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Superhot VR on Quest is one of if not the best ports for Oculus’ new standalone headset.Some minor visual sacrifices aside, it’s exactly the same as the original game.In fact, Quest’s tether-free tracking makes it better than it is on PC.But the game’s developer didn’t always plan a straight port for Quest.The developer revealed as much in a recent blog post detailing the Quest version’s progress.After testing the original Oculus Quest prototype over a year ago now, the studio started to experiment with the freedom to move in VR.
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PolyU's novel lightweight Textile Lithium Battery demonstrates high energy density of more than 450 Wh/L, and excellent flexibility -- with a bending radius of less than 1mm, and foldability of over 1,000 cycles with marginal capacity degradation.In comparison, the existing bendable lithium battery can only reach a bending radius of about 25 mm, and with much lower performance of less than 200 Wh/L.The Textile Lithium Battery, of less than 0.5 mm thick, also possesses fast charging/discharging capability, and long cycle life comparable with conventional lithium batteries.[Please refer to the Annex for detailed comparison of performance between PolyU's Textile Lithium Battery and other batteries]The innovation developed by the research team of PolyU's Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) has snatched three prizes at the 47th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva held in April this year, namely a Gold Medal and two Special Merit Awards.Professor ZHENG Zijian, who leads the ITC research team, said, "Wearable technology has been named as the next global big market opportunity after smartphones.
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Elon Musks rymdföretag Space X har fått upp den första raketen med satelliter för den kommande internettjänsten Starlink.Raketen hade med sig 60 satelliter vid avfärden klockan 04.30 svensk tid från Cape Canaveral, Florida.De placeras ut på ungefär 500 kilometers höjd, varifrån de sedermera ska kunna erbjuda tillgång till internet.För att Starlink ska komma i gång krävs dock minst 800 satelliter, och därmed ytterligare över tio raketuppskjutningar.Här kan du se uppskjutningen igen.
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Investors voted on 12 of the proposals Wednesday, and while they all failed to get a majority vote, they highlight issues that some shareholders believe could jeopardize Amazon’s business for years to come.The proposals, which would have been nonbinding if passed, sought changes from Amazon on a range of issues, from sexual harassment to hate speech.Two concerned the company’s controversial facial recognition technology.Perhaps the most notable proposal, which addressed climate change and the company’s environmental impact, came from Amazon’s own employees.“It’s really hard to be motivated when you feel like you’re contributing to a problem instead of addressing it,” Rebecca Sheppard, a senior product manager at Amazon and one of the letter’s signatories, said before Wednesday.In all, shareholder groups originally submitted 14 proposals to be voted on at the 2019 meeting—the most sent to any corporation this year, according to Alliance Advisors.
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Roll out the red carpet and get your glad rags on, because it's time to announce the winners from the Broadband Genie Broadband Awards.Plusnet cleaned up after being voted the Best Value Provider, Best Broadband Provider, and winning Best Customer Care – which seems to fly in the face of Ofcom's own 2018/2019 report published last month that saw the provider getting far more complaints per 100,000 customers when compared to BT, TalkTalk, EE, Sky, and Virgin."We’re proud to provide our customers with great value and brilliant service.We’re pleased to be recognised for this in Broadband Genie’s recent home broadband survey," said a Plusnet spokesperson.Compared to Ofcom's 2018 Q1 data, the number of complaints that Plusnet has received per 100,000 customers has rocketed up from 20 to 101, while complaints about Sky were a tiny 20 per 100,000 subscribers.In fact, Ofcom's 2018/2019 reports showed that Plusnet customers experienced the longest call wait times - coming close to seven minutes - and a higher percentage of customer calls were ended before they had even made it through to an advisor.
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The following is a combined, adapted translation of two articles written by Huang Youcan.You may read the original articles on SinaTech and on Aitvr.com.Earlier this month, WeChat made an announcement that caused widespread grief in a number of industries that rely on its social reach and viral power.WeChat stated it has banned “enticement marketing” in the messaging app’s social feed, Moments, so that public brand accounts can no longer offer promotions, enticements, or rewards aimed at getting users to share ads in their friend circles.Support quality journalism and content.This content is exclusive to subscribers.
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They might actually detect and avoid objects better, says Andres Arrieta, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, because they would process sensory information faster.Better sensing capabilities would make it possible for drones to navigate in dangerous environments and for cars to prevent accidents caused by human error.Instead, Purdue researchers have built sensors inspired by spiders, bats, birds and other animals, whose actual spidey senses are nerve endings linked to special neurons called mechanoreceptors.The nerve endings - mechanosensors - only detect and process information essential to an animal's survival."There is already an explosion of data that intelligent systems can collect - and this rate is increasing faster than what conventional computing would be able to process," said Arrieta, whose lab applies principles of nature to the design of structures, ranging from robots to aircraft wings.In nature, once a particular level of force activates the mechanoreceptors associated with the hairy mechanosensor, these mechanoreceptors compute information by switching from one state to another.
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The cybercriminals behind the GozNym malware, which stole over $100m from bank accounts since its creation, have been apprehended as a result of a joint operation between Europol and the US Justice Department.During a press conference in The Hague, prosecutors said that 10 defendants in five countries have been accused of using malware to steal money from over 41,000 victims consisting mostly of businesses and financial institutions.Of the 10 defendants, five were arrested in Moldova, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia while the leader of the group behind the GozNym malware and his technical assistant are begin prosecuted in Georgia.The remaining five defendants, who are all Russian nationals, are still on the run though they are currently wanted by the FBI.All of the defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud, conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.GozNym was developed by combining the Nymaim and Gozi malware families into one powerful banking malware that spread across the US, Canada, Germany and Poland.
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Athens, Ga. - Instead of searching for a needle in a haystack, what if you were able to sweep the entire haystack to one side, leaving only the needle behind?That's the strategy researchers in the University of Georgia College of Engineering followed in developing a new microfluidic device that separates elusive circulating tumor cells (CTCs) from a sample of whole blood.The isolation of CTCs from the blood provides a minimally invasive alternative for basic understanding, diagnosis and prognosis of metastatic cancer.But most studies are limited by technical challenges in capturing intact and viable CTCs with minimal contamination."A typical sample of 7 to 10 milliliters of blood may contain only a few CTCs," said Leidong Mao, a professor in UGA's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the project's principal investigator.Circulating tumor cells are also difficult to isolate because within a sample of a few hundred CTCs, the individual cells may present many characteristics.
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Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, died on April 30 at age 74, his family announced on Twitter.He is survived by his wife, Angie Mayhew, and his three children.Mayhew’s film career began in 1977 with a role as the Minotaur in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, but it was Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, which came out the same year, that made him a star.After British actor David Prowse decided to play Darth Vader instead of Han Solo’s faithful companion, George Lucas cast Mayhew as Chewbacca after a very brief audition.As Mayhew told the story, all he had to do was stand up.Lucas took one look at the actor, who stood at 7 feet, 2 inches, turned to his producer Gary Kurtz, and said, “I think we’ve found him.”
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Lithium, the light silvery metal used in everything from pharmaceutical applications to batteries that power your smart phone or electric car, could also help harness on Earth the fusion energy that lights the sun and stars.Lithium can maintain the heat and protect the walls inside doughnut-shaped tokamaks that house fusion reactions, and will be used to produce tritium, the hydrogen isotope that will combine with its cousin deuterium to fuel fusion in future reactors.The upgrade, funded by the DOE Office of Science, installed a neutral beam injector -- on long-term loan from Tri Alpha Energy, now TAE Technologies -- to heat, fuel and increase the density of the plasma.Other improvements include an increase in the magnetic field that confines the plasma, and installation of new lithium systems.The improvements bring conditions in the experiment closer to those in a fusion reactor, said Dick Majeski, principal investigator of the experiment.Fusion combines light elements in the form of plasma -- the hot, charged state of matter composed of free electrons and atomic nuclei -- that generates massive amounts of energy.
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It’s been nearly two years since we wrote that New York City would finally be upgrading its transit system to take “tap-to-pay” contactless payments, but Apple’s Tim Cook says it’s finally coming true — on the company’s Q2 earnings call today, the CEO told investors that Apple Pay will begin rolling out to New York City’s MTA transit system starting in “early summer” of this year, letting you tap a phone or watch to pay instantly.But it probably won’t just be Apple Pay, because a few quick web searches show that NYC has actually already announced a specific date for a contactless payment system that should support other phone-based wallets (perhaps rival Android Pay?)and even contactless credit cards.It’s called OMNY (you know, like “omni” spelled with NY for New York), and it’s scheduled to launch May 31st — though admittedly only on Staten Island buses and the 4 5 6 subway lines between Grand Central-42 Street and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to start.The full system won’t roll out till 2020, and it won’t let you use any passes or discounted fares until then, according to the MTA’s website.Existing swipe-based MetroCards should still work in the meanwhile, though.
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Snitches get switches, apparently - as 802.11ax(ed) and sexy 6 moniker stitchedNetworking overlord Cisco has unveiled Wi-Fi access points and core switches supporting the latest wireless networking standard, the 802.11ax – otherwise known as Wi-Fi 6.Plenty of its competitors have already launched their own takes on the standard, including HPE's Aruba, Huawei, Netgear and TP-Link – even though the standard is not expected to be officially ratified until late 2019.Wi-Fi 6 promises lower latency – as low as 10 ms, versus 30ms on Wi-Fi 5; four times more capacity, with maximum linkrate of up to 9,608 Mbps; better performance in environments with many connected devices, like stadiums and shopping centres; and up to four times better power efficiency, thanks in part to the Target Wake Time (TWT) functionality.Wi-Fi 6 devices support concurrent dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz operation, and are backwards-compatible with all previous Wi-Fi standards.Cisco has entered the game with new Meraki and Catalyst access points, based on its proprietary silicon.
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There's a bizarre new scam going around the less cynical parts of the internet, where a man pretending to be Jason Statham is asking ladies for money.And they're only bloody giving it to him too, because the only internet the victims use is Facebook and they implicitly trust everything they see and hear there.The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told the BBC that someone pretending to be Statham contacted her while she was browsing a Facebook fan page dedicated to the homogenised action star, and she was obviously flattered."I thought 'Oh, that's nice of him, talking to his fans'.I might have been star-struck then, I don't know," she explained, saying that she was in a slightly battered mental state anyway following the recent deaths of both her mother and fiance.This helped lead to her being suckered into the fake Statham's universe, with chats transferring to WhatsApp and the woman and the not-Jason exchanging hundreds of messages; which eventually took a sex-turn and saw the fraudster declare his love for the lady and then request thousands of pounds to fend off short-term financial worries caused by a delayed big-bucks film payment.
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Allergy season is here in full strength, but with an air purifier, you don’t have to suffer.NewEgg and Rakuten have refurbished Dyson AM11 Pure Cool Tower Purifier Fans for $210 off, less than half the regular price.With discounts as steep as this, now is a great time to grab a really nice air purifier deal to help curb your allergies.This unit cools in summer and purifies all year with long-range air flow to pull in the air from across large rooms.This model is silver and white and weighs just under eight pounds, so it’s easy to move between rooms.The Dyson AM11 has a vacuum-sealed glass HEPA filter that wraps 360 degrees around the purifier to catch pollen, bacteria, and pet dander.
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Roku players are low-power devices intended to be left on 24/7 so they are always ready to receive software updates, and can be played instantly when needed.If you power off a Roku (usually by unplugging it), you can turn it on just by plugging it back in.The Roku 4 is the only Roku player with a menu to turn it off, and you can turn it back on by pressing the Home button on its Roku remote.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.If you have a smart TV, you know the feeling of having access not just to traditional cable and broadcast television, but also a wealth of streaming channels — content from services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now, YouTube, and more.In fact, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of mainstream streaming services.
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In less than 15 minutes, the proteins are ready-to-use for cancer imaging or therapy.Radioactive antibodies are used in nuclear medicine as imaging agents for positron emission tomography (PET) - an imaging technique that improves cancer diagnosis and monitoring of chemotherapy.Radioactive drugs can also be designed to kill tumors by delivering a radioactive payload specifically to the cancer cells.Photoradiolabelling: Radiochemistry in a flashConventional methods for radiolabelling proteins are time-consuming and difficult to automate.They require multi-step procedures in which the protein is purified, coupled to a metal-binding chemical substance, isolated, stored, and then radiolabelled.
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Last year at our TC Sessions: Robotics event, Boston Dynamics announced its intention to commercialize SpotMini.After a quarter of building some of the world’s most sophisticated robots, it was finally taking a step into the commercial realm, making the quadrupedal robot available to anyone with the need and financial resources for the device.CEO Marc Raibert made a return appearance at our event this week to discuss the progress Boston Dynamics has made in the intervening 12 months, both with regard to SpotMini and the company’s broader intentions to take a more market-based approach to a number of its creations.As Raibert noted onstage, Handle is the closest Boston Dynamics has come to a “purpose-built robot” — i.e.It marks a new focus for a company that, after its earliest days of DARPA-funded projects, appears to primarily be driven by the desire to create the world’s most sophisticated robots.“We estimate that there’s about a trillion cubic foot boxes moved around the world every year,” says Raibert.
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Sorry, Siri, but just giving a chatbot a human name or adding humanlike features to its avatar might not be enough to win over a user if the device fails to maintain a conversational back-and-forth with that person, according to researchers.In fact, those humanlike features might create a backlash against less responsive humanlike chatbots.In a study, the researchers found that chatbots that had human features -- such as a human avatar -- but lacked interactivity, disappointed people who used it.High interactivity is marked by swift responses that match a user's queries and feature a threaded exchange that can be followed easily, according to Sundar."In the case of the low-humanlike chatbot, if you give the user high interactivity, it's much more appreciated because it provides a sense of dialogue and social presence," said lead author of the study, Eun Go, a former doctoral student at Penn State and currently assistant professor in broadcasting and journalism, Western Illinois University.Because there is an expectation that people may be leery of interacting with a machine, developers typically add human names to their chatbots -- for example, Apple's Siri -- or program a human-like avatar to appear when the chatbot responds to a user.
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