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(Jan. 23, 2018)--A team of chemical and biological engineers has developed highly selective membrane filters that could enable manufacturers to separate and purify chemicals in ways that are currently impossible, allowing them to potentially use less energy and cut carbon emissions, according to findings published in print today in the journal ACS Nano.The polymer self-assembles to create approximately 1 nanometer size channels that mimic biological systems, such as ion channels, which control the passage of compounds through cell membranes with great effectiveness.Corresponding-author Ayse Asatekin, Ph.D., a chemical and biological engineering professor in the Tufts School of Engineering, said the team's discovery responds to industry-wide calls for the development of more efficient solutions for separating chemicals, which accounts for 10 to 15 percent of global energy use, according to a report in Nature.This discovery has led the researchers to believe that this approach can be used to address other separations, and bring about selectivities above and beyond what can be attained using conventional membranes."This means we could potentially make filters that are capable of separations that cannot be achieved currently.Filters today usually are limited to separating big from small, and we want to be able to separate compounds that are the same size but different," Asatekin said.
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The US government shutdown has now closed off social media, too.Hundreds of Twitter accounts run by US agencies have posted an away message in a tweet, writing that they would be inactive during the government shutdown.They vary in language, with national parks like Yellowstone writing "during a Federal government shutdown, we do not monitor or update social media," while the Justice Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement wrote "Due to the lapse in appropriations, this account will not be updated regularly."Multiple embassies around the world, including in Israel, where vice president Mike Pence is visiting, tweeted that its social media feed would not be updated during the shutdown.Monday marks the third day of the US's government shutdown, after senators failed to reach an agreement on a budget.It means that more than 2 million federal employees aren't able to work, closing off services like national parks, the Internal Services Revenue and key programs from the Health and Human Services department.
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In 2017, the total value of merger and acquisitions (M) exceeded three trillion dollars.Under the new precondition, buyers and sellers are making more granular requests for visibility into the other side’s entire information repository and lifecycle to safeguard their own business assets and brands.From pre- to post-M, all parties should consider how their privacy and data security posture could have a material effect on the proposed deal.To that end, here are a few key points to consider when you’re entering a deal:Visibility into the entire information life cycle – How does a company that is contemplating an M collect, store, encrypt, and destroy personal data?What information is stored on what systems, and for how long?
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The computing power that we hold in our hands, pockets, and bags are nothing short of impressive.This has led not a few, including Samsung and Huawei, to try and turn our smartphones into “regular” computers, be it desktops or laptops.And almost all of them fall short of being perfect.That hasn’t stopped Razer, the newest kid on the smartphone block, from trying anyway.The result was Project Linda, and this phone-powered laptop might be appearing around IFA later this year, together with the next Razer Phone.Yes, the Razer Phone just got launched in the market and probably isn’t raking in dough just yet.
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For advertisers that run ads that promote app installs (by prompting users to swipe on the screen to download an app), brands can now deep link their campaigns that prompt consumers to re-engage with specific features of the app.For example, a mobile game developer might want to target players once they hit a specific level in the game, or a retailer could spotlight a product page that a user added to a shopping cart but didn’t buy.In other words, marketers are finding new ways to target you based on the apps that you open and play with the most.App installs have been a big selling point for Snapchat in recent months as the company looks to bring on smaller, mid-size businesses that can purchase ads programmatically through the company’s self-service platform.“There’s an appetite for app discovery on Snapchat, and our team has doubled down on building tools for those advertisers,” Peter Sellis, director of revenue product at Snapchat, said in a statement.“With this launch, we now offer more granular metrics and new ways to reach the right audience, and we’ll continue to do more.”
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Needs to make six to eight a year, predicts it can get back to 25 a year once airlines wake upAirbus has reported its most prolific year to date in terms of deliveries, but also warned that it needs a new buyer of its flagship A380 if it is to continue production.Speaking at its annual “Orders and Deliveries” event yesterday, the plane-maker said it delivered 718 passenger craft last year, four more than its previous best.558 of those were members of the A320 family, and 181 were the updated “neo” models.67 A330s rolled off the production line, as did 78 A350 WXBs and 15 A380s.But the latter plane is in peril: Airbus chief operating officer for customers said the company needs a new buyer and that negotiations continue with Emirates, already the type’s biggest buyer.
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According to a study by Södersjukhuset hospital in Stockholm, 37 of 668 women who sought abortions at the hospital from September 2017 until the end of the year were using the app.Currently certified in Europe, Natural Cycles uses a unique algorithm to analyse fluctuations in a woman's daily body temperature to identify ovulation, predict fertile days and notify women when it is safe to have unprotected sex.It is not immediately clear why the women who used the app became pregnant.Deemed to be more effective than birth control pills, Natural Cycles' popularity shot up with the number of UK users spiking from 5,000 to 125,000 in 2017.Founded by husband and wife duo Dr Raoul Scherwitzl and Dr. Elina Berglund, the company recently received $30m in funding to expand its foothold in North America and gain FDA approval.According to Natural Cycles' website, it has a Pearl Index of 7 and has "shown to be 99% effective in perfect use and 93% effective in typical use," according to its clinical research.
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China’s popular video streaming service, iQiyi, has filed confidentially for US IPO according to IFR.Sources familiar with the plans said the company is looking to raise $1 billion by the end of Q1 or early Q2 of 2018. iQiyi has not commented on their plans for IPO.Rumors of iQiyi’s IPO have been circulating since the end of last year.In September, Bloomberg reported that iQiyi was taking its IPO to the US, which could value the video streaming service at over $8 billion.And in October 2017, IFR also reported that iQiyi had picked three banks—Bank of America, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs—to help manage the deal.iQiyi is a Netflix-like video streaming service currently controlled by search giant Baidu, who became the firm’s largest shareholder in 2012.
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I can’t remember the last time I had a meaningful interaction on Facebook.But within the News Feed, that once-so-alluring torrent of thoughts, feelings, comment and action that had made the early years of Facebook so addictive and seemingly revolutionary?And it’s not been for want of trying on Facebook’s part – on a semi regular basis it has tweaked and reworked the News Feed in an attempt to better represent your friendships, as publishers and advertisers increasingly over the years encroached on the core communicative value of the early Facebook model.In 2016 it made behind-the-scenes changes that were designed to favor posts from pals over publishers and pages owned by businesses.And before that, in 2015, when fan pages for all manner of things were becoming increasingly pushy on Facebook, it cut the reach of those encroaching elements too.Multiple times over the years then it claims to have addressed the balance of its News Feed scroll, between its business needs and the online relationships you now have with your real-world friends.
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We also saw Google, for the first time, make a spectacle out on the convention floors, fighting back against Amazon’s Alexa takeover.Using it feels just like any of the physical biometric sensors we’re used to — except it no longer requires dedicated space on the front of your phone, and thus allows for some very sleek, no-compromise designs.Google also got its Assistant into a wide variety of products, ranging from speakers, screens, headphones, pet feeders, infotainment systems, TVs, a light switch, and yeah, even more speakers.We certainly don’t know that all of these will be good, or even useful, but this year made it very clear that the battle over voice assistants is still getting started: Google is keeping pace with Amazon, third parties aren’t choosing sides, and we’re all going to end up with a lot of choice — even if that could lead to a lot of confusion when one of your smart gadgets accidentally gets set to Bixby.Sennheiser brought only four demo units of its brand-new HD 820 closed-back headphones, each of them handmade especially for the big show.It’s like a concept car for gadgets, being both aspirational and sensational, even though it might never ever ship.
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UMIDIGI just released a Youtube showing off a brand new device coming with the slogan “built for breakthrough” and a full screen design, the phone in question is the UMIDIGI S2 Lite.Then check out the video below!As you could see in the video, the UMIDIGI S2 Lite is set to come with a dual camera setup on the back, which has been revealed to be produced by Ominivision and should provide better results compared to a Samsung sensor combo.The S2 Lite will also be available in two colors: black and red, both featuring a rear placed fingerprint scanner, so maybe the phone will actually sport no bottom bezel?UMIDIGI say that the S2 Lite is their way of bringing the latest technologies to everybody.We wish all the people could be fairly treated in this technological revolution.
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Digital Trends sat down with Tim Alessi of LG product marketing at our CES 2018 in Las Vegas booth to discuss what LG is showing off at this year’s show.LG’s novel OLED designs and Google AssistantThe big issue at hand is, of course, LG’s 2018 TV lineup.LG is releasing a new version of its seriously impressive wallpaper TV, known as the W8.While the W8 looks a lot like its predecessor, the W7, there are some big enhancements to the hardware inside.Specifically, the W8 wallpaper OLED will be packing LG’s new Alpha 9 processor.
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More worries for storage admins scouring environments for holesAnalysis How will the bugfixes for Intel's Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities affect storage?IBM – which plans to release firmware updates tomorrow that address Spectre-like bugs in its designs for its POWER CPUs – has said that its storage won't be affected at all.In a statement, it explained: "In terms of impact on performance after patching systems: in most cases, we anticipate very minimal impact to system performance.Meanwhile, Jeff Ready, founder and CEO at hyper-converged infrastructure supplier Scale Computing, suggests storage performance effects could be severe in some cases, and spoke to us about the issue in some detail.He said: "Obviously my focus (and the focus of the whole infrastructure industry, I suppose) has been working through all the information in real time, identifying what needs to be patched and how, and getting those patches out the door.
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Intel might be receiving a lot of flak lately for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, but the chip maker is unfazed and continues moving forward against all odds.Proof is that at CES, it revealed a new 8th gen Intel Core processor that lies in bed with long-time rival AMD to add a Radeon RX Vega M Graphics chip in the same package.Geared towards gamers, content creators, and graphics-intensive applications, this new processor powers Intel’s new NUC, making it the world’s smallest VR-capable computer.Small form factor computers, like 2-in-1 tablets, light notebooks, and mini PCs, have traditionally been limited in the graphical capabilities because of the constraints of space.While some notebooks do have laptop-class discrete graphics chips, they take up a lot more space than a normal integrated GPU.Intel’s solution to that is its new Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge or EMIB.
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Of the many legions of smart devices that will be making their debut at CES 2018, few are likely to be as smile-inducing as the Populele.Because the only thing better than a ukulele is a smart ukulele.After a wildly successful Indiegogo campaign in the summer of 2017, PopuBand Music is back with its gamified ukulele that leverages technology to make learning an instrument as easy as it is fun.And while practice will still make perfect, having a smart instrument certainly gives budding musicians a leg up.Meant for folks who don’t necessarily have an unlimited amount of time to perfect their musical skills (but still want to impress a lucky lady or lad with a few strums of the strings), PopuBand and its flagship product hopes to make learning the ukulele a bit more accessible to folks who might not be savants.“We started PopuBand with the conviction that music education can change lives,” said founder and CEO Bohan Zhang.
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Terrorists unleash a horde of the flying monsters into schools to take out the kids of parents who dare to speak out against the threat.What makes it all so horrifying is how close we are to making it a realityMachine learning will bring us incredible new powers from skin cancer detection on your cell phone, to exotic materials design, to accelerated drug discovery.Although it’s possible AI will have a devastating effect on jobs, it’s just as possible that AI brings us into a booming golden age of brand new jobs we can only begin to imagine.Watch as the weapons roll and swoop to attack and defend warplanes with ease, their metallic screeches echoing from your nightmares.They’ll smash into wings and engines from all sides with explosive fury and send warbirds spiraling from the sky.
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SpaceX's first rocket launch of 2018 carries one of the most secretive payloads – the mysterious Zuma satellite that reportedly belongs to an unknown branch of the US government.The Zuma was originally scheduled for a November launch but SpaceX delayed the launch to January to study data from a recent payload-faring test conducted for another customer, SpaceX reported.SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will lift off from Cape Canaveral on Friday (5 January).Spaceflightnow reported that the Zuma satellite was originally slated to launch from pad 39A at Nasa's Kennedy Space Center.However, the delay led to Zuma's launch being shifted to pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which was reportedly restored to service in December.Mystery surrounds the Zuma mission as no one appears to know what the satellite has been designed to do and how long it is expected to take to complete its secretive mission.
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These machines can dig trenches in seconds.They're made by a company called Nextrencher.They can dig holes up to 5.5m deep and 1.5m wide.They're used for large trenching projects like water pipes.The trenching machine is used to lay down water pipes and fibre optic cable.It can dig holes up to 5.5 metres deep and 1.5 metres wide.
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The mixed bag of advice for any shiny new object of marketing attention like working with influencers brings uncertainties, especially with rapid innovation, increased competition and self serving “influencer marketing experts” popping up on every digital corner.Not only do we understand the questions, but we have delivered many of the answers in over 40 posts on the topic including B2B influencer marketing strategy, technology, influencer research and recruiting, influencer content collaboration, integration with SEO and social, influencer content promotion and performance measurement.In particular, the past 12 months has been like an accelerated Masters Degree as we’ve implemented programs for multiple Fortune 500 companies that were integrated with content marketing, SEO, social media and online advertising.This post distills the key messages from the Influence 2.0 report focusing on influencer marketing maturity, impact, goals, digital transformation, and integration.Expert quotes are also provided by Amanda Duncan of Microsoft, Dr. Konstanze Alex-Brown of Dell (client) and Amisha Gandhi of SAP (client).That’s why this post focusing on 20 specific and actionable tips ranging from how to find influencers to how to recruit them to how to inspire them to promote the content your brand and the influencer collaborated on.
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Facebook and Twitter have been given three weeks to release full information to British MPs about Russian interference in the EU referendum or face sanctions, it has been reported.Chairman of the DCMS select committee Damian Collins says the social media giants have until 18 January to hand over the information after previously expressing how unhappy he was at the "inadequate" data that had been given to them so far.The committee had requested extensive information about Russian interference in the referendum which included details about fake accounts, fake news and the accounts of those accused of propagating misinformation.Collins described as "inadequate" the move by the companies to only hand over advertising spending information, which they had already given the Electoral Commission."There has to be a way of scrutinising the procedures that companies like Facebook put in place to help them identify known sources of disinformation, particularly when it's politically motivated and coming from another country," Collins said, according to the Guardian.And what we need to be able to do is say to the companies: we recognise that you are best placed to monitor what is going on your own site and to get the balance right in taking action against it but also safeguarding the privacy of users.
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