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Meet the Slovenian fitness tracker that won the Apple Watch ‘App of the Year’ award

2 December 2022 @ 11:39 am

Amongst the 2022 Apple Store Awards winners, Gentler Streak emerged as the Apple Watch App of the year. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, the app — designed for iPhone and Apple Watch use — is a workout and fitness tracker that comes with a twist: a self-compassionate approach to exercise. Gentler Streak is the first product of Gentler Stories, a Slovenian-based mobile app studio that specializes in solutions for a sustainable lifestyle. The women-led company was founded in February 2021 by three Apple Entrepreneur Camp alumni and one alumnus of Y Combinator, a startup accelerator. The…

European MRI study provides experimental evidence indicating our brains are quantum

1 December 2022 @ 9:16 pm

We’ve long suspected the human brain is a quantum computer but we’ve never had any actual evidence to back this theory up. That is, until now. A pair of researchers from Trinity College in Dublin and the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw recently published what may turn out to be landmark research in the quest to understand the human brain, consciousness, and the physical nature of the universe itself. The team’s paper, titled “Experimental indications of non-classical brain functions,” details an experimental MRI paradigm in which it appeared test subjects’ brains were entangled with their hearts. Entanglement refers to…

If European SMEs are going to survive, they need tech now more than ever

1 December 2022 @ 3:07 pm

According to EU data, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of Europe’s economy. They represent 99% of all businesses in the Union, employ around 100 million people, and account for more than half of Europe’s GDP. Yet, business survival for SMEs has been continuously challenged since the pandemic. After suffering the consequences of the COVID crisis, SMEs are now particularly affected by soaring energy prices, inflation, supply chain bottlenecks, and changed consumer behavior. That’s especially the case in the retail, food, and restaurant sectors — among those that were hit hardest during the pandemic. A survey conducted by…

This is why you can’t ride hail an autonomous taxi in Europe… yet

30 November 2022 @ 12:12 pm

If you read a lot of tech news, you’d think we’re merely months away from being able to hail a robotaxi in Europe. Unfortunately, this will be wrong: because those articles are most likely talking about projects in North America, and the EU’s approach to autonomous ridesharing and ride-hailing is vastly different to the US. So, we had a simple question: when will we be able to catch a robotaxi in Europe? And why can’t we yet? Currently, there are robotaxis (and a small number of roboshuttles) operating in the US, but only roboshuttles in Europe — terms we’ll define…

Shell’s investment in renewables is wonderfully worrisome

29 November 2022 @ 3:25 pm

Amidst rising climate concerns and the current energy crisis, European oil companies are trying to pivot from fossil fuels to renewable power — and spending a huge amount while doing so. Most recently, Shell agreed to buy Europe’s biggest biogas producer, Denmark-based Nature Energy, for €1.9 billion. As part of the deal, the oil giant will acquire Nature Energy’s 14 industrial plants and an international development pipeline of about 30 plants across Europe and North America. This comes one month after rival BP announced its $4.1-billion plan to buy Archaea Energy, a US-listed biogas producer. What is biogas? Biogas —…

6 European startups dragging rail networks into the future

29 November 2022 @ 1:51 pm

When it comes to B2B products, it’s all about building relationships, something that can be challenging for startups entering traditional industries like rail. But over the last few years, the rail industry has reached out to startups to provide a way to gain their insights and draw them into its ecosystem. Examples of these initiatives include the UK’s Rail Innovation Group — an incubator for rail startups — and Deutsche Bahn’s DB Mindbox. Since 2015, the latter in particular, has organised hackathons and supported more than 150 startups with their proof of concept, 60% of which continue their business cooperation…

Here’s what to do if you’ve just been laid off

29 November 2022 @ 11:07 am

Suddenly finding yourself unemployed is a precarious position to be in, and not even severance pay can take the sting out of the confidence knock a lay-off brings. The unprecedented tech layoffs that have occurred in recent weeks at the likes of Meta and Stripe have sent shockwaves through the industry, as thousands of workers brace themselves for the task of finding a new role in a less buoyant job market. However, the industry as a whole remains stable. In fact, according to a report by Gartner, IT expenditure is expected to increase by 5.1% and hit $4.5 trillion by…This story

London-based Flawless AI’s ‘True Sync’ tech is a revolutionary approach to film dubbing

28 November 2022 @ 10:21 pm

When British director Scott Mann’s latest film, Fall, was on the precipice of receiving an “R” rating from the MPAA over the number of “F” bombs dropped over its one hour and 47-minute run time, he did what any reasonable person would: he used artificial intelligence to digitally alter the actor’s performances in order to change the swear words into more palatable terms. A stroke of fricking genius, if you ask us. For those who are curious: about 35 “F” words stood between a PG-13 rating and an R rating. Mann’s dilemma, then, became trying to figure out how to…

UK bets on green hydrogen for zero-carbon commercial aviation

28 November 2022 @ 1:37 pm

As much as we need to cut aviation’s emissions, batteries aren’t going to do the trick. To replace turbine-driven airliners with similarly-sized electric aircraft will require a monumental leap in battery technology — and we’re simply not there yet. So how can we make aviation sustainable? According to studies by the UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), aviation can achieve the net-zero 2050 target through the development of both sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and green liquid hydrogen technologies. They also highlight that green liquid hydrogen is the optimum fuel for the first generation of zero-emission aircraft. As per the ATI, targeted…

Why the future of AI is flexible, reusable foundation models

28 November 2022 @ 1:20 pm

Content provided by IBM and TNW When learning a different language, the easiest way to get started is with fill in the blank exercises. “It’s raining cats and …” By making mistakes and correcting them, your brain (which linguists agree is hardwired for language learning) starts discovering patterns in grammar, vocabulary, and word sequence — which can not only be applied to filling in blanks, but also to convey meaning to other humans (or computers, dogs, etc.). That last bit is important when talking about so-called ‘foundation models,’ one of the hottest (but underreported) topics in artificial intelligence right now. According to…

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OLED monitor selection is pathetic. 2023 can change that

2 December 2022 @ 11:18 pm

There's reason to hope for greater OLED monitor variety in the new year.

Apple slices its AI image synthesis times in half with new Stable Diffusion fix

2 December 2022 @ 10:27 pm

Creating AI-generated images on Macs, iPhones, and iPads just got a lot faster.

Samsung’s Android app-signing key has leaked, is being used to sign malware

2 December 2022 @ 9:13 pm

The cryptographic key proves an update is legit, assuming your OEM doesn't lose it.

Never-before-seen malware is nuking data in Russia’s courts and mayors’ offices

2 December 2022 @ 8:57 pm

CryWiper masquerades as ransomware, but its real purpose is to permanently destroy data.

Report: Apple’s upcoming VR and AR operating system has a new name

2 December 2022 @ 8:15 pm

Bloomberg report claims that Apple has begun referring to it as "xrOS."

FCC lets Starlink start deploying Gen2 satellites as Gen1 speeds keep falling

2 December 2022 @ 7:44 pm

US speeds have dropped from 105Mbps to 53Mbps—but 7,500 new satellites will help.

No, physicists didn’t make a real wormhole. What they did was still pretty cool

2 December 2022 @ 7:14 pm

"Don't hold your breath about sending your dog through a wormhole."

Ohio measles outbreak nearly triples, expected to last “several months”

2 December 2022 @ 7:02 pm

"Don't wait. Don't wait until after the holiday. Get them vaccinated now."

PCI standards group deflects, assigns blame for melting GPU power connectors

2 December 2022 @ 5:47 pm

"Members are responsible for safety testing of their products."

Parler and Twitter both cut ties with Kanye West as he says, “I like Hitler”

2 December 2022 @ 5:11 pm

Parler announced deal termination after Ye told Alex Jones, "I also love Nazis."

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"Ultra-shock-absorbing" foam packs a plethora of carbon nanotubes

2 December 2022 @ 8:49 pm

Postdoctoral research associate Komal Chawla studies the vertically aligned carbon nanotube foam in the labCarbon nanotubes have found use in everything from heart-rate-monitoring shirts to smart bandages to more efficient solar cells. Now, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have used them in a helmet lining foam that offers better impact protection than conventional foams.Continue ReadingCategory: Materials, Science

Swallowable sensor transmits live reports on intestinal glucose levels

2 December 2022 @ 7:00 pm

The pill both measures and is powered by gut glucoseIntestinal glucose levels are a major indicator of overall gastrointestinal health, and the current method of measuring them involves putting a catheter down the patient's throat. Soon, however, a swallowable "smart pill" could do the job much less intrusively.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags:

Rotel launches its first integrated network streamer

2 December 2022 @ 5:05 pm

Rotel's first integrated network streamer allows users to tap into popular streaming services direct from the deviceTokyo-based high-end audio brand Rotel has launched an integrated hi-fi amplifier that allows direct access to popular streaming services from the unit itself, in addition to offering wireless playback and analog connection to other hi-fi components. Just add speakers.Continue ReadingCategory: Home Entertainment, TechnologyTags:

Monarch launches first commercial "driver-optional" electric tractor

2 December 2022 @ 3:05 pm

The MK-V Founder Series electric tractor can operate with or without a driverAfter two years of development, California startup Monarch Tractor has launched the AI-packing, all-electric MK-V Founder Series, and announced deliveries to its first customer – wine and spirits producer Constellation Brands.Continue ReadingCategory: Automotive, TransportTags: NVIDIA,

Neuralink gives a wide-ranging update on its brain chip progress

2 December 2022 @ 8:53 am

Sake the monkey has become very quick and dextrous in manipulating a mouse pointer using his brain implantNeuralink has given a rare update on its brain-computer interface, including some new telepathic typing from monkeys, a new surgical robot, and early progress toward restoring sight in the blind and returning movement and sensation to paraplegics.Continue ReadingCategory: Computers, TechnologyTags:

Flash of light as bright as a quadrillion Suns dazzles astronomers

2 December 2022 @ 7:14 am

An artist's impression of a black hole producing jets, which are believed to be responsible for an extremely bright flash of light detected by astronomersAstronomers have spotted an incredibly bright flash of light beaming halfway across the universe. The strange light was estimated to throw off more light than one quadrillion Suns, and in an ironic twist came from one of the darkest objects possible.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags:

Scientists beef up search for alien life with powerful new supercomputer

2 December 2022 @ 7:12 am

An upgrade to South Africa's MeerKAt telescope has equipped it with new tools to search for alien lifeScientists working with the Breakthrough Listen initiative have a powerful new tool at their disposal. A new instrument integrated into the Southern Hemisphere’s largest radio telescope has given it the capabilities to detect technosignatures of extraterrestrial intelligence, significantly widening the net in the search for alien life.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceT

"Smart ranches" of the future may harness power from animal movement

2 December 2022 @ 6:01 am

Cows may one day power wearable devices with their own movementsIf you’re a farmer with a herd of hundreds of cows, keeping tabs on their whereabouts and wellbeing can be challenging work, but we’ve seen how sensor tags might one day ease the burden. New research has taken this concept in an interesting, self-sustaining direction, demonstrating how smartwatch-style sensors strapped to cow ankles and necks can power themselves through the animals’ movements.Continue ReadingCategory: Good Thinking, Li

McLaren F1-inspired e-scooter folds faster than a pocket tool

2 December 2022 @ 5:06 am

A simple push of a button and the Lavoie Series 1 electric scooter folds down for carryThe name "McLaren" is synonymous with vehicles of the "super" and "hyper" variety, and soon its reputation might also extend to the "micro" end of the spectrum. This week, McLaren Applied, the electrification and technologies business formed and later sold by McLaren Group, spun off the new micro-mobility brand Lavoie. The company is looking to inject some serious F1 talent and know-how into creating personal mobility solutions. Its Series 1 e-scooter showcases a patented Flowfold mechanism that seamlessly collapses the sizable scooter down to an easy-carry package in one swift motion.

Royal Navy awards contract for Europe's largest crewless submarine

2 December 2022 @ 3:19 am

Cetus Will able to dive deeper than a conventional submarineThe Royal Navy has awarded a £15.4-million (US$18.9-million) contract to MSubs to build a cutting-edge robotic submarine, called Cetus, that will be the largest in Europe and will be capable of diving deeper than conventional submarines.Continue ReadingCategory: Military, TechnologyTags: Royal Navy,

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Service for 24/7 streaming with low-latency that can be displayed on web browser

2 December 2022 @ 9:56 pm

I want to display a video stream on my site that is running 24/7, the stream must be allowed to have html elements over the stream (in terms of TOS) and latency must be less than 5 seconds. My current solution is the following Laptop with webcam running rtsp-simple-server exporting rtsp stream -> reads rtsp stream rtsp-simple-server and offers ll-hls stream -> hls.js on browser rtps-simle-server This seems to work, but it does also seem to just randomly stop serving content to the users if the VM has been running for over a day, I can't seem to think of a way to create a health check that will check if the VM is working correctly as the browser receives the mp4 snippets but doesnt display them. I'm sure I could resolve this with a lot of debugging but I would would rather pay for a system that can handle this for me inst

How to launch Edge browser with command line flags?

2 December 2022 @ 9:26 pm

My question is similar to this: Applying a command-line flag to Chrome at auto-launch But 7 years later, on Edge browser, on Windows 11. I knew a way that'd make it possible to add flags to Edge browser when launched by clicking on a link in an app, but I forgot it. if I remember correctly, it was done using registry. So I already add a command line flag to Edge shortcut's target on desktop and taskbar, like this: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" --enable-features=Feature1 that's the target of the Edge shortcut on desktop. the feature I enable like that only takes effect when I launch Edge from the shortcut. but I want that feature to be always enabled, even when I don't use the shortcut on desktop and instead launch Edge by clicking on a link in the mail app or some other

Installing two different Nvidia drivers at the same time

2 December 2022 @ 8:46 pm

I have a GTX1070ti for which the latest driver is 527.37. I bought a NVS 310 for which the latest driver is 392.68. I would like to use both cards simultaneously for different monitors. However, when I install one driver the other gets removed and viceversa. Is there any way I can use both of these cards with their drivers at the same time? Currently, the best I could do was run the 1070ti drivers and the NVS310 without drivers. The monitors on the 1070ti work fine but the NVS310 only outputs to one out of two monitors connected to it, filling up only the center area of the monitor.

I can't connect to WIFI but I can connect to hotspot

2 December 2022 @ 8:44 pm

My Problem is, that I can't connect to wifi in windows 11. I bough a new PC and apparently it has network issues. I can connect to my phone hotspot but I can't connect to my Wifi. I'm sure my Wifi works, I tried it with my old pc. I tried uninstalling network adapters, updating network adapters, restarted the pc several times, shut it down and booted up and I installed every Windows update, but somehow it still shows the message "unable to connect to this network". It's just weird that hotspot works. I just don't know what to do anymore, couldn't find anything on google either. I'd be happy if someone could help.

Remove suggestion from Firefox autocomplete in url input field

2 December 2022 @ 8:44 pm

I'm absolutely staggered to have such a hard time finding an answer to this. Now, to make this clear, I am not talking about any of the entries in the dropdown that pops up once you type something into the url bar, so please do not suggest using the arrow keys and pressing shift + delete, that's not what I'm looking for but seems to be the common answer everywhere. I am talking about the blue backgrounded text that automatically fills inside of the url input field itself. So, when I type di the input field automatically completes my input with with a blue background. If I press enter then, I get sent to, logically. This is not where I want to go though, but instead I would like Firefox to automatically fill in, so I want to keep being able to just type in di + enter to get sent to the correct page. I merely want that page to be

How can Perl based daemons recover gracefully from momentarily unavailable NFS sources?

2 December 2022 @ 8:40 pm

I have Perl scripts (running as daemons) on a large group of servers, where some Perl modules are used from an NFS mount. Sometimes, these mounts are temporarily unavailable, and if at the exact moment the Perl module is accessed, the result is that the script/daemon dies. Is there a way to change the Perl scripts globally - to recover gracefully from these NFS 'hickups', without surrounding each and every stanza that accesses the NFS-sourced Perl modules — with a try-except block?

New laptop 2022 windows 11 does not show touchpad when booting to Linux. How to detect and enable touchpad?

2 December 2022 @ 8:25 pm

I have bought and returned several new laptops from Costco that have windows 11 preinstalled. On all of them when I boot to Linux (or even other edition of windows) the touchpad gets disabled and does not show as an input or device connected to the system. Is there a way to detect and enable the touchpad on these new computers shipping with windows 11 when using Linux?

Chrome Incognito Window with 50+ tabs turned black, I cannot close the window because of my tabs. How do i restart only rendering w/o closing Chrome?

2 December 2022 @ 8:21 pm

The issue was described here more than 3 years ago: It seems this issue has never been fixed. I was playing a YouTube video on one of my incognito tabs when the whole window turned completely black. This happened to me twice before already on an incognito window, so I was not thoroughly surprised. When I hover over the tab bar, it still shows the grey box with the tab name, using shortcuts to open or close a tab still works, and basically only the rendering is broken. How do I "restart" my Chrome window's rendering without restarting the process itself? It has happened automatically before when my WebGL crashed and after a few days it automatically restarts itself and is back again. I really cannot afford to lose my incognito tabs or the application storage inside them (cookies, localstorage, indexedDB

Range extender with 2 almost identical mac addresses on the router

2 December 2022 @ 8:13 pm

I hope it's the right section to post this question. On the wifi router I see 2 entries for my tp-link range extender with the same IP. One is with the correct MAC and I see the IP v4 and the IP v6. The second entry is with the same (correct) device name, the same IP v4 but a slightly different mac address (the first couple is not 00 but 02, the rest is equal) and I see 2,4 Ghz (in the first record it's not indicated). What could this be due to? Best regards

How to escape "&" in Android ADB shell command?

2 December 2022 @ 7:51 pm

Seeking help with how to escape "&" in ADB command line -- any guidance would be much appreciated! I am attempting to extract .epub book files from an Android tablet running B&N Nook app. The NOOK app stores ebook files in "/data/data/bn.ereader/files/B&N Downloads/Books" The "B&N Downloads" string is causing problems in ADB shell commands. I have tried escaping the "&" and "space" in the following ways ... $ ./adb shell cd ./data/data/bn.ereader/files/B&N Downloads/Books (original command) $ ./adb shell cd ./data/data/bn.ereader/files/B\&N\ Downloads/Books $ ./adb shell cd ./data/data/bn.ereader/files/'B&N Downloads'/Books $ ./adb shell cd './data/data/bn.ereader/files/B&N Downloads/Books' $ ./adb shell cd ./data/data/bn.ereader/files/"B&N Downloads"/Books $ ./adb shell cd ./data/data/bn.ereader/files/B^&N^ Downloads/Books (that

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The 2030 Self-Driving Car Bet

4 March 2022 @ 6:53 pm

It's my honor to announce that John Carmack and I have initiated a friendly bet of $10,000* to the 501(c)(3) charity of the winner’s choice:By January 1st, 2030, completely autonomous self-driving cars meeting SAE J3016 level 5 will be commercially available for

Updating The Single Most Influential Book of the BASIC Era

31 December 2021 @ 11:49 pm

In a way, these two books are responsible for my entire professional career.With early computers, you didn't boot up to a fancy schmancy desktop, or a screen full of apps you could easily poke and prod with your finger. No, those computers booted up to the command

Building a PC, Part IX: Downsizing

19 April 2020 @ 11:56 pm

Hard to believe that I've had the same PC case since 2011, and my last serious upgrade was in 2015. I guess that's yet another sign that the PC is over, because PC upgrades have gotten really boring. It took 5 years for me to muster

The Rise of the Electric Scooter

12 September 2019 @ 7:24 am

In an electric car, the (enormous) battery is a major part of the price. If electric car prices are decreasing, battery costs must be decreasing, because it's not like the cost of fabricating rubber, aluminum, glass, and steel into car shapes can decline that much, right? ev-battery-costs On an

Electric Geek Transportation Systems

20 August 2019 @ 11:35 am

I've never thought of myself as a "car person". The last new car I bought (and in fact, now that I think about it, the first new car I ever bought) was the quirky 1998 Ford Contour SVT. Since then we bought a VW station wagon

An Exercise Program for the Fat Web

30 May 2019 @ 11:04 am

When I wrote about App-pocalypse Now in 2014, I implied the future still belonged to the web. And it does. But it's also true that the web has changed a lot in the last 10 years, much less the last 20 or 30. fat city Websites have gotten a lot

The Cloud Is Just Someone Else's Computer

17 February 2019 @ 2:15 am

When we started Discourse in 2013, our server requirements were high: 1GB RAM modern, fast dual core CPU speedy solid state drive with 20+ GB I'm not talking about a cheapo shared cpanel server, either, I mean a dedicated virtual private server with those specifications. We were OK

What does Stack Overflow want to be when it grows up?

22 October 2018 @ 10:52 am

I sometimes get asked by regular people in the actual real world what it is that I do for a living, and here's my 15 second answer: We built a sort of Wikipedia website for computer programmers to post questions and answers. It's called Stack Overflow

There is no longer any such thing as Computer Security

21 September 2018 @ 9:50 am

Remember "cybersecurity"? its-cybersecurity-yay Mysterious hooded computer guys doing mysterious hooded computer guy .. things! Who knows what kind of naughty digital mischief they might be up to? Unfortunately, we now live in a world where this kind of digital mischief is literally rewriting the world's history. For proof

To Serve Man, with Software

31 December 2017 @ 2:01 am

I didn't choose to be a programmer. Somehow, it seemed, the computers chose me. For a long time, that was fine, that was enough; that was all I needed. But along the way I never felt that being a programmer was this unambiguously great-for-everyone career field with zero

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