Thursday, October 23, 2014

Open Access Button gets expanded features to help users find free scholarly research

Open Access Button gets expanded features to help users find free scholarly research

Above: Open Access Button


The movement to expand access to scientific and scholarly research got another push forward this week with an update to a tool designed to connect users and authors.

The co-founders of the non-profit Open Access Button announced a new version of their browser plugin this week as part of a global celebration of Open Access Week.

“I wish there had been a tool to help me access the research I need as university student,” said David Carroll, co-founder of the Open Access Button and a medical student at Queen’s University Belfast, in a press release. “I couldn’t afford to pay for all the articles I needed and ultimately I couldn’t continue my research. We built the Open Access Button so other students wouldn’t experience the same problem.”

Supporters of the Open Access movement want more research articles made available for free on the Internet. It was an effort that gained international attention when programmer Aaron Swartz was arrested for downloading academic articles from a paid journal at MIT. In the middle of a federal prosecution effort, Swartz committed suicide in January 2013.

The original version of the button, built by some students in the United Kingdom and launched back in February, aims to carry on Swartz’s crusade. The original browser-based tool would record any time a user hit a paywall that prevented them from accessing a research article. The tool would attempt to find a very version of the article elsewhere on the Web.

 

The expanded version, which now also works on mobile browsers, attempts to broaden the effort by pulling the author of the article into the process.

Now, the button will attempt to send a notification to the paper’s author to inform him or her that someone was prevented from seeing their work. The author will be asked to send a link for a free online version of the research. If the author responds with a free version, that will be catalogued so it can be seen by anyone else using the button.

Users also have the option to explain why they want access, and how they hope to use the research in their own work. The hope is that it will help persuade more researchers to make their work available for free.

“The Internet gives us the chance to make research available to everyone who needs it,” said Joe McArthur, co-founder of the Open Access Button, in the release. “We must seize this opportunity if we’re going to continue to innovate.”










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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid coming next year, Kia Optima too

Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid coming next year, Kia Optima too

While the 2015 Hyundai Sonata is a completely redesigned vehicle for the new model year, the Sonata Hybrid for 2015 continues to use the previous-generation body.

This has led to a certain amount of speculation about what direction Hyundai plans to take with its hybrid program.

Now, it appears that the company will launch the hybrid version of the current Sonata with the option of a plug-in hybrid model as well as one fitted with the next generation of the company’s conventional hybrid-electric powertrain.

A report on Korean Car Blog (via ChargedEVs) notes that Yang Woong-Chul, Hyundai’s vice-chairman for research and development, said earlier this month that plug-in hybrid versions of not only the current Sonata but a next-generation Kia Optima as well would be released next year.

The cars, he said, will use Korean-made battery packs, electric motors, inverters, and other electronic components–making them very price-competitive in the market.

Hyundai Blue-Will Concept, 2010 Detroit Auto Show

Above: Hyundai Blue-Will Concept, 2010 Detroit Auto Show

Hyundai had showed a plug-in hybrid concept model, the Blue-Will, fully six years ago. That was originally anticipated to lead to a production car two or three years after the launch of the company’s first hybrids as 2011 models.

The first generation of Hyundai’s hybrid system, however, wasn’t particularly smooth, leading to a fast update for the 2013 model year.

The Sonata Hybrid and also the Kia Optima Hybrid, which uses the same powertrain, have been essentially unchanged from the 2013 through 2016 model year.

Hyundai BLUE-WILL Hybrid

Above: Hyundai BLUE-WILL Hybrid

The Hyundai executive’s announced would seem to indicate that we will see the updated Sonata offered as a hybrid version for the 2016 model year, as well as a plug-in hybrid.

In that respect, it would face off against the Ford Fusion–which also offers Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid models–and the Toyota Prius, which offers a plug-in hybrid variation as well.

There’s also the current Honda Accord, whose well-reviewed Accord Hybrid model has been on the market for a year but severely production-constrained.

Honda offers an Accord Plug-In Hybrid model as well, but it sells only in very small numbers and is offered solely in California and the Northeast.

This story originally appeared on Green Car Reports.










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Mark Zuckerberg does a public Q&A session — in Mandarin Chinese

Mark Zuckerberg does a public Q&A session — in Mandarin Chinese

Mark Zuckerberg did a public Q&A session today — in Mandarin Chinese. Yes, the Facebook CEO set out to learn the (very difficult) language in 2010, in his spare time.

“On Wednesday I did my first ever public Q&A in Chinese at Tsinghua University in Beijing!” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook after the event. “We discussed connecting the world, Internet.org, innovation, and the early days of Facebook.”

Zuckerberg barely uttered a single word in English — just one quick “I’m sorry,” when he misspoke.

After the CEO gave a short answer to the first question, loud applause, laughter, and a couple of gasps could be heard from the audience.

He made convincing inflections. He made jokes. He seemed totally relaxed.

Here’s the first part of the Q&A:

You can find the full video here.


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AT&T shares down 3% after earnings miss

AT&T shares down 3% after earnings miss

AT&T just reported earnings and revenue that missed expectations.

In immediate reaction in after hours trade, the stock was down as much as 3%.

AT&T reported third quarter adjusted EPS of $0.63 against expectations for $0.64 on revenue of $33 billion against expectations for $33.24 billion.

The wireless carrier also announced that it added 785,000 net postpaid subscribers in the third quarter, bringing its net adds to more than 2.4 million year-to-date.

The company also said that it expects full-year consolidated revenue growth of 3%-4% this year, including the impact from fewer AT&T Next gross adds and a larger than expected number of wireless subscribers who brought their own device to the company.

The company had previously expected revenue to grow 5% this year.

Wall Street’s expectations were for revenue to come in at $133.1 billion.

This story originally appeared on Business Insider.


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iPad Air 2 design changes mean good and bad for ease of repair

iPad Air 2 design changes mean good and bad for ease of repair

Apple announced the new iPad Air 2 just last week, and already the good people at iFixit have torn it apart. What they’re looking for: component parts that are designed into the device differently than in previous iterations, and what that means to the “repairability” of the device.

The iFixit teardown experts found a mixed bag with the Air 2.

On the plus side, they noted that the wiring is better positioned than in the first iPad Air. “Upon successfully opening the iPad Air 2, we immediately notice that all the display cables now reside near the lower edge,” iFixit writes in its teardown blog. “This is a welcome change from the previous iPad Air, whose digitizer and LCD cables effectively booby-trapped two edges of the display.”

On the other hand, the team found a few important things locked down and hard to remove and repair. “Upon removal of the logic board, we are saddened to see that the Lightning cable remains soldered to the logic board,” iFixit says in the blog. “This makes logic board removal even more of a chore. This also means that replacing the Lightning Connector requires replacing the entire logic board.”

Below are some of the main components of the new Air, as seen from the inside of the device.

You can find iFixit’s full teardown here.

The new iPad Air is thinner than previous iPads, and is even thinner than the iPhone 6.

Above: At 6.1 mm thick, the new iPad Air 2 is thinner than previous iPads, and is even thinner than the iPhone 6.

Image Credit: iFixit
The top glass panel is lifted from the rest of the assembly.

Above: The top glass panel is lifted from the rest of the assembly.

The dual Wi-fi antennas have been moved up near the front panel of the device.

Above: The dual Wi-fi antennas have been moved up near the front panel of the device, which could affect connection speeds.

RED = Apple APL1012 A8X 64-bit Processor ORANGE = Elpida (Micron Technology) F8164A3MD (two identical chips) YELLOW = SK Hynix H2JTDG8UD1BMR 128 Gb (16 GB) NAND Flash GREEN = NXP 65V10 NFC Module (as found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) BLUE = Apple (Cirrus Logic) 338S1213 Audio Codec PURPLE = NXP Semiconductors LPC18B1UK ARM Cortex-M3 Microcontroller (Apple M8 Motion Co-Processor)

Above: At last, the circuit board . . . RED = Apple APL1012 A8X 64-bit Processor
ORANGE = Elpida (Micron Technology) F8164A3MD (two identical chips)
YELLOW = SK Hynix H2JTDG8UD1BMR 128 Gb (16 GB) NAND Flash
GREEN = NXP 65V10 NFC Module (as found in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus)
BLUE = Apple (Cirrus Logic) 338S1213 Audio Codec
PURPLE = NXP Semiconductors LPC18B1UK ARM Cortex-M3 Microcontroller (Apple M8 Motion Co-Processor)

touchid

Above: Apple’s TouchID biometric sensor, from the inside.

Image Credit: ifixit
speakers

Above: The two small speakers are situated above the grills in the housing at the bottom of the device.

Image Credit: ifixit
Apple says the iPad Air's battery holds 10 hours worth of charge.

Above: Apple says the iPad Air 2 battery holds 10 hours of charge, just like the original Air. But the Air 2 battery is smaller, leading one to believe that Apple focused on making the Air 2 more power-efficient.

Image Credit: ifixit

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