Nightingale Health, the Finnish innovator of an internationally recognized biomarker testing technology for chronic disease screening, will analyze 40,000 blood samples from Finland's largest biobank, THL Biobank, acting under the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).Nightingale plans to enable preventive healthcare by fully integrating its technology into healthcare systems and providing tools for patients to follow up on their own health."Nightingale's mission in solving the global burden of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart diseases, is strongly linked to continuous evidence generation.The scientific possibilities of very large sample collections are truly exciting and our scientific team at Nightingale is looking forward to starting their personalised medicine analyses of THL biobank samples," said Teemu Suna, CEO and Founder, Nightingale Health.The concept of personalized medicine is about understanding how to move from current medical practices, which deliver similar treatments for everyone, into providing more personalized treatments tailored to specific patient groups.Analysing the 40,000 THL Biobank samples with Nightingale's biomarker testing technology allows us to capture detailed biological differences between patient groups.
The Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) collaborates with the Vision and Beauty Team at Alibaba Group, which specializes in vision intelligence and applications, to establish the first-of-its-kind "FashionAI Dataset" for systematic analysis and labelling of fashion images based on "fashion attributes" (fashion characteristics) and "key points" of an apparel.By integrating fashion knowledge and machine learning formulation, the establishment of the Dataset will enable machine to better understand fashion, bringing a new horizon to the fashion retail industry through the application of AI."Transforming fashion knowledge into determination of fashion related attributes and fashion item categorization of the fashion image database is a very complicated and challenging task, while it is the most fundamental task in deep learning applications.The traditional fashion sector should embrace the new retail practice, and we hope FashionAI can be a bridge that connects AI with fashion."Challenges presented by data on fashion imageCurrent fashion image searching technology used on online platforms is based on the whole fashion image to search the exact or other similar images.
Buick has been a partner of the NCAA for a long time, which means benefits for its drivers when the NCAA's annual college basketball tournament kicks off.Buick has two new perks for vehicle owners going into this year's March Madness festivities.First, it will offer up a free month of its AT embedded 4G LTE data.All one has to do is head to Buick's site and enter both an email address and a vehicle identification number (VIN) between March 12 and March 16.The free month of LTE will cover college basketball fans through both the men's and women's championship games in early April.There's a catch, though -- owners must be US-based and have a car capable of receiving 4G LTE data but currently lack an active data plan.
Tim Berners-Lee has called for more action to be taken against technology firms, in a bid to make the internet a safer and fairer place.The creator of the World Wide Web has said Facebook, Google and Twitter have become too dominant in the online world.In order to squash this power the scientist has called for more regulations to be put in place in order to tackle the increasing problem.He has attacked the social media sites for promoting misinformation and questionable political advertising, whilst still exploiting people’s personal data.Berners-Lee said he wants to prevent the web from becoming ‘Weaponised at Scale’.Berners-Lee has been a long standing advocate for there to be better technical standards for the web as basic human rights, and now expresses his opinions in an open letter on the 29th anniversary of his creation.
Six small and medium-sized organisations are to trial next-generation wireless projects in healthcare, tourism, rural productivity and other areasThe government has awarded £41 million to six organisations around the UK for projects aimed at helping develop the country’s capabilities in next-generation 5G wireless technology.The funds, which include £25m from the National Productivity Investment Fund, are intended to find ways of using 5G to boost rural communities, tourism and healthcare in both the private and public sectors, with each project receiving between £2m and £5m.As yet 5G remains largely undefined, but organisations are looking at ways of using high-frequency spectrum to deliver mobile broadband services at speeds faster than one gigabit per second (Gbit/s).“The ground-breaking projects announced today will help to unlock 5G and ensure the benefits of this new technology are felt across the economy and wider society,” said digital and creative industries minister Margot James.The government said the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) was supporting the 5G testbeds and trials programme, which is being carried out by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
First it giveth then it taketh awayBig-hearted Microsoft has confirmed pending changes that will make it easier for charities to use its cloud services but will hike prices for anyone daring to use its on-premises wares.Charities – for their sins – got used to having copies of software donated by the Seattle-based corp.For an "administration fee", charities were able to get hold of Windows Server or SQL Server for negligible sums.A copy of Office Professional could be acquired for considerably less than a round in The Register's local.The donated product licences have historically included Software Assurance, which gives charities two years of updates.
Xiaomi has been in the news lately as the rumors surrounding the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S slated for March 27th unveiling gets hotter.Now, a report from Roland Quandt via Geenbench suggests the company may be releasing a new phone in no distance time following the discovery of a Xiaomi phone named ‘ Xiaomi Berlin’ in the Geekbench database.This is the first time the device is popping up on the news headlines, and by all indication looks like a code name rather a final name.The device is seen running Android Nougat out of the box and pulled an impressive 1155 and 2738 single-core and multi-core points, respectively.As per system information, Xiaomi Berlin houses Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 with six cores and a base frequency of 1.02GHz, coupled with 3GB of RAM.The number of cores, however, seems to be wrong, as the SD 532 has been rumored to be an Octa-core and not a Hexa-core chipset.
This week Spotify made clear that they are not fans of the apparently quite relevant number of users hacking their way into free services.Users downloaded hacked apps and ran services which allowed Spotify Premium to be used without paying the Spotify Premium fee.As such, Spotify was rather displeased, and released a message to all those would-be thieves.“We detected abnormal activity on the app you are using so we have disabled it,” said a Spotify message this week.“Don’t worry – your Spotify account is safe.” This sort of message rings extremely similar to that of a recent similar set of circumstances in one of the other most popular apps in the universe: Pokemon GO.Niantic dealt with illegitimate access to their service in a similar way.
Take a minute and think of as many phones with 4K displays as you can.Chances are the only company that will come to mind is Sony, specifically the Xperia Z5 Premium and Xperia XZ Premium.Other phone companies seem to have stuck their displays with a maximum QHD resolution, at least for the time being.Sony isn't falling in line with the crowd and giving up 4K phones, however, with new reports from China claiming it has a bezel-less phone with a 4K display on the way.The report claims that Sony is working on a phone with a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 4,320×2,180 - well above the size normally described as 'True 4K'.That's apparently an LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, alongside a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage.
During the Oscars Sunday night, Netflix decided to get presidential, sharing a short clip teasing the last season of "House of Cards," featuring Robin Wright as President Claire Underwood.(Not Frank, as Kevin Spacey is long gone.)Some applauded Wright's move to the top job.But others still want Spacey back.The sixth season of "House of Cards" is expected in fall of 2018.
Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph made a big impression on Oscars viewers this year, prompting many to call for the duo to host the awards show in future years.It’s not unfair to say the first half of this year’s Academy Awards was a little on the dry side, with a chaotic stunt involving host Jimmy Kimmel grabbing a load of film stars and taking them to a nearby cinema sparking a lukewarm response.Immediately after the bedlam was over, Tiffany and Maya made their way onto the stage to present not one but two awards for Best Documentary - Short Subject and Best Live Action Short Film.Kevin Winter via Getty ImagesFrom the second the duo appeared on stage - high heels in hand, complaining about their sore feet - they absolutely killed it, whether it was the ‘Girls Trip’ star giving a shout-out to Meryl Streep in the front row (“I want you to be my mama one day”) or their back-and-forth celebrating each other’s accomplishments on screen (“when you took a dookie in the street in ’Bridesmaids’, it changed my life”).Our favourite part, though, was when they referenced the OscarsSoWhite controversy, jokingly assuring viewers at home that there were a lot more “white people backstage” still to come.
Popular phone apps that receive regular updates often emphasize compatibility with the very latest big-name phones, like the iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9.But, that march toward the newest hardware can sometimes leave older phones out in the cold, struggling to run apps that demand ever-more-powerful processors, more RAM and more storage space.Voice and video chat app Skype, owned by Microsoft, has announced an update specifically for phones running Android versions 4.0.3 to 5.1 (the latest version is Android 8.1).In a blog post announcing the new version, the company said it will be, "lighter on both disk and memory consumption, allowing for greater speed and better audio and video quality on lower end Android devices, as well as increased performance in challenging network conditions."Microsoft says the new update is starting to roll out now, and should be available worldwide in the coming weeks.
If you’re an interior designer (or know someone who at least imagines they are), then you need to hook them up with the Nix Mini Color Sensor.And just so we’re clear, this isn’t one of those idle, yeah-sure-one-of-these-days kinds of recommendations.If you’re dealing with someone who spends significant time eyeing color, paints, fabrics, etc., then cueing them up to the power of the Nix Mini Color Sensor (now $69, 30 percent off from TNW Deals) will be like showing a carriage driver an internal combustion engine.Can you say game changer?The Nix works like Shazam for the paint and design enthusiast.Just point the Nix at the surface of your choice and within seconds, this eagle-eyed sensor analyzes the pigment and points you to the closest color matches from all the biggest paint brands.
It seemed like it just might work.We got “Father” Joseph Seed into the handcuffs.And as we tried to get Seed into the chopper and into the air, his followers showed just how devoted they were to their beloved Father.Hell, even a couple of machine gun-armed prop planes.“I think that in that sense, and in so many ways, Far Cry 5 is resonating in a very factual, very real way.”Ross is the executive director and founder of the Cult Education Institute, and he’s been studying cults and warning about them since discovering a group infiltrated his grandmother’s nursing home, trying to turn elderly Jews (including Holocaust survivors) in the 1980s.
Verizon's $3.1bn Straight Path gobble got a little more expensive this week, thanks to a $614m fine dished out by America's broadband watchdog, the Federal Communications Commission.The regulator sought to punish Straight Path for breaking its promise to roll out working high-speed cellular networks across the US using its rights to 5G spectrum frequencies.Rather than build out decent cell tower installations, though, Straight Path only deployed temporary masts, and in some cases the equipment installed just simply stopped working.In short: Straight Path was supposed to roll out a decent 5G wireless broadband network across America, and instead half-assed it, costing the biz a pretty penny and its rights to use the airwaves.As well as coughing up the nine-figure sum, on top of an earlier $15m fine to the US Treasury, Straight Path will also give up its rights to use 5G frequency bands in 196 American markets, approximately 20 per cent of its total spectrum licenses.The FCC said on Wednesday this fine is the largest it has ever slapped on an organization.
This morning Google posted their event schedule for Google I/O 2018, showing the many ways in which they’ll invigorate their developer masses.The schedule is set for Monday the 7th of May until the 10th of May, 2018.The first day – the 7th – will be exclusively all about pickup of badges.There won’t be any keynotes about how to pick up one’s badge, as developers are expected to know how to pick up their badge as a basic everyday user skill – it’s easy.They include sessions on Analyzing audiences through Google Play, Android Instant Apps, and Android KTX: “sweetening Android Kotlin development.” There’s a session called “How to Kotlin” led by the lead Kotlin language designer, and sessions on “What’s New” in Android, Android apps for Chrome OS, and Android Wear.There’s a grand total of THREE events so far in the AR & VR topic category.
The voice shopping market is expected to grow from $2 billion today to $40 billion by 2022, according to a new survey of 1,500 owners of smart speaker like Google Home and Amazon Echo in the United States.The survey was conducted by OC Strategy Consultants in December 2017 and released today.AI assistants are spreading to more devices in the home and to environments beyond the home like the car and workplace — so much so that, in the next four years, 55 percent of U.S. households are forecast to have a smart speaker, according to Juniper Research.Grocery shopping is the most commonly used voice shopping category today, making up 20 percent of shopping among survey respondents.That’s not a complete surprise when you consider more than 50 percent of Amazon Echo speakers are used in the kitchen.Grocery is followed by entertainment (19 percent), electronics (17 percent), and clothing (8 percent).
Being a fan of motorsports in America can be a challenge, given the relative lack of popularity here for anything other than Nascar.The traditional solution to this was to become an expat, then technology allowed people to find quasi-legal streams of races online.Now Formula 1 wants to make it as easy as possible to have an immersive experience during the 2018 season with F1 TV Pro.The thing that makes F1 TV Pro cool is that not only are you able to watch livestreams of each race in the season with commentary in one of several languages.You're also granted access to all 20 of the driver's on-car cameras meaning that you can set up your preferences so that you are always in the hot seat with your favorite driver or bounce around throughout the pack."With the launch of F1 TV, we are beginning on the journey to build a cornerstone of our digital transformation.
One of the first messaging services to offer end-to-end encryption for truly private conversations, Signal has largely been developed by a team that’s never grown larger than three full-time developers over the years it’s been around.Now, it’s getting a shot in the arm from the co-founder of a rival app.Brian Acton, who built WhatsApp with Jan Koum into a $19 billion business and sold it to Facebook, is pouring $50 million into an initiative to support the ongoing development of Signal.Having left WhatsApp last fall, he’s now free to explore projects whose ideals he agrees with, and that includes creating truly private online services.In a blog post, Signal’s Moxie Marlinspike explained that with Acton’s funding, the newly formed Signal Foundation will be able to grow the development team behind the app, as well as its vision.Acton echoed the sentiment, saying, “Our long-term vision is for the Signal Foundation to provide multiple offerings that align with our core mission.”
AT's court defense of its merger with Time Warner Inc. suffered a blow today, as a judge ruled against AT's attempt to find evidence that President Trump meddled in the government's merger review.AT claims that its merger is being singled out by the Department of Justice because of Trump's hatred of CNN, which is owned by Time Warner.This "selective enforcement" defense would require AT to show that the DOJ hasn't tried to block similar mergers and is selectively enforcing antitrust laws."Defendants have fallen far short of establishing that this enforcement action was selective—that is, that there 'exist persons similarly situated who have not been prosecuted,'" Leon wrote.To be "similarly situated," the circumstances would have to "present no distinguishable legitimate prosecutorial factors that might justify making different prosecutorial decisions with respect to them."That log contained no evidence of "'untoward' communications between the White House and the Antitrust Division," he wrote.