I’ve never owned a security camera, so don’t quote me as an expert, but I’ve been reading some WyzeCam reviews this afternoon and they’re a little astonishing: a good, functional, easy-to-use, and feature-rich streaming security camera for $20.The WyzeCam v2 still costs $20, but now it has a better camera sensor for improved day and night vision, better audio quality (WyzeCam supports two-way audio), and motion-tagging tech to detect and outline motion in its footage.The basics of the camera are unchanged, including 1080p recording, a free 14 days of rolling cloud storage, continuous microSD recording (you supply the microSD card), time lapse, and, of course, an app.According to Engadget, a firmware update in March will add IFTTT support and compatibility with Amazon’s Echo Show and Echo Spot devices for looking in on your camera feeds.Cheap devices that require an app and a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection to operate are usually my definition hell, but I’m glad to see that WyzeCam is a shining, $20 beacon in the middle of this hellscape.WyzeCam v2 is supposed to ship at the end of the month, and the company claims it will continue to support the original model through app and firmware updates.
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I’m pretty certain that the dogs in the Puppy Bowl haven’t got a clue what’s going on.Dogs are not hunting animals, but they are descended by and large from hunting animals, so they have a few of the hunting instincts left in them in a weak form, and that then takes the form of chasing and catching and grasping and pulling and all of that kind of stuff.These games are faint echoes of the hunting behaviours of their ancestors.With horses, kind words or other acts of kindness, as well as a release of pressure (think releasing the rein after asking them to stop) are all rewards that make them feel calm and relaxed or happy.Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, and professional dog trainerFor a dog, competition occurs over resources like food or a toy prey object.
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MWC 2018 is almost upon us, and though we’ve pretty much seen what the Galaxy S9 will look like, Sony’s Xperia efforts at the show are a lot more mysterious.The phone-maker has had mixed results with its Android devices in recent years, at least when it comes to the US.Still, a new Xperia teaser suggests it could be worth paying attention to Sony in 2018.Like the best teasers, Sony doesn’t give everything away in one fell swoop.Indeed, as pre-reveal campaigns go, this one is positively surreptitious.A stretching bow of sinuous waves flows down from the top of the screen, onto an outstretched hand, with nary a display, artful phone chassis corner, or anything else in sight.
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Snap and Instagram’s augmented reality lenses transform users into puppies, fairies, monsters, Wonder Woman, storied Jamaican singer-songwriters, and the like.It’s as if there’s a vibrant but invisible world all around you that you need a smartphone to see.Using AR solely to overlay new furniture or artwork for your flat imagines AR users as dull-minded consumers.I’d call it “ARt,” but that suggests a level of pretension in Dumb Fun that’s mercifully absent, considering its creator, Tim Moore, is a photographer, coder, and collage artist.Dumb Fun blankets your surroundings in surreal digital ephemera: red lips and waterfalls, colourful bouquets of orchids, Microsoft Word windows with haikus written in them, a grisly assortment of disembodied arms and legs.The overlays are separated into four chapters, each with a different set of art themes.
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Samsung has become the world’s number 1 smartphone maker for a few years.Thanks to its Galaxy-line models, and especially the high-end Galaxy S smartphones it has outrun Apple and keeps Huawei well away.The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have made a huge stir around them even before their launch.As you know, these top-notch devices are set to launch in a few days on February 26 in Barcelona, Spain at MWC 2018.Samsung’s “Over the Horizon” is one of the most popular ringtones around the globe.It’s been the default ringtone of Galaxy devices since 2011.
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David Attenborough is once again set to bang on about penguins and lions for the BBC, suggesting that he thinks people haven't been paying attention to anything he's said for the last 60 years or so and needs to do it all again.Perhaps shouting this time or in VR.The latest landmark BBC wildlife production is currently being assembled under the working title of Dynasty, seeing as each episode follows the lives of one particular group of animals with a focus on whichever beast is the dominant member of it's local pack, family or community.The BBC says we can expect to hear about lions, chimps, tigers, hunting dogs and yet more banging on about the lives of emperor penguins, as if every man, woman and child in this country hasn't already spent at least 100 hours being told about what emperor penguins do and what their poo smells like by the BBC.As with environmentally aware barnstormers Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, there's going to be more than a passing nod in this series to mankind's anthropocene hand in making life extra hard for these species, with BBC specialist commissioner Tom McDonald saying: "I'm thrilled that Sir David will be bringing his extraordinary storytelling to this incredibly ambitious, landmark project -- a gripping portrait of our planet at a tipping point for the animals, their habitats and our world."
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Remember last year's bizarre drink hit, Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino?Yet another unicorn has been let loose to run free.General Mills on Monday announced it's replacing the hourglass marshmallow in its Lucky Charms cereal with a unicorn.In other news, Lucky Charms had an hourglass marshmallow?Earlier this month, the company asked Twitter users to send an emoji suggesting their choice for the new marshmallow.Sorry, ear of corn, peace sign and butterfly, all of which also garnered at least one vote.
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If you want to get up close with the bit of space history recently made by Elon Musk, SpaceX and the first Falcon Heavy launch, all you have to do is make your way to Florida's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) this week.One of the charred side boosters that helped push Heavy and its payload -- Musk's red Tesla Roadster driven by "Starman" -- to space is currently on display at KSC for the next few days for all to see.The booster is a recycled Falcon 9 that flew another mission before being strapped to the side of Falcon Heavy for its historic flight earlier this month.Both of the side boosters landed successfully (and nearly simultaneously) at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station less than 10 minutes after blasting off from KSC.It is perhaps not a coincidence that the temporary Falcon Heavy booster display at KSC coincides with a meeting of the reconstituted National Space Council chaired by Vice President Mike Pence.The vice president will participate in a "commercial spaceflight federal reception" on Tuesday at KSC, followed by the council meeting to be held Wednesday, according to a release from NASA.
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Andy Rubin’s dream project, the Essential Phone launched many months back exclusive to the US.But by now, it is well known that the handset did not fare well in terms of sales.The phone’s release was delayed from its actual date and that set it on a collision course with the iPhone X launch.Now, a new rumour claims that the Essential Phone might be heading to India.According to the source, the leftover inventory has to be cleared and that might pave the way for its launch in India.Interestingly, the initiative to bring the phone to India will be from Amazon and not Essential.
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The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi expressed support for the future of Blockchain and the Internet of Things this morning.In combination with what a White House representative said late last week, this should be a pretty good start for this week on Bitcoin news.That representative of the White House was White House cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to the president, Rob Joyce.Joyce spoke at and answered questions at the Munich Security Conference on the 16th of February, 2018 in an interview with CNBC.“I think we’re still absolutely studying and understanding what the good ideas and bad ideas in that space are,” said Joyce in response to a question of when Bitcoin regulation would be underway in the United States.“So, I don’t think it’s close.”
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Two-factor authentication, a security measure that requires a verification code as well as a password upon login, can help prevent phishing and account takeover.But at Facebook, two-factor authentication ended up being used as a way to pester its users with notifications.As Gizmodo reported earlier this week, users who gave Facebook their phone number in order to receive two-factor codes via text messages also ended up getting hit with a barrage of notifications.Users’ responses to these notification texts ended up being posted on their Facebook walls, or as comments on their friends’ posts.Security experts criticized the notification texts, arguing that they would discourage users from implementing an important security feature.Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos now says that the notification texts were a bug, and the company will roll out a fix in the next few days.
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Gaming in general is also riding the wave of the acute nostalgia and you can hear all the old timers telling stories about the best days in the late 80’s and early 90’s.And now you can get right into it for cheap with our discount coupons from the Cafago e-shop featuring some good old retro consoles.First one is the handheld console, more or less a copy and homage to the legendary GameBoy color and with built-in 129 classical games it can hook you up for long hours no matter where you go.It has 2,2-inch color screen.450 mAh rechargeable battery, and with just 75g it’s very light and portable.So if you want to return to the childhood days and play some classic GameBoy stuff then choose one of the three colors, use the coupon FET40 and get it for just 13.82€ / $16.59, coupon expiring on February 28th.
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When it comes to the way we shop, it seems fair to say that none of us are fundamentally rational in our decision-making.According to research from Clicktale, as many as 76 percent of big data professionals -- whose job is to promote the role of data-driven insights -- admit that consumers are fundamentally not rational when they shop.How can marketers claim to be able to rationally profile and quantify consumers when, in reality, those consumers are not using rationality as the guiding force for their purchase decisions?Consumer buying behaviors are heavily influenced by a person's impulses, behaviors and moods.Unlike repeatable rational decisions, brands will inevitably have difficulty tracking and predicting future purchases if those purchases are based on impulses and emotions.The behavior of a consumer can vary drastically from day to day, with a good or bad mood directly impacting how they perceive their interactions with a brand.
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LG and Samsung may be getting hot under the collar after an English court agreed that the long-running liquid crystal display (LCD) price-fixing cartel case can be reopened.In a lengthy and detailed ruling by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, handed down on Friday, Lord Justices Longmore and Henderson, along with Lady Justice Asplin, effectively ripped up a 2016 order made in the High Court that strangled legal proceedings over the cartel in the UK.That order was made after Japanese screen maker Iiyama tried to sue Samsung and LG in the UK for damages over the cartel's actions, following a 2010 EU Commission decision under Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU to fine the two companies for price fixing.Iiyama's attempt to claim damages was struck out on the grounds that the cartel lacked sufficient territorial connection to the EU.Samsung and others had argued that because the actual fixing of prices occurred in Asia, Iiyama did not have legal standing to sue in an EU member state.Now, however, the Court of Appeal has ruled that Iiyama's claim does have territorial standing in the EU because the artificially inflated LCD prices distorted the market here as well.
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Researchers from the University of Tokyo announced last week a new advancement in wearable technology: A highly flexible electronic skin display that shows your health information, allowing you to monitor vitals at a glance.Made from nanomesh, the display is flexible, breathable, and stretchable — it can stretch up to 45 percent of its original size.It contains a display of microLEDs which read out health information such as heart rate, temperature, or blood pressure.The information updates in real time, and the skin can be worn for up to a week.Since it gives the biometric data to the user via a waveform readout, it eliminates the need for a phone or app to process the data.It can still be paired with a device or sent to cloud storage, or it can store the information locally.
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Microsoft recently developed a haptic controller for VR with an unusual target audience in mind: the visually impaired.The team’s goal was to create a device that would successfully enable the visually impaired to form an accurate mental map of a virtual space.The canetroller translates the traditional experience of using a white cane, a long stick used by the visually impaired to tactilely scan their environment, into a virtual reality environment.With VR you can have an out-of-body experience to see what death is like, or become a stormtrooper from Star Wars in a game where you can feel and smell an alien planet.The canetroller overcomes the need for visual cues by using vibrations and sound to simulate the effect of tapping different virtual objects and a wearable braking system to make walls and barriers seem solid.There are still some limitations to overcome — for example one participant found that the audio modeling, particularly the way sounds echo off of solid objects, wasn’t quite up to real world standards:
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France-based smartphone brand Alcatel has unveiled a new affordable tablet dubbed A3 10 in India.The 10-inch tablet is can be purchased for a price of Rs 6,999 at online portal Flipkart.For that price tag, Alcatel gives Indian users a 10-inch HD IPS LCD display with HD resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.The Wi-Fi only tablet is powered by a MediaTek MT8127 SoC which is assisted by 1 GB of RAM.Also, the Alcatel A3 10 has both a rear camera of 5MP and a front camera of 2 MP.The Alcatel A3 10 has built-in 16GB of RAM but has a micro SD expansion slot for another 16GB.
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Jeff J Mitchell via Getty ImagesHardline Brexiteers were accused of “jeopardising” peace in Northern Ireland after they made dramatic claims the Good Friday Agreement was “not sustainable”.Labour MP Kate Hoey told HuffPost UK “there is a need for a cold, rational look” at the historic Belfast accord after talks between Sinn Fein and the DUP to restore power-sharing at Stormont collapsed last week.Former Northern Ireland Secretary Lord Hain called Hoey’s intervention a “reckless slur”, claiming she and other Eurosceptics were using the political deadlock to set the political agenda on leaving the Customs Union - a move which many fear could lead to a hard border in Northern Ireland.“Even if a settlement had been agreed a few days ago there is nothing to stop Sinn Fein or the DUP finding something else to walk out about in a few months.They want a united Ireland.”
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The MWC 2018 event in Barcelona will open the doors in a week on February 26th and for more or less any phone brand it’s a matter of pride to make some solid showing there.Vernee is of course no different and the chinese brand is planning to bring some major news and changes to their lineup with presenting in person two fresh new models there.Those will be Vernee V2 and Vernee Apollo 2.But first of all they are planning to slightly redesign their lineup series names to fit into the new plan.Series T (formerly Thor) will be focusing on long battery life smartphones with affordable pricing, series M (formely Mars) will try to cater to the young customers chasing slim, fashionable and creative design models, while series V will be light business style rugged models with IP68 certification and flagship level hardware.The real flagship line is then reserved for the unchanged Apollo models with cutting-edge tech.
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Drone footage of Apple Park may have given us a glimpse of the vast, circular building through its construction, but one pilot recently discovered what it looks like to inadvertently crash into the Cupertino HQ.Video showing just what happens when your drone stops soaring gracefully over the top of the spaceship-like campus and instead goes plummeting down to crash-land on top of it has been shared over the weekend.Ironically, we’ve been able to see it because of a second drone.Matthew Roberts has spent the past few years documenting Apple Park’s development, filming multiple passes over the top of the huge campus as the building progressed.Another pilot contacted him over the weekend to ask for some help, after inadvertently losing his drone on top of the Apple Park roof.“I was happy to oblige, so I took a Phantom 4 Pro out and began searching for it,” Roberts says.
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