Joan Zappulla

Joan Zappulla

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Sourcing the materials inside your device is a complex supply chain task: messy, dangerous, and one that often pushes on ethical boundaries.Consider diamonds, one of the most sought-after resources in the world.Blood diamonds aren’t just the stuff of movies — they’re a real part of the diamond market and represent an industry every bit as brutal as the 2006 Leonardo DiCaprio film suggests.Gold, Tin, Tantalum, and Tungsten: The “3TG”There are four conflict minerals legally defined by laws across the globe, including the U.S. and EU.The three “Ts” are mostly mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and they’re all used extensively in electronics.
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US special counsel Robert Mueller has filed charges against Russian hackers behind cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee.The indictments, part of Mueller's investigation in Russian meddling in the 2016 election, were announced by US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during a Justice Department press conference on Friday morning."Today's charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result," the White House said in a statement.The hacking campaign had been going on since March 2016, with hundreds of files containing malware infiltrating the DNC's servers, according to the indictment.The court documents also showed that a Congressional candidate requested stolen documents from Guccifer 2.0.The operation had Russian agents dedicated to different teams, some responsible for targeting the DNC, while others were behind attacks against the Clinton campaign, prosecutors said.
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The research, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, shows that each of the ancient dunes (most likely sand dunes) are the size of the U.S. Capitol.They've remained preserved for years because of the way they were composed, with lava and sediment partially burying the dunes over time, causing them to become hardened, the research states.One problem that Mars has that Earth doesn’t is the surface radiation," said Mackenzie Day, a planetary geomorphologist at the University of Washington and lead author of the study in a statement to the American Geophysical Union."If you are inside a dune, or at the bottom of a dune, and you are microbial life, the dune is protecting you from a lot of that radiation.”Barchan dunes march across a plain in the Hellespontus region, west of Hellas basin, on Mars.The orientation of their horns indicates consistent winds out of the east, blowing top to bottom in this image captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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Popular short-video app Douyin (also known as Tik Tok) created by ByteDance is going thorough clean up removing a total of 27,578 short videos, 9,415 audio files, 235 Douyin challenges, and permanently blocking 33,146 user accounts during just one month.The June clean-up progress was announced on its WeChat official account July 13.Duoyin has been through some rough waters this year.In April, the app temporarily removed its live-stream and comment feature and underwent a “system upgrade” to improve its content screening and auditing process.Earlier this month, Douyin had to suspend its commercial operations as a penalty for insulting a war hero.The platform landed itself in hot water abroad too.
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Airbus is currently trialing its unmanned logistic offering in SingaporeAirbus has teamed up with European and Singaporean airspace regulators to exchange technical detail on how to best operate drones in busy cities.The collaboration comes as Airbus trials drone-powered deliveries in Singapore with its Skyways drone – which is capable of transporting 4kg parcels.It will see aerospace multinational Airbus, The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) work together to exchange data and draft a framework for regulatory standards.Kevin Shum, CAAS’s director general, said: “This tripartite partnership is timely as we seek to better define the operating conditions for the growing number of beneficial uses of UAS [unmanned aerial systems] in urban environments such as Singapore, with aviation and public safety in mind.”The Skyways drone, which is being used experimentally at the University of Singapore, is a fully autonomous octocopter that flies parcels in containers located on its underside along aerial corridors to-and-from docking stations, where it is automatically loaded or unloaded.
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No monthly subscription, unlimited data backup, and even (despite the name) cross-platform compatible.This is why iDrive has made our special deal post, and remarkably right now it’s available for a one-off payment of just $19.99.The answer is that iDrive does it better.For those of us who love grabbing snaps and videos regularly this isn’t going to cut it.To expand on these free allowances you’re usually looking at a pricey monthly fee.IDrive maintains up to 10 previous versions of all your files.
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“If a problem cannot be solved,” Donald Rumsfeld once wrote, “enlarge it.” I’m not about to praise him for his accomplishments, but he had a pretty good eye for diagnoses.I complained recently that I didn’t care about scooter startups, because I couldn’t imagine cities ever changing in a way which made scooters really work.What may seem to be the problem: scooters are useful and fun for many, but discarded scooters are an unsightly mess.What’s actually the problem: cities are ruled by the iron fist of King Car.Even with maximum scooter distribution and zero regulation, the real estate occupied by scooters (and bicycles) will only ever be a vanishingly tiny fraction of a vanishingly tiny fraction of that occupied by roads and parking spaces.I mean, they have their place, but they’re cramped, they’re difficult to pass in, and their space is still only ever an adjunct to that allotted to the all-devouring demands of King Car.
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Also to Moves and tbh.On Monday, Facebook said it was bidding adieu to the three apps, none of which generated enough user interest to continue supporting them.The world's largest social network also promised to delete the user data from all three apps within 90 days."We know some people are still using these apps and will be disappointed," Facebook wrote in a blog post."But we need to prioritize our work so we don't spread ourselves too thin."Facebook acquired Moves, a fitness tracking app, in 2014.
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I Sverige har den offentliga sektorn halkat efter den privata i digitaliseringen.”De har inte behövt anpassa sig till gammalt skräp när de bygger nya saker”, säger Jan Gulliksen, professor vid KTH och medlem i regeringens digitaliseringsråd.Den digitala musiktjänsten Spotify har över 100 miljoner användare globalt.Swish används av över 5 miljoner svenskar.Det var frågan som DI:s panel försökte besvara i Almedalsarenan på tisdagen.Jan Gulliksen, professor i människa-dator-interaktion vid KTH och medlem i regeringens digitaliseringsråd, konstaterade att Sverige brukar hamna på plats två i rankingar, efter Danmark, när det gäller digitaliseringsgrad i EU.
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Japanese retailer Uniqlo has secured Roger Federer as its global brand ambassador just in time for the start of Wimbledon.Currently rated as the 2nd top in the Men's ATP rankings, the athlete previously held a lucrative deal with Nike until its expiration 1 March.Now he will represent the brand at all the tennis tournament he attends this year.ESPN cites sources as saying the new deal is worth $300m a year, adding that he collects even if he doesn’t play – and he is also invited to sell patches on his shirt, a nuance Nike did not allow for.At 36 years old, Federer should be in the twilight of his career, nonetheless, Uniqlo has saw an opportunity to enter the market not as a sports firm but as a “thoughtful, everyday apparel” company.Tadashi Yanai, founder and chairman of Uniqlo, said, “Mr Federer is one of the greatest champions in history; my respect for him goes beyond sport.
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The Huawei Watch is considered by many to be one of the best Wear OS smartwatches out there, but if Huawei’s latest patent is anything to go by, the company could be preparing a new smartwatch that seriously steps things up in terms of versatility.The patents describes a smartwatch that can store a pair of true wireless earbuds.The patent was first spotted by LetsGoDigital and it details a few different ways in which the earbuds could be stored in the watch.For starters, they could be stored in a spring mechanism that can open or close, or they could magnetically attach to the watch.In one example, the earbuds are even stored in the watch’s clasp.The patent also goes into the earbuds themselves, noting that they could be water-resistant and feature active noise cancellation.
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Now Arbel is back with a new company called Anima that could let app designers build more complex products in less time.Without funding, the bootstrapped startup’s products have quietly amassed 100,000 users, and several thousand paying customersToday, Anima is announcing it’s been admitted to Y Combinator’s prestigious accelerator.And it’s launching Timeline, which lets allows interactive designs made in Sketch to be exported directly into functioning code.“As it turns out, communicating design specs in the form of mockups, GIFs, and even hand-waving, leads to details getting lost in translation” Arbel tells me.Arbel and his co-founders have been building startups together for a decade.
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There has emerged a rumor that one of Apple's next models of the iPhone will he Dual-SIM.the Dual-sim is something that android phones have long come with, instead of a telephone, and even private numbers and a telephone for arbetsnumret, it has been possible to combine these in a telephone.Even those who have travelled much and had to various operators have had the great benefit of Dual-SIM.Apple made an attempt to solve the problem by using what they call the Apple SIM.A form of the Simcard in the software where it is possible to change the operator in the settings.Unfortunately, there were many operators who were opposed to this in the iPhones when it, inter alia, would suddenly become all too easy to switch between operators.
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The Nokia 8 Sirocco has the looks and the price tag, but it doesn't quite deliver a 2018 flagship experience, but there could be a new hero handset on its way.That's according to Twitter leaker Roland Quandt, who has a reasonable track record of revealing smartphone details ahead of time, as he has tweeted a teaser about a potentially new, high-end Nokia.Quandt teases a 'high-end SoC' for the handset, which could well mean this new Nokia flagship may sport the Snapdragon 845 - a chip that the 8 Sirocco really should have had, instead of the older 835.So, HMD/Nokia has something with a current high-end SoC in the works.With a feature that was pioneered by a few chinese brands.More about this tomorrow (CET).June 26, 2018
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There’s something to be said for secrecy, and the people behind THE PREDATOR don’t seem to get it.Or at least it would appear that they’ve got a whole lot of faith in the idea that people only watch trailers if they don’t mind being spoiled.Everyone who loves the basic premise of the Predator series should understand at this point: You’re going to see the movie – don’t ruin all the surprises for yourself beforehand.Not for the newest Predator movie, anyway.The Predator is the newest in a line of Predator-based films in which an alien species is revealed to the human race as a trophy-hunting singular warrior mission tribe.Each film we’ve seen at least one of this alien species take flight against humans, and – for the most part – they’ve annihilated humans with little effort.
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While the private sector continues to expand and help shape the future of space exploration, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin believes billionaires aren’t necessarily the answer to conquering the unrelenting quest for knowledge among the stars.Aldrin, one of the first two people to set foot on the moon, recalled a panel at a Milken Institute conference last year when former NASA administrator Daniel Goldin voiced his desire to seeing billionaires back a Mars mission.“I was shocked,” Aldrin told Fox News Thursday night ahead of the premiere of “Ulugh Beg: The Man Who Unlocked the Universe,” a docudrama following the extraordinary life of a gifted 15th-century astronomer and ruler who helped turn Samarkand, now known as Uzbekistan, into a mecca of science and culture.“We’re going to let our future be done by somebody who has more money than somebody else -- and for their purposes, their objectives?That’s not to say Aldrin isn’t a fan of SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, or Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Blue Origin and Amazon, along with the other companies such as United Launch Alliance that are innovating and competing to help bring new technology to the industry.The Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 astronaut was even among the thousands of people gathered at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to witness SpaceX’s historic Falcon Heavy launch earlier this year.
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Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is bringing in its first female general partner, former federal prosecutor Katie Haun, to help manage a new $300 million fund dedicated to investing in cryptocurrency and blockchain-related projects.Andreessen Horowitz has long invested in cryptocurrency companies, including the digital-wallet company Coinbase and the game company Cryptokitties.In 2015, she established the government's first cryptocurrency task force to help the government get up-to-speed on the technology."In that process I ended up working alongside and getting to know the entrepreneurs in that space," she says."I started realizing how transformative all this technology was."So she left her job in government and joined the board of Coinbase in 2017, where she got to know the partners at Andreessen Horowitz.
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Old consoles have been resurrected by they are only a fraction of their former selves.Inspired by the success of Nintendo’s NES/SNES Classic (Famicom/Super Famicom mini, respectively, in Japan), SNK has decided to put out a mini arcade cabinet to celebrate its 40th birthday.Those who have been waiting for NEOGEO mini piece of nostalgia need not wait much longer.Unless you’re not in Japan, in which case the wait is a bit more indefinite.Announced last month, the NEOGEO mini puts a slight twist to the mini console trend.Since the original Neo Geo was an arcade cabinet first before a home console, the mini version is designed similarly as well.
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While the idea of having a robot in the bedroom may seem odd, when that robot comes in the form of a powerful PowerBase for your bed, all that machination and automation really comes in handy.Meet the Purple PowerBase, a new fully adjustable bed frame that promises to give you uniquely customized comfort and, most importantly, a better night’s sleep.Perhaps one of the more sophisticated adjustable bases we’ve seen, the PowerBase offers not only the ability to adjust the position of your bed, but also its height as well.In addition to the programmable remote control, which you’ll use to set your favorite positions for reading, watching TV, sleeping, or anything in between, the bed also comes with attachments for three height options.This adjustable frame is claimed to offer 1,549,212 custom comfort positions as you alternately raise or lower your head, feet, or both areas simultaneously.The remote control allows you to set four customizable positions (most other beds only allow two or three), and also comes with a Zero Gravity option and an Anti-Snore button.
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Apple has officially acknowledged that there are problems with its “butterfly” mechanism built into the keyboards of the recent MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops.The company is now offering an extended keyboard service program for computers affected by the issue, via iMore.The extended warranty covers replacement of one or more keys or the whole keyboard, depending on the extent of users’ problems, and it covers eligible laptops up to four years after the computer was bought at retail.(Every MacBook and MacBook Pro model with the butterfly switches seems to be included.)That’s dramatically longer than the limited warranty the computers ship with or even Apple’s extended AppleCare Plus.Letters or characters repeat unexpectedly
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