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Cortana is broken, intrusive, but still a must-have upgradeHands On Just over two years after the introduction of both Windows 10 and the "Windows as a service" concept, Microsoft has released the Fall Creators Update aka version 1709, build 16299.There will always be cases where things go wrong, but the speed and reliability of the in-place upgrade is generally good.I had to download the upgraded OneDrive separately, then tick the checkbox, and finally (counter-intuitively) choose “All folders” in OneDrive settings.A three-year old Core i5 laptop struggled when I amused myself by putting a 3D solar system in front of my kitchen kettle.That said, Video Remix in the updated Photos app, which makes a video from the content you select, is a neat trick and genuinely easy to use.
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We cover a ton of different gadgets here at the BGR Deals team, but we’ve never covered anything else that’s quite like the Depstech WiFi Borescope Inspection Camera.It flew off of Amazon’s virtual store shelves the last time we told you about it, so we wanted to bring it to your attention again now that Amazon is offering a little discount.As a refresher, this wireless endoscopic camera can connect to any iPhone or Android phone wirelessly, and you can snake it just about anywhere since it holds its shape, unlike similar products.This is exactly what you’ve been looking for.Here are the key details from the product page:The Newest Type Endoscope: Unlike other endoscope camera on the marketplace, this wireless wifi endoscope camera not only work with Android smartphone(Above Android 2.3), but also iPhone IOS system(Above IOS 6.0).
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Following yesterday’s reveal of the new Huawei Mate 10, which followed the reveal of the Apple iPhone X, which came after the reveal of the LG V30, it’s Google’s turn today, and we’ve got a full review of the new Google Pixel 2 XL, the latest and greatest smartphone from the team in Mountain View, and it’s another worthy player.It’s getting really hard to pick a phone these days.Anyway, the Pixel 2 XL ups Google’s cred in the smartphone game, with a big pOLED display coming in at 2880 by 1440, for a sorta odd 18:9 aspect ratio with some minimal bezels.Like its competitor the iPhone 8 and X, there’s no headphone jack, but it is packing Bluetooth 5, the latest and greatest wireless system with more range and options, so that helps.It also has that fun edge-squeeze feature for bring up Google Assistant when you don’t want to say “OK Google.”The battery runs all day and charges via USB-C, and while the now familiar Snapdragon 835 runs the show, the Android 8 Oreo OS is the real star, giving the phone both snappy performance and a high level of security.
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the security holes would allow someone who is within reach of a wi-fi network protected by wpa2 to listen in on all internet traffic that goes through the router.the Report, to be presented during the day of the researchers Mathy Vanhoef, and Frank Piessens at the Belgian KU Leuven.They have dubbed the attack "CRACKING", short for key installation attack.the Shortcomings seem to be in the handshake that takes place between the router and a user that connects to the network in order to create a common encryption key."Resultatetet to affect these vulnerabilities include decryption, packet replay, the kidnapping of tcp connections, and injections of http content, etc.Several vendors, including Ubiquiti and Aruba, it is said, however, already have released or are working on updates that will stop the bugs, or at least reduces the damage.
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CoinHive – the most prevalent cryptocurrency mining code provider – and its clones are becoming an alternative to dodgy advertising affiliate programs and survey scams in many cases.More than 220 websites – mostly porn sites and torrent trackers – silently launch mining threads when surfers visit their sites, according to a new study by Adguard.The consumer-focused security firm reckons at least $43K was mined in Monero, as of October 10, based on the average time spent on website.Cryptocurrency mining code contaminated websites with an aggregated audience of 500 million people.For example, TV channel Showtime and the official website of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo were both caught harbouring CoinHive code recently.Security researchers such as Troy Mursch (aka Bad Packets) have found it difficult to get sites to act on reports of infection.
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France based phone manufacturer – Echo – have just launched the successor of their best selling Horizon – and not surprisingly it’s called Horizon Lite.As the moniker suggest, the handset is a less powerful variant of the previous device but still sports the same beautiful design; let’s learn more about it!The Echo Horizon Lite features a large 5.7-inch IPS display with HD+ resolution (1440×720) and the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio, which makes the smartphone narrower and thus easier to hold.Under the hood we find a good performing Mediatek MT6737 CPU coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 32GB via micro SD).Meanwhile in the camera department we have an 8MP rear shooter with LED flash and a 5MP selfie snapper.Echo’s Horizon Lite packs a 3000mAh battery, runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box and works on 4G LTE networks: FDD 800/1800/2600.
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As part of Facebook's latest quest to make virtual reality an everyday part of our lives, the company's CEO is bringing out the biggest weapon he can think of to win over customers: deals he thinks you can't refuse.The world's biggest social network, which jumped into VR when Zuckerberg bought startup Oculus for more than $2 billion in 2014, dropped the price of its Rift headsets by $100 to $399 at its VR developer conference on Wednesday.He also announced the Oculus Go, a $199 mobile VR headset that loses the wires, attached computer and sensors you need to power the Rift.And so far, people seem to agree."We believe that the future can be a lot better," Zuckerberg said in a 15-minute presentation the first day of the Oculus Connect developer conference in San Jose, California.In the past three years since Facebook bought Oculus, Sony began selling its PlayStation VR for $400, HTC offered up the Vive for $599, and Google introduced its Daydream View for $99.
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Today breast milk is recognised as a sort of liquid miracle for babies, but history is full of periods where people swapped in other things in its place.In the 15th century, it was cow and goat milk.The science behind breast milk, though, is still too young to tell whether it might really be an immune-boosting superfood supplement or just another soon-to-be-debunked fad.In recent decades, breast feeding has experienced a resurgence, helped in large part by science that suggests breast milk is a boon to a baby’s immune system.After lactose and fats, those sugars are the third most plentiful ingredient in human milk.But humans of all ages lack the enzymes to process those sugars.
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Facebook and Instagram have gone down in technical glitch that has caused a meltdown for users around the world jokingly saying that they may actually have to interact with their friends and families in person.Some trying to use the sites have been met with a blank page and nothing loading, while others can only load parts of the websites which have been linked ever since Facebook bought Instagram for $1bn (£758m) in 2012.The issue is a global one with people suffering social media downtime in South America, parts of Asia and Europe.People have been using that other main social media platform, Twitter, to vent their frustration, with the hashtag FacebookDown trending globally.Twitter user Ian Prince wrote: "Right now there are millions of people trying to awkwardly avoid looking at other people on their lunch break".Another person wrote: "Both Facebook and Instagram are down... so we all end up on Twitter not knowing what else to do".
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Google has recently set the roads alight with claims of cracking the self-driving conundrum by the end of the year, and it didn’t take long for Nvidia to start shouting.The chip company has launched a new system, codenamed Pegasus, will be able to handle Level 5 driverless vehicles – the highest level of automation.And we’re talking pretty much right now.Most people are talking 2020 or 2021 at the earliest for notable steps forward, but Nvidia has said the Pegasus chip will be available for automotive partners in the second half of 2018.New types of cars will be invented, resembling offices, living rooms or hotel rooms on wheels.Travelers will simply order up the type of vehicle they want based on their destination and activities planned along the way.
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”Rezvani Tank” is a four-wheel-drive bunker on wheels – from California.You can get suven bulletproof, and infrared cameras allows you to see the crouching paparazzi in the dark.the Rezvani Motors showed off its first model in 2015.It was a sports car based on the british Ariel Atom, and since then they have launched three additional race tune.The latest is ”the Rezvani Beast Alpha X”.But the question is whether it was wise to relocate the company to California, their latest car is in stark contrast to the state's increasingly stringent environmental laws.
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It’s such a simple question Rachael (Sean Young) asks Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) in Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner: “Have you ever retired a human by mistake?” They’ve just met in Eldon Tyrell’s opulent offices, and Deckard, a replicant bounty hunter, has come to interview Rachael as a means of testing the LAPD’s replicant-detecting Voight-Kampff device.Over the past 35 years, Blade Runner has (rightly) been lauded for its artistic legacy and chillingly prescient vision.Scott’s film is full of female characters who are all replicants, yet their literal objectification is barely explored; East Asian aesthetics pervade its vision of dystopian LA, yet Asian characters are largely background players; its cyborgs are meant to be stand-ins for oppressed minority groups, but few, if any, minorities are actually present on screen.(Spoiler alert: Minor spoilers for Blade Runner 2049 follow.)Director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 is certainly as obsessed with the eroding distinction between human and artificial life as Scott’s film was.Ford’s reprised Deckard and Ryan Gosling’s blade runner K both have complex inner lives behind their macho reticence.
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One of the advantages of Uber has long been that it is easier to know approximately how much it will cost to go home after the party.You always get an estimate of the approximate price and it is seldom that differ a lot.But in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, customers can now get the exact price.Uber has faced the company calls ”upfront pricing”, that is to say you pay the price specified in advance and nothing else.If you ask the driver to stay on the path or change the destination will Uber return to the regular pricing structure, and Uber writes that the price calculation shall not be modified.the Only difference will be that driver's choice of route and the luck or bad luck with red lights and traffic will no longer affect when the price has been set.
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“Electrification” has long been a buzzword in the automotive sector.Now, GM has decided to raise the stakes with the announcement that it’s planning “an all-electric future.” In the next 18 months, the company will introduce two new electric vehicles.“GM is taking this strategy because our customers are moving in this direction,” said Pam Fletcher, executive chief engineer of global electric and autonomous vehicles, speaking to VentureBeat.Turns out, Volt owners were among the most satisfied in the industry, same for the Bolt EV.The Bolt EV and Volt are bringing new customers to GM that would not have considered any of our brands.Having electrified solutions like the Volt and Bolt EV were what drive them to the brand.”
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If you’ve cut the cord, there are obviously a few key purchases you’ve already made.You’ve picked up a few streaming devices like the Roku Streaming Stick, and you obviously picked up a good HDTV antenna so you can watch unlimited live network TV in 1080p.For just $23, you can snag a Nonda 4K USB-C to HDMI Adapter.This tiny little box connects to your USB-C port and lets you play 4K content at 60 fps on any TV or monitor with an HDMI connector.In other words, anything you can play on your laptop will instantly be playable on your big-screen in crystal clear 4K.Here are some of the details from the product page:
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the Windows Mixed Reality has, in a short time attracted many manufacturers to develop a headset that blends virtual reality with augmented reality via the dual forward-facing cameras.At the IFA trade show in Berlin in september showed, among others, Dell, Lenovo and Asus up the headset, and now even Samsung in the deck.Last week circulated image claimed to show a Samsung headset for Windows Mixed Reality, and it turned out to be genuine.the HMD Odyssey called Samsung's headset, and the company has squeezed in slightly better specs than the competitors.the viewing angle is, for example, 110 degrees, against the 105 or 95 degrees in the others.This is accomplished by slightly rectangular screens – the Samsung uses two 3.5-inch amoled-panels with 1440x1600 pixels while the other manufacturers are running at 1440x1440 and lcd panels.
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Sci-Hub, which is regularly referred to as the "Pirate Bay of Science," faces one of the strongest anti-piracy injunctions we have seen in the US to date, reports TorrentFreak.From the article: Earlier this year the American Chemical Society (ACS), a leading source of academic publications in the field of chemistry, filed a lawsuit against Sci-Hub and its operator Alexandra Elbakyan.Sci-Hub was made aware of the legal proceedings but did not appear in court.As a result, a default was entered against the site.In addition to millions of dollars in damages, ACS also requested third-party Internet intermediaries to take action against the site.While the request is rather unprecedented for the US, as it includes search engine and ISP blocking, Magistrate Judge John Anderson has included these measures in his recommendations.
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Options for making a window or ductless A/C unit smarter are increasing, which could mean extra savings for a lot of people.We recently covered the Sensibo Sky and liked the options it offered, but another contender has arrived: The Tado Smart AC Control is a much more stylish unit than the Sky, and it offers some extra bells and whistles.The Tado is also $30 more expensive than the Sky, but you can buy either of them for less than the cost of a new air conditioner.Like the Sky, the Tado’s most notable feature is its ability to control your air conditioner remotely, via your smartphone (Android, iOS, and yes, even Windows Phone).An onboard motion sensor, as well as geofencing capabilities in Tado’s smartphone app, determine your presence or absence.Unlike the Sky, however, the Tado offers terrific granularity for setting temperature targets based on schedules.
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The initial drama over Equifax's September data breach has mostly subsided, but the actual damage will play out for years.It was all on display at a Tuesday Congressional hearing, in which lawmakers questioned Equifax's former CEO Richard Smith in an attempt to make sense of how things went so wrong.Before delving into the hearing itself—which went poorly enough—it's worth mentioning that it was bracketed by further unfortunate Equifax revelations.The company announced Monday that the total number of people impacted by its breach is not 143 million—the amount it first disclosed—but in fact 145.5 million.Its ability to casually misplace 2.5 million lives upended by the breach is alarming, as is Tuesday afternoon's revelation that the IRS awarded Equifax a no-bid, multimillion-dollar fraud-prevention contract last week.Equifax has previously said that it was breached on May 13 and that it first discovered the problem on July 29.
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Osaka -- Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, and is considered by many to be a potential clean fuel of the future.Water and fossil fuels contain large amounts of hydrogen, but unlocking molecular dihydrogen fuel from these sources takes a great deal of energy, casting doubt over any future hydrogen economy.Turning water into hydrogen using solar energy could lead the way to cheap and clean hydrogen fuel.Now, researchers centered at Osaka University have developed a new kind of photocatalyst for producing hydrogen from water, which is not only free of expensive metals but also absorbs a wider range of sunlight than ever before.The group recently reported their findings in the Journal of the American Chemical Society."We were pleased to find a good amount of hydrogen produced from water using our new composite photocatalyst with graphitic carbon nitride and black phosphorous," lead author Tetsuro Majima says.
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