Month: August 2019

  • Jellyfish protein could be used to power nanodevices

    first_imgAequorea victoria. Image credit: Sierra Blakely/Wikipedia. (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers in Sweden have been liquidizing thousands of specimens of a common North American jellyfish to extract a protein that could be used in microscopic fuel cells. Explore further New technique allows simultaneous tracking of gene expression and movement Citation: Jellyfish protein could be used to power nanodevices (2010, October 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-jellyfish-protein-power-nanodevices.htmlcenter_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com The jellyfish (Aequorea Victoria) contain a green fluorescent protein (GFP) that makes them glow in the dark, and a research team led by Zackary Chiragwandi from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, has been extracting the protein and using it to create a bio fuel cell. When a droplet of the protein is placed onto aluminum electrodes and then exposed to ultraviolet light an electric current is generated at a nanoscale suitable for powering “nanodevices”.Nanodevices are devices measured in nanometers, where one nanometer is a billionth of one meter. Their use in medicine is in its infancy, and one of the chief difficulties in working with nanoscale devices is powering them.Chiragwandi has also used his fuel cell with light-emitting enzymes derived from fireflies and sea pansies (Renilla reniformis) that create their own light source, making the fuel cell completely self-contained. In other research, methods have been developed to grow artificial green fluorescent protein in the laboratory using bacteria, and if successful this would create the GFP without the need to harvest and liquefy large numbers of jellyfish.Other light-powered cells, such as Grätzel cells (which mimic plant photosynthesis), use elements such as titanium oxide, which make them a much more expensive option for powering nanodevices. Since the jellyfish protein fuel cells can also generate their own light, no outside source of light is needed, making the process simpler and more efficient.Chiragwandi says the fuel cells could be used to independently power nanodevices operating in the human body for applications such as fighting or imaging tumors, medical diagnosis, communication devices, or perhaps even reversing blindness. If scaled up they could also be used like thin films to make cheaper solar cells. The technology could become available within one or two years. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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  • Pen draws flexible circuits using halfmeter long carbon nanotube fibers

    first_imgResearchers use a pen to draw half-meter-long carbon-nanotube-based fibers. The technique could be used to fabricate flexible electronic circuits. Credit: Huang, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Researchers report progress in development of carbon nanotube-based continuous fibers Diagram of the writing process and images of the ink, pen, and fibers. Credit: Huang, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society Patterns drawn by hand showing the precision with which the fibers can be controlled. Credit: Huang, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society In the future, the researchers hope to expand the drawing technique to use different types of ink for different purposes.”We are now working on enabling more functions in the fiber,” Wu said. “For example, one possibility is semiconducting fibers drawn from a pen tip for flexible device applications.” (Phys.org)—While it may look like researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing are sketching out an idea for a circuit on a piece of paper, they’re actually using a special pen that draws real circuits using carbon-nanotube-based ink.center_img When writing, the pen is lifted off the paper to stretch and suspend the fibers, which can then be laid down on the substrate in the desired position. The researchers demonstrated that complex fiber patterns can be drawn by hand, and they predict that even greater precision can be achieved using advanced mechanical devices.The researchers also showed that increasing the polymer concentration of the ink increases the diameter of the nanotube fibers from 300 nm to 3 µm. In general, thinner fibers have better conductivity than thicker ones due to their better fiber orientation. Tests show that the highly conductive carbon nanotube fibers also exhibit excellent mechanical flexibility. At first, the researchers expected that the ultralong carbon nanotube fibers should maintain their conductivity after bending and distortion. Somewhat surprisingly, their tests showed that the fibers actually exhibit an increase in conductivity after bending—about a 30% increase after 1000 bending cycles. The researchers propose that the stress caused by bending deforms the polymers and improves nanotube alignment, which in turn increases conductivity. Journal information: Nano Letters More information: Sihan Huang, et al. “Direct Writing of Half-Meter Long CNT Based Fiber for Flexible Electronics.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl504150a Citation: Pen draws flexible circuits using half-meter long carbon nanotube fibers (2015, February 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-pen-flexible-circuits-half-meter-carbon.html This technique, called “fiber drawing,” has previously been used to construct patterns, but the fiber length is usually very short at just a few millimeters, and the drawing speed is typically very slow. These drawbacks limit its use in circuit fabrication.In the new study, the researchers demonstrated that their new pen can draw carbon nanotube fibers that are more than a half of a meter long with fast drawing speeds of up to 10 cm/second. Their work is published in a recent issue of Nano Letters.Due to the nanotube fibers’ high conductivity and excellent mechanical flexibility, the researchers predict that the fibers could serve as the fundamental building blocks for a wide variety of flexible electronic devices, such as wearable electronics, flexible touch displays, flexible solar cells, RFIDs, and 3D devices.While the pen itself is an ordinary commercial pen, the ink consists of a combination of electrically conductive carbon nanotube fibers and a viscous polymer solution called polyethylene oxide (PEO). The viscous PEO is highly elastic and mechanically strong, which allows it to pull long nanotube fibers from the solution during the writing process. “The drawing technique allow us to achieve very long carbon nanotube fibers mainly due to the high molecular weight of the polymer and high viscosity of the precursor solution as ink,” coauthor Hui Wu, Associate Professor at Tsinghua University, told Phys.org. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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  • Study shows conservatives less likely to apologize than liberals

    first_img © 2017 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Social Psychological and Personality Science More information: Matthew J. Hornsey et al. Conservatives Are More Reluctant to Give and Receive Apologies Than Liberals, Social Psychological and Personality Science (2017). journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1948550617691096 A team of researchers led by the University of Queensland’s Matthew Hornsey has found evidence that suggests people who are conservative are less likely to apologize than are those who are more liberal. In their paper published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, the group describes their study and offer their results and some opinions on why there may be differences between the two groups. Apologies aren’t as good as people imagine they’ll becenter_img Credit: Francisco Farias Jr/public domain Explore further Citation: Study shows conservatives less likely to apologize than liberals (2017, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-03-liberals.html Apologies have taken on a new form in the mass media age—where once they were words used by one individual to another, or perhaps a small group, today, they can be messages from well-known people wishing to maintain a certain public persona. But as Hornsey noted in a recent interview with the press, some types of people seem to apologize more than others. He had noticed that liberal politicians and other notables seemed to offer more public apologies then their conservative counterparts. Intrigued, he gathered with colleagues to conduct a study.The first part of the study consisted of drafting a survey which they then sent to 2,130 people living in Chile, Hong Kong, Russia, Peru, Australia, China and the United States. The survey inquired about how willing people were to apologize and under what circumstances. In analyzing the results, they found that those who considered themselves conservative did, indeed, report apologizing less than those who considered themselves to be liberal. They also found that conservatives also appeared to be less influenced by an apology from another, which translated to being less likely to forgive a transgression just because someone apologized for it.The team then conducted a second experiment, this time with 65 volunteers, 38 from India and 27 from America. Each was asked individually to imagine they had been asked to water their neighbor’s lawn while the neighbor went on vacation and that they had done a poor job of it. The volunteers were asked to write down how things would go when the neighbors returned. In studying the written reports, the researchers found that those that self-identified as conservative were less likely to apologize for not doing a better job than did those that identified as liberal.The researchers cannot say for sure why there appeared to be differences in willingness to apologize but theorize that it might be because conservatives engage more in hierarchical thinking than do liberals, which might translate to feelings of losing power over others if they offer an apology.last_img read more

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  • Indian womens team has a strong attack Chief coach Mathias Ahrens

    first_imgIndian women’s hockey team chief coach Mathias Ahrens said that his forwards are preparing well and have a strong attack to take on other teams in the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final, to be played here from June 20 to July 5.“The teams will be evenly placed and all will depend on the initial pressure. On that front we have a strong attack and I am confident of a good start,” said Ahrens on Monday. “The girls realise that continuing ball possession in the opponents D is important and the team is working on short passes and their reaction time once in the D as time will be the key. They have to enter, finish the job in a matter of seconds.”India have been grouped in Pool B with hosts Belgium, Australia, New Zealand and Poland. They will open their campaign against Belgium on June 20. “Our first match is against the Belgium. They will have just one advantage over us, which will be playing in front of their home crowd,” said German.last_img read more

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  • Reminiscing the essence of folklore

    first_imgFolk songs and folk dance represent the true essence of a state, making it unique from the others.In order to promote folk, especially Baul music, a colourful ensemble of folk songs and dance of Bengal was presented by a cultural troupe on Friday in the ‘Bharat Parv’ event, which is being organised by the government of India at Red Fort as a part of the Republic Day celebrations. Prantic Cultural Society, Indirapuram, presented the performance as part of the cultural programme segment of ‘Bharat Parv’.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The programme was supported by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, government of West Bengal. West Bengal tableau, which won the first prize at this year’s Republic Day showcasing ‘Bauls of Bengal’, was displayed at the Red Fort grounds as part of the event along with other Republic Day Parade tableaux. A team of 24 Baul singers from West Bengal also performed at the ‘Bharat Parv’ event on January 30 in the national Capital.last_img read more

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  • CID takes over investigation into gunning down of three TMC activists

    first_imgKolkata: The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of West Bengal Police Friday took over the investigation into the gunning down of three Trinamool Congress activists at Joynagar in South 24 Parganas district. “We are taking over the Joynagar case and will start an investigation into the matter,” a senior CID officer told PTI. Motorbike borne assailants attacked three persons including the driver of a vehicle when they were at a petrol pump in Joynagar on Thursday evening, shortly after Trinamool Congress MLA Biswanath Das disembarked from the vehicle at a party office nearby. Initially, police has detained a few people for questioning in connection with the shootout. Das alleged that CPI(M) goons were behind the incident, but the CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty claimed that the shootout was the result of internal feud of the ruling Trinamool Congress.last_img read more

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  • Kolkata Police starts building database on senior citizens

    first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has started its initiative to gather the details of senior citizens across the city and install CCTV cameras at their houses. On Wednesday, following the instruction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Commissioner of Police (CP), Kolkata met with all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and instructed them to prepare a database.After the instruction was conveyed to the Officers-in-Charge (OCs) of all police stations under Kolkata Police, the work of gathering data was started on Thursday. In several divisions of Kolkata Police, OCs and other police officials went to the houses of senior citizens to gather information. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Thursday morning, OCs and other officials of police stations under the jurisdiction of East Division visited the households where elderly couples stay. Some of them are existing members of Pronam, an initiative by Kolkata Police for the elderly citizens. DC, East Division Rupesh Kumar himself visited some houses, along with the officials from local police stations. “Officers from all police stations in East Division are visiting Pronam members. At present we have 636 members under East Division. We are visiting existing Pronam members as well as new elderly families,” said Kumar. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateApart from gathering information in order to create a database, several houses where elderly citizens live have been identified. On Thursday, OC of New Alipore police station Amit Sankar Mukherjee, along with other police officials also visited the houses of elderly citizens. Sources have informed that so far, 102 elderly citizens’ houses have been identified, who have been found to be vulnerable. At one house, a CCTV camera was installed and gradually, CCTV cameras will be installed in all 102 households. At present, 294 elderly citizens who are the members of Pronam, live within the jurisdiction of New Alipore police station. The Digital Video Recorder (DVR) of the CCTV camera will be installed at the local police stations, from where OCs and other officials will be able to monitor the footage. For installation of CCTV cameras free of cost, a No Objection Certificate (NOC) needs to be given to police by the house owners.last_img read more

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  • There are plenty of legitimate reasons to question the Lakers hiring of

    first_imgColin has doubts about Magic Johnson, just like he has doubts about John LynchDan LeBatard came under fire for comments he made regarding Magic Johnson’s qualifications to run the Lakers’ basketball operations. LeBatard implied that Magic keeps getting gigs because of his charm and charisma, despite failing as a coach, talk show host, and what he characterized as a lackluster tenure on as an NBA TV analyst.Fellow ESPN’er Keyshawn Johnson thought the comments were racist, and PTI host Michael Wilbon sent a series of Tweets criticizing LeBatard for conveniently ignoring Johnson’s post-basketball business success.Today in The Herd, Colin didn’t defend LeBatard’s comments, but said it’s fair to question any GM entering a professional sports job with no prior front office experience. He was critical of John Lynch’s lack of experience when he was hired as the Niners GM. It’s fair to say the same applies to Magic. There are plenty of legitimate questions.“I think it’s actually healthy to question Magic and John Lynch. I have major doubts about both. And another reason I do, is because I’ve watched Phil Jackson in New York. He’s a smart dude. He’s been a disaster.”In today’s NBA, Lou Williams to Houston is as big a trade as Boogie Cousins to New Orleans. The NBA trade deadline came and went, and the biggest name that switched teams was Boogie Cousins. Colin thinks Boogie won’t be winning in New Orleans, so the move is irrelevant in terms of impact.He thinks Lou Williams moving to Houston is the biggest move of the deadline in terms of ultimate playoff impact. In today’s NBA, a knock down three-point shooter like Williams could allow the Rockets to push Golden State in the West.“It’s such a three-centric league that Lou Williams to Houston feels every bit as big to me as Boogie Cousins to New Orleans.”Guests:Jeff Gordon – NASCAR Champion joins the show to look ahead this weekend’s Daytona 500; how driver strategy differs depending on the track; how his image has changed over the years; why it takes days to recover from driving in Daytona; and if he ever stared down another driver during a neck-and-neck finish.Gregg Doyel – Indianapolis Star columnist joins the show to explain why he thinks Larry Bird failed at the trade deadline; why he thinks Paul George is eventually headed to L.A.; if Paul George takes too many nights off; if it’s fair to question Magic’s qualifications; why Tom Crean shouldn’t be fired; if Indiana has unrealistic expectations.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA analyst joins the show to explain why the Celtics passed on Paul George;  if he’s surprised Jimmy Butler wasn’t traded; why Lou Williams is the most significant addition; and if any upcoming rookie can make an instant impact next season.Bobby Marks – NBA Insider at The Vertical joins the show to talk about the learning curve for Magic Johnson; why the Lakers need more than  just one star to get back on track; and which rookie can make an impact next year.Ric Bucher – Sirius XM host and NBA writer at Bleacher Report joins the show to talk Magic as GM; what attributes can help him in the job; if the Lakers can mimic the Warriors model; and if it’s a done deal that Paul George will eventually be a Laker.last_img read more

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  • VIDEO LaVar Ball makes delusional claim that the Lakers would have a

    first_img Per LaVar:“Here’s what everybody is saying: The kids are young. OK, I want the young kids. You give me a bunch of young pros, and my record would be better than this on the fact that I’m 50-something years old and I know the game. But if you got a guy who’s 38, maybe he’s not experienced enough. Maybe stop talking about the players are so young, and maybe it’s the coaching experience that’s young. Yeah, nobody wants to say that but I say it because I’m 50-years-old and I know the game. You give me those guys and I guarantee you they’ll be in a much better position than this, because you’re not playing the guys or you’re not getting the best out of a lot of people.”Magic Johnson’s LaVar Ball headache is increasing to a persistent migraine. This whole thing just doesn’t seem like it’s going to end well. It’s already toxic.If only there were some signs before the draft that this could potentially be a huge problem…….h/t Total Pro Sports Advertisement LaVar Ball fired another salvo in his escalating war of words with the Lakers organization, and head coach Luke Walton, in a situation that is quickly devolving into a dumpster fire.In response to Ball’s  criticism of how the Lakers are playing his son, Walton has said publicly that he’s not concerned with the comments of parents, and in a recent interview Ball fired a return shot.When asked about the Lakers struggles, LaVar made the delusional claim that the team would have a better record if he was the coach, and criticized the 38-year-old, second year coach for using the young roster as an excuse for not winning games. He also called Walton’s credentials into question.last_img read more

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  • Gottlieb breaks down the Lakers yearone plan for LeBron

    first_imgGottlieb looks at the Lakers first year plan with LeBron; why all signs point to LeBron playing small five; and why fans don’t understand the realities of team building; his expectations for OKC now that Paul George is in the fold; and how Boogie Cousins will make the Warriors worse defensively. Advertisement Guests:center_img David Griffin – Former Cavs GM on LeBron moving to L.A., when he saw the first signs he might leave Cleveland, and how he thinks LeBron’s game will change with the Lakers.Joe Vardon – Cleveland.com Cavs Beat Writer on life with LeBron LeBron/Kyrie beef; and Cleveland’s reaction to him leaving for L.A.Nicki Collen  – WNBA Head Coach of the Atlanta Dream on her path to coaching in the WNBA, and the differences between coaching in college and the pros; and if players should make more money.Make sure you download and subscribe to All Ball and The Herd Podcast Network on iTunes and iHeart, or however you choose to listen!last_img read more

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  • Chris Mannix in the Herd KD could reunite with Westbrook and the

    first_img Advertisement Yesterday, Colin drew an intense  reaction when he predicted that Kevin Durant won’t be in Oakland much longer because he’s the ultimate mobile millennial superstar.”Of course Kevin Durant loved LeBron moving to Los Angeles… He’s not going to be in Oakland much longer.” — @ColinCowherd #Herdin60 pic.twitter.com/Gvjd5dDtvf— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 27, 2018Today, NBA insider Chris Mannix from The Vertical stopped by the show and agreed with Colin that Durant is likely to bolt form the Bay when he becomes eligible for free agency in 2019, but added a surprising twist when discussing KD’s possible next destination. With 3 titles at 30, and his legacy secure, Mannix thinks KD could take a hard look at returning to OKC and trying to win a title with Russell Westbrook to quiet critics that label him a ring chaser.LeBron returned to Cleveland. Why can’t KD return to OKC? Watch Mannix explain why the idea isn’t as crazy as it sounds.“I don’t think he finishes in Golden State… I really believe come the end of the year, he’s going to take a long look at Oklahoma City.”@ChrisMannixYS on Kevin Durant’s future pic.twitter.com/gR1AwyZZSe— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) July 27, 2018last_img read more

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  • From Gamer to Gym Rat

    first_img 4 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Hansen concurs that the exergaming industry has a lot of room to expand. In 2008, he expects to license XRKades to more than 100 additional gyms and envisions increasingly chasing the adult market as well. “The average video gamer is 30 years old, and 19 percent of the gaming audience is over 50,” says Hansen. “The 13 million baby boomers will affect a lot of the thought and process that goes into what we’re doing.” January 3, 2008 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img The more dragons chased and the more Wii boxing and bowling, the better, says fitness guru John Hayley, president of Hayley Fitness Consulting in Chicago. “The competition of the game allows them to get lost in the moment,” he says. “All of the sudden, when the game is over, they find themselves dripping in sweat and can’t believe how hard they worked. It gets people to do something, which is far better than the alternative.” Concerned parents and gym owners would agree. These days, you can easily immerse yourself in a game and forget that you’re not actually boxing, skiing or snowboarding. But the potential for virtual adventures goes far beyond sports. Expresso Fitness, which makes a stationary bike that uses virtual reality, already has released Proving Grounds, a bicycle game in which the rider is cycling through a fantasy world. Cyclists chase dragons, score points and can completely forget that they’re exercising. And because the stationary bikes are linked to the internet, the games can be updated and retooled through downloads. Hansen also has seen interest from executives at large companies, eager to get their employees’ exercise habits up and their health insurance costs down. Besides, adults want just as badly as children to make exercise fun. “Everyone’s so engaged with these games, they don’t realize that their heart rate is going up, and that they’re burning up calories,” says Hansen. Even on the most expensive exercise equipment, despite the lights and gizmos, it’s generally impossible to forget that you’re still sweating, breathing hard and working nearly every muscle in your body. It’s much easier to sit back on the couch and play a video game.That’s why exergaming, which weds video game technology with keeping fit, is poised to become the next gold mine for exercise-minded entrepreneurs. It may not be everywhere yet, but give it time.In homes, people of all ages are exergaming enough that the California Athletic Trainers’ Association recently put out a warning that overdoing it can leave participants with sports-related injuries similar to those experienced by traditional athletes. In gym classes at schools across the nation, stationary bicycles are attached to PlayStation video game consoles, Nintendo Wii game stations are linked to wide-screen TVs, and then there’s Dance Dance Revolution, a popular dance video game, which took off in Japan in 1998 and has spread to the rest of the world.And in some gyms, exergaming equipment isn’t merely an offering; it’s the focus. Hitting the GymMike Hansen, 30, and Kevin Bolden, 37, are two pioneers of the pastime, not to mention competitors. Hansen and his business partner, Lenny Lowenstein, 52, own iTech Fitness, headquartered in Denver, which produces exergaming equipment, such as the XR Board that simulates snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing, and licenses its XRKade name to 24 clubs. The gyms, which are aimed at the tween and teen market, let exergamers track how many goals they can score during Goalie Wars or how many knockouts they can rack up during Power Boxing.Meanwhile, Bolden and his wife, Suzanne, own NexGym, a chain of three fitness centers in Texas, which is also marketing to children. Along with traditional karate and yoga classes, kids can play seven high-tech games, ranging from combat challenges to wall climbing, intended to get them in shape and improve their hand-eye coordination.At a time when parents are more concerned than ever about their children getting enough exercise, this niche is likely to continue growing. “Childhood obesity is a global phenomenon,” says Bolden. “I expect that eventually you will see capabilities in most schools, as well as in convenient locations–malls, shopping centers. Eventually the large fitness facilities will target the same 6-to14-year-old kids [that we target].”last_img read more

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  • BlackBerry CEO Says Focus Is On Profitability Fewer New Devices

    first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read November 10, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » BlackBerry, which has completed the first phase of its two-year turnaround plan, is now focused on profitability and will not spread itself thin by attempting to launch too many new devices, its chief executive said.John Chen, who took the reins at the struggling mobile technology company in November 2013, has moved rapidly to try to get the one-time investor darling back on track. The company has sold assets, struck partnerships to lower manufacturing costs and broaden app offerings, and raised cash via the sale of real estate holdings in its hometown of Waterloo, Ontario.”Once we turn this company to profitability again, I will do everything I can to never lose money ever again,” Chen told Reuters in an interview this week. “That is definitely something I am very focused on doing.”The Hong Kong-born executive, 59, made his name at Sybase, a struggling database software firm that he rescued and sold a decade later to SAP for $5.8 billion in 2010.”If you look at my track record at Sybase, I think we made money for some 60 quarters in a row, even when the dotcom bubble blew up we were profitable. I like that philosophy,” said Chen, who added he believes the worst is now behind BlackBerry.”We will survive as a company and now I am rather confident,” he said. “We’re managing the supply chain, we are managing inventories, we are managing cash, and we have expenses now at a number that is very manageable. BlackBerry has survived; now we have to start looking at growth.”A year ago, the smartphone industry pioneer was in the midst of a painful restructuring, scrambling to find a suitor and trying to play down media reports of its “death spiral.”A year after Chen stepped in as CEO, BlackBerry may have regained some of its lost swagger. The company is hiring again and though it has yet to turn steady profits, Chen has begun acquiring small companies and investing in growth.”He stepped in to catch a falling knife, which is what BlackBerry was at the time losing $1 billion plus,” said Prem Watsa, whose Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd is a major shareholder and which helped bankroll a debt recapitalization that led to Chen’s arrival.”He came in and very quickly stabilized it and very quickly laid out a roadmap to breakeven.”Concerns LingerThe company is not out of the woods yet – even Chen stops short of saying the turnaround has succeeded – but talk of the company sliding into oblivion has faded.”John Chen has succeeded in changing the conversation about BlackBerry, and that is probably true both internally as well as externally,” said IDC technology analyst John Jackson.Despite the progress, many analysts are yet to be convinced. Thomson Reuters data shows that 25 of 37 analysts covering BlackBerry have a ‘hold’ rating on the stock. Only one has a ‘buy’ rating and the rest rate the stock a ‘sell.’ And although its shares have strengthened since Chen’s arrival, its Toronto-listed stock has been bound in the C$6 to C$12.50 range in the last 12 months.”Overall we think John is doing a solid job, but our concern continues to be: how will BlackBerry drive demand for its product,” said Morningstar analyst Brian Colello. “The demand side of the equation is still a concern, both around selling millions of devices each year and converting enterprise software users into paying buyers in a very competitive market.”To spur growth, BlackBerry is launching its latest mobile device management platform, BES 12, this week. The system will allow companies and government agencies to manage and secure not just BlackBerry devices on their internal networks, but devices that run on rival operating systems such as Android, Windows and Apple’s iOS.In December, the company will launch BlackBerry Classic, a device similar to its once popular Bold smartphone.New Device PlansIn September, BlackBerry reported a profit, on an adjusted basis, from its struggling handset business for the first time in five quarters. Tough competition from Apple, Samsung and other rivals has eaten into BlackBerry’s once dominant market share, hurting revenue and profitability in both the unit and company.BlackBerry is “reasonably comfortable” it can keep making money from its handset business, given operating margins, Chen said, noting orders for its new unconventionally-shaped Passport device have increased.”I’m happy in the receptivity of the design. I’m happy that this product is a successful product, but we did not make that many of them, so it is in limited supply almost everywhere.”There is no final decision yet on what new devices will be launched in 2015, said Chen adding that the focus will be on a core set of smartphones that are most likely to succeed. That includes at least one radically new device and product refreshes on its Passport, Classic and its mid-level Z3 touchscreen phone.”I’m not going to build a general purpose device, simply because it is a 5-inch touchscreen,” he said, referring to the wide array of fairly standardized touchscreen smartphones in the market right now. “The Chinese can build one for 75 bucks, I can’t get enough parts together for 75 bucks.”(Reporting by Euan Rocha; Editing by Frances Kerry)last_img read more

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  • Shiny New Gadgets to Smart Homes and Beyond A CES 2015 Preview

    first_img 3 min read December 30, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.center_img For technology enthusiasts, Las Vegas is about to get even more wild and crazy. Next week kicks off CES 2015, otherwise known as the Consumer Electronics Show. Yes, that show. It’s like the mega convention for all things technology.This year’s iteration is being held in Sin City January 6 to 9. The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors and is expected to attract more than 160,000 industry professionals from all walks of tech.Beyond faster computers, bigger TVs and the flashiest new smartphones, you’re probably wondering, “What can I expect from CES this year?” Fortunately, we have some answers.Related: Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Crazy Tech Articles of 2014While gadgets like cameras, TVs and phones are great, this year we’ll also see more of a “digitization of our physical space,” says Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and senior director of research for Consumer Electronics Association. Translation: The Internet of Things is changing everything.”We’re looking at the commercialization and viability of technological innovation,” DuBravac explains. “Instead of ‘Is it possible?’ we’re wondering, ‘Is it meaningful?'”One area that’s sure to see some action in this regard is the smart home. We got a taste of smart-home technology at last year’s CES and it looks like 2015 will have even more. New this year is something called the Smart Home Marketplace, a 25,000 square-foot exhibitor area dedicated to smart home tech. Think stuff like customized security monitoring and home automation — and beyond. Major exhibitors will include companies like ADT, Bosch Honeywell, Lowe’s and Logitech.“We’ll see real use-case scenarios coming out of the technologies we’ve been talking about,” DuBravac says.Related: This Simple Bracelet Can Turn Your Arm Into an Interactive Smartphone DisplayOh, and that buzzing overhead? Yep, it’s a drone. We’ve seen drones before, of course, but drones are starting to get more serious attention from consumers. This year’s event will feature the Unmanned Systems Marketplace, with 6,500 square feet of exhibit space specifically for companies and their drones. Expect the latest unmanned aerial vehicles from companies like Pelican Products, iRobot and Squadrone.CES also has love for tech entrepreneurs (and we can’t blame them). The Eureka Park Tech Zone — the area that showcases startup companies — is expected to grow by about 50 percent over last year, with 300 startups on hand exhibiting their wares.”No longer can tech exist in isolation. You have to think about how the product you’re bringing to market will be used in conjunction with other digitally enabled products and services,” DuBravac says. “Every individual thing is one part of a larger collection.”Entrepreneurs will also have a big opportunity as ABC’s Shark Tank will be on hand at CES 2015. Exhibitors and attendees alike will be able to pitch show producers for a chance to appear on Shark Tank.For hungry, passionate entrepreneurs, it doesn’t get much better than that.Let’s be serious, though: All of this only scratches the surface of what will be happening at CES 2015. I’ll be at the show all week reporting on the ground. Want to know what shiny new smartwatch debuted? How about 3-D printers? Fitness tech? Stay tuned to Entrepeneur.com for news and more. Related: The ‘Paper’ Airplane to Rule Them All Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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  • The Cambridge Analytica Scandal Has People Quitting Facebook but Business Pages Are

    first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » May 3, 2018 5 min read Facebook users are wishing they could hit the “dislike” button on Mark Zuckerberg after discovering their personal data was scraped by a third-party analyst for the past three years.Initial reports revealed more than 50 million Facebook profiles were inappropriately accessed by Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm that collected things like user identities, friend networks and political preferences. Ahead of Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony over Facebook’s mishandling of user data, the number of compromised accounts rose to 87 million profiles.As some individuals consider deleting their accounts once and for all, one particular subset of Facebook users have barely reacted to the Cambridge Analytica scandal — small businesses.Related: Too Many Small Businesses Are Swinging for the Wrong FencesOwners have proven they are not concerned about the data leak because Facebook is the last platform they would use to share or store proprietary information about their business or their customers. While some business pages may see followers leaving out of fear of future data leaks, the Cambridge Analytica scandal has little to no impact on a company’s business operations. Here’s why:1. Businesses are publishing content meant for public consumption.For small businesses, Facebook represents a free opportunity to grow their customer base and to boost their brand’s visibility. Small businesses use Facebook to show off the size of their community, fishing for as many likes and shares as they can to boost their page’s presence in customer newsfeeds. A whopping 80 percent of small businesses use Facebook to market their products and engage with consumers, unconcerned that their content is subject to third-party data mining.Compare a small retailer’s business page to the average college student’s account. A college student might share what university she goes to, where she is originally from and even include her cell phone number in the “About” section. The retailer, on the other hand, uses Facebook to share eye-catching videos, links to blog features and lists publicly available contact information. Data miners can exploit information harvested from a student’s account for less than legitimate purposes, but there isn’t much they can do with small business promotions.Unlike hackers specifically targeting corporate servers, the Cambridge Analytica scandal doesn’t uncover anything new about an organization — if a post is on Facebook, it’s because the company wants everyone to see it. As long as small businesses aren’t using Facebook to store or send proprietary information, there is very little information stored on a business page that could come back to haunt an organization.Related: 5 Takeaways for Entrepreneurs From Facebook’s User Privacy Mistakes2. No matter how big the scandal, people have a hard time quitting Facebook.Led by celebrities like Cher and Elon Musk, some people have tried to boycott the social media giant by deleting their profiles to demonstrate their outrage. The movement, however, never caught much momentum, and the boycott wasn’t going to make a dent in Zuckerberg’s two billion global users. Community ties and even work obligations make it difficult for people to bid adieu to Facebook for good, and no amount of previous warning signs have stopped 68 percent of Americans from regularly using Facebook.While the data leak had the potential to impact a business’ engagement numbers, small businesses won’t have to worry about their business page’s following taking a significant hit. In spite of the initial backlash from users, Facebook’s stock rose five percent and studies show only 15 percent of Facebook users are considering limiting their use of the platform.Even if small businesses lose a few followers to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it won’t hurt their company’s bottom line. While 69 percent of small businesses feel their advertisements miss the mark, there is no definitive proof a company’s successes on Facebook translates to higher profit margins. For the 45 percent of SMBs using social media in place of an actual website, the absence of a mass user exodus from the platform indicates businesses can continue using Facebook to communicate news directly with their customers.Related: Facebook’s Earnings Are a Bright Spot After an Otherwise Dismal First QuarterAs more information about Facebook’s dealings with Cambridge Analytica inevitably comes to light, small businesses have little to be worried about. But the social media scandal does serve as a critical reminder to any organization about the dangers of freely posting on social media without considering who else has access to the platform. If small businesses limit their Facebook usage to satisfy just their marketing needs, they can rest easy knowing they are not greatly impacted by Zuckerberg’s big data problem.last_img read more

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  • Are Electric Scooters Awesome or Terrible A Look at the Pros and

    first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read August 20, 2018 First it was the people of San Francisco who vandalized electric kick scooters in all kinds of unimaginable ways. Now, LA residents are showing their frustration by setting scooters on fire and throwing them into the ocean, trash cans and even toilets.Related: Check Out This Futuristic, and Dangerous Looking, Police HoverbikeAt the same time, e-scooter operators like Bird, Lime, Spin and Skip keep rolling out new fleets almost every day and cities are trying to find a compromise that satisfies both sides.E-scooter fleets solve the problem of the last mile commute without breaking a sweat and not worrying whether your vehicle will be stolen. However, the emergence of e-scooter sharing fleets has created many problems for cities and people are frustrated about the way e-scooters are being used. It is time to evaluate the pros and cons of e-scooter fleets and see where the industry is heading.Pros of e-scooter fleetsFor the end user, the benefits are self evident. It is a perfect way to easily commute short distances. All you need to rent an e-scooter is an app, and you can leave one almost anywhere, as long as you follow the guidelines for using and parking e-scooters. Unfortunately, we are already seeing that e-scooters are often left in random places, blocking pedestrian pathways. Using an e-scooter is also quite cheap — it costs around $1 per trip plus 15 cents per minute. In addition, scooters are fun to ride and are better for the environment than other modes of transportation that run on fossil fuels.For the potential fleet operators, the main benefit is the booming billion-dollar industry and its various opportunities to scale quickly. According to Anand Sanwal, the CEO of tech data and analytics firm CB Insights, “There are underlying trends such as a decline in car ownership and the shift to living in urban areas which also suggest that the urban transport market that Bird and others are attacking is growing.”Related: Are Autonomous Vehicle Tests a Public Hazard?Secondly, according to one of the investors in Bird, Mark Suster, as an e-scooter operator you get tons of valuable data by tracking where the vehicles are and where people tend to pick and leave their e-scooters. This in turn can help cities to build their cities better.Thirdly, as a fleet owner you will be able to create new opportunities to earn money. Bird, Lime and others are giving people the opportunity to increase their income by collecting and charging e-scooters during the night. In addition to earning money, these people will be part of the innovation movement that pushes the industry to build better e-scooters with longer battery life, as this is the main obstacle at the moment.Finally, e-scooters are not just toys for tech bros and hipsters. According to a new study made about the new micro-mobility services, including e-scooters, a majority (70 percent) of people across the U.S. view electric scooters positively. And women are expected to support and adopt e-scooters more than bike sharing, which is more used by men. The study doesn’t say why that is, but this Wired article suggests that e-scooters are easier to ride in heels and skirts. Also, e-scooters appear to be easier to operate, feel safer and don’t require any physical exertion. This founding again confirms the huge potential of the e-scooter sharing market.Related: Uber Invests in Scooter Startup LimeCons of e-scooter fleetsAs stated earlier, e-scooter fleets are far from perfect and the main danger is growing too fast. Since there is a race out there for who can take over a market first, there is a high probability that companies are cutting corners. This may result in unreliable hardware and software solutions. In order to launch a reliable fleet, you need every component of the e-scooter fleet chain to be working.Another danger of moving too fast is the pushback from cities. So far, cities have not banned e-scooters completely, but some are very worried and the approval process may take years rather than months. Frustrations in San Francisco led the city attorney to say, “San Francisco has had enough of the mantra — move fast and break things.”Cities are worried about public areas getting filled with broken e-scooters, as has happened with e-bikes in China. We are already seeing big players like Ofo and Mobike pulling out of dockless bike sharing in Washington, D.C. due to city regulations. Will the same thing happen to e-scooters?Related: Are Self-Driving Cars Finally Ready for Consumers? What Entrepreneurs Need to Know.At the moment, there is an issue with reliability of e-scooters with short battery life and their destruction by bad terrain and street conditions. In fact, e-scooter fleets need good weather conditions and are very susceptible to bad terrain.Finally, are e-scooters really eco-friendly? Although the e-scooters are better for the environment, the lithium battery lifetime on e-scooters is quite short and need to be replaced every 300 to 1000 charges depending on the battery provider. According to SF Weekly, fleet operators claim to have battery recycling programs in place, but in San Francisco there currently is no processing center that deals with these kind of batteries.Besides the processing problems of lithium batteries, there is the issue of picking them up and charging them. People who make extra money by charging the e-scooters still need to use cars and vans, so in a way it is a zero sum game.Currently there is a lot fuss around e-scooter sharing and it will continue for a while, since cities need to figure out how to accommodate the rising number of e-scooters in a safe and non-disruptive way. In turn, electric kick scooter operators need to improve their technological solutions and the way they roll out their services. All in all, the e-scooter scene is changing by the minute and it will be interesting to see who will be first on the market and how will people respond. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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  • Global Liquefied Natural Gas Market 2018 – Industry Outlook Key Players

    first_imgThe market Global Liquefied Natural Gas Market Research Report aims to offer insights into new business opportunities for companies active in market as well as for upcoming players that are aiming to get an entry into the industry.Global Liquefied Natural Gas Market is developing and expanding at a significant pace considering the global scenario. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is natural gas that has been cooled to a liquid state, at about -260° Fahrenheit, for shipping and storage. The volume of natural gas in its liquid state is about 600 times smaller than its volume in its gaseous state. Liquefying natural gas is a way to move natural gas long distances when pipeline transport is not feasible. Markets that are too far away from producing regions to be connected directly to pipelines have access to natural gas because of LNG. In its compact liquid form, natural gas can be shipped in special tankers to terminals around the world. At these terminals, the LNG is returned to its gaseous state and transported by pipeline to distribution companies, industrial consumers, and power plants, requirements, and the type of application being used by an organization, micro-targeting/pricing, AI can help you meet your challenge which is further augmenting the development and growth of liquefied natural gas market.Request the Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2961840?utm_source=HTN/SAMUThe regional analysis of Global Liquefied Natural Gas Market is considered for the key regionsNorth AmericaEuropeAsia PacificLatin AmericaRest of the WorldNorth America is the fastest growing region across the world in terms of market share. Whereas, owing to the countries such as China, Japan, and India, Asia Pacific region is anticipated to be the dominating region over the forecast period 2018-2025.The leading market players mainly include-Chevron CorporationExxon Mobil CorporationRoyal Dutch ShellTotal SABritish PetroleumPetro ChinaAvail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2961840?utm_source=HTN/SAMUThe objective of the study is to define market sizes of different segments & countries in recent years and to forecast the values to the coming eight years. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate available opportunities in micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis of competitive landscape scenario and product offerings of key players profiled in this report.The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:By Application:Transportation FuelPower GenerationMining & IndustrialAvail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2961840?utm_source=HTN/SAMUTarget Audience of the Global Liquefied Natural Gas Market in Market Study:Key Consulting Companies & AdvisorsLarge, medium-sized, and small enterprisesVenture capitalistsValue-Added Resellers (VARs)Third-party knowledge providersInvestment bankersInvestorsFurthermore, years considered for the study are as follows:Historical year – 2015, 2016Base year – 2017Forecast period – 2018 to 2025Access Full Summery @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/report/2961840/global-liquefied-natural-gas-report-size-study?utm_source=HTN/SAMUAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

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  • Killer Deal 4K Dell XPS 15 Now 700 Off

    first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndo247 SportsThe Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019, Ranked247 SportsUndoAdvertisement Looking for the best 15-inch laptop money can buy? Today only, Amazon has the 4K Dell XPS 15 (9570) for $1,799.99. Normally, you’d pay $2,500 for Dell’s premium laptop, but today’s deal cuts a whopping $700 off its retail price. Buy Dell XPS 15 4K on Amazon.comThe Editor’s Choice Dell XPS 15 boasts a bright and vibrant 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD touchscreen display, which is great for gaming or watching movies. It offers lag-free performance thanks to its 2.2GHz Core i7-8750H six-core processor, which is coupled with 16GB of RAM.For graphics, the XPS 15 packs Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU with 4GB of video memory. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/amazon-deal-cuts-700-dell-xps-15-laptop?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 In our Dell XPS 15 review, we found it to be an overall powerful performer that runs cool,  has a 12-hour battery life, and an attractive design. Amazon’s deal ends at 2:59 am ET, so act fast if you want the best 15-incher money can buy.  Best Laptop Christmas Deals 2018Best Gaming Laptops 2018Dell XPS 15 9570 vs. Dell XPS 13 9370: Face-Offlast_img read more

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  • Mozilla to run Firefox Monitor study in the US

    first_imgMozilla to run Firefox Monitor study in the US by Martin Brinkmann on June 26, 2018 in Firefox – Last Update: June 26, 2018 – 4 commentsMozilla revealed today that it plans to run a Shield Study in the United States to get data on a new feature that it calls Firefox Monitor.Firefox Monitor is a security tool that gives Firefox users the option to check whether their accounts have been compromised.It is a web service first and foremost that accepts email addresses to find out if they have been included in leaked breach databases. Mozilla’s implementation lists information about the type of breach and data that was exposed.Visitors to the Firefox Monitor website will be able to check (by entering an email address) to see if their accounts were included in known data breaches, with details on sites and other sources of breaches and the types of personal data exposed in each breach.Firefox Monitor may get options to sign up for alerts so that you are informed when an email address is found in new leaks.The service uses Have I Been Pwned as the backend for the functionality and it updates Mozilla’s plan to add breach warnings to Firefox.The organization plans to inform Firefox users if a site was hacked in the past. The feature would allow you to type an email address in the notification prompt to check whether that email address was included in the leak.Mozilla implemented the email checks in a private-by-design way. The organization implemented a method of “anonymized data sharing for Firefox Monitor” which in essence means that the full email address is never submitted to third-parties. Users who are interested in the technical side of the implementation can read up on it on the Mozilla Security Blog.Firefox Monitor will be rolled out as a Shield Study to about 250000 users that Mozilla will invited in the United States in the next week. Whether the feature will land in Firefox at one point depends on the study and other data.Mozilla plans to display security advise on the Firefox Monitor page to provide users with instructions on securing online accounts. The site lists six tips to improve the security of accounts and it is sound advise.Use a different password for every account.Create strong passwords.Make strong security questions (or don’t answer them truthfully)Use a password manager.Use two-factor authentication.Sign up for alerts from Firefox Monitor.Closing WordsFirefox Monitor is an interesting security feature that could attract some users. While you may visit the Have I Been Pwned website directly to find out whether an email address was found in leaked databases, Mozilla’s implementation makes things a bit more comfortable thanks to direct integration in the browser.Now You: What is your take on Firefox Monitor?Related articles Check your passwords against the Pwned Passwords databaseFind out if your email address has been soldPassProtect warns you about insecure passwordsSummaryArticle NameMozilla to run Firefox Monitor study in the USDescriptionMozilla revealed today that it plans to run a Shield Study in the United States to get data on a new feature that it calls Firefox Monitor.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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  • Firefox 67 Cryptomining and Fingerprinting protection

    first_imgFirefox 67: Cryptomining and Fingerprinting protection by Martin Brinkmann on February 05, 2019 in Firefox – 24 commentsMozilla plans to launch cryptomining and fingerprinting protection in Firefox 67 to improve user privacy.Cryptomining and fingerprinting protection block JavaScript cryptominers and certain attempts by websites to fingerprint the user.The organization revealed in 2018 that it had plans to improve privacy in Firefox. Mozilla added content blocking options to Firefox 63 — an update of the browser’s tracking protection functionality — and that it wanted to add more protective features to future versions of Firefox.If things go as planned, Firefox 67 will feature options to block JavaScript cryptominers and certain fingerprinting attempts.Cryptominers use the resources of the connecting device to mine cryptocurrency; this leads to an increase in CPU activity and power consumption. Depending on how the miner is configured, it may slow down the entire system and all operations on it as well.Fingerprinting protection is not a new feature. Fingerprinting refers to techniques to create user profiles for tracking using information provided by the connecting browser and device, and certain scripts if permitted to run. Mozilla introduced a preference to block some fingerprinting methods in Firefox 41.First signs of an integration in Firefox’s main user interface showed up in May 2018. Mozilla showcased extensions to the content blocking functionality back then that included options to block analytics, fingerprinting, crypto-mining, and social tracking.Only two of those, fingerprinting and cryptomining protections, will find their way into Firefox 67. The options are displayed when users click on the site information icon next to the site URL, and when they launch the privacy options in the Firefox settings.Select custom on the settings page under content blocking to display the new options. It is not clear yet if these options will be enabled by default or if users need to enable them manually in Firefox 57.Just check cryptominers and fingerprinters there to block these on all sites. You may still add exceptions if you want some sites to use the functionality. It is possible that the blocking may block some site functionality from executing correctly.Firefox 67’s release date is May 14, 2019.Closing WordsThe introduction of additional protective features is a long overdue step considering Mozilla’s stance in regards to privacy. It remains to be seen if the options are enabled by default or turned off; it would not be of much use to the bulk of users if the latter is the case.Mozilla is still facing quite the dilemma when it comes to user privacy and content blocking: adding full content blocking options to Firefox would set it apart from Google Chrome. It would improve user privacy, speed up the loading of sites, and be beneficial to security as well. Mozilla’s survival depends on its deals with search engine companies, on the other hand. It is doubtful that Google and others would pay Mozilla a premium for being the default search engine if the Firefox browser would block advertisement by default.Now You: What should Mozilla do in your opinion in regards to content blocking and privacy? (via Sören)SummaryArticle NameFirefox 67: Cryptomining and Fingerprinting protectionDescriptionMozilla plans to launch cryptomining and fingerprinting protection in Firefox 67 to improve user privacy.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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