Ronald Gibson

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Nagoya, Japan - Sometimes it pays to be two-dimensional.In its wake have followed a host of "post-graphene materials" - structural analogues of graphene made of other elements like silicon or germanium.Just as graphene differs from ordinary graphite, so does stanene behave very differently to humble tin in bulk form.Because of relatively strong spin-orbit interactions for electrons in heavy elements, single-layer tin is predicted to be a "topological insulator," also known as a quantum spin Hall (QSH) insulator.Materials in this remarkable class are electrically insulating in their interiors, but have highly conductive surfaces/edges.In previous studies, where stanene was grown on substrates of bismuth telluride or antimony, the tin layers turned out to be highly buckled and relatively inhomogeneous.
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It was on that day that a very proud Steve Jobs introduced his paradigm-shifting brainchild, the iPhone, to a world that couldn’t possibly have imagined how drastically this handheld computer would alter communication.Today, statistics show that 25 percent of smartphone owners ages 18–44 “can’t remember not having their phone with them.” These devices are, after all, a primary source of information, providing real-time content that drives decision making.Brands now think in "mobile-first" terms when building websites and related apps.Consequently, marketing has become a race between two types of runners -- those who smoke the competition in raising the bar to change with the times, and those who trail behind, always in pursuit.In a recent webinar, Gerry Murray, director of marketing and sales technology research for the International Data Corporation (IDC), said, “Companies that make investments in organizational change, new philosophies and practices, as well as technology enablement are going to accelerate away from those who don’t.” Here are three marketing trends he says are in the forecast for 2018 -- and the sooner you start planning for these, the better your chances are in breaking away from the pack.That is the only question at play here, especially in light of the Equifax data breaches that left millions of people scrambling to lock down their information.
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Don’t call Fli Charge wireless charging.It’s just like plugging something into a wall but uses powered surfaces to distribute power.And thanks to proprietary tech, it’s safe to the touch and just as fast as a wall outlet.The company stopped by TechCrunch’s CES 2018 booth to show off their latest generation.It works and it’s amazing and was able to charge a variety of objects including power tools, smartphones, battery packs, USB-C computers and even a custom laptop with the Fli Charge system built directly in.The system is capable of simultaneously charging batteries of different voltages.
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Escalated attacks across the globe, leveraging the malware's source code, have already been observed by security experts.The creator of one of the most advanced Android banking malware variants called Exobot, also known as Marcher, sold the malware's source code on an underground hacking forum before he called it quits.The banking malware has been around since 2016 and has undergone several upgrades that have only increased the malware's capabilities, allowing hackers to rake in as much money as possible.Exobot's author had previously been renting out the malware to other hackers – yet another way for the cybercriminal to make more money.However, in December 2017, the malware's creator, going by the simple pseudonym "android", advertised on an underground hacking forum that he would sell the Exobot malware's source code to "a limited number of buyers" before he quit the business.According to SyfLabs mobile security researcher Cengiz Han Sahin, the hacker bragged about becoming "very rich" after the sale.
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The coolest gadgets we saw at CES 2018.This is LG's giant 65-inch 4K OLED TV.This rollable TV concept can emerge when you want it to.You can adjust the height of the TV for certain types of content.This is an $8,000 robotic umbrella.The Sunflower Shadecraft moves with the sun.
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All but three land mammal species living on New Zealand today were brought there by modern humans, beginning around 800 years ago—and all three of those native mammal species are bats.But a newly discovered bat fossil suggests that there may be more species hiding in the isle’s ancient rock.Perhaps the mammal-poor islands once had a far more batty past.A team of researchers from Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. announced that they’ve discovered evidence of an extinct bat species called Vulcanops jennyworthyae.The bat itself is weird—it was big and probably burrowed in the ground.But it also reveals a stranger evolutionary history of mammals on the island.
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According to a new report, the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee actively targeted the U.S. Senate through the latter half of 2017.The revelation comes out of a new report from Trend Micro, a Japanese firm that has revealed similar phishing schemes taking aim at foreign governments in the past.As the security report details, the activity began in June 2017 and attempted to compromise a lawmaker’s credentials through a phishing site designed to look like the Senate’s internal email system.Trend Micro’s report focuses on the efforts of a hacking group it calls Pawn Storm, “an extremely active espionage actor group” more commonly known as Fancy Bear.Cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike has deemed the group a “Russian-based threat actor” with likely ties to Russian military intelligence.Trend Micro describes the nature of the attacks:
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Four machines on the slate, at almost-exascale and beyond, to nourish local industryThe European Commission’s decided to throw €486 million at high performance computers.The Commission expects that member states will chip in another €500m-plus for a total spend of over €1 billion by the year 2020.All that moolah will be spent on at least four supercomputers, research efforts to develop their hardware and software, plus plans to develop a another and faster super by 2022-2023.The four supers will comprise a pair of “pre-exascale” machines capable of 1017 calculations per second, plus at least two smaller machines that limp along at 1016 calculations per second.The Commission’s plans call for the future machine to hit 1018 calculations per second.
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Plenty of wearables companies make health claims that are dubious at best.It’s true that companies like Fitbit and Apple are getting a bit more serious about the whole thing, participating in university studies and working with insurance companies, but on a whole, I certainly wouldn’t trust my own well-being to any of them.An outgrowth of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, Vitaliti is designed to work on patients recently released from the hospital, so their attending physician can continue to monitor them remotely.The device sits around the collar, a bit like a yoke that rests on your neck, with two electrodes that attach to the skin and a sensor that sits in the ear.It’s not the most comfortable or visually appealing gadget, but you can wear it for long stretches.Cloud DX founder/CEO Robert Kaul was wearing around it for three days here at CES on a single charge — though the electrodes were attached, because the squares at the Las Vegas Convention Center apparently prefer people keep their shirts on.
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Miami, the location on the 2018 North American Bitcoin Conference.The North American Bitcoin conference has stopped accepting bitcoin payments for tickets due to fees and congestion associated with the cryptocurrency.Bitcoin is red-hot right now, but the demand has put the network under unprecedented stress and sent transaction fees sky-rocketing.For all the hype around bitcoin right now, it's easy to overlook an important fact: It doesn't actually work very well as a currency.Users face fees of upwards of $30 on every transaction, which can take hours to process.In fact, it has gotten so bad that even a major bitcoin conference has stopped accepting bitcoin payments for tickets altogether.
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Seems that someone at LG listed a smartphone earlier that it could be mentioned.The most anticipated LG smartphone, LG G7 that is expected to be launched during this Q1 2018 had its name listed on an Official website page listing the LG smartphones that support Fast Charge Technology.While we don’t know if this has been intentional or not what drives us in curiosity is that fact the “Future LG G7” appears to support Fast Charge 4.0 the standard quick charge technology present in the 2017’s Snapdragon 835.This may indicate that LG will once again repeat the last year move and launch a newer smartphone with a one-year-old chipset?Last year, Samsung and Qualcomm worked alongside to give life to the 10nm Snapdragon 835, with the South-Korean company being responsable for manufacturing the chipsets.That move left the other competitor to choose between the 2016 Snapdragon 821 or wait a little longer to launch the smartphones with Snapdragon 835.
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Note: This “fix” is only possible if you’re running iOS 10.2.1 on an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, or the SE.If you’re using an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, you’ll need to be running iOS 11.2 or higher.If you don’t have one of the aforementioned devices running either iOS 10.2.1 or iOS 11.2, then replacing your battery will likely have no effect on processor speed.If you weren’t already aware, Apple recently admitted that it intentionally slows down processor speeds on older iPhone models in order to compensate for degrading batteries.After publicly apologizing for incident — and upon receiving a deluge of consumer backlash — the company announced that it would offer replacement batteries for about $30, which amounts to a $50 discount.Assuming the battery is the primarily source of your iPhone’s recent sluggishness, opting for a replacement from Apple should increase processing speeds and allow it to operate like normal for the foreseeable future.
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Tesla debuted the Model S luxury sedan back in 2012, and without that vehicle’s success, there would be no Model 3, Model X, or new Roadster — and the brand’s Semi would likely not have gotten off the ground, either.Just about every premium segment vehicle (and many high-optioned mass-market cars) offer or include as standard, rain-sensing wipers.Finally, Tesla has announced that a beta version of automatic windshield wipers has gone live for Autopilot 2.0+ models as part of the latest software update.That means the base rear-wheel drive Model S 75 is no more, which could widen the breadth between the Model S and Model 3, which will only offer all-wheel drive as an option.Even though Tesla released the update soon after CR lowered the Model S (and Model X) score, the review agency didn’t adjust its ranking until Tesla raised the activation speed back to 90 mph (which happened this month).“Proven, life-saving safety features should be in every new car sold, and automakers certainly should not wait until 2022 to make automatic emergency braking standard.”
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With the New Year just around the corner, WhatsApp is reminding users that the messenger service will soon stop working on certain smartphones and mobile platforms in 2018.In an update to a blog post first published in February 2016, the company said WhatsApp will end support for handsets running Windows 8.0 or older versions of the operating system, BlackBerry OS or BlackBerry 10 from 1 January 2018.Although the end of support does not mean the Facebook-owned app will cease to function on these platforms immediately.However, the company warned that since it will no longer "actively develop for these platforms", some features may stop functioning "at any time".Users will no longer be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts on these platforms either.WhatsApp stopped supporting Nokia Symbian S60 after June 30.
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BT has announced its January Sale internet offers, and they're not far off the kind of bargains we saw over Black Friday.Sign up to BT broadband now and get a hefty Reward Card (worth up to £150!)Our top pick is the super fast BT Infinity 1 fibre broadband deal.It costs £29.99 per month, but you get a whopping £125 pre-paid Mastercard and the only thing you'll pay at the outset is £9.99 to cover the delivery of your new router.And if you're a big sport fan, and extra fifty quid gets you access to BT Sport, too.If that's still a little pricey for you, or if you're one of the unlucky folk that can't get fibre broadband, then standard 17Mb ADSL costs a mere £23.99.
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To help you get started on that path to discovery and a better 2018, here are some of our top picks to turn your smartphone or tablet into your adventure buddy.It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks.Young or not, learning a new language need not involve sitting inside classrooms or paying premium to sit inside one.More than just your rote memorization language learning method, Duolingo carefully studies and presents an effective way to learn a new language, with carefully timed lessons and exercises.Duolingo just added Chinese, one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn.And, again, there are tons of learning resources out there, but you need not go far.
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Gionee has today announced a new version of the Gionee S10 announced back in May 2017.Dubbed the Gionee S10 Lite, the new device shares several similarities with the Gionee S10C, with minor differences and have as its selling points a long-lasting battery, a 16MP front shooter and a WhatsApp Clone feature that lets users install up to three accounts on the same phone.15,999 and available in black and gold color options in India, the Gionee S10 lite has all it takes to compete with the Moto G5S with the same price tag.The device will be available to buy in India from December 23 through offline and online channels.Gionee S10 lite, unlike the S10C, has a single 13MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, along with a 16MP fixed-focus selfie camera with a f/2.0 aperture and selfie flash.The device has a compact 5.2-inch (1280 × 720 pixels) HD IPS display, while there is a quad-core Snapdragon 427 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz, mated to 4GB of RAM under the hood.
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America has said its final goodbye to the Queen of the Skies.The retirement of Delta's 747 fleet marks the end of the jumbo's nearly five decades of service with US airlines.Although the 747 will still grace the skies above the US with foreign carriers like Lufthansa and Korean Air or with cargo carriers like UPS and Atlas, the idea that US passenger airlines will no longer operate what is arguably America's most iconic and successful airplane is sad.The reality is that the four-engined jumbo is big, expensive, and thirsty.Hence the popularity of smaller widebody jets like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.The big jet and the Everett, Washington, factory in which it was built were designed and constructed in just 16 months by a team of 50,000 Boeing employees.
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HGTV spotlights brands in almost all of its shows, but the network had never produced a special with one of its advertising partners before.That will change in 2018, when HGTV airs Home United, a 30-minute special produced with Wayfair that features home renovation stars Chris and Peyton Lambton helping a newlywed couple merge their design styles.The show, which airs at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, will feature furnishings and décor from Wayfair.com, which sells more than 8 million items for the home.It will also incorporate Wayfair’s Idea Boards, which allow users to curate and save products from the site.Wayfair’s website will include a curated collection of items featured on the show.The idea for Home United came out of a brainstorming summit between HGTV and Wayfair, which have been partners for several years.
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Yes, you read that correctly.The cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse will launch its own rental store called Video Vortex next year, giving consumers a way to rent physical movies…including rare VHS tapes.The exact opening date isn’t clear yet — we only know it’ll be during Q1 2018 — but once it does open, Video Vortex visitors will supposedly have access to one of the largest video archives ever.Rental stores are mostly a thing of the past — Hollywood Video and Blockbuster shops are long gone, with only Family Video remaining, that itself only seemingly surviving due to its symbiotic relationship with Marco’s Pizza.For most people, watching a movie means buying it or pirating it…but either way, it is acquired through a device and streamed digitally on a display.Video Vortex will try to buck that trend, though, by offering DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and, yes, rare VHS tapes for rent.
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