Giant steps for (wo)mankind to secure US space future

Many women working in the United States commercial space industry are leaving, jeopardising future competitiveness. It is not up for debate. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is committed to both sending at least one woman to the moon in 2024, and sustaining a crewed United States presence there. But the commercial space industry that NASA must rely on – now more than ever, to get back to the lunar surface and stay – has a workforce sustainability problem. Bridenstine pulled no punches in July when he told a US congressional hearing…

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Zuckerberg: ‘Fifth estate’ should not decide what is credible

Facebook CEO says social media companies ought not be responsible for judging the merits of political expression. Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said the social network doesn’t fact-check political advertisements because it’s not the place of technology companies to become arbiters of truth. “I don’t think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies judge to be 100% true,” Zuckerberg said on Thursday to an auditorium full of students at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall in Washington. “People should be…

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Critics say Twitter treats hate speech as being ‘public interest’

Many argue that company is unwilling to act against threats of political violence or intimidation, from Trump or others. Amid calls from some Democrats to suspend the account of United States President Donald Trump, Twitter says world leaders’ accounts are not entirely above its policies and that it will crack down on any account that violates rules. The San Francisco company is clarifying its regulations, as a number of Democratic officials say they would like to see Trump booted off the social media site that has been his favoured platform…

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Xiaomi Black Shark 2 review: An affordable flagship gaming phone

Gaming phones are an ancient idea. Nokia released the N-Gage, which was like a phone built into a game controller, in 2003. And it didn’t do very well. But the concept has made a resurgence recently thanks to devices from Razer, Asus, and Xiaomi. Now, Xiaomi has launched its second-generation gaming phone called the Black Shark 2. The Black Shark 2 has a suite of features that make it a great way to play games on the go. It’s also affordable, starting at $420 for the version with 128GB of…

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Robots in the classroom: Could robots replace tutors, teachers?

Robots have been shown to be effective at increasing cognitive and affective outcomes In “Social Robots for Education,” a study published last August in Science Robotics, the abstract conveyed: “Social robots can be used in education as tutors or peer learners. They have been shown to be effective at increasing cognitive and affective outcomes and have achieved outcomes similar to those of human tutoring on restricted tasks. This is largely because of their physical presence, which traditional learning technologies lack.” The study indicated a few reasons why educational robots are…

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Stormquakes: Scientists discover hurricane, earthquake mash-ups

Scientists say that while hurricane-earthquake combinations are real, they are not dangerous. Scientists have discovered a mash-up of two feared disasters – hurricanes and earthquakes – and they’re calling them “stormquakes”. The shaking of the seafloor during hurricanes and nor’easters can rumble like a magnitude-3.5 earthquake and can last for days, according to a study in this week’s journal Geophysical Research Letters. The quakes are fairly common, but they were not noticed before because they were considered seismic background noise. A stormquake is more an oddity than something that can…

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Fewer likes: Facebook’s crypto board gets off to rocky start

Despite prominent exits, 21 founding members have backed Facebook’s new governing body for its digital currency. Despite a last-minute defector, Facebook Inc’s new association to oversee its global cryptocurrency, Libra, is forging ahead with a five-member board and the support of 21 remaining backers. At an inaugural meeting in Geneva on Monday, members agreed on interim articles of association laying out how the organisation will be governed, as required by Swiss law, according to a fact sheet provided by the Libra Association. Libra, part of Facebook’s expansion into e-commerce, will be backed…

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Toxic workplace: WeWork says carcinogen found in some offices

WeWork emailed tenants to say elevated levels of formaldehyde had been found in office phone booths in US and Canada. Cash-strapped WeWork, the office-sharing company that is trying to negotiate a financial lifeline, has a new problem that may prove costly. It has closed about 2,300 phone booths at some of its 223 sites in the United States and Canada after it says it discovered elevated levels of formaldehyde. The company, which abandoned plans for an initial public offering last month after investors questioned its mounting losses and the way…

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The New Tech Economy

People interact with a crowd-sourced digital projection titled ‘Project:Dome – OCISLY’ by Lawrence Loh and Sebastien Jurkowski during the Singapore Night Festival 2019 media preview in Singapore. It’s not news that the tech entrepreneur economy is in full swing. From the online markets for banking, education, publishing, artistic productions and crafts, there is no shortage for uses of the internet for marketing freelance skills to the larger world market, irrespective of national boundaries and customs. One can buy hand-made items on Etsy or industrial-made technology from Japan with the click…

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Big Data Storage Concerns

The past twenty years have brought an evolution from server-based applications to cloud platforms and technologies. Now, data warehousing and big data analytics are the emerging areas to pay attention too. The increasing need for on-demand services that support storage and computing resources has created a need for the cloud that will continue to grow as improvements are made. The transition is taking data from operational systems and moving it to decision support systems. Knowing the trends in cloud technologies can help create cost-effective ways to address data analytics and warehousing. Investing…

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Samsung: Is the worst over for its smartphone and chip units?

The South Korean tech giant says profits will continue to fall, but not by as much as they have been. Strong sales of Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 10 smartphone series are limiting the expected drop in profits at the South Korean tech giant, raising hopes it is getting back on a growth track after years of moribund sales. Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, is powering ahead with the launch of 5G phones and $2,000 foldable handsets as it heats up the competition with rivals Apple in the United States…

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Discovery of 20 new moons puts Saturn ahead of Jupiter

Astronomers discover 20 new moons around Saturn, making it the planet with the most number of moons in the solar system. The solar system has a new winner in the moon department. Twenty new moons have been found around Saturn, giving the ringed planet a total of 82. That beats Jupiter and its 79 moons. The discovery was announced on Monday by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center. If it is any consolation to the Jupiter crowd, our solar system’s biggest planet – Jupiter – still has the biggest…

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Mind-controlled exoskeleton allows paralyzed man to walk

The exoskeleton suit is still a prototype, but it offers a glimpse into a future where people’s brains can help regain power of movement. A French man who became quadriplegic after an accident four years ago has walked again with the aid of a revolutionary mind-controlled exoskeleton. Researchers at the University of Grenoble in France developed the technology that translates brain waves into mechanical movement. The 28-year-old man, identified only as Thibault, was paralysed after falling from a balcony in 2015. Since then, his spinal cord had not been able…

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Facebook removes accounts from UAE, Nigeria, Egypt and Indonesia

Hundreds of pages accused of ‘coordinated inauthentic behaviour’ and misleading millions of users worldwide. Facebook has removed several pages, groups and accounts on its platforms from the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia, citing “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” aimed at misleading social media users. A total of 443 Facebook accounts, 200 pages and 76 groups, as well as 125 Instagram accounts, were removed, the social media platform said on Thursday. They were traced to three separate and “unconnected” operations, one of which was operating in three countries, the United Arab Emirates,…

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Apple to raise iPhone 11 production by 10 percent

Suppliers have been told to increase production of the latest iPhone due to strong demand, the Nikkei Asian Review said. Apple Inc. has told suppliers to increase production of the latest iPhone 11 product line by as much as 10% to meet stronger-than-expected demand for the new handsets, the Nikkei Asian Review reported. The boost would add 7 million to 8 million units to the Cupertino, Calif.-based company’s smartphone production, the publication reported. The increase may validate Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s strategy of offering budget-conscious consumers less expensive models…

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