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p A company planning to send the ashes of dead people into orbit said on Tuesday that it will hitch a flight on one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets.San Francisco-based Elysium Space describes itself as a “memorial spaceflight” company made of ex-NASA personnel and funeral experts.The business aims to “change the vision of death from the underground to the celestial.”Each customer who signs up will receive a kit containing a custom ash capsule to collect the cremated remains of their loved one.This is then sent back to Elysium Space and is placed in the company’s spacecraft.This will be launched into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
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Not when millions of posts are published every day.Not when today’s average post is 1,054 words; requiring anywhere from three hours to an entire day to write.Like you’ve got that kinda time.And yet, you still need results.You can’t afford to grok around in the dark, looking for the light switch as your posts continue to relish in obscurity.Chances are, your information is good.
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Last Friday, the UK-based security researcher stopped the WannaCry ransomware in its tracks thanks to an ingenious bit of technological trickery, thus preventing more machines from getting infected.Enter the British tabloid press, which late last night doxxed the man behind MalwareTech for literally no apparent reason.They pored through his online footprint until they eventually had enough evidence to identify someone who literally didn’t want to be identified.@jeremiahg I refused to give out pics or personal info but their journalists are too good, they dug through a ton of OSINT and found me :X— MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) May 14, 2017I always though I'd be doxed by skids, but turns out Journalists are 100x better at doxing.
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p Samsung’s Bixby made its debut on the Galaxy S8 series.However, the digital assistant isn’t only meant for smartphones, as the company plans on expanding it to a bunch of different devices including home appliances.The tech giant has recently announced that it is bringing Bixby to the Family Hub 2.0 refrigerators.All new models sold will include the digital assistant, while those that have already been purchased will get it via an update.The Family Hub 2.0 fridge, which was released in March, can now search for recipes and weather information, among other things, thanks to Bixby.It’s also capable of automatically controlling the temperature in the fridge and can provide you with recipes based on your eating habits.
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p Opinion: Whether you’re in an emergency or simply hate seeing 'the red,' these apps are killing your phone batteryYou forgot to charge your phone overnight.You’ve been out all day without a charger.There are many reasons why your phone battery dies quickly, and there are many ways to save your battery so that you can stay connected and stress-free throughout the day.Whether you’re in an emergency or simply hate seeing “the red,” we rounded up the top five apps that are killing your phone battery.1 killer of cell phone batteries.
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p If the "Stranger Things" kids and the Losers' Club from Stephen King's "It" met up, they'd probably be fast friends.It helps that actor Finn Wolfhard plays Mike in Netflix's "Stranger Things" and also plays Richie Tozier in "It," but they have other things in common too.A new clip from the upcoming movie version of "It" was revealed at the MTV Movie and TV Awards Sunday night, and the similarities are obvious.Both groups are geeky kids in small towns, facing a supernatural murderous menace from which no adult can protect them.The "It" kids' version of the Upside Down is their town's creepy sewers, where they find a shoe from Betty Ripsom, who's gone missing and whose fate seems as final and horrific as poor Barb of "Stranger Things."And hello, Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgård), we can't say we've missed seeing you again.
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p Switzerland has once again topped the list as the world’s most talent-competitive nation, although there are promising developments for the rising economies of Asia, in particular China and India, according to a global ranking released in April.This year’s global talent competitiveness index report, themed “Talent and Technology”, focuses on the impact of technology on talent management and the future of work generally.However, the ways in which the two giants in the region have been addressing such challenges are remarkable, and important lessons can be drawn.Policy choices and economic structures also need to be considered to analyse the differences and anticipate the ways in which the two “whale economies” of Asia may choose to address their human resource challenges in the future.Both China and India have a relatively positive “enabling environment”, which has been marked by a significant improvement in the way businesses can be created and operated and how the legal and regulatory environments have started to address issues such as corruption.Both India and China have shown a remarkable appetite to embrace technological change and build comparative advantages.
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Soon Wi-Fi will do more than just connect you to the internet.According to a paper published today, Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a holographic imaging process that uses radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter to generate three-dimensional images of the surrounding environment, down to centimeter (.4-inch)-scale precision, effectively making holograms out of thin air.According to Friedemann Reinhard, director of the Emmy Noether Research Group for Quantum Sensors at the Walter Schottky Institute of the TU Munich, generating holograms with the microwave radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter requires merely one fixed and one movable antenna, which is much simpler than optical holograms that require elaborate laser technology."Using this technology, we can generate a three-dimensional image of the space around the Wi-Fi transmitter, as if our eyes could see microwave radiation," Reinhard says in the paper.Since Wi-Fi signals penetrate walls, this means going forward it can be used to locate and recover victims buried under an avalanche or a collapsed building.The development of this technology is still in its early state but for those concerned about privacy, Reinhard says the movable antenna required to scan an entire room, or a building, would be very large and can't be installed clandestinely.
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p If you’ve been paying attention to China’s internet industry, then you are surely aware of the term “BAT”, an acronym that’s used to refer China’s IT triumvirate Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent./p p As pioneers of China’s internet boom, BAT, are often dubbed as the first generation of Chinese tech companies.When they began, they each had their own distinct focus: Baidu for search, Alibaba for e-commerce and Tencent for social networking and games./p p Different from the U.S. and Europe, where internet companies focus on one sector and try to be the best at it, Chinese companies start by focusing on and solving one problem, but their ultimate goal is to build huge companies that can attack all different parts of the market.They are the powers behind nearly ever emerging sectors from ride-hailing, bike-rental, m-health, online education, AI, cloud and big data.That number does not include Alipay’s operator Ant Financial, which has been seeking an individual listing in the near future.
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p What goes up must come down, and preferably when it does it will do so safely -- especially when there's human cargo on board.Richard Branson's space tourism venture Virgin Galactic announced that the first airborne test of its spacecraft re-entry system was completed successfully in the Mojave Desert, California on Monday.The test took place during VSS Unity's fourth glide flight and saw the bespoke "feather" system designed to slow the craft down and help it land back on Earth as gently as possible put through its paces in the air for the first time.The feather system that took place this week was only tested at a single altitude, but the system will continue to be evaluated in different conditions as the VSS Unity completes further tests at differing altitudes in the coming months.The news should reassure hopeful future space tourists everywhere, who now know their well-earned and eye-wateringly expensive vacation might not be the last thing they ever do.In 2014, Virgin Galactic pilot Michael Alsbury was killed when a rocket powering a test flight of the VSS Enterprise broke apart in midair, causing the vessel to crash.
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Twitch may have bumped up against airport security over the weekend.A popular Twitch streamer named Paul “Ice_Poseidon” Denino was banned from the livestreaming service after a “swatting” incident at a Phoenix airport last Friday.He was using Twitch’s relatively new IRL category, telling everyone exactly where he was, and someone called in a bomb threat in his name.Denino believes he’s being treated unfairly, and going by his subreddit, his fans agree with him.They’re currently upvoting a number of inappropriate images (such as this one of Hitler) to get them to show up in Google searches of Twitch.But I think the story is a little different from Twitch’s perspective.
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The following is an excerpt from The Way to Design, a guide to becoming a designer founder and to building design-centric businesses.Three things are responsible for this remarkable shift.Where once engineers used to rely on raw programming languages to create software; today, they build from open-source libraries and preexisting technology platforms.“The expectation for a new company is so much higher now,” Airbnb’s Joe Gebbia said to me when I interviewed him, “because what they did in six months [10 years ago] someone could do now in a week.” And therefore, “People have to come with more value.”The second reason that design has moved center stage is that consumer expectations have evolved.The bottoms of drawers across the free world are littered with poorly designed products that sold well because of brilliant sales and marketing.
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Coming from people who make money by creating brand campaigns, wouldn’t it seem counterintuitive that those writers, filmmakers, editors, animators and producers say that a good ad experience is a skippable one?co-founder and CCO of Tongal, a network of more than 120,000 freelance creatives and production companies.“People don’t want to be interrupted, they want to be empowered,” he said of the findings in the Tongal Creator Trends Report 2017.“They’re just saying, ‘If you ask for my attention, which is a big commitment, you better have something worthy to say.’”Tongal polled nearly 500 of its members on what they value in branded content, what its weaknesses are and what they want brands to know.Since the group is “a mix of skilled technical creators and everyday people with a creative bent,” DeJulio thinks it’s fairly representative of the general media-saturated population.
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John and Matthew talk about WeChat’s mini-programs.Introduced earlier this year, the full potential of mini-programs were not apparent at launch, leading some to speculate that they would never be useful.Matt is pretty bullish while John has a wait-and-see attitude.Questions they answer:What are mini-programs?Are these mini-apps or mini-programs?How are they different from apps?How are they different from WeChat official accounts?What are the advantages to users of using mini-programs?What are the advantages to businesses of using mini-programs?What are the drawbacks of using mini-programs?How do users find mini-programs?LinksTechNode: Panel: WeChat mini-apps have promise, but fail to deliverJohn Artman: Data from Cheetah Global Lab reinforces that WeChat IS the Chinese internetChina Tech Insights: WeChat User & Business Ecosystem Report 2017 ExclusiveMatthew Brennan: WeChat Podcast Mini ProgramsMatthew Brennan: List of 100 WeChat Mini ProgramsMatthew Brennan: WeChat launches new style QR codes For Mini ProgramsMatthew Brennan: How To Use WeChat Mini ProgramsHostsJohn Artman, @knowsnothing, TechNodeMatthew Brennan, @MattyBGoooner, ChinaChannelPodcast information iTunesRSS feedMusic: “Theme from Penguins on Parade” by Lee Rosevere, Music for Podcasts 3China Tech Talk is a TechNode x ChinaChannel co-production.
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I just published a post by @linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/pr-strategy-one-person-can-execute-5-days-almost-any-launch-glenn-The majority of my clients and employers will approach a marketplace launch with a traditional PR strategy - announcements, releases, mass branding efforts on social sites and through content marketing.These tactics work, and I am not suggesting to replace any working systems.This 5-day launch strategy is one you can assign to one person in-house, and expect significant ROI in a short period of time.If you experience what I have, you can repeat this in perpetuity.
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YouTube is betting big on Asia, aggressively pushing to expand localised content in the region, even as the online video platform threatens to eclipse television viewership in the U.S., Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl said.Alphabet’s video platform has seen triple digit growth across the region in all metrics, including viewer watch time and partner uploads in the last year alone.Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, and India already rank among the top 10 markets with the highest viewership.In India alone, there are 500 YouTube channels that surpassed the 100,000 subscriber threshold within a year, Kyncl said.The region-specific products are aimed at reaching users with limited connectivity and data, part of a broader initiative to get the “next billion” users online.“We’re constantly trying to remove friction from the system, whether it’s advertisers, users, or telcos,” Kyncl said.
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In addition to Siri, Cortana, and Alexa, a new voice will soon join the personal assistant arena.China’s tech giant Tencent on Tuesday unveiled its Alexa-like digital assistant “Tencent Dingdang”.It is capable of voice interaction, reporting the weather, and setting daily schedules.The new Dingdang can interact with users on the weather, news, matches, music, and location based services.It is highly accurate and is able to give corresponding replies within a second when asked about soccer matches, Chinese media reported.Tencent will integrate Dingdang into both its apps and gadgets.So far, Tencent is the company behind some of the most used apps in China.According to Tencent’s 2016 report, its messaging app WeChat has as many as 889 million monthly active users.Similar to Amazon’s Alexa, Dingdang can be embedded into gadgets like smartwatches, robots, and smartphones.Dingdang is Tencent’s latest efforts to get itself prepared for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) era.The company welcomed former Baidu Big Data Lab head Zhang Tong last month to lead its AI lab consisting of more than 50 AI scientists and over 200 engineers.
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Enterprise software firm Huddle urgently needs to find at least $5 million (£4 million) or a buyer to keep its bank happy, according to a Companies House filing that was first spotted by Computer Weekly.Huddle has until April 30 to explain to its bank how it will raise at least $5 million in equity.It needs the money to ensure
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The MA770 Wireless Speaker, comprised entirely of a proprietary concrete composite, is available for $1,800 via pre-order starting April 18th at www.masterdynamic.comTraditionally, concrete and the word "luxury" don't mix.But that was no matter to renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE and New York City-based audio company Master & Dynamic when they decided to collaborate on the MA770 Wireless Speaker.Overall concrete is a stiff composite material, which serves well for minimizing vibrations, and therefore a good choice for forming tunnels, dams and building foundations.But, it's neither aesthetically pleasing, despite Brutalist architect attempts, nor does it do well for sounds (and speakers) since it often creates an echo chamber.The resulting speaker is made of a proprietary concrete composite, involving concrete rocks and stones and several polymers that absorb echoes instead of creating them, according to Wired.
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North Korea’s recent failed missile test was yet another reminder of why South Korea and the US would want to step up missile defense within the Hermit Kingdom’s current weapons range.Recently, that’s meant the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, a system that should help keep North Korea at bay—but is increasing tensions with China in the process.The US delivered the THAAD to South Korea in March; it should be operational by the summer.THAADs are ground-based missile defense arrays, designed to disable medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.A THAAD has four main elements: a radar unit that surveils and tracks objects in the protected area and airspace, a truck-mounted launcher that fires interceptors and can be reloaded quickly, interceptors themselves (eight to a launcher), and a digital controller that runs the launcher and coordinates communication and data flow between the THAAD and other command centers.THAADs target missiles on the way down, or in their terminal phase, but at a high enough altitude that the collision doesn’t cause harm on the ground.
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