Outdoor activities are quite popular with people who aren't like me.Water, rocks, and the cold weather are all things that can destroy your phone, and it's just not worth risking it with an expensive device.That means people who spend at least one day outside every month, and they need phones that won't crack when a moth flutters past.The Land Rover Explore tackles the challenge on two fronts: hardware and software.On the hardware side of things you have a phone that's been drop-tested from a height of 1.8 metres onto a steel plate, IP68 dust and water proofing (up to 30 minutes in 1.5 metres of water), salt water resistance, Gorilla Glass 5, a built-in screen protector, optimisation for extreme temperatures, and a touchscreen that still responds if it's wet or when you're wearing gloves.It also has an all-metal body, and magnetic locks that let you slap extra hardware packs onto the back of the phone.
These entrepreneurs-in-training, aged 12 to 17, are at Young Founders School to hone their hustle muscles.The scheme has already had 600 students – 55 percent female – in Hong Kong, and next it wants to expand across Southeast Asia.(And yes, we’re serious about ethics and transparency.
Following AT’s pledge last month to build out a true 5G network by the end of the year, the telecom has announced its first three of 12 locations that will get standards-based, mobile 5G by the end of the year.The company says two Texas cities, Dallas and Waco, are on the list, as well as Atlanta, Georgia.An AT spokesperson says additional cities will be “announced in the coming months, rounding out the dozen we have committed to hit this year.”AT originally announced its intentions to build a 5G network last year.But that technology was essentially a rebranding and deployment of existing LTE capabilities that AT cleverly called “5G Evolution,” which it seems was intended to confuse consumers into thinking its network had jumped ahead of competitors.However, 3GPP — the standards organization in charge of classifying what is and isn’t 5G — signed off on official specifications for a true 5G network in December of last year.
The average 4G speed in the UK is slower than 28 nations in Europe, according to crowdsourced data from OpenSignal, but the continent as a whole is improving.OpenSignal’s latest ‘State of LTE’ report measured speeds and availability across the world, using test data from nearly 5 million devices.It claims this gives the most accurate insight into the world’s mobile networks because tests reflect real world conditions.East Asia and North America have typically been more advanced than Europe, where the early development of 3G networks meant it was a late arrival to the 4G party, but advances mean that only Russia and Belarus have speeds slower than the 16.9Mbps global average.Singapore still leads the way with 44.31Mbps, but the Netherlands’ 42.12Mbps and Norway’s 41.2Mbps averages are faster than South Korea’s 40.44Mbps.Indeed, the fifth fastest was Hungary on 39.18Mps and half the top 10 nations were European.
Noted tunnel enthusiast Elon Musk is digging again, this time for hazily defined purposes at an abandoned car park near the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives headquarters building in northeastern Washington, DC, the Washington Post reports.Per the Post report, Musk’s Boring Company has been granted “an early, and vague, building permit” to begin some extremely preliminary work on a section of an underground Hyperloop tunnel that could one day, in theory, stretch from DC to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York.It’s not really super clear how much work Musk has a permit to begin, but a Boring Company spokesperson said the New York Avenue location could serve as a “station” in the intercity transportation network.According to the paper, city officials don’t appear to be committed to the project long-term yet, though the DC Department of Transportation is examining what kinds of further permissions the Boring Company would need to send its massive tunnel-digging drills under city roads and publicly owned land.However, Musk has support from White House aide Jared Kushner and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the Post added.The Hyperloop concept involves a vast network of interlocking tunnels zipping with electrically-powered superfast sleds ferrying cars and people movers from station to station.
It used to be the poster boy of Silicon Valley and the digital revolution, but Facebook is increasingly looking like one of those laser-focused multinationals which have little concern for the consumer and eyes only for revenues, profits and spreadsheets.A couple of days ago we wrote that Facebook was losing its appeal to the younger generations, and you can start to see why.Facebook is lining up lawsuits regarding user privacy and is constantly getting slogged about political interference and fake news; there is only so long the brands credibility can stand up against such claims.Secondly, Facebook executive Rob Goldman tweeted about how Russian parties abused the advertising platform to accelerate the dissemination of fake news, which President Trump took as an admission of fault in his campaign against the media, or to be more accurate, the media which doesn’t agree with him.While most respectable adults have switched off from the white noise which is coming from the man who’s small hand hovers over the red button, both of these examples are just adding to the growing sentiment against Facebook.With new generations being so socially conscious, or at least when it suits them, the social media giant can ill afford to act irresponsibly when accuracy and data privacy is top of people’s concerns.
This is a rare occurrence for the Windows Insider program, though builds are sometimes released in quick succession.Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way from its predecessors so it can be regularly updated with not just fixes, but new features, too.Microsoft has released four major updates so far: November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, and Fall Creators Update.The focus is now on stabilization, meaning you can expect more builds more quickly as they include mostly bug fixes.The first consists of emoji design updates (see above for before and after) and emoji search coming to more languages.Certain UWP apps will be granted permission to have broad file system access, as decided by on a per-app basis by Microsoft.
HTC will now have to find someone new to lead its smartphone division.Today the company announced that its president in charge of smartphones, Chialin Chang, has tendered his resignation because of his "personal career plan."Currently the investor note announcing the news has "N/A" listed as Chang's replacement.In a statement supplied to CNET, an HTC spokesperson said ""We can confirm Chialin Chang has resigned from his position as President of the Smartphone and Connected Devices Business at HTC.We thank him for his dedication to the Company for the last six years and wish him well in his future endeavors."Local reports from Taiwan indicate Chang left to found an AI startup.
Drone delivery is expected to take off big time in the next few years.Chinese online retailer JD.com has already launched drone delivery in four provinces in China, while DHL and Zipline are delivering medicines with drones in rural and hard-to-reach areas.Amazon, Google, and UPS are all working on getting drone delivery service off the ground.There are a lot of issues to think about when it comes to package delivery using drones—safety, privacy, and logistics being some of the main concerns.In a new study, researchers tackle two other important aspects: energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.Drones could use less energy and spew fewer emissions into the air than trucks, researchers say.
This initiative from UK crypto companies could set a standard for a global approach to regulating cryptocurrency.At a time when numerous governments and organisations across the world are calling for cryptocurrency regulation, crypto companies in the UK have stepped forward.Coinbase, BlockEx, CoinShares, CEX.IO, eToro, CryptoCompare and CommerceBlock have banded together to create a regulatory body to represent the whole sector.The group is set to apply a code of conduct for the improvement of operating standards and consumer protection, while also collaborating with the UK government, industry and policy-makers for a full spectrum approach to the issue.Rules within the new code will include monitoring the fitness of investors for the undertaking of transactions, due diligence checks on platform users and ensuring that customers funds will be payable in the event of insolvency.Iqbal V Gandham, Chair of CryptoUK, said: “We’ve seen enormous growth of cryptocurrencies in the UK and recognition of both the benefits and the opportunities to make the UK a global leader.
Smartphone market growth will slow to just 2.8 per cent in 2018 due to lower demand, fewer replacement purchases and saturation in the Chinese market, according to research from TrendForce.It predicts that global production will reach 1.5 billion units having previously expected a growth rate of five per cent.Analysts suggest intense competition, combined with the ongoing rise in the cost of components, will mean vendors will have to consider the prices and specifications of their products.The main features that phone makers hope will act as a catalyst for expansion are all screen technology, dual cameras and biometrics.Apple will focus on facial recognition with FaceID, while Samsung will use Iris scanning as other Android vendors stick with fingerprint scanners due to technical restraints.Exacerbating these pressures is the fact that some manufacturers have excessive inventory after all-screen handsets launched during the second half of 2017 failed to offset lower-than-expected sales during the first six months of the year.
The new G-Class has spawned a performance SUV version, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63, and it’s shaping up to be the all-wheel drive monster we were not-so-secretly hoping it would.Revealed today, after the “regular” truck made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show 2018 last month, the 2019 G63 takes the boxy off-roader and gives it a 577 horsepower upgrade.Under the slab-like hood there’s a handcrafted AMG engine, a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo, which is apparently good for both 577 HP and 627 lb-ft. of torque.Indeed maximum torque arrives between just 2,500 and 3,500 rpm, and the super-truck will go from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.Maximum speed is 137 mph, though check the AMG Driver’s package option box and that gets nudged up to 149 mph.Either way, you get an AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission, programmed specifically for the 2019 G63 to cut shift times.
After months of secrecy and uncertainty about just what Sony’s Venommight look and feel like on the big screen, the first trailer has finally dropped.Unsurprisingly, the trailer’s light on plot details, but what it’s chock full of is a brooding, moody Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) reflecting on his life and the briefest of glimpses at the horrific transformation that turns him into the lethal protector.And by brief—we mean brief, as in there are a couple of split seconds where you can see the titular symbiote trapped within a container and later see its black essence spreading through Hardy’s body.
Meitu Inc., the Chinese photo-enhancing app provider and smartphone maker, released an official statement last night (February 7) on its official Weibo account denying the recent Coolpad acquisition rumor and calling it “pure fiction.”The statement reads: “Any organization that made up and spread the false claim, regardless of its original intention, is unethical for defaming industry peers and should be held accountable for legal consequences.” Meitu said it will investigate the source of the false claim and advise companies in the industry to carry on healthy competition and practices among peers.Sina Tech reports (in Chinese) that the rumor first appeared in an article published anonymously on shoujibao.cn (手机报在线), a local tech news site.The original article may have been taken down due to the backlash.The article claimed that Coolpad, once one of Chinese largest smartphone maker, plans on acquiring Meitu’s smartphone business and that it will focus on the development of artificial intelligence (AI) after the deal.The article also suggested that with Meitu’s AI technology and the large pool of users overseas, the acquisition would put wind under the wings for Coolpad, who is focusing increasingly on AI technologies and overseas expansion.
Hulu is trying to make up for an unfortunate incident that happened over the weekend: its Live TV service experienced a disruption during the end of Super Bowl LII.Impacted customers lost access to the stream in the final moments of the game, effectively ruining the event for many football fans who were, to put it mildly, not happy about the incident.Many cord-cutters and former cable/satellite subscribers have abandoned traditional services in favor of online streaming platforms.Hulu is one of the newer OTT options on the market, giving people access to livestreaming TV content — including sports games — over the Internet.Many, many people signed up for OTT services this month specifically to watch the Super Bowl, and some Hulu customers were among them.Hulu gave access to the game right up until the pivotal moment in which the Patriots made their final push against the Eagles.
BROOKLYN, New York - For more than a decade, biomimetic robots have been deployed alongside live animals to better understand the drivers of animal behavior, including social cues, fear, leadership, and even courtship.The encounters have always been unidirectional; the animals observe and respond to the robots.Porfiri and a team of collaborators tapped advances in real-time tracking software and robotics to design and test the first closed-loop control system featuring a bioinspired robotic replica interacting in three dimensions with live zebrafish.The results of these experiments, which represent the first of their kind with zebrafish, were published in Scientific Reports.In preference tests, zebrafish showed greater affinity- and, importantly, no signs of anxiety or fear - toward a robotic replica that mirrored its own behavior rather than a robot that followed a pre-set pattern of swimming.Porfiri noted that while mirroring is a basic, limited form of social interaction, these experiments are a powerful first step toward enriching the exchange between robots and live animals.
For now, let's set aside the question of whether the Mirror Universe episodes were good and focus instead on narrative mechanics.But most of the time, and certainly in ST:DISCO, the Mirror Universe has the opposite effect.Of course, Star Trek has always had its share of magical tech and just-in-time transporter saves.First, the Doctor had a longstanding wish to move around freely.The fact that this change merited an entire episode of discussion—and was part of a longer character arc for the Doctor—illustrates how limitations lead to creative challenges.On a macro level, the Mirror Universe also had the effect of letting the Federation off the hook for all its problematic decisions.
New York police officers will be able to choose from a department-issued iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.It's part of a $160 million program that will give every police officer a smartphone.NYPD used to use Nokia phones running Windows Phone.New York police officers patrol the streets of the city armed with a badge and gun — and soon, an iPhone, too.The plan is that every New York Police Department officer in the city will eventually have an iPhone that will allow them to access criminal background checks, look up addresses, check for 911 calls as they happen, and fill out paperwork.The head of NYPD's Strategic Technology Division called the Apple phones a "force multiplier," partially because it can sent alerts to all cops with iPhones in a geographic area.
Leaked manual diagrams show off Asus X00PD.Taller design could mean this is the ZenFone Max 5, with the extra height necessary for the phone’s larger battery.Vertical dual-camera and rear fingerprint sensor also shown off ahead of the device’s expected reveal at MWC 2018.Asus looks set to stroll into MWC 2018 with a handful of devices that succeed the ZenFone 4 range.Just last week we saw a ZenFone 5 phone rear its head in a Wi-Fi Alliance listing.Thanks to a newly leaked image, we now have a good idea what one of the 5-series devices will look like.
Data Conversion Systems, Limited (dCS) celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017 with a limited edition of 250 Vivaldi Ones, and half of them have already been sold.Apparently the $80,000 or £55,000 price tag didn't stop perfectionist audiophiles with deep pockets from lining up for a Vivaldi One, an integrated SACD/CD player/digital converter!In addition to the standard anodized silver or black finishes, optional Gloss White and Piano Black's multiple lacquer coats are applied and heat-cured for days for a peerless finish.Alternatively, Vivaldi One can be plated in 24K gold or other precious metals.The painted and plated finishes add upcharges over the standard finish Vivaldi One price!Of course, it's the tech that resides inside that gorgeous casework that makes the Vivaldi One so special.