A new update is being rolled out to the Galaxy A8+ 2018 and the flagship galaxy S8/8+ few days after a similar update was made available to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge.The update with version number G9500ZCU2AQL2, G9550ZCU2AQL2 which brings the Android security patch for the month of January is being rolled out to Galaxy S8/S8+ users in China, while a similar update with version number A730FXXU1ARA6 is hitting the newly announced Galaxy A8+ (2018) units in India.Although the sizes of the current update can’t be ascertained at the moment, the security updates for these devices much like the updates for other Galaxy phones brings fixes for five critical Android vulnerabilities and fixes for 13 Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE) in the company’s own software.The updates are only currently rolling out to users of the flagship Galaxy S8/8+ in China, while same is rolling out to users of the Galaxy A8+ 2018 in India, we do hope to see the same update rolled out to other countries.Just in case you are yet to get the update notification, we advise you check out whether the update is available for you yet manually via your phone setting.If not don’t worry as the updates may take a while before it gets to your device.
Facebook has been teasing a massive overhaul to the News Feed—its core product—after widespread, utterly deserved criticism that it had acted as a megaphone for disinformation on an unprecedented scale.Today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced how his platform will handle news, and it’s quite possibly the stupidest solution imaginable.“Today I’m sharing our second major update this year: to make sure the news you see, while less overall, is high quality,” Zuckerberg wrote, decrying the “sensationalism, misinformation and polarisation” that Facebook had an outsized hand in creating.If there’s anything we learned from the advent of “fake news” and its spread across social media at alarming rates, it’s that most people have abysmal media literacy, and struggle when tasked to separate verified information from hogwash.So what’s the fix that Facebook—a massive, profitable company that employs some of the smartest people—chose to pursue?Or we could ask you — the community — and have your feedback determine the ranking.
The S2 Lite will soon go on pre-sale (January 22nd) so we decided to give you guys an general overview of the phone, helping some of you determine whether to get it or not; keep reading!The smartphone does indeed feature a 6-inch 18:9 display coated in Corning Gorilla Glass 4, with thin borders on the top and bottom of the screen to give it a more appealing look.The display offers a 1440*720 resolution, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it being LCD makes it still look relatively sharp and doesn’t cause any noticeable jaggedness around text.The screen will also have a quite high screen brightness according to the manufacturer with punchy colors and good viewing angles.That’s quite low considering the smartphone also packs a massive 5100mAh long lasting battery.The dual-lens cameras will of course let you use effects like adding bokeh when shooting as well.
Before they hit the market and became relatively mainstream, many imagined (or at least, hoped) that electric cars would resemble the Light Runner from Tron: Legacy.In fact, the Zoe is assembled on the same production line as the Clio and Nissan Micra.One explanation could be economic; the initial cost outlay of using the Clio’s existing platform for the Zoe is far lower than developing a completely new design.A new car is a significant investment and so consumers are typically conservative when choosing one.But there are also technical reasons for the lack of divergence between petrol and electric vehicles.Automotive companies have spent decades perfecting the existing form of the car so that models are optimally aerodynamic, ergonomic and safe.
Disney is continuing to make progress on building itself one of the top streaming video services when it launches sometime in 2019.The media giant has already been pulling its content and ending deals with rival Netflix, and now it appears to have hired someone with experience at some of the biggest tech companies to head operations.Specifically, Kevin Swint, who has served as an executive at both Apple and Samsung in recent years.During his five years at Apple, Swint worked on the iTunes team, eventually running the worldwide movies business and overseeing the launch of HD movies and the iTunes Extras feature.He was then hired by Samsung in 2013 to head its own Milk video and music services, both of which never really took off before being shuttered.Now, Variety reports, Swint will serve as the SVP and general manager of Disney’s BAMTech Media, where he will be in charge of the upcoming streaming service.
If you love listen to your favorite songs on the go but you aren’t satisfied with the audio quality smartphones provide, then dodocool’s Hi-Fi lossless music player could be a great and affordable alternative.Even more so that you can buy it with a £11 discount over on Amazon UK.Keep reading to learn more!The dodocool Hi-Fi music player comes with a 2-inch QVGA LCD display that enables you to navigate the menu and check out relevant information, plus you also get a good user experience provided by an advanced ARM Dual-core Cortex-M3 processor.The device can play Hi-Fi digital audio player including formats like DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 (.dff & .dsf), FLAC (up to 192kHz/24bit), ALAC (up to 192kHz/24bit), APE (up to 96kHz/24bit), WAV (up to 192kHz/24bit), OGG or MP3 and it can play music for 30 hours thanks to the built-in 3.7V 1400mAh rechargeable Li-po battery.The player also comes with 8GB of on-board storage but you can expand it via microSD if you so desire.
Blockchain has become the latest buzzword in the technology industry, but many people are still in the dark about just what exactly it means.Thanks to Raine Revere, we have a bit of a better grasp on what the blockchain entails as well as some of its implications.As Revere so eloquently put it, “blockchain is a technology that allows for peer to peer transactions,” she explained on CTRL+T.With the blockchain, instead of relying on a company, a bank, the government or some other third-party to keep your data safe, you rely on cryptography behinds the scene to transact person-to-person.’“So there’s less risk of your data being made insecure and there’s also reduced costs for the end user in a well-designed peer to peer system because you’re not paying thee middlemen to keep your data safe and handle all the coordination of transactions,” Revere said.“If we want this technology to actually have a positive effect on society, we need these economic improvements to be accompanied by improvements to the accessibility and the inclusivity of this technology,” Revere explained.
Every now and then, human beings can be pretty swell.Earlier in the week a gamer suffered a seizure in VR Chat, and was immediately comforted by a group of concerned bystanders on the virtual reality social platform.The user, nicknamed DrunkenUnicyclist, was wearing full-body motion tracking hardware; as a result, every painful twitch and violent contortion was played out in real-time on VR Chat, as his robotic avatar writhed around on the floor.YouTuber Rogue Shadow VR recorded the incident, which you can view below:To see how clearly concerned players are, including a giant Pokemon and a Morty avatar, as they give the user advice and comfort, is both surreal and touching.Thankfully, DrunkenUnicyclist seems to have come through the ordeal without suffering any major medical complications.
A week back, Chinese wearables maker NO.1 launched the NO.F6 smartwatch, the latest product aimed at outdoor people.Starting on January 22nd, the watch will finally go on presale over on Gearbest for as low as $14.99.Let’s see why you might be interested in the watch!As we just mentioned earlier, the NO.1 F6 is a smartwatch made for outdoor or sport people.This means it’s equipped with everything you need to have a proper fitness companion, going from the second generation dynamic heart rate monitoring (working 24h/7) to the step counter, calories burnt and walked distance calculator.
The popularity and quality of Final Fantasy XIV has grown significantly since the release of the Stormblood expansion last year, and now developer Square Enix has detailed the online RPG’s latest update.Dubbed Rise of a New Sun, the new 4.2 update will be released on January 30th and include plenty of new content for players to explore.But what has series fans most excited is the tease of an iconic villain from Final Fantasy VI making a return.Square Enix has released a trailer highlighting some of the new content and changes included in Rise of a New Sun, but it’s the very end that drops a nostalgia bombshell.The clip closes out with the grinning face and distinctive laugh of Kefka, the antagonist of FF6, which was first released on the SNES.The lunatic wizard is one of the most infamous villains of the Final Fantasy series, and one that longtime players are eager to see again.
Aside from getting vaccinated (which everyone should), an important strategy to evading the flu is regularly washing your hands and avoiding contact with the sneezes, coughs, and snot of sick people.A breath is all it might take to catch the flu, a new study suggests.The logic behind this simple advice is that the influenza virus requires reasonably close contact with the fluids of a plainly sick person in order to jump into its next victim.But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that you can catch it by just inhaling someone else’s infected breath.Researchers at the University of Maryland in the US and elsewhere performed a surprisingly novel experiment.The machine—cleverly called the Gesundheit II—collected samples of their breath as they coughed, sneezed, spoke, and just exhaled normally.
The anti-fascist far-left movement known as Antifa gets some of its intelligence from a computer scientist named Megan Squire, who disseminates valuable and controversial information.Officials looking to support and further law enforcement initiatives are using the clever catchphrase "responsible encryption" in an attempt to gingerly avoid debate while describing the need for backdoors into protected data.Algorithms meant to analyze crime trends and predict future incidents don't have a particularly impressive accuracy rate.And researchers are refining an approach to automatically uncover vulnerabilities in Internet of Things Devices—ideally so they can be protected before attackers come along.Hacking Group Linked to Lebanon Used Fake Mobile Messaging Apps to Spy on Thousands of PeopleA newly identified digital espionage initiative has stolen hundreds of gigabytes of data and surveilled thousands of people in 21 countries, including the United States, Canada, France, and Germany.The phony apps seem to work normally, but are actually laced with trojans that scoop up messages, call logs, photos, location data, and anything else users send and receive.
Get ready, because this week’s space photos are nothing short of epic.First we’re starting out close to home, just 43 light minutes away at Jupiter.NASA’s Juno spacecraft recently completed its tenth orbit around this behemoth of a planet.Juno is in a polar orbit, meaning it flies over the north pole, quickly around the curve of the planet, and back out below the south pole—all at an astounding speed of around 100,000 miles per hour.Each pass the spacecraft makes allows for more scientific research, and Juno manages to take some pretty mind-bending images at the same time.The gorgeous imagery continues if you speed outward to a star cluster called NGC 3201.
Back in 2010, Apple’s iconic co-founder Steve Jobs was not entirely enthralled with the enterprise.In fact, Jobs is famously quoted as saying, “What I love about the consumer market, that I always hated about the enterprise market, is that we come up with a product, we try to tell everybody about it, and every person votes for themselves.”He added, “They go ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ and if enough of them say ‘yes,’ we get to come to work tomorrow.That was an accurate enough representation of the way things worked when Jobs made the statement.That movement has helped fuel Apple’s enterprise evolution.In a June 2017 Bloomberg interview, Cook didn’t provide any numbers, but he did call the enterprise, “the mother of all opportunities.” That’s because enterprises tend to buy in bulk, and as they build an Apple support system in-house, it feeds other parts of the enterprise market as companies buy Macs to build custom apps for both internal users and consumers of their products and services.
There’s a new Android app called Skyline that will turn your current location into your wallpaper, as first spotted by Lifehacker.Skyline uses 3D terrain data from Mapbox to show either your current location or specific coordinates to create wallpapers in full detail.The app can shift the image when you unlock your phone or swipe through your launcher pages, and it features a parallax effect that’s visible when you tilt your phone.You can toggle the depth effects in settings and choose the right framing for your map / wallpaper.Skyline will cost you $1.99 in the Google Play Store, which isn’t bad for a pretty inventive wallpaper app.
Beyond the physical well-being of yourself, your family, and those closest to you, the vital information and electronic media attached to each of those people is among their most closely guarded — and most vulnerable — possessions.When Social Security numbers, bank and credit card data, even personal photos, videos and other documents fall into the wrong hands, the effects can be catastrophic.In the age of hacking and cyberthieves, a virtual private network (VPN) offers some of the most comprehensive peace of mind possible—so secure yourself and your family with TigerVPN coverage for a lifetime.In addition to its sale price, we’re even knocking another $15 off the price, down to just $34.99 from TNW Deals.TigerVPN cloaks and secures all of your online activities, making you virtually untraceable from crooks, eavesdroppers or government entities.Behind TigerVPN’s 256bit SSL military-grade encryption, your personal data and all of your browsing actions go undetected (even on public WiFi networks), all while maintaining unlimited access across the web with high speed service.
Like just about every big tech company these days, Chinese web giant Baidu is getting in on the smart speaker game.But the company is doing things noticeably different from Amazon or Google, despite selling its new Raven H speaker device.Instead the key product is the assistant software itself, the DuerOS AI platform, and Baidu’s goal is to have it used in hardware from other manufacturers.The colorful Raven H speaker is the only in-house hardware from Baidu, and it’s priced at roughly $250 for the Chinese market.Alternatively, customers can buy one of several third-party speakers running the same DuerOS software for only a quarter of that price.This is the opposite of Amazon and Google, which not only produce the best hardware for their Echo and Home platforms, but among the cheapest as well.
2017 was an exciting year for driverless cars: from Waymo testing driverless cars on city streets for the first time, to the UK Government’s plans to launch driverless cars onto the roads in 2021, in the past twelve months we’ve seen faster development of driverless car technology than ever before.Limitless potential, limited talent poolSelf-driving cars have the potential to change the world in ways we haven’t yet fully realized.This untapped potential is what got me into a career in autonomous vehicles in the first place.The way that we build our roads, organize our travel and move about in our cities will change forever, and, I think, for the better.Successful self-driving car engineers have a combination of very specific (and often rare) skill sets.
If you're the owner of a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus then you're no doubt wondering exactly when your Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade is coming down the pipe.Well, we're still not completely sure, but there's a new development that hints the update isn't far off now.SamMobile spotted that the manual for Oreo has been uploaded to Samsung's site in Brazil, a step that has preceded the pushing out of the upgrade for previous versions of Android.It means the Oreo software could be less than a month away now.Early 2018 has long been tipped as the time when Samsung S8 and S8 Plus owners would be able to get their hands on the latest version of Google's mobile OS, so it looks like the wait is almost over.The software has been available to beta testers for several months.
It’s generally agreed that some kind of microbe will be the first form of life we discover on another planet, moon, or other space rock.But hardly anyone thinks we’ll find an alien virus, which is weird, given how prolific and successful these biological entities are on Earth.A new study seeks to correct this oversight, calling for an entirely new discipline known as “astrovirology.”Artist’s depiction of the surface of TRAPPIST-1f, a recently discovered Earth-like planet in the TRAPPIST-1 system.More viruses exist on our planet than any other cellular organism—upwards of about 10 to 100 times more—so it’s a reasonable bet that viruses exist on other worlds.Yet scientists know surprisingly little about these “bags of genes” and how they work, with even less attention paid to the possibility of viruses existing elsewhere in the solar system and beyond.