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Long-zoom, compact cameras may not be the hottest devices in photography right now, but that isn’t stopping Leica from bringing a little elegance to the range.The high-end camera-maker has just introduced its new C-Lux model, a compact camera with zoom optics, all in a flattering design.The C-Lux features a 24-360mm F3.3-6.4 15x zoom lens, paired with a 1-inch, 20.1-megapixel sensor.There’s a 49-point autofocus, 10 frames per second continuous shooting, and it can shoot 4K videos up to 30fps at a max of 100Mbps, with a 15-minute time limit.This all comes in a color option of Light Gold, seen above, or Midnight Blue, below.On the back side users will find a 3-inch touchscreen, while the viewfinder packs a 2.33 million-dot resolution.
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The future of augmented reality headgear and smartglasses is still very much in flux.The long-awaited Magic Leap might emerge this year.Microsoft's Hololens has hung in a state of enterprise limbo -- one from which it may finally emerge next year.As CNET reported in April, Apple is working on a powerful headset capable of both AR and VR.Apple showcased its upgraded augmented reality toolkit, ARKit 2, alongside iOS 12 at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month.And it already has a surprising number of key upgrades that vastly improves how iOS can handle augmented reality.
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There are big sequels for Fallout, Doom, Quake and Elder Scrolls coming to PC, Xbox and PS4 in next few months -- and years -- but all I care about right now is Elder Scrolls Blades, the new free-to-play iOS and Android RPG.Blades was one of several jaw-dropping announcements at Bethesda's E3 press conference earlier this week -- a presentation that also included Fallout 76 and a tease for a totally new space game called Starfield.And the developer also announced Elder Scrolls VI, the next installment of its beloved fantasy series.But before we get that PC-centric sequel to Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim, we're getting Elder Scrolls Blades, a mobile game set in the Elder Scrolls universe, scheduled to hit later this year.And yes, you can tilt your phone on its side and play in landscape mode, if you'd like.It has everything to do with what my other hand will be doing while playing.
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Like most Glaswegians and the world, I woke yesterday morning to discover another horrific fire had ravaged, but more devastatingly, in our beloved Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art.I felt the need to share what Friday into Saturday’s events on Renfrew Street have meant to me as a proud Glaswegian and what she represented.It is now early on Sunday morning, I am writing this piece in a past tense and in disbelief, as professional reports are suggesting that it is doubtful anything of the building can be saved resulting from the fire.For a period in my early teenage years, I lived on Rose Street which is a block away from the Glasgow School of Art.As a child, the Mackintosh Building was exotic.This was the period of Glasgow’s Miles Better, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh merch was only really becoming a thing that we lapped up.
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When photographer Nathaniel Wood decided to shoot a pro-am Fortnite tournament at E3 in Los Angeles this week, he assumed the result would look like so many other esports events: tightly framed portraits of competitors, lit by the glow of their monitors.What he got instead was an open-air stadium underneath a sunny Los Angeles sky.His experience covering events helps, sure, but be real: it’s the hours he’s spent playing Fortnite with his brother.And instead of monitor glow, he relied on a powerful, hard flash to overpower the sun.And what he came away with are snapshots not of digital culture, but of esports’ real-life vitality: starstruck fans getting photo ops with celebrities, cosplayers dressed up as Fortnite characters, and spectators' eyes squinting out the sun to catch the action on two Jumbotrons.Hosting the competition outdoors was particularly apt, considering how Fortnite is one of those rare games that help shed the stereotype that gamers are exclusively indoor creatures relegated to sitting behind RGB-lit mechanical keyboards.
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It’s no secret that Google loves technically excellent sites.While some aspects of technical excellence have always been important, in this article I want to focus on seven reasons that your site isn’t performing as well as it could be in 2018.If you can fix these issues, your site will be in the best position possible for this year and the foreseeable future.If you want to make your site mobile-friendly or update an existing mobile site, it’s important to do it the right way.There are three common solutions for mobile sites:m.example.com — the original solution; involves creating a separate site on an “m.” subdomain and redirecting mobile users to it
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Ever since the beginning of time, there have been two kinds of people: The left-brainers – methodical thinkers who uses their logical and analytical skills to solve problems; and the right-brainers who tend to rely on feeling and intuition, are driven by inspiration and often think in a visual way.Designers often back their visual decisions on actual data and analytics, methodically analyze complex user flows, and sometimes (gasp!)Developers think creatively, experimenting with different solutions to fit user needs and generally are pretty comfortable with design systems.There are five lessons that I’ve learned through the process, as well as some wise insights from fellow dev tool design leads.Know your user (but, like, really know them)It’s quick and very convenient to get answers when your user sits right across the table from you, and you hear them share everyday struggles and development work pains at the daily standup.
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With Fitbit scheduled to end official support for Pebble smartwatches at the end of June, an independent team of developers has put together a service called Rebble, with the aim of keeping user accounts, apps and devices active into the future.The platform isn't completely new, but with the deadline looming, users are being encouraged to get set up with Rebble before June 30 – even Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky has endorsed the new setup.Parts of Rebble will be free to use, with premium services like Weather and Dictation keeping the operation running."Our present focus is on replacing key pieces of the Pebble ecosystem: the app store, firmware, and mobile apps," explains the Rebble FAQ page."At a higher level, our goal is to maintain and advance Pebble functionality."The end of the road
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Two new Xiaomi handsets with model number M1804C3CG/M1804C3DG have just been approved by the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC).The two new model numbers don’t come with many details but they will be running MIUI 9 out of the box, the docs reveal.It is a pity we don’t have an idea about the identity of the two devices.However, they could be the recently revealed Redmi 6/Redmi 6A since these have launched in China.The Redmi 6 comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display and an 18:9 aspect ratio.It has the Helio P22 chipset, something Xioami hasn’t used before in four years.
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The Open University (OU) is to engage agencies across all consumer facing marketing activity through a tender process to drive the growth in adult learning sector.Along with media advisors, Media Sense, The Open University will choose and retain agencies with a combined budget of up to £17m per annum.Successful agencies will be engaged for a minimum two-year period.OU chief commercial strategy officer, Jonathan Wylie said: “This tender represents a brilliant opportunity for agencies across an array of marketing disciplines to show they have the strategic thinking and creative impact to evolve our brand and fuel our growth.”OU marketing director, Ella Hall said: “This is an exciting time for the OU.We need agency partners who share our passion and have the vision to continue to position us as a first choice for students and business alike.”
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Samsung smartphones might not be known for excellent optimization, but they include a laundry list of features.One of those features is the ability to set custom ringtones for incoming text messages.Randomly disappearing for a bit, the feature returns as an update to the Samsung Messages app, reported SamMobile.So long as you had a Samsung smartphone running Android Nougat or older, you could set contact-specific ringtones for text messages.Other messaging apps also support the feature, but it was nice to see it in the default Messages app.For some reason, however, Samsung pulled the feature with the Android Oreo update.
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Good thing too because Intel's planned chip changes may break Google's RetpolineA group of computer science researchers has proposed a way to overcome the security risk posed by speculative execution, the data processing technique behind the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.In a paper distributed this week through the ArXiv preprint server, "SafeSpec: Banishing the Spectre of a Meltdown with Leakage-Free Speculation," computer scientists from University of California, Riverside, College of William and Mary and Binghamton University describe a way to isolate the artifacts produced by speculative execution so that they can't be used to glean privileged data.SafeSpec is "a design principle where speculative state is stored in temporary structures that are not accessible by committed instructions," the paper – co-authored by Khaled N. Khasawneh, Esmaeil Mohammadian Koruyeh, Chengyu Song, Dmitry Evtyushkin, Dmitry Ponomarev, and Nael Abu-Ghazaleh – explains.These temporary or "shadow structures," as the paper calls them, revise the memory hierarchy in a way that prevents speculation attacks."In particular, we expand the load-store queues to store a pointer to a temporary associative structure that holds speculatively loaded cache lines," the paper says.
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Massively popular battle royale game Fortnite is now available on the Nintendo Switch, and some frustrating news for PS4 users aside, it’s a pretty exciting arrival.The game brings the full Fortnite experience, including fort building, of course, but some have expressed concerns over the quality.Turns out, it’s not so bad.Now, it goes without saying that Fortnite on the Xbox One X or any decent PC is going to be much higher in quality than Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch, which simply can’t compete in performance due to the hardware available.The big question remains: is the port of a high enough quality to offer an enjoyable experience?The folks at Digital Foundry have answered that question with a detailed evaluation of the Nintendo Switch Fortnite port, visually speaking.
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Elizabeth Holmes founded Theranos in 2003 when she was 19 years old.The indictment, which comprises 11 counts, alleges that Theranos misled investors—one of whom sent Theranos nearly $100 million in a single wire transfer October 31, 2014—as well as doctors and patients with its promises of a blood test that delivered quick results with a single finger-prick, rather than the more demanding requirements of conventional methods.“Holmes and Balwani devised a scheme to defraud doctors and patients, through advertisements and marketing materials, through explicit and implicit claims concerning Theranos’s ability to provide accurate, fast, reliable, and cheap blood tests and test results, and through omissions concerning the limits of and problems with Theranos’s technologies,” the indictment reads.The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil suit in March, but Holmes and the company quickly settled those charges.Holmes paid a $500,000 fine, returned 18.9 million Theranos shares, and was barred from serving as an officer or director of a public company for the next decade.Both Holmes and Balwani, the company’s former president, reportedly face a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted, as well as additional fines.
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WhatsApp is one of few developers that consistently delivered updates to its Windows Phone app, but a report by Windows Central suggests WhatsApp is actually getting ready to deliver a proper desktop app as well.Cncept art for a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of WhatsApp showed up on Behance before being promptly removed.It appeared to be anative Windows app with UWP design tenets like acrylic transparency.Furthermore, a description of the project suggested Microsoft and WhatsApp were working closely on the project.Rewinding a bit, WhatsApp does already have an app for the desktop, but it’s basically just a port of the company’s web app.While the web app is pretty functional, it misses out on important features like voice and video calling.
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Today, during a World Cup game between Morocco and Iran, Moroccan winger Nordin Amrabat suffered a wicked head injury when he collided with an opponent.“It’s not normal to wear them,” says Steve Rowson, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Virginia Tech who just completed tests of 22 commercially available models.To mitigate the risk, padded headbands have been on the market for nearly two decades, and FIFA, the sport’s international governing organization, allowed them for play in 2004.His team slammed the two dummy heads together, with and without headgear, and the embedded sensors measured linear and rotational acceleration at three different speeds and two locations on the heads.Those values were used to calculate value representing how much the headband reduced a player’s risk of concussion for a given impact, according to Rowson.A few goalkeepers, like former Czech Republic captain Petr Čech, wear them religiously.
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Instagram will no longer tell users if someone screenshots their Stories, so screengrab till your heart's content, 'grammers.The company confirmed as much to BuzzFeed News, saying it's ending its test into the feature.Since February, Instagram had been alerting those selected for its beta test that someone had screenshot their Story, but now Instagram is chucking those notifications once and for all.As 9to5Mac notes, the test included users receiving a push notification, complete with user name, whenever their Story was screenshot.So, for the time being, no one will know if you screenshot someone else's photos or videos.
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Just as President Trump is buddying up with North Korea, the US relationship with China is about to tank again.On July 6 the US will officially introduce tariffs on Chinese goods entering the country.The $50 billion of tariffs have been discussed in great detail over the last couple of months, the world is of course taking advantage of the always reasonable, consistently proportional and often timid US, so the news should come as little surprise.What we don’t know is how big this spat will become.The 1300-strong list of products subject to tariffs was released back in April, and covers various different industries.The one we want to know about is of course telecommunications and technology, and while there are some very technical specifications, the Trump administration seems to be targeting next generation technology in the China’s Made in China 2025 strategic plan.
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Apple Maps is down in several core ways, with search, routing, and navigation all offline this morning.The first signs of the problem were noted at just before 6am PT, Apple says.“Users are experiencing a problem with the service,” the company’s System Status page warns.However, attempts to search for locations and points of interest within the app come up with “No Results Found.” If you select a previous location, or a point on the map, Apple Maps is unable to give directions to that point.That spans driving, walking, transit, and ride-sharing services.However, it’s still possible to swipe through the map, as well as show traffic information on main roads.
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A self-driving vehicle can avoid a lot of problems by just going slowly.A slow bot hurts a lot less when it hits you, and cheap sensors are good enough when you don’t have to see far to avoid a collision.And cheap is more than a feature, it’s a strategy.Make a costly product cheaply, and it’s not the same product—just look to the supercomputer in your pocket that calls itself a phone.That’s the idea behind Perceptin, a little startup founded in 2016 by Shaoshan Liu, who got a Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine and then worked for a decade at the U.S. branch of Baidu.Liu asked himself just how much robocar he could build on a shoestring, and made the task easier by specifying a top speed of 20 kilometers per hour (12 mph).
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