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A new systems biology model that mimics the process of wood formation allows scientists to predict the effects of switching on and off 21 pathway genes involved in producing lignin, a primary component of wood."For the first time, we can predict the outcomes of modifying multiple genes involved in lignin biosynthesis, rather than working with a single gene at a time through trial and error, which is a tedious and time-consuming process," says Jack Wang, assistant professor in NC State's College of Natural Resources and lead author of a paper about the research in Nature Communications."Having a model such as this, which allows us to say if you want this type of wood, here are the genes that you need to modify, is very beneficial, especially when you have an enormous number of possible combinations with 21 pathway genes," Wang says."It's only possible through integrated analysis which allows us to look at this process at a systems level to see how genes, proteins and other components work together to regulate lignin production."The landmark lignin study may represent the most comprehensive model of a single pathway in a single plant species, Wang says.High lignin woods are novel resources for the production of special value-added phenolic compounds.
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If you’ve watched the news or read a BuzzFeed article within the past 24 hours, you’ve seen screenshots or embedded tweets that helped tell that story.Well, Twitter finally received its Hogwarts Letter.Twitter closed out 2017 with its first-ever GAAP-profitable (generally accepted accounting principles) quarter—achieved by spending the past year refining its focus to the here and now and expanding content opportunities to support.Every change was an effort to keep it fresh and keep consumers coming back, thus creating more opportunities for brands to be creative with mobile video and incorporate better data, and machine learning, to further enhance their targeting, building relationships at scale.According to the most recent Pew Research Center study on social media behaviors, consumers don’t use Twitter nearly as often as the other platforms, coming in fourth with 46 percent of daily active users, barely edging out YouTube at 45 percent.Key tactics for supporting live events include:
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One of the great things about 2D semiconductors like molybdenum disulfide is that they bend easily.They also allow electrons to zip through them pretty quickly.That combination makes them perfect for flexible OLED displays.However, if display makers try to build MoS2 into transistors needed to control OLED pixels, the resistance between the MoS2 and the transistors’ source and drain electrodes is so high that it puts the 2D wonder material out of contention for the job.They used the transistors to construct a simple 6 x 6-pixel array on a 7 micrometer-thick plastic sheet you can stick on your skin.It’s a measure of how quickly charge moves through a semiconductor.
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A new report explores how much home values may rise in each of the top cities for HQ2,Amazon's second headquarters.A dramatic rise in home values is usually not great for residents overall, but it's good news for homeowners looking to sell their properties.Home values will likely increase wherever HQ2 lands.Twenty North American cities are competing to become a new home for Amazon, which which will start building a massive second headquarters, dubbed HQ2, in 2019.The $5 billion campus, expected to bring 50,000 high-paying jobs, is bound to transform the character of the city where it lands.City-planning experts also expect HQ2 to bring soaring housing prices, with some areas seeing more dramatic rises than others.
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Last fall, YouTube launched a “hold for review” feature in its livestreaming service, YouTube Live.When a creator turns this feature on, YouTube will automatically hold “potentially inappropriate messages” sent during livestreams for their review.Our guide will show you how to turn this feature on from within the YouTube mobile application.Note: These screenshots were captured in the YouTube app on iOS.Step 1: Tap your profile picture in the top-right corner of the screen.Step 3: Scroll down and tap “Live chat.”
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The Global Sources Mobile Electronics is world’s largest and leading electronics trade fair in the world.The event kicked off on April 18th and will keep going until tomorrow, April 21st at the Asia World-Expo in Hong Kong.The flagship trade fair of Global Sources features over 6,600 booths with the hottest electronics products from China, Korea and other Asian countries.Acting as one of the newer Electronic mobile phone brands, KOOLNEE with its incredible team have also taken their own significant part in this huge event.The mysterious KOOLNEE K7, which has not been launched and revealed officially yet, was indeed showcased these days and, from various reports, we can say that it hit the mark.The smartphone comes with a marvelous glass coating technique and the trending notch screen.
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It’s always the right time to save some extra bucks.That’s why we are glad to let you know that online store Cafago just hooked us with two coupons on two really interesting, albeit different, products.Keep reading to learn more!The first product on actually is actually a smartphone – he Sharp Z2.The Z2 is a good looking 5.5-inch handset powered by a Mediatek MT6797 CPU along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.The smartphone also features a 16MP main shooter with F/1.8 aperture, an 8MP selfie snapper and USB Type-C connectivity.
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All those turbines you see along the motorways seem to be doing the job, as the UK set a new record for powering itself without the need to fall back on burning coal for electricity generation.According to the National Grid, the coal fires were out or at least left smouldering in low-stoked mode, for 54 hours and 45 minutes between the hours of 10.25pm on Monday and 5.10am on Thursday, as solar, nuclear, gas, wind and various other forms of generation coped without the need to fall back on the coal-burning generators.The previous best coal-free run was 40 hours last October – and that one was easier as it was over a weekend when demand is lower anyway.But it's not all amazing and zero-carbon, as gas plants were the number one producer of power on Wednesday.
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Raw files are unprocessed image files captured straight from your camera’s sensor.They have been called the equivalent of a ‘digital negative’, but it would be equally accurate to think of them as the ‘undeveloped’ digital image.So what’s the difference between raw files and the JPEG images produced by your camera?But the camera’s sensor actually captures a lot more data than you see in the JPEG image saved by the camera.A lot of this excess data is discarded as the camera applies settings you’ve chosen on the camera, such as the white balance or picture style, and because the JPEG image format simply can’t hold all the data captured by the sensor.But they contain a lot of useful extra data, so it’s possible to extract a wider range of tones from your photo (dynamic range), select a white balance setting later rather than at the time of shooting, and apply heavier image adjustments without degrading the image quality.
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After years of trying (and failing) to create its own messaging platform to compete with the OTTs, Google has herded together Android device manufacturers to create a new carrier-based service: Chat.According to The Verge, Google will attempt to create a new messaging platform by evolving the already existing Android Messages, incorporating now common features such as read receipts, typing indicators, full-resolution images and video, and groups, based on a standard called the ‘Universal Profile for Rich Communication Services’.Google tried to compete with the likes of WhatsApp and Telegram with an OTT service, but now it has given up.What is worth noting is that this will not be a Google service, though the internet giant will take credit for harmonising the ecosystem.Strategically this is a very important development for the firm, it was one of the more vocal contributors to the new standard, as it looks to retain the strangle hold on the communications world.SMS was terrible, and the industry couldn’t come together to create an agreed path forward.
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Tech Mahindra has announced a number of new investments into the UK, indicating the technology partnership signed between the UK and India recently was perhaps more than a PR stunt for the Prime Minister.The UK government is in need of friends right now, and India is looking like it could be our new trading chum.As part of the announcement, Tech Mahindra has set up a new research lab, ‘Makers Lab’, at Adastral Park near Ipswich in collaboration with BT, has opened a new office in Salford, Greater Manchester and also plans to roll out an apprenticeship programme in the UK.“Innovation is the key to survival in the digital future,” said CP Gurnani, CEO and MD of Tech Mahindra.“The UK-India Innovation partnership draws from the best learning and skills of both developed and developing economies in shaping the digital future.We at Tech Mahindra are taking the philosophy of disruption by design to our client ecosystem, academia and people through our research arm Makers Lab in UK.”
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Facebook is reportedly building a team to design its own semiconductorsFacebook is reportedly looking to wean itself off its dependency on chip giant Intel, with the creation of a team to design its own semiconductors.This is the speculation after Facebook placed a job posting on its corporate website, seeking a manager to build an “end-to-end SoC/ASIC, firmware and driver development organisation.”This would suggest that the social network is still in very early stages of the process, but the move would add to Facebook’s existing hardware expertise in the server environment.The news that Facebook is seeking to develop its own chips was reported by Bloomberg, which cited the job listings and people familiar with the matter.If true, it would mean Facebook has become the latest tech firm seeking to develop its own silicon.
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Jupiter’s sandy swirls and blue-hued poles are visible even from Earth.But the Juno spacecraft’s crisp and colourful images begin as warped and dull raw files.They work together to turn the raw images into accurate art for the space-loving public.“Every Juno picture is unique and demands a slightly modified approach for each.”The Juno spacecraft is a basketball court-sized, turbine-shaped probe that left Earth in 2011, flew by again in 2013 for a gravitational assist, and arrived at Jupiter in 2016.But one of its instruments, JunoCam, isn’t really intended for scientists.
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Earlier this week the Secretary of State for the Home Office acknowledged in Parliament that her department has lost sight of individuals.The creation of hostility only results in the removal of humanity.The Windrush scandal rightly reminds us that immigration decisions affect people’s lives.A lack of status creates instability and uncertainty.It impacts on a person’s mental health, makes them question their place in society and even their self-worth.Refugees, those with British spouses/partners/children, those with disabilities, young adults (born abroad but who only know life in the UK), elderly dependent relatives, victims of trafficking, victims of torture – all experience the culture of disbelief and the Kafkaesque workings of the Home Office.
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Enterprises need networked security architecture underpinned by machine learning, says Kevin RileyIT teams have long been focused on securing data in storage and data in motion, and have invested continuously on ensuring their infrastructure, communications networks, applications and access management control policies are hardened and updated as new threats surface and cyberattacks become more sophisticated and frequent.Too often, however, these same teams, who are now responsible for all applications, including voice, video, messaging and collaboration platforms, are not aware of the vulnerabilities associated with real time communications (real time communications would consists of Unified Communications or UC suite of applications that include Voice over IP, Video over IP, collaboration and messaging, etc.), including cyber criminals who are attacking entire enterprise networks by hacking into real time communications systems, finding “unlocked doors and windows” in otherwise ironclad enterprise computing and network environments.In a “real time world” it is mission critical to protect the network, endpoints, call flows and media (in addition to applications) to ensure uninterrupted quality of service, while equally important to protect the entire cloud and computing environment given that cloud communications which lack the proper security software can create pathways into the entire enterprise technology environment.Attacks on contact centers is just one example of what can happen when cloud communications are not fully secured.
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By the time you will read this article, the deadline for the European General Data Protection Regulation (otherwise known as GDPR) to kick in will be just over five weeks away and for companies all over the land, that means making sure personal information and data that they have collected is not only used but also stored in compliance with the new rules.Regardless of the number of employees, all businesses and public sector entities will have to embrace GDPR or face fines of up to €20 million or four percent of global annual turnover, whichever is higher.In the case of a social networking company which recently made the headlines for the wrong reasons, that would have meant a potential €1 billion fine.Research published in June 2017 by iGov Survey on behalf of KYOCERA Document Solutions UK found out that less than 60% of public sector organisations surveyed between March and April of that year were aware of the implications of GDPR for their organisations.Is your printer GDPR ready?What was more alarming was that nearly 30% of the respondents back then felt unprepared to meet their obligations regarding document and print management with a similar proportion saying that they do not have a policy regarding USB storage, which is mind boggling given that horror stories about misplaced USB drives have been doing the rounds for nearly a decade now.
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After announcing its very own neural network chip, Alibaba has made another step towards strengthening its new AI chips business.The e-commerce giant announced on April 20th that it will fully acquire local chip designer C-SKY (中天微), according to QQ News.“Acquiring C-SKY is an important step for Alibaba’s microchip layout,” said Alibaba’s CTO Jeff Zhang (Zhang Jianfeng).Zhang added that IP core is the heart of basic chip capability and that entering the field of IP core means realizing an “autonomous, controllable” foundation for China’s chips.Hangzhou C-SKY Microsystems is an integrated circuit design house.The company has developed 7 types of CPUs covering applications including IoT, digital audio and video, information security, network and communications, industrial control and automotive electronics.
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Cloud tech tweaks end anti-censorship workaroundGoogle has made technical changes to its cloud infrastructure that have caused collateral damage to an anti-censorship technique called domain fronting.The technique, more a workaround than a supported feature, has become popular on App Engine, Google's platform-as-a-service product, over the past year or so.And now makers of free speech tools have had to find other service providers or adopt alternative strategies for avoiding the scrutiny of authorities.Domain fronting conceals the hostname from those observing network traffic by using one hostname in the DNS request and TLS negotiation and another in the HTTP header.While the hostname in the DNS request and Client Hello can be discerned – presumably a politically acceptable site – the hostname in the HTTP header – the controversial site – is concealed through the use of a content delivery network (CDN) as a proxy.
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If you’re in the market for a new iPhone, but the $999 price tag on the iPhone X is a little too rich for your blood, a new rumor suggests Apple may be making a new phone with you in mind.KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo — who accurately predicted Face ID on last year’s iPhone model — estimates that this year’s iPhone lineup will include two lower-priced models, one dual SIM and one single SIM.The latter could be priced from $550 to $650, with the former being up to $100 more.If this proves to be true, it could give Apple a horse in the mid-price phone race.iPhones are notorious for their price, and if you only have $600 to spend, then there are a plethora of cheaper alternatives.Huawei and OnePlus, for example, make excellent phones for around the same price as the rumored 2018 iPhone.
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For the first time in Amazon Prime’s 13 year history, the membership numbers are in CEO Jeff Bezos’ annual shareholder letter, along with other statistics around the Prime business that show the company’s dominance in ecommerce.Amazon Prime’s 100 million (and counting) worldwide members shipped more than 5 billion products with the service in 2017.The news wasn’t too much of a surprise to analysts or agencies, but it’s yet another landmark—and a wake-up call to brands.“Brands should notice this because they’re slowly becoming wrapped around Amazon’s finger,” said Matt Tepper, chief strategy officer, North America, Wunderman.“With each passing month, they’re losing margins because Prime members know they’ll get their products in two days versus the seven-to-10-day delivery from brands’ owned sites.”Sucharita Kodali, vp and principal analyst at research firm Forrester, said brands and retailers have to realize that Prime is much more than a two-day shipping service—it’s a whole ecosystem full of music, movies, photo storage and more.
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