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NOMU have been manufacturing rugged phones for about 10 years now, so they obviously have some know-how on creating really durable devices for any kind of customer.The company sole intention is indeed to create phones that you don’t have to worry about, whether you drop it or not.Short introduction aside, after releasing the NOMU S10, S30 and S30 mini, the phone maker is now working on yet another really interesting device which will be named NOMU T18.The NOMU T18 will be a “professional” rugged phone with a removable external camera and Walkie-Talkie support on the hardware side.As many of their devices, the T18 will be IP68 dust and water proof and it earned the MIL-STD-810G certification, an American Military Standard.That’s pretty much everything we know about the device as of now.
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Your phone's most important feature is easily the camera - a good one makes the difference between an all-conquering champion and an also-ran.Sure, picture quality and battery matter too, and for a lot of folks design is just as vital to a phone's appeal.But this year, there's little to choose between the top devices on any of those issues.To help work out once and for all which is best, we've put eight of the best smartphone cameras through their paces, and will be presenting the results to you very soon.Below is a blind test of photos taken with the eight phones: Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, the Google Pixel XL, HTC U11, Huawei P10 Plus, LG G6, OnePlus 5, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Sony's Xperia XZ Premium.We haven't edited, cropped or otherwise tweaked the snaps - they were pulled straight out of each phone.
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Commercial space tourism company Blue Origin, and its overlord Jeff Bezos, have been pretty quiet over the last few months.But last week, the Amazon founder made his first Instagram post, which appears to show the billionaire stranded on the roof of his own rocket facility in Florida.The video opens with a spectacular view of Blue Origin’s 750,000-square-foot orbital launch facility near Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which is currently under construction.It is unclear whether this is a rendering, a video, or some sort of composite, but we reached out to Blue Origin for clarification.For context, here’s what the site looked like last December.The best part of the video—or whatever it is—is that you get to appreciate the grandeur of an up-and-coming spaceflight facility, one that’ll eventually house and launch Blue Origin’s heavy-lift orbital rocket, New Glenn.
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The English Premier League is worried about streams that broadcast football games for free, so it will apply in advance for an injunction to stop illegal streamers.Some people buy a Kodi box from eBay which has been loaded with plugins.These Android TV boxes use Kodi's media centre because it has a wide selection of illicit plugins available - allowing people to stream Sky's sports channels, or other international services carrying EPL matches, without paying.TorrentFreak says that the organisation blocked some 5,000 IP addresses last season and now has applied for a new injunction to cover the 2017-18 season.The way this works is similar to the other copyright blocks you'll find on your ISP.For example, The Pirate Bay remains hard to access without a VPN on most of the large internet service providers in the UK.
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AI is basically about a computing system being smart or sentient like a human being, being able to learn and consider moral and ethical dilemmas.AI is far more complex and difficult to achieve with today’s state of technology.Teaching computers to think and understand the world the same way a human brain does is a nearly impossible endeavour.Perhaps the best way to illustrate the delicate and furious challenges that AI must meet is to use the Clint Eastwood film Sully: Miracle on the Hudson, which is about the actual heroic efforts of US Airways pilots Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles to safely land in New York’s Hudson River after its engines were struck by birds.Aside from landing and take-off, where pilots are generally in full control of the plane, the rest of the journey is characterised as “automation management” where computers control the flight.While that is not machine learning or AI, it is certainly advanced automation at the highest levels.
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On April 25, 2015, a devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook Nepal, leaving 9,000 dead and thousands injured.“Ensuring network stability is the biggest social responsibility for Huawei,” states Ren Zhengfei, the PLA veteran and engineer who founded the company.Now one of the world’s largest smartphone and telecom equipment makers, Huawei Technologies is an employee-owned company with approximately 85,000 working shareholders.The founder Ren holds less than 2% of shares.This is a telling episode in Chinese companies’ “go global” process as their overseas activities extend beyond profit seeking.In the past decade or so Chinese companies are increasingly expanding their presence abroad, growing sales and financial assets.
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Cyber-thieves have made at least $25m (£19m) from ransomware in the last two years, suggests research by Google.The search giant created thousands of virtual victims of ransomware to expose the payment ecosystem surrounding the malware type.Most of the money was made in 2016 as gangs realised how lucrative it was, revealed a talk at Black Hat.Two types of ransomware made most of the money, it said, but other variants are starting to emerge."It's become a very, very profitable market and is here to stay," said Elie Bursztein from Google who, along with colleagues Kylie McRoberts and Luca Invernizzi, carried out the research.Ransomware is malicious software that infects a machine and then encrypts or scrambles files so they can no longer be used or read.
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Black Friday is a boon for shoppers hoping to save on big ticket or popular items.Aside from the stiff competition from other shoppers both online and in stores, Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to get some serious shopping done.These early ads will help you identify some of the deals you want to pounce on quickly.Since stock is generally limited, knowing which deals you want and when they start is the best way to snag them.The discount ranges from 50% to 75% off.The Nerf HyperFire Blaster is $11 off for a price of $43.
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CowerSnail' opens garden variety backdoors rather than mining BTCKaspersky researchers writing at Securelist say they've spotted a Windows variant of SambaCry, which was first spotted in June.The new variant has been dubbed "CowerSnail".The researchers strongly suspect CowerSnail comes from SambaCry's developers as it points to the same C server.The authors have designed their malware to be cross-platform, writes Kaspersky's Sergey Yunakovsky: it's compiled using Qt, with a library framework that provides “cross-platform capability and transferability of the source code between different operating systems.”The only penalty the developers suffer in trying to make the malware cross-platform is that the user code is only “a small proportion of a large 3 MB file”.
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Instagram finally added the ability to zoom in on photos last year, which you activated using a pinch gesture.Now Facebook appears to be bringing the gesture over to your News Feed.I was browsing my feed earlier today when I noticed a Facebook animation tell me I could pinch to zoom into a photo.There are a few stray mentions of the feature on Twitter over the past couple of months, but I couldn’t find any other reporting on it, so I assume it was probably a small test that went under the radar.Though the feature didn’t work on any iOS device we tried, we were able to replicate it on four separate Android phones, so it seems the company is rolling out the feature more widely now.Of course, you could already tap on a photo to open it and then zoom in, but the new feature is a faster and more seamless way of expanding a photo without leaving your News Feed.
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The applications and benefits of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in medicine are well known, but the technology is also used in other areas, such as agribusiness, where its applications include quality analysis of seeds and other products of animal and plant origin.NMR has recently reached the retail commerce sector, where it expedites the assessment of meat and fruit quality by supermarkets.Fine Instrument Technology (FIT), a Brazilian company based in São Carlos (São Paulo State, Brazil), has developed a low-field NMR device that takes a few seconds to perform chemical and physical analyses of fruit, grains, olive oil, milk and meat, among other products.It measures the sugar content of fruit, for example, in terms of the fade duration of an incident radio frequency pulse, which is then compared digitally with information in a database that translates the measurement into the chemical composition of the product.In the specific case of SpecFIT, the company partners with the Magnetic Resonance Laboratory at Embrapa Instrumentation, a division of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) also based in São Carlos.The same technology can be used to analyze beef in terms of fat content, moisture, tenderness, flavor and succulence.
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Oukitel U11 Plus has been officially announced in May so it’s already out for several weeks.But they makers decided to bolster the wares with a new variants, sapphire blue and brilliant black versions.And we have a video for you today.On the hardware side of things everything should stay the same so keeping the 5,7-inch FullHD display, MT6750T chipset, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM, but it’s adding dual curved design and the rear battery cover adopting the IML craft similar to the one Xiaomi Mi Mix has.It’s also sporting 3700 mAh battery capacity and identical 16 MP cameras both front and back with dual flashlight, using the OV AR1335 interpolated 13 MP sensors.In the video above you can get some idea about the looks of the new versions and even though you don’t have to agree with the manufacturer’s claim that it’s like a combination of Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and Xiaomi Mi Mix, the phone certainly has something to offer.
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According to a new report that comes from Asia supply chain sources, the most awaited iPhone 8 flagship model by Apple will start shipping in October or early November, although it will be unveiled alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus at a launch event that’s slated to occur on September 7, 8 or 9.The same sources now suggest that we should forget about TouchID technology and the implementation of a fingerprint sensor on top the side positioned On/Off button.Instead they insist that all official cases for the phone don’t have a hole for that button so the probability of TouchID hiding in there is low.The rumors also suggest that the company will probably ditch the TouchID sensor for another type of security technology we all know today: iris scanner along with face recognition.The image above shows a purported screen protector for the device, and as you can see it has way too many sensor holes for a phone without an iris scanner.Whereas if such a setup is in, all of those cutouts suddenly make sense.
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Microsoft has been running a bounty program for a few years now, launching it just ahead of the release of Windows 8.1 back in mid-2013.At the time, the company was awarding up to $50,000 for exploits, in an attempt to help address any potential security issues before they could become a larger public concern.It’s a tact taken by a number of tech’s biggest names, like Google, Facebook and, more recently, Apple.The software giant’s expanding things a bit today, with the simply named “Windows Bounty Program.” It’ll cover a bit more ground in Windows 10, and features much loftier rewards for bug finders (thus perhaps making it a bit more compelling over selling the exploits to the highest-bidding third party.)This time out, awards go all the way up to $250,000 for anyone who’s able to discover exploits in Microsoft Hyper-V, the company’s virtualization software.Of course, that’s on the high end.
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Well here’s something you don’t see everyday — wild rabbits riding on the backs of sheep to flee rising floodwaters.The remarkable scene was captured by a New Zealand farmer who said he’s never witnessed anything quite like it.As reported in the Associated Press, the event was captured by Ferg Horne, 64, on July 22 on a farm near Dunedin, New Zealand.He was trudging through pouring rain on his way to help his neighbour rescue a flock of sheep from the floodwaters when he spotted some strange, dark shapes.On closer inspection he realised — to his shock — that the splotches were actually three wild rabbits, clinging to the tops of sheep for dear life.He quickly pulled out his smartphone to take a photo, but inadvertently began filming video.
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There’s nothing more painful than losing a loved one.But what if you didn’t ever have to lose them?That’s the future imagined Marjorie Prime, starring Lois Smith as the titular Marjorie, a woman who uses a computer program to create an artificial intelligence that simulates her husband, played by Jon Hamm, after his death.The trailer, premiered by EW, examines what it means to be human, to be in love, and to grieve, as Geena Davis, who plays Marjorie’s daughter, and Tim Robbins as her husband struggle to understand Marjorie’s choice to live in the memory of her lost love rather than trying to move on with her life.captions settings, opens captions settings dialogThis is a modal window.
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Chinese online shop Lightinthebox are currently promoting four Xiaomi (and its sub-brands) products.More specifically we have three car accessories and an IP camera for your home.Let’s start with the Xiaomi MIJIA car dashcam, this useful accessory can record full HD 1080p videos in H.264 video compression and sports a wide F/1.8 aperture and 160-degree FOV.The camera comes with a very minimal and clean look and a 3-inch display, it also feature a g-sensor to automatically start recording videos and it’s possible to watch just shot videos directly on your smartphone through WiFi.You can get the Xiaomi MIJIA car dashcam over here for $46.99.Next we have the Xiaomi ROIDMI phone holder for your car.
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This partnership between Oracle and the Bloodhound Project will target the land speed record with data playing a crucial role.Oracle’s cloud technology is being used in support of the Bloodhound Project as it aims to break the land speed record by reaching 1000 miles per hour.Oracle will be responsible for channelling the vast amounts of data that will be emitted from in excess of 500 sensors installed all over the vehicle with which the record is intended to be broken, Bloodhound Super Sonic Car (SSC).The partnership is not only targeting blistering speeds and a record that has been proudly associated with Great Britain for over 100 years; it is also passionate about education, and inspiring a new generation to pursue technical skills.With this focus, the project has become a leading science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) opportunity for over 100,000 students across the United Kingdom every year.This initiative targets a critical shortage of skills that the world is facing, as an increasing technological world requires an increasing number of technical skill sets to maintain it.
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The decision to exit the European Union had prompted widespread concern and uncertainty about the state of the UK’s finances going forward.But new research has found that for one vital sector within the UK’s hugely important financial services industry, Brexit has not had much of an impact.Indeed, according to Pitchbook by Innovate Finance, investments in British fintech firms in the first half of this year have now topped pre-Brexit levels.Innovate Finance said that over half a billion dollars ($564m or £432m) had been funnelled into British financial technology companies in the first half of 2017.This is over a third more (37 percent) than the same period last year.But it should be noted that this $564m of fintech investment in H1 2017 was lower than pre-Brexit H1 2015 figures of $676m.
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RSA reckons crooks know predictability equals deathMachine learning and artificial intelligence will improve security technologies and outcomes, but “won’t move the needle as much as people think”, according to RSA chief technology officer Zulfikar Ramzan.Speaking to The Register at the company’s Asian conference in Singapore today, Ramzan said that while AI and ML will doubtless help security vendors to spot more threats, good criminals know that the more predictable they are, the easier they will be to detect.They therefore go to considerable lengths to be unpredictable, with the result that it's hard to collect data of sufficient volume or quality to let ML and AI do their thing.RSA won’t ignore AI and ML as a result, but thinks its clients will be better served if it can help organisations to understand which of their assets deserves different levels of security, based on their importance to the business.The company likens this approach to a proactive approach to health: those of you with family histories of particular diseases are encouraged to change your lifestyle to avoid the known risks lurking in your genome.
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