Johnathan Owen

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The hole-punch on the new Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup might not be as obnoxious as a notch.But, in case you wanted to hide it anyway, there’s now an app that collects creative wallpapers designed to camouflage the phone‘s camera cutout.As spotted by Android Police, Hidey Hole essentially scrapes Reddit for hole-punch wallpapers and stacks them in one place, so you can comfortably choose from a wide range to trick out your S10.What’s especially nifty is the app also lets you adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation settings for each image.There’s one catch though: you need to have an S10 to download the app (that’s also the reason why our broke asses couldn’t test out Hidey Hole).The cutout wallpaper trend first picked up earlier in March, when users took to Reddit to share images designed to hide the S10‘s hole-punch.
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USgamer reports that retail giant Walmart is working on a game streaming service, hopping on the now-heavily-burdened bandwagon that includes Google, Nvidia, Microsoft, Amazon, and Sony.That’s from the media outlet’s sources, which say that the company has been in talks with game developers and publishers about it over the past few months.If the report is accurate, we may just have another major player in the game streaming space.For starters, we don’t yet know if Walmart’s made any progress on building the necessary tech for its platform.As we’ve learned from Google’s announcement of its own Stadia service, there are several moving parts involved, including having a vast network of data centers to beam games to players quickly, with custom hardware designed to run those titles in the cloud efficiently.To that end, Google noted it’d been working on the various components that make up Stadia for several years.
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Art experts have explained to us common folk that the subject of Edvard Munch classic The Scream is not actually screaming at all.If you hang around with art historians you may already know this or have formed this opinion all by yourself, but it's probably going to be news to the rest of the country.The British Museum has blagged a loan of the B lithograph version of the famous artwork, and has assembled your classic internet list feature to celebrate its official unveiling here on April 11.One of the facts is the bombshell that the figure in The Scream is in fact hearing a scream, perhaps the scream of nature that was already feeling rather besieged by us humans when the artwork was created in the 1890s, and that's why it looks so freaked out.Rephrase your use of the emoji accordingly.The piece was originally titled The Scream of Nature too, which would've cleared up over a century of confusion, had that name stuck.
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China to lead APAC tech spend, 5G race ahead of global markets – ZDNetWhat happened: China is expected to spend $256 billion on technology goods and services this year, with 5G to account for 57% of this, according to a report by research firm Forrester.The country has outspent the US in the 5G field by around $24 billion since 2015, with China’s three major telcos unveiling plans to launch commercial 5G networks by next year.The report said that China’s investment in telecommunications would remain robust and it was “best positioned” to win the global race in 5G implementations this year.Why it’s important: China’s lead in the 5G war appears to come from technology, yet it is primarily driven by cash.For instance, Huawei owned 1,529 “standard-essential” 5G patents, more than any of its rivals both at home and abroad.
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A rare navigational tool has snagged a Guinness World Record as the oldest mariner's astrolabe.The find is one of only 104 historical astrolabes in existence.[The 25 Most Mysterious Archaeological Finds on Earth]Mariner's astrolabes are circular devices that sailors used to measure the altitude of the sun or stars, which allowed them to calculate their ship's latitude.The instrument that was just inducted into the Guinness World Records was discovered under a layer of sand in the Arabian Sea in 2014.The astrolabe went down with a ship under the command of a Portuguese commander named Vicente Sodré, who was the uncle of the famous explorer Vasco da Gama.
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If you’re anything like me, you first thought of Snapchat filters, Pokemon Go, or the useful measuring tape app you have on your phone.Because of this, Cathy Hackl’s session at Social Media Marketing World 2019 immediately caught my eye.As an AR technology thought leader and futurist, Cathy was able to give insight into how marketers can weave augmented reality into the marketing mix.You could dry the animals off, give them milk, and more.I couldn’t find a video of Cathy’s animal cracker example, but here’s a good one from SIG and W-in-a-Box:Buying a car usually involves just telling your dealer what packages and features you want and the ones you don’t.
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Depending on who you talk to, 2018 was either a bumper year for Tencent Holdings or a year to forget.As the first Asian company to breach US$500 billion in market cap, the internet giant’s shares rose to an all-time high in January 2018, powered by its money-minting video game business and ubiquitous WeChat super app.Then came a much chronicled government crackdown on content and gaming, which abruptly ended the party and wiped out almost half the company’s value by October.Baidu, Alibaba Group Holding, and Tencent – the trio of internet companies that has come to represent Chinese Big Tech – are all around 20 years old and have expanded their presence beyond China’s shores.“We’re coming to the tail end of a decade of gangbuster high growth due to the mobile revolution,” said Matthew Brennan, managing director of consultancy firm China Channel.All the low-hanging fruit is long gone.”
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What happened: On Wednesday, Randall Stephenson, AT’s CEO said in a speech in Washington that Huawei is making it very difficult for European internet carriers to drop the Chinese tech giant from their supply chains for 5G.“If you have deployed Huawei as your 4G network, Huawei is not allowing interoperability to 5G—meaning if you are 4G, you are stuck with Huawei for 5G,” he said, adding that the US government could do a better job of explaining security risks related to using Huawei.Why it’s important: Stephenson’s statements add to the brewing row between Huawei and the US.As the Chinese company tries to convince foreign governments to allow internet carriers to use its equipment in building the next generation of the internet, Washington is advocating that this would come with huge security risks.Europe is a key battleground due to its market size and 5G readiness.The discord has mainly revolved around data privacy, but Stephenson’s remarks point to national security risks related with IoT infrastructure.
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Inspirational author and activist Helen Keller once said "alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" but she likely never have imagined that humble quote would be the perfect summation of a new "particle robotics system" developed by US researchers.A team of engineers from MIT, Columbia University, Harvard University and Cornell University, looked to biological organisms and human cells for inspiration, developing a "particle robot" made up of smaller, individual robots that can perform complex functions together as a whole -- such as being able to push and pull each other in a particular direction.The research, published in Nature on March 20, details these individual "particles" that alone are unable to move around, but can be coupled together to perform more complex functions."We have small robot cells that are not so capable as individuals but can accomplish a lot as a group," said Daniela Rus, an author on the new paper, in a press release.Each robot is made up of rudimentary parts: a battery, a motor, light sensors, a microcontroller and a component that allows it to send and receive signals.That technical machinery is topped by a "Hoberman Flight Ring" -- a children's toy that can expand and contract.
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Faraday Future just sold its headquarters to help keep the company alive – The VergeWhat happened: Embattled electric car startup Faraday Future has sold its headquarters in Los Angeles in an attempt to refill its bank account.Faraday reportedly sold the property for around $10 million, though the figure could be higher given the company took out a $17 million loan against its headquarters in May last year.Faraday bought the property in 2014 for $13 million.Why it’s important: The sale is the latest in a series of moves aimed at keeping Faraday afloat following an investment dispute with Chinese real estate conglomerate Evergrande.The investor backed out of a $2 billion deal at the end of 2018, while Faraday has sought alternative shareholders.
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One of the greatest shows on Netflix is one you won't want to binge.Now we can all suffer, worldwide.The first two seasons had three episodes each.It expanded its Netflix episodes in December 2018 with Bandersnatch, a one-off interactive film about a guy who goes insane trying to make a video game.Expect more of that originality as the show boots up for a fifth season.There's nothing in cement yet, but Brooker confirmed that season 5 is "imminent-ish".
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Have you been wondering what happened to Malorie (Sandra Bullock) and Girl and Boy -- er, Olympia and Tom -- after the end of Bird Box?You can soon find out.Josh Malerman, the author of the 2014 novel that inspired the popular Netflix movie, confirmed to Esquire that he is writing a sequel.The new book is called Malorie, and it'll be published Oct. 1.Unless you've been blindfolded for all of 2019, you probably know the plotline.In the world of Bird Box, mysterious creatures drive anyone who looks at them insane, leading Bullock's character to attempt to raise two children who can never go outside without blindfolds.
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SpaceX and its founder Elon Musk are hoping to make the first baby steps towards Mars this week when a small, single engine "hopper" version of its Starship rocket is fired up at the company's test launch site at the southernmost tip of Texas.The company's Boca Chica launch pad is just five miles down the coastline from vacation destination South Padre Island.SPadre.com has set up the above livestreaming webcam aimed at the launch site, where the mini-Starship is clearly visible.The local information site reports that the test firing is currently set to happen sometime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Central Time) on Thursday.Neither SpaceX nor Musk have announced an official test timeframe, but the CEO did respond to questions on Twitter about this week's reported test, explaining that the Starship prototype "will lift off, but only barely."So if the hopper does get some thrust beneath it Wednesday, it's likely to be just enough to hover rather than really fly.
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Earlier this month, JetPack Aviation threw down the gauntlet, offering up its futuristic hover bike, dubbed the Speeder, for pre-order.The hovercraft features four turbojet engines capable of 750 pound-feet of thrust, an on-board vehicle stability system, touchscreen navigation, and a 360-degree automatic collision avoidance system.It’ll reach altitudes of 15,000 feet, and top speeds of 150 miles per hour.There’s even a consumer-friendly version that doesn’t require a pilot’s license, all for a cool $380,000.It’s a lot of dough for a vehicle with an estimated 10 to 20 minutes of flight time, but who are we to tell you how to spend your pocket change?Of course, it’s worth mentioning that there’s no working prototype.
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PHOENIX, Ariz. -- March 20, 2019 -- By conjuring the spell "Lumos!"So, too, does LumosVar, a computer program developed by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), "light up" cancer-causing genetic Var-ients, or mutations, illuminating how physicians might best treat their patients.A study published today in the scientific journal Frontiers in Oncology describes how researchers at TGen, an affiliate of City of Hope, developed LumosVar to create a tool that can accurately identify cancer-causing mutations from patient tumor samples.In the case of archived samples from patients for which treatment outcome results are known, these represent a treasure trove of information that could accelerate research by investigators and physicians in predicting responses of future patients to particular treatments."There are many open questions in precision oncology that can only be answered by collecting large amounts of patient genomic data linked to treatment response and clinical outcomes," said Dr. Rebecca Halperin, a Research Assistant Professor in TGen's Quantitative Medicine and Systems Biology Program.Accurately calling, or identifying, somatic variants -- those DNA changes specific to a patient's cancer -- are the first step in any analysis," said Dr. Halperin, the study's lead author.
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The Division 2, on the other hand, doesn’t want me to skip its laborious narrative.I haven’t finished the story missions.I haven’t even played through 10 hours yet.I can’t even quote you the name of a single character from the game and, in most cases, my knowledge of a mission’s objective is no deeper than “get to the roof and shoot the baddie.”If you were to play a version of the game with every piece of dialogue removed, you would still understand all you need to play it.Its sci-fi word salad may have been told with dramatic flair, but it never influenced how the game was played.
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Crypt of the Necrodancer is one of the most beloved indie games around, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to hear that a follow-up was announced during today’s Nindies Showcase.The nature of that follow-up might surprise you, though, as this game is set to feature characters from The Legend of Zelda.Cadence of Hyrule is the name of this new game, and it’ll be arriving later this year on Switch.We don’t know a whole lot about Cadence of Hyrule just yet.That’s par for the course for games revealed during these Showcases, as Nintendo likes to keep the details light and let the trailers do the talking.While that works for rapid fire reveal events, it means we’re stuck waiting for additional information.
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Over the past month or so, we've been hearing a lot of rumblings about an alleged new VR headset being developed by Oculus.Now, thanks to a GDC reveal and trailer, that rumoured headset has an official name, release window, and list of improvements.The Oculus Rift S is an improved version of the original Oculus Rift, and features higher pixel density, which should lead to a crisper image for players.The headset is said to be more comfortable, blocks out surrounding light more effectively, and reduces cable clutter compared to the previous headset version.It also supports plugging your own headphones into the headset, rather than needing to use the integrated headphones.Unlike most of the existing room scale VR options available today, the Oculus Rift S doesn't feature cameras places around your room which detect the headset and controllers.
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Apple understands that seasons matter when it comes to fashion, and with spring starting today, it has released a complete new set of straps and bands for the Apple Watch, in some very cool ready-for-springtime colors.Rather than just a small selection of colors, it has refreshed the entire line-up from the Sport Band and the Sport Loop, to the Nike Sport Band and the Hermés leather editions.There are three Sport Band colors — blue, papaya, and spearmint — and four Sport Loop versions to choose from.We like the Sport Loop more, as it’s more adjustable, more comfortable, and still suitable for both the gym and everyday wear.Moving on to the Nike versions, and we’re very pleased to see the introduction of a teal colour in both the Sport Band and Loop models.It’s called teal tint, and it looks great, especially on the Loop.
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If you’re looking to save on a 15.6-inch laptop with a stylish, thin, and fancy design that’s also powerful enough for gaming, you’re in luck.Dell is currently running a limited-time sale that is cutting the pricing on the XPS 15 down by $330, but only through Thursday, March 21, and with the use of a coupon code.You can take advantage of the offer by visiting the product page for the Dell XPS 15 and adding it to your cart.Once you’re ready to check out, you will need to then enter in the coupon code DBLT329RTL1 to enjoy the savings.Under the hood of this version of the Dell XPS 15 is the eighth-generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor, a total of 8GB of RAM, and a speedy-fast 256GB solid-state drive.The combination of specifications makes this version of the Dell XPS 15 an excellent choice for serious multitasking, web browsing, and even video editing.
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