Matthew Simmons

Matthew Simmons

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Well, OK, Mars is under attack.Two weeks ago a surprise dust storm swept the planet, much to the disappointment of the science teams operating missions there.The intrepid Mars Exploration Rover, also known as Opportunity, relies on solar power to drive around Mars—and this storm is so bad that even the faintest light from the sun has been blocked by the dust.This isn’t a Mark Watney death storm, however: The winds on Mars are not actually particularly fast, but they lift the really fine silt on the surface and keep it lingering in the air for a long time.We’re hoping Opportunity pulls through.It was only meant to last 90 days and it’s still going, more than a decade later!
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We look at two cameras that approach the iconic quadrilateral instant photo from new angles.Fujifilm’s first square-frame instant camera is an analog-digital hybrid.Capture up to 50 images with the digital sensor, apply Instagram-like effects and tweaks on the dial switch, then commit only the best shots to film.It’s a bit like a miniature printer, using light to expose the Instax Square film.This hybrid approach means no more wasted shots and unlimited reprints for your friends.Best for: Artsy lo-fi fanatics
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The 2009 smartphone, the third in Apple's iPhone line, is reportedly going back on sale via South Korean retailer SK Telink, after an untouched batch of handsets were discovered in a warehouse.According to ETNews, interested punters will be able to get their hands on the vintage phone for 44,000 won, which works out at around $40/£30/AU$55.Buyers get all of the original packaging and accessories with their purchase – the phones are being sold in the same state as they were nine years ago.The retailer is apparently going to check that the batteries work on each of them before selling them though.At the moment we don't know how many phones we're talking about, but they're likely to be in high demand.Before you rush over to South Korea to grab your own piece of tech history, note that you won't be able to run anything past iOS 6 on these devices.
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I’m often asked how the company I work for managed to successfully expand from Sub-Saharan Africa to Poland, a very different type of market, to say the least.It’s complicated but I can tell you one thing, we didn’t follow any existing playbook.Instead, we followed some basic rules of the road that I would recommend to all entrepreneurs who want to expand internationally:Understand your markets and customersIf you don’t take the time to understand how countries differ from one another, it will be an uphill battle to launch your product.There are vast cultural differences that can impact your growth.
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All around the globe, human activity is driving mammals to become more active at night, according to new research.Likely driven by a fear of people, many animals shift their schedules toward nocturnality to avoid running into us.“We were shocked at how consistent this was all over the world, from savannas in Africa to forests in Europe,” said Kaitlyn Gaynor, a wildlife ecology PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author of the new paper.The new meta-analysis, published today in Science, considered 76 studies and included 62 different mammal species across six continents.Those studies monitored animals using technology like motion-activated cameras and satellite data along with direct human observation to record their activities.They also included information on how much the animals came into contact with humans, and considered variables like hunting, hiking, construction, urban development, and farming.
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Proving you’re years late to the party, Hollywood is about to cash in on cryptocurrency.The project, called Crypto, focuses on a a federal agent (played by Beau Knapp) who returns to his home town in New York to investigate a case of corruption and fraud.Once there, the agent finds himself “enmeshed in a dangerous underworld populated by a mysterious art dealer, a crypto-currency enthusiast turned cyber-sleuth, and a corrupt accountant doing the bidding of ruthless clients,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.The project’s producers compared it to The Firm and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.Which sounds, if we’re being honest, a tad ambitious.Based on the description alone, the film sounds dreadful.
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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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When shopping for the perfect web hosting for you (not the best web hosting for everybody else), you will be bombarded with terms and features that you will have seldom encountered in your everyday life.Check out our updated list of best web hosting providersThese days, hosting providers offer the tools you need to create a great website, whether you’re a coding guru or a total beginner.Modern website builders - such as Boldgrid - offer templates with a drag-and-drop function, to allow you to create a slick-looking professional website without the need to hire a web designer.You will be limited in what you can do and that lack of flexibility can be detrimental if you want a bit more pizzazz.Although SSDs are more expensive than standard HDDs, this is for a good reason; they are much faster than the traditional spinning disk drives, are more reliable and consume less power.
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It's the world's biggest sporting event, and it comes only once every four years.Americans may get more excited about the Super Bowl or World Series, but the FIFA World Cup transfixes millions of fans across the globe.There's something for everyone, as such powerful teams as Brazil and Spain and underdogs such as Panama and South Korea all duke it out over the course of a month.As the tournament gets underway, we've put together a World Cup trivia quiz to see how well you know the massive international sporting event.Whether you're a longtime fan or a complete newbie, you'll get a kick out of testing your knowledge.
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An electrically conductive hydrogel that takes stretchability, self-healing and strain sensitivity to new limits has been developed at KAUST."Our material outperforms all previously reported hydrogels and introduces new functionalities," says Husam Alshareef, professor of materials science and engineering.Smart materials that flex, sense and stretch like skin have many applications in which they interact with the human body.Possibilities range from biodegradable patches that help wounds heal to wearable electronics and touch-sensitive robotic devices.As well as being able to stretch by more than 3400 percent, the material can quickly return to its original form and will adhere to many surfaces, including skin.When cut into pieces, it can quickly mend itself upon reattachment.
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Mindful of my reaction to the fully loaded Toyota Camry XSE I failed to gel with earlier this year, I asked Honda to send me whichever Accord had the lowest sticker price.This was the 1.5L version, yours for $25,780, not including the delivery charge.And unlike your average press fleet ride, this one didn't fall out of the options tree and hit every branch on the way down.It's shorter than the outgoing model in length and height, but it's slightly wider and—this part is important—it has a much longer wheelbase (by 2.16 inches/54mm in fact).The engine under the hood is an all-new 1.5L turbocharged inline four-cylinder.For such a small engine, it packs quite a punch: 192hp (143kW) at 5,500 rpm and 192 ft-lbs (260Nm) between 1,600-5,000 rpm.
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In just a few days the big battery smartphone OUKITEL K7 from the famous “K” series will make the first debut with first global presales.And with currently the FIFA World Cup raging on even the OUKITEL engineer team is inspired by the teamwork on the big stage and prepared for us a small video documenting the creation process behind the phone.The beginnings dates back to to December 2017 so the phone indeed came a long way with hundreds of people involved in the creation itself, including some rigorous testing and such.After all with a 10.000 mAh battery capacity you need to make sure mainly the battery life and charging capabilities are up to the high standards set by the previous phones in the big battery “K” lineup.But the engineer team is fully convinced it’s one of their best pieces up to date.So if you are already a believer in the OUKITEL K7 qualities, then you can grab a $30 discount coupon code BG618K7 already, making the presale price just $159.99.
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Blackview has always been working hard to bring high quality devices to the masses, while providing a smooth and bug-free user experience.This latter part gets confirmed today once again as the company announces the arrival of Android 8.0 Oreo on the now almost one year old Blackview BV8000 Pro, with the promise of bringing the OS to more premium handsets as well in the future.At first glance Android 8.0 Oreo doesn’t look dramatically different from Android 7.0 Nougat, but it actually contains numerous improvements, tweaks and optimizations that combined help creating a much faster, smoother and more polished overall user experience.Boot times on your BV8000Pro and apps are noticeably faster to open.There is also improved cache management with Oreo automatically deleting cached data from apps if performance is about to slow down.Notifications – Long press a notification and a toggle will appear, this allows the user to shut down the application of all notice, if scroll left, there will be two switches, one is to set up the application’s specific information, another can be set to delay the notification for a period of time.
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Two very old games from Nintendo’s arcade days are getting a surprise re-release on the eShop.According to Nintendo of America, it’s the first time either one has been released in its original arcade form for consoles.The details: Revealed yesterday during the final Treehouse Live of E3, both games are difficult to find in their original forms.In gamer years, these two are like the Dead Sea Scrolls.The first is Donkey Kong, the 1981 arcade game, which is seeing its first non-truncated release in the West.ArcadeArchives Donkey Kong is the first-ever release of the complete arcade version outside of arcades, and it’s available now on NintendoSwitch eShop!
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As most of you will probably know, the HOMTOM is a company specialized in making great entry-level devices with cost-effectiveness being their main quality.The latest phone coming from the company is the HOMTOM S99, an handset that is now available at just $129.99.If you were looking for a decently specced entry-level phone, then keep reading to learn more about the S99 before heading to AliExpress to get one!Let’s begin with the display; the smartphone features a 5.5-inch display with the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio, which should make it feel like a 5-inch phone in the hand.The HOMTOM S99 is fueled by an octa-core CPU paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is quite a good memory combo for the price segment.In addition to that, another pretty nice hardware component is the battery, the smartphone does indeed pack a massive 6200mAh capacity battery, which should bring at least two days of heavy use.
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In keeping with the strict General Data Protection Regulation laid down by the European Union, Valve has rolled out a new data portal to Steam users that can only be described as “exhaustive.” This portal puts pretty much every piece of information about your Steam account in one place, serving up boatloads of data you probably never even cared to look at in the first place.While some of this data was accessible in one way or another before GDPR became law, this new portal organizes it and makes it easier to find specific information.One look and you’ll know what we mean when we use the word “exhaustive” to describe it.The information that’s available ranges from very general information about your account – the first link simply takes you to your account settings page – to items that are much more specific.For instance, you can view a log of your recent chat messages or your trade history on the Steam Market.Things get particularly disturbing when you realize that this portal holds a direct link to your entire Steam purchase history.
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This processor isn’t technically as powerful as the Qualcomm Snadpragon 845, but according to all the information we have on the XR1 so far, it’s made for and capable of running a device just such as this.The hardware itself is tipped to be coming to the market starting in early 2019.The Qualcomm XR1 VR processor was introduced to the world at the tail end of May of 2018.Qualcomm mentioned HTC for the VIVE, Meta, and Vuzix.Now a source speaking with Engadget suggested that the Microsoft HoloLens 2 will most likely use the Qualcomm XR1 chipset, and that the device will quite possibly be revealed in January of 2019.This chipset will likely work alongside what Microsoft already has a first-gen model of in the first HoloLens.
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The Galaxy Note 9 is due to be unveiled precisely on Agust 9 at a dedicated event in the York City of US, so we’re probably going to see more leaks pertaining to the device in the coming weeks.While it is now almost certain the device won’t get the in-display fingerprint sensor, a newly leaked case renders of the upcoming Note 9 which emanated from China just recently suggest the device could come with an extra physical button on the frame of the device, which is speculated to be both a shutter button and a screenshot key.However, well-known leaker Ice universe seems to have dispelled such rumors backing his claim with a new case render which reveals the actual use of the cutout meant for the purported extra button.Ice Universe in a twitter post shared this morning revealed a couple of Galaxy Note 9 protective case which appears to be made of plastic.The leaked cases reveal a protective case with a slight bump with holes for a lanyard.In essence, the Galaxy Note 9 ain’t getting no extra button for selfies or what so ever, instead Samsung will stick with the usual volume rocker, power key, and the controversial Bixby button that will have access to the updated version of the assistant upon launch in August.
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Five years ago OnePlus didn't exist.Now their handsets are some of the most hotly anticipated devices on the market, which isn't too bad.It's nowhere near as popular as Apple and Samsung, but OnePlus does have that dedicated fanbase - a fanbase that purchased over a million OnePlus 6 devices within the first 22 days of sale.That number comes straight from OnePlus CEO Peter Lau, who revealed the sales stat to Business Insider.The figure is nowhere near as impressive as bigger companies who can shift tens of millions of devices in the first month of release, but it is a new record for OnePlus.According to Lau the OnePlus 5 and 5T both took three months to sell that many devices, and he confirmed that he's happy with how the phone is performing.
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Oracle stock has been downgraded by JP Morgan based on its CIO survey that didn't paint a rosy picture for Big Red's cloud services business.According to analyst JP analyst Mark Murphy, CIOs are planning to cut their spending with Big Red, which has led the investment bank to lower its ratings of the firm's shares from overweight to neutral.Murphy has told clients that a survey of 154 CIOs revealed negative spending intentions towards Oracle, with CNBC reporting that his note said just 2 per cent of respondents said Oracle was their most integral vendor for cloud computing.In contrast, 27 per cent chose Microsoft and 12 per cent opted for Oracle CTO Larry Ellison's cloudy nemesis Amazon.The analyst's note added that CIOs have told the analysts they are migrating off Big Red and onto Microsoft SQL Server, Amazon databases and PostreSQL.The reports may come as no surprise to customers who have long been frustrated with Oracle's strong-arm tactics to get them to shift to the fluffy stuff, as the legacy database vendor becomes increasingly desperate to catch up to other cloud vendors.
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