Microsoft today said it’s joining the Hyperledger community for open source blockchain technology projects.Earlier today, Facebook debuted the Libra cryptocurrency and Calibra wallet for WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, and a standalone smartphone app for other commerce.Microsoft joins a number of tech and finance organizations such as Baidu, Citi, IBM, Intel, J.P. Morgan, Salesforce, and SAP.The Hyperledger is overseen by the Linux Foundation and currently counts more than 100 member organizations around the world.The move is the latest by large tech companies like Microsoft to inch closer to serious blockchain offerings.Microsoft launched the fully managed Azure Blockchain Service in May, and blockchain workbench and developer kits in 2018.
If you're not a networking geek, this simplicity will probably appeal, as it means you're not forced to get involved with low-level details like protocols, packets and ports.The standard type (also known as an IPv4 address) of public address is four numbers separated by periods, where the first number is usually between 1 and 191, and the remaining three are between 0 and 255, like:A second type of address format, called IPv6, might look something like:The IP address is vital because it tells everything else on the internet where you are, and allows you to communicate.When you enter Google.com in your browser, for instance, your system uses a Domain Name Server to translate that domain to a public IP address like 188.8.131.52.Your browser then sends a request for the Google search page, with your own IP address attached, and Google uses your address to send the page back.
In 1985, Noboru Kimizuka of the National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials, Japan had pioneered the idea of polycrystalline indium-gallium-zinc oxide (IGZO) ceramics, with the general chemical formula (InGaO3)m(ZnO)n (m, n = natural number; hereafter referred to as IGZO-mn).Little would he have thought that its curious electrical properties would bring the electronics industry to license thin-film transistors (TFTs) made from these metal oxides for various devices, including touchable displays.Then what makes them tantalizing?When you shine light on metals, the free conducting electrons resonate or vibrate with external light (electromagnetic waves).In contrast, semiconductors with a large band gap, such as IGZO, can absorb and transmit light even in the visible light range.Thus, being both transparent and conductive makes these semiconductors suitable for use in optoelectronic devices, much like the one you're reading this on!
Tory leadership frontrunner's claim that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was 'teaching journalism' in Iran are still used to discredit her, Richard Ratcliffe tells HuffPost UK.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
Pinterest today introduced Complete the Look, a visual search tool being developed for the Home Decor and Fashion categories that makes style recommendations for multiple items in a photo like shirts, dresses, shoes, or sunglasses.Complete the Look recommendations take into consideration context of surrounding objects and elements in a photo such as season, body type, design aesthetics, and even whether an image was taken inside or outside.Modeling fashion compatibility results can be subjective, but early experiments by Pinterest engineers found Complete the Look to be more accurate in making recommendations than previous systems.The Pinterest catalog of visual search tools started in 2017 with Lens, a service that went on to power hundreds of millions of searches a month, and follows the introduction of full automation for Shop the Look for buying Pinned items in February and personalized results for Lens Your Look in March.Pinterest details the approach taken for Complete the Look in a paper accepted for publication at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) conference, which takes place next week in Long Beach, California.Pinterest shared no details about when Complete the Look visual searches will be made available for Pinterest users.
Currently, rockets and other spacecraft typically use hydrazine.It can cause anything from skin irritation through to irritation and burning of the respiratory system, and after longer exposure can lead to nervous system damage and worse.It’s known as GPIM, or the Green Propellant Infusion Mission, and the implications should the upcoming test go well are significant.GPIM should launch later in the month on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.Stylish SUV with practical cabin spaceElectric drivetrain has ample power
Despite being 43 years old, Breakout still manages to be an addictive game, challenging your reflexes as much as the latest first-person shooters do.A browser-based game called Brickception manages to make the game even harder with a pop-up window that you’ll quickly find immensely annoying—even though it’s not serving up any ads.The game still uses the same tried and true Breakout mechanics: you use a paddle to bounce a ball up into a grid of blocks and proceed to do your best to ensure that ball never falls below the bottom of the screen.But with Brickception, your paddle is a tiny pop-up window with another game of Breakout playing inside it.As you move the window across your screen, the tiny paddle inside the pop-up moves too, so you’ll need to keep your eyes on both balls at the same time and make split-second decisions on how to keep them both in the air.Created by Preet Shihn, it doesn’t take long for the game to go from a fun way to procrastinate to a reminder of why we invented pop-up blockers in the first place.
The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is here, and if you’ve been waiting for a handcrafted luxury sedan that just so happens to do 207 mph, this will probably do the trick.Unveiled the today, it’s a host of firsts for Bentley – like the new all-wheel steering – but paired with the automaker’s hallmarks such as a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine.Like the Continental GT before it, the new Flying Spur cuts ties entirely with its predecessor, bar the name.Rather than the permanent 60:40 rear/front split of the old car, the 2020 Flying Spur can adjust its front to rear power balance.From it, the Flying Spur gets 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque; 0-60 mph arrives in 3.7 seconds, while the top speed is 207 mph.It’s paired with the 8-speed dual-clutch transmission used in the Continental GT.
Security researchers at Microsoft have issued a warning concerning an ongoing spam wave which utilizes malicious RTF documents to infect users' systems with malware.According to the company, the spam wave is specifically targeting European users as the emails are sent in various European languages.The Microsoft Security Intelligence team explained how the campaign worked, saying:"In the new campaign, the RTF file downloads and runs multiple scripts of different types (VBScript, PowerShell, PHP, others) to download the payload."Email cyberattacks on the rise - are you protected?Email security is greater threat than ever
E3 2019 is underway, and as is the case every year, the event has been filled with fantastic game trailers showing off the best of what the big publishers have to offer.Both have a role, and several trailers shown during E3 2019 have us particularly excited.It was a cinematic rather than gameplay demonstration, showing off the aftermath of a heist that leaves protagonist V on the brink of death.It was flashy, informative, and polished, but it was who appeared in the final moments that made it special: Keanu Reeves!343 Industries wasn’t ready to show us Halo Infinite gameplay just yet – at least not of combat — but the studio brought an impressive trailer to E3 2019 that set the stage for the game’s campaign.Beginning with a lonely pilot floating through space in a Pelican dropship, we soon see the Master Chief floating unconscious nearby.
Always changing but also mired in its traditions, media can be a bafflingly difficult industry to work in, and true innovation requires a tireless level of passion and dedication.Katherine Power and Hillary KerrPower and Kerr, former editors at Elle, launched Who What Wear as a daily newsletter in 2006 and have since grown the media company substantially, with offices today in L.A., Minnesota, New York City and London.While Power oversees the company’s business, Kerr leads editorial creativity.“When it comes to wellness, oftentimes, it can be very ‘fancy white lady,’ and we are really trying to democratize wellness and really bring different perspectives and price points to that conversation,” Kerr says.The company has deep ties with Target, having developed a ready-to-wear line from Who What Wear and formed a partnership with the retailer to develop an athleisure line, JoyLab.
It's saying, why buy the new Galaxy S10 or OnePlus 7 Pro, when Apple will introduce new gadgets -- and give old devices a facelift with software updates -- in a few months?He took over as permanent CEO of Apple on Aug. 24, 2011, as Steve Jobs reached the end of his battle with pancreatic cancer.In Cook's nearly eight years as CEO, Apple became the US' first trillion-dollar company but only a few months later saw its value slide below that of rivals like Microsoft.iPhone sales fell for the first time ever in 2016, and in January of this year, Apple issued a rare warning -- its first in nearly 17 years -- that its fiscal first-quarter financial results wouldn't be as strong as it had anticipated.The company ahead of WWDC published an explainer page outlining its App Store policies.Under Jobs, Apple largely avoided weighing in on social or cultural issues.
Crack open the Tokay, the His Dark Materials TV adaptation has rounded out its stellar cast.Thanks to the BBC, which has HBO on board to distribute the series worldwide, Philip Pullman's classic British trilogy of novels will set sail for the small screen for the first time, following the 2007 film The Golden Compass that didn't fare so well with critics.But will this new creation make up for Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman's foray into the fantasy epic, the film's unmade sequels leaving hero Lyra (literally) up in the air?Pullman sourced the title for his book trilogy from a poem by John Milton -- another work with big themes about religious deities -- but let's not go too far down that rabbit hole, with the basic plot of the first novel Northern Lights following Lyra as she attempts to save her best friend Roger from the Gobblers, nefarious people stealing away children to an icy fate.This could refer to Dust, a big concept that, as McAvoy's Lord Asriel suggests in the trailer, you're either "better off not understanding", discovering as the series unfolds or reading the Wikipedia page about it.If the seasons follow the books, the first will tell Lyra's story in Northern Lights (called The Golden Compass in the US) and the second will cover book two: The Subtle Knife.
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Angry boffins start questioning standards body's independenceCompsci academics are startled by how the US-based IEEE is complying with American sanctions on Huawei.That includes halting peer review by anyone connected to the Chinese company – and banning them from buying IEEE-branded coffee mugs.The New York-headquartered Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, one of the world's leading technological academic bodies, issued a statement on 22 May setting out in detail (PDF) what "Listed Persons" (employees of Huawei and its affiliates) can and cannot do under the IEEE's banner.That has caused academics worldwide to question the institution's independence of US governmental influence.The statement, distributed via an IEEE listserv, said under the heading "participation in peer review" that a Listed Person "may not receive or access materials submitted by other persons for publication until after IEEE has accepted the material for publication in accordance with IEEE's normal publication process".
It's an exciting time for fans of auteur developer Hideo Kojima (Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid), whose upcoming title Death Stranding is set to get a new trailer on May 29.While we hoped to get more on a release date from the incoming trailer, it looks like that information might have come early.For a game concerned with ghostly handprints, big celebrity cameos, and resurrecting babies, we've been holding out hope that more information about what the game is actually about was on its way.Or some sign that we wouldn't have to wait much longer.As reported by GamesRadar, an Italian journalist by the name of Antonio Fucito has posted a teasing tweet with the date "8th November" alongside the title of the upcoming game, suggesting we may be only months away from the highly-anticipated game hitting shelves and consoles around the world.Any unsubstantiated rumors should be handled with a healthy scepticism, though Fucito has a reputation for accurate leaks about unreleased titles.
If you’re feeling flush this week, then perhaps instead of buying a second Bugatti you might consider picking up this lightly used Enigma Machine.These devices, the scourge of the Allies in World War II, are rarely for sale to begin with — and one in such good shape that was actually used in the war is practically unheard of.The Enigma saga is a fascinating one, though far too long to repeat here — let it suffice to say that these machines created a code that was as close to unbreakable, allowing the Nazis to communicate securely and reliably even with the Allies listening in.But a team of mathematicians and other experts at Bletchley Park in Britain, the most famous of them Alan Turing, managed to crack the Enigma’s code, helping turn the tide of the war.(If you’re interested, a good biography of Turing will of course tell you more, and Simon Singh’s The Code Book tells the story well as part of the history of cryptography.)The risk of exposure should a machine be captured by the Allies meant that German troops were instructed to destroy their Enigma rather than let it be taken.
It’s Computex 2019 week so, naturally, the big companies are going all out to wow the crowds with numbers and benchmarks.Intel has already teased its much-delayed 10 nm generation of processors but AMD is now saying you don’t have to wait that long or pay that much for performance.It has just announced its 3rd gen Ryzen series that boasts of higher performance with lower power consumption and, perhaps just as important, lower price points.Intel says the industry is moving away from core counts and frequencies but even it can’t stop using that marketing “standard”.And, of course, AMD is using that same technique to prove how better it is than its longtime rival.The AMD Ryzen 9 3900X flagship, for example, boasts of 12 cores with 32 threads and the ability to run at 4.6 GHz in boost mode.
If you’ve lived long enough to remember the early days of digital photography, you may well have hundreds of thousands of pictures squirrelled away on your computer, from various cameras and phones and the web, all terribly organised and almost beyond hope as far as sorting and cataloguing goes.You’ve no doubt heard of Google Photos, but you might not realise just how smart it is behind its deceptively plain exterior, or how it can help people like me who weren’t born into a world where Google Photos and iCloud Photo Library and Dropbox already exist.For me using Google’s AI-driven photo tool finally fixed years of frustration, so I don’t mind.Photos stayed on your camera, or your phone, unless you took the time and trouble to take out a USB cable or a memory card reader; and once you had them on your computer, getting them organised wasn’t particularly intuitive.Flickr was one of the first sites to really understand digital photo management properly, even if it has since lost its way somewhat.Here was my situation: Masses of photos (we’re talking tens of thousands) on my hard drive, collected from all the phones I’d ever owned, and all the pictures my friends had ever sent me and shared on the web, mixed in with all the cool artwork and photos of my favourite bands I’d collected over the years.
Huawei subsidiary Honor launched its latest smartphone earlier this week, the Honor 20 Pro, expected to be released in early July.However, it may not ship on time thanks to Huawei’s current U.S. restrictions.According to 01net (via WinFuture), the Honor 20 Pro has not received Android certification, meaning it wouldn’t be able to be sold in the European market with Google’s services (like Play Store access and regular security updates).The device could still run with a forked version of the Android platform, but its lack of core Google apps and services would cripple its commercial appeal.Google pulled Huawei’s Android license last weekend in compliance with recent U.S. sanctions placed on the company.This stripped Huawei of the ability to update its existing phones with new security patches or release new phones with Google’s app suite and services.