Robert Batten

Robert Batten

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Xiaomi announced it will launch in the U.K. November 8 with a flagship smartphone and smart home devices.The flagship smartphone might be the recently-announced Mi Mix 3.Even though Xiaomi sits pretty as one of the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers, the company announced it will officially make its way to the U.K. starting November 8.Products that Xiaomi plans to sell in the U.K. include a “flagship smartphone” and several of its smart home products.We can assume the unnamed phone is the recently-announced Mi Mix 3, which features a manual sliding mechanism and an incredibly high screen-to-body ratio.In addition to the flagship smartphone and smart home devices, the store might also sell Xiaomi’s electric scooter, portable batteries, and other products.
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Let me start by making one thing perfectly clear: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina isn't a lighthearted, family-friendly show.The lurid new series, which comes to Netflix later this month, evokes the powerful genre of magical feminism and continuously challenges viewers to ask important questions about societal norms.It would've been an easy choice to make CAOS into pulpy fluff.Or CAOS could have skirted the line of predecessors in the magical feminism genre, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which used a heavy amount of camp and comedy to deliver thoughtful commentary on adolescence.The setup feels similar enough to the '90s TV show, until about 10 minutes into the pilot episode, when a jarringly gory scene tips you off that the show isn't about your friendly neighborhood witch.CAOS's Sabrina is more like your reasonably pissed off, energized, witch.
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In the wake of a bombshell New York Times story detailing Android creator Andy Rubin's departure from Google following a sexual misconduct investigation, CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to Alphabet employees.In the memo, provided to Business Insider from a Google spokesperson, Pichai says that the company has fired 48 people for sexual harassment in the past two years, and claims that none of them received an exit package.Rubin, who's widely known as the "father of Android," was reportedly paid a $90 million exit package when he left Google in 2014 following allegations of sexual misconduct, including pressuring a Google employee to perform oral sex on him, The New York Times reported on Thursday.The Times reports that while Google and Rubin appeared publicly to part ways amicably, he still received an exit package even after Google investigators concluded the allegations against him were "credible."You can read the full memo below sent from Pichai and Eileen Naughton, VP People Operations:Today’s story in the New York Times was difficult to read.
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Rice University scientists are counting on films of carbon nanotubes to make high-powered, fast-charging lithium metal batteries a logical replacement for common lithium-ion batteries.Lithium metal charges much faster and holds about 10 times more energy by volume than the lithium-ion electrodes found in just about every electronic device, including cellphones and electric cars.The Rice team's answer, detailed in Advanced Materials, is simple, inexpensive and highly effective at stopping dendrite growth, Tour said."What we've done turns out to be really easy," he said."Physical contact with lithium metal reduces the nanotube film, but balances it by adding lithium ions," said Rice postdoctoral researcher Rodrigo Salvatierra, co-lead author of the paper with graduate student Gladys López-Silva.Co-authors of the paper are Rice alumni Almaz Jalilov of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia; Jongwon Yoon, a senior researcher at the Korea Basic Science Institute; and Gang Wu, an instructor, and Ah-Lim Tsai, a professor of hematology, both at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
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For the most part, Oracle founder Larry Ellison would rather trash talk Amazon than say anything kind about its founder, Jeff Bezos.But he broke that tradition when he was asked by Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo about Google's newfound anti-military policies.Ellison believes there's some hypocrisy by a company that disdains the U.S. military while reportedly currying favor with China.In a wide-ranging interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo, Oracle founder and executive chairman Larry Ellison had a few choice things to say about Google's newfound disdain for the U.S. military."Well I think it’s actually kind of shocking.Here Jeff Bezos and I absolutely agree," Ellison said, in a rare show of kind words for the competitor that Ellison spends most of his time these days trash-talking.
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Belgian research groups from the UCLouvain and WELBIO, VIB and Ghent University, and the biotechnology company argenx elucidated the three-dimensional structure of an assembly of proteins operating on cells that dampen immune responses.They also discovered how an antibody can block this assembly and the immunosuppression it induces downstream.Immunosuppression through a cascade of interactionsTregs (regulatory T lymphocytes) are immunosuppressive cells that normally counterbalance excessive immune reactions to prevent autoimmune diseases.This messenger transmits inhibitory signals to immune cells in the immediate vicinity, notably those that are supposed to destroy tumors in cancer patients.Three years ago, Prof. Sophie Lucas and her team at the de Duve Institute of the UCLouvain discovered that TGF-beta is released by Tregs from a protein called GARP, present on the Treg surface.
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A potential diplomatic crisis is brewing as Belgian federal prosecutors blame Britain for hacking the nation’s largest telecoms operator.Belgacom was first hacked back in the summer of 2012.The company’s security researchers noticed anomalies but it wasn’t until the following year they had an idea of the problem.NSA documents released by Edward Snowden indicated Britain’s GCHQ was the culprit as part of ‘Operation Socialist’.Snowden told The Intercept in 2014 the revelations are the “first documented example to show one EU member state mounting a cyber attack on another… a breathtaking example of the scale of the state-sponsored hacking problem.”The malware was named ‘Regin’ and is said to be among the most sophisticated ever discovered by researchers.
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The information I found on the drives, including candidates, precincts, and the number of votes cast on the machine, were not encrypted.Worse, the “Property Of” government labels were still attached, meaning someone had sold government property filled with voter information and location data online, at a low cost, with no consequences.I reverse-engineered the machines to understand how they could be manipulated.Our voting machines, billed as “next generation,” and still in use today, are worse than they were before—dispersed, disorganized, and susceptible to manipulation.Those industries are governed by regulations that outline how sensitive information and equipment must be handled.Somehow, there is no corollary for the security of voters, their information and, most importantly, the votes they cast.
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On-demand staffing startup Coople has today announced the close of its latest funding round at $21m (£16.3m), backed by One Peak Partners, Goldman Sachs Private Capital and Harbert European Growth Capital.Based in Zurich and in London, Coople's platform matches workers looking for flexible jobs based on their experience, star rating, location and availability with registered companies looking for staff on short notice to manage peak demand times.The round will be used to fund further investment into Coople's technology, as well as to expand in the UK and Switzerland before adding new geographies.City A.M. understands the startup is planning to build a software and product development hub in the UK, which it said will create a significant amount of new jobs.Additionally it is considering hiring a team to focus solely on expansion in the UK.The app currently has 55,000 workers in the UK, and believes it will treble that number over the next year given a current growth rate of 500 per cent year-to-date.
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China is set to launch the first blockchain security testing center in the country.The National Computer Network Emergency Coordination Center has signed an agreement with the economic development zone of Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province, to open the country’s first blockchain security tech testing center, local media is reporting,The dedicated security testing center for blockchain will be instrumental in regulating the development of the industry, monitoring data and reporting the supervision work relevant to the blockchain in China.The scope of the testing center will include code review and risk control, among other services.“Whether or not blockchain technology is mature and stable, or the smart contracts being developed are safe are all critical factors that affect the adoption of blockchain technology and its applications,” said Wu Zheng, Secretary-general of National Committee of Experts on the Internet Financial Security Technology.The emergency coordination center and the economic development zone of Changsha will start recruiting blockchain security companies to work on the initiative.
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What happened: The Chinese-language edition of Japanese outlet Nikkei is reporting that ofo plans to withdraw from its current operations in Japan.The bike-rental giant is currently stationed in three Japanese cities: Otsu, Wakayama, and Kitakyushu.The local governments of all three have received notice from the company of its plans to withdraw.ofo reportedly told officials in Otsu, where it has operated for only seven months, that it would end their partnership by the end of October.The company has not yet responded to government requests for confirmation, however.Nikkei reports that fierce competition at home and disorderly parking problems are the main suspects behind ofo’s decision.
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It's now a thing that any movie with a conceit involving the senses will be compared to A Quiet Place.But maybe that's a good thing.Bird Box is Netflix's latest horror and stars Sandra Bullock in full-on action heroine mode.She plays Malorie, a mother protecting her children from monsters we don't see.And neither does she -- here, opening your eyes appears to expose you to your greatest fears, which in turn make you do questionable things, like slam your head into a glass wall or crash your car, as the first trailer doesn't hesitate to inform us.The monsters, referred to as "the creatures" by one of the children, may have something to do with the film's title, shared by Josh Malerman's 2014 book on which the movie is based.
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Salesforce has had such exponential growth over the last decade that it’s hard to keep pace sometimes with that conversation in the market.If you look back five, 10 years, it was purely Salesforce Automation.We have to make sure it’s easily accessible for our customers to reach their customers’ every single touchpoint.Every decision we make is rationalized, and [based on] if it’s going to help our customers create a better customer experience.Do you have plans to talk with more marketers, letting them know Salesforce isn’t just for salespeople?We have a reasonably good footprint with B2C leaders and B2B, [but] we’re trying to grow perception of who we are.
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The Tesla Model 3.Thomson ReutersTesla revealed on Wednesday that it "delivered almost 70,000" cars and SUVs in the US during the third quarter of 2018.Tesla revealed on Wednesday that it "delivered almost 70,000" cars and SUVs in the US during the third quarter of 2018.Tesla's Q3 delivery total puts the company on par with its luxury rivals.Audi, Acura, and Infiniti were outsold in the US by Tesla during Q3 2018.However, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW sold more than Tesla.
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ITHACA, N.Y. - At a time when more than half of male infertility cannot be explained by current methods, a new test developed by Androvia LifeSciences is able to measure male fertility.The proprietary Cap-Score Male Fertility Assay is based on research patented by the Travis lab at the Baker Institute for Animal Health and Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine and was recently the subject of a study that appeared Sept. 24 in the journal Molecular Reproduction and Development."Out of all the tests commonly used to measure sperm, the Cap-Score is the only one that prospectively has been shown to indicate the probability of a man to generate a pregnancy," said Dr. Alexander Travis, professor of reproductive biology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, director of Cornell's new Master of Public Health program, as well as Androvia's co-founder and chief scientific officer.Its descriptive nature fails to explain the causes of infertility or predict whether sperm will actually fertilize an egg.The Cap-Score, on the other hand, quantifies "capacitation," the changes that take place within a sperm cell that enable it to fertilize.Travis was the first to identify ganglioside GM1 as a biomarker for a sperm's capacitation status.
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NTUC Income, a major insurer in Singapore, announced that it has launched an insurance product designed to protect Grab passengers against surge pricing caused by rain.Called Droplet, the product can be purchased on the website and pays consumers up to 60 percent of the trip fare or cancellation fee.For the trip to be eligible for reimbursement, it must be raining at the point of pickup.The premium costs less than US$7 a day, and pays out no more than US$36 a day.To make a claim, the policy must be purchased at least a day ahead of the ride.To buy the insurance, consumers can select a date range that they would like to receive coverage.
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The co-founder of Pixar and one of the fathers of modern animation, Ed Catmull, is set to retire after more than 45 years in the film industry, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Catmull was hired by George Lucas in 1979 to run Lucasfilm's Computer Division, the department charged with developing digital and graphics technology for films such as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.The division later became Pixar, headed up by Catmull, Apple's Steve Jobs and Disney stalwart John Lasseter.During his time at the helm, Catmull helped develop Pixar's RenderMan software -- the driving force behind every Pixar animated film since 1995's breakout feature Toy Story.According to Pixar, RenderMan has been used in almost every Visual Effects Academy Award-winning and -nominated film over the past 15 years.Catmull has won five Academy Awards himself, including two Scientific and Engineering Awards and the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for lifetime achievement in computer graphics.
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What happened: Chinese bike rental firms are reducing bike placements in major cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Xiamen, and Kunming, local media is reporting.The cities are following Beijing’s example.The capital city now has 1.91 million bikes operated by nine companies, down nearly 20% compared to the peak number.Why it’s important: Although proposed as a greener option for transportation, the sizzling development of the bike rental industry over the past two years has been shadowed by environmental concerns.Since 2017, Chinese major cities have issued bans that prevent companies from cramming new bikes onto the already crowded sidewalks.In addition to external government pressure, the current reduction in bike placement is also a result of a cooling market in which it is increasingly difficult for bike rental firms to get funding to support team operation and expansion.
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The Audi R8 V10 is an easy car to love.It's handsome, sounds incredible, and in supercar terms, it's relatively affordable to own, reliable and actually makes for a pretty reasonable daily driver.Audi probably could've soldiered on with the R8 as it is for a couple more years without garnering too many complaints.Not content to rest on its laurels, the company announced Tuesday that its mid-engined missile is getting some tweaks.First and foremost, that high-revving naturally-aspirated V10 isn't going anywhere.We're guessing that means the standard car will still produce 532 horsepower and the Plus model will net out at 602, though for the moment, Audi isn't specifying.
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Watching the flames devour the wing of a World War II-era aircraft that crash-landed on the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles, a few questions come to mind.How’d he manage not to whack any cars as he came down around 2 pm on Tuesday?Why was the plane, a T-6 Texan, dressed up like a German fighter aircraft (sans swastikas)?That last one, at least, is easy enough to answer.It’s a beautifully handling aircraft, it’s extremely well built, very powerful, and it’s just a lot of fun,” says Dave Whitcomb, a professional pilot who has logged about 500 hours in the T-6 while working with a group called History Flight, which takes members of the public out flying in old-timey planes.The crashed plane, a North American T-6 Texan, currently belongs to Condor Squadron, KTLA reports.
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