An extremely lightweight and portable hand exoskeleton may one day help the physically impaired with daily living.These are the hopes of EPFL scientist Luca Randazzo who is developing the exoskeleton with the Defitech Chair in Brain-Machine Interface led by José del R. Millán.The results are published in the January edition of IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.Their lab at Campus Biotech in Geneva is equipped with gait machines and commercial exoskeletons for walking assistance, but Randazzo started with the rudiments."When I arrived at the lab, the first thing I added was a sewing machine so that I could develop wearable devices," he explains.A chest-pack contains motors that can push and pull on the different cables, flexing the fingers when the cables are pushed and extending them when pulled.
Ever wonder why Taco Bell doesn’t sell fries?That question sets off Josh Duhamel on a epic quest in the brand’s new faux movie trailer for a thriller called Web of Fries, which looks like the perfect plane movie.The 90-second spot, from Deutsch, hits every thriller trope with aplomb, and making the big bad a combination of burger chains and ketchup is so obvious, wonderfully stupid and fun.Duhamel expertly sells the concerned man on a mission, complete with a freakout in front of his pinboard of clues.Error loading player: No playable sources foundAs a way to tout a new product—making it seem as though the chain always wanted to make fries, but couldn’t, with an air of mystery—it’s a solid play.
One of the most prominent seed investors in Utah, Kickstart Seed Fund, has closed on its fourth fund at $74 million — nearly doubling from the last funding of $39 million and toppling Peak Ventures as the fund with the mostest raised in the region.The large increase was driven by several institutional investors as well as several notable Utah entrepreneurs including Aaron Skonnard of Pluralsight, Jeremy Andrus ofTraeger Grills, Ryan Smith of Qualtrics and Stephen Neeleman of HealthEquity.However, strategy won’t change with the new coin.Kickstart tells TechCrunch it will continue to make “meaningful seed- and early-stage investments in startups and elite entrepreneurs based in the Mountain West.”Utah has seen impressive growth in tech startups in the region in the past few years and now includes five unicorn companies in the Wasatch Front region (an area spanning from Ogden to Provo, Utah).According to Grow Utah, there are approximately forty-one angel, private equity and VC firms in the region to choose from when it comes to startup funding.
Microsoft’s released a new Windows Server Insider Preview Build – number 17074, to be precise – and the most notable new bits are in the Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) software-defined storage code.Redmond’s coders have managed to add support for storage-class memory to S2D because, as Microsoft put it, doing so “unlocks a new class of extremely low latency storage which is incredibly interesting in particular as a caching device.”Redmond’s too shy to say that VSAN’s been cool with Optane for nearly a year, but we won’t spoil that party!Also new to this build is the removal of a requirement that S2D hardware offer SCSI Enclosure Services.Another addition is support for direct-connect SATA devices to an AHCI controller, which should make S2D devices cheaper to build,Redmond said it’s “also enabled the Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) Cache is enabled by default, which delivers an in-memory write-through cache that can dramatically boost VM performance.”
Amazon is trying to make the Fire TV work better for watching live programming — but it’s starting in a very small way.Over the past few weeks, Amazon has rolled out channel guides and an accompanying feature called On Now, which shows what’s currently playing on supported networks.And as of today, Amazon is also adding the ability to pull up live channels through Alexa.Unfortunately, at launch, the list of supported networks is really small: just channels from HBO, Showtime, Starz, and Cinemax.And even if you have access to them, you might not be able to use these features, because you have to subscribe to those services through Amazon Channels — a service hidden within Prime Video that lets you subscribe to cable channels through your Amazon account.That means if you have an outstanding HBO Now or HBO Go subscription, you’re out of luck.
BuzzFeed, one of the most viewed publishers on Facebook, has prepared for an eventuality where the social network ceases the flow of traffic to the site by instead directing its fans to download the Buzzfeed app.Facebook last week announced that it was to deprioritise publisher content in favour of personal posts from users.Notably these personal posts are arguably more valuable to Facebook in targeting ads at users than, for example, a 17-second clip of a cat on a treadmill.As such, the situation has changed the ballgame for publishers dependent on the site for traffic.A BuzzFeed Facebook post earlier this week from the brand confronted the changes: “Facebook is taking the news out of your News Feed, but we've got you covered.”On how the site is adapting to the change, a BuzzFeed spokesperson told The Drum: “BuzzFeed’s mission from day one has been to create shareable content that enables meaningful interaction among families and friends; meaningful social content is our sweet spot.
The first demonstration launch of the new biggest rocket in the world could still be weeks away, but first SpaceX is planning to test fire Falcon Heavy's 27 engines on launch pad 39-A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center as soon as Tuesday.SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has said Falcon Heavy, which is basically three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together and attached to a single upper stage, will be the most powerful rocket since the Saturn V beast that took Apollo astronauts to the moon.It will also pack more than twice the punch of the next largest rocket system currently in use today.Heavy has been in place at KSC for several days, undergoing preparations for the planned demo that will lift Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster out of Earth's gravity well, and on to a symbolic journey toward Mars.That is, if it doesn't explode first, as Musk has warned it might.Before launch, though, a number of tests have to be completed.
For the average Facebook user, this change should be positive, resulting in more ‘meaningful interactions’, with an increased focus on friends and connections over published media.As print publishing continues its decline, publishers need to be more creative and diverse about how they drive revenues.Even digital native publishers such as Mashable are feeling the heat.Making money from producing content simply isn’t easy and it just got a bit harder.If content shared on Facebook is now less likely to appear organically on the Newsfeed, will we start to see publishers coughing up and paying for more of their content to be promoted to Facebook users?This may only fit into the business models of some publishers, but we could see them starting to offer paid social options in their media packs to provide brands the reach they desire.
Anyone who’s anyone knows that the only keyboards worth their salt are mechanical keyboards thanks to their beautifully engineered switches that type like a dream and last an eternity.The only problem is that such keyboards tend to be quite bulky.It’s not an issue if you’re using them on a desk, but they’re less appropriate for laptops.This has left billions of notebook users in a lurch with dinky, low-pile keyboards.That could be about to change very soon, however, with the introduction of a new low-profile mechanical keyboard switch from German manufacturer Cherry.The switches are a full 35% flatter than their full-size counterparts, meaning they could be fitted into a notebook PC without creating a monstrosity, like MSI’s GT80 Titan.
David Attenborough, the naturally selected king of all humans, has criticised his fellow TV presented Bear Grylls, claiming that Grylls and his team routinely slaughter animals simply because it makes good TV.He's talking about Grylls vehicle The Island, where people pretend they're having to survive on islands as if they're 18th century adventurers stranded by shipwreck, rather than attention-seeking Daily Mail sidebar wannabes.Attenborough came out with the bonkers statement that "We've never killed an animal" in the making of his seven decades or so of nature television, adding that "Bear Grylls will have to answer for himself."Which, oddly for such a keen observer of nature, suggests Attenborough is expecting us all to face a heated showdown with God when, or if, his time on earth comes to an end."I wouldn't willingly kill an animal just to get a shot," Attenborough added, accusing Grylls and his team of offing endless pigs and chickens until they get a blood spurt photogenic enough to please the discerning viewer of Channel 4's survivalist pretence.
Samsung's Creative Lab program lets employees explore new projects and spin off startup ideas, making devices that come out of the program intriguing.At CES next week, C-Lab will show off a few new projects, including Samsung's Relúmĭno smart glasses, which focus on helping those with vision impairments see more clearly.The spectacles are the first device to build on Samsung's Relúmĭno mobile app that debuted during last year's Mobile World Congress.The smart glasses work in conjunction with the mobile app (so your smartphone does most of the work) to improve different visual situations that pose problems for those with eyesight issues.The glasses' "regular mode" makes blurry images clearer by deciphering the outlines of objects in the person's view and making them more prominent.Another mode dubbed "color invert mode" makes it easier for users to read text on a page or on a screen from normal distances, so they don't have to bring the page or screen closer to their face.
AMD has made some real progress in its battle against Intel for CPU market share, by releasing the new Ryzen processors based on the Zen architecture in 2017.Ryzen chips already provide a compelling price-performance advantage over Intel equivalents, and that advantage could get a real boost in 2018.Apparently, all Intel CPUs produced in the last decade suffer a security flaw that can only be fixed in software, with a real performance penalty.Thanks to the bug, user programs can access protected the protected kernel memory space and “see” information that should be locked away.The full details are not yet available, and in any case, they’re quite technical and relate to how a CPU moves in and out of protected kernel mode.If the CPU doesn’t have to dump and then reload the kernel, then it can achieve faster performance.
During the late ’90s, Silicon Valley venture capitalists and New York City investment bankers used phrases such as “monetizing eyeballs,” “stickiness,” and “B2C” to justify the ridiculous valuations of Internet companies.They claimed conventional methods were inapplicable in valuing the dot-com companies — which had no revenue — because we were entering an entirely new economy.The story that Bitcoin victims are being sold is that, because we cannot trust government-issued currencies, Bitcoin is the future of money.Yes, the price of Bitcoin may yet double or even quadruple — because its price is based on pure speculation, and these stories are feeding such speculation.Bitcoin’s price is not a reflection of its growing usage as currency; it reflects merely demand for the mirage of its speculative value.The bank ledger is distributed to all users, and complex mathematical transactions ensure transaction integrity.
“Let there be light” … so goes the sentiment around Facebook putting the kibosh on dark posts—those ads invisible to all but the advertiser’s highly segmented and selected recipients.Analysis of the announcement was swift, while everyone with skin in the social ad game scrambled to assess what this meant for their strategy and bottom line.Let’s consider with some context.From clickbait ads lurking under articles masquerading as “recommended content,” to the recent shady political ads from unknown groups in Russia, attempts to police the wild west of internet advertising have always been a game of cat-and-mouse.With dark posts, Congressional pressure largely forced Facebook’s hand, so it’s natural for the social network to fear that the end of dark posts will kill some of its ad business and revenue.20 years ago, I worked in TV advertising doing media planning for a large consumer-packaged-goods brand.
Mini has announced a new customization program called Mini Yours Customised.The program allows buyers to customize their Mini cars with personally designed side scuttles, trim for the passenger side in the interior, LED door sills, and LED door projectors.The personalized parts can be designed using a new Online Customiser designed just for the new options.Once the owner designs those parts, they are manufactured using 3D printing and laser lettering.The custom parts are delivered in a few weeks and can be installed by the customer or at a Mini service partner.The parts can be replaced as often as the owner wants.
We all thought that the end was just in sight for Le Eco, but out of the blue the Chinese tech giant has gone and released 10 new products.LeEco’s financial troubles are well documented and even with the recent news that the company could receive significant investment we all thought it would be a few months before something new from them would be revealed, not a matter of days!Chinese fans of LeEco were gifted with the news that LeEco has launched a handful of new smart digital TVs for the domestic market.Those of you hoping for a new LeEco phone will be disappointed to hear that no new smartphone was revealed and it looks like that’s part of the current LeEco plan now that the company is under new leadership.Anyway, let’s take a look at what the refreshed tech company has released today.For those of us who like to have a good sized smart Tv in our living rooms, we now have a few new choices in the form of TV’s ranging from 40 – 65 inches.
Once in the realm of the tech elite, VPN software has increasingly been used by the tech masses.With access to robust VPN platforms, users can more closely guard their online privacy, and access other benefits like a better level of security when using public Wi-Fi.The main pillars of a VPN are security and privacy, and these services use an encrypted tunnel to transmit your data online, with many benefits therein as we’ve previously discussed.When configuring a VPN, there are several choices for encryption protocols which can be used, and among these, one of the more popular options is currently OpenVPN.Check out our best VPN services to get the best VPN deals goingThe OpenVPN project was founded by James Yonan, and was initially released back in 2002.
Your digital security, any sufficiently paranoid person will remind you, is only as good as your physical security.The world's most sensitive users of technology, like dissidents, activists, or journalists in repressive regimes, have to fear not just hacking and online surveillance, but the reality that police, intelligence agents, or other intruders can simply break into your home, office, or hotel room.On Friday, the Freedom of the Press Foundation and its president, famed NSA leaker Edward Snowden, launched Haven, an app designed to transform any Android phone into a kind of all-purpose sensor for detecting intrusions.Designed to be installed on a cheap Android burner, Haven uses the phone's cameras, microphones and even accelerometers to monitor for any motion, sound or disturbance of the phone.It can then instantly send pictures and sound clips of those visitors to your primary phone, alerting you to the disturbance.And it’s actually smart, and it witnesses everything that happens and creates a record of it," Snowden said in an encrypted phone call with WIRED from Moscow, where he has lived in exile since 2013.
Depending on the size and number of files you need to send, this can be a problem.Not to mention the fact that large files will quickly eat into your storage space quota while lurking in your Sent folder!If you need to send big files online, there are plenty of good ways to do so without running into trouble – and we’ve highlighted 10 of the best here, the vast majority of which are free (though they tend to have premium tiers if you want to pay for an improved service).One of the easiest solutions to the problem of sending large files is to use file compression software such as the cross-platform program 7-Zip.The fastest way to transfer a large number of big files is not via the internet but by using a disk drive and a courier.Microsoft charges a nominal flat fee (less than £60) per storage device handled, roughly similar to Amazon Web Services' Import/Export disk while Google uses third parties.
Mars looks like it used to have water—perhaps even entire oceans.Today, scientists can’t even decide whether it’s got slight trickles darkening the dirt on its mountainsides.One international team of researchers think they’ve found answer, based on a new model: The water is inside the Martian mantle.It’s not the only explanation for the disappearing oceans, but the particular geology and chemistry of Mars suggests that, in its early years, the planet sucked up way more water than Earth did.“Because there’s more iron in the Martian mantle than the Earth’s mantle, that would make it more prone to reacting with water,” Jon Wade from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford told Gizmodo.“Essentially, that’s what we’ve shown.”