Soft robotics is an experimental field of robotics that draws inspiration from biology, from lizard tongues to octopuses.It focuses on building flexible robots using next-generation materials that can adapt to real-world environments.Facebook has quietly been hiring in the field for a year, and the roles don't appear to be related to any publicly announced hardware projects at the company.Facebook is trying to figure out how to build robots that move and act like real animals.The Silicon Valley tech giant has, for the last year, been hiring PhD students to conduct research in the field of "soft robotics," a field of robotics that draws inspiration from biology— from elephant tusks to octupuses and lizard tongues — to create more flexible and versatile robots more akin to animals than the traditional stereotype of boxy machines.Using next-generation materials and experimental designs, today's soft robotics projects can resemble worms and cephalopods, bending and flexing to perform tasks rigid robots couldn't handle, and adapting to real-world environments.
Plus, South Carolina convicts go catfishingRoundup November ended with a week of medical mishaps, near disaster at Dell, and the introduction of Pesky Pepper.If the malware gets onto a Linux system it, as the name suggests, attempts to hijack cycles to mine cryptocurrency and also tries to disable any security software.On top of that, the malware seeks and destroys any competing coin miners that might be running on the host, and also checks for any possible SSH connections to other machines that could be infected for purposes of funbux creation.Simply visiting the board caused the application's backend to cough up, in plaintext via its API, other folks' names, email addresses, phone numbers, postal addresses, postcodes, and their SHA-256-hashed password.This according to a report from The Telegraph, citing the results of an information request from the London Financial Conduct Authority on its investigations of cryptocurrency firms.
Pre-seed and seed, angels and VCs, A rounds and B rounds – it’s a tangled web for rookie entrepreneurs aiming to grow small startups.But unless you’re bootstrapping, you’ve got to keep your two feet in two different worlds every day: business and fundraising.It is possible for founders to sidestep the most common hazards and keep their companies moving ahead.As a founder, you need to make sure you’ve got enough funding to carry you through to the next round.I’ve made the mistake of counting on a round to close in three months, for instance, when in fact it usually takes six months or more.Ask yourself how you’ll use existing capital – for marketing, product development, R?
To paraphrase liberally from Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a Hollywood blockbuster in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a Funko Pop line.Captain Marvel is no such exception — and its Pop vinyl toys are giving an intriguing little hint about the movie.Today, Funko officially unveiled its frankly ginormous array of tie-in merchandise — across pencil toppers, key rings, cutesy little vinyl toys, and more — for Captain Marvel, set to come out in January of next year.Among them, of course, are 14 new and “chase variant” Pop vinyls.Need a giant headed Skrull in your life?Or a Maria Rambeau, mother to Monica, the first female Captain Marvel of the comics?
George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, whose long life in the public sphere was defined by service to his country, has died.He suffered a number of health issues in his later years, including vascular parkinsonism, a condition similar to Parkinson's disease, and used a wheelchair to get around.His son, former President George W. Bush, issued a statement calling his father "a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens."On his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the Navy, becoming the youngest fighter pilot in World War II.And it's a great moment for his life of heroism, September 3, 1944."
Actor Nick Nolte has joined the cast of the live-action Star Wars series The Mandalorian, according to the Hollywood Reporter.Nolte is best known for his roles in the movies 48 Hours, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Mulholland Falls, The Thin Red Lin and the TV series Graves.No details have surfaced about Nolte's role in the highly anticipated Star Wars series that will launch on Disney's streaming service Disney+.The Mandalorian series is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order.The show's storyline will follow a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.Director Jon Favreau is both writing and executive producing the series, along with Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson and Dave Filoni.
Strike fund hits $200K as engineers prepare for actionInternal employee revolt at Google over its secretive plans to rollout a censored search engine in China continues to grow, with one employee publicly building a strike fund to support those opposed to the plan.Earlier this week, internal dissent to the DragonFly project – which would allow Chinese authorities to both censor search results and track search requests back to individual users – burst out publicly in an open letter.According to one report, the project lead - Google’s head of operations in China, Scott Beaumont – attempted to bypass the normal security and privacy reviews for DragonFly and insisted on complete secrecy.Beaumont may also have misrepresented the position of Google co-founder Sergey Brin who famously pulled Google out of China in 2010 in response to interference by the Chinese government.Employees working on DragonFly were told that Brin was supportive of the new effort, but the former CEO has said that the first he heard about the project was when it was exposed in August.
Fans of the Star Wars franchise will have to wait more than a year from now to get their fix of Jedi-laden telekinetic spectacles on the big screen.The as-of-yet-to-be-titled Episode IX, the last installment of the space saga as was envisioned in 1977, won't be released until December 2019.In the interim, stalwart practitioners of Jedi ways and other Force-sensitive beings can look to the small screen and thank Virginia Tech researchers for a recently developed virtual reality technique called Force Push.Force Push gives its users the ability to move faraway objects with Yoda-like calm, nuance, and focus using an approach for remote object manipulation in VR."You basically push the object in the direction you want it to move to, just like in Star Wars when the Jedi masters try to move an object that's placed remotely, they can push or pull it," said Run Yu, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Creativity, Technology, and the Arts.It's as simple as using subtle hand gestures to push, pull, or twirl objects.
Audi didn’t really need Robert Downey Jr. or an Iron Man connection to make the e-tron GT Concept stand out at the LA Auto Show 2018 this week: the stunning all-electric car is conspicuous enough on its own.Not only does the concept demonstrate Audi’s flexible EV architecture, but its commitment to making electric cars that are not only capable but covetable, too.That production Audi e-tron GT, in fact, is earmarked for 2020.While Electrify America, its project to build out electric car chargers across the US, may be the result of a post-dieselgate apology, you can’t accuse the automaker behemoth of doing so half-heartedly.That’ll include DC fast-charging stations offering up to 350 kW on high-traffic corridors across 39 states.Spaced no further than 120 miles part, they’ll be able to deliver as much as 20 miles of range per minute.
If you’re worrying about headlines that suggest iPhones and iPad have a ‘serious problem’ with security, don’t believe the hype.The hype is based in truth, but the truth is that just one single company suggests they’ve broken in to an iPhone running iOS 12.I’m generally one to relay issues to smartphone users of all sorts – if a major issue is out there, I won’t hesitate to report it.DriveSavers suggest they’re able to use a “new technology” to unlock and recover data from “passcode-protected smartphones of every make, model and operating system with any length passcode, including phones and tablets with more complicated passcodes of six digits or more.” This includes Android, iOS, Windows (?!Phone maker brands listed by the company include: Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi, LG, ZTE, OPPO, and Apple.The video below was published by DriveSavers back in the year 2011, and it’ll give you a good idea of what they’re all about – pre-phones, anyway.
“Organisations that are most successful at managing the risk have departed from the tactic of protecting valuable assets from becoming ransom prisoners”It’s hard to read the news at the moment without Ransomware being mentioned.For example, I typed “ransomware” into Google News recently and got more than 1 million hits in 0.23 seconds.Even when I limited my search to the past 24 hours it returned over six pages of links.From the CEO’s perspective, effecting this cultural change depends on knowing exactly how ransomware works, who it targets and how to deal with its consequences.Here are four facts that every CEO should know about ransomware:
This season of Doctor Who has been one of new takes on familiar themes – sometimes pushing the boundaries of what the show can do, sometimes pulling it back to its earliest roots, sometimes just frustratingly proving it’s still Doctor Who.Much of “The Witchfinders” finds itself concerned with the idea of prejudice.It’s in the name, as the Doctor and her friends find themselves in 17th century Lancashire amid the fervour of witch-hunting across England, sparked by none other than the personal obsessions of King James I (he literally wrote the book on it, Daemonologie, in 1597, a copy of which is briefly seen in this episode).It’s an episode that deals with prejudice in multiple forms, from religious persecution (obviously, given that witches were seen as agents of Satan) to class persecution – Becka Savage, Bilehurst’s landowner and the antagonist of much of the episode, is a former peasant who married up into the realm of landed gentry.But it’s also about the prejudices lobbied against women, whether in the 17th century or far beyond.Most of this thematic idea, unlike prior historical outings this season (like “Rosa” and “Demons of the Punjab”), is kept at the periphery of “The Witchfinders,” whose other primary concern is a bit of classic Doctor Who camp.
Without the internet instantly dispersing images to millions of people, it was probably a lot easier to keep video game prototypes under wraps in the ‘80s.Just a handful of photos backed up rumours about the possible existence of a miniature version of the ill-fated Vectrex console, but it’s a rumour no more now that the National Videogame Museum in Frisco, Texas has managed to get its hands on that mythical prototype for its collection.The Vectrex was part of the post-Atari video game boom that had almost every toy maker trying to get a console on the market, including Milton Bradley, which was better known for board games at the time.The Vectrex could render vector graphics on its own portrait-oriented screen (which used the same technology as oscilloscopes do) to bring arcade-quality gaming into the home.Its controller even slotted into the front of the console so that the whole thing was easier to move around.But an article in the April 2003 issue of Edge magazine revealed the possible existence of a much smaller, shoebox-sized Vectrex console that a fan spotted on the president’s desk during a tour of the company in the early ‘80s.
EMIS upgrade will punt GP system into the fluffy stuffEMIS Group is one of four principal suppliers to the NHS.A spokesperson confirmed that the cloud platform migrated to will be Amazon Web Services.Shifting patient records to the cloud requires approval from NHS Digital, so there isn't a timeline yet, but EMIS was keen to emphasise that when it does happen the move will be a gradual one.A spokeswoman said the transfer would be module by module, not a whole system switchover, which El Reg presumes is meant to reassure folk there won't be an IT disaster involving the billions of health-related documents held by EMIS."They will be able to see a consolidated view of key medical information across healthcare organisations using EMIS-X, partner products, other NHS systems and patients themselves, giving unique insight into patients' medical history."
Applications are the engines that drive today’s digital businesses.When the infrastructure that powers those applications is difficult to administer, or fails, businesses and their IT organizations are severely impacted.Traditionally, IT assumed much of the responsibility to ensure availability and performance.In the digital era, however, the industry needs to evolve and reset the requirements on vendors.HPE Nimble Storage has broken away from convention and transformed how storage is managed and supported with the HPE InfoSight predictive analytics platform.HPE engaged ESG to conduct a quantitative survey of the HPE Nimble Storage installed base, as well as non-HPE Nimble Storage customers, to better assess how HPE InfoSight positively impacts customer environments.
Marriott today revealed a massive security breach that affected its Starwood reservation system.The breach played out over four years and potentially exposed the personal information of around 500 million guests.A portion of those affected guests may have had credit card information exposed too, so to say this breach is “pretty bad” would likely be understating it a bit.Marriott discovered this extensive breach following an investigation on November 19, 2018.It notes that a third-party gained unauthorized access to a database for Marriott’s Starwood brand, which held information on guest reservations for those properties placed on or before September 10, 2018.It sounds like that third-party had copied and encrypted the information housed in that database before Marriott discovered that there was an issue.
- Just one night of disturbed sleep means you are less capable to control posture and balance the day after- A single bad night sleep decreases your chance of controlling posture according to researchers at the University of Warwick, who have used state of the art sensors to monitor sleep and balance- Implications could be that older people who have had a bad night sleep are the most at risk of a fall- Innovative solutions of how to prevent imminent falls can now be researchedDisturbances during sleep decreases capability to control posture and balance according to researchers from the Department of Engineering and Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick who have an article published today in Scientific Reports.This is the first study demonstrating the relationship between disrupted sleep and the reduced capability to control posture and balance, and it could pave the way to new interventions to prevent falls in later life, should the results be confirmed by other studies on older adults.
“Chatbots can do more than answer questions; they can help convert enquiries into purchases”We are currently in the midst of a true customer experience (CX) revolution.Research from Gartner predicts that AI bots will power 85 percent of all customer service interactions by the year 2020, but implementing the technology is just the first step toward finding success.To make the most of a customer experience strategy that is augmented by artificial intelligence (AI) and chatbots, companies need to identify and then track metrics to ensure their technology is paying dividends.By proving its value, companies can justify the investment, highlight trends and find areas where virtual agent performance can be improved.For each organisation the metrics to measure value will differ dependent on its goals, but, there are some overarching things that most organisations should monitor.
Apple reportedly removed 718 apps from the Chinese App Store in the last few days.The iPhone maker swept out the apps because their developers pushed updates without its permission, The Telegraph reported Thursday, citing local reports.Apple warned developers against updating iOS apps without its permission in early 2017.The banned apps included Sogou's search engine and maps, online retailer Pinduodo and car sharing service Togo Car.The Cupertino, California, company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.It's not the first time Apple has cracked down on rule-breakers in China, which has a very different app ecosystem than most of the world.
Grain homogeniser Kellogg's has agreed, belatedly, to join in with the government's push to better inform people about the content of the thing from the box they're about to eat, and will start putting the coloured "traffic light" fat/sugar/salt warnings on its cereal boxes from next January.Better tell the printers to get more red ink in.The government's traffic light early warning system is entirely voluntary, mind, so it's not like millions of boxes of Coco Pops were in danger of being recalled and pulped.Kellogg's says it's doing this now because it's been listening to the demands of its buyers, funnily enough, and the people are saying the current nutritional information system of percentages and recommended intakes is a bit too much to take in at breakfast time.Kellogg's currently games the existing nutritional information system a little by displaying it in monochrome on the front of its packs (see above), assuming children carefully weigh out 30g of the product then add the sugars consumed to the spreadsheet containing the day's total.A big red blob might make them wonder, for a couple of seconds, if they might instead be better off with the grim porridge mum's making from a recipe a clean-eating influencer shared.