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Much of the light we see and use is partially polarized, meaning its electric field vibrates in specific directions.Lenses designed to work across a range of applications, from phone cameras to microscopes and sensors, need to be able to focus light regardless of its polarization.Researchers believed that symmetric nanostructures such as circular pillars were essential building blocks to develop photonic devices that are not sensitive to polarization.Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a polarization-insensitive metalens comprised of non-symmetric nanofins that can achromatically focus light across the visible spectrum without aberrations.This flat lens could be used for everything from virtual or augmented reality headsets to microscopy, lithography, sensors, and displays."By making this lens polarization insensitive, we have doubled the efficiency of the metalens from previous iterations," said Wei Ting Chen, a research associate at SEAS and first author of the paper.
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Auto concierge platform Motorist.sg today announced it’s raised seed funding from JobsCentral co-founders Der Shing Lim and Shao-Ning Huang and Zopim’s Royston Tay for an undisclosed amount.The Singapore-based startup claims to have facilitated over 9,200 transactions worth US$176 million since its founding in 2015.It already has offices in Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam, but is planning on opening a fourth in Thailand with the new injection.Motorist.sg CEO Damian Sia says the company intends to raise another round of funding in mid-2019.
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Rapid and erratic movements of Earth’s north magnetic pole have prompted an early update to a model that assists with navigation.Over the last 30 years, the rate of distance that the magnetic north pole moves per year has sped up, around 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) per year to around 55 kilometres (34 miles) per year, according to Nature.The World Magnetic Model (WMM) provides a five-year forecast of the Earth’s magnetic field, which assists with navigation.The WMM forecasts are produced by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the British Geological Survey (BGS) on behalf of the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the UK Defence Geographic Centre.The WMM describes the primary engine responsible for magnetic pole movement: the Earth’s core.Beginning in late 2014, however, the core geomagnetic field started to shift in a way that hadn’t been predicted, wrote BGS scientist Will Brown at his blog.
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But as food bank use and child poverty rise further, and as the two child limit – which still hasn’t been scrapped – continues to hurt innocent families, Amber Rudd’s changes to Universal Credit will look increasingly like window dressing.The damage already wrought by Universal Credit is immense.During the full service roll-out, food bank use went up by 52% after 12 months in areas where it was introduced, compared to 13% in other areas - and that’s not me saying that, it’s the Trussell Trust.There could be an additional 300,000 children living in poverty as a result of the benefit freeze, and two thirds of children in poverty come from working households.This debunks the stock Tory response that Universal Credit was crafted to take people in to work ‘because work is the best route out of poverty’.So believe me, if I thought this government was finally listening to the many constituency MPs like me – and even some from the government’s own benches – as well as charities, foodbanks, housing associations and even the United Nations; if they were putting a stop to this cruel shambles, nobody would be happier than I would.
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What happened: Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei plans to drive a new round of personnel reductions as it faces challenges amid China’s struggling economy.The solution is to “cut a portion of jobs with less value and simplify the organization to ensure those who work hard can gain more benefits from their jobs,” Ren Zhengfei, founder and chief executive said in an internal memo on Friday.He also mentioned the company will avoid overly laying off staff, while warning employees to prepare for “times of hardship” as the overall situation might be not as good as imagined.Why it’s important: A slew of China’s big technology companies has reportedly laid off employees over the past months, namely, Baidu-backed iQiyi, lifestyle service Meituan Dianping, and knowledge sharing platform Zhihu.Earlier this month, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba was rumored to cut travel spending and postpone hiring.US tech giant Apple cut its revenue forecast for the first time in nearly two decades due to the weaker demand in China at the beginning of 2019.
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It appears Uber is doubling down even harder on autonomous transport, with a new 'micromobility' department to bring self-driving technology to electric scooters and bikes.Uber has offered electric bike rentals though its app for several months now via the Jump bike sharing service.The e-bikes have been rolled out across various American cities - Washington, Phoenix, Los Angeles, to name but a few - though only Berlin in Europe.According to the below tweet from Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, Uber announced the micromobility program at a robotics event over the weekend, and is currently hiring roles to work on Jump's robotics and sensor technologies.Exciting announcement from @UberATG at today's @DIYRobocars event."Micromobility" = autononomous scooters & bikes that can drive themselves to charging or better locations.
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Or an ending like it, anyway.Talking to Entertainment Weekly, M. Night Shyamalan, director of Glass, the latest film in the trilogy he began with Unbreakable in 2000, spoke about the film’s ending, and how it was, for him, at least, a long time coming.In the ending of Glass, in case you need a refresher, things get pretty hectic.Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) is killed by Clarence Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy); Crumb and David Dunn (Bruce Willis) are both killed by a secret anti-superhero organisation; and Price’s mother (Charlayne Woodard), is able to release surveillance footage from Crumb and Dunn’s conflict proving that, yeah, superhumans are real, isn’t that wild?“I did,” Shyamalan said, when asked if he had a conclusion like that in mind way back when.“I always thought it was a little bit of like an opera, even when I was starting on Unbreakable.
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Time may be relative, but most people will agree that whether you’re launching a business or planning a wedding, two years is a lot of notice, and enough time to adequately prepare for most things.Fast forward to May 2018, when those regulations were officially rolled out, and the majority of companies were and still are failing to comply.Why is it that a survey from the first three months following GDPR’s formal enactment shows that 70 percent of companies aren’t compliant?Is it that the regulations are that hard to follow, or is it something else?To be sure, some companies aren’t yet compliant simply because they ignored the deadline, believe GDPR doesn’t apply to them, or haven’t gotten around to putting their plan into action.But for some the deterrent to GDPR compliance is fear.
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Sure, it's cold and we're all poor from Christmas, but we don't need made-up reasons to be grumpy alongside the real ones.It first appeared in 2005 (seriously, we've been repeating this rubbish for thirteen years?!)in a press release from a holiday company.As ever, when someone's trying to make you feel bad, you should be wondering what they stand to gain.In this case, it was holiday bookings."Everything is terrible, maybe you'll feel better wedged into an economy seat on a plane to Kavos next to a stag party from Romford."
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Google’s third-gen Pixels might be one of the best Android phones in the market, depending on who you ask.Butt like any other best Android phones today, they also cost a fortune.That’s why some would be buyers patiently wait for holiday deals like Black Friday or Cyber Monday to soften the blow.But if you’ve missed those days for one reason or another, Google is throwing you another shot at getting the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL at their lowest prices so far.Late last year, Google slashed $150 off the smaller Pixel 3 and $200 off the notched Pixel 3 XL.Now for some yet unknown reason, Google is bringing that promo back, though with one catch.
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Some things are too good to last.Then again, Tesla isn’t running a charity and it was only a matter of time before it actually started charging full price for the user of its Supercharger network.However, the sudden jump in price could very well be a rude awakening for those who’ve gotten used to dirt cheap charging prices.The good news is that Tesla’s might still be the best offer in town.Part of the hesitation in the adoption of electric cars is the worry of running out of charge along the way.Tesla has set up its network of Superchargers and Supercharging stations not only across the US but in other countries as well to help address those fears.
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Mad as Hell about something?Not going to take it anymore?Well, you're in luck, because Facebook is currently rolling out a new tool in the US that will let users create and support online petitions, as reported by TechCrunch.Dubbed 'Community Actions', the petitions will appear directly on the site's News Feed, both publicly and for friends, allowing users to tag organizations or elected officials in order to bring more attention to the chosen cause.Along with following and clicking 'Support' on a Community Action, users will be able to share their own testimonials or media in the petition's comments section.The idea is that the cause will eventually go viral and reach as many people as possible.
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On a day where Aaron Sorkin encouraged newly elected Democrats to "stop acting like young people", Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a different plan: She jumped onto a Donkey Kong Twitch livestream and talked about how much she loved the Nintendo 64.On Sunday Harry Brewis -- better known as H.Bomberguy, a YouTuber and Twitch streamer -- put together a livestream to raise money for Mermaids, a charity that provides support for gender diverse and transgender children.At time of writing he's raised over $255,000 by playing Donkey Kong 64.Part of the reason for the livestream was in response to Graham Linehan, the creator of Black Books and The IT Crowd.Recently Linehan has become extremely outspoken on transgender issues.H.Bomberguy chose the Mermaids specifically, he says, because Linehan began a campaign against the charity, after it received a £500,000 (around $643,000) donation from the UK National Lottery.
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Jojonomic, an Indonesian business management platform, announced the close of its latest funding round led by Finch Capital.Existing investors East Ventures and Golden Gate Ventures also participated in the fundraising.According to Jojonomic, its cloud-based business suite helps companies manage business expenses, enhance employee productivity, manage procurement, create a cashless ecosystem, and handle digital documents with “intuitive” approval flows.The company will use the fresh capital to upgrade its suite of business solutions, expand its customer base in Indonesia and internationally, as well as research and develop machine learning applications.
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Theresa May is wasting £171,000-an-hour on “dangerous and unnecessary no-deal brinkmanship”, Jeremy Corbyn has claimed.The Labour leader said he would not engage in cross-party Brexit talks with the prime minister – triggered after May’s deal suffered a historic blow in the Commons on Tuesday – until she agreed to scrap the prospect of no-deal.“May’s ‘no deal’ threat is empty and hugely expensive, wasting billions of pounds we should be spending on vital public services,” Corbyn said.“It’s a pointless and damaging attempt to appease a faction in her own party when she now needs to reach out to overcome this crisis.”According to calculations by Labour, the government has already spent £1.9 billion preparing in case the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal – the equivalent of £171,000-an-hour in tax-payers money.The investment could have been used to pay the yearly salaries of 86,000 newly-qualified nurses, 50,000 secondary school teachers or 49,000 police constables, the party said.
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There used to be a lot of different iPad models on store shelves, which could make it tricky to work out which was right for you, but Apple has dramatically simplified the range.The sexy new iPad Pro, with slim bezels, no home button, and FaceID support, comes in 11-inch or 12.9-inch flavors, starting at $800 and $1,000 respectively.What good is a 12.9-inch screen if you value portability above all else?Why pay more for a top-of-the-line graphics chip if you only game casually?It has a speedy A10 processor and a big battery that can go for 10 hours on a single charge.If budget is your primary consideration, the 9.7-inch iPad is the obvious winner.
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This is a new VR real-time strategy (RTS) game from veteran developers Phaser Lock Interactive.It’s true that VR seems like the perfect fit for the RTS genre.But in practice, it’s easy to find these games overwhelming.There’s a lot of ground to cover and, if you suddenly find yourself caught out in battle, it can be a mad scramble to catch up.Though the game’s maps allow for free movement, they also have dedicated paths that keep your units busy.It’s a thoughtful way of making sure you’re utilizing all your resources at all times.
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It seems the hacks keep coming.The Democratic National Committee said this week that following last year's midterm elections, Russian hackers again took aim at the organization."In November 2018, dozens of DNC email addresses were targeted in a spear-phishing campaign, although there is no evidence that the attack was successful," the DNC said in court documents filed Thursday.Spear-phishing involves sending bogus emails disguised as legitimate ones to fool recipients into revealing passwords or other sensitive information, or to trick them into downloading malicious software.The DNC said the content and timestamps of the November phishing emails were consistent with a separate spear-phishing effort, conducted around the same time, that specialists had tied to a Russian spy agency called Cozy Bear.US officials say Cozy Bear and another Russia-linked agency, Fancy Bear, infiltrated DNC computers months before the US presidential election in 2016.
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Just yesterday I posted about a 43-inch Toshiba with built-in Fire TV for $200.(You might actually be able to get that for even less; click through to find out how.)And don't forget the current crop of big-TV deals, screens that should make your upcoming playoff and big game viewing mighty nice.Want something a little smaller, a little more den- or bedroom-friendly?For a limited time, Best Buy has the Insignia 39-inch 1080p Fire TV Edition for $149.99.It wasn't long ago that finding a 32-inch non-smart TV for this price was a big deal.
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Big Blue brands claim 'outlandish' in non-denial denialA former senior executive at IBM has claimed she was ordered to lie to the US government about just how many older workers Big Blue was laying off.And she says she was fired after pointing out that the aging biz was breaking age discrimination laws by primarily firing post-40 staff.The shocking allegations are found in an affidavit filed Thursday in the Southern District of New York by Catherine Rodgers, formerly IBM's vice president in its Global Engagement Office.Describing the circumstances under which she was terminated after nearly four decades with IBM, Rodgers said she believes she was fired for raising concerns that IBM was engaged in systematic age discrimination against employees over the age of 40.Along with similar age discrimination claims brought against IBM in California and Texas, it followed a March 2018 report from ProPublica and Mother Jones that said the global IT biz over the past few years engaged in a systematic campaign to get rid of older workers.
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