Users can track economic activity and detect changes in the areas that are of most interest to them.A new tool from French aerospace company Airbus and Silicon Valley startup Orbital Insight uses machine learning running on diverse geospatial datasets to let customers detect changes in infrastructure and land use in near real-time.The tool, dubbed Earth Monitor, includes analytics that automatically detect and aggregate objects such as cars, roads, buildings and construction sites.It is being rolled into Airbus’s OneAtlas suite of geospatial imagery tools.Earth Monitor use Orbital Insight’s computer vision and machine learning systems to detect changes in infrastructure by scanning through its petabytes of multi-source data that has been obtained via satellite and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery, geolocation intelligence, and vessel traffic (AIS) data.Dr. James Crawford, CEO of Orbital Insight said: “We’re proud and excited that Earth Monitor will leverage our dynamic algorithms so that users can track economic activity and detect changes in the areas that are of most interest to them, enabling custom analytic projects where they can define the what, where and when.”
Industry 100 initiative also made permanentThe government has launched a new digital toolkit, dubbed “Exercise in a Box”, for small businesses and local authorities, challenging them to use it to test their capabilities and boost their resilience to attack, as it makes a fresh push to engage industry.The free online tool, designed by the NCSC, includes two sets of exercises: a technical simulation and a “table top discussion”.Its launch comes a day after government security officials, speaking at the CYBERUK event in Glasgow, vowed to collaborate even more closely with the private sector, and made Industry100 – the initiative which promotes close collaboration between industry and the NCSC – a permanent feature of the UK’s security landscape.NCSC’s CEO, Ciaran Martin, said:”The NCSC considers exercising to be one of the most cost-effective ways an organisation can test how it responds to cyber incidents.“By practicing your defence and response mechanisms, you can understand how effective they really are and where there are areas for improvement.
If the defunct Allo was supposed to be Google’s answer to Apple’s iMessage, the still existing Duo is its response to FaceTime.If that’s the case, it’s only fitting that it should have a Group FaceTime feature, too right?Particularly with the privacy bugs.That definitely seems to be the case with a group calling feature that has started to roll out.Google has actually been revealed to be testing group calling a few months back.Give this is Google, however, there was no telling when it would actually roll that feature out.
Avengers: Infinity War's cliff-hanger ending left me fuming.Avengers: Endgame left me completely satisfied.The Endgame release date is almost upon us as Marvel's latest hits theaters April 25, and is already setting box office records in the US and abroad.Yet Endgame multiplies the scale tenfold.Adding Captain Marvel to the lineup of familiar faces, it has way more heroes, way more destinations and way more complexity.The shift in focus brings a change in tone, marked by the camaraderie between Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the rest of the heroes who headlined 2012's The Avengers.
JD.Com, Dada-JD Daojia to Launch One-Day Intracity Logistics Service in China – Yicai GlobalWhat happened: Chinese online retailer JD.com has rolled out intra-city logistics services targeting individual consumers in a partnership with Dada-JD Daojia, the company’s grocery delivery joint venture in which it holds a 47% stake.Mainly targeted at the delivery of food, medicine, consumer electronics, apparel, and groceries, the express logistics service will operate in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Tianjin.A package sent at 6 p.m. from Beijing will reach Shanghai at 10 p.m. the next day, the firm told local media.Why it’s important: Thanks to the booming e-commerce industry, Chinese city-to-city logistics has expanded with names such as SF Express.As a company with fast and reliable delivery networks, it makes sense for JD to enter the emerging area.
Humans are terrible at passwords.You might think they’re rare but recent surveys show that many passwords are just as useful as having no password at all.Some systems, in an effort to increase security, force users to change their passwords every 30 or 60 days.Microsoft, however, is dropping that policy in the next major Windows 10 update because studies now show that password expiration policies do nothing to enhance security after all.Microsoft pretty much says it all why such a policy is really useless.If you force users to create a strong and long password, they’re likely to write it down somewhere.
Alibaba Pushes Its Cloud Unit Globally As It Trounces Amazon in Asia – BloombergWhat happened: Alibaba’s cloud services arm retained its leadership position as the top provider in Asia in 2018, according to Gartner, which helped narrow the gap with its two rivals in the global market.The Chinese e-commerce giant accounted for 19.6% in Asia markets for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Infrastructure Utility Services (IUS).Globally, Amazon still leads with more than 30% to Alibaba’s nearly 5% market share.However, Amazon’s regional market share weakened to 11%, while Alibaba’s share increased by nearly a third from 2017.Why it’s important: Cloud services is becoming a driver for Alibaba’s global expansion and an important source of growth.
2019 has been rocky for electric automaker Tesla: It announced it would start rolling out Model 3 sedans priced at $35,000, then made it more difficult to order them.It said it would close all of its showrooms, then said it would keep some open—and raise prices to compensate.The rollercoaster continues: On Wednesday, Tesla said it had snapped its two-quarter streak of profits, by posting a $702 million loss for the first quarter amid delivery and logistical woes.The loss was worse than Wall Street chin-strokers expected, equivalent to $2.90 per share, compared with predictions of a 69 cent loss.Now that buyers have the option of purchasing a more affordable vehicle, “Musk will never sell as many of those higher priced and higher profit cars as he used to sell,” says Karl Brauer, the executive publisher of automotive research publication Kelley Blue Book.“They really do seem to be different market segments,” Musk said on the call.
A return to profit escaped Tesla chief Elon Musk for a second consecutive quarter last night.The electric car maker reported a widening $494m (£382.5m) loss after a record drop in deliveries.Tesla posted a deficit per share of $2.90 for the first three months of 2019, compared to the average analyst estimate of a $1.30 loss.Musk said the firm would narrow its losses next quarter and achieve profitability in the third quarter, as deliveries rise and costs decrease.Shares closed almost two per cent down yesterday, and were near flat in after-market trading.Tesla’s share price is down more than 20 per cent so far this year.
In the third quarter of its 2019 financial year, which ran up until March 31, 2019, Microsoft's revenue was $30.6 billion, up 14 percent year on year.Operating income was up 25 percent to $10.3 billion, net income up 19 percent to $8.8 billion, and earnings per share up 20 percent to $1.14.Microsoft has three reporting segments: Productivity and Business Processes (covering Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype, Dynamics, and LinkedIn), Intelligent Cloud (including Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio, and Enterprise Services), and More Personal Computing (covering Windows, hardware, and Xbox, as well as search and advertising).Productivity group revenue was up 14 percent to $10.2 billion, with operating income rising 28 percent to $4.0 billion.There's no one standout in the division but, rather, strong growth across the entire division; commercial Office products and service revenue was up 12 percent, consumer revenue up 8 percent, Dynamics revenue up 13 percent, with Dynamics 365 revenue growing by 43 percent, and LinkedIn revenue was up 27 percent.The number of commercial Office 365 seats is up 27 percent with more than 180 million monthly active users, and consumer Office 365 subscribers were up 12 percent to 34.2 million.
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and other donors said they are taking "very seriously" the firing of the editor-in-chief of a new publication called the Markup.Julia Angwin, the editor-and-chief and cofounder of the Markup, was fired Monday over what she characterized as an editorial conflict over the publication's stated mission to investigate tech companies.Newmark donated $20 million of the publication's $22 million-plus in funding, as of late 2018.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.On Wednesday, the major backers of the Markup suggested that its support for the yet-to-launch tech publication is in question, following the controversial firing of editor-in-chief Julia Angwin.Craig Newmark, best known as the founder of Craigslist, donated $20 million to the Markup late last year to fund its mission of taking a data-driven approach to covering tech companies.
Verizon has announced a partnership with Google that’ll allow the service provider to offer YouTube TV bundles with some of its products.The option will be made available to Verizon wireless, 5G Home, and Fios broadband customers, the company said in its announcement this week.YouTube TV enables subscribers to stream live television over the Internet, serving as an alternative to satellite and cable.According to Verizon, its customers will be able to directly sign up for YouTube TV and have it bundled with their existing plan.It’s unclear whether getting YouTube TV through Verizon will come with any sort of discount for the customer, but it seems it will at least simplify things by keeping everything confined to a single bill.When customers sign up directly, YouTube TV costs $49.99/month.
A huge alligator decided to take a stroll through a South Carolina golf course on Tuesday morning.The 10-foot-long, 400-pound gator was seen walking through the Long Cove Club in Hilton Head before ending his journey in another lagoon, The Island Packet reported.SNAKE DEVOURS HUGE FROGMOUTH OUTSIDE WOMAN’S WINDOW, DISTURBING VIDEO SHOWS“It was moving from one lagoon to the next, and the golf course and the driving range were in the way,” assistant golf pro Cory Grimes told the outlet.He went on to say that the club has several alligators in its lagoons and the one spotted Tuesday wasn’t even its biggest.“It’s not the biggest, but it’s one of the bigger ones,” he said.
Aging awful art app to remain in May 2019 OS upgrade after its, wait for it, wait for it... brush with deathFor anyone upset about the fate of doomed art application Microsoft Paint, bundled with Windows for as long as we can remember, here's something to set your mind at easel.The software has been given a reprieve, and will be included in the upcoming Windows 10 1903 release, aka the May 2019 upgrade due to officially roll out some time soon.Back in 2017, which honestly feels like a decade ago, Microsoft threatened to banish the aging desktop scribble app from its operating system after declaring it deprecated.Users were encouraged to use the included Paint 3D instead.Then in a moment of corporate control-Z'ing, Redmond said it would relegate Paint to the Windows Store, allowing those pining for the legacy program to install it from the code souk for free and continue using it.
Pokémon never really went out of style, but the franchise has been on people’s minds thanks to mobile phenomenon Pokémon Go and the recent release of Pokémon: Let’s Go on Nintendo Switch.Both games spun the classic monster hunting games in a new direction while still retaining the series’ iconic charm.The series follows Nate, a young boy who has a special watch that lets him hunt and capture Yo-Kai, ghostly entities from Japanese folklore.Players collect Yo-Kai by feeding them the types of food they like, then defeating them in battle with other Yo-Kai they’ve collected.While fighting enemy Yo-Kai is the core of the franchise, the series presents more variety for those who desire to engage in other activities.Almost all of the series under the larger Megami Tensei umbrella — Persona, Devil Survivor, Devil Summoner, Digital Devil Saga, and Shin Megami Tensei — feature a collection or monster training element that is reminiscent of Pokémon, but built around narrative with mature themes, and dark tales about demons, the occult, and technology.
A specially designed mobile phone game can detect people at risk of Alzheimer's - according to new research from the University of East Anglia.As players make their way through mazes of islands and icebergs, the research team are able to translate every 0.5 seconds of gameplay into scientific data.The results, published in the journal PNAS, show that people who are genetically at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease can be distinguished from those who are not on specific levels of the Sea Hero Quest game.The findings are particularly important because a standard memory and thinking test could not distinguish between the risk and non-risk groups.Lead researcher Prof Michael Hornberger, from UEA's Norwich Medical School, said: "Dementia will affect 135 million people worldwide by 2050.The data collected by the Sea Hero Quest app is vital for research - because every two minutes spent playing the game is equal to five hours of lab-based research.
TORONTO, April 22, 2019 - York University chemists have invented a new fluorescence-based method for accurately determining the strength of a range of Lewis acids, which could one day be used to help purify pharmaceutical drugs, improve industrial processes and explore next-generation technologies, according to a new chemistry study.Measuring the Lewis acidity of molecular species is important because it allows chemists around the world to establish the utility of new compounds to facilitate chemical transformations for a range of applications.The team of six York University researchers developed a new method of testing for Lewis acidity using fluorescence, which is simpler, more accurate and more effective than the commonly-used Gutmann-Beckett method."The pharmaceutical industry is always looking for optimized processes to make new drugs and find new chemicals," said Thomas Baumgartner, professor in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, and Canada Research Chair in Organomain Group Materials."Our method provides a valuable tool to help develop these processes," said Baumgartner, who co-led the study."The theory of acids and bases has long been a key concept in chemical sciences.
At the beginning of each year, two "best papers" are selected from articles published in Protein Science during the preceding 12 months.A junior author (typically the first author) is designated as the award winner and invited to give a talk at the following Annual Protein Society Symposium.She is currently a postdoctoral fellow with Andrew McCammon at UC-San Diego where her work focuses on the development and application of advanced simulation tools to better understand biomolecular diffusion.As noted by Dr. McCammon, "Mindy is a remarkably versatile young theoretician of protein science.She has successfully developed new computer simulation methods and applied these in studies of protein dynamics and of biomolecular diffusion.As she notes "Molecular diffusion, a main mechanism of transport of materials within cells, plays a fundamental role in a vast array of biological processes.
The Journal of Materials Research Paper of the Year Award recognizes excellence in advancing materials knowledge through written scholarship.The 2018 JMR Paper of the Year has been awarded to Huachen Cui, Ryan Hensleigh, Hongshun Chen and Xiaoyu Zheng from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for their article "Additive Manufacturing and size-dependent mechanical properties of three-dimensional microarchitected, high-temperature ceramic metamaterials".The announcement took place at the 2019 MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibition in Phoenix, AZ.Editor-in-Chief of JMR Gary L. Messing stated the paper had won 'for developing an Additive Manufacturing approach to fabricate three-dimensional microarchitected, high-temperature ceramic metamaterials of high specific strength'The paper is freely available in perpetuity: http://bit.ly/2UAmaJFPublished February 14, 2018 - JMR volume 33, issue 3
Children under one year of age shouldn’t have any screen time, the World Health Organization has decided, part of a wide-ranging set of guidelines for raising heathy kids that could well prove controversial.Although many parents have discovered that sitting an infant in front of a TV or tablet can prove a capable distraction, the potential health risks may be considerable.The new guidelines by the WHO focus on physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep for children under five years of age.Developed by a team of experts for the Organization, they put renewed attention on how easier distractions and unpredictable schedules can have lasting impact on how a child grows up.Indeed, getting the trifecta of sleep, activity, and avoiding spending too much time slumped in front of a display could well be as important as vaccines.“Improving physical activity, reducing sedentary time and ensuring quality sleep in young children will improve their physical, mental health and wellbeing,” Dr Fiona Bull, program manager for surveillance and population-based prevention of noncommunicable diseases, at the WHO says, “and help prevent childhood obesity and associated diseases later in life.”