For years now the importance of smartphone software has taken a back seat in the arms race known as the specs war.But with the first Google Pixel, those poles were reversed, and largely horrible hardware was miraculously saved by superior software.Defend the Pixe’s build quality if you will, but you can’t tell me it’s on the same level as the Galaxy S8, LG G6 or even the OnePlus 5.But there’s a good reason for why this is so…Ron Amadeo at Ars Technica did a superb piece of sleuthing when the Pixel was launched to back up his convincing claim that the Google Pixel was simply a gutted HTC mid-ranger.Google’s original hardware partner, Huawei, reportedly backed out at the last minute over a branding dispute, resulting in HTC offering up a sacrifice of one of its children to the Google gods.
As devices, technologies and new UI paradigms emerge and converge, consumers’ reliance on screens as the primary interface will shift, and websites and screen-based interactions will move to a more peripheral function.This will be a challenge to digital-experience providers, who for the past 20 years have been designing around screens.There are still many digital properties to build: websites, mobile apps, VR experiences.But building next-generation digital experiences will be more about physical and digital convergence than standalone pieces or Digitally Enabled Physical Experiences (DEPE), surrounding, full room interactions that will require agencies to have different skills sets and the ability to think way beyond the screen.To make what’s next, here are five considerations for the future of design thinking that will facilitate the interaction between humans and machines:From user experience to experience architect
Unless you've been living under a rock, you undoubtedly know about the total solar eclipse moving across the US on Monday, August 21.Of course, where you live (or plan on traveling to) will impact just how much of the eclipse you can see, but nonetheless, even if you can only see a small portion of it, you surely want to take photos.Here's everything you need to know about the eclipse.Protective glasses are a good ideaIt should go without saying, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it: If you are going to be directly looking at the sun during the eclipse, you need to wear protective glasses.The eclipse won't damage your phone's camera, however, the glasses will help you get the best shot possible by reducing glare.
On the front page of this weekend’s National Post, the lead headline cleverly riffs on Rebel Without a Cause, the 1955 movie starring James Dean, Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood.It’s a natural and perfect fit for Richard Warnica’s fascinating feature about The Rebel Media, a Toronto-based alt-right website launched in 2015 by Ezra Levant.The outlet has been effectively torn apart by the events in Charlottesville.Another beloved Hollywood classic, Casablanca, pops up deep within the article, as part of some impressive sleuthing by Warnica.The reporter an anonymous Rebel Media blogger who goes by the name of Victor Laszlo, the character of the husband played in the 1942 Warner Bros. classic by Paul Heinreid.A main focus of this writer’s aggregating activities is horrific news stories involving Muslims and the so-called “counter-jihad,” a posited Muslim invasion of the Western world:
I have to say Gothika.How Halle Berry could go from an Academy Award winner to this piece o' dreck is beyond me.Maybe she was tired out or just figured she could be in any film and it would be a masterpiece.Instead she phones it in, as does most of the cast.The plot holes are big enough to drive a Mack through and the exchange between Berry's character and the ghost of the kidnapped and tortured woman who possesses her is a perfect summation of the failure this movie is.Ghost: "This isn't logical, you're already dead."
The terrible events of Charlottesville, VA, last weekend caused several parties to reevaluate.The so-called alt-right attempted to disown the rally online despite promoting it heavily in advance.Tech companies finally used some of the tools at their disposal to tamp down white supremacy.Touch ID excels at keeping crooks out of your phone, but arguably lets cops in too easily.Getting a suspect's finger on a home button takes a lot less work than guessing a passcode, or getting them to volunteer one.It appears Apple has taken this sticky civil liberties situation into account in iOS 11, which features a new setting where tapping the power button five times brings up the option to make an emergency call, and disables Touch ID until the user enters their password.
The next generation of wireless networks—5G—promises to deliver that, and much more.Right now, though, 5G is still in the planning stages, and companies and industry groups are working together to figure out exactly what it will be.Together, these technologies will deliver data with less than a millisecond of delay (compared to about 70 ms on today’s 4G networks), and raise peak download speeds to 20 gigabits per second (compared with 1 Gb/s on 4G).At the moment, it’s not yet clear which technologies will do the most for 5G in the long run, but a few early favorites have emerged.The front-runners include millimeter waves, small cells, massive MIMO, full duplex, and beamforming.To prevent signals from being dropped, carriers could blanket a city with thousands of these stations.
Supporting women needs to be a top focus for organizations as well.At technology companies, the people who invent technology should be as diverse as the people who use it.In an effort to help recruit, retain and advance women in technology roles at every level, several years ago we created an initiative called Tech Women at Intuit, which is committed to providing development and growth opportunities for women in technical roles.While we are still evolving our program, we've learned a few things since its start:Though the human resources department leads recruiting and professional development, there needs to be ongoing support once tech women join a company.For example, one area for improvement we found was to encourage more executive sponsorship for women in our technology organization.
The result is resilient, since loss of any one fiber will still leave the shell firmly attached.Yet each year, we spend those millions of dollars trying to clear them off of ships, pipes, piers, and other hardware.It's less complicated than it sounds.The silicone oil simply works its way into pores and gaps in the surface and stays there because of the chemical compatibility.One was a standard polymer (polydimethylsiloxane), the second a porous surface made from fused silica nanoparticles.In the case where mussels did stick, it took less force to pull them off, and none of the mussels' adhesive proteins were left behind afterwards.
Don’t gunk up your artfully appointed living room with artlessly boxy speakers.The Danes at Bang & Olufsen have designed a sonic solution for you.The wall-mounted BeoSound Shape is assembled from three flavors of hexagonal tiles: speakers, amplifiers, and echo-absorbing noise dampers.Mix and match the modules to build a unique array that's ideal for your dwelling, then select a color scheme that matches your Mondrian.The modules all connect to a brain called the Core, and its algorithm spreads the signal to the speakers.By ditching the typical left-right stereo arrangement, it transforms every seat in the room into a sweet spot.
This story originally appeared on Newsweek and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.Electric cars and smartphones of the future could be powered by supervolcanoes like Yellowstone after scientists discovered that ancient deposits within them contain huge reservoirs of lithium—a chemical element used to make lithium-ore batteries, supplies of which are increasingly dwindling.Lithium, a soft white metal first discovered in 1817 by Johan August Arfvedson, has become widely used in manufacturing, most importantly in the production of rechargeable batteries for phones, laptops, cameras and vehicles.It has also been used in psychiatric treatments and to produce nuclear weapons.These volcanoes are capable of producing huge eruptions, about 1,000 times bigger than average.These depressions often fill with water to become lakes, with the ash and pumice ejected during the eruption spread across the caldera in ancient deposits.
Today, we are excited to extend intelligent cryptographic processing and data compression to the farthest edge of the network with the launch of our Intel Atom C3000 platform.It features integrated Intel QuickAssist Technology, delivering up to 20 Gbps of cryptographic processing and data compression offload at the network edge; complementing data centers based on Intel Xeon Scalable processors that support aggregated workload demands with 100 Gbps Intel QAT acceleration.The introduction of Intel Atom C3000 processors enables the product and solution providers driving network transformation to deliver lower power platforms for workloads such as entry level routers, network appliances like firewalls and VPNs.This agility to centralize and remotely control uCPE systems via their Software Defined WAN access, can achieve faster and easier service deployment and enhanced levels of ongoing serviceability.From the world record-breaking performance of Intel Xeon Scalable processors to the lower power Intel Xeon D processor Network Series offerings — and now the ultra-energy efficiencies delivered by the new Intel Atom C3000 platform — the portfolio’s common software framework and broad global ecosystem enables customers to confidently accelerate network transformation initiatives of any size and scope.Capture Unprecedented Insights from the Edge
Millennials are headed to Snapchat for news as NBC News's show Stay Tuned, launched last month on Snapchat Discover, attracted 29 million unique viewers out of which 60% were under 25, according to a statement released by NBC.Co-hosted by Savannah Sellers and Gadi Schwartz, Stay Tuned is the first-ever daily news program on Snapchat and lasts between two-to-three minutes.NBC Universal invested $500m in Snapchat parent company Snap's IPO earlier this year as part of a strategic investment and partnership and looks like the partnership is headed in the right direction.Snapchat earlier inked a deal with NBC to provide users content around summer’s 2016 Rio Olympics and once again NBC has teamed up with Buzzfeed to create content for Snapchat Discover for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea.NBC isn't the only one to capture Snapchat millennials as The Washington Post too landed on Snapchat Discover to bring breaking news to millennials.
But even if you knew that virulent hate groups existed, they're fringe enough that most Americans have never spoken to their members.The weekend was well-covered, with participants and journalists capturing most scenes from multiple angles.Last Friday's tiki torch march through the University of Virginia, last Saturday's rally in Emancipation Park, and the violence that accompanied both reached us in real-time over Facebook and Twitter.Peter Tefft faced a scathing open letter from his father in North Dakota, denouncing his son's hateful beliefs and attendance at the Charlottesville rally.Last Friday's assaults on students and last Saturday's attacks on counter-protestors—including the group beating of local resident Deandre Harris in a parking garage—reveal the group's insincerity.If this had been a peaceful rally within the realm of normal political discourse, then publishing the names of attendees or firing them from their jobs would be an unreasonable reaction.
This morning, the 18-year-old hacker was fleeing his home in Paris, Kentucky, on a Southwest time machine to the future—to the digital revolution here in San Francisco.What he’s projecting on the party walls at the moment is science fiction, sleek, outrageous.Other images include genetic engineering, manufacturing processes, robotics, space stations, and animation of nano-assemblers, before he elides into the infamous porno video of Pam Anderson giving head to Tommy Lee on the motorboat, etc.That ‘story of our times’ you’re always blabbing about writing and winning a Pulitzer for—it could be out there on the dance floor right now.”He improbably points at a frumpy middle-aged couple looking lost amid the revelers.She’s standing next to a silver-haired scarecrow with a beard, whose name, she will discover shortly, is Max Stirner.
When she returned the following day to check on the samples, they were all dead—except for one, in which four bacterial cells had survived and continued to grow.To Witkin, it seemed like a remarkably lucky coincidence that any cells in the culture had emerged with precisely the mutation they needed to survive—so much so that she questioned whether it was a coincidence at all.Her research led her to what is now known as the SOS response, a DNA repair mechanism that bacteria employ when their genomes are damaged, during which dozens of genes become active and the rate of mutation goes up.Those extra mutations are more often detrimental than beneficial, but they enable adaptations, such as the development of resistance to UV or antibiotics.Other scientists contacted for this story also praised the work, though most cautioned that much about the controversial idea was still speculative and needed more support.In humans, for instance, 5 to 10 percent of the genome shows copy number variation from person to person—and some of these variations have been linked to cancer, diabetes, autism and a host of genetic disorders.
You might be counting down the days to the solar eclipse, but the universe is always overflowing with celestials marvels.And this week was no exception.First up is a rare jellyfish galaxy, nicknamed for its long, winding "tentacles" trailing out behind it.This phenomenon is caused by something known as ram pressure stripping, when galaxies plummet into galaxy clusters at an incredibly fast rate.They sometimes meet hot, dense gas that blows through the galaxy, shooting out gas and setting off starbursts.This process also feeds the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy which makes it grow in size and glow brightly.
Between Russian meddling in multiple democratic elections, massive Chinese data exfiltration from troves like the US Office of Personnel Management, and out-of-control ransomware spreading from North Korea, nation-state cyber-aggression has become markedly more prominent in recent years.That escalation provides the backdrop for a new Trump administration directive to elevate United States Cyber Command, currently a division of the National Security Agency, to the status of a unified military command.“This new Unified Combatant Command will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our Nation’s defense,” President Trump said in the statement.“The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and … will also help streamline command and control of time-sensitive cyberspace operations.Cyber Command also coordinates and leads military network defense.Since the tools and strategies that enable digital intelligence-gathering are similar in many ways to those required for cyberwarfare, the NSA made for a natural first home for Cyber Command.
virtual assistant will know what we're doing, where we're going and — most importantly — what we're saying.As you shake hands before the meeting, your virtual assistant should remind you (without anyone else hearing), that you met the person four years ago at a conference.And the second is that the public isn't ready to be "spied on" all day by the companies that make virtual assistants.The good news is that progress is being made on both fronts by Google and Facebook.Each Allo account is tied to a specific phone number, and the smartphone using that number must validate the browser version with an on-screen QR code to enable its use.The Home also runs Google Assistant, as does Google's own Pixel line of Android smartphones.
Between booking the right flights, planning and packing for all contingencies, and ensuring your travels are as stress-free as possible, a lot of things can go wrong along the way.Here are 22 things that could help make your next trip less painful:Save space in your suitcase"My favorite travel hack is definitely the clothes-roll technique.— A flight attendant with one year of experienceAlways sleep in clean sheets