On Monday, the Supreme Court slowed recent momentum to give workers—including many in the tech sector—the right to a day in court.In a 5-to-4 decision, the court ruled that those clauses are enforceable under federal law, which means companies can prohibit employees from banding together both privately or in court.Uber last week said it would eliminate arbitration agreements for employees, riders, and drivers with sexual misconduct claims.(The company is still blocking riders from pursuing class action.)In December, Microsoft said it would stop enforcing arbitration agreements in sexual harassment cases.In March, however, Google filed a motion trying to compel a sexual harassment case from former engineer Loretta Lee to arbitration.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 17, 2018--Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory made the first observations of waves of atomic rearrangements, known as phasons, propagating supersonically through a vibrating crystal lattice--a discovery that may dramatically improve heat transport in insulators and enable new strategies for heat management in future electronics devices."The discovery gives you a different way to control the flow of heat," said lead author Michael Manley of the paper published in Nature Communications."It provides a shortcut through the material--a way to send the energy of pure atomic motion at a speed that's higher than you can with phonons [atomic vibrations].Imagine the possibility of a thermal circuit breaker, for example."Insulators are necessary in electronic devices to prevent short circuits; but without free electrons, thermal transport is limited to the energy of atomic motion.The researchers scattered neutrons in fresnoite, a crystalline mineral so named because it was first found in Fresno, California.
Twenty five years later, I’m still going.I can still walk a bit but I do need a wheelchair now, so I have a space in the wheelchair stands.What hasn’t changed is that I love the atmosphere and the feeling of being one big happy family.Spurs played at Wembley this season while Tottenham have a new stadium built, and Wembley’s design means you can mix with your friends however you want and also have a great view even when fans stand up in front of you.That is in part because the club made sure to speak with disabled people to understand what they want.It helps find problems that people without disabilities wouldn’t think of.
Google said last week at its I/O developer conference that the revamped, artificial intelligence-powered Google News would be arriving on Apple’s App Store some time in the next seven days.That time is apparently now, as the new Google News has gone live on iOS this afternoon and replaced the old Google Play Newsstand app.You can find the iOS link here.In the event you’re looking for already-live Android version on the Play Store, you can find that here.The new Google News on iOS is similar to the one you’ll find on Android.It centers around using machine learning to train algorithms to comb through complex, fast-breaking news stories and break them down in easy-to-understand formats like chronological timelines, local news aggregation, and stories presented in a developing and evolving sequence.
It’s the wearable that professional athletes and other performance minded alpha-people use to find out how to optimize their workouts, sleep and rest periods to be the best selves they can be.For $30 per month with a 6-month mandatory commitment, anyone can become a member of what chief executive Will Ahmed is calling the Whoop community.Indeed, along with the hardware and analytics, which will report on and suggest recovery periods, ideal workouts, and the optimal amount of sleep a body needs culled from the 5 variables WHOOP’s wearable collects 100 times per second, WHOOP is creating a social network where users can create teams and participate in challenges to encourage activity and use.“We’ve now taken many learnings from the top performers and applied them to a consumer facing membership,” said Ahmed in a statement.“This is for a wider set of consumers — those that take performance seriously, whether that means securing a [personal record] on their next marathon, or improving their personal habits as a business executive on the road for work.”The $180 sticker price for a WHOOP and membership to the service represents a deep discount from its previous pricing structure.
While it’s been fun to watch as Fox’s Gotham has tossed out the traditional Batman origin story in favour of a wilder, more generally batshit spin on Bruce Wayne’s early years, we all know that the show’s been building to this moment.In the wake of last week’s wave of cancellations, Fox has announced that Gotham will return for a fifth and final season that will follow along as Bruce finally puts on that iconic, ridiculous bat costume and dedicates his life to fighting crime.According to Variety, Gotham’s final season will be significantly shorter than previous instalments, but there’s no concrete word on just how many new episodes the network will order.A truncated season might not be what hardcore Gotham fans wanted for Bruce and the gang but at least we can all rest easy knowing that when the wild ride that is this show is finally over, it’ll end with a sense of definite finality and (hopefully) some sort of closure for its heroes.
As the technology evolves, this represents a big step towards a safe automated vehicle that is not even stopped by foggy conditions.The latest additions to Marilyn include optical component wavelengths via the new 1550 nanometre LiDAR and additional intelligence for its software, which improves sensor capabilities.Furthermore, software modules have been built in for the filtering of point clouds and the assessment of scanner reliability.This is to ensure the vehicle's ability to function, including in fog and powdery snow, under which conditions the LiDAR radar, which 'sees' in the visible and near infrared ranges of the spectrum, even enables the robot car to see people better."Although Marilyn's vision is limited to roughly 30 metres in thick fog, the new LiDAR type allows the car to be driven slowly rather than having full stop," says Project Manager Matti Kutila of VTT's RobotCar Crew team.The car also has traditional automotive radars and LiDAR, but their detection of non-metallic obstacles and resolution is limited, particularly when trying to recognise shapes.
Seems Nubia will be the first manufacturer that comes with a full-screen 3.0 device.They have been promoting their upcoming flagships with the mentioned phrase.The forthcoming smartphone should be the Nubia Z18, which has leaked on various platforms and has passed through TENAA as well.But there are many smartphones with this chip onboard.And we know it’s a matter of software optimization more rather than hardware.So it’s quite interesting how the Z18 will perform in real life.
Naming a smartphone “MIX” basically means creating a tri-bezel-less clone of Xiaomi’s concept phone, with rather thin top and side bezels, and the selfie camera moved below the display.Two of the more interesting devices bearing the MIX name are the Vernee MIX 2 and the recently launched AllCall MIX2; let’s compare the two!The latest AllCall MIX2 sports a 5.99-inch full-screen with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9.The display occupies up to approximately to 90% of the front panel, according to the online posters.Meanwhile the Vernee MIX 2 comes with a slightly larger 6.0-inch FHD+ (2160×1080) display with the same 18:9 aspect ratio.The 18:9 design of both phones makes them slimmer than what you’d expect a 6-inch phone to be, at around the size of an older 5.5-inch 16:9 display phone.
Honor is probably the best performing sub-brand of Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei.Recall that earlier this year, Huawei’s president said that the company will concentrate on low-budget devices in 2018.Now, it appears that the cheapest Honor smartphone is set to penetrate Europe.Popular leakster, Roland Quandt, said that this device will arrive some markets in Europe as Honor 7A.Looking at the specs of this smartphone, it is obvious that it is truly an entry-level device.It is powered by a MediaTek MT6739 SoC clocking 1.5 GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable internal storage.
Global Founders Capital, the venture capital arm of Rocket Internet, has seen a number of its London investment team leave over the last couple of years, but the most significant departure may have only just happened.According to multiple sources, Daniel Jones, General Partner at GFC, has left the VC firm and is thought to be planning to raise his own fund.A spokesperson for GFC declined to comment on the record when asked to confirm he is no longer at GFC.Jones couldn’t be reached for comment at the time of publication.Rumours of Jones’ departure began circulating in late March, and sometime in April portfolio companies were informed by GFC about changes in the U.K. team and specifically that he was leaving.Separately I understand from several sources that the reason being given by GFC is that Jones has decided to take up the challenge of raising a fund of his own.
Alipay to assist small and micro-enterprises with new scheme.Other products sold by the consumer technology company include mobile accessories such as charging cables and wall chargers.This comes just over a month after Grab purchased rival Uber’s Southeast Asia business.As it prepares to sell a majority stake to Walmart, the online retailer bought back shares worth US$350 million from minority investors DST Global, IDG Ventures, and ICONIQ Capital.Sources said the transaction is expected to be finalized within the next four to six weeks.In March, Alax partnered with smartphone manufacturers Gionee and Torque Mobile to pre-install its software into their products.
Healing America’s broken healthcare industry has been at the top of the priority list for almost every politician, entrepreneur, and inventor for at least the past forty years.Costs continue to climb (roughly 5% this year) and spending is already 20% of the nation’s GDP.The new funding led by Goldman Sachs and Princeville Global (with participation from existing investors including Venrock, Shasta Ventures, and Tenaya Capital) will be used to continue the company’s rapid expansion in the U.S. and abroad — and brings the company’s total financing to $160 million.“This trend of consumerization, which we’re leading, is really going to result in much greater patient driven healthcare experiences which will save the patient a lot of money,” says company chief executive Hill Ferguson .While the company’s consultations aren’t a panacea for everything that ails the healthcare industry, Ferguson claims his company’s board certified staff can handle 90% of the consultations that happen every day in Urgent Care facilities and for $300 less than insurers currently pay out.While the service started out as something that consumers had to pay out of pocket, it has now transitioned to a more seamless (and cheaper) option for customers — it’s covered by most major insurance carriers.
Sonos is having a little fun with the smart speaker craze in its latest campaign.The brand’s tongue-in-cheek ads aim to convince users that its Sonos One smart speaker is the best bet for music fans, even though it might not have all the bells and whistles that some of its competitors do.One ad is a thinly-veiled dig at Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, which was released earlier this year.While the HomePod has been praised for its quality sound and design, a recurring criticism is that it only accepts voice commands for Apple Music — a limitation that Sonos hasn’t been afraid to exploit.When the HomePod came out in February, Sonos ran a print ad in the New York Times to remind consumers that it supports music services including Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, Tidal, Apple Music, SoundCloud and Google Play Music.Sonos is once again drawing attention to this drawback in one of its latest ads, which sees two men checking out a smart speaker called ‘Serge’ that glows and has levitating capabilities.
Using sunlight for sustainable and cheap production of, for example, medicines.As a result, this boosts the average yield by about 20%.This is due to a clever feedback system costing less than 50 euros that automatically slows down or speeds up production.This has removed a significant practical barrier for green reactors that operate purely on sunlight.Chemists had dreamed of this possibility for ages, but the problem was that the amount of sunlight was not sufficient.Their breakthrough can be partly attributed to the use of relatively new materials (so-called luminescent solar concentrators) that seal in a specific part of the sunlight inside, in a similar way to plants that do this using special antenna molecules in their leaves.
NASA's next-generation planet-hunting satellite is on its way to space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:52 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday.Once it settles into its orbit and completes about two months of testing, it'll begin to survey a huge swath of the sky to find potential Earth-like planets around nearby stars in our galaxy.SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket on the droneship "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic Ocean about eight minutes after launch.About 48 minutes after launch, TESS and its four wide-field cameras designed to watch for planets passing in front of their host stars will be deployed.The first confirmation of planets beyond our solar system didn't come until the mid-1990s.
The Drum's 'Unsung Heroes' series is a celebration of the people in the industry who slog hard behind the limelight for their companies, brands and clients.If you think of someone who deserves this recognition, please get in touch with Shawn Lim and nominate them.You can read the second feature, which looks at the role of the communicator, here.Lily Cheong is the ad ops lead in Asia for Blis, who explains that her job is more than just filing reports, as she needs to deep dive into data to derive insights and trends to share with clients.I lead the ad operations team here at Blis which forms the backbone of our what we do as a business in Singapore.Sometimes we liken ourselves to the workers that chuck coal into the boiler 24/7 in order to keep the engine running and power a steam train.
During yesterday’s earnings call, Netflix seemingly shot down a recent report that had claimed the streaming service was planning to make its move into the news business via a weekly TV show.In March, MarketWatch had reported Netflix was eyeing the news business, and was planning a news magazine show that would rival CBS’s “60 Minutes” or ABC’s “20/20.”The source for the report was an unnamed TV exec who had previously worked with Netflix on a documentary series.It wouldn’t be too unusual for a streaming service to tackle news programming.After all, access to news is still one of the holes facing cord cutters when they ditch their high-priced pay TV subscription for Netflix alone.Hulu lets viewers watch news shows from ABC, NBC, and Fox; CBS All Access provides access to CBS news shows, including “60 Minutes,” “CBS Evening News,” “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Sunday Morning,” among others; and HBO, which steams to cord cutters via HBO NOW, has news content from VICE as well as the humorous take on current events provided by “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
Attackers know that humans are typically the weakest link in any company’s security protocols and the rise of phishing attacks bears witness to that.Some larger companies have long run simulated phishing exercises that test their employee’s responses.Here at Oath, we all regularly get notices about speeding in the company parking lot, for example.Most small and medium businesses don’t have the resources to do this, but Microsoft is now making this easier with the launch of a new phishing attack simulator that allows IT to easily create a fake phishing email to see if employees fall for them.Andrew Conway, Microsoft’s general manager for Microsoft 365 Security, told me that about 80 to 90 percent of the data breaches that his team sees go the phishing route.While Microsoft and others are taking steps to detect these attacks before they ever hit a user’s inbox, algorithms can’t catch all of them — and then it’s up to the user to know what to do.
Last October, TechCrunch launched Startup Battlefield Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, where Lori Systems, SynCommerce & AgroCenta, were among the judges top picks.This week, TechCrunch is headed back to Africa to checkout the amazing startups taking root for our global Startup Battlefield competitions.Startup Battlefield at Disrupt in San Francisco September 5-7th is now open, and founders can apply here.Startup Battlefield Director, Samantha Stein will be in Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana to meet with founders, investors, angels, and established entrepreneurs across the ecosystem.Startups and investors can learn more about TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield program at one of the upcoming meet and greets listed below.Founders will learn how to apply for Battlefield with a solid application, and investors will learn how to refer companies in their portfolio.