From an early age on, Dutch potato farmer Jacob van den Borne was fascinated by technology.In fact, he now runs one of the world’s most advanced potato farms.Using huge amounts of data collected by all kinds of different sensors, van den Borne manages to use his land more efficiently than most other potato farms.He knows exactly which piece of soil needs more nutrients, where pests are eating leaves, or which plants aren’t getting enough sunlight – and acts accordingly.The third-generation farm is like a testing ground for technology that has been repurposed for use in agriculture.Because he’s such an outspoken advocate for so-called precision farming, scientists and other agricultural innovators know who to reach out to when they have some cool idea they’d like to test.
Online bookmaker Betvictor has played its World Cup 2018 hand by dealing in marketing specialists Karmarama to lead its creative for the sporting event.The football jamboree promises to provide a bonanza for all bookmakers prompting Betvictor to put its cards on the table early as it plots how best to increase its brand exposure during the tournament.Key to this will be the launch of a new brand campaign spanning traditional and digital media during the all-important build-up to the opening match as hype builds around the world.Shane Stafford, head of brand at BetVictor, said: “We believe the campaign they’re currently working on is truly unique and will establish a clear identity for us before, during and after the World Cup.Karmarama’s creative, technology-focused approach made them an ideal fit for us.”James Denton-Clark, managing director at Karmarama, added: “We’re hugely excited to be working with BetVictor, a true challenger brand who aren’t afraid to take chances.
Back in 2016, Xiaomi's original Mi Mix was the smartphone that arguably kicked off our current obsession with bezel-less designs.It was followed-up last year by the even more gorgeous Mi Mix 2 – and now the Chinese phone-maker is reportedly working on a new follow-up that's said to pack some seriously impressive specs under its hood.According to discoveries made by XDA Developers based on firmware files obtained by XDA Senior Member duraaraa, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is definitely in the works, and will be powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 845 chipset, also known as Qualcomm's fastest processor to date.Based on an exclusive phone wallpaper obtained by the site, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is expected to sport a FHD+ (2160 x 1080) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, just like its predecessor.Also unchanged from last year's version is its 3,400mAh battery.The phone will also reportedly run Android Oreo right out of the box, and is said to boast similar AI-based scene recognition camera features as the recently-released Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.
Kaspersky Lab, the antivirus house, now claims that the US government's ban on its products amounts to punishment without trial.In court filings made late last year Kaspersky said it was intending to use the US Administrative Procedure Act to get the ban declared unconstitutional.Now, according to local reports, the Russian company is bringing the US Constitution's Bill of Attainder clause, which forbids punishment without trial, into play to bolster its legal arguments.The American Department of Homeland Security (DHS) banned the use of Kaspersky products in September 2017 across the entire US government.Controversy had arisen in American governmental circles that a National Security Agency contractor (NSA – a snooping agency like Britain's GCHQ but better scrutinised) who took his work home with him had leaked software exploits intended to be used for hacking by US government agents thanks to an unintentional upload to the Kaspersky cloud.The Americans convinced themselves that Russian-owned Kaspersky had given access to these exploits to Kremlin intelligence services, though the company denies this.
Outside storage outfit blamed for data leak blunderA Register reader, who wished to remain anonymous, show us a copy of a letter dated January 31 that he received from the money-transfer outfit.The missive admitted that a supposedly secure data storage company used by Western Union was compromised: a database full of the wire-transfer giant's customer records was vulnerable to plundering, and hackers were quick to oblige."We have discovered that some of your information may have been accessed without authorization as a result of a computer intrusion against an external vendor system formerly used by Western Union for secure data storage," the letter read."We promptly moved our external secure storage to a different vendor's system.We immediately notified law enforcement, and are actively cooperating with its investigation.
For a certain period of time, we were worried Xiaomi would copy the iPhone X notch on the Redmi Note 5 like so many manufacturers are doing today.Thankfully, the Chinese manufacturer has not done that, but it does take design cues of the iPhone X rear camera.In fact, if you take a look at the images below, the Redmi Note 5 Pro camera is the spitting image of the iPhone X.Sadly, this is the only angle or picture we have right now.If you want a close look at the front screen, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow.We earlier gave our readers a first glance at the whole spec sheet of the Redmi Note 5 Pro as well its smaller brother.
Their tongues might trip up over the name of the treatment, but people who stutter perform better on a speech test after receiving a daily jolt of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).That’s according to the results of a British trial, which found that coupling brain zapping with a five-day course of speech therapy helps those with stutters make positive, lasting changes in their communication skills.And there’s a growing body of evidence that the neurostimulation can ease the symptoms of pain and depression, as well as promote recovery in stroke victims, including in their language skills.But the new report, which will appear in the April 2018 issue of the journal Brain, is the first from a randomized clinical trial—the gold standard in medical research—to show that the technique can improve speech fluency in people who have not suffered any major insult to the brain but instead have a developmental speech condition.“It’s a big deal,” says Rick Arenas, a speech scientist who runs the University of New Mexico Stuttering Lab and was not involved in the study.But as Elizabeth Galletta, a speech-language pathologist at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation, readily admits: “It’s still a black box.”
Broadcom has confirmed reports from last night that it has secured “up to” $100 billion in debt funding to cover its proposed acquisition of Qualcomm.Over the months-long saga, Qualcomm has reject previous takeover offers from the rival chip company, and after Broadcom submitted a revised $121 billion bid last week — consisting of cash and stock — Qualcomm once again rejected the deal.However, Broadcom is now planning a hostile takeover that bypasses Qualcomm’s board and heads directly to its shareholders for approval through a vote in early March.Broadcom revealed that it has signed “committed financing agreements” to fund the $121 billion transaction, though Qualcomm argues that this significantly undervalues the company and that the deal would likely face significant regulatory hurdles.Nonetheless, Broadcom said that it has secured a group of 12 financial bodies to provide the credit it needs to fund the acquisition.These include Citigroup, BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Mizuho, MUFG, SMBC, Wells Fargo, Scotiabank, BMO Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets, Morgan Stanley, and Deutsche Bank AG affiliates.
The first trailer for "Venom," starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock and his alien symbiote, dropped on Thursday morning.But to some fans' disappointment, it only showed Hardy in his role as Brock, and not Venom.A menacing poster was released Wednesday in advance of the trailer.Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed also star."Venom" is scheduled for release on Oct. 5 in the U.S. and U.K., with no Australia release date yet.
After receiving a few customer complaints regarding overheating of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon range, Lenovo has begun a voluntary recall of its fifth iteration of the laptop.An internal investigation conducted by the company has revealed that some of its ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebooks manufactured between December 2016 and October 2017 have an “unfastened screw” that could be damaging the battery, leading to overheating and “potentially posing a fire hazard”.The affected models – 20HQ, 20HR, 20K3, and 20K4 – were sold worldwide and Lenovo is advising owners to switch off their notebooks and not use them until a free service inspection, to be conducted by the manufacturer, can be undertaken.If you're unsure whether your device is being recalled or not, you can head to Lenovo’s support page for your region and enter your notebook’s serial number.If your device is affected, are available as to how to proceed.
Mercedes-Benz has pulled the wraps off the third-generation of its iconic Sprinter van used around the world.The new Sprinter will land in the US by the end of 2018 and brings with it new features.Mercedes has also announced that it will be launching an eSprinter electric van in 2019 with availability for the US on that EV undetermined at this time.Mercedes says that the eSprinter is part of its electrification plans for its commercial van fleet.The third-gen Sprinter has comfort and safety features that are on par with passenger cars.While being comfortable MB says that the new Sprinter is cost-effective with lower total operating costs and customer-oriented features.
Apple’s answer to the Amazon and Google assault on the smart speaker is up and running, but users risk being locked away further in Apple’s tightly managed ecosystem.Looking at the reviews across the industry, many are shouting and screaming about the sound quality and performance of the device.For some it is the best quality in the price range, but others have noted users will be even more restricted to what other services they can interact with compared to other Apple products.“As advertised, the thing sounds great,” writes TechCrunch.“There’s little question here that the HomePod is a speaker first, smart second, bucking the trend of the earliest Echo and Google Home devices.”“If you have a room in your home or workspace where you would like to listen to music from Apple and/or podcasts, and you care about audio quality, you should absolutely consider HomePod,” Daring Fireball says.
Game of Thrones TV show creators David Benioff and D.B.Weiss were announced as writers and producers on a new trilogy of Star Wars movies.These movies will be separate from the next trilogy in the “main” line, and it won’t be part of the “A Star Wars Story” section of the Star Wars universe.This will be a new line.In addition to being separate from the “recently-announced trilogy being developed by Rian Johnson,” this new set of movies will be separate from the “episodic Skywalker saga.” That’s what the press release from Lucasfilm suggests.Almost as if they’re suggesting there’ll be more Skywalker films after the next film, after the film after The Last Jedi.
In September, Facebook announced Watch, a tab with videos created exclusively for the social network.At launch, it was pretty much of a mess of unsearchable viral content, lacking in any quality shows that might entice viewers to regularly come back for more.But it appears Facebook is gearing up to more seriously take on YouTube by amping up the service, sources told CNBC.According to CNBC’s report, Facebook is going to expand its Watch tab by letting more creators upload videos to the service without Facebook purchasing the rights to their shows.Like Google’s monetisation structure, Facebook and the creators would then share ad revenue.This is a glimmer of hope for smaller content creators who were fucked over by YouTube’s recent changes to its monetisation rules, which made it a lot harder for them to profit off the platform.
London-based Bare Conductive makes paint that conducts electricity.The paint can be used on a variety of surfaces including paper, plastic, wood, cardboard, or glass.Electric paint is used with a circuit board which can then be connected to a computer or a switch.The paint, which acts as a sensor for the device, is activated when you hover over it.The paint can be used for mostly creative projects, or to do things like draw a light switch onto a wall.It's called electric paint and it can be used on a variety of surfaces including paper, plastic, wood, cardboard, or glass.
Bitcoin is experiencing a rough start to 2018, but that's not the biggest concern for a developer at the world's longest-standing crypto exchange.Miha Grcar, head of business development at Bitstamp, told Business Insider a talent shortage is hanging over the industry.The cryptocurrency markets are awash in a sea of red, but that's not a concern for the longest existing cryptocurrency exchange.The digital currency, which gripped the world's attention when it soared close to $20,000 a coin in December, is down 45% since the beginning of 2018.As for trading action, volumes across the market for digital currency have decreased since crypto-mania peaked at the end of last year."We are finally catching our breath," Miha Grcar, head of business development at Bitstamp, a Luxembourg-based exchange founded in 2011, told Business Insider during a phone interview.
Figma, an interface design and prototyping tool that works in the browser, has raised $25 million in a series B round of funding from Kleiner Perkins, Greylock, and Index Ventures.Founded out of San Francisco in 2012, Figma is one of a number of players plying their trades in the UI design and prototyping realm.For example, Figma works in the browser and facilitates collaboration between team members who are working on the same app or website design.Moreover, you don’t have to upload or download files, this is all in real time, with all edits made visible to collaborators instantly and a messaging facility available for discussion.Much like other UI design tools, Figma also offers accompanying “mirror” apps for smartphones so you can see what an app design looks like on a real device.And it also offers desktop apps that bring some offline functionality to the mix.
The new tool provides fresh insights into how black holes influence the distribution of dark matter, how heavy elements are produced and distributed throughout the cosmos, and where magnetic fields originate.Led by principal investigator Volker Springel at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, astrophysicists from the Max Planck Institutes for Astronomy (MPIA, Heidelberg) and Astrophysics (MPA, Garching), Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) developed and programmed the new universe simulation model, dubbed Illustris: The Next Generation, or IllustrisTNG.And not just how the galaxy looks now, but its entire formation history."Mapping out the ways galaxies evolve in the simulation offers a glimpse of what our own Milky Way galaxy might have been like when the Earth formed and how our galaxy could change in the future, he says.Along with postdoctoral researchers Federico Marinacci and Paul Torrey, Vogelsberger has been using IllustrisTNG to study the observable signatures from large-scale magnetic fields that pervade the universe.Modeling a (more) realistic universe
Amazon looks set to unveil a major new feature with Alexa during the Super Bowl on Sunday, but before that it’s giving its digital assistant yet another talent — the ability to send an SMS message using an Echo device.Before now, Alexa could help you send text-based messages to people’s smartphones if you have the Amazon Alexa app and an Echo device, but it needed the recipient to also have the same setup.The new SMS feature is definitely an improvement, but there are still a couple of limitations you’ll need to know about.First, it only works from Android phones, and second, at the current time it’s only available to folks inside the United States.Amazon hasn’t said if it plans to roll it out internationally.If this is still you, then you can ask Alexa to send an SMS to any of your phone’s contacts.