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Technology News

Sony reveals Spatial Reality Display, a 4K screen with glasses-free 3D

The display experts at Sony have launched ELF-SR1 – also known as the Spatial Reality Display. The Spatial Reality Display combines a 15.6-inch screen with a micro optical lens coating and an eye-tracking camera. While the display packs a conventional 4K resolution, the pixels are effectively split into twin 2K arrays for your left and right eyes, using live pupil tracking data and precision alignment of the micro-lenses atop pixels to deliver sharp, realistic 3D imagery. The results are digital 3D objects that appear to be floating right in front of the screen, and switch perspectives smoothly as your head and eyes move.

AI localization tool claims to translate your words in your voice

Resemble AI says its Localize tool can keep voices consistent in various languages in movies, games, audiobooks, corporate videos and other formats. Localize can translate recordings in a way that accurately reflects the speaker’s words and meanings. The system can turn the original audio into speech that uses colloquialisms and grammar structures of a certain region and language. Localize could allow creators of audio-based media to share their work with more fans with greater ease. YouTubers might create versions of their videos for fans who otherwise rely on captions. Call centers could create chatbots that support multiple languages.

Science News

New research could help millions who suffer from ‘ringing in the ears’

Researchers show that combining sound and electrical stimulation of the tongue can significantly reduce tinnitus, commonly described as “ringing in the ears.” The device consists of wireless headphones that deliver sequences of audio tones layered with wideband noise to both ears, combined with electrical stimulation pulses delivered to 32 electrodes on the tip of the tongue. Before using the treatment for the first time, the device is configured to the patient’s hearing profile and optimized to the patient’s sensitivity level for tongue stimulation. They found that therapeutic effects can be sustained for up to 12 months post-treatment.

Nerves That Sense Touch May Play Role in Autism

The peripheral nervous system, the nerves that control our sense of touch, pain and other sensations, may play a role in autism. On the skin biopsy test, 53% of the people with autism had reduced nerve fiber density. People with reduced nerve fiber density were more likely to report feeling pain from the heat stimulus at a higher temperature than the control group. People with normal nerves were also more likely to say they disliked being touched and were uncomfortable with some textures, while people with nerve fiber damage were more likely to say they preferred going barefoot and could be unaware that they had gotten scratched or bruised.

Business News

BTS label Big Hit soared 90% on its stock market debut. It’s still a risky bet

The music label behind the planet’s biggest K-pop sensation raised nearly 963 billion won ($840 million) in its initial public offering, making it South Korea’s largest IPO since July 2017. Big Hit is now worth some 8.7 trillion won ($7.6 billion), making it more valuable than the country’s three biggest listed record labels combined. And that’s almost entirely thanks to the meteoric rise of BTS. The group accounted for 97% of Big Hit’s sales last year. However, BTS has a unique complication that could threaten the business: South Korea mandates more than a year of military service, and the group’s members are fast approaching the deadline to enlist.

China’s turbo-charged online fashion takes on Zara and H&M

China’s Shein may be the biggest shopping site you’ve never heard of. The fast-fashion player is encroaching on the territory of more established rivals like Zara and H&M. It has become the largest, purely online, fashion company in the world measured by sales of self-branded products. Shein is aiming squarely at the “Gen Z” social-media generation, using influencers on Instagram and TikTok, and discount codes, to attract younger shoppers in an increasingly crowded fashion market. In the week of Sep. 27-Oct. 3, Shein was the most downloaded shopping app globally on iPhones, ranking top 10 in the United States, Brazil, Australia, Britain and Saudi Arabia.

Miscellaneous News

Italy’s olive oil production drops by a quarter as ‘tree leprosy’ takes toll

Italy, the world’s second-largest exporter of olive oil, has seen output drop by a quarter this year due to bad weather and a deadly bacteria. Italian production for 2020 was down 26% from 2019 due to a sharp drop in output in the southern Puglia region. Holding about 15% of the world market, Italy has suffered rapidly changing weather, hailstorms in the south and drought, while the Xylella bacteria has devastated most of the olive groves in the Salento region of Puglia. Known as “olive tree leprosy”, the bacteria has ravaged orchards in southern Europe.

Chicago is the ‘rattiest city’ in America for the sixth year in a row

Chicago is the six-time holder of a title that no city wants. The Windy City has topped the list of the rattiest cities in the United States for the sixth year in a row. Efforts to tame the city’s rat population have been going on for years. Chicago’s “war on rats” escalated with the introduction of a new rat task force back in 2016. Residents had even begun adopting cats to squash their numbers. Rounding out the top 10 on Orkin’s list were Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Denver and Minneapolis.

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