Neil Chestnut

Neil Chestnut

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There and Back Again, a Hobbi... actually, make that a Yorkshireman's tale.An amateur cartographer has clearly taken inspiration from the works of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R.Tolkien, after drawing up a map any hairy-footed Halfling would be chuffed with.Dan Bell, who's from Crook in Cumbria, has reimagined the Dales in a map that's a dead-ringer for the one we see in The Lord of the Rings movies... well, as long as you replace markings of Mount Doom with that of Giggleswick.You can stare at the full Tolkien-inspired map below.Speaking to the BBC, Bell (who's a biologist) admits he's no expert when it comes to cartography, but that it's "just something I appear to be very good at," though he admits his works are "not drawn with accuracy in mind."
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With the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress at the end of February, we've got a pretty good idea of what to expect already – but leaks about these handsets' specs continue to drip out on to the web, just in case you want to take all the surprise out of Samsung's official announcement.The information put forth by South Korea's ETNews confirms some of the rumors we've heard so far while also adding a few new interesting tidbits to the pot.Everything from the specs of the cameras to the shape of the internal circuit board gets a mention in the report.First up the rear-facing cameras – the single-sensor one on the S9 is said to offer a variable f/1.5 to f/2.4 aperture, with the S9 Plus snapper keeping those same specs but offering two sensors in one camera.That ties up with previous whispers about the camera specs and should mean better low-light performance than ever.The screen sizes also get a mention, with 5.77 inches and 6.22 inches mentioned for the S9 and S9 Plus respectively.
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Maybe it's just us, but it seems as though everyone was on pins and needles last week.Between the looming shutdown of the US government, fretting over President Trump praising anti-abortion efforts, and everyone wondering just why Ja Rule was a trending topic on Twitter (no, really, why?The Real Fake News AwardsWhat Happened: It took some time, but the president finally got around to releasing his Fake News Awards last week.What Really Happened: Remember earlier this month when Trump said he was going to hand out awards for the media he found to be the most dishonest in their reporting?Even President Trump says that the “importance” of the awards is “far greater than anyone could have anticipated.” Well, last Wednesday he made good on his promise.
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LG has never shyed away from innovating in the smartphone industry.Just look at the G series and how it changes every year.Well, the most interesting idea that seems to be on the horizon is of the foldable variety with Samsung as the forerunner.LG seems to be working on it though.World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) granted a patent to LG electronics today that clearly displays a foldable smartphone.The company applied for the patent in 2017 and it has been granted just this month.
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In the next decade, 3,483 small satellites (between 1 and 100 kilograms) will go to space, generating just over $2 billion of launch revenue, according to the Small Satellite Markets, 4th edition report, which research and consulting firm Northern Sky Research released last month.In this future world where thousands more smallsats provide environmental, economic, and even political intelligence, as well as Earth-covering internet, the test-steps necessary to get on up to space quickly, cheaply, and precisely seem worth the risk not just to Planet and Spire but, perhaps, to you and me.After an investigation, Rocket Lab determined that, four minutes post-blastoff, ground equipment (provided by a third party) temporarily stopped talking to the rocket.“It's really the next logical step,” says Peter Beck, Rocket Lab’s founder.Beck seems uncannily logical about the risks his young company is taking.When asked about his feelings about launching actual stuff on “Still Testing,” he replied that doing so certainly involved extra actual tasks.
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The online game-subscription model has generally waned in recent years, overtaken by the popularity (and apparent profitability) of "free-to-play" (F2P) fare.The plan actually began life months earlier when Trion asked fans about the idea of a "challenge server" product—meaning, a version of the game that was harder and segregated interested players into their own, higher-difficulty pool of players.Fan response to the pitch went a different direction.If you're wondering exactly what those cues were, consider Trion's Rift Prime description: a pay-per-month version of the game with "no lockboxes [aka loot boxes] and a significantly reduced store with more of the current store-based items obtained through gameplay (or removed entirely)."Additionally, all progress through the Prime version will be "sequential" and "progressively unlocked"—meaning, players will no longer pay for microtransactions (MTX) to, say, access certain content or increase XP-gain boosts.Right now, Trion describes the Rift Prime version as a limited-time affair—meaning, players will progress through Rift's systems "at a faster pace than the original launch" and will come to a finite conclusion "in spectacular fashion."
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Every niche Xiaomi enters it becomes an absolute leader in a couple of years.As the latter is a better known brand, there are more chances to outrun Xiaomi and other competitors.But Xiaomi entered this market with its much-popular Mi Band and became the number one wearable seller in the world.But there is another product that makes a tough competition to all the fitness trackers in the market.But now you can acquire it for only $33.99 if using the coupon (code: HNYear392).This means you don’t have to worry about the build quality, used materials, hardware, software, and longevity.
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Shmoocon Among the 400,000 graves at the Arlington National Cemetery – a solemn US military graveyard in Virginia – lies the final resting place of cryptography pioneers William and Elizebeth Friedman.And hidden in code on their tombstone is a touching tribute from a wife to her husband.Among many cryptological feats, the couple trained America’s first cadre of code-breakers after developing an interest in cryptography while examining the so-called Baconian cipher – developed by the British Elizabethan cryptographer Sir Francis Bacon.William invented the term cryptanalysis, and pretty much broke the key Japanese World War II cipher Purple – so named because transcripts were kept in purple folders.His wife designed his gravestone, consisting of a pair of crossed flags – the symbol of William’s military signals unit – and one of his favorite phrases, “Knowledge is power,” a quote attributed to Sir Francis.The same phrase appeared in code in the graduation photograph of the 1918 code-breakers class the Friedmans taught, in which some of the students faced sideways and others look straight at the camera.
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In China, tech behemoths Tencent and Alibaba have carved up the industry according to their respective strengths: Tencent has claimed gaming and social networking, whereas Alibaba has made ecommerce its raison d’etre.In particular, WeChat mini programs are providing shops with new ways of selling products, such as group buying deals that are facilitated through chat groups.“In that way, mini programs and WeChat Pay, the app’s mobile wallet, could pose a threat to Alibaba’s online business,” Mo continues, though it remains to be seen how Tencent manages shops on the WeChat platform, as well as related issues like counterfeit goods.The startup takes advantage of each user’s social network by offering discounts for group purchases.Tencent is also an investor in Meili United Group, which consists of two fashion ecommerce startups, Meilishuo and Mogujie, that merged in 2016.According to ParkLu, an agency that helps brands collaborate with social media influencers, the introduction of mini program shops has doubled clickthrough rates for some bloggers, such as fashionista Becky Li.
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We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!When babies crawl on the floor, especially in carpeted areas, their movement kicks up lots of dirt and dust, including things like skin cells, bacteria, and fungal spores.So they built a “robotic crawling baby (which is much less adorable than the real thing) and tested it crawling on actual carpet samples they had removed from homes.”The researchers found that a concentrated cloud of resuspended particles forms around the Pig-Pen wannabes, and that the concentrations around them can be as much as 20 times greater than the levels of material higher in the room.Moreover, infants’ bodies aren’t as good at blocking this dust storm, Boor says.But for very young children, they more often breathe through their mouths, and a significant fraction is deposited in the lower airways—the tracheobronchial and pulmonary regions.It’s sort of like what CyPhy Works is doing, except that it’s just for power, meaning that you can use it with just about any drone that’s DJI Phantom-sized or larger:
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On Thursday, Facebook announced that Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO of American Express, will join its board of directors.In a blog post celebrating the news, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg praised Chenault’s decades-long career with American Express and his expertise in brand building.When Chenault officially joins the board on 5th February, the day after Facebook turns 14, he will be the company’s first non-white board member.“I’m delighted to join the board and look forward to working with Mark and the other directors as Facebook continues to build communities that help bring people closer to friends, family and the world around them,” Chenault said in the post.Chenault’s confirmation comes four months after Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg assured members of America's Congressional Black Caucus that the company would hire a black board member.In October, Sandberg spoke with CBC members after a Senate investigation uncovered Russia had used racist ads threatening black violence as part of its disinformation campaign.
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Qualcomm becomes a step closer to signing of its takeover deal of NXP after EU regulators approved the bid.US chipmaker Qualcomm has confirmed that its $47bn takeover bid for NXP has been approved by the antitrust regulators in the EU and Korea.The company has now secured eight out of nine regulatory approvals that they need in order to complete the deal, with just Chinese regulators left to approve the sale.Qualcomm moved that bit closer to buying NXP after authorities in Brussels and Seoul cleared the $47bn deal the chipmaker had proposed.The chipmaker wants to take over NXP, the payments and automotive technology company, in order to strengthen its position in the market.Prior to the deal being approved by the EU Commissions office and the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), officials raised some concerns over the takeover bid.
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This move is set to grant Google access to the Chinese market, a vast and untapped target that Tencent can connect the American giant to.Google and Tencent have signed a deal in which the two organisations have agreed to cross-license patents, allowing Google to break into the Chinese market.Cross-licensing is a contract that gives the parties involved the ability to grant rights to their intellectual property to each other, and in this case the deal will apply to a number of products.Details regarding financial arrangements have no yet been shared by either party.Tencent has a great deal of influence in China as the company responsible for the country’s top messaging app, WeChat.Its wide reach in terms of social media and gaming will provide Google with a valuable entry point in pursuing an unexplored market.
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A popular person on the internet with more followers than we've had sad lonely evenings is currently reeling from being said no to, after an attempt to blag a free Valentine's hotel stay in return for a few photos on Instagram backfired.YouTuber and widespread photograph-sharer Elle Darby is the poor lady who got the outing, after the hotel she attempted the massive blag from published her email request.Darby's pitch for her four-night stay said: "I came across your stunning hotel and would love to feature you in my YouTube videos/dedicated Instagram stories/posts to bring traffic to your hotel and recommend others to book up in return for free accommodation."Which is quite ballsy, you have to admit.Sadly, the owner of the target -- The White Moose Café -- was horrified by the youngster's blag attempt, and responded publicly, raging: "If I let you stay here in return for a feature in a video, who is going to pay the staff who look after you?Who is going to pay the housekeepers who clean your room?
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Two of the world's biggest tech companies have reached a deal to collaborate more closely.Google and Tencent, China's biggest tech company, have agreed to share patents across a range of products and technologies, Bloomberg reported Friday.The cross-licensing deal between the tech mammoths is expected to ease Google's path of re-entry to China where most of its services have been blocked for years, as well as help with Tencent's bid to expand outside its home country.Google withdrew its search engine and related services from China back in 2010 when it decided it would no longer follow the censorship requirements of China's government.In March, Google released a new version of its Translate app there.In December, Google said it would open an artificial intelligence lab in China and quietly set up a new office in Shenzhen.
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At Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronic Show, automakers, suppliers, and the developers who love them showed off futuristic visions: electric, connected, autonomous, luxury vehicles that scream, in neon, NEW!But a few days later, those same players were hiding from the cold at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, reminding us about what’s actually selling here, today, in the US of A. Namely: big trucks and muscle cars.Our own Jack Stewart tackles the split, and decides there’s a future for driving- and fuel-lovers yet.Plus, I look at Ford’s foray into electrified vehicles (finally!), Eric Adams examines digitally programmable headlights, and Jack takes Nissan’s brain-monitoring car tech for a spin, and learns the Japanese carmaker really wants a peek inside your mind.Let’s get you caught up.
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Xiaomi’s Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus have been launched in China in early December 2017.It’s been more than a month now and there’s been no info on its rollout outside the country.That changes today with Xiaomi’s official Facebook page posting a January 25th launch date of the handsets in Taiwan.Both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus will be launched at the same event.Recent reports about the handset pointed to a February release date.This also means that the Indian release can’t be far as it is one of the biggest markets of Xioami outside of China.
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IBM stocks fell by more than 4.5 per cent following the news that IBM had beaten its five year streak of declining revenue.After weathering 22 quarters of declining revenue, IBM has achieved growth on the back of strengthening cloud and security prospects.The tech industry behemoth surpassed analyst expectations when it raked in $22.5 billion, a solid figure in comparison to the predicted $22.06 billion.IBM also achieved robust earnings of $5.18 per share, also narrowly beating the $5.17 expectations presented by analysts, as reported by Thomson Reuters.This figure excludes certain items.Despite finally clawing its way out of revenue decline, the news did not spark the increase in interest some might expect, with stock falling by more than 4.5 per cent.
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The Nintendo Switch has been out for less than a year, but it’s already inspired some great hardware modifications.From simple fixes to common screen-scratching issues, to more aesthetically-minded elaborate docks featuring retro Nintendo consoles we've seen impressive amounts of creativity.[Update: The latest Switch mod that's impressed us is a game storage and controller hybrid from from the YouTube channel 'I Like to Make Stuff'.Check it out at the end of our list of the best mods around for the fledgeling console.]We’ve compiled a list of our favorites, and we’ll be adding to this list over the years as the internet gets more and more inventive with Nintendo’s latest piece of hardware.Read on for our top picks from the community.
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Samsung seems now to be more committed than ever when it comes to updating its phones with the latest security patches.Just a few days after we reported on the Galaxy J1 mini and Galaxy A7 (2017) January security, the latest report from China suggests that two flagship Galaxy phones are now receiving the January update.Sammobile reports that the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge units in China are currently receiving an update from Samsung.The update carries the Android security patch for the month of January, it is labeled with the version number G9300ZCU2BQL3 and G9350ZCU2BQL3 for the Galaxy S7 (SM-G9300) and Galaxy S7 edge (SM-G9350) in China, respectively.The update specifically addresses six critical vulnerabilities in the Android operating system, while also addressing several low, moderate and high-risk vulnerabilities associated with the OS.The update also safeguards users against 13 Vulnerabilities and Exposures (SVE) items identified in Samsung’s custom software, so installing the update should be of utmost importance to all Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge users in China.
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