Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker centres around closing the decades-long Skywalker saga and paving the way for a new generation of heroes.Therefore, it only makes sense that the film is bursting with new and returning characters, including Keri Russell’s Zorri Bliss and Kylo Ren’s infamous Knights of Ren.But the laser is still focused on Rey and Kylo, whose connection could define how this story finally ends.According to Adam Driver, the Force-connection that Rey and Kylo established and grew in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi will prove to be “even deeper than previously realised.” However, given how The Last Jedi ended, with Rey physically and mentally closing the door on Kylo Ren, it’s hard to say at this point what that connection will lead to.“He had been forging this maybe-bond with Rey,” Driver said, “and it kind of ends with the question in the air: Is he going to pursue that relationship – or when the door of her ship goes up, does that also close that camaraderie that they were maybe forming?”And I think you know we wouldn't leave you Reylo fans in the dark.
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Digital wealth giant Wealthsimple has raised a CA$100m (£58.8m) investment round, led by the investment unit of insurance firm and asset manager Allianz.The Canadian fintech, which operates in the UK and US alongside its home country, manages an online investing service and a commission-free stock trading app, with over $4.5bn of assets under management.Wealthsimple said it will use the funding to develop its existing services while also exploring new product offerings.“We’re thrilled to welcome Allianz as an investor and partner in Wealthsimple, which is a major endorsement of our company and growth trajectory,” said Mike Katchen, co-founder and chief executive of Wealthsimple.“We're now backed by companies that represent trillions of assets globally.We believe their deep expertise, plus the product, the brand and the team we’ve built, are a winning combination to further our mission to make great financial products and advice accessible to everyone.”
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There’s a new form of artificial intelligence that mimics Ethereum ETH co-founder Vitalik Buterin with alarming accuracy.It regularly tweets unique nuggets of wisdom that read eerily similar to the real deal, like this one.The idea that *all* problems can be solved by "maximalism" is to many people a familiar theme of this space; I call it "optimism as a store-of-value"Unlike the organic version, Boterin doesn’t need to eat and sleep, so it can drop knowledge round-the-clock.Boterin is fed by a steady diet of Buterin’s tweets, penned articles, and Reddit posts (the latter a suggestion from Buterin himself.)Its creator David Moskowitz told Hard Fork he felt inspired to start working with ML by participating in a local developers bootcamp geared towards artificial intelligence.
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I just got off the phone with Adam Mikkelsen, founder and CEO of shared mobility startup Cangoroo, who insists that his company is totally real.The main difference is, well… pogo sticks.And then there’s the fact that the company is owned by ODD Company, a branding and communications agency that has produced viral stunts for companies like Carlsberg, German travel agency Tui, and the Movember Foundation.”With the pogo stick, the way we’ve branded it is as a product you can actually use for last-mile transportation,” Mikkelsen said.“A lot of people in Sweden had pogo sticks as children, so we see them using them as adults,” he said.Moreover, the company wants to experiment with small scale distribution at first, in order to test the waters.
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Chip designer Arm has become the latest company to cut ties with Huawei to comply with a Trump administration ban.But Arm will keep supporting older products, and previously signed licenses likely make it possible for Huawei to build its own Arm-based chips for years to come.The Chinese company likely won't see a huge impact unless the ban lasts for years.Arm is a UK company whose designs are the basis for most of the world's mobile processors, including those used by Apple, Samsung -- and Huawei.Its key place in the industry attracted Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank, which bought Arm in mid-2016 for about $32 billion (£23 billion, AU$40 billion).Nearly 150 billion Arm chips have shipped since the company was founded three decades ago.
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Loot, the digital current account for students, has called in administrators after it was unable to secure funding following the collapse of a potential sale to the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).RBS owned a 25 per cent stake in the fintech firm through Natwest’s digital bank Bo, which is currently under development and invested a total of £5m in the startup.However, a deal to buy the whole company fell through.Loot had recently encouraged customers to sign up for a crowdfunding round, however, the fintech firm was forced to appoint Smith and Williamson to oversee the administration before the fundraise could go ahead.The company was established in 2014 to help students manage their finances and had secured more than 175,000 sign-ups by the beginning of this year.The digital banking start-up had not secured a full banking licence but was able to operate through a partnership with Wirecard, which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, under an electronic money licence.
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We talk about movie magic, but sometimes the magic's real.The Rise of Skywalker will focus on the new generation of Star Wars heroes, but Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016, will once again make an appearance as General (formerly Princess) Leia Organa.Vanity Fair shared the news on Monday that Leia will share scenes with Resistance fighter Lieutenant Connix, played by Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd.Lourd appeared in the role in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.The Vanity Fair feature also includes a new batch of images from the film that gives a first look at the new characters.Director J.J. Abrams found unused footage of Fisher from The Force Awakens and wrote new scenes around the dialogue.
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Digital banking startup N26 has been ordered by the German banking regulator to step up its anti-money laundering policies, after a probe found the fintech firm was deficient in several areas.Bafin said today it has issued an order against N26 to "take appropriate internal safety measures" in order to comply with rules on customer due diligence obligations, and sufficiently monitor accounts for money laundering and terrorist financing.The probe followed reports of fraudulent transactions and problems with the bank’s communications structure, which first emerged in October last year.Customers complained of fraudulent activity going ignored at the bank due to poor reporting processes, in one instance relating to theft of about €80,000 (£68,848).Some users said they were unable to get a response through its chatbot or by email for several weeks, which were the only means of talking to staff.Bafin ordered N26 this week to carry out several changes to its internal procedures, including the removal of backlogs in IT monitoring, to establish process descriptions and workflows in writing.
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Of all the gaming features present in Windows 10, the Xbox Game Bar doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention.There are, after all, a lot of programs that can capture screenshots and gameplay video like the Game Bar can, so when the tool was first introduced in Windows 10, a lot of players probably stuck with what they were already using.Nevertheless, Microsoft has been improving the Game Bar over time, and the new features it’s introducing today might make it worth another look.At the beginning of April, Microsoft rolled a bunch of new Game Bar features into beta for Windows Insiders.Today, those features are all coming to the live version of Windows, giving players more control over their music and more social options within the Game Bar overlay.As a reminder, to open the Game Bar while you’re in-game, you simply need to hit Win + G – Game Bar works with most PC games, though Microsoft notes that there might be some compatibility issues with games using the Vulkan Graphics API.
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MuleSoft founder Ross Mason has joined an unusual venture fund called SignalFire.Salesforce bought MuleSoft for $6.5 billion a year ago.Mason has been an investor in SignalFire for four years, he tells Business Insider, and it helped him with his 40 angel investments.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Although Mason is expanding his role at SignalFire, he's been an advisor and a limited partner investor with SignalFire for about four years now, since its early days, he tells Business Insider.Mason's relationship with SignalFire began when he met the firm's founder, Chris Farmer, at their kids' kindergarten, which both of their children attended.
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Facebook has unified its Ads and Business Platform team that builds products for businesses under one mandate and leadership.The team used to be two separate groups, one focusing on paid products and ads and the other on free products and tools.The unified group will be led by longtime Facebook exec Dan Levy, who said the goal is to better serve businesses across the board.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Facebook is announcing today that it's overhauled its Ads and Business Platform (ABP) team that builds products for businesses under one mandate and leadership.The team used to be divided into two groups, one focused on developing paid products and ads and the other focused on free products and tools.
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It looks like Huawei is not just being shunned by the US, but now, the world!ARM's interpretation of the US export ban comes as a surprise, as the company is not based in the US.ARM's headquarters are in Cambridge, UK (hence the BBC scoop), and it was bought by Japan's Softbank in 2016.Everyone in the tech industry is still discovering how broadly Trump's executive order will be interpreted, and ARM believes it is affected due to its designs containing “US origin technology."ARM has more than 40 offices around the world, including eight in the US.The ARM CPU architecture is the dominant instruction set in smartphones and embedded computers, and it's a rival to Intel's x86 architecture mainly seen in PCs and servers.
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Wearable brain devices are now being marketed directly to consumers and often claim to confer benefits like boosting memory and modulating symptoms of depression.They identified 41 devices for sale, including 22 recording devices and 19 stimulating devices."When it comes to biotechnology, and in particular brain technology, there is a heightened level of responsibility around ethical innovation," says senior author Judy Illes, a professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia (@NeuroethicsUBC)."The great news is that it doesn't cost a lot of money to innovate ethically: it just takes some more thought, good messaging, and consideration of potential consequences.There are many experts who are poised to help this industry in a practical, solution-oriented way.The authors established four general categories for the claims about wearable brain devices:
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A protein from Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV), which can infect monkeys and apes, has shown promise as a potential component of a vaccine against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), in a new study from scientists at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California."We've shown here that one can use shapes from chimpanzee-infecting SIV to stimulate the production of antibodies against the human-infecting HIV," says co-senior author Dennis Burton, PhD, the James and Jessie Minor Chair in Immunology in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at Scripps Research.Despite medications that can control HIV and reduce transmission, the disease remains a leading cause of death and a health threat to millions worldwide.Approximately 37 million people worldwide were living with HIV at the end of 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The traditional approach to designing a viral vaccine is to use a weakened or engineered version of the virus as the "immunogen" that stimulates the immune system to produce protective antibodies.As an alternative approach, Burton's group and others want to design HIV vaccines that focus the antibody response on the few truly vulnerable parts of the virus.
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As major technology firms race to roll out augmented reality products, Stanford researchers are learning how it affects people's behavior - in both the physical world and a digitally enhanced one.In a new study led by Jeremy Bailenson, a professor of communication in the School of Humanities and Sciences, researchers found that after people had an experience in augmented reality (AR) - simulated by wearing goggles that layer computer-generated content onto real-world environments - their interactions in their physical world changed as well, even with the AR device removed.For example, people avoided sitting on a chair they had just seen a virtual person sit on."We've discovered that using augmented reality technology can change where you walk, how you turn your head, how well you do on tasks, and how you connect socially with other physical people in the room," said Bailenson, who co-authored the paper with graduate students Mark Roman Miller, Hanseul Jun and Fernanda Herrera, who are the lead authors.Their findings mirror much of the research Bailenson has done on virtual reality (VR).While VR attempts to simulate a real-life environment and take the user out of the present setting, AR technology layers digital information atop the user's physical surroundings.
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Through research by a political scientist at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), there is potential to see diplomacy between nations improve through the use of Twitter."I contend that this ensuing Twiplomacy, if committed to the dissemination and exchange of reason and arguments, holds the potential to improve global public deliberation and contribute to a more legitimate form of global governance by the United Nations," said Hofferberth.The UN was founded in 1945 and is currently made up of 193 Member States.The international organization provides a forum for governments to find areas of agreement on common issues such as security, climate change, human rights, sustainable development, terrorism and health emergencies to solve problems together.The organization joined Twitter in March of 2008 and currently has 11 million followers.The paper describes how Hofferberth determined key agencies and individuals within the UN Twittersphere (who is tweeting) and collected tweets during the opening weeks of the 73rd UN Session last year that began on September 18 and ended on October 5, 2018.
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The paper titled, "Crowdsourced Traffic Data as an Emerging Tool to Monitor Car Crashes," was published today in JAMA Surgery."According to our research, it takes emergency medical service (EMS) units an average of seven to 14 minutes to arrive on scene after a 911 call," said Bharath Chakravarthy, vice chair of research and academic affairs for the UCI School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine and one of the researchers on the study."Crowdsourced traffic data might help to cut that time by as much as 60 percent."The ability to use crowdsourced user-generated traffic data has several immediate clinical implications for treatment and mortality rates among motor vehicle crash victims as well as for improving efficiency around emergency department operations in the United States.Trauma surgeons could be notified earlier, diagnostic testing could be prioritized for crash victims, and blood and other life-saving equipment could be made available sooner," said Chakravarthy."These pre-hospital and hospital level resources, if activated sooner, could aid in increasing quality and rapidity of patient care and potentially reduce morbidity and mortality."
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A great success for FAU: the German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved three new research training groups (RTG) at the University.In these groups, young researchers will use the funding to research cyber crime, new approaches for preventing viral diseases, and energy conversion systems that do not require heavy metals.Cyber crime and forensic computingSpeaker: Prof. Dr. Felix FreilingNew information technology also means new opportunities for crime.Cyber crime poses a threat to the stability of economic and social systems.
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They discovered that aging in nematodes is partially programmed and can be therapeutically reversed by a number of FDA-approved drugs.C. elegans, a nonparasitic roundworm, is one of the most intensively studied animals on Earth.Details remained unanswered, as to how such a dramatic intervention affects gene expression and aging to achieve this extension, and whether it can be mimicked therapeutically, ideally with the drugs already approved for human use.To answer this question, an international team of researchers led by Peter Fedichev, a founder of the longevity biotech startup Gero, required gene-activity data from nematodes with a wide variety of lifespans, at many ages across their lifespans.The UAMS researchers created the necessary strains (mutant worms in a constant, normal background) as well as normal, wild-type worms after suppression of selected target genes, and assessed their expression profiles at a range of adult ages.In that case, the radical extension of lifespan would require complex interventions, and studies of animals with drastically slowed aging would not help us in our search for a truly effective anti-aging therapy", explains Peter Fedichev, the principal investigator of the Gero/Skoltech/MIPT group.
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After printing, the bathroom is furnished with toilet fittings to become a pre-fabricated unit, ready for use in construction projects.Its interior includes a sink, mirror, shower, toilet bowl, ceramic tiled walls and flooring, complete with concealed drains and piping.In the past four years, the research team focused on developing a special concrete mix which is fluid enough to flow through the hoses and print nozzle, yet can harden fast enough so that the next layer is able to be printed on it.This Proof-of-Concept aims to improve productivity for Singapore's building and construction industry through the use of digital and robotic fabrication methods to reduce skilled labour and manpower requirements.By shifting most of the fabrication off-site to the controlled environment of a factory, PBUs yield time and manpower savings of about 60 per cent, compared to on-site construction which was the practice prior to 2014.The specially designed concrete mixture was fed to mixers and pumped out of a nozzle mounted on the robotic arm, depositing the material layer by layer according to the digital blueprint.
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