All eyes may be on the Galaxy S9 right now, and its imminent debut, but Samsung’s 2018 smartphone strategy doesn’t hinge on just one flagship.The newest model in the top-end Galaxy line-up may be just weeks away from its Mobile World Congress 2018 reveal, but there are more than twenty new products across phones and tablets that Samsung is believed to have waiting in the wings.The Galaxy S9 – and its Galaxy S9+ sibling – are shaping up to be fairly evolutionary updates of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.Outwardly, they’re expected to use the same sized displays – complete with the distinctive wraparound screen – as their predecessors, though on the back there’ll be a new camera technology which adds dual apertures for more DSLR-like photography.The codenames had been pulled from a framework-res in a leaked beta of Oreo intended for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and cover a variety of devices both in the smartphone and the tablet segments.Some have been connected with the likely production device they’ll probably launch as, but others are still a mystery.
It looks like a healthy enough bird, sure, but something nefarious once lurked in its liver: anticoagulant rodenticide, which causes rats to bleed out, and inevitably accumulates in apex predators like owls.Someone’s gotta grow it, and in Northern California, that often means rogue farmers squatting on public lands, tainting the ecosystem with pesticides and other chemicals, then harvesting their goods and leaving behind what is essentially a mini superfund site.Until the federal prohibition on marijuana ends, growers here can skip the legit marketplace and ship to black markets in the many states where the drug is still illegal.Of those 15,000 farms, 2,300 have applied for permits, and of those just 91 actually have the permits.Researchers reckon that 15 to 20 percent of private grows here are using rodenticide, trying to avoid damage from rats chewing through irrigation lines and plants.When researchers took a look at satellite images of these areas, they were able to pick out illegal grow operations and make the connection: Rodenticides from marijuana cultivation are probably moving up the food chain.
For the last five years, the Logitech C920 has been the best affordable webcam for streamers and content creators.You could get Elgato’s $130 Camlink and hook up a DSLR for a professional looking image even in low light.Or you could look into the world of dedicated hand-cameras that use the same kind of image processing as an iPhone.But those alternatives require a lot of cash.It still isn’t a match for some of those more expensive solutions, but it is packed with features and great image quality for a webcam.If you’re already using your own dedicated lighting for a Twitch stream or for making YouTube videos, this is not going to make a dent in that.
There’s a reason why the rich and powerful throughout history have always had feline companions.And there’s an explanation for all the time people spend these days watching wacky cat videos online.Humans may be obsessed with these adorable, camera-ready four-legged creatures, but there’s more to the symbiotic relationship than meets the eye.Error loading player: No playable sources foundSeveral paranoid kitties seed their suspicions about waste collection and profit motive in a purposely absurd new video for the PetSafe brand dubbed “Catspiracy 2: Digging Deeper into the ScoopFree Poop Harvesting Machine.”The furry catspiracy theorists who narrate the digital ad include Cindy Clawford, a British short hair, and a tabby named Roswell.
SoftMaker Office 2018 is coming to Mac, and you can download the public beta free today.SoftMaker Office is an affordable alternative to Microsoft Office, with no rolling subscription.It's fully compatible with Microsoft's latest document formats, with an interface so similar there's practically no learning curve.The software has been available for Windows, Linux and Android for some time, but this is the first time it's been available for macOS.Early adopters can take it for a spin free, and give their input before the final release later this year.“For us, a completely new chapter begins with the Mac version of our Office suite,” said Martin Kotulla, managing director at SoftMaker.
There is a special niche called ultra-budget smartphones.But even this term doesn’t describe the phones of this market well.But it should come with a couple of selling points to differ from ‘less-intelligent’ products such as calculators.When the Homtom HT26 was announced back in September 2017, many were thinking it’s impossible to acquire an ordinary smartphone for $56.But what if we say, you can get your hands on this amazing device for way lower price tag of $46.99 after applying the coupon (code: HNYear504).As we said, ultra-budget smartphones are not capable of doing much.
NASA optics experts are well on the way to toppling a barrier that has thwarted scientists from achieving a long-held ambition: building an ultra-stable telescope that locates and images dozens of Earth-like planets beyond the solar system and then scrutinizes their atmospheres for signs of life.Babak Saif and Lee Feinberg at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have shown for the first time that they can dynamically detect subatomic- or picometer-sized distortions -- changes that are far smaller than an atom -- across a five-foot segmented telescope mirror and its support structure.Collaborating with Perry Greenfield at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, the team now plans to use a next-generation tool and thermal test chamber to further refine their measurements.The measurement feat is good news to scientists studying future missions for finding and characterizing extrasolar Earth-like planets that potentially could support life.To find life, these observatories would have to gather and focus enough light to distinguish the planet's light from that of its much brighter parent star and then be able to dissect that light to discern different atmospheric chemical signatures, such as oxygen and methane.This would require a super-stable observatory whose optical components move or distort no more than 12 picometers, a measurement that is about one-tenth the size of a hydrogen atom.
Babies are born with highly malleable skulls, and therefore receiving constant pressure on a particular part of their head, like from repeatedly lying on ther backs to sleep, may lead to some positional flattening or molding of the head.A team of students at UNIST has recently introduced a smart baby pillow to help prevent and correct mild cases of flat head syndrome.This innovative device has also recently won a gold award at the 'Science and Technology-based Business Idea Contest', jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Commercializations Promotion Agency for R Outcomes, and the Asan Nanum Foundation.The winning team consists of the following members: Tae Hun Chung and Dong-Cheol Lim in the School of Materials Science and Engineering and HyeWon Cho in the School of Life Sciences.Although this does not harm brain development nor cause any lasting appearance problems, simple practices, like placing them in different positions over the course of each day, can easily prevent a baby from developing an asymmetrical skull shape."We came up with the idea to help new parents who are in drastic need of sleep," the students claim.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland studied the energy consumption of indoor swimming pools and practice indoor ice rinks, and use of solar power in them.Currently, electricity plays a significant role in the operations of both types of halls.Some of this need of energy could be covered by collecting solar power in spring, summer and autumn.In swimming halls, the situation is totally opposite, because the premises need most heating in the winter time, when the availability of solar energy is at its lowest.When not stored, solar power can cover 30% of the energy needs of both types of sports halls at reasonable cost.There are several factors affecting the figures, such as the energy-technical solutions used in the halls, location, the orientation of the building, the weather conditions, time of year, and tree stands or other buildings shadowing the building.
After selling his social virtual reality startup to Microsoft in October, Eric Romo, the co-founder of AltspaceVR is joining the competing social VR team at Facebook as its Product Director where he will be “exploring how VR can help communities connect.”“It wasn’t an easy decision, but I left AltspaceVR with confidence that the team is well-placed to continue pushing forward the promise of virtual communication as part of the Microsoft mixed reality ecosystem,” Romo wrote in a Facebook post.Romo is joining the team that has built Facebook Spaces, a social virtual reality app for chatting and collaborating.It’s likely not something you’ve come across in your daily newsfeed scrolling, but FB hopes that they can use the platform to play around with how social media plays out in a 3D space.Facebook and Oculus work closely together on virtual reality initiatives but to date their social efforts have seemed a bit separate with Oculus’s Avatars system being built for the Rift’s gaming audience while Facebook’s Spaces is more platform agnostic and designed as an exploratory social tool for the company’s “10 year vision” for making VR happen.AltspaceVR has been one of the more savvy social VR startups of the past couple years and it benefitted strongly from Romo’s vision.
Everyone wants to be the Craigslist killer.In November, Facebook expanded its Marketplace section to include partners’ housing rentals alongside secondhand merchandise, and today the number three shopping app letgo is doing the same.The company says that, starting today, its tens of millions of users can now quickly snap a few photos and add a description to list a housing rental or sale on its app.ComScore also recently pegged the app as the second fastest-growing in the U.S., in its 2017 Mobile App Report, putting it ahead of Lyft, Venmo and others based on monthly traffic growth.Letgo competes not only with giants like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, but similar secondhand apps like OfferUp, Mercari and eBay, which are all more lowly-ranked at this time.Today’s addition of housing is the first time letgo has expanded beyond secondhand items.
Homeschooling isn't what it used to be.The core idea of homeschooling is the idea that kids need to learn at the speed, and in the style, most appropriate for them.Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are big fans of personalized learning, since it tends to use technology as a way to tailor lesson plans to students.In a recent blog post, Gates pointed to research that personalized learning helps boost scores in reading and math.They can study psychology in fourth grade, or finance in eighth grade.Some parents are capable enough to pass on this knowledge themselves.
We decided that having the community determine which sources are broadly trusted would be most objective.”The vetting process will happen through Facebook’s ongoing quality surveys — the same surveys it uses to ask whether Facebook is a force for good in the world and whether the company seems to care about its users.According to Zuckerberg, these surveys will help the truth about trustworthiness rise to the top: “The idea is that some news organizations are only trusted by their readers or watchers, and others are broadly trusted across society even by those who don't follow them directly.”It’s tempting to read a lot into Zuckerberg’s words, especially when the missive was so short on details.Relying on users “lets them sidestep allegations of bias and take steps to fix it without directly becoming the dreaded 'arbiter of truth,'" says researcher Renee DiResta, a technologist who has been studying the manipulation of social-media platforms.Facebook did not immediately return a request for comment.
Twitter has provided updated details on its investigation into Russian election interference on its platform in 2016.Its identification of more than 13,000 more Russian-linked bots that made election-related tweets puts the total over 50,000.In addition, about 3,800 (up 1,000 from Twitter’s data in the fall) were associated with the now-notorious Internet Research Agency.Still, Twitter denied that these accounts were a significant problem:The results of this supplemental analysis are consistent with the results of our previous work: automated election-related content associated with Russian signals represented a very small fraction of the overall activity on Twitter in the ten-week period preceding the 2016 election.As if to demonstrate the different scales at work here, the Twitter blog post then changed topics to its efforts to block bots and suspicious activity platform-wide.
Nissan amassed nearly 20,000 orders for its new 2018 Leaf EV when the order books opened up in Europe and Japan, which is a pretty solid figure.Now, it appears that lightning has struck twice.Nissan has accumulated about 13,000 orders for the 2018 Leaf in the US, Engadget reports, citing a conversation with Nissan during the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.The 2018 Leaf entered US production in December, and deliveries are expected to begin en masse early this year.While it's also built in Japan, US-spec Leafs are built right here in the ol' US of A -- Smyrna, Tennessee, specifically.This swell of demand means that Nissan is doing something right with the Leaf's redesign.
Normally, these bashers, spikes, and other instruments of attack appear on heads or limbs.But only rarely do they end up on tails—and scientists want to know why.The tail might seem like a less risky place to evolve a weapon than the head, but only a few animals actually end up using their tails as weapon.Only one living lizard seems to have bony spikes on its tail, for example—the rest of those weapon-wielders are extinct.A pair of researchers in the U.S. and Canada have analysed some living and extinct examples, and think they’ve found out why that is.Essentially, it seems that a bony tail comes along with large body size, having body armour, and being a herbivore, according to the paper published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
The UK health service's NHS Digital has been accused of operating to a "lower standard of confidentiality" than rest of NHS, in a heated hearing about a deal that requires patient info to be handed over for immigration enforcement.After the memorandum of understanding (MoU) hit the headlines, the government asked PHE to collect statistical evidence on whether the MoU has an impact on public health – but interim results are not due until at least November 2018.In the meantime, the House of Commons Health Committee has launched its own inquiry into the deal, with the first evidence session held yesterday.Criticism focused on the risk the MoU would dissuade people from accessing healthcare, the knock-on effect on public trust in NHS confidentiality, and whether the government had properly balanced the public interest in that confidentiality with the interest in effective immigration control.“Confidentiality is the cornerstone of doctor-patient relationship,” said Lucinda Hiam, a GP in the Doctors of the World group that aims to help migrants (who are entitled primary and emergency care for free in the UK) access healthcare.This behaviour puts added strain and cost on the health service overall, she noted.
AI created by Chinese tech giant Alibaba and Microsoft have tied for first place on the Stanford Question Answering Dataset (SQuAD) this month, beating the human score for Exact Match (providing exact answers to questions).According to the SQuAD website, it is a machine reading comprehension dataset comprising of questions pertaining to a set of Wikipedia articles.Answers to questions are usually a segment of text from a corresponding reading passage.The results may not be surprising to some since AI-based systems have proven to be formidable, with Google's AlphaGo defeating Ke Jie as the Go world champion last year.The systems are also expected to go into hospitals and act as our assistants, and Alibaba founder Jack Ma predicted AI-powered robots will head companies in 30 years.But not everyone will agree on how intelligent AI-based systems really are yet.
Spare a thought for Jasper Spaans, who hosts the Linux Kernel Mailing List archive from a single PC that lives in his home.And since things always happen this way the home machine died while he was on holiday.The archive was therefore unavailable for much of the weekend, although Linux developers could still use mirrors like Indiana University's effort.Spaans quickly learned of the outage and he said it was a simple issue, that a brief power outage left the server waiting for a luks – Linux United Key Setup – password.The sad part is that that machine has an initrd with remote ssh access for passing the passphrase (because of a sucky java-based kvm), but I can't reach the bugger from the outside.A vps + cryptops might be a thing for when this hardware dies though.
Daniel Simon, the creator of sci-fi cars in Tron: Legacy, designed the green vehicle as the first driverless electric racing car.It has four motors and one big battery, and it can go more than 200 miles per hour.It’s the one that can avoid pedestrians and other obstacles on a course that isn’t a simple oval, said Rod Chong, chief creative officer, in an interview at CES.It could lead to better AI, much like early race cars led to the creation of disc brakes, Chong said.Rod Chong: The Roborace project started about two years ago.Our founder was looking at what could be the next step for motorsport.