Kent in southeast England was hit by a 4.2 magnitude earthquake early Friday morning, with tremors felt across the region.
Residents in Canterbury, Margate and Whitstable felt rumblings as the minor quake rippled out from the epicentre 5 km south of Ramsgate.
The British Geological Survey, who normally tweet "weekdays 9 - 5," posted updates on the quake location and put it into context early on.
True to form, Uber isn't being shy about its work developing self-driving cars. In February, the company announced its plans to create autonomous vehicles, and now, one of its research cars has been seen cruising the streets of Pittsburgh. The vehicle — spotted by the Pittsburgh Business Times — has the words "Uber Advanced Technologies Center" splashed across one side, and what looks to be a box of electronic components on the roof.
The Pittsburgh Business Times notes that the device at the very top of the car was rotating, suggesting that it's a LIDAR sensor being used to map the immediate surroundings. The device has an identical profile to LIDAR components deployed in Google's self-driving vehicles but looks completely different to the equipment seen on the so-called Apple car.
"This vehicle is part of our early research efforts."
Another sign that former Google head of business Nikesh Arora is poised to take over the top spot at SoftBank: he will replace current chief executive officer Masayoshi Son as chairman of Yahoo Japan’s board of directors.
SoftBank currently holds a 43 percent stake in Yahoo Japan. Son will remain on the board of directors, with Arora taking over as the chairman.
NASA's "Nasty 1" isn't like other stars. Bigger than our Sun but barely older than humanity itself, this unusual celestial body sits just about 3,000 light years away from Earth. And while it's certainly similar to other Wolf-Rayet stars, which are identifiable by their lack of an outer hydrogen-rich sheath and exposed superheated helium core, those have never been observed in the Milky Way with an accretion disc like Nasty's. (See that thing above? That's an accretion disc.)Astronomers believe that this disc is the result of an exceedingly rare occurrence wherein two Wolf-Rayets form within the same solar system and one star's hydrogen fuel is siphoned off by its smaller companion. "We were excited to see this disk-like structure because it may be evidence for a Wolf-Rayet star forming from a binary interaction," study leader Jon Mauerhan of UC Berkeley said in a statement. "There are very few examples in the galaxy of this process in action because this phase is short-lived, perhaps lasting only a hundred thousand years, while the timescale over which a resulting disk is visible could be only ten thousand years or less."
Google I/O is around the corner and The Information is reporting that Google is developing an OS for low-power devices connected on the Internet of Things. Codenamed “Brillo,” we may be seeing a reveal of this platform, which would be launched under the Android brand at Google I/O next weekend. The connected OS would be based on the existing Android OS and would signal Google’s entry into the connected devices marketplace in a significant way.
According to the report, this OS would be primarily aimed at low-power devices that function on as little as 64 or 32MB of RAM. This certainly includes a wide range of connected gizmos including light bulbs, door locks, and pretty much any small smart home function that we can expect to see take off in the next few years.
You may have noticed some news around these weird sounding devices that measure “arousal”. They don’t. But they do measure changes in penile shape, and as such, can give users a rough estimate – in a non-invasive way – of how much blood is flowing into the penis during erection.
Depends on the design. The volumetric plethysmograph consists of a glass tube with a known volume. It has a large opening at one end and a small opening at the other. The large opening goes over the penis, along with an inflatable rubber cuff to seal everything up. As the erection grows, it pressurizes the air in the tube, and the change in pressure tells you (indirectly) how much blood has flowed into the penis. These devices are sensitive to small changes in penile volume, but they’re kind of impractical and cumbersome.
Apple Store version 3.3 is now protected by a two-step authentication process, an added layer of security that requires app users to enter both a password and verification code before making a purchase.
To take advantage of the security feature, Apple ID account holders must have enabled two-step verification through the My Apple ID webpage. The option can be found under in the "Edit your Apple ID" menu under "Password and Security." Once activated, users will be asked to enter the password associated with their Apple ID, as well as a four-digit verification code sent by the system to a trusted device....
The founders of the famed Star Registry may have had the best intentions, but letting just anyone name a star always seemed like a bad idea to me. There's just so much potential for mischief -- and I should know because if I had the chance to name a star, there would be a shimmering place in the sky called "GassyNixon666" before you could say, "Grow up."
It turns that not even super-smart astronomers can pass up such a tantalizing naming opportunity. They've made some new discoveries about a strange star nicknamed "Nasty 1," according to the official Hubble Space Telescope website.
Big-time Twitter investor Chris Sacca has a few suggestions for how the struggling company can turn things around — and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be pulling any punches.
Sacca, who founded Lowercase Capital and owned the largest outside position in Twitter when the company went public in 2013, penned a blog post Thursday that first gushed about his love for the company, and then ended with a warning that he’s about to start making a few suggestions for the team.
“I write all this because I am soon going to post a few things that I personally hope the Twitter team will accomplish,” he wrote, noting how a recent conversation with CNBC’s Jim Cramer, a well-known Twitter critic, changed his mind. “I want to make clear that my feedback comes from a place of loyalty and persistent gratitude. I love Twitter.”
The ICANN leader who kicked off the Internet organization’s move away from U.S. government control will leave his post early, possibly before the transition is finished.
Fadi Chehadé, who became president and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in September 2012, will step down in March 2016, ICANN announced on Thursday. He is leaving for a new career in the private sector, outside of the domain name industry, the group said. Chehadé’s term was to have lasted until June 2017.
Chehadé’s biggest job at the helm of ICANN, which coordinates the Internet’s DNS (Domain Name System) and Internet Protocol addresses, has been to shepherd its transition away from U.S. control. ICANN operates under a contract from the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is scheduled to expire in September.
A general from one faction will publish an article advocating some extreme position, then an academic from another faction will put a rebuttal in another paper stating a countervailing, but equally extreme, position. Then often the CCPPD will issue a directive banning the discussion of the topic altogether.
From the outside, it's easy to imagine that the Party is a united entity, and any topics discussed in "Party sources" are authoritative, and reflect Government policy. This is very far from the truth. In fact, watching these sorts of articles (and the response from the CCPPD) is exactly how those of us who are "China Observers" measure which faction is in the ascendancy.
The PLA is a hotbed of far-left thinking, and the opinion pieces of the PLA Daily often adhere to that viewpoint. The opinion pieces are often extreme, and present a worldview that is overly-militaristic, self-serving, and paranoid. So they can't be taken literally.
Just in case you weren’t satisfied with Marvel in every movie theater, news feed, and piece of merchandise on the planet, this design puts classic comics from the superhero behemoth right on your home screen.
This look is designed for both Themer and Zooper widgets. To get this design in Themer, download the .zip file here. Then follow these steps:
Traditionally, companies have at least two main technical teams. There are the programmers, who code the software that the company sells, or that its employees use internally. And then there are the information technology operations staff, who handle everything from installing network gear to maintaining the servers that run those programmers’ code. The two teams only communicate when it’s time for the operations team to install a new version of the programmers’ software, or when things go wrong.
That’s the way it was at Munder Capital Management when J. Wolfgang Goerlich joined the Midwestern financial services company in 2005.
As a security specialist, Goerlich served as sort of a go-between for the developers, operations, and legal compliance staff, making sure everyone was building and maintaining technology safely while following all relevant laws. In 2011, Goerlich was promoted to the role of information systems and security manager and tasked with combining the development and operations teams into a single unified team, tearing down the walls that separated them.
Google has a new catchphrase: “Micro-moments.” It’s the chosen term for the search results and ads that strike users when they’re pondering a purchase, and Google’s pitch to advertisers with money to spend on mobile.
Sridhar Ramaswamy, the executive who oversees Google’s gargantuan ads business and nascent commerce one, deployed the phrase frequently this morning during his keynote address at the ad:tech San Francisco conference. He was there to introduce Google’s latest ad product, shopping ads within YouTube.
But he also spent considerable time addressing mobile, beginning his talk with the recent news that mobile searches on Google now outpace desktop ones.
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A Grand Jury in Baltimore, Maryland indicted all six police officers allegedly involved in the killing of Freddie Gray, a black man who died in police custody there in April.
In our reality, the Transformers franchise has wreaked havoc on Hollywood for the better part of a decade, and it shows no signs of stopping. But imagine, if you will, a universe where every movie you know takes place in the same world... all until the Transformers come to ruin everyone's lives.
In this Funny or Die short, it's clear that the Autobots and Decepticons have been warring for generations. Of course, you knew that already. (Thanks, Beast Wars.) But you didn't know that, in this reality, the Titanic didn't sink. It got thrown ashore: