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Plasma technology could hold the key to creating a sustainable oxygen supply on Mars, a new study has found.It suggests that Mars, with its 96 per cent carbon dioxide atmosphere, has nearly ideal conditions for creating oxygen from CO2 through a process known as decomposition.Published today in the journal Plasma Sources Science and Technology, the research by the universities of Lisbon and Porto, and École Polytechnique in Paris, shows that the pressure and temperature ranges in the Martian atmosphere mean non-thermal (or non-equilibrium) plasma can be used to produce oxygen efficiently.Lead author Dr Vasco Guerra, from the University of Lisbon, said: "Sending a manned mission to Mars is one of the next major steps in our exploration of space.Creating a breathable environment, however, is a substantial challenge."Plasma reforming of CO2 on Earth is a growing field of research, prompted by the problems of climate change and production of solar fuels.
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"Karoshi," as it's known, involves employees committing suicide or suffering from heart failure and stroke because of long work hours.The Japanese federal government has taken steps to reduce karoshi cases, but experts fear the measures don't go far enough.She reportedly logged 159 hours of overtime in one month at the news network NHK, before dying of heart failure in July 2013.Japan's karoshi concept can be traced back to the aftermath of World War II.But within a decade of Yoshida's initial call, Japanese workers began committing suicide and suffering strokes or heart failure from the enormous burdens of stress and sleep deprivation.In their quest to make good impressions on their bosses, workers began putting their undying loyalty to the ultimate test.
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The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were recently announced and grabbed headlines with features like an always-on display, an IP67 rating, and an improved camera.But, Google also made some quality of life changes that fans have been asking for.Since Google didn’t go out of its way to announce them, it has taken until the phones started getting into our hands to see them in action.One such feature is an automatic dark theme.Android enthusiasts have been clamoring for a built-in dark theme for years and Google has flirted with the feature before.Now, it looks like Google will use that dark theme when it detects darker tones in your wallpaper.
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Qualcomm has announced the world's first connection to a 5G mobile chipset in a demonstration conducted with Verizon.The chipset used for the demonstration was Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem, which was featured in a reference design smartphone.Qualcomm expects the initial smartphones to be connected to 5G by their X50 modem during the first round of service launches anticipated for the first half of 2019.Announced during Qualcomm’s annual 5G summit in Hong Kong, the company is teaming up with Verizon to deliver 5G connectivity before the expected mass rollout in 2020.“Verizon has been working closely with Qualcomm Technologies and other technology leaders to accelerate a global 5G specification to help usher in the next generation of wireless innovation for customers,” said Ed Chan, senior VP at Verizon’s technology strategy and planning department.“With the collaboration we’re announcing today, we are taking the next logical step towards extending our leadership position in the advancement of 5G,” Chan added.
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Smart home devices and the idea of a connected home has become ingrained in everyday life, with 80 million smart home devices being delivered worldwide last year.But while many think that a smart home’s main USP is that it can fundamentally make your life easier, what they don’t realise is that its role is actually much bigger than that and can also play a vital role in saving the environment.Talk about addressing climate change is often focused on government policy, but in reality, there are 25 million homes in the UK that can contribute to bringing about positive environmental change, purely based on an alteration of how people use energy in their home.And it’s innovative smart home products that can be leveraged to help deliver this change in behaviour, contributing to substantial energy and water savings.Smart home devices such as Verv use artificial intelligence to notify users as to which appliances are producing a large carbon footprint and suggest more eco-friendly alternatives.Homeowners will be shocked to discover that simple things, such as keeping the fridge door open while deciding what to eat accounts for 7 percent of the appliance’s total energy usage.
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They have the same 6-inch screens, small bezels, curved edges, and sleek design as their premium peers, but Huawei isn’t trying to wow you with the Mate 10’s beauty.And the Mate 10s have a big, beautiful one.The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro have important physical differences, but they look remarkably similar.Even with a home button, the 5.9-inch Mate 10 is just 4 millimeters taller than the 6-inch Mate Pro.I couldn’t see much of a difference between the Mate 10’s 1440p LCD screen and the Mate 10 Pro’s 1080p OLED one, and even the Pro’s 18:9 resolution doesn’t really make it stand out.Both phones feel nice to hold due to their “multi-axis” curved design, and the glass back feels smooth but not slippery.
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It Alingsåsbaserade gaming company Weareqiwii, also called Qiiwi, took during the Friday morning step into the equities Market place.the Company started in 2012 and has since developed a 20-odd games.Among other things, the new version of the nostalgispelet Backpacker, published by Mag interactive.In the trivia game travel the user around in different countries to respond to urban issues and try out different professions.Something that rhymes well with the Qiiwis slogan is ”Saving the World from Stupidity”.During the first 7 months of 2017 the company had sales of 4.6 million, of which Backpacker accounted for 90 percent of sales.
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Virgin joins with Hyperloop One to conquer the transport industry, with the most revolutionised product yet.Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group travels to a new destination as it plunges investment into Hyperloop One, to build a pod-based transportation system.Following the investment agreement yesterday, the two companies have decided to rebrand the system as ‘Virgin Hyperloop One’ and create the ‘world’s most revolutionary train service’, although the investment amount is currently undisclosed.The finished product aims to carry passengers and cargo in a pod, accelerating using electric momentum through a tube and using magnetic levitation the pod lifts above the track, gliding through the air at speeds of over 100mph.Currently in testing, Hyperloop One has reached speeds of 190mph but the future goal is 650mph.Virgin said: “This is an incredibly innovative and exciting new way to move people and things at airline speeds, on the ground.”
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The mission statement; make Apple better at content.According to the Wall Street Journal, the initial agreement with Spielberg’s Amblin and Universal Television will be for 10 episodes, but it hasn’t been confirmed whether Spielberg will be directly involved.‘Planet of the Apps’ is a brilliant example, as Apple essentially copy-catted ‘Dragon’s Den’ or ‘Shark Tank’ with app developers as the focal point.Budgets were big, famous actors were drafted and Spielberg was already a massive name thanks to movies such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and ET.Netflix has shown with the Black Mirror series there is an appetite for the more unusual and potentially offensive content.This is another area where Apple is skirting with the definition of original; it isn’t doing anything particularly risky, its following in the footsteps of Netflix.
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THE US SMART HOME MARKET REPORT: Systems, apps, and devices leading to home automationTHE MOBILE P2P PAYMENTS REPORT: Why it's more important than ever for companies to monetize mobile P2PTHE MOBILE CARRIER LANDSCAPE: How AT, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are overcoming slow user growth amid a fierce price warThis story was delivered to BI Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers.Microsoft has stopped developing new hardware and features for Windows 10 Mobile after struggling to convince app developers to build for the platform, according to a series of tweets from Microsoft's Vice President of Windows Experience Joe Belfiore.Despite offering to pay developers and write apps for them, the volume of users on the platform was too low to generate investment, Belfiore said.
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A lot of time and talent went into developing Apple’s Face ID, and the iPhone maker wants its money’s worth.Next year’s iPad Pro may inherit the iPhone X’s Face ID-compatible cameras.KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record when it comes to Apple rumors, wrote in a note to investors that the next 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will have a Face ID experience “consistent with the iPhone X.” The report doesn’t speculate as to what might happen to the fingerprint-scanning Touch ID sensor on the current-gen iPad Pro models, but it’s possible it will coexist with Face ID.Face ID, you might recall, uses a neural engine to map the contours and shapes of faces in real time.It isn’t confused by hairstyles, hats, or beards, and it even works in the dark.And even with that flexibility, Apple says there’s only a one-in-a-million chance someone could circumvent the system (as opposed to a one-in-50,000 chance with Touch ID.)
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Although the Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke has been a lot of criticism, Apple has not given up plans to conquer the tv world.According to the respected Wall Street Journal, Apple has signed a deal with Amblin Television to bring new life into the Amazing Stories, a antologiserie aired on NBC between 1985 and 1987.in Total, ten independent sections, with a budget of 5 million dollars each.the Producer will be none other than Steven Spielberg, who in addition to having created the original version of the Amazing Stories is known for a wide range of Hollywood movies.Antologiserier has lately increased in popularity, not least because of the critically acclaimed Black Mirror available to watch on Netflix.
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It was a foggy morning when we arrived at London's Gatwick Airport for EasyJet's Innovation Day.The Airbus A320neo that would take us for a ride across the airport to the airline's hangar was parked at a gate.Behind it, other EasyJet aircraft that were actually flying somewhere pushed back from the terminal before taxiing to the runway.EasyJet started the event by showing how it's using drones to inspect an aircraft's skin for scars or popped rivets after a lightning strike.Paul Moore, the airline's chief of communications, says that on average three EasyJet airplanes are struck by lightning each week.After a strike, crews need to carefully check for damage and make repairs before the airliner can fly again.
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Google has discovered Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on its YouTube, Gmail and Google Search products in an effort to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a person briefed on the company's probe told Reuters on Monday.The ads do not appear to be from the same Kremlin-affiliated entity that bought ads on Facebook, but may indicate a broader Russian online disinformation effort, according to the source, who was not authorized to discuss details of Google's confidential investigation.The revelation is likely to fuel further scrutiny of the role that Silicon Valley technology giants may have unwittingly played during last year's election.U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow's goal was to help elect Donald Trump.Google has uncovered less than $100,000 in ad spending potentially linked to Russian actors, the source said.
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When the Government Transformation Strategy was launched, it recognised the mammoth task of integrating complex layers of IT systems to achieve change “at pace and scale.”The organisation being transformed is bigger than most multi-nationals, and my worry is that the timescales and scope of work make this tougher than expected.A review Sir Alex Allen conducted in 2015 revealed individual central government departments have adopted wildly differing approaches to storing and managing data, so much so that “the processes have been burdensome and compliance poor.As a result, almost all departments have a mass of digital data stored on shared drives that is poorly organised and indexed…”So how does the Government place integration and collaboration at the heart of its Government Transformation Strategy?The Brexit Timebomb is Ticking
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The Trump presidential campaign spent most of its digital advertising budget on Facebook, testing more than 50,000 ad variations each day in an attempt to micro-target voters, Trump’s digital director Brad Parscale told CBS’ 60 Minutes in an interview scheduled to air on Sunday night.Facebook provided Trump 2016 with employees who embedded in the campaign’s digital office and helped educate staffers on how to use Facebook ads, he said.Because he “wanted people who supported Donald Trump”, he said, the Facebook employees were questioned on their political views.The campaign then used Facebook to reach clusters of rural voters, Parscale said, such as “15 people in the Florida Panhandle that I would never buy a TV commercial for”.“I started making ads that showed the bridge crumbling,” he said.“I can find the 1,500 people in one town that care about infrastructure.
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The AllCall W1 is among the most advanced smartwatch phones we’ve seen coming out from China in the last months.AllCall’s device does indeed come with a good MTK 6580m processor and it runs a customized Android 5.1 Lollipop ROM.It also sports most smart features you find on smartwatches and a beautiful display at the front; let’s learn a bit more about it!The AllCall W1 comes with a relatively large Samsung-produces AMOLED display, thus we expected to see a good quality panel and real blacks that will allow the smartwatch to save power when possible.The display on the W1 also features touch capabilities, so you’ll be able to scroll through watch faces and menus with simplicity.The screen has a resolution of 400×400 and is surrounded by a stainless steel frame, which gives it both solidity and a premium look.
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Ignore the exhaust tips on the back.Those are just to throw off casual onlookers.According to our friends at Autoblog, there’s a good chance this is the electric car Porsche hopes to throw down against Tesla.Called Mission E in previous concepts, Porsche has talked about this car for several years though this is one of the first photos of the production car.The photos show a car void of the radical design language found on the concept.Gone is the bulbous body with a distinctive cabin profile and low slung fenders.
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walterbyrd writes: Nearly 60 years ago, the US Navy launched Vanguard-1 as a response to the Soviet Sputnik.Six decades on, it's still circling our planet.Conceived by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in 1955, Vanguard was to be America's first satellite programme.The Vanguard system consisted of a three-stage rocket designed to launch a civilian scientific spacecraft.The rocket, satellite and an ambitious network of tracking stations would form part of the US contribution to the 1957-58 International Geophysical Year.This global collaboration of scientific research involved 67 nations, including both sides of the Iron Curtain.
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: As the world focuses its attention on this year's recipients of the planet's most prestigious prize, the Nobel, it feels like something's missing from the list: technology.Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel established the prizes more than century ago with the instruction that his entire estate be used to endow "prizes to those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind."The categories laid out in his will -- physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, and peace -- have remained the basis of the awards, and a prize for economics was added in 1968.Why only those five original fields?Nobel didn't say, revealing only that he made his choices "after mature deliberation."One way of looking at it is that when he was designing his categories, he wanted the prizes to only reflect advances in fundamental science.
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