This week, the US Department of Commerce opened an investigation into the nature of uranium imports, ostensibly with an eye to imposing tariffs on ore and other uranium products.Uranium is used in the production of nuclear energy, and currently only five percent of uranium used in the US nuclear energy industry comes from the US.The remaining 95 percent is imported from a variety of countries, with Canada leading, followed by Australia, Russia, and Kazakhstan.The investigation announcement invokes Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act, which allows the federal government to assess imports on the basis of national security.Section 232 has been seldom used since it was signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, but it was used most recently this March by the Trump administration to levy tariffs on steel and aluminum.In a press release announcing the uranium investigation, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was quoted as saying: "Our production of uranium necessary for military and electric power has dropped from 49 percent of our consumption to five percent."
A recently leaked Apple service document obtained by MacRumors confirms what many already suspected: the newly introduced silicone membranes discovered by iFixit that are beneath the keycaps on the new MacBook Pro keyboard aren’t just there to muffle sound.They’re also there as a protective layer to block dust and debris from interfering with the sensitive butterfly mechanism that has proved so problematic for some users.When Apple announced its latest MacBook Pro updates last week, one of the more notable changes to the hardware was a third-generation version of the much-maligned butterfly keyboard.But Apple insisted that the only real difference was that the updated models were quieter.Thanks to iFixit, we know that the reduced noise from the keyboards is due to the addition of a rubber membrane under each key.The repair document is the first direct confirmation we’ve had from Apple that the membrane is specifically designed to protect the new keyboard from encountering the same problems as its predecessors.
Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute.To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.Attracting the best talent is a necessary yet arduous challenge for startups.Although many view the hiring process as vague and subjective, as Aaron Patzer explains in the video below, “there is a rational, methodical, and repeatable way to hire people successfully.”Aaron Patzer is the founder and CEO of the personal finance management platform Mint.com, which was acquired by Intuit in 2009 for $170 million.Aaron is a Mentor for the Silicon Valley Founder Institute.
Last week we announced the first Keynote Speaker for the 13th Founder Showcase, taking place on Wednesday, March 27th at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View: Chris Dixon, Investor at Andreessen Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent Venture Capital firms.As the seventh partner to join the exclusive Andreessen Horowitz powerhouse, Chris Dixon caused quite a stir when he left eBay and moved from New York to Silicon Valley to pursue his career in venture capital.In January, he sat down with Kara Swisher of All Things D to talk about his big move, exciting career change, and what he admires most about his new Sand Hill abode.In the interview Chris says “I’ve always enjoyed getting involved with startups” and believes “venture capital has a positive societal value” as investors fuel the growth for which change can take place.In regards to Andreessen Horowitz, “I think this firm is different; everyone here is an entrepreneur...Everyone is focused on helping the investments succeed...it’s not thesis based”.Be sure to check out the interivew below as well as the article "Go West, Young Geek: Chris Dixon on Why He Became a Silicon Valley VC at Andreessen Horowitz, and More!"
A recent report suggests Samsung will include ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensors on its high-end devices next year.Ultrasonic sensors are able to produce a 3D image of a fingerprint.The in-display fingerprint sensors found in Vivo, Huawei, and Xiaomi devices use optical technology.A recent report has suggested that Samsung will use ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensors in its high-end phones next year.According to analyst Ming Chi Kuo (via 9to5Google), the ultrasonic sensors will appear on the two high-end versions of the Galaxy S10 (a third, entry-level Galaxy S10 is also tipped tipped to launch), the most high-end version of the Galaxy A series, and the Galaxy Note 10.This fits in with previous rumors that suggested Samsung had turned to Qualcomm to supply ultrasonic fingerprint sensor tech for the Galaxy S10.
Amazon may bring its Fire TV Edition smart TVs to the UK, according to a report from The Telegraph.The publicationclaims that a set is currently being tested by the DTG (Digital TV Group), which sets the technical standards for digital terrestrial broadcasts in the UK.Amazon currently offers its Fire TV Sticks in the UK, but the TV (if it actually comes to market) would mark the first time that the company would offer a full smart TV experience in the UK.Currently, Amazon only offers sets from Element, Insignia, and Toshiba with the Fire TV software preinstalled in the US.According to The Telegraph’s report, the new set for the UK is being developed by “a group of Chinese manufacturers including Huawei,” which would seem to indicate a new model.We’ll presumably have to wait for Amazon to actually announce the device to find out more.
An endangered sea turtle has been found dead on an Alabama beach, apparently strangled by a beach chair string.The Fort Morgan Share the Beach conservation group posted photos on Facebook of the dead Kemp's Ridley turtle after it washed ashore at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.The strangled turtle had become tangled with a beach chair that bore the logo of the University of Alabama.In the post, the conservation group explained that the turtle was found on Friday morning with the chair around its neck.“This makes me so mad.How many hundreds of times do we have to ask people to pick their stuff up?” the group wrote.
It’s amusing to see Microsoft receiving a bit more coverage for what it doesn’t do than what it does.Especially when it comes to its mobile strategy.So when rumors start about a Microsoft-branded line of phones in development, we can’t but help raise an eyebrow.It supposedly came from a Microsoft Support representative who has insider knowledge, which is pretty much like any other rumor out there.Of course, this isn’t the first time Microsoft has dabbled in making Android phones.It’s definitely possible, considering Microsoft has the experience, resources, and maybe even capacity to produce phones (unless they “outsource” actual production).
Going by the online moniker “Xiaotian,” she commands a big fan base, jokes with her customers, and models for her own business.That the Chinese are shopping on the internet in droves is not news.But a new trend is emerging among sellers on ecommerce platforms: they’re ditching old marketing playbooks and are turning to more personal interactions instead.Already, the Chinese equivalent of Amazon has legions of daigou agents: Chinese expats who buy foreign brands for their compatriots back home.Many like her are using a wide range of marketing tools, including short videos and blog posts, to build their “fan bases.”The most effective among these tools is, of course, livestreaming.
Everyone loves a good deal, and a good quiz, so we decided to combined the two.Find out what is your deal?We’re constantly on the look-out for bargains that we think you will be interested in no matter what your tech passion is, from Android to Ethical Hacking.We’re often surprised by which deals you snap up and which you are not interested in.Maybe there are some great deals we are bypassing that you are looking for.We want to improve, so we thought we’d find out what kind of deal best matches you in particular.
Baseball collectibles like cards and bobbleheads are being revamped for the 21st century — on the blockchain.Major League Baseball has announced that it is launching a crypto-based game that runs on the ethereum blockchain later this summer.It’s a crypto-based version of the classic collectibles that’s similar to the most popular blockchain game CryptoKitties, where players can buy and trade cartoon kitten characters with ether.CryptoKitties has already made over $25 million worth of ether, making it a huge success.In the MLB version of the game, people will be able to purchase avatars involving some popular moments in baseball history.Those avatars can then be sold or traded, and users can earn rewards.
Microsoft launched the Surface Go clearly as a response to Apple’s and Google’s stronger push into the education market.Specifically, it’s meant to battle the 2018 iPad and Acer Chromebook Tab 10 head-on.There might, however, be something brewing in the Chrome OS camp that could undo the Surface Go’s advantage.According to a leaked HP technical document, there will be variants of the Chromebook x2, the first detachable Chromebook, on the way, and one of them runs on the same processor as the Surface Go.To recap, the HP Chromebook x2 runs on an Intel Core m3 with a minimum of 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.The 12.3-inch Chromebook, with a display resolution of 2400×1600, is touted as the first 2-in-1 detachable in the Chrome OS family.
More than half of all U.S. publicly-traded companies – and two-thirds of Fortune 500 firms – are incorporated in Delaware because of its business-friendly laws and well-established corporate legal precedence.Making incorporating in the state more attractive is seen as a money maker and competitive advantage against other states.To that end, Delaware in October plans to launch a proof-of-concept for a blockchain-based business filing system that will allow corporations to take advantage of smart contract technology to automatically track stocks and collateral assets in real time; being able to do so will give lenders and borrowers a more efficient and accurate record with which to transact business and meet state and federal regulations."There are so many things that could potentially add value and we just want to dive into it a bit deeper and get a better understanding of how it would actually work in a real demo and then potentially take steps forward," said Chris Knight, Delaware's deputy secretary of state.Delaware recently awarded a $738,000 contract to IBM to design the electronic distributed ledger, which will be based on the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain framework.Registered corporate agents and law firms regularly interact with state officials to conform with uniform commercial code (UCC), which requires companies to pre-register all assets with a state.
McAfee’s Advanced Threat Research team recently discovered that hackers have access to many organizations that have weak credentials when using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop component in Windows-based systems.Access to these organizations — whether it’s an airport, a hospital or the U.S. government — can be bought for little money through specific shops on the dark web.Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) essentially allows you to connect and use a Windows-based PC from a remote location.McAfee found connections up for sale across various RDP shops on the dark web ranging between a mere 15 to a staggering 40,000 connections.“The advertised systems ranged from Windows XP through Windows 10,” says John Fokker, McAfee’sHead of Cyber Investigations.“Windows 2008 and 2012 Server were the most abundant systems, with around 11,000 and 6,500, respectively, for sale.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, 2018 -- The emerging field of spintronics leverages electron spin and magnetization.This could enhance the storage capacity of computer hard drives and potentially play an important role in quantum computing's future.More conventional spintronic devices typically require large currents, so researchers are investigating the viability of low-resistance superconductors.Their new results could answer longstanding questions about how SF structures interact.An international team of researchers recently revealed a general mechanism of the long-range electromagnetic proximity effect in SF structures in Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing.The group's findings could help determine why ferromagnetic films transferred magnetic fields to their corresponding superconductors at distances longer than theoretically predicted.
If you’re looking for a reason to choose Dish Network over DirecTV for your satellite TV service, you just got one more, as Dish announced that it is rolling out Google Assistant across many of its devices.If you’re wondering what this means for you, it’s simple: Now you can control every aspect of your Dish hardware, including your DVR, using just your voice.Of course, this isn’t necessarily big news if you’re a fan of Amazon’s Alexa, as Dish has had support for Alexa since last year.It even added more functionality in June of this year as Dish added a new suite of voice commands to its Alexa skill.Still, if you’re an Android user or a Google Home fan, this is going to be much more useful for you.With the addition of Google Assistant, your Dish hardware goes truly hands-free, with commands like “turn on my Hopper,” “mute my Hopper,” “pause,” “resume,” or “tune to channel 140.” While you can be that specific, you don’t have to be.
'I spent a year hiding in shrubs, and they just … publish their daily runs'+Comment Online investigations outfit Bellingcat has found that fitness tracking kit-maker Polar reveals both the identity and daily activity of its users - including soldiers and spies.Many users of Polar's devices and app appear not to have paid attention to their privacy settings, as a result a Bellingcat writer found 6,460 individuals from 69 countries.More than 200 of them left digital breadcrumbs around sensitive locations.Bellingcat's report claimed the Polar Flow social-fitness site produces more compromising data than other fitness-trackers than previous leaks: “Compared to the similar services of Garmin and Strava, Polar publicizes more data per user in a more accessible way, with potentially disastrous results.““Tracing all of this information is very simple through the site: find a military base, select an exercise published there to identify the attached profile, and see where else this person has exercised.”
Weird stuff has been happening in Fortnite: Battle Royale since the rocket launch event over the weekend.After the rocket launched and cracked the sky in real time, rifts have popped up throughout the map.These rifts, which have gradually been discovered over the past few days, have confused and excited Fortnite enthusiasts.Here’s where things get really weird.Photographer Sela Shiloni discovered the burger outside the game, in the real world.First, watch the Durr Burger sign get swallowed up by the rift here:
welcome to Forza Footballs, former Football Addicts, the app that lists results from soccer leagues in the world has doubled during the fifa world CUP in Russia, according to ceo and co-founder Patrik Arnesson – from 10 000 to 20 000 new users on daily basis.”the World CUP has given us a short-term boost, the long-term increase we get from that to cover more and more leagues,” he says.Despite busy times and the ambitious visions of hundrafaldiga the number of users to the next world CUP in Qatar in 2022, the gothenburg-based startupbolaget decided to shorten the work week during the summer for its more than 50 employees.the Holiday experiment is to create incentives for employees to take time off at other times of the year than in the summer, at the same time as the season becomes more pleasant to work.working the entire summer will receive an extra day off in the week, without having to use their vacation days.”It feels very good to have available on Fridays during the summer in a country like Sweden, but it also means that we do not lose the two months of the year because of that, everyone takes vacation at the same time.
One Saturday in late June, Michael Phillips fired a hadgun.The feat of marksmanship came thanks to a hack that brought together a Glock 17, a sensor and a specially rigged mount, Motherboard reported Thursday.The hack helped Phillips, 37, overcome spinal muscular atrophy, a condition that keeps him from making most movements that he's lived with since birth, and accomplish a lifelong goal.The rig was put together by ATMakers.org, a small group of hackers who focus on assistive technology.The organization said in a blog post that its engineers had been developing the shooting setup over the past four years.Bill Binko, the founder of ATMakers.org, said in a video that he had seen a list of activities Phillips wanted to do and figured he could help.