About two years, Adobe will phase out its plug-in Flash and it is noticeable among all the world's sites.According to a survey from W3 Techs, that Bleeping computer has taken part of, it is namely, only 4.9 percent of the web still uses Flash.Worth mentioning is that the study say they cover all of the sites on the internet, which means that lots of old and abandoned sites are counted in the statistics.That Flash is gone to the dogs is also evident by Google for a month then shared the data that only 2% of all Chrome users daily visit sites with Flash content.Despite the reduction in use is vulnerabilities in Flash are still a favorite among cyber criminals, and therefore, it is important to keep the program updated for as long as one makes an effort to have it installed.
If you’re a gamer who doesn’t want to haul a PC with you on holiday, you could book your next trip to Panama City where the local Hilton has packed a ridiculously customised hotel room full of high-end gaming gear and accessories.The beanbag chairs, VR goggles, and racing seat all make sense to me, but why did the designers bother including a shower and two beds?Situated right on the coast of the South Pacific Ocean, room 2425 at the Hilton Panama features a stunning view of the beaches and water which will presumably wind up hidden behind thick, black-out curtains as guests instead enjoy the view of a 65-inch, 4K OLED TV.That TV is connected to an Alienware PC powered by an Intel Core i7-8700 processor, 32Gb of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPU, but guests can also enjoy a 15-inch, Intel Core i7-7700HQ-powered Alienware laptop that has its own 34-inch monitor.Other room amenities include an Xbox One Elite, an Oculus Rift, a 5.1-channel surround sound system, and interactive lighting that’s synced to whatever game you’re playing.And that racing simulator chair?
HANOVER, N.H. - APRIL 19, 2018 - Researchers from Dartmouth College will unveil developmental smartwatch technology at the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2018).The watch innovations will be demonstrated during the event in Montreal, Canada running from April 21 through April 26.The research is the latest on a long list of technical designs from Dartmouth's XDiscovery Lab that seek to increase the functionality of wearables while also adding to the overall user experience."Smartwatches help people access info 'on the fly,' but they are far from perfect," said Xing-Dong Yang, assistant professor of computer science at Dartmouth.We look forward to presenting the future of this technology at CHI2018."WrisText: One-handed wrist gestures for easy text entry
Fireproof Games har nu släppt fjärde titeln i sin pusselspelsserie The Room, som inleddes hösten 2012.Nya spelet heter Old Sins och den här gången är det ett gammalt dockhus som ska utforskas uppe på en vind.Utvecklaren beskriver Old Sins som den ”ultimata pussellådan” och utlovar stämningsfull musik och dynamiska ljudeffekter.The Room: Old Sins kostar ovanligt mycket för att vara ett mobilspel, då prislappen ligger på 59 kronor i Play Store.I skrivande stund ligger Old Sins medelbetyg på 4,9/5 stjärnor baserat på 630 röster.
A researcher with AdGuard discovered five fake ad-blocking extensions in the Chrome Web Store that used hidden scripts to manipulate users’ browsers.The good news is, after AdGuard published the report, the Chrome team removed all five of the extensions from its store.Unfortunately, AdGuard’s Andrey Meshkov reports that the extensions he discovered had more than 20 million users.Posing as ad blockers, the malicious extensions simply copied code from real ad blockers and then added to them.“All the extensions I’ve highlighted are simple rip-offs with a few lines of code and some analytics code added by the ‘authors,’” Meshkov wrote.“Instead of using tricky names they now spam keywords in the extension description trying to make to the top search results.”
Who says you need to be a developer to develop skills for Amazon Alexa?On Thursday, April 19, the company launched Alexa Skill Blueprints, heralded as a new and easy way for anyone and everyone to create customized Alexa functions and responses.Now, you can have your favorite smart home assistant answer questions like, “Alexa, who’s the best child in the world?” or have her keep track of family milestones with commands like, “Alexa, open Family Trivia.” Blueprints will allow Alexa users to create experiences that are unique to themselves and their families.And best of all, there’s no coding skill needed.At launch, more than 20 Skill Blueprints will be made available, though Amazon notes that this number will continue to grow.The skills you choose to create will appear exclusively on the devices registered to your Amazon account, so you won’t have to worry about sharing private information with others.
We were already captivated by the story of the suspected bitcoin heist mastermind who reportedly broke out of an Icelandic prison Tuesday and boarded a flight to Sweden.Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir was simply on her way to meet with India's prime minister, alongside four other Nordic prime ministers.Police in Iceland said they believe Sindri Thor Stefansson, the suspect behind the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoins and other virtual currencies, fled a low-security prison through a window and boarded the flight at Iceland's international airport in Keflavik, according to the Associated Press.The prison isn't fenced, and inmates have telephone and internet access.No arrest has been made in Sweden, but Icelandic police have briefed Swedish police on the situation and issued an international arrest warrant, the AP said.Stefansson probably didn't have to show a passport at the airport since he traveled within Europe's passport-free travel zone, Icelandic officials told the AP.
Android P is just around the corner — expected around August this year — which is great news for device owners hoping to get some cool new features and UI changes.No, This Photo Has Not Been Edited, Look CloserFor us developers, it means it’s time to go to work and ensure our apps are ready.Try out Android P right now!First you need to the grab Android P developer preview through the emulator to start testing your apps on the platform as soon as possible.To get started, create a new Android emulator using the AVD Manager, and make sure to select and download Android P as the system image.
The Majorana particles, which were predicted more than 80 years ago by Italian theoretical physicist Ettore Majorana, could become critical building blocks for quantum computers because their unusual properties make them resistant to external interference and prevent loss of quantum information.The discovery not only solves a long standing problem in physics, but also opens up a potential avenue to control Majorana fermions for realizing robust topological quantum computing, said Dr. Joe Qiu, manager of the Solid-State Electronics Program within the Engineering Sciences Directorate at the Army Research Office, an element of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, located at Research Triangle Park in Durham, North Carolina."The UCLA experiment using stacked layers of magnetic topological insulator and superconductor has demonstrated the clearest and most unambiguous evidence of the particles as predicted by theory so far."The UCLA team is funded by an Army Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, or MURI, award jointly managed by Electronics (Dr. Joe Qiu), Physics (Dr. Marc Ulrich) and Materials (Dr. John Prater) Divisions at ARO.ARO funds research to initiate scientific and far-reaching technological discoveries in extramural organizations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and private industry that may make future American Soldiers stronger and safer.This research was led by Prof. Kang Wang, a UCLA distinguished professor of electrical engineering, of physics and of materials science and engineering, who also holds UCLA's Raytheon Chair in Electrical Engineering.
The most frequent solution he cited to the various problems raised was using AI, but he admitted that was still five to 10 years away.The BFF spam that you may have seen in your News Feed, not coincidentally also this week, is all the proof anyone needs that Facebook’s automatic systems are years away from dealing with any serious issues.Side note: If you happened to believe this latest scam, please go read “Does Facebook’s Green ‘BFF’ Prove Your Account Is Secure?” on Snopes first.This particular scam isn’t new, but it took off this week precisely because Mark Zuckerberg’s hearings were all over the news.Variations of this scam appeared at the top of my News Feed more times than I can remember, all from Pages that I do not follow.Friends were simply blindly commenting, and my News Feed was putting the posts at the top, because clearly this was more important than anything else on Facebook.
Speaking at a London event, he explained (via Radio Times): “We were filming David from the top of a boat that had a wooden platform on the back for people to dive off.“We had just done a wonderful piece and David was about to go under the water again and a great wave washed him under the dive platform, which then came crashing down.“I’ve never forgotten it because David was unconscious and there was blood everywhere and I remember thinking, ‘The one thing you don’t want on your CV is you’re the man who killed David Attenborough’.”Thankfully, the crew were on hand to rescue David and all was well.The filmmaker has created many groundbreaking nature documentaries over the years, and his most recent series ‘Blue Planet II’ has inspired worldwide changes to the ways we use and dispose of plastics.The series was named the most watched show of 2017, with one episode attracting an official rating of 17 million, as David warned our oceans were “could be at crisis point” due to climate change, plastic pollution and overfishing.
Note: This article assumes you are familiar with the basics of Android development and Java.Fragments are a powerful feature of good Android UI that allow you to approach app design in a modular manner.These are distinct views that can contain entire layouts and that come with their own accompanying Java code.In short, while this is yet another thing to learn when it comes to the seemingly endless to-do-list involved with Android apps, it is something that can grant you considerably more options in your app design and substantially improve the user experience – making it more than worth the time spent familiarizing.We could send them to a new ‘Description’ page each time by using a separate activity, but if you use fragments we can keep them on the one page which will be less jarring.Once this is done, you’ll find you now have not only a new java file called Description.java, but also a new layout file called fragment_description.xml – just as though you had created a new class!
Facebook is to notify users if they were one of the 87 million people whose profiles were harvested by Cambridge Analytica, as it suspends another analytics firmFacebook plans to notify its users on Monday whether they were one of the 87 million people whose data was collected by Cambridge Analytica.The company said it would send users one of two detailed messages via their news feed at 5 p.m. BST.About 1 million users in the UK are thought to have been affected by the scandal, in which Cambridge Analytica is accused of improperly gathering data that it used to target political campaign material in the US presidential election two years ago.In the US, about 70 million users are thought to have had their data collected via an app that was developed by a University of Cambridge academic.Facebook’s message, titled “Protecting Your Information”, is also to provide a link users can follow to find out what apps they are linked to and the information that has been collected by those apps, along with an option to shut off the apps individually or turn off all data access by the tools.
Squadbox is only available for email right now, but it could soon expand to other private messaging systems, such as Direct Messages on Twitter or Facebook Messenger."There's a lot of discussion about platforms and algorithms managing harassment or paying an army of content moderators to look through it for us.And I think those things are valuable," Amy Zhang, a PhD student and lead author on the project, told Business Insider.With Squadbox, users set up filters indicating which emails they want forwarded to their "squad."The program has whitelists and blacklists, so users can designate if messages from certain senders will bypass their squad and go straight into their inbox or if an email will automatically be rejected.Squadbox is only available for email right now, but the team at MIT says they're working on expanding it to other private messaging systems, such as Direct Messages on Twitter or Facebook Messenger.
In Japan this week was a tip about Japanese exchange Monex moving to take over the exchange known as Coincheck.Said takeover would be a muilti-billion-Yen bid, and a big bump to public confidence in bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general.As such, Monex tossing billions at a cryptocurrency exchange is nothing to scoff at.Several news sources today reported that this is the worst first quarter for bitcoin since the beginning of bitcoin.Investors were never going to keep rallying toward the sky forever.There’s a time for going up, and there’s a time for going down.
Soon, she was posing for him a couple Tuesdays a month, in exchange for $5.50 each session and a lot of physics talk.But her experience at Caltech wasn't limited to sidelining model gigs.It wasn't just a review paper laying out the state of atmospheric studies of Jupiter, or asteroid hunting, or massive star formation.For 16 years, she devoted her mind to this task of curation, contextualization, and commentary.And throughout her career, she has largely eschewed long-term research with fancy telescopes, competitive funding, and approving nods from university administrators.Refusing narrow focus, she has gone solo on most of her 850 publications, focusing as much on the nature of doing astronomy as studying the universe itself.
We have a tendency to beat around the bush when we talk to each other.But to most robots this is nothing more than “code bloat” in the form of useless language.If you’ve been called an impolite jerk your entire life, maybe you’re just a better robot than most people.Researchers from from the Colorado School of Mines and Tufts University recently conducted a series of experiments involving human-machine interactions.The team wanted to understand how people’s tendencies toward manners would be interpreted by an AI that isn’t programmed for the nuances of polite conversation.The exchange, published in its entirety on IEEE Spectrum, smacks of a Laurel and Hardy skit.
A sperm whale sighting on Saturday has the attention of scientists in Washington state, who say it's the first time the creature has made its way into inland waters.The Pacific Whale Watch Association said the male sperm whale named "Yukusam" was photographed swimming in Haro Strait in the San Juan Islands.They're very deep divers and can dive down to over a kilometer.We don't have a lot of waters that is very deep out here," Jeff Friedman, president of Pacific Whale Watch Association, told Q13 FOX.The whale, who is estimated to be about 45 feet long, was spotted back in February up in British Columbia northeast of Vancouver Island, which means the whale is headed southward.It was the first time a sperm whale has ever been spotted in the waters surrounding the San Juan Islands, according to the group.
Parachutes may just help us get to Mars.A few days ago, the European Space Agency (ESA) tested its ExoMars landing parachutes for the first time, and happily, the trial parachute made it to ground without incident.Sure, the chute was deployed less than a mile above the Earth’s surface, but still, the fact that it managed to land smoothly marked a major milestone: It proved the ability of the parachute to descend with no fewer than 112 lines connected to a 1,100-pound test load.The parachute weighs in at 154 pounds total, and will be crucial to delivering the ExoMars rover to the Red Planet in a few years’ time.The parachute, if successful, will become the largest ever to fly on a Mars mission, while the rover in tow will be the “first of its kind to drill below the surface and determine if evidence of life is buried underground, protected from the destructive radiation that impinges the surface today,” the ESA noted in a release.The latest test took place in sub-zero conditions in Kiruna, Sweden, which is meant to imitate the frigid temperatures the parachute will face on Mars.
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