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BT told to share poles for fibre broadband
BT must make it easier for rival internet providers to use its telegraph poles, telecoms regulator Ofcom says. Ofcom has published a list of new measures to make it cheaper for companies to install ultrafast full fibre broadband infrastructure. It said BT must make it easier for rivals to install fibre on its telegraph poles and in its underground tunnels. Additionally, BT will be banned from reducing its wholesale prices in areas where rival networks are starting to lay infrastructure.
Applebee's and IHOP's new recipe for success: technology, takeout and takeovers
Casual dining restaurants began to lose their appeal for millennial-generation foodies, and in 2016, Applebee's tried to update its image. We lost a little relevance with our customers, said Stephen P Joyce, chief executive of DineEquity Inc., the Glendale company that owns IHOP and Applebee's. The company is adding technology to make ordering more convenient, Joyce said, and is paying more attention to off-premise dining-that is, takeout orders, often handled by food-delivery services.
In China's eSport schools students learn it pays to play
At a school in eastern China it is mandatory, part of a drive to train eSport champions and tap into the booming industry. Once associated with teenagers stuck in their bedrooms, eSports-where players square off in lucrative video game tournaments-are growing fast. In fact, it's not the case, eSport is developing to a very high degree and it's become an economic growth driver. League of Legends At the school in Jinan, students focus on improving their skills in some of the most popular eSport games.
Judge: Ads can run in Uber, Lyft vehicles in New York City
A judge gave the green light Thursday to a Minnesota company that wants to put advertising in vehicles driven for companies like Uber and Lyft in New York City. Vugo Inc sued New York City in 2015 after the Taxi and Limousine Commission prohibited the ads in vehicles that were not medallion taxis or street hail liveries. Abrams wrote that the city was being unreasonable, in part, because large swaths of the vehicles it regulates are permitted to display advertisements.
Glitches or not, Nissan starts testing semi-autonomous rides
In the future Nissan envisions, driverless cars will pick up children from school and recommend restaurants to tourists in various languages. Nissan Motor Co says feedback from people who try it will be used to fine-tune its robo-vehicle mobility service. The automaker said Friday that 300 people have already signed up to try out Easy Ride next month.
NIST expertise helps protect Emancipation Proclamation at African American History Museum
This month, two seminal documents in American history-the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the Constitution-went on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). They are preserved in sealed encasements that were custom-designed, fabricated and outfitted with environmental sensors by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It's convenient to have continuously updated monitoring data stored on a cloud server and be able to plot the data over time, Ricker said.
The low-cost mini satellites bringing mobile to the world
Large chunks of the planet are still of out of reach of mobile phone signals - that's about four billion people without access to digital communications. His firm is aiming to offer customers mobile phone connections via a constellation of 200 shoebox-sized satellites weighing just 10kg (22lb) each. With all these satellites, low Earth orbit - an altitude of 2,000km (1,200 miles) or less above the planet - is becoming an increasingly crowded space.
UPS adding to electric truck fleet
UPS says it will soon start using electric delivery trucks that cost the same as conventional diesel- or gas-fueled ones. The company has been developing the trucks with Ohio-based truck maker Workhorse Group Inc for four years. UPS says it will deploy 50 of the trucks by the end of this year in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Dallas. UPS wants 25 percent of its global fleet to be alternative fuel vehicles by 2020.
Airbnb expands offerings with new upscale categories
Home-share titan Airbnb on Thursday took aim at more upscale travelers with new categories including premium lodging and properties for trips of a lifetime. Airbnb said its Plus offerings would be inspected for comfort, cleanliness, and design, and were said to be intended for guests looking for beautiful homes, exceptional hosts and added peace of mind. Airbnb also unveiled a collections categories that will offer venues for occasions ranging from work to weddings.
Engineers advance the capability of wearable tech
The device went through more than 10,000 cycles of stretching and relaxing while maintaining its electrical stability. That includes infinitesimal movements like a heartbeat or a twitch of a finger, to large muscle movements from walking and running. To demonstrate its practicality, researchers built three wearable devices including a knee band, a wristband and a glove. The research, partially funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, was recently published in the Journal of Sensors and Actuators A: Physical.
Another former employee sues Google over issues of diversity
The lawsuit comes after another former employee, James Damore, sued the company after he was fired for writing a memo criticizing Google for pushing mentoring and diversity programs. Damore's lawsuit alleged his ouster was driven by a corporate culture that discriminates against white men conservatives. Chevalier's lawsuit was filed Wednesday in San Francisco County Court. In a statement, Google said it prohibits promoting harmful stereotypes based on race or gender and decides on termination, without any regard to the employee's political views.
New portable, high performance device analyses toxic gases and air pollutants
Existing devices to analyse toxic gases and air pollutants are limited in terms of their size, performance, versatility and usability. The EU-funded IRON project has developed a miniaturised detector that offers both sensitivity and selectivity to reliably and simultaneously detect small concentrations of multiple gases. From fixed mount analysers to portable, handheld instruments The project's technology allows users to simultaneously measure small concentration of gases. The project has successfully tapped into a pre-existing market for portable analysis devices which require laboratory grade performance.
CDN analysis sheds light on internet evolution
Although completely seamless, CDN is indeed a full-blown paradigm shift that changed how internet users access their content. Before CDN existed, connecting to a website meant downloading content from the server it was stored on until everything was properly displayed on screen. Studying the spectrum of current and upcoming CDN solutions, Prof Smaragdakis and his team soon realised that there was actually room for common ground.
MPs launch inquiry into digital currencies
MPs have launched an inquiry into cryptocurrencies and the technology behind them. The Treasury Committee said it wants to understand the risks and benefits of digital money following an explosion of interest - and investment - in them. Although currencies such as Bitcoin have drawn criticism, the technology behind them has been praised. The Treasury Committee will look at the potential risks that digital currencies could generate for consumers, businesses, and governments, including those relating to volatility, money laundering, and cyber-crime.
Austria sues over EU approval of Hungary nuclear plant
Staunchly anti-nuclear Austria lodged a legal complaint with the European Court of Justice on Thursday against the EU's approval of the expansion of a nuclear plant in neighbouring Hungary. The plant is Hungary's only nuclear facility and supplies around 40 percent of its electricity needs. In its decision the European Commission judged that the project met EU rules on state aid, but Austria disputes this.
How airplane crash investigations can improve cybersecurity
In 1931, a plane crash in Kansas killed legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. In 1935, US Sen. Bronson Cutting of New Mexico died in the Missouri crash of TWA flight 6. These investigations are vital since they help establish the who, what, where, when, how and why behind an incident. Additional measures would likely be required to make a cybersecurity safety board successful, such as launching investigations only for serious breaches like those involving critical infrastructure.
Disney loses in Redbox copyright row
Disney has lost a bid to stop movie rental company Redbox from reselling download codes for its films. Redbox bought Disney movies on DVD to offer for rental in its kiosks. Disney requested an injunction to stop the practice, saying that Redbox had no business arrangement with it. Redbox rents and sells movies via tens of thousands of automated kiosks that dispense DVD and Blu-ray discs.
Image processing algorithm shows promise for mapping the blood vessel networks in the eye
More accurate and efficient mapping of retinal blood vessels using a path-following image processing scheme, developed by an A*STAR-led research team, could help improve retinal scanning and medical diagnosis. In application to real retinal images, the algorithm outperformed other state-of-the-art approaches, and matched the accuracy of human tracing. We developed this algorithm out of our very practical biomedical imaging experience in blood vessel tracing over a number of years, says Li.
CS:GO Major to be held in London
The CS:GO Major is one of the biggest eSports events in the world, and the next one will be held in London. Given the scale and viewership of previous Majors, this is expected to be the most significant eSport event ever held in the UK. Its Major Championships are a chance for fans to see which team can claim to be the best in the world. FACEIT, a UK-based eSports events company were successful in their bid to bring the competition to London.

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