Thomas Musick

Thomas Musick

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Research into solar battery technology may mean never having to plug our phones into a power supply ever againScientists are working on a battery that may recharge itself, without any input from you at all.While it sounds unbelievable, it actually uses an established technology we’re all likely familiar with, just in a very new way.The battery is solar, but rather than incorporate solar panels onto the battery or the device it powers, researchers are combining dye-sythensized molecular solar cells with the lithium-ion material inside the battery itself, creating something they’re calling, “light assisted battery charging.”The work has been carried out by researchers at the McGill University in Montreal, along with Canadian energy company Hydro-Quebec, and the study has been published by Nature Communications.However, the research is still at a very early stage, and the paper is extremely technical.
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Police officer Daniel Fitzpatrick's routine patrol Sunday in Belfast, Maine, got a bit hairy on Sunday.The sergeant apprehended two goats on the loose and escorted the critters into the back of his patrol car.Then the police department sent out an alert on Facebook, seeking their owner.Although Fitzpatrick enjoyed the adorable company, he was quickly running out of vegetables to feed the hungry pair.Fortunately, Louis and Mowgli were reunited with their family later that day after the owner's daughter saw the Facebook post.Fitzpatrick took some selfies with his charges, who left plenty of hair in the back of the car.
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Who would want to spend the journey head buried in a smartphone, like the ditouzu (低头族) on the subway?Volkswagen, for example, recently said it will invest $180 million in Beijing-based Mobovi to establish a joint venture focused on developing voice recognition and language tech for its next generation of artificial intelligence-enabled vehicles.The direction of thinking is clear: cars are fast on their way to becoming mobile computers, and the race is on to make them as connected, informative and entertaining as possible.We use real diffraction and are the only company in the world that can design and produce large-size holographic optical elements (HOEs) – thin transparent films with diffraction nanopatterns recorded inside.We’re able to create AR content around the car, on the road, and for the wider environment.We’re using OpenStreetMaps at a core level – an open source platform that works everywhere – but for specific countries, we’re using local partners.This is what we are negotiating right now for both OEM and the aftermarket.Zion Market Research said last month that the China market for HUDs is expected to grow at CAGR of 66.7% between 2015 and 2020 to $2.87 billion in 2020.
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“It’s as close as I come,” Bill Foster told me.“When I go into the crowd, I get recognized quickly.I’ve done some number of selfies.” Foster is a physicist (he spent more than two decades at Fermilab), and represents the 11th district of Illinois, which includes Argonne National Laboratory, among other scientific facilities.We escaped the rain and his adoring fans into a hotel lobby for an hour on Saturday before the march itself got started, to talk about one of his favorite topics: bringing more people with scientific and technical expertise into elected office.“I think almost every issue that we face has a technological component and a non-technological component, and that scientists are very valuable in public office, in the US Congress, to evaluate the technological part of any problem,” Foster said.“When that sort of issue comes up, there is no substitute for having strong technical competence in the US Congress.”
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Just Two Days Into Launch, High-Tech iOS App Surges to Number 7 in UK Navigation Category MIAMI & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 21, 2017– Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ: HMNY) and RedZone, creator of the RedZone Map app, announced today that their real-time crime mapping coverage of London, launched just two days ago, has been widely embraced by Londoners.View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170421005737/en/ The two-day surge to number 7 in the United Kingdom’s iOS navigation category as reported by AppAnnie appears to reflect the fact that Londoners want situational awareness as they deal with a sharp increase in violent crime.With shootings, assaults, thefts and hate crimes posting in real-time to the RedZone Map, users are enabled to avoid higher crime areas by being directed around them.“I always believed that RedZone Map would work well on an international level, and I believe the early performance of the app in London confirms our proof of concept,” said Ted Farnsworth, founder of RedZone.“We are pleased with the results and plan to work aggressively in pursuing other international markets.” About RedZone Map RedZone (Zone Technologies, Inc.) is a state-of-the-art mapping and spatial analysis company with operations in the U.S. and Israel.It has created a community-based ecosystem that features a socially empowered safety map app that enhances mobile GPS navigation using advanced proprietary technology to guide travelers to their destinations, giving them a choice of a safer route vs. a riskier route.
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The Galaxy Book is Samsung's big attempt to carve out a slice of the growing hybrid market, and it's set to debut sooner rather than later.In February, Samsung officially unveiled its Galaxy Book 2-in-1 PC, the first laptop in the Galaxy line.Now, the company has offered up comprehensive specs for the device, and announced that it will be available to purchase starting Friday, April 21.The Galaxy Book will come in two different sizes: A 10.6-inch model and a 12-inch model.The larger system will be available with or without LTE functionality, and all iterations come bundled with the S Pen accessory and a keyboard.It features an Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of eMMC storage.
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Grand Theft Auto is a video game that has been criticized heavily for its violent content.But not everything is death and destruction – the chaos in the game is unlikely enough, in a good environment to test self-driven technology.”GTA” have also been criticized, condemned and (in some countries) banned for that it contains so much violence.most of the ”adventures” are illegal to be loved, apparently, by players.Just the version of GTA 5 has sold 75 million copies.But there is also something positive that våldsspelet can help with, namely a creative environment.
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If you saw the same reports I did a bit earlier today you were likely shocked to hear that Apple would be removing its iconic ‘glass cube’ entrance way over the top of its 5th Ave retail store in NYC.The reports came via building permits that were likely tipped to sites like Macrumors by Apple watchers.The permits call for the “full removal of the glass cubical structure at the Apple Store entrance.”I was immediately massively skeptical that Apple would delete one of the most well known retail structures in the entire world for no reason.It turns out that this seems to be a permit-does-not-tell-the-whole-story story.Apple’s construction contractors may indeed have to remove the glass cube that sits over the entrance to the sunken 5th Ave location — but only because it’s a bit hard to do a massive store renovation when there’s a big glass cap on top of your easiest entrance/egress portal.
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With nearly four of every five US digital display dollars estimated to transact programmatically this year, there is no doubt that buyers and sellers are continuing to invest in automated ad buying.A fresh study from eMarketer has found that nearly four fifths of US digital display dollars will transact programmatically in 2017, totaling $32.56bn.By the end of the forecast period, that share will rise to 84.0%.Additionally, analysts predict as ad buyers and sellers look to muster greater control that 74.5%, or $24.25bn of US digital display ad dollars, transacted programmatically will go to private marketplaces and programmatic direct setups.In fact, article notes that the share of programmatic purchases made via open exchanges is declining, with programmatic direct representing 56.0% of programmatic display spending, and 44.0% will be bought via real-time bidding (RTB).“Private setups give buyers and sellers greater control over their automated buys,” said eMarketer principal analyst Lauren Fisher.
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Leave it to a giraffe, a pretty big animal by anyone's reckoning, to make a big splash in the world of YouTube.YouTube said Monday that April the giraffe's livestream is officially the second-most-watched live channel in company history.The only channel to beat it was Riot Games' League of Legends eSports channel, which launched in 2012, Variety reports.April first became a livestream star on Feb. 10, when cameras in her pen at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, started rolling.Numbers continued to grow as viewers waited impatiently for baby, and peaked when April delivered her male calf on Saturday.So far, April has logged over 232 million live views, with more than 1.2 million watching at 9:55 a.m.
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On that day 10 years ago, Mark Zuckerberg introduced the social graph, Facebook’s complex map of the connections between everybody on the planet.But most of all, he’s got a lot more to talk about.He’ll mention the “Big Blue App,” of course.But you also can expect updates on Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, Oculus, Facebook for Work, Facebook Lite, and the rest of the company’s portfolio that collectively serves an audience pushing five billion people.It’s also focused on creating filters, lenses, and the same sorts of proto-augmented reality tools that make Snapchat so much fun.Expect more of that at F8, and expect it everywhere: in Facebook Stories, Instagram Stories, Messenger Day, WhatsApp status, and probably six or seven more places we don’t even know have Stories yet.
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A new variant of Samsung’s Galaxy C9 Pro with model number SM-C9008 has been spotted on TENAA.The Galaxy C9 Pro boasted of some really good specs, and so does the new variant, with the only difference being the bigger internal memory, speculated to be 128GB.Join GizChina on TelegramThe Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro, which was announced in October last year is powered by the Snapdragon 653 coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.It has a 6 inch 1080p screen which is ample for any kind of viewing.Powered by a 4000 mAh battery, the C9 Pro will easily last you a day or even more.The front and the back feature 16 MP cameras with f/1.9 aperture with the rear camera having phase detection and a dual tone LED flash.It has the usual connectivity suite with 4G support, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a 3.5mm headset jack.
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Partisan gerrymandering—the practice of drawing voting districts to give one political party an unfair edge—is one of the few political issues that voters of all stripes find common cause in condemning.Voters should choose their elected officials, the thinking goes, rather than elected officials choosing their voters.Yet in that same ruling, the court declined to strike down two Indiana maps under consideration, even though both “used every trick in the book,” according to a paper in the University of Chicago Law Review.And in the decades since then, the court has failed to throw out a single map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.“Will the Supreme Court say, ‘Here is a fairness standard that we’re willing to stand by?’” Cho said.In cracking, you spread your opponent’s remaining supporters across many districts, where they won’t muster enough votes to win.
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Computer makers like HP, Dell and Microsoft are rethinking the old standby, says WSJ's Geoffrey A. Fowler.Now, you can buy a PC with a huge screen that surrounds your head, one built into speakers, even one with top and bottom touch screens, like something out of Star Trek.Photo/Video: Emily Prapuolenis/The Wall Street JournalIt’s hard to tell one smartphone from another at 10 feet away.And these days, the biggest concern in laptops is which cables will fit.If you want to be really surprised by a computer right now, check out a desktop PC.
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at the same time, predicts the analyst to diesel cars will lose 30% of the european market over the next three years.”fuel usage in the furnaces” has passed the downsizing trend of the cars ' engines far better than bensinbilarna – therefore, they have alleged stint dieselfordonen long dominated on Europe's roads.This is confirmed by a report from JP Morgan Chase & Co. Their analysts expect that the demand for diesel cars will fall by 30 percent by the year 2020.They believe that the inevitable transition to emissionsfria vehicles will mean reduced revenues for Europe's automotive industry.According to their calculation becomes losses around five per cent for the German manufacturers, who must make large investments – for example, in hybrid models, which provide lower earnings.He agree that diesel makes for a minimal presence on the personbilssidan.
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Asiatic honeybee colonies are more prone to disintegration than European honeybee ones because the workers find their queens less attractive, a Sino-American research team has discovered.The researchers estimated that up to 80 per cent of China’s native honeybee population has been lost since the first European bee farm in the country was established in the late 19th century.Many Asiatic subspecies across the region are now close to extinction, and that’s a cause for concern as the flowers of many Asian plants are not recognised by European honeybee pollinators.The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports in March, sheds new light on the Asian bee’s decline.Bees are highly social animals, with a social structure characterised by hierarchy, collaboration and division of labour.The queen “rules” the colony by producing a pheromone, released from her jaw, which contains chemicals that carry messages prompting various activities, including sex and feeding.
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Project Scorpio is the third Xbox console that Microsoft has announced since the Xbox One.Those consoles include the original Xbox One, which arrived in 2013; last year's Xbox One S, the same Xbox One with smaller, more attractive hardware; and now, the high-end Xbox console, Project Scorpio.Whereas the Xbox One S can only play 4K video but not 4K video games, Project Scorpio boasts some pretty meaty specs to play super-high resolution 4K games and video, but whether you want to upgrade or not depends on a few things.One of those will surely be price, which Digital Foundry estimates to be around $500.Project Scorpio will be able to play any games originally made available for the original Xbox One and Xbox One S, so aside from price, here are the circumstances when you could potentially justify upgrading to Project Scorpio (if you already own an Xbox One), or buying Project Scorpio when it comes out: View As:
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Things don’t look that good for Mediatek and we’ve covered this matter extensively during the past few months.The Taiwanese is in for a rough 2017 if we are to make impressions from the shipment numbers during the first quarter of the year.According to media sources from the country, the company has managed to get only 100 million of shipments during the first 3 months, with some rumors saying that the number could increase to 110-120 million during the second quarter of the year.These numbers seem low – even for the Taiwanese standards- especially if you take into account that Mediatek sold 480 million chipsets last year.Join GizChina on TelegramSo who’s to blame for these low figures?According to the same sources, Qualcomm.It looks like most Chinese manufacturers like Meizu, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo have shifted a portion of their orders from MediaTek to its main competitor and its Snapdragon chipsets.
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Maxing out the available storage on your MacBook can create a bigger hassle than you’d expect.And if you want external storage, that usually means using up a USB port and toting around an external drive pretty much everywhere you go.Instead, boost your storage capacity by another 256GB with the Nifty MiniDrive for MacBooks, available now for just $29.99 from TNW Deals.Just slide the MiniDrive into your MacBook’s SD card slot with a micro SD card from virtually any brand – and you’re set.You’ve got up to 256GB of extra space and it’s mostly invisible once you plug it in, so feel free to leave it there all the time.MiniDrive also integrates with Time Machine and can be set to store daily automatic backups of your MacBook’s most vital files.
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Open source software vendor company Red Hat revealed in its recent Q4/FY earnings that telecoms was its top vertical.To find out why this sector has become so prominent for a company more associated with enterprise Linux and middleware Telecoms.com spoke to Darrell Jordan-Smith, VP of global telecoms and ICT at Red Hat.He explained that while software is of increasing strategic importance to CSPs, they don’t consider enterprise software development to be a core competence and thus need outside help.“Many CSPs are looking to open source solutions to reduce costs via software but also to reap the promised benefits of innovation and the speed at which innovation can be delivered,” said Jordan-Smith.“Telcos don’t typically have large R budgets but with open source they can access developers in the software-defined world.They see open source as a strategic area.”
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