Monday, 31 July 2017

How the first global university venture fund hopes to change the world

The world's first global university venture fund was founded in 2015 to connect major investors, startups and academics to develop commercially viable technology that addresses challenges around climate change, health, sustainability, education, or security.These areas often overlap, as is the case with growing urbanisation, which the United Nations estimates could result in a worldwide slum population of 3 billion people by the year 2050. Sustainable growth in cities links to many other challenges, so solutions will be sought that bring them all together. Future Planet Capital's recent investment in PragmatIC is an example of this convergence. The Cambridge-based company produces tiny, sticky microchips that can make anything a smart object. It can be used to document the entire food sourcing chain in the developing world, where 30-40 percent of agricultural produce is wasted before it gets to market. This increases sustainability, but can also impact health, security and climate change by ensuring food safety, ethical labour practices and production efficiency. The company began life as a Manchester University spin-out and later relocated to Cambridge Science Park. It's attracted customers including consumer goods giant Unilever, and investment from Fortune 500 packaging company Avery Dennison and Japanese telecoms corporation SoftBank, which acquired chip designer ARM Holdings for more than US$32 billion in 2016.

"We think that's got a revolutionary impact," says Future Planet Capital founder Douglas Hansen-Luke. "You've got one of the world's biggest chip designers as an investor, you've got one of the world's biggest packaging [companies] as a customer and you've got the brains of Cambridge University and Manchester to combine. Then it's putting itself in the right place." Future Planet Capital introduced them to a major facilities management company in Britain, who are looking to expand their tech platform and start connecting products to the people in their network. They can act as an early customer and provide them with pilots and resources to develop their product. Other companies in their portfolio include clinical genome diagnoses Congenica, and Alphabet Energy, a Berkeley University spin-out technology that converts waste heat into electricity. Congenica has attracted interest from Beijing Genomics, China's largest DNA tester. Alphabet Energy has had conversations with General Motors as its technology can be attached to a car exhaust to reduce fuel consumption by 5 to 10 percent.

Future Planet Capital is helping bring both to the Middle East, because the region is particularly impacted by both rare diseases and emissions reductions.

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Hansen-Luke has worked with large institutional investors for the last 20 years, most recently for Dutch asset management firm Robeco. He founded Future Planet Capital after analysing why institutional investors were consistently missing out on investing in lucrative startups.

“More than half the value on the American Stock Exchange over the last 20 years has come from tech companies or knowledge companies, but sovereigns have failed to really get in there early," says Hansen-Luke, who was a Conservative Party parliamentary candidate at the 2015 general election.

"We worked with them on designing the best way to invest in innovation."

The innovation fund does this by connecting sovereign funds such as the Oman Investment Fund and recently-launched British Innovation Fund with startups at leading universities, with whom it has developed investment partnerships. They include Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Tsinghua University in Beijing, the alma mater of the last two presidents of the People's Republic of China.The university system adds a support network to the ingenuity that strengthens the chances of successes.

"Universities are pretty much the source of inventiveness," Hansen-Luke explains. "Depending on which university it is, they can also be quite good at commercialising it. To us, it seems silly to take lots of risk on startups which don't have a university connection."

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Robot cracks open safe live on Def Con's stage

Using a cheap robot, a team of hackers has cracked open a leading-brand combination safe, live on stage in Las Vegas.The team from SparkFun Electronics was able to open a SentrySafe safe in around 30 minutes.The robot is able to reduce the number of possible combinations from one million to just 1,000, before quickly and automatically trying the remaining combinations until it breaks in.
After the robot discovered the combination was 51.36.93, the safe popped open - to rapturous applause from the audience of several hundred hackers. SparkFun’s Nathan Siedle told the BBC: "That was one of the scariest things we’ve done. Lots of things can go wrong, and this was a very big audience.

"We’re really happy it opened up.”
A spokeswoman for SentrySafe could not be reached on Friday. But speaking to Wired magazine earlier this month, when the team demonstrated its method on a smaller safe, a spokeswoman for the safe maker said: "In this environment, the product accomplished what it was designed to do.
“[It] would be realistically very difficult, if not impossible, for the average person to replicate in the field.”

Budget bot
The latest demonstration was performed at Def Con, the largest gathering of underground hackers in the world.The SparkFun team was not able to travel with a weighty safe, and so bought a new one that was opened up for the first time on stage. The team joked the safe could have been cracked sooner - but they had to fill their 45-minute time slot.The robot, which cost around $200 to put together, makes use of 3D-printed parts that can be easily replaced to fit different brands of combination safe.It cannot crack a digital lock - although vulnerabilities in those systems have been exposed by other hacking teams in the past.
Lost combination
The team’s work began when Mr Siedle’s wife Alicia bought a safe on eBay that was cheap due to the previous owner not knowing what the combination was. “She gave it to me for Christmas,” Mr Siedle said. The mechanism in the safe consists of three dials which, when aligned, allow the safe to be opened. Each dial can be any two digit number - meaning one million potential combinations.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Love lives of the rich and the famous

Landing a date with your celebrity crush has never been easier - as long as you are verified on Twitter. A new dating app boasts that its users can “date celebrities discreetly” by linking blue-ticked Twitter accounts in a members-only community.The "Blue" version of the Loveflutter app claims to connect “the most happening singles on Twitter nearby” in the “largest pool of 100 per cent real users online, anywhere”.It describes itself as the “safest dating Dell Customer Service community ever”, creating an exclusive club for the nearly 200,000 verified Twitter users across the world.“In an era of catfishing and fake identities, authenticity is key, which is why we are leveraging Twitter’s world-class verification system to make dating safer,” Loveflutter said.
“For those of you in the public eye, privacy and authenticity in dating are a key concern. It’s why we have tapped into a ready-made community of like-minded singles.” Potential access to your favourite sports star, pop singer or national newspaper journalist does come at a cost, though. Loveflutter will be introducing a monthly subscription fee soon, it said, along with details of its Blue Concierge service, which confidentially sets up introductions and dates for Blue members.It represents a step towards the higher end of dating for Loveflutter, which has connected all Twitter users - not just the social media elite - since its launch in 2013. Twitter says accounts can become verified once they are determined to be “of public interest,” such as politicians, journalists, sportspeople and musicians.
Twitter users can submit a request to gain a blue tick, and for requests to verify individual accounts the social media site says it needs a copy of official government-issued photo ID such as a passport or driver’s license.
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Signal may be from first 'exomoon'

If confirmed, the "exomoon" is likely to be about the size and mass of Neptune, and circles a planet the size of Jupiter but with 10 times the mass.The signal was detected by Nasa's Kepler Space Telescope; astronomers now plan to carry out follow-up observations with Hubble in October.
A paper about the candidate moon is published on the Arxiv pre-print site.To date, astronomers have discovered more than 3,000 exoplanets - worlds orbiting stars other than the Sun.A hunt for exomoons - objects in orbit around those distant planets - has proceeded in parallel. But so far, these extrasolar satellites have lingered at the limits of detection Dell Contact Number with current techniques.Dr David Kipping, assistant professor of astronomy at Columbia University in New York, says he has spent "most of his adult life" looking for exomoons.For the time being, however, he urged caution, saying: "We would merely describe it at this point as something consistent with a moon, but, who knows, it could be something else." The Kepler telescope hunts for planets by looking for tiny dips in the brightness of a star when a planet crosses in front - known as a transit. To search for exomoons, researchers are looking for a dimming of starlight before and after the planet causes its dip in light. The promising signal was observed during three transits - fewer than the astronomers would like to have in order to confidently announce a discovery.
The work by Dr Kipping, his Columbia colleague Alex Teachey and citizen scientist Allan R Schmitt, assigns a confidence level of four sigma to the signal from the distant planetary system. The confidence level describes how unlikely it is that an experimental result is simply down to chance. If you express it in terms of tossing a coin, it's equivalent to tossing 15 heads in row. But Dr Kipping said this is not the best way to gauge the potential detection. He told BBC News: "We're excited about it... statistically, formally, it's a very high probability. But do we really trust the statistics? That's something unquantifiable. Until we get the measurements from Hubble, it may as well be 50-50 in my mind." The candidate moon is known as Kepler-1625b I and is observed around a star that lies some 4,000 light-years from Earth. On account of its large size, team members have dubbed it a "Nep-moon". A current theory of planetary formation suggests such an object is unlikely to have formed in place with its Jupiter-mass planet, but would instead be an object captured by the gravity of the planet later on in the evolution of this planetary system.The researchers could find no predictions of a Neptune-sized moon in the literature, but Dr Kipping notes that nothing in physics prevents one.
A handful of possible candidates have come to light in the past, but none as yet has been confirmed.
"I'd say it's the best [candidate] we've had," Dr Kipping told me.
"Almost every time we hit a candidate, and it passes our tests, we invent more tests until it finally dies - until it fails one of the tests... in this case we've applied everything we've ever done and it's passed all of those tests. On the other hand, we only have three events."

Splatoon 2 on Nintendo Switch: a fishy remix, but still great fun

Splatoon 2 is something of a conundrum. While ostensibly a full sequel to the surprise hit team shooter released for Wii U back in 2015, at times it feels more similar in approach to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.Like Deluxe, released for Nintendo Switch in March 2017, Splatoon 2 can seem like a glorified spit and polish, taking an already great game that many missed due to its Wii U exclusivity and repackaging it for the far more popular Switch. To be fair to Nintendo, the approach works – Deluxe is now seen by many as arguably the definitive Mario Kart, and it's racked up 2.1 million sales in just three months. Hoping for a similar response to Splatoon's successor is understandable.
The difference is that Deluxe, with its improved battle mode and all original DLC included as standard, was framed as a refresh. Splatoon 2 pitches itself as a continuation of the ink-spraying original but at times doesn't quite feel like there's enough content to justify that generational leap.
For instance, step into the hub area of Inktropolis for the first time and, aside from a few new stores where you'll eventually upgrade weapons and customise your shapeshifting squid avatar, you'll find effectively the same layout as the Wii U version. Similarly, controls are almost exactly the same, though this in itself is no bad thing. Shifting between humanoid Inkling and fully squidified forms remains as simple and intuitive as ever, and aiming and moving using the Joy-Con's motion sensing – while mechanically the same as waving the the Wii U's gamepad around – feels more precise than in the first game, allowing more accurate shots.
In multiplayer – which we've only tested in controlled beta tests, and will be updating this review to reflect performance under real world conditions – Splatoon 2 offers the same four modes as the previous entry. Turf War continues to be the main event, where teams battle to cover the most territory in their respective colour ink, while Dell Customer Service Splat Zones (fight to control specific areas), Tower Control (seize a moving, automated tower and fend off enemies until you reach their goal) and Rainmaker (escort a totem to a goal point at the enemy team's base) all return. There are some tweaks that high level players will notice, and the latter three modes are now ranked individually, but there are few real surprises.
That's not to say there are no improvements or fresh additions to the game. In particular, the single player Hero Mode gets a massive and much-needed overhaul. While still essentially a training mode to prepare players for the rigours of online competitive play, it refines and improves on its predecessor with larger maps, inventive and uniquely challenging bosses, and hidden background material to unlock.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The best Dell Inspiron

Maybe you need a littler, lighter and more changed experience – like we would. All things considered, this rendition of the Inspiration may be your scene.It's smooth, lightweight and offers a few approaches to utilize it – simply like the XPS 13 2-in-1. All things considered, put something aside for the enormously intense equipment and wonderful screen. However, for most people, what's inside this half and half portable PC is okay. 
he following are the best arrangements we could gather on the Inspiron 13 2-in-1 in the UK, US and Australia. Note that most Inspiration 13 2-in-1 bargains recorded are with passage level specs, so check to ensure whether the variant you need has the equipment you need inside, as well. As far as we can tell, 2-in-1 portable workstations have a tendency to invest the majority of the energy in one design or the other. 

The convertible viewpoint is decreased when the PC is essentially utilized as a portable PC. The refreshed Dell 2-in-1 Inspiration, be that as it may, makes such a fine showing with regards to as both portable PC and tablet, we ended up exchanging between modes all the time.Still, we utilized the Inspiration 13-7000 arrangement all the more regularly as a portable PC, yet its size and weight make the tablet mode a delight with restful applications. In some ways, it resembles a mullet: business in advance, party in the back, however without all the negative meanings of the world's most exceedingly bad hair style. Dell Support Number UK
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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Dell Customer Support

Dell, an outstanding brand in PCs. It is one of the best PC providers. This association was set up in 1984 and at present, it has made a domain of billions of dollars. A circuitous presumption is, Dell produces 140,000 units of PCs for consistently. The thriving of Dell PC is the consequence of the very much explored components and unwavering quality of the PC. With regards to the most well-known names of the PC maker, Dell relies on fingertips. It is known for the assembling of the best quality portable workstations. The best endeavours are made by Dell to give quality PC and Printers and other PC peripherals.Dell tablets are best in elements and solid and high in plan and unfaltering quality. PCs, which have a rundown of elements can bring about a few issues while abusing such inadvertently or misconstruing an announcement which your portable PC is demonstrating you in a specific condition. All things considered, each Laptop is furthermore a machine and machines make some specialised issues either at some point or another. In such cases, the client can't handle these issues as they need specialised support. Dell Laptop Support is the most appropriate arrangement all things considered. Accept that you are working late around evening time and you should complete an essential PowerPoint Presentation for tomorrow's initial morning meeting and around then your Dell Laptop has made an issue as Blue screen of death or the system overheat, then it will trouble you and you can be gotten on various issues. 

Around then, will require a snappy help with finishing your work auspicious and for the same, you have to dial While taking a shot at your Dell Laptop some normal issues are regular to confront as like issues identified with the framework as introducing a working framework or refreshing it to the most recent rendition, uninstalling or reinstalling a working framework. Infection assault on your Dell Laptop programming, Driver issues and different peripherals can bring about issues while doing your work with your Dell Laptop. You can likewise confront some other specialised issues with your Dell Laptop. For the arrangement of such issues, you, for the most part, use to visit an administration focus and this outcome in a deferral of work and a gigantic cut off of your well-deserved cash also. We, through our Dell Contact Number, give the moment specialised support to your specialised issues that have confronted while you are working on your portable PC.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

The best Dell Inspiron

Dell has covered the Inspiron 15 7000 out of a smooth dark outside with red accents, unmistakable cooling balances along the back, and outfitted it with a full illuminated console – all signs of a gaming tablet without being excessive.The spine and left side are vigorously vented with two fans, however you won't see them through the improving, copper-hued warm dispersal balances. Red groups run parallel over the base, going about as feet to shield the scratch pad from slipping on surfaces, while giving the little subwoofer enough space to move around. Despite the fact that the Inspiron's outline isn't as striking as the LED lights, designed surface and the trapizodal state of the HP Omen, it keeps up a feeling of energy without exaggerating. All the more imperatively, its smooth looks don't trade off on highlights or the measure of the battery. 
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One component that quickly awes is the Inspiron's boisterous speakers with worked in subwoofer for predominant sounding blasts in recreations and films. I wouldn't state that the bass overwhelms me, however it is entirely profound for a note pad system.Sound devotion may change, contingent upon what surface the framework is laying on, since the speakers fire descending. All things considered, I have no issue keeping up satisfactory volume when playing Star Wars: Battlefront.The framework gets warm amid gaming sessions, yet never awkwardly hot (and you can't resist seeing the commotion from the fans once they kick in). A large portion of the warmth vents out the spine and sides, however you can in any case feel some glow getting through the correct side of the console. 

The Inspiron 15 7000's matte screen is sans glare and offers a stammer free picture amid most quick paced activity gaming sessions. Be that as it may, the journal's major powerless point is in its 1TB mixture drive.Although rehashed exercises, such as booting up Windows 10 or propelling applications, are quick (as they are put into the 8GB of reserve), the hard drive itself turns at 5,400 pivots for each moment (RPM). That implies players will be stuck holding up as diversions introduce, dispatch surprisingly and keeping in mind that stacking levels. In some cases, it takes so long that I couldn't tell whether the amusement solidified, particularly since the tablet's pointer lights are just for control and charging.  Dell Helpline Number

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Dell XPS 13

Dell has done it all over again. The latest and greatest Dell XPS 13 recently arrived, and it’s frankly already been our favorite laptop for the last two years. This time coming equipped with the latest, 7th generation (Kaby Lake) Intel processors behind that same eye-dropping display and punchy keyboard we’ve come to enjoy typing on – now all within an optional rose gold frame – the new XPS 13 has wowed us all over again.And, much of that isn’t thanks to crazy innovations or fresh additions, but a few key refinements that help the XPS 13 stand out amongst a sea of laptops that are perhaps trying to change a bit too quickly. 
The XPS 13 is a tortoise surrounded by hares … only it’s got a rocket strapped to its back. The Dell XPS 13 has been out – Kaby Lake processors and all – for a handful of months now and, in the time since its release, it’s taken on a life of its own with tons of new firmware updates to thank for it.  After seeding an Intel HD Graphics driver update on July 6, which was said to improve display compatibility, Dell delivered the goods with a new encryption application called Dell Data Protection. According to the company, this recommended package brings endpoint protection for both internal and external disk drives.But if you haven’t already purchased a Dell XPS 13 computer, the Microsoft Store is running a pretty sweet deal on a welcome alternative. Both an entry level and midrange configuration are on sale for $150 off, presumably for a limited time only. It’s worth noting that the former option is also $150 less than the cheapest XPS 13. 
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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The best Dell XPS 15

Dell revived its 13-inch blazing tablet toward the end of last year, many promptly pondered of the whereabouts of a specific 15-inch rendition. All things considered, while the Dell XPS 15 of a year ago was okay, it wasn't without a couple of hiccups that at last set it back.

 First off, the battery life on a year ago's Dell XPS 15 was bleak. Our different concerns incorporated a shallow console, feeble speakers and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M illustrations chip that used just 2GB of video memory, not sufficiently about for present day diversions and the attack of titles turning out advancing. Luckily, these issues have been redressed with the new Dell XPS 15. Additionally, all that we preferred about a year ago's model is as yet in place, including a likewise assorted scope of costs and setups. At first look, the 2017 Dell XPS 15 doesn't appear to be much unique than its ancestor. Despite everything it has a gleaming aluminum shell that surrounds a rubber treated material encompassing plastic data sources. Just the console has been refined since the last time we saw it. Dell Support Number

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Dell joins cut-down laptop market

The laptop was shown by Michael Dell to the editor of website Gizmodo at the All Things Digital Conference. According to the official Dell blog, Michael Dell "positioned it as the perfect device for the next billion internet users". Dell has not released pricing or specifications for its first netbook. A number of firms are expected to enter the netbook market this year. The market is being driven in part by the work of the One Laptop Per Child programme, the success of the Asus Eee PC and the availability of chips, made by companies like Intel and Via, designed for low-cost, low power consumption devices. Hewlett-Packard has announced a cut-down laptop which will be powered by Via's processors, and Acer is also entering the market. 

More than 3.6 million netbooks, which cost less than $500, are expected to be sold this year
In an effort to grab a slice of the market Via has announced a new hardware design for low-cost laptop computers, called OpenBook, making it available under an open source license.The company hopes manufacturers will use the design, which incorporates Via's chipset, to build netbooks. Last week the One Laptop Per Child program unveiled a reference design for a future netbook, called the XO2.