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Though there were rumors that Samsung had a huge Galaxy View2 on its way, it has been confirmed that the tablet is officially real and it's coming to US carrier AT In a edited YouTube video, AT introduced the device and a few key specs, though it did not specify any pricing yet.The Android tablet has a 17.3-inch HD display built into a cover that lets you prop up the screen or handle it flat against its back.It features 4G LTE connectivity and four speakers with Dolby Atmos sound technology.The Galaxy View 2 also works with AT's Numbersync service, so you can make and receive voice and video calls.Other specs include a 12,000mAh battery, 64GB of built-in storage and up to 400GB of expandable memory.If you have a Direct TV Now subscription, you can stream shows and movies with the preloaded TV Mode app.
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Reports that a creature was living in Scotland's Loch Ness go back to the sixth century.The 19th and 20th centuries, in particular, saw an increase in interest, especially after the infamous "surgeon's photograph" in 1934.Now, a new study suggests that the legend of the Loch Ness monster and other long-necked "sea monsters" may have been influenced by something very real and even more terrifying — dinosaurs.Published in the scientific journal Earth Sciences History, the study theorizes that the sea serpent reports of the early 19th century were heavily influenced by early dinosaur fossil discovery.SHOCKING PICTURES OF UNIDENTIFIED SEA CREATURE SURFACE"Over the last 200 years, there is indeed evidence of a decline in serpentiform sea serpent reports and an increase in the proportion of reports with necks but there is no evidence for an increase in the proportion of mosasaur-like reports," the study's abstract reads.
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TORONTO, April 22, 2019 - York University chemists have invented a new fluorescence-based method for accurately determining the strength of a range of Lewis acids, which could one day be used to help purify pharmaceutical drugs, improve industrial processes and explore next-generation technologies, according to a new chemistry study.Measuring the Lewis acidity of molecular species is important because it allows chemists around the world to establish the utility of new compounds to facilitate chemical transformations for a range of applications.The team of six York University researchers developed a new method of testing for Lewis acidity using fluorescence, which is simpler, more accurate and more effective than the commonly-used Gutmann-Beckett method."The pharmaceutical industry is always looking for optimized processes to make new drugs and find new chemicals," said Thomas Baumgartner, professor in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, and Canada Research Chair in Organomain Group Materials."Our method provides a valuable tool to help develop these processes," said Baumgartner, who co-led the study."The theory of acids and bases has long been a key concept in chemical sciences.
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OPPO – the Chinese smartphone manufacturer – has a history of trying to straight-up murder the notch.Its Find X device introduced a slide system, but, with the brand new Reno, it has something different in mind: the pizza-slice selfie camera.We attended the phone’s launch in Zurich and were able to get our hands on the Reno for a day or so.The latter phone is the one we got our hands on, so it’s going to be our focus.No matter how decent they are, the shots didn’t blow me away.Still, speaking to OPPO, there’s going to be a raft of software updates before the Reno goes live.
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ZEISS has confirmed the fourth addition to its Otus stable of optics, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/100.Details of the new lens had already leaked, and the company announced last year that the lens would be on the way.Designed for users of Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLRs, but compatible with those companies' latest full-frame mirrorless models via adapters, the lens offers a 100mm focal length and a maximum aperture of f/1.4.It will also mount on APS-C DSLRs from the same manufacturers, whereupon its effective focal length increases to around 150-160mm, depending the body used.It arrives with many grand claims that include low sample variation, outstanding imaging performance and superior build quality.More specifically, it promises outstanding correction of longitudinal chromatic aberration – a particular bugbear with wide-aperture lenses of this sort – while similar claims are made with regards to control over lateral chromatic aberration.
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Polymers that change their appearance in response to mechanical forces can warn of damage developing in a material before the stress causes structural failure.Researchers now report in ACS Central Science that they've developed a first-of-its-kind elastic polymer blend that displays white fluorescence when deformed and then goes dark after relaxing back to its original shape.A general approach to create such stress-sensing polymers is to integrate sensor molecules that change their optical properties when activated by mechanical force.In most previous types of these polymers, however, activation is irreversible because it breaks covalent bonds in the sensors.To do this, they built upon their previous work, published last year, in which they reported a polyurethane containing stress-sensing rotaxane consisting of ring-shaped fluorescent molecules threaded on dumbbell-shaped molecules featuring quencher groups at their center.In the relaxed polymer, the quenchers were near the fluorescent rings and prevented them from glowing under ultraviolet light.
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Platform provides an automotive manufacturer-agnostic hub of transport/vehicle dataFord has contracted AWS to provide the backbone of its nascent Transportation Mobility Cloud project; a cloud-based infrastructure platform capable managing information flow and “basic transactions” for cities — from service providers, personal vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians and mass transit systems to city infrastructure.Autonomic says the platform “ingests and enriches vehicle data in real time”.It then standardises the data formats coming in, and provides a platform for software developers to access it via APIs.The automotive giant is making a major push into smart city services and sees the TMC as capable of supporting location-based services, identity management, payment processing and more.Autonomic’s website gives a flavour of the platform’s potential value: “[TWC] equips vehicle manufacturers to generate real revenue from the data locked inside their vehicles” [and] “gives developers secure and easy access to the processed data, be it telemetry, analytics, geolocation events or vehicle metadata, via APIs to support the rapid development of mobility services and applications”.
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As a regular sponsor of the Glastonbury Festival UK MNO EE is going to use the opportunity to bang on about 5G this year.Continuing its rich tradition of claiming every incremental 5G ‘first’ it can, EE has announced this year’s Glasto will be the UK’s first 5G-connected festival.It won’t be mobile 5G mind, just a 5G-powered wifi hotspot, but you can’t have everything can you?On top of that EE will be doing its usual thing of installing temporary masts to boost boring old regular mobile signals.“Smartphones have become a festival must-have as we’ve seen each year with more and more data being consumed at Glastonbury Festival,” said Pete Jeavons, Marcomms Director at BTEE.“As the long-standing technology partner to this iconic event, we are committed to building a network powerful enough to cope with this huge demand.
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If you're a fan of the Alien film franchise, you've probably been lamenting its demise ever since James Cameron's Aliens hit cinemas way back in 1986.The films since that classic sequel have...not been good.Things could have been oh so different though – acclaimed sci-fi author William Gibson wrote a script for the divisive Alien 3 that was never produced, but has lived on in infamy as having actually been rather good.That version of Alien 3 may finally be getting the recognition it deserves, and it's all down to audiobook subscription service Audible.The Amazon-owned service is, according to Bloody Disgusting, working on an audiobook version of William Gibson's script as part of the franchise's 40th anniversary celebrations.Best Kindle 2019: which Amazon ereader should you buy?
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As much as Apple has tried to position its iPad Pro range as a laptop alternative, there are some areas where it really can’t compete, and one is the absence of mouse support – but that could soon change.According to developer and leaker Steve Troughton-Smith, mouse support is in the works for the iPad as an accessibility feature.The claim came in response to a similar claim from MacStories editor-in-chief Federico Viticci, who on his Connected podcast recently claimed that mouse support was coming.Viticci talks specifically about using a USB mouse connected to the iPad Pro’s USB-C port, but it’s not clear whether the feature would be limited to iPads with said port (which would be quite restrictive, as only the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) have such a port).If you missed last week's @_connectedfm, @viticci had a pretty interesting scoop that he'd been sitting on re mouse support coming to iPad as an accessibility feature.As far as I'm aware, that *is* indeed in the works.
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The UK will block Huawei from core parts of its 5G network and restrict its access to non-core areas, Reuters reported today, citing a security source.The ban comes despite media reports late last night that suggested Prime Minister Theresa May has given the green light to the Chinese tech giant.Huawei has come under intense scrutiny in recent months amid fears its equipment could be used for spying by Chinese authorities, an allegation it has always denied.The US has led calls to roll out a ban on the firm and has warned its allies intelligence-sharing agreements could be affected if they cooperate with Huawei.The UK is yet to issue a formal verdict on the issue, but is due to publish a telecoms supply chain review in the coming weeks.The National Security Council, which is chaired by the Prime Minister, yesterday gave approval for Huawei to participate in 5G networks, the Telegraph reported.
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Samsung's woes with the Galaxy Fold are mounting with news that one of its beleaguered foldable phones being felled by speck of dust.Michael Fisher, a videographer of mobile tech, tweeted out his disappointment that a tiny, foreign object had found its way into his review unit, disrupting the screen's function.An escalating list of issues has prompted the world's largest phone maker to delay the phone's April 26 release.A little grain of something found its way beneath my Galaxy Fold display," Fisher tweeted Tuesday afternoon."Sending this back to Samsung hoping they figure out a way to seal up that hinge."Fisher said he would post a video demonstrating the issue affecting his unit on Wednesday.
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Apex Legends, the battle royale game that skyrocketed to popularity amid Fortnite‘s continued domination in the genre, offers several playable characters, each with their own traits and abilities.Most players have their favorite legends, but contention exists over which are truly better than the rest.Stats trackers have revealed the (possible) answer.A new infographic from stats tracker Play-Apex.net recently caught the attention of Apex Legends fans.Based on data on more than one million matches, the service found that Wraith is the most popular character with a score of 22.2%.The second most popular character is Lifeline with 16.4%.
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It took Square Enix over five years to make Kingdom Hearts 3.That appears to have been a worthwhile investment for the Japanese gaming giant.A quarter into 2019, Kingdom Hearts 3 is the US' best-selling game of the year so far, according to NDP, a firm which compiles monthly video game sales reports.Not only that, Kingdom Hearts 3 is also the best-selling game in the franchise, outdoing the original from 2002.After Kingdom Hearts 3, Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is the second highest seller of the year.The critically panned Anthem followed in third place while the expertly reimagined Resident Evil 2 is so far in fourth place.
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Are you trying to learn how to draw?If so, you’re probably used to visiting YouTube videos in an attempt to learn different techniques and styles, but doing so has its downside — like the fact that you constantly have to look from your page to your screen.Google’s Creative Lab, however, wants to fix that issue and launched a new experiment called “Drawalong AR.”The experiment is essentially a way to show developers and YouTube creators how they can turn education art videos on YouTube into a kind of virtual tracing paper using augmented reality.Using the tech, you trace over the image you are trying to reproduce by looking at your page through your phone’s camera — with an overlay of the image over the top.It’s a pretty neat idea, and a great way to improve your drawing skills.
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The 2019 8K TV battle lines have been drawn, and both heavyweight contenders have thrown down the platinum-plated gauntlet.In one corner is Samsung, the champion by dint have having introduced the first 8K TV to the US, the $15,000 85-inch Q900.Now its other new models are out, including a 98-inch version that costs -- wait for it -- $100,000.Yes, its 8K TVs are cheaper than Samsung's for the same screen sizes.Here's where I remind you that only folks with money to burn should buy any 8K TV.Sony also announced pricing for the rest of its 2019 TVs.
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A large portion of Monday's Tesla Autonomy Investor Day was spent showing off the company's new-ish (it's been out of development for a year and a half, according to Musk) Full Self-Driving chip and the system into which it has been built.Tesla CEO Elon Musk lavished praise on the chip design and compared it with Nvidia's Drive Xavier system.Nvidia doesn't seem to be especially thrilled with that.In a blog post published on Tuesday, Nvidia called out Musk's comments as being inaccurate and maybe slightly unfair.The comments to which Nvidia refers involved the dual-chip Tesla system and its ability to perform 144 trillion operations per second (TOPS); Musk said it far outperformed Drive Xavier's 30 TOPS.Nvidia replied by pointing out that Drive Xavier is a single chip system designed to power advanced driver assistance systems and not fully autonomous cars.
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It’s a three-hour adrenaline shot to the heart featuring mysteries solved, consequences suffered, shock, awe, and delight.Others are so poignant and small, you’ll hear the sniffles echoing in the cinema.The film’s unrelenting bombardment of story and visual effects are sometimes so dense they edge toward baffling, but they also help gloss over a smattering of problems, which were inevitable with such grandiose goals.And, once again, that core four have crafted an insanely ambitious story that’s more intricate than its predecessors.In addition to the ongoing battle against Thanos, Endgame gives Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk, and Hawkeye each their own unique, rich narratives, adding a beating heart to this already robust film.That’s also, in large part, because the actors portraying those characters give arguably their best Marvel performances to date.
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A 27-year-old former student pleaded guilty last week to sticking a “USB killer” device into 66 computers at the College of Saint Rose in the US state of New York.On 14 February, Vishwanath Akuthota went on a technological rampage, destroying 59 Windows computers and seven Apple computers, and several digital podiums and monitors—all of which had USB slots in which Akuthota inserted a “USB killer” he bought on the internet.According to court documents obtained by ZDNet, Akuthota recorded himself destroying the computers on his iPhone.“I’m going to kill this guy,” Akuthota said as he stuck the device into USB slots.The “USB killer” works by drawing power from the USB port to quickly charge a capacitor, then discharging that power into the USB interface, frying important components.The devices can easily be purchased online, but they’re often advertised as tools meant for testing surge protection.
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New Rochelle, NY, April 23, 2019--While sending or receiving nude electronic images may not always be associated with poorer mental health, being coerced to do so and receiving unwanted sexts was linked to a higher likelihood of depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms, according to a new study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.Click here to read the full-text article free on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking website through May 23, 2019.The article entitled "Sexting and Psychological Distress: The Role of Unwanted and Coerced Sexts" was coauthored by Bianca Klettke and colleagues from Deakin University (Victoria, Australia).The researchers found that receiving unwanted texts and sexting under coercion was also associated with lower self-esteem.Furthermore, males receiving unwanted sexts had poorer mental health outcomes."With more of our lives playing out online, sexting and other seemingly private communications may be contributing to an indelible digital footprint.
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