Investigation could cost the company $250 million.
Automation tool RDS can now push MySQL and PostgreSQL onto Arm, MariaDB coming soon Amazon Web Services has made instances powered by its home-baked Arm servers more approachable by starting a preview of its Relational Database Service (RDS) service on the hardware.…
Why pay $70 for Nintendo's controller when you can get this top-rated alternative?
A deal between AMC and Universal could have movies reaching download and streaming services in just a few weeks.
The cabin design looks nice. But why are these renderings?
Activists say Facebook's resilience to the boycott points to a competition problem
Players spent $17.5 million over the two-day event
Photo storage startup Loom announced it had been acquired by Dropbox in 2014; it also said it would be shutting down its service a month later. In 2015, Divshot revealed it had been bought out by Google; it also added it would be closing doors two months later. Guess what happened when Meta Mind got acquired by SalesForce in April 2016? It shuttered the same year in June. You get the idea. When startups break the news they’ve been acquired, there’s also a tendency to announce they’ll be shutting down their services, like three days later. But more than the… This story continues at The Next Web
Netflix's German science fiction series stuck the landing in its third and final season.
Facebook could be trading out likes for follows amid a large Pages redesign test
Tesla says it has discovered a “disturbing pattern” of former employees who took confidential information and trade secrets on their way to new jobs at EV startup Rivian, according to a new lawsuit first reported by Bloomberg. Tesla even claims Rivian is “knowingly encouraging” this behavior, and it is seeking unspecified punitive damages for what it alleges is “despicable, wanton, oppressive, willful, malicious, [and] duplicitous” conduct. Rivian calls the allegations “baseless.”
Rivian is perhaps the richest EV startup in the world, having raised more than $5 billion in the last year and a half. It’s slated to start delivering a premium electric pickup truck in early 2021, ahead of when Tesla’s Cybertruck is supposed to hit the road....
Chinese short video platform TikTok is currently facing close scrutiny and risks being booted out of the US — which is home to some of its most popular content creators — but the app may find a lifeline there. The Information reports that a number of US-based investors who already have a stake in TikTok‘s parent company, ByteDance, are considering purchasing the subsidiary company to gain control of the platform. The move could ease some concerns among governments and users about TikTok handing user data over to Chinese authorities. There isn’t yet a timeline in place for this, but Bytedance… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Security
In today’s global digital economy, organizations need to have applications that are always on and that perform in real time. Applications such as digital payment systems, real-time inventory tracking, and online gaming rely on resilient systems with fast access to data centers distributed across the world. For applications like these, it is unacceptable to compromise data consistency for any transaction, whether the data is stored in a private cloud, a public cloud, or any combination of both.But operating a cluster across geographically distributed data centers or cloud regions introduces high costs, data inconsistencies, and limited resiliency. To overcome these obstacles, Aerospike has developed a multi-site clustering feature in Aerospike Database 5 that enables enterprises to operate a single database cluster across multiple locations without risking data loss or restricting data availability.To read this article in full, please click here
Helped by product business growing well and staff not being keen on new jobs right now Indian services outfit HCL says the worst of the COVID-19-induced economic downturn is behind it. And we should all wish that our worst is as bad as HCL’s because the company just posted strong results for Q1 2021.…
The new interface is similar to what’s offered on Facebook and LinkedIn. | Image: Twitter
Twitter has unveiled a new interface for its direct messages on the web, allowing you to send and receive DMs without having to leave your timeline. While currently you have to open up a separate section of Twitter’s website to look at your DMs, now you’ll be able to access them from a pop-up window to the bottom right of your timeline. From Twitter’s video, it looks like a similar interface to what the likes of Facebook and LinkedIn currently offer for DMs on their platforms.
It looks like a decent improvement for the platform’s messaging interface, but Twitter ended up announcing the feature at the worst possible time, during the worst hack to ever hit the platform. Twitter’s official account announced the roll out of the feature at...
(Donald Danforth Plant Science Center) The National Institute for Food and Agriculture and the National Science Foundation has awarded Nadia Shakoor, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, a three-year, $1.4 million grant to develop FieldDock, an integrated smart farm system.
(University of Texas at Arlington) Shouyi Wang, associate professor of industrial engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, is using a three-year, $466,068 grant from the National Science Foundation to determine how to meet the demands of an extremely dynamic and uncertain energy market. Electrical engineering Professor Wei-Jen Lee and industrial engineering Professors Victoria Chen and Jay Rosenberger are co-principal investigators on the project.
Highly cinematic adventure offers a story mired in pain and uplifted by hope
It has been more than half a year since Google announced its plans to acquire popular wearable brand Fitbit but that deal may be in danger of falling through. That is if privacy advocates have their way and convince the European Commission of the risks that this deal would entail. Although it may not have been legally or technically required … Continue reading
(Lehigh University) Lehigh University PhD student Vincent Graber's research project related to burn control in fusion reactors has been selected for funding by the Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research program. Graber, a mechanical engineering student in professor Eugenio Schuster's Plasma Control Group, will conduct his research at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab.
Pokemon GO’s latest update spilled a bit of info on the future of the LOOK of the game in addition to releases of new Pokemon. This update includes Map Display Settings – that’s new. That might not seem particularly exciting, but it’s a key component in the future of the game – the way the game looks in the way … Continue reading
Chinese phone maker Lenovo gave us an official “first look” at the upcoming Lenovo Z6 Pro 5G.Well, the brand decided to completely blur out the device, which makes us wonder what’s the point of the entire video.In addition to that, the highly-skilled Lenovo video editing team managed to hide every possible interesting spec with the squeak of a duck.If you’re still willing to watch the video you can check it out at this link.Lenovo Z6 Pro 5G about to debut, here’s the first promotional videoThe only real detail we learn from the video is that the smartphone will be really affordable.
North Korea withdrew from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 2003.It subsequently developed nuclear weapons, with five underground nuclear tests culminating in a suspected thermonuclear explosion (a hydrogen bomb) on 3 September 2017.Now a team of scientists, led by Dr K. M. Sreejith of the Space Applications Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), have used satellite data to augment measurements of tests on the ground.The researchers find that the most recent test shifted the ground by a few metres, and estimate it to be equivalent to 17 times the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.Dr Sreejith and his team turned to space for a solution.Using data from the ALOS-2 satellite and a technique called Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR), the scientists measured the changes on the surface above the test chamber resulting from the September 2017 explosion, sited at Mount Mantap in the northeast of North Korea.
When Paramount released its first trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog earlier this year, fans of the game franchise were not thrilled with the protagonist’s character design.In fact, they were downright horrified by a monstrosity with human teeth and eyes, long legs, and little resemblance to the hero they knew.Now, a redesigned version has appeared in a new trailer, and he’s looking a lot better.Opening with a shot of the Green Hill Zone made famous in the game series, the latest Sonic the Hedgehog trailer immediately shows off Sonic’s new appearance, with a zoomed in shot of his eyes.Though there is still a slightly bit of fur separating his eyes, they almost form into the one giant oval fans recognize, and the irises have a taller shape that is more cartoony.His mouth has been colored a darker shade that better fits his blue fur, as well, and the human teeth have also been removed.
After the release of the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the numerous issues that followed, Samsung now has more experience with foldable phones.There have been several reports that the company is working on another foldable device.Now, the Samsung W20 5G foldable phone has made a quick stop at TENAA with model number SM-W2020.According to TENAA’s listing, this smartphone will come with a 4.6-inch display (folded) and a 4135 mAh battery.The phone measures 160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9 mm which is the same as the Samsung Galaxy Fold.The South Korean manufacturing giant released a series of posters earlier this week which shows that this smartphone will arrive on November 19 in Wuhan, China.
We’ve been hearing rumors Apple is working on some sort of augmented reality headset for ages, but today a report from The Information provides the strongest evidence yet that Apple is getting ready to enter the AR fray.Specifically, Apple is aiming to release its AR headset in 2022, and a pair of smart glasses will follow in 2023.The Information says its report was sourced from an October presentation among Apple employees.Though some earlier reports had pegged the headset’s release date for 2020, it appears Apple is biding its time to get the technology right rather than rushing into the nascent market.The report claims Apple plans to begin reaching out to developers in 2021.The headset is allegedly codenamed N301 and looks like a sleeker version of Facebook‘s Oculus Quest, except it appears to be able to switch between AR and VR modes.
Facebook is reportedly removing posts that name the Trump impeachment whistleblower.It follows right-wing publication Breitbart News claiming to have identified the person, Reuters reported Friday.CNN added YouTube is following suit with any videos mentioning the whistleblower's name, with Google confirming the report to CNET.The White House whistleblower had in September released a nine-page complaint alleging that senior officials had tried to "lock down" the details of US President Donald Trump's phone call over the summer with Ukraine's president.During the phone call, Trump had asked Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.The revelation led to an impeachment inquiry being launched.
Microsoft researchers have released a chatbot version of a cutting-edge text generator trained on tens of millions of Reddit posts—albeit with a disclaimer in place should things get offensive.The open-source blueprint, DialoGPT, builds on a breakthrough in language-based artificial intelligence called GPT-2, another separate program released earlier this year that can generate random copy with unprecedented realism and serve as a base foundation for more tailored programs like Microsoft’s chatbot.As one of the early attempts to channel the GPT-2’s unpredictable tech into a chatbot, the Microsoft project includes a precautionary measure that requires developers to write their own code for translating output data into readable text.“The conversational text might be different from any large text corpus that the previous works have been using, in that it is less formal, sometimes trollish and generally much more noisy,” the researchers wrote in an accompanying paper.“Responses generated using this model may exhibit a propensity to express agreement with propositions that are unethical, biased or offensive—or the reverse, disagreeing with otherwise ethical statements.”Despite the wildcard potential, some researchers think models like GPT-2 could supercharge advances in the type of machine learning that can understand and produce natural language in much the same way that analogous models for image recognition set the scene for an ongoing boom in computer vision AI around 2012.