Tutkijaryhmä on löytänyt Tyynestämerestä uuden valtavan jätelautan.Sen suuruudeksi arvioidaan noin miljoona neliökilometriä.Jätelautta olisi näin ollen pinta-alaltaan peräti kolmen Suomen kokoinen romuläjä.Kyseessä on jo toinen vastaavan kokoluokan muovijätelautta Tyynessämeressä.Jätelöytö tehtiin aiemmin vain vähän tutkitulla alueella Tyynenmeren eteläosissa.Se koostuu tutkimusryhmän ensiarvioiden mukaan pääosin muovista, joka on pohjoisen Tyynenmeren jätelautan muovia pienikokoisempaa.
Cyber-thieves have made at least $25m (£19m) from ransomware in the last two years, suggests research by Google.The search giant created thousands of virtual victims of ransomware to expose the payment ecosystem surrounding the malware type.Most of the money was made in 2016 as gangs realised how lucrative it was, revealed a talk at Black Hat.Two types of ransomware made most of the money, it said, but other variants are starting to emerge."It's become a very, very profitable market and is here to stay," said Elie Bursztein from Google who, along with colleagues Kylie McRoberts and Luca Invernizzi, carried out the research.Ransomware is malicious software that infects a machine and then encrypts or scrambles files so they can no longer be used or read.
Twitter's stock price fell ahead of its second quarter earnings report.Shares closed Wednesday's session down 2.25% as traders positioned themselves ahead of the company's earnings report, which is set to be released before Thursday's opening bell.Analysts are expecting a loss of $0.16 per share on revenue of $537.22 million, according to data from Bloomberg.Last quarter, Twitter crushed EPS estimates, coming in at $0.11 per share compared to the Wall Street estimate of $0.011.Twitter has exceeded earnings estimates for the last 10 quarters by an average of 146.48%, Bloomberg data shows.Last quarter, Twitter surprised Wall Street with higher growth numbers than expected.
The government’s ban on diesel and petrol cars by 2040 has been met with a mixture of reactions from calls praising it to claims that there needs to be more detail on how it will be enforced.Finally there are some arguing that compared to other countries, particularly in Europe, the 2040 deadline doesn’t go anywhere near far enough.Will we have to pay more for using an older non-electric car?While many of these questions still need to be answered, the good news is that as far as the technology is concerned, electric cars will not only be ready by 2040, but will probably have surpassed combustion vehicles before then.One of those is that the current ‘range anxiety’ that has plagued electric cars will become non-existent in just three years time.That’s right, a full 20 years before the diesel and petrol ban electric cars will be able to drive as far as their combustion counterparts before needing to fill up.
Wanda Internet Technology said it will officially launch its public cloud service in China in the first quarter of next year after it inked a partnership deal with IBM in March.Despite being a latecomer to the sector, Chinese property-to-entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group has plans to become one of the country’s biggest public cloud providers in five years by leveraging IBM’s knowhow in cloud computing and an investment estimated at “billions of renminbi”, a company official said.“We aim to become one of the major players in pubic cloud business in China because there will be no room left for small participants in five years,” said Sean Yang, vice president and chief technology officer for Wanda Internet Technology Group, a unit of Wanda Group.Yang is positioning Wanda as a high-end public cloud provider, serving only big enterprises that prefer value over price.In an interview with the South China Morning Post on Wednesday, Yang laid out the roadmap for the future development of the company’s cloud business, which only kicked off in March after a partnership deal was inked between Wanda Internet Technology and IBM, one of the leading public cloud providers in the world.Through a newly formed venture called Wanda Cloud Company, the two parties will offer selected IBM cloud infrastructure and platforms in China, according to IBM’s statement in March.
Det skriver Wall Street Journal och hänvisar till personer med insyn i ärendet.En sådan affär skulle skapa ännu mer röra i en redan förvirrande blandning av allianser och konkurrens i den globala taxibranschen.Softbank är redan en stor investerare i de tre största asiatiska samåknings- och taxibolagen: Grabtaxi i Singapore, Ola i Indien och Didi i Kina.Läs mer: Uber-rivalen tar in 20 miljarder kronorFörra veckan meddelade Softbank att det och Didi skulle leda en 2,5 miljarder dollar stor finanseringsrunda för Grab, för att ge det kinesiska bolaget muskler i fajten mot Uber i Sydostasien.Uber har tidigare visat sig villigt att dra sig tillbaka från kostsamma fajter runt om i världen.
Award-winning local multiplayer favourite Overcooked will be released for Nintendo Switch later this week on Thursday, 27 July.The chaotic co-op game tasks players with managing a bustling kitchen as they prep food for unseen, but very demanding, customers.Overcooked: Special Edition includes the base game as well as the Lost Morsel and Festive Seasoning additional content released after the original versions on PS4 and Xbox One last year.The game will be available to buy via the Nintendo eShop for £15.99 (€19.99).Overcooked: Special Edition contains 44 campaign missions that be played solo and with up-to-four players either locally or online.There are also nine competitive versus levels for two or four players.
Nu har äntligen den första trailern till den efterlängtade andra säsongen av Netflix succéserien Stranger Things släppts.Missa inte: Därför måste streaminjättarna tänka om - och sluta vara så uslaDet var ganska precis för ett år sedan som en handfull kids från 80-talet tog världen med storm.Den 27 oktober tänker de göra det igen.
Pacific Rim brought us the Jaegers, wonderful multi-pilot mecha that it then proceeded to mostly turn into scrap over the course of the movie.Obviously, that means the sequel’s going to need some new ones, and now we finally have a good look at the robots joining the Gipsy Avenger in Uprising—and my god are they wonderful.The look came through the reveal of some brand new Bandai action figures revealed at Comic-Con yesterday by Uprising director Steven DeKnight.Here’s the trailer that joined the announcement, narrated by Ellen McLain, the voice of the Jaeger A.I.from the first movie (and yes, GLaDOS from Portal):Within the lore of Pacific Rim, most of the new Jaegers are “Mark VI” designs, the latest and greatest forms of the giant robots humanity built to tackle its steadily increasing Kaiju problem.
The Hyperloop could shuttle people between New York and Washington DC in 29 minutes, Musk said.The Department of Transportation referred Business Insider to a White House spokesperson, who sent the following statement:"We have had promising conversations to date, are committed to transformative infrastructure projects, and believe our greatest solutions have often come from the ingenuity and drive of the private sector."Musk visited the White House on three separate occassions this year when he sat on President Donald Trump's economic advisory board and Manufacturing Jobs Initiative.He left both advisory councils after the US withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement in June.It's no secret that Musk has been in talks with different city representatives about his tunnel-boring ambitions, but this is the first time he's mentioned an East Coast project.
Following the laws of individual nations becomes a hell of a conundrum when your business fundamentally has no borders.But recent court cases are threatening to make the situation even more difficult by demanding that a country’s laws be honored by companies like Google all around the world.Back in 2014, European courts ruled that Google had to respect the “right to be forgotten,” a set of guidelines that allow citizens to request the removal of certain search results in their home country if the linked page features their name.The rules stipulate that Google has to comply with a request if the link is outdated, irrelevant, or violates the citizen’s privacy.In 2015, The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) told Google that it would have to remove the search results across all of its websites.Let’s say that someone in France files a removal request that’s approved.
Qualcomm’s epic licensing dispute with Apple continues to play out as the iPhone-chip supplier said revenue from its licensing business fell 42 percent last quarter.They may drag on for years and frequently hang on any number of technical details.Qualcomm’s battle with Apple is notable because of the resources and legal expertise both companies are bringing to bear, as well as the financial brinksmanship that is being deployed.Qualcomm has faced many licensing disputes over the years, including one with Nokia when the latter dominated in mobile phones, and another more recently with a Chinese smartphone manufacturer.The Apple dispute goes back to the company’s cooperation with South Korean regulators who charged Qualcomm with antitrust violations (which led to a record $927 million fine).Overall revenue, which includes other units, like its CDMA technologies, declined 11 percent to $5.4 billion in the third fiscal quarter, which ended June 25.
Amazon today is launching Amazon Spark, a new feature aimed at improving product discovery, which is seemingly inspired by Instagram and its use of shoppable photos.Similarly, Amazon Spark users are encouraged to post stories, ideas and images of products they love, which others can react to with comments and “smiles” – Amazon’s own version of the Like or Favorite button.The goal with the new program is to shift some of the social activity around products taking place off-site back to Amazon, where product inspiration can translate directly into purchases with a click of a button.To get started with Amazon Spark, you have to use the Amazon mobile app, as the feature is not designed for desktop use at this time.These interests vary, and generally tend to match up with Amazon’s own popular merchandise categories, like “Books,” “Style & Fashion,” “Technology,” “Home Décor,” “Music,” “Fitness,” “Toys & Games,” and many more.But there are also a number of niche categories like “TV Bingewatching,” “Cats,” “Internet of Things,” “BBQ” and others that are much more specific and narrowly focused.
As part of the Star Wars announcements at this year’s D23 expo, Disney revealed that it has plans to open a resort hotel that will completely immerse guests in the world of Star Wars.An exact opening date wasn’t revealed, but the hotel will be a part of the upcoming Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge land being created at Walt Disney World in Orlando.Disney resort chairman Bob Chapek explained their vision, which sounds almost ambitious as the world of HBO’s Westworld.The hotel will be designed to look like the interior of a starship, with all the windows looking out into space, and guests will be provided with Star Wars-themed clothing.Employees will essentially be in costume and playing roles, and — here’s the biggest part — guests will be given storylines once they check in, with “every minute” of their stay being immersed in the world of Star Wars.A couple of pieces of concept art (seen here) were revealed, depicting the kind of experiences guests would have.
The UK property market could be in for a twist as a revolutionary new folding home that can construct itself in just eight minutes, without the need for builders or cranes, is being developed.The ultimate flat-pack item, made by British company Ten Fold Engineering, is a low-cost home that arrives on the back of a truck to any location and can unfurl itself into a turnkey property at the press of a button – then back up again just as easily.The customisable properties expand to three times its folded size to a 64 metre-squared space with pre-installed fixtures and fittings and rooms ready for owners to move in and start using.The buildings are powered and even furnishings, which come stored away during its folded state, can come with the units.Aside from the speed and convenience of not requiring manpower to unpack or the need to create foundations, the clever collapsible units come with a reasonable starting price of around £100,000 and don't need owners to buy land – something that will widen the eyes of first-time buyers.Inventor and architect David Martyn, who has been working on the design for seven years, said he was inspired by the idea to create the transforming homes after his children, who pay high rents in London, saw a truck drive past and thought whether flat-pack technology could work.
Ad giant's head sucked into self-driving car trade secrets sagaGoogle's cofounder Larry Page has been told to submit himself to four hours of questioning from Uber's lawyers in the Waymo self-driving vehicle trade secrets battle.The decision [PDF] by US magistrate judge Jacqueline Scott Corley came at a case hearing on Friday, and is included in a huge document dump following the session.Judge Corley agreed with Uber that Page has relevant and unique first-hand knowledge of events in a case centered around the alleged theft of documents from Google subsidiary Waymo by former engineer Anthony Levandowski.It's claimed Levandowski left Waymo with loads of internal autonomous vehicle blueprints, and then passed them to Uber when his self-driving truck startup Ottomotto was bought by the taxi app maker.Page will be quizzed by Uber's lawyers about Google, Waymo and Levandowski.
Blockchain technology is commonly associated with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but it also has considerable uses in the financial services sector.Two major banks in Australia have put the technology to the test by successfully implementing blockchain for bank guarantees on their commercial property transactions.What is blockchain you might ask?Blockchain is a decentralized and distributed digital ledger that is used to record transactions across many computers, so that the record cannot be altered retroactively without the alteration of all subsequent blocks and the collusion of the network.The banks in question, ANZ and Westpac, worked in collaboration with IBM to digitize their guarantee process.This replaces the old process of issuing, tracking, and claiming guarantees with a modern single source of information.
“If someone here was a robot disguised as a human, who would it be?”My coworkers and I play a game where we ask each other this question.Most go straight for the person who is the most efficient, most detail-oriented, and least emotional.Wouldn’t a scientist looking to humanize a bot attempt to create an AI system that appears least like a machine?Maybe they’re the theoretical robot mole — that is, if the scientists are doing their jobs right.The computational theory of mind, a philosophy that states that our brains are just computing machines, means we’re technically little more than robots anyway.
Play high-tech war in the great outdoorsTough-guy actor Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Sin City) portrays a grizzled military hardass named Striker to introduce Recoil, a multiplayer battlefield game that drops today from Skyrocket.You play Recoil outdoors rather than sitting in front of a computer or TV screen, stalking around your back yard (or wherever) with AR-enhanced, smartphone-enabled “weaponry” in search of the “enemy.” According to product materials, you’ll “feel the kickback of your weapon as 3D-positional audio lets you hear exactly where enemy fire is coming from.”No more wasting time pointing fingers at opponents and shouting out, “Bang!It’s the first of a series, we’re told, notable for its faux-intensity and Madsen’s hypnotic gravel-voiced delivery.“Sometimes, you see what you want to see, not what battle demands you see,” he begins, delivering his lines in eerie semi-darkness.
Suomi menetti taas sijoituksia Kansainvälisen kauppakamarin ICC:n vertailussa, joka mittaa 75 maan talouden avoimuutta ja pärjäämistä kansainvälisessä kaupassa, ICC kertoo tiedotteessaan.G20-kokouksen alla julkaistussa ICC Open Market Index -selvityksessä Suomi löytyy nyt sijalta 29, kun kaksi vuotta sijoitus oli 25. ja vuonna 2013 17.Suomi on selvästi kaikkien Pohjoismaiden ja jopa Baltian maiden takana.ICC:n vertailun kärkisijat ottivat jälleen Singapore, Hongkong ja Luxemburg sekä Hollanti ja Irlanti.Suomi on selvästi muiden Pohjoismaiden takana – Islanti sijalla 10, Norja sijalla 11, Ruotsi sijalla 18 ja Tanska sijalla 20.Viro löytyy sijalta 15, Liettua 16 ja Latvia 25.