Matthew Simmons

Matthew Simmons

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Tissue engineering is a medical solution that uses living cells to repair or replace structural tissue, such as blood vessels, bone, cartilage, etc.There are currently two types of hydrogels, solid and liquid; however, both forms of the hydrogels have mutually exclusive characteristics which limit their usage.While solid hydrogels provide a protective environment for new cells, they can result in trauma from surgical implantation.They also lack the ability to adapt and conform to the geometry and mechanical properties of the host tissue, which is required to ensure an optimal host-implant interaction.Meanwhile, injectable hydrogels are unable to retain its structural integrity after injection, making it difficult to retain the encapsulated cells.A potential solution that combines both characteristics of the hydrogels has been developed by a research team from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).
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Front's leadership team is now 50% women - something rare in tech startups.Front CEO and co-founder Mathilde Collin explains why she valued building an inclusive team, especially in the early days of Front.Front, an app that helps businesses manage all of their messages, just hired its first CFO, officially making the leadership 50% female.That kind of growth is a challenge, regardless of any future plans, says Collin.Front, which counts legendary Silicon Valley venture firm Sequoia Capital among its investors, combines a company's social media, e-mail, texts, and other messages into one shared inbox that the whole team can see, making it easier to work together and see what exactly customers are saying, and where they're saying it.Read more:This first-time CEO has a 100% approval rating on Glassdoor and her company just made its first acquisition
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For those of us that aren’t naturally gifted athletes, playing our favourite sports in VR can be the closest we get to imitating professional-level football, rugby, or cricket players.To see what all the fuss was about, I tried a number of sporting demos in the HTC Vive Pro headset, using its motion tracking technology to recreate football and rugby training sessions in VR – and discern whether it could actually improve my (or anyone’s) sporting performance.I spent around 15 minutes working up a – very mild – sweat, trying out a few different levels that comprised of hitting color-coded footballs with the correct foot, hitting moving targets on a timer, and tracking how many other players were around me on the pitch.Once I was done shooting and booting, I found the Rezzil software had used a number of different metrics to measure my performance: accuracy (goals versus misses), reaction time (speed of decisions), composure (consistency of accuracy), and technical (use of both feet).I also managed a 85% score for reaction time, which was surprisingly not far below what some professional athletes scored.However, that last stat may say more about my console gaming reflexes than any quick thinking on the pitch.
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The Shanghai Stock Exchange unveiled last Friday the first group of nine companies that were eligible to file for initial public offerings on China’s new Nasdaq-style high-tech board, the Sci-Tech Innovation Board (STIB).The list consists of four electronic equipment makers, three high-end equipment manufacturers, and two companies from emerging industries such as new material and biology.The STIB was initially launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping in his keynote speech at the opening of the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai last November, aiming to experiment a registration-based IPO system.China’s securities watchdog, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), has said that the new sci-tech board in the Shanghai Stock Exchange would focus on companies in high-tech and strategically emerging sectors such as new generation information technology, advanced equipment, new materials and energy, and biomedicine, according to state-run news agency Xinhua.The CSRC released regulation details on the STIB on March 1, under which eligible companies can become listed by filing required documents, instead of bidding for approval from the securities regulator.Which means the new board also allows companies that haven’t generated a profit to register for an IPO.
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Your posture affects your back health, the way other people perceive you, and the way you perceive yourself.The Upright Go Posture Trainer ($79.95) is a posture-correcting device that sticks to your upper back and vibrates whenever you slouch.As a chronic sloucher, I tried the Upright Go to see if it could get me in the habit of sitting and standing up straight.Try as I might, slouching is a habit I haven't been able to kick, and now that I work a 9-to-5 desk job, it's even more difficult.Connected to the app, it provides a training program, real-time feedback, and statistics to gradually improve your posture — and your back health and sense of confidence along with it.The slim, white device measures about 1" x 2," with a power button, back adhesive, and USB charging port.
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“A wild west, ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ approach”A multi-billion civil suit that pitches corporate giant HP against British entrepreneur Mike Lynch was due to begin this morning, days after US prosecutors hit the former Autonomy CEO with a fresh array of criminal charges – robustly denied by the businessman – in a separate clash.The latest charges include allegations “hush money” was paid to prevent unnamed people from testifying in court.Lynch’s lawyers, Chris Morvillo of Clifford Chance and Reid Weingarten of Steptoe & Johnson, added that US prosecutors had shown a “wild west, ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ approach to investigations”.They said the alleged hush money pertained to legal employment of former Autonomy colleagues by Lynch.Both the criminal charges and this week’s civil suit pivot around the $11 billion sale of Lynch’s software company Autonomy to HP in 2011.
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The Huawei P30 Pro is expected to launch alongside the Huawei P30 tomorrow, but that doesn't mean there isn't time for one last leak.A video posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo by user Llwenhui shows the front and back of the phone – it's a short video, but it's also very revealing.What do we know about the iPhone 11?On the front of the phone, we can see the screen.It's not turned on, so we don’t get an idea of its quality, but a previous leak has suggested it’s a 6.47-inch 1080 x 2340 OLED screen, which would make it bigger than the Huawei P20 Pro.We can also see the front-facing camera, but because the screen isn’t on we can’t see if this is part of a ‘teardrop’ or wider notch.
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The European Union is expected this week to put forward proposals for more data-sharing around security issues involving Chinese tech firms such as Huawei, while disregarding US calls for Chinese companies to be banned from supplying gear for 5G networks.The plan, which comes ahead of an EU-China summit on 9 April, is part of the EU’s response to pressure for a more coordinated approach to the increasing strategic challenges of using Chinese technology, which the US has called a national security risk.Andrus Ansip, Europe’s digital chief, is to present the recommendations on Tuesday, according to reports citing unnamed sources, and while it has no immediate legal force, the guidance could form the basis for legislation in EU member states.The European Commission is to call for member states to carry out risk assessments on their planned 5G networks and how problems could be mitigated, according to unnamed diplomats cited in several reports.The results would then be pooled and used to form EU-wide security standards in time for European states’ 5G spectrum auctions this year.The European Commission’s proposed approach would leave national security decisions to individual member states.
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Another Chinese online lender is exiting the market amid regulatory clamp down.Guangdong-based Hongling Capital, one of the oldest and largest peer-to-peer lenders in China, is calling it quits.CEO Zhou Shiping made the announcement Saturday in a post (in Chinese) on the company’s online community titled “Though we’re winding-up, this is not goodbye!”To those who have followed the rise and fall of China’s online lending industry over the last two years, the firm’s announcement didn’t come as a shock.2017 amid the government-led campaign to crackdown on fraudulent financing activities and lower risk in the financial system.However, regulators then suggested the company, instead of throw in the towel, work to comply with business practice standards so to ensure the stability of the industry.
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Xiaomi has teased its new Mi Notebook Air launch for tomorrow.The company will be unveiling the notebook in China on March 26.On its official Weibo handle, Xiaomi teased the weight of its upcoming Mi Notebook Air as 1.07 kg, which turns out to be lighter than the MacBook Air.Xiaomi launched the original Mi Notebook Air back in 2016.The device was set up as a direct rival to Apple's MacBook Air, with its thinness and light weight, and with similarities in the designing.Now Xiaomi claims to have developed an even lighter notebook, weighing 1.25 kg, lighter than even Huawei's MateBook 12 which weighs 1.3 kg.
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Huawei has only been in the laptop business for about three years, a relatively short time compared to industry veterans like Apple, Dell, Lenovo and others.So when it made a premium 14-inch laptop with a gorgeous (though somewhat derivative) all aluminium body, top-notch specs, a stunning screen, and tricky pop-up webcam, and then priced it at just £1,300 as if all those other features weren’t enough, it transformed the MateBook X Pro into my favourite ultraportable laptop of 2018.: A premium 14-inch laptopPrice: Starts at €1,600 (around £1,370); UK pricing TBALike: Gorgeous build, excellent screen, updated specsDon't Like: Huawei's OneHop sharing is neat, but somewhat limited; more expensive than last year's model, annoying SSD partition
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The week's news in AI and machine learningRoundup Hello, here's a quick rundown on what's been happening in the world of machine learning.Cameras and sensors coming to all Volvo cars: Volvo is adding driver-watching cameras and sensors to all of its cars to tackle drink-driving and other unsafe motoring.The Chinese-owned famously Swedish automaker has set itself a lofty goal of eradicating all fatal accidents involving its cars by 2020, which it hopes to achieve in part by altering driver behavior.It’ll try to catch intoxicated or tired motorists if they snooze off at the wheel, or negligent ones paying more attention to their phones than the road.Sensors will also detect any lack of steering, and judge if a driver is weaving in and out of traffic dangerously or if the human's reaction times are too slow.
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Google Maps is one of those little things that have changed the world forever.It has taken navigation that was previously only available via subscription to professional services and made it accessible to all.Part of its success, however, was how it practically crowdsourced gather data that would have statically been impossible for Google to do on its own.In line with that, it seems that Google is adding yet another crowdsourcing feature that would allow almost anyone to add an event for everyone else to see.The feature is still in its very early days and might not work for everyone, even those in the same location.Android Police theorizes it might have something to do with Local Guide levels but it’s almost too random to be certain.
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Remove this ad space by subscribing.Singapore-based video publishing platform iVideoSmart (IVS) has raised US$4.5 million in a series A+ round led by Philippine venture capital firm Kickstart Ventures.This brings the startup’s total funding to US$8 million.US-based Darwin Ventures, Singapore’s SGInnovate, as well as returning investors Monk’s Hill Ventures and EE Capital, also participated in the round.IVS offers solutions to increase monetization and engagement for content producers, brands, and advertisers.It uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to match users with relevant videos.
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Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has acquired Israeli startup Infinity AR, which has made a system for app developers to provide augmented reality (AR) applications in wearables and mobile devices.The buyout comes as Alibaba experiments with ways AR and VR gadgets and apps can be used for online purchasing as well as in-store shopping.Infinity AR’s 25-person team now moves to Alibaba’s R center in Israel, which opened in 2017.This marks Alibaba’s second acquisition in Israel – the first being its 2015 purchase of Visualead, maker of “designer” QR codes.Source: The Times of Israel
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The Xperia 1 is perhaps one of Sony’s strangest handsets yet.As if its still identifiable Sony design weren’t enough to set it apart from the crowd, its ultra wide, or ultra tall, CinemaWide 21:9 display makes it stand out literally.That, however, isn’t the screen’s only huge feature.The Xperia 1 isn’t Sony first 4K phone, of course.That fame or infamy belongs to the Xperia XZ Premium back in 2017, which was followed by the last year’s Xperia XZ2 Premium.To some extent, Sony already has the mobile 4K display down, but this time it’s doing something different.
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A Didi driver has allegedly been murdered by a passenger in the central Chinese city of Changde, once again drawing attention to safety standards on the ride-hailing platform.The incident occurred early Sunday morning when a 19-year-old suspect stabbed the driver, surnamed Chen, before disembarking, according to law enforcement in the city.Police said that the suspect turned himself in shortly after committing the crime.“We have formed an emergency response team to fully cooperate with police while sending representatives to visit the family of the vicitim,” Didi said in a Weibo announcement (in Chinese).A Didi spokesperson told TechNode that the driver worked for the company’s Express service.The incident follows Didi’s increased focus on safety after it experienced public outcry and government censure after two passengers were killed by their drivers on separate occasions last year.
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Look, Apple could have done what it normally does: turn on its livestream in time for its March 25 event at 9 a.m. PT when the event starts.The livestream, of course, is for Apple's upcoming event.If you click through to Apple's official livestream site, you'll find that it's already gone live and is streaming an empty theatre, occasionally shifting camera angles.But that's just the beginning of the strangeness.Might mess around and get Chris Evans, of Captain America fame, to call in during the livestream.So basically it seems like Apple is creating a bizarre marketing performance art stunt.
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China Tech Investor is a weekly look at China’s tech companies through the lens of investment.Each week, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull go through their watch list of publicly listed tech companies and also interview experts on issues affecting the macroeconomy and the stock prices of China’s tech companies.Make sure you don’t miss anything.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.In this episode of the China Tech Investor Podcast powered by TechNode, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull discuss live streaming, Pinduoduo’s results and cash flow conundrum and Meituan’s 2018 performance.Michael Norris joins to share his insights on the companies we follow and his article “Growing in a mature market: Six directions for China’s tech giants”.
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The processor isn’t the only thing that Motorola is taking from Samsung for its unannounced Android One phone.A leak that dropped a few days ago revealed that Motorola might be the first phone maker aside from Meizu to use an Exynos processor from Samsung.A new render that claims to be the real Motorola One Vision now also confirms one other Samsung feature that will be available on the phone, making it the first Android One handset to have a punch hole style screen.That idea isn’t actually new.It was believed that the Motorola One Vision would be the international version of an upcoming Motorola P40 bound for China.That, too, has a hole-in screen but it’s not unusual for OEMs to vary Chinese and international models a bit.
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