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18th May 2017

App maker’s code stolen in malware attack

The FBI is investigating and Apple are looking out for malicious versions of the apps after the theft. – Source

China’s Strength and Its Shopping Lift Alibaba’s Results

Rising online retail sales and a stronger overall economy helped the Chinese e-commerce giant, but expansion beyond its core businesses has been slow. – Source

3 reasons why Google Lens won I/O – CNET

Lens received one of the biggest reactions at I/O, and we hope it lives up to the hype. – Source

Qualcomm’s inductive charging road could pave the way to new EVs – Roadshow

Imagine a future where your electric car is charged with wireless power from the road as you blast along at highway speeds. – Source

LG Stylo 3 Plus

Running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, the LG Stylo 3 Plus replaces the Stylo 2 Plus that T-Mobile launched in 2016. The new handset obviously features a stylus pen, and brings various improvements that make it better than its predecessor. The Stylo 3 Plus is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 435 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, further offering a fingerprint scanner, a 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, and a 3080 mAh battery. – Source

Google Assistant: The smart person’s guide

This comprehensive guide covers the history behind Google’s AI-powered Google Assistant, its features, and what it means for the future of Google’s business. – Source

Start racking up Delta SkyMiles with your Lyft rides

Lyft is no stranger to offering perks with every trip. Its latest bonus will be more than a little useful if you’re a frequent flier, though. The service just unveiled a partnership with Delta that has you earning SkyMiles with every ride. After y… – Source

Engineering heart valves for the many

Medical researchers announced today a cross-institutional team effort to generate a functional heart valve replacement with the capacity for repair, regeneration, and growth. The team is also working towards a GMP-grade version of their customizable, scalable, and cost-effective manufacturing process that would enable deployment to a large patient population. In addition, the new heart valve would be compatible with minimally invasive procedures to serve both pediatric and adult patients. – Source

Nanotechnology used to boost the performance of key industrial catalyst

Nanoscale stretching or compressing significantly boost the performance of ceria, a material widely used in catalytic converters and clean-energy technologies, Stanford scientists report. – Source

Using graphene to create quantum bits

In the race to produce a quantum computer, a number of projects are seeking a way to create quantum bits — or qubits — that are stable, meaning they are not much affected by changes in their environment. This normally needs highly nonlinear non-dissipative elements capable of functioning at very low temperatures. – Source

World’s thinnest hologram paves path to new 3-D world

Researchers pave way towards integration of 3-D holography into electronics like smart phones, computers and TVs, with development of nano-hologram 1,000 times thinner than a human hair. – Source

Measuring the human impact of weather

The World Meteorological Organization has announced today world records for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms. It marks the first time the official WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes has broadened its scope from strictly temperature and weather records to address the impacts of specific events. – Source

Unlocking the key to infertility in older women

Findings from new research may finally resolve, and potentially provide answers, as to why older women have higher incidences of miscarriage and have babies with chromosomal abnormalities. – Source

Temperatures in the Arctic are increasing twice as fast as in the rest of the globe, while the Antarctic is warming at a much slower rate. A new study shows that land height could be a ‘game changer’ when it comes to explaining why temperatures are rising at such different rates in the two regions. – Source

Study estimates number of US women living with metastatic breast cancer

The number of women in the United States living with distant metastatic breast cancer, the most severe form of the disease, is growing, new research shows. – Source

The Charlie Sheen effect on HIV testing

On Nov. 17, 2015, actor Charlie Sheen publicly disclosed he was HIV-positive on NBC’s Today Show. In previous research, scientists found that Sheen’s disclosure corresponded with millions of online search queries for HIV prevention and testing. A follow-up study finds it also led to more sales of in-home HIV testing kits. – Source

There’s more to attraction than what meets the eye

Attractiveness isn’t just a matter of good looks, but also the right voice and scent, highlights a mini review. – Source

This Discounted Dyson Is Designed With Allergy Sufferers In Mind

Dyson dominates the list of our readers’ favorite vacuums, and the powerful Dyson Ball Allergy has a big refurb sale on Amazon, today only.

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Samsung’s QLED TVs are a dream for color calibration nerds

For video pros or color aficionados who want to see films the way they were intended, HDR’s extra-wide color gamut is a godsend. However, calibrating HDR TVs is a tedious pain, forcing you to futz with onscreen menus using a clumsy remote. If you’re… – Source

The OontZ Angle Plus Runs For 30 Hours on a Charge – Just $24 Today Only

Cambridge SoundWorks’ OontZ Angle is one of our readers’ favorite water-resistant Bluetooth speakers, but today, its larger brother is even less expensive than the original.

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The OontZ Angle Plus Runs For 30 Hours on a Charge – Just $24 Today Only

Cambridge SoundWorks’ OontZ Angle is one of our readers’ favorite water-resistant Bluetooth speakers, but today, its larger brother is even less expensive than the original.

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Fun with AI: watch Google Home, Siri, and Alexa try and understand 8 different accents

Voice-powered assistants may have been getting better and better over the recent months, but that has not always been the case. Siri still has a bad rep from back in the iPhone 4s days when it was barely able to make out what you want from it, and Google Now wasn’t really amazing at it either. The cringe fest only got worse if you happen to have an accent that’s not the purest form of US English.

However, for the past couple of years, things have been getting better – even frighteningly better at times – and the little voice-activated AI assistants … – Source

MediaTek’s latest chip designed for Android Things and virtual assistants

MediaTek has just unveiled its latest chipset, but this one isn’t built with smartphones in mind. Instead it’s targeting the latest trend is smart assistant power speakers, or Voice Assistant Devices (VADs) as the company calls them. The new MT8516 has also been pre-certified to support Google’s Android Things platform and will therefore likely end up running the increasingly popular Google Assistant too.

The MT8516 is built around a quad-core ARM Cortex-A35 CPU setup, operating at just 1.3GHz. The A35 is ARM’s most power efficient processor, designed with battery life and low cost in mind while also supporting ARM’s 64-bit instruction set. MediaTek’s platform supports LPDDR2, LPDDR3, DDR3, DDR3L and DDR4 RAM options, depending on the performance target required.

“Smart home products are growing in popularity and MediaTek’s expertise is making connected devices smarter, smaller and more power efficient without sacrificing performance,” – Joe Chen, Executive Vice President and Co-COO of MediaTek

MediaTek has also included a selection of connectivity options, integrating Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 on chip. Audio interfaces are also vitally important in VADs, so the MT8516 also includes support for up to 8 TDM channels and 2 PDM inputs, in order to support audio inputs from multiple sources. This is particularly useful for noise cancellation and is used in applications that attempt to locate the source of a sound, which includes VADs.

Android Things certification is an important win for the chip too, as it means that it’s supported by Google’s developer tools that are designed to help expedite development using the platform. MediaTek says to expect the first Google Assistant powered devices making use of the MT8516 to appear in Q4 2017.

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73% of enterprises will run almost entirely on SaaS by 2020, report says

Some 38% of companies have already moved most of their apps to SaaS, according to a new survey from BetterCloud. – Source

Chance of colon cancer recurrence nearly cut in half in people who eat nuts

Something as simple as eating tree nuts may make a difference in the long-term survival of patients with colon cancer, a new study concludes. – Source

HPV vaccination may reduce oral HPV infections, but still under-utilized

In one of the first large studies to explore the possible impact of HPV vaccination on oral HPV infections, researchers found it may confer a high degree of protection. The study of young adults in the United States showed that the prevalence of high-risk HPV infection was 88% lower among those who reported getting at least one vaccine dose than among those who were not vaccinated. – Source

A culprit of thyroid’s diseases

A team of scientists has clarified the molecular mechanism to explain how the thyroid and surrounding vascular system change in the most common form of hyperthyroidism. These findings provide a potential therapeutic target for thyroid diseases. – Source

Mechanisms behind sensory deficits in Parkinson’s disease

Although Parkinson’s disease is often associated with motor symptoms such as stiffness, poor balance and trembling, the first symptoms are often sensory and include a reduced sense of touch and smell. In a study on mice, researchers have now been able to identify neural circuits and mechanisms behind this loss of sensory perception. The study may open avenues to methods of earlier diagnosis. – Source

Sexual satisfaction: Treating a woman with oxytocin also benefits her male partner

A new study showed that the sexual response of men, whose female partners had been treated with the “bonding hormone” oxytocin or a placebo, was enhanced – even to the extent of improving their erectile function. This effect was not a function of the substance administered, so that the result is attributable to the improvement in communications within the long-term relationship. – Source

Energy transition: Smart, interconnected, sustainable

Many elements are required for making the energy system more sustainable. Among them are smart solar storage systems, smartly interconnected energy grids, and electricity-based synthetic fuels (e-fuels). – Source

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