Facebook is using AI-powered 'proactive detection' to identify drug-related images before they're seen or reported by users.It hopes that this will make the site less useful to dealers."Our technology is able to detect content that includes images of drugs and depicts the intent to sell with information such as price, phone numbers or usernames for other social media accounts," explained Kevin Martin, head of US public policy at Facebook.Martin says that using AI to find these images means human moderators have more time for trickier tasks like identifying trends in drug sales, and finding pages, groups and hashtags related to drug use.Facebook has also joined Twitter and Google to form a coalition called Tech Together to Fight the Opioid Crisis, which aims to share the best ways to fight opioid addiction.Representatives from the three companies will meet in Washington DC to speak with experts and specialist organizations working in the fields of addiction prevention, treatment and recovery.
An Internet Engineering Task Force group has turned its attention to how Remote Procedure Calls (RPC) travel over the internet, and decided a bit of (easy) encryption is in order.RPC hasn't been updated in more than a decade, and while an attempt was made to bestow encryption upon it in 2016 (in RFC 7861, RPCSEC), take-up is low.That's a problem, because even a cursory search turns up dozens of ways to attack RPC, and in the Windows world, RPC implementations are common across all platforms.For example, this vulnerability alone, which landed in April 2018, affected everything back to Windows XP.Putting RPC behind a wall of encryption would improve more than privacy – it also helps protect the service itself, by removing its direct exposure to the Internet.So Trond Myklebust (chief Linux kernel maintainer for the Networked File System, NFS) and Charles Lever, Oracle's Linux kernel architect, are having another shot at protecting RPC.
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Scheduling and coordinating air traffic can be difficult, but taking the airlines' and passengers' delay costs into account can actually save airlines money and result in fewer delays, according to a new study from Binghamton University, State University of New York.Currently, decision support systems (DSS) are used to help direct flights and air traffic in hopes of preventing delays.Most of these systems use parameters such as time or distance to manage and determine the optimal schedule.Associate Professor of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Sang Won Yoon, along with Binghamton University PhD student Duaa Serhan and NASA aerospace engineer Hanbong Lee, developed two models that consider the actual cost incurred when passengers and flights are delayed."Airports mainly focus on increasing the runway throughput and, in general, most other papers focus on delay as a time, but they don't consider the actual cost of the delay," said Serhan, a graduate student in industrial and systems engineering who developed the models for the paper.The researchers explained that there are normally two perspectives used when scheduling aircraft and that these perspectives focus on different parameters to either maximize or minimize.
Widespread antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the associated rise of "superbugs" is a major public health threat.A leading cause is the misuse or overuse of antibiotics due to the paucity of rapid assays for clinical AMR.Now, Chinese scientists from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have introduced a prototype instrument that can directly measure antimicrobial resistant phenotypes at single-cell resolution from clinical samples within three hours, without the need for cell propagation.The system, Clinical Antimicrobial Resistance Ramanometry (CAMR-R), is based on a novel approach invented by the team, which showed that AMR can be measured by D2O-feeding Raman Microspectroscopy.Thus, CAMR-R is broadly applicable to different clinical pathogens," said XU Jian, head of the Single-Cell Center of QIBEBT where this system was developed."CAMR-R provides a solution for the responsible and precise administration of antibiotics."
The Association of National Advertisers released a white paper dealing with the potential legal actions media agencies may face for nontransparent practices as part of a “long-term, industrywide investigation” by the FBI.The group’s “Transparency at a Crossroads” report follows a letter to members last month suggesting they cooperate with FBI investigations into nontransparent practices at media agencies.That investigation is partially based on a 2016 study by K2 Intelligence sponsored by the ANA regarding such practices, which led to a wave of media reviews spurred by brand safety concerns around transparency.The letter revealed that the FBI contacted the ANA’s outside counsel, Reed Smith LLP, to request cooperation from the group and its members into a criminal investigation of media agency practices being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.The ANA had “limited discussions with the FBI,” it explained, and will “not play a coordinating role” in the investigation, aside from reaching out to members.According to the ANA’s report, Reed Smith learned from conversations with the FBI that the complex and time-intensive nature of the issue prevents the FBI from having the resources to “investigate dozens or hundreds of potential financial fraud victims.”
Teslagrad is the latest PC and console game to land on Android.The game is a 2D puzzle/platformer that makes heavy use of magnetism.It’s available for a special launch price of $4.89.Teslagrad is one of the better puzzle/platform titles out there, and it’s landed on a ton of devices since its initial PC launch back in December 2013.Whether it’s the Nintendo Switch or PlayStation Vita, it’s tough to miss.The game wasn’t available on smartphones though, but that’s all changed this week as the title has landed on Android and iOS.
One of the most consequential US elections in recent history is taking place tonight, culminating with either a Republican sweep of the Senate and House of Representatives or a chance for the Democratic Party to retake Congress after nearly two years under President Donald Trump’s administration.Naturally, a great deal of how we participate in and monitor modern elections — like monitoring polls and forecasts, and checking live election results — happens now online, while much of the immediateA variety of journalistic organizations, TV news channels, and bipartisan groups provide real-time news and analysis from the ground as polls close and results start coming in.So while you may not have cable and a TV tuned to a news channel, or even an antenna for watching the results via local stations, you can still stay on top of what happens tonight using a variety of news websites, social media tools, and interactive graphics.Fox News (cable authentication required): FoxNews.comThe New York Times has some of the most comprehensive election coverage in the country, and it’s a great place to stay informed on Election Night.
Advanced Micro Devices unveiled its Radeon Instinct MI60 graphics processing unit (GPU) for the data center.It promises 1.25 times performance and twice the transistor density of the previous generation.David Wang, senior vice president of engineering in the Radeon Technologies Group, made the announcement at AMD’s press and analyst day in San Francisco.He said it can deliver up to 7.4 teraflops of 64-bit floating point peak performance.AMD also described its Zen 2 architecture for new families of central processing units (CPUs) coming in 2019.The GPUs in the cloud will be useful for cloud gaming, virtual desktops and workstations, machine learning, and high-performance computing, Wang said.
When Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn announced that it would be opening a factory in Wisconsin, one of the big selling points was that it would create 13,000 high-paying jobs in the state over several years — jobs that would help advance Wisconsin’s tech sector.But a Wall Street Journal report indicates there’s a chance not all of those jobs will go to Wisconsin residents, or even to other U.S. tech workers.According to the Journal, Foxconn is considering bringing in some engineers from China to staff the new factory.Foxconn is reportedly having trouble finding skilled workers in the state.The Journal didn’t say how many of the jobs Foxconn is planning to fill through internal transfers.That raised concerns about whether Foxconn would still contribute 13,000 jobs.
It’s now been ten years since Microsoft announced its Azure cloud service.A decade is a long time in computing terms, so I took a trip back on the Internet Archive’s Wayback machine to see what Azure was like shortly after launch.Back then, Microsoft was treating Azure as a platform as a service play, offering cloud-hosted services where you could build your applications.Live Services integrated with devices, SQL Services handled your data, and .Net Services hosted stateless applications, along with planned integrations for SharePoint and for Dynamics.There was a lot then that’s still familiar today.Many underlying technologies have since emerged in their own right and become key Azure development tools.
Instagram appears to be working on a school-based version of Stories that would only contain content from a particular school’s student body, as reported by TechCrunch.The code for School Stories was first spotted by tipster Jane Manchun Wong, and it details a couple of features.Only people within the school’s community would be able to contribute and view their School Story.Also, School Stories would be moderated and “manually reviewed to make sure the community is safe.” Instagram declined to comment.School Stories are manually reviewed:"Only people in the community can see this.
In December 2016, Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp accused the Department of Homeland Security of attempting to hack his office's systems, which include the Georgia voter registration database.Now, two days before an election in which Kemp himself is the Republican candidate for governor, he has levied similarly unsupported charges—this time against his democratic opponents.The Georgia Secretary of State’s office released a short statement on Sunday morning that it had opened an investigation into the Democratic Party the previous evening, “after a failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system.”The Democratic Party of Georgia sharply denied the accusations in a statement to reporters.A DHS official told WIRED in a statement that, “The State of Georgia has notified us of this issue.“We opened an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia after receiving information from our legal team about failed efforts to breach the online voter registration system and My Voter Page,” his office said in a statement.
Nudibranchs, colloquially known as sea slugs, are some of the more eye-popping critters to grace the world’s oceans.Research published recently in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society chronicles the identity of sea slug specimens—all of the genus Hypselodoris—which were collected across the Indo-Pacific over the past decade.The 17 newcomers join the ranks of what the paper calls a “megadiverse” family: There are about 3,000 known species of nudibranchs found everywhere from shallow tidal pools to the deepest ocean trenches, according to senior study author Terry Gosliner, an invertebrate zoologist at the California Academy of Sciences who has personally helped describe about 1,000 sea slugs throughout his epically nudibranch-rich career.Gosliner said there are probably another 3,000 nudibranchs out there waiting to be documented.And there’s good reason to keep searching.“They’re strikingly beautiful, amazingly diverse in their form and colour pattern,” said Gosliner.
When rumors started surfacing that Blizzard had a big Diablo announcement prepped for its annual convention, fans naturally prepared themselves for the next game in the franchise: Diablo 4.Near the end of the Blizzcon opening ceremony Friday, the company announced that the next game in the series would debut on a completely new platform: mobile devices.That's unexpected, to be sure, but Diablo Immortal promises to be more than just a watered-down tablet version of the original trilogy.Blizzard claims that Diablo Immortal will be not only a true action RPG, but an in-depth online multiplayer experience.Specifically, Blizzard said Diablo Immortal would featuer large, "shared outdoor zones" where players could explore the overworld and encounter other players online.If you meet a friend in that overworld, you'll be able to invite them to an instanced dungeon for a more traditional Diablo experience.
Energy waste is more common than you might think.Incandescent light bulbs consume 20 percent to 80 percent more electricity than energy-efficient alternatives like halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).The average dishwasher requires a whopping 1,800 watts of electricity to run.And according to a study of Northern California by the Natural Resources Defense Council, plugged-in devices that are “off” or in standby mode can use the equivalent of 50 large power plants’ worth of electricity.That’s why Hasty Granbery, former director of software engineering a PayPal, founded Currant, a Palo Alto startup devoted to creating smart home devices that reduce energy consumption.It today debuted its first product — the Currant Smart Outlet — and announced a $7 million in a seed funding round led by Uncork Capital and K9 Ventures, with participation from UP2398, Precursor Ventures, and other undisclosed investors.
Imagination Technologies has unveiled the PowerVR PVRIC4, the new generation of its powerful image compression technology which will enable better image quality on tablets and smartphones.London-based Imagination Technologies said its customers who adopt the tech are targeting devices such as digital TVs, smartphones and tablets to reduce costs without a discernible loss of image quality.The PVRIC4 enables random-access visually lossless image compression, ensuring bandwidth and memory footprint savings of at least 50 percent, and enabling systems to overcome performance bandwidth constraints.Imagination provides PVRIC4 as a standalone intellectual property block for system-on-chip (SoC) manufacturers to integrate into their multimedia pipelines.The block is already used by Imagination partners including Chips & Media, which has access to PVRIC4 as part of a recent collaboration to deliver an optimum solution for a system leveraging a PowerVR GPU and WAVE5 video codec.The company unveiled the tech at the Linley Processor Conference in Santa Clara, California.
What happened: Chinese tech giant Baidu is looking into an e-commerce project, to be named Baiyoupin (百优品), that will focus on delivery of fresh produce and groceries.Tech media platform 36Kr cited local media as saying the new project would be led by Xiang Hailong, who oversees Baidu’s search related business products and sales force management.One possible strategy, the report said, would be for Baidu to join arms with its advertising agency partners, although it wasn’t clear if that would involve a single agency or a group of agencies.Baidu has not confirmed the reports.Why it’s important: If confirmed, Baiyoupin would be Baidu’s second attempt to enter e-commerce.The company’s Youa (有啊) project, which was unveiled in 2011, was a failure.
The results of latest clinical trials and breaking science news related to the use of vacuum aspiration for removing blood clots in stroke patients will be presented at the upcoming SVIN annual meeting in San Diego.Minneapolis, Minnesota (October 29, 2018) - Society of Vascular and Interventional NeurologyThe Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN) would like to announce today on World Stroke Day that it stands committed to the advancement of scientific research to improve the lives of stroke (aka brain-attack) patients worldwide.Stroke and interventional neurologists, who are members of the SVIN, working collaboratively with interventional neuro-radiologists and endovascular neurosurgeons have played a pivotal role in clinical trials pioneering the use of clot retrieval devices, such as retrievable stents and vacuum aspiration devices, also referred to as stroke thrombectomy.explains Italo Linfante, MD FAHA FSVIN, current President of the SVIN.In the past year, there have been two randomized clinical trials (ASTER and COMPASS) evaluating the role of vacuum aspiration for removing blood clots in LVO stroke patients.
The TechCrunch International Innovation Summit’s VC Meetup has repeatedly been one of the most popular aspects of the summit, as well as the most sought-after investment branding opportunities for VCs under TechNode.Since its establishment, it has helped thousands of startups match their profiles with investments.From these sessions, more than 10 high-quality startups have received tens of millions in investments from top Chinese VCs, and more than 50 startups have received Pre-A investments.TechCrunch International Innovation Summit 2018 Shenzhen will be the tenth of its kind to be held in China since its inception.On November 19-20, hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors will participate in this “business blind date”.We look forward to seeing more ambitious entrepreneurs and seasoned investors gathered here for a common cause—making the world a better place, one innovation at a time.
Fallout 76’s beta test is “live” right now on Xbox One.We are in the testing phase of Fallout 76, but Bethesda Softworks is only running tests during certain periods each day.That will continue when the beta hits PlayStaiton 4 and PC as well.So when does that all happen?When does the Fallout 76 beta start for Xbox One?If you are trying to run through the wastelands on Microsoft’s console, your headstart is going to last for a few more days.