Chinese mobile giant Huawei unveiled its new flagship phones today at a splashy ceremony in Paris, as the company moves aggressively to raise its profile outside its home territory. Like nearly all major smartphone vendors, Huawei primarily emphasized advances in the phone’s camera system, including greater use of artificial intelligence to i…Read More Apple – VentureBeat
Hail is one the most costly types of adverse weather. Every year, it causes billions of dollars of damage destroying roofing, homes, and crops in the U.S. alone. Now, a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters has identified a way to predict major hailstorms up to three weeks before they occur.
The research was carried out by Northern Illinois University meteorologist Victor Gensini alongside John Allen of Central Michigan University. The pair established a strong relationship between jet stream patterns over the Pacific Ocean and the frequency of hailstorms in the U.S., building from their previous work forecasting tornadoes.
Data on hail quantities taken from national storm data recorded between 1979 and 2016 was compared to changes to the Global Wind Oscillation (GWO) index. The GWO is a body of climate and weather data that scientists use to capture the presence of tropical moisture and energy in the atmosphere. These factors combined increase the probability that storms may ultimately evolve into tornadoes.
The researchers found that four out of the eight phases that comprise the index were good indicators of potentially increased hail during peak storm seasons.
“There is a strong connection between the GWO and U.S. hail frequency,” noted Allen in a press release. “This relationship helps to understand what is driving hail variability, and explains to a large degree when we are likely to experience active and inactive periods during the spring and fall.”
Forecasting hail is difficult because there’s typically no clear distinction between storms that do and do not produce hailstones, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory. There are ongoing efforts to develop a method of using dual-polarized radar data to improve early warning systems.
Gensini and Allen’s technique shows promise, although it remains to be seen how well it will perform in the summer, when the GWO is less reliable due to small-scale meteorological processes. More tests are scheduled for the spring to determine how accurate the projects are as the severe weather season begins to ramp up.
2018 is quickly becoming the year of DevOps and Continuous Testing. Some experts suggest that organizations that are moving towards DevOps should operate with the highest percentage of test automation and while this is a good suggestion, it takes more than just that to be successful in DevOps.
You need a mature DevOps strategy with a robust continuous testing method that is more than the simple automating functional and non-functional testing. While a clear key enabler to be agile is test automation and the ability to release software quickly; continuous testing (CT) does require additional implementations that are continuously measured, to achieve and sustain success.
The main question I get from organizations is how to implement Continuous Testing and advance my DevOps maturity successfully. Here are five steps you can utilize in order to implement CT for your business:
1. Risk vs. Reward – It’s obviously about coverage but you know you can’t test everything. You need to understand the best coverage for browsers and mobile devices for your business.
2. End-to-end testing – You need automated end-to-end testing that compliments your existing development process. In order to create this environment while excluding errors and allowing continuity throughout SDLC, you need to: Implement the right tests, make sure your CT test buckets are correct and leverage reporting appropriately. In addition, these tests that supports various team members and features, need to run per each code commit as part of a consolidated CI process.
3. Stable lab and test environment – The lab needs to be central to everything in your CT process. Your lab needs to be able to support your coverage requirements in addition to the test frameworks that were used to develop the tests.
4. Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML) –These can help you optimize your CT test suite and reduce the amount of time in release activities. If you are looking for more guidance on how to scale up your test automation, check out our latest ebook.
5. Software delivery pipeline and DevOps toolchain – CT needs to work seamlessly with everything. No matter the framework, environment (front or back-end) and IDEs that are used in the DevOps pipeline – continuous testing needs to pick up all the appropriate testing, execute them automatically and provide feedback for a GO/NO GO on the release.
In 2018, we will continue to see more companies transition into DevOps and Continuous Testing. Those that will stay ahead of the curve need to implement the correct foundation for continuous testing by adopting these five steps and creating a plan that is continuously optimized, maintained and adjusted as things change in the market or on your product roadmap.
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Airbnb is introducing a new way for users to pay for rentals, letting them reserve accommodation by paying 50 percent upfront and 50 percent before they arrive. The feature, called Pay Less Up Front, effectively lets customers stagger the cost of accommodation — perfect if you’re managing a budget but want to make sure you don’t lose the rental for your upcoming holiday.
Before this feature was introduced, rentals had to be paid for 100 percent upfront. Airbnb says it hopes the feature will encourage customers to pick pricier accommodation.
There are some requirements though: the rental has to be booked 14 days before check-in, and must cost at least $ 250. Airbnb also notes that the split between paying now and paying later is usually…
Upstream Security has secured $ 9 million in series A funding to advance its cloud-based cybersecurity platform for connected cars and self-driving vehicles, after securing $ 2 million in a seed funding round in June.
According to the company, the fresh amount will be utilised for expanding its R&D programme, strengthening research teams in the engineering and security divisions and opening marketing and sales offices in the US and Europe.
The funding was led by CRV (Charles River Ventures) and included expanded investments from Glilot Capital Partners and Maniv Mobility.
Izhar Armony, general partner at CRV, said: “Connected and semi-autonomous cars are already a reality, so it’s a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’ these self-driving technologies will be deployed at scale. Upstream’s engineers were the first to solve how to protect connected cars and autonomous vehicles using the cloud, crucial for near-term and future deployment of automotive cybersecurity at the fleet level.
"We believe in Upstream’s groundbreaking approach to secure connected and autonomous vehicles and in the abilities of cybersecurity veterans, Yoav Levy and Yonatan Appel, to build a rapidly growing business in this hot, emerging space.”
Talking about the increasing security threats in the connected car industry, Upstream CEO and cofounder Levy commented: “Security solutions for the car are undergoing rapid advances at an unprecedented rate. We’re using emerging technologies like AI and machine learning to carry out an evolutionary leap in cybersecurity for passenger and commercial vehicles.”
It’s not the only money going into this space of late. Earlier this month, Canada-based connected vehicle startup Mojio secured $ 30 million in Series B funding, which will be utilised by the company to expedite its connected-vehicle solution and for global expansion.
Lines have already started to form at many Apple stores world-wide, with the Orchard Road store in Singapore and a pair of stores in Japan already having a massive queue of hundreds of people. AppleInsider – Frontpage News
Saudi Arabia and the Virgin Group have announced a partnership in which the former intends to invest $ 1 billion in Virgin Galactic, as well as its side companies, The Spaceship Company and Virgin Orbit.
The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia and Virgin Group signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this week, which also includes the option to invest an additional $ 480 million. As explained by Virgin founder Richard Branson in a blog post, the deal still needs to be approved by the U.S. government, but it’s a clear sign of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to innovative technology and its Saudi Vision 2030 initiative, in which the country plans to move away from oil and towards a more modern, diversified economy.
“This partnership with Virgin Group reflects the great strides the Kingdom is making towards our vision for a diversified, knowledge-based economy,” said Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud in a statement. “The future of Saudi Arabia is one of innovation, as showcased at this week’s Future Investment Initiative, and it’s through partnerships with organizations like Virgin Group that we will make active contributions to those sectors and technologies that are driving progress on a global scale.”
Virgin will continue to develop its VSS Unity spacecraft, which is expected to carry astronauts into space within the next four months; commercial space tourisms flights could begin as early as next year. Virgin Orbit, meanwhile, is gearing up to launch satellites into Earth’s orbit. Going forward, Virgin’s companies will use Saudi Arabia’s investment to create better spacecraft, conduct more efficient satellite launches, and make progress on one of Virgin’s biggest goals: trans-continental point-to-point space travel.
As for Saudi Arabia, Branson teased the development of a “space-centric entertainment industry,” but didn’t elaborate on the project. He did, however, make it clear that Virgin won’t be moving to the country anytime soon.
“We will remain majority shareholders, and our companies will remain firmly rooted in Virgin brand values and based in southern California and New Mexico,” he said.
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According to a NASA statement late last month, in addition to the hunt for life on exoplanets, the imminent launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has us bracing for next-gen imaging of two of our solar system’s major candidates suspected to host life: the frozen moons Europa and Enceladus. With five-layer, tennis-court sized mirrors, the JWST will be 100 times stronger than its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope.
Europa and Enceladus — one of Jupiter’s and Saturn’s moons, respectively — may house subsurface oceans of liquid water below their seemingly barren surfaces. Both moons have been observed shooting massive plumes of liquid out of criss-crossing chasms between shifting ice-masses. These liquid ejections may be caused by underground geysers, which could be a source of nutrients and heat to underlying lifeforms, according to scientists.
“We chose these two moons because of their potential to exhibit chemical signatures of astrobiological interest,” said Heidi Hammel, executive vice president of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), in a statement.
Colloquially known as “Webb,” the JWST will collect infrared light, which provides evidence of heat-generating objects too cool to emit visible light (e.g., humans, and other mammals, hence the use of night-vision technology). Astrobiologists hope Webb will identify areas on and below the surfaces of these moons where possibly life-supporting chemicals erupt.
Webb’s contribution to our understanding of the icy moons will precede the Europa Clipper mission, a $ 2 billion orbital flight to the Europa slated for a launch sometime in the 2020s. That mission is set to seek out new life on the icy moon, so the more we learn beforehand with Webb, the more areas of interest we’ll already have identified for Europa Clipper to investigate.
The successor to Hubble will also check out Proxima b, the tidally-locked exoplanet suspected to be hospitable to life (at least around its solar terminus). It will also tell us which (if any) planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system have oxygen-rich atmospheres.