In the months that followed Susan J. Fowler’s February blog post about sexual harassment at Uber, a number of well-known tech executives—particularly, venture capitalists and startup executives—were ousted from positions of power after allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct.They donned black dresses and pins supporting the effort at the Golden Globes ceremony while speaking out in their acceptance speeches.Comparatively, calls for reform in tech have faded into the background, leading some to wonder whether techies are hoping the problem quietly disappears.Limited partners (the investors in venture funds) remain interested in backing certain ousted investors, according to TechCrunch.Andy Rubin, the entrepreneur accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate at Google, returned to his job at smartphone startup Essential after a two-week leave of absence.But it has not yet released the results.
Korea’s Kakao, the internet giant behind the country’s top messaging app, is actively seeking overseas investment opportunities after it raised $1 billion via a placement.Kakao is valued at over $7 billion and its services are used by more than 40 million people.The company, which counts Tencent as an early investor, now appears to be making good on its long-standing plan to venture overseas.That’s because last week it announced it had successfully sold global depositary receipts (GDRs) to foreign investors following a roadshow that generated “overwhelming interest.” It now plans to list them on the Singapore Exchange in early February.Kakao is already listed in Korea courtesy of its merger with Korean internet giant Daum in 2014.Beyond its Kakao Talk messaging app, the company has forayed into a range of services that include mobile payments, ride-hailing (via a spin-out), games, banking, music streaming and even fresh produce sales for farms.
After much resistance and under increasing pressure, President Trump’s White House this week allowed Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, the White House doctor, to release results from a physical examination.Trump’s opposition and the media have been asking two fundamentally impolite questions for years: Is he fat?Doctors have a suite of responses teed up for an overweight man in his 70s, but those numbers muddy the swamp.It might be possible, for example, to be obese, BMI-wise, but still have good cardiorespiratory fitness; conversely, someone with low CRF might be more likely to face health problems than someone with obesity.If you have elevated cholesterol and you have diabetes, your risk is multiplied.He also takes a daily low dose of aspirin, also thought to be protective of the heart.
Dell is about to start selling an augmented reality headset that seeks to rival Microsoft’s HoloLens.The $1,495 augmented reality headset dev kit comes from the startup Meta and will soon be available for purchase on Dell’s website.It had previously only been available for order on Meta’s site.Interestingly, Dell detailed in a press release that they’ll be selling bundles that include the tethered headset and a PC, suggesting that this partnership is growing much deeper than a couple of demos and a spot on their online store.Sales on Dell.com will begin February 15.Meta has stayed awfully quiet on product developments as it continues to keep delivering a backlog of Meta 2 development kits that it first started taking pre-orders for the headset nearly two years ago; this partnership suggests most of these woes are behind it.
Partech Ventures, an investment firm with hubs in Paris, San Francisco, and Berlin, has announced a new fund dedicated to African startups.The aptly named Partech Africa fund currently has commitments of €57 million ($70 million), though it’s targeting an eventual closure of €100 million ($122 million) with some major corporate investors already on board such as Orange, Edenred, and JCDecaux.Founded in 1982, Partech Ventures has separate funds aimed at startups at various stages, from seed through to growth.Indeed, last year the firm emerged as something of a European VC giant after surpassing $1 billion in new funds over an 18-month period, including a $440 million growth-stage fund, a $108 million seed-stage fund, and a $455 million early-stage fund.The company said that with its new Partech Africa fund, it plans to target early-stage growth startups, doling out between €0.5 million ($0.6 million) and €5 million ($6.1 million) per investment, backing teams that are using tech to “address large emerging market opportunities,” according to a statement.So this could be anything from fintech, insurtech, ecommerce, education, entertainment, and beyond.
BINGHAMTON, NY -- A new self-healing fungi concrete, co-developed by researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York, could help repair cracks in aging concrete permanently, and help save America's crumbling infrastructure.Congrui Jin, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Binghamton University, has researched concrete and found that the problem stems from the smallest of cracks."Without proper treatment, cracks tend to progress further and eventually require costly repair," said Jin.One potentially critical example is the case of nuclear power plants that may use concrete for radiation shielding.While remaking a structure would replace the aging concrete, this would only be a short-term fix until more cracks again spring up."This idea was originally inspired by the miraculous ability of the human body to heal itself of cuts, bruises and broken bones," said Jin.
Scientists still don’t know the true nature of these bursts or what’s causing them, but new observations of the only known repeating FRBs are providing details about the extreme environments in which these pulses are born.We still don’t know the nature of the source or cause of this repeating FRB, but the detection of an immensely powerful magnetic field in its vicinity suggests some tantalising possibilities.Using the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico and the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, an international team of astronomers led by Jason Hessels from the University of Amsterdam detected and monitored 16 recent bursts from FRB 1211012, which is located three billion light years from Earth in a nebula (a star-forming region) within a dwarf galaxy.Scientists estimate that there’s as much energy packed into a single millisecond of an FRB as our Sun releases over an entire day.Theories as to what’s causing FRBs include everything from magnetised neutron stars and supernovae through to super-massive black holes and the activities of extraterrestrial civilisations (yes, really).“This leads us to two hypotheses,” Hessels told Gizmodo, “The source is either a neutron star in an environment like [the one] at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy, where there is a very massive black hole, or the source is in a dense, powerful, and highly magnetised nebula.”
Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry has labelled US president Donald Trump “a danger” and “a racist”, adding: “He is an asteroid of awfulness that has fallen on this world.”Thornberry’s damning comments represent one of the most outspoken attacks on Trump by a UK politician, and stands in stark contrast to the more compromising tone of foreign secretary Boris Johnson.This week President Trump said he was cancelling a proposed visit to open the new US embassy in London, saying the new embassy was a “bad deal”.However, reports have suggested he called off his trip because he felt he had “not been shown enough love” by the British Government.Thornberry was scathing about the US president following reports he had branded Haiti and some African states “shithole” countries.“He is an asteroid of awfulness that has fallen on this world,” Thornberry told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show.
A court in Germany has used Apple Health data to provide crucial evidence in a murder trial.Charged with rape and murder, the accused, Hussein K, has admitted his guilt but disputed some details.However, the police have said data suggesting he was “climbing stairs” on the app could correlate to him dragging his victim, 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger, down a riverbank and climbing back up.Similar readings were recorded after an investigator of a similar build recreated how police believe he disposed of the body.The app, which comes pre-installed on Apple devices, records steps, nutrition and sleep patterns as well as body measurements like heart rate.Identified by hair found at the scene, Hussein refused to hand over the PIN code to his handset leaving investigating offers to bring in a cyber-forensics firm to crack the device.
A terrifying false warning of an incoming missile sent residents of Hawaii into a panic earlier today, after blaring news of an imminent strike on their smartphones.This is not a drill.”While not a drill, it wasn’t connected to a real threat, either.According to the State Governor, David Ige, the ominous notification had been issued after an employee mistakenly triggered it, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports.The same process also activated a pre-recorded TV and radio alert, which reiterated that it was not a drill, that people should stay indoors or seek shelter in a building away from windows, and that they should wait for further information.A follow-up mobile alert came almost forty minutes later, telling residents to stand down and that there was, in fact, no threat.
- Vows to record WH meetings- Worked out well for Nixon- It’s still only 11am— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) January 12, 2018Even among all the incredible events that have marked the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, according to one expert in international relations, these 24 hours stand out as “extraordinary”, and could fundamentally change global politics - and America’s position in the world.“I hesitate to say it couldn’t get any worse because you never know,” Dr Rod Abouharb, an international relations professor at University College London told HuffPost UK.
The study addresses increasing concerns about the proliferation of drone use for personal and business applications and how it is impinging on privacy and safety.In a new paper, "Game of Drones - Detecting Captured Target from an Encrypted Video Stream," the researchers demonstrate techniques for detecting if a targeted subject or house is being recorded by a drone camera."The beauty of this research is that someone using only a laptop and an object that flickers can detect if someone is using a drone to spy on them," says Ben Nassi, a Ph.D. student in the BGU Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering and a researcher at the BGU Cyber Security Research Center (CSRC).In the first demo, researchers show how a privacy invasion against a house can be detected.In a second outdoor test, researchers demonstrate how an LED strip attached to a person wearing a white shirt can be used to detect targeted drone activity."This research shatters the commonly held belief that using encryption to secure the FPV channel prevents someone from knowing they are being tracked," Nassi says.
Talkwalker, a cloud-based social media listening platform, announced today that it has been acquired by private equity firm, Marlin Equity Partners.“We are not releasing exact details at this stage, but it’s substantial and it will make a big difference to what we will be able to achieve in the coming years,” a Talkwalker spokesperson told TechCrunch.In a blog post announcing the acquisition, Talkwalker CEO Robert Glaesener wrote that it was about having the resources to scale the company.“The founders and senior management have been working on this behind the scenes to ensure we can scale and future-proof the company, and I’m very pleased to announce that Marlin Equity Partners, one of the most prestigious global investment firms, has acquired a majority stake in Talkwalker,” Glaesener wrote in the post.It’s worth noting it had previously raised over $4 million in equity.Its most recent round was a €5 million loan last January (approximately $6,007,750 in today’s dollars).
Legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather debuted a VR boxing and fitness game Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that lets fans and fighters face a VR version of Mayweather himself in a digital ring.The game, “Mayweather Boxing & Fitness Virtual Reality Program,” will initially only be available at his Mayweather Boxing Club gyms.However, a home version for anyone with a VR system could be available in time for the 2018 holiday season.Inside a conference room at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Mayweather, who retired undefeated with a 50-0 record, performed a live demo.“This is just the beginning, introducing everyone to what we’re going to do in the future,” he said during a news conference afterward.“This is just a small demo, but by the time we reach everyone at home or they com to the gym, it’s going to be amazing.”
MacRumors spotted a bug report that affects the current version of macOS High Sierra.In System Preferences, you can unlock the App Store preference pane by typing any password.Apple has reportedly already fixed the bug in beta versions of the next macOS High Sierra update.What’s wrong with password prompts and macOS?If you want to test this bug at home, I was able to reproduce it quite easily.Open System Preferences, go to the App Store settings and look at the padlock icon.
Having the best business laptop that suits your needs is essential, and thanks to modern advancements in hardware, especially on the mobile side of things, business laptops are thinner and lighter than ever before.While compiling this list of the best business laptops, we've taken into consideration a number of key factors including power, battery life, feature set and sheer value for money.The ultra-thin business laptop that sacrifices nothingCPU: Intel Core i7-7600U vPro | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 14-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixels | Storage: 1TB SSDPrevious versions of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon have been the absolute best-in-class when it comes to business laptops and this year's edition of the Thinkpad X1 Carbon compromises nothing, be it portability or performance.It's smaller and lighter, has a compact profile reinforced with carbon fibre, which means it is as tough as they come, has all the I/O ports you will need and bits like touchpad improvements backed by Microsoft Precision Touchpad program.
The patches being put in place to address the Meltdown and Spectre bugs that affect most modern CPUs were supposed be airy little things of no consequence.Intel said as much in its statement, claiming "any performance impacts are workload-dependent, and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time."We just want folks – particularly cloud subscribers and IT admins – to be aware of the effects.While most casual desktop users and gamers won't notice any prolonged slowdown, or any performance hit at all, people running IO or system-call intensive software, such as databases on backend servers, may notice the difference.Epic Games on Friday explained the cause of recent login and stability issues experienced by its players, noting: "All of our cloud services are affected by updates required to mitigate the Meltdown vulnerability."The company, which relies on AWS servers, posted a screenshot of a graph depicting a spike in CPU utilization after a host was patched.
Netflix’s original film Bright has been decimated by critics, but Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha, the hosts of TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast enjoyed it — kind of?As Darrell put it: “I don’t regret watching it.”To be clear, it’s a very silly movie, combining Lord of the Rings-style high fantasy with the kind of morally ambiguous police drama that director David Ayer (Training Day) is known for.Will Smith stars as Daryl Ward, a human police officer, who’s unwillingly paired up with Nick Jacoby (played by Joel Edgerton), the LAPD’s first orc.In this episode, we talk about our reactions to the film, its popularity with viewers and whether the already-greenlit sequel could actually be good.We also discuss the controversy over YouTube star Logan Paul posting a video of an apparent suicide victim and Apple’s upcoming crime thriller starring Octavia Spencer.
Truth, The Marketing Group’s blockchain-backed global media planning and buying agency, has appointed a host of digital veterans to its advisory board.The agency, which utilises blockchain smart contract technology to create transparency in the media supply chain, said that the advisors collectively offer a wealth of experience from agency, client-side and technology backgrounds.The new Truth board advisors are Jonathan Durden, co-founder of PHD , Tim Hipperson, chairman of Fearlessly Frank and founder of Morph, Sean Gogarty, former chief executive of Baking, Cooking and Spreads at Unilever, Mimi Turner, formerly senior vice president of strategy at Vice UK and marketing director at Ladbible, Frank Morris, chief information security officer at FTSE Insurer and security leader at NCC Group, and Ben Brophy, chief executive of Blocklab.“Bringing in such vast array of experience is another signal of our intent to become a major player and disruptive force in the media world," said Mary Keane Dawson, chief executive of Truth."All of the advisors have already succeeded once or more in their career and will make significant contributions to the success of Truth."