Johnathan Owen

Johnathan Owen

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Tech companies are racing to make quantum computers available to customers.A new scheme from researchers in Singapore and Japan could help customers establish trust in what they get if they buy time on such machines - and protect companies from dishonest customers."Our approach gives a way to generate a proof that a computation was correct, after it has been completed," explains Joseph Fitzsimons, a Principal Investigator at Singapore's Centre for Quantum Technologies and Assistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.Fitzsimons carried out the work with colleague Michal Hajdusek and collaborator Tomoyuki Morimae, who is at Kyoto University in Japan.This problem of verification has been tackled before, but previous solutions required the customer to interact with the quantum computer while it was running the computation.The previous approaches had some kind of trap built into the computation that gets checked as you go along," explains Fitzsimons.
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All today's commercial drones use GPS, which works fine above building roofs and in high alti-tudes.But what, when the drones have to navigate autonomously at low altitude among tall buildings or in the dense, unstructured city streets with cars, cyclists or pedestrians suddenly crossing their way?Researchers of the University of Zurich and the National Centre of Competence in Research NCCR Robotics developed DroNet, an algorithm that can safely drive a drone through the streets of a city.Designed as a fast 8-layers residual network, it produces two outputs for each single input image: a steering angle to keep the drone navigating while avoiding obstacles, and a collision probability to let the drone recognise dangerous situations and promptly react to them."DroNet recognises static and dynamic obstacles and can slow down to avoid crashing into them.Instead of relying on sophisticated sensors, the drone developed by Swiss researchers uses a normal camera like that of every smartphone, and a very powerful artificial intelligence algorithm to interpret the scene it observes and react accordingly.
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Huawei’s own UI based on Google’s mobile operating system is one of the most popular systems in the world.The latest version of EMUI 8.0 has been announced three months back.But there are still too many Huawei models not getting it.The Huawei Honor 8 should be on the list, but it didn’t receive an update due to some unknown reasons.Today the EMUI 8.0 team revealed the list of Honor-line smartphones that are getting (or should get it in the nearest future) an OTA update to change the EMUI version.The Honor 8 is on the list.
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10% of funds raised by Initial Coin Offerings compromised: Ernst & Young.Cybercriminals have stolen up to $400m (£286m) from cryptocurrency start-ups over the past two years by exploiting hype and basic coding errors, research has found.It is believed that more than 10% of funds raised through Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) – out of a massive $3.7bn in total – were compromised by hackers between 2015 and 2017, according to Ernst & Young (EY), one of the world's "big four" professional services firms."Hackers are attracted by the rush, absence of a centralised authority, blockchain transaction irreversibility and information chaos," revealed a report published on Monday (22 January).ICOs are essentially a method that cryptocurrency firms use to raise money.The research showed that they are increasingly popular in the US, Russia and China.
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Artificial intelligence is the tech-in-shining-armour dreamed of by CTOs across the world – yet serious questions of ROI, workforce and ethics persist.On Tuesday, new research from Infosys confirmed 90% of senior executives enjoyed measurable benefits from deploying AI technologies within their organisation.A survey of C-level executives has found 86% of large companies around the world have middle- or late-stage AI deployments and view AI as a major facilitator of future business operations.Furthermore, a notable 80% of IT decision makers at organisations in later stages of AI deployment reported that they are using AI to augment existing solutions or build new business-critical solutions and services to optimise insights and CX.Artificial intelligence is taking on a central role in future planning in business strategy as well, with 42% of these organisations also expect significant impact in research and development in the next five years.Artificial intelligence is delivering real-world benefits across a multitude of business processes; 36 % of respondents reported using AI technologies in operations, 35% in research and development and 33% in customer service.
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HackerRank has published its 2018 Developer Skills Report.The paper looks at a number things essential to understanding the developer landscape, and explores things like the perks coders demand from their workplaces, the technologies they prefer to use, and how they entered the software development industry in the first place.While perusing the paper, something struck me as particularly interesting.One of the questions HackerRank asked its community was when they started coding.Almost immediately, you notice an interesting trend.Those in the 18 to 24 age group overwhelmingly started their programming journey in their late teens.
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It's the reason a lot of people said, "I'd get the Spark, but..."DJI looks to do more than just give us another small, foldable drone bumped up to 4K video, however.It's supposedly going to blend the Spark and Mavic Pro features just enough to be the 'Goldilocks' of drones in 2018.The popular drone company is also launching another product today, the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, a smartphone camera gimbal we just reviewed.It launches exclusively through the Apple Store today and gets a wider release in February.DJI could time the DJI Mavic Air launch and the Osmo Mobile 2 wider availability so that you're more eager to by both the drone and smartphone video stabilizer at the same time.
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You’ve probably seen countless behind-the-scenes videos of visual effects wizards spending months turning boring green screen footage into amazing movie shots.But did you know that the hardware exists to fake live video in real time?This pre-visualisation setup uses a massive green screen, a motion-tracked camera, and some custom computer hardware to enable directors to see a performer interacting with a virtual environment while everyone is still on set.There’s a lot of expensive gear in use here, but in the long run this method may be cheaper than having to do reshoots, or extensive post-production, if the captured green screen footage isn’t exactly what’s needed for a final shot.Movie-making aside, you can also find setups like this one used for TV news and many kids’ shows.Why would a network pay for separate studios and standing sets for multiple shows when they can all just share a single green screen set and composite in different virtual environments as needed?
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While the most hyped gaming console from Microsoft was available in global markets earlier, it's today when it made its entry to India.The console is priced at Rs 44,990 and it competes against Sony's flagship PlayStation Pro 4 console.Xbox One X is by far the mightiest gaming console in the series.It's great to see that Microsoft has decided to bring it to India soon after the global launch.It's not a new generation of consoles, so if you are an existing Xbox One or One S user, you can still play those titles on the One X.According to Microsoft, "with 6 Teraflops, 326GB/s of Memory Bandwidth and advanced, custom silicon, the Scorpio Engine is the world’s most powerful console gaming processor".
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Lynx has added fuel to the long-burning rivalry between Australia and New Zealand with a cheeky new campaign to promote its newest fragrance, Lynx Australia.The campaign, which features New Zealand actor Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), launches the new fragrance by promoting the confidence it can provide men – even kiwis.The ad sees Dennison play Humphrey, a young man in awe of his older brother’s talents, in particular, his ability to talk to girls.Humphrey is surprised to discover that his brother’s secret is just to be himself and to wear the fragrance of New Zealand’s rival nation, Lynx Australia.“Our aim was to stay true to the fantastic Lynx campaigns of the past and maintain the trademark irreverent humour, yet shift the focus to a more story driven and relatable space, in line with the evolution of the brand,” said Zane Pearson, director of Emotive, the agency behind the campaign.“Defining ‘Australia’ for a contemporary and diverse Australian audience was the great challenge of the brief, so our approach was to avoid this by placing the focus on the friendly trans-Tasman rivalry with our Kiwi neighbours and, in so doing, elevate broader notions of confidence and success that LYNX is renowned for.”
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Life insurance company TAL is promoting its partnership with Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) with a new campaign.The campaign aims to launch the partnership, which will see TAL support the RFDS, one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world and the most trusted charity brand in Australia.The ad brings to life the experience of the service, which provides health care and 24-hour emergency service to people in Australia’s rural regions and covers an area of 7.69 million square kilometres.The ad shows a remote community coming together to create a runway to help an RFDS plane land in a field.The campaign, which is running on TV and social media during the Australian Open, was created by BMF with production company Exit Films.BMF creative director Jen Speirs said, “As you can imagine, in the remote areas that the RFDS operates, luxuries like well-lit, rock-free runways without kangaroos grazing along them, just don’t exist.
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Things aren't looking good for the Great Barrier Reef, with rising water temperatures leading to coral bleaching that has decimated much of the natural wonder.The Australian government on Monday revealed how it'll help the ailing reef with AU$60 million over the next 18 months.Most of the money, AU$36 million, will be devoted to battling new polluted water entering and toxifying the reef.Meanwhile, crown-of-thorns starfish, a predator of the reef's corals, will be the target of a AU$10.4 million attack, with the number of vessels culling the pest increasing from three to eight.Of the remaining money, AU$6 million will go to the Australian Institute of Marine Science and CSIRO, who will devise research programs that look into ways to make coral more resilient.Then, AU$4.9 million will be used to hire field officers who will monitor the reef and give warnings of bleaching events.
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If an algo ain't ratified by standards groups, it won't be welcomeThe changes were announced here following an OpenSSL management committee (OMC) meeting in London.The cryptography policy changes include making sure insecure configurations aren't enabled by default, but by compile-time switches, and “multi-prime RSA” will enforce a maximum number of prime factors by default.The OMC's decided that it must be possible for new algorithms to be disabled at compile-time, and that new crypto algorithms should only interface to OpenSSL via its EVP (digital EnVeloPe library) API.In future, any new crypto algorithm will need to be backed by a national or international standards body, and all ciphers will need to be specified at run-time to be enabled in the TLS layer.Beyond the crypto-policy changes, the OMC has made a number of other changes to the project.
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Auditor says the right people were elected - probably - despite security & other messesThe Australian Electoral Commission's (AEC's) handling of the nation's 2016 election was deeply flawed, the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) has found.The auditor's investigation was kicked off after the 2016 double-dissolution election, which introduced at short notice introduced optional preferential voting for Australia's Senate.That set off a chain of events that resulted in wasted money and security failures, the auditor has found.Perhaps the most damning finding in the ANAO report is that the AEC handed AU$27 million to Fuji-Xerox to automate the Senate count, but needed to hand-count the papers anyway (a decision which contributed AU$6.6 million to the cost of the system).The AEC justified the double-count as a way to “improve integrity” of the ballot paper data.
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Travis Kalanick grovelled on the floor before Uber executives last February, according to a new in-depth report on the company co-founder’s fall.Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the incident happened during a meeting in a San Francisco hotel where executives were hoping to prove to Kalanick that he was hurting the company.The colleagues presented surveys that showed respondents’ impression of Uber were more negative if they knew who Kalanick was.“They blame everything in their life on somebody else.”Kalanick and two other executives stepped away from the conference room to watch the video, which seems to have helped change Kalanick mind about whether or not he was a problem.As the clip ended, the three stood in stunned silence.
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Now this is the revolution in sticky notes we've all been waiting for.Once you've depleted your stack of post-its, all you're left with is a sad, plain backing card.That's no longer the case with Triad Inc.'s "Omoshiro Blocks", which, note-by-note, turn into amazing pieces of 3D art.You'll have to go through some 100 sheets, but once you do, your desk will be gifted a beautiful new feature, like Tokyo's Kiyomizudera Temple below.you'll have to part with 4,000-10,000 yen (£26-£65) and you can only buy them from Tokyo Hands' Umeda store in Japan.If you're planning a trip however (and don't mind the price tag), I can't think of a better present for the perpetual note-taker.
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SEATTLE—A little more than one year ago, I tried, and failed, to sneak into Amazon Go.Initially, it was limited only to Amazon employees.Worse, promises that the shop would open for average consumers in "early 2017" didn't come close to fruition, with insiders indicating to Ars that the store's camera-tracking system didn't hold up to larger testing scrutiny as anticipated.That same Seattle pilot shop—the one Amazon staffers refused to let us into in December 2016—finally opened its doors to anybody with a smartphone and the Amazon Go app.If you want to stroll into the world's first Amazon Go store, all you need is an Amazon account with valid credit card information and a working smartphone.a few cheerful people in official attire said as I approached, nearly in unison.
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Monster Hunter: World is the first big game of 2018, and there’s a lot of excitement behind it because it’s the first Monster Hunter game in recent memory to launch for something other than the Nintendo 3DS.Monster Hunter: World will be launching on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in just a few days, with a PC release to follow later (much later) this year.Eagle-eyed readers might notice one major platform missing from that list: Nintendo Switch.As it turns out, the decision about which platforms Monster Hunter: World would launch on was made years ago, long before the Switch was ever announced and during a time when the Wii U couldn’t promise a sizable audience.In an interview with IGN Middle East, Monster Hunter: World directors Kaname Fujioka and Yuya Tokuda further elaborate on why their game won’t be coming to the Switch.In addition to locking in the platforms for Monster Hunter: World well before the Switch was announced, it seems that the Switch may not be powerful enough for what Capcom is looking to do with the game.
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Coinbase just announced they’re hiring Tina Bhatnagar as VP of Operations and Technology to lead all operational teams at Coinbase and GDAX.But perhaps most relevant right now is the fact that her responsibilities will include overseeing the fast growing startup’s customer service division.It’s no secret that Coinbase is in need of some help with it comes to support and customer service.The company has struggled to handle both technical and customer support operations during the massive spikes in price, new users, and transactions over the last few months.But Coinbase isn’t blind to these shortfalls, and about six months ago unveiled a plan to revamp their customer service experience and roll out phone support and shorter response times.They also recently hired Asiff Hirji, former COO at TD Ameritrade and promoted Dan Romero as GM of Coinbase to oversee all of Coinbase’s retail platform.
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After what felt like five years of mayoral begging and media gimmicks, we finally know the top 20 finalists in the brutal battle for Amazon’s second headquarters.The cities are about as predictable as you’d think.Basically, all the big ones in North America.Here they are, and among them, there can be only one winner, as the rest cannot survive Amazon’s Thunderdome or the wrath of a fearsome, fire-breathing Jeff Bezos:Noticeably absent from the list are many cities in the West.However, if you consider that part of Amazon’s mission in building a second headquarters some distance away from its original Seattle headquarters, this is isn’t surprising.
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