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Trying to conceive can be stressful, and of course tech companies think that fertility gadgets can tell us the best time to have sex to get pregnant.In the sea of period trackers, two fertility gadgets that use slightly different approaches are the EarlySense Percept, a “contactless” device that you store under your mattress to monitor your fertility cycle, and the Mira AI monitor, which essentially combines hormonal information from multiple urine tests.The best time to conceive is right before a person ovulates, or releases an egg.It’s is a slim white device that looks like a scale.Because heart rate is correlated with temperature during the menstrual cycle, the founders say that its AI will tell you the best time to conceive, and keep making adjustments to get smarter.“Think of sperm as a really overconfident guy going on a date with a girl,” says Vaughn.
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When a show is as big as of a commercial and critical hit out of the gate as The Handmaid’s Tale was last year—the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning drama was also one of Hulu’s most-viewed shows in 2017—it sometimes goes off course in Season 2 as its creators try to lean into the hype.But the people behind The Handmaid’s Tale swear that they are approaching its sophomore season the exact same way as Season 1.“In success, rethink nothing,” creator and executive producer Bruce Miller told the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour.“We haven’t changed our storytelling pace, we haven’t changed our storytelling focus.”After winning the Emmy for outstanding drama series last fall—making Hulu the first streaming service to receive a trophy in that category—last week, The Handmaid’s Tale was awarded the Golden Globe for best drama series, while star Elisabeth Moss was named best actress in a drama series.Last week, Hulu said that The Handmaid’s Tale was its third-most-watched drama series (based on total number of hours viewed) in 2017.
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There are a number of services that let you sell your used watches or simply purchase new watches but few have the funding war chest of Chronext.This online services lets you buy and sell fancy watches for a fraction of the price and, as evidenced by their performance and the performance of competitor Crown and Caliber, it looks like that market is heating up.Created by Philipp Man and Ludwig Wurlitzer that startup has seen $60 million in transaction volume in 2017 and expects to see $130 million in 2018.Man, the CEO, has a background at the Boston Consulting Group spent time at GlencoreXstrata before getting into watches full time.Wurlitzer, the CPO, has a background in the fine art and IT sectors.“CHRONEXT allows over 1,800 retailers, brands and consumers to do business globally.
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Bath's council has come up with a plan to help pay for the costly maintenance of all those viaducts and baths and Roman things it has to continually patch up with the right kind of legacy mortar -- tax the tourists.That's what Bath and North East Somerset council will do if given approval by the Local Government Association, with the current plan being to add a levy of £1 per guest to everyone coming in and spending a night in one of the city's hotels.This could raise £2.4m a year, they say, which ought to buy quite a few paving slabs cut from the right kind of local stone.Council leader Tim Warren thinks it not at all a suicidal move that'll alienate millions of potential tourists as it's only a quid, and said: "We believe that considering the numbers of visitors we get in Bath a small fee for overnight stays is the way forward.This would go to service the tourism budget."He's planning full colour leaflets galore.
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This might look like a TV.It’s a big 65-inch display capable of HDR and putting out 1000 nits of brightness.It even uses a quantum dot film to achieve DCI-P3 colour gamut, which is nerd speak for really good color reproduction that’s usually only found super expensive TVs.This thing is meant to be a gaming monitor first, and yes, shockingly, that does make a difference.They’ll have smarts built in—in this case the pretty excellent Nvidia Shield, and they’ll have standard ports, like HDMI with HDCP 2.2 support (so they can play back protected content), but they’ll also have ports not typically found on a television, like DisplayPort 1.4.The big difference, on paper, between these new 4K not-TVs and the stuff announced by companies like Samsung, LG, and Sony, is that these sets should have much less lag, which is crucial for gaming, and they should be able to maintain frame-rate fidelity far better than a television set ever could.
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But today we are going to take a quick look at an ordinary Android-powered TV box, which comes with all features you need to implement daily tasks.However, before you hit the BUY button at the end of the article, it’s highly recommended to get acquainted with its key features in order to find out whether it meets your requirements.Moreover, most likely, you would like to put it somewhere visible to showcase its futuristic design.So it comes with a square-shaped look, but due to the cut corners, it looks like a polygon.So the overall appearance A95X R2 comes with a rug style.One of the sides carries a USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and a micro SD card slot.
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Goodlord, the London ‘proptech’ startup that has built a software platform to handle transactions and the “paperwork” normally associated with renting a home, has laid off nearly 40 employees, while TechCrunch understands from sources that co-founder and CEO Richard White will soon be leaving the company.The job losses are said to be in sales and marketing, and come just nine months after Goodlord announced £7.2 million in funding led by Rocket Internet’s GFC.I have also been unable to confirm if Goodlord CTO Andrew Done remains at the startup, although it is possible that he has already departed.I’ve asked Goodlord for further details but a spokesperson for the company declined to comment on any changes in leadership, expect to say that Done “is still” the CEO.In a call, co-founder and COO Tom Mundy also declined to comment further.However, I stand by my reporting and expect an official announcement to be issued in due course.
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The future will be scary on the next season of the award-winning television series American Horror Story, which will reportedly jump ahead in time for its upcoming season 8 story arc.During the Television Critics Association press tour, American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy was asked where he’d like to see the FX network series go for its eighth season.Murphy indicated that moving beyond the current time period could be in the hit show’s, well … future.“All I’ll say about it is I want to go to the future — still topical, but the future, which I’ve never done,” he told Entertainment Weekly.Renewed for its eighth and ninth seasons in January 2017, American Horror Story has taken its anthology approach to various time periods across its first seven seasons.The fourth season went as far back as the year 1952 for a story following one of the few remaining freak shows in the U.S., while the most recent season’s story was set in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election.
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Qualcomm launched its mesh networking platform for Internet of Things communication in May 2017.Now the world’s biggest mobile chip designer is expanding the capabilities of mesh networking with voice recognition from Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant.The integration of Cortana and Qualcomm’s own Aqstic audio codec technology will make it easy to create voice-driven experiences with smart home devices from speakers to smoke detectors.It’s all a part of the Internet of Things, or making everyday objects smart and connected.That’s a big theme at CES 2018, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week, and market researcher Gartner forecasts we’ll have 20 billion connected things by 2020.Amazon’s Alexa is also being integrated.
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Antibiotic-resistant Pseudomonas infections in cystic fibrosis patients show predictable sensitivities to other classes of antibiotics.A new study made by scientists from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at the Technical University of Denmark suggests that this could lead to new ways of optimizing treatments for chronic infections."Our discovery of widespread antibiotic sensitivities in the multidrug-resistant pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa opens up the opportunity to limit the development of antibiotic resistance and perhaps even revert it.The researchers found some antibiotic vulnerabilities of multidrug-resistant pathogens were preserved across clinical isolates isolated over decades at the Cystic fibrosis clinic at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen.Interestingly, it thereby became possible to identify the underlying mutations that caused the sensitivity."Targeting vulnerabilities of phenotypic states related to specific mutations could potentially have a huge impact because it makes it possible to make a more personalized treatment strategy for each patient."
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We hate to say we told you so, but, on January 3 in a post titled 'There Are White Creme Eggs in Them There Supermarkets' we correctly hypothesised that the hiding of random white eggs within the foil Creme Egg packaging would lead to mass peeling away of foil and spoiling of normal eggs in the hunt for prize-winning white eggs.The Standard has found shoppers and staff revealing their horror about the brazen nature of consumers in 2018, with one particular shop worker saying: "The down side to this 'white creme egg' thing is that some f***** came in to work today and opened every single f****** creme egg in the shop."Others tell stories about trying to buy a Creme Egg for themselves and finding every one -- even the those in cardboard multipacks -- torn open, as shoppers can't resist having a look for one of the cash-winning options without actually buying the things.The most shocking accusation came from Twitter user Danjamin, who said the staff are getting in on it too: "Can't quite believe what I'm seeing at @sainsburys today!Staff unwrapping every single @cadburys creme egg looking for a white one, before re-wrapping and placing on the shelves to sell."There's just something about that foil wrapping.
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New findings from research firm Canalys estimate the global smart speaker market will increase to 56.3 million shipments in 2018, but the elusive Chinese market still ducks and dives.2017 has been a good year for smart speakers, with the concept gaining general acceptance in the mass market.This is down to several factors, and lessons learned from previous tech failures such as the smartwatch, but a lower price point and the transition from touch to voice interface certainly would have helped.And while progress has been solid, 2018 looks to be even more promising.“While 2017 has been a banner year for smart speakers in terms of hardware sales, especially for Google and Amazon, smart speakers in 2018 will move beyond hardware, with strategic attempts to monetize the growing installed base in the US and beyond.The possibilities to do this are endless, be it discreet advertising, content subscription bundles, premium services or enterprise solutions.
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The disproportionately high number of motorcycle-related traffic accidents may be linked to the way the human brain processes--or fails to process--information, according to new research published in Human Factors, "Allocating Attention to Detect Motorcycles: The Role of Inattentional Blindness."The study examines how the phenomenon of inattentional blindness, or a person's failure to notice an unexpected object located in plain sight, might explain the prevalence of looked-but-failed-to-see (LBFTS) crashes, the most common type of collision involving motorcycles.According to human factors/ergonomics researchers Kristen Pammer, Stephanie Sabadas, and Stephanie Lentern, LBFTS crashes are particularly troublesome because, despite clear conditions and the lack of other hazards or distractions, drivers will look in the direction of the oncoming motorcycle - and in some cases appear to look directly at the motorcycle - but still pull out into its path.Pammer, a professor of psychology and associate dean of science at Australian National University, notes, "When we are driving, there is a huge amount of sensory information that our brain must deal with.The researchers recruited 56 adults and asked them to examine a series of photographs depicting routine driving situations taken from the driver's perspective.The respondents were to determine whether the image represented a safe or unsafe driving environment.
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Rice chemist Andrew Barron, also a professor at Swansea in the United Kingdom, and his team have figured out how to get nanotubes clean and in the process discovered why the electrical properties of nanotubes have historically been so difficult to measure.They discovered that hard-to-remove contaminants -- leftover iron catalyst, carbon and water -- could easily skew the results of conductivity tests.They then either heated the nanotubes in a vacuum or bombarded them with argon ions to clean their surfaces.In clean nanotubes, resistance got progressively stronger as the distance increased, as it should.But the results were skewed when the probes encountered surface contaminants, which increased the electric field strength at the tip.And when measurements were taken within 4 microns of each other, regions of depleted conductivity caused by contaminants overlapped, which further scrambled the results.
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The Federal Communications Commission may have voted in December to repeal net neutrality rules, but some U.S. municipalities are still eager to find ways to enshrine net neutrality principles within city limits.This week the Fort Collins City Council voted to move ahead with a ballot measure approved by 57 percent of voters in November, which allowed, but did not require, the city council to establish a telecommunications utility to provide broadband services.They voted to provide a $1.8 million loan to “support first year start-up costs associated with recruiting and hiring personnel, consulting, equipment, and branding to support the initiative” and to make certain changes to the city code that will allow for the city to become a telecommunications provider.The city of Fort Collins laid out a broadband business plan on its website, which “does not call for any restrictions on access including uploads, downloads, delivery methods or providers (email, Skype, Netflix, etc.The city projects that customers will be able to pay $70 per month for download speeds of 1gigabytes per second and $50 for 50 megabytes per second once the network is complete according to the Coloradoan.The network will take 3-4 years to build.
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Ever since the OnePlus 5T launched in just a single shade – midnight black – we've been expecting more colors to come out of the Chinese firm.That's now come to fruition with the introduction of the limited edition Sandstone White OnePlus 5T.It's a color that harks back to the original OnePlus One, but the Sandstone White 5T packs in 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, plus the alert slider is now an eye-catching red.The color scheme does give the handset a Stormtrooper-esque look, which is no suprise considering it's exactly the same color scheme as the special Star Wars edition of the phone that OnePlus launched in India towards the end of 2017.All it's missing is the Star Wars logo on the rear and custom wallpapers on screen.Elsewhere it's business as usual, with the same 6.01-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 835 chipset, rear fingerprint scanner, face unlock, dual rear cameras, 16MP front snapper and a 3,300mAh battery.
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Ski season is in with full swing and downhill resorts are serving thousands of skiers and snowboarders around the country on a daily basis.While chairlifts are primarily methods of transport up to the top of the mountain so that users can ride back down, advances in technology are changing their utility.Alpine Media Technology is installing digital screens into chairlift restraining bars at Winter Park Resort to bring useful, real-time information to skiers and snowboarders.They’re calling this innovation LiftDigital — and it will change the way you experience a chairlift ride.Winter Park Resort in Colorado is the first location in the world to integrate computing devices into its restraint bars but designers are sure it won’t be the last.The digital screens resemble tablets and are integrated as pairs into the flat bars.
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From a business perspective, AI is just another implementation for existing problems.Customers do not care about implementations, they care about results.But don’t be fooled: Unless you create universal multipurpose AI there is no free lunch: Even if you are the VC’s darling, you have to go the last mile for your customers.There are a very limited number of basic technologies, most of which can be categorized under the umbrella term ‘deep learning’, that form the basis of almost every application out there: convolutional and recurrent neural networks, LSTM, auto-encoders, random forests, gradient boosting and a very few others.Any real world solution consists of these core algorithms and a non-AI shell to prepare and process data (e.g.Machine learning basically has introduced the next phase of redundancy reduction: Code is reduced to data.
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Millions of American citizens' biometric data may be at risk of being hacked as biometric software that is currently being used by the FBI, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and over 18,000 other US law enforcement agencies reportedly contains an algorithm that was created by a Russian firm with close ties to the Kremlin.According to a report by Buzzfeed, the Russian code was secretly purchased by a French company called Sagem Sécurité — later renamed Morpho, which supplied the FBI the biometric software without disclosing that the code was originally created by a Russian company called Papillon.Citing two whistleblowers — French nationals who worked at Morpho, Buzzfeed reported that concerns should be raised about national security, given Papillon's close ties to the Kremlin.The Russian firm reportedly boasted in its marketing materials of having worked with various Kremlin agencies, including the Federal Security Service (FSB), which is a successor of the KGB.According to Buzzfeed, the connection raises concerns about Russian hackers possibly gaining backdoor access to the FBI and to sensitive biometric data of millions of Americans, which could be compromising to national security."The fact that there were connections to the FSB would make me nervous to use this software," Tim Evans, former director of operational policy for the National Security Agency's elite hacking unit known as Tailored Access Operations (TAO), told Buzzfeed.
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Climate change is real and the need for urgent action is personified by the warnings from the Arctic communities who are already being pushed to the brink because of it.But two years on from the Paris Climate Agreement, we are still waiting for the UK Government to demonstrate global leadership and get on track to meet our international targets.On December 12, I participated in an event in Westminster arranged by the Polar All Party Parliamentary Group featuring representatives of indigenous Arctic communities.There we heard from Sarah James, an elder and spokesperson for the Gwich’in Nation from Arctic Village, Alaska, (Josie) Okalik Eegeesiak who chairs the Inuit Circumpolar Council, based in Canada and Jannie Staffansson, an environmental campaigner and a representative of the Saami Council in Finland.These people and their communities are on the frontline in the fight against climate change, and have seen first-hand the impact that it is having on people.The Arctic is already warming at twice the rate of the global average, and a rise in temperatures of 2 C will equate to an increase of about 5 C in the Arctic.
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