We often hear about how Bitcoin BTC is trying to disrupt the financial industry.Well, it turns out one German cryptocurrency startup has cut out the middleman and just bought a bank.Earlier this week, German cryptocurrency exchange Bitcoin Group SE announced it has successfully bought a 100-percent stake in an investment bank, Tremmel Wertpapierhandelsbank GmbH.With this purchase, the group will absorb Tremmel’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) license, opening additional doors for product development.The BaFin license will allow Bitcoin Group SE to develop and sell cryptocurrency-based investment contracts (like futures contracts or ETFs) and also to deploy Bitcoin ATMs.The announcement has not detailed how much the investment bank has been bought for, however, it is stated to be in the “lower seven-digit range.” Presumably, this means somewhere between one and five million euros.
At first glance, Tovala’s Chicago headquarters looks like an ordinary apartment.But upon opening the front door to the office space, located in the city’s River West neighborhood, visitors are greeted with an open space filled with boxes, home goods and employees buzzing like worker bees.“The nature of our business is there’s software, there’s hardware and there’s food, which is why there’s ovens everywhere and there’s a test kitchen and there’s software engineers right behind us,” David Rabie, Tovala’s co-founder and CEO, says while sitting in a quiet conference room.Tovala, which sells healthy food that can be cooked in its internet-connected ovens, won the University of Chicago’s New Venture Challenge in 2015, taking home $70,000.Founded in May 2015, the company has since grown to about 50 employees and ships food to customers in 48 states.The university’s strong entrepreneurship program, including the New Venture Challenge, attracted Rabie to the Booth School of Business.
The smoke caused headaches, stung eyes, and obscured skylines with tiny, dangerous particles that left soot on the windshields of Lyfts navigating all the busy construction.Hill suffers from respiratory issues already, and though she was wearing a bright yellow jacket and a hard hat to protect her on Tuesday morning, she had no respirator to shield her lungs.A gave everyone on her crew an N95 mask on Monday, when it was clear the city was going to again be stifled by smoke from the fire that caught the previous Friday.All over the neighborhood, construction workers were going up outdoor elevators into buildings, hanging off the sides of lifts, hammering and working and taking breaks with no respiratory masks on.California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration sent out a warning on November 9, the day the Camp Fire broke out, that all employers in the state who have workers affected by wildfire smoke need to modify work conditions and schedules to minimize exposure, or hand out appropriate respirators, like disposable N95 masks, to protect workers.“The greatest hazard comes from breathing fine particles in the air, which can reduce lung function, worsen asthma and other existing heart and lung conditions, and cause coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing.”
According to a report from Smartprix, the phone will be launched in India on November 22.Xiaomi has also started sending out invites for a launch event on the same day.Additionally, a report from Livemint also mentions that the Note 6 Pro will be the next Xiaomi phone to land in India.As per various reports, it has been confirmed that the phone will retain a similar set of specifications for the Indian market as well.The Redmi Note 6 Pro succeeds the very fresh ‘Pro’ series of handsets under Redmi Note branding.Xiaomi had distinguished between the existing Note series by introducing better-specced Pro variants to add more options for buyers.
A $10 saving cuts ports and memory from the Pi 3 Model A+ but keeps that quad core CPULike the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ but feel that the RAM is just a bit too big, the price too high or the ports too numerous?Fear not, for the spiritual successor to the original Model A+ is here.The Raspberry Foundation has, however, lacked Apple’s courage and included a port that will shunt out both audio and composite video if required.It is there, however, that the similarities end.Like the previous Model A+, 2018’s model features 512MB of SDRAM firmly soldered to the board.
A freelance videographer has filed a class action lawsuit against Adobe on behalf of mortified users that watched their files vanish due to a bug in video-editing software Premiere Pro.Even if this nightmare scenario hasn’t come up yet, all Premiere users should take note.He alleges that an update to Premiere Pro came with a flaw in the way it handles file management that resulted in the deletion of 500 hours of video clips that he claims were worth around $250,000 (£200,000).Adobe has acknowledged the bug and issued an update, so you might want to make sure that you’re on the latest version of Premiere.Premiere creates redundant video files that are stored in a “Media Cache” folder while a user is working on a project.This takes up a lot of hard drive space, and Cooper instructed the video editing suite to place the folder inside a “Videos” directory on an external hard drive, according to court documents.
It's been a while since we had some news from Raspberry Pi, which is a shame because everyone loves a slice of those mini computer boards.But the silence has now been broken with the announcement that the company has a new Pi board to share with us.It's called the Raspberry Pi A+, and it's designed to be all sort of low.Specifically low price, and low power.The A+ is designed to sit somewhere between the dirt-cheap Pi Zero and the top-tier Pi 3 Model B+ in all ways.That means it's more functional and more expensive than the former and less than the latter, while also maintaining a small form factor.
Icy planet within cosmic spitting distance of humanityVarious science-fiction authors – notably Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Moorcock – have written about an alien world around Barnard's Star, which at six light years away is relatively close to our corner of the galaxy.If the futurists at the Breakthrough Starshot campaign are right, we could get a probe to such a system within 30 years from launch using today's tech.“Barnard’s star is among the nearby red dwarfs that represents an ideal target to search for exoplanets that could someday actually be reached by future interstellar spacecraft,” said Steven Vogt, professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz in the US, and coauthor of the paper on the planet which will be published in Nature.The planet, snappily dubbed GJ 699 b, is estimated to be 3.2 times the mass of Earth and orbits the dim red dwarf star every every 233 days.It's far enough away from the star to make it a most likely frozen planet, with an estimated surface temperature of -150C (-238 in Freedom units).
Regenerative braking is a pretty cool technology, and it definitely works to help extend the range of an electric vehicle, but is it enough to charge an EV on its own?One intrepid YouTuber wanted to find out, so in a video published recently, he decided to flat-tow his Model 3 with another car.In case you're not familiar with how regenerative braking works, it basically uses the motion of the wheels to turn the armature inside the electric motor to generate current.Essentially, it turns your EV's drive motor into a big alternator.In theory, this should allow a driver to use a tow strap to pull their electric vehicle and put some charge in their battery.In this instance, Matt from the channel Tech Forum used a 2013 Ford C-Max Energi to flat-tow his Model 3 with Version 9 software around a small residential loop at speeds of around 20 miles per hour.
Facebook is no longer the cool kid it used to be.TikTok, a runaway success from Chinese startup ByteDance, is sort of like Instagram… but for short video.Lasting less than 60 seconds, the videos often feature teens showing off dance moves, doing comedy skits, and performing various difficult (but somewhat meaningless) stunts.Since the beginning of last week, it’s beaten Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook in both the iOS App Store and Google Play, according to figures from App Annie.This month, Facebook struck back, quietly launching its own clone called Lasso.Both apps feature an endless video feed; scrolling up brings you the next clip.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named the first recipient of the Anti-Defamation League's "Courage Against Hate" award for championing unity, diversity and social progress.The award recognizes "courageous and visionary leaders" from the private sector who use their brands to fight hate and inspire others to make the world a better place, the civil rights organization said Wednesday in announcing Cook's award.Cook's efforts have significantly advanced efforts to fight hate and secure fair treatment for all, the ADL said."During a time where technology is being used to spread hate, Tim has been a trailblazer in combating it on Apple's platforms," ADL CEO and National Director Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement."He is a staunch advocate for the LGBTQ community and immigrants' rights while denouncing racist vitriol like the events in Charlottesville, and we are proud and excited to present Tim with this award."Cook is no stranger to voicing his opposition to government efforts seen as discriminatory against the disadvantaged and disenfranchised.
A mile-wide, iron asteroid slammed into northern Greenland as early as 12,000 years ago, creating an impact site with an area similar to that of New York City.The crater was discovered underneath the Hiawatha Glacier, a Greenland ice sheet 1 kilometre thick, after extensive radar surveys by a Danish group of researchers."We immediately knew this was something special but at the same time it became clear that it would be difficult to confirm the origin of the depression," said Kurt H. Kjær, lead researcher on the study, published Wednesday in Science Advances.To do so, the team had to map the crater themselves, but of course they couldn't just shovel all that ice out of the way.By using a German research plane with "next-generation radar" technology the team conducted a more thorough, focused analysis of the site, revealing the bowl-shaped contours of the crater.Sifting through the sand at the front of the glacier revealed shocked quartz, a form of quartz created by intense pressures, and other "impact-related grains".
The Environmental Protection Agency may have been operating in a more low-key manner since acting administrator Andrew Wheeler took over, but the agency made news this week with plans to rewrite its policies on heavy-duty truck emissions with something called the Cleaner Truck Initiative.According to a report by the Los Angeles Times Tuesday, the EPA has offered few specifics on its plans but in its statement promised to enact rules that will reduce oxides of nitrogen emissions, which sounds good.It added though that it would also be removing regulations that the industry finds to be "costly and burdensome," which is enough to give us pause about the effects of this rewrite."This initiative will help modernize heavy-duty truck engines, improving their efficiency and providing cleaner air for all Americans," Wheeler said in a statement."We are under no regulatory or court-ordered requirements to launch this initiative.We are doing it because it's good for the environment."
Sure, there’s a bunch of other stuff in the update, but that ability to put another episode after the episode that’s playing – that’s all I wanted.This app now has a dark mode – essentially the entirety of the app, by default.That’ll be a whole lot nicer for the ol’ battery life than the all-white layout that was the app since the beginning.This app looks a lot more like Spotify now than it did before.In this case, that’s a good thing.It’s dark, it’s optimized, and it’s focused largely on the designs and artwork created by the creators of the podcasts the app hosts.
Google is working on a fix for a Pixel 3 messaging bug, after some owners complained that SMS texts have been unexpectedly disappearing.The glitch is the latest in a string of complaints about Google’s 2018 Android flagships, which have most recently received an update enabling the Night Sight feature in the camera.Still, new photography features are all well and good, but it’s even more important to get the basics right.That’s where some Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners have been encountering headaches, as Android Messages randomly causes their conversations to vanish.The problem has been widely reported on Reddit, with Android Police gathering up several cases where owners of the two smartphones encountered the issue.Some users have just found individual messages have disappeared, while others claim entire conversations have been removed.
CPU slingers insist existing defenses will stop attacks – but eggheads disagreeComputer security researchers have uncovered yet another set of transient execution attacks on modern CPUs that allow a local attacker to gain access to privileged data, fulfilling predictions made when the Spectre and Meltdown flaws were reported at the beginning of the year.In short, these processor security flaws can be exploited by malicious users and malware on a vulnerable machine potentially to lift passwords, encryption keys, and other secrets, out of memory that should be off-limits.The bit boffins responsible for uncovering these latest vulnerabilities – Claudio Canella, Jo Van Bulck, Michael Schwarz, Moritz Lipp, Benjamin von Berg, Philipp Ortner, Frank Piessens, Dmitry Evtyushkin, and Daniel Gruss, from Graz University of Technology, imec-DistriNet at KU Leuven, and the College of William and Mary – include some of the same computer scientists who discovered the original Spectre and Meltdown weaknesses.Where Spectre exploits branch prediction to gain access to transient data, Meltdown bypasses the isolation between applications and the operating system by evaluating transient out-of-order instructions following a CPU exception to read kernel memory.Previously, there were five publicly disclosed Meltdown variants: Meltdown-US (Meltdown), Meltdown-P (Foreshadow), Meltdown-GP (Variant 3a), Meltdown-NM (Lazy FP), and Meltdown-RW (Variant 1.2).
It wasn’t so long ago that many a PC user was clamoring for a Dark mode on Windows 10.Now that they have it, things are swinging in the opposite direction: Microsoft is bringing a ‘Light Mode’ to Windows 10, helping bring balance to the Force.You might be thinking “isn’t that just Windows 10 with Dark mode off?” Well, not quite.While Windows defaults to light-colored menu and background elements, it’s not entirely consistent.Most notably, the default Windows 10 look includes a frosted-black taskbar and Start menu.In future Windows releases – and starting with the beta Build 18282 for Windows Insiders – you’ll have access to a system-wide bright theme.
Amazon has finally confirmed that Long Island City, Queens, and the Crystal Lake neighbourhood of Arlington, Virginia, have both earned the dubious honour of hosting glorified branch offices for the e-commerce giant.Hiring is slated to begin next year.The Long Island City office is set to occupy 4 million square feet, with the option to expand to 8 million square feet in the future, and employ 25,000 Amazonians.According to the company’s own estimation, New York State will pay $1.525 billion (£1.18 billion) in performance-based incentives for the privilege – nearly as much as Amazon has received across all prior subsidies combined, according to watchdog group Good Jobs First.Arlington’s footprint and workforce are predicted to be about the same, albeit the city is only on the hook for $573 million (£443 million) in incentives.Salaries are still expected to average around $150,000 (£116,000) annually, which is around double the median household income in New York City – a metropolitan area currently struggling with rising rents and failing infrastructure.
A research team from ITMO University and the Australian National University has discovered that different metasurfaces exhibit the same behavior provided a symmetry breaking is introduced to their unit cells "meta-atoms".Asymmetry of meta-atoms results in high-quality (high Q) resonances in the transmittance spectra of metasurfaces.Such resonances are capable of multiple amplification of external signals.By manipulating the asymmetry, scientists were able to control the resonances and thus an optical response, which is highly desirable for practical applications.The results of this research were published in Physical Review Letters.Quality factor (the so-called Q factor) is one of the most important characteristics of a resonant system that determines the effectiveness of light-matter interaction and amplification of external signals.