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Aardvarks (Orycteropus afer) are probably the most endearingly doofy-looking animals ever to grace the African continent.Aardvarks have entered the consciousness of millions of children as both the first animal in any alphabetic listing, and the species ID of the titular character of the animated series Arthur.This all makes findings in a new paper published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters particularly hard to hear: Climate change may kill off large numbers of aardvarks, to the point of regional extinction (or ‘extirpation’) in many areas.However, as climate change progresses, the areas that aardvarks live in are predicted to get hotter and drier, with longer and more frequent droughts.A team of South African scientists studying the physiological flexibility of aardvarks received a glimpse into how this scenario could play out by tracking the body temperatures and movements of aardvarks during a brutally hot and dry summer—conditions that closely replicate Africa’s predicted future climate.The researchers implanted sensors recording body temperature and physical activity (‘biologgers’) into six aardvarks inhabiting a semi-arid region of the Kalahari Desert in the winter of 2012.
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Hiring the wrong person can be an expensive mistake.Twenty-seven percent of US employers surveyed by CareerBuilder said that just one bad hire cost their company more than $50,000.And Zappos CEO Tony Hseih once estimated his own bad hires cost the company more than $100 million.All that money goes down the toilet when things don't work out.Dave Carvajal, CEO of executive headhunting firm "Dave Partners" and author of the upcoming book "Hire Smart from the Start," has placed execs within companies like Warby Parker, Shutterstock, and Tumblr.He says that, too often, companies looking to make an executive-level hire make one big mistake: they focus too much on technical capabilities.
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As enterprises develop more custom applications -- many of them mobile apps as part of a mobile-first strategy -- in-house developers are increasingly at risk of unwittingly using open-source code rife with vulnerabilities.Developing custom apps allows a business to differentiate itself from competitors by offering customers, whether internal users or consumers, a better mobile experience.Unlike traditional software development, mobile applications add layers of complexity, particularly when companies create server-side web APIs or client-side native rich clients.That's also true when integrating software across other applications and systems.Not only can underlying weaknesses and vulnerabilities be carried over from the web application space, but there are new concerns about the secure storage of sensitive data at rest on a device.
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With climbing specific features like rope tarps, mesh pockets, and a bucket design, the new Multi-Pitch backpacks are ready for climbing.When the Outdoor Retailer gear convention opens in Salt Lake City on July 25, Mountain Hardwear will be on hand to reveal a host of new products, including a line of backpacks designed specifically for rock climbers.The line of backpacks will consist of three models, the Multi-Pitch 16, 25, and 40.As is typical with any backpack, the number in its name indicates the amount of storage capacity it offers as measured in liters.That should translate to a very durable bag that can be used and abused around a campsite, hiking to and from the crag, and while actually climbing the wall.The packs will feature daisy-chain attachments for securing a helmet or other important gear, and Mountain Hardwear’s designers have integrated reflective elements to help make them more visible in low-light conditions too.
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It looks like ad tech consolidation is in full swing.The ad tech company Sizmek said Tuesday it had reached an agreement to acquire rival ad tech firm Rocket Fuel for $125.5 million.Going forward, there is a 30-day period where Rocket Fuel can solicit additional proposals, the companies said.That price is eye opening, considering that Rocket Fuel was once valued at nearly $2 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal.Rocket Fuel has become something of a poster child for the roller coaster ride of ad tech companies in the public markets.As Business Insider's Jim Edwards noted, the company's stock was once valued at $66.
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Much marketing noise has been made over the return of Game of Thrones this month.The series’ network, HBO, and Tourism Ireland have today (17 July) joined in the cacophony with an altogether more old-school campaign: the unveiling of a 77-metre long, Bayeux-style tapestry.Devised by Publicis London to promote Northern Ireland as a key set location for the series, the final tapestry will be woven from Thomas Ferguson’s – one of the last surviving linen mills in Northern Ireland.The design depicts a number of classic scenes from the show, including Bran Stark's ‘fall’ from the Winterfell tower in episode one and the infamous Red Wedding.New sections of the tapestry will be revealed each week as series seven’s episodes are broadcast.Supported by Tourism NI, Tourism Ireland will share the new stories on social media, with Instagram Stories, timelapse videos of the weaving process and cinemagraphs (living photographs) pinpointed as key distribution methods.
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Ethereum’s price has gone from $400 right down to $151 in about a month, leading investors to panic sell.Could they go any lower?On August 1st, we could see a split, with part of the Bitcoin network supporting a change in protocol and the other part sticking to the current protocol.Post-ICO “startups” are cashing outMany blockchain-based companies have managed to raise millions of dollars in ETH — through initial coin offerings (ICOs) without even having a product.Nearly $700 million was raised in total last month through ICOs on the Ethereum platform.
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Verkkolaiteyritys Nokia kehittelee parhaillaan ajoturvallisuutta lisäävää teknologiaa, joka pystyy sakottamaan liikennesääntöjä rikkovia kuljettajia.Intian suurin päivälehti Times of India haastatteli perjantain jutussaan Nokian toimitusjohtaja Rajeev Suria, jonka mukaan yritys haluaa laajentua telealan ulkopuolelle.Surin mukaan yrityksen Intian Bengalurussa sijaitsevassa tutkimuslaboratoriossa on kehitteillä useita eri teknologioita, joista tulee olemaan hyötyä tulevaisuudessa.Nokia haluaa lisätä teiden turvallisuutta ja kehittelee parhaillaan siihen sopivia teknologioita."Yksi niistä on törmäyksenestolaitteisiin sopivat ohjelmat, jotka varoittavat autoilijoita esimerkiksi lähestyvistä rautatieristeyksestä.Puhelimen sovellus voi myös antaa sakkoja autoilijoille, jos he eivät noudata ohjeita," Suri kertoi lehdessä.
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Google’s latest machine-learning algorithm can help spot intrusive apps that demand access to user data that they don’t even need.As Google points out, most Android apps are there to entertain and assist us, and we grant them access to the data that they need: for instance, a camera app needs access to the camera sensor just as a navigation map needs access to the GPS sensor.Well, what if a coloring book app you just downloaded asks for access to your location, contacts, and microphone – precisely the permissions that it shouldn’t need.Those are usually intrusive and unsafe apps, but the trouble is, they can be hard to spot given the sheer number of apps that are available in the Play Store.In order to find those, Google would create what are called “functional peers” or groups of apps that share similar features.The company can then compare these apps to see whether certain apps within each group stand out in terms of the permissions that they require.
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If you wish to get broadband without a phone line, read this guide to find out how.If you’re tired of paying line rental for a phone that you don’t use often but you still want super-fast Internet connection, you may find the task of finding a service provider who can offer you such a service rather difficult.This is because most ISPs insist on connecting their customers to the web through a phone line.But if you are still adamant that you don’t want to pay for line rental, there are a few options to consider.This might be a little slower and less reliable than wired broadband connection, but you will still be able to use the Internet whenever you want and without having to pay line rental.There is also a month-to-month payment - although some ISPs do offer yearly contracts.
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Two-thirds of the time support is not disclosed, say campaignersA network of academics on Google's payroll just so happens to churn out "independent research" friendly to their sugar daddy's corporate goals.This was a shrewd investment – it has helped now-dominant internet platforms set the agenda.Academics prominent in today's corporate-backed net neutrality protest include Stanford Law School's Barbara van Schewick and lawyer Marvin Ammori, who runs "Fight For The Future".Schewick declared last year that zero-rating would lead to people watching the wrong kind of videos.The GTP notes: "The Stanford Center for Internet and Society (CIS), where Van Schewick has been a fellow since 2001, received a $2 million grant from Google in 2006."
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Thursday’s Amazon’s Gold Box deals feature an Anker Bluetooth speaker, a set of sweatproof headphones, and a 4K action camera.The Bluetooth speaker provides immersive stereo sound with an unrivaled playtime.The speaker delivers superior sound quality realized through dual high-performance drivers and a unique, patented spiral bass port.Enjoy less than 1 percent total harmonic distortion that ensures enhanced clarity and fidelity.With a built-in, high-capacity Li-ion battery and Anker’s industry-leading power management technology, you get incredible battery life with a 24-hour or 500-song playtime.Privately take your jams with you wherever you go with these Acorce Bluetooth Headphones, which are currently 73 percent off on Amazon.
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Google’s new Backup and Sync app was initially set to launch on June 28 but was delayed for some last-minute improvements.Back in early June, the search giant unveiled the new Backup and Sync app for Mac and PC which would replace the old Google Drive uploader client as well as the Google Photos desktop uploader.The new app is essentially Google’s answer to iCloud, letting users choose which folders they want to back up and sync, and making sure that any change is saved across all platforms.The new service was set to be launched on June 28; however, based on “valuable feedback” from early testers, Google decided to delay it without specifying until when.Well, if you’ve been wondering when you’d finally be able to use it, I bring you good news: it looks like Google is done making last-minute adjustments, and the new Backup and Sync app for Mac and PC is now officially available.You can download it for your tablet, laptop, or computer using this link.
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Image Credit: bongs Lee, CreativeCommonsPresented by Hitachi Data SystemsBy now, most companies are familiar with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that takes effect in less than a year.The GDPR makes it easier for EU citizens to find out what data companies hold on them, and gives them more details about how their data is handled and what it is being used for.The consequences of not being compliant after the May 25, 2018 deadline could be severe — up to four percent of a company’s global revenues or €20 million (whichever is greater).While the introduction of the GDPR brings certain responsibilities for how we protect the privacy of customers and employees residing in the EU, this work is nothing “new.” Many companies, especially those in highly regulated industries such as finance and healthcare, went through similar governance exercises years ago with Y2K and Sarbanes-Oxley.
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Once upon a time Bose's SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth speaker was one of the most popular mini wireless speakers out there.But with the arrival of Bose's new SoundLink Revolve and Revolve Plus speakers, it seems a bit .Still, it's a good speaker, and with Bose, Best Buy and Amazon discounting it to $130 for the day, it's worth considering.Note: $130 is the lowest price we've seen for the speaker to date -- it's usually $180.
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Visabot, which began by helping people apply for the kinds of visas startup founders typically seek, can now help you apply for a green card, COO Andrey Zinoviev announced today.The service will be offered for $150 and walk a person through the green card process and schedule appointments with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).“We created our own immigration AI so our success rate grows as the bot learns.what you need to do is answer are you a us citizen other thing you should know and the bot will use this info to generate the whole package for you all you have to do is file it with us immigration services,” Zinoviev said.Visabot has helped 70,000 people with visa applications or immigration services, he said.Zinoviev spoke at MB 2017, a gathering of startups and tech companies in the AI and bot industries.
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Bouncing rice: Hey, if there’s internet video, fake rice must be real, right?A short history of sliced bread.Scientists study what supposedly are the best smiles, then say don’t worry “if your smile doesn’t fall within the optimum window.” And new study shows that the rise of frogs came after the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs.Photo: A huge smiley face made out of an old satellite dish in Salem, Illinois, in 2006.
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Four times as massive as a proton, a way to check out the strong nuclear forceWhat happens if you get two charm quarks together in one baryon?Something four times as heavy as a proton that can help the world understand the strong nuclear force, according to boffins at the Large Hadron Collider.Last week, CERN announced the first “unambiguous” observation of a particle comprising the two charm quarks and one up quark – something the researchers say is predicted by the standard model and has been sought for many years.The strong nuclear force is what binds the protons and neutrons in atomic nuclei, and also binds quarks together to create protons and neutrons.As with most exotic particles, the Xicc++ baryon doesn't last long, and observation comes from watching what it decays into.
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Researchers from the University of Washington have developed the very first battery-free phone.Its sound quality is pretty shitty, but imagine not having to charge your phone because it harvests light and radio waves from your surroundings.“We’ve built what we believe is the first functioning cell phone that consumes almost zero power,” co-author Shyam Gollakota, an associate professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the UW told the University of Washington blog.The researchers used a nifty way to get rid of the most power hungry part of normal cell phones: The conversion of analog audio signals into digital data.According to the post on the University website, “this process consumes so much energy that it’s been impossible to design a phone that can rely on ambient power sources.”To get rid of that part of the process, the researchers devised a way to use the tiny vibrations of the phone’s microphone and speaker to encode incoming and outgoing signals.
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