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On Sunday, a rocket-engine exploded during ignition tests at the SpaceX facility in Texas.The incident marks a setback for the company in what has otherwise been a pretty good year.As The Washington Post reports, the explosion happened during a “qualification test” of a new Merlin engine, which SpaceX uses on its Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles, and which is slated to be used on its upcoming Falcon Heavy.Based on this unfortunate result, it’s safe to say this particular unit wasn’t up to snuff.Thankfully there are no reports of injuries, but SpaceX has suspended engine testing pending an investigation.Obviously, SpaceX would rather have an engine explode on a testing pad than when it’s 50,000 feet above sea level, but the company would also rather not have any explosions at all—particularly for engines that are so close to the finishing line.
Sweden
Trött på att ditt trådlösa nätverk inte når hela bostaden?Du kanske någon gång har tänkt tanken att din rulle med aluminiumfolie kan användas till att förbättra signalen i ditt ganska sopiga trådlösa nätverk?Då är du inte helt fel ute.Eurekaalert rapporterar att forskare vid Dartmouth College har upptäckt att 3d-printade signalreflektorer – som består av ett tunt lager metall och plast – drastiskt kan förbättra den trådlösa signalen i ett hem.Experimenten grundar sig i tanken om att ställa en aluminiumburk bakom en router för att rikta signalen bort från ”döda ytor”, som en vägg mot gatan eller andra hinder.Gruppen analyserade en yta och skapade anpassade reflektorer för att optimera signalen dit man ville.
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Uber is teaming up with Nasa to launch an electric-powered flying car service in Los Angeles and other cities worldwide in 2020.Announced the UberAir partnership at this year’s Web Summit in Lisbon, the two companies have “signed a Space Act Agreement” that will see the ride-hailing firm partner with the aerospace agency “to make flying vehicles at a low altitude safe and viable”, says CNet.According to The Verge, the partnership is developing “a brand-new air traffic control system” designed to manage flying - and “possibly autonomous” - passenger cars.The move is all part of Uber’s “Elevate” project, adds the website, which aims to establish an electric flying car ride-sharing service in cities around the world by 2020.Currently, says The Verge, the company plans to open flying car ports in Dubai, LA and Dallas-Fort Worth, in Texas.But the list could grow following the Nasa partnership announcement.
UK
After failing to deliver on the advertised speeds of its high-end NBN plans, Telstra will be compensating roughly 42,000 of its unhappy broadband customers.According to The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australia's biggest telco has offered to reimburse NBN customers who were promised speeds that were simply unattainable on their fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) connections.Though they were promised download speeds of up to 100Mbps and upload speeds of up to 40Mbps, many could not even reach the top speeds of the speed tier below that, according to ACCC chairman Rod Sims.“In essence, people were paying more to get higher speeds that they just weren’t able to get," said Sims.The ACCC stated that 56% (26,497) of FTTN customers on 100/40Mbps plans were unable to achieve the advertised top speeds, while 9,606 users on the same plans could not even reach half of that speed.Top speeds were also not obtained by 45% (6,352) of FTTN customers on 50/20Mbps plans and 2% (9,342) on 25/5Mbps plans.
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After users noticed last week that the terms “bisexual” and “bisexuality” were turning up no search results on Twitter, the company responded to criticism from LGBTQ advocates on Tuesday, apologising and blaming a “technical issue” for the error.As it turns out, Twitter used an outdated list of terms associated with porn to determine what constituted sensitive material.In a series of tweets, Twitter’s official support account explained why “certain words related to sexuality did not populate complete results.” Twitter’s new media policy suppresses sensitive content.In order to determine what is sensitive, Twitter claims it uses several “signals,” one of which is a list of terms that “frequently appear alongside adult content.” “Many of these words on the list are not inherently explicit, which is why they must be used alongside other signals to determine if content is sensitive,” Twitter stated, before admitting the list was “out of date, had not been maintained and incorrectly included terms that are primarily used in non-sensitive contexts.”Twitter said it had updated the list and would be making changes over the following 24 hours.It does seem that Twitter’s changes have just starting to go into effect: As of Tuesday morning, a Twitter search for “bisexual” by Gizmodo turned up three pictures and no videos.
Sweden
Nu slår storbanken upp portarna för externa utvecklare med en öppen api-plattform.Bankvärlden har inte varit precis känd för sin öppenhet gentemot nya aktörer inom den finansiella sektorn.Men nu driver två starka krafter på en tydlig förändring.Digitaliseringen gör att allt fler uppstartsbolagen inom fintech – en förkortning av finansiell teknik – kan utmana bankerna inom kärnområden som sparande, lån och betalningar.EU:s kommande betaltjänstdirektiv PSD2 innebär också att bankvärlden måste göra delar av sin data och tjänster tillgängliga för andra parter.På sistone har Swedbank har, i likhet med andra svenska banker, sträckt ut sin hand till startup-sektorn - bland annat i och med en investering i det unga bolaget Mina Tjänster, som hjälper sina användare att få koll på sina abonnemangskostnader genom att analysera deras transaktioner.
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Most people don’t know this, but OnePlus is owned by BBK Electronics, a major Chinese technology manufacturer that also owns smartphone maker Oppo.So it should come as no surprise that certain OnePlus and Oppo phones may share a similar (see: identical) design language.Earlier this year when the OnePlus 5 was released, people noticed that it was completely identical to the Oppo R11’s design, although the latter was 0.5mm thinner.While the specs may have varied, it doesn’t seem like OnePlus did much in the way of product design, and it looks like that trend will continue.An image of the upcoming OnePlus 5T, which is expected to be announced later this month, was leaked earlier this week, and as Phandroid pointed out, it bears a very close resemblance to the Oppo R11S, which was unveiled this week.So if you’re wondering what the upcoming OnePlus 5T would look like, there’s your answer.
UK
The rear camera is one of the most hotly-contested (and ruthlessly-promoted) features in today’s premium smartphones — a fact driven home by the constant jousting for top spot in DxOMark’s renowned best mobile camera rankings.The competition has become so close that, even when vendors like Apple, Google, Samsung or Sony launch a new phone that takes out first place, that ‘winner’ often has to share the lead position — and ultimately, almost all of them have their short reigns overthrown within a few months, or less.Over the last couple of years, dual rear cameras have slowly become the norm for flagship smartphones, but this year’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus bucked that trend by sticking with the same 12-megapixel, single-sensor camera spec that was used in their 2016 predecessors, with just a few enhancements to boost overall picture quality and performance.In a recent visit to Samsung's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, we chatted to Dr. Yoon Young Kwon from the company’s Advanced Camera R Group about the work that goes into building one of the best smartphone cameras on the market, and why the electronics giant decided to change a winning formula for the Note 8.Addressing the larger picture, Dr. Kwon explained that the company’s ultimate goal with its cameras is fairly straightforward.“Our main focus is to make sure the users feel satisfied with the photos that they take,” he told us.
UK
Synopsys is venturing into the world of open source, looking to access new customers and provide new products following the Black Duck acquisition.Synopsys has shown interest in expanding its open source involvement with the acquisition of the security firm, Black Duck, paying $565 million.Black Duck Software is a small but well established firm that specialises in automated solutions for open source, providing protection and management support.By making this acquisition, Synopsys intends to extend its reach in the software security market, both accessing more customers and gaining the ability to provide more varied product offerings.Tech behemoths such as Microsoft are in bold pursuit of open source, indicating the excitement surround the space.Paying $548 million net of cash, Synopsys is also set to take control of certain unvested equity of Black Duck employees.
US
HTC removed the headphone jack on its new smartphone, the U11 Life.But free headphones are still included in the box — they plug into the USB-C charging port.Because they use the USB-C port, the earbuds are noise canceling.Even Google, which poked fun at Apple last year for removing the headphone jack, got rid of it on this year's Pixel 2.So HTC's new U11 Life phone isn't unique for removing the headphone jack — but it is unique for the solution it presents instead.The U11 Life — which aims to be the HTC U11's nearly identical, cheaper sibling — comes with free headphones in the box called HTC USonic.
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OnePlus is expected to announce its next phone sometime this month, and in the buildup to that, company CEO Pete Lau has confirmed one detail about the device: it’ll still have a headphone jack.“Every feature, removed or added, is based on our understanding of user needs,” Lau writes in a forum post.“For the time being, we think it’s best to stick with the headphone jack.”Lau says that OnePlus thinks the headphone jack is still necessary for two reasons.Wireless can compete with wired, he says, “but as you get closer to the under $200 category, the options are more limited.” Second, he says that 80 percent of OnePlus owners use the headphone jack, and it wasn’t worth taking away that option to “further slim down our flagships” by going USB-C only.Pretty much every major phone company is ditching the headphone jack in the name of thinness, and while OnePlus isn’t committing to keep it around forever, it is intentionally stirring things up when it may well choose to drop the headphone jack in the not-too-distant future.
Finland
Sosiaalisen median mahtiyhtiö Facebook julkisti keskiviikkona kolmannen vuosineljänneksensä osavuosilukemat, jotka olivat selvästi analyytikoiden ennusteita paremmat.Yhtiön heinä syyskuun osakekohtainen tulos nousi 1,59 dollariin, kun ennuste oli 1,28 dollaria.Vuosi sitten vaoittoa tuli 0,90 dollaria osakkeelta.Myös liikevaihto kasvoi odotettua nopeammin.Aktiivisten kuukausikäyttäjien määrä nousi 16 prosenttia 2,07 miljardiin henkilöön.”Yhteisömme jatkaa kasvuaan ja liiketoimintamme sujuu hyvin”, toteaa pääjohtaja Mark Zuckerberg tulostiedotteessa.
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Lomas published the results of his experiment on the Pen Test Partners blog, and coined the term “screwdriving,” a sexualised play on wardriving (or the drive-by stealing of other people’s wi-fi).In a Skype interview with Gizmodo, he summarised the procedure in layman’s terms: Hush uses Bluetooth Low Energy, basically the more modern version of Bluetooth, to connect with smart devices.If you are wearing the butt plug out in public, and a designated partner is standing within about 30 feet of your tuchus, then that partner can control its vibration speed and pattern discreetly from their phone.Which is all well and good, Lomas said, unless that person wanders out of (admittedly limited) connectivity range.WeVibe’s data insecurity led to invasion of privacy lawsuits and modest settlements, yet the possibility that random third parties could insert themselves into a mutual masturbation session on Skype or a camming platform like Chaturbate has been less widely discussed.Products connected to apps like Body Chat seem pretty open to outside intervention, while the camera-equipped Siime Eye vibrator is easily hijacked by anyone with the know-how, potentially affording strangers vividly detailed views of your genitalia.
China
O2O and marketing are also among them—areas in which Chinese companies have traditionally been fast innovators.It also distributed 50 limited edition items among which several had lucky serial numbers which would earn winning customers an introduction to the brand’s designer.The brand can establish one-on-one interaction with the consumer through the product,” VeChain’s Branding Manager Kate Liu told TechNode.Similar experiments are also being run by Chinese e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD, but authentication is not the only way this technology is changing the relationship between consumer and product—some are looking to make blockchain more addictive.Beijing-based LoMoStar is building an O2O ecosystem by putting cryptocurrency in red envelopes, also known as “hongbao.” The company’s LoMoCoin (LMC) token can be exchanged for real value (either fiat money or discount coupons) and it enables marketing and advertising in the LoMoStar ecosystem, according to its CEO, Xiong Lijian.It’s like the Pokémon Go app but with cryptocurrency gift cards.
China
HMD Global today at a scheduled event in India has taken the veil off the latest in its Android smartphone roster- the Nokia 2.The Nokia 2 is coming days after HMD announced the Nokia 7, which is its first Android device to come with glass back.With a €99 price tag, the Nokia 2 really has so much to offer.First, the device is made out of a 6000 series aluminum frame with a polycarbonate back.HMD Global says the device is splash-proof with IP52 ratings, this invariably means splashing water against the device from any direction shall have no harmful effect.What is more interesting, the Nokia 2 comes fitted with a non-removable 4100mAh battery which we are told can take you up to 2 days of battery life on a single charge.
UK
A UK-led study into ‘twisted light’ could be a significant move toward broadband at fibre-optic speeds, but without the need for cablingBritish scientists have contributed to what they call a significant advance toward wireless optical broadband that would have a much higher capacity than today’s fibre-optic cables.A team based in the UK, Germany, New Zealand and Canada carried out tests of a technique that involves ‘twisting’ photons by passing them through a hologram, giving them what’s called optical angular momentum.The number of twists in the photons can be used to represent information in addition to the ones and zeroes carried by current optical networks, potentially meaning much higher bandwidth.The technique can be used to transmit photons over cables, but the researchers investigated wireless techniques, which pose additional difficulties from interference.They examined the effects of turbulent air in a free-space link in Erlangen, Germany, that was 1.6km in length and passed over fields and streets.
Finland
Yksityispankki ja varainhoitaja FIM kertoo esittelevänsä marraskuussa Pohjoismaiden ensimmäisen 100-prosenttisesti tekoälyyn perustuvan rahaston.FIMin mukaan rahasto sijoittaa osakkeisiin maailmanlaajuisesti ja hyödyntää tekoälyä sekä koneoppimista löytääkseen markkinoilta ihmissilmille havaitsemattomia syy–seuraus-suhteita.Rahaston osakevalinnat perustuvat tekoälyn tekemiin havaintoihin.”Tekoäly hoitaa ennen pitkää monia ihmisten tällä hetkellä suorittamia tehtäviä.Uskomme, että tekoälyn käyttö muun muassa salkunhoidossa yleistyy tulevaisuudessa”, FIMin toimitusjohtaja Teri Heilala sanoo.FIM Tekoäly -rahasto on FIMinmukaan suunnattu pitkäaikaisille sijoittajille ja rahaston arvioidaan kiinnostavan etenkin institutionaalisia sijoittajia.
Sweden
Microsoft döpte nyligen om sin onlinebutik för Windows 10 från Windows Store till Microsoft Store.Nu rapporterar Windows Central att ytterligare en förändring är på väg: Microsoft Store kommer i framtiden att inte bara sälja program och appar utan även hårdvara som Surface-plattor och tangentbord.Missa inte: Uppgifter - Microsoft jobbar på ny mobil enhetUpptäckten ska ha gjorts av Twitter-användaren Walkingcat som upptäckt en gömd avdelning i Microsoft Store där du kan köpa Surface-tillbör.Avdelningen är utformad likt andra delar av Micrfosoft Store.Du kan se den själv om du i Kör skriver in: ms-windows-store://navigatetopage/?PageName=ShopSurface
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Amazon has received licenses in at least a dozen states to function as a pharmaceutical wholesaler, according to a new report, fueling rumors that the company is looking to sell medication online.Recent reports claim that Amazon has been considering entering the online pharmaceutical sales business for years, using that time to consider all the particulars about whether it wants to make this leap.Sources claim the company will make its final decision about the business move next month.Online pharmaceutical sales aren’t new, but they’re not wildly popular, either.Amazon may change that, depending on what it could offer that is more convenient than stopping by a local pharmacy.Whether it will actually get in on this business is anyone’s guess, though; Amazon hasn’t stated either way whether it is considering this move.
UK
WhatsApp has finally rolled out the one feature we’ve all been waiting for: The ability to unsend messages.We’ve all been there, you quickly open WhatsApp, tap a quick reply and then suddenly you realise there’s a 50 tonne brick of lead in your stomach and it’s heading very quickly southwards.You’ve sent the message to the wrong person.Well those dark days are finally over, and the feature you can thank for that is called ‘Delete for Everyone’ and it’s currently rolling out on iPhones, Android smartphones and Windows Phone.Now for it to work, everyone in the conversation will need to have the latest version of WhatsApp on their phone.A word of warning: It looks as though WhatsApp is taking its sweet time to dish out the required update so if you haven’t got it yet don’t panic.
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