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Apple may be working with LG Innotek to implement quintessential industrial design changes in the iPhone or iPhones this year.If what we’re hearing out of South Korea is accurate, Apple may also be doing away with its most recognizable features on all iPhone devices altogether.There’s a bit of a mixup going on right this minute with Forbes’ report about the next iPhone.They suggest that ETNews has a tip about LG Innotek and Apple working to reduce the size of the notch.In reality, the article quoted on ETNews says nothing of the sort.The image above comes from Concept Creator.
Apple wants to show off its new version of FileMaker and has enlisted several stars of the US version of The Office to help.Kate Flannery (Meredith), Paul Lieberstein (Toby) and Leslie David Baker (Stanley) play a team of farmers in a mock TV news report.The small time farmers use FileMaker to run their business, apparently giving them more free time for Michael Scott-esque antics."Farm Time" begins with a reference to Dwight Schrute's beet farm before showing Lieberstein being interviewed – dressed in overalls, a shirt and tie while playing the banjo."Well, anyone with an iPhone," Lieberstein's character responds.Flannery's character then puts a beet down her top to give it extra care before Baker's character is shown launching a drone to ship the vegetables.
One upcoming flagship we haven’t heard much about is the Moto Z3, but we may have just had our first look at it, courtesy of a leaked render that appears to have been taken from a Motorola presentation.The image, which was sent to DroidLife by a single source, shows an edge-to-edge, possibly slightly curved screen.The back of the phone is largely obscured by a Moto Mod, which says ‘5G’ on it.The back there is fairly plain, other than a gold Moto Mod connector, and the screen looks similarly large and edge-to-edge, indeed according to the information supplied with the images both phones have 6-inch FHD+ 18:9 displays.That might not seem top-end, and that’s because apparently an even higher-end model will be arriving later in the year with a Snapdragon 845 chipset – that phone, if it exists, might well be the Moto Z3 Force.Other details in these images include a white software button at the bottom of the screen, likely for navigating the phone, but there’s no obvious sign of a fingerprint scanner on either handset, which might mean the scanners are either in the screen or that Lenovo – which makes these phones – will switch to some form of facial recognition like the iPhone X.
Experts in the Netherlands have identified two previously unknown drawings as works by Vincent van Gogh.Both 1886 drawings are of Montmartre hill in Paris.On Tuesday, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam announced that“The Hill of Montmartre with Stone Quarry,” which is owned by the Van Vlissingen Art Foundation, has been confirmed as a van Gogh.Experts from the Van Gogh Museum analyzed the subject, style, technique and materials used on the drawing, and also researched its history.By establishing that “The Hill of Montmartre with Stone Quarry” is van Gogh’s work, the Van Gogh Museum also confirmed that a similar drawing in the museum’s own collection is by the Dutch master.The museum’s “The Hill of Montmartre,” had previously been rejected as being from van Gogh’s hand.
FoxNext Games has acquired game developer Cold Iron Studios, which is making a science fiction shooter set in the universe of the Alien films.The PC and console game will help FoxNext, which has had a focus on mobile games so far, expand its footprint across more platforms.The studio’s first game represents FoxNext Games’ ambition to deliver new Triple-A offerings across numerous fan favorite properties and original games.“Cold Iron Studios has amazing design, craftsmanship, and development talent that we are excited to welcome at FoxNext Games as we pursue our goal to build a multi-platform, multi-genre portfolio of great games,” FoxNext Games president Aaron Loeb, in a statement.“I am a personal fan of Cold Iron’s previous work and all of us at FoxNext Games are thrilled to be working with them as they create an action-packed persistent world, steeped in the mysteries of this beloved Alien universe.”Cold Iron Studios was started by industry veterans who made games such as Neverwinter, Metroid Prime 3, BioShock Infinite, City of Heroes and many others.
Many Japanese people had their dinner rudely interrupted on Tuesday night when their smartphones buzzed with a missile attack warning.But the alert, sent by the country’s national broadcaster, had been sent in error.The blunder comes just days after Hawaiian authorities did the vey same thing, sending to islanders’ smartphones a warning of imminent attack.Ten minutes after the Japan alert was issued, the broadcaster, NHK, confirmed on TV that North Korea had not launched a missile in its direction after all, and that the message, sent to everyone with the NHK app, had been sent by mistake.It’s not yet clear how the alert came to be issued, though there were no reports of the kind of panic seen in Hawaii at the weekend.A spokesperson for NHK later apologized, saying a member of staff had “mistakenly operated the equipment to deliver news alerts over the internet.”
Our list of the best printers for home and office use has been refined and updated, giving you the top advice for buying the best printer for your needs.There are so many decent multi-purpose printers at very competitive prices these days, so you're spoilt for choice when looking for a new printer.Some will even offer cashback incentives when you buy them, so it's worth keeping an eye out for those offers.To make things even easier, our list of the best printers cuts through the jargon to make buying your new printer as simple as possible.We've also split this list into the best inkjet printers and the best laser printers, and we include standard printers as well as multi-function ones.Print speed: Varies depending on document | Paper sizes: A4, A5, A6, B5, Borderless A4, Borderless A5, Borderless B5 | Paper capacity: 60 sheets | : | Weight: 4.2kg
Google’s Arts & Culture app has been around for about a year and half.But it’s taken an art selfie feature to generate a bit of viral interest in the app — with a steady stream of delighted/outraged tweets bubbling up over the weekend as users assessed the results of their fine art doppelgänger.Oh what price vanity, etc etc…Playing with the Google Arts & Culture app (iOS and Android).It'll search international museum collections for portraits that are similar to your selfie.While complaints about the app’s matches included not being offered any matches (with some putting this down to the Eurocentrism of art history), or being facially matched with an artwork of a different gender or age, the most outraged Twitter chatter was on account of people not being able to access the feature at all.
As the citizens of Hawaii came out of hiding in their bathtubs and basements Saturday morning, after learning that the emergency alert they had received, warning of an imminent nuclear missile attack, was a false alarm, their fear and panic transformed into rage.People should lose their jobs if this was an error," Hawaii State Representative Matt Lopresti told CNN.Governor David Ige told CNN, "An employee pushed the wrong button."Could it really be that the emergency alert system is so simplistic, it only takes the twitch of a finger to send Hawaii into terror and chaos?The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, or IPAWS, manages both the emergency alerts you get on your phone and the national emergency alert system, which broadcasts to television stations.According to Simpson, the system uses a web interface with multiple servers that cache preloaded messages about different types of emergencies, from states across the country.
Devices with a focus on beauty made a large, pedicured footprint at this year's CES tech show in Las Vegas.TL;DR: Companies want to use technology to judge the hell out of you, make you feel bad and sell you beauty products.At least, that's how I felt by the time I made my way to a luxe suite that had been transformed into a pop-up beauty salon.The HiMirror Mini, an internet-connected mirror with Amazon Alexa built in, told me I needed help with the dark circles under my eyes.The Neutrogena Skin360 Skin Scanner, an iPhone camera attachment that takes up-close pics of your pores, said my skin was too dry.Beauty products, including the technology we saw at CES, lie at a weird intersection of self-care and self-loathing.
On Wednesday, during a Pentagon briefing, spokeswoman Dana White was asked whether the US Department of Defense considered the Zuma mission—a high-value, highly secretive US government payload—a success or a failure.White declined substantive comment, saying, “I would have to refer you to SpaceX, who conducted the launch."Alas, SpaceX isn't talking Zuma's success (or otherwise) either.The company has twice stated that its rocket, both the first and second stages, performed nominally during the launch on Sunday evening.On Thursday, a day after the Pentagon said the news media should ask SpaceX about mission success, the company's president and chief operating officer, Gwynne Shotwell, appeared at a meeting of scientists and engineers in Houston called The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas.Dutifully asked about Zuma, Shotwell replied, "You know I can’t talk about that.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your refrigerator were also a goshdang boombox?That’s why it was so exciting when I saw a new Samsung refrigerator at CES that contained a stocky AKG speaker in the front door.It bumps tunes, and it keeps your milk cold.The new icebox is the latest in Sammy’s Family Hub line of touchscreen refrigerators.It features that familiar, giant tablet on the right door as well as many of the clever connected benefits of the other Family Hub devices, including the ability to install apps, play music, watch TV, and see the contents of your fridge from a smartphone app.That speaker features AKG technology and represents one of the first Samsung-built products to do so since the Korean company acquired AKG’s parent company, Harman, last year.
The only way to explain the reaction to Merriam-Webster’s year-end announcement that “doggo” was one of the dictionary’s “Words We're Watching” is to use another colloquialism: Twitter lost its damn mind.It wasn’t the first time Merriam, the hippest dictionary that ever was (sorry, Oxford), has incorporated internet-beloved words into its corpus; it recently added definitions for the terms “troll,” “woke,” and “hashtag.” Nor was it the first time social media reacted strongly to such a move (see: the Great “Shade” Elation of 2017).But for the prestigious lexical arbiter to acknowledge doggo’s place and popularity was a win for practitioners of “DoggoSpeak,” a specialized vernacular used primarily in memes extolling the cuteness of dogs.“The real swell of the modern doggo wave came in 2016 and 2017 with the popularization of the WeRateDogs Twitter account.”There’s a certain truth to this.Doggo first popped up on WeRateDogs on April 1, 2016:
Like a lot of us here at CES this week, my diet of fried finger food and coffee leaves a lot to be desired.Doing laps on the convention center floor and chasing stories up and down the Las Vegas Strip certainly helps -- but if I wanted to crank that exercise regimen up to the max, I might consider getting a fitness-oriented wearable like the Coros Pace, launching this week.Granted, the Pace is probably more than I need or could handle.At a retail price of $299, it's designed with triathletes in mind, featuring multiple, dedicated modes for running, cycling and swimming.With built-in GPS, it can also track your location and altitude, but in a nice design touch, that GPS only activates when you tell the watch that you're working out.That's good for the battery -- so good in fact that Coros claims it'll last up to on standby mode.
This spring's forecast will be cloudy for Samsung.The Korean tech giant announced at CES on Monday that its SmartThings Cloud service will be available this spring, but offered no specific timeframe.The SmartThings Cloud would allow people to control all their internet of things devices from a single app, instead of having one for each gadget.Think about being able to control your smart television, washing machine and locks all from one hub.Samsung announced SmartThings Cloud in October, as it continues its expansion beyond phones by pushing out connected TVs and appliances.Samsung's co-CEO HS Kim announced the timing at the company's press conference at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, pointing out how annoying it can be setting up new devices.
Hunter's connected fans just completed the trifecta of major voice assistants.You could already control them with Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa.At CES, Hunter has just announced integration with Google's digital assistant (simply called Google Assistant).If you have a Google Home smart speaker or a smart phone with the Assistant, you can control your connected Hunter ceiling fan with a voice command.Hunter's fans are the first that work directly with Google's voice assistant.Say the word, and your ceiling fans will spin into action.
Whether it’s Google Home, Siri by Apple, Cortana by Microsoft, or Amazon’s Alexa, voice represents an ever-growing share of the search pie.Statistics on usage are difficult to come by, but in mid-2016, voice search represented 20% of queries on Google’s mobile app, according to Google CEO Sundar Pichai.Research from MindMeld’s 2016 Intelligent Voice Assistants Research Report breaks down the primary reasons consumers use voice:61% – Useful when hands / vision occupied24% – Difficulty typing on certain devices22% – They’re fun / cool
Count Olaf is here to help you celebrate the New Year.Netflix used the start of 2018 as an excuse to drop a little game for fans of their show A Series of Unfortunate Events.Following the clues in this tweet lead users to this page.That page then linked to this one, eventually revealing the below video, as well as the fact season two of series will premiere March 30.In the show, based on the books of the same title, Neil Patrick Harris plays Count Olaf.He’s the evil uncle of three orphans who will stop at nothing to get their inheritance.
After months of re-wiring, thousands of pounds of recycled electronics, and who knows how many pounds of drywall dust, our smart home renovation project is complete.We started with a non-existent network, aging home theater components, a crumbling distributed audio system, and more than just a few technical hurdles.Now, we end with a completely retrofitted smart home worthy of being called state-of-the-art.As smart as Amazon’s Alexa may be, the digital assistant is not capable of making simple work out of coordinating a dozen or more disparate smart home devices — that’s where Control4 comes in.With Control4 acting as the conductor of our smart home symphony, a simple voice command to Alexa through an Echo device is transformed into specific instructions to multiple devices, all executed in concert.If you could see inside the Control4 center’s brain, it would look like a frenzy of arm waving, lever pulling and button pressing.