Much of the light we see and use is partially polarized, meaning its electric field vibrates in specific directions.Lenses designed to work across a range of applications, from phone cameras to microscopes and sensors, need to be able to focus light regardless of its polarization.Researchers believed that symmetric nanostructures such as circular pillars were essential building blocks to develop photonic devices that are not sensitive to polarization.Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a polarization-insensitive metalens comprised of non-symmetric nanofins that can achromatically focus light across the visible spectrum without aberrations.This flat lens could be used for everything from virtual or augmented reality headsets to microscopy, lithography, sensors, and displays."By making this lens polarization insensitive, we have doubled the efficiency of the metalens from previous iterations," said Wei Ting Chen, a research associate at SEAS and first author of the paper.
Recently, it was announced that Jason Reitman will be helming a new Ghostbusters project, slated for next year.The project, skipping over the Paul Feige 2016 all-lady reboot entirely, will function as a continuation of the narrative of the original two movies from the 1980s.And Leslie Jones, one of those lady cast members from the 2016 version, is not impressed by the snub.In a blistering tweet, Jones took full advantage of her 280 characters yesterday to call the new movie “like something trump would do,” aligning the film with a sexist urge to erase the most recent film.(Trump voice)”Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge.Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers” ugh so annoying.
Rapid and erratic movements of Earth’s north magnetic pole have prompted an early update to a model that assists with navigation.Over the last 30 years, the rate of distance that the magnetic north pole moves per year has sped up, around 15 kilometres (9.3 miles) per year to around 55 kilometres (34 miles) per year, according to Nature.The World Magnetic Model (WMM) provides a five-year forecast of the Earth’s magnetic field, which assists with navigation.The WMM forecasts are produced by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the British Geological Survey (BGS) on behalf of the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the UK Defence Geographic Centre.The WMM describes the primary engine responsible for magnetic pole movement: the Earth’s core.Beginning in late 2014, however, the core geomagnetic field started to shift in a way that hadn’t been predicted, wrote BGS scientist Will Brown at his blog.
But as food bank use and child poverty rise further, and as the two child limit – which still hasn’t been scrapped – continues to hurt innocent families, Amber Rudd’s changes to Universal Credit will look increasingly like window dressing.The damage already wrought by Universal Credit is immense.During the full service roll-out, food bank use went up by 52% after 12 months in areas where it was introduced, compared to 13% in other areas - and that’s not me saying that, it’s the Trussell Trust.There could be an additional 300,000 children living in poverty as a result of the benefit freeze, and two thirds of children in poverty come from working households.This debunks the stock Tory response that Universal Credit was crafted to take people in to work ‘because work is the best route out of poverty’.So believe me, if I thought this government was finally listening to the many constituency MPs like me – and even some from the government’s own benches – as well as charities, foodbanks, housing associations and even the United Nations; if they were putting a stop to this cruel shambles, nobody would be happier than I would.
What happened: Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei plans to drive a new round of personnel reductions as it faces challenges amid China’s struggling economy.The solution is to “cut a portion of jobs with less value and simplify the organization to ensure those who work hard can gain more benefits from their jobs,” Ren Zhengfei, founder and chief executive said in an internal memo on Friday.He also mentioned the company will avoid overly laying off staff, while warning employees to prepare for “times of hardship” as the overall situation might be not as good as imagined.Why it’s important: A slew of China’s big technology companies has reportedly laid off employees over the past months, namely, Baidu-backed iQiyi, lifestyle service Meituan Dianping, and knowledge sharing platform Zhihu.Earlier this month, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba was rumored to cut travel spending and postpone hiring.US tech giant Apple cut its revenue forecast for the first time in nearly two decades due to the weaker demand in China at the beginning of 2019.
Which are the startups that are on the path to becoming the next big thing?In this regular post, we give you an overview of the companies that have raised money in the past week, as well as those we think investors should look at.Momo, which is said to have been Vietnam’s most downloaded e-wallet app in 2018, has raised series C funding.The startup was founded in 2013 and has raised US$133.8 million to date.This content is exclusive to subscribers.Stay close to innovation in Asia by subscribing at just $0.27 per day.
Smartphones are both the most powerful tools in our hands and also the most dangerous.Never mind the hacks that could compromise our data and even our identity, these gadgets have infiltrated every corner of our modern lives, affecting and changing the way we think, the way we behave, and the way we work.That’s why platforms makers such as Google and Apple have taken the almost ironic step to include tools to monitor our smartphone habits.ActionDash, from the developer of the popular Action Launcher Android app, takes all of that and brings it to even more Android users.Google already has a Digital Wellbeing app that sort of kicked off this new trend, so why another app?As laudable as its intention may have been, its implementation leaves much to be desired.
On a day where Aaron Sorkin encouraged newly elected Democrats to "stop acting like young people", Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a different plan: She jumped onto a Donkey Kong Twitch livestream and talked about how much she loved the Nintendo 64.On Sunday Harry Brewis -- better known as H.Bomberguy, a YouTuber and Twitch streamer -- put together a livestream to raise money for Mermaids, a charity that provides support for gender diverse and transgender children.At time of writing he's raised over $255,000 by playing Donkey Kong 64.Part of the reason for the livestream was in response to Graham Linehan, the creator of Black Books and The IT Crowd.Recently Linehan has become extremely outspoken on transgender issues.H.Bomberguy chose the Mermaids specifically, he says, because Linehan began a campaign against the charity, after it received a £500,000 (around $643,000) donation from the UK National Lottery.
A London-based smart home technology startup, backed by the former chief of SSE Ian Marchant, today announced that it has raised £2m in a new funding round.Den, which has now raised a total of £5m, is also backed by Mark Davies, a founder of Betfair.Read more: Stay on top of your resolutions with the best fitness gadgets of 2019Den’s devices can be controlled and monitored using a smartphone app and can be used in conjunction with voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa.The technology allows users to track which appliances are consuming the most energy and be alerted to potential safety concerns.“Den is providing a simple and elegant solution to bring our existing housing stock into the 21st century, allowing everyone to benefit from the advantages of the smart home revolution,” said Marchant.
Laptops which can count extensive battery life on their feature lists include the likes of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 and the HP Spectre Folio.Apple’s MacBook Air has always been designed as a sleek, entry-level MacBook option which prioritizes portability and aesthetics over other aspects, like performance.Its use of a modern, eighth-generation processor makes it not only more powerful, but more conservative with its power usage.Both models feature a 54 watt-hour battery, but Apple claims that you can get 13 hours of iTunes playback on the contemporary model, versus 12 hours on the older variant.In our MacBook Air review, we found that the modern MacBook Air was capable of playing 1080p video on a loop for 10 hours, or around eight hours of web browsing.Configuration options are limited, but sticking to smaller storage capacities and memory will provide a minute benefit for extending battery life.
Google has rolled out speed limits to Google Maps, two years after the long-awaited feature started testing in San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The speed limit feature will show the maximum speed for the road that drivers are traversing in the lower left side of the app.Google Maps will also now display the locations of speed traps through small camera icons, and the app will reportedly play an audio warning to alert drivers that a speed trap is approaching.Users have been allowed to report the location of speed trap cameras in Google Maps since late last year, through the report button that shows up with a “+” sign at the bottom left of the app’s main screen.The app is now making the data visible to users in several countries.Speed limits are being added for the United States, United Kingdom, and Denmark.
Western Digital has begun shipping the WD Black SN750, the latest in its popular Black line of performance-oriented, solid-state hard drives.The company is also pivoting the Black brand to be primarily focused on gamers; this is part of an ongoing trend that high-end PC hardware is getting categorized as gamer gear.Solid-state revolution: in-depth on how SSDs really workWestern Digital claims the newest entry will offer an option to help PC gamers reduce risk of throttling-related performance dips.That's thanks to an optional heatsink add-on, but the company also credits improved performance to firmware refinements.Other than that, the WD Black SN750 is a modest update over its predecessor.
Samsung will be holding one of its Unpacked events on February 20th, and along with revealing another look at its upcoming foldable phone device, the company will be officially announcing the Galaxy 10.The increasing leaks and rumors in recent months have pointed towards three devices for this year’s lineup of flagship Galaxy devices, and a new image has surfaced that offers our best look yet at each model.The new image, which seems to be an official press render, shows the front and rear of the Galaxy S10E, the S10, and the S10+ from left to right.Posted by well-known leaker Evan Blass, the phones are shown in clear cases, but we still get a good look at each model’s camera arrangement.On the left, the S10E, which is expected to be the cheapest model of the three with fewer frills, has two rear cameras and a single hole-punch in the top-right of the display for the front camera.It’s still unknown what the official name of this model will be, but it’s previously been dubbed the Galaxy S10 “Lite” and S10 “Edge.”
A health monitoring watch being developed by Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a medical device.This means that the FDA has found the device to be safe and effective, and that it can legally be sold in the U.S.Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences research organization, has been working on a health watch for several years.The aim was to create a biosensing device which was unobtrusive, and which could be used to monitor the wearer’s health either for clinical or for research purposes.According to Verily, the device has now been developed and has been used by thousands of people as part of clinical research studies, and with the new FDA approval the devices can now be used for more research projects.The research using the Verily Study Watch is focused particularly on cardiovascular health, which is the number one cause of death of both men and women in the U.S.
If it seems like ages ago since ESPN announced that it had won the rights to broadcast UFC, that's because it is.It was way back in May 2018 when the organisations revealed a five-year deal worth around $1.5 billion for ESPN to show Ultimate Fighting Championship events.Taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York tonight, Fight Night is being main evented by what looks like a cracker.Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo and bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw are duking it out for the former's championship belt.While former footballer Greg Hardy makes his debut further down the card against fellow heavyweight Allen Crowder.The broadcasting giant's online subscription platform only launched in 2018, but has already made waves by hosting big-ticket tennis, soccer and boxing events.
In the world of Merger, the worker sits alone in front of a screen or eight, surrounded by a sea of constantly compounding data, anxiously trying to handle tasks as they rapidly pile up, and attempting to make sense of the nearly incomprehensible world it all somehow fits into.It’s a film apparently set in the future, but like most good speculative fiction, it’s effective as an unsparing metaphor for work right now.Merger is the latest speculative interactive short from user interface designer and filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda, of ‘Hyper-Reality’ fame.And like its predecessor, it’s culled from real-world experience.Matsuda positioned the UI as a poke at common sci-fi tropes—namely, the incessantly influential Minority Report.“I’m asked to build that sort of interface all the time,” Matsuda laughed in an interview with the Verge.
To be honest, I hate the word “identity.” There’s a lot of talk about this now, but if anyone is telling you they’re building “identity” on a public network, you should run immediately.The irony of this all, is that the more we advance into the future – with devices, IoT, blockchain technology, and hyper-connectivity – the more data is going to be brought into the ecosystem.And the more data that is brought into the system, the more we’ll find companies and, naturally governments, are going to want to focus in on it.Companies looking at how they can leverage your data, and governments looking at how they can also protect it.Again, blockchain connects everyone – this is important.A lot has changed since World War II.
Celebrity chef Richard Corrigan has offered a £1,000 reward for information about a customer who “dined and dashed” at one of his upscale London restaurants.The restaurateur, 54, posted a picture on social media of a man who he said racked up a £1,500 bill and “finished with a Cuban (then) walked in to the night” after eating at Corrigan’s Mayfair on December 18.I'm still looking for Mr pimpernel who walked into the London fog with out paying before Christmas 1000corrigan eating pounds , if anyone knows him .— Richard Corrigan (@CorrigansFood) January 18, 2019Corrigan, who has won Great British Menu three times, renewed his appeal on Twitter on Friday, saying there was “1000 Corrigan eating pounds” on offer for anyone with information about the man he called “Mr Pimpernel”.Corrigan, who was awarded his first Michelin star in 1994 when he was head chef of Stephen Bull in Fulham and a second at Lindsay House in Soho in 2007, told The Times: “I was sitting near him at one point and thought there was something odd.
This weekend will bring the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse, the last total lunar eclipse until 2021.The event will be visible throughout North America, assuming the weather doesn’t block the view.People unable to see the event due to cloud cover, an unwillingness to go out into cold weather, or simply being in the wrong location will still have the opportunity to watch the eclipse live.The name “super blood wolf” refers to multiple features of the upcoming eclipse.The term “super” is in reference to the fact that the moon will be near its closest distance to Earth during the eclipse, while the “blood” part is due the reddish color the moon will experience during totality — the moon won’t disappear entirely.As for the “wolf” part of the name, this lunar eclipse happens to coincide with the wolf moon, which is the name that has been traditionally given to the full moon experienced in the month of January.
With older generations turning away from Facebook after a litany of fake news, privacy, and security-related debacles, Facebook has renewed its efforts to capture and monetise the memes of teens in hopes of raking in future revenue streams.So following in the footsteps of Lasso, Lifestage, and Slingshot comes LOL, which might be Facebook’s most doomed app yet.Discovered by TechCrunch while still in private beta featuring around 100 high school student testers (who agreed to NDAs with parental consent), LOL appears to be a desperate attempt to centralise the amusing GIFs, videos, and memes teens share on other networks or through disappearing formats like Stories.(Facebook confirmed it was testing LOL to TechCrunch.)Based on screenshots sent to TechCrunch, memes are categorised into a range of collections such as “Dailies” and “Look Mom No Hands,” with additional loathe-inducing filters like “Wait For It,” “Savage,” and more.And in a classic Facebook-style move, there’s also a “For You” section that attempts to rustle a kids’ jimmies by using an algorithm to pick specific memes to suit their tastes.