Joseph Polk

Joseph Polk

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As the local authority’s rigorous online clean-up grabs all of the headlines, China’s rural internet explosion continues at a phenomenal rate, with the number of rural internet users reportedly reaching 209 million (35% penetration rate) in the last 12 months.The effect of this internet empowerment is well and truly being felt on mobile, as it’s estimated that 55 million people in rural areas use their phones to live-stream classes, 78 million read the news from the 3 primary news apps and there are 175 million users of short-video apps in these areas.And this growth potential isn’t only a driving force for local Chinese tech powerhouses (Tencent, Alibaba, Baidu etc.Now that Google has one foot back on the ladder, the big question is will Tencent and the other major players be able to maintain their stranglehold on the app market if Google launches a China-friendly version of the Play Store in the 2nd half of the year.By looking at AppInChina’s 2018 Q2 app store rankings, you can see that the Chinese Android app market is continuing to mature, with many of the app stores holding the same or similar presence over the last 90 days.However, this maturity has led to the local unicorns and smartphone companies completely dominating the market, as not one independent app store made it into the top 10.
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And while generally speaking, people were once indifferent or oblivious to the way personal data was collected, the tide has certainly turned.In the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, people are more aware than ever of the tenuous nature of data collection, and more concerned about how securely tech and financial institutions catalog this data.And with good reason: according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 1,579 data breaches in 2017, an alarming 44.7 percent uptick from the year before.The world of data is opaque – and it can be unsettling for citizens to hear about this personal data infringement in the media.Most people aren’t aware how their location data is being collected and used by companies like Facebook and Google.Typically, companies are just trying to build better products to survive in a dynamic, data-driven landscape – and well, ultimately please the end user.
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Game of Thrones fans who've ever been distressed about a death in the series (Ned Stark!now know who to blame, George R.R.Martin, the creator of the Song of Ice and Fire book series that inspired HBO's Game of Thrones, was interviewed in a video for PBS' Great American Read series.Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series had on him as a young boy growing up in New Jersey."It was so totally immersive," Martin recalls of the series, "Tolkien approached this thing as if he was writing history."After all, Martin's the one who is about to publish a 989-page history of the Targaryens, one of his fictional families.
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But you might not be going about it the right way.Here are five common myths about iPhone battery life, what you can do about them, and sources where you can find additional information:Myth 1: Closing apps you're not using can save battery lifeIt's a safe bet that at some point you know someone who compulsively shuts off apps on their smartphone to save battery.In fact, this does not save battery, and may actually use extra power when you re-open apps you've totally switched off.Apple's top software executive even confirmed this in an email to a user.
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At a New York press event on Thursday, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy Home smart home speaker, a Galaxy Watch wearable and the high-end Note 9 phone.Featuring incremental updates like a Bluetooth-enabled S Pen stylus, a higher-capacity battery and a slightly bigger display, the Note 9 doesn't exactly deliver any new earth-shattering technology in the mobile space.That being said, Samsung could be saving a lot of goodies for its next flagship phones in 2019 (yes, we're thinking that far ahead), which are expected to be called the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.While greasy fingerprints are less likely to smudge the camera with this new placement, an even better location for the reader would be within or beneath the display.We expect the feature to roll out in plenty of more phones in the near future, with one report from IHS Markit predicting it will be available in 100 million phones by 2019.Unfortunately, this is a trend waiting in the wings, so we may just have to wait for FOD in the Galaxy S10.
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The US national space agency Nasa today pulled back on launching a satellite closer to the Sun than any other has gone before, due to last-minute technical difficulties.The Parker Solar Probe was set to launch this morning just before 9am UK time from Florida's Cape Canaveral, but an alarm raised during the 65-minute weather window could not be resolved before time elapsed.It will now launch tomorrow morning if conditions allow, aiming for a launch time of 8:31am BST.If successful, the satellite will be the fastest-moving manmade object ever made.A statement from Nasa read:The launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft was scrubbed today due to a violation of a launch limit, resulting in a hold.
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This creates an artificial neural network that via an algorithm allows the computer to learn by incorporating new data.While the basic unit of the brain is the neuron, the essential building block of an artificial neural network is a perceptron which accomplishes simple signal processing, and these are then connected into a large mesh network.A common example of a task for a neural network using deep learning is an object recognition task, where the neural network is presented with a large number of objects of a certain type, such as a cat, or a street sign, and the computer, by analyzing the recurring patterns in the presented images, learns to categorize new images.The neural network analyzes the dataset, and then a cost function then tells the neural network how far off of target it was.Reinforced learning: In this algorithm, the neural network is reinforced for positive results, and punished for a negative result, forcing the neural network to learn over time.While neural networks certainly represent powerful modern computer technology, the idea goes back to 1943, with two researchers at the University of Chicago, Warren McCullough, a neurophysiologist and Walter Pitts, a mathematician.
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New zero-day vendor opens up shop, and more in infosec this weekRoundup This week, the infosec world descended on Las Vegas for BlackHat and DEF CON to share stories of bug hunting, malware neural nets, hefty payout offers, and more.Meanwhile, outside of the desert…Photo-slinging biz Snapchat had a pretty rough week, as a mystery code dump on GitHub turned out to be a chunk of the source for its iOS mobile app.That question was answered when Snapchat filed a DMCA takedown notice to get it scrubbed from the site.The code snippet was reportedly taken from a buggy update issued for the iOS app back in May.
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A human-made spacecraft is finally heading to the centre of the Solar System.NASA’s first launch window for the Parker Solar Probe began today at 8:33 a.m.Not directly into the Sun, of course.It will pass Venus seven times, eventually arriving within 3.8 million miles of the solar surface, a little more than four times the Sun’s diameter.“It’s a combination of those two things that make it exciting to me.”The key technology is a thermal protection system that shields the ship, alongside a water-powered cooling system, according to a Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab press release.
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Matt Rosoff, former West Coast Editor for Business Insider SAI, conveys some venture capitalists’ feedback on pitches:Rothrock has seen more than 10,000 pitches, and the best ones are short and to the point.• Answer questions quickly without getting defensive.Maris is particularly turned off by people who get defensive during Q He ends up concentrating on their attitude instead of their company.Kopelman says that most successful entrepreneurs are great storytellers.They have to be able to get investors to believe in their crazy idea, and then convince employees to sign on and press to write about it.Senkut agreed; it’s easy for entrepreneurs to inspire their first few employees with stock options or founding titles.
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Each of the four pillars of Netflix’s chunk of the Marvel Cinematic Universe plays a different role in telling the kinds of realistic, street-level stories that Marvel’s movies and other TV shows tend to shy away from.Between Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage (and even The Punisher, surprisingly), Netflix’s Marvel shows have investigated complicated, powerful stories about racism, sexism, police brutality, and criminal justice reform, all while fleshing out each show’s titular hero.The same can’t quite exactly be said of Iron Fist’s Danny Rand, who, in the show’s first season, repeatedly came across as being the least compelling aspect of the larger plot.It’s fair to say that Iron Fist began as a show about a privileged white kung fu master going on a lifeless hero’s journey and beating up a bunch of nondescript people of colour conveniently typecast as ninjas and monks along the way.While there’s no undoing the past, Iron Fist has the opportunity in its second season to reintroduce everyone to Danny Rand post-Defenders, and potentially put him in a position to be the sort of character whose adventures you actually want to follow.The key to making that happen is to take the show’s focus away from Danny Rand.
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So you can imagine how challenging it becomes when there's apps with security vulnerabilities that come pre-installed on multiple Android phones.Security researchers from Kryptowire, a security firm, found 38 different vulnerabilities that can allow for spying and factory resets loaded onto 25 Android phones -- 11 of them sold by major US carriers.That includes devices from Asus, ZTE, LG and the Essential Phone, which are distributed by carriers like Verizon or ATThe vulnerabilities are just the latest blow to Android, which suffers from the perception that it's a less secure mobile platform than Apple's iOS.Google has worked to repair its image, forcing security updates for vendors and pushing out malicious apps, but these kinds of revelations don't help.It's also a reminder that consumers need to be more vigilant when it comes to protecting the info on their mobile devices.Angelos Stavrou, Kryptowire's CEO, and Ryan Johnson, the firm's director of research, disclosed their findings at the DEFCON hacker conference on Friday.
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It would seem that the symbiotic relationship between coral and algae is 100 million years older than previously believed.Algae live on coral, coral reefs are found in less than 1% of the ocean, one quarter of the known sea creatures live in and amongst coral reefs.If you’ve heard of “coral bleaching”, you know it’s essentially the death of coral reefs – the stressing out of coral to the point at which they expel their symbiotic partner algae, and everyone’s the worse for it.New information on the algae part of this equation came to light this week in a research paper published in the scientific journal Current Biology.In the paper, it was suggested that the algae – and the symbiotic partnership algae has with coral – has been around and in action for 100 million years longer than previously widely believed.“Over all of those millions of years, partnerships [between algae and coral] have faced major hurdles and managed to bounce back,” said Todd LaJeunesse of Penn State.
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Coachilla helps professionals find verified life & career coaches with video calls so they can create meaningful lives.In this guest blog post, Eeppi Nieminen (Founder & CEO of Coachilla and Graduate of the Helsinki Founder Institute), explains what transformational technology is and why its market will only be growing in the future.In the past few years we’ve seen a boom of self-care apps and wearables that are designed to improve our well-being.However, this boom is only scratching the surface of what is possible with technology driven human flourishing.These new technologies give us the means to hack personal transformation.They use the latest research in sciences such as behavioral change, AI, digital medicine, sleep tech or robotics.
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President Donald Trump's administration hopes to create a sixth division of the military called the Space Force.Mark Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut, tweeted in June that it's "a dumb idea."President Donald Trump and his administration are angling to create a Space Force, a sixth branch of the military that sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie.On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence set a deadline for its creation: "Our administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by the year 2020," Pence announced.But retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly — a former Navy pilot, combat veteran, four-time space-flyer, and the identical twin brother of the former astronaut Scott Kelly — doesn't support the plan, and some members of Congress have also voiced their distaste for the idea."There is a threat out there but it's being handled by the US Air Force today," he said during an MSNBC interview, according to Reuters.
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NBC’s The Good Place has already accomplished the seemingly impossible by making philosophical debate the centerpiece of pop culture phenomenon.Now the creators hope to do a bit more by proving the show’s premise that anyone can do good things in life.Writers from the show, which just wrapped production on its third season, have launched a CrowdRise campaign called The Good Cause, seeking $25,000 in donations for KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), a decade-old group that provides legal services for immigrant children separated from parents.“Everything is…well, it could be better,” notes the introduction on the fundraiser.“Our show deals with the concepts of what it means to be good and how to do the most good for the most people.As we wrap up production on season 3 of The Good Place, let’s put theory into practice by supporting migrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents at the border.
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One potential malicious use of the vulnerability is to turn the antenna into a targeting electromagnetic energy generatorNew research presented at Black Hat in Las Vegas has identified serious vulnerabilities within the satellite communication systems that connect Ships and Airplanes to the internet.The research carried out by IOActive shows it is possible to gain access to SATCOM equipment on an aircraft via the internet from the ground.Building on research from 2014; Ruben Santamarta, a researcher with IT security specialists IOActive discovered the vulnerabilities.One aspect of his investigation started while he was on a Norwegian flight from Madrid to Copenhagen.He took a look at the in-flight entertainment system as the airline offers free WiFi on-board.
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This weekend, the Perseid meteor shower will light up the moonless sky, the product of dust breaking off from the same Swift-Tuttle comet that sends its greetings to Earth every August.“Every fireball lives only once,” says Bill Cook, the head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, Alabama.As the Perseids reach their peak, a computer will scan the meteor cameras—which can see as far as 100 miles away—to detect motion.Over the 10-year span of the program, the all-sky network has counted over 30,000 separate meteors.Two years ago, the tally got a boost when gravity from Jupiter concentrated the Perseid comet dust closer to Earth’s orbit than usual: The cameras tracked about two fireballs a minute.Beyond the view of the cameras are many more meteors, too dim to be picked up.
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I didn’t understand the Apple HomePod, when it launched six months ago.It just seemed like Apple’s weird attempt at showing Amazon and Google that it could make speakers too.This thing is still incredibly overpriced, and AirPlay is so good it almost makes the HomePod worth it.You can pair multiple speakers together and stream the exact same thing – whether it be audio from your laptop or music from Spotify – to every AirPlay device.Now, you can pair the HomePod up with other speakers, including existing Sonos systems, and create a multi-room audio oasis.It lacks the detail and midrange that I’d prefer for classical music, but the Apple smart speaker plays stuff like Janelle Monae’s “Make Me Feel” with a bass-heavy liveliness that I love.
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London's tech researchers and entrepreneurs have scored the first boost from an extra £780m in government funding, destined for innovation centres up and down the country.Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce later today the government's aim of expanding of its so-called catapult centres of innovation, which support sectors and technologies thought to be in high demand in the years to come.The Treasury will put up £780m in total additional funding, building on the back of a £180m push given to the UK's north eastern centres last month.As the first centre to be a part of the expansion, the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult inside London's Guys Hospital will receive £71m from the Treasury."We are backing innovative British companies to grow and create jobs, as we build an economy fit for the future," said Hammond in a statement this morning."Today’s £71 million investment for London will support innovators across the capital to create the technologies of the future and the better, highly-paid jobs we all want to see."
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