Albert Colburn

Albert Colburn

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Our friend Walt Mossberg may have retired, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of things to say: he’s signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press to write a book about the incredible rise of tech over the past 40 years, and what’s to come in the next decade.Tim Bartlett will be the editor.The book is scheduled to come out in the early fall of 2019.“I’m going to take about a year to write it,” Walt tells me, suggesting his final column is “not a bad outline.”“Every single thing that’s digital — the iPod, your favorite laptop, your phone — it’s all less than 40 years old.”“It’s about the unbelievably compressed period in which the personal tech revolution has changed the world at every level, in every walk of life,” he says.
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Google, Instagram and Netflix all have one thing in common: They are brands that have become so synonymous with the industries that they specialize in that they’ve become verbs.PayPal’s Venmo wants in on that space too and it’s launching a campaign called “Blank Me” today that puts a fun twist on its peer-to-peer payment services that lets people send money to each other.Each piece of creative features a sentence with a verb missing that leaves users to fill in the blank like a game of Mad Libs.Some of the lines are intentionally suggestive: There’s “Let’s not make it awkward, just ___ me,” and “If you ___ the wrong person tonight, you’ll regret it in the morning,” for example.The ads are appearing in bars, restaurants and college towns in markets like Chicago, Miami, Nashville and Dallas—all places where people may need to send money to their friends while out and about.The campaign also includes digital ad buys across Tinder, Spotify, Facebook and Twitter.
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On October 17, Microsoft drops a new version of Windows 10 called the Fall Creators Update.It’s packed to the brim with new features for everyday users and people who just like making cool stuff.Here's what you need to know before you click that big ol' update button.You can even mix in a song or two if you’re feeling fancy.Microsoft is baking VR right into its operating system, and all you need is a compatible computer and a relatively-affordable headset, like this one from HP.With the Creators Update, the new Mixed Reality Viewer can plug any 3-D object into the world around you, so you can see what your funky new cartoon character would look like strutting down the boulevard.
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As part of Facebook's latest quest to make virtual reality an everyday part of our lives, the company's CEO is bringing out the biggest weapon he can think of to win over customers: deals he thinks you can't refuse.The world's biggest social network, which jumped into VR when Zuckerberg bought startup Oculus for more than $2 billion in 2014, dropped the price of its Rift headsets by $100 to $399 at its VR developer conference on Wednesday.He also announced the Oculus Go, a $199 mobile VR headset that loses the wires, attached computer and sensors you need to power the Rift.And so far, people seem to agree."We believe that the future can be a lot better," Zuckerberg said in a 15-minute presentation the first day of the Oculus Connect developer conference in San Jose, California.In the past three years since Facebook bought Oculus, Sony began selling its PlayStation VR for $400, HTC offered up the Vive for $599, and Google introduced its Daydream View for $99.
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Most movie theatres are still running 2k and nobody cares.Heck most movies are not even filmed in 4k.When you put things into perspective you quickly come to realize resolution of TV is irrelevant.The limit of human vision useful for discriminating useful detail is 10 degrees of arc at a resolution of 60 pixels per degree or 600 x 600 per eye.Anything much more than that is unnecessary assuming 100% efficiency of projecting photons into the fovea.A 80" 4k screen at 5 feet distance already exceeds the limit of human vision at 64 PPD as well as most peoples budgets for TVs or place to put them to say nothing of natural unwillingness to sit so close.
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Google’s Project Loon just received an experimental license from the FCC and could soon be launched in Puerto Rico to provide emergency connectivity.For those of you who are unfamiliar with Project Loon, it’s essentially a balloon-delivered wireless service project that’s part of X, Alphabet’s semi-secret research and development facility.Loon balloons have already been successfully launched in Peru back in May, providing Internet connectivity in flood zones around Lima, Chimbote, and Piura.The team claims that more than 160 GB of data was “sent to people over a combined area of 40,000 km2.” Now, Alphabet wants to do something similar in Puerto Rico where most people are still without any cell service.According to the FCC, 83 percent of cell sites in Puerto Rico are out of service, 57 percent for the US Virgin Islands, and 100 percent for St. John.The organization has already issues an experimental license for Loon balloons to launch over the devastated islands, but the company says that it may take some time.
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New submitter gooddogsgotoheaven shares a report from Motherboard arguing why the U.S. government should regulate Facebook like AIM: Sixteen years ago, the FCC approved a merger between American Online and Time Warner, but with several conditions.As part of the deal, AOL was required to make its web portal compatible with other chat apps.The government stopped AOL from building a closed system where everyone had to use AIM, meaning it had to adopt interoperability -- the ability to be compatible with other computer systems.The FCC required AOL to be compatible with at least one instant messaging rival immediately after the merger went through.Within six months, the FCC required AOL to make its portal compatible with at least two other rivals, or face penalties.The FCC's decision changed how we communicate with each other on the internet.
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It’s no Loch Ness monster, but a team at the University of Edinburgh has uncovered a new species of prehistoric sea monster that populated European oceans over 163 million years ago.The ancient reptile - Ieldraan melkshamensis - was nicknamed the ‘Melksham Monster’ after the town in England where it was unearthed in 1875, and has been stored in the Natural History Museum archives ever since.But now a restudying of the (heavily damaged) fossils has raised questions about our understanding of early aquatic reptiles, and when exactly they first evolved.Dr Steve Brusatte, said: “The Melksham Monster would have been one of the top predators in the oceans of Jurassic Britain, at the same time that dinosaurs were thundering across the land.”Although the fossil has been in human hands for almost 150 years, it was only the latest study that shed light on the fossil being an entirely new species.The new species was a 10-foot-long animal that lived in the warm, shallow seas that covered much of what is now Europe, with distinctive features such as powerful jaws and big, serrated teeth that allowed it to feed on large prey.
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CBS’s 60 Minutes featured earlier this year a segment promising myriad benefits to humanity in fields ranging from medicine to manufacturing.In my field of cybersecurity, as long as there are human adversaries behind cybercrime and cyber warfare, there will always be a critical need for human beings teamed with technology.During last Christmas Break, I wanted explore the field of machine learning by creating some simple models that would examine some of its strengths and weaknesses — but also demonstrate some of the issues related to sampling and over-fitting.I used input training features such as regular season results, offensive strength and defensive strength.The one miss was the prediction that both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals would win in 2009:But why am I writing this then, instead of flying to Vegas to place huge wagers on games?
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In the first evaluation of evaporation as a renewable energy source, researchers at Columbia University find that U.S. lakes and reservoirs could generate 325 gigawatts of power, nearly 70 percent of what the United States currently produces.Though still limited to experiments in the lab, evaporation-harvested power could in principle be made on demand, day or night, overcoming the intermittency problems plaguing solar and wind energy.The researchers' calculations are outlined in the Sept. issue of Nature Communications."We have the technology to harness energy from wind, water and the sun, but evaporation is just as powerful," says the study's senior author Ozgur Sahin, a biophysicist at Columbia.One machine developed in his lab, the so-called Evaporation Engine, controls humidity with a shutter that opens and closes, prompting bacterial spores to expand and contract.The spores' contractions are transferred to a generator that makes electricity.
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In a cavernous former railway depot in Paris's 13th arrondissement, Roxanne Varza is celebrating the opening of Europe's biggest startup project.Varza, 32, is director of Station F, a 34,000-square-metre space that, since the end of June, has played host to 1,000 small technology companies from around the world.Backed by a €250 million (£220m) investment from French telecoms billionaire Xavier Niel, Station F - which takes its name from engineer Eugène Freyssinet, who built the original freight station in 1929 - aims to turn Paris into a global startup centre.As the project kicks off, is Varza feeling nervous?The idea for Station F dates back to 2013, when Niel - who also funds 42, a coding school without teachers, syllabus or fees - bought the site from the Parisian government.He wanted to give the diffuse Paris startup scene a point of focus, and, as part of his research, he got in touch with Varza, a former TechCrunch journalist and Microsoft's lead for startup investments in France.
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Whenever a new industry sector starts gaining momentum, savvy entrepreneurs and marketers can usually get involved on the ground floor and turn a profit.The reasoning behind this is pretty simple – at this point, ICOs are doing pretty basic marketing in the form of social media posts and white papers to spread awareness.In other words, think of cryptocurrency as digital “coins” that allow you to pay for things anonymously.Basically, if you were to buy into an ICO, you’d trade an established cryptocurrency like bitcoin for the new, company-created coins or tokens.Since this industry is so new but is already generating a huge amount of revenue, it’s an ideal area for marketers to get involved in.ICOs have raised nearly four times as much money as bitcoin companies raised in venture capital dollars so far this year, so it’s tempting to jump right into the fray.
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In June this year, the captain of the 37,000-tonne Atria tanker directed his ship through the Marmara sea, along the narrow Bosphorus state, and into the vast Black Sea.It was a straightforward one-and-a-half day journey.Underpinning AIS is the Global Positioning System (GPS), present in everything from mobile phones to satnavs.Instead of displaying Atria's actual position, the ship's systems located it 25 to 30 miles away – at Gelendzhik airport.GPS disruptions aren't uncommon, Le Meur says, but most of the time when problems happen they're limited to a few hundred metres.Since then, officials have issued a secondary statement, confirming 20 ships in the Black Sea had been affected.
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Today, Apple released the final version of iOS 11, its latest mobile operating system.If you have an iPhone or iPad that was released within the last few years, you should be able to download the new update if you navigate to the Settings panel and check for a software update under the General tab.The Verge reports: OS 11, first unveiled in detail back at Apple's WWDC in June, is the same incremental annual refresh we've come to expect from the company, but it hides some impressive complexity under the surface.Not only does it add some neat features to iOS for the first time, like ARKit capabilities for augmented reality and a new Files app, but it also comes with much-needed improvements to Siri; screenshot capture and editing; and the Control Center, which is now more fully featured and customizable.For iPads, iOS 11 is more of an overhaul.The software now better supports multitasking so you can more easily bring two apps into split-screen mode, or even add a third now.
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From the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to the iPhone X we’ve been spoiled for big screen phones this year, but Huawei plans to join the fray too, with the Huawei Mate 10, and a new picture gives us one of our best looks at it yet.The shot, shared by leaker Evan Blass on Twitter, shows the full front of a phone believed to be the Huawei Mate 10, with the screen on.There’s not much here that we haven’t seen before, but the image matches up with leaked renders, showing a narrow home button below the screen, slim bezels to either side of the display and what’s likely power and volume buttons on the right edge.No information accompanies the image, but based on previous leaks we’re expecting the Huawei Mate 10 to have a high-end spec, with a 5.9 or 6.0-inch 2,160 x 1,080 screen, a dual-lens rear camera and a Kirin 970 chipset.There’s still plenty we don’t know about the Huawei Mate 10, but that should all change soon, as the phone is likely launching on October 16.The Huawei P11 is likely in the works too
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Researchers at Caltech have developed a prototype miniature medical device that could ultimately be used in "smart pills" to diagnose and treat diseases.A paper describing the new device appears in the September issue of the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering.The lead author is Manuel Monge (MS '10, PhD '17), who was a doctoral student in Emami's lab and a Rosen Bioengineering Center Scholar at Caltech, and now works at a company called Neuralink.Audrey Lee-Gosselin, a research technician in Shapiro's lab, is also an author.Called ATOMS, which is short for addressable transmitters operated as magnetic spins, the new silicon-chip devices borrow from the principles of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in which the location of atoms in a patient's body is determined using magnetic fields."A key principle of MRI is that a magnetic field gradient causes atoms at two different locations to resonate at two different frequencies, making it easy to tell where they are," says Shapiro.
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Photo: Marco Dorigo and Nithin MathewsWe’re a little closer to getting all-purpose robots that change shape depending on the job, thanks to researchers who created a way for machines to mind meld.Shapeshifting robots already exist; they either have a centralized “nervous system” that controls where each unit is, or each of the units works by itself and they sometimes link up.But centralized systems are weak and can’t scale, while self-organizing robots are hard to control and clumsy.Researchers created a new robot that has the strengths of both: the individual units can control themselves — but they can also connect to each other and become a single, precise robot.The study was published today in the journal Nature Communications.
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: China has become the latest country to publicly discuss plans to ban the production and sale of gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles.In July, both France and the UK published plans to phase out sales of conventionally powered vehicles by 2040.China will now add another nail to the coffin of the internal combustion engine.However, unlike the French or British plans, in this case there's no target date -- yet.The news comes from an automotive policy forum in Tianjin.China's vice minister of industry and information technology, Xin Guobin, said that his ministry has begun work on a timetable to phase out fossil fueled vehicles.
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I can’t think of a better way to start a new week than with another battery consumption video from the chinese manufacturers.And sprinkle in the comparison to the iPhone 7 Plus and you are feeling already at home immediately.Yes, that’s exactly the gist of today’s video and the phone we are working with will be the new Oukitel K3.Of course the iPhone 7 plus is not exactly a battery monster so it makes quite a lot of sense that the Oukitel K3 equipped with massive 6000 mAh battery capacity will emerge victorious on all front.But for the sake of comparison let’s start out with stating the tests are with max brightness and max volume.And surprise surprise after 3 hours the Apple product dropped to measly 20 % while the Oukitel champion reigns with 68 % of the battery left.
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An anonymous reader quotes AFP: Hurricane Irma, now taking aim at Florida, has stunned experts with its sheer size and strength, churning across the ocean with sustained Category 5 winds of 183 miles per hour (295 kilometers per hour) for more than 33 hours, making it the longest-lasting, top-intensity cyclone ever recorded.Meanwhile Jose, a Category 4 on the Saffir Simpson scale of 1 to 5, is fast on the heels of Irma, pummeling the Caribbean for the second time in the span of a few days.Many have wondered what is contributing to the power and frequency of these extreme storms."Atlantic hurricane seasons over the years have been shaped by many complex factors," said Jim Kossin, a NOAA hurricane scientist at the University of Wisconsin."Those include large scale ocean currents, air pollution -- which tends to cool the ocean down -- and climate change"...Some think a surge in industrial pollution after World War II may have produced more pollutant particles that blocked the Sun's energy and exerted a cooling effect on the oceans.
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