Loyd Davis

Loyd Davis

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Huawei has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately.The news comes at a time when the Chinese phone giant is only just beginning to drum up some real brand recognition in Western markets.In a few short years critics have stopped making jokes about how difficult it is to pronounce the company’s name (it’s wah-way).Its latest phone, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, is the first to stand shoulder to shoulder with the very best of Apple and Samsung.And now, the Huawei MateBook X Pro looks set to take on the MacBook Pro as the tool of choice, and is certainly one of the best PC laptops you can buy.The MateBook X Pro is a thin, light laptop with a gorgeous 13.9-inch, 3000 by 2000 pixel display that stretches right up to a 5mm bezel.
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Machine learning models are getting quite good at generating realistic human faces — so good that I may never trust a machine, or human, to be real ever again.The results are eerily realistic.The paper, published on preprint repository Arxiv (PDF), describes a new architecture for generating and blending images, particularly human faces, that “leads to better interpolation properties, and also better disentangles the latent factors of variation.”What that means, basically, is that the system is more aware of meaningful variation between images, and at a variety of scales to boot.The researchers’ older system might, for example, produce two “distinct” faces that were mostly the same except the ears of one are erased and the shirt is a different color.It’s inspired by what’s called style transfer, in which the important stylistic aspects of, say, a painting, are extracted and applied to the creation of another image, which (if all goes well) ends up having a similar look.
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Unless you live in the tundra or have far more self-control than most, the answer probably falls somewhere between "quite a few" and "more than any sane person could count."Assuming you keep your device properly secured, that means you're doing an awful lot of unlocking — be it with your face, your fingerprint, or the code you tap or swipe onto your screen.It's an umbrella term that applies to three core areas: Chrome OS, where it allows your Android phone to unlock your computer; Android itself, where it provides a variety of options for keeping your phone unlocked in preapproved, known-to-be-safe circumstances; and within the Chrome browser, where it acts as a cross-platform password manager for both apps and websites.Here's a step-by-step guide to turning Google Smart Lock on and taking full advantage of what it can offer across all of its relevant areas.It empowers you to tell your phone to skip the lock screen anytime it's connected to a specific Bluetooth device — say, your car's audio system or your gym headphones — when you know the phone will always be in your control.That being said, this one, too, seems to be in the midst of a change: On the Pixel 3, instead of being able to unlock your device entirely, Voice Match will display only a limited range of personal results — such as showing you your next appointment — on your lock screen when it recognizes your voice.
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The McLaren OnePlus 6T has just been made official at an event hosted in McLaren’s headquarters, where the luxury automaker and the budget-friendly smartphone company inaugurated the start of their brand partnership.Speaking with The Verge ahead of the announcement, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei admitted that he was convinced the collaboration made sense after test-driving a McLaren 720S.To him, both McLaren and OnePlus are brands for “people in the know.” There are lots of other flashy cars you can get, argues Pei, but you get a McLaren when you’re really into cars and the driving experience.The two brands are both obsessive in their pursuit of speed.The answer is in the cosmetics: the 6T is still made of the same materials as its regular edition, but this one has McLaren’s signature Papaya Orange color subtly integrated into its design, and the glossy glass rear cover features a new carbon fiber pattern.You also get a special Salute to Speed book with the purchase of the phone.
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On the 25th anniversary of the launch of the original Doom, John Romero has revealed Sigil, a free “megawad” (a big mod) for the first game from 1993.Sigil is the spiritual successor to the fourth episode of Doom, and it picks up where the original left off.“People have been asking me to make an entire episode for many years now, and that picked up a lot after I released E1M8B and E1M4B in 2016.Many messaged me to ask if I’d consider making a fifth episode for the 25th anniversary.Everything that’s included in the fan boxes is really cool to show off, and Christopher Lovell’s art is fitting for such a hellish game.“After killing the Spiderdemon at the end of E4M8 (Unto the Cruel), your next stop is Earth — you must save it from hellspawn that is causing unimaginable carnage,” Romero wrote.
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The Snapdragon 855 processor is the first to support multi-gigabit connectivity consisting of mobile 5G networks, 4G LTE, and Wi-Fi, and is expected to integrate Qualcomm's previously announced X50 modem to achieve 5G speeds.The chip will be embedded in the first round of 5G-capable Android smartphones starting in early 2019 from the likes of Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, OnePlus, and more.The Computer Vision ISP processor allows for 4K HDR video capture at 60 fps with 25% of the power used on the previous mobile platform.Finally, the new 3D Sonic Sensor enables more accurate and secure fingerprint scanning.The sensor uses sound waves to build a 3D mold of a user's finger, including ridges and pores, instead of storing a flat image of a fingerprint, as its predecessor did.Qualcomm's chip will provide considerable improvements to Android handsets, from more secure fingerprint scanning to faster AI-driven tasks, and encourage more users to pull the trigger on their next handset as a result.
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Till now, we were trying to develop an AI which can beat Human players at respective board games.But the race has now shifted to beating other top AI players at their own games.Alphabet Inc.’s AI division, DeepMind, has developed an AI named AlphaZero, which can learn and master games like chess, Go, and shogi without any human intervention.In a paper published in The Journal Science, the DeepMind team notes that AlphaZero is an improved version of its famous AlphaGo engine.After feeding basic rules of chess, shogi, and Go, it took AlphaZero, nine hours, 12 hours, and 13 days to learn the games respectively.Then It was then pitted against the world’s best AIs for these games.
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Composable systems supplier Liqid has added Optane SSDs to its cocktail of dynamic, roll-your-own server systems – the first amongst a crowd of composable vendors that are sure to follow suit.The idea of composable systems is that unlike physical servers and hyper-converged systems, users start out with a rack of pooled server components and, using software, set up a server that suits the needs of a particular workload, with regards to the amount of compute, storage, and network bandwidth, and use it to run the workload.When that is finished, the components are returned to the pool for re-use, and the overall rack of server components is used more efficiently than with fixed configuration servers; that’s the theory.Liqid, working with Chinese server maker Inspur, had four components covered in March: compute, GPUs, storage and networking.It added FPGAs to the mix in November and has now added Intel P4800X Optane SSDs.These use 3D XPoint media, which is non-volatile and faster-responding than flash, although slower than DRAM.
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Well over a year past its launch, the Switch has proven it’s more than just a novel concept, as it became the fastest-selling home console of all time.10 × 4.2 × 0.5 inches11.3 × 10.4 × 1.5 inchesCPU: 8-core x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”32GB of flash storage (expandable through microSD)1 USB-C, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 X 2
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Tom Cruise has gone to war with a lot of things in his career, but the latest is something of a surprise: it's a setting on modern TVs that makes films look a bit rubbish.Called motion smoothing or 'the soap opera effect,' Cruise is completely right that it's a terrible setting and should be turned off.Still, we weren't expecting this serious PSA on the issue from Maverick himself, plus Chris McQuarrie:I’m taking a quick break from filming to tell you the best way to watch Mission: Impossible Fallout (or any movie you love) at home.If you haven't fiddled around with the settings on your TV, there's a good chance motion smoothing is switched on by default.It's instantly noticeable when you go to someone else's house and Inception looks like Eastenders, but if you're used to it, you might not know it's a setting you can change.
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The new trainer battles feature has been a long time coming.It was first teased with the game’s announcement more than three years ago, and it’s taken the company quite a while to get it in working shape.Essentially, trainer battles will be quick, roughly four-minute bouts between you and another player using three pokémon each, with the opportunity to switch between the three mid-battle.The other big factor will be the new leagues, with the choice between the great, ultra, or master leagues that determine how powerful the creatures you use can be, which are measured by the combat power (CP) rating.Niantic says you’ll be able to earn up to three rewards per day by battling other human trainers, and you can also use battles to progress toward in-game medals and train your pokémon to become stronger.There will also be a training mode you can use freely throughout the day to practice and continue powering up your pokémon with no restrictions.
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Yesterday, Tumblr announced that it will soon prohibit users from uploading porn in an effort to deal with the platform’s ongoing issues with people posting child pornography and other problematic, illegal content.While the decision is definitely borne out of good intentions, it’s more than likely going to have a bigger impact on a number of the fandom communities it gave rise to.In a public statement regarding the upcoming changes, Tumblr CEO Jeff D’Onofrio explained that going forward, the site will use programs taught by humans to identify and flag content featuring explicit content and subsequently shutter any sites where such context exists:Starting December 17, 2018, we will begin enforcing this new policy.Another thing, filtering this type of content versus say, a political protest with nudity or the statue of David, is not simple at scale.We’re relying on automated tools to identify adult content and humans to help train and keep our systems in check.
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Apple today announced its Best of 2018 selections – its annual, editorial list of what it considers the best content across its App Store and iTunes, along with its top charts of the most downloaded apps and games fo the year.As in other years, Apple selected a “best” app and game for each platform, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac.Froggipedia turns an Apple Pencil into the scalpel to dissect a virtual frog.On Mac, the top app was image editor Pixelmator Pro, and top Apple TV app was the big-screened version of workout app Sweat, whose creator Kayla Itsines also showed up at WWDC this year to lead a special session.The top games this year were: Donut County (iPhone), Gorogoa (iPad), The Gardens Between (Mac) and Alto’s Odyssey (Apple TV) – the latter which also won an Apple Design Award earlier this year.The lists still show Facebook, YouTube, Google, and other entertainment apps dominating the top free charts.
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The Wild Strawberry Cafe on Peterley Manor Farm has come out fighting against today's obsession with avocados, declaring that it will no longer sell them and their derivative products as they're linked with deforestation, cause untold environmental damage due to the way their shipped over to us in a hurry to battle the ripeness clock, and in underground avocado news, suggests that control of the fruit's supply has even been linked to drug cartels.It'll be replaced by locally-sourced fruit, which at this time of the year in the UK, probably means... jam?The cafe explained: "At a time when climate change concerns have never been more real, transporting ingredients in fuel guzzling planes from Central and South America, Africa and beyond just to satisfy our whim for the latest food trend, when we have a plentiful supply of perfectly delicious, nutritious food on our doorstep, is just plain wrong."The cafe also says word on the supply chain network is that "Mexican drug cartels" are moving in to try to exert control over the fruit's distribution, such is the amount of money to be made from selling them to us lot to mash into toast or leave to rot.The bad news for Wild Strawberry Cafe customers is that avocado is being replaced by sauteed garlic mushrooms on its menu.
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The first weekend of December has been and gone, so Christmas must be just around the corner.But the blockchain doesn’t care about Christmas, it keeps on going no matter what.At the latest G20 summit in Buenos Aires, world politicians discussed a global cryptocurrency business tax.If the tax does materialize, it’s a while away yet, as G20 countries are to go away and make make proposals for a final version to be created by 2020.The latest scandal sees hackers from the country going after the Bitcoin stashes of individuals.Previous tactics from North Korean hackers have targeted institutions like universities and cryptocurrency exchanges.
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It's not exactly a secret that China likes to keep tabs on its citizens, whether that's through its social credit rating system or more traditional forms of domestic surveillance.According to a report yesterday by the Associated Press, the Chinese government is mandating that manufacturers of alternative energy vehicles provide it with location information on their cars, which the AP says often happens without the drivers' knowledge.The Chinese government says that the data is being used for public safety, infrastructure improvements and to make sure that alternative fuel vehicle subsidies aren't being abused, but critics of the program maintain that the types and amounts of data being collected go beyond what the government would need to achieve those goals."You're learning a lot about people's day-to-day activities, and that becomes part of what I call ubiquitous surveillance, where pretty much everything that you do is being recorded and saved and potentially can be used in order to affect your life and your freedom," Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush, told the AP.This isn't China's first rodeo when it comes to vehicle tracking.Previous initiatives have included mandating that residents in certain regions must install GPS devices in their vehicles so that they can be tracked, as well as pushing citizens to affix RFID stickers to the windshields of their cars that can be scanned at certain points around a city.
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Next time you’re chatting with a customer service agent online, be warned that the person on the other side of your conversation might see what you’re typing in real time.A reader sent us the following transcript from a conversation he had with a mattress company after the agent responded to a message he hadn’t sent yet.He got a detailed answer from an agent one second after he hit send.Googling led Scocca to a live chat service that offers a feature it calls “real-time typing view” to allow agents to have their “answers prepared before the customer submits his questions.” Another live chat service, which lists McDonalds, Ikea, and Paypal as its customers, calls the same feature “message sneak peek,” saying it will allow you to “see what the visitor is typing in before they send it over.” Salesforce Live Agent also offers “sneak peak.”On the upside, you get fast answers.For the creators, this is technological magic, a deception that will result, they hope, in amazement and satisfaction.
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for reasons Of cost, only choose one of four start-up companies to take the help of a professional graphic designer when deciding on a logo.That the start-up Stockholmsbolaget New Glue change.”It is plain that a designer works a month with a big job, and takes up with several different proposals.But the customer sifts out many alternatives early in the phase.With us, the designer can upload them so that the work does not go to waste”, says ceo Cris Westrell.The New Glues digital marketplace can small business owners sign up for an account and browse through an image bank.
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A new rumor suggests one or more variants of the Samsung Galaxy S10 could sport 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage.It’s likely this massive amount of memory and storage would be reserved for the Plus and/or 5G models.Currently, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 offers Samsung’s highest memory/storage options at 8GB and 512GB respectively.While it seems a bit like overkill, a new rumor just popped up online (via MySmartPrice) suggesting one or more variants of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 could offer up to 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB of internal storage.Assuming this is true — and also assuming no other Samsung flagship smartphones launch between now and the Galaxy S10 — this alleged memory/storage configuration would be the highest in Samsung’s device lineup.Currently, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 offers Samsung’s highest memory/storage options at 8GB and 512GB respectively, and that model currently retails for $1,250.
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A report from DigiTimes suggests that the company has waved off any suggestions of quitting the smartphone business.Indeed, a cursory glance at HTC shows a company continuing to launch new devices.Despite all the efforts, the future looks stormy for HTC.Per a Reuters report in July, TrendForce, an analyst firm, set a yearly estimate of just 2 million smartphones produced by HTC in the 2018 calendar year.The company’s financial statement for the quarter ending in September, declared that its quarterly revenue (for Q3 of the year) has tanked from NT$4.0 billion ($129.3 million) from $NT15.7 billion ($507.6 million) for the same period last year.HTC also produces VR headsets under the Vive brand name, in partnership with Valve.
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