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Samsung mobile last month introduced the 2018 iteration o of the Galaxy A series of smartphones with the launch of the Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018), and while the company is widely expected to unveil the Galaxy S9 and its variants at the upcoming MWC, a new smartphone has today popped up on the popular GFXBenmark site, a possible indication that the Galaxy S9 may not a loner at the MWC.As per a report on GSMarena, a new phone from Samsung which is alleged to be a member of the affordable J series of Samsung Galaxy phones has surfaced on both the Geekbench and GFXBench sites.Codenamed SM-J720F, the new device is said to be the Samsung Galaxy J8 (2018) – successor to the Galaxy J7 (2017).It’s also worth noting that the US variant of the Galaxy J7 came with the model number SM-J727, while the variants available in other parts of the Globe in 2016 and 2017 have the model numbers SM-J710F and SM-J730F, so the recently Benchmarked device (SM-J720F) could be a US bond model.The GFXBench reveals that the Samsung Galaxy J8 (2018) will sport a 5.5” display with standard aspect ratio and an HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels), along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage.The device will house the Exynos 7885 Octa chipset clocked at 1.6 GHz coupled with Mali G-71 GPU.
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A £40 million investment from CityFibre has potentially positioned Milton Keynes as the first city in the UK to bathe in the wonder that is gigabit-capable full fibre broadband.The announcement builds on a strategic partnership between Vodafone and CityFibre, which aims to deliver FTTP broadband to one million people in 12 cities across the UK.This is why we are providing gigabit-capable connections to transform the way we live and work.”“The partnership between Vodafone and CityFibre aims to tackle the huge problem the UK faces in terms of digital inadequacy and will help fulfil our vision of a Gigabit Britain,” said Greg Mesch, CEO at CityFibre.While your TV might be bursting with adverts which promise fibre broadband, ‘creative’ marketers has been having their naughty way with claims.Telco marketing departments are seemingly trying to prove themselves on par with Blackadder when it comes to craftiness and cunning.
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Ever since we traded phones with buttons for tiny touchscreen computers 10 years ago, we've complained about smartphone battery life.We play a 90 minute HD video with a phone at 100% battery, with screen brightness at max and accounts syncing over Wi-Fi in the background.And we're still not happy about it.You might wonder how some of these phones are doing well with smaller batteries - that's because it's not about the size of the power pack, but how well optimised it is.TechRadar battery test result: lost 9%As well as being a fantastic phone all-round, the Mate 10 Pro has the best battery result we've seen from any flagship of the last year.
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Just yesterday we checked out the 5 reasons that should make you wait for the AllCall Mix2.Well, today the company launches a giveaway that could get you one for free even before launch.So, with that in mind, let’s see why you’d wanna win the phone, other than because it’s free!The AllCall Mix2 is rumored to set a “New definition of full screen” smartphone according to the Chinese phone maker.That’s because it’ll sport a 18:9 display and a really high screen-to-body ratio.The handset will also be powered by the latest Mediatek Helio P23 octa-core processor paired with 6GB of RAM and an insane 256GB of storage.
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The company now is dipping into percussion—it's newest product, announced today, is a drum machine called the Drummer From Another Mother.That's a lot to unpack, but what you need to know is that when you switch on the DFAM and start twisting the knobs, it makes really cool synthetic drum and percussion sounds—deep throbs, hypersonic plinks, and everything in between.Most drum machines are polyphonic; they can replicate all of the sounds a human drummer would make sitting behind a drum kit.The DFAM, being monophonic, is more limited.I've spent some time with the DFAM in the past couple of months (Moog Music offered it as a DIY kit at its Moogfest conference, and I was invited to solder one together in a workshop) and one of the great joys of the machine is that you don't really need to know anything about drum programming to start getting some interesting tones out of it.Anyone even slightly familiar with how to make a synth go "bleep" will feel at home.
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If you've ever thought that the only thing stopping you from truly immersing yourself in blowing demons' limbs off in Doom was the feeling of a fiery blast of heat from the muzzle of your shotgun, then CES 2018 has the gadget for you.The Vortx from Whirlwind FX looks like a desktop speaker for your computer, but is actually a '4D' immersive gaming accessory.It analyses the game you're playing, or video you're watching, and then fires up a variable-temperature fan to blow corresponding heats at you, matching the onscreen intensity.So, play a shooter and you'd feel the explosive blast of a hand grenade going off by your side, while you'd get an icy chill if you were watching '80s arctic horror movie The Thing.Or Disney's arctic horror movie, Frozen.Whirlwind FX claims the Vortx will work with basically any PC game you throw at it, using a software plugin and object recognition algorithms to create physical stimulus that matches gameplay.
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The notorious hacking group is targeting embassies and consulates in eastern European post-Soviet states with this attack.Turla, the notorious Russia-linked cyberespionage group, is targeting embassies and consulates in eastern European post-Soviet states by using a new tool to trick victims into installing malware to steal sensitive information.According to ESET researchers, the group has long targeted government and diplomatic agencies using fake Adobe Flash Player installers in earlier spear phishing campaigns and watering-hole attacks.The hacking group makes sure the URLs and IP addresses used in their attacks closely correspond to Adobe's legitimate infrastructure to dismiss any suspicions and successfully dupe their victims."The victims are made to believe that the only thing that they are downloading is authentic software from adobe.com," ESET researchers said.The group has been using this attack technique in campaigns since at least July 2016, the researchers said.
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Carlsbad, California-based SleepScore Labs made a couple of interesting announcements this week that should widen the market and diversify its offerings.The company’s flagship product, SleepScore Max, is a non-connective, bedside sleep monitoring device that measures qualities like time spent in total sleep, light sleep, deep sleep, REM sleep, and time to fall asleep, among other measures.This week, SleepScore Labs announced an exclusive partnership with Williams Sonoma, Inc., to bring a new product to the retail company’s mass audience.The new product is the “Robin Sleep System,” which combines the SleepScore Max with Williams Sonoma’s Robin Pocket Spring Mattress set, which will be made available online and through select stores including Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm, and Williams Sonoma Home.The retail company has been exploring new enterprises lately, including most recently augmented reality.“The Robin Sleep System is where sleep and innovation meet.
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There are many ways to respond to MeToo.Who’d have guessed, though, that one way would be EverAfter?The phrase “happily ever after,” typically used to finish a stock fairy tale, is adapted in Audi Spain’s animated short film “Ever After.” In it, a little girl slips into bed as her father reads her favorite bedtime story.In form, it’s no different from Disney’s classic spiels of yore: You’ve got a girl in a tower, watching the lights of a palace party from afar.Check out the short film here:Error loading player: No playable sources found
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While these tech titans have grown familiar with miniaturizing complex technologies, AR displays are an area where the technology is still requiring a lot of R to push breakthroughs.“The optics is really where you see a bottleneck in all of these solutions,” Lumus CEO Ari Grobman tells TechCrunch.Lumus is at CES this year showing off its latest builds and highlighting a new form factor it hopes to have ready in Q2 of this year that brings a complicated display technology smaller than its ever been before.The interesting, rather sleek pieces of display technology rely on microscopic etchings in transparent glass lenses that catch light being projected into their edges.While these systems are limited in how much of a viewer’s field-of-view they can fill, they are unparalleled in the small form factors they can reach and will likely be what powers your first pair of smart glasses.The company gathered headlines recently as it reached a deal with Quanta, a manufacturer used by Apple, to begin building AR displays.
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Dell introduced two new desktop “S” displays for the mainstream market this week during the Consumer Electronics Show: The 27-inch S2719DM and the 23.8-inch S2419HM.They’re extremely thin from front to back, and rather elegant, sporting a black and silver design.That said, Dell is claiming the “world’s brightest ultra-thin monitor” torch with the release of these two displays.Both are based on in-plane switching technology and Dell’s own ComfortView design for flicker-free viewing, and low blue light levels.This best-in-class material enables an ultra-thin form factor, boosts brightness, and delivers brilliant pictures.”According to Corning, Iris Glass essentially distributes light evenly across ultra-thin displays so you’re not viewing dull colors or see low brightness in some spots.
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The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) system has been helping officials to notify communities of important happenings ever since it was introduced in 2012.Sent directly to Americans’ smartphones, the alerts can notify people of “imminent threats to safety or life,” including extreme weather, terror attacks or evacuation emergencies, while also putting the word out about wanted suspects or missing children in a specific area.But the system is far from perfect, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to do something about it.Proposals to be laid out by FCC chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday are expected to insist telecom companies work more closely with smartphone manufacturers to ensure the alerts are sent to more precise locations accurate to within just a tenth of a mile, Re/code reports.This should ensure that when you do get an alert, you’ll definitely sit up and take notice instead of perhaps quickly dismissing it as irrelevant if you’re outside of the affected area.It should therefore also reduce instances of smartphone users turning off the noisy alerts because they’re poorly targeted (hence annoying), which of course puts them at risk of missing an important one any time after that.
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Coral reefs are rapidly degrading around the world.As a result, conservationists can carry out coral transplants, in which coral grown in one place is moved to another to help rehabilitate imperiled reef communities.Unfortunately, this can be extremely expensive and labor intensive, which limits how widely it is performed.One of the most costly phases in the process is the physical attachment of corals back to the reef, in which teams of workers secure the corals to their new home using cable ties, epoxy, and underwater drills.A new approach pioneered by marine ecology group Secore International could make things easier and more affordable, however.Researchers on the project have developed small tetrapod-shaped concrete structures, which can be seeded with coral larvae.
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Ever since the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, laws requiring voters to show identification when they vote have speckled the nation, popping up in states from Rhode Island to Arizona.Seven states include Social Security numbers in voter files and driver's license records, but across the rest of the country, determining whether a single individual voter is also listed in any number of identification databases has become a complex and nettlesome problem for voting access advocates and statistics researchers alike.Their goal, according to Hersh, is to create a system courts can easily understand, which can not only be used in future voter ID law cases, but can also help dispel some myths about who those laws do and don’t hurt.According to Hersh and Ansolabehere’s research, only 1 in 2.7 billion individuals have the same zip code, gender, date of birth, and last name, making those four details combined a fairly spot-on indicator of a person’s identity.But often, government records contain typos, incomplete fields, nicknames, or outdated addresses.So many algorithms that purport to match people across databases run up against the so-called black box problem.
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Company Welcomes Janette Phi as Chief Operations OfficerSAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 4, 2018–Xcell Biosciences announced today that it has expanded its development and commercial efforts around new market opportunities in immunotherapy drug research and development.The ever-growing Immuno-Oncology landscape and demonstrated success of new immunotherapy treatments has led to a large demand for tools and systems to expand and control primary tumor and immune cells for both research and clinical applications.Mature and stem cell-derived primary cells are also needed for assessing off-target effects for immunotherapy development.Xcell will use its expertise in expanding and modulating phenotypes of primary tumor, stem cell, and immune populations to deliver a new set of applications tailored to the immunotherapy and cell therapy drug development and production markets.
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What better way is there to begin the new year than with a brand new tech toy?Even better if you get a nice discount with it!If you agree with us then you’ll be glad to find out that online retailer Geekbuying are currently running a special promo on a load of products going from smartphones to TV boxes and other accessories; let’s check out some of the best deals!Let’s kick things off with one of the most discounted products on the site – the Coolpad Torino S2.The handset features a 5-inch display and is powered by a MT6735 paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (expandable).The Torino S2 can be yours for as low as $79.99 during the promo.
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Samsung will introduce three new projects out of its C-Lab incubator program at CES, including a recovery solution for people with lung damage and smart glasses to help people with visual impairments.GoBreath, which looks like a teched-out inhaler, is a portable device connected to an app that teaches patients with lung damage techniques to help with postoperative recovery.Patients are often told to exercise deep breathing to speed up recovery, but lung pain can make it challenging.Doctors are able to monitor patents' recovery and send reminders to practice breathing via an accompanying web and cloud service.Samsung will also introduce Relúmĭno smart glasses to help people with visual impairments see more clearly when they're reading or looking at an object.The glasses work together with a smartphone, using its processors and batteries to keep them lightweight.
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If driving matters to you, you want to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari or a Mercedes.If you want to play the violin, you definitely want to get your hands on a Stradivarius.Having the best tools can usually help bring out the best results… so if you’re a graphic artist, wouldn’t you want to be using the most powerful, most responsive platform for shaping your creations?In the design world, that means using the Adobe Creative Suite of industry-leading programs.You can learn how to harness some of Adobe’s best and most popular apps right now with a lifetime of access to these Graphic Design Certification School courses.It’s available right now for only $39 (an over 90 percent savings, from TNW Deals.
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2017 has been a fantastic year for games – from stunning open worlds like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and massive online shooters like Destiny 2 to runaway indie success stories like Cuphead.While we'd love to praise every game we've loved from the last 365 days individually, we just don't have the time.With 2018 coming at us faster than an Xbox One X game's frame rate, we decided to take the time to vote for the games that have stood out most for us this year.We’ve looked at games in a couple of different ways – firstly by platform exclusives, then by genre, and then we had the struggle of picking our overall favorite game of the year.Of course we also have the most important category of all – our reader choice awards.Over the past week you, our readers, have been voting for your own personal favorite game of 2017 and now that the votes are in we have our ultimate winner.
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Sometimes festive greetings come in small packages.The National Physical Laboratory, the UK's national measurement institute, has created what it calls the world's smallest Christmas card, and it requires a very strong microscope to see it.This particular card isn't printed on paper."The card is made from platinum-coated silicon nitride, usually used in electronics, and both the design on the front and the message inside were carved out by a focused ion beam -- a jet of charged particles," says the NPL.The card has "Seasons Greetings" on the front beneath an image of a snowman.The inside reads, "Seasons Greetings From NPL."
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