Astronaut Jeanette Epps will be staying on Earth this year.In early 2017, NASA announced Epps was scheduled to make history in 2018 as the first African-American astronaut to work as a crew member on the International Space Station.A new NASA announcement this week notes Epps is no longer on the roster for the May launch.Serena Auñón-Chancellor, who was originally set to visit the ISS later in 2018, will take Epps' place.The space agency says Epps "will return to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston to assume duties in the Astronaut Office and be considered for assignment to future missions."NASA does not comment on its reasons for reassigning astronauts.
Justin Timberlake has insisted that he’s “made peace” with Janet Jackson, more than a decade after the two stars became embroiled in one of the biggest scandals in TV history.Back in 2004, Justin and Janet appeared live on stage during the Super Bowl Halftime Show, where they performed his song ‘Rock Your Body’ together.At the lyric “better have you naked by the end of this song”, Justin was supposed to tear off the front of Janet’s costume, revealing her red lace bra, but wound up pulling off the bra as well, exposing her bare breast, adorned with a nipple shield, for around half a second.The incident was blamed on a “wardrobe malfunction”, a phrase which has gone on to become a part of pop culture lexicon, but after the ensuing media furore, Janet’s career never really recovered.Justin’s, on the other hand, has continued to thrive, but as he prepares to return to the Superbowl next month, the ‘Filthy’ singer has claimed that there is no bad blood between himself and Janet.When asked whether he’d “made peace” with Janet over the incident, during an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Justin explained: “Absolutely.
A number of US senators from both sides of the aisle have said they will filibuster an effort to approve the continuation of a controversial American government spying program.This mass snooping effort was authorized by section 702 of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act, which expired at the end of last year, and the NSA wants it renewed with a new law passed.However, the rules have been interpreted by the Feds over the years to give the FBI access to the NSA's database so agents can investigate crimes using records on American citizens on American soil.But you'd be wrong: the proposed law to reauthorize the spying does quite the opposite, and effectively sets in stone the status quo.Senators including Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Steve Daines (R-MT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) held a press conference today vowing to filibuster it until there is a debate on necessary reforms to the rules."If we can prevail on this cloture vote, we will come up with a list of amendments to fix this," said Wyden.
Recently, OnePlus was on a roll.The OnePlus 5T is easily the best phone the company has ever made, and just before CES 2018, OnePlus released a rather attractive white colour variant for its latest mid-range phone.However, things got derailed last week when OnePlus customers started reporting they were seeing unknown transactions hit their credit cards after making a purchase on OnePlus.com.While the company is still trying to determine an exact cause for the issue, this morning OnePlus posted an update in their forums saying that, “As a precaution, we are temporarily disabling credit card payments at oneplus.net.” In the meantime, if you do want to buy something direct from OnePlus, it seems your only option is to use PayPal, while the company works on providing “alternate secure payment options.”Unfortunately, for those potentially affected—by what has been reported as a possible hack of OnePlus’ payment processing—there’s not much you can do besides watch your card’s purchase history and keep an eye out for any fraudulent transactions.This news may be especially frustrating for people looking to pick up a white OP5T, because along with the problem of not being able to use your credit card to buy it, it seems the model has also sold out, as it’s no longer listed on OnePlus.com’s online store.
We like it when people get sick of waiting for change to happen, because then, they often make the change themselves.This is the case for Torny Hesle and Ingrid Lea, a pair of Norwegian mothers who work as creatives at The Oslo Company.Fed up with the subtle stereotypes constantly being imposed upon their children, they decided to take on at least one prevalent Goliath—HLike the majority of retailers, H separates children’s goods by gender, culling your interests before you’re old enough to realize you’ve been had: Girls get shiny, saucy, glittery stuff.Boys get aspirational, action-oriented stuff in all shades of bland.Why can’t girls want to be astronauts?For no good reason, that’s why.
Market consolidation has been one of the key narratives in the adtech and market sectors in recent years, with 2018 already witnessing one such deal in the guise of InMobi’s $90m purchase of AerServ, and this trend is tipped to continue.Some industry sources report that these factors have already started to take effect, with a number of adtech and martech M transactions taking place in the latter part of 2017 deemed as preemptive measures to ward off competitive and regulatory headwinds.Terrence Kawaja, co-founder and chief executive of investment bank Luma Partners, points to his outfit’s recent market report which demonstrates that the total number of M deals in the US digital media sector between 2016 and 2017 rose from 236 to 252.Active buyers included private equity (PE) groups – such as Providence Equity and Vector Capital – telcos, such as Altice’s purchase of Teads, and Singtel’s acquisition of Turn as well as marketing cloud providers.Kawaja observes the comparative absence of any big-ticket purchases from the industry’s largest tech names in the 2017 buyer’s category, in addition to holding groups also refraining from such activity by and large.“From a B2B perspective, I don’t see Facebook and Google having to buy,” adds Kawaja.
Having processed more than 20 billion chat messages over the past year at Dashbot, my team decided to take a look at the top messages users send to Facebook chatbots.Much like with traditional conversation, “hi,” “hello,” and “hey” are common conversation starters.“Thanks” and “stop” continue to be in the top 10 inputs as well.As we mentioned in previous posts, it’s important to add support for “stop.” Honoring the user’s request can be the difference between retaining a user and earning a spot on their list of blocked accounts.Adding a mute functionality enabled them to retain the user and avoid this vicious cycle.They’re not just saying hi and hello, but ciao, bonjour, 你好, and привет.
The development of AI adversaries continues apace: a paper by Nicholas Carlini and David Wagner of the University of California Berkeley has explained off a technique to trick speech recognition by changing the source waveform by 0.1 per cent.The pair wrote at arXiv that their attack achieved a first: not merely an attack that made a speech recognition SR engine fail, but one that returned a result chosen by the attacker.In other words, because the attack waveform is 99.9 per cent identical to the original, a human wouldn't notice what's wrong with a recording of “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, but an AI could be tricked into transcribing it as something else entirely: the authors say it could produce “it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single” from a slightly-altered sample.It works every single time: the pair claimed a 100 per cent success rate for their attack, and frighteningly, an attacker can even hide a target waveform in what (to the observer) appears to be silence.Such attacks against image processors became almost routine in 2017.There was a single-pixel image attack that made a deep neural network recognise a dog as a car; MIT students developed an algorithm that made Google's AI think a 3D-printed turtle was a gun; and on New Year's Eve, Google researchers took adversarial imaging into the real world, creating stickers that confused vision systems trying to recognise objects (deciding a toaster was a banana).
Instead of relying on a single input type, MBUX brings the touchscreen back into action, working alongside both a touchpad and touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel.
FactorDaily reports that Ola, an Indian ride-hailing platform that rivals Uber in the country, is developing assisted-driving technologies to improve safety standards in its cabs.While the company has denied these claims in a statement, FactorDaily cited numerous sources who said that Ola has hired experts in autonomous vehicle tech to work on assisted driving features as part of its Ola Play program.The Play program is primarily meant to enhance riders’ in-car experience, with touchscreen panels in the rear passenger area for watching movies and playing music.But the company is believed to be extending Play to also add on tech to make cabs safer for passengers and drivers, with features like an alarm that sounds in the event of a collision, pedestrian warnings, an over-speeding indicator, and brake-assistive systems.The move is interesting because it’s one of a local incumbent’s first attempts to outmaneuver Uber with tech.It’s all well and good that Uber is developing self-driving systems in the US, but they may not find use in chaotic traffic and non-standard roads in countries like India for a good while.
SteelSeries continues to go after competitive gamers and esports athletes with its PC gaming mice.The company is revealing its Rival 600 with a couple of sensors that could make or break a competitive match.Esports could be a $2.5 billion market by 2020, according to market researcher Newzoo, and those who want to participate in that market take their games and gear seriously.SteelSeries designed the Rival 600 with its TrueMove3+ dual optical sensor system.But the Rival 600 also has a second optical sensor that exclusively tracks liftoff distance — or how high you lift the mouse off the surface when you’re making a big move in a game.“As you pick up the mouse and put it down, it tends to move off track,” said Jason Christian, product marketing manager at SteelSeries, in an interview with GamesBeat.
Apple responded this week to a letter of concern from two major investors about smartphone addiction in children.The letter was dated January 6th, and came from the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and investment management group Jana Partners LLC.The letter included the following: “we have reviewed the evidence and we believe there is a clear need for Apple to offer parents more choices and tools to help them ensure that young consumers are using your products in an optimal manner.”The full letter can be found at ThinkDifferentlyAboutKids dot com.There you’ll find a litany of studies regarding the use of smartphones by young people, and the negative impact these devices are having.This has just as much to do with the kids as it does the parents as it does the schools as it does Apple – and all other smartphone manufacturers.
PSA: If you are a smaller news site that has suddenly discovered you’ve been removed from Google News, you are not alone — and a fix is coming from Google.Backstory: Over the past couple of days, a number of smaller websites were finding that they had been delisted from Google News pages, without explanation.One site founder brought it to our attention to investigate after realizing that he was not alone.There was some conjecture that the shift was related to SEO changes at the search giant, delivered without warning.And the company has definitely been in the spotlight for a while now over how it (along with Facebook) influences what news people see, and specifically how sometimes that news that floats to the top is not of the highest quality.Google also has been working on improving the situation, changing practices to address issues as they arise.
New Haven, Conn.-- A team of Yale researchers tested a new chemical compound that suppresses HIV, protects immune cells, and remains effective for weeks with a single dose.In animal experiments, the compound proved to be a promising new candidate to enhance current HIV treatment regimens -- without increasing toxic side effects, the researchers said.The finding builds on the work of senior co-authors Karen S. Anderson and William L. Jorgensen, who used computational and structure-based design methods to develop a class of compounds that target a viral protein essential for HIV to replicate.The researchers refined this class of compounds to boost potency, lower toxicity, and improve drug-like properties in order to identify a promising preclinical drug candidate.In collaboration with Priti Kumar's lab at Yale, the drug candidate was tested in mice with transplanted human blood cells and infected with HIV.In the humanized mice, the compound achieved key goals of HIV treatment: It suppressed the virus to undetectable levels in the blood; it protected the immune cells that the virus infects; and it worked synergistically with approved HIV medications, the researchers said.
A shop worker is on a life support machine after he was “violently attacked” when he refused to serve underage youths.Police say two shop employees were assaulted after they “rightly refused to sell” the youths either cigarettes or alcohol.Scotland Yard said the attack took place in the shop on the Broadway in Mill Hill, north London, at about 11.45pm on Saturday night.A 49-year-old was taken to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.The other suffered minor injuries that did not require hospital treatment.Detectives are appealing for information to trace the three black male suspects, all believed to be youths, who ran away after the attack.
Google has come under fire from the UK government for a practice which sees it make £200 every time someone clicks on an advert offering treatment for addictive diseases.A Sunday Times investigation found that the ads come from “referral agents”, which are masquerading as free advice helplines.These agents are charged £200 by Google every time someone clicks on one of their promoted links.The middleman – used by private hospitals like Priory Group, Gladstones, Charterhouse, Regain Recovery and Bayberry – is able to afford the high rates as they can receive as much as £20,000 in commission by referring just one caller to a private clinic.This has been blamed for driving the massive increase in the cost of private care for people suffering from addictions.The practice of running ads from referral agents is banned in many American states.
Open internet proponents were stunned at last month’s vote, which struck at the heart of the belief that the internet should be free, fair and open for all users.As TechCrunch’s Devin Coldewey discussed last month, there are very few options for reversing the decision at the federal level anytime soon.With Republican majorities in Congress and on the Supreme Court, there are no avenues to begin a “repeal of the repeal.” The FCC has voted, and the rule is going to become the rule.That means the battle for an open internet is increasingly being waged at the Internet Service Provider (ISP) level.Despite some mollifying comments from traditional ISPs, few activists believe that commercial ISPs aren’t going to take advantage of the new revenue streams that paid prioritization will provide.Unfortunately for millions of Americans, they have almost no choice in the matter either way.
Samsung has just announced the Exynos 9810 – the chip that's almost certainly going to be at the heart of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (at least outside the US, which will likely get the Snapdragon 845).With that announcement Samsung has also revealed a number of features and focuses of the Exynos 9810, which in turn tells us rather a lot about what we can probably expect from the Galaxy S9.Okay, so Samsung isn't going to call them Face ID or Animoji, but one of the seemingly headline features of the Exynos 9810 is "a depth sensing feature to scan user's face in 3D for face tracking filters as well as strong security when unlocking a device with one's face."The Samsung Galaxy S8 already has a face scanner of course, but it's far less secure than Apple's solution, in part because it doesn't scan in 3D, so it can be fooled by a flat image.Slow motion 4K isn't specifically mentioned anywhere in the Exynos 9810 information, but it needs those extra frames to display properly.It's an octa-core chipset with four cores running at 2.9GHz and four going at 1.9GHz, up from 2.3GHz and 1.7GHz in the Exynos 8895 version of the Galaxy S8.
This video was originally published on October 29, 2017.Special thanks to John Gunstad, professor with the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University, for speaking with us about his cutting-edge research on how losing weight affects brain function.During the first week, you may find it easy to lose weight by simply switching to a healthier diet.Making matters worse, as the fat melts away, you’ll start to experience an increase in appetite.This surge in leptin levels signals to your brain you’re full and should stop eating.But with less overall fat, people who lose weight show a measurable dip in leptin.