Madeleine Vogel

Madeleine Vogel

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Phablets sent to AT customers with batteries from FedEx are at riskSamsung's got another combustible phablets SNAFU on its hands, after the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the batteries used in its Galaxy Note 4.This time there's smoke but the fire's someone else's fault: the problem this time applies to “batteries placed into refurbished AT Samsung Galaxy Note 4 cellphones by FedEx Supply Chain and distributed as replacement phones through AT’s Insurance program only.”Also good news for Samsung is that the Commission estimates just 10,200 batteries might be dangerous, and only one's been reported to have overheated, with “no reports of injuries or property damage.” So this doesn't look like a mess to match the global recall of the Galaxy Note 7, which burned a hole in Samsung's profits and reputation.Owners of the affected devices will soon receive mail from FedEx Suply chain, with a replacement battery and return envelope for the potentially-dangerous unit enclosed.Until that arrives, owners are advised to “immediately stop using the recalled battery and power down their smartphone.”
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Just yesterday we presented to you KooGeek’s smart socket, which works with Apple HomeKit technology among other things.Today we have a new addition to the smart ecosystem, it’s called Koogeek LB1 and it’s a smart LED bulb.Let’s learn more about it!The Koogeek smart LED bulb is exactly what you think it is, a smart light spot which you can control via WiFi.What makes it special though, is that you can control this one through Apple’s HomeKit technology and it works with Siri voice commands as well.The bulb works on E26/E27 light sockets and it’s really easy to setup on the Koogeek Home app.
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With a bit of a surprise on our side, we were glad to see that the online retailer Gearbest also sells high-end gaming laptops.And they aren’t even those coming from unknown to us westerners brands, we’re talking about full-on MSI gaming laptops, powered by Intel Core i7’s and so on.If you’re a gamer like many of us at Gizchina, then you might be interested in this deal.So, let’s have a look at the MSI GL62M 7REX gaming laptop.This beast is powered by an Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core CPU clocked at 2.8GHz with Turbo Bosot up to 3.7GHz, it’s pared with 8GB DDR4 RAM (upgradable up to 32GB) and a GTX 1050Ti graphics card with 4GB of dedicated memory.MSI’s laptop sports a big 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display and above it we find a 720p webcam.
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Machine learning techniques excel at doing a good-enough job quickly in situations where there’s lots of data to grind through.It turns out that’s a great fit for backlogs of plant samples at herbariums and other repositories around the world, which have millions of the things waiting to be digitized and identified — including some that may be new to science.It’s suspected that hidden among them may be tens of thousands of new species — but the labor cost of manually going through all the samples to double-check them, modernize taxonomy and so on is prohibitive.Not only that, but the valuable info in these slowly vanishing temples to the plant kingdom needs to be modernized in order to be of use to an increasingly digital-first scientific community.Enter the deep learning system.The researchers, from the Costa Rica Institute of Technology and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, felt the time was right to let loose the technology on this huge corpus of data.
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Apple is legendary for letting others go first and then showing them how to do it properly later.So when the company finally appeared on Instagram on Monday, you felt sure that it would bring something new to the medium.Indeed, comedian Conan O'Brien offered an exclusive look into what Apple is really planning.The whole thing is an excuse for pictures of Tim Cook's head superimposed on the bodies of bodybuilders.Cook insists that the whole feed be his head Photoshopped on top on well-fed bodies, according to several "Apple employees" in the parody video.Really bad Photoshop," says Apple's director of dreamineering Rick Lessard in this video.
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Tired of getting calls from automated spammers or creepy strangers?Here, we’ll take a look at how to do it with your phone’s native features, and we’ll suggest a couple of Android apps that are worth considering.Blocking calls on an Android smartphoneThe methods for doing this will vary slightly according to your specific device and the version of Android that you are using.Thankfully, for those users with stock Android devices, like the Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL, running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later, Android now gives you a way to block a caller right from the Phone app.Blocking calls on a Pixel or Nexus device (Marshmallow 6.0+)
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Snapchat recently started offering custom stories, which lets specific people, or people at a geofenced location, create content to share with the world or specific groups.While this feature offers a chance for some fun for Snapchat users, it also offers a way for businesses to get their word out to some of their younger customers.To find out what works best, I asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council the following:Snapchat recently revealed a new feature called custom stories.What is one way brands can utilize this feature in their own marketing strategy?Brands can run special promotions to users based on their location by using the geo-fencing capabilities of Custom Stories.
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Snap Inc. today is said to be considering an acquisition of Zero Zero Robotics, a Beijing-based drone manufacturer.If true, it might mean that Snap’s cameras will be able to use the company’s tracking software to follow you and put filters over you from a distance.Zero Zero sells the ‘Hover Camera Passport’ drone for $500.It’s a tiny, carbon fiber camera drone that uses facial recognition software to track the user, ensuring they stay in the shot while the drone takes photos and videos.At the moment, Zero Zero sells its expensive drone exclusively through the Apple store.According to The Information (paywalled), the CEO of the company denies the deal, and no price has been named in the reports.
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For all its technology and security, this $1,500 smart gun was felled by a shockingly simple thing: a cheap set of magnets.As gun violence rates continue to grow, some safety advocates have turned to technology to help solve tragedies like shooting accidents and stolen weapons.But like all technology, it turns out even guns can be hacked.The latest example is the IP1, a smart gun from German manufacturer Armatix, which marketed itself as the first smart gun to be sold.Released in 2014, the weapon boasts a smart lock on the pistol that the company says will not fire unless it is in range of a special watch that transmits a radio signal to unlock the gun.Plore talked about how he did it at Defcon, the massive gathering of hackers from around the world held in Las Vegas this week.
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Apple has removed software which allows users in China to bypass censorship rules from its App Store in the region.Several VPN apps, which let internet users circumvent the country's strict censorship system, are no longer available for download on the platform.One firm, ExpressVPN, published a blog containing a letter allegedly from Apple which explained that the software had been removed from the store on the basis it included content that is illegal on the mainland.Another provider, Star VPN, said on Twitter that its app had also been removed, calling the move a "dangerous precedent".This is very dangerous precedent which can lead to same moves in countries like UAE etc.where government control access to internet.
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“They’re 0.2mm to 1mm in length and despite being so small they are able to do all these things we cannot,” says Mark Blaxter, a biologist at the University of Edinburgh who has been studying tardigrades for 20 years.The results, published today in the open access journal PLOS Biology, are a first step towards explaining the genetics underpinning the tardigrade's extraordinary resilience and to pinpoint its place within the evolutionary tree of life.We spoke to Blaxter about his new research and his fascination for this remarkable little animal.How to catch a tardigradeThe other reason we say we only have a “true” genome now (or a pair of true genomes) is because in 2015 a group at the University of North Carolina published what they claimed was the genome of the tardigrade Hypsibius dujardini.Horizontal transfer is an exciting evolutionary mechanism, as it might allow an organism to acquire a whole new ability in one go, rather than have to slowly evolve it, small step by small step.
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It practically drips imagination, whimsy, and charm at every turn.As the title implies, you possess the rare and now-forbidden power of literacy, enabling you to read ancient tomes and follow clues to the sites of competitions known as Rites.Rites themselves are three-on-three matches that feel like a blend of hockey and netball.Characters have protective auras, which temporarily banish enemies if they come into contact with them.However, only one member at a time can actually move, requiring you to think fast to decide when to pass to a teammate.In general, matches are quick, scrappy, and fun, with a rule set that's easy to understand but offers enough depth so as not to feel dumbed down.
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The government is set to ban new diesel and petrol cars from UK roads by 2040 in a bid to steer road users towards electric and hybrid vehicles.The move is part of the government's clean air strategy which will be published today.It is expected to come with a £3bn spending package to tackle air pollution, which has been linked to some 40,000 premature deaths per year, according to a 2016 report from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.The new initiative will also include a £255m fund to help local councils deal with emissions from diesel vehicles on particularly polluted roads.Suggested measures include changing road layouts, re-programming traffic lights and removing speed bumps to cut emissions.Aimed at reducing nitrogen oxide levels in the UK, the strategy aims to usher in a new era of clean transport but so far there is no clear plan for how older diesel vehicles will gradually be phased out.
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Warner Bros. just made it official.Diana Prince will ring in Christmas on December 13th, 2019.That’s the date Wonder Woman 2 will be released in cinemas.Gal Gadot returns, of course, and Patty Jenkins is expected to direct, though her deal has not yet been finalised.The news comes mere days after Warner Bros. took the stage at Comic-Con 2017 to show footage from Justice League and Aquaman, which are the next two DC films to hit cinemas.There could be one more film that hits cinemas before Wonder Woman 2, possibly Shazam, but nothing is official.
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We knew the legendaries were coming, and we already told you how to beat them even before Niantic released them.But, lo and behold, we finally know who the first Legendary Pokemon are.Niantic on Sunday announced that “the first Legendary Pokémon are now available for Trainers worldwide to discover, battle, and catch in Pokémon Go.”These are — drumroll — Lugia and Articuno, and you’ll find them in Legendary Raid Battles everywhere starting immediately.Considering that Niantic released its legendaries during the weekend, that means you may have already encountered them in various places including Grand Fest, Chicago, at the Pokemon Go Fest event.Of course, if you attended the festival, but you weren’t able to play the game, Niantic wants you to know it’s sorry for the technical difficulties.
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Through numerous test fire events, Switch-owning gamers should already have a good idea if this game is for them, and for everyone who’s on the fence, the stellar reviews for the game may push them to take the plunge.It should be an exciting day for Switch owners, but instead there’s something of a black cloud hanging over Splatoon 2‘s launch: Nintendo’s online ineptitude.With Nintendo choosing to push back the launch of Switch’s online system until 2018, this is definitely an early version of the app released to appease those who want voice communication while playing Splatoon 2 with friends.That’s exactly the problem with it, too: Nintendo seems to be launching this app merely so it can check a box, and not because it actually cares about ease of use.To say that Nintendo doesn’t care at all may be a little too unfair – it could be that Nintendo has every intention of making this app better by the time it begins charging players to use it in 2018, but right now, it’s clear that wasn’t a priority.That means, if you’re using it on your phone, no opening your web browser or typing up a text message.
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If you own an iPhone, you really need to update your device right now.Apple has released an update to fix a critical security vulnerability that enables attackers to hack into your smartphone via Wi-Fi.The iOS 10.3.3 security patch released by Apple on Wednesday 19 July fixes a serious security flaw affecting the iPhone's Broadcom Wi-Fi chipset.If you don't update your phone and like almost everyone, you have Wi-Fi enabled, then hackers in range can locate your device and remotely hijack the chipset and crash your smartphone to gain control over it.They don't need your passcode or any other details, they can just take over the device through the air.Millions of Android devices are also affected by this security flaw, which is known as the "Broadpwn" exploit.
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Shares in Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong, the city’s second-largest mobile network operator, soared 9.3 per cent to close trading near a two-year high on Tuesday amid speculation over the bidding for the company’s fixed-line network subsidiary.Private equity companies TPG Capital and MBK Partners look to be front-runners for Hutchison Global Communications (HGC), which could be the third major fixed-line business to be sold in Hong Kong since the separate acquisitions last year of Wharf T and the fixed-line broadband operation of New World Telephone Holdings.Hutchison Telecom, a unit of tycoon Li Ka-shing’s CK Hutchison Holdings, has seen its shares climb since mid-May, when it reported a fluctuation in its price and trading volume because of media reports about its plan to explore options for HGC, including a potential sale.The company’s share price closed at HK$3.04 on Tuesday, its highest since reaching HK$3.05 on October 28, 2015.It is expected to provide some clarity on HGC’s future next week, either on or before the announcement of its interim results for the six months ended June 30, sources said.San Francisco-based TPG, one of the world’s largest private equity firms, and Seoul-based MBK have partnered to submit a non-binding proposal to Hutchison Telecom, on June 30.
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Verily, the life sciences branch of Alphabet (Google’s parent company), has started releasing millions of mosquitoes in California.The team behind the project — made up of scientists from Verily, biotech company MosquitoMate, and Fresno County’s Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District — plans to set a million of the flying insects free each week for 20 weeks.The mosquitoes are being released into two neighbourhoods in Fresno, California as part of a field study for the Debug Project, an initiative that aims to decimate certain mosquito populations.They’re all male, so they won’t bite anyone — only female mosquitoes bite humans.Wolbachia is common in nature, and scientists have known since 1967 that the bacteria can make certain mosquitoes and other insects sterile.Researchers working to fight mosquito-borne diseases have long been interested in using the bacteria to kill off local mosquito populations, but it wasn’t until this year that they discovered how genes in the bacteria cause mosquitoes to produce nonviable eggs.
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The startup, founded in 2008, has to date raised $193 million (£147m) in funding.Earlier this month it announced that it would "let go" 173 of employees – around half of its total staff.The move, as outlined by co-founder Alex Ljung in a blog post is to help it spin a profit.It follows the introduction of a premium tier a little over a year ago.The drop in staff numbers was followed by rumours the startup was going to close its business and the Internet Archive starting to backup SoundCloud's website as a precautionary measure.At present, there are two business models for streaming: Apple and Amazon's subscription only services; and the freemium models offered by Spotify, Deezer and SoundCloud.
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