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Back in January Canon announced three specialized sensors at CES 2018.Along with a 5MP Global Shutter sensor, it also revealed a 120MP APS-H CMOS sensor and a 19μm (pixel pitch) Full HD sensor (by comparison Canon's full-frame EOS 5D Mark IV has a 5.36μm sensor).Canon has now revealed footage showing what the latter two chips are capable of, and while you're not likely to see them in your next Canon DSLR, they showcase cutting-edge tech that will no doubt eventually trickle down to the consumer sensors Canon manufactures.This full-frame sensor might only have a resolution of 2.2MP, but what it loses in the number of pixels it more than makes up for in pixel size at 19μm, allowing each pixel to capture much more light than current sensors.The larger pixel size means the sensor should deliver outstanding high-sensitivity, low-noise imaging performance, and be capable of achieving great results even in very low lighting.This is thanks to the readout circuitry employing new technologies, while the sensor is also able to shoot at a very impressive 100fps in Full HD.
Instead of spending what could amount to thousands of pounds on your first custom PC build for gaming at insane resolutions and blazing fast framerates, fire up your ultrabook and spend your pocket money on PC Building Simulator which lets you do all the hard work of computer building while reaping no tangible reward.If you’re unfamiliar with PC construction, PC Building Simulator will spare you the horrors and injuries that accompany the building of your first custom computer (turns out, processors get very hot) by giving you a virtual world where you can click and assemble without consequences.The game also functions as a helpful tutorial of sorts, teaching you the bulk of what you need to know when it comes to actually assembling a rig of your own (or in the case of the sim, a rig for your customers).You can look forward to—preferably with a mouse and keyboard—screwing and unscrewing various nuts and bolts, inserting power supply units into cases, and booting up customer computers to diagnose and repair software issues.The simulated PC construction game, created by Claudiu Kiss, uses actual component models identical to their real-world counterparts thanks in part to a licensing agreement between the game’s developer and more than a dozen PC component and software manufacturers.Tired of a simple obstacle like money getting in the way of realising your dream of a perfect gaming machine?
Rylan Clark-Neal has said he is “absolutely thrilled” to be joining this year’s Eurovision presenting team.The ‘Big Brother’s Bit On The Side’ host will be joining Scott Mills on BBC Four for the semi-finals of the Song Contest as 37 countries compete for their place in the grand-final.He replaces previous co-host Mel Giedroyc, who will now serve as this year’s BBC Eurovision Spokesperson delivering the result of the UK vote live from London.Graham Norton will continue to provide his sardonic commentary on the night of the live final on BBC One, while Ken Bruce will also host Radio 2′s coverage.Of joining the line-up Rylan said: “After an amazing evening at ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ I’m absolutely thrilled to be saying I can’t wait to join the Eurovision family and host the semi-finals alongside Scott for the UK this year.“As a massive fan of Eurovision I’ve already cracked out my Union Jack Spice Girl jacket and am packed and primed and ready to take on Lisbon.”
The official version of iOS 11.3 has finally been released.For iPhone 6, 6S, 7, and SE models, users can finally turn off the down-clocking function manually.This new system has not only increased the stability, it also fixed a lot of bugs and added a couple of new features.For example, iPhone X has added four new animojis, the Safari browser is better and users can now the see health status of their battery and system will recommend if a battery needs to be serviced.These can be found in Settings -> Battery and are available for iPhone 6 and later.In addition, ARKit 1.5 development framework can more realistically integrate the augmented reality experience into the real world.
Sir David Attenborough might be about to front another big-budget BBC wildlife sequel on top of recent smash revivals Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, with a production job posting from the corporation's Natural History Unit asking for someone with a keen interest in cold things to help reveal "...the wonder and majesty of the frozen third of our planet."Which clearly infers that a sequel to 2011's Frozen Planet is on the way, which will once again give Attenborough and the BBC a massive platform to harp on about environmental changes, especially as half the bits of ice he stood on in 2011 have probably melted away now and been served to us as coffee.The job listing says the natural history team is likely to visit the Arctic, the Himalayas, Siberia and Antarctica in order to find the small pockets of ice that still remain out there, with the programme likely to air on the network in 2021.By which time Sir David will be 95.Presumably they'll get him to record his voice parts quite soon.Just, you know, in case.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview with MSNBC and Recode on Wednesday that Silicon Valley, and notably Facebook, should be far more careful with its customers' data in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica disclosures."I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation," he said, according to Recode."However, I think we’re beyond that here."Cook reiterated points that he and former CEO Steve Jobs made previously, that Apple's business model—unlike Google, Facebook, and many other tech companies—is predicated on selling physical products rather than capturing data about customers."We’ve never believed that these detailed profiles of people that have incredibly deep personal information that is patched together from several sources should exist," he said, according to The Wall Street Journal."The truth is, we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer—if our customer was our product," he added.
News UK has appointed Dominic Carter to a new role overseeing all national advertising revenue for the publisher and its Wireless Group operations in the UK and Ireland.Serving as group chief commercial officer, Carter, who was previously managing director of commercial at the company, will look to broaden the group’s appeal to advertisers, especially on the digital front where News UK is chasing scale.Carter will handle ad propositions for print, digital, video and audio and The Bridge and Wireless commercial teams will report directly to him.He will work alongside Unruly chief executive Norm Johnston who comes into his position in earnest next week.Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News UK, said: “Dominic’s direct portfolio now includes everything from The Times, The Sun, The Sunday Times, The Sun on Sunday to Virgin Radio, talkSPORT and talkRADIO.Our focus is to continue investing in growing these audiences across the board to the benefit of all our customers."
Facebook said we allowed it to snoop on our calls (TNW)Grab acquired Uber’s Southeast Asia operations (TNW)Verge cryptocurrency asked users for $3M to reveal a “potential partnership.” Try using this on your friends next time they bug you about your love life.Over the weekend, the MarchforOurLives gun control protest took place across the U.S.Teen Vogue reports the rallies had a Spongebob meme theme:There’s a SpongeBob theme running through the marchforourlives.
Samsung's Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 8 are two of the best phones you can buy right now.The Galaxy Note 8 is Samsung's premier smartphone.It has a built-in stylus and Samsung's largest display.The Galaxy S9 came out last month and has an advanced camera and runs the latest version of Android.So if you're in the market for a Samsung device, which do you choose?For most people, the Galaxy S9 is the better bet — here are six reasons why.
Facebook's public perception may have taken a massive hit in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, but there's one group that has not turned away from it yet: advertisers.Roughly a dozen prominent ad media buyers told Business Insider that none of their clients are planning to cut spending on Facebook in light of the mishap.This is in part because Facebook has cemented its position as an effective marketing vehicle for advertisers over the years.Facebook has said it will only give apps a user's name, profile photo and email address from now on.But advertisers will still be able to use Facebook Ads Manager to run their ad campaigns.And even if Facebook did put the brakes on psychographic data to advertisers, it wouldn't impact them much.
And now it has exclusive rights to IndyCar Series, which includes the famed Indianapolis 500.NBC Sports Group and IndyCar announced a new, multi-year media agreement on Wednesday that gives the network the rights to present all IndyCar Series races, and other live IndyCar Series events across all of its broadcast, cable and digital platforms.“We’re excited to have NBC Sports serve as the exclusive home of IndyCar, which represents the most competitive open-wheel racing in the world,” NBC Sports and NBCSN president of programming Jon Miller said in a statement.“We’re honored to bring the Indianapolis 500, one of the most prestigious events in all of sports, to NBC, further enhancing NBC Sports’ Championship Season.We’ve seen consistent growth for IndyCar on NBCSN in the past decade, and we hope to continue that growth throughout the series by leveraging the television, digital, production and marketing assets that make NBC Sports a powerful media partner.”As Miller states, the move means that the Indianapolis 500, one of the most iconic events in all of professional sports, will air on NBC for the first time next year.
Nvidia has announced some great new updates to its GeForce Experience application including the long and heavily requested ability to create gifs out of your best gaming moments.With most of the best gaming moments being shared on Gfycat or as just plain GIFs, it was inevitable that Nvidia GeForce would be able to let you create some of your own.Nvidia has added the ability for everyone to export their Highlights as GIFs just as they could have previously shot short videos.Highlights, of course, is a ShadowPlay feature the GPU maker introduced in August 2017 that automatically captures gamers’ greatest moments.Pictures are easy to share but might only capture a single snapshot of a greater story, meanwhile, uploading video requires a YouTube account or another client.Being able to save and share moments as a GIF splits the difference between both as modestly sized segments everyone can share easily.
Ladbrokes Coral and Foxy Bingo owner GVC have seen their £4 billion tie-up to create one of the world’s largest betting firms given the all-clear by Britain’s competition watchdog.It said GVC has a small presence in the UK and only offers services online.It said its probe “looked closely at betting services for individual sports and individual games but found that, in all cases, there will be enough rivals to the merged entity to prevent price increases or a reduced quality of service as a result of the merger”.It sees the deal clear the last hurdle, after shareholders at GVC and Ladbrokes voted to approve the merger earlier this month.The deal will see the creation of an online-led global gambling giant, combining Ladbrokes’ high street and online operations with GVC’s stable of brands, including Sportingbet and PartyCasino.It follows two previous attempts at a combination between the pair, with the most recent discussions breaking down last summer over price and amid uncertainty ahead of the Government’s gambling review.
It’s often said that we know less about the ocean depths than we do about the surface of the moon.That fact was highlighted again this week when Smithsonian explorers published a paper about a new ocean reef zone, aptly called the rariphotic, where about half of the fish were previously undiscovered.Even with 21st-century advances in small submersible vehicles, accessing and documenting marine life still proves to be a challenge.But now engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology hope to have a solution with a soft robotic fish named SoFi, which they say can get closer to real fish by imitating their behavior.“We’ve developed a soft robotic fish that mimics the movement of real fish and has now, for the first time, demonstrated an ability to swim alongside real fish in the actual ocean,” Robert Katzschmann, an MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) doctoral candidate who lead the project, told Digital Trends.Katzschmann and his team think this is the first robot of its kind that can swim freely underwater.
Broadly speaking, they don’t sound as clear or open as over-ear headphones, and are less comfortable to boot.Beyerdynamic is known for its high-end audio gear, and it’s one of the few companies that makes premium on-ears; the DT1350 and T51P are some of the best ever made.Since I began testing the Aventho Wireless, I’ve hardly wanted to wear to any other headphones – whether on the go or at home.They’re also among the most comfortable on-ears I’ve used, with plush vegan leather that blocks outside noise surprisingly well – as good as some IEMs (in-ear monitors).Some will lament the lack of active noise cancellation, but I’m the type of person who uses noise cancellation as a last resort.Certainly, it would’ve been nice to at least have the option – especially in $450 headphones – but nobody complains about the lack of noise cancelling on premium headphones where sound quality takes precedence over convenience.
Data consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked with Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, announced Tuesday that it has suspended its chief executive officer, Alexander Nix, pending an internal investigation.The news comes as Cambridge and its British counterpart, SCL, face a barrage of questions over how their companies managed 50 million Facebook users' data, and also whether Nix and other executives use dirty tricks like extortion and fake news on behalf of their clients, as they appear to discuss freely in a recent undercover video filmed by British news network Channel 4 News.Cambridge Analytica's board of directors announced the suspension on the company website, writing, "In the view of the Board, Mr. Nix’s recent comments secretly recorded by Channel 4 and other allegations do not represent the values or operations of the firm and his suspension reflects the seriousness with which we view this violation."In the meantime, the company has appointed its chief of data, Alexander Tayler, to act as CEO as it investigates the allegations against the company.Tayler was also present at some of the meetings recorded by Channel 4.Both companies say they deleted the data as soon as Facebook alerted them in 2015, but on Friday night, Facebook suspended Cambridge and SCL from the platform.
"Black Panther" just keeps on ruling.On Tuesday, Twitter said the Marvel film is the most-tweeted-about movie of all time, with more than 35 million tweets focusing on the blockbuster, which stars Chadwick Boseman as King T'Challa of Wakanda.The news came after the movie topped the box office for a fifth-straight week.It's earned more than a billion dollars globally."Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is the second-most tweeted-about film, followed by "Avengers: Infinity War."The most retweeted tweet about the movie came from rapper Kendrick Lamar, who produced and curated the film's soundtrack, announcing the Feb. 9 drop of the soundtrack album.
But after a few months of plateaued contract plans, we reckon that the SE is now as cheap as it ever will be.There are are now plenty of tariffs going for less than £20 per month.That's fantastic value, but we're sorry to say that our favourite epic cashback offer bringing the effective monthly price down to £14 has now finally been withdrawn.It looks and feels exactly the same as the iPhone 5S.But instead of sporting two-year-old hardware it's fully up to date, with a super-fast CPU and graphics, and the 12MP iSight camera straight out of the iPhone 6S.Use TechRadar's comparison chart to easily find the ideal plan, or scroll down further to find our pick of the best SE deals on the market.
The NASA and ESA Hubble space telescope is on a captivating quest to image all 110 space objects listed in a catalog that originated with French astronomer Charles Messier.Messier's catalog dates back to the 1700s and is full of gorgeous galaxies, fascinating star clusters and stately nebulae.NASA released 12 new Messier catalog Hubble images on March 16.Hubble has now observed 93 of the 110 objects as of early 2018.The M90 spiral galaxy is quite a looker in this Hubble space telescope image from NASA.M90 hosts a trillion stars, which can be hard to imagine.