Microsoft has patched the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities on Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs, where previously only Windows 10 was covered.Specifically, those running Windows 7 (Service Pack 1) and Windows 8.1 will now be able to install Microsoft’s fix for the flaws on the software front.More Windows 10 users will benefit from the fixes, too, because many of those previously blocked from installing Windows security updates due to potential compatibility issues with some antivirus apps (identified earlier this year) will now be able to go ahead with patching.In a blog post, Microsoft observed: “This change will expand the breadth of Windows 10 devices offered cumulative Windows security updates, including software protections for Spectre and Meltdown.”The software giant did say there are still some known issues when it comes to antivirus driver compatibility, so a small number of devices may remain blocked.However, the majority of Windows users will now be able to benefit from the Meltdown and Spectre fixes.
Despite being filled with Oracle veterans, Salesforce.com can’t seem to stop flirting with rival databases, with reports surfacing that the SaaS vendor has made “significant progress” to move away from Oracle with its own homegrown database.This comes on the heels of Salesforce adding to its investment in NoSQL database leader MongoDB, which compounds the company’s long-standing interest in PostgreSQL.With Silicon Valley at the vanguard of change, Salesforce’s infidelity to Oracle could be a sign of, or at least a spark to, a broader shift in enterprise database decisions.This looking beyond Oracle shouldn’t be happeningOracle has dominated the database industry for decades, using that heft to catapult it into enterprise applications and other adjacent markets.As Gartner analyst Merv Adrian has made clear, although Oracle still has a commanding lead in database market share, it has bled share every year since 2013.
Dropbox is not messing around.Two weeks ago it announced its IPO.Just last week it announced a big partnership with Google and today comes news that it is integrating more deeply with Salesforce.Dropbox and Salesforce have danced a bit in the past as cloud companies tend to do, but today’s announcement is a bit broader.This kind of integration saves the Salesforce user steps.Instead of having to open Dropbox, navigate to the folder, find the updated asset and manually move it into Salesforce, it all happens in one place.
Now that's a good tune.Pandora is turning on its International Women's Day celebrations by launching new stations and playlists featuring women, accessible on free, Plus and Premium tiers.The internet radio company spotlights women in music and comedy, with "Premium playlists" featuring, for example, audio of the best jokes from comedians Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman.It's also bulked up its "Pandora Stations" with channels like "Women in Reggae" and "Women in Hip Hop", spreading messages of empowerment.It says singer Rihanna and comedian Amy Schumer are the most listened to, with Rihanna hitting 12.8 billion spins and Amy Schumer 50 million.You may have noticed the playlists' "Premium" label, but Pandora says free and Plus listeners can access them via Premium Access after watching a short ad.
I have seen Artifact, Valve’s upcoming digital card game.It will also take advantage of the Steam Marketplace to let players sell their digital cards for actual money.It will release for iOS and Android tablets sometime in the middle of 2019.Phone versions will follow after that, but Valve does not have a timeframe for that release.It kind of plays like Dota 2Artifact is based on Valve’s hit MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) title Dota 2.
For years, Samsung has been trying to make TVs look pretty even when you’re not watching TV.Basically, thanks to some hardware trickery, Ambient Mode can replicate the texture on the wall behind your TV and almost make it disappear.The effect actually works surprisingly well in the carefully designed demo I saw yesterday in New York.To set up Ambient Mode, a Samsung representative just used an app to take a picture of a TV on the wall and then pointed the phone’s camera at the display as it built a screen that matched the wall around it.It’s a cool concept, one that would probably wow your neighbours when they came over for cocktails.You can also add a handful of dynamic effects on top of ambient mode so that it looks, for instance, like some trippy mountains are floating on your wall.
March 8 is International Women’s Day, and Facebook is choosing to celebrate both historic women and today’s females.In what was the most-talked-about day on the social network last year, Facebook will both celebrate women and history and boost modern women through a new tool for entrepreneurs, the SheMeansBusiness Community Finder.Facebook joins other tech companies, including Google, launching new female-focused features for the global celebration.Facebook users today will see a celebration of women in history through a Credit Her campaign, a move designed to give credit where credit is due on historic female firsts, from Billie Jean King to Big Momma Thornton.The campaign video will be available for views and shares at facebook.com/facebook.Facebook users accessing the network from a mobile device will see options for cards, frames, and themed backgrounds, similar to the holiday graphics Facebook releases throughout the year.
ANN ARBOR, Michigan -- Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered a link between low thyroid hormone levels and wound healing complications.The research published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology.Forty to 50 percent of patients experience this disconcerting complication, which can lead to longer hospital stays and delays in being able to speak and swallow after surgery.Researchers have tried to understand this problem for years, testing theories about blood count and nutritional status, and even rebuilding the throat with grafts from the leg or chest to support the tissue during healing."We know that thyroid function is important, and that patients who are treated with radiation to the head and neck have a high risk of having low thyroid function," says study author Andrew Rosko, M.D., an otolaryngologist at Michigan Medicine."We wanted to look at this group of patients and look at their thyroid hormone function after surgery and see how that related to how they healed."
Fishbrain, the Sweden-made mobile app and social network for sport fishing, is disclosing $13.5 million in Series B funding.The round is led by B Capital Group, the VC fund founded by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, with participation from SoftBank Ventures Korea, and existing investors Northzone, and Industrifonden.The new cash injection, which brings total funding to $28 million, will be used by the startup to expand its vertical social network and data-driven app that claims a membership of over 5 million anglers.This will include doubling headcount from 30 to 60 this year, in a bid to accelerate user growth and continue to build out what Fishbrain claims is the leading digital platform for sport fishing.Being entrepreneurial at heart, he begun thinking about what his next venture would be, while working through an 18 month earn-out.My thesis was that people that share a passion wanted to do that in a peer-group and that the discussions would have lasting value as users share real information.
In late 2016, Clemens Steffin launched a “Universe in a Sphere” project on Kickstarter.A bit like the memorable scene in Men in Black in which it’s revealed that our entire galaxy is simply swirls in a toy marble played with by some unimaginably giant alien, the “Universe in a Sphere” was a representation of our universe inside a glass orb.What made it so awesome was that Steffin used an industrial laser to individually laser 380,000 dots into the glass, each one representing its own galaxy.The results were pretty darn great, and 4,000 units have subsequently sold.Now, Steffin is back with a new Kickstarter project — and, in contrast to most sequels, this time he’s thinking smaller instead of bigger.That’s because, instead of focusing on the entire observable universe, he is re-creating the Milky Way as its own instantly recognizable 8-cm glass desk ornament.
In the first part of our Geneva Motor Show coverage, we took a look at some of the electric vehicle offerings, not to mention the proliferation of four-door (not) coupes.While I don't think "better fuel economy" is high on most Bentley owners' list of requirements, something that emits less CO2 was almost certainly a must from a corporate point of view.The Bentayga Hybrid combines a turbocharged 3.0L V6 with an electric motor, which should make for a most serene experience as you drive over a bunch of peasants on your way to the hedge fund.Bentley hasn't released many stats about the powertrain beyond the fact that it emits just 75g/km of CO2 and that it has an electric-only range of 31 miles (50km), both according to the NEDC test.If class warfare-inducing SUVs are your thing but you prefer the full environment-destroying kind, look no further than Land Rover.It brought a limited-edition two-door version of the Range Rover called the SV Coupe to Geneva.
Mobile wallet company Paytm has launched a business application for merchants in Tamil Nadu — 'Paytm for Business' , which enables them to track transactions, makes instant settlements and navigate through collections.The ‘Paytm for Business app is made for merchants to digitise transactions and keep an instant check on them.Using the app, a merchant does not need to wait for a confirmation message.The Moreover, the app gives access to details of the transactions, download daily and weekly gain access to critical information like estimated time of bank settlement.“Our Paytm for Business app is yet another step towards simplifying payments for the country’s vast and diverse business community.It will make managing business simpler for our partnered merchants and offer them the peace of mind”, Paytm COO, Kiran Vasireddy said.
If you’ve always wanted to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando, but don’t like the idea of long lines, humid weather, and thousands of people then there’s good news today.Google is bringing 11 Disney parks to Google Maps Street View, allowing you to virtually visit the tourist destinations from the comfort of your home.There are a variety of parks to choose from, including Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios, and you can cruise around them freely to look at all the attractions and imagine you’d paid the entry fee and secured your special Fastpass tickets for all the rides.While it’s all make believe, the Street View experience of Disney parks could come in useful if you’re a particularly meticulous planner and boss of the family.Otherwise, you could play the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse album at full volume and put your favorite VR headset on to experience Disney in all its glory.All of the Disney Street View locations are right here:
By many accounts, you may be safer in a car that is driven by artificial intelligence than one that is driven by a human.But driverless cars aren’t flawless, and they can’t make good assessments about things they can’t see.Imagine how much better they might be if they could see around corners, such as spotting the child who is running out in the street just around a particularly sharp turn in the road.That is because researchers from Stanford University have created new imaging technology for identifying objects that are out of view.“We [have] developed an imaging technique to see objects hidden from view by treating walls as diffuse mirrors,” Matthew O’Toole, a postdoctoral fellow in computational imaging at Stanford University, told Digital Trends.“Our system shares many similarities to Lidar, a technology used by autonomous cars to detect the 3D shape of pedestrians and cars on the road.
Microsoft offers Android and iOS apps for its Outlook email product, and soon those apps will support the company’s digital assistant Cortana, at least according to sources speaking about the matter.Once the integration goes live, Outlook users on Android and iOS will be able to ask Cortana to read their emails, get email from specific individuals, get email updates, and more.The information comes from sources speaking to The Verge, which reports that the Cortana integration is currently in testing on both mobile apps.The assistant will bring voice control to Microsoft’s email app; they’ll reportedly be able to say things like, “What’s my email” to get help from the AI.As with other digital assistants that can manage messages, such as Alexa with text messages, Cortana’s big benefit will be its hands-free access for users.Someone who is driving, for example, can ask Cortana to retrieve their new emails or read any particular message.
Hims, a San Francisco-based e-commerce startup selling men’s wellness products, has raised $40 million in funding from venture firms IVP and Redpoint Ventures, according to sources familiar with the deal.The new round values Hims at $200 million not including the funding, the sources said.Launched in late 2017, Hims has already sold around $10 million worth of products for baldness and erectile dysfunction, according to a source.The company, which did not comment on the funding, has been called a “Goop for men.”Hims is proof of how quickly a direct-to-consumer business—one selling items exclusively online—can go from zero to millions in sales with an Instagram-friendly brand, a good digital marketing strategy, and some venture funding.Hims follows in the footsteps of Warby Parker, the online glasses startup, and Casper, the online mattress startup.
From a physician-centric treatment to patient-preferred healthcare, technology is creating a positive impact on the ability to manage lifestyle diseases and personal health.Many are not ready for public use, but they give us a glimpse into the future of healthcare.CNET’s ‘Next Big Thing’ panel was centred around “The Invisible Doctor” and what it means for consumers and the wider industry.It’s evident that the shift in healthcare monitoring (from hospital to patient) could overhaul the entire structure of patient care.The results are beneficial to both parties, as patients generate more data which doctors can then use to make more accurate diagnoses and inform new research.Wearable medical devices sales are expected to globally top $55 billion USD in revenue in 2022, increasing from $10.5 billion USD in 2017, according to ABI research.
Back in October, Facebook revealed that it was testing a split News Feed with users in half a dozen small countries.The split feed was designed to separate one’s social life from the Pages they follow, moving posts from Pages into a News Feed that was separate from a feed containing statuses from friends and family.Now, about four months later, Facebook is putting an end to that test.The idea was to drive social interaction with friends and family by stripping away the posts from Pages that may otherwise clutter up a News Feed.This itself was spurred by feedback from users who wanted to see more updates from friends and family and less from brands.The results are in and Facebook says they’re not favorable.
The range of RC hobbyists is pretty large and there are not only the drone enthusiasts focused on the photography oriented flying.Another big portion of the drone public is the racing crowd with the DIY little machines.And just for these will be surely interesting today’s offer for the GEPRC Sparrow MX-3 racing drone.The drone comes pre-assembled with the GEPRC MX-3 carbon fiber frame with only 139mm diagonally, GEPRC 1408 brushless motor capable of up to 170 km/h speed, HGL F3 flytower with 28A ESC and RunCam Swift 2 camera with built-in OSD and more.In the package you can also find a handbag for carrying the drone around and 20 extra propellers .And thanks to the discount coupon GPE4C you can get this little speedy monster with a $40 discount at the specialized e-shop RCMoment.
The Good Earth Market food cooperative in Billings, Montana, which opened its doors 23 years ago, closed in October 2017.Pugh, the chief operating officer of National Co+op Grocers (NCG), a cooperative providing business services for 147 food co-ops in 37 states, said co-ops began seeing a change in their fates starting in 2013.“The conventional grocers got very serious for the first time about natural and organic and added lots of products,” he said.“I have anecdotal evidence that when the co-op was started in the 1970s, there was almost no access to organic food whatsoever,” said Yelena Kalinsky, president of the co-op board during ELFCO’s last year.Even besides Whole Foods, there were already other natural grocers in town, such as Fresh Thyme and Foods for Living.“Unless you have a strong commitment to the ideals of food co-ops, you have a lot of options.”