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After a few delays, SpaceX finally launched the first 60 satellites under its ambitious Starlink project today.The company’s rocket Falcon 9 lifted off at the scheduled time of 2230 ET.These satellites will be operational in an orbit 500 km from the surface of the earth.As Space.com noted, this is SpaceX’s first particular rocket that has managed to successfully land back on a pad after the launch for the third time.It’s also the heaviest payload Falcon 9 has ever carried (13,607.771 kg approx).Starlink satellites have a lightweight (227 kg) flat-panel design that allows SpaceX to stack them up on top of each other for a launch.
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(Millbrae, CA) The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) will celebrate women in science and tech on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at an intimate awards dinner at Green Hills Country Club, 500 Ludeman Lane, Millbrae, CA, from 6:30-9:00 p.m.AFAR will honor Katy Fike, PhD, Co-Founder, AGING2.0 and Managing Director, Generator Ventures, and Prachi J. Vakharia, Founder, WOMANIUM.AGING2.0 strives to accelerate innovation to address the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging.Aging2.0's international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational community has grown to 40k+ innovators across 20+ countries.Additionally, Ms. Vakharia funded and founded WARPA (Women's Advanced Research Projects Agency) in 2018 to develop and commercialize advanced innovations by Masters, PhD, and Postdoctoral students and researchers.AFAR's Icon of Aging award recognizes individuals across the private and community sectors whose personal and professional contributions encourage growing older with vitality.
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Genesis Alternative Ventures has launched a Singapore-based private venture debt business targeting the startup scene in Southeast Asia.The new fund is underpinned by Singapore’s Sassoon Investment Corporation, with PT Bank CIMB Niaga as its strategic partner in Indonesia.Genesis, which launched the business just this month, has already backed local startups Horangi Cyber Security and Grain, as well as Indonesia’s coworking and office space startup GoWork.In Singapore, the company looks to bank on the region’s growing tech startup space.It notes that emerging companies in the country now have easier access to venture debt due to the recent improvements to Enterprise SG’s finance scheme.Genesis also said that it will rely on CIM Niaga’s presence in Indonesia to add value to its business in one of Southeast Asia’s largest economies.
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What happened: Shares of Shenzhen-listed voice recognition firm Iflytek plunged by nearly 10% after news broke that the US is considering curbs on the company, along with several other Chinese tech companies, following Washington’s Huawei offensive.Also facing scrutiny are artificial intelligence company Megvii, data firm Meiya, and security camera makers Hikvision and Dahua.Why it’s important: The Trump administration is casting a wider net in targeting companies affiliated with China’s vast surveillance network.Iflytek says it controls more than 70% of China’s speech recognition market with its technology being used in everything from consumer devices to the country’s courtrooms.The offensive comes after the US last week put Huawei on a trade blacklist, which forms one of a list of measures to temper China’s influence on technology around the world.Trump is now targeting companies with involvement in China’s surveillance apparatus, a system that has caused concern across the globe.
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If you're even casually into air-cooled Porsches, then you probably have heard the name Rod Emory.His shop Emory Motorsports in LA is the home of some of the world's most beautiful restored and hot-rodded Porsche 356s.His latest car is arguably one of his craziest yet.The 356 RSR is an exercise in exactly how far you can take a car from its original form if you have the right skills and equipment.The 356 RSR takes the familiar shape of Herr Dr. Porsche's little bathtub on wheels and slathers it in race car touches from models like the 935 and the original RSRs.This car started life as a 1960 356B, and like most of the vehicles that come to Rod's shop, it was a rusted out, unloved barn find.
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Researchers have published a study just ahead of Memorial Day that reveals a simple, safe way to avoid packing on pounds over the holiday.More than 100 adults participated in the research, which involved providing a behavioral, rather than dietary, modification for daily life.Those who followed the instructions maintained or lost weight despite the holidays, while the remainder gained weight.The research comes out of The Obese Society, a scientific society dedicated to studying obesity-related topics, including treatments.In its most recently published study, researchers focused on a simple way adults can potentially modify their behaviors in order to avoid putting on weight over holiday vacations: daily weight monitoring.The study involved a total of 111 adults who were ages 18 through 65.
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Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri remains upbeat about his company’s position in 5G despite its ongoing financial woes.Speaking during Nokia’s annual general meeting, Suri claims the Finnish vendor is benefiting from offering “wider portfolio elements that our competitors cannot match.”Nokia is often hailed for its end-to-end solutions, but competitors like Ericsson are often seen to be stronger in radio access networks (RAN).With its newish Ericsson Radio System, a RAN platform that already accounts for 84% of all its RAN sales, Ericsson has been able to land some major deals.In Germany, notably, Ericsson dislodged Nokia as a RAN supplier to Deutsche Telekom.It is here, and Nokia is leading it,” Suri said.
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But as the decades passed, nostalgia for the USSR took root in some of these former Soviet satellites.Few pine for a return of the KGB or the nomenklatura—whose blustering incompetence is devastatingly portrayed in HBO's current miniseries Chernobyl—but some older residents look back fondly on the days of guaranteed employment and housing.In the cultural realm, such nostalgia often fastens onto Soviet architecture: the Brutalist-style concrete housing blocks, the grandly ostentatious government buildings, the vast public spaces festooned with heroic statuary.Although widely mocked, this triumphalist architecture does have its defenders.In Almaty, the former capital of Soviet Kazakhstan, a group of local architects founded a group called ArchCode to document and preserve the city's "architectural DNA," much of which is under threat of demolition.Italian photographers Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego developed an interest in Soviet architecture through working on projects in Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and Belarus.
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Yes, Sony is still making smartphones, and no, it's not going to stop churning them out despite the face that no one is interested in buying one.CEO Kenichiro Yoshida says the company will keep flogging its Xperia handset because it doesn't want to miss out on a juicy piece of the pie.Considering it's been living off crumbs for a while now, we'll see how that decision pans out.Yoshida said that the Sony's business “has centred on entertainment" since it started up, and not "daily necessities" like kitchen appliances which are not half as much as fun.“We see smartphones as hardware for entertainment and a component necessary to make our hardware brand sustainable.And younger generations no longer watch TV.
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Ads are the bane of the internet.On top of being an eyesore, by now everyone’s had that experience of googling an item, only to find targeted ads for that same product follow you across the web.It’s creepy, and today, Apple announced in a blog post that it’s working on a way to make the ads you see while browsing on Safari truly private.The way traditional ad click attribution works is through cookies and “tracking pixels.” A typical example is as follows: You search for a product on a search engine, click on an ad, get referred to a vendor’s online store, and then purchase the item.The vendor’s site will send tracking pixels back to the search engine every step of the way, letting it know exactly what you did on the online store.Other sites that use similar tracking pixels will also send data about what you did back to the search engine, whether you clicked on an ad or not.
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You can almost hear the gleam in Fred Kennedy’s eyes when he talks about the Space Development Agency, a new US Department of Defense organization.The Space Development Agency, which has only existed since March 12 (happy 2.36-month anniversary!The vision, right now, mostly involves hordes of small satellites keeping constant watch and shucking constant intel to Earth (be not afraid).Later, the agency could keep watch on spacecraft speeding beyond the usual orbits.Prior to that, he'd spent 23 years in the Air Force, including a three-year stint as a Darpa program manager, and then became a senior policy advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.Imitating the reaction, he adds, “‘Those are toys.’”
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Richard Yu, the head of Huawei's consumer division, told CNBC that the company's own operating system could be ready to replace Google and Microsoft operating systems by early 2020.Google cut off Huawei's access to its Android operating system after the US government blacklisted the company — although a 90-day license means Google has put that suspension on hold.Yu said that outside of China, the Huawei OS would be ready by Q1 or Q2 of next year.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The head of Huawei's consumer division Richard Yu said that the company will be ready to begin rolling out its bespoke operating system as soon as autumn of this year.Speaking to CNBC on Thursday, Yu said the OS for both smartphones and laptops would be ready by Q4 of this year to launch in China if the company were blocked off from using Google and Microsoft software.
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A quality assurance engineer who worked for a SpaceX contractor falsified 38 inspection reports for critical flight parts, according to the US Department of Justice.James Smalley, who worked for PMI Industries, photocopied an inspector's signature then copied it onto inspection documents, DOJ prosecutors said.Smalley allegedly justified his actions by saying that he "wanted to ship more product" according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.SpaceX used parts from PMI in a total of ten space missions with NASA, the US Air Force, and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.It isn't clear whether any PMI parts with faked signitures ended up going to space.A SpaceX contractor forged signatures on inspection reports for Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rocket parts, potentially endangering the missions, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) alleged on Wednesday.
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An unfortunate consequence of Bitcoin’s price revival in recent weeks is the resurgence of cryptocurrency malware on Google Play.ESET security researchers, have verified that there were at least two apps on Google Play specifically designed to steal users’ coins.After analyzing the app, researchers found that it can’t actually do any harm to Trezor users.But it is connected to another fake wallet called “Coin Wallet,” which does have the potential to scam unsuspecting users out of money.The fake Trezor app was uploaded on May 1, 2019, and appeared second in the search results behind Trezor’s legitimate app, ESET security researcher Lukas Stefanko points out.Since it made it to Google Play (where software has supposedly undergone seuciroty checks), there is no reason to believe it is a fake app.
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Xiaomi has issued a steady drip-feed of information regarding its Redmi K20 flagship in recent weeks.We already know plenty of specs as a result, but we now have a look at the phone’s design too.And the upcoming device certainly reminds us of the Xiaomi Mi 9.The Xiaomi Redmi Weibo account has posted a photo of the Redmi K20 (seen in featured image above), showing a phone with a shiny red design.It’s unclear if the back is glass or plastic, but the Mi 9’s shiny back was glass, for what it’s worth.Another eye-catching detail is the presence of a triple rear camera setup here.
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GitHub has acquired Dependabot, a tool that helps developers avoid introducing security issues via bugs in open-source libraries.Dependabot automates checks for out-of-date or insecure libraries on which a project depends, and generates pull requests to update them."More than 70 per cent of vulnerabilities are unpatched after a month," said Shanku Niyogi, GitHub SVP Product, speaking at Satellite.Dependabot integration is intended to improve this.The company also announced GitHub Sponsors (currently in beta), a scheme where anyone can contribute funds to an open-source project.The Microsoft subsidiary will cover payment fees and match funding up to $5,000 during a developer's first year.
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When the agenda goes up, so do the tickets...Event If terms like FaaS, serverless and event-based computing are creeping onto your todo list, here’s something else to add: grabbing a blind bird ticket for our Serverless Computing Conference while you still can.The agenda for Serverless Computing London goes live in a couple of weeks, but until then tickets are just £500 plus VAT for the November event, which happens at the QEII Centre in the heart of London, England.Once again we’ll be looking over the full gamut of serverless platforms, including AWS Lambda, Azure Functions, and Google Cloud Functions.But we’ll also be looking at the surrounding tooling, and those crucial issues like monitoring and keeping your serverless apps secure.The focus throughout will be on the real world application of the technology, with tech leaders showing how they’ve applied it to problems in their own businesses.
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TVs are no longer what they were just a few years ago.Never mind how some have become so thin that they almost disappear into walls, they’ve also become so intelligent they could become the hub of modern smart homes.Many of them, however, can’t do it alone and require the help of some AI assistant.That’s why LG is rolling out support for Amazon Alexa to its 2019 TVs under its AI ThinQ smart brand.LG has mostly been cozying up to Google by putting Google Assistant in its smart products, from smartphones to smart appliances.Under its new “ThinQ” umbrella brand, however, it has started to open up its ecosystem to more players, including Amazon.
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Huawei’s mobile chief expects self-developed OS to be ready for market roll-out as early as year end – South China Morning PostWhat happened: Huawei mobile business chief executive Yu Chengdong said that the smartphone brand may roll out an Android-compatible OS later this year, or at least “no later than spring next year.” The Huawei OS would support a broad range of devices, from phones to tablets, TVs, computers, automotive, and smart wearables.Android web and mobile applications will be compatible with the OS.The company has not confirmed or commented on the statement.Why it’s important: The announcement comes right on the heels of a move last week that rocked China’s tech world: the blacklisting of Huawei and affiliates by the US government which effectively bans the company from installing Google services on its devices.Huawei has been preparing its own OS system, not least for just such an eventuality, which may win it some independence from US software companies.
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The 2019 Memorial Day sales have already begun, and Dell has hit the ground running.The Dell Memorial Day sale has some of the best offers we’ve seen this season: This computer maker and retailer is slashing prices left and right on laptops, TVs, monitors, and more, with deep discounts that can save you thousands on the latest and greatest hardware.The Dell Memorial Day sale covers everything from Dell’s own excellent laptops and monitors to name-brand 4K TVs, and to save you some time, we’ve smoked out a large handful of the best picks below.These deals include a number of our own favorites (such as excellent 2-in-1 laptops and ultrawide desktop PC monitors, to name only a couple examples), and Dell is even throwing in some free gift cards with certain purchases to save you even more.The best brand-name laptops are pricey items to be sure, so deals on these devices are always nice (and seasonal sales like this one are where you’ll find them).Dell has been an industry leader in the PC market for decades now, and in 2019 this iconic company is still pumping out many of the top-rated laptop computers that money can buy – including more than a few of our own favorites.
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