Archaeologists working in the Shangchen region of China have uncovered dozens of stone tools, the oldest of which date back 2.1 million years, making them the earliest known evidence of a human presence outside of Africa.This area is about 400 miles (660 km) west of Shanghai, but more importantly, it’s roughly 9,000 miles (14,000 km) east of Africa, the birthplace of hominins.The discovery of 96 stone tools buried within 17 largely continuous layers of sediment, dating to between 1.3 million to 2.1 million years ago, suggests humans made their way from Africa to China longer ago than we thought.Prior to this discovery, the oldest known evidence of hominin activity outside of Africa was uncovered in Dmanisi, Georgia, namely tools and bones of a human species, possibly Homo erectus, dating back 1.85 million years.A team led by Zhaoyu Zhu from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Guangzhou, China, uncovered the artefacts in the Chinese Loess Plateau.Importantly, none of the animal fossils exhibited signs of butchery, such as cut marks or deliberate breakage for accessing bone marrow, so direct evidence of animal processing was not found.
Oxford VR, a spin-out company of Oxford University, has developed an automated virtual reality programme which can help people conquer their fear of heights.The results of the first trial, published on Thursday, are extremely positive.It's principally funded by OSI, which specialises scaling ideas from the university.Nic is equipped with voice recognition so that she can ask users if they feel comfortable going up a floor, or if they'd like to repeat a task.The virtual atrium is a distinctly surreal environment; colourful balls float towards the ceiling, and a huge airborne whale glides through the air.Users are be asked to rescue a cat from a tree, or play the xylophone by the edge of a walkway, or pick virtual apples from a tree.
The good news is that iPhones are much more independent than they used to be: You can set one up and use it as a standalone device nowadays, without ever having to connect it to iTunes on Windows or macOS.The problems start when you need to get something on your iPhone to a Windows computer, or need to back data up to a Windows machine, or want to do some of the cool tricks possible on macOS—like edit the same document on both a laptop and a phone.You can mix and match your own solution depending on how invested you are in Apple’s own apps, exactly what you want to do on your Windows PC, and how tight you want the integration to be.Install iCloud and iTunes for WindowsiCloud for Windows is Apple’s olive branch to Windows users, bringing over photos, videos, email, files, bookmarks and more to your Windows machine.You can get a lot of the stuff on your iPhone synced over to your Windows machine, so the files themselves are physically saved to disk and available to edit, view, share, or whatever else you want to do with them.
MIT's Cheetah 3 robot can now leap and gallop across rough terrain, climb a staircase littered with debris, and quickly recover its balance when suddenly yanked or shoved, all while essentially blind.The 90-pound mechanical beast -- about the size of a full-grown Labrador -- is intentionally designed to do all this without relying on cameras or any external environmental sensors.In addition to blind locomotion, the team will demonstrate the robot's improved hardware, including an expanded range of motion compared to its predecessor Cheetah 2, that allows the robot to stretch backwards and forwards, and twist from side to side, much like a cat limbering up to pounce."I think there are countless occasions where we [would] want to send robots to do simple tasks instead of humans.The Cheetah 3 can blindly make its way up staircases and through unstructured terrain, and can quickly recover its balance in the face of unexpected forces, thanks to two new algorithms developed by Kim's team: a contact detection algorithm, and a model-predictive control algorithm.The contact detection algorithm helps the robot determine the best time for a given leg to switch from swinging in the air to stepping on the ground.
Häromdagen hävdade ett rykte att pekpennan i Galaxy Note 9, S-Pen, kommer att stödja Bluetooth.Nu har uppgiften till synes bekräftats av amerikanska myndigheten Federal Communications Commission (FCC), som bland annat granskar smartphones innan de får börja säljas i USA.Pennan ansluter specifikt till Note 9 över 2.4GHz Bluetooth LE.Vi bör alltså kunna räkna med nya funktioner för S-Pen, vilken har varit kännetecknande för Note-serien ända sedan starten hösten 2011 – tillsammans med de stora skärmarna.Samsung Galaxy Note 9 presenteras som bekant 9 augusti.Senaste artiklarna om SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 9
Hotmail turned 22 today having ushered in an era of web-based email, great swathes of spam and one of the greatest ever security cock-ups.Launched on 4 July 1996, Hotmail offered "independence" (geddit?)from traditional ISP-based email, which required users download messages into a local reader.With a mighty 2MB of free storage, something that seemed absurdly generous in an era when PCs shipped with between 4 and 8MB of onboard RAM, Hotmail's userbase grew rapidly to 8.5 million happy emailers (although it is not clear how many of those were examples of the burgeoning spam industry) and the mail-slinger soon attracted the attention of a certain software behemoth.Microsoft picked up the service in December 1997 for a purported $400m and found itself in the slightly awkward position of owning a hugely popular internet service that, er, didn't actually use any of Redmond's technologies and, horror of horrors, ran on a variety of UNIX-based systems.The migration to Microsoft's platform took a while, with an impossibly young Andrew Orlowski writing in The Register at the end of 2001 that Hotmail still ran on Unix.
“You don’t code software; you draw it out like a picture.”Matt Calkins has been CEO of low-code development platform Appian since the company was first founded in 1999 in Reston, Virginia.An avid board games fan who has competed internationally in tournaments, he has also created his own Japanese-influenced board game called “Seikgahara”.He joined Computer Business Review in London to talk low-code, board games and heat-seeking missiles.Appian have recorded strong growth figures recently, what confidence does this bring to the company?We are pursuing a mission that is to make it easy to develop custom software by drawing it, not coding it in the future.
One day, smartphones will just reduced to their simplest, most elemental form: a single slab of glass.That's what shows like Black Mirror, The Expanse, and even (yes) Parks & Recreation like to tell us.I’ve gotten used to feeling that annoying vibration, telling me that I need to turn my phone's screen off again.What I didn’t realize was that the phone had yet again gone rogue, slipping into its silent mode.The Show Must Go OnEventually I’ve grown to accept (but dislike) those touchy buttons, and if you pretend they aren’t there, the U12 Plus is a good Android phone.
As the future of Chinese kit vendor ZTE continues to hang in the balance, it’s doing everything it can to demonstrate contrition to its US tormenters.ZTE had its 2017 AGM recently and it was presumably not a light-hearted affair.Among the fun items on the agenda were the resignation of 14 directors and their replacement with eight new ones.The old guard were presumably sullied by association with all the transgressions that incurred the wrath of US regulators and getting rid of them seems like a clear attempt so demonstrate the company has learnt the error of its ways.The new Chairman of the board is Li Zixue, who is deputy head of the Xi’an Microelectronics Technology Research Institute, a major shareholder in ZTE.Then we have three other ZTE non-execs: Li Buqing, Gu Junying, Zhu Weimin and Fang Rong; and three independent non-execs: Cai Manli, Yuming Bao and Gordon Ng.
The world's fastest sport is set for a computing upgrade after Formula 1 announced a new technology partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS).The deal, which came into effect in time for last weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, will see Formula 1 benefit from AWS machine learning expertise to provide greater insight for fans and broadcasters alike.AWS will become the official cloud and machine learning provider for Formula 1, with the company's logo appearing in on-screen TV graphics.The partnership will see Formula 1 move, "the vast majority" of its existing infrastructure from on-premises data centres to AWS, as well as utilising several other AWS data analytics tools to uncover deeper insights on a sport that can change in less than a second.The move comes as Formula 1 attempts to reovlutionise how the sport relates to its fan base, with detailed real-time data insights and more in-depth fan engagement also coming as part of the new partnership.Going forward, AWS platforms will look to crunch mountains of data at every race to make race predictions and give fans insight into the split-second decisions and strategies adopted by teams and drivers.
While not quite hitting the same highs, Ring Video Doorbell 2 and August Doorbell Cam Pro are certainly both serious contenders.Wired installation requires basic home improvement skillsLike competitors, this device is designed for homes with a wired, 16-24 VAC door chime (check your hallway for a small dinging box when your doorbell is pressed).There’s a little rewiring involved, but nothing trickier than those Radio Shack electronics projects of yesteryear.A comprehensive installation kit includes everything you need to get up and running, including a drill bit, screwdriver and friendly step-by-step instructions.We swapped out our basic, wired doorbell in less than 30 minutes, but two issues caused frustration.
Sergio Escobar, a top Director of the Montreal Founder Institute, has played a major role in setting up the foundation of success within his local startup ecosystem.He is a respected startup leader in his community, and has been featured across many notable publications, such as TechVibes, Betakit, Radio-Canada International TV, and most recently interviewed on his local television station, “Money Channel”.He's also part of the Global Greater Montreal Ambassadors Network.Escobar has given some helpful tips and advice to aspiring startup leaders that want to drive traction in their local startup community; and it begins with familiarizing yourself with the startup process.The first step to becoming a successful startup leader in your community is to gain valuable professional experience working for a startup.Sergio Escobar, after turning down a secure corporate job at Procter & Gamble, started his career as an Aerospace Engineer with a Montreal-based startup created from a spin-off of Pratt & Whitney Canada, where he was involved in multi-millon dollar deals with several Military Air Forces and Commercial Airlines in 3 continents.
At least 400 people came out for TechCrunch’s Meetup + Pitchoff in Toronto, which was hosted by TechCrunch writer Jordan Crook.Eight startups got the chance to pitch their companies in 60 seconds while five judges, which included local venture capitalists and TechCrunch writers, asked them questions to help them prove that their product was viable.The report was originally delivered by Jessica Galang in a Techvibes article titled “TechCrunch Meetup + Pitchoff Balances Networking and Competition”.Uplifter was a startup that grabbed the attention of the judges with its unique pitch to revolutionize the medical-psychology industry.Uplifter and its founder Jane Lee are graduates of the Toronto Founder Institute.The company creates a mobile application to help people achieve greater well-being, through daily motivation, brain-training, and social support.
The Mentor Minute gives you exclusive startup video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 4,112+ mentors.For more Mentor Minutes, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel.In this week's Investor-edition of the Minute, Nitin Pachisia, Founding Partner of Unshackled - the only angel fund that invests in immigrant founders - teaches the Winter 2015 Founder Lab class how to differentiate between a lead investor and follower investors.Finding a good lead is crucial for attracting adherents.To hear more from experts like Nitin, apply to our Advanced Founder Lab program, which provides seed-stage startups the opportunity to spend 10 days in Silicon Valley working with the world's best founders and investors.The lead investor will not only bring followers, but will also manage them.
If you were going to bet on which technology might soon do the work of a stuntman, you’d probably guess CGI.It turns out robots have a shot, too — robots built by Disney.A new report from TechCrunch lays out the advances the company has made in the field of animatronics.These are the lifelike, usually static robots, designed to entertain the crowds at Disney theme parks and resorts.Think of the grog-swilling pirates carousing in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, or the recently unveiled Na’vi in the new Pandora: The World of Avatar attraction.But a new breed of animatronics are pushing the limits of robot engineering.
I spent the next two months straight playing whenever I could: When our son took a nap on the plane, when everyone went to sleep at night, and during his naps on the weekends."Breath of the Wild is a defining moment for The Legend of Zelda series, and the most impressive game Nintendo has ever created," CNET sister site GameSpot wrote in its review at the time.It'd made significant strategic errors; its games weren't coming out at a rapid enough pace to get people's attention; and the ones that did come out -- like the highly anticipated sequel to the popular Star Fox space battle games -- got mixed reviews.To find out, I sat down with Shinya Takahashi, general manager for Nintendo's Entertainment Planning and Development Division, during the Electronic Entertainment Expo.It may all seem like minor stuff, but Takahashi said it made a big difference."Some small technical and organizational differences really can change the focus."
Fifty-eight per cent of a new kind of online video piracy is based in just two locations making them more vulnerable to copyright enforcers than previously thought, according to research by Queen Mary University of London.This is the first academic study on streaming cyberlockers - illegal YouTube-like websites which have begun to dominate online video piracy and which allow users to directly stream pirated content.It used to be typical for content to be downloaded via peer-to-peer networks, such as BitTorrent, which operate by users sharing files directly between each other.However this study, presented at the AAAI International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM), reveals a huge ecosystem of web servers operated by cyber criminals which is not susceptible to many of the detection mechanisms that copyright enforcers use against Torrents.Lead author Damilola Ibosiola, a PhD candidate from Queen Mary's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, said: "Torrents are now competing with a new breed of more centralised service - so called streaming cyberlockers.This is, of course, something that could either be exploited by pirates or copyright enforcers looking to update their strategies."
These workers are part of what’s being called the “remote working revolution”, and they represent a movement away from the presenteeism that previously defined office working.A blessing and a curseTechnology is at the centre of this non-traditional working boom – thanks to communication applications like Skype and Slack, staff are readily accessible anywhere in the world where there’s a half-decent wifi connection.Read more: DEBATE: Should retailers be held responsible for vulnerable products?The rise of virtual and augmented reality also means that employees can attend meetings despite being on the opposite side of the globe.We’re an increasingly wifi-dependent society.
Snap is seeking to explore new ground as it tries to outrun Instagram’s efforts to copy its features.Its newest effort may be building out a bonafide hub for gaming inside Snapchat according to a new report from The Information.The platform will launch later this year, the report says, and Snap is already signing game publishers on to participate in its efforts.We have reached out to Snap for comment.The news makes a lot of sense given the efforts Snap has increasingly been pouring into its own Lens Studio software for developers to create its specialized AR filters.Snap reportedly bought a web-based 3D game engine last year called PlayCanvas which would serve as a good backbone for some even more robust developer tools.
After failing to secure a renewal for a license to operate a private hire vehicle service in London last September, Uber — the controversial transportation startup valued at around $62 billion — has finally had a short reprieve.Today, a judge hearing the Uber appeal (appearing as Uber London Limited, or ULL) against the city’s transportation regulator, Transport for London, said that the company would provisionally get a 15 month license, so that it could continue to work on satisfying the conditions that TfL said that it had failed to meet previously, ahead of potentially applying for a regular, five-year license after it demonstrated that it was now playing nice.Uber has been in London since 2012, starting with 300 drivers in that year and now ballooning to 48,000 registered drivers in 2018.Just under 3.6 million riders used it in a 12-week period, its UK general manager Tom Elvidge said in testimony this week.The decision comes after two days of testimony and examinations that highlighted both how Uber is currently seeking to position itself in the eyes of the public and those who regulate it, and also the many issues that the company has had and continues to have among its critics.Uber might have gone into the appeal originally asking for its full five-year license, but yesterday it laid out a case asking for a provisional / probationary license of 18 months, which today turned into a 15-month request by the time its lawyer, Tom de la Mare, was laying out his closing arguments.