Andy Haas

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Pulling off a Band-Aid may soon get a lot less painful.Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Xi'an Jiaotong University in China have developed a new type of adhesive that can strongly adhere wet materials -- such as hydrogel and living tissue -- and be easily detached with a specific frequency of light.The adhesives could be used to attach and painlessly detach wound dressings, transdermal drug delivery devices, and wearable robotics.The paper is published in Advanced Materials."Strong adhesion usually requires covalent bonds, physical interactions, or a combination of both," said Yang Gao, first author of the paper and researcher at Xi'an Jiaotong University."Adhesion through covalent bonds is hard to remove and adhesion through physical interactions usually requires solvents, which can be time-consuming and environmentally harmful.
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Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you'll find interesting and useful.If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Get with the Times (New Roman): A brand is nothing without graphic designers.Working at the intersection of art and technology, a savvy graphic designer creates imagery—typography, special effects, photos, drawings, and the like—that sells and strengthens ideas; their work communicates in a manner that's both assertive and aesthetically pleasing.Doing such work successfully requires more than a good eye, a pair of thick-framed glasses, and a penchant for artisanal lattes (although they certainly help).A degree in a fine arts discipline can also be useful, but it isn't required for a thriving graphic design career.
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There was a lovely little British bank robbery in Bishop Auckland earlier this year, in which a silly man queued up for 15 minutes in his bank robbery outfit, and looked so odd that the manager even asked him if he was OK while he was waiting to be served.The poor manager thought he may have had a skin condition what with the face mask and sunglasses in the day time, so was wary of causing offence by accusing him of actually being a robber and asked him if he needed any assistance.He said he was fine and continued to wait in line, then, when it was his turn to speak to the assistant, said he had a bottle of acid (it was actually air freshener Febreze) and asked for money, lest he start spraying everyone with the nice-smelling squeezy product.And he didn't even hand over his personal debit card; he wanted the money for free.He got his free money – and a fake bundle of cash the bank had to hand that contained a GPS tracker – but thanks to politely queuing in front of CCTV cameras for 15 minutes and attracting the attention of everyone in the branch with his disposition and face-hiding bank robber outfit, was apprehended back at his home within hours.He's now going to have to quietly wait in prison for 40 months.
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5G, hyped to the point of exhaustion, will once again be the talk of Las Vegas when CES 2019 rolls around.That's because only a few consumers will have actually experienced a real 5G network by the time the show kicks off -- AT is the only US carrier committed to launching its next-generation cellular service this year.After years of promises and demonstrations, CES, and 2019 broadly, marks a turning point where 5G goes from hype to reality.The mobile industry has been toiling away at the less sexy aspects of 5G: swapping out equipment, adding new radios, and testing how antennas pick up the new high-frequency radio airwaves.Over the next few months, the carriers will begin flipping the switch on these networks.But until then, you can expect companies to squeeze a little bit more hype out of the 5G stone.
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“Training that used to take days or even weeks can now be done in hours or even minutes”A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) industry benchmark has released its first set of results showing NVIDIA had a good day at the races.The MLPerf benchmark is supported by a wide consortium of technology leaders such as Google, Intel, NVIDIA, AMD and Qualcomm.It was launched as the pace at which machine learning and AI has been moving in recent years has made it difficult to get an accurate measurement of a company’s capabilities.According to its mission statement: “The MLPerf effort aims to build a common set of benchmarks that enables the machine learning (ML) field to measure system performance for both training and inference from mobile devices to cloud services.”In order to do this, participants have created seven test areas, Image Classification, Object Identification, translation, speech to text, recommendation, sentiment analysis and reinforcement learning.
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AT rolled out Xandr this fall with a vision of turning its data and premium content into an ad platform that could enable advertisers to buy across the TV industry.But media buyers say that it's unclear how much AT is willing to work with competitors in 2019 to create standards in the ad industry.This summer, AT unveiled an ambitious plan to reinvent TV and digital advertising.The idea: To create a tech platform using the telecom's data and premium content that could be used by the entire TV industry to sell advertising across multiple networks using automated software.But from the start, TV execs questioned whether rival networks would be willing to work together and wondered how much AT would allow competing companies into its ad business or if it would be become a so-called "walled garden" à la Facebook and Google.The TV industry still accounts for $70 billion in annual ad spending, even with the rise of cord-cutting and shift of ad dollars to digital.
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You've spent years amassing that stunning DVD collection, so it's only right that you want to make sure it's secure and easy to watch.By backing up your hard copy you no longer need to worry about damaging and losing those rare copies of movies you can't find anywhere else.It also makes watching them easier, no matter where you are, since you can enjoy on your laptop, phone, tablet and more.So, you've realised ripping your DVDs is a good idea.There are ways to rip a DVD on the cheap using software like Handbrake, but as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for and when it comes to WinX DVD Ripper from Digiarty Software, you get a whole lot more.As long as the machine is powerful enough to run the software, the rest of the process is super simple.
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EU leaders have warned Theresa May she cannot expect a “legally binding” commitment that the UK will not be tied to the bloc indefinitely through the Northern Ireland backstop.The prime minister came to Brussels to appeal to the leaders of the 27 member states to give her the assurances that would enable her to get her Brexit deal through Parliament.But while they promised to do their utmost to ensure the backstop – intended to ensure there is no return to a hard border between the North and the Republic – was never needed, they insisted they could not re-open the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement.European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said: “We don’t want the UK to think there can be any form of renegotiation, that is crystal clear.“We can add clarifications but no real changes.There will be no legally binding obligations imposed on the withdrawal treaty.”
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When it comes to discussing autistic children and their love (or not) of Christmas, they seem to fall into two camps, not dissimilar to any other children.I’ve heard countless stories over the years of autistic children who really seem to struggle over Christmas and their parents have to adapt every single typical festive activity or even omit it completely.The change of routine, the physical changes within the home, sensory overload whilst Christmas decorations are draped around the house and parents promise the arrival of a random old bloke who dresses in red and leaves muddy footprints all through the house.For Joseph, as Christmas approaches, we’ve never experienced him upset but he has never seemed to grasp the Christmas concept and I guess has been somewhat indifferent to the whole event.His language has developed of late and rather than telling me “No Christmas”, he’s gone as far as saying “Christmas is bad”, which I have to be honest is a bit of a kick in the nuts, especially when there are other children to consider.I’ve gently introduced a couple of Christmasy things like the advent calendar and he’s over the moon with the Haribo one I managed to find.
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500 TukTuks II, 500 Startups’ second Thailand fund, announced today that it has injected an undisclosed sum into six startups—its first batch of investments.These startups are EnerGaia, DeepSparks, InstaWash, Kinkao, JuiceInnov8—all from Thailand, and Neuron Mobility from Singapore.Launched earlier this June, 500 TukTuks II secured its first close of funding from Thai companies Central Group, Southeast Group, Saha Pathana Inter-Holding, TC Pharmaceuticals, The Vacharaphol, and Sermsang Power.The fund is reportedly targeting to raise US$20 million to back 150 startups.The first six startups come from a wide range of sectors: EnerGaia and JuiceInnov8 are in biotechnology, DeepSparks operates in fintech and AI, InstaWash provides on-demand car detailing, Kinkao offers B2B large-scale food delivery, and Neuron Mobility focuses on e-scooters.500 TukTuks II follows 500 TukTuks I, which participated in 51 seed and pre-series A rounds.
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CEO Luo Yonghao is no longer legal representative while the company has stripped 10 top executives of their directorships, TechNode’s Chinese-language sister site reported earlier this week.In the past few months, Smartisan has faced rumors of resignations, office closures, massive layoffs, and unpaid wages.Founded in 2012, the company designs and sells consumer electronics, including phones and PCs.The company announced its first smartphone, the Smartisan T1, in 2014.Past reports suggest that Wen was one of Luo’s former colleagues in the early 2000s when he was an English teacher at private education institute New Oriental.Zhu Xiaomu, one of the company’s first executives, and CTO Qian Chen were stripped of their directorship.
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It almost sounds ironic, or even maybe suspicious, but tech companies like Google and Apple are finally taking their influential roles seriously.They’ve started to implement tools that make you aware of your addiction to devices and the Internet and ways to change that lifestyle.But while adults may have a harder time readjusting their habits, kids are still easy to train.That’s why following its release on Android, Google is now launching its Family Link app on Chromebooks to give parents the same control on some laptops.Although not as ubiquitous as Android phones, Chromebooks have a growing presence in children’s lives, particularly through schools.Some households might even have a Chromebook to share among family members.
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The Apple Music tripod just lost one of its legs.When the service launched in 2015, Apple promoted three foundations that made Apple Music unique: music streaming, Beats Radio, and the social hub Connect.Now Apple will have to revise history to show that the service stands only on two legs.As of today, Apple Music Connect is practically shutting down, save for a few traces, leaving artists less connected with their fans.Apple probably didn‘t need a third pillar.Its collection of music and its industry clout would have probably been enough to sell Apple Music.
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Tumblr is once again available to download from the App Store.The return follows the platform’s controversial adult content ban, which many view as an excessive response to the concerns leading to its App Store removal.The revived app lists the new community content restrictions, but the policy doesn’t go into effect until next week.Tumblr was removed from App Store last month, leading to speculation that adult content made available through the platform had violated Apple’s policies.The company had acknowledged the app’s removal on November 16, but the reasons for its disappearance weren’t provided.A couple days later, Tumblr confirmed that explicit content involving children had made its way past the platform’s filter tech, which relies on an industry database to identify and block the content.
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Mazda's rotary engine is one of those things that you'd be easily forgiven for not understanding unless you were a massive fan of the RX-7 or RX-8.It's so utterly different than a traditional reciprocating piston engine that it can often help to have some kind of visual aid when explaining it.That's where this video from Engineering Explained comes in handy.Jason Fenske -- the definitely-older-than-he-looks host of the popular YouTube channel -- got his hands on an ingenious 3D-printed model of Mazda's 13B rotary engine, and in the video that he published on Thursday, he walks us through the unique way that the rotary or Wankel engine turns gasoline into horsepower.One of the most interesting aspects of the rotary engine design -- apart from its somewhat sordid history -- is how it manages to do everything that a four-stroke piston engine does, but in a much more compact size and with significantly fewer moving parts.A rotary engine is a four-stroke engine like you probably have in your car.
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On Thursday, numerous reports emerged of people receiving extortion emails demanding recipients send $20,000 in Bitcoin to a particular Bitcoin address.The emails stated that failure to send the payment would result in that person's workplace being blown up by an explosive device.This story is developing, but for now, authorities say no actual threats have been discovered.If you've received an email saying that your office will explode if you don't forward on $20,000 in Bitcoin, stay calm.Law enforcement officials across the country responded on Thursday to a recent string of threats, sent to numerous people via a spam-like email campaign, and stated that no explosive devices have found in connection to the messages."Please be advised - there is an email being circulated containing a bomb threat asking for bitcoin payment," the NYPD tweeted around 3pm ET on Thursday.
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One of the kings of the mobile world, Samsung has built itself into a massive mobile and electronics empire, though its story actually starts much earlier — in 1938, actually.Built from the Korean words sam (three) and sung (stars), the tri-star symbol (三星) is said to culturally represent something “big, numerous, and powerful.”This was a pretty bold claim for a trading company of forty employees dealing in locally grown produce and the creation of noodles.Since then, Samsung’s found its way into a lot more than just noodle-making, which leads us to another interesting fact.In 2017, CNN reported the total resources of the Samsung Group made up about 15 percent of the country’s GDP.Samsung’s electronic ambitions began in 1970 with a black and white TV
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For three days this week, quantum nerds and businesspeople from 17 countries packed into the Computing History Museum — blocks from Google in Mountain View, CA — for the second-ever Quantum for Business conference.Attracted by promising advances, high-profile companies like BMW and Goldman Sachs are pouring investment money into quantum technology or hiring their own talent in a long-shot bet that the field will be big.But, disregarding the massive uncertainties, big companies for the first time are putting down stakes, fearful of being left behind if quantum becomes the next big thing.Their objective:to network and, through panels, tutorials and technical workshops, find out what is on the field's cutting edge."It is like preparing for a100-meter run, if you do not know where it will go or when it will [begin]," said Oliver Wick, quantum computing lead at BMW.These large, sometimes wacky-looking machines use lasers, supercooling and other tech to manipulate and measure these particles' behavior — the equivalent of how classical computers work with 1's and 0's.
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In a move that’s been a long time coming, Chromecasts are finally available through Amazon’s store once again.This ends a three-year Chromecast drought on Amazon, which was the result of a long-running feud between the two companies.While the hatchet probably hasn’t been buried entirely, it seems that the two companies are beginning to put their differences behind them.Chromecasts initially disappeared from Amazon back in 2015.Apple TV listings were pulled at the same time, with Amazon claiming the decision was made because of a lack of Prime Video support on both devices.Fast forward two years later, to the end of 2017, and Amazon announced that it would begin selling Chromecasts and Apple TVs once more.
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Ecology and technology have combined to give nature a helping hand, using a robot to deliver heat-tolerant coral larvae directly onto Australia's Great Barrier Reef in the first small-scale pilot of a new technique to help restore and recover coral reefs.Professor Dunbabin engineered QUT's reef protector RangerBot into LarvalBot specifically for the coral restoration project led by Professor Harrison.The project builds on Professor Harrison's successful larval reseeding technique piloted on the southern Great Barrier Reef in 2016 and 2017 in collaboration with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service (QPWS), following successful small-scale trials in the Philippines funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research."This year represents a big step up for our larval restoration research and the first time we've been able to capture coral spawn on a bigger scale using large floating spawn catchers then rearing them into tiny coral larvae in our specially constructed larval pools and settling them on damaged reef areas," Professor Harrison said.This research and the larval production process was also directly supported by the recent successful SBIR 2018 Coral larval restoration research project on Vlasoff Reef led by Professor Harrison with Katie Chartrand (James Cook University) and Associate Professor David Suggett (University of Technology Sydney), in collaboration with Aroona Boat Charters, the GBRMPA and QPWS.Professor Dunbabin said LarvalBot could be compared to 'an underwater crop duster' operating very safely to ensure existing coral wasn't disturbed.
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