You probably thought things were getting out of hand when you heard about three cameras on an upcoming Huawei device.A new rumour coming out of rumour valley, China, claims that Nokia is working on a phone with Penta-cameras (5 Cameras).As soon as you talk about a super Nokia camera phone and the Nokia 808 PureView comes to mind.It was the first phone to boast of a 41 MP camera, pretty much unheard of at that time.The clock has now come full circle and it seems history is about to repeat itself.If you’re thinking that your phone chassis will be full of holes, rest assured.
Facebook has been teasing a massive overhaul to the News Feed—its core product—after widespread, utterly deserved criticism that it had acted as a megaphone for disinformation on an unprecedented scale.Today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced how his platform will handle news, and it’s quite possibly the stupidest solution imaginable.“Today I’m sharing our second major update this year: to make sure the news you see, while less overall, is high quality,” Zuckerberg wrote, decrying the “sensationalism, misinformation and polarisation” that Facebook had an outsized hand in creating.If there’s anything we learned from the advent of “fake news” and its spread across social media at alarming rates, it’s that most people have abysmal media literacy, and struggle when tasked to separate verified information from hogwash.So what’s the fix that Facebook—a massive, profitable company that employs some of the smartest people—chose to pursue?Or we could ask you — the community — and have your feedback determine the ranking.
Urban Remedy, a California-based maker of fresh juices and ready-to-eat plant-based meals, has closed $17 million in funding led by 301 INC, General Mills' investment arm, according to Food Navigator.The company ships its products directly to consumers, and operates 13 retail locations and 30 Whole Foods kiosks throughout the Golden State.Food industry veteran John Foraker will join the company's board of directors.Foraker, CEO of organic baby food company Once Upon a Farm, is also the former CEO of organic food brand Annie's, which General Mills acquired in 2014 for $820 million.This new round of funding will help Urban Remedy expand its product capacity and enter a second market outside of San Francisco.At first glance, the partnership between a 152-year-old Big Food company that has built its name on shelf-stable cereal and boxed cake mixes and a newcomer that specializes in ready-to-eat meals with a three-day shelf life seems a bit mismatched.
If you’re the kind of person that turns off read-receipts on messaging apps at the first available opportunity, and you’re on Instagram, then here’s another “feature” you’ll be wanting to take care of.In a nutshell, it lets some of your Instagramming buddies know your activity status on the app, and gives you information on their activity, too.And it’s switched on by default.It’ll also say “active now” if you happen to be scrolling through your timeline when they check.Viewable inside the Direct Messages section of the app, the data is only shared with users that you follow as well as anyone that you message privately.Instagram describes it like this: “Allow accounts you follow and anyone you message to see when you were last active in Instagram apps.
We're seeing an angry ocean from an eye in the sky.The waves crash and swirl, and two young men try to swim through the turbulence.This all happens in the opening moments of a dramatic video showing a first-of-its-kind, drone-aided rescue along the coast of New South Wales in Australia.Lifeguard group Surf Life Saving NSW posted the video on Twitter showing the view from its Little Ripper UAV as it locates two teenagers struggling in the surf and deploys an inflatable rescue pod for them to hang onto.They were able to get to shore under their own power while holding onto the pod."The pair were fortunately unharmed from their ordeal apart from showing signs of fatigue," Surf Life Saving says.
COMPAS, a piece of software commonly used in the justice system to predict which offenders will find themselves behind bars again, is no better than soliciting random people on Mechanical Turk to determine the same thing, a new study has found.Julia Dressel and Hany Farid of Dartmouth college looked into the system amid growing skepticism that automated systems like COMPAS (Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions) can accurately predict something as complex as recidivism rates.To test this, they recruited people on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk to review an offender’s sex, age and criminal record (minus, of course, whether the person did eventually recidivate, or reoffend).As it turns out, the untrained humans and the complex, expensive software achieved nearly the same exact level of accuracy — low, to be precise.Humans correctly predicted reoffenders about 67 percent of the time, while COMPAS got it about 65 percent of the time.And the two groups only agreed on about 70 percent of the offenders.
The company, which made its foray into the cryptocurrency scene with an initial coin offering (ICO) in late December 2016, swiftly cemented its position as one of 2017’s best performing currencies on CoinMarketCap.Guaranteed to earn investors up to 40 percent total return per month, BitConnect followed a four-tier investment system based on the sum of initial deposit – the more cash you put down, the bigger and faster profits you could rake in.Regardless of the stake though, investors were promised a one-percent return of investment (ROI) on a daily basis.Among the first ones to voice his concern with the company was Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin.Indeed, the company relied on an aggressive marketing strategy on all fronts.The tactic, which the promoters employed across multiple channels and social media platforms, essentially involved ballyhooing the Bitcoin investment service by touting screenshots of the impressive “profits” BitConnect has brought them; that is despite the fact that most of their winnings came from affiliates – not investing.
Sony took to CES 2018 to reveal three new phones - including the Xperia XA2 - but the rumors are already beginning for next month's MWC 2018 where Sony is rumored to introduce a new phone with a 4K screen.Sony has released two 4K panel-toting phones in the past - 2015's Xperia Z5 Premium and last year's Xperia XZ Premium - and the new phone will once again sit at the top of the company's wide spreading phone range.The latest rumor suggests Sony will instead switch the name of the top line phones though - it's rumored to be called the Xperia XZ Pro.Chinese website MyDrivers has published a screenshot of a leaked document referring to the new phone as the Xperia XZ Pro for the first time.Despite not being noted on the page supplied by MyDrivers, the website is still confident the document confirms the Xperia XZ Pro will have a 5.7-inch, 4K resolution display.The spec in the screenshot suggests it'll have a top of the range Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage and 256GB microSD support.
Lawmakers are determined to bury any dreams that Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei has ever had of gaining traction in the US.After pressuring AT to kill a major deal with the company this week, members of Congress are now moving forward with a bill that would ban the federal government from working with contractors that use any equipment from Huawei or ZTE.For the last year, Shenzen-based Huawei has been in talks with AT to carry its smartphones.According to Counterpoint research, the company surpassed Apple as the world’s second largest smartphone brand last year, but its sales in the US are comparatively dismal.The primary reason is that none of the top four wireless providers in the US carry Huawei’s phones.That was all going to change when the company was set to take the stage at CES, announce its new partnership with AT, present Gal Gadot of Wonder Woman as its new brand ambassador, and make a huge splash.
Smart speakers were one of the holiday season’s big-ticket items, so you may not be altogether surprised to learn that some 39 million American adults now have one of the devices in their homes.That’s up by a notable 128 percent on January, 2017.The data comes courtesy of NPR and Edison Research and suggests the nation is beginning to cosy up with the technology as tech giants such as Amazon and Google duke it out to lead the smart-speaker pack.And with Apple set to enter the market anytime now with its HomePod device, expect ownership numbers to climb even further in 2018.Indeed, another study conducted recently by the Consumer Technology Association suggests 44 percent of U.S. adults plan to buy a smart speaker at some point during 2018.NPR’s data found that around 7 percent of Americans bought a smart speaker during the period between Black Friday (November 24) and the end of December, with Amazon’s Echo platform proving more popular than Google’s Home offerings.
A SpaceX Dragon capsule loaded with two tons of cargo splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday.It was the second trip to outer space for the capsule, and the second time SpaceX had reused a Dragon for a supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).The capsule showed a little wear and tear from the reentry, but all the cargo (including a bunch of mice) was retrieved successfully by SpaceX.The capsule was loaded with the results of various scientific experiments, including an attempt to 3D print optical fiber in space.The mice had been treated with various medications that may help alleviate muscle loss during extended stays in a weightless environment.LIVE NOW: @SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vehicle departs @Space_Station after almost a month on orbit.
A four-year-old surprised her mum with her selfless gesture in the run up to her birthday.Instead of asking for presents, Olive, from Whitstable, Kent, said all she wanted was money to donate to a local charity.And while many kids can’t wait to unwrap their birthday presents, the animal-loving four-year-old beamed with excitement as she headed down to her local animal sanctuary to pass on the £90 she was given by friends and family at her party.“Being only just four and having this compassion and empathy makes me a very proud mumma,” her mum, Jade Kay, 32, told HuffPost UK.Kay said the conversation about getting donations instead of presents cropped up when she and Olive were discussing her “Troll-themed” birthday party.“It was going to be a very big party in a hall,” Kay explained.
Among the highlights of the day was Prosthesis, a prototype racing mech from Furrion Robotics.The 15-foot-tall, 8,000-pound mech looks like a skeletal, alien elephant.A human pilot sits inside the mech, operating it via body controls.The idea is that operating the mech will require a notable degree of athleticism, an important factor given that Furrion wants to create a mech racing league.When Digital Trends visited Furrion for the first test run of the mech, the most it could do was lean a bit.Furrion co-founders Matt and Aaron Fidler came by Digital Trends’ CES 2018 booth to talk about the mech’s progress since then — it can take full steps now — and their vision for the future of mech-based sports.
Dami Lee / The VergeWacom announced over the summer that the company would be adding 24-inch and 32-inch Cintiq Pros to its lineup, and the flagship tablets debuted tonight at CES for the first time.They feature edge-to-edge glass screens, and work with the Pro Pen 2 stylus, which boasts 8,192 pressure sensitivity levels.The 24-inch model will have separate pen-only or pen-and-touch display versions and will be available in late February.The 32-inch will only be available in the pen-and-touch option, and will be available sometime in the spring.And since Cintiq Pros don’t have ExpressKeys (shortcut keys you can program to undo, copy, paste, etc.)
At CES, Intel may have been keen to insist that the whole Meltdown and Spectre fracas will be largely put to bed by the end of next week, but it appears more havoc is being caused right now, with Microsoft’s Windows patch aimed at tackling the flaws causing AMD-powered PCs to stop booting up.This is only affecting some AMD machines, but clearly enough have been hit, because Microsoft has made the decision to halt patching AMD PCs in order to resolve the problem.Speaking of which – what is the problem?It lies in AMD’s documentation for its CPUs, Microsoft asserts, which is erroneous in some respects, and whatever differences there are between the documents and reality of AMD’s processors are serious enough to have caused affected machines to fail to boot.As the Verge reports, Microsoft issued a statement to say: “Microsoft has reports of customers with some AMD devices getting into an unbootable state after installing recent Windows operating system security updates.“After investigating, Microsoft has determined that some AMD chipsets do not conform to the documentation previously provided to Microsoft to develop the Windows operating system mitigations to protect against the chipset vulnerabilities known as Spectre and Meltdown.”
The original Vive debuted nearly two years ago, and the new Vive Pro is clearly designed to address some of the complaints of that earlier headset.HTC is increasing the resolution of the dual-OLED displays to 2880 x 1600 (1400 x 1600 per eye, and 615 ppi), a 78 percent increase from the 2160 x 1200 (1080 x 1200 per eye) resolution in the current Vive.This resolution increase should help with clearer text rendering and overall graphics, and the bump puts the Vive Pro beyond the Oculus Rift or Windows Mixed Reality headsets.One of the complaints of the original Vive was that it was difficult to adjust and heavy, and you had to plug in headphones, creating another cable dangling to potentially upset your VR experience.We’ll be testing it out later today to find out if this redesign has helped with the comfort, and whether the headset feels lighter as a result.HTC has also added dual microphones and dual front-facing cameras which are designed for developers to take advantage of.
Complaining about slow Wi-Fi speeds is so 2017.At CES 2018, Oledcomm debuted what it claims is the first Li-Fi-connected object in the world.It’s called MyLiFi, and it offers wireless, radiowave-free internet at the speed of light, and all from an attractive LED lamp.Promising to revolutionize internet access and provide “controlled access to families, unprecedented confidentiality to professionals, a lag-free gaming experience, and radiowave-free internet to all,” this is one lamp that hopes to light up your life in more ways than one.Li-Fi, or Light Fidelity, is a new technology that connects mobile devices and other internet-enabled objects by way of LED lights.Li-Fi transmits data by modulating light signals emitted by an LED light bulb — in essence, providing the internet through light.
The CES event is usually packed with a lot of amazing innovative products.The likes of Samsung and LG have a lot of devices to showcase at this event and they won’t be alone.Dell will be introducing the XPS 13 laptop with a fresh design and this laptop comes with a near bezel-less 13-inch InfinityEdge display that fits in an 11-inch frame.Powered by an 8th gen Intel Core processor, Dell XPS 13 comes with a 4K display and it weighs only 1.22kg which makes it one of the lightest 13-inch laptops in the market.The Dell XPS 13 is equipped with a Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8550U processor with 1TB SSD.It comes with a USB Type-A to USB Type-C adapter.
The advent of new technology in cars, from 4G-connected navigation to driver assist systems, is opening up new opportunities beyond traditional automotive equipment suppliers.While the LG brand has appeared on a wide array of consumer electronics, the Korean company is now branching into automotive.LG, along with partners NXP, a chipmaker, and Hella, an automotive camera specialist, came up with a new automotive vision platform designed to detect objects and hazards in the driving environment, potentially preventing collisions.The partners tout their new vision platform as being open, as compared to proprietary systems in use by many automakers today.As for implementation, all the companies would say at this time is that a major European automaker has already adopted the platform.Advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) are becoming increasingly common.
OBike, a bike-sharing startup started from Singapore, has just reached 10 million rides since it was founded in January 2017.However, the homegrown company is still lagging behind Ofo and Mobike, its far-larger rivals from China.Ofo, backed by Alibaba, announced in December last year that it saw 32 million rides a day.Meanwhile, Mobike clocked 20 million daily rides as of April 2017 and has Tencent in its corner.In terms of funding from external investors, both companies have outraised oBike by many multiples, Tech in Asia data shows.Both companies managed this even if the Singaporean startup raised one of the largest series B rounds in Southeast Asia’s history.