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Thingstream reckons USSD is talking thingies' futureAnother Internet of Things upstart has nudged its way into the limelight – and Thingstream reckons its "MVNO for IoT" connectivity offering will compete against established players Sigfox and LoRaWAN.Thingstream's product is built on the USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) messaging protocol.As Neil Hamilton, the firm's biz development veep, told us, this protocol is baked into every mobile network operator's "core SS7 network".Thingstream's parent group, Myriad, includes companies that have a lot of experience with USSD-based products.Indeed, one product described by Hamilton used USSD to provide "messaging technologies to the mobile carriers directly and to enterprises such as banks".
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JavaScript, by being the language supported in all mainstream browsers, has been key to the development of browser-based web apps, garnering attention from multitudes of developers while being fitted with new capabilities nearly every year.These tools offer capabilities ranging from event-handling to code reduction and data-rendering.Angular, previously known as AngularJS and developed by Google, is a single framework for both mobile and desktop web development.September 2016’s Angular Version 2 featured a rewrite based on TypeScript, Microsoft’s typed superset of JavaScript, to get around performance limits in the original Angular architecture.Angular 6, due five to six months after version 5, is slated to focus on the same themes as Angular 5: ease of use, smaller size, and performance.An HTML compiler to build custom elements and add attributes to elements.
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The challenge of providing a rapid response to environmental disasters as varied as flooding, drought, illegal logging and oil spills is the focus of two new projects in which the University of Oxford is a key partner.Using satellite imagery as a starting point, the aim of both projects is to create information for key decision makers in each country so that they are able to intervene as early as possible to protect people and the environment.The advantage of satellite data is that it can quickly identify small changes on the surface of the earth or sea that may be indicators of a larger problem in the making.A new 'hole' appearing in a forest can provide evidence of illegal logging, or a slight colour change in crops may show the early effects of drought.Combining data from these images with other data sources has the potential to create powerful information for governments and other actors.Monsoon flooding is a major annual issue, and the project aims to enable evacuation plans and flood defences to be activated much faster.
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Early next year Ram will roll out a refreshed version of its popular 1500 truck and recently the prototype of that truck was spied wearing very little camo.That grille center appears to be fatter on each end than it is in the middle and overall the truck looks very cool.The nameplate with the truck model and the engine designation is on the side of the hood where you might normally see a hood vent.Typically we expect to see this model designation on the front fender of the truck.While the portion of the grill is covered, most of the front is sans camo giving us a good look at the new truck.The headlights are changed from the previous model but have that signature Ram look to them.
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It’s been a while since we last heard from Project Wing, X‘s moonshot drone delivery project.But after a few fallow months, the team posted an update today and it looks like the project has made quite some progress.Alphabet’s X unit is now testing the Project Wing drones in southeastern Australia, where its flying machines are making deliveries right to its testers’ yards.This being southeastern Australia, we’re talking about pretty sizable yards, but that’s still a step forward for the project.Indeed, Google is now working with Guzman y Gomez to deliver Mexican food (there are echoes of the TacoCopter here) and Chemist Warehouse, a pharmacy chain.The current Project Wing drones can fly at about 120 kilometers per hour, and from what we can tell, the basic setup here is a drone that can take off and land vertically with the help of a dozen or more rotors — and then switch to vertical flight for going longer distances.
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At this point, users can portray Facebook any way that suits them.Using Newswhip, a new social media monitoring platform, I was able to analyze the top-performing links since September 1 across four major social networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.My goal was to dig deep and examine if our general preconceptions about social media networks were correct.And is Pinterest really free of any controversial content?Facebook has no systemic bias against Trump or conservative content.It’s also clear that Facebook isn’t surfacing all ideas with equal weight, contrary to what Zuckerberg implied in his post last month.
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Today, Virgin Group has invested an undisclosed sum in Hyperloop One, conservationists and US Navy dolphins have begun a last-chance effort to save the vaquita porpoise, Tesla has issued a voluntary recall for 11,000 Model X vehicles and more.Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning by 8am.In a statement, Branson said: "Ever since our creation, Virgin has been known for disruption and investing in innovative companies.From our airlines to our trains to our spaceline, we have long been passionate about innovation in transport too, especially the development of technology that could transform people’s lives."Assembled by the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita and the Mexican government, the scheme includes four trained US Navy dolphins, who will herd the vaquitas into a netted corral.Tesla has issued a voluntary recall of 11,000 Model X vehicles sold in 2016 and 2017 so that it can inspect them for a potential issue with a second-row seat adjustment cable (TechCrunch).
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When you’ve been a billionaire for more than 20 years, you form some incisive ideas about money.A former math and science teacher turned Bear Stearns limited partner, Jeffrey Epstein is the Brooklyn-born financier who in 1982 formed J. Epstein & Co., the money management firm that famously held a secret client list containing only the names of people worth $1 billion or more.Epstein excelled at finding hidden value for his clients and himself, identifying anomalies in the market, and using arbitrage to profit from them.If you’d like to know one billionaire’s thinking on the controversial cryptocurrency, I’ve condensed his below.Counterfeiting is the big problem with conventional money, but this problem goes away if we can identify the counterfeiters electronically.Bitcoins each have a unique identifier, and any coins numbered outside a certain range of are fake — the whole system is mathematically controlled, so it can just as easily be mathematically verified.
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Apple's two most senior executives have answered questions about people overusing smartphones by suggesting they get an Apple Watch.Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, is clearly proud of his role in the invention of the iPhone, the device that spurred the smartphone boom, created multiple billion-dollar industries, and changed the world.His solution to the increasing problem of device overstimulation — get another device made by Apple — echoes how Apple CEO Tim Cook handled a similar question Fortune asked earlier this year about the perception of iPhones as a tool of "bad social behavior, like distractedness and children who stare for too long into a screen.""Our whole premise is to infuse our products with humanity," Cook said, before segueing directly into a sales pitch: "So if you think about what the watch does ... it allows you to have a curated level of connection without being absorbed in it."The solution to a problem created by an Apple product should not be another Apple product — one that, in my experience testing an Apple Watch over the past three weeks, actually has contributed to my level of device distraction.The problem is clear to parents who sit down to dinner with their kids only to have them buried in Snapchat and "Clash Royale" the entire time.
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In preparation, Do It Day's Hack Day will take place on World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October, where participants will join their teams and begin to work on the briefs, ahead of the final work being revealed next month.Below is a summary of each of the seven briefs that will be set at the different locations:National Council of Social Service (NCSS)According to the Singapore Mental Health Study 2010, more than one in 10 people will have a mental health condition in their lifetime.It also found there was a general unwillingness to talk openly about mental health issues because respondents would not want anyone to know if they are suffering from a mental illness.The study also found that people with mental health issues believe that they are stigmatised by society, feel they have a lower quality of life if they had no income, felt excluded from society and did not feel that they could fulfill their potential.
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Amazon.com Inc. is almost certain to enter the business of selling prescription drugs by 2019, said two analysts at Leerink Partners, posing a direct threat to the U.S.'s biggest brick-and-mortar drugstore chains."It's a matter of when, not if," Leerink Partners analyst David Larsen said in a report to clients late Thursday."We expect an announcement within the next 1-2 years."Amazon has a long standing interest in prescription drugs, an industry with multiple middlemen, long supply chains and opaque pricing.In the 1990s, it invested in startup Drugstore.com and Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos sat on the board.Walgreens eventually purchased the site and shuttered it last year to focus on its own branded website Walgreens.com.
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Google revealed during its latest hårdvaruevent up two new versions of its smart speaker Google Home, Google Home Mini and the Google Home Max.Google Home Mini works then just like the Google Home with the difference that the speaker is designed to be discreet and easier to fit into the home with the material of fabric and plastic.Google Home Max is instead a much biffigare variant made for ljudfantasten who have twenty times more volume than the original-Google Home.Through machine learning can Google Home Max then adapt the music depending on what is being played, the room layout, time of day and if, for example, the dishwasher is running in the bakbrunden.the Speaker can be placed horizontally and vertically.Both models make use of the Google Assistant, and is today compatible with over 1000 smart devices.
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The pitches that dozens of startup founders deliver at Y Combinator’s biannual Demo Day events have a ritualistic formality, alternating between change-the-world platitudes and invest-in-us promises.More often than not, those promises culminate in a very large dollar amount.TAM is a dollar estimate of a company’s potential revenue, if the firm somehow managed to win every possible dollar from every possible customer in its market.Say you’re making a mobile app that helps people buy and sell collectibles.Month one, you’ve got 500 sellers signed up.You need something a lot more impressive.
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2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of researchers that have developed a new technique that captures three dimensional images of biological molecules.Jacques Dubochet, an honorary professor at the Swiss University of Lausanne, Joachim Frank, a professor at New York's Columbia University and Richard Henderson, an academic from the UK's Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology will equally share the prize of 9m Swedish krona, roughly £839,176 ($1,111,344).The method dubbed “cryo-electron microscopy” (cryo-EM) allows “high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution” at the atomic level.It’s particularly useful for seeing proteins, many of which are less the width of human hair, that are not well suited to other imaging techniques like x-ray crystallography.Proteins are suspended in a tiny drop of solution that is frozen close to -196oC (-321 oF), and an electron gun shoots electrons at the sample.Some of the electrons are scattered away when they bump into the protein molecules, and some pass straight to a photodetector on the other side.
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“In this world, there’s room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.It’s part of a national campaign that rolls out this week, shucking tired tourism cliches in favor of an emotional call to action crafted squarely for our time.Though written for a 1940 audience, the speech rings startlingly true today.And it sets the tone for the entire “Stay Wild” campaign, which the city hopes will become a movement much like “Keep Portland Weird.” The effort includes print and digital ads, an influencer program, murals in New York and San Francisco, and an experiential Super Bowl installation.Minnesota shop Colle McVoy was one of eight agencies to compete for the business and one of four invited to present.We presented that video, and there were tears,” said group creative director Dustin Black.
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Irlands högsta domstol beslutade i dag att be EU-domstolen om ett förhandsavgörande för att reda ut om Facebook får lov att fortsätta skicka europeiska medborgares persondata till USA.– Risken är att man hamnar tillbaka på huvudregeln som är att man inte får föra personuppgifter från EU till ett annat land.Det skulle inte bara göra det svårt att använda molntjänster utan påverka väldigt många företag och organisationers verksamhet, säger Daniel Westman som är forskare i it-rätt vid Stockholms universitet.Tvisten står mellan Facebook och den österrikiske aktivisten Max Schrems.Det är nämligen precis samma rättsfall som för två år sedan fällde Safe Harbor-avtalet, en överenskommelse mellan EU och USA som skulle intyga att européisk persondata var precis lika väl skyddad oavsett vilken sida om Atlanten servrarna befanns sig på.Fast Facebook har inte slutat flytta data fram och tillbaka över EU:s gränser efter att Safe Harbor föll.
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It plays our favourite TV shows on demand, keeps us fit and healthy, and makes us more productive in the workplace.There’s just one problem: it’s riddled with cybersecurity vulnerabilities capable of causing data breaches and costly service outages.Even if IT teams vet IoT systems installed in key production environments, there may be other, innocuous-seeming connected devices which haven’t been properly secured.That’s what happened to a North American casino recently when it suffered a cyber-attack launched after hackers exploited a vulnerability in a connected fish tank.They also often contain few built-in security controls out of the factory and may be poorly configured, making them attractive targets.Suddenly your IoT device becomes an insecure endpoint which attackers could use as a beachhead into your corporate network.
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Aktien började handlas 2000 på Aktietorget under namnet O3 Games.Bolaget bytte namn till Starbreeze i november 2002.Aktien bytte marknadsplats till First North i maj 2014 och nu har bolaget nått fram till en riktig börsnotering på Stockholmsbörsen.
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Kabeltillverkaren Marseille säger sig ha tröttnat på marknadens kablar och har därför nu släppt sina egna Mcables som utlovar bättre resultat.En av dessa är Mcable Gaming Edition som förutom att vara en vanlig HDMI-kabel även kommer med ett chip för inbyggd kantutjämning, även känt som anti-aliasing.Något som först uppmärksammades av PC Gamer.Kabeln fungerar då genom en post-process-anti-aliasing-algoritm som appliceras på bilden före det att den dyker upp på skärmen.Kabeln är speciellt tänkt för spelkonsoler vars grafikprocessorer sällan räcker till ordentlig kantutjämning.Du kan se en jämförelse från Marseille i bilden ovan som visar Uncharted 2 som körs på Playstation 3 med och utan kabeln.
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From Levi’s to the local craft foods shop, businesses of all sizes are flocking to Facebook’s free photo-sharing app Instagram, hoping to get noticed by its 80 million active users and expand their reach.Instagram has emerged as an effective marketing tool because companies can quickly build brand recognition and consumer loyalty through an ongoing stream of photos that help personalize their brand.In just a matter of weeks after joining Instagram a year and a half ago, Chobani (@Chobani) attracted a loyal clique of some 9,000 “Chobaniac” followers, which helped catapult the company from little-known to must-have.How can you use Instagram to take your marketing to the next level?The coffee powerhouse posts casual, quirky close-ups of Frappuccinos, cake pops and other products for its 858,000-plus Instagram followers daily, as well as images of baristas frothing milk and sampling pumpkin spice lattes.To avoid brand burnout, don’t show photos of your products more than three to four times a day.
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