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All today's commercial drones use GPS, which works fine above building roofs and in high alti-tudes.But what, when the drones have to navigate autonomously at low altitude among tall buildings or in the dense, unstructured city streets with cars, cyclists or pedestrians suddenly crossing their way?Researchers of the University of Zurich and the National Centre of Competence in Research NCCR Robotics developed DroNet, an algorithm that can safely drive a drone through the streets of a city.Designed as a fast 8-layers residual network, it produces two outputs for each single input image: a steering angle to keep the drone navigating while avoiding obstacles, and a collision probability to let the drone recognise dangerous situations and promptly react to them."DroNet recognises static and dynamic obstacles and can slow down to avoid crashing into them.Instead of relying on sophisticated sensors, the drone developed by Swiss researchers uses a normal camera like that of every smartphone, and a very powerful artificial intelligence algorithm to interpret the scene it observes and react accordingly.
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OUKITEL recently brought out to the world the first 11000mAh battery-equipped smartphone – the OUKITE K10.The handset comes with a super large battery, large memory, great camera hardware and top performance, all factors that have drawn many buyers’ attention.As the K10 is going to get delivered to customers this week, the company just released a performance test, running a game on it as well as the notorious Antutu benchmark.OUKITEL’s K10 is fueled by a MediaTek MT6763 chipset with 8 cores clocked at 2.0Ghz, a CPU that supports LPDDR4X RAM, 2K resolution and dual 4G VoLTE/ViLTE.With 6GB RAM and an optimized Android 7.1 OS, mobile games on K10 are running fluently without hiccups.Meanwhile, in the Antutu benchmark, the K10 scored 61254 points, which isn’t one of the highest around but it’s a really competitive result if we compare it to other smartphones in the same category.
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Conversations about the under-display fingerprint technology have been buzzing in the net for a while.The reason why we have been thinking so is obvious.Xiaomi was known as the most innovative company, while the Mi 5 took it to new heights.But the under-glass fingerprint technology was first unveiled by VIVO at CES 2018 a week ago.Moreover, it is the first company to send this technology to a mass production.The first model will this technology on the board will be the VIVO X20 Plus UD.
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RoTM Facebook has brought us one step closer to a Skynet future made a commitment to computer vision boffinry by open-sourcing its codebase for object detection, Detectron.Written in Python and powered by the Caffe2 deep learning framework, the codebase – which implements object-sniffing algos such as Mask R-CNN and RetinaNet – is available under the Apache 2.0 licence.CAPTCHA jokes aside – it's about more than just identifying what's in an image.Normally, when we look at a still pic or video, we see multiple overlapping things and calculate their relative distances; relationship to each other; the fact that foreground and background objects are affected by the focal length of the camera (or the human eye); as well as where one object ends and the other begins.If your training data includes moving pics, you'll might need to look at relative size, positioning, or partial obstruction from frame to frame.These are some of the problems that ML researchers in the computer vision game – and specifically in object detection – are attempting to solve.
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The telecommunications giant's wireless growth exceeded Wall Street expectations, but signaled that competitive pressures persist The company added a net 1.2 million post-paid customers -- or accounts in which customers pay at the end of the month -- in the fourth quarter.While it added 431,000 net new phone customers, that includes a loss of 216,000 basic phone customers, offset by a gain of 647,000 smartphones.The numbers underscore the continued trend that competitors T-Mobile and, increasingly, Sprint, are starting to win business from Verizon through more aggressive offers and promotions.T-Mobile throws in a myriad of freebies into its service, while Sprint touts plans that are half the price of Verizon's offerings.Verizon has long touted its network superiority, but customers are increasingly factoring price into the equation.Still, the customer growth numbers for the fourth quarter suggested Verizon weathered the iPhone switching storm.
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Earlier this month, the state of Hawaii descended into a brief if existentially terrifying panic as its Emergency Management Agency dispatched a mass text message warning of an imminent “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT” after an employee pressed the wrong button.Many residents immediately scrambled for cover from what they believed was an inbound nuclear missile from North Korea.The state did not distinguish itself sending out corrections, either, taking the better part of an hour to send out another mass text confirming no such missile existed.Although senior state officials were immediately alerted of the mistake, it took 17 minutes for Gov.David Ige to send his own tweet telling people to calm down.According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, that’s in part because he was coordinating with emergency officials and in part because he forgot his Twitter password.
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Capacity max same with 32- to 64-layer 3D NAND transitionMicron is looking to boost its high fidelity cred.The vendor has refreshed its three-model 5100 SATA SSD with a two-variant 5200, increasing reliability from two million to three million hours mean time before failure (MTBF).The 5100 SATA 2.5-inch SSD was built from 32-layer TLC 3D NAND came in three flavours: Eco (high capacity), Pro and Max (longer endurance).The 5200, which replaces it, uses 64-layer TLC 3D NAND, and yet there is no change in maximum capacity, at 7.68GB.There was a lower capacity M.2 form factor 5100 product, and that too has disappeared with the 5200.
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The Nintendo Switch isn’t the only console that’s a popular target for hackers and homebrew enthusiasts – the PlayStation 4 system has been hacked, bringing a flood of pirated software and the chance for tinkerers to play their own PlayStation 2 games on the more modern console.According to Eurogamer, the exploit in the console’s software was discovered earlier this month, but it’s limited to consoles running system software 4.05.Given that most people automatically update their consoles and we’re now on system software 5.05, it’s safe to say there are very few PlayStation 4 consoles out there right now that will be able to actually take advantage of the exploit.However, that hasn’t stopped a sudden flurry of activity in the hacking community.Not long after the release of the exploit, we’re seeing Linux support and the creation of a homebrew enabler called PS4HEN.Now, hackers are able to install package files on PS4 consoles, use tools to decrypt games, and then re-package and install them on hacked consoles.
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Following the Logan Paul video controversy earlier this month, there have been calls for YouTube to be regulated in the same way that more traditional TV channels need to be.However, YouTube has refused to accept that, on the basis that it's 'different', thanks to being an open platform that distributes content rather than having any kind of editorial input.Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, YouTube's chief business officer Robert Kyncl says that, "we're not content creators; we're a platform that distributes the content", and therefore the company believes they should not be subject to regulation by Ofcom.While Kyncl is right in the regard that YouTube is a distribution platform and can't exactly be compared to the likes of BBC or Channel 4, it is still one of the biggest ways that people consume video and therefore should be subject to some kind of regulation.Logan Paul's video showing the body of a suicide victim which was uploaded to the service is clear proof of that.Kyncl went on to explain that "the site's community guidelines act as the standards which are a guide on how to behave on YouTube," — but self-created guidelines are a far cry from third party regulation.
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Leading global LCD manufacturer Japan Display Inc. has just announced it has developed a transparent Glass-based fingerprint sensor.The manufacturer is mainly known for making liquid crystal displays or LCDs.However, it has used its LCD expertise to make inroads in the sensor-making industry.JDI’s announcement comes at a time when Vivo has already demonstrated the first working under-display fingerprint sensor in the Vivo X20 Plus UD.The company described the mechanism of the sensor, “JDI’s glass-based capacitive fingerprint sensor applies the basic touch functionality technology that is integrated in its in-cell Pixel EyesTM displays which have been used in smartphone and digital still camera applications.With Pixel EyesTM, the touch functionality is integrated into the glass substrate by detecting the changes in capacitance that occur when a finger touches the LCD surface.
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There seems to be a new pattern among some of the newer and smaller players in the smartphone market.Launch a phone with “decent”, sometimes even dismal camera performance and then promise a firmware update that fixes it later.That fix does come, eventually, but sometimes the results are less than satisfying.Fortunately there are some rather devoted app developers, like XDA Senior Member txx1219, who develop some mods, like this OnePlus Camera M, that takes the disappointing stock OEM camera app and magically transforms it into something good.OnePlus’s performance in the smartphone photography category has been hit or miss, depending on who you ask.The company always teases and hypes its next gen phone’s camera but sometimes falls short of meeting user expectations.
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A WhatsApp dedicated to business users was announced last week but wasn’t available in India.On Tuesday, the company announced availability of the platform on our shores.This dedicated business version of the platform will enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to interact with their customers.The SMEs will now be able to service their customers, providing them with answers to queries and get feedback.Businesses will start off by creating a business profile on WhatsApp with general information such as address and contact details.They can even create preset replies to queries which cuts down on the time required to answer.
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We were all wowed by Samsung latest innovation at the just concluded CES 2018 when the company announced a super-sized TV named The Wall.If you think that is the best Sammy has to offer, then you may be wrong as the company has just recently requested the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to trademark the names “Super Size TV” and “Giant TV.”The trademark applications on their own didn’t reveal anything else, but it is an indication that the company may in time to come release new bigger-screen products that fit the “Super Size TV” and “Giant TV.” monikers.There is also the likely hood that ‘The Wall’ that was showcased recently at the CES could be marketed under such names when Samsung decides to commercially release it later in the year.The latest inovation and of course the announcement at the CES is an indication that Samsung seems more determned to grab more market share which has been dominated by LG Electronics since the QLED line-up was first introduced in early 2017.
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Whether you’re taking a short trip or living out of a van for years at a time, more of us now work from wherever we find ourselves, but having the right gear to hand can make the difference between a smooth remote working session and a disastrous one.Even the laptops with the longest-lasting batteries are going to start struggling by the end of a hectic working day, and so anything you can do to extend this lifespan could mean the difference between submitting your work on time or way behind schedule.Power bricks with enough juice to recharge a laptop aren’t particularly light to carry around or cheap to buy, but they’re worth the extra investment and wear on your shoulders.But there’s one important thing to consider when buying an external battery that will juice your laptop (and not just your phone, ereader, tablet, and random Nintendo Switch).While many USB-C charged laptops might work with the batteries above, some are more power-hungry.Naturally they rarely list their output in watts, but they do list them in volts and amps.
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Chinese bike rental firm Hellobike (哈罗单车) is going to complete $1 billion worth of round from Ant Financial (an affiliate company of Alibaba Group), Fosun Capital, and some other existing investors, people familiar with the matter told Tencent Tech.New heavyweight investors also joined this round, the source added.If true, this would add to another milestone round to the firm’s fundraising frenzy.In last December alone, Hellobike has announced two hefty financing deals in Series D1 and D2 rounds, securing a combined nearly RMB 3.3 billion from Ant Financial and Fosun Capital.Hellobike merged with a major competitor Yongon in October 2017, and Hellobike’s team is leading the new company.As of January 20, the firm is operating in 160 cities, providing service to nearly 100 million users with a daily order of 10 million, according to the firm.
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Lomography, the photography company known for its retro products like the Lomo’Instant and Lomo’Instant Automat, has announced the launch of the world’s first fully analogue multi-format instant camera.After a successful Kickstarter project, the Lomo’Instant Square has finally seen the light of day.The new instant camera allows users to swap between using Fujifilm Instax Square film and Instax Mini film, with the latter usable via a detachable back accessory that comes bundled with the shooter.Like the other Lomography cameras, the Lomo’Instant Square comes in different colors – this time there’s Matte Black, Glittering White and Red Leather.The new camera also keeps with the brand’s retro look – pop-out bellows allow the Lomo’Instant Square to fold into a compact form factor and give it that quintessential ‘olde worlde’ vibe.The new camera features a 95mm glass lens (that’s a 45mm equivalent) that promises to produce sharp images.
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Imagine wafer-thin eyeglasses or a smartphone camera so small it is invisible to the naked eye.Imagine an aerodynamic sensor that can conform to the exact slope and angle of a jet airplane wing.These visions of future technologies emerge from a technical paper titled "Inverse-designed broadband all-dielectric electromagnetic metadevices" published online today in Scientific Reports.The Northwestern University team used inverse design principles and a basic 3D printer purchased from Amazon -- technologies not commonly used in their field-- to create highly efficient, non-resonant, broadband metadevices at millimeter-wave frequencies that could prove revolutionary for consumer products, defense, and telecommunications, including next-generation 5G wireless networks."I feel like we're really on the verge of something big," said Koray Aydin, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the McCormick School of Engineering, who is leading the research efforts in inverse-designed metadevices.Using computer modeling, optimization software and complex algorithms, the team set out to build metadevices that could bend or focus millimeter waves but that avoided problems with conventional approaches, such low efficiency, narrow bandwidth and the bulkiness of the devices.
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New risk assessment research into cryptocurrency investing has arrived at an unsurprising (if finally quantifiable) conclusion: Over 10 per cent of all funds raised through initial coin offerings (ICOs) has vanished into thin air.ICOs have become a popular form of early-stage investment for companies involved in blockchain tech.Rather than shares, participants are offered a number of digital tokens with a limited supply.In many cases, however, the companies running these ICOs have no product to offer beyond a whitepaper—a few pages of text that paint the broad strokes of how the thing people just invested loads of money in should theoretically work.According to the London-based firm Ernst & Young, which examined 372 ICOs, around $400 million (£287 million) of the $3.7 billion (£2.65 billion) raised through these offerings went up in smoke—much of it to phishing attacks.It’s unclear if the research included companies that have failed to deliver on their promises or disappeared with the cash they’ve raised.
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Only last week we were checking out the specs of the upcoming Cubot X18 Plus – Cubot’s next flagship model featuring an 18:9 display aspect ratio display.Following the same 18:9 trend, the company now shows the Cubot R11 which is expected to come with less performing hardware and – of course – a lower price tag.Although the Cubot R11 is defined as a low-end phone by Cubot themselves, the device will still boast a nice 5.5-inch 18:9 full screen design with a screen-to-body ratio of around 83%.The screen size paired with the 18:9 design should make many lovers of smaller devices rejoice as it will be more comfortable to hold compared to the many 6-inch 18:9 display-equipped phones on the market.Under the hood, the Cubot R11 will be rocking a quad-core MediaTek MT6580P processor, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which should provide a smooth enough user experience for the low-end segment.Additionally, the smartphone is expandable to 128GB via microSD, so it could be a great media consumption device.
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T-Mobile USA appears to have dominated the latest batch of mobile data tests from the folks at OpenSignal, beating out bigger names like Verizon and AT in the process.How could this have happened, and at what point did T-Mobile begin delivering more reliable and speedier mobile data than their competitors?Is it the advertising, maybe the phones they’ve got available – or is it something more subtle, like the shade of pink they’re using?It would seem that part of T-Mobile’s victory in this set of tests is due to Verizon and AT’s Unlimited Data plans re-introduction in 2017.Many smaller brands also have unlimited data plans.)After reintroducing unlimited data in February of 2017, both Verizon and AT had significant 4G speed and overall speed depressions.
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