LG has never shyed away from innovating in the smartphone industry.Just look at the G series and how it changes every year.Well, the most interesting idea that seems to be on the horizon is of the foldable variety with Samsung as the forerunner.LG seems to be working on it though.World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) granted a patent to LG electronics today that clearly displays a foldable smartphone.The company applied for the patent in 2017 and it has been granted just this month.
NASA and the Department of Energy have just tested a small fission nuclear reactor named KRUSTY (Kilowatt Reactor Using Stirling Technology) in the Nevada desert, in what could be a way to provide power for future space exploration or even a manned mission to Mars.Reuters reports that initial testing of the system components in a vacuum environment, part of NASA’s Kilopower project, have led to plans for a full-power test in March.“The Kilopower test program will give us confidence that this technology is ready for space flight development,” explained Lee Mason of NASA.In the past, NASA has used radioactive thermoelectric generators that use heat from naturally decaying radioactive elements to power projects like the Cassini spacecraft and Curiosity rover.This recent test is different in that it uses an active fission reaction — literally “splitting atoms” — to drive pistons for a more efficient conversion.NASA hasn’t tested an active fission reactor since the ‘60s, according to Space.com.
If you were to wander through the halls at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES) this year, chances are that one of the phrases you will have heard most often is artificial intelligence (AI).Travelmate’s robot suitcase will use AI to drive around and follow its owner wherever they go.There does appear to be something real at the heart of all of this marketing copy: it’s clear that it’s an exciting time in the tech industry, as entire product categories are being invented or transformed using these sorts of smart technologies.Products like Amazon’s Alexa, with its accurate voice recognition would have been virtually unimaginable a decade earlier, at least outside of the realms of science fiction.And Google’s ability to pick out objects from photos would have seemed like witchcraft to companies that would previously have paid humans to do the tedious business of adding metadata to images.This is a much more narrow term, referring to what is essentially using trial and error to build a model that’s capable of guessing the answers to discrete questions very accurately.
For the first time in 23 quarters sales at IBM have risen, but a quarterly loss and stagnant forecast blunts the newsIBM has reported mixed financial results for full year 2017 after the tech giant posted its first rise in quarterly revenues for over five years.But the good news about the revenue rise was blunted by a quarterly net loss and a warning of tough times ahead for the firm.For the last six years IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer Ginni Rometty has been engaged in a shrinking “by design” program, as part of IBM’s refocusing on the cloud, mobile, analytics and cybersecurity, as hardware earnings continue to fall.The good news was that the company’s revenue finally rose in the latest fourth quarter.For the fourth quarter ending 31 December, IBM posted a net loss of $1,05bn (£758bn), compared to a net profit of $4501 (£3.2bn) in the same three months a year earlier, mostly because of a one time tax charge of $5.5bn (£3.9bn).
The mirrors on display at the CES 2018 tech show gave you a lot more than your reflection -- they had opinions about your face, clothes, health and more.Companies equipped these smart mirrors with cameras, Wi-Fi and computer learning in an attempt to turn the humble ol' mirror into an interactive, digital control hub.Everyone from small startups to well-known names in electronics presented their versions of the smart mirror at CES.Some, like the HiMirror Mini, are already available for you to bring into your home.Others are still in the concept phase, which is a tech-world way of saying that this product is a very long way from going on sale.Here's a rundown of some of the mirrors that caught our eye.
Fake tech support mails used to phish for photo album loginsA fourth man has admitted stealing Hollywood stars' private nude photos that eventually leaked online in what became known as Celebgate.George Garofano, 26, of Northford, Connecticut, USA, pleaded guilty this week to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.The FBI reckons Garofano actually ransacked more than 250 cloud accounts, however, in a plea deal he 'fessed up to just one charge.According to the Feds, between April 2013 and October 2014, Garofano was part of a creepy crew who sent fake Apple technical support emails to celebs and those who worked for them, tricking many of their marks into handing over their iCloud passwords, either by social engineering or by directing them to a phishing website.This allowed the cyber-villains to harvest the Apple-hosted accounts for naked selfies, sex tapes, personal information, and other compromising material, which eventually made their way online.
General Motors is getting ready to ditch the driver for good—at least in its newest R vehicles.In 2019, Cruise—the self-driving startup acquired a couple of years ago by GM—wants to begin testing the fourth generation of its autonomous vehicle, the Cruise AV.(This is a modified Chevrolet Bolt EV, no relation to the Chevrolet Cruze.)The company has filed a safety petition with the US Department of Transportation requesting permission to deploy the fourth-generation Cruise AV, which will be completely driverless, without any steering wheel, pedals, or other form of manual controls.According to The Verge, part of the request has to do with ensuring passenger safety despite the car not conforming to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard regulations.For instance, it lacks a steering wheel, therefore it lacks a steering wheel-mounted airbag.
Despite its monochrome display, single mono-speaker and bulky design, Nintendo's original Game Boy stands as one of the most iconic personal electronic devices ever created.It boasted a library of 8-bit games to rival Nintendo's own home console and dominated technically-superior devices like the Sega Game Gear and Atari Lynx.When Nintendo replaced it, the original survived as an instrument for chiptune artists.Hell, it was tough enough to survive the Gulf War.The Game Boy is a masterpiece.And Hyperkin is bringing it back, showing off the Hyperkin Ultra Game Boy at CES 2018 -- an enhanced recreation of Nintendo's original hardware encased in a durable aluminum shell.
It better since it’s priced at $10,000 (£7,389; UK pricing TBA) and up depending on just how you configure it.But the introduction of yet another Technics tribute model—or collector’s item if you’re being honest with yourself—makes you wonder.Make money is the obvious answer to that question.It was ten years ago that Panasonic decided to close its Technics audio division, halting the production of some of the most famous, durable, and celebrated turntables on Earth.But the reincarnated 1200-series would come with a hilariously high price tag: £2,799 for one wheel of steel.That wasn’t exactly good news for a lot of Technics fans.
This company hires a recent college IT graduate, promising him that he'll be working on a project with some of the latest and greatest technology, says a pilot fish on the inside."But when he actually started, that project got put on hold -- and kept getting delayed," fish says."Since they didn't want him just sitting around reading technical articles, they put him on a mainframe project.But though he had taken a Cobol class early in his college career, he had no real work experience with it."Not surprisingly, he also has zero experience with the kinds of data-handling arcana involved in legacy mainframe applications, such as RECFM=VB and VSAM.He doesn't even have basic mainframe skills like knowing JCL and TSO/ISPF.
Electronics giant (and consummate Pink Floyd fans) Samsung have unveiled their latest concept — a truly humongous 146-inch 8K television called The Wall.The Wall isn’t just another big-screen TV.For starters, the underlying display technology is a vastly different from what you’d get at Best Buy.It’s the first consumer TV to use MicroLED, rather than the more conventional LED, plasma or OLED technologies.The pixel LED modules in a MicroLED display provide their own light source, so there’s no need for a separate backlight, or for color filters.For punters, this means a brighter screen, darker blacks, more realistic colors and less unwanted light leakage.
Twitter users finally broke free of their 140-character chains, while Tesla made good on its electric car for the people in the Model 3.Read: 5 tech trends you’ll be talking about in 2018AMD has made some real progress in its battle against Intel for CPU market share by releasing the new Ryzen processors, based on the Zen architecture in 2017.Ryzen chips already provide a compelling price-performance advantage over Intel equivalents, and that advantage could get a real boost in 2018.Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve may be the traditional New Year’s broadcast in the U.S., but Facebook users launched live broadcasts in huge numbers on New Year’s Eve.New Year’s Eve is the largest day for live broadcasts, so Facebook launched a handful of live features ahead of the new year to give users additional options, including live augmented reality effects such as 2018 glasses and party hats.
A team of British scientists are set to make the trip to New Zealand this month, all in the hopes of unlocking the secrets hidden in a 600-year-old scroll.The 15th-century English manuscript, known as the Canterbury Roll, is the only genealogocial scroll in the whole southern hemisphere, making it an extremely unique and prized artefact.Despite being in the care of the University of Canterbury (UC) for over a century, experts believe they are still yet to uncover all of the scroll’s hidden meanings.UC Senior Lecturer Dr Chris Jones says it is crazy that no one really knows about its existence.For 100 years, UC has been the guardian of this unique 600-year-old treasure, which tells the history of England from its mythical origins to the late Middle Ages,” he said.The battles spanned over three centuries, sparked by a conflict between two noble British families, the Lancasters and Yorks, with a number of major players in the historic war adapted into characters for the popular fantasy series.
As you may have seen, Microsoft recently hammered the final nail into Kinect's coffin by discontinuing the adaptor that connects the console to the Xbox One S and One X consoles - a necessary component for Kinect owners who upgraded due to the newer consoles lacking the dedicated port of the original console.Existing Kinect owners aren't too happy about the news, and think the people who upgraded from the original Xbox One should get a free adaptor.At the time of writing 1,220 people have voted in favour of the idea over on Xbox's User Voice site.The idea was that because Microsoft probably stopped making the adaptor before the Xbox One X was released, anyone upgrading to the 4K console is essentially forced to ditch the Kinect sensor.Given the sour reception to Kinect following the Xbox One's initial launch in 2013 the number of people actively using the sensor is bound to be quite low.Regardless they're still out there, and all they really want to do is continue using the peripheral they paid for and presumably still use.
Whether you’re are always in touch with your doctor regarding your daily prescription drugs and how to eliminate them, or you’re curious about how policy changes will affect your monthly insurance bills, it’s important to be informed.One of the biggest changes in the healthcare industry is most certainly technological advancements.For example, wearable tracking devices and innovative phone apps have made it possible to monitor different aspects of our health, from the steps we take every day to tracking the insulin in our blood.It’s a bold new frontier, and there are many exciting ways to take advantage of this already.Shift from nonprofit to for-profitBecause of the changes in policy to healthcare, and rising costs, many companies are going to find themselves faced with the challenge of having to become more for-profit than nonprofit.
If you’ve ever caught yourself mindlessly staring out of the window while driving through a big city filled with endless buildings, you’ll understand the appeal of Lauren Pedrosa’s short film, perspective ǝʌᴉʇɔǝdsɹǝԀ.But Pedrosa takes the repetitive monotony one step further by turning footage of random buildings into a complex kaleidoscope.The results will not only leave you wondering which way is up, but also might have you reaching for a paracetamol while your brain slowly melts.If you’re the type who easily gets motion sick, this one probably isn’t for you.
concept EVs may have just spilled ahead of the vehicles’ big reveal.The German automaker has promised a total of fifteen different electrified models, globally, by 2025, with the first set to go on sale in the US in 2020.Concept, back in late 2016.That was a roughly Golf-sized hatchback which the automaker suggested could be the future of the popular car, and launch as soon as 2020.BUZZ, an electrified update of the “Microbuzz” that, following hugely positive feedback, also got the green-light for production.It’s a good strategy, too: the I.D.
Alfa Romeo is cooking up a new SUV that will be the largest vehicle the automaker has ever made.The new SUV will be based on the Stelvio SUV architecture and development is said to be well underway at this point.Since the vehicle will be so large and needs to meet strict emission standards, Alfa will use a mild-hybrid setup.Alfa promises that the larger vehicle will have true Alfa DNA inside meaning performance and luxury.Alfa’s CTO Roberto Fedeli says that the hybrid system will be a mild 48-volt hybrid solution.The why as to the development of a larger SUV is easy to understand.
"Lady Bird," "I, Tonya," and "Call Me By Your Name" leaked online this week.The three Oscar-contending films were reportedly leaked from critics' DVD screeners by Hive-CM8, a piracy group that earlier this month leaked Louis C.K.'s unreleased film "I Love You, Daddy."All three films are currently in theaters.Three Oscar-contending independent films that are currently in theaters — "Lady Bird," "I, Tonya," and "Call Me By Your Name" — leaked onto piracy networks this week.The movies were reportedly ripped from critics' awards-season DVD screeners by the piracy group Hive-CM8, which earlier this month leaked Louis C.K.
I feel, year on year, I have honed my skills predominantly fuelled by the incomprehensible love I felt for my children from the minute they were born.It is the only area in my life where I truly hold myself to constant, non-negotiable high standards.Top of the list of things I have learned from motherhood has to be selflessness.But there are days out and events which come to mind that I would have organised very differently if I weren’t considering my children.I have always been organised, but my organisational ability was catapulted to a whole different league when I became a mother.Many years ago there was a “who the kids would call in case of a crisis” conversation – every child around the table said without hesitation that their mother was their go to person.