Ray—the first DC/CW series to feature an openly LGBTQ lead character—for a while, but the network finally gave us a look at it at Comic-Con.The trailer reveals that Ray will fight alongside a team called the Freedom Fighters—including DC superheroes Red Tornado, Black Condor, and Phantom Lady—on Earth X, a world where (and stop me if you’ve heard this one before lately) the Nazis won World War II.But its not just Nazis, unfortunately.Germany has its group of people with superpowers, the Reichsmen... and it turns out they’re evil, Hitler-loving versions of the CW’s Flash, Green Arrow, and Supergirl, and are even voiced by their actors from their respective TV shows.(Because turning beloved heroes into fascists is the hot trend of 2017.)Hopefully, at some point, the heroes we know and love from the DC/CW universe show up to lend a hand against their evil counterparts... because if the Ray follows in Vixen’s footsteps and makes the leap from CW animation to CW live-action, things could get real awkward real fast.
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Instagram is one of the most popular social media networks on the planet.It’s the de facto place for people to share pictures of almost everything.Thankfully, at this point, there are plenty of alternatives.We focused mostly on the ability to share photos publicly to a large audience.You can share images, add filters, and more.You can even add Stories that expire after 24 hours.
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NASA‘s Hubble Space Telescope recently captured a time lapse of Phobos, a tiny rock-like moon, orbiting around Mars.The resulting composite image of the 13 total exposures shows what appears to be a bright dot of light near Mars…it looks something like a spec of dust that reflected light back at a camera.That ‘speck of dust,’ though, is a great look at one of the Red Planet’s two small moons.Phobos, as far as moons go, is very small and shaped somewhat like a rocky football.The moon measures only 13.5 x 16.5 x 11 miles in size, making it positively speck-like when viewed next to the celestial behemoth that is Mars.NASA explains that Phobos is so small, it could ‘comfortably’ fit within the District of Columbia’s beltway.
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Den amerikanska robotrådgivaren Betterment tar in 575 miljoner kronor i en ny investeringsrunda där Kinnevik står för en majoritet av kapitalet – drygt 530 Mkr.Förutom Kinnevik deltog andra befintliga investerare i finansieringsrundan.Efter transaktionen värderas Betterment till 800 miljoner dollar, närmare 6,6 miljarder kronor, skriver Kinnevik i ett pressmeddelande i samband med sin senaste kvartalsrapport.Sedan Kinneviks första investering i Betterment i mars 2016 har det förvaltade kapital vuxit med över 135 procent, enligt Kinnevik.Förutom den digitala investeringstjänsten har Betterments kunder tillgång till finansiella rådgivare på telefon och skatteverktyg.Läs även: Alibaba köper e-handel av Kinnevik för en miljard
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As we wait with anticipation for the elevator doors to open at the New York City headquarters of theSkimm, we're immediately greeted by heart-pumping music.The playlist: songs that were popular in 2012, the year that Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg sent their first email newsletter as theSkimm.It has raised more than $15 million from investors including 21st Century Fox, RRE Ventures, Greycroft Partners, and The New York Times.The walls are painted bright teal, hundreds of books line the walls and serve as makeshift tables or stools, and comfortable couches populate meeting spaces.Champagne and snacks are present in equal amounts.This time around, they were celebrating the fifth anniversary of the startup's founding.
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Ett ökat fokus på utsläppens hälsoeffekter och elbilarnas intåg gör att framtiden för dieselbilar ifrågasätts.I Stockholm diskuteras miljözoner för att minska utsläppen.Men det är i glesbygden som dieselbilarna är mest populära.– Alla partier i kommunstyrelsen är överens, men vi vet inte exakt hur vi ska utforma det.Det viktiga är att vi får ordning på luften i Stockholm, säger Stockholms trafikborgarråd Daniel Helldén (MP).Enligt en mätning gjord av Aftonbladet/Inizio är fyra av tio svenskar positiva till ett förbud mot dieselbilar i svenska storstäder.
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed on Wednesday (19 July) that the company was changing its plans to launch and land its Dragon capsule on Mars by 2020.The space company is developing the Red Dragon capsule for low-cost Mars lander missions to be launched using Falcon Heavy rockets.The Red Dragon spacecraft under development for Nasa's commercial crew programme was initially intended to be capable of powered landings and "propulsively decelerate from supersonic speeds" and safely lower itself to touch down on Mars using a high-thrust retro-propulsion system.The company also planned to include four landing legs on the Red Dragon modified for the Martian surface and environment.When asked about Red Dragon's propulsion landing capability at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington DC, Musk said the team was taking a different approach to landing vehicles on Mars."The reason we decided not to pursue that heavily is that it would have taken a tremendous amount of effort to qualify that for safety for crew transport.
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WASHINGTON - The Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS (FIO + LS) conference and exhibition provides a venue for leaders in the optics and photonics community to discuss the latest advances in the field.In 2017, the FIO + LS meeting has been thoughtfully redesigned and revised, offering attendees the best of past meetings while adding innovative elements to this year's meeting.A new speaker category of visionary speakers have been added and will deliver presentations around the four conference themes: Automotive, Nanophotonics and Plasmonics, Optics in Computing and Virtual Reality and Augmented Vision.WHAT: 2017 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science APS/DLS ConferenceWHERE: Washington Hilton, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWHEN: Technical Conference: 17-21 September 2017, Exhibition: 19-20 September 2017
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An Airbus A330 injured 26 people due to several alleged pilot errors while flying over Russia.An investigation into a serious aircraft accident involving a China Eastern Airlines flight from Paris to Kunming in June has alleged that serious pilot errors are to blame for severe turbulence that injured 26 people.On the evening of Saturday 17 June, a China Eastern Airbus A330-200 took off from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, en route to Kunming in China with 218 passengers and 16 crew.About halfway through the flight, as the aeroplane passed over Russia, the flight encountered severe turbulence that caused the aircraft to drop 4,000ft and descend and climb rapidly like a yo-yo for about 10 minutes.Although the seatbelt sign was illuminated, many passengers were not buckled in at the time, and this caused all the passengers without seatbelts on to be thrown from their seat and hit the ceiling of the cabin then land heavily.Four passengers were seriously injured with fractures and head injuries, while another 22 passengers had minor injuries.
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Cyber crime lords have come up with a new money-spinner – Russian-language e-learning courses geared towards teaching the skills necessary to rip off consumers and card companies.Risk management firm Digital Shadows flagged up the course as part of a wider report into trends in underground carding forums.The study, published on Wednesday, reports how remote-learning "schools" offer six-week courses comprising 20 lectures with five expert instructors to would-be carders."In exchange for RUB 45,000 (£575, plus £150 for course fees), aspiring cyber criminals have the potential to make £9,200 a month, based on a standard 40-hour working week.Given the average Russian monthly wage is less than $700 a month it means cyber criminals could make nearly 17x more than a 'legitimate' job."A criminal "code" appears to exist on many of the Russia-based carding forums, whereby no Russian card details are permitted for sale.
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The software handling the emissions of Mercedes cars needs a tweak, they say, so 3m of the cars sold across Europe need to go back to the garage to have someone plug something in, swear a few times, glance at a calendar of a lady, and refresh the cars' software.The upgrade will magically reduce the nitrogen oxide output levels of the cars, although it's an entirely voluntary procedure.So if owners are concerned that this might lead to a marginal reduction in performance and therefore the lower the perceived manliness coefficient of the driver, they can carry on having a slightly dirtier-output by ignoring the recall when it comes.Mercedes boss Dr Dieter Zetsche said: "The public debate about diesel engines is creating uncertainty - especially for our customers.We have therefore decided on additional measures to reassure drivers of diesel cars and to strengthen confidence in diesel technology."
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Netflix fick fler nya abonnenter, både i USA och utanför, än vad analytikerna förväntat under årets andra kvartal.Egenproducerade serier som "13 reasons why" och den nya säsongen av "House of cards" har hjälpt att locka nya tittare.Netflix fick under kvartalet 4,14 miljoner nya abonnenter utanför USA, långt mer än förväntade 2,59 miljoner.På hemmaplan i USA steg antalet med 1,07 miljoner mot de 631 000 analytikerna förutspått.Läs även: Netflix har fler prenumeranter än kabel-tv i USABolaget har vuxit stadigt internationellt de senaste åren och satsat på program på olika språk.
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Faraday Future is an electric car company with a very uncertain future, following news that it would be ending its effort to build an assembly plant for its vehicles in Nevada.The company’s primary backer, China’s LeEco, is in dire financial straits, and the would-be Tesla challenger is facing its own heat as a result.Now, however, the company is revealing a big-name hire – Ulrich Kranz, who previously headed BMW’s electric “i” series vehicle program, is joining as Chief Technical Officer.The addition of Kranz gives Faraday a new lead for its research and development, manufacturing, engineering and purchasing operations, the company tells me.He joins the company after a 30-year career at BMW, where he spent the past 10 years overseeing the i series, including the i3 and i8, BMW’s first dedicated EVs.Before that, Kranz led the MINI line, as well as product development across multiple areas at the automaker in previous roles.
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Find out how to optimize your website to give your customers experiences that will have the biggest ROI for your business.People believe 60 percent of the content that companies publish isn’t relevant to them and, frankly, isn’t very good, either.At a time when many businesses aren’t known for their transparency and credibility, an entrepreneur displaying authenticity is refreshing and can yield significant affinity for his or her brand.Good media companies abide by copy standards, calendars and performance metrics to ensure effectiveness -- so should entrepreneurs.Develop quarterly road maps that lay out content themes and sourcing and distribution channels for the upcoming months, and start building the habit of consistent content production.Unfortunately, entrepreneurs can be their own worst enemies when it comes to gaining industry authority through content publishing.
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People who are interested in technology, sustainability, and a certain way of life.”It said the company E-bilitys founder Patrik Tykesson to Breakit last year when Breakit could tell that the company was facing a big international launch.the Parties do not want to tell me how big the investment is, in dollars and cents.Their experience and approach convinced me to become a part of the Crony family," says Peter Carlsson.Peter Carlsson is now the ceo and founder of Northvolt, the company that wants to build Europe's biggest battery factory in either Västerås or Sweden.the E-bility was founded in Remagen outside Bonn, Germany, 2010.
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