NASA looked at the rainfall rates within Tropical Storm Gert as it continued to strengthen and found the most intense rainfall on the tropical cyclone's eastern side.The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core observatory satellite passed above tropical storm Gert on August 14, 2017 at 9:36 a.m. EDT (1336 UTC) when winds had reached about 57.5 mph (50 knots).Data collected by GPM's Microwave Imager (GMI) and Dual-Frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) instruments were used to show the coverage and the intensity of rainfall around Tropical Storm Gert.The area covered by GPM's radar swath revealed that the most intense rainfall, measuring greater 3.5 inches (90 mm) per hour, was located in bands of rain on the eastern side of the storm.That GPM pass was mentioned in a National Hurricane Center (NHC) Tropical Storm Gert Discussion that noted, "A recent 1336 UTC (9:36 a.m. EDT) GMI overpass shows a large band of convection wrapping around the circulation ..."At NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, GPM's Radar (DPR Ku Band) data was used to create a 3-D cross-section view through Gert.
A hacker in his mid-20's who used the motto "get rich or die trying" on social media has been linked to a series of cyberattacks against global companies in the energy, construction, mining, oil and infrastructure sectors that were initially believed to be state-sponsored operations.That's according to Check Point, a global cybersecurity firm headquartered in Israel and the United States, which released a blog post this week (15 August) claiming that the culprit, a Nigerian national, used malware and phishing to hit more than 4,000 companies in total.The campaign was launched in April this year and Check Point first became aware of the activity after some of its customers were targeted, later forwarding a selection of suspicious emails for investigation.Researchers theorised that because the attacks were global in scale and targeting such major organisations an "expert gang" could have been involved.Most governments have sanctioned hacking units that break into computer networks for espionage purposes.Upon investigation, however, Check Point discovered that it was instead the work of a "lone Nigerian national" living near the country's capital city.
Considered to be one of the most resourceful and multipurpose innovations of the century, drones have managed to perforate numerous segments of the global economic sphere.From quick deliveries at rush hour to scanning an unreachable military base, drones are proving to be extremely beneficial in places where man cannot reach or is unable to perform in a timely and efficient manner.In this article, BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, answers questions surrounding UAVs and their potential uses in the fields of business, farming, and the military, along with their future trends and current developments.Adoption of drone technology across industries leapt from the fad stage to the mega-trend stage fairly quickly as more and more businesses started to realize its potential, scope, and scale of global reach.Drone use in farming and agriculturePrecision agriculture is a farming management concept that uses drones for agriculture to measure, observe, and respond to variability found in crops.
But that doesn't mean we all require the same amount of shut eye every night.Everyone is different when it comes to how much sleep they need, reports INSIDER's Sarah Schmalbruch.Generally speaking, 7.5 hours a night is a pretty average number.However, many famous individuals tend to skimp on the rest, staying up late and waking up at ungodly hours in order to get a head start on the rest of us.It's a trend that some business execs like Thrive Global founder Arianna Huffington are pushing back against by encouraging people to take sleep seriously.Here's a list of how much sleep 15 successful people usually get, from the famously sleep-avoidant US President Donald Trump to Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, who always gets in more than eight hours:
The 2018 Ford GT is already one of the best performing and most attractive cars on the market and Ford has now announced a new special edition that takes that sexy design to the next level.The car is the 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition and it wears a livery that is a tribute to the historic GT40 Mark IV race car that won the 1967 Le Mans race with Dan Gurney and A.J.The car is a limited-edition and features race-number graphics, unique interior colors, materials, and appointments according to Ford.“In creating a worthy successor to the 2017 Heritage edition, we logically looked at our next historic Le Mans victory with the all-American team of Dan Gurney and A.J.Foyt,” said Dave Pericak, global director Ford Performance.“The 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage edition pays homage to that win, with a modern take on one of the most important vehicles in Ford’s storied history of racing.”
'Get rich or die trying' seems to be working out for this fellowA seemingly state-sponsored cyberattack aimed at more than 4,000 infrastructure companies has been blamed on a lone Nigerian cybercriminal.The campaign started in April 2017, and has targeted some of the largest international organisations in the oil, gas, manufacturing, banking and construction industries.The global scale of the campaign and the organisations marked suggest an expert gang or state-sponsored agency is behind it.Security researchers at Check Point have blamed the APT-style attack on a single Nigerian national in his mid-20s, living near the country's capital, Abuja.The crook is using fraudulent emails which appear to originate from oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco, the world's second largest daily oil producer, targeting financial staff within companies in attempts to trick them into revealing company bank details, or open the email's malware-infected attachment.
More than half (58%) of Asos’ global orders are now placed on mobile, and as the company looks to stay ahead of its 20-something customers, it's taking a "build, measure, learn" approach to new technology.Despite marching towards a mobile future, the brand’s director of product development, Andy Berks, has said it doesn’t mean the fast fashion house is getting complacent about innovation.In fact, over the next year it plans to add another 200 staff to its already 900-strong tech team – currently hiring for data scientists, engineers and more - as it looks to trial chatbots, artifical intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR).On average, the retailer says shoppers spend 80 minutes per-month in the Asos app.“There are opportunities that mobiles give you that desktops or laptops don’t give.The camera being natively built into the phone is the obviously a big difference a phone affords, and this just takes advantage of that.
Germany’s Bosch and Geo++, U-blox of Switzerland, and Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric announced the establishment of Sapcorda Services last Tuesday, a joint venture to provide global navigation satellite system (GNSS) positioning services of centimeter-level accuracy via satellite transmission, mobile cellular technology, and the Internet.Executives of the four companies said meeting the demands of centimeter-scale GNSS positioning required for applications such as autonomous driving necessitated the creation of real-time correction data services.The U.S.-operated Global Positioning System (GPS) is accurate only to about 10 meters, while Europe’s corresponding Galileo system, with 18 of its 24 satellites currently in orbit, has an accuracy of 1 meter.Yet even 1-meter accuracy is not sufficiently precise when it comes to ensuring that autonomous vehicles, for example, maintain safe lane positioning and avoid certain obstacles.These stations will monitor satellite signal errors, especially errors caused by the ionosphere and the troposphere, which can bend a satellite’s signal.The stations will send the data via the Internet to a master control center that corrects the errors and transmits the results back to the satellite and also to mobile cell towers for broadcasting to user terminals.
Banning porn doesn't stop people from wanting to watch it, and neither does having strict restrictions on your internet.Not even North Korea is free from the wily charms of naked internet people, and thanks to PornHub we have some insight into what Kim Jong Un and his cronies enjoy watching.Unsurprisingly the most searched-for terms involve asian stars, though 'chinese' is considerably more popular than 'korea' or 'korean'.Swedish is also up there, which presumably means the North Koreans have a thing for blondes.PornHub's insights found that 53 per cent of North Koreans enjoy their smut via desktops, but only 38 per cent access the site via mobile.According to PornHub 95 per cent of its global traffic comes from smartphones.
FIH Mobile, the contract electornics manufacturer that assembles Xiaomi’s smartphones, is anticipated to report a turnaround in its second-half earnings, as increasing sales helped it rebound from a loss in the first six months of the year.“We forecast strong revenue growth of 48 per cent year-on-year for the second half of 2017, driven by a ramp-up in shipments from Nokia and increasing orders from India,” Daiwa Capital Markets analyst Kylie Huang said on Tuesday.Huang also forecast FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry, to record a net profit of US$94 million in the six months ended December 30, aided by a US$10 million gain from the disposal of some of its interest in smartphone photo editing app provider Meitu.It would mark a quick recovery for FIH Mobile after it reported on Friday a US$196.5 million interim net loss, compared with a US$20.8 million net profit in the same period last year.That loss had spoiled the company’s 89.6 per cent increase in interim revenue to US$4.4 billion, up from US$2.3 billion a year earlier.FIH Mobile’s interim net loss was attributed to costs related to its deal with Finnish company HMD Global to buy Nokia’s mobile phone business from Microsoft Corp for US$350 million to develop a new Android smartphone business.
Proximity and beacon data platform Unacast has released its Q2 Proximity.Directory report.The report goes beyond marketing use cases to look at how proximity sensors are being deployed for “asset tracking” (people and places) across industries such as healthcare, logistics, manufacturing and others (marijuana is one of the featured categories).The report discusses the ways in which proximity technologies, which here include WiFi, NFC, RFID, beacons and geofencing, can help monitor the movements and location of people, vehicles and objects for greater efficiency and cost savings.How is “asset tracking” being used in the burgeoning global marijuana-growing industry, you ask?Beacons and other real-time location systems (RLTS) are helping track plants and their byproducts through the supply chain — “in real time from growers to dispensary.” This saves labor costs — to the tune of 42 percent, according to the summary in the report.Unacast says there are now more than 15 million proximity sensors being used in various contexts across the globe.
Plants have been used to produce a new vaccine against poliovirus in what is hoped to be a major step towards global eradication of the disease.The question for us now is how to scale it up - we don't want to stop at a lab technique."Despite successes of plant-based expression to produce VLPs of papilloma and hepatitis B viruses, poliovirus VLPs had previously proved too unstable to make practical vaccines using this technique.A problem is that the genetic material which causes replication of the virus and which is therefore absent from the VLPs, also has a role in holding the particles together.Dave Stuart, Director of Life Sciences at Diamond and Professor of Structural Biology at University of Oxford said, "We were inspired by the successful synthetic vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease, also investigated at Diamond as part of UK research collaboration.The results are outlined in the journal Nature communications: Plant-made Polio 3 stabilised VLPs - a candidate synthetic Polio vaccine.
An Apple analyst reckons Google will pay Apple $3 billion to keep its position as the default search engine on its devices this year.A research note written by respected Apple analyst Toni Sacconaghi of Sanford Bernstein was seen by CNBC.In it he noted that Apple paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 and reckons that will have ramped up to $3 billion this year.He also opined that this may well have accounted for a quarter of all Apple’s operating profit growth over the last couple of years.On the flip side Sacconaghi reckons Apple devices accounted for around half of Google’s mobile search revenue, which is surprising considering the much greater global installed base of Android devices.In that case you could argue that even forking out $3 billion a year to its biggest competitor is a no-brainer for Google, even if only to reduce the risk of any other search provider getting some competitive momentum.
Let’s start with the moment when one of your favorite runners got defeated.In every game after that, the players are fighting off growing fatigue.No good decisions are EVER made after being awake for 36 hours.He had won 10 global championships in a row.He’s more like Bill Russell (who was 10–0 in game sevens) or Michael Jordan (6–0 in NBA finals) than like Jack Nicklaus.Or perhaps his devious ability to psyche everyone else out?
Two new Azure regions will open in in Australia in 2018, promising the highest level of security for government dataMicrosoft is to open two new Azure regions in Australia next year, claiming to offer the security and privacy controls needed to handle government data.The company is partnering with Canberra Data Centres (CDC), a specialist provider to the Australian government, which has four facilities capable of handling ‘Top Secret’ classified data.A number of Azure services have recently been certified for use in the public sector, including machine learning, IoT, security and data management, alongside Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics.The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Control and Bendigo Hospital in Victoria are already customers and Microsoft says any agency using the ecure Intra-Government Communications Network (ICON) will be able to directly connect to Azure in Canberra.“New regions designed to cater for the needs of government, growing certifications from the Australian Signals Directorate, and a history of empowering the digital transformation of organisations is helping Microsoft become the most trusted, innovative cloud for Australia,” boasted Tom Keane, head of global infrastructure at Microsoft Azure.
North Korean-linked hacker group Lazarus is now targeting US defence contractors.The hacker group has previously been linked to massive global attacks, including the WannaCry ransomware epidemic, as well as attacks against international banks.Security experts at Palo Alto say that the hacker group has launched a new phishing campaign targeting "individuals involved with United States defence contractors."The hackers were found sending phishing emails, containing malicious Microsoft Word documents, presumably in efforts to collect information.The report of Lazarus' activities comes amid heightened tensions between North Korea and the US and just days after US president Donald Trump threatened "fire and fury" over Pyongyang's recent nuclear weapons advance.Palo Alto researchers have said that the Lazarus group's hackers have done little to hide their identity and are currently "reusing tools, techniques, and procedures which overlap throughout these operations with little variance."
Notebook sales between April and June 2017 suggest that the MacBook brand is still very strong, while Acer's attempt to carve out a slice of the Chromebook market might be failing.Apple recorded very strong notebook sales figures in the second quarter of 2017, thanks in no small part to the release of its revised 12-inch MacBook.The company shipped an estimated 3.98 million units between April and June, which makes for an increase of 17.1 percent over the previous quarter.In terms of global notebook shipments, Apple now sits in fifth place, just behind Asus — and the company is certainly gaining ground.In the first quarter of 2017, Asus recorded a 9.7-percent market share while Apple could only muster 9 percent, but these results put both companies almost on a par with 10 percent each.Apple is poised to record another significant increase when shipment results from the third quarter are announced, according to analysis from TrendForce.
There are legendary tales of brand failure throughout the history of brands and each week Andrew Eborn, founder of Octopus TV, will shine a light on products and services, brand extensions and campaigns that - for one reason or another - failed.Colgate-Palmolive, the small soap and candle business that William Colgate began in New York City early in the 19th century is now - more than 200 years later - a truly global company serving hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide.Ian Cook, chairman, president, chief executive, chief cook and bottle washer points out “our 200-year history reflects the strength and innovation that our people have used to constantly transform our company and identify new opportunities.”Colgate is very proud of its rich 200 year history and rightly so.On its website Colgate highlights several key events over the last two centuries including:1817 First Colgate advertisement appears in a New York newspaper.
Web developers and designers have always been the bedrock of company internet strategy, and their services are more essential than ever, as web technology hits another innovation sprint.A new study commissioned by GoDaddy says this Golden Age of web development and design, signaling new small business growth and an economic boost, shows no sign of slowing down.It’s fueled largely by continued growth in the retail and travel industries — and professionals are eager to find new ways to keep up with growing demand and evolving technology.Keeping up with the competitionThe global research study, conducted by research firm Evans Data, included the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, India, Brazil, and Mexico.It found that the vast majority of web developers and designers are growing a whopping 25 percent or more a year.
Facebook's purchase - and sales space Marketplace will be within the next few weeks to be launched in Sweden and 16 other european countries, which Di Digital could tell on Monday.Read more: Now launch Facebook its Block-killer in Sweden.When the Facebook Marketplace launched in the US last autumn rocked the digital marketplace Ebay to the on the stock exchange, and its shares have subsequently undepresterat compared with the Nasdaq kompositindex.Read also: ”Vinstfesten may be over for the Block.”the Block's ceo Jan Prokopec are not surprised that Facebook are entering the Swedish market, he writes in an email to the Di Digital, where he explains how Sweden's largest radannonssajt shall receive competition from Mark Zuckerbergs social network.He points out that the Block has 20 years of experience begagnathandel online in Sweden and the holding company Schibsted's global techteam provides support.
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