Google's Pixel line of smartphones, like the Nexus line before it, are the best Android phones to buy.A botched rollout of the newest version of the Android software to Samsung's Galaxy S8 further highlights this point.If you're buying a new phone, and not buying an iPhone, the choice is pretty clear: Google's Pixel phones.They feature Google's best services — like Gmail and Google Maps and Google Assistant — as primary use, default apps.Like Apple's iPhone, the Google Pixel feels like a phone that was carefully crafted to marry the hardware with the software it runs.Take, for instance, the Samsung Galaxy S8:
Directors of the CIA, FBI, NSA urge consumers not to purchase Huawei smartphones or ZTE kitUS distrust of foreign technology vendors has increased after the heads of major American intelligence agencies warned the public not to buy products or services from Chinese smartphone maker Huawei.And the intelligence agencies also warned against using any products from Chinese telecoms maker ZTE as well.The US has long held a deep distrust of Chinese (and indeed Russian) products.Back in 2012 for example, Huawei and ZTE strongly denied they posed a security threat to the United States’ infrastructure.The six intelligence bosses were speaking at the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, when they said they would not advise Americans to use products or services from Chinese smartphone maker Huawei and fellow Chinese telecom company ZTE.
Campaign to move a Bombe into historic Block HThe National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) has organised a whip-round to move a historic code-breaking computer into a new location at Bletchley Park.TNMOC wants to move the world's only working reproduction Turing-Welchman Bombe, as used for deciphering German Enigma messages during the Second World War, into Block H, its home.During the war the park was home to the Government Code and Cipher School, a forerunner of today's GCHQ eavesdropping agency.The original Bombe machines were designed by maths genius Alan Turing and used to break the encrypted messages of the German High Command by deriving the daily encryption setting of German Enigma machines.Messages, including those sent to Germany's U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic, could then be read and their contents passed to senior Allied commanders.
Like any social media platform, while YouTube is often a force for good and represents a unique way of creating a community, it faces its fair share of challenges.In 2018, we are seeking to understand each other, and to understand the construct that exists, and try to bring down certain ones and reshape other ones as we evolve as communities and as a society.It’s about sort of a larger shift in popular culture where individuals have much more influence than ever before—not just today, but for the coming decades.I have been doing this for almost eight years, and I think what has changed over time is how we think about what is trending, what a trend is, and the different types of things that are trending.Questions we ask ourselves can include, What are the types of things that get a lot of views quickly?What are the topics that are seeing a lot of uploads?
Monster Hunter: World is Capcom’s fastest hit in the publisher’s history, the studio announced on its Japanese site as IGN reported.The multiplayer action role-playing game has already shipped 6 million copies since launching for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 6.It reached the 5 million mark just three days after release.Games shipped isn’t the same as games sold, but it is still a mark of success.Shipped games also doesn’t account for digital sales, but we know that Monster Hunter: World was the PlayStation 4’s top digital game in January.Lifetime sales for the series is at 45 million.
AGs cry foul over Google's $8.5m class-action settlementA group of 16 US state attorneys general are urging America's Supreme Court to tear up an $8.5m legal settlement from Google – because none of the cash will go to the folks the class-action lawsuit was brought on behalf of.Led by the attorney general of Arizona, Mark Brnovich, the legal eagles have taken issue with the fact that $2.125m of the settlement will go in fees to the attorneys that brought the case and the remaining $5.3m will be split between seven organizations, agreed to by the lawyers and Google.Three of the seven are law schools that the attorneys' attended - Harvard University, Stanford University and the Chicago-Kent College of Law – and the remaining four are among Google's favorite institutions who do work that benefit the tech giant and which the company already supplies millions to - AARP, Carnegie Mellon University, the MacArthur Foundation, and the World Privacy Forum.Google's $8.5m class-action privacy payout goes to: Lawyers' alma maters, web giant's palsThe settlement is opposed by the people who brought the case: a fact noted by the attorneys general who see it as an ideal test case, and want to see the Supreme Court impose a set of rules for future class-action lawsuits that put citizens first and prevent lawyers from diverting payouts to recipients of their choosing.
Olympus is bringing their budget PEN mirrorless camera up to 2018 standards with new 4K capabilities and built-in Bluetooth, but photographers in North America are going to have to wait.On Wednesday, February 7, Olympus Global announced the new PEN E-PL9, a new mirrorless option that will be available in markets outside North America beginning in March.Olympus hasn’t yet shared a timeline for when the budget shooter will be coming to the United States.The Olympus PEN E-PL9 wraps up much of the same imaging hardware as the predecessor, the E-PL8.The camera uses the same 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, a nearly identical 8.6-frames-per-second burst mode, and the same three-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system.The autofocus, however, sees a jump to a 121 point contrast detection system, up from 81 points.
A botnet that surfaced over the weekend spread to thousands of smartphones and set-top boxes in the first hours of its existenceA fast-moving botnet using code from the infamous Mirai malware infected thousands of Android devices in the first 24 hours after its activation, researchers have warned.Botnets, which take over computer systems’ resources for use in illicit tasks such as sending spam or attacking websites, have in recent years increasingly targeted internet-connected gadgets such as routers and security cameras.Mirai used a network of such devices to help bring down DNS services provider Dyn in October 2016, temporarily disabling access to a number of major websites.In this case, the ADB Miner botnet appears to focus on using the system resources of Android devices to mine cryptocurrencies.Chinese security firm Netlab said it saw a sudden jump in traffic from infected devices via port 5555 beginning on Saturday and growing tenfold over the following eight hours.
Chinese New Year, namely the Spring Festival in China, is the longest public holiday and the grandest traditional one with a history of over 4000 years.And to celebrate the said festival, Meiigoo is holding a special offer of up to a $100 discount on two of their popular devices.The first device that Meiigoo marked down to $159.99 in HongKong and $199.99 in EU is the Meiigoo S8.With a brand new bezel-less design, the S8 achieves an aspect ratio of 18:9 and FHD+ resolution.The 6.1-inch display on the S8 delivers vibrant images with vivid colors and enriched details.Also, the S8 is sporting a dual-sided 3D glass on both the front panel and back case, dazzling a mirror finish on the back cover.
Contaminated blood scandal victims and their families are being forced to undergo government benefit reassessments - despite many of them being unable to work for decades.Thousands of people died after they were given blood infected with HIV and hepatitis during the 1970s and 80s while undergoing medical treatment, and many more were left with devastating health problems.Some of the victims - many of them haemophiliacs and most of them male - unwittingly infected their partners, leaving several families with more than one terminally ill member.Theresa May announced an inquiry into the incident - dubbed one of the biggest peacetime disasters to hit the UK - last year, with the leading judge expected to be announced ‘very soon’.The government is also in the process of transferring people who receive Disability Living Allowance onto the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefits system - a process which requires all claimants to undergo health reassessments.Contaminated blood families - supported by Labour MP Diana Johnson - asked the government for special dispensation which would allow them to be ‘passported’ to the new system without further scrutiny.
Chipmaker Broadcom set has turned up the heat over its hostile bid to take over rival Qualcomm today, with the semiconductor biz expected to raise its offer by between $15bn-$40bn (£10.7bn-£28bn).Reuters and and the Financial Times have respectively reported the Singapore-based chipmaker will slap $120bn (£85bn) or $145bn (£103bn) on the table to purchase the Snapdragon-maker.Qualcomm's had previously rejected Broadcom's $103bn (£73bn) buyout proposal, which it said "dramatically undervalued" chipmaker.But Broadcom appears to be drumming up support for the deal, ahead of a shareholders' referendum vote on it next month.Qualcomm's processors power the vast majority of Android handsets, while Broadcom's notable products include the SoC at the heart of the Raspberry Pi.If the two were to merger, it would create the a semiconductor colossus.
Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 6,600 total votes, 59.2% of voters said they use screen protectors on their smartphones, while 26.5% said they do not.14.3% of voters said they don’t use screen protectors, but they probably should.I know it’s not the most popular app out there, but I love Google Allo.It’s not overly bloated, and the recent addition of a web client makes it easy to use throughout the day.It also has plenty of fun features like sticker packs and whisper/shout messages, if you’re into that sort of thing.I use Allo to talk with my wife, Facebook Messenger to talk with friends, and Android Messages to communicate with family.
Samsung vice chairman and the company’s heir apparent Jay Y. Lee has left prison after a South Korean high court suspended his bribery sentence.Lee, whose father is Samsung’s chairman, was previously sentenced to five years after being found guilty of bribery, embezzlement, capital flight and perjury charges.His sentence was reduced to 2.5 years today on appeal, and he was allowed to leave on a four-year probation, according to Bloomberg.Lee was first arrested last February and he had served close to one year in custody.His absence hasn’t impacted Samsung’s business, which has posted a series of record financial returns over the past year.That included an all-time-high $69 billion in revenue for its chipset division in 2017, which toppled Intel for the first time in 25 years as the planet’s biggest-selling chip firm.
After all, peepholes can get smudged, wet, and physically blocked, which means you may not know who’s knocking at the door, whether it’s be a salesperson, your neighbor, the pizza delivery guy, or a total stranger.We’ve done the research and rounded up the best video doorbells on the market right now.You’ll also get instant notifications on your devices when visitors press the doorbell or trigger its motion sensors.This device also runs entirely on battery power, which means you don’t have to worry about any pesky wires.With this video doorbell, you’ll know exactly who’s ringing your doorbell, and you can see and speak to them in full color HD – even if its nighttime – due to the built-in floodlight.Thanks to a feature called Hindsight, the doorbell will start capturing footage even if the visitor doesn’t physically press the doorbell.
Just over a year ago, Hong Kong politician and then-chief executive Leung Chun-ying made a dire announcement about his territory's lack of affordable housing, calling it "the gravest potential hazard" to society.Roughly 7% of land in Hong Kong is zoned for housing, most of it going to wealthier families.The shortage has led to young people, the elderly, and families sometimes living in squalid conditions where they pay hundreds of dollars per month for less than 100 square feet of living space.Here's what the crisis looks like up close.Hong Kong has announced plans to build more affordable homes over the next decade.Until they can move up the ranks at their jobs, thousands of newly employed workers turn to ultra-tight spaces as their first homes.
Shares of Electronic Arts rose 8% on Wednesday morning after delivering an earnings beat and raising its forward guidance.The company's live services segment continues to accelerate at a high rate, a Credit Suisse analyst said.Shares of Electronic Arts jumped 8% on Wednesday morning to $128.11 per share after the company posted an earnings beat and raised its forward guidance.But the main highlight of the report was the acceleration of its live game services segment, largely driven by "FIFA" and "Madden" users, a Credit Suisse analyst noted.The live services segment allows users to subscribe to a version of a game that updates automatically and runs as a 365-day service instead of purchasing new copies each year.Revenue from live services has increased 39%, compared to 26% a year ago, according to Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju.
Former Government chief scientist Sir David King says German carmakers rigged experiments with deadly effects.This is a modal window.No compatible source was found for this media.The Government's former chief scientist, Professor Sir David King, said it was "simply astonishing" that Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler had performed rigged experiments that had caused the deaths of so many people in the UK."The number of early fatalities in Britain is really very, very large due to NOx (nitrogen oxides) air, with governments across Europe encouraging diesel on the basis that the catalyst traps worked," King told The Telegraph.The company said it had suspended Thomas Steg, head of international and government relations, pending a full enquiry after taking responsibility for VW's involvement in the scandal.
By now you’ve probably heard that the Dell board is supposed to be convening later this month to figure out how it might reorganize itself to deal with the mountain of debt it took on when it bought EMC in 2015 for $67 billion.The rumors began on Friday and involved a couple of possible scenarios including Dell going public or Dell buying VMware (which I’m not sure solves the debt problem).Today CNBC reported a third option, that the company could be considering a reverse merger where VMware buys Dell.For what it’s worth, I contacted Dell on Friday and was told, as you would expect, that Dell doesn’t respond to rumors, but one industry insider I contacted did say, the company is actually considering all options, but hasn’t decided anything yet.The company still reportedly has $46 billion in debt left over from the EMC merger, and as Bloomberg’s Kiel Porter pointed out that amounts to $2 billion in interest payments.All of this sounds to me like finding some clever bookkeeping games to shuffle some of that debt around, but Jack Gold, principal at Gold and Associates, said on Twitter, it could be a case of Dell trying to take advantage of the new tax laws, the overheated stock market or some combination of the two.
Fully autonomous vehicles are likely to arrive first in fleets.Fleet rollouts will favor competitors who can build self-driving tech into their cars.The traditional auto industry could make use of its advantage in mass-production.Two main approaches and two main technologies are moving parallel to each other.Some companies want to add self-driving tech to existing vehicles, while others are engineering it in.The second can be found in GM/Cruise's test fleet of autonomous Chevy Bolt electric cars, which were built from scratch to integrate self-driving tech.
It could cost between $700 and $800, predicts KGI Securities.Apple customers who like the iPhone X's facial recognition and edge-to-edge screen but were turned off by the $999 price tag may have additional options at lower prices this fall.Apple is working on a lower-cost iPhone with some of the iPhone X's best features for a launch later this year, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.The lower-cost iPhone will have the same facial recognition sensor as the iPhone X, as well as an edge-to-edge 6.1-inch LCD screen and no home button.Kuo predicted in a January 23 note it could cost between $700 and $800 — significantly less than the iPhone X, but higher than the current iPhone 8 models.And Kuo predicts it will have an aluminum casing, which is less premium than the stainless steel on the iPhone X.