Ever wondered what death will be like?While no one likes to think about the end of life, lots of us (including scientists) have a strange curiosity about that infamous light at the end of the tunnel.Now a team from University Hospital of Liège, Belgium, have been trying to figure out if death is the same for everyone; whether we all go through the same experience or have totally unique ones.And it seems they may be more personal than we previously thought.There are some well-known phenomena commonly cited as occurring before death, including seeing a bright light, experiencing a feeling of peace, having an out-of-body experience and perceiving a tunnel.Author Charlotte Martial said: “The aim of our study was to investigate the frequency distribution of these features, both globally and according to the position of features in narratives, as well as the most frequently reported temporality sequences of the different near-death-experience features.”
On June 9 2017, a Thai man was sentenced to 35 years in jail for sharing Facebook posts.It encouraged “netizens” (web users, many of them young) to monitor and report transgressive internet behaviours.This early effort emerged from alarm about the fact that the country’s two main factions, the red shirts and the yellow shirts, had taken their fight to cyberspace, with the red shirts vocally opposing the coup and questioning the country’s monarchy.Internet control increased tremendously after the May 2014 coup, staged to facilitate royal secession and preserve elite status quo in Thailand.This heightened control was accompanied by a dramatic increase in lèse majesté charges against critics, dissidents and ordinary citizens.And in 2015, the Single Gateway proposal sought to monitor internet content by reducing the existing 12 internet gateways to a single, state-controlled portal.
Hong Kong start-up Origami Labs is looking to change the way we interact with our mobile phones with the release of its innovative new wearable product Orii this month.Orii, a voice-activated ring that uses bone conduction technology to channel smartphone sounds into a user’s ear, is intended to reduce the amount of time we spend staring at our phone screens.Kevin Wong, co-founder and chief executive of Origami Labs, says Orii is the world’s first voice-powered smart ring.“We basically turn your finger into a voice-enabled smartphone.”Orii sends sounds as vibrations through the finger which go directly into the ear when the finger is placed next to it (only the user can hear them).The ring also includes a microphone that picks up voice commands to control your smartphone’s inbuilt voice assistant function.
The Premier League has been awarded a High Court order for the forthcoming 2017-18 season, which will help it combat the illegal streaming of games.The blocking order will require UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to prevent people from illegally accessing streams of its matches.It will allow the league to combat the illicit sale and use of devices such as pre-loaded IPTV and Kodi boxes.A similar order was obtained for the final two months of the 2016-17 season.That saw more then 5,000 server IP addresses blocked that had previously been streaming Premier League content.Sky and BT Sport hold the live rights for Premier League football.
Tech giants Elon Musk and Mark Zuckeberg have been engaged in a very public, somewhat silly and self-indulgent battle over artificial intelligence lately.Musk has warned AI-powered robots could usher in some form of automated war to give humanity its richly deserved demise, while Zuckerberg responded by saying he is “really optimistic” it could usher a golden age of lifesaving technology.The whole thing is a little eyeroll-inducing given true AI remains a pipe dream for now, and both men stand to benefit greatly from machine learning trends which automate jobs and concentrate control of the emerging digital economy in fewer hands.Coursera cofounder Andrew Ng, a real AI researcher who used to be chief scientist at Chinese tech company Baidu, weighed in on the latter issue Tuesday.“As an AI insider, having built and shipped a lot of AI products, I don’t see a clear path for AI to surpass human-level intelligence,” Ng told attendees at a Harvard Business Review event, VentureBeat reported.“I think that job displacement is a huge problem, and the one that I wish we could focus on, rather than be distracted by these science fiction-ish, dystopian elements.”
Hallituskriisiksi roihahtanut Ruotsin tietovuotoskandaali horjuttaa kolmen sosiaalidemokraatien ministerin asemaa hallituksessa.Ruotsin kuljetushallituksen Transportstyrelsen it-järjestelmien ulkoistaminen IBM:lle vuonna 2015 on paisunut tietovuotoskandaalista hallituskriisiksi.Keskiviikkoaamuna oikeisto-oppositiopuolueet vaativat epäluottamusäänestystä kolmea sosiaalidemokraattien ministeriä vastaan.Opposition mielestä lähtöpassit hallituksesta ansaitsisivat sisäministeri Anders Ygeman, puolustusministeri Peter Hultqvist ja infrastruktuuriministeri Anna Johansson, jotka ovat heidän mukaansa laiminlyöneet tehtävänsä vakavassa turvallisuutta koskevassa asiassa.On jopa hyvin todennäköistä, että ministerit joutuvat jättämään paikkansa, koska oppositiolla on enemmistö valtiopäivillä.Kannatusmittauksissa Ruotsin toiseksi suurimmaksi puolueeksi noussut Sveridemokraterna ilmoitti tukevansa porvaririntamaa.
Fans of this year's biggest summer movie now know when the sequel will arrive in theaters.It’s no surprise that this year’s biggest summer movie will get a follow-up film, but Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed the news everyone was expecting this week by announcing the release date for the Wonder Woman sequel.The follow-up to director Patty Jenkins’ critically praised superhero movie Wonder Woman will hit theaters December 13, 2019, according to the announcement.Actress Gal Gadot will reprise her role as the DC Comics hero in the sequel.The Wonder Woman sequel is the first movie to claim that weekend release date, and it will hit theaters almost a full year after director James Wan’s Aquaman, which is scheduled to hit theaters December 21, 2018.In between those two films, the Shazam movie is still scheduled to premiere April 5, 2019, with Lights Out director David F. Sandberg behind the camera and production expected to begin in early 2018.
Thanks to its Ryzen CPUs, AMD has been enjoying time in the spotlight these past few months.Partly due to increasing demand for the new hardware, the company beat expectations for Q2 2017, but it still recorded a slight loss.AMD reported GAAP earnings of 2 cents per share on revenue of $1.22 billion, marking a 19 percent rise compared to the $1.03 billion it brought in last year.Net loss was $16 million, or 2 cents per share, for the second quarter of 2017.Analysts had been expecting revenue of $1.16 billion and earnings per share of zero.While the company recorded a profit of $69 million, or 8 cents per share, during the same quarter last year, that included a $150 million pre-tax gain related to its ATMP (assembly, test, mark, and pack) joint venture transaction with Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics.
Add Facebook to the growing list of technology firms reportedly interested in building a smart speaker for your home.Sources reportedly familiar with the social network’s plans tell DigiTimes that the connected gadget is being designed by Facebook’s Building 8 and will feature a sizable 15-inch touchscreen display.By comparison, Amazon’s Echo Show uses a much smaller 7-inch screen.The panel, which is said to use in-cell technology, is being supplied by LG Display with the product itself featuring a magnesium aluminum alloy.Pegatron is manufacturing the device in China and has reportedly already started a small pilot production run.Unsurprisingly, the device is said to focus more on image display than voice recognition technology although I suspect the latter will also be part of the overall package.
During a hearing at Moscow's Presnensky Court on 24 July, Judge Yevgeny Naidyonov released Bogatov from detainment and placed him under house arrest for medical reasons, following a petition from his lawyers.Bogatov is still under investigation and has been forbidden from using the internet or communicating with the press.On 23 July, about 3,000 people marched in Moscow to protest against internet censorship and to campaign for Bogatov to be released, including 30 members of the Russian Pirate Party.It is believed that the decision to change his incarceration to house arrest is due to vocal campaigning from around the world."Dmitry's wife and family were really happy to see him and be able to talk to him with no barrier between them," Nadia Bolovith, an activist in contact with Bogatov's family and lawyers, told IBTimes UK."They understand that it's not a victory, because he still faces a 19-year prison sentence.
The incredibly significant date is just around the corner but there are still so many unanswered questions!As of this writing, it seems like, bitcoin will avoid the chain split — for now.To understand what’s actually happening and why the bitcoin community has split into two, it’s best to take a look at one of the fundamental issues of cryptocurrency — or to be more exact — how people disagree about how to fix that issue.On the other side are the miners, who deploy computers to run the bitcoin network (blockchain).The only way the general public will adopt to the decentralized network is if it will be as fast and convenient as existing payment networks.The people who are running Bitcoin (the people who are maintaining the open sourced code that runs on people’s computers) believe in one solution, while the miners (the people who run the code on their own computers) believe in another.
Satya Nadella had us all fooled but good with his kinder, gentler, people-empowering Microsoft act.But now we can see the company's reverted to type by threatening to kill venerable graphics app Paint after the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.A new list of “Features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update” bears the bad news, as it includes Paint in the “deprecated” column, indicating that the venerable graphics app is “not in active development and might be removed in future releases.”Some will say that Paint is naff or lacks features, especially when compared to the Paint3D app that arrived with the Windows 10 Creators Update.It's hard to disagree with those critics, because “naff and underpowered” is a kind description of the program.But it's been around for decades and has come to be regarded as part of furniture.
China has announced plans to become the world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030, and has the objective that the market should amount to over a trillion yuan, equivalent to approximately 1,22 trillion Swedish kronor.State council of China released a three-step plan yesterday where they explained how you expect the AI to be developed and applied in different areas.also Read: Report: "AI" is used as a marketing ploy.The first part of the plan runs until 2020, and suggests that China is committed to developing next-generation AI theory and technology.In the second step of the plan up to 2025 expect China to achieve a major breakthrough in the AI field, combined with an improved teknologitillämpning, which would lead to the industrial upgrading and economic transformation.In the third and final stage, which runs between 2025 and 2030, it is expected China become the world leader in AI, whose market value at that time amounted to one trillion yuan.
The subset of UK civilians that own a Samsung Galaxy 8 and have a TSB bank account are going to have a fun toy to play with this September, as the bank and the phone maker are teaming up to allow iris identification to access their account details.That's when the bank will introduce iris scanning biometric logins to its banking app, which will only work with Samsung's flagship mobile and its existing built in eye recognition tools.It should take less than a second to log you in, says the TSB, and it's obviously easier than having to remember one of today's complicated passwords.TSB's IT boss Carlos Abarca said he thinks its definitely a secure enough system to handle access to our pathetic savings as it uses more ID characteristics than fingerprint recognition, adding: "There's no security option that is absolutely perfect.We're relying not only on the biometrics but the digital certificate on the phone.To fake your eyeball is potentially possible -- but it is extremely difficult."
In the Chinese government’s relentless policing of the internet, political news and discussions draw heavy scrutiny while entertainment has generally been given wide leeway.As a result, many Chinese millennials grew up watching videos of South Korean soap operas, American TV shows and Japanese animation series.This generation spends a lot of time watching videos of sports and entertainment; research firm Analysys International says more than 70% of China’s mobile-video users are under 30 and nearly three-quarters of...
Earlier this week, Bynder, the global creative file management agency, released the results of a research report entitled Small Business Marketing, Big Digital Challenge, and findings reveal marketers at small and midsize businesses are struggling to efficiently reach intended audiences due to technology roadblocks.Data illustrates that companies lack the technological and organisational structure for safely and securely storing and sharing digital files, including logos, images, video, brochures, white papers, presentation decks and more; for example, 71% of respondents, store creative content on their computer hard drives, inhibiting access to and use of digital content and putting files at risk of data loss.Only 37% of respondents feel very confident about the security of their digital assets in how they’re being stored and shared today;Roughly 75% of respondents feel limited in how they can share assets internally and externally.Only 38 % feel very confident in their ability to manage assets so that anyone within the organisation can access from anywhere and at any time;47% of respondents say their top scalability concern is maintaining brand consistency.
Terminator fans are in for a treat.Company StudioCanal has announced the upcoming release of a new 2D/3D Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray of Terminator 2.That news alone isn’t terribly exciting, but the special content in the box set is: there will be a life-size Terminator robot arm included with the kit.The box set is expected to arrive later on this year likely following a remastered version of the film heading to some theaters.Terminator 2 remains the most beloved installment in the Terminator franchise, and its enduring existence across new mediums and formats proves this.The movie has already been brought to Blu-ray in the past, but this time around it’ll be in Ultra HD definition and/or in 3D, depending on the iteration you buy.
Water quality improvements increase home prices in Narragansett BayA new study in Water Resources Research finds improvements in water quality in Narragansett Bay have had a positive impact on property values in the surrounding areas and future improvements to water quality could continue to benefit nearby property.Climate change indicators are not enoughExtreme events capture the public's attention, but gradual climate shifts will more profoundly affect civilization and life on Earth.Scientists must get better at conveying this to the public.Testing models of near-space electrical currents
Do you remember that scene in Dumb and Dumber where Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ characters showcase what they claim to be “the most annoying sound in the world?” Well, had that movie been made in 2017 instead of 1995, it seems there would be a new contender for irritating noises: The buzzing of drones.In a new study carried out by NASA, 38 test subjects highlighted the sound of drones (or sUAS — small unmanned aerial vehicles, as NASA calls them) as the most annoying noises of any ground vehicle.Subjects were played recordings of commercially-available drones — as well as cars, utility vans, and box trucks — and asked to rate recordings on a scale ranging from “not at all annoying” to “extremely annoying.” Drones did not fare well.“What we found was that the sounds of the sUAS produced systematically larger annoyance responses than the sounds of the cars when presented at the same volume,” research engineer Andrew Christian told Digital Trends.While this work is only preliminary, it could nonetheless prove to be a fly in the ointment for companies like Amazon that dream of drone deliveries being an everyday occurrence.“I hope that this does not lead to a damping of the deployment of drones for any application — not just package delivery,” Christian said.
Macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss among the elderly.For others, treatment left them permanently blind.Stem cell treatments like the one described above—happening every day in 600 clinics across the US—are not approved by the FDA, and in fact have never been tested in a clinical trial.The procedure usually involves sucking out some of a patient's fat tissue with a liposuction needle, isolating their stem cells, and reinjecting them back into the place in their body that needs most healing.But because these are living tissues unique to every individual, results may vary.In the last few years, some of these stem cell clinicians have begun posting large-scale studies on a government-run website called ClinicalTrials.gov, even though they're often not up to medical research standards or even in compliance with federal regulations.