Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Followers 16
Following 20
US
We’ve written about one-legged, two-legged, four-legged and even six-legged robots, but researchers from Japan’s Keio University and the University of Tokyo have gone way, way further with their latest project: A 32-legged robot.Called Mochibot, the spherical robot moves by telescoping its individual legs, thereby pushing it wherever it needs to go.When it needs to remain still, it levels out all of its legs, keeping it stable on the ground.This movement is reminiscent of a creature like a sea urchin.The advantage of using this method of locomotion is that it should, in theory, make it much easier to move on challenging surfaces.That’s because Mochibot can essentially deform itself as it travels across the terrain, thereby giving it a leg up (pun kinda intended!)
US
Light is the fastest thing in the universe, so trying to catch it on the move is necessarily something of a challenge.But there are potential applications in physics, engineering, and medicine that depend heavily on the behavior of light at scales so small, and so short, that they are at the very limit of what can be measured.If a pulse of light can be replicated perfectly, then you could send one every millisecond but offset the camera’s capture time by an even smaller fraction, like a handful of femtoseconds (a billion times shorter).The end result is a movie that’s indistinguishable in many ways from if you’d captured that first pulse at high speed.Perhaps you need to see what happens when it passes through a carefully engineered laser-etched lens that will be altered by the first pulse that strikes it.That’s what the T-CUP method does.
US
Over the years I’ve read a ton, belonged to various networking groups, attended prestigious business seminars and workshops, even took graduate-level management courses.All this was helpful, but when I look back on my career, the best lessons I learned about business and strategy came from a guy on television who I never met.Yes, that Mr. Rogers (full name Fred Rogers), known for his preschool-aged educational content, a staple in homes across America, including mine.He also had a point of view on serious issues, like death, divorce and diversity, topics that no one else discussed on children’s TV that advertising could take a lesson from.I’ve always said that everyone at an agency, no matter their actual job title, works in client services.It’s a mindset and the choice to do business a certain way.
US
As best as researchers could tell, there was no evidence that Russia is trying to interfere in the US midterm elections:Russian social media trolls are, of course, still promulgating fake news and slapping frantically at America’s hot buttons—tweeting wildly in favor of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, according to researchers, and pushing a counter-protest against last summer’s white supremacist Unite the Right 2 rally.But while we often focus on foreign efforts to disrupt our elections, the bulk of the influence campaigns, as you would expect, originate here.Nation In Distress, which claimed to be the early Trump supporter, recently shared a link to a story that had called Rep. Maxine Waters “demented.” Founded in 2012, it had amassed more than 3.2 million likes and over 3 million followers, as of Thursday morning, before it was taken down.A second left-leaning page, Reasonable People Unite, posted a screenshot from a Twitter user who said, “Somewhere in America, a teenage girl is listening to her parents defend Brett Kavanaugh and she is thinking to herself, if something like that happens to me, I have nowhere to go.”Administrators for these pages, as you might expect, have complained that they did nothing wrong.
3
Sweden
the Collider Games and Showtime is making a VR experience based on the David Lynch classic tv series Twin Peaks announces Collider in a press release.IN the VR experience to have the opportunity to visit the various environments that occur in the tv series, as well the original from 1990 as the sequel Twin Peaks: The Return released in 2017.the User will assume the role of agent Dale Cooper, whose task is to try to find a way back to reality from all the psykadeliska environments that occur in the tv series.Twin Peaks VR will be released on Steam for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but so far, there is no set release date.
US
Today, Star Trek Online and Lord of the Rings Online have received updates.Now EverQuest II is joining in on the fun.The PC MMO is getting a new expansion, Chaos Descending.EverQuest II launched back in November 2004.Another MMO came out that month: World of Warcraft.Before they launched, gamers and journalists speculated which would be the bigger hit.
Sweden
Facebook has now introduced the smart speaker, with a related screen as it has been rumored for nearly a year.It's called Portal and, should well be seen as a competitor to the smart-home assistants such as the Amazon Echo Show, Lenovo SmartDisplay and Google ryktade Google Home Hub, which probably presents in the morning.the Portal comes in two different versions in which the smaller of the models just called "Portal" while the larger goes under the name of "Portal+".the Portal has a 10.1 inch large screen while the Portal+ is equipped with a 15.6 inch screen.It has previously been rumored that the Portal would be equipped with a voice-controlled assistant that Facebook themselves developed and which goes under the name of Aloha.this seems not to have been the case without it all controlled by Amazon's smart assistant Alexa, the well along with the Google Assistant may be seen as the leading smart assistants on the market.
US
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 5, 2018 -- In the world of catalytic reactions, polymers created through electropolymerization are attracting renewed attention.A group of Chinese researchers recently provided the first detailed characterization of the electrochemical properties of polyaniline and polyaspartic acid (PASP) thin films.This new paper marks one of the first pairings of standard electrochemical tests with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analysis in such an application."Because these materials can be easily prepared in an electric field and are cost-effective and environmentally friendly, we think they have the potential to be widely used," said Shuo-Hui Cao, an author on the paper.Reducing the oxidation potential is key for finding further uses for two materials used extensively as raw materials and synthetic intermediates in pharmaceuticals, hydroquinone and catechol.To better understand these materials, Cao and his colleagues tested how well PASP and polyaniline were able to oxidize hydroquinone and catechol using several standard electrochemical techniques, including attenuated total reflection Fournier transform infrared spectrophotometry, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.
Sweden
We live in a time of political uncertainty and rapid global changes with the threat of tariffs, trade wars and sanctions.at the same time, rapid technological developments, new vulnerabilities, new opportunities through the internet to knock out critical public service functions of the payment system or the electricity supply is rapidly being established.As a smaller country, we are extra vulnerable to this type of risks, and in particular for a long time we have acted in everything for the passive when it comes to to become self-sufficient within the it and build resilient it systems.Much of our current it-infrastructure in Sweden is owned or operated by global international companies.in Addition to build much of our private and public activities on products and solutions from these companies.It makes us heavily dependent on companies such as from one day to another would be affected by tariffs, embargoes or other types of pressure.
US
New Scientist has shown off a robotic finger smartphone attachment, called MobiLimb, in a recent video.The device connects to smartphones via USB, and we get to see how it works in a few scenarios.The finger can pull the smartphone across a table, gently stroke a person’s hand, and more.Science and technology magazine New Scientist has shown-off a bizarre new smartphone gadget in a recently published video.The accessory, known as MobiLimb, was developed by a team from the University of Paris-Saclay in France, and it can behave somewhat like a human finger.U.S. Cardiologist: It's Like a Pressure Wash for Your Insides
Sweden
Enligt högt uppsatta källor har Saudiarabien lagt ned arbetet kring världens största solenergipark – på 200 gigawatt.Uppgifterna dementeras dock av den japanska bank som driver projektet värt 200 miljarder dollar.Trots att man sitter på råvaran försöker kungadömet ta sig bort från oljeberoendet.I slutet av mars gick Saudiarabiens prins Mohammed bin Salman och japanska Softbank ut med att man tillsammans skulle bygga världens största solenergipark.Ambitionen var att anläggningen år 2030 skulle ha nått en kapacitet på upp till 200 gigawatt – tre gånger mer än landets behov.Det var Wall Street Journal som först rapporterade att projektet, med ett planerat värde på 200 miljarder dollar, nu var avblåst, vilket Ny Teknik har skrivit om.
US
After consumers reported a number of problems with the latest major update to Windows 10, Microsoft responded by preventing the October 2018 Update from being installed on some systems.Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 October 2018 Update was available for download when it announced its new Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and Surface Studio 2 at a media event on October 2 in New York City.Since then, users have reported a number of wide-ranging issues caused by the update, including lost files, issues with CPU usage, and reduced battery life post-update.The problem with disappearing files has been widely reported on various social media forums, including on Reddit and Twitter, with one user reporting on Microsoft’s community forum that he had lost up to 220GB of data after the update.“I have just updated my windows using the October update (10, version 1809) it deleted all my files of 23 years in amount of 220gb,” forum member Robert wrote.Twitter user @coolkevinator noted that if you have locally stored items that aren’t also saved to OneDrive, the Windows 10 update will wipe out the files stored on your computer.
US
Startup Battlefield is returning to Africa this December.TechCrunch will be hitting Lagos, Nigeria, bringing with it our Battlefield competition and a day’s worth of panel discussions, focused on topics facing the city’s startup scene.We’ve already announced a pair of speakers for the event and and are excited to add a couple more to the list, bringing with them expertise on topics like VC funding and blockchain technology.Iyin “E” Aboyeji is the Founder and CEO of Flutterwave, a payment solution designed to transfer funds between Africa and abroad.The Lagos-based startup serves as a payment gateway for a number of high profile companies including Uber, TransferWise, booking.com and tuition platform, Flywire.In July of this year, Flutterwave rasied a $10 million Series A led by Greycroft Partners and Green Visor Capital.
US
There have already been more IPOs than all of last year — both overall and in the tech sector.But there are signs that the IPO market is getting overdone — a higher portion of companies hitting the public markets are unprofitable than ever before.Going into the year, Wall Street was expecting 2018 to be a good one for public offerings, particularly in the tech sector.In fact, Ritter noted, "more money has already been raised this year than any of the last three years."Through September 30, 110 companies have gone public in the U.S., according to Ritter's data.Of those, 33 were tech startups.
US
A research group from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has made great, rapid strides towards the development of a specially designed molecule which can store solar energy for later use.These advances have been presented in four scientific articles this year, with the most recent being published in the highly ranked journal Energy & Environmental Science.The molecule, made from carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen, has the unique property that when it is hit by sunlight, it is transformed into an energy-rich isomer - a molecule which consists of the same atoms, but bound together in a different way.This isomer can then be stored for use when that energy is later needed - for example, at night or in winter.It is in a liquid form and is adapted for use in a solar energy system, which the researchers have named MOST (Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage)."The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years.
10
US
The world is faced with many problems, which means that it falls upon us - humans - to constantly work together to address the issues we all face, and to create a better future for everyone.When we let our ideological differences get in the way of modernization?Long-running droughts becoming a growing global problem, even in developed regions.First world countries wasting enormous amounts of food every year, while those in developing nations continuously struggle to grow and purchase food for their families.According to Kimbal Musk, brother of Elon Musk:Many of us live at the mercy of an industrial food system that is devastating to our health, our environment, and our communities.
4
US
Fist announced at Apple’s education event in Chicago, the company today launched its new “Everyone Can Create” curriculum on Apple Books.The curriculum joins Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” initiative by offering teachers a way to integrate drawing, music, filmmaking and photography into their classroom lesson plans.Specifically, “Everyone Can Create” is designed to take advantage of Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad and Apple Pencil, also introduced at the company’s event this March in Chicago.The new iPad, however, is just $299 for schools, like the prior 9.7-inch device.The curriculum itself was built by Apple in collaboration with teachers and educators, and works to alongside Apple’s built-in apps like GarageBand, iMovie, Clips, and others.It’s been in preview since the news of its arrival earlier this year, with educators in over 350 schools worldwide giving it a go.
US
On Thursday, researchers disclosed a vulnerability in Apple's Device Enrollment Program (DEP) that could allow malicious actors to compromise a corporate network.The issue, however, is more a process flaw than a functional weakness in Apple's services, devices or encryption mechanisms.(It exploits the serial number of a corporate device to gain access to a company's mobile device management (MDM) service.)Although there are many Apple skeptics that quickly want to point to this issue as proof that Apple doesn't understand enterprise security - and thus, has no place in the business world - the truth is that this weakness can be mitigated easily, and may already be a non-issue at most companies.What is DEP and how does it work?Apple introduced DEP in early 2014 as a way to make bulk configuring and deploying iOS devices easier for IT departments.
US
It's been a frightening month for people in the paths of monster storms.The latest is Typhoon Trami, which is on course to smack into Japan this week, bringing potentially devastating winds and rain along with it.European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst is keeping an eye on the typhoon from his spot on board the International Space Station.Gerst posted some eye-popping images of the storm and its pit-like eye."As if somebody pulled the planet's gigantic plug.Staring down the eye of yet another fierce storm.
7
US
A host of Google Pixel 3 wallpapers have leaked online.The 28 live wallpapers are the same as those seen in previously leaked screenshots.To use them as animated wallpapers, you’ll need an Android Pie device with the Google Wallpapers app installed.The Google Pixel 3 wallpapers have now been made available for download.The 28 live wallpapers arrived earlier today via mysmartprice and @IshanAgarwal24, the person who leaked the initial screenshots of the wallpapers.Hilarious Photos That Prove Walmart Is The Absolute Worst
More

Top