Day: September 19, 2020

Pulling the plug on the coronavirus copy machine

Pulling the plug on the coronavirus copy machine
Antiviral drug remdesivir forms the main line of FDA-approved therapeutic defense against the COVID-19 virus. Researchers at the University of North Texas are using the Frontera supercomputer to model how remdesivir blocks coronavirus reproduction, in the hopes of developing improvements on the drug. Shown here are the crystal structures of the RNA-dependent RNA Polymerase ternary complex model with double stranded RNA and incoming remdesivir triphosphate. Credit: Cisneros Research Group, UNT

Key proteins used by coronavirus for its reproduction being modeled on NSF-funded Frontera supercomputer by Andres Cisneros research group of the University of North Texas. Research goals include finding ways to improve on COVID-19 therapeutic remdesivir. NSF-funded Frontera allocation awarded to Cisneros through the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium.

In May 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the antiviral drug remdesivir for emergency treatment of COVID-19, one of only four therapeutics currently with this status. Remdesivir stops the

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Millions Of US Users To Be Hit By WeChat Block

Washington’s crackdown on WeChat will disrupt communications between millions of people in the United States and their friends, families and business partners in China.

But the app had not managed to reproduce in the US its success in China as the dominant smartphone-based payments platform.

The US Commerce Department announced partial bans on Friday on WeChat as well as video app TikTok.

The order will slow down WeChat to make it unuseable in the United States for videochats with family and friends.

“They are slowing the speed to technically make it virtually impossible to use audio, video, or send images,” said Wu Ziyi, a Chinese graduate student in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



In China, WeChat took the country toward cashless commerce in just a few years, and it is used by hundreds of millions for everyday payments.

It is a kind of universal app, a digital

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Trump Gives TikTok-Oracle Deal His ‘Blessing’ to Continue Operating in US

President Trump says he approved “in concept” a deal that would continue to allow TikTok to continue operating in the U.S., in which the Chinese-owned company would partner with Oracle and Walmart to become a U.S. based company.

“I have given the deal my blessing, if they get it done that’s okay too, if they don’t that’s fine too,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Saturday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce previously announced that app downloads of TikTok and WeChat would be blocked in the U.S. through Trump’s executive order after the app had been declared a national security threat.

Also Read: TikTok-Oracle Deal Could ‘Open Up the Floodgate’ For Ad Dollars

“They’re going to report the full scope of the deal very soon, very soon. But it’ll be totally controlled by Oracle and WalMart,” Trump added Saturday. He further

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You Didn’t Know Bots Solve Captchas, And Do Pharming With Humans

It is still surprisingly common for marketers to assume that captchas can stop bots from committing various forms of digital fraud, like ad fraud, lead fraud, affiliate fraud, etc. Captchas are those annoying grids that pop up asking you to pick out the fire hydrants, traffic lights, bicycles, and buses. Those are annoying to actual humans, and virtually no deterrent for bots.

This is not even new. In 2013, Business Insider was already reporting on tech that could be used to solve captchas at scale. Today, we see bots solving captchas easily and even hiring low-wage humans to help too. There’s even a helpful YouTube video that shows how it’s done.

Pharming With Humans

The screen shot below shows a Google image search for “chinese bot farms” where racks of mobile devices are connected to power and cooling systems, so that millions of clicks, likes, and shares can be generated

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Autonomous Industrial Drones Now Fly Anywhere By Themselves, Even Underground

There are four ways drones typically navigate. Either they use GPS or other beacons, or they accept guidance instructions from a computer, or they navigate off a stored map, or they are flown by an expert in control.

What do you when absolutely none of the four are possible?

You put AI on the drone and it flies itself with no outside source of data, no built-in mapping, and no operator in control.

At least, that’s what Exyn Technologies says it’s doing with ExynAI: allowing drones to function with no GPS, no radio communications, and no stored map. The goal is to enable drones to work where humans can’t, the company says, including underground in active mines.

The claim: Exyn has the first industrial drone that flies itself anywhere.

“It’s having robots do some of the work that folks are doing underground right

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Railroads near full implementation of lifesaving automatic-braking technology

“It’s frustrating always to see where safety recommendations take 50 years to implement. Meanwhile, people are dying,” NTSB board member Jennifer Homendy said. “It is frustrating and heartbreaking. On the other hand, I’m happy where we are today because there will be lives saved in the future.”

The PTC is an automatic braking system designed to take human error out of operating a train. The system automatically applies the brakes if a train is exceeding set speed limits. It can prevent a train from going down the wrong track if a switch is left in the wrong position. And, it can prevent rear-end and head-on collisions by keeping two trains off the same track.

Congress passed legislation mandating the technology after a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train collided head-on at 84 miles per hour, killing 25 people and injuring 135, in Chatsworth, Calif., in 2008.


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Rotary meeting focuses on Tulsa Technology Center | Sand Springs Leader


Dr. Robert Franklin speaks to the Sand Springs Rotary Club at Tulsa Tech during their weekly meeting Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 at HillSpring Church. KIRK MCCRACKEN, LEADER PHOTO

The Sand Springs Rotary Club meeting focused on the Tulsa Technology Center, and Dr. Robert Franklin discussed what the technology center means to Sand Springs and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Franklin spoke to the Rotary Club during its weekly meeting Friday, Sept. 18 at HillSpring Church, and nearly everyone wore masks and practiced social distancing.

Although the meeting was about the Tulsa Technology Center, Dr. Franklin was able to briefly discuss his passion – Make Promises Happen, a camp for individuals with disabilities.

Located in Guthrie, Okla., the program serves individuals, ages 6 and older, with any physical or

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Seattle startup Level sees growth for flexible credit service used by independent contractors

Level CEO David Edelstein. (Level Photos)

Millions of independent contractors are making money in the gig economy, but many don’t have access to financial credit services to help grow their personal microbusinesses.

Level wants to help. The Seattle startup partners with marketplace platforms such as Dolly and Keepe, which use Level to offer workers flexible credit options that are only paid back when they earn.

Level CEO and founder David Edelstein said the company is seeing traction amid the pandemic as both supply of workers and demand for on-demand services rises. Level is on track to extend more than $1 million in cash advances by the end of the year.

“We identified an opportunity to empower people in the rapidly growing on-demand economy to grow their microbusinesses, while addressing challenges faced by labor marketplaces seeking to grow their companies,” Edelstein said.

Level graduated from Techstars Seattle last year. Edelstein previously

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WOW! to Participate in Live Virtual Fireside Chat as Part of KeyBanc’s Future of Technology Series

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone (NYSE: WOW), a leading broadband services provider, today announced the company’s CEO, Teresa Elder, and CTO, John Rego will participate in a fireside chat as part of KeyBanc’s Future of Technology Series on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

The event is part of KeyBanc’s ongoing series focused on timely and unique content across the technology landscape. Elder and Rego will discuss current market shifts in the telecommunications industry as a result of an increase in remote work, digital acceleration, deglobalization and changing consumer consumption habits.

“We are looking forward to participating in KeyBanc’s event not only to discuss how WOW! is helping ensure customers experience the highest quality of service during this unprecedented time, but to also further the dialogue on the impact of the pandemic on the telecommunications industry,” said Teresa Elder, CEO of WOW!.

To learn more

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