Odds are you've watched your favorite show on Netflix enough times to pick up on the over-arching plot no matter what episode you're watching.Of course, you can manually choose an episode at "random," but that takes a lot of work.Netflix is reportedly testing a "Random Episode" feature.Android Police spotted the test on Friday.From the screenshots, it looks like the feature would work similarly to shuffle in your music app.Tapping shuffle arrows would let users play a popular or random episode of a show.
Bottom Line: This study looked at the privacy practices of popular apps for depression and smoking cessation.Researchers assessed the content of privacy policies and compared disclosures regarding data sharing with commercial third parties to actual behavior for 36 apps.Authors: Kit Huckvale, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ph.D., UNSW (University of New South Wales) Sydney, Australia, and coauthorsEditor's Note: The article contains conflict of interest and funding/support disclosures.Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.Want to embed a link to this study in your story?
Plant cell walls, as repositories of fixed carbon, are an important source of biomass, which is mainly composed of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin.However, the complex lignin structure makes it a rather inefficient biomass source.Thorough understanding of lignin biosynthesis will improve the efficiency of biomass conversion into biofuels and increase the quality of forage and silage.Maize brown midrib (bm) mutants, with reddish-brown pigmentation accumulated in the leaf midrib and reduced lignin content, are a significant germplasm.To date, at least six independent maize bm mutants (bm1-6) have been identified, among which genes controlling the bm1-4 mutants have already been recognized.However, genes controlling bm5 and bm6 had previously been unidentified.
Amazon is requiring delivery drivers to snap selfies to verify their identities.The selfies are meant to protect drivers from unauthorized usage of their Amazon Flex accounts, an Amazon spokeswoman said.The photos could prevent people — some of whom may not have undergone background checks or be authorized to work for Amazon — from delivering packages under accounts that don't belong to them.Amazon recently asked drivers to consent to the collection and storage of their biometric data.The new requirements apply to Amazon Flex drivers, who work as independent contractors and deliver packages using their own vehicles.The Amazon Flex app recently started prompting some drivers to share selfies with a pop-up message that says: "To continue delivering, please help us verify your identity by taking a selfie.
Baidu is reportedly working on a major push into the music entertainment world including developing a music mobile app and several talent competition shows as part of a bigger initiative to capture user attention amid deceleration in its core businesses.According to 36Kr, the company has formed a small special project team affiliated with Baidu’s content business group.The new team had originally planned to build a music video app similar to Douyin, Bytedance’s popular short video platform.However, this was later rejected internally with the aim to “make something bigger,” 36Kr cited a source as saying.A reality TV competition is also on the agenda, with which Baidu seeks to achieve success like similar to “Singer,” a Hunan TV reality competition featuring professional singers, or “Produce 101,” a music talent show created by Tencent.The source said Baidu is more likely to outsource the production work given its inexperience in show business, though the project was currently in early stages of planning and could be changed.
The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR phones are updates to last year's iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus.The iPhone XS retains the familiar design of the iPhone X, including a 5.8-inch OLED display and stainless-steel sides.Apple also offers a larger version of the XS with a 6.5-inch OLED display called the iPhone XS Max.With a footprint about the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus (though the older phone has a smaller 5.5-inch LCD display), the iPhone XS Max has the largest display found on any current iPhone.The iPhone XS and XS Max come in silver, space gray and gold.Apple opted for more of a straw-colored gold this time than previous gold iPhone models, which skewed closer to copper.
This year it'll drive growth from video licensing, events, and commerce, and it's even exploring a membership program.While headlines scream about other digital media companies trying to cut their way to profitability, hanging for-sale signs, and selling at fire-sale prices, Complex Networks, a 17-year-old, digital video-driven media company focused on sneakers and youth culture, looks like an anomaly.Read more: Digital media companies Group Nine Media and Refinery29 are said to be in talks to mergeIt didn't take a ton of venture funding that can accelerate a media company's rise but also set unrealistic growth expectations.Instead, Complex focused on building high-quality, longform video series that would keep viewers coming back and whose regularity in subject matter made it well-suited to advertising integrations.ComplexCon, an annual festival of street culture in Long Beach, California, attracted 65,000 people and contributed around 8% of Complex Networks' revenue in 2018, across ticket sales that start at $55 each, $10 million worth of hoodies, skateboards and other merchandise sales specially designed by the artist Takashi Murikami, space rentals, and ad sponsorships.
A report studying global artificial intelligence (AI) trends points to progress for AI research in China in the last year, as well as persistent roadblocks.The study, published by academic journal and research firm Elsevier, analyzed over 600,000 scholarly publications from 1998 to 2017 and found that Chinese publications are increasing in volume and show enhanced performance in some markers of quality.Between 1998 and 2002, Chinese researchers wrote only 9% of academic publications, compared to 24% in the 2013 to 2017 time period.In 2011, this topic overtook neural networks as the most popular among Chinese academics.Europe follows a similar trend on computer vision research, but the consistent growth of this field is matched by that of planning and decision-making.Elsevier used the field-weighted citation impact (FWCI) to measure how often a paper is cited in other publications, adjusted for the average of the field.
Most major web browsers have had a reading mode for several years now, but Google Chrome is one major absentee from the list.Thankfully, it looks like the feature is well on its way to the browser.ZDNet spotted a reading mode in Chrome Canary builds (early, experimental versions of Chrome that contain bleeding-edge features), and it seems identical to reading modes in other browsers.As you’d expect from this mode, Chrome’s early implementation strips out ads, animations, complex formatting, and other distractions on a webpage.This leaves you with only the relevant text and images related to the article, as seen below.To actually enable the reading mode in Chrome Canary, you’ll need to enter chrome://flags/ enable-reader-mode in your address bar.
On Call Roll up, roll up, to the best part of your day, nay, your week – On Call, where Reg readers share Eureka moments and gleeful memories in tech support.This week, we meet "Jean", who was working as field tech support at a minicomputer company when she managed to sort out a rather troublesome call that came in."It was a great job, and, as you might suppose, there were some pretty funny incidents," she told On Call.One day, it was Jean's turn and she was struggling to even understand what the reported problem was, let alone figure out how to solve it.She started out by trying to walk the caller back from what he thought the problem was – "the computer is broken and I need someone out here immediately" – to something that could actually be fixed."It was taking so long that, in our open plan office, my colleagues began to gather around me to listen in," she said.
The 4K UHD Smart Cam revolution is finally here.Last year’s Nest Cam IQ Outdoor came close, boasting a 4K sensor with HDR and a swathe of goodies including facial recognition and smart tracking, but even that device displayed video at 1080p resolution.Priced from $400 for a single camera with the new Ultra Smart Hub, this next-generation device is packed with the latest smart cam tech.A half-inch, 8-megapixel image sensor promises crystal-clear images at 3840 x 2160 resolution (1080p and 720p video modes are also available for those needing to conserve bandwidth).A panoramic 180-degree field of view sees Arlo Ultra thumb its nose at competitors, with dual motion detection, advanced object detection, automatic tracking, and zoom, adding a healthy dollop of intelligence to the impressive spec list.Sleek lines and a rugged construction
Almost everything can now connect to the internet: cameras, coffee pots, televisions, vacuums, toilets, children’s toys, sex toys.Last year, I bought a bunch of internet-connected objects—from a smart toothbrush to a smart bed—and then monitored my smart home to see what it got up to.The “glorious future” turned out to be more dystopic than a modern consumer would like: My smart TV was telling data brokers what I was watching, and my Echo was pinging Amazon’s servers every few minutes, regardless of whether I was using it or not.After that story came out, we released the code for the tool I used to spy on my smart things, but it took some technical chops to set up.The researchers, led by Danny Huang and Princeton professor Nick Feamster, have a thorough FAQ page, that you should definitely read before installing the tool: It explains how the tool works (tl;dr: using a technique usually employed by bad guys); exactly what data it collects (a lot!); what it doesn’t collect to try to protect users’ privacy (such as users’ IP addresses or the payload of packets); and how to keep from outing yourself as a research participant (you can label the devices to help you keep track of them, but if you do, don’t name your vacuum ‘Kashmir Hill’s Roomba’ and avoid connecting devices to the network that have your name in their digital signature, such as ‘Kashmir Hill’s iPhone’).
No, we’re not talking about the Xbox Two, or whatever Microsoft’s next-gen machine is going to be called.Of course it isn’t – we’ve been staring down the barrel of the gun named “discless future gaming” for years now, and Microsoft has made the jump at a time when gamers are finally ready to accept it.Aside from the love of owning a physical item, the modern evolution of games distribution, for better and worse, has rendered physical media practically obsolete.But now there will be an inevitable 3 hour, 20GB patch to download, a “day one” fix for all the bugs the developers failed to iron out before that shipping deadline was met.The disc’s one value remains in the second hand market, where you can trade or sell games to support your next purchase.But even then, with the rise of games-as-a-service, you’re likely to have lost out on one-time content codes that are packed in with new games, or will have to invest in the ongoing content drops of DLC that keep long-life games like Destiny 2 alive.
It involves going down to a physical shop and buying a voucher, which is then uploaded via an app.The argument is that it's too easy for children to watch porn online and it's affecting their sexual and mental health — so now anyone who wants to watch porn on the internet will have to prove that they're old enough.Various solutions have been proposed by multiple companies, but many involve uploading a form of ID, such as a driving license or a credit card.One solution has a particularly analogue feel to it.The idea is that people will be able to go to a shop where the person behind the till will check their ID, and then provide them with a pass which can then be uploaded via an app to give them access to pornographic content without handing over any personal data.Its focus was on the music industry and how to get more money for artists whose work is being used on apps like TikTok and Snapchat.
The astonishing Aperture Spherical Telescope in Guizhou, China, may not have the tourist pull it once did, after the Chinese government imposed strict new rules against carrying or using electronic equipment within a radius of five kilometres.If you can’t Instagram (if you’re wielding a VPN, at least) the fact you’re looking at the world’s largest single disk radio telescope, then what’s the point in going?If you’re planning to sneak in and start snapping photos, then be prepared for hefty fines up to $30,000 if you get caught, and the restrictions don’t end at smartphones either.Everything from smartwatches and drones to digital cameras and devices that broadcast any type of signal is a problem, according to xinhuanet.com.It’s all due to preventing interference with the telescope, ensuring the important signals from space get heard.The so-called quiet zone is five kilometres, but restrictions are in place all the way out to 30 kilometres away from the telescope.
Everyone knows that IT is one of tech’s most lucrative fields, but how do you get your foot in the door?This Professional IT Skills Bundle is a solid starting point.Together, instructors Timber Wolfe and Bally Kehal have over 24 years of experience in the IT field.In this course bundle, they’ll prepare you for the top skills in demand for any IT professional in 2019.You’ll get access to prep material for the CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications, dive into Office 365 and Windows 10 security, and explore training for certifications in cloud basics and technology and operations.Upon completion, you can qualify for 112 CPE/CEU credits after you submit your documentation.
Welcome back to your guide to finding out what's new online.Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what's been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now.The audio is about a minute or two long.Since you're reading this, let's give you some extra information not found in the podcast: Coming soon is a new season of Cobra Kai on YouTube.To raise awareness of the show, YouTube released a 30 for 30 on the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament featuring Daniel LaRusso versus Johnny Lawrence.Meanwhile, Netflix has a new documentary scheduled for April 20 called Grass Is Greener.
For a while, it seemed like live streaming was going to be the future.Social media platforms like Facebook introduced a way for people to share their experiences in the moment, and some dedicated streaming platforms arose purely to satisfy the world’s demands for live streaming.The question is, will this be enough to maintain live streaming’s trajectory as a visual medium of choice in the online world?We’re not referring to professional broadcasting, which is something some social brands are pursuing.Just to get an idea of what kind of content slipped through the filters, there was the stream of 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis hanging herself after revealing she’d been abused by a relative.There was the torture of a man with a mental disability by two men and two women.
The folks over at DxOMark are now quite famous for their smartphone camera benchmarks that cover quite a wide range of brands.Noticeably missing from those reviews, however, are LG’s flagships.To date, at least with its new-ish grading system, there are only three LG smartphones on its list.And the latest it has reviewed, the LG V40 ThinQ from late last year, doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the brand.The V40 ThinQ is LG’s first triple camera phone though it advertised it as a five-camera phone.That was just marketing smoke and mirrors, though, since two of those five are on the front.
Android has always given users choice, Google says.To some extent that is true but most users seldom change the defaults that came with their phones.That’s the issue that the European Commission had with Google pre-installing its apps and services on Android phones.After losing that legal battle, Google is now rolling out an update that will give users a chance to install their web browser or search app of choice.Presuming they haven’t already or aren’t hooked into Google’s ecosystem anyway.It’s admittedly easy to install a different browser or search app on Android and make those the default.