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Photos: Two Years of War in Ukraine

Photos: Two Years of War in Ukraine

Saturday will mark the two-year anniversary of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Although the Russian military initially made broad advances into the country beginning on February 24, 2022, Ukrainian forces, backed by Western support, resisted fiercely, forcing Russia to pull back into eastern and southern Ukraine. Soon, front lines hundreds of miles long were established, and the war evolved into a long and punishing battle of artillery, drones, and close combat across trenches, shattered forests, and ruined villages. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed or injured in the conflict. As Russia continues to launch missiles into all parts of Ukraine and presses forward with ground attacks across the front line, Ukrainian forces face intensifying shortages of manpower and ammunition. Gathered below are images from recent months, showing a region reshaped by two years of war. Source link

China’s Rush to Dominate A.I. Comes With a Twist: It Depends on U.S. Technology

China’s Rush to Dominate A.I. Comes With a Twist: It Depends on U.S. Technology

In November, a year after ChatGPT’s release, a relatively unknown Chinese start-up leaped to the top of a leaderboard that judged the abilities of open-source artificial intelligence systems. The Chinese firm, 01.AI, was only eight months old but had deep-pocketed backers and a $1 billion valuation and was founded by a well-known investor and technologist, Kai-Fu Lee. In interviews, Mr. Lee presented his A.I. system as an alternative to options like Meta’s generative A.I. model, called LLaMA. There was just one twist: Some of the technology in 01.AI’s system came from LLaMA. Mr. Lee’s start-up then built on Meta’s technology, training its system with new data to make it more powerful. The situation is emblematic of a reality that many in China openly admit. Even as the country races to build generative A.I., Chinese companies are relying almost entirely on underlying systems from the United States. China now lags the United States in generative A.I. by at least a year and may be falling further behind, according to more than a dozen tech industry insiders …

Two years after Apple quit Russia over Ukraine, Vision Pros are for sale in Moscow

Two years after Apple quit Russia over Ukraine, Vision Pros are for sale in Moscow

Apple’s Vision Pro headsets are displayed in an Apple store on the day they go on sale for the first time in Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 2, 2024.  Mike Blake | Reuters WASHINGTON — Just one week after Russia launched its full-scale assault on Ukraine in 2022, Apple announced that it was stopping exports of its products into the country. “We are deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand with all of the people who are suffering as a result of the violence,” the company said in a statement on March 1. But now, days ahead of the two-year anniversary of the invasion, stores in Moscow are bustling with Apple products – and Russian customers are making appointments to see demonstrations of the brand-new Apple Vision Pro at shops located just blocks from the Kremlin.  Russians aren’t supposed to have access to the Vision Pro: The brand-new product, which was released on February 2 and available in Moscow just days later, is only officially available for sale inside the United States.  Asked …

Singapore paves way for local space tech start-ups to take flight on global stage

Singapore paves way for local space tech start-ups to take flight on global stage

In 2022, Singapore announced that it will be investing S$150 million (US$111 million) to help firms research and develop the country’s space capabilities. EnterpriseSG is also seeing increasing private sector interest and funding into the space tech industry.  SECTOR SET TO GROW Local space tech start-up Equatorial Space Systems, which was founded in 2017, has managed to raise some US$2.6 million in funding to develop hybrid rockets that are non-explosive. “We have witnessed a resilient interest in space tech, far more resilient than to more fluctuating industries,” said Equatorial Space founder Simon Gwozdz.  “I think more investors, including commercial investors, who have never previously looked seriously at space technologies are seeing that (the space scene) is here to stay and it’s here to grow relentlessly.” However, the company has been sending the rockets elsewhere for testing, due to space constraints in Singapore. “Singapore is spatially compact, and it’s difficult to find places for testing of our systems. So for that reason, we have to maintain presence in a couple of different countries internationally, where we …

Winners of the 2024 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest

Winners of the 2024 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest

The winning entries in this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year contest have just been announced, and Alex Dawson was named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2024 for his image of a whale skeleton on the seafloor, beneath the ice, in Greenland. Prizes and commendations were handed out in categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black and White, Compact, Up and Coming, and more. Contest organizers were once again kind enough to share some of this year’s honorees with us below, with captions written by the photographers. Source link

TechScape: Why the EU is taking a €500m bite out of Apple | Technology

TechScape: Why the EU is taking a €500m bite out of Apple | Technology

Another week, another clash between Apple and European regulators. According to the Financial Times, the company is facing a massive fine for alleged anti-competitive conduct in its music streaming business. From its story: The fine, which is in the region of €500mn and is expected to be announced early next month, is the culmination of a European Commission antitrust probe into whether Apple has used its own platform to favour its services over those of competitors. The probe is investigating whether Apple blocked apps from informing iPhone users of cheaper alternatives to access music subscriptions outside the App Store. The process dates back to a 2019 complaint lodged by Spotify. From our story at the time: Apple’s App Store is an important distribution platform for Spotify. But Apple takes a 30% commission on all sales made through the App Store – including music streaming subscriptions – which Spotify and many other third-party app developers have long complained is an unfair “tax”. “Apple requires that Spotify and other digital services pay a 30% tax on purchases …

Britain, US, EU, Allies Take Down Lockbit Cybercrime Gang

Britain, US, EU, Allies Take Down Lockbit Cybercrime Gang

LONDON —  Lockbit, a notorious cybercrime gang that holds its victims’ data for ransom, has been disrupted in a rare international law enforcement operation by Britain’s National Crime Agency, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Europol and a coalition of international police agencies, according to a post on the gang’s extortion website on Monday. “This site is now under the control of the National Crime Agency of the UK, working in close cooperation with the FBI and the international law enforcement task force, ‘Operation Cronos,’” the post said. An NCA spokesperson confirmed that the agency had disrupted the gang and said the operation was “ongoing and developing.” A representative for Lockbit did not respond to messages from Reuters seeking comment but did post messages on an encrypted messaging app saying it had backup servers not affected by the law enforcement action. The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The post named other international police organizations from France, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland and …

Romania bets on long shot ‘baby nukes’ as coal cliff edge looms – POLITICO

Romania bets on long shot ‘baby nukes’ as coal cliff edge looms – POLITICO

For Burduja, the minister, that means it may be better to work with Washington than against it. “We can aim to be a leader,” he said, but “if technology is developed faster in the U.S. or in the EU, and the EU or the U.S. benefit from it, I think it’s just as good.” But Goicea argues the EU can still get ahead on even more advanced fourth-generation miniature reactors, which could see the light of day in the 2040s. They work at higher temperatures, making them more efficient and reducing the waste they produce. Newcleo, a Franco-Italian-British startup, for example, aims to build lead-cooled miniature reactors that the firm says would cost less than a fifth of normal reactors to build and produce less than 0.5 percent of the nuclear waste emitted by larger reactors. With this technology, “we have an opportunity to take [advantage of] this little gap that at the moment is actually there” among global powers, said Newcleo’s CEO Stefano Buono, adding it’s a “huge opportunity for Europe” — but only …

Google’s retiring of Internet archiving tool draws ire of China researchers | Technology News

Google’s retiring of Internet archiving tool draws ire of China researchers | Technology News

Taipei, Taiwan – For researchers of China, keeping up with the country’s politics or economy is hard enough due to its opaque leadership and pervasive censorship. Now they face a challenge from an unexpected source: Google. Late last year, Google began quietly removing links to cached pages from its search results, a function that had allowed Internet users to view old versions of web pages. Danny Sullivan, Google’s public liaison for search, confirmed earlier this month that the function had been discontinued. “It was meant for helping people access pages when way back, you often couldn’t depend on a page loading. These days, things have greatly improved. So, it was decided to retire it,” Sullivan said in a post on X earlier this month. Although originally introduced to improve internet performance, Google’s cache function had the unintended effect of boosting transparency and became an invaluable resource for researchers. Hey, catching up. Yes, it’s been removed. I know, it’s sad. I’m sad too. It’s one of our oldest features. But it was meant for helping people …