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Osaka, Japan - If you've ever camped by a pond, you know frogs make a racket at night; but what you might not know is how functional and regulated their choruses really are.Frogs communicate with sound, and amid their ruckus is an internally orchestrated system that lets information get through more clearly while also permitting collective choruses and time to rest.Researchers from Osaka University and University of Tsukuba sought to leverage this amphibious acumen for mathematical and technological aims.The team looked at the calling patterns of male Japanese tree frogs over different time intervals.They found the frogs both avoided overlapping croaks and collectively switched between calling and silence.The researchers then created a mathematical model to adapt the frogs' acoustic teachings for technological benefit, as such patterns are similar to those valued in networks.
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The latest in the endless rumour train on the upcoming Galaxy S10 is the news that the selfie camera – which we're expecting to be underneath a hole in the screen – may actually have a secondary, tiny display over the top to prevent interruption.Here's one of Samsung's other punch-hole phones (or as we prefer to call them, doughnut phones, 'cause they've got a hole), the A8.As you can see, the image on the screen stops where the camera is (although they've tried to disguise it by making the image darker in that corner):If a Samsung patent spotted by LetsGoDigital is anything to go by, Samsung has an ingenious plan up its sleeve to fix this problem.The patent discusses a "full screen smartphone with second display area," and specifically details a tiny transparent second screen to go over the top of the camera.That means you'll be able to take photos through the screen, but it can also display images over the top of the camera lens.
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Policies are argued from the perspective of benefits for GDP but their ethical value and purpose is never discussed.Sometimes it’s not the monetary value that people look to derive from politics when they listen to their elected representatives talk.Concepts such as democracy, fairness, justice, community and order have no material roots in them.They looked at the European Union and saw a distant elite unconnected to their lives, ruling from afar.Unaccountable and undemocratic; if you believe that power is local, that it should rest in the hands of citizens, then the concept of pooling your sovereignty together with nation-state neighbours to form supranational institutions can be hard to justify.Britain’s post-industrial towns saw the erosion of communal identity, dignity and security under Margaret Thatcher.
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BT has become renowned for its broadband deals and possibly one of its greatest features is its willingness to throw in a freebie or two to make them even more enticing.As well as its usual BT Reward Card (a prepaid credit card to be spent anywhere Mastercard is accepted), right now BT is also offering a year long Amazon Prime subscription and free activation on selected deals - that's a lot of broadband bang for your buck.Our standout choice is the BT Superfast fibre 1 package.You get all the freebies mentioned above and fast fibre speeds for a pretty affordable monthly cost.You can see all of the deals down below or go to our best broadband deals page if BT hasn't got quite what you were looking for.Note: If you already have Amazon Prime the subscription will stack on top meaning your next year is free
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America continues to turn the screw against Chinese networking giant Huawei Technologies after it was reported that the US will seek the formal extradition from Canada of CFO Meng Wanzhou.Wanzhou was arrested in early December by Canadian authorities, acting on behalf of the United States.China immediately warned of ‘consequences’, and has also warned Canada there will be ‘repercussions’ if it decides to ban the use of 5G equipment from Huawei on security grounds like other Western nations.China, it should be noted, has also arrested two Canadian men, an entrepreneur (Michael Spavor) and a former diplomat (Michael Kovrig) last month.Meanwhile another Canadian, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, who was jailed for drug smuggling, has also been sentenced to death.Into this poisonous mix comes the news that the US will seek the formal extradition of the daughter of Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei.
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Facebook has been in the news frequently of late for privacy issues that make people wary of the social networking giant.Facebook is doing something very cool with a pair of new observatories that are being built on Mount Wilson in California.These won’t be used to house giant telescopes that scan the skies for science.Rather, these observatories are believed to be used for housing Facebook’s first laser communications system that can connect to satellites in orbit.The tip about the observatories has come from building permits that were issued by the County of Los Angeles.Permits show that a small company called PointView Tech is handling construction.
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We saw plenty of new Lego sets, designed to tie into The Lego Movie 2, towards the end of last year, showing off some of the things we should expect to see in the film.Since then we saw the announcement and pre-release of 'Welcome to Apocalypseberg', and today Lego announced a brand new set at London Toy Fair.It's called the Rexcelsior, and yes it's yet another ship for the spacefaring raptor trainer Rex Dangervest (played by Chris Pratt).The new set is Rex's main ship, which means it's a big one.1,820 pieces to be exact, measuring 7” (19cm) high, 15” (40cm) long, and 8” (21cm) wide.The size also means it'll come with a £140 pricetag attached when it's released sometime this summer.
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Rumors recently began circulating that Nvidia is about to launch a new graphics card – the GTX 1660 Ti, which is a Turing GPU without the ray tracing technology (RTX) of Nvidia's recent graphics card, and now a fresh benchmark leak gives us an (alleged) glimpse of its power.Assuming this leak, from the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark database, is indeed true, it shows that the GTX 1660 Ti scored 7,400 at 1080p (high) resolution, as spotted by prolific leaker TUM_APISAK (via Videocardz).AOTS - GTX 1660 Ti High (1080p) Score 7400 ( Laptop ) GTX 1060 High (1080p) Score 6200 ( Laptop ) pic.twitter.com/wdQ1lgFJ1CJanuary 21, 2019In comparison, the GTX 1060 recorded a result of 6,200, which makes the incoming GTX 1660 Ti almost 20% faster, and therefore in the same ballpark as the GTX 1070 – of course, assuming that the graphics card actually exists.Naturally, exactly how exciting this result is depends on how much the new graphics card costs, so we can’t put things fully into perspective until we know that.The broad idea seems to pitch this GPU between the old GTX 1060 and the new RTX 2060.
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And there is good reason to get on board, whether it’s via the KonMari method, or just having a good clear-out.Clutter can affect our anxiety levels, sleep, and ability to focus.It can also make us less productive, triggering coping and avoidance strategies that make us more likely to snack on junk and watch TV shows (including ones about other people decluttering their lives).My own research shows our physical environments significantly influence our cognition, emotions and subsequent behaviours, including our relationships with others.Why clutter is bad for your brainBursting cupboards and piles of paper stacked around the house may seem harmless enough.
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Last October, Chinese officials celebrated the opening of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge, a $20 billion, nine-year project that became the latest and greatest emblem of plans for the so-called Greater Bay Area (GBA)–which aims to rival similar innovative hubs in San Francisco, New York City, and Tokyo.While the GBA was incorporated into China’s 13th Five-Year Plan in 2016, and the subject of an agreement signed by regional leaders the following year, a framework for development hasn’t been released yet.One in every five smartphones is made in the factory town of Dongguan.And last year government policies convinced 6,000 tech companies to set up shop in Guangzhou’s remote Nansha District, which now houses up-and-coming AI startups Pony.ai and CloudWalk.Combined with Hong Kong and Macau, the 11 cities hold some 70 million people supporting an economy worth over $1.8 trillion–roughly the size of Brazil’s GDP, or twice that of Indonesia.The Special Economic Zone of Zhuhai, for instance, has been quietly fostering tech growth since at least 1992, when its national-level Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone was established.
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In the sapphire-to-stygian waters that cover 70 per cent of Earth’s surface, fish school in iridescent sheets, whales sing mournful tunes, and jellyfish bloom like wildflowers.The results of this year’s Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, a 7-year-running contest organised by the Underwater Photography Guide, have just been announced and the winning photos—culled from thousands of submissions across 70 countries—might just convince you it’s time to start exploring the deep.This year’s competition awarded over $80,000 (£62,000) worth of prizes in 16 categories, including marine life behaviour, cold water, and an entire section devoted to brightly-coloured sea slugs called nudibranchs.While underwater photography may sound like a niche activity exclusive to those with private company submersibles and expensive cameras, Scott Gietler, Underwater Photography Guide publisher who served as one of the competition’s four judges, said that more and more amateurs are taking it up, thanks in part to the advent of better and cheaper smartphone cameras.Gietler said that many folks who become involved in underwater photography are inspired to take on various conservation causes.“Devil Ray Ballet” by Duncan Murrell
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What happened: Hackers have exploited a loophole in social e-commerce giant Pinduoduo’s platform allowing them to steal around RMB 10 million ($1.5 million) in online discount vouchers.The company said it has since fixed the bug reported the incident to the police.Users found that they were able to apply a free RMB 100 voucher to any product on the company’s platform.Large amounts of coupons were redeemed within the space of a few hours.Why it’s important: The incident marks the second time in the past three months a technical problem has been found on the e-commerce giant’s platform.In November, the company had its app temporarily removed from Apple’s China App Store as a result of a bug.
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Thanks to huge support on social media, and with the help of Avengers star Chris Hemsworth, Marvel may grant a 33-year-old Australian man with terminal illness his dying wish of watching Avengers: Endgame before its April release.The man, known as Alexander, is suffering from liver cancer, mouth cancer and the rare genetic disease Fanconi anemia which affects bone marrow, and could die before the massive film's official cinema release.Alexander wrote about his condition on Marvel's subreddit on Jan. 5.I've heard of people getting early screenings before," Alexander wrote."I'm not a child or anyone with a particularly tragic story.I'm 33, lost my sister three years ago to the same rare genetic disease it turns out I have too.
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Full-version commercial software for APC magazine readers (for a limited time only)February 2019 - Issue 464Please note that these exclusive downloads will only be available for a limited time, from 28/01/2018 to 08/04/2019.EasyBackup backs up the data all by itself, as soon as a previously defined USB stick or an external hard disk is connected to the computer.It is a fast backup tool that can be used by every person immediately and is ready for everyday use in seconds.January 2019 - Issue 463
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Fitbit has quietly launched a pair of fitness trackers called the Fitbit Inspire and Inspire HR.Both models are made available through Fitbit Health Solutions for corporate customers who want to provide them to their employees as part of a wellness program.Both models offer fitness tracking capabilities, including heart rate tracking, sleep monitoring, and a waterproof design.Though both models are visually similar, the Fitbit Inspire model is swimproof and offers up to a five-day battery life, unlike the Inspire HR, which is notable for its heart rate tracking and sleep stage monitoring features.The regular Inspire model supports call, text, and calendar alerts from a smartphone, goal celebration, and movement reminders.Other Inspire features include both activity and sleep tracking, calories burned tracking, a touchscreen, and an optional clip accessory.
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A protein-secreting device implanted into the hippocampus of epileptic rats reduces seizures by 93 percent in three months, finds preclinical research published in JNeurosci.These results support ongoing development of this technology and its potential translation into a new treatment for epilepsy.Motivated by an unmet need for effective and well-tolerated epilepsy therapies, Giovanna Paolone and colleagues of the University of Ferrara, Italy and of Gloriana Therapeutics, Inc. (Providence, RI) investigated the effects of the Gloriana targeted cellular delivery system for glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) -- a protein recent research suggests may help suppress epileptic activity.In addition to quickly and progressively reducing seizures in male rats -- by 75 percent within two weeks -- the researchers found their device improved rats' anxiety-like symptoms and their performance on an object recognition task, indicating improvement in cognition.The treatment also corrected abnormalities in brain anatomy associated with epilepsy.These effects persisted even after the device was removed, indicating this approach may modify the disease progression.
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After starting in design, branding, and content, I moved to product design and development.Together with my team at Jam3, we’ve built experiences for everyone from Google to Facebook, Universal to Warner Brothers, Ford to Hyundai.In this article I’ll give you a roadmap for bringing your AR dream project to life, or better optimizing an existing one.The story provides the framework that decides the depth and scope of your project, as well as the components needed to bring it to life.This can range from wide-scope considerations, such as whether AR is the right tool in the first place, down to the fine details like character, UI and sound design.Something worth noting is that narrative structures work a little differently in an AR experience than they would in your usual novel or TV-series.
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This article seeks to offer a few suggestions to a prospective buyer, as well as some other information regarding alternatives not found on this list.To some veterans of the 3D printing scene, this list may seem like it lacks a few of the most commonly recommended printers for newcomers.Relatively easy to use for its priceThe Monoprice Mini v2 is an incredibly common entry level printer these days, and at this price, it’s not hard to see why.The Mini’s community is well established, and can offer plenty of advice on simple modifications that increase the longevity of the machine, to resources on replacement parts and additions.However, its primary goal is to print with PLA (or PolyLactic Acid), a safe, environmentally friendly material, and in that regard it absolutely shines.
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A new report into commuters’ spending habits reckons they drop £23 billion per year of stuff via their mobile devices while on the move.The research was conducted by media agency Kinetic and media owner Exterion, who both apparently specialise in OOH.Disappointingly this doesn’t mean they spend all their time exclaiming in amazement at stuff.Instead OOH stands for out-of-home and refers to the kind of advertising you get hit with when, you guessed it, you’re away from your house.Across the whole country commuters apparently blow £89 per week on their phones one average, which seems remarkably high.London commuters spend £153 per week, we’re told which is bordering on mania and we can only assume this average is skewed by city types buying Lamborghinis on their phones or something.
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A school has been forced to close after half of its staff and more than a quarter of pupils were hit by a suspected flu outbreak.Redbridge Community School in Southampton is on a three-day shutdown after 56 of its staff and about 300 of its 1,000 pupils became ill.It is expected to reopen on Wednesday, council chiefs said.Head teacher Jason Ashley told the BBC the outbreak had had a “five-day impact” which started last Wednesday, when 62 pupils were sent home – with even more becoming ill on Thursday.Ashley said the decision to close the secondary school followed advice from Public Health England, which also recommended the building was deep-cleaned.He said: “I’ve been in the profession for over 24 years and I’ve never seen a virus spread so quickly around a school.
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