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Qualcomm has been handed a legal setback after a US judge issued a damming verdict against the firm.The US ruling says that Qualcomm illegally suppressed competition in the market for smartphone chips by threatening to cut off supplies and extracting excessive licensing fees from mobile manufacturers, Reuters reported.Last month Apple surprised many when it opted to end the bitter legal battle, and also agreed to make an undisclosed payment to Qualcomm, and use its chips going forward.But the Apple case aside, Qualcomm has been facing regulatory investigations around the world for a number of years now.US regulators have also made similar allegations, with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accusing Qualcomm in 2017 of violating antitrust law.The San Diego-based company produces the chipsets for many of the world’s leading smartphones and tablets.
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London's V museum is currently running a food-themed exhibition titled FOOD: Bigger Than the Plate.In addition to containing an edible water bottle and a toilet made from cow manure, one of the highlights of the exhibition is human cheese.Yes, cheese made partially from humans.And one of them is famed quirky chef Heston Blumenthal.Cheese is generally made from starter cultures that come in a packet.They're basically single strains of bacteria that curdle the milk and help get the cheese on its smelly way.
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DevOps is not simply a set of tools or systems, but rather a methodology requiring stakeholder buy-in for successful execution.DevOps is based on collaboration—using operations, best practices, and organizational culture to streamline and connect development teams and IT operations.To maximize efficiency, DevOps must operate on a flexible system, such as one running microservices and containers in a cloud environment.Perhaps microservices’ most valuable attribute is scalability, enabling an environment of both speed and agility.Containers are cloud-native structures that hold microservices, allowing them to be moved from one location to another as needed, without affecting the system as a whole.Containerizing microservices allows developers to build applications, integrate with other systems, define rules and processes, and then deploy across hybrid environments.
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The panel answers your nerdicultural questionsChair: Hello and welcome to Programmers' Question Time, which this week comes from DevOps-on-Slack, where we are the guests of the Distressed Java Users Society.On our panel today we have:Jeffrey Waterfall, formerly deputy head of trailing edge systems at the Big Ex-Building Society Bank and author of The Jollity of Java Maintenance and The Modified Rapture of Agile;Bob Scrumble, technical adviser to the recently re-cancelled British government High Speed Cloud 2 programme and the man who introduced the practice of putting emojis on email subject lines (even though you aren't six years old) to Northern Europe;Professor Penny Parser, reader in Rust-as-a-second-language at the University of Web 3.2.19, but now perhaps even better known for her cultural essay Bran Stark, an Adric for the Modern Age?
Sony has no plans to sell or shut down its smartphone business, believing the unit to be an important strategic asset in its efforts to sell other products such as televisions and gaming equipment.At its peak, Sony commanded a nine per cent share of the global mobile phone market.However, in 2019, it is a minor player in the smartphone space, commanding a market share of less than one per cent, with Europe and Japan its main markets.Mobile is the only loss-making venture at the Japanese electronics giant, losing 97.1 billion Yen last year at a time when the company was recording record profits.This has led to calls from some investors to get rid of the division – a course of action that is being resisted by CEO Kenichiro Yoshida has dismissed these calls.“We see smartphones as hardware for entertainment and a component necessary to make our hardware brand sustainable,” he reportedly said.
John Goodenough, a University of Texas at Austin professor in the J. Mike Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, has won the Royal Society of London's Copley Medal, the world's oldest scientific prize.Already a fellow of the Royal Society, Goodenough has been honored for his exceptional contributions to materials science, including his discoveries that led to the invention of the rechargeable lithium battery used in devices such as laptops and smartphones worldwide.The Royal Society first awarded the Copley Medal in 1731 -- 170 years before the first Nobel Prize -- and gives it annually for outstanding achievements in scientific research.As the 2019 recipient, Goodenough joins an elite group of past awardees including Benjamin Franklin, Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur, Albert Einstein and Dorothy Hodgkin."Professor Goodenough has a rich legacy of contributions to materials science in both a fundamental capacity, with his defining work on the properties of magnetism, to a widely applicable one, with his ever-advancing work on batteries, including those powering the smartphone in your very pocket," said Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the Royal Society."The Royal Society is delighted to recognize his achievements with the Copley Medal, our most prestigious prize."
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Invented approximately 50 years ago, surgical medical meshes have become key elements in the recovery procedures of damaged-tissue surgeries, the most common being hernia repair.When implanted within the tissue of the patient, the flexible and conformable design of these meshes helps hold muscles tight and allows patients to recover much faster than through the conventional surgery of sewing and stitching.Thus, antibiotic therapies, which are time-limited, could fail against these super resistant bacteria and the patient could end up in recurring or never-ending surgeries that could even lead to death.As a matter of fact, according to the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net), in 2015 more than 30,000 deaths in Europe were linked to infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.In a recent study published in Nano Letters and highlighted in Nature Photonics, ICFO researchers Dr. Ignacio de Miguel, Arantxa Albornoz, led by ICREA Prof. at ICFO Romain Quidant, in collaboration with researchers Irene Prieto, Dr. Vanesa Sanz, Dr. Christine Weis and Dr. Pau Turon from the major medical device and pharmaceutical device company B. Braun, have devised a novel technique that uses nanotechnology and photonics to dramatically improve the performance of medical meshes for surgical implants.Because gold nanoparticles have been proven to very efficiently convert light into heat at very localized regions.
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“Insight can potentially add millions to a company’s bottom line.”IBM has designed a weather predication system that can be tied into a company’s operational data to help optimise business outcomes that are impact by poor weather conditions.Developed by IBM, Weather Signals uses AI-based analytics to help organisations measure the potential impact that fluctuating weather conditions can have on its day to day business operations.While this type of insight is vitally important for the agricultural sector IBM are expanding the service to all types of industry.Using Watson-based AI big blue will take a company’s data and use that to create a visualised model to help predicated the impact upcoming weather conditions will have on business outcomes.The system could also be used in the planning of city transportation systems, which can move to meet surges in demand brought on by poor weather conditions.
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Samsung’s research center at Moscow has developed a new AI that can create talking avatars of photos and paintings without using any 3D modeling.A paper posted by the research team suggests that while traditionally researchers have used a large number of images to create a talking head model, a new technique can achieve it by few, or potentially even one image.In a video, engineer Egor Zakharov, explains that although it’s possible to create a model through a single image, training it through multiple images “leads to higher realism and better identity preservation.”Samsung said that the model creates three neural networks during the learning process.First, it creates an embedded network that links frames related to face landmarks with vectors.Then using that data, the system creates a generator network which maps landmarks into the synthesized videos.
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After Google pulled Huawei's Android support for future models, the Chinese brand has had a big problem: how to offer users apps to downloads, the lifeblood of the modern smartphone.Huawei's vision is to bolster its App Gallery, and a report in Bloomberg states that it's currently trying to sweet-talk developers and networks into climbing on board.The report says that Huawei is willing to offer generous revenue shares for networks to install its store on new phones - although it's uncertain whether this is all new phones, or Huawei's own models only.The brand is also pushing for app developers to create titles for its new platform - the opportunity to gain exposure in the difficult Chinese app market being one of the key selling points, as well as touting the power of its own-brand processing and graphical power.All aboard the App Gallery?To make things easier, Huawei is offering simple software for developers to tweak their software to run on its phones - meaning there will be minimal effort to port the apps over.
The image of an intravenous (IV) bag is a symbol of sickness, but healthy people across the country are signing up for the kind of IV drips typically saved for patients stuck in hospital beds.Known as nutrient IV therapy, the treatment entails pumping vitamins, minerals, and fluids directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract for what is meant to be a rush of wellness to the veins.Party crowds claim it all but cures a hangover.A lack of published studies about the impact of nutrient drips on otherwise healthy individuals has relegated the treatment to the camp of alternative medicines, which are often rebuffed as pseudoscience.Critics have labeled nutrient IV therapy a modern-day snake oil and accuse its practitioners of being more interested in sales than science.“It’s not an accident that we’re beautifully adapted to get nutrients through our GI tract.”
A new Safari feature, called Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution, aims to stop ads from tracking you across the web.The company says the proposed solution will allow advertisers to measure the effectiveness of their ad campaigns on the web without compromising on your privacy.How online tracking works todayIt’s no secret that today’s modern web largely runs on ads.What’s worse, online advertising relies heavily on being able to track your every move.By making use of tracking pixels (typically, an invisible image hidden in a message), they can easily identify you by using cookies to track your browsing sessions across different websites.
Xiaomi has issued a steady drip-feed of information regarding its Redmi K20 flagship in recent weeks.We already know plenty of specs as a result, but we now have a look at the phone’s design too.And the upcoming device certainly reminds us of the Xiaomi Mi 9.The Xiaomi Redmi Weibo account has posted a photo of the Redmi K20 (seen in featured image above), showing a phone with a shiny red design.It’s unclear if the back is glass or plastic, but the Mi 9’s shiny back was glass, for what it’s worth.Another eye-catching detail is the presence of a triple rear camera setup here.
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Scientists have discovered what they believe is the loudest possible underwater sound — a sound so powerful that it can vaporize water on contact.It's not the sound of a massive underwater earthquake, nor is it the sound of a pistol shrimp snapping its claws louder than a Pink Floyd concert.It is, in fact, the sound of a tiny water jet — about half the width of a human hair — being hit by an even thinner X-ray laser.You can't actually hear this sound, because it was created in a vacuum chamber.That's probably for the best, considering that, at around 270 decibels, these rumbling pressure waves are even louder than NASA's loudest-ever rocket launch (which measured about 205 decibels ).However, you can see the sound's microscopically devastating effects in action, thanks to a series of ultra-slow-motion videos recorded at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California, as part of a new study.
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GitHub has acquired Dependabot, a tool that helps developers avoid introducing security issues via bugs in open-source libraries.Dependabot automates checks for out-of-date or insecure libraries on which a project depends, and generates pull requests to update them."More than 70 per cent of vulnerabilities are unpatched after a month," said Shanku Niyogi, GitHub SVP Product, speaking at Satellite.Dependabot integration is intended to improve this.The company also announced GitHub Sponsors (currently in beta), a scheme where anyone can contribute funds to an open-source project.The Microsoft subsidiary will cover payment fees and match funding up to $5,000 during a developer's first year.
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A cryptocurrency mixing service that turned over $200 million worth of Bitcoin has been shut down following an investigation led by authorities from a number of European nations.The Dutch anti-fraud agency (FIOD) and Public Prosecution Service announced yesterday they have shut down Bestmixer.io and taken its servers offline.“Six operational servers have been dismantled and seized in the Netherlands and Luxembourg,” the announcement reads.The investigation was undertaken by the Dutch Digital Intrusion Team (DIGIT), Europol, and authorities from Luxembourg, France, and Latvia.Investigations began in back in June 2018 after the cybersecurity firm McAfee notified FIOD that Bestmixer.io was hosting its website on servers based in the Netherlands.Bestmixer.io is believed to have been one of the three largest cryptocurrency mixing services, having turned over $200 million since it commenced operations in May 2018.
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Decision-making platform Prowler.io raked in US$24 million in a series B round led by RB Capital, Tencent, Mandatum Life, and Pearson.The startup claims the round boosted its valuation to around US$100 million.Amadeus Capital Partners, Atlantic Bridge, Cambridge Innovation Capital, Passion Capital, and SGInnovate also participated in the round.Founded in 2016, Prowler helps businesses manage logistics and financial decisions as well as allocate resources through its AI-powered platform.Along with the fresh funds, the startup’s strategic partnerships with the investors will support its recent product expansion efforts, Prowler said in a statement.“Having initially focused on developing our AI platform, we are excited to be expanding our product offering into new verticals,” said Prowler CEO Vishal Chatrath.
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