Larry Turner

Larry Turner

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The Singapore government has set aside an additional S$100 million (US$74 million) for small and medium enterprises, finance minister Heng Swee Keat announced in Parliament today, as part of his annual budget speech.The fund, dubbed SME Co-Investment Fund III, will be co-invested into startups alongside venture capital firms and private sector investors.Here are more SME-related announcements:Enterprise Singapore, a government agency that helps local enterprises, will launch a new program called Scale-up SG.It is designed to help startup scale up by linking them up with private and public sector partners.The government will pilot an Innovation Agents program, which will help companies tap experts who can advise on innovating and commercializing technology.
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Aimy Wissa, assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering (MechSE) at Illinois, leads an interdisciplinary research team to study click beetles to inspire more agile robots.The team, which includes MechSE Assistant Professor Alison Dunn and Dr. Marianne Alleyne, a research scientist in the Department of Entomology, recently presented their ongoing and novel work on the quick release mechanism of click beetles at the 2019 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Annual Meeting.Ophelia Bolmin, a graduate student in Wissa's Bio-inspired Adaptive Morphology (BAM) Lab, presented novel synchrotron X-ray footage that showed the internal latch mechanism of the click beetle, and demonstrated for the first time to the scientific community how the hinge morphology and mechanics enable this unique clicking mechanism.The presentation, "The click beetle latch mechanism: An in-vivo study using synchrotron X-rays," was part of an invited symposium on mechanisms of energy flow in organismal movement.This work builds on research that was initiated by the Illinois team nearly two years ago, detailing the click beetles' legless self-righting jumping mechanism.The team already built prototypes of a hinge-like spring-loaded device that are being incorporated into a robot.
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Oscars 2019 is just a week away.We still don't know who's going to host, but here's what we do know about the 91st Oscar ceremony.We know who's nominated -- and that Black Panther is up for best picture and might even have a slight chance.We also know how, when and where to watch the show online.This year the Oscars takes place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 24.The whole event starts at 8 p.m.
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Pairs of swing-dancing electrons do the Lindy Hop in "Superconductivity: The Musical," the winning video for this year's geektastic Dance Your PhD contest.Pramodh Yapa, a graduate student at the University of Alberta, Canada, beat out roughly 50 other entries for the interpretive dance based on his master's thesis, "Non-Local Electrodynamics of Superconducting Wires: Implications for Flux Noise and Inductance."The Dance Your PhD contest was established in 2008 by science journalist John Bohannon, and is sponsored by Science magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).So he put together a dance party at Austria's Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, including a contest for whichever candidate could best explain their thesis topics with interpretive dance.There are four broad categories: physics, chemistry, biology, and social science, with a fairly liberal interpretation of what topics fall under each.Over the years, the quality of the videos has improved a bit—Bohannon recalled the first year's winning video just had a postdoc chasing after a couple of graduates to demonstrate mouse genetics—as has the prizes offered.
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Apex Legends, the Battle Royale shooter that is being tagged as a potential Fortnite killer, was released less than two weeks ago, but developer Respawn Entertainment said that it has already banned over 16,000 cheaters from the game.Respawn revealed the mind-boggling statistic through an update post on the Apex Legends sub-Reddit, where it also called for the community to try to capture proof of cheaters, such as a screenshot or video clip, and send them information through this link.Respawn added that if players are unable to acquire proof of cheating, they may just forward the alleged cheaters’ IDs, and the developer will investigate the reported accounts itself.There is currently no in-game feature in Apex Legends to report cheaters, but Respawn said that it is “a very good idea.” There is no timeline yet on when the feature will arrive to the Battle Royale shooter, but given the slew of updates that have already been released for the game, its addition might not take long.“Cheaters suck,” Respawn wrote in the Reddit post, and legitimate Apex Legends players will agree.The cheating problem has apparently escalated to the point that Twitch streamers are blatantly implementing hacks during broadcasts.
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If Bohemian Rhapsody can win best drama at the Golden Globes, who knows what will happen at the Oscars.With their 10 nominations each, the frontrunners are looking like Roma and The Favourite but if the Academy decides to make a surprise selection (Moonlight had most dramatic surprise win) Bohemian Rhapsody and the rest might be in with a chance.Based off its recent BAFTA wins in both the best picture and best director categories, Alfonso Cuaron's Roma is the safe bet.It helps that Roma is The Sound of Music-level moving storytelling, following Cleo, a cleaner and carer for a middle class family in 1970s Mexico.The moving painting of a film weaves in autobiographical elements from Cuaron's childhood during a time of political unrest.Also propelling Green Book is its people's choice award win at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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The WWE Elimination Chamber 2019 happens today in Houston, Texas.Elimination Chamber 2019 is the continuation of Wrestlemania season, which began last month at the Royal Rumble and culminates at Wrestlemania 35 on April 7 in New Jersey.The 2019 Elimination Chamber will also crown the first ever WWE Women's Tag-Team Champions.Check out the specific start times as well as the current match card below.We'll continue to fill it in as more matches are added.Be sure to also check out CBS Sports' coverage of Elimination Chamber and their predictions.
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UK cybersecurity darling Darktrace is at risk of being pulled into the US fraud case against tech billionaire Mike Lynch and his former Autonomy colleague Sushovan Hussain.US court documents show that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents held a voluntary interview with Darktrace’s co-chief executive Nicole Eagan, as first reported by the Sunday Telegraph.Read more: Mike Lynch-backed legal AI startup valued at $100m after funding roundThe US government is trying to establish links between Darktrace and Invoke Capital, an investment vehicle founded by Lynch.Hussain was found guilty on fraud charges last year in connection to the sale of Autonomy to Hewlett Packard for $11.8bn (£9.2bn), while Lynch is fighting US extradition to face fraud charges over the same deal.Prosecutors were frustrated in attempts to get non-US firm Invoke to hand over evidence, and have shifted their attention to Darktrace which has a US presence.
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Facebook at one point demonstrated "informal interest" in buying Intermedia Labs, the company responsible for the game-show app HQ Trivia, The Wall Street Journal reports.But Facebook's interest reportedly waned after Recode published an article describing allegations of inappropriate behavior by Intermedia Labs co-founder Colin Krollduring his time working for Twitter.Kroll died of a drug overdose in 2018.Facebook and Intermedia Labs did not immediately respond to Business Insider's requests for comment.But Facebook's interest reportedly waned after Recode published an article describing allegations of inappropriate behavior by Intermedia Labs co-founder Colin Kroll during his time working for Twitter.Read more: HQ Trivia and Vine cofounder Colin Kroll was a talented but tough boss who had a history of clashes with staff
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BOSTON - A combination of two drugs - one of them an immunotherapy agent - could become a new standard, first-line treatment for patients with metastatic kidney cancer, says an investigator from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, reporting results from a phase 3 clinical trial."Patients receiving the drug combination also had a higher response rate - meaning their tumors shrank - than the sunitinib-only group," said Toni K. Choueiri, MD, senior and co-corresponding author of the report on the JAVELIN Renal 101 trial in the New England Journal of Medicine and Director of the Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology at Dana-Farber."This is certainly better than sunitinib -- hopefully this will lead to Food and Drug Administration approval soon," said Choueiri, The Jerome and Nancy Kohlberg Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical SchoolWhile progression-free survival was improved with the combination treatment, additional follow-up is needed to show whether the two-drug therapy extends overall survival compared to the standard regimen.Immunotherapy drugs such as avelumab - which blocks an immune checkpoint called PD-L1 - work by activating "exhausted" immune T cells so they can more effectively attack cancer cells.The results from this study showed that the median progression-free survival (PFS) - the length of time before the cancer began to worsen - was 13.8 months in the combination group and 7.2 months in patients receiving only sunitinib.
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Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is planning to take on US rival Uber in some of Latin America’s fastest-growing markets, recruiting managers in Chile, Peru, and Colombia, according to job postings and a company official.Didi has moved senior executives from China to lead its expansion in markets like Chile and Peru, and began in recent weeks advertising for driver operations, crisis management, marketing, and business development personnel in those countries.Didi already faces off against Uber in Brazil, South America’s largest market, where it acquired local ride-hailing startup 99 for a reported US$1 billion last January.The Chinese company has also launched operations in Mexico, Japan, and Taiwan, and it’s an investor in Southeast Asia’s Grab.Yesterday, Didi revealed that it plans to cut up to 15 percent of its staff after leaked financials indicated it racked up a US$1.6 billion loss last year.
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Google used shell companies and subsidiaries to hide its involvement in expansion plans that yielded millions of dollars in tax breaks, according to a report by The Washington Post on Friday, casting light on how tech companies cut deals with local governments.When the search giant planned to build a data center in Midlothian, Texas, Google used a subsidiary called Sharka LLC, The Post reported.In the case of the Texas data center, Google was seeking a decade of tax breaks, but Midlothian's head of economic development was barred from disclosing Google's involvement in the project, the report said.The size of deals between local governments and tech companies was thrust into the spotlight Thursday after Amazon dropped a bombshell announcement: It was no longer going forward with plans to build a massive second headquarters in New York City.The withdrawal followed intense opposition from local politicians and union groups, fueled in part by the tax breaks the city gave the e-commerce giant.Earlier this week, CEO Sundar Pichai said the search giant is investing $13 billion in data centers and offices around the country, mostly in the Midwest, East Coast and South.
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A University of Texas at Arlington researcher is developing new technology to program 2D materials so they can form complex 3D shapes and motions.The research could transform the way soft engineering systems or devices are designed and fabricated, with potential applications in bioinspired soft robotics, biomedical devices, tissue engineering and artificial muscles, which are soft materials that change their shapes or move in response to external signals as our muscles do."Our discoveries so far have shown great promise, and I hope that we will be able to create materials that are capable of being programmed to perform much more complex movements," he said."Previously, we focused on hydrogels, but now we will try to include biological cell components."Yum also has developed design rules based on the concept of modularity to create even more complex structures, including bioinspired structures with programmed sequential motions.This makes the shapes dynamic so they can move through space.
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It seems like today everyone is trying to hop on the video-streaming-service bandwagon.Disney, NBCUniversal, AT and Apple are all making their way into the paid streaming game, and they're surely not the last.These hugely successful corporations want to stake their claims in this already crowded entertainment sector.Disney's service, Disney+ is set to unveil this year and will take advantage of its overarching ownership of many franchises, such as Star Wars, Marvel and the Pixar movies.NBCUniversal's will include original content as well as licensed titles.Apple's service is a bit of a mystery as to what will be included with its streaming service, but a company of that size is sure to be competitive.
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Not long ago -- three months to be exact -- Amazon's giant HQ2 project was considered a national prize.The largest e-commerce company in the world had planned to create a second major campus outside its Seattle mothership as it worked toward even more expansion.Then New York City won half the project, and everything went disastrously wrong.Following months of opposition from local politicians and union groups, Amazon on Thursday canceled its plans to build a 25,000-employee campus in New York.It offers a clear picture of how badly Amazon misdiagnosed the political environment it was walking into and how it made itself a bigger target for protesters by creating such a flashy bidding process.The situation also illustrates how negative perceptions about Bezos' treatment of workers and alleged monopolistic practices are corroding the company's once-sterling reputation.
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Alexander Lewis-Ranwell has been charged with the murder of three elderly men in Exeter, Devon and Cornwall Police said.Ranwell, 27, from Croyde, Braunton, is charged with the murder of Anthony Payne, 80, and 84-year-old twin brothers, Richard and Roger Carter.Post-mortem examinations have confirmed that all three victims sustained serious head injuries.He has also been charged with two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and will appear at Exeter Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.Detective Chief Inspector, Roy Linden, deputy head of major crime, said: “I would like to start by thanking everyone who has supported this investigation.“Given this is now subject to formal court proceedings, we would remind everyone that Contempt of Court rules apply.
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Alibaba affiliate and Alipay parent Ant Financial’s acquisition of London-based payments and currency exchange company WorldFirst marks Ant Financial’s first big move in the UK.“Alipay and WorldFirst’s capabilities and international footprints are highly complementary,” Ant Financial said in a statement shared with TechNode, adding that the tie-up will add WorldFirst’s international online payments and virtual account products to Alipay’s existing technology solutions.Ant Financial expects to further expand its customer base through the acquisition of the UK payments firm, especially in the area of cross border e-commerce.Ant Financial did not disclose the size of the acquisition, however, British broadcaster Sky News reported in December that the acquisition was likely to worth about $700 million.WorldFirst, founded in 2004, has years of experience working with Chinese businesses that trade globally.The company has been taking steps to become one of the first foreign companies to be granted a license to operate in China’s fintech sector.
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China has long been ambivalent about technological change, attempting to reap the rewards of innovation while also protecting existing traditional structures.The first railroad in China, just outside Shanghai, was dismantled in 1877 because it threatened Confucian social order, not to mention the steamships used to navigate the canals surrounding Shanghai.However, unlike in the past, China not only recognizes the importance of embracing change, but also the capability to shape how it impacts the broader culture, putting it on the path to become a gaming powerhouse.In 2019, data from Statista shows that the country is projected to lead the world in mobile game revenue, and just recently, the central government recognized gaming as an official profession.However, since PC and console games first became popular, governments, teachers, and parents have warned that video games will not only cause nearsightedness but also may lead to antisocial behavior and even addiction.Just as Honour of Kings—aka Arena of Valor—was taking off in 2017, the People’s Daily—a publication referred to by some as the “mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party” and frequent host to moralistic opinions—ran an opinion piece comparing the top-grossing game to poison.
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“If we can make the creation of casual games as easy as it is to play them, I think fundamentally we can have a big, wide impact on gaming,” says Richard O’Connell excitedly.He envisages avid mobile gamers spending “an hour a day creating something” rather than just playing, and thereby making “pocket money on the side.”Funblock, the startup where O’Connell orks as chief marketing officer, is prepping the launch of its first-ever game, one where the likes of you and I will build all the levels.Called Funblock Factory, the Candy Crush-esque match-three puzzler comes with detailed yet finger-friendly building tools in which anyone can design levels of varying shapes and difficulty in just a few minutes.This is the beta builder as you shape the walls and set the pieces:This content is exclusive to subscribers.
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Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi will this year lay off 15% of its employees, amounting to around 2,000 people, a move that follows rumors the company made record-breaking losses in 2018.Sources close to the company told TechNode that Didi CEO Cheng Wei made the announcement at an internal meeting on Friday, saying that the ride-hailing giant would cut headcount and that some non-core businesses would be re-evaluated and cut back if necessary.Didi declined to comment when contacted by TechNode.The move comes shortly after Didi was rumored to have made a loss of nearly RMB 11 billion (around $1.6 billion) in 2018.In December, Didi slashed its employees’ year-end bonuses in half, while executives receive nothing, due to the company’s poor performance last year.Cheng said in an internal memo in September that Didi had “never achieved profitability” since its establishment.
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