The Download: Potential new covid treatments, and the crypto crash

Covid-19 is far more likely to kill you if you’re old. One reason is that aged immune systems struggle to cope with infections and recover from them. So why not try drugs that make bodies young again? In a bid to treat the disease, scientists are now testing drugs that reverse the impacts of age […]

Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid

Mannick has been exploring the effects of rapamycin-like drugs in covid-19. Her trial has been taking place in nursing homes experiencing outbreaks of the disease. For four weeks, half the participants were given the drug, while the other half were given a placebo. Among those given a placebo, “25% of them developed severe covid, and […]

Researchers devise iPhone malware that runs even when device is turned off

Classen et al. reader comments 26 with 23 posters participating, including story author Share this story When you turn off an iPhone, it doesn’t fully power down. Chips inside the device continue to run in a low-power mode that makes it possible to locate lost or stolen devices using the Find My feature or use […]

Monday news in brief (16 May)

Victoria MacLennan. 16 May 2022, 10:37 pm Kia ora koutou ITP Members and Supporters. It’s #TechWeek so we will all be busy joining webinars and in person events, finding out the latest trends, about great mahi and catching up with colleagues old and new. A reminder ITP is hosting a webinar this Wednesday on Lifting […]

Crypto is weathering a bitter storm. Some still hold on for dear life.

Algorithmic stablecoins, however, are different. They are a DeFi experiment in a stablecoin that doesn’t peg itself to fiat money or hold collateral assets to stabilize its value. Instead, they are usually supported by a second token, in a push-me-pull-you math equation. Terra, for example, balances variations in the stablecoin’s value by increasing or decreasing […]

$20 million for the software sector. Is that it for Budget 2022?

Peter Griffin, Editor. 16 May 2022, 12:40 pm A focus on the fast-growing software as a service (SaaS) sector looks to comprise the Government’s tech-related spending in Budget 2022, with $20 million allocated to boosting SaaS companies and marketing Kiwi tech to the world. The funding over four years was announced yesterday on the eve […]

The tech sector teardown is more catharsis than crisis

reader comments 13 with 13 posters participating Share this story Following a series of “super clarifying” meetings with shareholders, Uber’s chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, emailed employees on Sunday night with an arresting message: “we need to show them the money.” Mangling his metaphors, Khosrowshahi explained that the market was experiencing a “seismic shift” and the “goalposts […]

How a French satellite operator helps keep Russia’s TV propaganda online

Enlarge / Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the Moscow Urban Forum 2018 on July 18, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Getty Images | Mikhail Svetlov reader comments 19 with 14 posters participating Share this story Not long after Russia steamrolled into South Ossetia in 2008, effectively annexing the territory of its southern neighbor, a group […]