Recently, we have been getting too many leaks and rumors concerning the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A6 and A6+.As you know, these handsets have already got certified by FCC.This simply means the phones are almost ready to enter the US market.Although, it’s been rumored the South Korean manufacturer is going to release the A6 and A6+ in certain markets only.They include Russia, Europe, and the Middle East.Well, regardless what regions they are focusing on, all the leaks and certifications confirm we’ll see them in the nearest future.
iPhone X power users will be happy to know that the first Mophie battery case is in the pipeline, according to a promising new leak.The Mophie Juice Pack Air capacity is 1,720mAh and adds 9 hours of battery life to your iPhone X, reports 9to5Mac picking up on an early AT product listing.There are other iPhone X battery cases out there, but Mophie's adds support for the Qi charging standard, allowing you to wireless charge your phone and case.The Mophie for iPhone X isn't on sale yet, but AT's product listing is a sign that it's likely launching very soon.And the iPhone X has been out for seven months now.More importantly, the price for this battery case is actually favorable considering its wireless charging attributes.
India has successfully conducted the satellite launch needed to re-construct its Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).The Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C41 ascended on Thursday, April 12th.Atop the craft was a satellite designated IRNSS-1L, the last of seven satellites in India’s constellation of navigational craft.India understand that satellite navigation services have become an assumed resource for all manner of applications, but that relying on another nation’s network is fraught with danger in the event of war or other disputes.Like Russia, China and the European Union, India has therefore decided it needs a satnav system of its own.India’s already completed the network once before: in April 2016 we covered the launch of IRNSS-G, which at the time was the seventh satellite in the constellation.
A new efficient media transfer method using multicast and broadcast technologies in the mobile networks, has been introduced to the 5G test network maintained by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University of Oulu."In practice, this means introducing intelligence to the mobile network, which reduces the amount of data within the network and base stations," notes Research Scientist Mikko Uitto at VTT.In addition, fewer radio frequencies are needed.eMBMS technology particularly favours high-volume media distribution, where the service is used by a large number of people, many of whom are covered by the same base station."For Yle, it is important that the 5G test network can help it to explore the potential of multicast for the broadcasting of TV and radio channels.At the moment, unnecessary bottlenecks in the reception of TV and radio channels are being caused by the limited capacity of various data networks," says Olli Sipilä, who is in charge of online and distribution technologies at Yle.
The city of Glendale, Calif. seems like an unlikely place to grow one of the next billion dollar startups in the booming Los Angeles tech ecosystem.Located at the southeastern tip of the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles suburb counts its biggest employers as the adhesive manufacturer Avery Dennison; the Los Angeles industrial team for the real estate developer CBRE; the International House of Pancakes; Disney Consumer Products; DreamWorks Studios; Walt Disney Animation and Univision.But it’s here in the (other) Valley’s southernmost edge that investors have found a startup they consider to be the next potential billion dollar “unicorn” that will come out of Los Angeles.Founded by Ara Mahdessian and Vahe Kuzoyan back in 2012, ServiceTitan is very much an up-and-coming billion-dollar business that’s a family (minded) affair.Mahdessian and Kuzoyan met on a ski trip organized by the Armenian student associations at Stanford and the University of Southern California back when both men were in college.The two men built a suite of services to help contractors like their fathers manage their businesses.
SwiftKey for Android is getting a Microsoft-themed update starting today, one that includes Master Chief-filled Halo stickers and familiar Skype emoji faces.There's a good reason for Microsoft all-in involvement with SwiftKey in this update.It bought the London-based predictive keyboard developer a year ago for $250 million (about £173m, AU$356m).Yes, this multi-million deal now entitles you to a pack of eight animated and on-animated stickers from Halo, Microsoft's most popular video game series on Xbox.And, for the first time outside of Skype app, you use 24 Skype emoticons.Microsoft is finally giving everyone more reason to install SwiftKey keyboard again on their Android phone.
YouTube has been serving up an ad that, with one click, leads to hardcore porn, Motherboard reported on Tuesday.The ad in question shows “a woman gyrating (not porn!)but features a link to something called ‘Hot Girl 2018' in the bottom left,” which was accompanied by a clearly visible thumbnail of two people having sex, Motherboard wrote.Clicking said link predictably led users to a page with much more high-resolution porn in the form of a page for Camsoda, a company that manages a network of pornographic webcams.(When Gizmodo went to the URL shown in screenshots, they were alternately greeted with either hardcore Camsoda-branded pornography or a scam site purporting to offer rewards for taking surveys.)YouTube’s parent company Google restricts adult ads except in “limited scenarios based on user search queries, user age, and local laws where the ad is being served,” though “text, image, audio, or video of graphic sexual acts intended to arouse” is explicitly prohibited in all ads.
With the number of fantasy sports players in North America heading past 60m, and the industry said to be worth over $7 billion, fantasy sports games are clearly on the rise.On the web, the two biggest players are FanDuel and DraftKings, which between them control 90% of the market.This is the aim of two blockchain-based startups, No Limit Fantasy Sports and MyDFS.Both have differing models, but both are aiming at the incumbents which are probably unable to grow much further, and especially after their merger was rejected by regulators.Now, MyDFS plans to take the fight to the next level, with a $2M cash injection from investor Frank Fu, managing director at Chinese technology company Meitu, the chinese phot sharing platform with 456M users.He’ll also join as a board advisor to the company.
Other news from Intel, Nantero and Kingston was backed up with Huawei SPC-1 benchmark results, several funding events and exec moves.It has global cloud deduplication (claimed 6:1 dedupe ratio) and forever incremental backups.The National Association of Broadcasters' 2018 show for the media, entertainment and technology industry runs in Las Vegas from 7-12 April.The two say it provides over 20GB/sec of centralised direct I/O performance over Ethernet per client for video streaming applications, without the need for buffering.This Chinese vendor reported results for 2017, with revenues of $92.5bn, 16 per cent more than 2016's $79.95bn.For that money you get an OceanStore 18800F v5 array in a 16-active-active controller configuration, with four OceanStor engines, each with four controllers and four SAS-connected drive enclosures containing 24 x 900GB SSDs; 384 SSDs in total and 346TB of total capacity.
Consumers—hello, millennials and Gen Z—are increasingly fleeing legacy chains, from Applebee’s to Olive Garden, in favor of trendier, tech-savvy, more health-conscious options.As a result, chains from TGI Fridays to Buffalo Wild Wings are moving away from their old, stale images and adopting an atmosphere that’s more fitting to younger consumers—craft cocktails, an Instagrammable atmosphere with picturesque menu items and broader to-go and mobile ordering services.“Standing still is the detriment to casual restaurant chains who don’t evolve with their consumers,” explained Sara Bamossy, president and CSO, Pitch.That’s why, day in and day out, legacy brands cook up new plans to court younger guests.IHOP didn’t rush its transformation, instead taking time to perfect the delivery and to-go process.Other brands are finding new ways to incorporate technology and innovation into the dining experience, citing tech as a vital tool to court millennials.
Pinterest is known for having, and promoting, a lot of business content.That’s part of the reasoning behind Pinterest’s Propel program, which it started a year ago to work with small businesses that really either didn’t know what they were doing, or had just never done it before.In another step toward that goal, Pinterest has hired Matt Hogle to be the global head of small business.Hogle spent 9 years at Facebook, working with small businesses and will be part of the effort for the company to try to find the right set of tools and strategies in place to appeal to small businesses as it starts to ramp it into a significant portion of its revenue.That’s important for, say, a local clothing store that only has one store and a limited online shop, but has products that would perform well on their own as content on Pinterest — and could quickly add revenue if they started advertising on it.We’ve obfuscated a lot of the levers one can pull in Propel.”
Apple has just poached one of Google’s top AI executives in a move likely to have far-reaching consequences.Apple has hired John Giannandrea, previously Google’s Head of AI and Search, the NYTimes reports.Giannandrea will lead Apple’s “machine learning and A.I.strategy,” the Cupertino company said in a statement to the Times, he will be one of only 16 executives that report directly to CEO Tim Cook.Just yesterday, The Information (paywalled) had reported that Giannandrea would be stepping down from his role at Google and would be replaced by 19-year Google veteran Jeff Dean.Giannandrea first joined Google in 2010 after it acquired MetaWeb, where he served as CTO.
Snapchat’s parent company Snap may be in the fiscal shitter, but Snapchat’s still an incredibly popular app: Last we heard, 187 million people (teens) use it daily.For those folks, as well as Instagram’s uninspired product team, Snapchat is adding a new group video chat feature akin to what’s already available on WhatsApp and Skype.Snap says it’s rolling out the feature worldwide starting today, though it wasn’t yet live for us.With it, users can initiate a group video chat by hitting the red video camera button above the keyboard, which will prompt others to join, if they so choose.In a few weeks, we can almost guarantee Instagram will do the same, although the company already offers a similar live-streaming feature for groups.
A collaboration between astrophysicists and ecologists at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is helping to monitor rare and endangered species and stop poaching.Burke explains: "With thermal infrared cameras, we can easily see animals as a result of their body heat, day or night, and even when they are camouflaged in their natural environment.Following an initial pilot project to test the concept with infrared footage of cows and humans filmed by drone at a farm in the Wirral, the team at LJMU has worked with Knowsley Safari and Chester Zoo to build up libraries of imagery to train the software to recognise different types of animals in different types of landscape and vegetation.The rabbits are very small, so we flew the drone quite low to the ground at a height of 20 metres.Although this limited the area we could cover with the drone, we managed five sightings.The system is now being refined and upgraded to compensate for atmospheric effects, weather and other environmental factors.
Alongside the well-known hazards of space -- freezing temperatures, crushing pressures, isolation -- astronauts also face risks from radiation, which can cause illness or injure organs.Though not believed to be an imminent threat to current missions, astronauts may one day face radiation from solar winds and galactic cosmic rays.Jeffery Chancellor, a research scientist in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A University and a PhD candidate in the applied physics program there, has spent more than a decade studying these questions as part of four NASA missions.Recently, collaborating with physician and astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor (NASA/University of Texas Medical Branch) and Associate Director of NASA's Human Research Program for Exploration Research Planning John Charles (NASA), Chancellor examined the health implications of space radiation exposure in low-altitude polar orbits.So, I decided to take a step back and apply advanced computational and numerical methods to this mission profile."Results were published in Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance in January 2018.
Facebook doesn't just peek at what you're doing on its own platform, but that isn't exactly news.It's been known for ages that Facebook uses tracking cookies to peek at your browsing habits, but in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal there's more demand to stop Mark Zuckerberg collecting large quantities of data.So Mozilla has released a brand new extension for Firefox that forces Facebook into its own little sandbox.While Facebook Container doesn't stop third party apps from accessing your data once you've approved them, it does mean Facebook can't spy on your browsing habits while you're logged in.It works by logging you into Facebook in its own container, and that stops the site from most of its snooping.Of course if you use Facebook's share button the new links will be opened up within the container meaning Facebook gets an extra bit of data about what you're doing.
Over 15 years ago I went on holiday with my family to Florida for a Christmas I will never forget.When we came back to Northern Ireland through Heathrow Airport, my several thousand pound powered wheelchair was left behind in London.You could be forgiven for hoping that this was a one-off event in a series of good stories.Air travel is full of difficulties for disabled people, and in the 15 years since my wheelchair went missing, it appears that little has changed.Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Trailblazers – a network of disabled young campaigners – carried out an investigation of the situation in air travel.Indeed, 6 out of 10 people feel unsafe when transferring to the airplane seat.
Microsoft clearly looks to boost Cortana’s effectiveness and helpfulness with the next big Windows 10 update.Known internally as Redstone 4, this update introduces a new ‘Cortana Show Me’ feature that teaches users how to navigate key features of the operating system (OS).The firm has released a test version of this feature through its Windows Insider Preview, publicly accessible by anyone who’s interested should they want to test out a less-than-stable version of the OS.Specifically, this feature can be found in the Fast Ring of Windows Insider Preview Build 17128.This feature update follows one released just earlier this week that adds profiles to the Cortana digital assistant, allowing it to provide insights and reminders before you even ask.Windows 10 rookies no longer
GMC is bringing out some seriously tinted trucks for the New York Auto Show next week, with the 2019 Terrain and Acadia Black Editions giving its SUVs a moody makeover.Offering another option alongside GMC’s existing Denali, chrome-lavished, and color-matched exterior versions, the new Black Edition trim leaves each SUV looking markedly different.In the case of the 2019 Terrain Black Edition, the effect kicks off with a darkened grille insert and matching black surround.The mirror caps, roof rails, and other exterior accents are finished in black, too, and the badging is finished in black.Finally, there are 19-inch gloss black aluminum wheels.GMC will offer the Terrain Black Edition with either the SLE or SLT versions of the SUV.
Craigslist, the global classified ad site, is shuttering its Personal section for its US listings.The decision was taken in response to Congress passing the FOSTA bill from 2017 that makes sites liable for facilitating sex trafficking.The site has previously come under fire – as far back as 2010 – for allowing users to post ads offering prostitution services involving adults as well as children.And last year, when a Senate bill called the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act was approved by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the company hired five lobbyists – its first such hires – to influence the Congress’ consideration of such bills and keep Craigslist out of trouble.The new bill, called the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA), could land Craiglist in hot water if it continues to allow people to post ads promoting the availability of minors for sex.In a statement on its site, Craiglist said: