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Treevia developed the technology with support from the São Paulo Research Foundation - FAPESP through its Innovative Research in Small Business Program (PIPE-FAPESP)."In a eucalyptus plantation, where trees are felled every six years or so, for example, only five manual data collection operations are performed on average", says forest engineer and Treevia CEO Esthevan Augusto Goes Gasparoto.The methodology developed by Treevia is based on the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT).All these data are then analyzed using machine learning and big data techniques, allowing the generation of reports on which forest managers can base their decisions.Comparative analysis of same-age forest areas, he adds, shows that the system can identify a 23% difference between areas in terms of growth rate within a single month.For Gasparoto, the forest monitoring system developed by Treevia is innovative even on a global scale.
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Finding your way through an airport can be an infuriating task.With cancellations, delays, and gate switches, you could find yourself running in circles forever before you board.KLM Royal Dutch Airlines wants to help make that jaunt from security to your gate a little less hectic with a little blue robot.The robot, Care-E, will meet you at the security checkpoint and take you wherever you need to go with your carry-on luggage on its back.To start your trip with the robot, it will prompt you to scan your boarding pass through nonverbal sounds and cues on its screen.KLM will launch the device at New York’s JFK and San Francisco’s International airports before the company decides if it will provide the service elsewhere.
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E-commerce platform JD.com is facing scrutiny after suspected large-scale fraud has been uncovered involving Feixun (斐讯), a brand sold on JD’s platform.On June 10, a crowd of people that bought Feixun’s products gathered in front of the company’s headquarters in Beijing to protest the platform’s practice saying that they were “victims of P2P finance,” iFeng reports.Shanghai Feixun Data Communication Technology produces TV boxes, smart bands, weight scales and other consumer electronics but its most popular product are routers.In 2016, the company launched its “RMB 0” promotion in 2016: customers who purchased a Feixun product could receive a full refund by downloading financial app Lianbi Finance created by Shanghai Lianbi (联璧) Electronic Technology.Customers, however, are required to register their full name and bank account.In the meantime, they also received offers for financial products such as loans.
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The seemingly easy way to avoid confusion here would be for everyone to write a will.In the 21st century, a will should include instructions about what to do with digital files after a person’s death.But multiple surveys show that the majority of Americans don’t have wills, and who knows how many of those that do include instructions for digital inheritance.The concept of inheriting data has become more essential and more urgent in recent years as the age of social media and cryptocurrency has taken over.“These questions — how to weigh the wishes of the relatives and protect the privacy of third parties — are some of the toughest we’ve confronted,” a Facebook spokesperson told Gizmodo in a statement about the recent court ruling in Germany.At the same time, Facebook accounts are used for a personal exchange between individuals which we have a duty to protect.”
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Piers Morgan was branded an “idiot” by ’Good Morning Britain’ guest Ash Sarkar on Thursday, who felt the presenter hadn’t done his research.During the show, Piers attempted to chair a debate about the protests against Donald Trump’s UK visit, which Ash had been invited to take part in, alongside journalist Andre Walker.However, Ash wasn’t given much time to speak, as halfway through explaining why she’ll be demonstrating, Piers cut in to accuse protesters of hypocrisy and anti-Trump bias.Ash explained: “I’ll be marching in Westminster tomorrow, alongside thousands of other people who found the policy of border patrol unconscionable, who think that the sight of our elected Prime Minister holding Trump’s hand an utter embarrassment…”Viewers didn’t get to hear Ash’s next point, as Piers cut in to question whether she’d taken issues with Barack Obama’s policies on the same matter, to which she said: “Yes I did.And that’s why I also…”
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The transport firm’s head of human resources, Liane Hornsey, resigned this week following a discrimination probeAllegations against Uber Technology’s head of human resources, Liane Hornsey, were investigated “appropriately”, the company has said, following Hornsey’s resignation this week.Hornsey is the latest to leave Uber under chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who replaced Travis Kalanick in August of last year following a series of scandals.An anonymous group of whistleblowers had accused her of systematically dismissing internal complaints of racial discrimination and of using derogatory language about two other Uber executives.Hornsey left shortly after Reuters contacted Uber about an investigation into the matter by the company’s legal firm, Gibson Dunn.The allegations only became known publicly after her departure.
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A team of scientists announced they have harvested hydrogen from water in microgravity – a proof-of-principle test that may one day lead to a way to acquire fuel or other resources during a long-distance, crewed space mission.Where will the fuel come from?Will everything (including the human body) actually work after years in microgravity, where there are minimal buoyant forces?An international team of researchers put their experiment into a theme-park-like drop tower to answer some of these questions.“This is something new that hasn’t been done before that was surprisingly successful,” Katharina Brinkert, postdoctoral scholar at CalTech, told Gizmodo.It’s essentially a theme park ride, where a 4.4-foot pneumatic tube shoots a capsule 104 miles per hour to a height of nearly 400 feet (120 meters).
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Microsoft has long since pulled support for push notifications, and even Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates gave up his Windows phone in favor of an Android device.But in the years following the 2007 introduction of Apple's iPhone, Microsoft struggled to gain the users and top apps it needed to survive -- despite reinventing its software and devices multiple times, and even buying Nokia's phone business to design its Lumia devices.Yet, plenty of you either miss your Windows phone, or aspects of it.Last September, I asked this question on Twitter:Hundreds of you replied to this tweet and to CNET's similar outreach.You loved that it was more focused and "ergonomic," and that the OS had features such as iris-scanning, deep links and a profile for kids that were ahead of its time.
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Of course researchers added machine learning to the mix tooBoffins from Ben-Gurion University in Israel have shown it's possible to impersonate a user by tracking touch movements on smartphones with compromised third-party touchscreens, whether they're sending emails, conducting financial transactions or even playing games.The research provides a new spin on what was already a recognised threat.Broken smartphone touchscreens are often switched with aftermarket third-party components that have been found to have malicious code embedded."Our research objective was to use machine learning to determine the amount of high-level context information the attacker can derive by observing and predicting the user's touchscreen interactions," said Dr Yossi Oren, a researcher in the BGU Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering."If an attacker can understand the context of certain events, he can use the information to create a more effective customized attack."
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London and San Francisco-based venture capital firm Index Ventures has announced the addition of $1.65bn (£1.24bn) in new funding for tech startups.Now the UK’s largest startup investor, Index has seen its strongest year yet so far in 2018, with exits in the last four months from Adyen, Dropbox, Izettle and Zuora.It has also backed familiar names like Funding Circle, Just Eat and Skype among dozens of others.“With our transatlantic presence in San Francisco and London and with $1.65 billion in new capital, we believe we are well positioned to support the next generation of entrepreneurs building transformative global businesses,” said Index partner Jan Hammer.Read more: Payments fintech Adyen doubles in value to over €13bn after going publicThe funding will be split across the firm’s two funds, with $1bn being dedicated to growth stage investment and $650m heading into its ninth venture fund for earlier-stage businesses.
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Sure, there are plenty of power banks out there that can charge your iPhone.The ability to charge up via Lightning cable, on the other hand, is a pretty rare thing — and from the looks of it, the Boost Charge Power Bank is the first to do so with Apple’s blessing.Belkin’s new portable charger sports a Lightning port in between two standard USBs, so it can be charged up with the same cable you use for your iPhone/iPad.As someone who’s had some issues with Apple’s proprietary cables in the past, it’s something of mixed bag — though as someone who also just came back from a weeklong trip with a carryon bag full of cables, there’s something to be said for only having to pack one.(I also recently discovered the hard way that Chinese airports will throw out battery packs exceeding a certain size, but that’s a different discussion.)The battery pack sports a 10,000mAh battery — which is nearly four times the size of what you get on the iPhone X/8 Plus.
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According to a supply chain report, Apple is preparing to release three iPhone lines this fall.One, a 5.8-inch iPhone X with improved specs and lower price.Two, a new 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus with an OLED screen.And three, a 6.1-inch iPhone with Face ID, which is said to come in a variety of colors including grey, white, blue, red and orange.Ming-Chi Kuo reports, via 9to5mac, that the 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus is said to take the $1000 price point from the iPhone X.This will cause the next iPhone X to be less expensive than its current incarnation.
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PHOENIX, Ariz., and Menlo Park, Calif. -- June 28, 2018 -- The complexity of the human brain presents scientists with immense challenges as they try to find new treatments for a host of diseases and conditions.Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and a Silicon Valley startup called Circuit Therapeutics Inc. have combined to look deep inside the brain at a structure known as the striatum, which not only is responsible for controlling how we move, but also contributes to the brain's decision-making and the initiation of action.Nearly 95 percent of the cells that make up the striatum are known as medium spiny neurons (MSN), whose health or malfunction is associated with many psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, schizophrenia, drug addition and ADHD.In one of the first investigations of its kind, TGen and Circuit Therapeutics have developed exacting methods for examining these MSN cells, and in the process identified a specific gene known as Chrm4 as one of several potential therapeutic drug targets, according to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience.By using single-cell RNA sequencing, the team redefined previous understandings of how MSN cells work, and added to the list of MSN marker genes previously discovered using older technologies that analyzed gene expression by studying bulk portions of striatal tissue."Understanding the molecular properties of neural circuitry in the brain is of great interest to neuroscience drug discovery," said Dr. Thomas Portmann, Director of Neurobiology and Transcriptomics at Circuit Therapeutics Inc. "Being able to understand how individual cells form key neural circuits is rapidly advancing our knowledge about the molecular signatures of the brain, and about druggable targets for development of future therapies."
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Netflix CEO Reed HastingsErnesto S. Ruscio/Getty Images for NetflixNetflix's original shows have been a hit in the United States.The company is increasingly focusing on producing shows for international customers.That focus is likely to boost international subscriptions and revenue even more than previously expected, Cowen analyst John Blackledge said in a new report.Based on that analysis, Blackledge upped his price target on Netflix's stock.That's the take of John Blackledge, a financial analyst who covers the company for Cowen.
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Och hur skiljer sig VM-bollen sig från andra ligors bollar?Bollen är en av huvudrollsinnehavarna i fotbolls-VM.En FIFA-bolls vikt, tryck och storlek regleras noggrant av specifikationerna för VM-bollen.Emellertid finns det gott om frihetsgrader att designa bollar med helt olika egenskaper, men som fortfarande möter specifikationerna.För bollar av konventionell design, där panelerna sys ihop, verkar sömmarna stabiliserande för det turbulenta gränsskiktet långt ner till låga hastigheter.En yta med små förhöjningar eller försänkningar (dimples) tenderar att sänka luftmotståndskoefficienten för området med turbulent gränsskikt och samtidigt stabilisera det turbulenta gränsskiktet långt ner i låga hastigheter jämfört med en slät boll (Ref 3).
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Facebook is closing down three apps it operated due to "low usage."The company is also closing a fitness app, Moves, it acquired in 2014, and Hello, an app it launched in 2015.A lot can change in less than a year.In October 2017, Facebook announced it was acquiring "tbh," an anonymous app aimed at teens that had been riding high at the top of the App Store charts for weeks.The social network announced it was shutting down tbh on Monday, alongside two other apps — fitness app "Moves," which it acquired in 2014, and "Hello," an app it launched in 2015 "to combine information from Facebook with contact information on [your] phone.""We regularly review our apps to assess which ones people value most.
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The human body is an extremely complex molecular machine, the details of which can be followed through certain substances; so-called biomarkers.Unfortunately, it is not yet possible to monitor biomarkers live in patients when these are present in minuscule concentrations.Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have now developed a new technique that can become the plain and simple solution for the live and super-sensitive monitoring of biomarkers.Substances that are essential for the body, such as proteins and hormones, are present in the blood in pico- or nanomolar concentrations.These are concentrations comparable to 1 sugar grain dissolved in an Olympic-sized swimming pool - extremely low, and difficult to measure.In the Molecular Biosensing for Medical Diagnostics group at Eindhoven University of Technology, under the guidance of Professor Menno Prins, a sensing technology has been developed that enables the super-sensitive measurement of biomarker concentrations over time.
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Some countries have poorly developed postal codes, and even modern countries like France -- inventor of the metric system, no less -- doesn't always use street addresses, as I discovered trying to find rental houses on a vacation to Corsica.The technology is being built into the official postal system in countries like Mongolia, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, and Mercedes, an investor, is incorporating What3Words navigation into its cars.Navigation companies TomTom and Sygic are customers, too.Chief Executive Chris Sheldrick founded the London-based company after navigation problems of his own.That felt like it was easy enough that everyone in the world, from a child to a grandparent, could use it.Sheldrick: There's a whole series of apps that people use, like the Beeline app for cyclists, or Navmii, the world's biggest offline navigation app.
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Unravel 2, from developer Coldwood and publisher EA, is a beautiful platforming game that invites players to control a pair of adorable creatures made of yarn through a series of stages featuring fantastically rendered photo-realistic environments.In the game you’ll take the role of two Yarnys, creatures that could be described as tiny string-golems.You run, swing, jump, flip, push, pull, and tumble your way through various colorful environments as part of a loose narrative involving childhood.Yarny is only a couple of inches tall and the world, often displayed in startlingly realistic depictions, looks dangerous and huge.Hazards and enemies lurk in every corner and you’re constantly unsure of what’s going to happen next.Gameplay is similar to the first, but everything’s been tweaked to look and feel a little better.
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Samsung is hosting a Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Aug. 9 at 11am ET.Invitations for the event went out Wednesday morning.Samsung uses these Unpacked events to unveil its new Galaxy phones.The event will be streamed live on Samsung.com.The invite includes what looks like a close-up of the button on an S Pen stylus, hinting at the Note (which comes with a stylus) rather than a different Samsung phone.Rumors also suggested the Note 9 would see a launch on Aug. 9.
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