UK begins testing unsupervised autonomous transport pods

Shoppers at a UK mall have the opportunity to try out autonomous transport pods this week which — in a UK first — operate entirely without supervision. The driverless pods are being tested at the Cribbs Causeway mall in Gloucestershire, and run bet…

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Curmudgeon watch: My 2020 tech resolutions

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FS – IDM,Windows 10 $8 & Office 2019/2016/365, Server , ASUS B250-M K Prime,G4400


I am selling various products here. Since I have upgraded to Ryzen build, I have my i6 6700k system parts for sale.
Sadly my 6700k died while delidding, so have to sell mobo.

Also, have…

FS – IDM,Windows 10 $8 & Office 2019/2016/365, Server , ASUS B250-M K Prime,G4400

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Nobody can see all of CES. But I tried

To the surprise and delight of the more experienced Ars staff, I volunteered to attend CES—the Consumer Electronics Show, held annually in Las Vegas—this year. The delight, as it turns out, is because if I hadn’t volunteered, one of them might have been voluntold. I didn’t let the schadenfreude get me down, though; attending CES has been a bucket-list item for me for more than 20 years. I’m not a huge fan of crowds, but the promise of “weird electronic stuff” and sights not offered to the general public had me mesmerized.

One of the things any CES veteran will tell you is that it’s impossible to actually see all of CES. They’re not kidding—it would be an overstatement to claim that CES takes over the entirety of Las Vegas, but it wouldn’t be an egregious one. Parts of CES take place at the Venetian hotel/casino/indoor mall, the attached and similarly gargantuan Palazzo, and the Las Vegas Convention Center. Any one of those locations dwarfs any other convention center I’ve seen, but even all of them together aren’t enough to entirely contain CES—which also has offshoots in other area hotels, convention centers, and just about anywhere else you can cram a few hundred people.

I hardly left the Venetian on my first day at CES. The show wasn’t technically open at all yet—it was an extremely limited “media preview” with a few high-impact press conferences from the likes of AMD and Intel, and not much else. To the great fury of our most dedicated AMD fans, I ended up covering Intel’s press release a day before AMD’s—because AMD mistakenly invited me to the location of their future party room, not their actual press conference, which was several miles across town.

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Mario Kart Tour's second multiplayer beta will be open to all

Still playing Mario Kart Tour? The development team has announced today that a second multiplayer beta is on the way. Unlike the last test — which required an expensive Gold Pass subscription to enter — this one will be open to all players. It will…

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LastPass Is In the Midst of a Major Outage

LastPass has been suffering from a major outage as users are reporting being unable to log into their accounts and autofill passwords. What’s odd is the company insists that everything is working properly, even though there’s an unusually high number of users reporting issues. ZDNet reports: User reports about login issues have been flooding Twitter, but also the company’s forum, Reddit, and DownDetector. Users are reporting receiving the following error when trying to log in: “An error has occurred while contacting the LastPass server. Please try again later.” Both home and enterprise users are impacted. According to reports, LastPass’ support staff has been either non-responsive, or denying reports of any technical issue happening at all. Despite issues being reported as far back as three days, the company has not updated its status page to reflect the incident, nor do they provided any type of explanation or useful help to their userbase.

According to multiple user on Twitter, the problems appear to impact only users with LastPass accounts dating to 2014, or prior. On DownDetector, a company spokesperson said the company was still investigating the incident, stating that there are no glaring issues with its servers — which suggests the roots of this outage might be in a software component. “We are aware of and actively investigating reports from some LastPass customers who are experiencing issues and receiving errors when attempting to log in. At this time no service issues have been identified.” Contacted by ZDNet, the company described the outage as “an isolated issue with limited impact” and said that “engineers are working to resolve the issue.”

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Disney+ is coming to Europe a week sooner than expected

If you live in Europe and you’ve been patiently waiting to (legally) get stuck into The Mandalorian, we have some good news. The launch date for the European launch of Disney+ has been brought forward by a week, the Walt Disney Company has confirmed,…

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5 Modern Hobbies Most Insurers Don’t Want You To Do

It’d feel very freeing to think that, in our personal lives, we’re largely entitled to do whatever we want – within reason and within the law, obviously – with few monetary repercussions. Sadly, though, insurers can beg to differ if you want to source a financial safety net for your activities. Some hobbies currently “in […]

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Honda and Isuzu’s Hydrogen Society

By Talicia Marie Stewart

Akihabara News (Tokyo) — Honda and Isuzu have signed an agreement to conduct joint research on fuel cell-powered heavy-duty trucks. With companies like Toyota and Hyundai already successfully producing vehicles powered by fuel cells, it only makes sense for Honda and Isuzu to apply these technologies to larger, heavy-duty trucks.

Compared to other technologies, hydrogen fuel cells (FC) allow for a cleaner and more efficient energy conversion solution. Unlike the fossil fuels we use to power our cars, our motor bikes, our houses etc. (the typical vehicle producing 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year), hydrogen fuel cells do not emit any CO2. Instead, they emit only water, excess heat and electricity.

By using fuel cells, vehicle manufacturers like Honda and Isuzu hope to “address the on-going global challenge of reducing humanity’s environmental footprint” and work towards a more “sustainable energy.”

Isuzu has been working on developments for a clean diesel engine, engines for natural gas vehicles (NGVs), and electric vehicle (EV) powertrains. All of which work to reduce carbon emissions. While Isuzu aims to promote low-carbon usage and clean renewable energy, it also hopes these developments will accommodate to a broad range of customer needs. Similarly, Honda has been working towards the idea of a “carbon-free society.”

For the past thirty years, Honda has been researching and developing fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), which they describe as “the ultimate environmental technology.” In addition, Honda has also been developing and producing hybrid and battery electric vehicles since 1999. With Honda’s strengths in the FC development, and Isuzu’s strengths in the development of heavy-duty trucks, the two companies hope to establish the foundation for basic technologies, such as FC powertrain and vehicle control technologies. The aim for their two-year deal is to test Honda’s fuel cell powertrain, originally designed for passenger cars, in Isuzu’s commercial trucks. This, the companies say, may pave the way for FC use in a wider range of vehicles.

Specifically applying FC to large trucks, school buses and other large vehicles that travel great distances will greatly reduce carbon emissions. As a by-product, FCVs will generate their own electricity using hydrogen stored in onboard tanks, allowing for longer trips. This means the time it takes to refuel is also considerably less.

It isn’t the first time we’ve seen two companies join to create FC powered trucks. Earlier in 2019, Hyundai and H2 Energy announced the establishment of a joint venture, with plans to bring 1,600 fuel cell electric heavy-duty trucks into Europe by 2025.

In other parts of the world, the focus has been more sharply on electric cars (EC). Tesla sold 367,500 electric cars in 2019, and Elon Musk has even said that FCVs are “mind-bogglingly stupid.”

In China alone, it is estimated that there were 2.6 million electric cars sold last year. In the United States, that number was half, but still a very considerable amount.

Global FCV stock only reached 11,200 units at the end of 2018. Even though that was an 80% increase from the previous year, the market for FCVs is simply not big enough to warrant other manufacturers to produce them.

That is why it is notable that, out of the eight successful FCVs that have been put to market, six of them were made by Japanese companies; that is, Hyundai, Honda, and Toyota. With more plans to produce newer models of FCVs, like that of the heavy-duty truck, it seems that Japanese companies have no plans on slowing down while the rest of the world catches up.

Isuzu and Honda not only plan to produce the clean, low-noise, low-vibration heavy-duty trucks that their customers are waiting for, but to also encourage the debate that FC trucks and hydrogen energy can contribute to future prosperity.

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New Research Provides Evidence of Strong Early Magnetic Field Around Earth

New research from the University of Rochester provides evidence that the magnetic field that first formed around Earth was even stronger than scientists previously believed. The research, published in the journal PNAS, will help scientists draw conclusions about the sustainability of Earth’s magnetic shield and whether or not there are other planets in the solar system with the conditions necessary to harbor life. Phys.Org reports: Using new paleomagnetic, electron microscope, geochemical, and paleointensity data, the researchers dated and analyzed zircon crystals — the oldest known terrestrial materials — collected from sites in Australia. The zircons, which are about two-tenths of a millimeter, contain even smaller magnetic particles that lock in the magnetization of the earth at the time the zircons were formed. Previous research by [John Tarduno, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Dean of Research for Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at Rochester] found that Earth’s magnetic field is at least 4.2 billion years old and has existed for nearly as long as the planet. Earth’s inner core, on the other hand, is a relatively recent addition: it formed only about 565 million years ago, according to research published by Tarduno and his colleagues earlier this year.

While the researchers initially believed Earth’s early magnetic field had a weak intensity, the new zircon data suggests a stronger field. But, because the inner core had not yet formed, the strong field that originally developed 4 billion years ago must have been powered by a different mechanism. “We think that mechanism is chemical precipitation of magnesium oxide within Earth,” Tarduno says. The magnesium oxide was likely dissolved by extreme heat related to the giant impact that formed Earth’s moon. As the inside of Earth cooled, magnesium oxide could precipitate out, driving convection and the geodynamo. The researchers believe inner Earth eventually exhausted the magnesium oxide source to the point that the magnetic field almost completely collapsed 565 million years ago. But the formation of the inner core provided a new source to power the geodynamo and the planetary magnetic shield Earth has today.

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Qualcomm's new mobile chipsets pack more features for the non-5G crowd

2020 is the year 5G will start making a difference for people, but 4G LTE networks aren’t going anywhere. If anything, they’ll remain the de facto means of connection for much of the world for years, so it’s little surprise to see Qualcomm rolling ou…

Source: Engadget – Qualcomm’s new mobile chipsets pack more features for the non-5G crowd

Merging Of Flang/F18 Fortran Compiler Support Into LLVM Has Been Delayed

The modern F18/Flang Fortran front-end to LLVM had been set to land in the LLVM mono repository last Monday that could have made it included as part of the LLVM 10.0 branch set for that day. The LLVM 10.0 branching happened as planned but the landing of this Fortran support did not…

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Subaru plans to sell only electric cars by the middle of the 2030s

By Ronan Glon

Nipping infinite rumors in the bud, Subaru confirmed the Outback, the Forester, the BRZ, the WRX STI, and every other car it makes will go electric or disappear by the middle of the 2030s. The Japanese automaker announced it plans to k…

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GDPR has led to $126 million in fines over data privacy

It’s been a year and nearly eight months since the EU’s data privacy law, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), came into force and 114 million euros ($126 million) in fines have been imposed so far, according to a new report.

The law firm…

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A Newly-Discovered Part of Our Immune System Could Be Harnessed To Treat All Cancers, Say Scientists.

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The Cardiff University team discovered a method of killing prostate, breast, lung and other cancers in lab tests. The findings, published in Nature Immunology, have not been tested in patients, but the researchers say they have “enormous potential.” Our immune system is our body’s natural defense against infection, but it also attacks cancerous cells. The scientists were looking for “unconventional” and previously undiscovered ways the immune system naturally attacks tumors. What they found was a T-cell inside people’s blood. This is an immune cell that can scan the body to assess whether there is a threat that needs to be eliminated. The difference is this one could attack a wide range of cancers.

T-cells have “receptors” on their surface that allow them to “see” at a chemical level. The Cardiff team discovered a T-cell and its receptor that could find and kill a wide range of cancerous cells in the lab including lung, skin, blood, colon, breast, bone, prostate, ovarian, kidney and cervical cancer cells. Crucially, it left normal tissues untouched. Exactly how it does this is still being explored. This particular T-cell receptor interacts with a molecule called MR1, which is on the surface of every cell in the human body. It is thought MR1 is flagging the distorted metabolism going on inside a cancerous cell to the immune system. Treatment would include extracting T-cells from a blood sample of a cancer patient and then genetically modifying them so they were reprogrammed to make the cancer-finding receptor. The upgraded cells would be grown in vast quantities in the lab and then put back into the patient.

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