A Korean website has leaked another important feature that can be expected to come either packaged along with the Samsung Note 8 or sold separately – a pair of wireless earphones similar to Apple AirPods.According to reports, they will work with Bixby, Samsung's version of the personal assistant.The earbuds are expected to have noise cancelling technology that can identify the user's voice even when the ambient noise is high.The report quoted an unnamed Samsung official as saying, "If the Bluetooth earset is launched, (it) will be a great addition to the convenience of smartphone users."The Samsung Note 8, slated to be released on 23 August this year, is one of the most anticipated products as far as Android phones are concerned.The phone has a lot of image-rebuilding to do after the debacle with the Note 7, which in spite of being one of the best-reviewed devices of last year, severely dented Samsung's legacy.
Unlike his fellow PhD classmates, Leng Xiaokun took his engineering interest in 2015 beyond the research and thesis writing into the real world.The Shenzhen-based Leju Robotics that Leng now also serves as chief technology officer, produces high-end intelligent humanoid robots – Aelos, in the field of service robotics to achieve human-machine interaction and convergence for educational and entertainment purposes.Over half of the 70 employees who specialise in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are working on research and development (R).Unlike in the past when the service robotics industry was dominated by foreign brands, Leju claims to fully own the intellectual property rights on hardware and control system of its products.Leng, who started learning about robotics at 13, said they had set a revenue target of 30 million yuan for 2017, an amount that they might hit ahead of schedule.In about a week, he said the start-up would also announce a new round of fund raising, aimed to exceed the combined total amount raised in two previous rounds.
“Slow progress is still progress.” “Have faith in the process.” “It’s mind over matter.” These are just a few in a very long list of quotes that people will hear — or see on an inspirational poster in their doctor’s office — when they begin a long and frustrating road to recovery in physical therapy.For many, physical therapy is an inconvenient chore that takes time away from work and family, and patients often don’t see results for weeks or months.The drudgery of persevering without immediate results can be emotionally demanding.But what would happen if there were ways to show patients tangible results, offering immediate data to provide more efficient treatment programs?Or if patients could be treated at home, not bound to a facility and a therapist’s schedule?Small, cost-effective devices that can accurately measure gait, range of motion, repetitions, specific motion patterns and trajectories, speed, distance, and pressure that would be a boon to the practice are now easily available.
It was therefore notable last month when Reidun Twarock, a mathematician at the University of York in England, together with Peter Stockley, a professor of biological chemistry at the University of Leeds, and their respective colleagues, published their insights into how HBV assembles itself.In fact, in recent years, Twarock, Stockley and other mathematicians have helped reveal the assembly secrets of a variety of viruses, even though that problem had seemed forbiddingly difficult not long before.Their success represents a triumph in applying mathematical principles to the understanding of biological entities.And it was, in part, the lattice structure of the geodesic dome, a convex polyhedron assembled from hexagons and pentagons, themselves divided into triangles, that would inspire Caspar and Klug’s theory.A viral genome could include instructions for only a limited number of distinct capsid proteins, which meant that in all likelihood viral capsids were symmetric: The genomic material needed to describe only some small subsection of the capsid and then give orders for it to be repeated in a symmetric pattern.The former were rod-shaped structures that resembled an ear of corn, the latter polyhedra that approximated the sphere, consisting of 20 triangular faces glued together.
Joss Whedon is a very busy, very wanted man... with studio execs, not the law.The Master of the Buffyverse, who's currently putting the finishing touches on Warner Bros and DC's Justice League movie, will dive straight back into directing superhero spectacle next year when he starts work on the long rumoured Batgirl flick.In an interview with IGN during this week's San Diego Comic-Con, DCEU producer Geoff Johns strongly suggested Whedon will begin work on Batgirl for Warner once Justice League is in the can:"But for Batman what I will say is that Batman is more than just Batman and, you know, it’s been way too long since we’ve seen, you know, an expansion of that universe, and Batgirl – we are doing Batgirl with Joss Whedon, it’s going to be super exciting.He’s going to start that next year, and that’s just the start.”Whedon had to step in at the eleventh hour to finish Justice League after original director Zack Snyder suffered a family tragedy.
The RealReal CEO Julie Wainwright tells TechCrunch in a video interview that she’s preparing the luxury consignment e-tailer to go public someday.“We really aren’t in the mood to sell the business, we’re in the mood to go public at some point in the future.”It makes sense that a startup that’s raised $173 million in funding would be expected to provide liquidity for its investors eventually.Just last month, the company announced a round of $50 million led by private equity firm Great Hill Partners.Previous investors include Canaan Partners and Greycroft Partners.The RealReal is a site that connects buyers and sellers of luxury items, including designer fashions, handbags, jewelry and now furniture.
The bot’s victory gave Big Blue a shot at conjuring up a new line of business at the perfect possible moment.IBM today is even more urgently in need of new business, with quarterly results released earlier this week showing that revenues have declined for 21 consecutive quarters.In one TV commercial Watson chatted with Bob Dylan, confessing “I have never known love.”Critics say IBM executives overshot badly by allowing marketing messages to suggest that Watson’s Jeopardy!The work needed to curate and label the necessary data has been a drag on some projects using IBM’s system.But its performance was limited by the amount of manual labelling of data needed.
Getting local food into a public school system’s meal program seems pretty much like a no brainer.The practice would boost local economies and support smaller-scale farms.It would likewise reduce the environmental impacts related to wide-range distribution.Yet the reality of getting local food into school districts has proven remarkably challenging for a myriad of reasons, the largest being cost.Going Through an Existing DistributorThe challenge for individual schools or districts to identify and coordinate with farms in their area can hinder their ability to initiate local food standards.
India’s RIL (Reliance Industries Ltd.) has announced an effectively free LTE handset at their 40th annual general meeting.Free comes with one catch; an initial security deposit of Rs 1500 or about 23 USD, which is refundable if the phone is returned after 36 months or three years.The handset itself is a hark back to days of old.There is no touch screen here and navigation is accomplished by a directional pad.Since there is no touchscreen, typing is completed by the number pad.That being said, this phone also has some great benefits.
US President Donald Trump's lawyers are reportedly looking into the president's authority to grant pardons to his aides, family members and himself in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.Mueller is currently investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties between Trump's team and Moscow.Citing one person in connection with the effort, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, 20 July that Trump apparently spoke to advisers about his ability to grant presidential pardons.However, one adviser cautioned that Trump's inquiry was expressed in curiosity."This is not in the context of, 'I can't wait to pardon myself,' " the adviser told The Post.The president's lawyers have also reportedly been discussing presidential pardons among themselves as well.
Two major dark web markets, AlphaBay and Hansa, have been shut down, US and European authorities announced.The marketplaces offered drugs, weapons, forged documents, and malware.AlphaBay, the larger of the two sites, hosted around 369,000 listings for various items at the time of its seizure, the US Department of Justice said.AlphaBay went down unexpectedly earlier this month, prompting speculation among users that the site’s founders had scammed them or been caught by law enforcement.The Justice Department discovered the identity of AlphaBay’s operator, Alexandre Cazes, in part because he used a Hotmail email address associated with his real name in password reset emails to his customers.Cazes, a Canadian citizen living in Thailand, was arrested on July 5th and is believed to have hanged himself in his cell on July 12th.
Twitter claims it has become a safer site thanks to all its anti-abuse efforts, but there’s no way to tell if that’s true because the company didn’t share any hard numbers behind its data.In a closed-door meeting with reporters from several outlets this week this week, Twitter said it’s taking action against 10 times the number of accounts it did one year ago, and that it has suspended twice as many accounts in the last four months than it did in previous months.That sounds pretty good, but the devil is in the details.“Taking action” just means that Twitter is warning users and temporarily limiting their tweets’ visibility.Other times it goes as far as suspending accounts.Regardless, whatever data Twitter shared with reporters was not complete.
Founders of two Chinese tech giants are now the richest people in the country, according to latest estimates by Forbes.Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group, unseated Wang Jianlin of Dalian Wanda Group, China’s largest real estate developer as well as the world’s largest movie theater operator in May to become China’s richest person.As of July 21, Ma has a net worth of $35.4 billion.The two tech billionaires rank at No.18 and No.21 worldwide, respectively.Both founders have gained from significant growth of their companies over the past year.As of June 8, shares of Nasdaq-listed Alibaba were at $125.64, up 62% from a year ago as it continued to meet market expectations.
Google has also refrained from making a big song and dance of Posts – so the amount of information out there is particularly limited on this occasion.Originally tested during the 2016 US elections, Posts offered candidates the ability to submit updates that would appear directly in the search engine results pages (SERPs) and Google Maps.This enhanced format allows searchers to hear directly from the primary source – you – and complements existing results from across the web.”How to use Google PostsFirst things first, if you’re based in London like us, Google haven’t fully rolled posts out to everyone so you have to join the waiting list.In our opinion it is definitely worth registering.
Up to 32,000 nodes without routers in the middle and battery life measured in yearsReaders are doubtless familiar with Bluetooth's point-to-point connectivity features that enable you to do things like pair a wireless keyboard with a computer.Bluetooth's second application is broadcasting, most often used “beacons” that offer one-to-many links and are often used to provide location-dependent services or information.Bluetooth Mesh aims to make the standard capable of carrying data for longer distances, by bouncing messages through Bluetooth devices to their eventual destination.“Hang on”, you may well be saying at this point, “WiFi has superior range and is also good at mesh networking.As ever, power and money.
The R11 from Oppo makes no attempt to reinvent the wheel or adopt bleeding-edge technologies, but instead focuses on melding the tried-and-tested with a host of subtle refinements and beefed-up specifications.The Chinese electronics firm also stays true to its reputation for easy, good-enough photography capabilities with its dual camera implementation – Oppo’s first – paired with a top-notch 20-megapixel front-facing camera.At 2,999 yuan (HK$3,470), it’s certainly worth a look.The R11 has a gorgeous 5.5-inch AMOLED display that delivers such vivid hues and deep blacks that you might feel compelled to search for vibrant wallpapers to show it off.The metal back is stylishly contoured, giving the R11 a premium feel and making the already slim 6.8mm device feel even thinner.Moreover, the aggressively curved sides and contours along the back mean that the device may be prone to slipping out of your hands by accident – I almost dropped it a few times until I started using the bundled transparent soft case.
The philosopher and intellectual foresaw the birth of the internet 35 years before it happened.He rose to prominence in the 1960s for his work as a media theorist and for coining the term "global village", which was a prescient vision of the internet age.McLuhan's preeminent theory was his idea that human history could be divided into four eras: the acoustic age, the literary age, the print age and the electronic age.He outlined the concept in a 1962 book called The Gutenberg Galaxy, which was released just as the television was starting to become popular.In his follow-up book, Understanding Media, he expanded the theory to show the method of communication rather than the information itself would come to be the most influential fact of the electronic age.He soon became a TV personality, making regular appearances to explain his theory of why "the medium is the message".
A New York importer has recalled an undisclosed quantity of ground cumin after it was found to be contaminated with lead, Food Safety News reports.The lead levels in the recalled product are high enough to cause health problems, which can include developmental disorders in children and permanent damage to the central nervous system among pregnant women.The contamination was discovered during routine checks by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspector.The recalled products were distributed to retail stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, packaged in 2-ounce plastic bags and carry the UPC number 884752003812.Lead contamination is a recurring problem in spices imported into the U.S. Last year, Indian turmeric imported by Spices USA was found to contain excessive amounts of lead, and it is a common issue for spices such as fenugreek, cardamom and chili powder.Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), importers have had to vet suppliers through its Foreign Supplier Verification Program since the end of April 2017.
You’re staring at the sky on a sunny day when you notice, in the corner of your eye, a transparent squiggle floating slowly across the blue.You try and focus on it, but it eludes your glance, refusing to be resolved.So a team of scientists want to know if they could safely treat these distracting dots with lasers.Laser treatments have existed for at least 15 years, but there haven’t been other attempts to fix floaters with these specific lasers compared to placebos, the authors from Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston write in the paper published today in JAMA Ophthalmology.This is particularly important because of the strong possibility for a placebo effect.The authors recruited 52 patients and put them into experimental and control groups.
Apple released two security updates this week, one for iPhones and iPads, the other for macOS computers like the MacBook.This set of updates is absolutely imperative for all users as it fixes a security hole that can potentially take over your device through a Wi-fi connection.Updating a MacOS device or an iOS device can be done right now right now – both can be gotten straight from Apple with the instructions provided below – and it’s EASY.These security holes come courtesy of the serendipitously titled “Broadpwn” flaw.This flaw allows the hacker to execute code within your device after finding their way in through the front door – your Wi-fi chip, in this case.This flaw was discovered by Nitay Artenstein of Exodus Intelligence.