An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists.Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such as butterflies were declining.But the newly revealed scale of the losses to all insects has prompted warnings that the world is "on course for ecological Armageddon," with profound impacts on human society.The new data was gathered in nature reserves across Germany but has implications for all landscapes dominated by agriculture, the researchers said.The cause of the huge decline is as yet unclear, although the destruction of wild areas and widespread use of pesticides are the most likely factors and climate change may play a role.The scientists were able to rule out weather and changes to landscape in the reserves as causes, but data on pesticide levels has not been collected.
Sidewalk Labs, the smart city subsidiary of Alphabet (the parent company of Google) with the stated goal of "reimagining cities from the Internet up," now has a very big sandbox in which to conduct its high-tech experiments.From a report: That's obviously an ambitious project, but some of the groundwork is already being laid: Alphabet's Google will be the flagship tenant for the new neighbourhood, anchoring the easter waterfront, to be called "Quayside," and Sidewalk Labs has committed $50 million to kick off pilot testing and planning in partnership with the City of Toronto.Sidewalk Labs won the contract through its response to a Request for Proposals issues by Waterfront Toronto, and organization created by the Canadian federal government, the Ontario provincial government and the City of Toronto together to foster development of Toronto's lakefront areas in ways that address urban sprawl while respecting the realities of climate change and taking into account the ability of the city's residents to get around efficiently.The area involved in the RFP that Sidewalk Labs will work with the government coalition to develop spans around 800 acres (though 12 acres are specified for the initial project), and is one of the largest underdeveloped urban areas in any North American city, making it a good target for Sidewalk's ambitious vision, which involves building smart cities holistically from the very start.Ultimately, the partners hope to turn the area into a "place for tens of thousands of people to live, work, learn and play -- and to create and advance new ideas that improve city life," according to a release from Sidewalk.
Singapore’s CapBridge Holdings has raised US$4 million in fresh funding for its online growth capital-raising platform, the company has announced.The company said the investment came from “seasoned early-stage investors” including Tim Draper.Asian Gateway Investments, a subsidiary of Singapore Exchange (SGX) – which runs the city-state’s bourse – also took part.As a result, SGX will have a 10 percent equity stake in the subsidiary that runs CapBridge’s platform.SGX invested around US$1.5 million in the platform back in 2015.Nautilus Data Technologies raised a $25m series C round through the CapBridge platform.
Xiaomi’s Mi Stores are a common sight in China, yet they’re much harder to come by abroad.This is slowly changing however with stores popping up in other countries like India and, more recently, Malaysia.The brand new Mi Store is located in Suria KLCC, more well known as the Petronas Twin Towers.It features many different Xiaomi products, including those not available in the country like the MiTV and Mi Notebooks.Xiaomi’s phones are also available, with the Xiaomi MiA1 taking center stage.Many different Xiaomi accessories are on offer as well, similar to Mi Stores in China.
An advisory from Cisco issued last Friday, October 13th, gave us the heads-up on a local privilege escalation vulnerability in the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA).The bug is designated CVE-2017-15265, but its Mitre entry was still marked “reserved” at the time of writing.Cisco, however, had this to say about it before release:“The vulnerability is due to a use-after-free memory error in the ALSA sequencer interface of the affected application.An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by running a crafted application on a targeted system.A successful exploit could allow the attacker to gain elevated privileges on the targeted system.”
Tesla has a reputation as a demanding place to work, and the company lived up to its reputation this week, as Tesla fired hundreds of workers.The San Jose Mercury News estimates that between 400 and 700 workers were let go, based on employee reports.“Like all companies, Tesla conducts an annual performance review," a Tesla spokesman told Ars."This includes both constructive feedback and recognition of top performers with additional compensation.As with any company, especially one of over 33,000 employees, performance reviews also occasionally result in employee departures.Tesla is continuing to grow and hire new employees around the world.”
Today's creative facial hair movement has finally trickled down into gadgetry, with the rise of a range of products designed to perfect that scruffy, stubbly face you've worked so hard to get right.At a minimum they work as a highly adjustable clipper (usually letting you specify the height of the hair you'd like to trim down to a fraction of a millimeter) and as a combless razor, so you can clean up wayward strands and complete intricate shaving jobs, all in the same device.I tested four different stylers to see which was most versatile and effective.The Philips Norelco OneBlade Pro (Rating: 8, $80) is described by the company as "revolutionary," and while I might not go that far, it is one of the more unique and versatile hybrids on the market.Holding it perpendicular to the skin lets you even up sideburns easily, while holding the blade against the skin lets it shave off stray hairs wherever they might be.Also included in the box is a somewhat flimsy charging station (it's not wireless, just a conduit that connects the OneBlade to the cord).
Bellamy’s Australia has paid a $66, 000 penalty after ASIC alleged it did not properly inform the ASX of its financial performance in late 2016.Bellamy’s said paying the penalty was not an admission of liability and it wanted to make the payment so the matter could be brought to an end.ASIC issued Bellamy’s an infringement notice alleging the company contravened its continuous disclosure obligations between 18 October 2016 to 2 December 2016.ASIC investigated Bellamy’s after it downgraded its revenue forecast for the 2017 financial year on 2 December 2016.ASIC alleged Bellamy’s board was informed by brokers on 18 October 2016 that it was unlikely to meet its original forecast, but took until 2 December 2016 to inform the market.In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), Bellamy’s said it considers that it complied with its continuous disclosure obligations in the period leading up to its trading update on 2 December 2016.
"The White House and Equifax Agree: Social Security Numbers Should Go," reads a headline at Bloomberg.Securities lawyer Jerri-Lynn Scofield tears down one proposed alternative: a universal biometric identity system (possibly using fingerprints and an iris scan) with further numeric verification.Presto Vivace shared the article: Using a biometric system when the basic problem of securing and safeguarding data have yet to be solved will only worsen, not address, the hacking problem.What we're being asked to do is to turn over our biometric information, and then trust those to whom we do so to safeguard that data.Given the current status of database security, corporate and governmental accountability, etc.: How do you think that is going to play out...?
New submitter gooddogsgotoheaven shares a report from Motherboard arguing why the U.S. government should regulate Facebook like AIM: Sixteen years ago, the FCC approved a merger between American Online and Time Warner, but with several conditions.As part of the deal, AOL was required to make its web portal compatible with other chat apps.The government stopped AOL from building a closed system where everyone had to use AIM, meaning it had to adopt interoperability -- the ability to be compatible with other computer systems.The FCC required AOL to be compatible with at least one instant messaging rival immediately after the merger went through.Within six months, the FCC required AOL to make its portal compatible with at least two other rivals, or face penalties.The FCC's decision changed how we communicate with each other on the internet.
Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab has hit back at a report in the Wall Street Journal which accused it of being involved in a Russian government hack of an NSA contractor in 2015.From a report: The paper reported on Thursday that the NSA contractor, a Vietnamese national who was working to create replacements for the hacking tools leaked by Edward Snowden, was hacked on his personal computer after he took his work home.There, the report says, the contractor's use of Kaspersky's antivirus software "alerted Russian hackers to the presence of files that may have been taken from the NSA."Once the machine was in their sights, the Russian hackers infiltrated it and obtained a significant amount of data, according to the paper.Calling the allegations "like the script of a C movie," Eugene Kaspersky, the infosec firm's founder, gave his own explanation of what might have happened.Mr Kaspersky vehemently denied that his company had played any active role in the breach, noting: "We never betray the trust that our users put into our hands.
for all those Samsung fans out there!A new leaked render of the upcoming Galaxy A5 2018 and A7 2018 models hints at their design – and as you can surely imagine- it will resemble the one Galaxy S8 has.According to today’s leak, the 2018 editions of Galaxy A5 and A7 are expected to arrive with full screen design similar to the “Infinity Display” the Galaxy S8/S8+ models already have, minimal bezels on top and bottom, along with a single camera at the back and a dual LED flash.Be careful, there are some rumors strolling around that the Galaxy A7 2018 model will pack a dual camera and only the Galaxy A5 2018 will have the single camera we see in the image above.As far as the smaller (budget) Samsung Galaxy A3 2018 is concerned rumors suggest that perhaps we won’t be seeing it this year, as the company will focus on the full display design of their models and a small 5 inch Galaxy A3 model couldn’t use this “Infinity Display” technology: it is already too small for it.We previously informed you that the next Galaxy A premium mid-range smartphones will have a physical Bixby button, along with all the relevant features of Samsung’s personal assistant.
Interbrand launched its18th index of top global brands last week.Global CEO Jez Frampton introduced the latest take with some thinking on how brands evolve in response to societal change, and how the increasing speed of business and ubiquity of connectedness (in a world where 40% of people are never offline) means brand experiences that verge on the immersive.Say “the Apple lifestyle” and a very specific yet common image (weather by headphones and dancing) fed by advertising and product development and personal experience is formed.The experience of interacting with a brand is increasingly one extended into a lifestyle, as evidenced by this year’s list.The top pure B2B brand is IBM, an incredible story of brand stability through a highly volatile industry and decades of changes and challenges at the company.But it has never wavered on its commitment to innovation, and its early work in AI leading to today’s industry leading offering Watson as a service will make AI available to smaller businesses as well.
Oh my, these are good news!Nokia seems to return to the awesome company it once was, offering true after sales support to their fans, as HMD Global recently confirmed that all Nokia Android smartphones will get the official Android P upgrade, by the end of 2018.We’re talking namely about Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8, a group of phones that have already been highly appraised and know they will have official Android support for updates for one more (full) year.The announcement was made at a Nokia launch event in The Philippines.However, it is not known if the unannounced Nokia 2 which will be its cheapest smartphone will also get the Android P update.What’s interesting here, is the fact that HMD Global (and Nokia) already plan to unveil even more devices in 2018, thus making all their portfolio have a number of almost 9-10 devices – all of them upgradeable to Android P!
With the new year fast approaching, it's time to create a program that combines sales and marketing to get the bottom-line results you need.And whether you're a computer, wedding, nursing or agricultural consultant, it takes a lot more than a business card and an accompanying brochure or website to move your prospects through the sales cycle.Interpersonal relationships are at the heart of successful consulting, and sales tactics and techniques play as strong a role in building a consulting practice as marketing.It's essential to create a unified group of collateral materials that support the sales process and establish your company's image and marketing themes.Think through your typical contact sequence, noting all the "touch" points, and list the types of tools necessary to support your efforts.Make sure your tools have a unified design theme, colors and copy points.
Computer scientists at the University of Nottingham and Kingston University have solved a complex problem that has, until now, defeated experts in vision and graphics research.They have developed technology capable of producing 3D facial reconstruction from a single 2D image - the 3D selfie.Their new web app allows people to upload a single colour image and receive, in a few seconds, a 3D model showing the shape of their face.People are queuing up to try it and so far, more than 400,000 users have had a go.You can do it yourself by taking a selfie and uploading it to their website.The research - 'Large Pose 3D Face Reconstruction from a Single Image via Direct Volumetric CNN Regression' - was led by PhD student Aaron Jackson and carried out with fellow PhD student Adrian Bulat both based in the Computer Vision Laboratory in the School of Computer Science.
MojoKid writes: Intel has officially launched its Skylake-X processor offering in response to AMD's Ryzen Threadripper series of desktop CPUs.The new Core i9-7980XE and Core i9-7960X are 18 and 16-core configurations respectively, with 2.6GHz and 2.8GHz base clocks and 4.4GHz max boost clocks.Both chips support Intel HyperThreading, with 36 threads of processing for the 7980XE and 32 for the 7960X, while both also have 44 lanes of PCI Express connectivity and support for DDR4-2666MHz memory.Both chips also utilize Intel's X299 chipset platform and are LGA 2066 socket compatible.The Core i9-7980XE has 24.75MB of shared L3 cache, 1MB of L2 cache per core, and a TDP of 165W.The Core i9-7960X's details are essentially same, though two processor cores and the cache associated with them have been lopped off.
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering has received a grant to provide scholarships, mentoring and internship opportunities to academically-talented, low-income engineering undergraduates.Students from low-income households will be encouraged to apply for the scholarship program based on their high school grades and ACT or SAT scores."Our programs, including this new one sponsored by the National Science Foundation, provide a clear path to the upper middle-class and beyond for our students."The UIC College of Engineering designed the new program in response to growing evidence suggesting that students from low-income backgrounds have lower graduation rates and are less likely to find jobs in their respective fields than their peers from higher-income families."Students who are the first in their families to go to college don't have parents that can talk to them about what it's like going to college to prepare them for the experience, and those parents are also often at a loss when it comes to providing guidance on finding a job in their child's chosen field," said Darabi, who is also the principal investigator on the grant.In addition to providing scholarships toward tuition estimated to average $5,000 per student, scholars selected for the program will participate in activities in the summer before their first fall semester at UIC.
I am excited to announce a very special and personal contribution to the consolidation of the marketing technology landscape: ion interactive, the company I co-founded and served as CTO, has been acquired by ScribbleLive.ScribbleLive is the first of its competitive set to make a major bet on interactive content.I expect others will follow, but the acquisition of ion gives ScribbleLive a big lead.Of course, I’m thoroughly biased on this.First because I’m proud of what we developed at ion, and second because I’m now a not insignificant ScribbleLive shareholder.But if you’ll indulge my bias for a few paragraphs on this occasion…
Earlier this year, hundreds of companies began to publicly flee participation in the alt-right website Breitbart’s marketing network.But in a new lawsuit, Uber claims that its contracted advertising agency fraudulently continued to place ads on Breitbart, and the case seems poised to rock the seedy world of digital ads.Considering the fact that Breitbart honcho Steve Bannon called his website “the platform for the alt-right,” many advertisers understandably didn’t want to be associated with it and by June the site reportedly had lost almost 90 per cent of its sponsors.According to the lawsuit that Uber filed in a California court on Monday, the company instructed its mobile advertising agency Fetch to remove all of its promotions on Breitbart, but the ads continued to be displayed.Rather the number of installations supposedly attributable to mobile advertising decreased significantly, while the number of organic installations rose by a nearly equal amount.”The key thing to understand here is that Uber is relying on Fetch to report which ads directly led to an installation of its app following a user’s click, and it relies on Tune to go through the transparency reports.