The Federal Communications Commission has released a pre-production draft of its new National Broadband Map and wants people across the US to help populate it with information about availability.
The new broadband maps will be an improvement in accuracy of broadband availability compared to the census block level data the FCC previously collected. The public can view the maps at the FCC's broadband map page where users can search by address or zoom into the maps and click a location. The maps also show which providers are available in each location, while users can download the map data.
"Today is an important milestone in our effort to help everyone, everywhere get specific information about what broadband options are available for their homes, and pinpointing places in the country where communities do not have the service they need," said FCC chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.
"Our pre-production draft maps are a first step in a long-term effort to continuously Excellerate our data as consumers, providers and others share information with us. By painting a more accurate picture of where broadband is and is not, local, state, and federal partners can better work together to ensure no one is left on the wrong side of the digital divide," she added.
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Now, if the fixed internet services shown on the map are not available at the user's location, users can file a challenge with the FCC through the map interface to correct the information.
Users can help Excellerate the map's quality by submitting a "location challenge" and fill in any blank spots in the map. If users see wrong information about broadband availability and which ISPs are available, they can submit an "availability challenge".
Users can also dispute mobile coverage claims by taking a speed test from a phone using the FCC's Speed Test app. The FCC will share aggregated results in a "mobile challenge" that mobile network operators must respond to.
Currently, the availability data shown on the maps are submitted by ISPs twice a year through the FCC's Broadband Data Collection.
The FCC received its first broadband availability data from ISPs in June. Previously, the FCC's data collection program required ISPs to report services availability in each census block, which allowed partial coverage of the block to be claimed for the whole census block. It led to the FCC historically underestimating the number of households that lacked access to "fast broadband", which the FCC under the Trump Administration defined as 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload (25/3) speeds.
Rosenworcel in July proposed the FCC should raise the minimum speeds to 100/20 Mbps.
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) collects data on borrower eligibility (FICO, loan type, LTV, etc) and combines that with underwriting guidelines to determine whether mortgages are getting easier or harder to obtain. The result is the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), and it fell to its lowest level since March 2013 today.
Is this big news? Not entirely. The most accurate update didn't constitute a major departure from the previous number with October falling 0.5% to an index value of 102.
"Much higher mortgage rates and the worsening outlook for the housing market and economy are behind the continued tightening in credit availability,” said Joel Kan, MBA’s Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist. “Lenders continue to reduce their capacity and are eliminating some loan offerings, including certain types of refinance loan products and others that require less than full borrower documentation.”
In terms of the sub-components, the conventional index declined by 1.5%, led by the jumbo sector whereas the government index declined only 0.5%. Here's a visual on how the subcomponents have fared over time:
The MBA also offers an expanded historical series that provides context from the housing crisis. It's a great chart to discuss with people who are panic about some sort of mortgage meltdown reprisal.
Amazon Web Services Inc. on Wednesday announced the general availability of AWS IoT RoboRunner, a cloud service that makes it easier for companies to manage their robot fleets.
RoboRunner made its initial debut at the cloud giant’s annual AWS re:Invent conference last year. It’s based on technology that AWS parent Amazon.com Inc. uses in its logistics network. Amazon uses more than 520,000 robots in its fulfillment centers and has a business unit dedicated to developing custom warehouse automation equipment.
Industrial robots are used in logistics warehouses, factories and other facilities to automate tasks such as processing merchandise. Many companies develop custom software to manage their robots. An e-commerce company, for example, might build an application that monitors its parcel processing robots and alerts technicians when a potential technical issue emerges.
AWS’ RoboRunner service is designed to make it easier for companies to create robot management software. The service does so by simplifying one of the most complicated aspects of the task: data processing.
Robot management applications require the ability to collect data from the robots they manage. An application that detects hardware malfunctions, for example, must analyze error logs from a robot’s built-in sensors to determine if it may be experiencing technical issues.
Collecting data from robots historically required companies to write a significant amount of custom code. The reason is that companies often use robots from multiple suppliers and, in many cases, a separate data collection workflow must be created for each supplier’s equipment.
AWS says RoboRunner simplifies the task. As part of its feature set, the service provides pre-packaged connectors for robots from multiple suppliers. The connectors reduce the amount of custom software that companies must write to collect data from their robot fleets.
According to AWS, RoboRunner can help companies not only collect data from their robot fleets but also process it. The service aggregates data collected from a company’s robots in a centralized cloud-based repository. Information in the repository can be accessed through an application programming interface.
Because processing robot data is one of the most complex tasks involved in building robot management applications, easing the chore speeds up software development. AWS says that companies can use RoboRunner to build multiple types of software. The service makes it possible to develop applications that can coordinate the work of the robots operating in a warehouse, monitor a robot fleet’s efficiency and detect potential technical issues.
AWS offers RoboRunner alongside another robotics service called AWS RoboMaker. The latter offering is likewise designed to ease software development tasks for customers.
Many robots rely on artificial intelligence algorithms to perform tasks such as navigating from one part of a warehouse to another. To hone those AI algorithms’ accuracy, developers train them in simulated environments that can mimic a location such as a warehouse. RoboMaker, the robotics service that AWS offers alongside RoboRunner, provides a managed simulation environment that doesn’t require developers to maintain the underlying infrastructure.
The graph technology company Neo4j recently announced Neo4j 5, the next-generation cloud-ready graph database.
This release is designed to expand the performance of native graphs over traditional databases while also offering simpler scale-out and scale-up across deployments.
According to the company, Neo4j 5 will allow organizations to accelerate the creation and deployment of intelligent applications at a larger scale as well as achieve more value from their data.
“Graph technology adoption is accelerating as organizations seek better ways to leverage connections in data to solve complex problems at scale,” said Emil Eifrem, CEO and co-founder of Neo4j. “We designed Neo4j 5 to deliver the type of scalability, agility, and performance that enable organizations to push the envelope on what’s possible for their data and their business.”
With this, users gain access to multiple benefits such as query language improvements with a new syntax aimed at simplifying the way they write complex, pattern-matching queries and automated scale-out across several machines to allow for the growth of self-managed customers.
Additionally, this release offers continuous updates across all deployments, regardless of whether they are in the cloud, multi-cloud, hybrid, or on-premise. This works to ensure ongoing compatibility between self-managed and Aura workloads.
To download and get started with Neo4j 5, click here.
Genentech/Roche Announce Topline Results from Phase 3 Trials of Gantenerumab
Today, Genentech and Roche announced disappointing topline results from their Phase 3 GRADUATE global clinical trials of gantenerumab, an anti-amyloid monoclonal antibody for the treatment of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer's disease and mild Alzheimer's dementia (collectively referred to as early Alzheimer's disease).
This is an extraordinary era in Alzheimer's research. Alzheimer's Association medical, science and care experts are available to discuss:
An official statement from the Alzheimer's Association will be available shortly.
Individuals living with dementia and caregivers are also available for interviews. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.335.4078 to set up an interview.
Quotes from Maria C. Carrillo, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer at the Alzheimer's Association
Though we're disappointed, we remain hopeful for this class of treatment. These results remain valuable for clinicians and researchers, and we look forward to seeing more data illustrating the relationship between removal of beta-amyloid and reduction of clinical decline.
We want to acknowledge several innovative aspects of these gantenerumab trials, including that the treatment was delivered by injection under the skin rather than an infusion directly into the vein. This feature makes it possible to have a more convenient, accessible and affordable treatment that can be administered in a doctor's office and perhaps even at home, reducing travel-related hardships on people living with Alzheimer's, their caregivers and family members.
We are seeing great progress and innovation in this class of treatment as seen with the recently reported data for lecanemab and FDA-approved aducanumab. Each anti-amyloid treatment being tested acts in a different way, and research into their effectiveness and safety must continue. It is important to evaluate each treatment independently.
The future of Alzheimer's treatment will be a combination of drugs that target different aspects of the disease at different times, as well as lifestyle interventions to reduce risk. Encouraging and supporting a diverse treatment pipeline is essential to achieving the Alzheimer's Association's vision of a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia. This is not the time to stop or slow down. We must redouble efforts to discover new targets and test new treatments.
CONTACT: Alzheimer's Association Media Line, 312.335.4078, email@example.com
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Krug did not take part in Tuesday's practice after he was a late scratch for Monday's contest versus Anaheim. He has accounted for four goals, four assists, 31 shots on net, 21 blocks and 11 hits in 17 games this year.
Earlier in the year, mobile hardware company Honor launched a flagship foldable smartphone called the Magic V, but the former Huawei sub-brand released the handset in China only. Now its second folding phone, the Magic Vs, is pegged for international availability.
"The Honor Magic Vs will be our very first foldable flagship to debut in overseas markets and we are confident that it will deliver huge advancements, transforming how people all around the world use their smartphones," said company CEO, George Zhao.
The new flagship foldable sports a similar premium looks to the Magic V model, and also features a smartphone-like outer OLED screen that measures 6.45 diagonal inches, and rocks the same resolution and refresh rate as before.
The Magic Vs measures just 12.9 mm (0.5 in) thick when folded, and weighs in at 261 g (9.2 oz), which Honor claims makes it the industry's lightest foldable yet.
Honor has reduced the number of components in the supporting structure of the proprietary gearless hinge from 92 to just four, and says that it's been designed to survive more than 400,000 folds without sign of wear, which the company translates to 10+ years of daily use at around 100 folds per day.
The hinge mechanism is reported to boast a gapless fold and a creaseless tablet-like display when unfolded, with the interior OLED screen sprawling to 7.9 diagonal inches at 2,272 x 1,984 pixels and up to 90-Hz refresh rate. The handset supports 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, and packs dynamic dimming and a low blue light mode to reduce eye strain.
The camera array around back comprises a 54-MP main that's based on Sony's IMX800 image sensor, a 50-MP ultra-wide/macro and an 8-MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom. Honor is promising best-in-class computational photography courtesy of its AI imaging engine, 4K UHD video recording is possible and optical image stabilization is available. The imaging party is completed by a 16-MP selfiecam to the front.
The Magic Vs is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 mobile platform with octa-core processing and integrated graphics, and can be had with up to 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. There's a 5,000-mAh battery for the promise of all-day usage on a single charge, with 66-W fast-charging supported for a full top-up in 46 minutes. And it runs Honor's MagicOS 7.0, which is based on Android 12.
The Magic Vs has gone up for pre-order today in China for RMB 7,499 (which converts to around US$1,050, though the international release schedule has not been shared as yet).
Product page: Magic Vs
Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, running back Jeff Wilson Jr., wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and linebacker Bradley Chubb met with the media today as the team faces off against Cleveland on Sunday, Nov. 13. Check out the top quotes from their media availabilities.
(On the on-field moment that he knew WR Tyreek Hill was different)
There was a particular route that I think we came up with in 2013. Trivia fact – it was Leonard Hankerson against the Chargers. That's a deeper outbreaking route that not all that many people can run, because the timing of the play and to push it that deep, you don't always have protection for it. So I've been running that – it kind of got steam and ran it the most when we had Julio Jones, who was unbelievable at the route. And then seeing Tyreek (Hill) in, I think it was probably OTA 4, if my training camp install schedule is correct in my brain, when he ran that. I just had a lot of deliberate reps at viewing that (route) ran at an exceptional speed, depth, intent, and it was like, 'Whoa.' I've been fortunate to be around Andre Johnson in his prime, Julio Jones in his prime, Josh Gordon, Pierre Garcon, leading the league in receiving. All these great, great players, and he is different. We knew then in OTAs that yeah, this is a different deal."
(On what he attributes to the improvement on the offensive line)
"It's down to the bones, deliberate work, and intent on defensive specific techniques and how we execute our fundamentals and details. It's one of my favorite parts of the whole coaching staff is that my offensive coordinator, Frank Smith, has deep O-line coaching roots and was a center himself. I think he spearheaded that charge and really led in a moment that, there was a young group that was a little uncertain of themselves. That along with (Offensive Line Coach) Matt Applebaum and (Assistant Offensive Line Coach) Lemuel (Jeanpierre) and (Offensive Assistant) Mike Person, there's no quick and easy way to have success in the National Football League. That's why I like the game so much, is because when you see success or improvement, I should say more than anything, people are too talented and people work too hard. There's no shortcut around it. They're sweating after practice. Practice ends and I try to give players a nice schedule that they can get out of the building. But the linemen aren't afforded that because they are out there working after practice, and it's to all their credit, collectively. And then everybody else getting used to it, you're starting to see the skill position players be a little more productive in their areas. The running backs running in space better. It's a trickle-down effect that they can really dictate."
(On the challenge of facing the Browns this week)
"The theme of the NFL is this, it is a challenge. There's so many things at stake every week, so every week is a challenge. This one in particular is a lot greater than people realize. This Cleveland Browns team is no joke. They are a good football team. One of the only – I mean, their record is their record. Whatever this means is that I think they can beat any football team in the National Football League on any week, and you can't say that about every team. So they are (a challenge), and it starts with their edges. I know (Defensive Coordinator) Joe Woods and (Defensive Line Coach) Chris Kiffin from San Francisco, and I can see their elements of coaching on tape. They strain, they go after it. I can promise you this; we comb, tape week-in, week-out, and we are definitely not sleeping on this team. This is a good football team that if you aren't detailed and technically sound, they will expose you in a harmful way."
(On his comfort level in the offense right now)
"I think Coach Mike does a great job putting us in great situations offensively. He has a lot of, people would say window dressing. He doesn't like that term, because it's just a part of our offense with the movement, shifting, motioning. It's a part of what we do. So I think it's a lot of credit to what our head coach has done within installs and things like that to help put us in those situations. We can say that I go out there and throw, Tyreek (Hill) and (Jaylen) Waddle and all these other guys catch and run. (McDaniel) continues to give other people praise, but he doesn't get as much praise as I think he should, and a lot of that is because of him."
(On what concepts of Head Coach Mike McDaniel's the most)
"I think the thing that Coach Mike has helped us offensively with is he's kind of tailored the offense towards what we do best. If you look on film, he tries to tailor it to what Tyreek (Hill) runs the best, what Jaylen (Waddle) likes running, what I like throwing, what I'm good at throwing and things like that, whereas you watch their film from when they were with the 49ers, they did things a little different because of what those guys were good at and what they liked. So I really think it's just things that are tailored to our strengths, and then he builds off of that. So not much of, 'Why are we doing it like this?' Or 'Why are we doing it like that?' It's more so, 'How do you see that play if they get this or if they get that? How do you see him running it and where do you think I should go with the ball on this?' Just more of that kind of conversation."
(On what he's noticed since joining the Dolphins)
"It's just the culture here, man. Everybody, like I said, everybody is on one accord, on one page. Even on the field or even on the side, some teams you just see a lot of side chatter, a lot of this or that – everybody is focused and locked in. Even with the fun, you can still tell that everybody is still on the plan and on the goal of getting to where we want to go. I mean, I just feel like that's kind of cool and unique to have fun and be able to work at a high level at the same time."
(On if there is any change in Head Coach Mike McDaniel from his time in San Francisco to now as Dolphins head coach)
"Mike has been the same person since I've seen him in 2018 at the University of North Texas when he came down and worked me out. He's still that same guy, and for him to be that, man, that speaks volumes to him. We live in a day and age where everybody changes when you get different statuses and stuff like that. So just to see him still be that same guy, it's tremendous and I'm still happy for him. I can't wait to see where it takes us."
(On playing against former Dolphins QB Jacoby Brissett this week)
Yeah, I'm excited to watch Jacoby play. I've been watching him play all season. He's been playing great so it's going to be good. Jacoby's real funny so I'm excited to just chop it up. I know he's got some jokes for us, for sure.
(On Cleveland's one-two punch at running back)
"Yeah, for sure. They've got two great running backs. I feel like Nick (Chubb) is in a league of his own, does a lot of great things. He's one of those people that he gets stronger as the game goes on. And as you hit him more and more, he just keeps churning those legs and keep doing what he does. And Kareem Hunt is kind of more of the same. Like real electric, could do a lot of things. Like I said, once you hit him, he kind of bounces off and gains acceleration off stuff like that. So it's going to be a good challenge for us and we're excited about it."