Origin-of-life researchers have praised the minimalism of the idea.Ramin Golestanian, a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Oxford who was not involved in the research, called it a big achievement that suggests that the general phenomenology of life formation is a lot easier than one might think.In 1924, Alexander Oparin, the Russian biochemist who first envisioned a hot, briny primordial soup as the source of life s humble beginnings, proposed that the mystery protocells might have been liquid droplets—naturally forming, membrane-free containers that concentrate chemicals and thereby foster reactions.In recent years, droplets have been found to perform a range of essential functions inside modern cells, reviving Oparin s long-forgotten speculation about their role in evolutionary history.The findings, reported in Nature Physics last month, paint a possible picture of life s start by explaining how cells made daughters, said Zwicker, who is now a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University.As a next step, experiments are under way in Dresden to try to observe the growth and division of active droplets made of synthetic polymers that are modeled after the droplets found in living cells.
Outlandish gaming systems usually come from boutique manufacturers rather than global brands like HP, so I was surprised when the Omen X turned up.And then my surprise turned to shock when I heaved this beast from its box.The right-hand side of the system has the power button, a row of ports and four sturdy, tool-free hard-disk bays that handle 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives, while the left-hand panel lifts away for component access.The left-hand panel and part of the roof can be removed with the press of one button.With the motherboard, graphics card and memory all pointing upwards, it makes tinkering far easier.Problem is, you're not really allowed to tinker unless you want to void the warranty.
Global shipments fell nearly 52 per cent in the third quarter of 2016, a figure that includes underperforming Apple Watch – if even the Cupertino giant with the fervent fanbase can t make it, who can?But Fossil isn t letting up.The American watchmaker recently released two new smartwatches that aim to track fitness, bridge the gap between you and your Android smartphone is that even necessary when everyone s glued to their phone these days?, add some style to your outfit, and of course, tell the time.The Q Marshal is beautifully crafted and unapologetically chunky: its case is 45mm wide and 14mm thick, with a tachymeter-style ring which adds extra bulk despite the ring offering no function that wraps around the face.This is a watch that makes no pretensions about being a sleek IoT Internet of Things gadget; it aspires to be a classic timepiece that people who care about wearing cufflinks and tie clips admire.
Apple is suing Qualcomm for roughly $1 billion, saying Qualcomm has been charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.The suit follows the US Federal Trade Commission s lawsuit against Qualcomm earlier this week over allegedly unfair patent licensing practises.The complaint, filed in US District Court in San Diego on Friday, alleges that Qualcomm has withheld $1 billion in rebate payments owed to Apple under an agreement between the two companies because Apple cooperated with an anti-trust investigation by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, or KFTC.Qualcomm is a major supplier to both Apple and Samsung for modem chips that help phones connect to wireless networks.The South Korean anti-trust regulator in December fined Qualcomm a record US$865 million for anti-competitive patent licensing practicss.Qualcomm has withheld the required contractual payments from Apple even though the agreement clearly permits Apple to respond to the KFTC s lawful investigation and requests for information, according to the lawsuit.
Online stores need descriptions that properly explain the product so shoppers can make good, informed buying decisions.The stores also want unique descriptions so that product detail pages rank relatively high on search engine results.One possible solution for the ecommerce-product-description problem is to use natural language text or, as some refer to it, templating.A part of speech, like a noun or adjective, is assigned to each blank.As mentioned above, in Mad Libs one fills in the blanks with parts of speech.Imagine you run an online electronics store, wherein you drop ship thousands of products, including about 2,500 makes and models of televisions.
How Millennials and Baby Boomers Consume User-Generated Content Infographic 47% of millennials trust user-generated content, vs. 36% of their baby boomer counterparts.However, each generation shared a relative distrust of content created by brands.This infographic shows the generation gap of UGC.Survey: 60 percent of voice users want more answers and fewer search resultsPeople who use voice search — the majority of whom prefer to do so in private vs. public — use it because it s fast, doesn t require reading, and gives you fewer answers to sort through.
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Echelon and the IBM Watson IoT group will collaborate to develop an enhanced streetlight control platform for smart cities, the companies announced in a release.The platform will allow cities to use connected lighting that responds to observed behavior and trends in a way that can both reinforce public safety and reduce energy consumption.The platform will enable cities and municipalities to gather data from sensors and other connected devices, and leverage the power of IBM Watson s AI to make smarter decisions.In particular, Watson will power adaptive decision-making processes, taking sensor data and using it in real time to automate public lighting.Smart lighting platforms can provide cities with a number of clear and tangible benefits.Lights can be activated when there's a person nearby, providing a sense of security and added visibility that may serve to reduce crime by keeping people alert.Enhance automotive visibility: Using a smart lighting platform, municipalities can adjust streetlight output based on traffic volume as well as weather conditions.With low-power LEDs, the lamp can modulate output, so in cases of fog, it can decrease light levels so that visibility isn't further reduced.When typically low-trafficked areas see high volume, lights can adjust to provide output beyond normal hours.Reduce energy costs: By using a connected adaptive lighting platform, cities are able to realize benefits like those listed above while also reducing electricity usage and energy costs.The adaptive nature of a smart lighting platform allows it to only use lights that are needed, transitioning lighting from timing-based to need-based.
NetApp s growing focus on as-a-service platforms continues with BaaS UK rolloutStorage and data management provider NetApp has launched it s Backup-as-a-Service BaaS in the UK, in partnership with Node4 and Daisy Group, following previous rollouts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Spain.The cloud-based service enables UK organisations to securely store their data without any additional hardware investment, ensuring business-critical data is not lost in the event of a power outage or cyber attack.The launch marks the next step in NetApp s continuing strategy to focus more on as-a-service platforms and less on traditional hardware in line with a changing industry.Speaking in London, Matt Watts, NetApp s director of technology and strategy for EMEA, explained the reasoning behind the BaaS offering: We rely more on data, but our data is more at risk than it has ever been before.Therefore we have to have better processes, procedures and technologies in place to protect it to a level that we have never had to do before.
All the latest in the world of the channel from our sister site ChannelBizWelcome to Cross Channel, a weekly round up of the most pertinent stories from our sister site ChannelBiz, where you can find out all the latest developments, views and strategies from the world of the channel.Box ignites channel activity with new partner portalBox has launched a new partner portal to support partners internationally, claiming it is committed to building its channel programme in EMEA.The cloud collaboration software vendor describes the portal as a one-stop shop for Box partners channel-related needs.Working effectively with channel partners is important for our growth, and adding support with our new partner portal is a key step to strengthening our relationships and building a robust partner network, said David Benjamin, SVP and GM of EMEA, at Box.
Emojipedia Redheads might soon be joining the emoji character set, according Emojipedia which we first spotted on The Verge.The report confirms that redheads are on the agenda at the Unicode technical tommittee meeting next week hosted at the AppleNew emoji are decided on by a non-profit organisation called the since 2015 to get redheads added to emoji.
Some people really, really don't want to give up theirThe devices are subject to a global recall because they can explode — but months later, some die-hard customers are still refusing to give them up.According to a report from Fortune, US telecoms giant Verizon is planning to take extreme measures against these hold-out users:
Xiaomi took their own time in getting the Mi 5 out in the market, a bit like OPPO are doing with the successor to the Find 7.That said, Xiaomi do seem in the mood to launch the successor to the Mi 5 pretty soon.According to reports coming in from Xiaomi s home country, the Mi 6 is planned for a mid-March launch.Previous reports have also suggested that the Mi 6 would be shown off at the MWC 2017 in Barcelona next month.As you will have read on GizChina before, the Mi 6 is expected to feature a few different spec sets typical of Xiaomi, usually — three, to be precise.You can learn more about the variants and the expected specifications here.The Mi 5 didn t really turn out to be the stupendous success that Xiaomi would ve hoped for, which is why word is that the Mi 6 is going to be a very crucial device for Xiaomi if the brand has any expectations from its high-end phones.In related news, Xiaomi recently launched the Redmi Note 4 in India.
It's a game that cries out for the HD remaster treatment, maybe something along the lines of what and got on the PS3 and PS4.But the 3DS version looks the same or slightly worse aside from being rejiggered to fit on the 3DS screen.It s not a bad-looking game given the system that it s on, but aliasing, pop-in, and low-res textures especially on distant objects are all easily noticeable.A also shows how some colors have been changed and brightened and how a little detail has been lost on character models, though these things are less noticeable on the 3DS screen worth noting: there don t appear to be any graphical differences between gameplay on the standard 3DS and the New Nintendo 3DS, though the latter s right analog nub can be used to control the camera if you re playing on that system .
Microsoft s lawsuit objecting to the indiscriminate use by U.S. law enforcement of orders that demand user data without the opportunity to inform the customer may run into questions about the software giant's standing to raise the issue on behalf of its customers.A government motion to dismiss Microsoft s complaint comes up for oral arguments Monday and significantly the judge said on Thursday that the issue of whether Fourth Amendment rights are personal or can be vicariously asserted by third-parties on behalf of their customers would have to be addressed by both sides.The issue of whether service provider companies can sue on behalf of their users against secret orders has figured in other lawsuits including one between Facebook and law enforcement in New York.The lawsuit filed by Microsoft in April has the backing of a large number of civil rights groups, trade bodies and companies, including Google, Amazon, Cisco Systems, Apple and Twitter, who have filed briefs in the federal court.Microsoft said in its complaint that it brought the case because its customers have a right to know when the government obtains a warrant to read their emails, and because Microsoft has a right to tell them.It said at the time that over the past 18 months federal courts had issued almost 2,600 secrecy orders, also referred to as gag orders, that prevented Microsoft from speaking about warrants and other legal process seeking its customers data.
Uber settled a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission today for $20 million.The lawsuit alleged that the ride-hailing app recruited drivers by misleading them about the amount of money they could earn through the app and the auto financing deals they could get through Uber s Vehicle Solutions Program.The lawsuit claims that Uber made false, misleading, or unsubstantiated claims regarding driver earnings and its Vehicle Solutions Program.t, although Uber advertised that drivers could earn between $16 and $29 per hour depending on the city in which they drove, only a fraction of drivers actually earned the advertised amount.In Boston, Minneapolis and Philadelphia, fewer than 10 percent of drivers earned the advertised amount, according to the FTC.In several other cities, the rate was a bit higher — fewer than 30 percent of drivers earned the advertised rate in Dallas, Phoenix and Seattle.
by Daisy Hernandez, Global Vice President of Product Management, Enterprise Collaboration at SAPImproving workplace collaboration often involves connecting the right people at the right times.Fostering cohesive bonds increases the likelihood that employees will accept and adopt the desired change, according to Burris, who studies the relationship between leaders and employees, focusing on the employee voice.Daisy Hernandez DH : You wrote in Harvard Business Review about the concept of a collective voice for employees.Ethan Burris EB : A collective voice is when a group of employees bring issues to their boss/manager.This approach is also helpful for employees that don t have the appropriate relationships, or skills think public speaking, personal connections/relationships, etc.
The CIA posted almost a million declassified files online this week, offering a fascinating record of unexplained UFO sightings and the agency s secret operations.Around 930,000 documents, totaling more than 12 million pages, have been posted online.Previously, the files were only available to the public at the National Archives in Maryland.Spanning early CIA history, the Cold War, Vietnam, and the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, the archive also details a number of UFO incidents.A UFO search of the archive at Electronic Reading Room on the CIA s website returns 1,738 items, the earliest of which is dated 1942.Strange sightings are described in files such as a 1966 file detailing an unusual phenomenon on the horizon near the border between Iran and the former Soviet Union.
A popular Chinese photo-editing app has burst into popularity in the West, covering social feeds in airbrushed photos with huge, sparkling eyes.Although Meitu has been around since 2008, it has become an overnight success and was trending in Apple's App Store on Thursday.Meitu is a lot like other photo-editing apps — it has Bitmoji-style stickers, Instagram-style filters, and Layout-style photo collages.But the app really shines in its "hand-drawn" mode that is like a Snapchat filter on steroids.It slims jawlines, enlarges eyes, and adds a bit of sparkle to the whole package.Basically, it makes you look like a cartoon — and these images are rapidly spreading on social media.The company behind the app had its initial public offering in Hong Kong in December with a roughly $4.6 billion valuation, which may increase as investors learn that Western audiences like the app, too.Here's what using the app is like: View As:
Wong DAVOS, SWITZERLAND — Bill Gates warned at the World Economic Forum on Thursday that a new form of terrorism could be coming and that we are not prepared for it.The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is part of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation, which focuses on creating vaccines that could stop the outbreak of future diseases.
The deal is reported to be worth $62m.IBM has signed a five year contract with the US Army to provide infrastructure-as-a-Service IaaS and to build, manage and operate cloud solutions that offer greater flexibility and performance.The solution will be part of the Army Private Cloud Enterprise APCE programme, with a one year task order to be followed by four additional one year options under the Army Private Cloud 2 APC2 contract.The total cost of the contract is expected to be $62m for the five year period.The army is planning to migrate applications to private cloud.In the first year, the army expects to move at least 35 applications to the cloud in the first year.