United States

Cause of cathode degradation identified for nickel-rich materials

ScienceDaily | Mar 15, 2019 at 4:16 PM
  • For electric vehicles to deliver the same reliability as gas vehicles they need lightweight yet powerful batteries.
  • To fully understand this process in their nickel-rich layered materials, the scientists needed to use multiple research techniques to assess the material from different angles.
  • To do so, Hu and his colleagues characterized the material at multiple research facilities, including two synchrotron light sources — the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at SLAC.

United Arab Emirates

F5 Networks acquires open-source software firm NGINX

Tahawul Tech | Mar 15, 2019 at 4:05 PM
  • F5 Networks and NGINX have announced a definitive agreement under which F5 will acquire all issued and outstanding shares of privately held NGINX for a total enterprise value of approximately $670 million, subject to certain adjustments.
  • Upon closing of the acquisition, F5 will maintain the NGINX brand.
  • Gus Robertson, along with NGINX founders Igor Sysoev and Maxim Konovalov, will join F5 and will continue to lead NGINX.

United States

Google Maps platform adds new styles and gameplay options for mobile games

Venture Beat | Mar 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM
  • Google unveiled a platform a year ago that enable game developers to create location-based games based on its Google Maps technology.
  • So Google is releasing some improvements for the Google Maps Platform, including biome, elevation, and pathfinding.
  • Pathfinding gives developers access to the power of Google Maps’ routing algorithms to enable experiences in motion — anything from directing monsters to chase a player around, to flying a plane to drop off supplies at a safe house, to collaborating on missions through a futuristic city.

United States

LG 2019 OLED TVs start at $2,500, ship in April, just like last year

CNET | Mar 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM
  • In the last few years LG’s OLED TVs have taken the picture quality crown, and I don’t expect that to change in 2019.
  • The HomeKit integration lets users control the TV and their other smart home products using Apple’s Home app or by talking to Apple’s Siri digital assistant.
  • New for 2019, LG’s TVs can work with speakers compatible with the Wireless Speaker and Audio Association standard, such as the Klipsch Reference Premiere Wireless system.

United States

Ageism and the Gender Pay Gap: Why Getting Older Can Be Problematic for Women

Entrepreneur | Mar 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM
  • Organizations, by law, may not ask about an applicant’s age in an interview, a September 2018 AARP survey found that more than 90 percent of U.S. workers described age discrimination as “somewhat or very common” in the workplace, and 44 percent of older job applicants said they personally had been asked (illegally) for age-related information from potential employers.
  • Women live longer than men, so it’s fair to argue that they need more income to provide for their retirement.
  • The same research found that 43 percent of today’s women workers had at least one year with no earnings.

United States

New Facebook A.I. tool strikes at ‘revenge’ image posts

United Press International (UPI) | Mar 15, 2019 at 3:45 PM
  • Social networking company Facebook said Friday it’s rolling out a new artificial intelligence tool that can detect and remove images and videos posted online without a certain users’ consent.
  • The system detects “near nude” content that’s passed on to a human moderator for review.
  • It promised users Facebook will act swiftly in cases of “revenge.”

Russian Federation

Russian government assigns priority to 5G network competitive model – Deputy PM

TASS Russian News Agency | Mar 15, 2019 at 3:33 PM
  • The Russian Government views a competitive model of the fifth-generation (5G) network development and rollout as a priority option, Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov told reporters.
  • The Russian telecom ministry presented earlier a 5G network development concept to certain ministries.
  • The final approval for the network development option will be made after settling the issue with frequencies and commercialization of technologies to work with 5G.

United States

For more love, death, and robots, stream Robot Carnival free online

The Verge | Mar 15, 2019 at 3:31 PM
  • There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching.
  • Robot Carnival, a 1987 anthology of mostly dialogue-free Japanese animated short films, each involving automata.
  • Because the highly NSFW animated science fiction anthology Love, Death + Robots debuts on Netflix this weekend.