Microsoft has given up on Windows 10 1809, the troubled feature upgrade of last year that was delayed by months, data from an analytics vendor showed.The Redmond, Wash. developer largely abandoned efforts to distribute the October 2018 Update, aka 1809 in its four-digit yymm format, last month, apparently deciding that it would, like many of its corporate customers, simply skip one feature upgrade to solve the problem of two on a collision course.According to AdDuplex, a Lithuanian company whose metrics technology is embedded in thousands of Windows Store apps, Windows 10 1809 powered just 26% of surveyed Windows 10 systems as of March 26."It looks more and more likely that Microsoft seems to be giving up on  in favor of upgrading users straight to the next version," AdDuplex noted in a post its website.Because Microsoft decides how quickly an upgrade is adopted by controlling when consumers' PCs automatically download and install each refresh, it was clearly responsible for the slow uptake.(Microsoft did not give 1809 the "business ready" green light until after AdDuplex's data collection, ensuring that those who had installed it were largely consumers and very small businesses running Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro.
Germs that exist in gyms apparently also hang out on the International Space Station.A diverse population of bacteria and fungi -- similar to the ones found in hospitals, gyms and offices on Earth -- has been found on surfaces inside the ISS, according to research published Monday in the journal Microbiome.As part of a NASA initiative, samples of bacteria and fungi were collected from eight locations throughout the ISS during three flight missions over a period of 14 months.They were then analyzed back on Earth by a group of scientists, including several with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory."In light of an upcoming new era of human expansion in the universe, such as future space travel to Mars, the microbiome of the closed space environment needs to be examined thoroughly to identify the types of microorganisms that can accumulate in this unique environment, how long they persist and survive, and their impact on human health and spacecraft infrastructure," the researchers wrote.Most of the organisms found on the ISS were ones associated with humans, according to the study.
A journal published by Russia’s Ministry of Defence became the subject of mockery this week after publishing claims that “Russian specialists” have communicated with dolphins, crashed computer programs, and even looked into safes using the power of telepathy.As first highlighted by Russian media outlet RBC, the February issue of Army Collection featured a story titled “The Super-Soldier of Future Wars.” In it, reserve colonel Nikolai Poroskov detailed a variety of bizarre abilities related to “parapsychology,” a science once used by “Babylonian priests.”According to Poroskov, Russian special forces in Chechnya employed these parapsychological techniques, which he elsewhere compared to “superpowers.” From Army Collection:The uninitiated know little about this unique technology.But one aspect is clear—telepathic contact.They mentally gave the animals commands that they performed.
- With the growing popularity of social media, Twitter has become a prominent place to voice opinions on both ends of the political spectrum.With the ability to follow those who only argue one side, voices of people who are in the middle, disinterested in politics or use social media solely for entertainment purposes might be getting drowned out amidst the political noise.Michael Kearney, an assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, found that while partisan users form highly partisan social networks on Twitter, moderate users - or those less politically engaged - continue to avoid politics, potentially creating an important void on social media."We are not necessarily getting farther and farther apart - it's just the people in the middle are becoming more quiet and withdrawn," Kearney said."If you fail to consider all the people in the middle who do not care about politics as much, it seems like there is a more clear division when there is not, so social media might be artificially creating this sense that we are becoming more polarized."Kearney found that rather than increasing exposure to diverse viewpoints or sheltering users with self-reinforcing filter bubbles, social media simply amplifies and reflects the trends found in broader media environments.
In theory, the open source nature of web technology should allow anyone with the appropriate skills to innovate and implement an alternative browser.In practice, however, the path is gated where high value media is involved, because the major browser makers incorporate Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology and the firms that license DRM keys don't have to be responsive or support new ideas.Developer Samuel Maddock found this out to his cost.He's been working on an open source Electron-based (Chromium) browser called Metastream that allows users to stream videos in sync with one another.After four months of waiting, the firm responded to his request to license their proprietary DRM code, in conjunction with the castLabs API, with a denial."I'm sorry but we're not supporting an open source solution like this," says the note from Widevine, which Maddock posted to his website.
To view this content, please click on the headlineThis week AR hype machine Magic Leap will finally – finally!– start selling its headset to the public but you'll need to go to one of three AT stores in Boston, Chicago or San Francisco, to buy them.Thanks to the company's effort to build buzz in the tech community, we finally got to try the glasses on without having to sign an NDA or go to its headquarters in Florida because it was giving demos at the Intel Capital conference in Phoenix on Monday night.It's been eight years since the company first started promising to revolutionize pretty much everything.But it missed deadline after deadline, in large part because it can't make a critical component of its system work.
Reports continue to show that mid to senior career women leave technology fields in high numbers.Many factors, including lack of career growth, lack of recognition and poor management are often topics high on the list.First, we need to get the data to see how we can help.In a recent survey on Women’s Experiences in Technology conducted by the IEEE, over 4,500 women responded.The results can be found online here and is well worth a read on the topic.However, the survey goes on to provide concrete suggestions from the respondents on how the issues that women face might be addressed.
We’ve seen some amazing Airbnb rentals over the years, from the wallet-challenging luxurious to the jaw-droppingly cool.The accommodation site’s most popular listing globally slips neatly into the latter category, offering guests a comfy stay in a quirky dome-topped cabin.Airbnb revealed its most popular listing this week as the company celebrated half a billion guest arrivals globally since its launch in 2008.The Dome has actually been Airbnb’s most visited listing for a number of years now, with guests attracted by its offbeat design, cosy interior, and secluded location.The semi-rustic cabin features a loft beneath the geodesic dome, inside which you’ll find a queen-size Casper mattress that should ensure a decent slumber.A second couch/bed on the main floor means the place can sleep three guests.
Automotive effektiviseringstrend increases the requirements on the new development methods.Rototest dynamometersystem replaces the traditional road test with simulations in the lab, which results in shorter development times and reduced costs.But before a new car model also can be launched, it must undergo a variety of tests, and live up to high requirements in terms of performance, quality and safety.Previously the development period for a new car been a little over five years, the goal in the future is a year. " the Automotive industry is facing a major upheaval when it comes to the speed in the development of new vehicles.the Upshot of it is growing modellutbud but also increased costs, " says Christian Engström, ceo, Rototest.
Award-winning global service platform now available in Nevada’s most populated city and globally renowned tourist destinationLOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 27, 2019–Serve (Bittrex International and Upbit: SERV) today announced the addition of Las Vegas to its list of cities now offering Serve’s award-winning global service platform based on blockchain technology.Piloting its innovative software, business processes and transaction protocols, Serve brings residents, visitors, and businesses more options by increasing access to the products and services.“We are excited to pilot the Serve platform in Las Vegas, Nevada’s most populated city and globally renowned tourist destination,” says Serve’s CEO Shahan Ohanessian, whose team recently won the prestigious DevProject Award presented at DeveloperWeek 2019.“By showcasing the potential of our unique technology, which increases transparency and decentralizes the on-demand economy, Serve aims to empower users, service providers, and enterprises of all sizes to conduct business on one cohesive platform in a manner that benefits all participants.”
Sony has continued to do well in the virtual reality space, and has sold a grand total of 4.2 million PlayStation VR systems worldwide, the company announced in a blog post on Monday.That’s total units actually bought by consumers, not just shipped.“We’re also very excited to reveal that we have officially sold-through more than 4.2 million PS VR systems worldwide as of March 3, 2019,” PlayStation social-media chief Sid Shuman wrote.“We’d like to thank our fans for the amazing support for helping us achieve the milestone.”As VentureBeat noted, recent estimates have put Sony well ahead of the competition, with industry firm IDC writing that it pegged PS VR sales at around 463,000 in Q4 2018, beating out Oculus Rift (300,000) and HTC Vive (230,000).The main advantage that the PS VR headset has over the competition is that it is natively supported by its namesake console, which is the most popular on the market and driving massive revenue for Sony.
Security cameras are not that new and are no longer just for businesses and mansions.Smart homes are starting to also become smarter at security but many DIY security cameras only offer standard or Full HD resolutions to cut down on storage, bandwidth, and price.When it comes to security and peace of mind, however, you can’t really afford to be cheap.The new Arlo Ultra promises to be worth every penny with a 4K HDR wire-free camera that brings out all the details, including the ones you’ll need to chase down culprits.Unlike with regular cameras and displays, however, that resolution has less to do with beautiful video but with detail.The camera also boasts of a 180-degree diagonal field-of-view which, while not as impressive is a horizontal FOV, is still more than what many security cameras offer.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, one of the best Nintendo Switch games, has been around since the hybrid console was launched two years ago, but a new discovery is bringing interest back to Link’s latest adventure.A new bug in Breath of the Wild, dubbed the Apparatus Storage glitch, allows players to bypass the effects of temperature, which makes up a significant portion of the game’s mechanics.The bug, which was reported by Gaming Reinvented, also opens up many other things for players to try out.To activate the bug, players will need to prepare several requirements, including a save file with enough Spirit Orbs to max out either Link’s hearts or stamina, access to an Apparatus shrine such as the Myahm Agana Shrine, access to the Horned Statue at Hateno Village, and at least two saves at different points of the game.Activating the bug tricks the game into thinking that Link is still in a shrine after loading an older save.The initial application of the glitch was to give Link both max hearts and stamina, which is impossible to achieve over the normal course of the game due to the limited number of shrines and Spirit Orbs.
Bees are startlingly intelligent creatures who form an essential part of the planet’s ecosystem, and now a new study shows they could help us understand urban pollution as well.A team from the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR) at the University of British Columbia has found an innovative way to measure the level of source of pollution in urban environments: by analyzing honey.The team analyzed honey collected from urban hives in Vancouver and found the tiny amounts of lead isotopes in the honey were distinctive and could be used as a “fingerprint” to identify where the lead originated from.This meant the team could track the relationship between the location of a hive and sources of pollution such as traffic or industrial activity very closely.“The instruments at PCIGR are very sensitive and measure these elements in parts per billion, or the equivalent of one drop of water in an Olympic-sized swimming pool,” Dominique Weis, the paper’s senior author and director of PCIGR, explained in a statement.“The good news is that the chemical composition of honey in Vancouver reflects its environment and is extremely clean,” Kate E. Smith, lead author of the study and Ph.D. candidate at PCIGR, said.
When a woman crashed in her car in rural England after being forced off the road by another driver, she was unable to communicate her precise location to first responders because she was unfamiliar with the area.The solution was What3Words, a geocoding app that divides the world into 57 trillion three-by-three-meter squares, each one with its very own three-word “address” (such as croak.stoop.wriggle) so users can easily describe super-precise locations.The woman used the service to find her three-word location code before passing it on to the call handler who could then send help.This week, the London-based startup behind What3Words announced that a growing number of first responders in the U.K. are incorporating the service into their operations to help them deal with emergencies in a more timely fashion.“Identifying precisely where help is needed in an emergency is critical, but can be near impossible in places with no addresses or where addresses cover large areas,” What3Words said in a post announcing the rollout.“In these situations, emergency services spend valuable time and resources just trying to identify the location of the emergency.
We don't think much of electricity or the wonders of its generation and distribution until a particularly bad storm descends and suddenly we need our cars to charge our phones, our grills to cook our food, and if we're lucky, our still-connected friends to lend us their hot showers.Energy demand--whether for a month or a morning--must be accurately forecasted.Substations step up the voltage of that electricity so it can travel efficiently over long distances through transmission lines.That voltage is then stepped down at another substation to allow distribution lines to transport power throughout neighborhoods and communities.One that has gotten even more complex with the increasing use of renewable energy resources like wind and solar."Using an active set optimization method, we think we can exploit the idea that when you lose something, maybe not a big generator, but when you lose certain lines, things don't always change that much," says Curtis, whose research focuses on the design, analysis, and implementation of numerical methods for solving large-scale nonlinear optimization problems.
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Trailblazing mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck from the University of Texas at Austin, in the US, has been awarded the 2019 Abel Prize—regarded as one of the highest accolades in mathematics.Earlier today, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters awarded the Abel Prize to Karen Uhlenbeck, 76, for “her fundamental work in geometric analysis and gauge theory, which has dramatically changed the mathematical landscape,” said Hans Munthe-Kaas, Chair of the Abel Committee.Awarded annually, the Abel Prize was established in 2002 to recognise “contributions to the field of mathematics that are of extraordinary depth and influence.” There’s no Nobel Prize for mathematics, but this award, which comes with 6 million Norwegian Krone (£530,000), is about as close as it gets in terms of prestige.A former emeritus professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Uhlenbeck, who lives in the US state of New Jersey, is currently a Visiting Senior Research Scholar at Princeton University and a Visiting Associate at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS).Uhlenbeck made major contributions to a variety of mathematical branches, including gauge theory, which underpins theoretical physics.Gauge theories are used mainly for physical theories where we can’t observe something directly.
Warren is effectively warming up for the world’s biggest popularity contest, and perhaps hasn’t considered the long-term realities of the dismantling of companies such as Facebook and Google.Speaking at the South by Southwest festival in Austin (thank you Recode for the transcript), Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition, made a very reasonable and measured statement.“So, to break up a company, to break up private property, would be very far-reaching.And you would need to have a very strong case that it would produce better results for consumers in the marketplace than what you could do with sort of more mainstream tools.”Don’t make rash decisions unless there is evidence the outcome will be better than the status quo.Following up with the European Commission press team, Telecoms.com was told the Commission does not have an official position when it comes to breaking up the internet monopolies.