MoreThe GlaxoSmithKline building is pictured in Hounslow, west London June 18, 2013.LONDON Reuters - The line between pharmaceuticals and technology is blurring as companies join forces to tackle chronic diseases using high-tech devices that combine biology, software and hardware.GlaxoSmithKline and Google parent Alphabet are the latest to share expertise, unveiling a new joint company on Monday that aims to market bioelectronic devices to fight illness by attaching to individual nerves.The plan to wrap a grain-sized electronic collar around nerves sounds like something from 'Fantastic Voyage', the 1966 sci-fi film in which a submarine is shrunk to fix an injured scientist's brain, yet GSK and Alphabet are not alone in pushing the boundaries in medical tech in this way.U.S. biotech firms Setpoint Medical and EnteroMedics have already shown the early benefits of bioelectronics both to tackle inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and suppress appetite in the obese."It's an area that hotting up pretty fast because the technology is moving so fast," said Hilary Thomas, chief medical adviser at KPMG.
LONDON -- One of Google's sister companies will team up with pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline to develop tiny implants that can tap nerves and change their electronic signals as a way of treating chronic illnesses.GSK and Verily Life Sciences, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, have agreed to create a new company known as Galvani Bioelectronics, which will be based in Britain, with a second research hub in South San Francisco, California.They said Monday that they will invest 540 million pounds $714 million , with GSK owning 55 percent of the venture and Verily the rest.In the growing field of bioelectronic medicine, the implants that are used to cuff a nerve are currently the size of a jelly bean.The aim is to make them as small as a grain of rice.GSK brings medical knowledge to the table.
Alongside the growing speculation that the upcoming iPhone 7 will ditch the standard headphone jack are rumors that the device will be paired with a new type of Apple's EarPod headphones that use a Lightning connector.We've already seen various photos of different quality claiming to show the new accessory, but now a video has surfaced with footage of the headphones functioning while connected to an iPhone's Lightning port.The video, posted to YouTube by EverythingApplesPro, shows that the headphones look nearly identical to Apple's existing EarPods, except instead of a 3.5mm headphone jack at the end there's a Lightning connector.What's new is that the 1-minute video shows the headphones in action, with even the inline remote used to control volume and music playback.The iPhone shown in the video isn't an actual iPhone 7, but a 6s, however that makes no difference in the new headphones relying on the device's Lightning port.With this being a leak, it's still important to take the footage with a grain of salt.
In order to harden the edge of steel, swords are often heated until they re impossibly hot and then quenched in liquid to rapidly cool down.This creates a much stronger grain structure in the steel which obviously leads to a much stronger sword.An interesting thing that happens during this quenching process is how the sword dramatically bends before it snaps back into shape with a slight upward tilt .Watch it in the video below.You can see the katana get dipped into the liquid, curve downward in shock, and then immediately lift itself back up as if were alive in a matter of seconds.The reason this happens is because of the two different sides of the sword.
If you ve been eyeing the iPhone 7, your wait is just about over.Apple hasn t officially announced anything, but as we get closer to the event the information is seemingly leaking out of every corner of the Web.According to leaks multiple sources, including Evan Blass, the notorious mobile device leaker, Apple is set to start preorders of the newest iteration iPhone on September 9.As usual, Blass didn t reveal how he got the information, so take it with a grain of salt.That said, Evan is normally spot-on with his information and a highly-trusted source for those in the tech community, myself included.In a tweet, Blass said:
Despite rising competition from Microsoft's Azure and Google's cloud service, Amazon Web Services still reigns supreme in the cloud computing industry.And in a note published Wednesday, Goldman Sachs reminded investors once again that AWS leads its Microsoft and Google counterparts by a wide margin in terms of revenue.As shown in the chart below, AWS has generated $8.9 billion over the past 12 months, more than quadruple Microsoft's $1.8 billion and 15 times the sales of Google's cloud service.Even more impressive is that AWS is still seeing a whopping 72% year-over-year growth, an unprecedented growth rate for any enterprise service of its scale.These numbers should be seen with a grain of salt, however, because they are estimates for Microsoft and Google, which don't break out revenue for their cloud computing services, and because AWS launched its service much earlier than the other two companies'.Microsoft also has a multibillion-dollar cloud software business that is not looped into these estimates.Still, AWS' numbers are pretty staggering.And it doesn't look as if Amazon will give up its lead anytime soon.Goldman Sachs estimates that AWS would report another 58% year-over-year revenue growth when it discloses its second-quarter earnings Thursday, and it forecasts a slightly higher 60% year-over-year growth in the third quarter.AWS recorded $2.5 billion in revenue in the first quarter.That accounted for about 10% of Amazon's revenue but roughly 40% of its profit.
News: OpenStack is coming to containers as Fuel gets a new architecture.Cloud is continuing to develop new features and capabilities at a rapid pace, the latest of which will see OpenStack able to run in containers on top of Kubernetes.Collaborative work between Mirantis, Google, and Intel will see the OpenStack Fuel deployment tool capable of using Kubernetes as its orchestration engine in a move that will make it easier to manage deployments of the open source cloud at scale.The evolution of the architecture of the lifecycle management tool will see Fuel use Kubernetes as its underlying orchestration engine and the companies will work together in order to package OpenStack into Docker containers, which Kubernetes will manage.The result of this will see software capable of providing fine grain control over the placement of services used for OpenStack control plane and the ability to do rolling updates.It will also make the OpenStack control plane self-healing and more resilient, and smooth the path for the creation of microservices-based applications on OpenStack, the companies say.
See larger image New iPad cases of the weekThis week s roundup of new iPad cases brings us something that iPad Pro power-users will surely love: Razer s mechanical keyboard.Plus, lightweight folios, carry-alls, and more.The black or vintage Flight Jacket all iPad models except 12.9-inch iPad Pro; $199.95 to $259.95 MSRP is an elegant little holster that is spacious enough for your iPad and a selection of essential accessories.Made with top-grain leather, the case includes a soft poly-suede interior to prevent damage from shock, a number of pockets, and a magnetic closure for safe transportation.The Flight Jacket also features a removable front storage pouch and can be accessorized with backpack straps or a shoulder pad.
With less than two months to go before Apple is expected to debut the iPhone 7 range , the number of leaked videos, photos, specs and other titbits continues to escalate - we're pretty much in prime iPhone rumour season right now.Today we've got a suggestion that the new Apple handsets will launch the week of 12 September, from none other than Evan Blass @evleaks , one of the most well-known and well-respected tipsters in the game.No real surprises that the phones are coming in September - the last two pairs of iPhones were unveiled on 9 September in both 2015 and 2014 - but it's the most precise hint we've had so far.This one shows what looks like three iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 7 Pro?We don't get a particularly good look at the phones, and don't see the bottom of the devices at all, but that larger, dual camera lens is again in evidence - supposedly one of the key differences between the two categories of iPhone this year.The rose gold, grey and silver colour options are present and correct, but as always take this new footage with a grain of salt - the fact that it's short and limited in scope suggests these could well be dummy handsets built from leaked case specifications, rather than actual working handsets.
Myanmar, Liberia, and the United States of America.Those are the only three countries left in the world that don t use the metric system.Ted-Ed traces the history of the metric system thank you French Revolution to show how important it is to have one universal measurement system for the world, what can happen when conversions go wrong NASA crashing an orbiter into Mars , and what the future of the metric system will be basing it off universal constants like the speed of light .For the majority of recorded human history, units like the weight of a grain or the length of a hand weren t exact and varied from place to place.Now, consistent measurements are such an integral part of our daily lives that it s hard to appreciate what a major accomplishment for humanity they ve been.
Myanmar, Liberia, and the United States of America.Those are the only three countries left in the world that don t use the metric system.Ted-Ed traces the history of the metric system thank you French Revolution to show how important it is to have one universal measurement system for the world, what can happen when conversions go wrong NASA crashing an orbiter into Mars , and what the future of the metric system will be basing it off universal constants like the speed of light .For the majority of recorded human history, units like the weight of a grain or the length of a hand weren t exact and varied from place to place.Now, consistent measurements are such an integral part of our daily lives that it s hard to appreciate what a major accomplishment for humanity they ve been.
Toward the end of 2014, comScore announced that the average number of apps most American smartphone users download per month had reached zero.It was a too good to be true stat that sparked a slew of articles from the likes of Quartz, Business Insider, and Time.The citations continue today, with articles as recent as June 2016 parroting the apps are dead mantra.But it was a statistic that didn t seem wholly reasonable to me, just like many others that I ve had the pleasure of debunking, such as the amazing sales touchpoint stats you used to see dotted around LinkedIn, or the number of CRM installs that fail.Now, thanks to new data released in the opening keynote speech by Tune CEO Peter Hamilton at Postback 2016 in Seattle today — data based on a report authored by John Koetsier, a mobile economist at Tune — we can debunk this one too.Importantly, Tune s new report isn t affected by Pokémon Go, although outliers like that ubiquitous smartphone game will have a positive effect on future research.The data included in this study is pre-Pikachu, so Niantic and Nintendo s app doesn t skew the results.Of course, the articles that sprouted from that original study did have a grain of truth — growth within the most popular apps is in decline.According to the report, Facebook Messenger is growing 18.4 percent slower than last year, YouTube s app is seeing a 20.1 percent year-over-year drop in growth, and Google App s growth rate declined by 30.6 percent.That said, while the most popular apps are seeing a slowing in terms of new users, Facebook Messenger still joined the one billion club  this week.Messaging is huge, and bots are going to be big, Koetsier told me.
Cameras with big specs don t always offer a strong performance, but according to testing by DxOMark, that s not the case for the highly-anticipated modular smartphone Moto Z Force Droid.The image testing company gave the Moto Z Force s built-in 21-megapixel camera the second highest rating for mobile, one point behind the first-place tie between the HTC 10 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.Of course, this is a benchmark test and real-world results may differ, so take this report with a grain of salt.The Force earned DxO s highest ranking for autofocus, thanks to focus hardware with phase detection as well as a laser-assisted autofocus.According to DxOMark, the focus is pretty reliable, but video focus lags a bit while shooting in low light.With a bright f/1.8 lens, DxOMark s software detected minimal noise at higher ISOs.
Just like Yelp reviews give you a glimpse at what kind of experience you ll have at a restaurant, TripAdvisor now collects airline reviews that you can use when booking with a new airline.You ll get an idea of what you re in for so you can be prepared to deal with it, or decide not to book with that airline.You might always fly with the same airlines because you re part of a loyalty program or they fly out of your local airport, but many airlines especially new ones offer fare deals that seem too good to pass up, and TripAdvisor s new airlines reviews let you see what you re in for if you decide to take the bait and go for the bargain.Beyond written reviews, you can see ratings about cleanliness, seat comfort, value, customer service, and so on.Of course, you should take the reviews with a grain of salt since those who have bad experiences are more motivated to write up a review, but even those can help you be more prepared for what you ll experience.You can check out the new airline reviews here.
As more images of the iPhone 7 leak out, one question may now be answered: Why are we seeing conflicting designs for the upcoming smartphone?According to the latest leak from the oft-reliable Nowhere Else, a third model, the iPhone 7 Pro, might join the standard iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus variants.Of course, as with any leak, we advise taking this news with a grain of salt on the side.The Pro model stands out from its kin with what appears to be a smart connector port and dual camera, as noted by 9to5Mac.Other rumors speculate that the Pro will boast significantly more storage - 256GB, to be exact - for those who take their smartphone game seriously.This could possibly explain why some iPhone 7 rumors mentioned a two-camera setup while others showed of a single-lens build, as seen on the normal and Plus models in these photos.
See larger image Some new apps that aren't Pokémon GoForget Pokémon for a second: Angry Birds 2 is one year old.In celebration of its first birthday, Angry Birds 2 freemium, iPhone and iPad has been updated with 80 news levels, a Ring of Fire to make those bad piggies feel the burn, as well as birthday hats for all your favorite characters.The makers say: With BitTorrent Now, fans can find films from artists they love on their iPhone during their commute and then favorite to stream later on the couch in front of their Apple TV.Camera for iPad $5, iPad has launched in Version 2.0, with new features that support selective brushing of the various edits and filters that let you play with a picture s soft focus, film grain, temperature, and more.The updated app also includes support for Apple Pencil and iPad multitasking.
The iPhone 7 is largely expected to do away with the long-used headphone jack, allowing Apple to make the device thinner and sleeker than ever.While some rumors indicate that Apple will include Bluetooth earbuds as a replacement to the standard 3.5mm headphones, a new leak reveals that Apple might instead simply include wired Lightning headphones.Updated on 07-14-2016 by Kyle Wiggers: Added additional images of purported Lightning-compatible EarPods.The leak comes from Chinese social media site Weibo via , and basically shows headphones that look exactly the same as Apple s EarPods, but have a Lightning connector instead of a 3.5mm connector.It s important to take these images with a grain of salt, as they could pretty easily have been altered.If accurate, however, the leak seemingly confirms that Apple will be doing away with the headphone jack.
Donald Trump, presumptive 2016 Republican presidential nominee, pauses while speaking during a campaign event on veterans reform in Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S., on Monday, July 11, 2016.We are proud that American innovation is the envy of the world, a source of widely-shared prosperity, and a hallmark of our global leadership.We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field.We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation.His vision stands against the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy—and that provide the foundation for innovation and growth.In fact, 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children.
Despite their glossy white finish, Apple accessories have always been notoriously easy to lose track of.Happily, WaterField Designs has a pair of solutions to the problem: the Atelier iPad Gear Case 69 and the Atelier iPad Pencil Case $29 .At 7.5 inches by 1.25 inches by three inches, the Atelier iPad Gear Case is just long enough to store an Apple Pencil and wide enough to accommodate the Pro s power adapter, lightning cables, extra tips for your Apple Pencil and any other wee bits and pieces you might want to stash in it.During testing, I routinely carried two lighting cables, a 12W USB power adapter, my Apple Pencil, and a Mophie PowerStation XL battery $73 on Amazon : all items that would normally flop around freely in my backpack.Smooth, supple full-grain leather and neat stitching make a striking first impression.Having used the loaner sent to me for over two months, I can tell you that despite the almost constant casual thrashing that the Atelier has taken being tossed around in my backpack, on cross-country flights or work trips to the local pub, save a few small scuffs, it still looks practically new.
It hasn t been easy for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to find fans in Silicon Valley.But one of his few supporters in this global tech hub is investor Peter Thiel, who is being handsomely rewarded with a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention that starts next week.Thiel, the maverick billionaire investor and Facebook board member, is never afraid to cut against the grain.Whether it s secretly funding a lawsuit to crush Gawker in retaliation for outing him as gay, or funding floating cities on the ocean to avoid government regulation, the Paypal co-founder proudly walks his own path.Even so, word that Thiel had signed up to be a delegate for Trump in the recent California primary came as as surprise.And now he s set to speak in Cleveland next week, according to the New York Times.Thiel is a rare commodity for Trump: Someone in Silicon Valley who supports him.Apple pulled its sponsorship of the GOP convention.But many other companies are also reducing their involvement next week, and campaign donations from the region are proving hard for Trump to come by.And many conservative Silicon Valley leaders aren t being shy about revealing their support for Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton.