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7bridges raises $17M to automate logistics supply chains using AI

By Ingrid Lunden
  • Today, a startup called 7bridges that is aiming to simplify that by way of an AI-based automation platform — it ingests a company’s supply chain, operating and logistics data to present a user with optimized recommendations for how to move goods — is announcing $17 million in new funding, a sign of the demand in the market to address and fix how supply chains work.
  • The crux of the challenge (and opportunity) that 7bridges is addressing stems both from how supply chain business models have evolved over the years, and also world events.
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Oxfam: 10 richest men in the world doubled wealth amid COVID pandemic

  • The world's 10 richest men doubled their fortunes during the COVID-19 pandemic as poverty and inequality soared, an Oxfam study revealed on Monday.
  • "Over 160 million people are projected to have been pushed into poverty," according to the paper "Inequality Kills," published ahead of the World Economic Forum's Davos meeting, which this year is being held online due to the ongoing pandemic .
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3 Ways That Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Change Your Job Forever

By Bernard Marr
  • When we're carrying out those more human, creative, or strategic tasks that won't be automated any time soon, we can expect robots and smart machines to be there to lend a hand.
  • It’s certainly true that machine learning – the AI technology that’s most relevant to business today – will be able to do some things so much more quickly and efficiently that it won’t be worthwhile to pay humans to do them anymore.
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Sense and Sensitivity in self-driving cars

By Sandeep Rao
  • At the heart of this technology are three sensors: camera, radar and LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), all of which help the vehicle accurately perceive its surroundings.
  • Cameras and radar sensors routinely provide ‘driver-assist’ features such as: ensuring that cars stay within lane markings, warning of approaching vehicles during lane changes and maintaining a safe distance to the vehicle in front.
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CAPTCHA Didn’t Save Us, Nothing Will

By Lance Ulanoff
  • The problem is we’ve been struggling for well over a decade with how to identify online interactions as those done by a real human, and I don’t think we’re getting any better at it.
  • CAPTCHA systems of all stripes are typically managed by cloud-based web hosting companies like CloudFlare so that individual site operators needn’t worry about developing and managing their own.
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iPad Air 5 with A15 chip and 5G rumored to land early this year

By harry.domanski@futurenet.com (Harry Domanski)
  • However, as is to be expected, the internals are due for an upgrade – chief among them, the A15 Bionic chipset of the iPhone 13 range is rumored to be powering the iPad Air 5, as well as 5G support for the cellular models and a 12MP ultrawide front-facing camera.
  • A few recent rumors have pointed to Apple launching its 3rd-gen iPhone SE in March or April of this year at a virtual event and, if the latest whispers on the grapevine are anything to go by, we could be seeing the iPad Air 5 announced at the same time.
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Walmart is getting serious about the metaverse

By Emma Roth
  • The retail giant filed for several trademarks on December 30th, suggesting plans to start selling virtual goods, including electronics, toys, appliances, sporting equipment, apparel, home decor, and more, as noted by CNBC .
  • As pointed out by Bloomberg, Walmart also filed trademarks for the names “Verse to Home,” “Verse to Curb,” and “Verse to Store,” a hint that Walmart may be preparing a virtual shopping experience (that hopefully doesn’t look like the one created for the company in 2017 ).
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Subaru unveils a 1,073HP electric race car

By Jon Fingas
  • The STI E-RA Concept hints at Subaru's upcoming track vehicle with 1,073HP of total power from its four Yamaha motors, extensive downforce and all-wheel drive mated to a "unique" torque vectoring system that maximizes grip and stability.
  • Electrek reports the automaker has introduced two concept EVs at the Tokyo Auto Salon, including its first all-electric race car.
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How AI will drive the hybrid work environment

By Arthur Cole
  • Artificial intelligence has the capacity to vastly improve work-from-home environments, bringing much-needed support to communications, collaboration, workflow management, and even security.
  • The future of remote work is a hotly debated topic, with employees pulling for more time away from the office and many employers preferring to keep workers where they can see them.
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Could artificial intelligence help predict Louisiana floods better? This LSU prof thinks so.

By Terell Wilkins
  • Kaiser, an adjunct professor in the Division of Computer Science, is working with scientists from three other universities on a project titled 'MuSiKAL' that will help predict coastal flooding with better accuracy.
  • “The Gulf of Mexico coast along Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi is home to important U.S. energy hubs but is also home to socially vulnerable populations,” Kaiser said in a statement.
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Safari 15 bug can leak your recent browsing activity and personal identifiers

By Emma Roth
  • A bug in Safari 15 can leak your browsing activity, and can also reveal some of the personal information attached to your Google account, according to findings from FingerprintJS, a browser fingerprinting and fraud detection service (via 9to5Mac ).
  • FingerprintJS created a proof-of-concept demo you can try out if you have Safari 15 and above on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. The demo uses the browser’s IndexedDB vulnerability to identify the sites you have open (or opened recently), and shows how the bug scrapes information from your Google User ID.
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When a Decades-Old Email Provider Used by Millions Suddenly Goes Down

By EditorDavid
  • During the days without access, I was painstakingly moving accounts to my Gmail address and updating contact information for the really important stuff like governmental services.
  • Mail2World hosts mailboxes for 2,150,000 different domains, according to its web site, offering both "free, reliable email for everyone" and a $29.99-a-year "premium" service with a terabyte of storage (instead of the free level's 25 gigabytes), an ad-free inbox, and "premium"-level support.
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How powerful is your country’s passport?

By Anne Quito
  • On the bottom of the list—seven places below North Korea—is Afghanistan, where nationals can gain visa-free access to just 26 countries and territories.
  • Swiss health expert Andreas Brauchlin raised an additional point in a recent blog post : The freedom and mobility of a country’s citizens is likewise impacted by which vaccines they have access to, and whether they’ve been approved by the World Health Organization.
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I don’t care if gaming chairs suck, I’m not buying a Herman Miller

By Jessica.weatherbed@futurenet.com (Jess Weatherbed)
  • And I’m by no means saying that Herman Miller is inferior - in fact, I’d argue that people pushing the health benefits to its design are correct, and if you suffer from a bad back or have a few extra years behind you then they’re a fantastic purchase.
  • I also do believe the claims from people that they can find some racing style chairs to not offer enough back support, or at least that they’re inferior to what Herman Miller can offer, though I have a great deal of skepticism about how many people on social media are just parroting what other people are saying, without having gained their own experiences.
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Walmart may offer a cryptocurrency and NFTs

By Jon Fingas

Walmart apparently doesn't want to be left out of the crypto rush. CNBC has learned Walmart filed several trademark applications with the USPTO in late December for selling virtual goods, and in another filing said it would provide a cryptocurrency as well as NFTs. While the documents don't necessarily guarantee action, trademark attorney Josh Gerben told CNBC the trademarks were highly detailed — Walmart was clearly thinking about how it would tackle digital currencies and products.

In a statement, a Walmart spokesperson told Engadget the company was "continuously exploring" how new technologies might influence shopping, and that it "routinely" filed trademarks as part of that process. Don't expect the company to confirm or deny plans at this stage, in other words.

It wouldn't be strange for Walmart to dip into cryptocurrencies or NFTs. After Facebook changed its name to Meta and signaled its intention to foster metaverses, there has been a rush among major brands to enter the space with currencies, NFTs or both. Adidas, Nike, Gap and other well-known names have started selling NFTs and hinted at intentions to create virtual spaces. Walmart might not want to risk missing out if this trend lasts, even if it's not in a hurry to join early adopters.

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Deirdre Clute

By ByRebecca SzkutakForbes Staff
Jan 11, 2022 AI Startup DeepScribe Raises $30 Million To Help Prevent Physician Burnout The San Francisco-based startup uses AI to transcribe doctors' interactions with their patients, which saves them an average of three hours of work a day. Dec 31, 2021 Meet The 30 Under 30 MIT Aerospace Engineer […]Read more >Similar articles >

1.7 Million People Live for a Week on 100% Renewable Energy

By EditorDavid
1.77 million people live in South Australia, speading across 984,321 square kilometres (or 380,048 square miles), according to Wikipedia. Today the Sydney Morning Herald announced that South Australia "sourced an average of just over 100 per cent of the electricity it needed from renewable power for 6 and a half days leading up to December 29 last year." They’re calling it "a record for the state and perhaps for comparable energy grids around the world." The state’s previous record was just over three days, says Geoff Eldridge, an energy analyst who runs the website NEMlog.com.au, which tracks the operations […]Read more >Similar articles >
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49ers vs Cowboys live stream: how to watch NFL playoff game online

  • This has the potential to be the best game of the playoffs so far, so follow our guide for how to watch the 49ers vs Cowboys online and get an NFL live stream wherever you are in the world right now.
  • However, Canadian NFL fans are some of the the luckiest in the world, as streaming service DAZN is showing the 49ers vs Cowboys along with every single game of the playoffs, right the way through to the Super Bowl.
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Some links

By memyselfandi007
MSA Capital 2021 annual letter (Sytem1, ABF) Interesting 2021 Letter from a fund I didn’t know: Curreen Capital 2021 Shareholder letter from newly founded REQ Capital (Constellation Software) Fundsmith 2021 letter to shareholders (Unilever) Lou Simpson, the legendary CIO of GEICO passed away last week A great in-depth look into the Beanie Baby Bubble in the late 90s Joachim Klement with interesting stats on National differences in productivity […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Last-minute deal needed to keep UK-issued Visa credit cards working on Amazon

By Rupert Jones
  • The move potentially inconveniences millions of people who use a Visa credit card issued by providers including Barclaycard to buy items on the website or pay for their Amazon Prime membership.
  • In November, Amazon told customers that from 19 January it would stop accepting payments made with UK-issued Visa credit cards, in what has been described as a “game of corporate chicken”.
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Apple’s digital car keys may work with Hyundai and Genesis models this summer

By Jon Fingas

Apple's digital car key feature might soon be useful for unlocking more than a handful of BMW models. In his latest newsletter, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman claimed Hyundai and its upscale Genesis badge will support Apple CarKey "by the summer." It's not certain which models would provide the option, but it's notable that some trim levels of the Ioniq 5 and other Hyundai cars include NFC for a (currently proprietary) digital key.

While remote lock controls have been available through smartphones for a while, CarKey (and its Android equivalent) treats the phone more like a physical key. You just have to bring your phone or Apple Watch to the door handle to unlock it, and you can even place your phone in a given area to start the car. People with ultra-wideband iPhones (such as the iPhone 11 and newer) can even leave their phone in their pocket when opening and starting the vehicle.

If the leak is accurate, Apple's move could significantly expand the audience for digital car keys — you wouldn't need to shop from one high-end marque to even consider it. A deal would also suggest the tussle over a possible EV collaboration wasn't enough to deter Apple and Hyundai from exploring a CarKey team-up.

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Do CS Teachers Need To Know CS?

By EditorDavid
  • Long-term Slashdot reader theodp summarizes the issue: A problem with out-of-the-box scripted solutions, Zamansky explains, is that "teachers are less and less expected as much to know their subjects, their students, and how to teach but rather to follow the script.
  • Since APCS Principles was launched many of my students have come in having taken the classes and 'passed' the exam.
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The worst advice they give young advisors, the next generation of wealth, starting a financial planning firm

By Joshua M Brown
First the podcast episode blew up, now the YouTube version is taking off. Emlen and Dasarte crushed it on the show this week. Watch it above and subscribe to the channel ASAP if you haven’t already. …The post The worst advice they give young advisors, the next generation of wealth, starting a financial planning firm appeared first on The Reformed Broker. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Wordle! and Wardle team up to donate proceeds from an unrelated app’s popularity spike

By Emma Roth
  • That’s why its developer is teaming up with the mind behind the browser-based Wordle, Josh Wardle, to use its accidental success as an opportunity to give back, according to a report from GameSpot .
  • Cravotta reached out to Wordle app developer, Josh Wardle, and let him know about his plans to donate the proceeds from his app to charity — Wardle sent out a tweet of his own to acknowledge the gesture.
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Ukraine blames Russia for cyberattack against government websites

By Jon Fingas
  • As The Guardian reports, Ukraine's digital transformation ministry has blamed Russia for the hack, accusing the country of fighting a "hybrid war" meant to "destabilize" an already tense situation and erode trust in the Ukranian government.
  • While officials didn't elaborate on the evidence linking the attack to Russia, Microsoft shared details late Saturday that suggested a hostile nation was responsible.
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 needs to up its game to compete with other foldable phones

By tom.bedford@futurenet.com (Tom Bedford)
  • The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 currently holds the ' best foldable phone ' title in its grip - but it's a weak grip, that looks set to break very soon if the company doesn't strengthen it with its next gen foldable.
  • When we used the Oppo Find N, the lack of a screen crease on the main display made the phone feel so much smoother to use, and we'd would potentially recommend it as the best foldable if it launched in our regions.
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Destructive Hacks Against Ukraine Echo Its Last Cyberwar

By Andy Greenberg
  • In the 2015 and 2016 waves of those attacks, a group of hackers known as Sandworm, later identified as part of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, used malware similar to the kind Microsoft has identified to wipe hundreds of PCs inside Ukrainian media, electric utilities, railway system, and government agencies including its Treasury and pension fund.
  • Both of the malware's destructive techniques, as well as its fake ransomware message, carry eerie reminders of data-wiping cyberattacks Russia carried out against Ukrainian systems from 2015 to 2017, sometimes with devastating results.
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AI-generative art predicted to be next trend for NFT sector

By Rachel Wolfson
  • Claire Silver, an AI-collaborative artist, told Cointelegraph that AI-generative NFT art is a relatively new genre, noting that the basic principle is that art is created in tandem with some semblance of artificial intelligence, like GAN:
  • In order to create AI-generative NFTs, one would typically use generative adversarial networks, or GANs. These are algorithms that leverage computers to use data to train models to produce machine-made images resembling art.
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Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti leaked pricing suggests a wallet-damaging GPU

  • Admittedly, two of the four prices mentioned – all of which are for MSI’s GeForce RTX 3090 Ti Suprim X, except in one case, where it’s MSI’s Gaming X Trio model – are at the lower end of the scale, but clearly these are going to be costly cards if these retailers are correct.
  • Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti pricing has leaked from some European retailers, and it seems the new flagship graphics card could perhaps take a chunkier bite out of your wallet than you might expect compared to the vanilla RTX 3090 (although then again, you may well have prepared yourself for the worst anyway, if you were mulling buying this new top-end Ampere offering).
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The iPad Pro 2022 could support MagSafe through a glass Apple logo

  • Other information revealed in the latest leak points to stronger magnets being fitted to the iPad Pro than there are in the iPhone 13, which means a more reliable connection and faster charging speeds for the upcoming tablet.
  • It looks likely that there will be an iPad Pro 2022 making an appearance at some point this year, and new details have emerged about one of the new features that could be added this year – namely, MagSafe wireless charging.
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How Apple’s iCloud Private Relay Can Keep You Safe

By David Nield
  • As you'll see from the accompanying blurb, when you switch the feature on, iCloud Private Relay "keeps your internet activity private"—and it does that in a number of ways.
  • If you open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, tap your name at the top, and then choose iCloud, you should be able to access a Private Relay (Beta) toggle switch that you can turn on or off.
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The Mega-Guide to Fixing Your Own iPhone

By Simon Hill
  • To turn it back on, simply press and hold the power button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.
  • It’s usually best to allow your iPhone to update automatically by going to Settings, General, Software Update, Automatic Updates, and toggling on Download iOS Updates and Install iOS Updates .
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An Injection of Chaos Solves a Decades-Old Fluid Mystery

By Adam Mann
  • The scientists noticed that when the pusher fluid, which contains long-chain polymers, was pumped into the ground above a certain rate, it seemed to unexpectedly become much more viscous, or sticky, an effect later found in many similar systems.
  • But as its flow rate increases, it will pass a critical threshold where it will suddenly seem to coalesce—its viscosity shooting up like a martini turning to molasses.
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Here’s another reason you should be careful about what you post online

By joel.khalili@futurenet.com (Joel Khalili)
  • According to research conducted by cybersecurity company Kaspersky, a third of job seekers say social posts have harmed their employment prospects, a figure that rises to 47% among younger people applying for entry-level positions.
  • The survey also revealed that more than a third (38%) believe that the likelihood of receiving a job offer would fall if a potential employer had access to their posts, while 40% said they have previously looked up a new colleague on social media .
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Gain insights into the changing role of universities at ST Education Forum

  • Professor Kong said people are rethinking how they learn and work in pandemic times, how they might prosper in a new economy and whether the university experience is still relevant.
  • The rise of transboundary issues and challenges such as climate change, deforestation, rising sea levels and the Covid-19 pandemic also raise questions on a key role of universities - to nurture an educated citizenry.
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When It Comes to Health Care, AI Has a Long Way to Go

By Tom Simonite
  • It’s understandable that a relatively new tool in health care, like AI, couldn’t save the day in a pandemic, but Mateen and other researchers say the failings of Covid-19 AI projects reflect a broader pattern.
  • The institute's report, published last year, said that AI had made little impact on the pandemic and experts faced widespread problems accessing the health data needed to use the technology without bias.
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Logitech Signature M650: A quiet wireless mouse for big, small, or left hands

By Scharon Harding
  • If you have tiny hands and want a similar wireless mouse, there are smaller options, like the Razer Pro Click Mini (3.9×2.5×1.3 inches, 3.1 ounces with one battery).
  • Specs at a glance: Logitech Signature M650 Sensor Optical (model not disclosed) Connectivity options Bluetooth Low Energy or 2.4 GHz dongle Programmable buttons 3 Onboard profiles 0 Lighting None Size Standard: 4.22×2.43×1.49 inches
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Home Cooks, You Should Be Pre-Salting Your Vegetables

By Joe Ray
  • While home cooks break the internet every holiday season searching for wet and dry brines for their turkeys, and it's easy to look up how to give pork chops a salty bath for an hour before they're grilled, there's surprisingly little out there in that vein for vegetables.
  • Mistry particularly likes to pre-salt heartier vegetables like potatoes, corn, and artichokes, adding intense flavors and spices along with the salt.
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Pregnant people are still not getting vaccinated against Covid

By WIRED
Enlarge (credit: Getty | Dmitry Rogulin ) Calendar year three into the pandemic, and vaccination coverage among pregnant people remains staggeringly low. According to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of January 1, just over 40 percent of pregnant people in the United States between age 18 and 49 were fully vaccinated prior to pregnancy or during their pregnancy, compared with 66 percent of the general population over the age of 5. For Black pregnant people, the figure plummets to about 25 percent. Data for the United Kingdom is a little less up to date, but in August 2021 just 22 percent of women who gave […]Read more >Similar articles >
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What AI could be like when you plug a computer into your brain

By Oleksandr Kostikov
  • We will get acquainted with a new type of artificial intelligence of an individual type, built around a neurocomputer interface that directly connects the neurons of the human brain and a computer.
  • In the few minutes that you are reading this article, I will tell you about a completely new type of artificial intelligence, I will name the design features and advantages, I will outline the immediate prospects and possible long-term consequences of the introduction of this technology into real life.
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Cryptoland runs aground as $12m bid to buy Fiji island for resort falls through

By Ben Butler
  • A group of crypto-evangelists, led by Max Olivier and Helena Lopez, outlined plans for the island, Nananu-i-cake, in a lavishly animated YouTube video, featuring a wide-eyed crypto bro named Christopher landing by helicopter and being given a guided tour by a talking coin called Connie.
  • Areas planned included Cryptoland Bay, Crypto Beach, House of Dao – a reference to decentralised autonomous organisations, a form of non-corporate structure promoted by crypto enthusiasts as an alternative to companies – and the members-only Vladimir Club, another crypto in-joke that refers to people who hold 0.01% of a given cryptocurrency.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 specs, features and when it could launch worldwide

By tom.bedford@futurenet.com (Tom Bedford)
  • One of the last Xiaomi phones we saw launched in 2021 was the Redmi Note 11, which debuted in China in October alongside a Pro and Pro Plus version.
  • In what is quickly becoming a theme for the Redmi Note 11 family, the base device offers quite a different package compared to the Pro and Pro Plus models, and that's the case with the cameras as well as the display.
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Apple ramps up COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees, now requires booster shots

By Chance Miller
  • As reported by The Verge, Apple is now requiring employees to provide proof they received their COVID-19 booster shot, or else take frequent COVID-19 tests.
  • Furthermore, Apple says that employees who are unvaccinated (or those who have not provided proof of vaccination) will be required to “provide negative COVID-19 rapid antigen tests before entering the workplace beginning on January 24th.”
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The Netherlands Has Made a Dent in Apple’s Walled App Store Garden, For Now

By Jody Serrano
  • Apple went on to stress that some App Store features will not be available for users of dating app developers who request entitlements “in part because we cannot validate the security and safety of payments that take place outside of the App Store’s private and secure payment system.”
  • In an update on its developers’ blog on Friday, Apple said dating app developers will have two new optional “entitlements” in the App Store, which sounds strangely medieval, but OK.
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Report: 69% of fintech employees say they would move jobs for access to more advanced tech

By VB Staff
  • In fact, new research from Samsung Electronics America found that 69% of employees in financial services and banking would switch companies for better mobile technology that enables them to be more effective at their jobs.
  • To develop this report, Samsung surveyed 500 IT decision-makers and 500 employees from financial services and banking organizations across the U.S.
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Google might’ve accidentally approved an ad for a Target gift card scam

By Emma Roth
  • Okay, while the name of the site doesn’t sound convincing at all, its interface sure looks like the real thing, although the actual Target site requires you to sign in to check your gift card balance, while this fake site doesn’t.
  • It appears that Google inadvertently approved a prominent ad for a phony Target gift card balance checker that’s meant to steal your funds.
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Are We Getting Closer to the Year of the Linux Desktop?

By EditorDavid
  • "Probably not." But developer Tim Wells honestly believes we're getting closer: The idea of the year of the Linux desktop is that there would come a year that the free and open source operating system would reach a stage that the average user could install and use it on their pc without running into problems.
  • In his video Linus mentions that the main problem preventing the "year of the Linux desktop" is the fragmentation.
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How ‘digital twin’ AI will transform sustainable farming

By Anna Deen
  • The institute plans to create what’s called a predictive “digital twin” framework — a tool used to virtually model anything from a single plant to an entire farm (creating a digital copy, or twin, of the real-life environment).
  • The institute hopes to, over the next three to five years, use data science, machine learning and other artificial intelligence technologies to provide corn and soybean growers with personalized recommendations that will boost crop production.
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Big data is dead. Small AI is here

By Enterprise staff
  • Machine-learning models that are not built to specific company needs could cause new problems, said David Dewhirst, vice president of marketing at Mariner, which sells visual inspection hardware and image processing software that attaches to factory camera systems.
  • He said he’s seen systems built from models that were not trained with company-specific visual data mistakenly flag a harmless speck of lint when looking for real defects like stains, for example, and false positives can trigger unnecessary production line slowdowns, which can cost time and money.
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Face mask sensor can detect leaks and your heart rate

By Jon Fingas
  • Researchers at Northwestern University (including battery-free Game Boy creator Josiah Hester) have developed a "FaceBit" face mask sensor that can track a wide range of health data from inside an N95 mask.
  • And while the sensor won't replace an N95 fit test (to verify a proper seal), it's capable enough to help you maintain that fit over the course of a long day.
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$1.7 Billion in Student Loan Debt Cancelled for 66,000 Borrowers

By EditorDavid
Quartz reports: For years, the student loan servicing company Navient allegedly encouraged student loan borrowers to enter costly long-term forbearance programs that pushed them further into debt, as well as take on private loans they couldn’t pay back, according to lawsuits filed by several states, and joined by 39 attorneys general. Those claims were resolved through a settlement announced Thursday (January 13) affecting some 400,000 borrowers. Navient says it will cancel $1.7 billion in private student loan debt for 66,000 borrowers, as well as pay an additional $95 million in restitution to 350,000 people with federal loans. The […]Read more >Similar articles >
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The X-Men’s Comics Lineup Just Got Even Cooler

By Justin Carter
  • In Steve Foxe and Salva Espin’s five-part miniseries X-Men ‘92: House of XCII, the pair explore the possibility of the 90s incarnation of mutants building Krakoa as a utopia during their time.
  • Jonathan Hickman may now be out after the recent Inferno miniseries, but his Krakoa status quo is still very much in, and a new pair of comics are going to spin out of it in some pretty cool ways.
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After Gates Allegations, Microsoft Opens a Review of Its Sexual Harassment Policies

By EditorDavid
  • Microsoft announced a review of its sexual harassment and gender discrimination policies "after shareholders raised alarms about how Microsoft and Bill Gates, one of its founders, had treated employees, especially women," reports the New York Times: Shareholders passed a resolution during the company's 2021 annual meeting to review the policies Microsoft has in place for its employees to protect them against abuse and unwanted sexual advances.
  • "Reports of Bill Gates's inappropriate relationships and sexual advances toward Microsoft employees have only exacerbated concerns, putting in question the culture set by top leadership and the board's role holding those culpable accountable." Mr. Gates solicited at least two employees while he was running Microsoft, according to reports in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
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Real Estate Newsletter Articles this Week

By Calculated Risk
At the Calculated Risk Real Estate Newsletter this week: • Lawler: More on Investor Purchases of Single-Family Homes Single-Family Rental Trade Association Butchers Analysis of Investor Home Purchase Reports• 2nd Look at Local Housing Markets in December Adding Jacksonville, New Hampshire, North Texas, Portland, and Northwest (Seattle)• Homebuilder Comments in December: “Still a ton of demand for new homes" “Costs are through the roof!”• Mortgage Rates: Moving on Up Refinance Activity Will Slow Sharply• 3rd Look at Local Housing Markets in December Adding Albuquerque, Colorado, Houston, Memphis, Nashville, Sacramento, Santa Clara and […]Read more >Similar articles >

Apple reportedly requires employees to get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots

By Jon Fingas

Apple employees may have to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines if they want to avoid significant hassles. The Verge says it has seen internal email revealing that Apple will require corporate and retail staff to offer proof of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots if they want to enter offices or stores from February 15th onward. Once an employee is eligible for a booster, they'll have four weeks to get it and provide evidence.

Workers who are either unvaccinated or can't provide proof will have to provide negative rapid antigen test results from January 24th onward, but it's not certain if this affects both office and store employees.

Apple was plain in its reasoning. The "waning efficacy" of initial vaccine doses and the rise of COVID-19's Omicron variant meant that boosters were necessary to guard against serious illness, according to the company.

We've asked Apple for comment. The report comes just days after Facebook parent Meta required booster shots for a return to the office, and not long after Apple temporarily closed numerous stores following COVID-19 outbreaks. Simply put, there's a lot of added pressure to require boosters and minimize significant disruptions.

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U.S. 5th Fleet Set to Expand Unmanned Ship Operations in Middle East – USNI News

By By: Mallory Shelbourne
  • The U.S. Navy is emphasizing unmanned surface ships in its testbed effort for new platforms operating in U.S. Central Command, the commander of U.S. 5th Fleet said on Friday.
  • Starting this month, the International Maritime Exercise 22 will build on a special unmanned group that has been operating in 5th Fleet since September, Vice Adm. Brad Cooper said.
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This Week in Apps: Fortnite (sorta!) returns to iOS, PUBG Mobile maker sues over copycats, Apple plans for alternative payments in South Korea

By Sarah Perez
  • The app industry continues to grow, with a record number of downloads and consumer spending across both the iOS and Google Play stores combined in 2021, according to the latest year-end reports .
  • Apple has paid out $60 billion to App Store developers in 2021, according to new data shared by the company.
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All of Us Are Dead Makes High School Even Scarier

By Justin Carter
  • But the good news is that the kids have seen zombie films ( Train to Busan gets a shoutout) and know how to defend themselves, either with martial arts or whatever’s lying around in their school like archery equipment.
  • The setup is fairly simple: a group of South Korean high schoolers have to band together to survive a zombie outbreak that’s begun at their school.
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It’s Official: Y: The Last Man is Dead

By Justin Carter
  • Showrunner Eliza Clark said at the time that she’d do her best to shop the well liked show to other networks or streamers and get a season two (or five ).
  • Sadly, it sounds like those plans haven’t reached fruition.Friday afternoon, Clark confirmed on Twitter that despite her best efforts, the show won’t be going forward with another season.
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California Judge Rules Google’s Confidentiality Agreements Break the State’s Labor Laws

By EditorDavid
"A California judge ruled this week that the confidentiality agreements Google requires its employees to sign are too broad and break the state’s labor laws," reports the Washington Post, calling it "a decision that could make it easier for workers at famously secret Big Tech firms to speak openly about their companies." A Google employee identified as John Doe argued that the broad nondisclosure agreement the company asked him to sign barred him from speaking about his job to other potential employers, amounting to a non-compete clause, which are illegal in California. In a Thursday ruling in California Superior […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Data clean rooms could be the perfect technology for the privacy-first era

  • Data clean rooms are a solution that maintains the great value and customer experience currently enabled by cookies, identifiers, and other user-level data without the privacy concerns.
  • A data clean room is a piece of software that enables brands and their partners to share data and gain mutual insights while fully preserving the privacy of the users, by not sharing any personally identifiable information or raw data with one another.
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The West Coast Is Under a Tsunami Warning After Violent Tonga Volcanic Eruption

By Brian Kahn
  • A major volcanic eruption has rocked the small island nation of Tonga, causing tsunami warnings to go up across the Pacific from Australia to the U.S.
  • In addition to the tsunami warning for New South Wales, the entire east coast of Australia remains under a “marine threat” due to dangerous rip currents, strong waves, and the possibility of localized flooding as water sloshes ashore.
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Apple will now require employees to submit proof of COVID-19 booster shot

By Emma Roth
Apple now requires store and corporate employees to get a COVID-19 booster shot, the company announced in an internal email seen by The Verge. Once an employee is eligible to get a booster shot, they will have four weeks to comply, otherwise, they will need to take frequent tests to enter a retail store, partner store, or Apple office starting on February 15th. Apple will require unvaccinated employees — or those who haven’t yet submitted proof of vaccination — to provide negative COVID-19 rapid antigen tests before entering the workplace beginning on January 24th, although it’s unclear whether this applies to both corporate and retail […]Read more >Similar articles >
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The Information Weekend Does Wyoming, Featuring the Tech Transplant’s Guide to Cowboy Living, an Intro to Crypto’s Favorite Senator, and a Glimpse of the Great DAO Land Grab

By Jon Steinberg
  • Because the smallest state in the union has been been playing an outsized role in tech lately, writing laws that encourage the growth of cryptocurrencies, DAOs, and other instruments that are at the forefront of Silicon Valley innovation right now.
  • The Beltway’s ‘Bitcoin Lady’: How Wyoming Senator Cynthia Lummis Became Crypto’s Most Powerful Champion
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In a further blow to the China Initiative, prosecutors move to dismiss a high profile case

By Eileen Guo
  • On Friday, federal prosecutors recommended that the US Department of Justice dismiss all three charges against MIT nanotechnology professor Gang Chen, ending a two-year ordeal stemming from accusations that he hid funding from Chinese entities on grant disclosure forms.
  • The only China Initiative research integrity case that has been successfully tried in front of a jury is that of Charles Lieber, who was found guilty of six charges of false statements and tax fraud last month.
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CES 2022 attendance fell 73% to 45K from 2020 numbers. Was it worth it?

By Dean Takahashi
  • The numbers are down from 171,000 attendees and 4,400 exhibitors at the last in-person event in January 2020, according to the Consumer Technology Association, the trade group that puts on the show in Las Vegas.
  • The in-person show was canceled in 2021 and moved to online only, but the group made the decision to go forward with the event in the first week of January, despite the surge from the coronavirus variant.
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Zuckerberg and Pichai Allegedly Signed Off On Illegal Facebook-Google Ad Deal

By EditorDavid
BuzzFeed News reports: Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally signed off on a secret advertising deal that allegedly gave Facebook special privileges on Google’s ad platform, according to newly unredacted court documents filed on Friday. The allegation is from a complaint first filed in December 2020 by Texas and several other states against Google for engaging in "false, deceptive, or misleading acts" while operating its buy-and-sell auction system for digital ads. In the complaint, state attorneys general claim Google illegally teamed up with Facebook, its fiercest competitor in the digital […]Read more >Similar articles >
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5G’s big players make bold, exciting predictions for 2022

By Andy Boxall
  • “We’ll see big increases in speed in the next few years, with multi-Gbps home connections and 200Mbps, or even 300Mbps, on devices nationwide,” He added that “5G’s super-low latency will become more the norm.”
  • “2022 is going to be an exciting year for 5G, with lots of progress in both 5G handsets and networks, which will further enhance the 5G experience for consumers,” Salvatori told Digital Trends in an email.
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Behold, Our Batgirl is Here

By Justin Carter
  • Batgirl is expected to release as an HBO Max original film in sometime in 2022.
  • So far, the big news has been all about the cast, such as internet fave Brendan Fraser potentially as arsonist baddie Firefly and the second (well, third ) coming of Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne .
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Inside Xbox’s backward compatibility journey with Series X development chief, Jason Ronald

  • In an interview with TRG, we spoke with Xbox’s director of program management Jason Ronald about the team’s backward compatibility journey, the challenges they faced along the way, and the importance of game preservation in the future.
  • In 2015, Microsoft rocked E3 with a seismic announcement: backward compatibility was coming to Xbox One. Fans could look forward to playing Xbox 360 and original Xbox games again, and even use the original disk, play over Xbox Live, and access their old save files if they’d been uploaded to the cloud.
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Philosophy and the Mirror of Technology: Beyond Space and Time

By Charlie Taben
  • This provocative theory can be seen as a logical extreme of a radical form of monism consistent with non-locality, but is absolutely wrong about the nature of technology.
  • Exploring the evolving relationship among science, philosophy and faith, I have previously attempted to recast Spinoza’s challenging doctrine of Parallelism, suggesting that quantum artificial intelligence invigorates Spinoza and represents a revolutionary advance with import for the discipline.
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On this edition of Business Weekly, we’re looking at the US inflation rate. It has hit 7% year on year, the largest rise since 1982. Used car prices and food costs are shooting up. We hear from Wells Fargo Economist Sarah Watt House and Gerald Daniels, an Associate Professor of Economics at Howard University who specialises in the economics of inequality. The BBC’s Ed Butler looks at the recent protests in Kazakhstan and we have a look inside the UK trials into psychedelic drugs for patients suffering with depression. Plus, we browse the shelves of ultra rare whisky, and hear why, and how, some parts of the Scottish industry are booming. The BBC’s Elizabeth Hotson talks to both keen collectors, and dedicated producers. Business Weekly is presented by Sasha Twining and produced by Clare Williamson. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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The essential role of AI in cloud technology

By Robert Belgrave
  • Due to the financial and personal sensitivity in which organizations carry, thoughts also turn to the important question of integration effectiveness and more specifically how well it can protect privacy whilst companies are continually at risk of a potentially serious cybersecurity breach, especially because an increased rate of workforces are now working from home remotely.
  • AI-powered analytical data insights plays an essential role in its enhanced capabilities in data management However, it begs the question, can AI and cloud unification streamline data efficiently and what other benefits can arise from this integration?
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Apple will let dating apps offer third-party payment options in the Netherlands

By Emma Roth
  • In a message to developers on its site, Apple explains that it’s introducing two new optional “entitlements,” or specific app capabilities, that will let developers add third-party payment processors for dating apps in the Netherlands.
  • Apple will let dating app developers offer alternate payment options in the Netherlands in compliance with the Dutch regulator’s ruling, according to a report from Bloomberg .
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25% Below Its High, ServiceNow Inc. Stock Is 26% Undervalued

By Peter Cohan, Contributor
  • One such institutional trade is a sectoral rotation — the decision to shift capital from high-growth technology companies to so-called cyclical stocks driven by expectations that higher interest rates will boost the latter’s value.
  • One of my favorites — “beat and raise” says that if a company reports quarterly revenue and earnings growth and boosts its forecasts above what investors expect, the stock price will rise.
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Saturday links: mental and physical health

By abnormalreturns
AutosHyundai and Kia outsold Honda in the U.S. for the first time. (cnn.com)The 2022 North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year snubbed EVs. (axios.com)Peer-to-peer car sharing service Turo is planning an IPO. (techcrunch.com)EnergyWhy did the costs of nuclear power stop going down? (austinvernon.site)What’s involved with the DOE’s “Building a Better Grid” initiative. (theverge.com)It’s hard to see how we decarbonize the economy without nuclear energy. (wsj.com)Battery Resourcers is set to open the nation’s biggest battery recycling plant. (fastcompany.com)Climate change2021 was the second-worst year for […]Read more >Similar articles >
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The Witcher season 3: cast, plot and everything we know

By tom.power@futurenet.com (Tom Power)
  • There’s much to discuss about The Witcher season 3, including its potential release date, returning cast members, the direction of its plot (based on season 2’s ending and Sapkowski’s book series) and the Netflix show ’s future.
  • Hissrich exclusively told TechRadar that season 3 will be based on the second main novel in The Witcher saga – i.e. The Time of Contempt.
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Coronavirus links: two years of knowledge

By abnormalreturns
VaccinesNearly all teens in the ICU are unvaccinated. (washingtonpost.com)Americans aren’t getting their flu shots. (nytimes.com)Where are the variant-specific boosters? (marginalrevolution.com)It’s not clear that we will need Omicron-specific vaccines. (nytimes.com)OmicronOmicron may be milder, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to have a big societal impact. (theatlantic.com)It’s still worth it to push off an Omicron infection a couple of months. (bloomberg.com)PregnancyAccording to a new study, unvaccinated pregnant people who get Covid-19 are at much higher risk for complications. (statnews.com)Pregnant, […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Democrats Increase Pressure On Biden To Cancel Student Loans

By Zack Friedman, Senior Contributor
  • Progressive members of Congress, including Schumer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and others argue that Biden has existing authority to enact wide-scale student loan cancellation under the Higher Education Act of 1965.
  • After Biden extended temporary student loan relief for a third time, some Democrats in Congress want the president to enact wide-scale student loan cancellation.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE vs iPhone 13: has Samsung undercut Apple’s phone champ?

  • Both of these phones have vibrant, bright AMOLED displays, but it’s the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE that takes the win here.
  • But the real hardware advantage for Apple here lies in its sensor shift OIS technology, which was brought over from the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This stabilization system is more advanced than the Galaxy S21 FE’s regular OIS, and together with Apple’s superior algorithms, it can capture much better Night Mode shots.
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Apple Support says iPhone 13 models don’t support Noise Cancellation feature available in previous iPhones

By José Adorno
  • For those unaware, a month ago, a Reddit user asked about the iPhone 13 noise cancellation feature for phone calls, as it wasn’t available on the Accessibility page.
  • A few weeks ago, 9to5Mac reported an outgrowing complaint from iPhone 13 users about the lack of a noise-canceling feature for phone calls through the Accessibility settings that is available to all previous iPhones, but not the newer ones.
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3 Top Artificial Intelligence Stocks to Buy in January

By Jamie Louko
  • A profitable, fast-growing company that has seen incredible success in disrupting its industry is going to demand a high valuation, and Upstart is no exception.
  • With such little innovation in the space, the company could potentially rise to the top and take over the FICO score as the primary loan determination tool, and that could mean great things for investors over the next decade.
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Google’s foldable could be relatively cheap, and called the Pixel Notepad

  • We've got more leaks to report around the upcoming (yet unconfirmed) Google Pixel Fold, the first foldable phone from Google: apparently the device is going to be called the Pixel Notepad, and will come in at a lower price point than some of the premium folding phones already on the market.
  • It is a truth universally acknowledged that foldable phone technology isn't cheap to manufacture, so it's something of a surprise to learn that Google might be able to hit such a relatively low price point with its very first entry in the category (though all of this is unconfirmed speculation for the time being, of course).
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North Korean hackers stole nearly $400 million in crypto last year

By WIRED
  • The nine-figure sum represents a nearly $100 million increase over the previous year's thefts by North Korean hacker groups, and it brings their total haul over the past five years to $1.5 billion in cryptocurrency alone—not including the uncounted hundreds of millions more the country has stolen from the traditional financial system.
  • North Korean hackers stole a total of $395 million worth of crypto coins last year across seven intrusions into cryptocurrency exchanges and investment firms, according to blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis.
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Dying Light 2 will get ‘at least’ 5 years of post-launch content

  • We guarantee to expand the world of Dying Light 2 Stay Human for at least 5 years post launch with new stories, locations, in-game events and all the fun stuff you love!#DyingLight2 #StayHuman pic.twitter.com/SgaNynkrzI January 14, 2022
  • Techland didn’t delve into any further specifics with regards to the post-launch plans – there’s still plenty of time for that given the game hasn’t even released yet – but this long-life approach isn’t new for the developer.
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View: What job markets indicate for engineering graduates in 2022 and beyond

By CNBCTV18.com Contributor
  • Other high on demand skills, around which engineering students can excel and explore job opportunities are data science, programming, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and Augmented reality (AR) and Virtual reality (VR).
  • The demand for engineering and BE/B.Tech graduates are increasing year by year due to evolving new technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Internet of Things (IoT) across sectors like IT/ITeS, BFSI (Banking, financial services, and insurance), and pharma.
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Wordle, Web3 and four-day workweeks

By David Pierce


On this episode of the Source Code podcast: Nick Statt joins the show to discuss the rise of Wordle, the subsequent rise of the Wordle clones, and why it’s so easy to copy a game. Then Ben Pimentel chats about the fight over Web3, why Jack Dorsey and Marc Andreessen are at odds, and the killer app for the future of the web. Finally, Allison Levitsky explains some of the big new future-of-work trends, including the four-day workweek and dog-walker perks.

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Book Bits: 15 January 2022

By James Picerno
  • ● The Capitalist and the Activist: Corporate Social Activism and the New Business of Change
  • Author Chip Heath has excelled at teaching others about making ideas stick and here, in Making Numbers Count, he outlines specific principles that reveal how to translate a number into our brain’s language.
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Will NFT backlash stop the blockchain gaming boom?

By Nick Statt
  • “I think there is good reason to be skeptical in certain areas, If you’re building it around just monetization,” said Mythical Games CEO John Linden, whose company operates a blockchain platform and its own game, Blankos Block Party, that allows players to own, buy and sell NFTs, in an interview with Protocol.
  • It was a new business model that changed how games are designed and played — and the idea persisted that developers are trying to nickel-and-dime players and are focused entirely on generating maximum revenue out of players,” Chapple said.
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As omicron surges, effort to vaccinate young children stalls

By Rachana Pradhan
  • Two months after Pfizer’s covid vaccine was authorized for children ages 5 to 11, just 27% have received at least one shot, according to Jan. 12 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
  • The huge variations in where children are getting vaccinated reflect what has occurred with other age groups: Children have been much less likely to get shots in the Deep South, where hesitancy, political views and misinformation have blunted adult vaccination rates as well.
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WH Smith faces investor pay revolt amid cost-of-living crisis

  • In a report to clients, the voting advisor, Glass Lewis, said: "While we acknowledge that the company has taken certain measures to ensure the appropriateness of executive remuneration outcomes in the context of the broader stakeholder experience, we remain concerned by the decision to pay annual bonus awards to executives given the receipt of COVID-19 related government support during the year under review.
  • Sky News has learnt that three of the main proxy advisers which issue guidance to City shareholders ahead of annual meetings have signalled their opposition to a £550,000 bonus for Carl Cowling, WH Smith's chief executive.
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Apple will allow dating apps in the Netherlands to use alternative payment systems, developers must maintain a separate app binary

By Benjamin Mayo

In order to comply with a ruling from The Netherlands authorities, late on Friday Apple announced that it would allow developers of dating apps to offer alternative payments systems other than Apple’s In-App Purchase system, thereby circumventing Apple’s 15-30% cut.

However, implementing this will not be straightforward. Developers will need to create and maintain a completely separate app binary which includes special entitlements, and is only made available in the Netherlands App Store.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 colors: every rumored shade including S22 Plus and S22 Ultra

  • The same selection of sources also point to black (possibly called Phantom Black) as being one of the shades offered by the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus, and we’ve seen a leaked image of these phones (along with the Galaxy S22 Ultra) in this shade too.
  • Multiple sources have claimed that both the Samsung Galaxy S22 and the Galaxy S22 Plus will come in a white shade, possibly called Phantom White, and we’ve even seen a leaked photo of the two handsets in this shade – along with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, which is also rumored to come in white.
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The Free-Energy Principle Explains the Brain – Neuroscience News

By Artificial IntelligenceFeaturedNeuroscienceOpen Neuroscience Articles
  • As with the simple cost/benefit calculation that can predict the speed that a cat will begin to gallop, researchers at RIKEN CBS are trying to discover the basic mathematical principles that underly how neural networks self-optimize.
  • The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (CBS) in Japan, along with colleagues, has shown that the free-energy principle can explain how neural networks are optimized for efficiency.
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This is the year I conquer the Raspberry Pi

By joel.khalili@futurenet.com (Joel Khalili)
  • As someone with almost no programming expertise and equally few engineering skills, the elaborate creations people come up with (like this Raspberry Pi Pip-Boy or this GLaDOS voice assistant ) have made the Pi feel completely inaccessible.
  • Unfortunately, I’ve chosen to purchase a Raspberry Pi at the worst possible time, in the middle of a global chip shortage and in the aftermath of the Christmas period.
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The U.S. Air Force Is Building Artificial Intelligence Bombs for the F-16

By Kris Osborn
  • Two Air Force F-16 jets fired Small Diameter Bombs were able to share threat data with one another while in flight to a target using an emerging kind of collaborative weapons coordination, enabling the bombs to adjust trajectory and change course in response to identifying enemy guidance jamming signals.
  • The developmental program, called Golden Horde, continues to show great promise with an ability to use software-defined radio signals to exchange data in-flight enabled by computer processors preloaded with advanced algorithms.
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Computing With Light

By Tom Coughlin
  • The device uses silicon photonics for high performance AI inference tasks and consumes much less energy than CMOS only solutions and thus helping to reduce the projected power load from data centers.
  • Lightmatter’s Envise chip (shown below) is a general-purpose machine learning accelerator that combines photonics (PIC) and CMOS transistor-based devices (ASIC) into a single compact module.
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FedEx Asks FAA To Let It Install Anti-Missile Lasers On Its Cargo Planes

By BeauHD
  • FedEx's application to the FAA (PDF) to allow it to install and use anti-missile systems on its Airbus Model A321-200 cargo planes doesn't specifically mention Northrop Grumman's hardware, so the shipping company could now be working with another company, but the proposed hardware is basically the same as what was tested back in 2008.
  • In 2008, the company worked with Northrop Grumman to test its anti-missile laser-based defense systems on 12 of the shipping company's cargo planes for over a year.
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What to expect for data prep and data analytics in 2022

By Tim Keary
  • In fact, researchers estimate that the Data Preparation Tools Market size will grow at a CAGR of over 20% to reach a total value of $13.15 billion by 2028, with organizations having a range of accessible data analytics providers to choose from, such as Alteryx, IBM Watson Studio, TIMi Suite, and Incorta.
  • Data preparation provider Alteryx announced it invested $400 million to acquire visual data engineering cloud platform Trifacta .
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Germany To Dedicate 2% Of Its Land To Wind Power Development

By BeauHD
  • [T]he German government also plans to increase its offshore wind target to 30 GW by 2030." From the report: During a press conference, [the nation's new Green Minister for Economics and Climate, Robert Habeck] made it clear that wind energy, particularly onshore wind, will remain the most important source of electricity in Germany and is the key to further emission reductions, according to WindEurope.
  • And the Government fully understands that that requires faster permitting of new wind farms -- and they intend to deliver this ASAP with a dedicated new 'Onshore Wind Law.' Today's announcements mark the comeback of German leadership on renewables -- fantastisch!" says WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson.
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Russia captures hacker likely responsible for Colonial Pipeline cyberattack

By Karissa Bell

The hacker behind the ransomware attack that took down the Colonial Pipeline last year has been apprehended by Russian authorities, according to US officials.

Russia’s FSB intelligence agency said Friday that 14 people associated with the REvil ransomware group had been arrested, according toThe Wall Street Journal. The group has taken responsibility for numerous cyberattacks in the US. Officials in the US believe the hacker behind the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline last spring was among those arrested, according to an unnamed administration official who spoke to CNN.

Last year’s cyberattack, which was attributed to a ransomware gang, caused a significant disruption to the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies nearly half of the fuel for the entire east coast of the US. The temporary shutdown of the pipeline incited mass panic buying at gas stations in and around the east coast of the US, which resulted in shortages in at least 11 states.

As CNN notes, the arrest comes after a week of diplomatic talks between the United States and Russia regarding Russia’s buildup of troops near the border with Ukraine. The Biden official told the network that it believes the arrest was “not related” to the situation. But some analysts have suggested otherwise, noting that this is the first first US investigation Russia has cooperated on in eight years.

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Germany’s Security Watchdog Finds No Evidence of Censorship In Xiaomi Phones

By BeauHD
Germany’s federal cybersecurity watchdog, the BSI, did not find any evidence of censorship functions in mobile phones manufactured by China’s Xiaomi, a spokesperson said on Thursday. Reuters reports: Lithuania’s state cybersecurity body had said in September that Xiaomi phones had a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as "Free Tibet," "Long live Taiwan independence" or "democracy movement." The BSI started an examination following these accusations, which lasted several months. "As a result, the BSI was unable to identify any anomalies that would require further investigation […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Harken back to the late 1990s with this re-creation of the dialup Internet experience

By Jennifer Ouellette
  • "Web browsing technology has advanced quite dramatically over the years, and same with the html standards; things like CSS and certain sorts of Javascript were not around at the time that Navigator was, so the site loads up, but it looks very different from how you would experience it today in a modern browser," Liu says.
  • Biomedical engineer Gough Liu likes to tinker with tech—particularly vintage tech—and decided he'd try to recreate what it was like to connect to the Internet via dialup back in the late 1990s.
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