President Trump’s decision to block a mega-merger deal between Broadcom and Qualcomm appears to be just the opening gambit for a significantly bolder strike on Chinese technology and investment firms as well as Chinese nationals learning and working in the United States.For an administration that is as defined by its day-to-day chaos as its penchant for flashy headlines, it is clear that the package of trade, investment, and immigration restrictions currently being drafted represents the most comprehensive and organized policy planning effort undertaken by this administration yet.Given the tight constellation of talent, companies, and capital between China and the U.S., the comprehensive package that Trump is increasingly likely to propose in the next few weeks would deeply alter the trajectory of Silicon Valley and technology innovation more broadly.Politico reported this afternoon that after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer presented a package of tariffs to be leveled on China that would total $30 billion, “Trump urged Lighthizer to aim for an even bigger number,“ with sources telling Politico that the new headline number could be $60 billion.Those tariffs would be heavily focused on technology and telecom, although they would not be limited to those sectors.The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced back in August that it had initiated what is known as a Section 301 investigation into China’s intellectual property practices “to determine whether acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce.”
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and Ericsson have launched a Master's in NFV and SDN technologies for 5G networks with the collaboration of IMDEA Networks This program, which will be taught at the UC3M Madrid-Puerta de Toledo campus and the Ericsson Auditorium in Madrid, is the product of a long-standing collaboration between both entities in the area of education and research.Ericsson and UC3M have identified 5G and related technologies such as NFV and SDN as areas of great potential for the development of talent in Spain because of their importance in the digitalization of industry, and because they will be the technologies that respond to the growing volume of data traffic, expected to increase 40% per year from 2017 to 2023.5G technology is growing in importance, and it is estimated that in just five years, it will have billions of subscriptions covering 20% of the world's population.In addition, studies by Ericsson indicate that 5G will be profitable for Spain, generating a market of 23.3 billion euros in 2026 from the application of this technology to the digitalization of industry.Twenty-five percent of the class hours will be held at the IMDEA Networks laboratory as part of 5TONIC, the top European testbed for 5G technologies that also counts with Ericsson, UC3M and Telefonica amongst its members.Grants for the program will be offered so that recent graduates with excellent academic records can choose to study while doing their internships at Ericsson España.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The VergeGoogle’s Pixel Buds smart headphones may be getting new enhancements that include customizable gesture controls according to analysis of code in the latest beta edition of the Google app, reports 9to5Google.There are potential new customizations for double tapping on the right earbud (which has a touch sensor), new functions for triple tapping, and also an in-ear detection feature that can pause your music when you remove the right earbud.Currently, double tapping the right earbud allows you to listen to notifications, or stop Google Assistant.The code reveals a possible new option to customize the gesture to skip songs — a feature that’s frustratingly missing, as we noted in our review.Triple tapping would allow users to manually turn the earbuds on and off, which would be useful, given that there is no way to turn the earbuds off until they’re placed back in the case.
However, many Americans believe the practice is not worth the hassle, and studies suggest it may cause more problems than it solves.There are two main proposals to get rid of DST: by creating fewer time zones or moving to one universal time.Daylight Saving Time is a global ritual concept as dumb as its name implies.On Sunday, March 11, right at 2:00 a.m., clocks and phones across North America and Europe will jump ahead one hour to begin Daylight Saving Time (DST) until next year.(And no, it's not "savings" with an "s.")This act goes beyond a symbolic gesture to make it seem like there's more light during the day (there won't be).
Netflix is the latest tech giant to swipe a page out of Snapchat's book.Todd Yellin, Netflix vice president of product, said that next month, the company's mobile app will add video previews, a row of vertical 30-second trailers that give you peek at the titles Netflix algorithmically suggests for you.Netflix is hosting journalists from more than 30 countries Wednesday at its headquarters in Los Gatos, California, for what it calls Labs Day, a junket that dives into various facets of its service.With the mobile video previews, once the trailer you're watching ends, the next one automatically begins.You can swipe through the lineup, too.If you come upon a trailer that you like but don't have time to watch, you can add it to your watchlist with a checkmark at the bottom of the screen.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is not even out yet and the Galaxy Note 9 rumors have begun to swirl.With the Galaxy S9’s specs made official, we’ve got a better idea of what’s possible with the Galaxy Note 9, thus allowing us to make more informed analyzations of what’s set to be leaked.As of now, we’ve got a basic look at what the Galaxy Note 9 could bring alongside the first set of rumors about what will and will not be in this device.Below you’ll see a set of specifications based on the rumors we’ve seen thus far combined with some informed guesswork.There’s no reason to think Samsung might deviate from the 6.3-inch display, for example.The display panel, however, will be improved to at least as fine a piece of work as the Galaxy S9.
One of the chief reasons that it’s exceedingly difficult to forecast when exactly the VR industry’s hype cycle will finally draw to a close, is because it’s exceptionally difficult to get people to put on the darn headsets, let alone make it an established habit.Meanwhile, the space is segregated into the patiently half-committed fence-sitters, the resilient cockroaches, those that burn out of cash, and those that have been swallowed by the agency model.There are also the agile-minded sort that shift their focus entirely to AR-driven content and applications, which otherwise offers more favorable market forces to play while they wait for the VR gear to iterate into exceedingly more comfortable, attractive and affordable units for the consumer market.On the other hand, 360 degree photos and videos, the medium that was only just a little while ago accepted only with ambivalence by the “360 isn’t true VR!” ilk, is ironically cruising on its own set of wheels and has even delivered the first sticky monetization model as its gift to the VR industry as a whole.We miss the middle ground between the two points, which robs us from otherwise exploring, discovering and developing adjacent and parallel technologies that, in this case, also have “immersive” DNA, and may happen to be highly practical as mediums for the immediate term, but still, they are neglected out of ignorance of one species or another.The tech that makes PanoMoments possible is based on the concept of coupling the dimensions of space and time so that they create a neat mechanism of codependence to one another, and so mutually constrict each other.
Most Americans know the Kia Ceed as the reasonably priced car from "Top Gear" a few years ago, though at that time it was officially called the Cee'd.The little hatchback has been a cornerstone of Kia's business in Europe, and now it's got a brand-new look and feel to go along with less punctuation in its name.The new range has taken to the stand at this week's Geneva Motor Show.Despite its humble economy car nature, the Ceed is an interesting model because of its somewhat unique origins.The name Ceed apparently stands for Community of Europe, with European Design.The Ceed will be built on a brand-new platform that uses front and rear independent suspension, which Kia says will offer improved handling and comfort over the outgoing model.
Cozy, woolly jumpers made fabulous with extravagant floral motifs of bejewelled embroidery and bold crochet, as seen on the catwalks during Fashion Week.Take your transitional style up a notch with knitwear decorated with embroidery, crochet and faux jewels.Floral motifs in reds, light blues and oranges snake up sleeves and embellish the centre of jumpers, contrasting strongly with the jumper’s background colour.It’s a perfect clash for those embracing the ‘more is more’ maximalist trend.These embellished jumpers aren’t exactly made for blending in – perhaps why we saw so many of them at Paris Fashion Week, where models and editors rocked the looks on the way to some of the hottest shows.Topshop has an adorable womenswear floral embroidered jumper on sale for £25.
The job of flipping burgers took a big step toward extinction this week as an autonomous robotic kitchen assistant called Flippy started work at a fast food outlet in California.Designed and built by Miso Robotics, Flippy took up its position alongside human staff at Caliburger in Pasadena on Monday.Every day during the lunchtime shift, the robot will flip burger patties on the grill, remove them when they’re ready, and place them on buns whereupon a human worker will add the extras.Billed as the world’s first burger-flipping robot, Flippy is essentially a six-axis robotic arm with a spatula on the end.Clad in its own chef garb, Flippy can flip up to 300 burgers an hour, and, CaliBurger customers will be pleased to know, will cook each one “perfectly and consistently,” according to Miso Robotics.It does so by using 3D, thermal, and regular cameras to monitor the burgers throughout the cooking process.
Taking a page from choose-your-own-adventure books, interactive story games are enabling players to decide what happens to their characters.The top seven titles on the Apple App Store and Google Play generated over $14 million from in-app purchases last month, according to Apptopia, a third-party provider of app data.Interactive story games come in a couple of different flavors.In titles like Ludia Games’s What’s Your Story?, players can create an avatar and interact with popular IP like Divergent and Project Runway.Pocket Gems’s Episode also features titles like Pretty Little Liars and Mean Girls, but it also acts as a platform that enables people to make and publish their own original stories.Players can read and write chat-based stories on apps like Telepathic, Inc.’s Hooked.
These compact appliances can be used to keep cool beverages conveniently close in a home office, to add some extra refrigeration space to your kitchen, or to serve as your primary unit when space is at a premium (or the budget is stretched thin).No, you’re probably not going to find automatic ice dispensers on a mini fridge, and no, we haven’t found any with built-in water filters, but these mini appliances have never been about luxury.If you need to keep drinks cold and groceries refrigerated, but you only have a limited space to do it, the mini fridges on this list might be what you’re looking for.Danby Designer 3.3 Cubic Feet RefrigeratorWhy you should buy this: The Danby Designer Compact All Refrigerator makes the most of its size with a unique shelving system.Who’s it for: People moving into dorm rooms and small apartments would appreciate this small appliance.
And you thought your tattoo was starting to look a little faded...Tattoos found on two ancient Egyptian mummies show people have been inking themselves at least a thousand years longer than anyone realized.The ink, discovered on mummies that live at the British Museum, came to light with the aid of infrared imaging done with an upgraded handheld Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS19 camera."Incredibly, at over 5,000 years of age, they back the evidence for tattooing in Africa by a millennium," Daniel Antoine, curator of physical anthropology at the British Museum, said in a statement on the find, which is detailed this week in the Journal of Archaeological Science.The mummies, one male and one female, hail from a town once called Gebelein, located along the Nile in an area so hot and dry, the bodies of some who died there thousands of years ago stayed incredibly intact.While ancient art and tools suggest human tattoos go back as far as the Stone Age, clear-cut proof of the practice depends on well-preserved skin.
Ever since Pokémon Go popularized augmented reality apps, developers have been trying to build the “next big thing.”The most popular free-to-use app using Apple’s ARKit right now, according to data from SensorTower, is Skrite, and today Skrite Labs has announced the addition of a new feature that lets its users virtually teleport to locations around the world.The Skrite app allows its users to create and post user-generated AR content directly from an iPhone or iPad.Today’s announcement brings a new feature that allows its users to experience 360-degree panorama views of skylines where Skrite messages have been posted.Once followers choose to view the message, they are “teleported” to the exact location where the AR content was posted in the sky above the famous landmark and can see the material left by the original creator.Skrite recently integrated Apple’s ARKit framework, and the app has been climbing the App Store charts since its debut in June 2017.
Fast becoming the minivan category favorite, Chrysler’s new-for-2017 Pacifica was introduced in the middle of 2016.New models in the Pacifica lineup include the conventionally powered Pacifica L entry-level model and the Pacifica Hybrid Touring Plus.Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy ratings for most trims average 19 mpg in city driving — the exception is the base Pacifica L’s 18 mpg city rating.An Advanced SafetyTec Group package comes standard with the Pacifica Hybrid Limited and is an option available for the Pacifica Touring L, Touring L Plus, and Limited.The premium package includes advanced brake assist, forward collision warning plus stop, rain-sensing wipers, auto high-beam headlamps, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane departure warning, 360-degree camera, front and rear parking assistance with braking, and parallel and perpendicular parking assistance.Standard features include power heated side mirrors, an integrated voice command, hand-sfree communications system, 6-speaker Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, AM/FM, USB and aux ports, and a third-row Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system.
Ivanka Trump said it is "pretty inappropriate" to ask her about the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct levied against her father, President Donald Trump.During an interview with NBC's Peter Alexander, the first daughter was asked whether she believed the 16 women who came forward to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct - claims that the president has vehemently denied."I think it's a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter, if she believes the accusers of her father, when he's affirmatively stated that there's no truth to it.I don't think that's a question you would ask many other daughters," the senior White House adviser said.Ivanka was interviewed by NBC as she concluded her trip to South Korea where she represented her father's administration and led the US delegation at the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony.Since moving to Washington DC to help in her father's administration, critics have often slammed Ivanka for failing to be a voice of moderation in the White House as her father's senior adviser and take a stand on issues she claims to be passionate about.
Energy drink Lucozade has rekindled an alliance with the Tomb Raider franchise stretching back to the titular videogame heroine's origins in the 1990s, with the launch of a new campaign timed to coincide with the character's latest film.‘Energy Beats Everything’, created by Grey London, splices footage from the Warner Bros flick together with marketing shots of the fizzy drink, communicating the idea that with sufficient energy you can leap any hurdle.Taking the form of a tongue in cheek movie trailer, the campaign marks the belated return of Lucozade to the franchise since it first teamed up with the adventurer in a 1999 commercial.Steven Hind, head of marketing at Lucozade Energy commented: “Lara Croft and the new Tomb Raider film are fantastic partners for Lucozade Energy because they are the perfect expression of the 'Energy Beats Everything' attitude.Our previous association with Tomb Raider adds extra power and resonance to our action-packed new campaign, which sees two heritage brands unite, in a thoroughly contemporary and dynamic way, to prove they’re still as popular as ever.”Caroline Pay, Co-CCO at Grey London added: “The Tomb Raider partnership is a brilliant way for Lucozade to reach out and entertain a new audience.
Keir Starmer made his party’s position very clear on the Andrew Marr Show - Labour is fully behind A Customs Union - and said it was approaching “crunch time” for Theresa May over the issue.The shadow Brexit secretary told the programme: “Obviously it’s the only way of realistically to get tariff free access, it’s really important for our manufacturing base and nobody can answer the question how you keep your commitment to no hard border in Northern Ireland without a customs union.”Starmer said in an ideal world, any new body would perform the same function at the current customs union - members of which are bound by EU rules.“It’s a customs union, that’s what the CBI are saying now, it’s what the various amendments are now all saying - there’s going to have to be a new agreement, but will it do the work of the current customs union?Various amendments to the Brexit bill aimed at forcing Theresa May’s hand have been tabled, including one by Tory backbencher Anna Soubry - Labour support for which Starmer did not rule out.His position was shared by deputy leader Tom Watson, who appeared on Peston on Sunday, and with shadow trade secretary Barry Gardiner on Pienaar’s Politics.
A schoolgirl was able to buy bleach from London shops, despite retailers agreeing to prevent sales of corrosive substances to children amid a spate of acid attacks, an investigation has revealed.BBC’s 5 Live Investigates was present during an undercover sting led by Newham Council and the Met Police this week, in which a 14-year-old girl was able to buy bottles of household cleaning bleach from three out of five high street retailers in Newham.The London borough had been dubbed the “acid attack capital of Britain” in reports after Met Police figures showed it had the highest rates of attacks in the UK.The Government is currently reviewing the regulation of sales of corrosive substances.Retailers are currently being encouraged to sign up to voluntarily self-regulate sales of corrosive substances to minors.In Newham, 182 retailers reportedly signed up to a voluntary scheme preventing such sales shoppers aged under 21.
Inspired by the human eye, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed an adaptive metalens, that is essentially a flat, electronically controlled artificial eye.The adaptive metalens simultaneously controls for three of the major contributors to blurry images: focus, astigmatism, and image shift."This research combines breakthroughs in artificial muscle technology with metalens technology to create a tunable metalens that can change its focus in real time, just like the human eye," said Alan She, a graduate student at SEAS and first author of the paper."We go one step further to build the capability of dynamically correcting for aberrations such as astigmatism and image shift, which the human eye cannot naturally do.""This demonstrates the feasibility of embedded optical zoom and autofocus for a wide range of applications including cell phone cameras, eyeglasses and virtual and augmented reality hardware," said Federico Capasso, Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering at SEAS and senior author of the paper.The Harvard Office of Technology Development has protected the intellectual property relating to this project and is exploring commercialization opportunities.