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Samsung's new Galaxy S8 is mighty tempting with its gorgeous design.However, with beauty comes compromise, at least when it comes to the Galaxy S8's durability.Two YouTube channels, Square Trade and JerryRigEverything, perform durability tests on new smartphones, and the Galaxy S8 was certainly not going to be left out.They found that the Galaxy S8 was fragile when it faced big impacts, but its screen stood up well against scratches.Square Trade also found some issues with the Galaxy S8's water resistance.Check out the results of their tests: View As:
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How important is the new crop of “real world speed tests” that always wash over the web each time a new flagship smartphone launches?On one hand, they’re beyond unscientific.But on the other hand, they likely provide a better head-to-head comparison than specs on a piece of paper (or on a computer screen) ever will.Apple proves each and every year that cores, gigabits, and gigahertz do not necessarily add up to superior performance.These new real world speed tests often help emphasize that reality, and it’s always fun to see how flagship phones from different vendors stack up in the real world.We’ve shared a few different tests that have popped up over the past few weeks, but now the one we’ve been waiting for is finally ready for primetime.
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This week saw movement in two tech lawsuits, Facebook held its annual F8 developer conference and a juice press hardware company came under fire.Everything you need to know about Facebook’s F8 developer conferenceFacebook held its annual developer conference, F8, announcing an augmented reality developer platform, a brain-computer interface for typing with your mind, new Surround 360 cameras and a rewrite of its React framework.Facebook issued a statement after a video showing a fatal shooting was uploaded onto the social media network by an alleged murderer.We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety.”Anderson was a key leader of Tesla’s semi-automated highway driving features, prior to leaving the company to found his own self-driving startup, Aurora.
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You know, less world-endingly in general.But adopting new energy sources won’t just mean cleaner energy, it can also lead to better utilization of the energy we’re producing.Many companies have been developing ways for solar panel owners to put their access energy out into the grid, but LO3 Energy is taking it a step further.LO3 Energy launched a peer-to-peer transaction system called Brooklyn Microgrid, which allows users to sell excess energy directly to their neighbors.This creates a peer-to-peer market that allows people to buy locally generated green energy — boy are hipsters going to love that.To achieve this, LO3 Energy uses blockchain technology, which electronic currencies such as BitCoin are based on.
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EE still out in front in OpenSignal & Which?4G report, but all four improveIt’s much easier to get a 4G signal than it was six months ago, according to the latest figures from crowdsourced coverage checker OpenSignal and Which?, which says all four operators are benefiting from network improvements.It should come as no surprise that EE was found to have the fastest speeds and best availability however.EE was the first 4G service to go live in the UK and has the widest coverage and most advanced network of any operator ever since.However the other three operators are making significant investments in infrastructure.
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With a number of different releases over the past decade, you’d think there isn’t much more Amazon could do to refine the Kindle formula.Making that assumption is where we’re apparently wrong, as a new leaked image shows off what’s said to be a new Kindle with one major feature.According to the person who found this image, the next Kindle will be waterproof.The leaked image, which was posted to the MobileRead forums and supposedly comes from a Chinese retailer, doesn’t really give away too many details.It just shows a Kindle device sitting in a plastic tray with what appears to be a bunch of identifying information blurred out.Strangely enough, the Kindle branding is also blurred out, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
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Brain interface to allow humans to communicate with computersFacebook has unveiled more developments at its F8 developer conference in San Jose, California this week, and some of developments the firm has admitted are a little ‘far out’.Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg used the developer conference to talk about making the first augmented reality camera.During the keynote speech of ex-Google DARPA lead Regina Dugan, she described how the mission of Building 8 is to create and ship “new, category-defining consumer products that are social first, and that advance Facebook’s mission.“We have only begun to scratch the surface of what is possible,” she explained, before touting the example of the human brain.She revealed that the human brain can stream four HD movies in one second, but posed the question on how we should get all that information out of the brain and into the world.
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Adult Swim Games and Owlchemy Labs are releasing Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, a virtual reality game based on the Rick and Morty sitcom on the Cartoon Network.The “this multidimensional and incredibly immersive virtual reality experience” is available today for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets on Steam and Oculus Home for $30.It carries on the cartoon-like absurd VR style of Owlchemy, which published the hit VR game Job Simulator.That game generated more than $3 million in revenue — a rarity in the young VR sector.You interact with Rick and Morty in 3D.You probe, prod, throw and smash items like the Plumbus Teleport around rooms to find hidden objects.Both Adult Swim Games and Owlchemy said they tried to push the boundaries of what was possible in VR.“It was a privilege to work with the teams at Rick and Morty and Owlchemy,” said Jeff Olsen, vice president of Adult Swim Games, in a statement.“We could not have asked for a more successful collaboration, or a better way to demonstrate Turner’s commitment to creating innovative fan experiences beyond the series.”“We really believe fans are going to lose their minds at what we’ve developed,” said Owlchemy Labs CEO Alex Schwartz in a statement.
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From the sky, tomorrows airports might look more like racetracks than landing stripsMore people are flying than ever before.Henk Hesselink and his colleagues at the National Aerospace Laboratory in the Netherlands are working on a project called the Endless Runway, funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program.In it, they propose replacing the long straight strips of concrete that render airports instantly recognizable from the air, with a single circular runway that surrounds the terminal building.To see how it would work in practice, they looked at the flight patterns from Charles de Gaulle – a four-runway airport on the outskirts of Paris – and as reported in Fast Company, proved that a single “circular runway could handle the same number of departures and landings.”Their design is a little like a velodrome or a race track, only circular, rather than oval-shaped.
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Redan i januari introducerade Microsoft en funktion för att sakta ner bakgrundsappar, för test i Windows 10.Funktionen som naturligtvis är avsedd att förlänga batterilivslängd befinner sig fortfarande i testfasen.När den väl rullas ut på bred front är det bara de som har tillgång till Intels teknik Speed Shift som kan dra nytta av den.Speed Shift finns i den sjätte generationen av Intels Coreprocessorer (Skylake).Till exempel så kommer inte bärbara pc med processorer från AMD att kunna dra nytta av Speed Shift-baserad funktionalitet.Men en representant för Microsoft säger att man jobbar på att göra den nya strömsparfunktionen tillgänglig även för andra processorer.
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But much of what I hear about ISO 27001 is conjecture and misinformation.I'll be honest – I have a hard time with companies that claim to be "ISO 27001 compliant" that haven't gone out and become formally certified.After all, the time and effort you'll have expended internally will be far greater than the cost of an independent audit.The basics of ISO 27001 Security is an inherent consideration in the way you work, not something you look at every few months when an audit is due.To embark on the road to becoming ISO 27001 accredited, the first thing you need to do is decide which elements of your business you want to include in the accreditation.Sounds a bit bonkers, but if your business is multifaceted and has several divisions that address many vertical markets it is not unusual to, say, go for accreditation of your ecommerce department first and follow later with your marketing department.
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During renovations at the former site of a medieval church in London, England, construction workers uncovered the entranceway to a hidden crypt.It’s a completely unexpected archaeological finding—showing that even London’s most famous historical sites still have secrets to tell.This medieval church was built in the 11th century, and for years was located next to the Archbishop of Canterbury residence (the Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, and the symbolic head of the Anglican Church).Given the building’s history and its proximity to the river Thames, the work crews had no reason to believe that anything existed below the structure.As part of the renovations, workers had to lift large, heavy flagstones to expose the ground underneath.These stones—some of which weighed as much as 3,300 pounds—were laid down in 1851.
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After six seasons, America’s most-complained-about show has finally said good-bye, and now is the time for reflection.Since 2012, Lena Dunham’s HBO series about four twentysomething friends in New York has been, despite never getting huge ratings, a hotly debated show, whether by fans who fight over its merits at parties, or by people who fight over Dunham on the internet.That kind of perseverance in the face of comments sections and Twitter screeds deserves some kind of eulogy, so WIRED’s own Brooklyn pals—Charley Locke, Brian Raftery, and Angela Watercutter—sat down to discuss the show’s legacy.(For full disclosure, a couple seasons into Girls, I also entered my twenties, and realized the show was not a grim prophecy.)Brian Raftery: Excuse me for a second—I’m a bit misty-eyed at the mention of the next-to-last episode’s dance-off send-off, which I thought perfectly captured what was so special (and sneaky) about Girls: It was ostensibly a show about friendships, but it was actually about relationships—the knotty, troubled, long-con pacts we make with the few people we know we want in our lives, but can’t always make on a day-to-day (or even year-to-year) basis.And sometimes, relationships simply have to end.
China
With its severe air pollution problem, China is now home to arguably the largest network of official air monitor stations covering 114 Chinese cities with highly accurate industrial-level air monitors.For megacity Beijing, there are 35 stations broadcasting real-time air quality information to the public.Official air monitor stations across China.Screenshot from Air Matters AppThis gives private companies several opportunities to tap into the big data industry.Beijing-based consumer air monitor manufacturer Kaiterra, previously known as Origins, on Friday unveiled Laser Egg 2 and Laser Egg 2 .Their earlier model Laser Egg entered Apple Stores throughout China last March and provides indoor PM 2.5 readings.Its new model Laser Egg 2 includes features like temperature, humidity, and weather forecasts.The upgraded Laser Egg 2 is designed to provide even more readings on another category of pollutants: TVOC, a grouping of a wide range of organic chemical compounds such as natural gas and formaldehyde.
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Puhelin ei välttämättä ole lainkaan niin turvallinen kuin kuvittelemme.Useimmat tietävät, että myös älypuhelimeen liittyy tietoturvariski, mutta harvemman tiedossa on, että puhelin voi vuotaa arkaluontoisia ja rahanarvoisia tietoja sen antureiden kautta.Älypuhelimissa niitä on keskimäärin 25.Sama on tilanne myös vaikkapa kannettavien pelikonsoleiden, aktiivisuusrannekkeiden ja muiden mobiilien älylaitteet kanssa, muistuttaa Newcastlen yliopisto.Tietoja laitteista alkaa vuotaa, kun niihin ladataan sovelluksia tai niillä selataan vahingollisia verkkosivuja.Tällaisen vaaran aukoton tunnistaminen on käytännössä mahdotonta.
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Ravi Gupta is standing with both hands resting on the lip of a lucite podium.Few of them have ever worked in politics before, but they’re all here to hear the former Obama administration staffer tell them how they can help save the progressive cause.He just has one problem: He forgot his laptop at the airport.“What I’m about to share with you is just two days of absolute bitter focus with my notepad and an incredible book,” Gupta says, laughing.Gupta was starting from scratch, just as Democrats across the country are now doing.The party has lost access to the essential tools it’s used to force political change in the face of obstruction—the presidency, the Senate, the veto, the filibuster.
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Spanish police have arrested a Russian programmer for alleged involvement in "hacking" the US election, Spanish press reports have said.Pyotr Levashov, arrested on 7 April in Barcelona, has now been remanded in custody.A "legal source" also told the AFP news agency that Mr Levashov was the subject of an extradition request by the US.The request is due to be examined by Spain's national criminal court, the agency added.El Confidencial, a Spanish news website, has said that Mr Levashov's arrest warrant was issued by US authorities over suspected "hacking" that helped Donald Trump's campaign.Several cybersecurity experts, including Brian Krebs, have also linked Mr Levashov to a Russian spam kingpin, who uses the alias Peter Severa.
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Want your kids to learn about building electronics, but worried about the complexity and cost?This innovative Kickstarter concept makes it easy.Fortunately, the good folks at Brown Dog Gadgets are here to help.They’ve created a fascinating new Kickstarter campaign that offers a way to learn the basics of electronics without having to break out your soldering iron, thanks to a series of “Crazy Circuits” parts that attach directly onto regular Lego bricks.More: Cheap-to-buy, easy-to-build mini Lego drone is the stuff of childhood dreams“We’re former educators, and the biggest gripe we’ve had with a lot of learning systems out there is they’re typically way too expensive, charging $12 to $15 per part,” co-creator Joshua Zimmerman told Digital Trends.
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NEW DELHI—Indian e-commerce startup Flipkart Group has raised $1.4 billion from Microsoft Corp., eBay Inc. and Tencent Holdings Ltd., taking a hit to its valuation to raise the cash it needs to defend its home market from Amazon.com Inc.Flipkart—which was started in 2007 by two former Amazon employees—said in a statement Monday that the new investment values the Bangalore company at $11.6 billion.That allows Flipkart to retain its...
China
For the first time, streaming accounted for most recorded music revenue in the US last year, bringing the industry its fastest growth in nearly 20 years, latest figures showed.While the breakneck expansion is welcome news for a beleaguered music industry, overall revenue is still half what it was in the late 1990s before the revolution in online music.The Recording Industry Association of America said that overall revenue rose by 11.4 per cent in 2016 from the prior year to US$7.7 billion, the heftiest annual gain since 1998.The money from paid subscriptions to streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal more than doubled in the last year alone, the industry body said.Streaming accounted for 51 per cent of the music industry’s revenue in 2016, up from just nine per cent in 2011, it said.Streaming options have been rising for consumers, with Apple entering the market in 2015 and online retail giant Amazon recently launching a service.
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