Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy

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It is still not clear whether the source of the gas was the lettings off of microscopic organisms or whether it was produced by rocks interacting with water.The gas was detected by the Rover's tunable laser spectrometer.It found methane at 21 parts per billion by volume in the Martian atmosphere.But NASA will conduct more experiments this coming weekend to try and discover whether the reading represents a plume or something more substantial.Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Principal Investigator Paul Mahaffy of NASA noted: "With our current measurements, we have no way of telling if the methane source is biology or geology, or even ancient or modern."The rover has found methane at a confusing variety of levels suggesting possible seasonal variation or specific plumes.
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Chinese retailer Suning.com has signed an agreement with Carrefour Group to buy an 80% equity interest in the French retailer’s China business as a slew of international retailers adjust their strategies in the country.Suning will pay RMB 4.8 billion (around $699 million) for the deal which values Carrefour China at RMB 6.0 billion, according to a company statement released on Sunday.Carrefour Group will retain a 20% stake in the business and two seats out of seven on Carrefour China’s supervisory board.As a major appliance seller and e-commerce platform, Suning has been pushing its offline expansion to various segments including convenience stores, supermarkets, and department stores.The omnichannel retailer, which operates a network containing upwards of 8,881 stores in more than 700 cities, aims for 15,000 offline stores this year.The move follows Suning’s February acquisition of 37 Wanda department stores from Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group.
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The Trump administration is apparently looking into requiring that 5G equipment used in the US be designed and put together outside China.The talks kicked off after an executive order issued last month required a 150-day review of the US telecoms supply chain, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.White House officials want to know if telecom equipment manufacturers can make hardware destined for the US, like cell tower electronics, routers, switches and software, according to the report, which cited anonymous sources.The review deadline isn't until October, so these conversations seemingly are in early stages and any decisions could take years to adopt.Companies like Finland's Nokia and Sweden's Ericsson -- both of which sell equipment to U.S. wireless carriers -- to move some operations outside China to maintain those relationships, the report noted.Trump's May order specifically targeted Huawei, essentially banning the Chinese company in light of national security concerns that it had close ties with the country's government -- a charge it repeatedly denied.
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Considers Requiring 5G Equipment for Domestic Use Be Made Outside China – The Wall Street JournalWhat happened: The Trump administration is seeking to require all equipment for next-generation 5G networks used in the US be designed and manufactured outside of China.The move would expand its ban on Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to all Chinese companies, as well as foreign companies that manufacture products in China.Officials are asking telecom equipment makers whether they can develop US-bound hardware including cellular base stations, routers, and switches as well as software outside of China.US officials said they are acting urgently because telecom operators are starting to build their 5G networks to power a “fourth industrial revolution,” which “will be built on the telecommunications networks being constructed today.It is critical that those networks be trusted,” a Trump administration official said.
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If you thought the heat wave-induced melting of half of Greenland’s surface was alarming, wait until you hear the long-term projections for its ice sheet.Research published last week in Science Advances finds that if emissions continue to climb at their current rate, all of Greenland’s ice could melt by the year 3000, causing sea levels to rise 23 feet and redrawing coastlines around the world.On timescales a bit closer to home, doing nothing to rein in carbon emissions soon could translate to ice losses from Greenland that raise sea levels six inches to a foot by 2100, and 2-5 feet by 2200, permanently inundating low-lying coastal cities and island nations.The researchers arrived at their grim findings by using supercomputers to run ice sheet models out to the end of the millennium.They looked at three different carbon emissions scenarios, one in which we rapidly ratchet down global carbon emissions, a middle of the road scenario, and a worst-case scenario where we keep burning fossil fuels with abandon, modelling each one 500 times.The models featured improved representation of the flow and speed of outlet glaciers, those frozen rivers that drain ice from Greenland’s interior and dump it out to sea.
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If you’ve been holding out for a powerful new MacBook, you may want to wait just a bit longer.According to IHS Markit’s Emerging PC Market Tracker report published in Forbes, Apple will introduce a brand new 16-inch MacBook Pro later this year.“We foresee that Apple will release a new product [at the] Sep’19 Apple event if there’s no unexpected development issue,” Jeff Lin, Associate Director, Consumer Electronics at IHS Markit, told Forbes in an email.He added that the new model will have an LCD display of 3,072 x 1,920 resolution supplied by LG, the new MacOS Catalina, and an updated processor.The report also suggests the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro (non-touch bar) and the last year’s MacBook Air will receive CPU upgrades.In May, Apple updated the 13-inch and the 15-inch MacBook Pro models with touch bar with new processor options.
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Google’s Android is facing a tough battle against malware apps, and there seems no end in sight.The two year study, conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) Data61, analyzed more than a million Android apps on the platform.“We were able to find 2,040 potential counterfeits that contain malware in a set of 49,608 apps that showed high similarity to one of the top-10,000 popular apps in Google Play Store,” the study noted.“We also [found] 1,565 potential counterfeits asking for at least five additional dangerous permissions than the original app and 1,407 potential counterfeits having at least five extra third-party advertisement libraries.”Games Temple Run, Free Flow, and Hill Climb Racing were among the most commonly counterfeited.To carry out the study, researchers designed a convolutional neural net to identify similarity in app icons, thereby proving that unsuspecting users can be fooled into downloading a fake app that has a similar image style and iconography.
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Sunday is gone and Monday is here.To ring in the week, please join us in welcoming the latest addition to the shedload of shame that is The Register's Who, Me?Today's toe-curler comes from a reader we shall refer to as "Geoff" who, as a newly qualified COBOL and Assembly-language programmer, was working for what he told us was "the biggest bank in the country."Those being very different times, he "took the previous day's transactions for the whole bank, formatted them as per the bulk-load requirement, and saved the file".After all, you can't beat real-world data, can you?And this, as Geoff explained, was as real world as it got: "This represented about 25 million transactions with a total value in the billions, quite literally."
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Which are the startups that are on the path to becoming the next big thing?In this regular post, we give you an overview of the companies that have raised money in the past week, as well as those we think investors should look at.Payments solution startup Razorpay raised US$75 million in a series C funding round co-led by Ribbit Capital and Sequoia India, with participation from Tiger Global Management and Continuity Fund.The company will use the fresh capital to strengthen its neo-banking platform and its lending business.E-scooter rental startup Bounce raised US$72 million in a series C round led by Capital Group and Falcon Edge Capital.M17 is a video streaming startup that recently started a business-to-business arm providing tools and services to social media-oriented sellers.
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Smart mobility startup Moov Technology deployed a fleet of bikes in Singapore as it rolled out its shared-bike services in the country.The company also said it plans to deploy up to 1,000 bikes in the west region of Singapore by the end of this month.The announcement comes shortly after Moov received sandbox license from the country’s Land Transport Authority in April.Customers will now be able to rent bikes at S$0.50 per 20 minutes of usage or via a monthly subscription plan at S$6.90 per month through Moov’s mobile app.Riders are not required to place a deposit to use Moov’s shared bikes, according to a statement.Moov also unveiled plans to introduce a new version of shared bikes with a proprietary design by the end of 2019.
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China Tech Investor is a weekly look at China’s tech companies through the lens of investment.Each week, hosts Elliott Zaagman and James Hull go through their watch list of publicly listed tech companies and also interview experts on issues affecting the macroeconomy and the stock prices of China’s tech companies.Make sure you don’t miss anything.Check out our lineup of China tech podcasts.Check us out on iTunes or Spotify!In this episode of the China Tech Investor Podcast powered by TechNode, James and Elliott chat with Dev Lewis, Research Associate at Digital Asia Hub and Yanqing Scholar at Peking University.
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Microsoft is reportedly planning to roll out a small, foldable Surface with a pair of 9-inch screens in the first half of next year, possibly as early as the first quarter.IHS Markit’s Associate Director of Consumer Electronics Jeff Lin told Forbes about the upcoming device, citing “supply chain info.” Code-named Centaurus, the device was reputedly shown to some Microsoft employees earlier this month as a continuation of the shelved dual-screen Surface Phone concept that was known as Andromeda.The foldable Surface, according to IHS Markit, will be powered by the long-rumored new version of Windows 10 named Windows Core OS, or WCOS, also known as Windows Lite, geared for a dual-display user interface.The device is also said to be launching with a 10nm Intel Lakefield processor, with an always-on connectivity function for LTE or 5G.It is also rumored to be capable of running Android apps and Apple’s iCloud service.Windows Central’s Zac Bowden confirmed that Centaurus will feature two separate displays and an Intel processor, while highlighting the device’s capability for running Android apps.
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Massive monsters may be coming soon to Apex Legends, as hinted by the addition of flying beasts to the King’s Canyon map.The creatures, which were named Flyers by the community, have suddenly appeared in the team-based Battle Royale shooter.For now, the Flyers are peaceful and do not attack the players while they fight it out on the ground.They can be shot out of the sky, and when they die, they drop a deathbox with random but usually high-quality items.Players are not able to ride them, but Pathfinder can grapple on to the Flyers to hitch a ride.The Flyers are also seen in the Season 2 trailer that was shown at EA Play, right before E3 2019.
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Epic has added Fortbyte 20 to Fortnite, enabling players to unlock a little more of the puzzle.Some Fortbytes are easy to collect — you just walk up to them and press the right button.Others are slightly harder in the sense that you can’t grab them right when you find them unless you have the right emote or skin.Fortbyte 20 is completely different, though.Fortbytes are collectible items that look like computer chips; they’re only available to players who have the Season 9 Battle Pass and will reward any player who collects at least 90 of them with an exclusive skin.Some chips are unlocked through challenges, others simply by visiting the spot where they’re located.
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The dream of extracting valuable resources from space rocks was one that had long fascinated him.When, a little under a year later, he graduated with a degree in International Relations and History from the U.K.’s Liverpool Hope University, Hunter-Scullion was hooked.Now it’s gearing up to launch a prospecting satellite that will help seek out economically viable asteroids for future mining.And while there are plenty of things that can go wrong, there’s a whole lot of opportunity too.The idea of mining asteroids for crucial or desirable materials is nothing new — at least, not in science fiction.This has arisen with a new boom in space industries, much of it led by private companies with a vested interest in profits, rather than the giant public sector missions of the past.
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Within the next 5 to 10 years, there’s a good chance you’ll never have to worry about Lightning cables, adapter plugs or wall chargers again.Because by the time we’re getting ready to celebrate the start of 2030, wireless charging won’t be a novelty anymore.Chances are it’ll be the accepted way to make sure your smartphone, tablet or other high tech equipment are poised and ready for action.The AirZeus 3-in-1 Fast Wireless Charging Pad is not only one of the pace-setters on this new wireless vanguard, it’s ready to be a one-gadget power station for your entire gadget arsenal.You can pick one up now for over $100 off the regular price, just $44.99 from TNW Deals.The pad measures just under 8 inches long, yet with its high-speed charging capabilities and plenty of juice, you can power up a host of Qi-compatible devices all at once.
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We know, we know; another day, another Beat Saber wannabe.But OnShape from Odders Lab does have a few interesting twists and turns that raised our eyebrows.Specifically, the game looks like a cross between Beat Games’ smash hit and, oddly enough, Tetris.In the eye-catching teaser trailer below an animated player first dodges incoming walls just like they would in Beat Saber.Finally, they throw shapes to fit through human-sized holes.All of this happens to, you guessed it, a backdrop of incredibly catching electronic dance music.
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On the first national Windrush Day and in the wake of the scandal, the prime minister paid tribute to the Caribbean migrants who rebuilt Britain.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.
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Bosses might think they know what they’re doing — after all, how hard is it to just set a deadline and expect people to meet it?But software development has a particular way of working that just doesn’t make sense to non-technical managers.Throwing more people at a project doesn’t helpManagers who are inexperienced or don’t have a software background often think a team will work faster if they introduce more warm bodies into the project.It’s a rookie move that always elicits groans from the dev team.The problem gets even worse if that person is a new hire or a rookie because anything this newbie does will have to be double-checked by one of the veterans — which, again, is valuable time spent away from the actual task.
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Yes, base camp on the Khumbu Glacier in Nepal now offers Wi-Fi, like any civilized place should.The wireless networking technology has increased speeds a thousand-fold from 11Mbps to nearly 10Gbps — and somewhere along the way became synonymous with the internet itself.When asked what Wi-Fi’s greatest strength is, Kevin Robinson, VP of marketing for the Wi-Fi Alliance, told Android Authority, “It delivers affordable performance that no other tech can offer for the price.”The tech already moves more than half the world’s daily internet traffic at some point, and this is only expected to increase.Think for a moment where you use Wi-Fi: At home, the office, school, coffee shops, the airport, public parks, heck, even campgrounds and airplanes.Today, you can stream live television and video-on-demand at 35,000 feet thanks to in-flight Wi-Fi.
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