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With the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress at the end of February, we've got a pretty good idea of what to expect already – but leaks about these handsets' specs continue to drip out on to the web, just in case you want to take all the surprise out of Samsung's official announcement.The information put forth by South Korea's ETNews confirms some of the rumors we've heard so far while also adding a few new interesting tidbits to the pot.Everything from the specs of the cameras to the shape of the internal circuit board gets a mention in the report.First up the rear-facing cameras – the single-sensor one on the S9 is said to offer a variable f/1.5 to f/2.4 aperture, with the S9 Plus snapper keeping those same specs but offering two sensors in one camera.That ties up with previous whispers about the camera specs and should mean better low-light performance than ever.The screen sizes also get a mention, with 5.77 inches and 6.22 inches mentioned for the S9 and S9 Plus respectively.
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Apple is also getting in the game now, announcing this week that it too is going to build a new “campus” that would focus on technical support, at least initially.While it hasn’t announced a request for proposals yet, it did say the decision on location “will be announced later in the year.”While city officials are rushing to put together proposals, urban thinkers are aghast at these so-called reverse RFPs.Amy Liu, who runs Brookings Institution’s prominent Metropolitan Policy Program and spoke to NPR about Amazon’s process, said that “It’s created a major distraction from what the real day-to-day economic development activity should be.” Which, apparently, is not job creation.Maybe Hawaii can send out an alert.What all these critics are missing though is that the economy has changed dramatically over the past thirty years.
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Radiant Entertainment has made good on its promise to deliver a free Community Edition of its 2.5D fighting game, Rising Thunder, so you can duke it out with your buddies online at no charge.The game features a bunch of robots that you can choose from for your fights.Each has a unique design, personality, and special moves, which are easy enough to learn even for novice players – and that’s pretty much it.The developer had to abandon Rising Thunder after the company was acquired by Riot Games, but promised to release a build based on the alpha, so fans of the early version could enjoy it.You can now download the game here (601 MB), and there’s also a basic open-source server that you can set up or join for online matchmaking.You can simply unzip the game client and start throwing punches offline, but if you want to play with others over the internet, you’ll want to join this Discord channel to find out about when servers are up and running.
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WASHINGTON -- For the first time, researchers have shown that an optical fiber as thin as a human hair can be used to create microscopic structures with laser-based 3D printing."With further development our technique could enable endoscopic microfabrication tools that would be valuable during surgery," said research team leader Paul Delrot, from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland."These tools could be used to print micro- or nano-scale 3D structures that facilitate the adhesion and growth of cells to create engineered tissue that restores damaged tissues."In The Optical Society (OSA) journal Optics Express, the researchers show that their new approach can create microstructures with a 1.0-micron lateral (side-to-side) and 21.5-micron axial (depth) printing resolution.They used the optical fiber to deliver and digitally focus laser light point-by-point into the liquid to build a three-dimensional microstructure.By printing delicate details onto large parts, the new ultra-compact microfabrication tool could also be a useful add-on to today's commercially available 3D printers that are used for everything from rapid prototyping to making personalized medical devices.
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David Letterman seems to be taking the title of his new Netflix show very seriously: On the very first episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, he’s joined by former U.S. President Barack Obama.The episode has plenty of funny moments, like Obama ribbing Letterman about his nearly Biblical beard.But they cover substantive political topics, too — not just during the on-stage interview, but also in a walk across Selma’s famous Edmund Pettus Bridge with Congressman John Lewis.In fact, Letterman seems to be treating the new show as an opportunity to move a little bit away from his usual sardonic style and offer more depth and seriousness.He ended the interview by telling Obama, “Without a question of a doubt, you are the first president I really and truly respect.”On the tech front, Obama repeated some of the points he made in a recent BBC interview with the U.K.’s Prince Harry.
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With CES 2018 winding down, it’s time to look forward to the next big thing in tech and beyond.DJ Koh has reportedly confirmed that the Galaxy S9 would be announced at MWC 2018, practically before it starts, leaving the question open for other OEMs’ announcements.Just like last year, it seems that LG will be avoiding the expected Samsung monopoly of media channels but, this time, it will be launching the LG G7 later, not earlier, than Samsung.In order to steer clear of Samsung and, to some extent, imitate Samsung’s “early bird” strategy, LG decided to launch the LG G6 ahead of the Galaxy S8.It paid for that dearly, with the G6 sporting late 2016 specs instead of the latest, which undoubtedly affected sales.This year, it will be launching in April while Samsung is believed to be launching in March.
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The Essential Phone was release back in May 2017 by Essential, a company founded by one of the creators of Android – Andy Rubin.Now, the company has announced that a couple of accessories are now available via its official website but they are accessible in the US only.Before now, we already have the Essential 360 Camera ($199) on sale but headphones and USB adapters have been added.The complete list of Essential accessories that are available for order is given belowEssential HD Earphones ($99): This is a high-definition earphone that comes with an “immersive fatigue-free sound” and features a multi-action button that can activate Google Assistant.Essential Earphones Mini ($49): This device seems like a lower version of the Essential HD Earphones.
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While everyone was screaming about Meltdown and Spectre, another urgent security fix was already in progress for many corporate data centers and cloud providers who use products from Dell's EMC and VMware units.A trio of critical, newly reported vulnerabilities in EMC and VMware backup and recovery tools—EMC Avamar, EMC NetWorker, EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliance, and vSphere Data Protection—could allow an attacker to gain root access to the systems or to specific files, or inject malicious files into the server's file system.These problems can only be fixed with upgrades.The first of the vulnerabilities, designated in MITRE's Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) list as CVE-2017-15548, allows an attacker to gain root access to the servers.This would potentially give someone direct access to backups on the server, allowing them to retrieve images of virtual machines, backed-up databases, and other data stored within the affected systems.The second vulnerability, CVE-2017-15549, makes it possible for an attacker to potentially upload malicious files into "any location on the server file system" without authentication.
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It turns out that newbie cryptocurrency enthusiasts are not the only ones struggling to tell Bitcoin apart from its fork, Bitcoin Cash.Online retailer Overstock.com, which has a wide selection of goods from furniture to luxury watches, suffered from a nasty technical flaw that allowed customers to pay with both Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash – despite the fact that the latter currency was valued at a significantly lower price.This meant that you could get any item at a 70-plus-percent “discount.” At the time of writing, Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash stand at $14,524 and $2,675, respectively.The worst part was that, once users had requested a refund, the retailer would proceed to pay them back in the original Bitcoin value – a glitch that could have easily incurred millions of losses.The technical shortcoming was first reported by KrebsOnSecurity, where the flaw has been documented in more detail.Reporter Brian Krebs notes he discovered the issue following a notice from a concerned Overstock customer.
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Kodak is today announcing a partnership with Wenn Digital to create a “photo-centric cryptocurrency” that will “empower photographers and agencies to take greater control in image rights management.” Because why not.The company’s stock jumped 44% on the news and is currently trading at $4.30, up 37.60 on the day.Here’s the buzzword-filled description of the product.Utilizing blockchain technology, the KODAKOne platform will create an encrypted, digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers to register both new and archive work that they can then license within the platform.With KODAKCoin, participating photographers are invited to take part in a new economy for photography, receive payment for licensing their work immediately upon sale, and for both professional and amateur photographers, sell their work confidently on a secure blockchain platform.KODAKOne platform provides continual web crawling in order to monitor and protect the IP of the images registered in the KODAKOne system.
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In a very unusual marketing move, Elephone have decided to distance themselves from the upcoming Samsung S9 and change the name of what we’ve been calling Elephone S9 & S9 Pro for weeks to Elephone U and U Pro for the beefier variant.Elephone say that the “U” reminds the shape of the curved display and they’re probably going to find other meanings as well in the future.What’s somewhat funny is that we already have “U” smartphones on the market, but then again, there are probably phones with every letter of the alphabet by now.Back to the important stuff, the Elephone U and Elephone U Pro will be coming with a Mediatek Helio P23 and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 CPU respectively.Elephone unveiled that one of the handset scored 80563 as top score on the Antutu benchmarks platform, other scores were: 80127, 79813, 79428 and 79012.The Chinese phone maker did not want to reveal which of the two phones achieved said result but it’s quite obvious we’re looking at the Elephone U, as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 is able of scoring around 100k.
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Aadhaar, India’s massive biometric database, is facing new allegations of compromise after local journalists reported paying the equivalent of £6 in Indian rupees for full administrative access.With nearly 1.2 billion assigned numbers, the Aadhaar programme, launched in 2009, is the largest national database of people in the world.The unique 12-digit codes assigned to citizens and other Indian residents are maintained by the Unique Identification Authority (UIDAI) and are linked to a wealth of personal information, including biometric data such as fingerprints and iris scans.The programme was intended to give Indian residents easy access to social programmes for healthcare, education, and general welfare; however, the programme began rapidly expanding in 2014, not long after the Indian National Congress (INC) performed terribly in parliamentary elections.Aadhaar has suffered breaches before; Gizmodo reported 130 million Indian residents at risk after a leak in biometric system data last spring.But fresh reports from local sources, highlighted by Dixit on Thursday, indicate security around the system may be even worse than imagined.
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Today’s web, mobile, and IoT applications need to operate at increasingly demanding scale and performance levels to handle thousands to millions of users.Terabytes or petabytes of data.Caching frequently used data in memory can dramatically improve application response times, typically by orders of magnitude.Get your “High Performance Distributed Caching” guide to learn:• The key requirements for an effective distributed cache• Advantages and disadvantages of common solutions, including Oracle Coherence and memcached
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At its simplest level, it's a beautiful system:A website owner (the "publisher") produces content and is eager to make money from the traffic that his site commands.He places code on his website, similar to an invisible box, which Google can use as they see fit.Google provides you with four different options for selecting your place in the GDN.With this option, you enter the web address of the sites where you want to advertise.For example, "Arts & Entertainment" is extremely broad, but you can drill down to "Arts & Entertainment >; Entertainment Industry >; Recording Industry >; Record Labels" for terrific precision.
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While everyone else is focusing on innovations such as self-driving and electrical cars, Nissan is over here trying to get us to partially drive cars with our minds.At this point, it's hard to tell which sounds more "futuristic."Nissan's new "brain-to-vehicle" (B2V) technology, which will be shown in a driving simulator at next week's CES 2018, is aimed at helping us respond to dangerous situations on the road more quickly.As impressive as the human brain is, it still takes a while for us to respond to something that we see in front of us, such as another driver slamming on his or her brakes just a few yards ahead.With the help of an electroencephalography (EEG) headset, though, Nissan hopes to allow us to respond to these situations by as much as 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster by predicting our next actions, such as hitting the brakes or turning.A half a second may not sound like a lot of time, but in many situations it might be enough to save lives.
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Lightinthebox coupons and sales are raining down the sky since the beginning of the New Year and today we have for you another truckload of those.The selection is really from various categories from their wares so something for everybody.We will start with the Xiaomi audio-visual bunch.First on the menu is the Xiaomi 70mph Smart Wi-Fi Car DVR camera with voice control, Sony IMX323 sensor, 130 degree FOV and more for just $28.60 / €25.28 with coupon XIAOMI70DEAL006.Or maybe a sibling Xiaomi Yi 1080p Car Wi-Fi DVR cam chinese version for just $34.99 / €30.92 using either coupons XIAOYIDEAL002 or XIAOYIDEAL003.Last one will be then the Xiaomi Speaker Mini Square Bluetooth portable with coupon LITB2018 for just $12.99 / €10.77.
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They usually represent Android at its most brawny and eccentric, and have long been one of the most obvious choices for power users.It’s a phone that appeals to a different type of power user, those who value stock Android, smoothness, and fast updates over a plethora of features.So when the Note 8 was released, I decided to take my time reviewing the device to see how it would hold up in the long term – especially after the Pixel 2 was released.Compared to the Note 7, which seemed head-and-shoulders above the competition (you know, until it started catching fire), the Note 8 seemed to want to play things safe.Just take a look at the spec sheet:6.3-inch qHD+ display with HDR suppprt
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Right now people across the Atlantic are enduring record-breaking sub-zero temperatures, with the only silver lining being that it’s cold enough to instantly freeze soap bubbles, which it turns out is shockingly beautiful.Instead, the bubbles remain intact as they quickly turn into a patchwork of intricate frost patterns.Now, better lighting and corn syrup has been added to my mixture of dish soap and salt (had to wait for Sobeys to open )@PrairieChasers @PhotoEdCANADA pic.twitter.com/batEJwiXWW— Chris Ratzlaff (@ratzlaff) December 26, 2017I’d be tempted to try filming a timelapse like this myself, but I have no plans to leave my warm house until sometime in March.It always seems like my feed is full of posts from pages I don't follow, photos of friends I haven't talked to in years and most of all ads -- ads upon ads upon ads.
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Business-to-business marketplaces have existed for years.Some are private, for a specific supply chain.Other exchanges are public, for any business to participate.In this post, I’ll list 20 leading, public B2B exchanges, for businesses to buy and sell products.It works just like the consumer side of Amazon but it requires buyers to set up a business account to start shopping.EC21 is a global B2B exchange that supports multiple product categories.
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Luckily for us, big battery phones have slowly become the norm.Flagships now ship with bigger batteries and – for those who are on a tighter budget – we have Chinese devices with overkill capacities.The latter ones do usually come with a drawback though, their humongous size.The Blackview P6000 is the latest battery phone that promises to break that rule.The handset will indeed pack a huge 6180mAh battery capacity that can do 960 hours of standby time and 45 hours of calling; all of that jammed in just 9.8mm of thickness, which is in line with many “normal” phones.The battery also supports 12/2A quick charge and it can be refilled in just 108 minutes.
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