Robbie Kromer

Robbie Kromer

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The Martian surface is crisscrossed with what looks like the scars of running water cut into its dusty dry surface.For years, researchers have argued over the source of this water, whether it was fed by rainwater falling from the sky or from ice melting beneath the surface.By taking a statistical approach to the features, a trio of researchers now argue for rivers of rainwater.These angles are determined by how dry an area is and whether water has emerged from the ground, among other things.They found that the angles are comparatively low, allowing them to rule out the influence of groundwater as a major formation process for the channels.The narrow angles of the valleys bear a stronger resemblance to those found in Earth's arid landscapes, such as in the deserts of Arizona.
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Its objective will be to manage Franco-Singaporean research activities as part of the Singaporean ecosystem.An agreement to establish CNRS@CREATE was formalised on 13 July 2018 by Karin Ong, Deputy Chief of mission at Singaporean Embassy in France, and Antoine Petit, CEO of the CNRS, in the presence of French Minister of Higher education, Research and Innovation Frédérique Vidal and Singaporean Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing.2018 has been declared the France-Singapore Year of Innovation and the CNRS is strengthening its links with Singapore's research ecosystem by creating the subsidiary CNRS@CREATE.CREATE (Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise) is an international campus that forges partnerships between Singapore's universities/research institutions and leading overseas research institutions.Researchers at CREATE work on highly interdisciplinary projects to tackle challenges that are both relevant to Singapore and globally significant.CNRS@CREATE will be a non-profit "Company Limited by Guarantee" under Singaporean law.
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A few months ago, security researchers at 4iQ uncovered a 41-gigabyte file being sold on the dark web that contained 1.4 billion username and password combinations from online services such as Netflix, Last.FM, LinkedIn, MySpace, Zoosk, YouPorn, Minecraft, Runescape, and others.The sale of user credentials remains a very lucrative business, earning cybercriminals billions of dollars every year.We reuse them across accounts, don’t change them often, keep notes of them on our fridge, or pick something like — yes, this still happens —123456.Machine learning and deep learning algorithms, which in recent years have found their way into many domains and industries, will usher in an era where authentication becomes a smooth experience that doesn’t require users to trade convenience for security.For many years, companies tried to use biometric authentication such as voice, fingerprint, retina and face scans as alternatives to passwords.Meanwhile, these technologies quickly break under poor lighting condition or in the case that the user changes their facial hair style or wear a hat.
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Apple has today announced that it has updated its MacBook Pro range for faster performance, with various new features aimed at professionals, making the MacBook Pro 2018 “the most advanced Mac notebook ever”, according to the company.The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar comes with 8th generation Intel Core processors, with the 15-inch version featuring a six-core CPU, and the 13-inch version coming with a quad-core processor.These new processors should seriously boost the performance of the new MacBook Pro, especially when it comes to running intensive software, and multitasking.As Apple points out, the MacBook Pro is already the most popular notebook for programmers and developers, and the new MacBook Pro has been designed to compile code faster, and run multiple virtual machines and test environments better than before.The new MacBook Pro range also supports up to 32GB of RAM, a True Tone display, and an improved third-generation keyboard to make typing quieter.This will be good news for anyone who's ever annoyed their co-workers by frantically typing away on their notebook.
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Have you ever wondered why photos on Airbnb, UberEats and your favorite hotel platform always look so good?French startup Meero has been working on a marketplace and AI-powered technology to make it easy to get good photos of products and places.Eight months ago, Meero already raised $15 million from Global Founders Capital, Aglaé Ventures, Alven Capital and White Star Capital.“We focused on this idea because we wanted to make the web beautiful,” co-founder and CEO Thomas Rebaud told me last year.“We realized that we are all on Instagram and that photos are beautiful.But then, you go on a marketplace and photos aren’t great.”
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Attribution can help you measure the success of your campaigns.All you need is the right attribution model that will allow you to unlock your best-performing touchpoints.The more channels we’re using in our strategy, the harder it is to analyze the success of our campaigns.Marketing attribution allows us to find the best-performing touchpoints and what we can learn from them for our future steps.It’s the first channel that started a customer’s journey and it can help you find the best ways to approach your leads.It can be an ideal model if you want to focus on awareness to target new prospects.
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Bike rental company Xiaoming has officially begun bankruptcy proceedings becoming China’s first bike rental company to do so.The decision of the Intermediate People’s Court of Guangzhou, which was in charge of the case, was announced yesterday, July 10th, the Paper reports.Xiaoming (小鸣单车) was part of a big wave of bike rental companies that started to fold and experience troubles with deposit returns at the end of last year.By November 2017, six bike rental companies in China have shuttered, including Coolqi.Once China’s third largest player in the bike-rental space, Bluegogo, found itself in deep debt and was taken over by ride-hailing giant Didi.Meanwhile, thousands of discarded bikes were left on the streets.
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After multiple rumors of a new Surface tablet on Reddit, a filing with the FCC and a Bloomberg report, Microsoft has started teasing the next Surface on Twitter.In a short, five-word tweet published on July 9, Microsoft teased “Where will Surface go next?” with the entire line-up of current Surface products.This wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for Microsoft but, curiously, on the far right-hand side of the image (seen below) there’s a grey outline of a product missing from the line-up and a strange date on the screen: 6:00 on Tuesday, July 10.Given all the rumors, that product is likely the aforementioned budget Surface that we expect to sell for $400 (about £300, AU$530) that will compete with Apple’s $299 9.7-inch iPad for students.It’s expected that Microsoft could lift the curtain as early as tomorrow on the tablet (which would explain the strange date on the screens) and units could hit store shelves as early as Friday, July 13.While all signs (and rumored specs) are pointing to a new Surface tablet, there’s a surprising amount of users hungry for a new Windows phone powered by a new operating system called Andromeda.
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Gravidetetsappen Bonzun, headquartered in Shanghai, has got air under its wings in China, with over 1.9 million downloads since its launch in 2013.the App, which acts as a virtual midwife, now come to Sweden under the name of ”My Pregnancy”.”A pregnancy is very normal for humanity, but for an individual, nothing is normal.this app can help answer all questions 24 hours a day so that you don't have to go to the emergency room unnecessarily, but can also catch up on the various warning signs,” says founder Bonnie Roupé.In Sweden, this problem has been resolved through the regular visits of a midwife, but I think it is an outdated way to look at health carethe App, which is developed in collaboration with the Karolinska institutet and the Swedish barnmorskeförbundet, follows the pregnant from the first weeks up until the time after the birth, and provides information about what changes the man who is pregnant can expect week-to-week.
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An ancient human ancestor dubbed Selam was written about in a paper published this week in Science Advances.This very young Australopithecus afarensis’s foot is the oldest hominin foot ever found with all of its tarsals preserved – those are effectively the bones in a foot that do not include the toes – basically the ankle.This tiny humanoid had a foot with a toe that allowed it to grip, in a position similar to that of the blade claw on the foot of Jurassic Park’s velociraptor.*We know that the velociraptors in Jurassic Park aren’t actually indicative of what real velociraptors looked like – not at that size, anyway.UPDATE: I take it back – look at the included photos of the foot above and below and decide for yourselves how similar it looks to any foot you’ve seen before.The skeletal remains of Selam show that the 3.3-million-year-old species was different from humans in one very important way (and a bunch of slightly less interesting ways, too).
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Tencent Music is expected to submit an IPO filing to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on July 6 as it begins its US listing.According to an unnamed source, the listing is being underwritten by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.The company is expected to be valued at between $29 billion to $31 billion.Tencent Music runs QQ Music, Kugou, and Kuwo.According to figure from December 2017, Tencent Music has 700 million monthly active users (MAU), 17 million songs, and 12o million paying subscribers.The company’s 2016 revenue reached nearly RMB 5 billion, with a net profit of close to RMB 600 million.
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CK Hutchison has doubled down on the Italian market by giving Veon €2.45 billion for the half of Wind Tre it didn’t already own.Labelling it Italy’s leading operator, Hutch wittered on about how this is a key step in consolidating its telecoms assets, how this would allow it to continue driving synergies and bits of corporate gibberish.In fact, according to Ovum’s WCIS, Wind Tre is the second Italian MNO by subscriber with 28.5 million, while TIM has 31 mil.“We are delighted to become sole owners of Wind Tre, which gives us the strongest possible platform to drive increased and recurring value for our shareholders, said Canning Fok, Group Co-Managing Director of CK Hutchison.“Having pioneered mobile technology and digital leadership in Italy for over 15 years, CK Hutchison looks forward to continuing to invest in Italy’s digital future, benefitting consumers and businesses across the country.”Veon, meanwhile, is mainly going to use the cash to pay off some debts and get its leverage ratio down to 1.8x.
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Instagram has apologised to a photographer after removing her photo of a gay couple kissing, saying the post was removed “in error.” London photographer Stella Asia Consonni uploaded photos of couples as part of an art series on modern relationships, published in i-D magazine.After posting the photo, Instagram removed it, sparking public backlash.“This post was removed in error and we are sorry.It has since been reinstated,” an Instagram spokesperson said to the BBC.When Stella protested the removal on her page, several celebrities spoke out against Instagram, including Jade from pop group Little Mix, and singer Olly Alexander, himself an out gay man.Owned by Facebook, both platforms routinely face scandals for removing so-called controversial content.
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Another Games Done Quick marathon has come to an end, and like many of the organization’s recent marathons, Summer Games Done Quick 2018 managed to set a pretty impressive record by the time everything was said and done.When all of the donations were counted up, Summer Games Done Quick 2018 managed to raise an eye-watering $2,129,894.That isn’t an exact amount just yet, as there are always some donations that come in after the event ends.Still, it’s close enough to the final tally, and SGDQ 2018 managing to raise so much money is big for a few reasons.The first is that this is the largest amount raised by an SGDQ event ever, and on top of that, it’s the first time in SGDQ’s history that total donations have exceeded $2 million.It’s not the first time a Games Done Quick event has raised more than $2 million, as it’s happened twice before.
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Eldrivna bilar, båtar och till och med flygplan ska få en skjuts tack vare miljardsatsningen Seel.Satsningen kommer att gå under namnet Swedish Electric Transport Laboratory, eller Seel.Ett belopp som matchas av industripartner i form av Volvo Group, Volvo Cars, CEVT och Scania.På fredagen samlades representanter från de inblandade bolagen och näringsminister Mikael Damberg (S) för att presentera förslaget.Så för svensk industri är det här ett väldigt viktigt område att ligga i framkant, säger näringsminister Mikael Damberg (S).Byggnaden är bara ett bokstavligt stenkast från tomten där Geely ska anlägga sitt nya, jättelika forskningscentrum.
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We’ve known for some time that DC Comics has been preparing its own digital streaming service, but today, the company revealed that the platform will go far beyond just TV shows.DC Universe isn’t a streaming platform so much as a subscription service for all things DC, including comics, TV shows, and movies.A beta version will be going live this August.The new original TV shows that will premiere on the service have already been announced: the live-action Titans is scheduled to debut later this year, with Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol scheduled for 2019.On the animated side, the third season of Young Justice: Outsiders and the new Harley Quinn series will debut in 2019, as well.But DC Universe will also feature other films and TV shows featuring DC Comics characters, including movies like Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the four original Christopher Reeve Superman films, and TV shows like Lois and Clark and the Lynda Carter series Wonder Woman.
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Finding a decent laptop or desktop computer for an affordable price is never an easy task.With summer in full swing, we direct our attention to one of the most exciting sales we’ve seen this season — the HP Fourth of July sale.We gathered a few of our top picks from the sale below, but if you would rather peruse those discounts on your own, you can head directly to the sale for more info.Sporting a gorgeous premium design, 2-in-1 capabilities, and a top-notch screen, this HP laptop is a perfectly polished powerhouse.If you’re looking for a laptop that can work as hard as you, but won’t break the bank, the HP Envy x360 is definitely an option you should consider.It’s flexible, it’s fast, and has an excellent battery life for productivity and media.
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Their later descriptions of the elephant to each other disagree, though each individual’s description is accurate and captures one portion of the elephant: a tusk, a leg, an ear.Humans often have only partial information and struggle to understand the feelings and observations of others about the same problem or situation, even though those feelings and observations may be absolutely accurate and valid in that person’s context.Our relationships with technology are similar: Each of us relates to technology in a unique, highly personal way.Conceptually, this recommendation may feel good as a way to take back total control and to put technology back in its place as a subservient, optional tool.If you were to apply for a white-collar job of any kind and inform the hiring manager that you refuse to use e-mail, you’d get a swift rejection.How can we control our environments at work and at home, and the environments our children live in, in order to make them a bulwark against assaults on our freedoms, privacy, and sociability?
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Amazon is making changes to its teams behind the scenes.Getty/Rick T. WilkingAmazon says there have been some "organizational changes" to the teams behind the Marketplace and retail divisions of the company, which have resulted in them merging.Customers likely don't see the retail and Marketplace sections of Amazon as being two separate entities, and the change now reflects that customer perception.Amazon's Marketplace has also endured criticism over the years for fake reviews, counterfeit merchandise, and offensive items, which the company continues to make an effort to clean up.The e-commerce giant said in a statement it has worked hard to make the customer experience on its website "seamless," whether the customer is "buying a product sold by us or by the millions of small businesses selling on our websites."They often don't make the mental distinction between items that are shipped and sold from Amazon and those that are coming from a third party.
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Asteroids come in all shapes and sizes.We've seen a die and a skull and now we can add a gemstone to the list.JAXA, Japan's space agency, posted images of the asteroid Ryugu as seen by its fast-approaching Hayabasu2 spacecraft.Hayabusa2 is the sequel to Japan's original Hayabusa asteroid mission, which returned to Earth in 2010 after touching down on an asteroid named Itokawa.The probe successfully gathered sample particles from the asteroid and brought them back to Earth.The current mission will also try to gather and return samples from Ryugu.
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