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Researchers led by a University of California San Diego team have published work in the journal Nature Energy that explains what's causing the performance-reducing "voltage fade" that currently plagues a promising class of cathode materials called Lithium-rich NMC (nickel magnesium cobalt) layered oxides.These cathode materials have garnered considerable attention over the years as promising components for better rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles.(Ex: Can the world's most promising electric-car battery be saved?in a July 2014 Quartz article by Steve LeVine.)"The dislocations are extra atomic layers that don't fit into the otherwise perfectly periodic crystal structure," said Andrej Singer, the lead author who performed this work as a postdoctoral researcher at UC San Diego.By combining experimental evidence with theory, the research team concluded that the nucleation of this specific type of dislocation results in voltage fade.
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Kick-off is at at 5pm local time, which is 3pm BST, 10am ET, 7am PT, midnight AEST and 4pm in Belgium.It's the match that neither side wanted to be playing at the beginning of the week, but after semi-final disappointment, England and Belgium have the chance to leave the 2018 World Cup in Russia on a high with a third place finish.And we'll tell you your World Cup live stream options so you can watch for free from anywhere.Following their pedestrian group stage clash when both teams had already qualified for the next round, the two sides again meet in unusual circumstances and are likely to field much-changed teams once more.Belgium's second string deserved their 1-0 win the first time out, with Adnan Januzaj's cracking strike proving the difference, and will therefore enter this one as favorites.But England should provide fired-up opposition as they bid to restore the feel-good factor they created back home during their run to the semi-finals.
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One of the coolest minimal cars that is at home on the race track as it is the highway is the Ariel Atom.Ariel has announced an all-new car that keeps the iconic design of the original and turns it up several notches called the Ariel Atom 4.The heart of this beast is a 320hp Honda Type R turbo engine.That engine allows for some insane performance numbers, the car will hit 60mph in 2.8 seconds.The suspension and steering are completely revised.That means an already stunning handling car should handle even better.
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Threat intel firm RiskIQ reckons the hacking group Magecart hit Ticketmaster only as part of a massive credit card card hacking campaign affecting more than 800 e-commerce sites.Magecart has evolved tactically from hacking sites directly, to targeting widely used third-party software components.According to RiskIQ researchers, Magecart likely breached the systems of Inbenta and SociaPlus, both third-party suppliers integrated with Ticketmaster websites, and added to or replaced custom JavaScript modules with their digital credit card skimmer code.Malicious scripts injected into e-commerce websites can record the credit card data unwitting customers enter into online payment form before uploading the data to a server controlled by crooks.Magecart is well-known to RiskIQ, which has been tracking the group's mendacious activities since 2015.The group's credit card skimming attacks have been continuously ramping up in frequency, sophistication, and impact for years, according to the threat intel firm.
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I’m going to keep this short and sweet.It’s a topic that I could write a book on, and one that could easily send me down a rabbit hole that only ends after multiple alcoholic beverages, dozens of open tabs, and a few thousand words of ranting type.Look, we get it; it’s become fashionable to bag on Elon Musk.He’s a man that’s seemingly lost his goddamn mind, turning on journalists, and attempting to insert conspiracies into the stories of anyone who dares question his once loved Tesla brand.It’s a page out of the Trump playbook, and if you didn’t know better, you’d assume Musk wrote it.He’s an asshole, or at least he’s become one.
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Ridesharing company Uber and Google parent Alphabet have invested in scooter sharing company Lime in a $335m (£252m) funding round.Uber will work with Lime as a strategic partner in the electric scooter space with the companies working to co-brand Lime’s scooters and make the service available on the Uber app.Read more: Deliveroo riders will start using electric scooters and bikes early in 2018The investment round was led by GV, formerly Google Ventures, and also included private equity firm IVP, London-headquartered investment firm Atomico and asset manager Fidelity Management and Research.The latest investment round valued Lime at $1.1bn Bloomberg reported.Lime's main rival in the scooter space is Bird, which is now valued at $2bn following a $300m funding round last month led by venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.
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Grab may have bought itself a dominant position in Southeast Asia through its acquisition of Uber’s regional business, but the company still believes there’s competition in the ride-hailing space despite what consumers may feel.But Grab customers aren’t alone in feeling that the Grab-Uber deal is detrimental, the Competition and Consumer Commission Singapore (CCCS) last week expressed concern that the tie-up is hurting consumers and that a lack of competition will reduce innovation.Despite that threat looming, Grab co-founder Hooi Ling Tan told an audience at the Rise conference in Hong Kong that the market, and ride-hailing more generally, remains competitive in Southeast Asia despite Uber’s exit.“There’s still a lot of existing competition, we don’t foresee it ending ever.. and to be honest we don’t want it to because we continue to learn from them,” Tan said.“We continue to learn from alternative players who take alternative strategies [and] operational tactics.”Go-Jek, the billion-dollar firm that dominates Indonesia and is plotting a regional expansion to fill Uber’s void, may be the most obvious rival, but Tan said that Grab is competing with more basic forces.
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Amerikanska Wework, som hyr ut kontorsytor till andra företag, är ett av världens mest hajpade startupbolag.Under den tidiga våren 2019 ska man öppna lokaler i den nyrenoverade fastigheten Urban Escape, där även Spotify har sitt nya huvudkontor, i centrala Stockholm.”Det har kommit fantastiska företag från Sverige som gjort avtryck i hela världen, inte bara inom tech med de många enhörningarna, utan också inom mode och möbler med H och Ikea.Men vi drivs av efterfrågan och måste se till att vår expansion är noga planerad”, säger Wybo Wijnbergen, chef för Nordeuropa på Wework, till Di Digital.Bolaget omsatte runt 7,7 miljarder kronor under 2017, med en justerad förlust på cirka 1,7 miljarder kronor före räntor och skatter.Det är huvudsakligen entreprenörer, frilansare och startups som lockas till de delade kontorsytorna.
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Under senare tid har det stormat rejält kring det nya direktiv om digital upphovsrätt som EU vill få igenom.Framför handlar det om två omstridda artiklar i förslaget – artikel 11 där det talas om att mediehus och andra som producerar innehåll i vissa fall ska har rätt att ta ut avgifter för att deras material länkas och artikel 13 som handlar om att plattformar där användare kan ladda upp material måste använda filter för att se till att inget upphovsrättskyddat material slinker igenom.Många oroas över att det kan betyda slutet för helt legitima användningsområden som parodier eller så kallade memes där man använder känt material men på ett sätt som är tillåtet men som riskerar att fastna i och stoppas av filtren.Men trots kritiken har förslaget ändå kommit en bra bit i processen – ministerrådet är med på noterna och även EU-parlamentets juridiska utskott röstade nyligen igenom ett förslag som var snarlikt ministerrådets.I dag har dock EU-parlamentet sagt nej till att låta förslaget gå direkt vidare för förhandling med rådet och EU-kommissionen med 40 rösters övervikt.I stället vill man omarbeta det innan man röstar igen i september.
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The second round World Cup clash between England and Colombia generated one of the highest UK TV audiences ever, and the largest since 2012’s London Olympics closing ceremony on the BBC.After 120 minutes of intense football between the nations, ITV clocked a one-minute peak of 24.4m people just as England’s Eric Dier slotted home the winning spot-kick.On UK TV, the event sits behind the 26.3m peak that the closing ceremony in London boasted in 2012 on BBC One.It also falls just shy of ITV’s own peak – 27.7m, when Portugal kicked England out at Euro 2014 on penalties, again.The England and Colombia clash saw 3.3m simulcast requests on the ITV Hub, the highest ever received by this service.The coverage lasted just over four hours and took a 69% share of UK viewing during this window, proving how live sports can still draw impressive audiences on linear TV.
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This is a story you probably didn't expect to see today, but here we go.An activist group has accused the government of discriminating against future generations by failing to cut carbon emissions fast enough.So it's suing the government on their behalf.Plan B is arguing if the government postpones its emissions cuts, future generations will be left to deal with the consequences.That's why its seeking permission from a judge to launch formal legal action, and stop the UK government from doing such a thing - potentially breaking the terms of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.A hearing is currently scheduled for tomorrow in the High Court - if successful the case will go to trial.
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Google-owned and developed traffic maps app Waze has partnered up with insurance firm Allianz to offer emergency roadside assistance to its European users at the touch of a button.Available 24/7, Waze users will be able to click on the SOS button for roadside help inside the app in the event of a breakdown, flat tyre, flat battery or mis-fuelling for one-off assistance from Allianz wherever they are.The service is first being rolled out in the UK, where the app has 2m users, as well as seven other European destinations.Waze told City A.M. that some 45 per cent of its UK users are London-based, offering a targeted benefit to City drivers.“With 64% of the UK population commuting to work by car, and even more people than ever opting to do staycations, providing help while driving is what Waze has always tried to deliver,” said Finlay Clark, Waze's UK country manager.“The partnership with Allianz Partners has enabled us to take the stress out of breaking down.
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When I read Roger Cheng's recap of the top tech stories of 2018, a New Yorker cartoon from last week popped into my head.It shows a doctor giving a worried patient his diagnosis: "Here's your problem -- it looks like you're paying attention to what's going on."That pretty much sums up the news.We're only halfway into the year and it already feels like it's been years.Practically every day, some insane event or stunt gets amplified in our social media feeds, mobile alerts and the scrolling chyrons at the bottom of TV screens.Mark Zuckerberg apologizing repeatedly for a Facebook screw-up that gave away personal data on 87 million people.
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Comcast notified users that it is introducing some Xfinity Mobile throttling.Video streaming will drop from 720p to 480p, and hotspot speeds will cap at 600Kbps.Comcast says that these changes are being put in place to “help” users stay under their data limits.Do you know about Xfinity Mobile?It’s a Verizon MVNO that gets you unlimited nationwide talk and text and either $12 per GB of data or an “unlimited” plan for $45 per month (capped at 20GB).Surprising no one, Comcast announced some imminent plan changes today which will surely make its customers hopping mad.
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Som första stad i Europa kan du i höst åka autonom taxi i Ruoen, Normandie, Frankrike.Till skillnad från de amerikanska leverantörerna handlar det dock inte om större bilar såsom SUVar och minibussar utan om Renault’s el-modell Zoe.Att det är just en Zoe som körs på vägarna gör att man gärna inte är för många i bilen – dessutom eftersom förarsätet och passagerarsätet är upptagna av ”förare” respektive teknik.Men två eller tre personer borde man få in i baksätet om man klämmer in sig lite.Initativet är från Rouen Normandy Autonomous Lab och består förutom Renault av transportföretaget Transdev och försäkringsbolaget Matmut.Projektet pågår från September i år och avslutas december 2019.
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly had dinner with conservative commentators and Republican leaders last week in Washington to discuss social media bias, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.Dorsey, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, have garnered criticism from conservatives over how the networks handle conservative content.In May, the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee sent a letter to Zuckerberg and Dorsey requesting information about the social networks' efforts to "prevent political bias."Twitter didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.Dorsey said at the dinner that there was room for improvement on Twitter, according to the Post, but denied the platform goes after conservative viewpoints.
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In the week, Mumbai has introduced a strict ban on the use of plastic bags, cups, and some types of plastic bottles.anyone who breaks The rules risks a fine or imprisonment.Up to the equivalent of just over sek 3 500 in fines or in the worst cases a prison sentence.It can be the consequence for anyone found to use a plastic bag, plastic cup or plastic bottle in Mumbai, reports The Guardian.”We want to encourage a responsible plastanvändande.Therefore, we have banned the kind of plastic that can't be collected, settled and recycled,” says Mumbai chief minister Devendra Fadnavis Times of India.
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Microsoft Edge is following in the footsteps of other browsers today.Microsoft is adding native ad blocking to Edge, which is something we’ve seen from other browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.The only difference, however, is that Microsoft is adding Adblock Plus to Edge, taking things one step further than other companies have.For instance, while Chrome blocks ads, it only blocks ones that don’t adhere to the standards laid down by the Coalition for Better Ads.While the ads the Coalition is targeting are certainly annoying, they make up only a portion of the ads you see across the internet each day.As a result, you still ads when using Chrome, just not the most annoying ones.
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Xiaomi has been upbeat after reports of more than 1 million unit sales of its Mi 8 in China.The company happily posted its latest accomplshment on social media over the weekend and said that it took 18 days to achieve the 1 million customer mark.That is a good milestone considering that the handset has not even gone global yet.In comparison the OnePlus 6 achieved roughly the same numbers in twenty two days after a global release.Now, it seems, the iPhone X-look alike is going to expand to more countries finally next month, although, the handset has been introduced in France and Russia.Xiao Zhiyuan, Xiaomi’s Product Marketing Director, has clearly stated that the handset is launching in global markets next month.
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The tiny home movement has shown us that you can squeeze a surprising amount of living space into an incredibly small floor plan simply by using clever design and innovative thinking.But often times, those homes sacrifice character and style in the process, which isn’t all that surprising when you consider the emphasis is squarely placed on function rather than form.When building his one-of-a-kind home, owner Kurt Hughes took some obvious design cues from NASA and the Apollo space program.From the outside, the place looks a lot like a lunar lander, the spacecraft that first carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin down to the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969, complete with landing struts for a gentle touchdown.All told, the tiny house weighs just 3,000 pounds and is suspended nine feet off the ground.Access is gained via a ladder, of course, with solar-powered lights illuminating the way.
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