By Jop de VriezeMar. 14, 2018 , 4:05 PM Last July, Marcel van der Heyden, a molecular biologist at University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands, got a cold call with an intriguing offer. Would Van der Heyden be interested in writing up some of his laboratory’s work, the caller asked, to be included in a glossy publication aimed at some of Europe’s most senior science decision-makers? Intrigued, Van der Heyden began asking questions. But when he learned he would have to pay about ₤9000 ($12,400) to publish the two-page profile, “I immediately hit the brake,” he says. He said he would have to think it over, but the caller persisted. “I was told I had to decide rapidly, because their board meeting was about to start. He offered me a large discount if I would decide immediately.” Van der Heyden isn’t the only European researcher to get such a hard sell from Pan European Networks (PEN), a 6-year-old publishing company with offices in … [Read more...] about Scientists beware: The price is high, the payoff uncertain at glossy publications aimed at Europe’s decision-makers
The European Union may soon require Google and other search engines to provide more information on their ranking algorithms and create a complaint process for those who believed they were unfairly demoted, according to the Financial Times. The requirements, featured in an unreleased proposal, are reportedly designed to level the playing field between tech giants and other businesses, which the agency believes might otherwise fear standing up to them. The European Commission has been planning to regulate “online intermediation services,” according to the report, to make sure they aren’t abusing their dominant position. It’s not entirely clear how the commission will define these services, but it was apparently looking first at companies like Apple and Amazon, which work with developers and businesses through their stores, before recently expanding the category to include search engines. European policymakers want to find ways to stop these tech giants from … [Read more...] about The EU might help small businesses stand up to Google
March 13, 2018 - Written By John Anon Welcome to the shady world of millimeter-wave (mmW) spectrum buying and selling. At the start of 2017, AT&T announced it was acquiring FiberTower and by association, some, or all of its spectrum licenses. At the superficial level, this seemed like a fairly routine and normal acquisition. However, as time has gone and more details have become publicly known, it is starting to seem anything but routine. While the full details on what has transpired have yet to become available, there is enough to warrant a closer look. As like with any spectrum, there are limitations on available licenses and providing the AT&T and FiberTower deal completes as it seems to already have, there are some serious concerns around how AT&T and Verizon will impact the industry during the arrival of the game-changing 5G. As well as some serious concerns in general on how AT&T has gotten to 5G deployment through the help of FiberTower and the … [Read more...] about AT&T’s Dealings Highlight The Ugly Truth Behind 5G Deployment
If there were any doubts about the existence of the Samsung SGH-I927, the alleged AT&T-bound brother of the Samsung Galaxy S II that surfaced on the web revealing its slide-out QWERTY keyboard, they should be all gone now as the device has just been spotted at the FCC. Although the filing in the commission's database is not very generous on information regarding the phone's hardware specs, it becomes clear that the I927 supports the 850/1900MHz bands, which makes it a perfect candidate to run on AT&T's airwaves.Are we dealing with the rumored Samsung Attain, however, is a question that we are still unable to answer with absolute certainty just yet. Or perhaps, this name is reserved for that other Galaxy S II sibiling, the SGH-I777, which the FCC gave a green light to not long ago? Whatever the case may be, chances are that we are going to know the truth pretty soon since having the FCC's blessing means that both devices are a step closer to setting foot on American soil. Any … [Read more...] about Samsung SGH-I927 given the thumbs up by the FCC; could this finally be the Attain?
Feature 7 March 2018 Arctic routes are getting busier and some ships get trapped in the ice. Rather than smash them out with brute force, there is a more elegant way to free them By David HamblingIT WAS snowing at the edge of Lake Erie during the commissioning ceremony for the USS Little Rock in December 2017. The US Navy ship cost more than $300 million and is designed to have the speed and manoeuvrability needed for anti-submarine warfare. Towards the end of the ceremony, the ship’s chaplain prayed for its crew: “Protect them from the perils of the sea and the violence of the enemy.” Ice probably wasn’t at the forefront of his mind, yet it is the most troublesome foe the ship has faced to date. It is trapped in port, its route to sea frozen shut. The USS Little Rock is only the latest ship to be frozen out of action. Freight and research vessels routinely get stuck in Arctic ice, leaving crews twiddling their thumbs until … [Read more...] about A cracking idea: The radical way to open up frozen seas