Collecting toys and action figures can be a never-ending enterprise when you're a Star Wars fan.This year's Toy Fair in New York already offered a sneak peek at "Solo: A Star Wars Story" action figures as well as a new Lego Millennium Falcon.Now fans can add new Mighty Muggs toys of C-3PO, Captain Phasma and Maz Kanata to their wish list, according to StarWars.com.Not only are do the new Mighty Muggs from Hasbro sport amusing smirks, they also change their facial expressions (three different faces per figure) when you press down on their heads.Previously, Hasbro released face-changing Mighty Muggs of Star Wars characters Princess Leia, Rey, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
"Black Panther" earned $25.2 million at Thursday preview screenings.That's the best-ever for February and the second-best out of the Marvel franchise.Hold on tight, because it looks like the box office for "Black Panther" is going to be out of this world by the end of the weekend.The Thursday preview numbers are in and the latest Marvel movie took in $25.2 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.That's the best Thursday preview for February (beating out "Deadpool," $12.7 million) and the second-best preview for a Marvel movie (just under "Avengers: Age of Ultron," $27.6 million).This all looks to be leading up to the movie having a gigantic opening weekend that could be north of $170 million domestically by the time we get to Presidents' Day on Monday.
All too often, even if you have a smartphone, you don’t have the RAM to run your favorite apps seamlessly.Google devised a solution by releasing a chain of Go Apps that don’t tax your memory and don’t compromise on the usage experience.The latest addition is the Gmail Go app.Not only does the app support the most basic features of Gmail as well as multiple accounts, but you can also sync your non-Gmail mail accounts like Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com or IMAP/POP email accounts instantaneously.The differences between the regular app and the Go app are so slight, that you wonder if the Go apps are just the next evolutionary step.That is, social, promotional and important under separate tabs so that you can focus on emails as per their priority.
This week I’m excited to feature Ali Selbo, chief experience officer for Tegrita Consulting Group.In addition to a successful marketing career at companies such as Citrix & PTI Marketing Technologies, Ali is also a six-year member of the Junior League of San Diego.Location: I live and work remotely in the Little Italy neighborhood of sunny San Diego, CANumber of unread emails right now?Yelp for a good recommendation for food and drink to keep me happy, Slack keeps me connected to the team on the go and SleepMachine creates a continual soft white noise, which helps drown out hotel and airport noise to get the best shut eye in new environments.How do you keep yourself calm and/or focused?
SpaceX is planning to send up a pair of its own satellites in this weekend’s launch, in order to test a proposed space-based broadband internet service.But if you want to get into the broadband business, first you have to get past its U.S. gatekeepers: the FCC.Fortunately for SpaceX, Chairman Ajit Pai is all for it.Pai issued a statement today saying that satellite internet might be able to “help reach Americans who live in rural or hard-to-serve places where fiber optic cables and cell towers do not reach.”Satellite internet is nothing new, of course, and has its own considerable limitations.But a new generation of the technology is certainly worth pursuing — especially if it’s from a U.S. company.
After she reread the note, she crumpled it up, exasperated, and told the guy, “I’m not giving you any money.Unfortunately, such fiascos play out every day.In some instances, it’s not habitual sloppiness or lack of effort leading to the errors.Instead, situations crop up where even meticulous writers or editors find it tough to catch mistakes.Say you want to rerun a seasonal sale announcement that worked well the previous year.They forget to change the day of the week in the announcement, however, and when they reread it before posting, they overlook the discrepancy.
Yes, I need an 8K livestream in every roomThe biz, which targets its full-fibre network in 30 cities across the UK, was able to stream four high-definition 4K videos simultaneously, plus one in 8K to a single access point.The technology would allow a user to download a standard HD movie file (5GB) in 4 seconds, compared with 6 minutes, 40 seconds on a 100Mbps connection; or download a 25GB Xbox game in 20 seconds, compared with 33 minutes, 20 seconds on a 100Mbps connection.She said that, from a residential perspective, limited hardware specs mean it's difficult to find a PC that will be cable of doing over 100Mbps.I think in the near term where there is a case for 10Gbps is businesses, which have servers, servings tens-of-hundreds of people."She said Hyperoptic hoped to offer the speeds to businesses by the end of the year, but said the scope of its service would depend on demand.
Almost two years ago, a startup called Skydio posted some video of a weird-looking drone autonomously following people as they jogged and biked along paths and around trees.Even without much in the way of detail, this was exciting for three reasons: First, the drone was moving at a useful speed and not crashing into stuff using only onboard sensing and computing, and second, the folks behind Skydio included Adam Bry and Abe Bachrach, who worked on high-speed autonomous flight at MIT before cofounding Project Wing at Google[x] (now just called X).And before you think that you’ve seen flying cameras before, we promise you’ve never seen anything like the R1: as Bry told us two years ago, Skydio’s goal was “to provide a trustworthy and magical experience.” They’ve delivered.There’s a video of the drone autonomously taking video of someone playing tennis, along with a video of the drone autonomously following someone running along a track jumping over hurdles.To be clear, this is dynamic vision-based motion, without any pre-existing maps or beacons or anything like that.“If you throw a ball at it, it’s almost certainly not going to get out of the way,” Bry says.
AMD rolled out its latest Ryzen APU chips this morning, and these things aren’t your typical processor.They come with integrated Vega graphics, meaning that these bite-sized 2400G and 2200G are more capable at running games than a typical CPU.But let’s get real: That’s not saying much.Sure they’re quick enough to run Overwatch and Battlefield 1 on Low settings with some serious caveats, but as a PC component they don’t fill any particular niche — and that’s a problem.As stand-alone components for a prospective custom builds, these chips don’t make much sense.For gaming you’re going to want at least 256GB of storage space, and you can find a good M.2 drive for $100 at that size.
The pair, who had a black Pointer dog called Archie with them, had set off on a walk at around 7.45am in Strathcarron, Wester Ross, that day.A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Mountain rescue teams searching in the area of Achnashellach for two missing hillwalkers have sadly recovered the body of a man.“He has been formally identified as Alan Gibson who was reported missing with his brother after failing to return from a walk in the area on Thursday.”
Praying mantises see the world in three dimensions in a way that’s completely different from how vertebrates (including birds, humans, and other mammals) do, according to a new paper in Current Biology.Also, studying this required putting tiny glasses on mantises.Birds and mammals can see in 3D using the differences between the images observed by each eye.But, the researchers at Newcastle University found, praying mantises have evolved a system that’s based on how each image changes.The researchers put the mantises in front of a monitor that showed random dark and bright dots in two colours.The coloured goggles meant that one eye could see one set of coloured dots, and the other eye could see the other set of coloured dots, but neither eye could see both.
The number of ways to eat pizza is practically infinite.You can eat it piping hot when it comes out of the oven.You can eat it cold when it comes out of the fridge.You can cut it into triangle or square slices.Well, thanks to the Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven from Pizzacraft, you can make great pizza from the comfort of your own kitchen.The stove also features cordierite stones that trap heat — thus ensuring an even and crisp crust — and a moisture vent to prevent soggy slices.
Nvidia’s grip on the GPU market continues to strengthen as it reported its excellent quarterly and full year revenues compared to last year.CEO Jensen Huang told analysts in an earnings call on Thursday that the results were “a record quarter wrapping up a record year”.Huang also spewed his usual monologue on the wonders of AI, his thoughts on how everything that moves will eventually be automated - and, therefore, must use GPUs, and improving graphics in computer games.The only area where growth was “approximately flat” was cryptocurrency, an area where people are increasingly turning to custom ASIC chips.Nvidia said it managed to “meet some demand,” but the change was “difficult to quantify.”For its full fiscal 2018 year, which ended on January 28:
Indian messenger service Hike, in its latest strategic partnership with Airtel, will embed ‘Total, built by hike’ on mobile devices under Airtel’s ‘Mera Pehla Smartphone’ (My first smarthpone) initiative.Hike's patented product ‘Total’ allows users to exchange messages and check cricket and train status apart from other applications without internet.As part of the initiative, Airtel mobile devices will be available in stores March onwards with the pre-installed 'Total' featureKavin Bharti Mittal, founder and chief executive officer, Hike, said: “With ‘Total’ on ‘Mera Pehla Smartphones’, first-time users will find it easy understand and navigate a smartphone.Using data is also simplified and ‘Total’ users can get online with special data packs starting as low as Re 1/-.We are very clear that to get a billion people online, we need to make the whole process of coming online a lot simpler, less intimidating as well as cost-effective and this partnership with Airtel is likely to do that”
Yesterday popular exchange desk Binance abruptly closed down its platform in order to perform a temporary “system maintenance,” promising the website will be fully operational again within 12 hours.But it seems the company has run into further trouble – and it now says its site will remain down for several more hours.Needless to say, this complication has riled up some users who felt that Binance should have notified them about the downtime in advance.“This cannot happen again without a [previous] notification…”Meanwhile, the exchange desk claims the reason for delay was an “unforeseen slowdown” in the speed of their data synchronization efforts.Due to an unforeseen slowdown in the speed of our data sync, we now estimate for all trading activity to resume at 2018/02/09 4AM (UTC).
On "The Late Show," comedian John Oliver told host Stephen Colbert that he wouldn't be surprised if Meghan Markle backed out of her wedding to Prince Harry at the last minute.Oliver suggested that she watch Netflix's "The Crown" to get an idea of what her life will be like in the British royal family.Oliver hopes Markle likes it, because it's "going to be weird."John Oliver has a suggestion for American actress Meghan Markle, who is just a few months away from marrying into British royalty.On "The Late Show" Wednesday, Oliver told host Stephen Colbert that to properly prepare herself for what her life will be like when she marries Prince Harry, Markle should watch Netflix's "The Crown."When Colbert asked Oliver if he's excited for the Royal Wedding, Oliver said "no."
A team of computer scientists from the University of Delaware and Georgetown University has developed a new system to rapidly determine which cancer drugs are likely to work best given a patient's genetic markers.But sometimes, a gene goes rogue and manufactures a cancerous tumor instead.However, until now, the data linking genetic factors and treatment results has been spread among hundreds of academic journals.eGARD is a text mining system that analyzes words and phrases in medical literature to find relationships between genomic anomalies and drug responses."eGARD is a way to help surface the important ones for clinicians, medical geneticists or maybe companies that already are doing this in other ways."Then, they trained it to look for text suggesting treatment outcomes, such as "significantly poorer response" or "survival rate."
We’re just hours away from SpaceX attempting the debut launch of its huge Falcon Heavy rocket, an event that’ll make it “the most powerful operational rocket by a factor of two,” as SpaceX CEO Elon Musk once pointed out.A new video animation released on Monday shows how the SpaceX team would love the test launch to go, but as Musk has said on several occasions over the last year, there’s a good chance the whole thing could quite literally go up in smoke.Following the mother of all explosions, that is.With Bowie’s Life on Mars (the mission is heading there, y’see) as its soundtrack, the animation begins with the almighty Falcon Heavy — essentially three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together — ready to launch at the Kennedy Space Center.Just before the 27 Merlin engines fire up, we glimpse the rocket’s Tesla Roadster payload (well, they wanted to send something) at the tip of the Heavy.Musk said he loves “the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future.”
The next big HTC smartphone release seems to have been spied in Taiwan wearing a bit of a protective cover.This next device will likely follow up on the relative success of the HTC U11 with the name HTC U12, coming with a body that’s not all that unlike its predecessor.This next-generation device was seen at a 5G data speed industry event which also showed the HTC VIVE PRO, Vive Focus, and other smartphones.With theoretical data speeds of up to 1Gbps, this device is shown here at the event late last month running at 809.58Mbps.That’s no speed to scoff at – but it’ll probably be a bit of a lofty goal for the data network speed averages we have in the United States.For example the speed of non-mobile data I’m running with here in Bismarck, North Dakota is barely above 105Mbps.
Google’s very first in-house chipset, Pixel Visual Core, is finally enabled with the February 2018 Android security patch.Pixel Visual Core is designed to compile HDR+ images five times faster than an application processor.The company is bringing more AR Stickers to Pixel devices this week, too.Following the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL announcement in October, Google also revealed that both smartphones featured a dormant chipset called Pixel Visual Core.The company enabled it for developers in late November, but everyone else was left waiting to take advantage of the chip’s image-enhancing abilities.Now, Google is enabling Pixel Visual Core for all Pixel 2 devices in the February 2018 Android security patch.