Johnson has ignored the science and blown our chance to stop a second wave

We shouldn’t be here. Back in June, England had the opportunity to suppress the virus. With a functional test and trace system, support to help people self-isolate, a robust set of regulations to keep work and leisure spaces safe and a clear public communications campaign, we could have suppressed coronavirus into the winter.



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But the opportunity was squandered. Worse, as restrictions were lifted on 4 July – what became known colloquially as “Freedom Saturday” – we were encouraged to relax, to travel back to work, to go to the pub, to mix and mingle. Meanwhile, the country’s dysfunctional, centralised and privately-run test and trace system lurched from one calamity to the next. World class? At failing to contact people and succeeding in losing data, perhaps.

The virus never went away. In some deprived communities, such as Bolton and Rochdale, infections remained

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Apple Wins Patent for Ultrasonic Wave Technology that accepts Touch Commands Under Water

 

Today Apple was granted a patent titled “Ultrasonic touch detection through display” Apple’s granted patent relates to system architectures, apparatus and methods for acoustic touch detection and exemplary applications of the system architectures, apparatus and methods. The technology will allow touch commands on an iDevice under water and more. 

 

 Apple notes in their patent filing that the position of an object touching a surface can be determined using time of flight (TOF) bounding box techniques, acoustic image reconstruction techniques, acoustic tomography techniques, attenuation of reflections from an array of barriers, or a two-dimensional piezoelectric receiving array, for example.

 

Acoustic touch sensing can utilize transducers, such as piezoelectric transducers, to transmit ultrasonic waves along a surface and/or through the thickness of an electronic device to the surface.

 

As the ultrasonic wave propagates, one or more objects (e.g., fingers, styli – Apple Pencil) in contact with the surface can interact with the

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New Bahrain-based $60 mln MENA VC fund sees post-COVID tech wave

DUBAI, Oct 11 (Reuters)A new Bahrain-based $60 million venture capital fund aims to invest in 120 early-stage start-ups across Arabic-speaking MENA countries, banking on the regional growth of tech and tech-enabled business in the post-coronavirus world.

Plus Venture Capital (+VC) aims to close fundraising before the end of the year, which is expected to come from mostly regional institutional investors and family offices.

“We think that future growth in the region will be coming from tech-enabled business; for GDP and for job creation. We saw it happen in the last two recessions,” Plus Venture Capital co-founder Sharif El-Badawi said.

They will make seed stage and series A investments.

As part of efforts to tackle its deficit and diversify the economy, Bahrain has been trying to re-establish itself as a regional finance centre after losing ground to Dubai, and has been marketing itself as a financial technology and start-up

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New Bahrain-based $60 million MENA VC fund sees post-COVID tech wave

DUBAI (Reuters) – A new Bahrain-based $60 million venture capital fund aims to invest in 120 early-stage start-ups across Arabic-speaking MENA countries, banking on the regional growth of tech and tech-enabled business in the post-coronavirus world.

Plus Venture Capital (+VC) aims to close fundraising before the end of the year, which is expected to come from mostly regional institutional investors and family offices.

“We think that future growth in the region will be coming from tech-enabled business; for GDP and for job creation. We saw it happen in the last two recessions,” Plus Venture Capital co-founder Sharif El-Badawi said.

They will make seed stage and series A investments.

As part of efforts to tackle its deficit and diversify the economy, Bahrain has been trying to re-establish itself as a regional finance centre after losing ground to Dubai, and has been marketing itself as a financial technology and start-up hub for

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Collectibles Go Digital with DigiCol, Multi-functional Infrastructure for the Next Wave of NFT adoption

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VICTORIA, Seychelles, Oct. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The hype in Decentralized Finance (DeFi) quickly dissipated as DeFi-related assets recorded sharp reversals in their price. DeFi users that were overleveraged observed their wealth evaporate as the value of their collateral diminished. As DeFi interest subsides, NFT interest has been piqued.

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are distinct token types that derive their utility from being diverse and unique from other tokens. Data is suggesting that we are approaching the next wave of NFT adoption.

NFTs can be considered to be digital collectables which are traded and secured on a blockchain infrastructure. They are commonly tied to non-fungible ERC721 tokens on the Ethereum blockchain. Google data shows record-high search volume for the term “NFT”.

DigiCol will provide the infrastructure for the next wave of NFT adoption. NFT users have previously faced stiff technical barriers to creating and using NFTs. It

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Digging into the next wave of tech IPOs

After taking five consecutive business days off from my work laptop — and to shout at my personal laptop while losing games on Dominion online — I am back. I missed you. And while The Exchange’s regular columns were off this week (Friday aside, which you can read here), there’s still a hell of a lot to talk about.

First, a new website. If you click here, you’ll be taken to a sortable list (spreadsheet? database?) of startups with Black founders. Dubbed The Black Founder List, it’s a great asset and tool.

For folks like myself with a research and reporting focus, the list’s sortability of companies founded by Black entrepreneurs by gender, stage and market focus is amazing. And, for investors, it should provide potential dealflow. Do you write lots of Series C checks? The Black Founder List has 23 Series B startups with Black founders. Or if you

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Detection of gravitational wave ‘lensing’ could be some way off

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Gravitational wave scientists looking for evidence of “lensing,” in which the faintest gravitational wave signals become amplified, are unlikely to make these detections in the near future according to new analysis by scientists at the University of Birmingham.


A team in the University’s School of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Gravitational Wave Astronomy has analyzed currently available gravitational wave data to predict that these elusive signals are likely to remain undetected by the instruments currently operated by the LIGO and Virgo Collaboration.

The existence of gravitational lensing was predicted by Einstein and is a well-recognized phenomenon in relation to light waves. Light emitted by distant objects in the Universe is bent by the gravitational pull of other massive objects, such as galaxies when the light source passes behind them. When detected by the earth’s telescopes, this distortion might make the light-emitting object seem larger

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The Battery Show & EV Tech Digital Days Announces First Wave of Globally Renowned Speakers

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sep 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
— An extensive conference program and exhibition will take place online over the course of three days, November 10-12.

— Register here for Early Bird Special pricing, ending October 13, and save $100 on conference passes and receive a custom swag bag, or join the exhibition complimentary.

The Battery Show & EV Tech Digital Days, an all-new virtual event connecting the global advanced battery and EV/HEV tech community, today announced the keynote lineup and first lineup of globally renowned speakers that will present at the online conference and exhibition scheduled to take place from November 10-12. To register for press credentials, visit here.

Organized by Informa Markets – Engineering, the producers of The Battery Show North America and the large-scale online event, will feature keynote presentations

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Microsoft Teams Issues Strike To Zoom With Tidal Wave Of Brilliant New Features

Microsoft has just dealt a new strike to Zoom with a tidal wave of new features to make meetings easier and more functional. Many of the features are aimed at enhancing Microsoft’s video conferencing service to be more like the real-life work environment as employees continue to work from come during the coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft announced the Teams updates in a blog to coincide with its Ignite 2020 conference this week. So, what’s new?

First up is a handy tool in Teams to help you set the scene for your meeting. Together mode scenes will enable work colleagues to meet in a variety of settings including coffee shops, auditoriums and conference rooms.

Another very cool Teams feature coming in October

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Millimeter Wave Technology Market Outlook, Recent Trends and Growth Forecast 2020-2026

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Sep 23, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
Selbyville, Delaware: Market Study Report adds 2018-2026 Millimeter Wave Technology Market report that offers an exhaustive coverage of the industry with brief analysis, data charts, figures, statistics that help take business decisions, company profiles and more.

The global Millimeter Wave Technology Market Size is anticipated to reach $6,752 million by 2026 according to a new research. In 2018, the mobile and telecom segment accounted for the highest market share in terms of revenue. North America is expected to be the leading contributor to the global Millimeter Wave Technology market revenue in 2018.

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The increase in demand for high speed data connectivity and growth in mobile traffic worldwide majorly drives the Millimeter Wave Technology market growth. Millimeter Wave Technology is increasingly being

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