Google has released its annual Thanksgiving traffic and search trends report, created by analyzing data from last year’s holiday season.It breaks down the best and worst times to travel by state and also throws in information about when popular places, like grocery and liquor stores, are the most crowded.Even if you can’t avoid Thanksgiving travel hell, Google’s interactive site will at least let you know what level of hell to expect by showing traffic stats by state, day, and time.Here are some highlights: not surprisingly, Wednesday between 3PM to 4PM is when traffic is at its most abysmal during Thanksgiving week, but it becomes significantly less packed by 6AM on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.For return trips, Google’s report advises leaving Friday or Sunday morning, since most people don’t hit the road until the afternoon.The crowds in bakeries and grocery stores are at their peak the afternoon before Thanksgiving as shoppers grab last-minute supplies.
Well, if anyone knows if he fudged it, it would be himThe inventor of two patents that covers Ethernet switching products has been given permission to question the validity of his own invention.That's the unusual upshot of a decision by a US federal appeals court this week, which ruled anyone – including the original inventor – is entitled to challenge the validity of a patent.And the answer to that lies in who else is named on patent 7,340,597 - "Method and apparatus for securing a communications device using a logging module" – and patent 6,377,577 – "Access control list processing in hardware."In both cases, the patent is assigned to Cisco.Cheriton worked for Cisco at the time he come up with the inventions and he assigned his entire rights to its over to the company.
The Blu-ray and DVD of Star Trek: Discovery season 1 is now available in stores, beginning with the US and Canada.The first season of Discovery is available as a limited edition in a premium metal case in the US and Canada starting Tuesday and the UK starting Nov. 19.Australian fans can get the steelbook starting Nov. 28.After the show's original run on subscription service CBS All Access in North America and through Netflix elsewhere, this is the first chance for those who haven't streamed the show to catch the Star Trek prequel.(Editors' note: CNET is owned by CBS.)The four-disc Blu-ray and DVD sets feature all 15 episodes of the first season, plus deleted scenes and documentary featurettes:
There have been few hacker groups that have been responsible for as many headlines this year as Magecart.In a new report published with risk intelligence firm Flashpoint, Klijnsma has exposed the inner workings of the hackers — a group of groups, rather than a single entity — all with different modus operandi and targets, which he described as a “thriving criminal underworld that has operated in the shadows for years.”“Magecart is only now becoming a household name,” the researcher said.Chief among Klijnsma’s findings is that there are at least six distinct groups operating Magecart skimming scams, each taking their own approach.Group 4 took the bulk of the victims — more than 3,000 sites hacked — with its scattergun approach, grabbing as many cards as it could from as many sites as it could.The groups have been going where the money is — breaking into websites using known server vulnerabilities, injecting card payment skimming code and siphoning off credit card numbers, names and security codes on an attacker-controlled server, often for months at a time.
Following reports of its testing, Spotify today has launched its long-awaited Apple Watch app.The app allows users to control the playback of Spotify’s streaming service from their Watch’s screen, as well as connect to devices like their computer, Wi-Fi speaker and more through Spotify Connect, toggle on Shuffle, access music playlists and other recently played items, favorite tracks with a heart, and more.The news was announced today on Spotify’s blog, where it details the app’s features, which also include the ability to play podcasts, in addition to music.“We know the importance of having music on the go, which is why we’re excited to bring a new Spotify app to our highly mobile users on Apple Watch,” the company said.“With this new app, users can enjoy an improved experience with better control and the ability to seamlessly connect to your speakers or devices.The App Store’s release notes indicate this is a “first version” of the Watch app, which hints more changes will come.
Den svenska industrikoncernen Sandvik förvärvar amerikanska Dura-Mill, en tillverkare av pinnfräsar, enligt ett pressmeddelande från Sandvik.Dura-Mill har 30 anställda, och omsatte motsvarande 65 miljoner kronor under 2017."Förvärvet är i linje med Sandvik Machining Solutions avsikt att växa affären inom solida hårdmetallverktyg.Dura-Mill förstärker ytterligare vår förmåga inom specialanpassade pinnfräsar", skriver Klas Forsström, chef för Sandvik Machining Solutions.Parterna har enats om att inte avslöja köpeskillingen.Affären förväntas vara avslutad innan årets slut.
Best Buy = chocolate, Black Friday 2018 = peanut butterBlack Friday is Nov. 23 this year, but the biggest retailers have revealed their Thanksgiving holiday sales early.And one of the biggest is Best Buy.The technology specialist's big circular just posted on sites such as BestBlackFriday.com, featuring low prices on TV, laptops, game consoles, speakers and streamers.Best Buy's sale will start in stores at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and some of the deals are in-store only.But many of the deals will also be available online, and some can be had right now.
A 70-year-old Taiwanese man has gone viral for his dedication to the mobile video game "Pokémon Go."Photos from Twitter show Chen San-yuan playing the game on 11 different phones at the same time using a special rig tied around his waist.San-yuan, who has been given the nickname "Uncle Pokémon" has slowly upgraded his setup over the last few months and reportedly spends more than $1,200 a month on the free-to-play game.A Taiwanese man has earned the nickname Uncle Pokémon after gaining international attention for his outrageous dedication to "Pokémon Go."Recent photos show Chen San-yuan, 70, using a waist-mounted rig to play the mobile video game on 11 different phones at the same time.San-yuan first garnered virual attention in May, when photos of the elderly man playing "Pokémon Go" on a bike-mounted setup with six phones surfaced on Reddit.
Thermoelectric generation from temperature difference in window glass is anticipated as an innovative energy source.Low-cost and environmentally-friendly transparent materials with high thermoelectric performance are necessary.Transparent thermoelectric devices, which enable energy recovery from transparent objects such as glass and transparent electronic devices, are expected to be developed using the developed methodology.A research group led by Professor Yoshiaki Nakamura of Osaka University successfully developed a methodology for enhancing thermoelectric power factor while decreasing thermal conductivity.For the development of high-performance thermoelectric materials, expensive and toxic heavy elements have often been used; however, the high cost and toxicity have limited the social use of such thermoelectric materials.In the developed films, the thermoelectric power factor was increased by selective transmission of energetic electrons through nanowire interfaces with intentionally-controlled energy barriers, and thermal conductivity was decreased by scattering phonons at the nanowire interfaces.
In 2014, of the 17.6 million incidents of identity theft filed with law enforcement, 86 percent of victims reported fraud in connection with an existing credit card or bank account.In fact, according to the Federal Trade Commission, credit card fraud is the most common form of identity theft in the U.S., with more than 130,000 reports of it annually.Automated methods of detecting suspicious card usage patterns are nothing new, but researchers at eBay describe a cutting-edge technique in a new paper (“Credit Card Fraud Detection in e-Commerce: An Outlier Detection Approach“) published on the preprint server Arxiv.org.Their proposed system uses an algorithm trained to recognize “good behavior” as it relates to transactions and payments, and to flag goings on that fall outside of the expected norm.“Often the challenge associated with tasks like fraud and spam detection is the lack of all likely patterns needed to train suitable supervised learning models,” the paper’s authors wrote.“This problem accentuates when the fraudulent patterns are not only scarce, they also change over time … Limited data and continuously changing patterns makes learning significantly difficult.
Marketing measurement software and analytics provider DoubleVerify marked Election Day in the U.S. by sharing some eye-opening statistics exclusively to Adweek.The company said it has seen a 50 percent jump over the past month in online advertising inventory that its filter classifies as “inflammatory news and politics” across several programmatic platforms.The filter identifies “sites that contain fake, unsubstantiated or unreliable information, or content that demonstrates political intolerance, hateful language or threatening rhetoric,” the company said.CMO Dan Slivjanovski said the inflammatory news and politics filter covers programmatic display, network display and video ads.He added that it’s a combination of man and machine: An algorithm does “scale work” and reviews language used in stories and other content, and its findings are then manually reviewed.DoubleVerify provides fraud protection, verified viewability data and brand safety services to many of the world’s largest advertisers and their agencies, as well as to the major demand-side platforms.
Beyond her work with established brands, Williams channels considerable energy into effecting change, and her fashion line, Serena, is the most recent, and tangible, example.While other marketers use female empowerment as an angle to enter the zeitgeist, Serena is premised on the concept.“As women, we’re expected to do everything,” Williams explains at serenawilliams.com, where the price points are as inclusive as the sizes.“As an athlete, an entrepreneur, a daughter, a sister, a wife and now (wow!)a mother, I know it’s not always about perfection, but being prepared for whatever life throws in your direction.” She goes on to encourage women to support each other because “every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another.”Venus and Serena Williams cofounded the Yetunde Price Resource Center to support victims of senseless violence in South Los Angeles.
In an odd and fascinating sighting, officials with the Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas captured an eight-legged creature “swimming” across a small body of water: a tarantula.“Did you know that tarantulas can ‘swim?’ With their legs acting as paddles, they can row across water,” the park captioned a Wednesday Facebook video, which already has more than 3,000 shares and 270,000 views.While the video doesn’t show if the hastily moving spider made it across successfully, the Big Bend Ranch State Park confirmed that it did, explaining the tarantula used the “current to help drift to the shore”“That is terrifyingly cool,” one woman commented on the video.“They really are quite magnificent and gentle.Don’t kill it; leave it alone and it will leave you alone,” another woman wrote.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says this has been one of the worst year's he's ever had."This year felt like five years of aging, frankly.The worst year of my entire career," he says.In a new interview with Recode, Musk says he was working 120-hour weeks to get Tesla Model 3 production ramped up.Moreover, Musk says that "everyone" at Tesla was working 100-hour weeks.Tesla CEO Elon Musk is having a particularly hard year.
At least one million people will be receiving the next FabFitFun box as the Los Angeles company surpasses $200 million in revenue and continues its run as one of the startups to watch in the Los Angeles tech community.As it renews its focus on media — doubling down on new programming in a bid to reach further into repeatable revenue through subscriptions that encompass more than just retail — the company is trying to frame itself as more than just makeup and accessories in a box.“When we think of the potential behind the business … there are a few businesses in the world for whom membership is a no brainer.Netflix is, Spotify is and we think FabFitFun is a no brainer,” said Daniel Broukhim co-founder and co-chief executive of FabFitFun.The company’s reach spans demographics and geography, according to co-chief executives (and brothers) Daniel and Michael Broukhim, with users ranging in age from 15 to 85 and subscriptions covering all 50 states.“FabFitFun is truly for every woman – whether you are a millennial, a mom of three, or a fashion-forward 50 year old; we see this milestone as a celebration of the diversity of our members and that’s why we launched the IamFabFitFun initiative,” said Katie Rosen Kitchens, the company’s other co-founder and editor in chief, in a statement.
The Samsung Galaxy Experience 10 beta on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus supports DeX mode without a dock.A video shows the desktop experience working via a USB-C to HDMI adapter.A video picked up by XDA Developers shows a Galaxy S9 Plus with the beta version of the update powering Samsung DeX using a USB-C to HDMI cable.While the video only shows DeX without a dock working on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8, will also get Samsung Experience 10.This suggests these phones could also be in line to get dockless DeX compatibility.Currently, the only devices that support DeX without a dock are the Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Tab 4.
The two Neanderthals in the study also experienced lead exposure during their early years, making them the earliest known instances of this exposure.Tooth enamel forms in thin layers, and those layers record the chemical traces of a person’s early life—from climate to nutrition to chemical exposures—a little like tree rings on a much smaller scale.Archaeologist Tanya Smith of Griffith University and her colleagues examined microscopic samples of tooth enamel from two Neanderthal children from the Payre site in southeastern France.In the Payre Neanderthals, oxygen-18 ratios increased in the summer and dropped in the winter in predictable seasonal cycles, which Smith and her colleagues could compare from one week to the next.“This is particularly germane for Neanderthals, who survived extreme Eurasian environmental variation and glaciations, mysteriously going extinct during a cool interglacial stage,” wrote Smith and her colleagues.That kind of physiological strain impacts how the body absorbs and processes minerals, including the ones in tooth enamel, and that can leave a visible line across the tooth, marking the layers of enamel added during tough times.
Scientists from the Higher School of Economics have developed a method that allows physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to separate between various types of elementary particles with a high degree of accuracy.The results were published in the Journal of Physics.One of major unsolved problems of modern physics is the predominance of matter over antimatter in the Universe.Back in 1966, Russian scientist Andrei Sakharov suggested, that imbalance between matter and antimatter appeared as a result of CP violation, i.e., an asymmetry between particles and antiparticles.Thus only particles remained after their annihilation (mutual destruction) of resulting unbalanced contributions.The Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment (LHCb) studies unstable particles called B-mesons.
As part of a Treasury-led taskforce, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released details of its investigation into how UK regulators should approach the cryptocurrency industry, mostly by defining the different kinds of cryptocurrencies and their underlying blockchain technology.Much like the old man who yells at the cloud, the UK government is lashing out at the cryptocurrency industry.Not only does the report reaffirm its view that digital assets (cryptoassets) have no intrinsic value, financial regulators are even considering banning certain kinds.The report ultimately details the actions the UK government is taking to keep the Crown safe from dodgy cryptocurrency businesses and token-peddling fraudsters, while warning the general public to do their own research before investing.In the first quarter of 2019, it will have finalized a “consultation” on the potential prohibition of certain types of cryptoassets.In particular, derivatives like contracts for differences, options, and futures could be outright banned next year.
BROOKLYN — Apple is holding its second big event of the fall in New York City's most populous borough.Apple held its first fall event in September, where it unveiled a new Apple Watch and three new iPhone models.On Tuesday, we're expecting Apple to unveil new iPads, Mac computers, and accessories to go with those devices.The event itself officially kicks off on Tuesday at 10 a.m.Business Insider is in attendance.You can watch all of the announcements as they happen below.