Onshape spotlights the value of collaboration tech in December’s “Innovation for Good” digital event

There is a word that begins with the letter “C” that is uppermost on the minds of many people these days, and it isn’t COVID. It’s “collaboration,” and the term has become essential to getting basic work done, from the mundane to the highly complex.

A global pandemic has placed significant emphasis on the use of technology to collaborate on tasks and projects that used to be accomplished in person. Although PTC Inc. couldn’t have known what the world would be like a year after its acquisition of collaboration technology provider Onshape, the purchase has proven to be a timely one indeed.

Onshape is billed as the industry’s “first pure SaaS platform that unites robust CAD with powerful data management and collaboration tools.” Onshape’s cloud native approach is riding a wave of momentum created by the pandemic in a SaaS market estimated by Gartner Inc. to grow to $104 billion

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The discovery can help cure bacterial infections without inducing resistance or causing harm to good bacteria — ScienceDaily

Researchers from the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, have developed a method to produce customisable engineered lysins that can be used to selectively kill bacteria of interest while leaving others unharmed. The discovery presents a promising alternative to antibiotics for treating existing drug-resistant bacteria and bacterial infections without the risk of causing resistance.

Lysins are enzymes produced by bacteriophages to break open the bacteria cells while treating infections, and have demonstrated potential as a novel class of antimicrobials. A major advantage of lysins is that they allow fast and targeted killing against specific bacterium of choice without inducing resistance.

The emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria has left even minor bacterial infections incurable by many existing antibiotics, with at least 700,000 deaths each year due to drug-resistant diseases according to the World Health Organisation.

In a paper

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Samsung Invites Startups Changing The World For Good To Enter The 2021 Extreme Tech Challenge

The Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) is the world’s largest startup competition for entrepreneurs addressing the globe’s most serious challenges. XTC is inspired by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and showcases innovators who are harnessing the power of technology to benefit humankind and make our planet a better place.

The competition provides game-changing startups with the opportunity to raise capital, network with global entities (corporations, VCs, partners), and gain the mentorship they need to pioneer technological breakthroughs and help power a sustainable future.

I caught up with Rajeev Rajan, Chief of Staff & Head of Marketing and Communications to the President & Chief Strategy Officer, Samsung Electronics, and Co-Managing Director of the Extreme Tech Challenge, to find out more.

Afdhel Aziz: Rajeev, welcome.Please tell us a little about what the Extreme Tech Challenge means to Samsung and how the company is involved in it?

Rajeev Rajan:

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Rocket Lab says recovered booster in “good condition,” some parts will re-fly

Rocket Lab successfully launched its “Return to Sender” mission 10 days ago. Then, for the first time, the company attempted to recover the Electron booster’s first stage from the ocean after this launch, and now Rocket Lab has provided a preliminary assessment of the vehicle’s condition.

In summary, the company said in an update on its website, “We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome of our first recovery attempt and the team is thrilled.” The rocket came back in such good condition, the company added, “We will re-qualify and re-fly some components.”

The November 20 flight marked the first time Rocket Lab has fished an Electron out of the

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Start Spreading The (Good) News About Cybersecurity

CEO of NTT Research, leading research in physics & informatics, cryptography & information security, and medical & health informatics.

Bad news in cybersecurity gets a lot of attention. Headlines about data breaches and new forms of malware tend to outweigh any good news that comes from the field of cryptography.

Because this field is highly mathematical and operates on a lengthy time horizon, progress can be difficult to convey. As I discussed previously, it took about 15 years for the capabilities of attribute-based encryption (ABE) to move from a technical paper into the standards world and now possible deployments.

However, academic research is a leading indicator. Recent developments include a solid theoretical foundation for software obfuscation, a new defense for public-key cryptosystems and several ways to make machine learning (ML) more trustworthy.

Obfuscation Finds Terra Firma

For 20 years, cryptographers have been working on ways to make software

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Bay Area families furious as Good Eggs fails to deliver Thanksgiving meals

A system failure left some Bay Area customers of the San Francisco grocery delivery startup Good Eggs incensed that no one told them their Thanksgiving deliveries weren’t coming.

In a long Twitter thread, Good Eggs CEO Bentley Hall explained that early Wednesday morning, the company “experienced a multi-hour warehouse system outage.”

“On Tuesday, we fell behind on picking orders. This resulted in delivery delays early in the day, and a driver shortage later. To address this, we pushed some deliveries to early Wednesday morning,” Hall explained in a statement. “Early Wednesday morning, on our biggest batch of the year, we experienced a warehouse system outage for several hours. This created a cascading set of more material challenges during the day. We were unable to recover fully from them.

“I made some poor decisions earlier in the day that led to a lack of timely, clear communication. We left many

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Good things come in small packages

The Xbox Series S is one of the two new consoles released by computing giant Microsoft this year. It is the successor to the Xbox One S.

In this Xbox Series S review, we’ll be covering all you need to know. We’ll also be comparing the Series S to its predecessor to find out if it’s worth upgrading.

As of September 2020, Microsoft has sold 48 million Xbox One game consoles according to Statista. The previous generation Xbox was a great success despite its rocky launch. Seven years after it, it’s time for a new generation of games console. With less power than the new Xbox flagship — the Xbox Series X — and its big rival the Sony PS5, is the digital-only Xbox Series S worth purchasing? Find out in Android Authority’s Microsoft Xbox Series S review.

About this Xbox Series S review: I spent eight days with

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Is AppStore Commission Cut Good For Apple Stock?

Last week, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) indicated that it would be cutting its commissions on app sales and in-app purchases from 30% to 15% for smaller developers, who earn less than $1 million annually from the AppStore. Apple has been facing significant criticism that its AppStore practices hurt smaller developers and tech giants, including Apple, face increasing scrutiny from regulators regarding their market power. This move should help Apple’s image to a large extent. App analytics company Sensor Tower estimates that about 98% of the developers that pay Apple commissions will benefit. [1]

However, will reducing commissions by half impact the performance of Apple’s highly lucrative and fast-growing Services business? After

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Airbnb Has a Good — But Not Necessarily Great — IPO Story to Sell Wall Street

Between the enthusiasm that markets have been showing both towards Internet growth plays and (more recently) towards companies seen as reopening plays, Airbnb should get a post-IPO valuation comfortably above the $18 billion valuation it received in an April funding round, and perhaps also above the $31 billion valuation it got in a 2017 funding round.

But a little bit like Uber (UBER) ahead of its 2019 IPO, Airbnb’s story is pretty complicated, featuring several things to be encouraged by but also a few things to be concerned about.

Key positives for Airbnb’s story:

  1. The company was seeing strong double-digit growth before COVID hit. Revenue was 32% in 2019 to $4.81 billion, while gross booking value (GBV – the total value of bookings on Airbnb’s platform, minus cancellations and alterations) rose 29% to $37.96 billion. (source: Airbnb’s IPO prospectus)
  2. Though Airbnb is still seeing revenue/bookings declines, demand has improved a
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Is Black Friday a Good Time to Buy an Apple Watch?

By Lauren Schwahn

Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report announced its latest wearable tech, the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE, in September. However, this Black Friday, it might be better to keep an eye out for previous-generation models like the Apple Watch Series 5.

In past years, Best Buy,  (BBY) – Get Report Walmart  (WMT) – Get Report and other retail giants have discounted a variety of smartwatches from Apple’s lineup during the sales extravaganza. Rarely does the brand-new Apple Watch make an appearance. Here’s what the deals are looking like this year.

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What Are The Best Black Friday Apple Watch Deals In 2020?

We’re seeing a sprinkling of Apple Watch deals among retailers’ Black Friday sales. Check out our findings below:

  • Amazon  (AMZN)
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