TAAL Names Chris Naprawa as President, Announces Revisions And Additions To Its Executive Team


VANCOUVER, BC, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – TAAL Distributed Information Technologies Inc. (CSE: TAAL) (FWB: 9SQ1) (OTC: TAALF) (“TAAL” or the “Company“) a vertically integrated, blockchain infrastructure and service provider, today announced the recruitment of Mr. Chris Naprawa as President of the Company.  In addition, Mr. Stefan Matthews, the Chairman of the board of directors of the Company, has taken on the position of Chief Executive Officer effective October 12, 2020.  In his new role as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Matthews will relocate and work from the Zug, Switzerland offices of the Company, oversee the building of the Swiss team, and lead TAAL through its next stage of development.  Mr. Jerry Chan has become Chief Product Officer, where he will leverage his deep understanding of BSV, the original Bitcoin, to drive the product vision of TAAL, strengthening TAAL’s commercial capabilities.

Mr. Naprawa joined the Company in the role of President commencing on October 12, 2020.  He  brings extensive institutional capital markets and start-up technology experience to the Company.  Mr. Naprawa is currently Chairman of Khiron Life Sciences Corp. (TSXV:KHRN).  He was President of Khiron for the two years prior where he led the company through raising over $80 million in equity financings.  

Before Khiron, he was a Partner at Sprott Capital Partners, Managing Director at Primary Capital, Head of Equity Sales and Trading at Dundee Securities, and Head of Equity Sales at Macquarie Canada.  Mr. Naprawa was also founder and CEO of STARTcast Solutions, a software company successfully sold to a large Canadian telecommunications company after 2 years of operations.  Mr. Naprawa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and lives in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Naprawa will be using his extensive experience to manage the Company’s finance

An international team of researchers developed a novel technique to produce precise, high-performing biometric sensors — ScienceDaily


Wearable sensors are evolving from watches and electrodes to bendable devices that provide far more precise biometric measurements and comfort for users. Now, an international team of researchers has taken the evolution one step further by printing sensors directly on human skin without the use of heat.

Led by Huanyu “Larry” Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor in the Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, the team published their results in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

“In this article, we report a simple yet universally applicable fabrication technique with the use of a novel sintering aid layer to enable direct printing for on-body sensors,” said first author Ling Zhang, a researcher in the Harbin Institute of Technology in China and in Cheng’s laboratory.

Cheng and his colleagues previously developed flexible printed circuit boards for use in wearable sensors, but printing directly on skin has been hindered by the bonding process for the metallic components in the sensor. Called sintering, this process typically requires temperatures of around 572 degrees Fahrenheit (300 degrees Celsius) to bond the sensor’s silver nanoparticles together.

“The skin surface cannot withstand such a high temperature, obviously,” Cheng said. “To get around this limitation, we proposed a sintering aid layer — something that would not hurt the skin and could help the material sinter together at a lower temperature.”

By adding a nanoparticle to the mix, the silver particles sinter at a lower temperature of about 212 F (100 C).

“That can be used to print sensors on clothing and paper, which is useful, but it’s still higher than we can stand at skin temperature,” Cheng said, who noted that about 104 F (40 C) could still burn skin tissue. “We changed the formula of the aid layer, changed the printing material and found that

Spark and NNNCo team up to create a roaming trans-Tasman LoRaWAN network


New Zealand telco Spark and Australian IoT network builder National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) announced an agreement on Monday that will allow LoRaWAN users to deploy on either side of the Tasman and roam on the other side of the ditch.

In order to implement the roaming arrangement, NNNCo’s enterprise platform, N2N-DL, has been integrated into Spark’s network core.

“Data from devices on the Spark NZ network will feed into N2N-DL giving customers access to data on a single platform from devices enrolled in either country,” the pair said.

“Spark can also do the same for customers with devices enrolled on the NNNCo network in Australia.”

One of the first customers of the network will be Parkable, a New Zealand parking app that is looking to expand in Australia.

“As the economy continues to be shaped by COVID-19, we could expect to see more partnerships like this; where carriers and partners work together to enable the deployment and scaling of IoT solutions across markets,” Spark IoT lead Tony Agar said.

Elsewhere on Monday morning, Australian telco Optus announced it was opening up its 5G network for its wholesale customers.

The telco said it has 900 5G sites across the country, but has yet to deploy any cells in Tasmania or Northern Territory.

Spintel is the first mobile virtual network operator to jump onboard.

Not to be left out, Australian incumbent telco Telstra said on Monday its network has hit 41% population coverage.

“Our 5G now covers an area that more than twelve million Australians live, work or pass through on a daily basis, giving them access to a superfast network at a time when connectivity’s never been more important and when there’ll be more 5G devices to choose from than ever,” Telstra group executive for networks & IT Nikos Katinakis

Instagram & Plan International Team Up With Girl Activists To Address Online Harassment


Instagram & Plan International Team Up With Girl Activists To Address Online Harassment

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NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2020

After landmark survey by Plan International points to unchecked online harassment, social media platform will work with girls’ rights organization to kick off a series of listening sessions with girl activists around the world, which will inform work across Facebook properties.

NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Instagram will hear from a global panel of girl activists on how the platform can address online harassment, in collaboration with Plan International.

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(PRNewsfoto/Plan International USA)

Insights will also be shared with Facebook and WhatsApp as part of this initiative.

Plan’s Listening Sessions, which are being announced on International Day of the Girl [October 11, 2020], will feature a diverse group of 15 youth activists.

The Listening Sessions will give policy and product teams from Instagram — as well as other Facebook platforms — an opportunity to hear directly from girls about their lived experiences on social media, creating a dialogue about more ways the companies can continue to invest in protecting girls from bullying and harassment.

The panelists will consult a broad network of girls and civil society organizations to offer insights from thousands of girls and young women worldwide.

This partnership comes after Plan International’s new report shines a light on the harassment and abuse of girls and young women on social media. Plan surveyed 14,000 girls in 22 countries, including the U.S., Brazil, Benin and India, revealing more than half (58%) have been harassed or abused on social media. The organization spoke to 1,165 girls and young women between the age of 15 and 24 in the U.S. and found 43% reported that they have experienced some form of online harassment on social media

This Is The Technology Team Penske Is Using To Keep Itself Safe In The IndyCar Paddock


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Photo: Matt Fraver / IndyCar Media

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way a lot of folks interact with the world around them, and that’s had a big impact on the racing world. Fans have often been forced to watch from home while some series either test everyone in its “bubble” religiously or hope that everyone will follow the honor system to report health issues. It’s been the same situation in IndyCar—but now Team Penske is utilizing its relationship with sponsor Hitachi to make the paddock just a little bit safer.

On Thursday, we had a chance to chat with Justin Bean, who focuses on marketing Hitachi Vantara’s smart spaces technology. Basically, smart spaces utilize video analytics and lidar to evaluate the ways people move within a space. So, as Bean noted, it has been used to great effect in stadiums to let people know where the shortest concession lines are. It can also help evaluate the best way to design a public space to guarantee social distancing.

When it comes to Penske specifically, Hitachi Vantara has provided the team with thermal scanning technology that can immediately identify someone’s temperature to ensure they aren’t feverish—one of the many signs of COVID-19.

“It’s an infrared camera that is able to scan people as they walk through, so it’s much faster and less invasive,” Bean said, comparing the thermal camera technology to the more traditional method of a health official checking one’s temperature. “It only takes a second or two to scan someone as they come through, and they can be wearing hats or masks or these types of things.”

Hitachi Vantara has designed a portable temperature solution. A thermal camera connected to a monitor is organized on a wheeled cart that’s overseen by a socially distanced health official. A