TCAPS – that s Tactical Communication and Protective System – are a sort of combo connected earplug/hearing aid currently being deployed by the US Army to both reduce hearing loss from explosive sounds and enhance perception of quiet tones.The system, currently priced at a perhaps unsurprisingly lofty $2,000, is designed to address the problem of hearing loss in the military, one of the most widely reported disabilities among veterans.The issue has been attributed, in part, to soldiers unwillingness to wear traditional foam earplugs for fear of missing commands and enemy sounds.The smartphone-connected TCAPS both block out loud sounds like explosions and gunfire, and are capable of enhancing whispers.The systems come in a variety of sizes and shapes for different ear canals and can by charged via solar, standard outlets and even vehicle batteries.At present, the Army has issued 20,000 of the devices.
Glassdoor on Friday announced that it had raised another $40 million, led by mutual fund giant T. Rowe Price Associates.Glassdoor founder and CEO Robert Hohman tells us the fundraising is part of his master plan to have a spectacular IPO.Having a major mutual fund as an investor will help with introductions, advice and everything else needed to convince other institutional investors to jump on board the IPO."By the time we do go public, we'll know who major shareholders are likely to be," Hohman says."Hohman says that he and T. Rowe fund manager, Henry Ellenbogen, have been talking for years, having met at various conferences held by investment banks where fund managers and startups can schmooze.Glassdoor, a job-hunting site where employees share salary information and reviews of their companies, raised a $70 million round in January, 2015, bringing total funding to $162 million round With this round, it's raised about $200 million total since it was founded in 2007, it says.Good adviceHohman insists his company is not burning through cash and is balancing growth and profits.When he takes Glassdoor public, he hopes to show investors a company that is growing revenues "profitably or very close to cash-flow break even," he says.Hohman says revenue has doubled each year for the past four years.Profitable startups have been rare in tech for the past few years where investors, public and private, valued revenue growth over all else."I credit Gurley for advising us to pay attention to how we grow," Hohman says.Glassdoor has now raised about $200 million although it isn't quite a "unicorn," the Silicon Valley term for startups valued at $1 billion or more by their investors.Hohman wouldn't tell us the final valuation after this round, except to describe it as a "modest up round" meaning the company is now valued slightly more than it was before the round.Private funding tracking site PitchBook says that Glassdoor has been looking for investors since April and was expected to close this $40 million round by August at a pre-money valuation of $820 million, with a post money valuation of $860 million.NOW WATCH: 'What magic wand do you have?
GIFWe usually see rocket launches and landings from above.But there s something about seeing the whole thing happen from the ground-up that s just so much better.SpaceX just put up a little video clip showing its latest rocket landing from the perspective of the Of Course I Still Love You drone barge.It s a solid landing, and the rocket doesn t seem to be in any danger of tipping, either in the video footage or the high-resolution photo sequence that you can see below.But, check out this alternate view of the rocket as it comes into port yesterday:Yep, there s a definite tilt to the rocket.SpaceX s Falcon rocket series uses a crush core inside the landing legs to absorb extra energy when the rocket touches down—and the geostationary orbit this rocket was returning from left it with plenty of extra energy to burn.
Open source needs strong copyright; weak copyright only helps bulliesComment Oracle will ultimately prevail in its Java copyright lawsuit against Google.Google copied 11,000 lines of someone else's copyrighted code without a license to do so.It could have chosen some other code to copy; or it could have obtained a license; or it could have not copied anything and created every single line of Android code from scratch.Contract integrity is also pretty important, but that's a given; in a judicial system in which contracts mean nothing, there is little justice for anyone, in any context.Copyleft itself is founded on strong copyright, as Richard M Stallman has pointed out, when telling off the Pirate Party about the dangers of weakening intellectual property IP .Samuelson participated in the astroturf shill group the Authors Alliance designed to defend the ad giant in the Google Books case.
Japan s Mouse Computer has developed add-on biometric sensors that will bring Windows Hello to any PC running Windows 10.Windows Hello is Microsoft s biometric security system.It allows users to dump passwords for facial or fingerprint recognition, but only on PCs that have the correct hardware.Many new PCs do, but generations of older machines that can run Windows 10 don t have the infrared camera or fingerprint sensors that are required.There s a USB camera unit and a tiny USB fingerprint reader.Both will bring Windows Hello to Windows 10 PCs, said Microsoft this week at the Computex trade show in Taipei.
In fact, the job has such a high turnover rate that it's been likened to the "jinxed" Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching position in the Harry Potter series.In a new feature on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Vanity Fair's Nick Bilton reports: Every single product chief at Twitter — seven or eight people, depending on how you count — has been fired or forced to resign over the past decade.One former staffer told me the position is akin to the jinxed Defense Against the Dark Arts professorship in the Harry Potter saga, where every professor ends up dead or ousted at the end of the school year.Twitter's most recent product departure was Kevin Weil, who was senior vice president of product from October 2014 to February 2016.Weil has since joined Instagram as its head of product.Weil had replaced Daniel Graf, who was hired away from Google in April 2014 and lasted only six months until he was essentially demoted in October 2014.Prior to Graf, Michael Sippey held a two-year tenure in the position, shifting to an advisory role at the company in January 2014.This high turnover appears to be part of a larger — and tumultuous — picture at Twitter.The company has faced stagnant user growth over the past several years, and Jack Dorsey, who took over again as CEO less than a year ago, tied Twitter s troubles to an ever shifting leadership, platform, and strategy," according to Vanity Fair.The full Dorsey profile is worth the read — Twitter is likened to Game of Thrones and called Shakespearean at one point — and details the changeover from former CEO Dick Costolo s tenure to Dorsey's third appointment to the helm.Read the full profile over at Vanity Fair.NOW WATCH: Bumble founder: Men should stop putting these 4 things in their profilesLoading video...
It s been a blistering start to summer if you re an investor interested in business software.But beneath the big deals for Demandware bought by Salesforce and Marketo acquired by the private equity firm Vista Equity Partners , which have led to a $4.6 billion week for enterprise M, there are smaller deals that help to round out the picture of what s hot in the enterprise this summer.Indeed, with IBM s acquisition of EZ Legacy announced today highlighting the continued interest in developer operations tools and ServiceNow s purchase of Brightpoint Security underscoring the continued need for… security in addition to the marketing toolkit that Vista Equity bought and Salesforce making its push into e-commerce services , that s pretty much the state of play in enterprise software these days.So, beneath the billion dollar deals… what s going on?Ole Big Blue is getting into the developer operations game again with its acquisition of EZ Legacy, a software development company that helps developers understand and change mainframe code based on information from its dashboard and visualization toolkit.In a world where 93% of security executives say their response process is hindered by manual and informal processes according to a study by the Enterprise Strategy Group .
Internetjättarna promise to remove hate posts within 24 hours.Through the code of conduct commits companies to deal with illegal hate speech on their platforms.Read more: Facebook: We vänstervrider not nyhetsflödenaKaren White, who is responsible for Twitter's public policy in Europe, said in a written statement that the hateful behaviour has någont place on Twitter.We will continue to deal with this question together with our partners in industry and civil society.however, There is a clear difference between freedom of expression and a demeanor that encourages violence and hatred , " she says.Social media is unfortunately one of the tools that terrorist groups use to radicalize young people and spread violence and hatred.
Foto: Rick BowmerNamnkunniga riskkapitalbolag och privatinvesterare satsade över 200 miljoner kronor i det kollapsade bitcoinbolaget KNC Miner.I det prospekt som cirkulerades under sommaren 2014 nämndes ingenting om de faktorer som till slut försatte bolaget i konkurs, kan Di Digital avslöja.I augusti 2015 lyfte investmentbanken GP Bullhound som även var delägare i KNC Miner fram KNC som ett av de svenska bolag som var mest sannolikt att bli en unicorn , det vill säga nå en bolagsvärdering på över 1 miljard dollar.Tio månader senare var konkursen ett faktum.I en intervju med Di Digital ger KNC Miners grundare Sam Cole två huvudsakliga förklaringar till den plötsliga kollapsen: Den nära förestående bitcoin-halveringen, som väntas leda till ett kraftigt lönsamhetstapp, samt ökad konkurrens från bitcoingrävare i Kina.De erbjöds då att köpa aktier i bolaget för minst 1 miljon dollar, till ett pris per aktie som värderade hela KNC Miner till 117 miljoner dollar, motsvarande en knapp miljard kronor med dagens valutakurs.
Ironcally, developments in the tech sector, even some in mobile, in the past year or so might be bringing the favorable spotlight back on PCs.While it's true that you can do VR on smartphones, as exemplified by the Samsung Gear VR, or even edit and render videos on something like the iPad Pro, these are naturally limited to the capabilities offered by that hardware.More complex content, like those found on the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, require beefier specs, sometimes even beefier than regular desktops and laptops.Now Intel is providing a new piece for that puzzle with the latest Core i7 Extreme Edition, sporting 10 extreme cores for that very purpose.And for overclockers, which represent a strong section of the gaming community, this Extreme Edition comes unlocked as well.Intel envisions that the new deca-core Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition will be a hit not just among VR/AR gamers and creators but gamers in general, especially those that live stream and chat while playing "mega-tasking" , as well as creators who take 4K footage from smartphones and other devices to weave them into a multimedia tapestry.
So grab a warm cup of rabbit s blood and let s try to figure out what happened in-between the lines of Blood of My Blood.Uh, what is Samwell thinking?What is Arya thinking?What is Margaery thinking behind her and her husband s sudden conversion?I m not sure, but we still got the unexpected return of a certain, long-missing Stark, and that s pretty cool.
The most expensive road car in British history was displayed at a secret location to wealthy customers in Monaco over the weekend, after which it has received twice the demand than its production plans of 100 cars initially.Apart from inviting high-profile customers to see the car at Monaco, the British car maker offered the car to existing customers who have either purchased its £1.2m 177 model or its £1.5m Vulcan.Aston's chief executive Andy Palmer, chief designer Marek Reichman and most other senior directors were said to be in Monaco at the time of its display.However, the first of the handmade hypercars, which are codenamed 001, after Aston's close links with the James Bond movie franchise, will be delivered only in late 2018, according to the Financial Times.To do so, apart from the 'hypercar' launch, it is planning to renew its entire range of popular cars such as replacing its DB9 model with the recently unveiled DB 11 and also begin making its DBX crossover.From the branding perspective, the company is said to be re-entering Formula 1 racing, to appeal to more customers in emerging markets.
Om man ska ha en dator i ett nätverk så bör den ha ett egennamn.Ofta passerar då blandade minnen själva drömfunktionen, och det uppstår intressanta drömmar med innehåll som blandats från alla håll i hjärnans minne.Semesterresan till Flen blandas med ett tv-program om månlandning och minnen från senaste melodifestivalen.Frågan är nog felställd eftersom en dator och en hjärna arbetar ganska olika.Förståsigpåare brukar ange att en mänsklig hjärna har en minneskapacitet någonstans mellan 1 och 2500 TByte och en hastighet av många tusen THz.Men överföringen är inte exakt, och informationen förvrängs ofta när den kopieras.
Earlier this week The Information reported that Apple is making a smart hub to compete with the very cool Amazon Echo and recently announced Google Home.Consumer technology companies new favourite thing is to get their remarkably well-designed talons into every aspect of our lives.Google Home worries me because Google already has my emails, search habits, and TV preferences and with Google Home it wants to sit on my mantle and listen to my every fart.But at least it isn t rumoured to have cameras with facial recognition like Apple s skunkworks home helper.That would let the device automatically pull up a person s preferences, such as the music and lighting they like, the sources said.It s great that Apple wants to effortlessly acknowledge my love of mood lighting and a little Sleater-Kinney.
Högtalaren går att koppla ihop trådlöst med upp till fyra andra om man vill ha musik i flera rum.Receptet är många element tätt intill varandra samt en effektiv förstärkare, vilket får den lilla lådan att spela musik som en fullvuxen högtalare.Mu-so Qb sköts från styrplattan på toppen eller en app i mobilen eller surfplattan, och musiken strömmas trådlöst via Bluetooth eller Apples AirPlay via wifi.Foto: NaimExplosiv dynamikPrecis som den större Mu-so stöder kuben högupplösta ljudfiler, upp till 24 bit/96 kHz, vilket ger ett bättre ljud än MP3-filer.En extra kanal på 100 watt driver ett ellipsformat baselement.I prisklassen under 10 000 kronor finns det många konkurrenter, men det är kanske bara Geneva Aerosphere Large och JBL Authentics L16 som levererar samma ljudkvalitet.
Right now we can not influence these things, says KNC Miners CEO Sam Cole shortly after the bankruptcy announcement. Read more: Bitcoinbrytarnas hidden treasure trove All keep their jobs right now. Among valutabrytarbolagets owners are private equity firms Creandum, GP Bullhound and Accel Partners. In April KNC Miner was acquitted in the District Court after being accused of false promises about delivery dates, and non-functioning machines. The same day as the verdict was sued KNC Miner, but again, this time at nearly 23 million, of having supplied the mining machines not lived up to expectations. In February sounded, however, twelve employees leave bitcoinbolaget.
Total War: Warhammer - a beginner's guideTotal War: Warhammer is a fantastic strategy game that combines the famous table-top roleplaying game Warhammer with the popular Total War series.For many the combination of Warhammer's Tolkien-like fantasy lore and Total War's in-depth empire building and real time battles is a match made in heaven.However the depth and complexity of Total War's games mechanics, along with the varied fantasy races of Warhammer, also means that this game can be a little intimidating for new players.That's why we've put together this collection of tips for people who want to get started conquering the world in Total War: Warhammer.
Crytek has recently released the full source code for CryEngine on version control system GitHub.Only last March the company had released the latest version of its game engine under a "pay-what-you-want" scheme, meaning developers can get their hands on the tools for less than a dollar, and get familiar with the same apps used to develop games such as Crysis, Far Cry among many others.The move is meant to enable a much easier method for users to update the CryEngine tool.Crytek clarified on this after the announcement:We have today released engine source code of CRYENGINE latest build being last week's 5.1 on GitHubThe GitHub release today is new, but we announced at GDC back in March that we would release full engine source code under our new "Pay What You Want" business modelCommercial games: If you so chose, you can take the engine and make a full commercial game for free, yes.There are no royalties or obligations towards CRYENGINE, though contributions to the engine's development and/ or our Indie Development Fund are more than welcomeEULA: I usually give ESRB ratings as an example.As it turns out Lumberyard is based on CryEngine which according to sources was licensed to the e-commerce giant for as much as $50 to 70 million.
The proposal foresees the rollout of the 700 MHz band for wireless broadband services by June 30, 2020.Member states can delay that by up to two years if they have legitimate reasons, such as unresolved coordination issues with neighboring non-EU countries or if they need more time to reallocate the spectrum from broadcasting services."With the opening of the 700 MHz band for mobile broadband an important step towards the availability of broadband for everybody in the EU has been taken," said Henk Kamp, minister for Economic Affairs in the Netherlands, which holds the rotating EU presidency and steered the proposal.The 470-790 MHz range is currently widely used for digital television signals and wireless microphones - for example in theaters, concerts and sporting events.Broadcasting services, which had expressed concern at the original proposal because of the costly changes needed to move to another band, would keep priority in the sub-700 MHz band at least until 2030.Mobile operators industry group GSMA, which represents Vodafone, Telefonica and Orange, welcomed the proposal but urged member states to stick to 2020 as the "ultimate milestone in the shift to mobile for the 700 MHz band".
Glucose metabolism in the brain in patients with chronic disorders of unconsciousness.As described in the latest edition of Current Biology, a readily available test that measures the amount of glucose sugar that s being consumed by the brain can be used to help doctors tell the difference between patients in a full-on coma and those with partial or hidden signs of awareness.For the most part, patients in a coma have lost their thinking abilities and are oblivious to their surroundings.But those in a so-called vegetative state often give the impression of someone who is emerging from a coma.Unlike a patient in a full coma, they re in a state of partial arousal, but still lack full awareness.Patients with a glucose metabolism below 42 percent of normal activity appeared to be fully unconscious and never recovered consciousness after a year.