All the way from our UK office (far for me, but not for all), I have with me Katie Collins -- our UK reporter, an epic world adventurer, who like a Navy SEAL trains on a Woodway Treadmill.She wishes for teleportation powers so she could travel the world and save money on airfare.So without further ado, here's Katie, folks:A: My job title is Reporter and I write tech news and features for CNET in London.I had my first full-time job in journalism here as an associate editor, before moving away for a couple of years.A: A Sony Walkman, which I used pretty much exclusively to listen to the Spice Girls over and over and over.
From a young age, I was told I had an odd voice.Over the last five years, I’ve interviewed some amazing people: celebrities like Mark Hamill, John Cleese, and Joseph Gordon Levitt; brand leaders such as Jonathan Mildenhall from Airbnb and Linda Boff from GE; and best-selling authors like Colson Whitehead and Andy Weir.(My favorite of all will always be John Cleese, who asked me to tell him my father’s old jokes.When I was editing Chief Content Officer magazine, we needed to interview Alexis Ohanian, founder of Reddit.I don’t recommend asking someone to join the call as a transcriber because an observer can ruin the environment that a one-on-one conversation provides.It’s critical to find out about your subject’s background, area of work, publications, and accomplishments.
The partners will work together on research, design and development of a device for continuous, long-term, monitoring of the brain's electrophysiological signals for clinical diagnostic and therapeutic applications.The planned device will sit on the skull, beneath the skin and has potential uses in epilepsy monitoring, tinnitus regulation through neurofeedback, neuromodulation for dyslexia and other brain circuit disorders.The terms of the agreement include the fabrication of novel subcutaneous brain stimulation and monitoring electrodes.The multi-channel system consists of an implanted unit comprising neural electrodes and an electronic unit which both digitizes neural signals and sends stimulation impulses to the neural tissue via the electrodes.CorTec's existing technologies, along with their enthusiastic approach to research and innovation, makes them an ideal partner for the Wyss Center.We are looking forward to working together to help people with nervous system disorders regain their independence."
Dev team quits, suggests NHS used them to get better deal with MicrosoftThe small team behind an ambitious NHoS Linux project are calling it a day, citing receipt of a trademark infringement warning from the Department of Health's (DoH) "brand police" as the "final straw".The initial raison d’être of NHoS was to identify a way to roll out NHSbuntu, a strand of open-source Linux distro Ubuntu designed for the NHS, on three-quarters of a million smartcards.Smart card recognition was seen as a mile-high hurdle in this grand plan.But yesterday that particular dream ended - for the time being at least - when Marcus Baw, co-founder of the openhealthhub CIC, the firm behind NHoS, blogged "We've finally reached a point where we've had enough."He attached a letter from the Government Legal Department in which it told openhealthhub and its project partner, open-source health specialist Neova Health LLP, to "cease using the NHS letters in your website domain name, your organisation/ product name, your twitter account and the NHS logo in your organisation name and product logos".
Although enterprise subscribers to Office 365 typically use a large number of the in-the-cloud-and-on-premises suite's components, only two – email and the Office applications – provide significant value, a recently-released survey showed."But the real value comes when you start changing your work processes to take advantage [of Office 365] to its full extent."According to the survey results, six of 18 identified Office 365 elements were used by more than half of the respondents' companies, while another three were being used by more than 45% of the represented firms.The fall-off from there was substantial: Teams (49%), Power BI (47%) and Yammer (46%).The numbers showed that Microsoft has largely succeeded in convincing customers to use more of the product than just the Office applications and email, Roth said."I think Microsoft has shifted its focus a bit.
If we’re not complaining about poor signal in the middle of a farmers field, it’s the disastrous indoor coverage, but Ericsson is moving to soothe the masses.One of the problems is with modern buildings.Modern building materials can block outdoor radio signals, therefore indoor coverage problems cannot be addressed by increasing outdoor radio deployments.Ericsson’s solution is to bring additional products to the market, in this case it’s the 5G Radio Dot, a small cell radio designed to improve coverage indoor ahead of the influx of the tsunami of 4K/8K video streaming, VR/AR, and immersive media which 5G promises.“Adding small cell solutions to our 5G portfolio is a natural part of the network evolution.Enterprises have been asking for first-rate connectivity indoors, as well as higher speeds and capacity to serve advanced use cases that cannot be addressed by traditional indoor systems,” said Nishant Batra, Head of Product Area Network Infrastructure at Ericsson.
Shanghai’s subway system has announced that passengers will soon be able to pay fares through Alipay by binding their account with the Shanghai Metro app.According to media, the Shanghai Shentong Metro Group has set up a joint venture with UnionPay and Alipay (in Chinese).During the past year, a number of cities have made deals with these two payment services.Alipay’s service which relies on scanning QR codes is already available for public transportation systems in Hangzhou and Xi’an.The service will be available in Shanghai from January 20th this year.But WeChat pay hasn’t been resting either.
YouTube is raising the bar for videos can take advertising and vowed to add human reviewers to its most popular content, part of an effort to address marketers' concerns their ads are appearing alongside offensive or controversial content.The video site said Tuesday that human reviewers would scrutinize every video in Google Preferred, its elite ads program accessible to top creators.New videos uploaded to Google Preferred channels will also have to be manually verified to meet YouTube guidelines before they can run ads."There's no denying 2017 was a difficult year, with several issues affecting our community and our advertising partners," Paul Muret, a Google vice president, wrote in the blog post Tuesday."We are passionate about protecting our users, advertisers and creators and making sure YouTube is not a place that can be co-opted by bad actors."The changes come in the wake of an advertiser boycott of the Google-owned video site over videos with children that were the target of sexually inappropriate comments.
Man from Pru tears up £722m deal five years ahead of timeFinancial services slinger Prudential is to kick Capita to the curb, cutting short a 15-year mega deal and switching the administration of its life and pension policies to Tata Consultancy Services.The initial £722m agreement – one of Capita's largest to date – started in early 2008 when Capita took on 1,750 of Pru's people in the UK and 1,250 in India with the grand ambition to save the client £60m a year in operating expenses.But the arrangement will end at the close of July – Pru CEO John Foley today talked up a shiny new "10-year partnership" with TCS to "enhance service" for UK savings and retirement punters.He said the "scale, digital expertise and proven experience in the administration of savings and investments" meant TCS came out on top in a beauty parade of suppliers."I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those at Capita who have supported out business over the past 10 years," Foley said.
Throughout 2018, hundreds of organisations across the UK will showcase the world of engineering and look to inspire the next generation of engineers by bringing young people face-to-face with engineering experiences and role models.And as the Year of Engineering is launched today, Monday 15 January 2018, EPSRC has announced an investment of £6.6 million through the Engineering for a Prosperous Nation call to support projects with potentially transformative impact in fields ranging from autonomous vehicles to energy storage and healthcare technology.As part of the Engineering for a Prosperous Nation call, EPSRC encouraged bids for creative, novel engineering research projects with the potential to contribute to EPSRC's four Prosperity Outcomes for the UK.Applicants submitted anonymous outline proposals before pitching their ideas in a Dragon's Den-style interview process.Twenty-eight projects at 17 different universities have been supported, with grants awarded to researchers across all career stages and representing a diverse range of fields.Research areas include the development of intelligent driver seats to act as co-pilots in autonomous cars; the use of diamond quantum technology to investigate neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's Disease; the use of novel materials to create artificial leaves for use in solar power generation; and the investigation of new solutions to antimicrobial resistance in wastewater systems.
After a long absence from the OLED market, the company returned to it with the Sony Bravia A1E, a fantastic addition to the premium TV market.But that was 2017, and CES 2018 saw Sony unveil the first two models in its upcoming 2018 range of TVs.There's still a lot more that's yet to be announced, but the two models are a promising first start for the Japanese electronics giant.First up is the flagship AF8 (aka the A8F in the UK).Although the title of 'flagship LCD' still belongs to Sony's 2016 ZD9, the X900F is a premium addition to the LCD lineup.Read on for a full look at the individual TV models, and an overview of the technology that Sony's using this year.
When people look back at CES 2018 in five or 10 years, it'll be the heavy rain, flash flooding and power cuts that'll stand out more than the tech on display.While 1.33 inches (3.38 cm) of rain may not sound like a lot, it was a record for the desert city of Las Vegas: The first precipitation in 116 days, and more than one quarter of the city's annual average rainfall in just one day.That led to the 180,000 or so attendees trudging though deep puddles on the show's opening day, followed by an even bigger surprise: A nearly two-hour blackout in large portions of the Las Vegas Convention Center.Stormy skies outside the convention center mirrored the online turbulence too, as the show's roster of male-only keynote speakers sent the CESsoMale hashtag trending on Twitter.But this year Google came ready to fight back: Its Google Assistant will be built-in or compatible with a wide range of 2018 products (including LG TVs, Schlage smart locks, Hunter ceiling fans), and it debuted the Google Smart Display -- basically an Echo Show for the Google smart home ecosystem.In fact, CES 2018 seemed to mark the beginning of the end of "dumb" household products, with everything from light switches to faucets to mirrors and (yes, really) toilets getting some sort of AI upgrade.
There’s still a ton going on at CES 2018 as we move into our penultimate day of coverage.Greg Nibler and Caleb Denison joined Maude Garrett for DT Daily to talk about the wide variety of tech on display at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.Besides the plethora of new products on the floor, including LG’s InstaView ThinQ Smart Refrigerator that features a transparent OLED display, the trio also talked about some of their favorite products and the future of technology.From robotics in early education and elderly care, to eye-tracking technologies in smart cars, and advancements in voice-activated computing (like what we’re seeing in virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa), the future of technology is looking pretty incredible.Denison and Nibler also discussed some of their favorite affordable products from CES.“TCL has the television,” said Denison, senior editor of home theater and entertainment at Digital Trends.
First announced in December of 2015, action cam company GoPro has pulled the plug on its heavily delayed, disastrous aerial photography drone, best known for its spectacular propensity for falling out of the sky.The news comes days after a report that said the company was laying off several hundred employees, most of whom were attached to its drone flight division.GoPro came to prominence through a smart but unsustainable salvo of first-person extreme sports videos.It bet big on the Karma—its foray into drones—to distinguish itself from less expensive competitors like Xiaomi which have been eating away at its market share for mini action cams... by pushing into the already crowded drone game dominated by heavyweights like DJI.That plan, like so many Karma drones before it, crashed and burned.GoPro has been financially unhealthy for some time, and according to TechCrunch, cutbacks now extend to CEO Nicholas Woodman, who has reduced his pay to $1.
Jeff Bezos, now the richest person in history, didn't create Amazon until he was 31 years old.Chip Somodevilla/GettyQuestions about whether you're on the "right" career path can strike fear into even the most confident person's heart.But as some of the most successful people prove, you don't have to have it all figured out from the start.Here are 19 highly successful people who prove it's never too late to change paths:Jeff Bezos had a lucrative career in computer science on Wall Street and took on top roles at various financial firms before transitioning to the world of e-commerce and launching Amazon at 31.Julia Child worked in advertising, media, and secret intelligence before writing her first cookbook when she was 50, launching her career as a celebrity chef in 1961.
Chinese phone maker Huawei has long sought to break into the US market through a partnership with one of the big US national carriers.CES 2018 appeared to be that time, with the industry widely anticipating Huawei to announce the availability of the Mate 10 Pro in the US with AT as its retail partner.AT will not be part of a Huawei announcement on Tuesday, according to people familiar with the matter.The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that AT had pulled out of a deal to sell Huawei phones.Huawei will still announce US availability of its phones, but likely through other channels like online or retail.The lack of a US partner is a setback for Huawei, which has lofty ambitions about its growth and is already the world's third-largest vendor by market share.
-- Researchers at MIT have developed a process that can produce ultrafine fibers -- whose diameter is measured in nanometers, or billionths of a meter -- that are exceptionally strong and tough.These fibers, which should be inexpensive and easy to produce, could be choice materials for many applications, such as protective armor and nanocomposites.The new process, called gel electrospinning, is described in a paper by MIT professor of chemical engineering Gregory Rutledge and postdoc Jay Park."The material becomes more brittle and therefore doesn't have the mechanism for absorbing energy, and it tends to break."The results are ultrafine fibers of polyethylene that match or exceed the properties of some of the strongest fiber materials, such as Kevlar and Dyneema, which are used for applications including bullet-stopping body armor."We started off with a mission to make fibers in a different size range, namely below 1 micron [millionth of a meter], because those have a variety of interesting features in their own right," Rutledge says.
How we're doing it, however, is rather extraordinary: Nick Pino and I are taking an epic, week-long road trip to attend CES, and we're bringing a bunch of gadgets to test along the way.Future's brand new New York City office is the official starting line.We won't be at the finish line for seven whole days, with stops in Washington D.C.; Knoxville, Tennessee; Memphis, Tennessee (it's a long state), Oklahoma (the middle of the country); a lunch-time pit-stop in Amarillo, Texas; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Monument Valley, Arizona (which is in almost every Western you've ever seen).Going to CES 2018: Here's our gear listiPhone 1 (smartphone – for comparisons)AT Netgear Nighthawk LTE (hotspot)
Software Freedom Law Center claims Software Freedom Conservancy committed fraudA few days before the Christmas holiday, the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) made a peace offering of sorts in an ostensible effort to resolve its trademark dispute with the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC).In September last year, SFLC sued the SFC claiming that the SFC trademark "Software Freedom Conservancy" is confusingly similar to the SFLC's "Software Freedom Law Center" trademark.And in 2006, it helped set up the SFC, so it could provide infrastructure support – including legal services – for open-source developers.That shared history and similarity of purpose has made the intellectual property dispute between two organizations rather confusing to folks in the open source community.SFLC executive director and Columbia Law School professor Eben Moglen previously cast the spat as a consequence of a three-year-long refusal by SFC executive director Karen Sandler and SFC president Bradley Kuhn – who Moglen describes as "my ex-employees" – to meet him.
Which would be remarkable in many ways.Oh, and in 2013 he was sentenced to (though never served) four years in prison for tax fraud and banned from holding public office for six years.Yet last month he began an appeal against his ban at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, hoping to have it overturned in time for the upcoming Italian general elections in March.But one meeting in particular stands out, and serves to remind me of the nature of the man who is trying to make the most audacious political comeback of them all.While there, Gordon invited the Pontiff to visit the UK either later that year or early in 2010 – thinly veiled code for “before the 2010 election”.(In the end, His Holiness did indeed come to the UK in 2010 – in September, hosted by the new Prime Minister, David Cameron.)