Roblox’s avatars are about to get more expressive

Roblox, an online game platform on which people can either play games or create them, has 52.2 million users per day. The company’s initial demographic was minors, but in recent years it has become a popular destination for teens and young adults, and over half its users are now over 13. The rich, varied virtual […]

The Download: conservative book bans, and restricting crypto

1 The White House is considering a policy push to restrict cryptoA series of new reports are warning of its financial risks, especially those posed by stablecoins. (WP $)+ It wants to set standards to reduce energy usage to reduce emissions. (CoinDesk)+ Elsewhere, the US dollar is going from strength to strength. (Economist $) 2 […]

A new X-ray technique for detecting explosives could also identify tumors

While the most obvious application would be to scan for bombs and other dangerous items and substances at airports, the findings, described in Nature Communications today, could also help detect cracks and rust in buildings, and eventually it could be used to identify early-stage tumors. The team of researchers, from UCL in London, hid small […]

The Download: inhaled covid vaccines, and fighting malaria

The covid-19 pandemic is still not over. And while injected vaccines provide good protection from severe disease, they don’t stop us from catching the virus or spreading it to others. Vaccines that you inhale through the nose or mouth, on the other hand, potentially could.In the last week, regulatory bodies in both India and China […]

Building great digital customer experiences with agile infrastructure

So then if I extend that. Two years ago, we launched DevCloud, UBS DevCloud, which is effectively an open ecosystem built on public cloud, where all our software engineers can have a seamless experience going from dev, to test, to deploy solutions while they’re running. That accelerates time to market, it decreased cost as well, […]

The Download: LinkedIn scammers, and annual covid shots

2 The Merge is crypto’s greatest test to dateIf it’s successful, it could solve many of the industry’s problems. (Economist $)+ The Ethereum upgrade will greatly improve its security. (Protocol) 3 Doomscrolling is bad for your health Partially avoiding the news made the study participants feel less distracted. (The Guardian)+ How to mend your broken pandemic […]

The 1,000 Chinese SpaceX engineers who never existed

“They all graduated from Tsinghua and went on to the University of Southern California or similar well-known universities,” Li says. “Besides that, they all worked at a certain company in Shanghai. Obviously, I suspect these are fake, generated data.”  (SpaceX did not reply to a request from MIT Technology Review to confirm the number of […]

A composable path to positive user experiences

Companies that are stymied by the pace of change are usually limited by monolithic architecture, legacy systems, and outdated processes. Many of these tools have been functional—or simply passable—for years but have become clear barriers to innovation. However, this can be managed when business leaders learn to think differently and begin to create a composable […]