Tech Time Podcast Episode 7:
- In our podcast a new study has revealed a “fast-acting neural circuit allowing gut cells to communicate with the brain in just seconds,” reports New Atlas. Diego Bohorquez, senior author of the study, says “these findings are going to be the biological basis of a new sense. One that serves as the entry point for how the brain knows when the stomach is full of food and calories.” He says it “brings legitimacy to [the] idea of the ‘gut feeling’ as a sixth sense.”
- Duke university
- Remarkable new work from a team of researchers at Duke University has now revealed a previously unknown direct circuit between the gut and the brain that could allow for fast sensory communication that doesn’t relay on laborious hormonal signaling.
- For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a controversial new kind of genetic engineering can rapidly spread a self-destructive genetic modification through a complex species.
- The scientists used the revolutionary gene-editing tool known as CRISPR to engineer mosquitoes with a “gene drive,” which rapidly transmitted a sterilizing mutation through other members of the mosquito’s species
- After mosquitoes carrying the mutation were released into cages filled with unmodified mosquitoes in a high-security basement laboratory in London, virtually all of the insects were wiped out, according to a report in Nature Biotechnology. The mosquitoes were created in the hopes of using them as a potent new weapon in the long, frustrating fight against malaria. Malaria remains one of the world’s deadliest diseases, killing more than 400,000 people every year, mostly children younger than 5 years old.
- What’s encouraging is that the mosquitos reportedly did not appear to further mutate in a way that would diminish the effectiveness of the engineered mutation. “But the researchers stressed that many years of additional research are needed to further test the safety and effectiveness of the approach before anyone attempts to release these mosquitos or any other organisms created this way into the wild,
- Matt – What effect would this have on the local ecology? I hate mosquitos but would birds, bats and other predators starve? Would other insects move in to replace mosquitos?
- According to a new study by the JPMorgan Chase Instittue, drivers who transport people via apps (e.g. Uber, Lyft, Uber Eats, Postmates) made 53 percent less in 2017 than they did in 2013.
- drivers on average are working fewer hours; demand hasn’t increased to meet the increased number of drivers; trip prices have fallen; or platforms are paying drivers lower rates.
- The average monthly payments to those who worked for a transportation app in a given month declined to $783 from $1,469. Meanwhile, people working for leasing apps — Airbnb, Turo, Parklee and other apps that let you rent assets like your home, car or parking space — saw their incomes from those platforms rise 69 percent to $1,736 on average.
- Matt – Outdoorsy – I looked at renting my RV. A friend of mine said he put his gas Class A on the site just before the May long weekend and had over $10k of bookings within a week.
- Apple has successfully completed its $400 million acquisition of Shazam, and the company announced it will be removing all ads from the app “soon.”
- Shazam has been downloaded over 1 billion times around the world and is used over 20 million times every day
Implanted Device Helps Two People With Paralysis Walk Again
* NBC News: At least five people whose legs were completely paralyzed are walking again, two of them with no outside help, thanks to a specialized program of therapy and a pain stimulator implanted in their spines
- It’s the latest and most dramatic advance in a new approach to treating spinal cord injuries developed at the University of Louisville in Kentucky
- The reports show that electrical stimulation of the spine, when combined with a very intense and specialized training program, can re-educate the body and help move the legs even though signals from the brain are cut off. The stimulator is implanted into the epidural layer surrounding the spinal cord, and sends controlled signals into the bundle of nerve tissue.
- with more than $7 billion in projected revenue in 2018 and more than 100 million monthly listeners, combining SiriusXM’s 36 million subscribers and Pandora’s 70 million-plus monthly active users.
The numbers also show that more people continue to join paid subscription services, with subscription rates growing by about one million per month. But while streaming revenue is still on an upward trend, the news isn’t so good for digital downloads and CD sales. Digital downloads have only made up 12 percent of overall revenue so far this year, down from 19 percent last year, and CD sales saw a whopping 41 percent drop in revenue. To compare, during the same time last year, CD sales were only down three percent from the year before. Vinyl revenue, however, is up 13 percent.
- 10 years ago (Sep 24) the HTC Dream was released on T-Mobile.
- The first phone with Android as an Operating System.
- Had a screen that slid away to reveal a QWERTY Keyboard.
- Competition in 2008 was Nokia/Symbian, Blackberry, Palm, Windows Mobile, Apple
- In 10 years we now have Android Pie (API level 28).
- 2 billion people are estimated to currently have an android device.
- Android made its name through
- being open sourced (fragmentation)
- customizable (contrasted with Apple’s closed OS)
- Google Apps integrated (Gmail, Google Maps, Chrome, Docs, Photos)
- Brandon (This is Tech Today) and John Prosser (Front Page Tech) the VBloggers who was behind the Pixel 3 Ultra rumour explains the reasons behind the Pixel 3 XL leaks and the Pixel 3 Ultra rumour.
- Received this information through an Engineer at Google after establishing security protocols.
- Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were not leaked on purpose.
- They were allowed to continue to leak to find the culprit.
- The leak happened at Foxcon where the LG screens are manufactured.
- HTC was purchased by Google in January.
- HTC is most likely the team designing the Pixel 4.
- The Pixel 3 was designed by the old team (most likely their last).
- Pixel 3 was already 4 months into development when HTC was purchased.
- HTC has manufacturing power.
- There is a 3rd device that the HTC team is working on.
- It may be released in time for Christmas.
- Possible working with Xiaomi