Tech 100 2019: The most important and impactful people in UK technology

Political uncertainty, the the distorting financial impact of mega-funders like SoftBank, and increased public skepticism about tech’s utopian promises have all left a mark. It would be easy to feel gloomy. But the technology industry remains a major bright spot for the UK economically, bringing in £184 billion in revenue last year. And the sector is full to the brim of exciting entrepreneurs chasing world-changing ideas, hitting new milestones and breaking new ground. Every year, Business Insider publishes the UK Tech 100 — our list of the 100 most interesting, innovative, and influential people shaping the UK tech scene, whether that’s visionary founders building global firms out of Britain, or regulators grappling with Silicon Valley titans. This year’s constellation of entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, scientists, and critics demonstrates that the UK is easily capable of building a wide range of fast-growing, global businesses that attract serious investment both here and abroad — while also leading the pack on grappling with tech’s social impacts. Our ranking focuses on those who have done cool or impactful work since last year’s UK Tec...

The iXpand lineup has covered many solutions over the years including battery cases, wireless storage nodes

The iXpand lineup has covered many solutions over the years including battery cases, wireless storage nodes and flash drives. It has also come a long way from that large sliding form factor we reviewed in 2015. It’s been quite some time since we last had an iXpand product in the lab. With that said, the latest might be SanDisk’s best as the form factor is more flexible than ever. Offered with 128 and 256GB capacities the drive is 1/3 the size of the original with a full metal design and rotating cap. The iXpand Flash Drive Go does take advantage of USB 3.0 offering quick transfers from your PC or mac with a Lightning port on the other for iPad and iPhone compatibility. Compatibility includes iOS 10.0.2 or higher along with macOS and Windows for USB 3.0. MSRP of the 256GB iXpand Flash Drive Go comes in at $89.99 with a two-year warranty. Packaging for the iXpand follow what you would typically see from a flash drive or memory card. We have capacity listed top right with features and the drive centered. The drive itself has come into its own finally with a sleek new form factor. The single piece metal design is much more intuitive and above we have it with the Type-C ...

How to use the Shop feature on Instagram to buy products

If you are a frequent Instagram user, chances are you may have noticed some posts in your feed with a small shopping bag icon, tucked in the lower left-hand corner.  This is Instagram’s Shop feature, which includes products offered by hundreds of brands and retailers across the world — and it’s a wise investment from the social media platform.   Analysts told Business Insider that Instagram’s move to shopping will be so successful that it will generate $10 billion in revenue by 2021. Using the Shop feature is easy, too. Any post with a shopping bag icon has a product or products linked to it — just tap on the product name, and you’re taken to the description page where you can save it for later, or buy it now.  Some products are available to purchase without even leaving the app, while others take you to the retailer’s website to finalize the transaction.  Some retailers partner with Instagram to provide a check-out process within the app. Most of those retailers are featured on Instagram’s @shop account.  Instagram’s @shop account features many retailers that have items available for purchase on the app. Meira Gebel/Business Insider 2....

The GF Machining Solutions Microlution ML-10 is a femtosecond solution for industries ranging from automotive to

The GF Machining Solutions Microlution ML-10 is a femtosecond solution for industries ranging from automotive to medical. As an economical and highly capable micron-scale machining system, the ML-10 performs microscale holemaking and fine cutting without the creation of heat affected zones (HAZ). The machine’s compact, high-performance, ultrafast laser reduces cycle times and tooling costs to enable the production of precision parts in seconds. The combination of quick acceleration, exceptional stability, precise part handling and motion control with integrated part characterization and measurement deliver ultraprecise machining with high accuracy, speed and quality. The ML-10 brings new designs and products to life – from more efficient automotive fuel injectors and complex watch parts to highly precise medical catheter tips and micro-crack-free holes for mobile devices’ hardened glass screens. The platform offers up to multiple axes of motion and supports various laser types for ±1 μm positional accuracy and ±0.5 μm repeatability. Its high-precision beam delivery system is supported by a precision-ground natural granite base and granite-mounted ironless rails. The ML-10 also f...

Technology that will increase the efficiency of warehouse operations Technology is part of our daily lives,

Technology that will increase the efficiency of warehouse operations Technology is part of our daily lives, so it was only a matter of time before it started changing the way… Technology is part of our daily lives, so it was only a matter of time before it started changing the way we look at distribution and logistics in warehouses. Let’s take a closer look at the technologies that are transforming warehouses, and why supervisors and CEOs should consider implementing these new advances in their facilities. Warehouse management systems (WMS) are a must in today’s fast-paced logistics industry, but most of them use local hardware that limits their capability and means the team must have an IT professional on staff to maintain it. A cloud-based WMS uses software as a service (SaaS), creating a system workers can seamlessly integrate and sustain without downtime. It’s also more cost-effective than purchasing dedicated hardware, which can save warehouses money in the long run. Sustainability is a hot-button topic these days, and this focus is changing nearly every industry in the world. Technology can help companies reduce energy consumption, cut down on product waste and lesse...

No circuit is so trivial that it’s not worth thinking hard about. [Charles Wilkinson] wanted to

No circuit is so trivial that it’s not worth thinking hard about. [Charles Wilkinson] wanted to drive a solenoid air valve that will stay open for long periods of time. This means reducing the holding current to prevent wasting so much power. He stumbled on this article that covers one approach in a ridiculous amount of depth. [Charles] made two videos about it, one where he debugs the circuit and learns things live on camera, and another where he sums it all up. We’ll be walking you through the long one, but feel free to skip around. Solenoids are harder to open initially than they are to keep open. So [Charles] hooked his solenoid up to a variable power supply and tested the activation and release voltages — because nothing beats empirical data. He ramps the voltage up slowly (around minute 6-7) and it just trips at 3.5 V. Testing when the solenoid closes again, he bottoms out his variable power supply at 1.25 V. Anyway, you get the point: higher opening voltage, lower holding voltage. And that’s the point of Bob Pease’s circuit in the linked article. The capacitor passes current initially, but then charges up over time so that less voltage is dropped over the solenoid, reduci...

Add Portability to the Xbox with 3D Printed Game Mount for Personal Monitor

Sometimes it’s time to take matters into your own hands, and you can do that in more ways than one with the 3D printed controller game mount design just released from the Ruiz Brothers, on Adafruit. This baby allows you to lie in bed wide awake eagerly gaming while your partner catches zzzz’s, or offers a great way to relax on the couch or elsewhere, holding the whole system in the palm of your hand—with a product you made yourself—no longer beholden to staring at the big screen. Undoubtedly, we all know a rabid gamer who would totally dig this gizmo, surely to find it a necessary addition to the gaming lifestyle. While it’s not the first of its kind, being able to 3D print the simple design for Xbox gaming is unique. Also offering an HDMI 720p monitor that works perfectly with this 3D printed marvel, Adafruit is responsible for sharing this 3D printed mount that will work with your Xbox 360 game controller, but can also be adapted for other gaming systems. You’ll be thrilled to find out that you can not only have the thrill of owning this convenient gaming mount, but it doesn’t require many parts or tools, as follows: For customizing the model to fit your game controller, Adaf...

A molecular mechanism for the enzymatic methylation of nitrogen atoms within peptide bonds

The peptide bond, the defining feature of proteins, governs peptide chemistry by abolishing nucleophilicity of the nitrogen. This and the planarity of the peptide bond arise from the delocalization of the lone pair of electrons on the nitrogen atom into the adjacent carbonyl. While chemical methylation of an amide bond uses a strong base to generate the imidate, OphA, the precursor protein of the fungal peptide macrocycle omphalotin A, self-hypermethylates amides at pH 7 using S-adenosyl methionine (SAM) as cofactor. The structure of OphA reveals a complex catenane-like arrangement in which the peptide substrate is clamped with its amide nitrogen aligned for nucleophilic attack on the methyl group of SAM. Biochemical data and computational modeling suggest a base-catalyzed reaction with the protein stabilizing the reaction intermediate. Backbone N-methylation of peptides enhances their protease resistance and membrane permeability, a property that holds promise for applications to medicinal chemistry. The defining feature of the peptide bond is the delocalization of the lone pair of electrons on the nitrogen atom. As a consequence, the N–C bond has partial double bond character,...

DUBLIN, Oct. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The “RFID Tags- Global Market Outlook (2017-2026)” report has been

DUBLIN, Oct. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The “RFID Tags- Global Market Outlook (2017-2026)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. Global RFID Tags market accounted for $4.91 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $18.2 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 15.7% during the forecast period. Some of the key factors such as rising demand for RFID tags in the aerospace industry, and the increasing number of these tag applications within retail stores are driving the market growth. However, lack of a battery power as compared to others act as the restraining factor for the market growth. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology has completely across several sectors owing to the fact that they prevent theft of certain materials, track shipments in real time, and implement advanced technology at low cost. It is a type of wireless communication technology that uses radio waves to track and identify objects, with reduced costs, increased asset traceability and visibility, and improved reliability. By Type, Passive Tags segment is likely to grow during the forecast period as they do not have an internal power source and rely on the power ...

Best CBD Oil Near Me: The best places for you to buy CBD oil – Chron Events

CBD’s popularity will soon hit a tipping point. There’s an excess of CBD oil that have appeared online. It’s difficult to choose the right product for you without some guidance. With hemp being legal in all 50 states, we are seeing our fair share of CBD purchases. A flood of anecdotal evidence continues to push CBD’s popularity. These reviews and stories all point to CBD’s potential health benefits. While current research is limited to mostly animal studies, more concrete scientific studies will start to become available now that CBD is legal in all 50 states. CBD oils are also called CBD tinctures and are an easy way to consume CBD. CBD oil can be added to food, drinks, or used directly under the tongue for faster relief. You can also buy CBD oil in different flavors and strengths. If you’re a new user, then it’s recommended to buy CBD oil with a low dose, and then buy CBD oil in higher doses. Many celebrities are singing the praises of CBD products, yet a lot of people still do not know what it is or what it can do. CBD is a cannabis compound that has no psychoactive properties, this means that a CBD oil, CBD gummy, or any CBD product will not get...

Connectors are used in EEG or other diagnostic devices. The connector size, pin count and wiring

Connectors are used in EEG or other diagnostic devices. The connector size, pin count and wiring help prevent signal degradation and low-quality information about a patient, according to Omnetics. “The connector and cable must be designed to meet the output capacity and resistance of each type of equipment and each signal format it carries,” Stanton said. “Connectors are the interface between the cables and the instruments they serve,” Stanton said. “In additional to different voltages and current flow, each instrument often uses different electrical signal processes to provide the best quality flow of data and information to the other units that need it.” Connectors have pins to help maintain flexibility and low resistance. Spring pins are made from tempered beryllium copper and can slide into smaller solid tubular sockets within a connector body. Connector pins that are micro-size are placed in a 1.27 mm pitch. Nano-size connectors are 0.635 mm in size. Pins made from different materials help the connectors have different characteristics. For example, pins and sockets plated with nickel and gold help connectors reduce wear. The back of each pin or socket has ruggedized attachm...

Teen suicide: A lost girl’s diary – The hidden anguish of Alexandra Valoras

Alexandra Valoras would look so familiar to so many parents — the sweet little girl singing and dancing her way through her teen years, recognized for achieving outside the home, and thoroughly cherished inside it. “Alexandra, she was such a happy girl, so motivated and so just full of life,” said her mother, Alysia. Just weeks after a family ski vacation, this 17-year-old high school junior, straight-A student, class officer and robotics whiz made her bed, tidied her room, and then walked to a highway overpass in Grafton, Massachusetts. Her father, Dean Valoras, described finding her: “I leaned over the embankment and looked down and I saw her. I was just hoping for warmth. But there was no warmth; there was none. And all the cars kept driving by. And my daughter’s on the side of the road. Nobody saw this. And she’s cold.” Nearby, Dean and Alysia found two journals in their daughter’s belongings. Her final entry, written just hours before her death, while listening to a playlist she entitled “Good-bye”: Flipping through pages, Dean showed correspondent Jim Axelrod some of the entries: “October 20, I’m so lost, I...

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