Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Workers’ paradise? Portugal’s new teleworking law takes flak

Workers’ paradise? Portugal’s new teleworking law takes flak

Andreia Sampaio sits at her computer as she works from home, in Lisbon, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Portugal’s new law on working from home has grabbed attention around the world for the way it protects staff. Under the new rules, companies can’t attempt to contact their employees outside working hours. They must also help staff pay for their home gas, electric and internet bills. And bosses are forbidden from using digital software to track what their teleworkers are doing. There’s … Continue reading “Workers’ paradise? Portugal’s new teleworking law takes flak”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on The thousands of vulnerable people harmed by Facebook and Instagram are lost in Meta’s ‘average user’ data

The thousands of vulnerable people harmed by Facebook and Instagram are lost in Meta’s ‘average user’ data

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Fall 2021 has been filled with a steady stream of media coverage arguing that Meta’s Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram social media platforms pose a threat to users’ mental health and well-being, radicalize, polarize users and spread misinformation. Are these technologies—embraced by billions—killing people and eroding democracy? Or is this just another moral panic? According to Meta’s PR team and a handful of contrarian academics and journalists, there is evidence that social media does not cause harm … Continue reading “The thousands of vulnerable people harmed by Facebook and Instagram are lost in Meta’s ‘average user’ data”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Apple’s iPhone prices bite in Turkey despite Black Friday

Apple’s iPhone prices bite in Turkey despite Black Friday

The price of the iPhone 13 rose from 11,999 to 14,999 liras, an increase of 25 percent, in Turkey on Friday. Instead of Black Friday discounts, consumers in Turkey were faced with steep price hikes for Apple products after the value of the lira hit new record lows this week. Certain Apple devices were 25 percent more expensive than usual on Friday—with some increases worth more than the local minimum wage. Persistent double digit inflation and the weakness of the … Continue reading “Apple’s iPhone prices bite in Turkey despite Black Friday”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on First ‘robotaxis’ enter service in Beijing

First ‘robotaxis’ enter service in Beijing

An ‘Apollo Go’ autonomous taxi on a street in Beijing. It looks like a normal car but the white taxi by the kerb has nobody driving it, and communicates with customers digitally to obtain directions and take payment. Beijing this week approved its first autonomous taxis for commercial use, bringing dozens of the so-called “robotaxis” to the streets of the Chinese capital. The vehicles can only carry two passengers at a time and are confined to the city’s southern Yizhuang … Continue reading “First ‘robotaxis’ enter service in Beijing”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Scientists showcase the potential of demand response in reducing carbon dioxide emissions

Scientists showcase the potential of demand response in reducing carbon dioxide emissions

New artificial intelligence-based framework estimates the demand response potential in improving power consumption and reducing carbon footprint. Credit: Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) Electrical grids are almost always over-dimensioned to meet short surges in energy demand. Put simply, power stations need to have an excess number of generators only to be able to provide electricity during peak hours. This mismatch between power supply and demand and the inefficient operation of power stations lead to higher carbon dioxide (CO2) … Continue reading “Scientists showcase the potential of demand response in reducing carbon dioxide emissions”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Researchers suggest battery-powered trains could very soon be economically viable

Researchers suggest battery-powered trains could very soon be economically viable

Fig. 1: Energy prices inclusive of fast-charging infrastructure at various station use rates for a 72-MW charging station. a, Depiction of the ERCOT market, which assumes rail customers have access to wholesale prices. b, Depiction of an illustrative CAISO market which assumes ERCOT’s CPP rate structure and no resource adequacy surcharges. Baseline assumptions include an 80% depth of recharge, eight tender cars per station, 1-h charge time, 7% capital expenditure revenue return53 and 10% efficiency losses in power conversion. Station … Continue reading “Researchers suggest battery-powered trains could very soon be economically viable”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on A deep learning method to automatically enhance dog animations

A deep learning method to automatically enhance dog animations

November 26, 2021 feature Figure 1: Blue: frames from initial animation lacking the subtleties of true canine motion and containing small errors. Green: corresponding frames from ground truth canine motion capture dataset. Red: Output after passing the initial (blue) animation through our quadruped animation enhancement neural network. Credit: DOI: 10.1145/3487983.3488293 Researchers at Trinity College Dublin and University of Bath have recently developed a model based on deep neural networks that could help to improve the quality of animations containing quadruped … Continue reading “A deep learning method to automatically enhance dog animations”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on Crypto donors pay $1 mn in fees for failed US Constitution bid

Crypto donors pay $1 mn in fees for failed US Constitution bid

Security guards stand next to the first printing of the United States Constitution during an auction at Sotheby’s auction house in New York. The cryptocurrency donors who banded together for a failed try to buy a rare copy of the US Constitution have had insult added to their injury in the form of over $1 million in fees, data showed Wednesday. Over 17,400 donors joined in the headline-making effort to purchase the document at auction in New York, but people … Continue reading “Crypto donors pay $1 mn in fees for failed US Constitution bid”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on China’s Tencent told to get state approval for new apps: state media

China’s Tencent told to get state approval for new apps: state media

Gaming and messaging giant Tencent has been told all its new apps and updates must be approved by the government. Gaming and messaging giant Tencent has been told all its new apps and updates must be approved by the government, state media reported, as Beijing continues its domestic tech sector crackdown. The Chinese government has moved to exert more authority over the industry in the past year, citing concerns that tech giants in the country have become too big and … Continue reading “China’s Tencent told to get state approval for new apps: state media”

Posted on March 28, 2021Categories Technology   Leave a comment on EU ministers back bloc’s Big Tech clampdown

EU ministers back bloc’s Big Tech clampdown

The European Uinon has led the charge on cracking down on Big Tech. European Union member states on Thursday agreed their common position on two landmark legislations that could set unprecedented oversight on Big Tech. Ministers from the EU’s 27 member countries agreed the texts at a meeting in Brussels, which will serve as their marching orders in negotiations with the European Parliament that should start early next year. The Digital Services Act (DSA) and its companion Digital Markets Act … Continue reading “EU ministers back bloc’s Big Tech clampdown”