As new solutions and innovations continue to enhance the way businesses operate across every industry, every key department has increasing tech needs and buying power these days.The folks at LinkedIn* recently released a 2019 global report, The Enlightened Tech Buyer: Powering Customer Decisions from Acquisition to Renewal, and it merits attention from marketers of all stripes.5 Telling Trends Revealed in LinkedIn’s Tech Buyer ReportHere are some of the most eye-opening tidbits we saw based on LinkedIn’s survey of “5,241 global professionals who participated in or influenced the purchase of various hardware or software solutions at their organization within the last three months.” 1 – Tech Buying Committees are Expansive and DiverseWe all know that, in general, B2B buying committees are expanding faster than the Night King’s army of wights.
Cell membrane re-engineering is emerging as a powerful tool for the development of next generation cell therapies, as it allows scientists to provide additional functions in the therapeutic cells, such as homing, adhesion or hypoxia (low oxygen) resistance.At the moment, there are few examples where the cell membrane is re-engineered to display active enzymes that drive extracellular matrix production, which is an essential process in wound healing.In this research, published in Nature Communications today [Tuesday 23 April], the team modified the membrane of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) with an enzyme, known as thrombin, which is involved in the wound healing process.When the modified cells were placed in a solution containing the blood protein fibrinogen, they automatically welded together through the growth of a natural hydrogel from the surface of the cells.The researchers have also shown that the resulting 3D cellular structures could be used for tissue engineering.Dr Adam Perriman, Associate Professor in Biomaterials in the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, said: "One of the biggest challenges in cell therapies is the need to protect the cells from aggressive environments after transplantation.
A Hong Kong biotechnology startup claims to have come up with a new procedure that could dramatically improve the efficiency and lower the cost of cancer screening.Phase Scientific International has developed a new way of preparing samples for liquid biopsy, a diagnostic screening tool to detect cancer cells or their DNA fragments in fluids such as blood and urine.In the short to medium term, the nascent technique of liquid biopsy could allow doctors to more accurately monitor a tumor’s progress and its response to drugs, without the need to obtain a tissue sample – an invasive, costly, and time-consuming procedure.This would also be helpful for detecting relapses in patients who had undergone treatment to remove or shrink tumors to the point that they are undetectable by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, which carry the risk of exposing patients to radiation.In the longer term, researchers hope liquid biopsy can be used to test asymptomatic populations – people showing no symptoms – for different types of cancer to achieve early detection and increase the odds of successful treatment.“The potential of [blood cancer cells capturing] as an aid to cancer management was limited by the low abundance of the cells, detecting and counting them has been compared to finding a needle in a haystack,” wrote Peter Charlish, a retired editor, in life sciences publication In Vivo.
A drone has helped botanists in Hawaii to find a flower that they thought was extinct.Hibiscadelphus woodii, to give it its official name, was recently rediscovered growing on a vertical cliff face in a remote part of Kalalau Valley on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.Inaccessible on foot because of its challenging topography, researchers from the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) turned to drone technology to explore the biodiversity hotspot.In video footage (above) captured by the remotely controlled copter, the plant is pointed out at the 1-minute mark.Ben Nyberg, the NTBG drone specialist who made the discovery, said, “Drones are unlocking a treasure trove of unexplored cliff habitat, and while this may be the first discovery of its kind, I am sure it won’t be the last.”H. woodii is described as a rare plant that “grows as a shrub or small tree and produces bright yellow flowers that turn purplish-maroon as they age.
Tesla, particularly CEO Elon Musk, isn’t exactly popular for its estimates and predictions.It has recently admitted its failure to meet expectations and demand in shipping its Model 3 electric cars.So when the carmaker actually does get the estimate right, it’s a pleasant surprise.Even better, however, Musk has said that its custom Full Self-Driving Computer promised 6 months ago isn’t just here, it is actually already hiding inside all Tesla models made within the past weeks.Tesla has been talking about making its own computers, including a processor of its own design, for its cars way in 2017 and but promised last October that it would soon be rolling out that chip within six months.Some probably didn’t give it too much credit considering how often Musk makes promises, especially for something that is outside the expertise of the company.
What happened: China’s first blockchain-enabled notary has started offering services in the CITIC Notary Office in Beijing, and the first blockchain notary certificate was issued on Friday.The new blockchain notary service allows the certificate holder to verify the information by scanning a QR code on the document.The notary service expects is leveraging the distributed ledger technology to better prevent cases of forgery and fraud.Why it’s important: Despite its heavy-handed approach to blockchain regulation, China has been eager to adopt the technology across industries.China is leading the world in the number of blockchain projects currently underway, accounting for 25% of the global total.Another analysis shows that China is one of the top blockchain patent filers despite its cryptocurrency ban.
China’s national library to archive 200 billion Weibo posts in project to preserve country’s digital heritage – SCMPWhat happened: The National Library of China will archive more than 200 million posts from microblogging platform Weibo, as well as 210 million articles from news site Sina, which is owned by the same company.Both will be preserved as a part of the history of China’s internet culture, and will be analyzed and potentially used in academia as well as policy-making.The method of selecting which posts to preserve was not provided.The National Library is reportedly inviting other companies to share their data for similar purposes.Why it’s important: While other organizations and authorities have also sought to preserve troves of internet data for posterity, China’s effort will be fairly selective.
On the one hand, AVs are not so complicated; OEMs simply bring together various hardware, software, mechanical and other technologies and make them work together.In the words of one industry executive, “It’s relatively easy to manually convert today’s automobile into tomorrow’s AV.” Indeed, universities regularly host competitions, pitting teams against each other to do just this.“The problem,” my interlocutor continues, “is how AVs behave when they are surrounded by less intelligent vehicles as well pedestrians, cyclists and so on.”The Society of Automotive Engineers lists six levels of driving automation: Level 0 through to Level 5.For Level 0 vehicles, a human must constantly supervise and control the vehicle at all times and in all conditions; any technologies present are purely supportive and only provide warnings or momentary support (e.g.German automaker Audi’s new Q7, for example, is a Level 4 AV; while in China, software companies such as WeRide.ai and Pony.ai are focused on producing AI-driven Level 4 software technologies.
People are getting mad, and rightfully so, over the “accidentally” breaking $2,000 Galaxy Fold phone but price doesn’t seem to be enough of a deterrent for JerryRigEverything.For the sake of science and discovery, not to mention a few juicy views, Zack Nelson isn’t just showing the guts of the Huawei P30 Pro but also literally tore apart its most important feature to give us an inside look at how it all works together.The Huawei P30 Pro is laden with features but it will most likely be remembered for bringing the market’s first periscope-style optical zoom camera in a smartphone.Technically speaking, OPPO was the first to publicize this technology, way back in 2017.Unfortunately for OPPO, it didn’t capitalize on its lead and let Huawei take that crown.Nelson notes how the 5x optical zoom camera takes up almost a third of the P30 Pro’s motherboard.
Come next month, OnePlus will be breaking tradition.Not only will it be unveiling more than one phone, a variant of its flagship, to be exact, it might also be revealing its most expensive product yet.OnePlus flagships are famous for their low prices, at least lower than their premium peers, but the OnePlus 7 Pro could be breaking away from that mold.That is in part thanks to its display, according to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau himself.OK, Lau didn’t exactly say it will be more expensive, but that was definitely what he was hinting at when talking about the OnePlus 7 Pro screen.He has repeatedly mentioned to the verge the considerable investment the company has made in developing the OnePlus 7 Pro’s screen.
The CIA's getting ready to transmit some photos -- on social media.The usually secretive intelligence agency plans to launch an Instagram page in the near future, CIA Director Gina Haspel said during a national security forum Thursday at Auburn University.Haspel declassified the agency's plans while discussing its social media-savvy recruits and the challenge of trying to be transparent about its activities."Just to talk a moment about transparency, of course CIA does have a Twitter account," Haspel said."Our office of public affairs is getting ready to launch our Instagram account."Haspel acknowledged that some at the agency's Langley, Virginia, headquarters aren't eager to spill too many details about what it does, as noted by Mashable, which previously reported on the development.
Remember last week when Samsung unveiled its "foldable" phone?Well, it appears there are still a few wrinkles to iron out.Meanwhile, Google is striking back against strikes, a new Game of Thrones episode has come, and John Legend is putting Siri to shame.Here's the news you need to know in two minutes or less.Google retaliates against walkout organizersTwo Google employees who worked to organize a walkout of thousands of employees last November say the company is now retaliating against them.
The next Avengers movie is on the horizon, and it looks like Fortnite wants some of the action once again.Epic has begun teasing an Avengers/Fortnite crossover that’s apparently debuting later this week.This isn’t the first time Epic has partnered with Marvel to do a crossover event, as the two companies launched one when Avengers: Infinity War premiered last year.Back then, players had the chance to find the Infinity Gauntlet and play as Thanos in a special limited-time game mode.This time around, however, it looks like players will be taking on the role of superhero instead of supervillain, at least judging by the teaser Epic published to Twitter today.Have a look at the teaser below.
Today, Bowers & Wilkins revealed its new Formation Suite of wireless speakers.We don’t often see Bowers & Wilkins go the wireless route, but the company says that with the Formation Suite, the wireless experience should be indistinguishable from using wired speakers.Of course, we’re used to expensive speakers from Bowers & Wilkins, so the fact that these speakers are pricey doesn’t really come as a shock.All of the speakers in the Formation Suite offer in-room synchronization delays of just one microsecond, which the company says should be imperceptible to end users.They boast 96/24 bit audio resolution as well, and use Bowers & Wilkins’ patented mesh networking technology to connect one another without impeding on your home WiFi network.The most expensive product of the bunch is the Formation Duo, a pair of speakers that each use the company’s Continuum cone driver.
It's great for getting stuff done like email, working in documents and spreadsheets and browsing the Internet.And it's doubly true if you're already immersed in Google's ecosystem, which extends from apps such as Gmail and Google Docs to the Pixel phone or one of the company's smart home devices.In contrast, you'll need to shell out at least $1,199 to get a current-generation Apple laptop with its gold-standard MacOS operating system.And though you can get a very entry-level Dell or HP laptop for about $150, you're stuck with Windows and all of its licenses, patches, and updates.There are a handful of things that a Chromebook can't do, however.You can't install Photoshop, Steam or any other Windows or Mac-dependent application.
New York, NY--April 22, 2019--The grand challenge to improve energy storage and increase battery life, while ensuring safe operation, is becoming evermore critical as we become increasingly reliant on this energy source for everything from portable devices to electric vehicles.A Columbia Engineering team led by Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, announced today that they have developed a new method for safely prolonging battery life by inserting a nano-coating of boron nitride (BN) to stabilize solid electrolytes in lithium metal batteries.While conventional lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries are currently widely used in daily life, they have low energy density, resulting in shorter battery life, and, because of the highly flammable liquid electrolyte inside them, they can short out and even catch fire.Energy density could be improved by using lithium metal to replace the graphite anode used in Li-ion batteries: lithium metal's theoretical capacity for the amount of charge it can deliver is almost 10 times higher than that of graphite."We decided to focus on solid, ceramic electrolytes.However, most solid electrolytes are unstable against Li--they can be easily corroded by lithium metal and cannot be used in batteries.
It might sound like NASA is getting into entomology, but it's actually taking a new set of drones for a test run.NASA's Langley Research Center released a video last week showing four large drones (called Hives) releasing over 100 smaller drones known as Cicadas at the Beaver Dam Airpark in Virginia.Cicada, developed by the US Naval Research Laboratory, stands for "Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft."You can nestle one of these small drones in the palm of your hand."Cicada is a concept for a low-cost, GPS-guided, micro disposable air vehicle that can be deployed in large numbers to 'seed' an area with miniature electronic payloads," the Navy said.The Cicadas are mounted on the underside of a Hive drone and then released on demand with a mechanical switch.
Twitter rolled out a hashtag-triggered emoji for Earth Day and detailed ways it is contributing this year, as well as leading up to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020.Hashtags including EarthDay, ClimateAction, EarthRise and VoteEarth will spur the addition of the special emoji to tweets.Twitter is teaming up with the San Francisco Parks Alliance Monday to help clean up and restore the habitat at Cayuga Park in the city where it is headquartered.Similar initiatives are upcoming for May’s Great Global Clean Up and the company’s FridayForGood program.In the run-up to next year’s Earth Day, Twitter donated pro bono advertising credits under its AdsForGood program to help promote efforts related to Earth Day’s 50th anniversary.The company also pledged to offset carbon emissions for regular employee travel—as well as for large-scale events, such as OneTeam2020 and the TweepTour—by funding green energy projects worldwide, managed by climate change nonprofit Cool Effect.
Kraft Heinz is getting a new chief executive.Today, the company announced that Miguel Patricio will take over for its current CEO Bernardo Hees this summer.Patricio comes from Anheuser-Busch after spending two decades at the company, which also has ties to 3G Capital.Most recently, he was on the executive team in a variety of roles, including as CMO, a title he held for six years.Before Anheuser-Busch, Patricio held positions at Philip Morris, Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson.“Kraft Heinz is an incredible company with iconic brands that are loved around the world,” said Patricio in a statement.
In the trucking sector, we've seen this as a splash of cold water poured over the idea of driverless road trains speeding along highways.But a company called Peloton thinks that running two big rigs close together can still work—and still boost fuel efficiency and safety—as long as you keep humans drivers in the cab and in the loop.That's because the system only links together the accelerating and braking functions in the platoon; the human driver in each cab is still responsible for steering and remains in charge.Conceptually, the idea is an evolution of the adaptive cruise control system already fitted to many cars—and even some class 8 trucks—already on the road.These systems use information from a forward-looking radar to match the speed to a vehicle ahead, maintaining a constant gap between the two as the one in front speeds up or slows down."We combine radar and direct communication between the truck, which means closer following distances between vehicles," explained Josh Switkes, founder and CEO of Peloton.