Billy Clark

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Researchers at the University of Surrey believe their tin based perovskite solar cell could clear the runway for solar panel technology to take off and help the UK reach its 2050 carbon neutral goal.As countries look to get to grips with climate change, solar cell technology is rapidly growing in popularity as an environmentally friendly energy alternative.Perovskites - a relatively new class of materials - are cheap and have proven to be more efficient at absorbing light than silicon.Unlike silicon, perovskites can be fabricated using solution processable "inks" that allow production of efficient, thin (semi-transparent) and flexible solar panels using low cost materials, while also allowing cell fabrication through roll-to-roll printing.This technology allows for a wide variety of affordable solar panel options, from on-wall panels to window panes.Despite the excellent performances of perovskites solar cells, they do contain toxic lead as an ingredient - which has led environmentally conscious scientists to explore ways of reducing toxicity in the technology while maintaining their high efficiency.
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Note: This visit, the questions asked, and the answers given, took place prior to the White House executive order allowing the US government to block US firms from doing business with Huawei.I ended up getting an invitation from Joe Kelly, Huawei’s Global VP of Public Affairs, after sitting on a panel with him.For other questions, it was evident that I would receive an insufficient answer, considering that the only people with the knowledge and authority to answer such questions (i.e., Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei or Chinese president Xi Jinping) would not be available to speak with me.Huawei’s range of activity is broader than any of our competitors.The fact that Huawei is engaged in all four areas on this value chain explains much of their path to success.What is often a point of dispute between Huawei and its critics is the degree to which the Chinese state, through subsidies and other forms of assistance, helped Huawei in getting up to scale in its earlier days, effectively giving the “snowball” its initial push down the hill.
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One of the annual highlights at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is interviewing Strauss Zelnick, the CEO of Take-Two Interactive, the publisher of games such as Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 and the upcoming Borderlands 3.Last year, Zelnick had a lot to celebrate, as Red Dead Redemption 2, which Take-Two’s label Rockstar Games worked on for seven years, debuted with an average Metacritic rating of 97 out of 100, and it sold tens of millions of copies.There are certain elements of similarity, but each business is different.Do you think it means every game now has to shoot for this massive amount of content, a massive team working for many years?They went down a long path, tore it up, and went back.We’re certainly not cavalier with our shareholders’ money.
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To help level the playing field when it comes to AI tools for mid-sized businesses, Bindu Reddy, a former Google product exec, recently co-founded RealityEngines.AI.The 15-person San Francisco-based startup recently raised a $5.25 million seed funding round from investors including Khosla Ventures and Eric Schmidt, Google's former CEO and Chairman.As Bindu Reddy, CEO and co-founder of RealityEngines.AI, told Business Insider in a recent interview, her latest startup is focused on leveling the playing field when it comes to AI, so that it's accessible to companies not named Facebook, Amazon, or Alphabet.Reddy — who most recently spent nearly two years working on AI projects inside Amazon — says that building tools for such businesses is a challenge, mostly because the rich data sets needed to train intelligence models are often lacking.That's why one of the first products her 15-person San Francisco-based team — that functions as a part research lab and part tech startup — has been focused on is something called "dataset augmentation."The practice takes a few known data points, learns from those examples, and then starts creating new, "synthetic data" to "blow up the data set and create much more robust models," Reddy said.
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All of them have superior ergonomics, with more intuitive button layouts and a better feel than standard remotes.My family and I have used most of the remotes below to control my main home-theater system at home for months or years at a time.At various points they've controlled my TVs, AV receivers, game consoles, Roku streamers and a cable box DVR.Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.The main appeal over cheaper, non-Harmony-based remotes, or the clicker that comes with your cable box, is the activity-based control.Press the "Watch TV" or "Listen to Music" buttons and the remote turns on all the relevant devices (such as your TV, cable box and AV receiver), switches to the right inputs and maps the keys to that activity (Volume to the receiver and Channel up/down to the cable box, for example).
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Kick-off is at 9pm CET local time, 8pm BST for viewers in the UK, and 3pm ET, 12pm midday PT for those in the US.For Thailand, hopes will be resting on striker Suchawadee Nildhamrong, and goalkeeper Tiffany Sornpao - the nation's two best players who both play club football in the US.The two teams have only met once before, a friendly in 2016 which saw the USA dish out a comprehensive 9-0 thrashing.The omens aren't good for Thailand, and them avoiding a cricket score against a confident USWNT will be seen as a major achievement.Watch a FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 live stream from outside your countryIf you're in UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, we've got your viewing options listed below.
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So the OnePlus 7 Pro came out last month, shortly followed by the OnePlus a couple of weeks ago.Now all OnePlus fans had to wait for was the limited edition Almond OnePlus 7 Pro, sporting everything from the 7 Pro but in a colour that isn't blue or black.Well it's just been announced that it goes on sale on 25th June.Only one Almond variant is available, and it has 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.So if you wanted the beat with 12GB of RAM then you'll have to make do with a blue phone.As for what the colour almond means, it's basically white with a bit of brown in it.
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Martin's video game collaboration with From Software looks to have been leaked late Friday.Reported by CNET sister site GameSpot Friday, the Game of Thrones author's game will be called Elden Ring.The leaks came ahead of E3, the world's biggest video game show, next week.Daniel Ahmad, senior analyst at Niko Partners, tweeted the poster for Elden Ring Friday.Ahmad said the game will see a "new world created by Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R.Martin", and will come to Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
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I tested the four biggest subscription toothbrush brands on the market, and they are all inexpensive, ranging from $30 to $80 with a subscription plan.Many of these toothbrush merchants also offer their systems as one-off purchases for a slight premium, but honestly you shouldn’t even consider these.Because everyone in this market offers free cancelation of their subscription plan.Since this market is so competitive, no one can risk offending a customer for fear of social media reprisal—and you’re the recipient of that largesse.In fact, its handle and brush heads are cross-compatible with Philips Sonicare products, adding some flexibility for users who may already own the competing system.The power and vibration were exceptional on its highest settings, and I really felt like my mouth was sparkling clean after a brushing session.
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Facebook on Wednesday reportedly argued that it didn't violate users' privacy rights because there's no expectation of privacy when using social media."There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy," Facebook counsel Orin Snyder said during a pretrial hearing to dismiss a lawsuit stemming from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to Law 360.The company reportedly didn't deny that third parties accessed users' data, but it instead told US District Judge Vince Chhabria that there's no "reasonable expectation of privacy" on Facebook or any other social media site.Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.The social network's legal argument comes as the world's largest social network is more publicly trying to convince people that it knows how to protect their personal information.Earlier this month, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said she and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will do "whatever it takes" to keep people safe on Facebook.
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Good news: Apple now allows you to download bigger apps over a cellular connection than it used to.Bad news: there’s still a cap, and you still can’t bypass it.As noticed by 9to5Mac, the iOS App Store now lets you download apps up to 200 MB in size while on a cell network; anything bigger than that, and you’ll need to connect to WiFi.Before this change, the cap was 150 MB.And if you’ve got an unlimited (be it actually unlimited or cough-cough-‘unlimited’) plan, or if you know you’ve got enough monthly data left to cover a big download, or you just really, really need a certain big app and WiFi just isn’t available?You’re still out of luck.
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It’s the fifth generation of mobile networks and a massive upgrade on current 4G mobile technology, promising far higher speeds, lower latency and the potential to do more, from powering 8K video streams on future phones to becoming the backbone of truly smart cities.But while the likes of Samsung with the Galaxy S10 5G and OnePlus with the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G are getting a lot of attention for launching some of the first 5G phones, there are plenty of other companies that have been working away on 5G in the background for a long time – without which, we wouldn’t be enjoying this first wave of 5G handsets.It’s these companies that we’re going to shine a light on here, highlighting some of the key names and their contributions to our 5G future.If there’s one company that deserves a lot of credit for the birth of the 5G phone, it’s Qualcomm, and specifically the company’s Snapdragon X50 modem.This was the world’s first 5G modem and it’s the modem you’ll find in any current Snapdragon 855-powered 5G handset, of which there are set to be quite a number, as that’s the main flagship smartphone chipset of 2019.As part of the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project – a mobile standards organization) it has helped develop and define 5G technology standards.
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In the paper, "Project Almanac: A Time-Traveling Solid State Drive," University of Illinois students Chance Coats and Xiaohao Wang and Assistant Professor Jian Huang from the Coordinated Science Laboratory look at how they can use the commodity storage devices already in a computer, to save the files without having to pay the ransom."The paper explains how we leverage properties of flash-based storage that currently exist in most laptops, desktops, mobiles, and even IoT devices" said Coats, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering (ECE)."The motivation was a class of malware called ransomware, where hackers will take your files, encrypt them, delete the unencrypted files and then demand money to give the files back."The flash-based, solid-state drives Coats mentioned are part of the storage system in most computers.When a file is modified on the computer, rather than getting rid of the old file version immediately, the solid-state drive saves the updated version to a new location.If there is an attack, the tool discussed in the paper can be used to revert to a previous version of the file.
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Earlier today, a rumor originating with TechRadar suggested that the release of the so-called Huawei OS — the company’s replacement for Android — would launch next month.The source of this information was Alaa Elshimy, Managing Director and Vice President of Huawei Enterprise Business Group Middle East.While the caliber of that source would suggest that this information is correct, Android Authority has a statement from Huawei explicitly stating that this is not the case.TechRadar has since updated the headline and content of its article to reflect this new information.According to Huawei, the Huawei OS — codenamed internally as HongMeng and better known as “Plan B” — will not launch in June.In fact, there is no set date for its reveal.
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As TV fans, when we get fully immersed in a series we’re with it until the bitter end.gave viewers a fantastic send-off, wrapping up long-running stories in the most poignant of ways.With HBO’s Game of Thrones being the most recent show to deliver a controversial coda, now’s a good time to look at some of the worst TV series finales of all time.After 10 seasons of teen angst and drama, the big ending for this popular Fox sitcom, which aired in 2000, saw Donna (Tori Spelling) and David (Brian Austin Green) finally get married.Adding more fuel to the horrible fire, Jason Priestley, who had left the show after the prior season, didn’t even return in person to reprise his role as key character Brandon, and simply sent a video message with warm wishes for his once best buds.Each season seemed to be better than the last at first, but the series showed signs of peaking in season 4 when John Lithgow wowed us with a character arc as the Trinity Killer.
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Microsoft appears to be readying a special Fortnite-style version of the company’s Xbox One S console.WinFuture reports that Microsoft will release a purple edition of the Xbox One S in the coming weeks, in a bundle designed for Fortnite fans.The Xbox One S Fortnite Limited Edition will reportedly include a new “Dark Vertex” skin and 2000 V-Bucks in-game currency.The bundle is also said to include a month of Xbox Live Gold, EA Access, and Xbox Game Pass.It’s not clear exactly when Microsoft will announce this new color variant, but it’s rumored to debut at $299 with 1TB of storage and the Blu-ray optical drive.This certainly isn’t the first time Microsoft has customized an Xbox One S console for a game.
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As was the case with Friends and White Collar, now The Big Bang Theory has reached its final season.As as a result, it’s attracted a ton viewers who are desperately searching for a reliable place to catch up on seasons one through eleven, before tuning into the ultimate season.Keen to help whenever and wherever we can, we’ve rounded up all the best places to watch The Big Bang Theory online, including season twelve.We’ve also triple-checked to ensure that the entire article is free of spoilers, so there’s no need to read with one eye closed — this is a spoiler-free zone.How To Watch The Big Bang Theory Season 12You’d think that tracking down the latest season of a TV show would be difficult, but in this case it’s rather simple.
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In one popular depiction of the far-flung future, robot butlers will attend to our whims and perform menial chores like washing dishes, folding laundry, and walking pets.They’ll look after our children, stand in for nurses and physician assistants at outpatient clinics and hospitals, and personalize meal plans in restaurants for every conceivable diet.The bulk of robots today lean heavily on heuristics, or handcrafted rules, to perform tasks.Consider Flippy, the burger-flipping bot from Miso Robotics: Its arms are more dexterous than your average industrial robot, but the motions they’re required to make are relatively few compared with those that would be expected of a hypothetical home robot.In related research, scientists at Facebook AI and the University of California, Berkeley, employed reinforcement models to imbue robots with a “sense” of touch that extended their ability to move and manipulate objects.Even cutting-edge reinforcement techniques aren’t particularly efficient — training SimOpt, for instance, requires about 9,600 two-hour simulations in Nvidia’s FleX physics simulation engine — but with the ubiquity of distributed computing, it’s not difficult to imagine how they might be scaled.
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Just nu pågår något som ska vara techelitens höjdpunkt på året: ”GP Bullhound Summit”.En som borde vara extra glad över inslaget med mindfullnes är Northzones partner Hans Otterling.Några fler på plats ska enligt våra källor vara Paradox vd Ebba Ljungerud, Delivery Heros grundare Niklas Östberg, fertilitetsentreprenören Bonnie Roupé, Marta Sjögren, partner på Northzone, Small Giant Games vd Timo Soininen, Leo Vegas medgrundare Robin Ramm-Ericson och Einrides medgrundare Linnea Kornehed.Vi fick nyligen höra att Spotifys vd hade köpt en ny tomt intill sin nya pangvilla.Från välfyllda kylar med godsaker till pingisbord och ständiga happenings (som att tävla i vem som gör bäst dry martini, eller lära sig drejning) hamnar de nyrekryterade techprofilerna i något som på Volvo kallas en ”Göteborgsanda”.Och under torsdagen kom beskedet att Volvo Cars gör sig av med 500 konsulter.
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