Robert Tuohy

Robert Tuohy

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In what has been called the first study of its kind, researchers have found that consuming ‘ultra-processed’ foods results in overeating and, as a consequence, weight gain.The findings result from a small trial conducted by the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK); they build upon past research that found a link between highly processed diets and health issues.The study was fairly small, involving around 20 adult participants who ate ultra-processed foods and minimally processed meals.The meals — both processed and relatively whole varieties — contained the same number of calories and percentages of carbohydrates, fat, sugars, and fiber.Participants were allowed to eat as much food as they wanted during the study.Researchers describe the experiment as “tightly controlled” with results that demonstrate “a clear and consistent difference” between eating highly and minimally processed meals.
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As the fashion industry moves more and more online, customers want to know if the clothes they’re ordering will fit.Together with her team, Carr uses machine learning to make intelligent predictions on variations in size across the industry.For me the intellectual part of the transition was really natural — music is math — from math to computer science – and really overall, thinking in abstract concepts for system design is very similar to composition.I wanted to make this happen so I started working in online music distribution startups where I could combine newly acquired programming skills with my music background.What I experienced over the subsequent 15 years was an increased focus on creating wealth and development of products that seemed to benefit smaller numbers of people.So the move was a way to push myself way out of my comfort zone and at the same time realize an important dream.
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Google Translate is one of the company’s most used products.It helps people translate one language to another through typing, taking pics of text, and using speech-to-text technology.Now, the company’s launching a new project called Translatotron, which will offer direct speech-to-speech translations – without even using any text.In a post on Google’s AI blog, the team behind the tool explained that instead of using speech-to-text and then text-to-speech to convert voice, it relied on a new model (which runs on a neural network) to develop the new system.“Dubbed Translatotron, this system avoids dividing the task into separate stages, providing a few advantages over cascaded systems, including faster inference speed, naturally avoiding compounding errors between recognition and translation, making it straightforward to retain the voice of the original speaker after translation, and better handling of words that do not need to be translated (e.g., names and proper nouns),” the Google research team wrote in the blog post.Translatotron can also preserve the characteristics of the voice of the speaker when translating from one language to another.
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Tesla issues battery software update after Hong Kong vehicle fire – TechCrunchWhat happened: American electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla is issuing an over-the-air software update to change the battery charge settings in its Model S and Model X vehicles after one of its cars caught fire while parked in Hong Kong.Tesla said the update is being done out of “an abundance of caution,” though it will not be applied to the Model 3.Why it’s important: Tesla has yet to identify the cause of the Model S fire in Hong Kong, which occurred just weeks after one of the company’s vehicles self-ignited while parked in a Shanghai parking garage.The incidents come as Tesla attempts to deal with flagging sales and challengers in the Chinese market.Chinese EV maker Nio reported a similar incident in which one of its SUVs caught fire while being repaired in central China.
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One can successfully judge battery life in a set of phones based on a single, screen-on test.Every single person in the world whose ever owned a phone has used their phone in their own unique way.As such, the most fair way I and we have found to judge battery life is to check in on as many users’ feedback as possible.Some reviewers made sure to check image refresh rate on the display – it’s got a default of 90Hz.You can also decide whether to use Battery Saver, to trip the Battery Saver at a certain battery percentage, and to activate Adaptive Battery.The display gets FAR brighter than I’d ever use on an average day.
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Razer has made an improvement on the privacy front by changing its Synapse 3 software so you can now log in anonymously as a guest, so it’s no longer a requirement to sign up for an account.Synapse 3 is Razer’s cloud-based Internet of Things app that allows you to configure and customize compatible hardware, which includes many of Razer’s own peripherals and its Chroma lighting system (the latter of which now syncs to the color of the website you’re viewing in the Vivaldi browser, incidentally), as well as Philips Hue smart bulbs.It used to be the case that using Synapse 3 meant you had to sign up for a Razer ID account – and provide your email address – but now, that requirement has been removed.You can simply click the guest login button to get into the application with no fuss, without having to give up any of your personal details, or go through the hassle of creating an account.As an extra benefit, this change also means you can access the app without an internet connection.The new login option is available now, although apparently it’s happening in a phased rollout, so you might not see it immediately (and it may take a couple of restarts of the app to appear).
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Speculative execution helps processors predict to a certain degree what an application or operating system might need next and in the near-future, making the app run faster and more efficient.Both Meltdown and Spectre leaked sensitive data stored briefly in the processor, including secrets — such as passwords, secret keys and account tokens, and private messages.“ZombieLoad,” as it’s called, is a side-channel attack targeting Intel chips, allowing hackers to effectively exploit design flaws rather than injecting malicious code.Intel said ZombieLoad is made up of four bugs, which the researchers reported to the chip maker just a month ago.Intel said patches to the microcode will help clear the processor’s buffers, preventing data from being read.Practically, the researchers showed in a proof-of-concept video that the flaws could be exploited to see which websites a person is visiting in real-time, but could be easily repurposed to grab passwords or access tokens used to log into a victim’s online accounts.
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MVL (Mass Vehicle Ledger) Foundation has officially launched its blockchain-based ride-hailing app Tada in Phnom Penh City yesterday.The company also introduced new features, such as the Tada app meter.As part of their strategic partnership, MVL inked a memorandum of understanding with Cambodian mobile wallet and payment app Pi Pay to integrate its services into the Tada app.The company also partnered with Alibaba Group’s Alipay to include its payment services in the app.Tada, which launched first in Singapore in July 2018, uses blockchain technology in its ride-hailing service platform and promises to take no commissions from its drivers.The ride-hailing service, which is also present in Vietnam, claims it has more than 30,000 drivers and 230,000 users.
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The 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe wrapped up the events of the previous film Infinity War, in which half the main heroes were turned to dust.In order to remedy that, the remaining heroes had to go to extreme lengths.Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who also wrote the three Captain America films to name a few, spoke to The New York Times about how their use of time travel in Endgame works.They referenced Ant-Man in their explanation for employing the story-telling technique."We all sat there going, really?"It was only when we were looking at who we had available, character-wise; we hadn't used Ant-Man yet.
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Police are required to get a warrant to search through your devices, but Homeland Security's border patrol agents haven't been following those rules, documents show.The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed evidence in court on Tuesday detailing testimonies and documents on how the DHS has allowed its agents to search through people's phones and laptops without a warrant.The ACLU and the EFF obtained this evidence through discovery as part of its ongoing lawsuit against the DHS, where they are suing on behalf of 11 travelers whose electronics were searched at the border without warrants."The border is not a lawless place, ICE and CBP are not exempt from the Constitution, and the information on our electronic devices is not devoid of Fourth Amendment protections," Esha Bhandari, a staff attorney with the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, said in a statement.Until a court makes a decision, the DHS still has the power to comb through your devices at US borders."Passcodes or other means of access may be requested and retained as needed to facilitate the examination of an electronic device or information contained on an electronic device, including information on the device that is accessible through software applications present on the device," according to the DHS's directives.
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Game of Thrones features a lot of slaying on screen, but the HBO show is also doing damage to its own viewership records this season.Episode 3, The Long Night, pulled in 17.8 million overnight viewers who watched the show on HBO and through streaming on HBO Go and HBO Now.That number tops the previous record of 17.4 million who tuned in for the season 8 premiere.Compare that with 16.9 million watchers for the season 7 finale.The overnight numbers are just the beginning.This season will likely surpass the 33 million-per-episode average from the previous season, according to Quentin Schaffer, executive vice president of corporate communications for HBO.
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The Moto E5 was a budget smartphone with some pretty impressive features for its price point – but its inevitable predecessor could be a little less impressive.According to leaked specs from Mishaal Rahman, who has a respectable track record of hardware information leaks, the Moto E6, which we haven't heard of so far, could be similar to the Moto E5 in many ways, but perhaps a downgrade in others.Is the iPhone 8 Plus now an affordable iPhone?Motorola Moto E6 ("surfna")* Launching in U.S. on carriers (not sure which ones)* 32-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 430* 2GB RAM * 16/32GB storage* 13MP f/2.0 S5K3L6 rear camera* 5MP f/2.0 S5K5E9 front camera* Android 9 Pie* 5.45" 720x1440 display (not 100% sure on this one)April 29, 2019What's up with the Moto E6Some of the Moto E6 specs look to be the same as in the Moto E5 – the 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage are all common between the two phones.
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ZTE, China’s second largest telecommunications equipment maker, expects net profit of between RMB 1.2 billion (around $178 million) and RMB 1.8 billion in the first half of this year, according to a statement filed to the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges on Monday.The company recorded losses of RMB 7.8 billion in the same period last year, which the company attributed in the statement to the $1 billion fine it paid for evading US sanctions by selling telecom equipment to Iran and North Korea.The US government then banned US companies from selling components to ZTE for seven years, which brought the company to a standstill because of its dependence on American-made parts.In its quarterly earnings report filed to the two exchanges, ZTE said its first-quarter revenue was RMB 22.2 billion, down 19.3% year on year.Its net profit in the first quarter was RMB 862 million, a 115.95% increase from the same period a year earlier.ZTE said it would continue focusing on its carrier business and is prepared for 5G commercialization.
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A magical limit that leaves their competitors far behind.When Tesla launches its new Roadster will have räckviddskapacitet of over 1000 kilometers.It reveals Elon Musk in a tweet.Räckviddsångesten was long a tröskelproblem for electric cars.Despite the fact that the world's motorists rarely need over the ten mile range in a day – was the fear of batteritorsk huge.The turmoil Tesla blurring when the company launched its Model S, and it is now more and more manufacturers are offering electric cars that can handle around 40 km on a single charge.
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Although they will never become mainstream even to the extent Netbooks once were, mini laptops from the likes of GPD and One Netbook have found their faithful niche market.This year seems to be poised to be quite an interesting one given what’s reportedly coming.It seems, however, that most of the players have outgrown the 7-inch form factor as one of the big three, One Netbook, is now also jumping into the 8-inch territory.It might not be as big as GPD or Chuwi but One Netbook quickly made a name for itself with the One Mix Yoga pictured above.It was the first of its kind to feature the convertible form factor, ala a Lenovo Yoga, in a 7-inch mini laptop size.Now along with the other two, the One Mix 3 is getting bigger with an 8.4-inch 2560×1600 “2K” screen.
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The problem, simply, is that they rely on bulky batteries, which have to be swapped out at regular intervals due to their short lifespans.They have developed an alternative battery-free pacemaker which gathers its required electricity from the energy of heartbeats.While not yet ready to be implanted into humans, it was recently tested successfully in pigs.“Our symbiotic cardiac pacemaker (SPM), powered by an iTENG (implantable triboelectric nanogenerator), is the first self-powered battery-free pacemaker [to be] fully implanted in adult pigs,” Zhou Li, a professor in the School of Nanoscience and Technology at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, told Digital Trends.“SPM is inspired by the biological symbiosis phenomenon involving interaction between different organisms living in close physical association — such as nitrogen-fixing bacteria with leguminous plants — which is a fancy and interesting idea.The SPM converts biomechanical energy from the heart beating to electricity for powering the pacing module [as it sends] pulses.
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An MIT research team that has already conquered the problem of getting ketchup out of its bottle has now tackled a new category of consumer and manufacturing woe: how to get much thicker materials to slide without sticking or deforming.The slippery coatings the team has developed, called liquid-impregnated surfaces, could have numerous advantages, including eliminating production waste that results from material that sticks to the insides of processing equipment.They might also improve the quality of products ranging from bread to pharmaceuticals, and even improve the efficiency of flow batteries, a rapidly developing technology that could help to foster renewable energy by providing inexpensive storage for generated electricity.Like the earlier surfaces they developed, which led to the creation of a spinoff company called LiquiGlide, the new surfaces are based on a combination of a specially textured surface and a liquid lubricant that coats the surface and remains trapped in place through capillary action and other intermolecular forces associated with such interfaces.Starting the flow requires an input of energy, such as squeezing the container.That may not be critical where bread is concerned, but it can have great impact on pharmaceuticals, he says.
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You’d have trouble finding Google’s data center in The Dalles, Oregon if someone didn’t point it out to you.The undecorated data centers don’t easily give away their owner, and you won’t see loaded trucks passing through the facility’s gates.Google’s Stadia – and services like it – might be bad news for anyone hoping to reverse course on global warming.They’re located just a mile away from The Dalles Dam, one of several hydroelectric plants that can be found along the Columbia River.That stands in contrast to Amazon, which also hosts a huge volume of streaming content from its ever-growing list of facilities.While Google has four facilities currently located in Virginia, Greenpeace’s Click Clean Virginia report estimates they use a relatively modest 77 megawatts of power per year.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] -- Superconductors are able to conduct electricity with zero resistance thanks to Cooper pairs, electron duos that team up and skate through a material unimpeded.In 2007, Brown University researchers made the surprising discovery that Cooper pairs can also exist in insulating materials, helping to block the flow of current rather than enabling it.Now that same lab group has revealed the forces involved in these "Cooper pair insulators."In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, the researchers show that in the insulating phase, Cooper pairs are held in check by the repulsive interactions between the pairs themselves, not by any disorder in the atomic lattice of the material.That insight could be important in designing materials or devices that take advantage of the superconducting-insulating transition -- a superconducting switch, for example."Essential to electronics is manipulating how electrons flow, so finding new ways in which electrons flow leads to new manipulation methods for implementation in novel devices," said Jim Valles, a professor of physics at Brown and senior author on the paper.
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