All customers will soon be able to access free movies and television shows using the Xfinity X1 platform as Comcast looks to grow its offerings and partnerships for viewers.Comcast partnered with Tubi, a free, ad-supported streaming service, to make more than 8,500 movies and TV titles seamlessly available on the X1 platform to all users by the end of next week.For Tubi, a company that aims to make content available for all consumers, the partnership was an “obvious next step,” said Farhad Massoudi, founder and CEO of Tubi, Inc.“In our quest to be democratizing content, we are always looking for strategic partnerships to make Tubi more and more accessible,” Massoudi said.Tubi launched four years ago and has seen significant growth this year in particular, increasing view time by 1,800 percent since 2016, the company claims.The service, which includes movies such as Titanic, will sort movies by categories not offered by other streaming services, namely by movies rated highest by Rotten Tomatoes and “not on Netflix.”
A Samsung support rep points to November 15 as the launch date of the Samsung One UI beta program.It’s possible the beta could only launch in Germany on that date, but there could also be other countries.Either way, the Samsung One UI beta will launch at some point this month.If you’re excited about giving the new Samsung One UI a try, you might not have to wait that long.According to a Samsung support rep (via All About Samsung), the One UI beta program will open on November 15, which is this coming Thursday.Samsung previously confirmed the One UI beta would open at some point this month, so November 15 is a realistic date for the launch.
Wooden fortifications dating back to the 1690s have been uncovered in Quebec City in what archaeologists are describing as a major discovery.Discovered in the city’s historic Old Quebec neighborhood, the 65-foot-long rampart is part of a fortification built in 1693 and 1694.Officials say that the rampart was once part of the former St. Louis Bastion in the city’s defenses.The wooden fortifications were the predecessor to the famous stone defensive walls that still surround the historic center of Quebec City, according to the CBC.COLONIAL ERA MICHIGAN FORT REVEALS ITS SECRETSDesigned by the French military engineer Josué Dubois Berthelot de Beaucours, the wooden fortification system was constructed by 500 troops and replaced a temporary defensive structure built in 1690.
(My first Apple laptop fell off a chair onto carpet and broke both hinges on its screen, something I’d never seen happen before or since.)But I think we are only at the beginning of an era of design changes that will make the tech products we have in our offices — whether they’re in our homes or not — look and feel vastly different.Apple really stopped leading in design about the time that Steve Jobs stepped away as CEO, but it took a while for the market to realize that the critical role of technology design in the segment had been underserved.Amazon did step in aggressively with digital assistants and, interestingly, Apple appeared to follow.HP has clearly understood the opportunity this gap presents in the PC and printer space with the Folio PC and Tango printer.Knowing that most 2-in-1 customers don’t use them in tablet mode, designing a form factor that updates a successful hand-held design from the past might get those users to embrace tablet mode.
This is the tech news you need to know this Monday.German enterprise software giant SAP is to buy feedback company Qualtrics for $8 billion, just days before its IPO.The move follows an unprecedented global protest from Google employees earlier this month.Famed tech investor Mary Meeker is aiming to raise about $1.25 billion for her new growth fund.Apttus is scrambling to calm employees and partners following accusations of sexual misconduct against its former CEO.David Murphy, the chairman and interim CEO, told staff on Monday that he had to address the concerns of people like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.
Samsung intrigued the world with the announcement last week that it would launch a smartphone with a folding display sometime early next year.Now a report from South Korea's Yonhap News Agency adds a few more details to Samsung's secretive tease.First is an actual name; according to Yonhap's sources, the phone will be called the "Galaxy F"—presumably that's "F" for "Foldable."The second big claim in the article is a price: $1,770 (₩2,000,000) for Samsung's cutting-edge smartphone.That's a big increase from the ~$1,000 flagships of today, but if this rumor pans out, the Galaxy F wouldn't even be Samsung's most expensive phone.That honor goes to the $2,700 Samsung W2019, which, believe it or not, is a dual-screen flip phone with flagship specs and some ultra-luxury add-ons like a Samsung concierge service.
The ExoMars rover might not know its name, but it almost certainly knows where it will be touching down when it reaches the surface of Mars in 2020.Oxia Planum, a flat plain rich in iron-magnesium clays, is first preference as the mission's landing site after the fifth and final meeting of the Landing Site Selection Working Group (LSSWG) in Leicester, UK, reports the BBC.Oxia Planum has long been in discussion as the landing site of choice because it offers a tantalizing opportunity to search for signs of life due to its geological composition and altitude.The clay-rich surface suggests that water once flowed through the location -- and where there is water, there may be biosignatures that suggest life once existed there.The location provides the mission with the best chance of safely landing the rover while still allowing it to meet its scientific goals.However, a second site, Mawrth Vallis, is still in contention for the ExoMars landing site, though it appears Oxia Planum will get the nod because it provides a slightly safer option, with few challenging topographical challenges or slopes.
Laptops should be more like smartphones, at least when it comes to certain features.It seems that smartphones are getting all the innovations and goodies while laptop design and features have remained fairly stagnant over the last few years.It's understandable, as mobile devices are incredibly important, but surely laptops aren't less important, are they?With richer colors and supreme contrast, OLED displays on smartphones not only make operating systems, apps, and content look better than traditional LCD displays, they're also more power efficient, too.One of the ways OLED displays are more efficient is that pixels can essentially turn themselves off when displaying the color black, and they don't shine as much as LCD displays when displaying certain colors and certain brightnesses.With that in mind, OLED displays seem like a no-brainer for laptops, but most laptop makers still use LCD displays.
Because of their antimicrobial and antifungal properties, silver nanoparticles measuring between one and 100 nanometers (billionth of a meter) in size, are being incorporated outside the United States into a variety of kitchen products known as food contact materials (FCMs).Among the nanosilver-infused FCMs now on the market overseas are spatulas, baby mugs, storage containers and cutting boards.However, the use of these items raises concerns that the nanoparticles in them will migrate into foods and the environment, and in turn, whether this poses risks to human health.To address these issues, government bodies around the world have published guidance documents, set policies and considered regulations.In a new paper, scientists from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) describe how they simulated knife motion, washing and scratching on nanosilver-containing cutting boards to see if consumer use practices affect nanoparticle release.Using a test method developed at NIST, five different "use scenarios"--each simulating a different type and level of wear commonly seen with human use--were conducted by moving three abrasive surfaces back and forth across samples of nanosilver-enabled cutting board material.
Facebook announced that it has blocked around 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts ahead of the 2018 midterm elections that were “engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior,” following a tip from US law enforcement agencies on Sunday night.The news was announced just hours before the polls opened in the United States.While Facebook says that it’s still investigating the accounts (which have already been blocked), the company is releasing the news early due to the proximity to the election.Facebook hasn’t explicitly stated what these accounts did or how many people they reached, but the announcement implies it’s more political influence issues that could affect the election.It probably doesn’t hurt, either, that Facebook can use this as a chance to remind the country and the world that it takes these kinds of attacks seriously — especially as concerns have grown since the last election cycle about the effects that bad actors on social media have had on political discourse.According to Facebook, the malicious Facebook Pages were largely in French and Russian, and the Instagram accounts were mostly English.
Watchmaker Jaquet Droz makes luxury watches that cost more than some San Francisco apartments.Now, however, they’ve decided to go “downmarket” with their Sports Watch chronograph, a handmade watch that is designed for both work and play.The watch is a standard chronograph with big date, a complication that displays the date as two digits instead of on a rotating dial.The resulting piece looks like a haute couture Speedmaster and should cost around $15,000, an acceptable sum for a manufacture watch with Droz’s provenance given that other Droz watches can run into the $100,000s, a price that might be less appetizing to the illiquid entrepreneur.True to watchmaking tradition, the hour markers are 18-carat white gold appliques.Wide Roman numerals indicate 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock.
By design, every state is different.On top of that, disinformation meant to discourage voting is rampant this election.Cut through the noise, arm yourself with the facts and vote.We’ve got resources to help you.Best yet, you can print, email or screenshot that and take it in with you to have a reference for your IRL voting experience so that you don’t get overwhelmed.Nonpartisan nonprofit Vote.org offers a guide to common problems encountered at polling places.
“What’s tomorrow going to be like?” the opening of this 1945 newsreel asked.For many Americans who were watching, the answer was “a better life than my parents had.” World War II was winding down, the postwar boom was just around the corner, and planners were promising incredible things ahead – incredible things like affordable and efficient housing, a sci-fi dream for many of us living in the year 2018.The Army-Navy “screen magazine” was a short film series played for members of the U.S. military overseas.The film, available on the U.S. National Archives YouTube channel, swore it could all be yours if you could just sacrifice a little more to defeat fascism and bring the Allies across the finish line.The film emphasises the fact that many of the new technologies developed during the war, like Plexiglass for gunner’s turrets, would be incorporated into consumer goods at home.One of the most popular ideas to emerge from the postwar housing boom was the notion of pre-fabricated houses.
Did you know that WhatsApp allows you to share a contact’s information from your device’s address book with other users in chats?For instance, you may want to share a family member’s contact information with another member of your family.Our guide will show you how this works.Note: These screenshots were captured in the WhatsApp application on iOS.Also note, this process is slightly different on Android.Step 1: Tap the chat you wish to share someone’s contact info within.
Hurricane Oscar has transitioned into an extra-tropical low pressure area in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean.The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite provided a look at rainfall occurring within the storm.The National Hurricane Center defines "extra-tropical" as a transition that implies both poleward displacement (meaning it moves toward the north or south pole) of the cyclone and the conversion of the cyclone's primary energy source from the release of latent heat of condensation to baroclinic (the temperature contrast between warm and cold air masses) processes.It is important to note that cyclones can become extratropical and still retain winds of hurricane or tropical storm force.On October 31, 2018 at 8:43 a.m. EDT (1243 UTC) the GPM core observatory satellite had a pass over hurricane Oscar.The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of about 74.8 mph (65 knots) and was moving toward the northeast while becoming more extratropical in appearance.
Using solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (ssNMR) techniques, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory discovered a new quantum criticality in a superconducting material, leading to a greater understanding of the link between magnetism and unconventional superconductivity.Most iron-arsenide superconductors display both magnetic and structural (or nematic) transitions, making it difficult to understand the role they play in superconducting states.But a compound of calcium, potassium, iron, and arsenic, and doped with small amounts of nickel, CaK(Fe1-xNix)4As4, first made at Ames Laboratory, has been discovered to exhibit a new magnetic state called a hedgehog spin-vortex crystal antiferromagnetic state without nematic transitions."Spin or nematic fluctuations can be considered to play an important role for unconventional superconductivity," said Yuji Furukawa, a senior scientist at Ames Laboratory and a professor of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University.He continued, "using 75As NMR, we discovered that CaKFe4As4 is located at a hedgehog spin-vortex crystal antiferromagnetic quantum critical point which is avoided due to superconductivity.The discovery of the magnetic quantum criticality without nematicity in CaK(Fe1?xNix)4As4 suggests that the spin fluctuations are the primary driver of superconductivity."
The Magic Leap is one of the world’s most hyped devices – and with good reason.When the headset was first publicly announced around four years ago (four years!Most modern phones are now AR-enabled and apps like Pokémon GO are, well, kinda normal.Magic Leap is entering a substantially different market from when it was announced.So, now the company is close to releasing its first product – the Magic Leap One – is it still relevant?We tried out the Creator’s Edition of the Magic Leap One at Samhoud Media’s offices in Amsterdam.
Earlier this year, the company began to require advertisers to verify their identities, a task they accomplish by typing in a code that they receive via a mailed postcard.Journalists have unearthed several instances of misrepresentation to date.“These developments have all combined to put the issue of consumer data privacy squarely on Congress’ doorstep,” Thune said ahead of a commerce hearing last month.In the absence of high-level White House coordination, the administration is letting individual agencies such as the FBI, the CIA and the Department of Homeland Security make decisions about how to respond to foreign governments’ attempts to use social media and other propaganda to undermine U.S. elections, according to people who have been briefed on or participated in the administration’s discussions of the issue.That means broader strategic questions remain unresolved because of White House turf wars, agencies’ competing priorities, political sensitivities and a lack of experience with a relatively new threat, the people say.A few minutes later, Rob Price broke the news that Facebook was getting rid of the Proud Boys across Facebook and Instagram.
It could be argued that videos are the lifeblood of social media — other than selfies, of course.Facebook clips alone get over 8 billion average views a day and more than 100 million hours of watch time daily, and moreover, than 45 percent of people say they watch more than an hour of Facebook or YouTube videos a week.The trouble with video, though, is that it’s exclusionary — folks with disabilities or poor internet connectivity can’t easily participate.It’s with that in mind researchers at Facebook created VideoStory, a new dataset for video descriptions intended to help train systems that can “automatically tell stories.”They describe it in a new paper (“A Dataset for Telling the Stories of Social Media Videos“) published ahead of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP) in Brussels, Belgium.“Video content on social media platforms constitutes a major part of the communication between people, as it allows everyone to share their stories,” the researchers wrote.
A (rather funny) bug on the Pixel 3 XL has some users seeing double.As posted by multiple Twitter users Jessie Burroughs, Kyle Gutschow and Judner Aura, and reported by Android Police, Google's big-screen flagship phone is mistakenly displaying two black notches on its display instead of the standard single notch for the front-facing camera.Google confirmed that a fix for it is coming soon, however.Though it gave no official explanation, the bug may have something to do with switching the phone's screen orientation from vertical to landscape.The second notch is reported to disappear after a fresh restart too.Aside from the strange looking dual-notch bug, the Pixel 3 XL (and its smaller Pixel 3 counterpart) are still excellent phones.