The work has been carried out as part of the CRAYFIS experiment and the results were presented at the 22nd International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.108.Cosmic rays are constantly entering the earth's atmosphere.Among them are ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECR, rays with an energy of more than 10^18 eV), whose properties remain somewhat of a mystery to scientists.Scientists have calculated that, with a detector with a surface area of 1km , it is possible to detect approximately 1 event in 100 years.The CRAYFIS project proposes using a distributed mobile phone network to detect ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECR).To do this, researchers from HSE's LAMBDA have developed an algorithm for constructing convolutional neural networks that can be used with conventional mobile phones to record the muons making up these atmospheric showers.
First, he said there are over 238 million Xiaomi smartphones running on Snapdragon chips.This is an amazing number showing their deep collaboration state.Second, Lei Jun said the next Mi flagship will hit the market in spring.Today, Xiaomi mobile phone product marketing director, Zang Chih-yuan posted on his social media page that Xiaomi will attend MWC 2018 in Barcelona, Spain in late February, at Hall 6.Thus the Xiaomi Mi 7 and Samsung Galaxy S9 will be announced at the same time, as talked earlier.Generally, we have been waiting for the Xiaomi Mi 7 to debut in the Q1, 2018, because the current Xiaomi Mi 6 was launched the same time in 2016.
Facebook just ordered ten episodes in a series tentatively called Sacred Lies.This show is based on a Grimm Brothers story called “The Handless Maiden” and “The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly” novel by Stephanie Oakes.Blumhouse Television will be part of the production, as well the director of and an executive producer from the show True Blood.Facebook Director of Development Ricky Van Veen announced the news at NATPE, according to Deadline, which reports that True Blood executive producer Raelle Tucker will be Sacred Lie‘s executive producer and showrunner.Meanwhile, True Blood director Scott Winant has been tapped to direct the first two episodes of Sacred Lies.The show’s name may be changed from Sacred Lies by the time it launches; the series is described as a drama composed of 30-minute episodes.
Medics say they couldn't wait for backups to be pulled as ransomware ransacked kitA US hospital paid extortionists roughly $60,000 to end a ransomware outbreak that forced staff to use pencil-and-paper records.The criminals broke in around 9.30pm on January 11 after finding a box with an exploitable Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) server, and inject their ransomware into connected computers.Medical IT teams were alerted in early 2016 that hospitals were being targeted by Samsam, although it appears the warnings weren’t heeded in this case.According to the hospital, the malware spread over the network and was able to encrypt “a number of the hospital’s information systems,” reducing staff to scratching out patient notes on pieces of dead tree.With flu season well underway in the US state, Hancock Health administrators called in the FBI’s cyber-crime task force, and a third-party IT specialist, to quickly restore the ciphered filesystems – but the files could not be recovered in time.
While the term “struggling” would not fit nicely for Apple, the company’s sales numbers achieved in 2015 and 2016, were far from their best performance.In a move to win again the consumer’s interest, the company gave life to a special tenth-edition of the iPhone in 2017, the iPhone X.The smartphone was launched in the first week of November, which helped Apple’s US market share to see a 10 percent increase during the last three months of 2017.The previous 29% iPhone’s presence in the market reached the peak of 39% during Q4, being the best increase in years.On a year-to-year comparison, the iPhone’s Q4 2017 market share was up 5% from the 34% achieved in Q4 2016.“In the first full quarter after the launch of its three new models, Apple grew its share relative to Android brands.
Night Owl Security Products is taking the wraps off its latest products, including a new security system and wireless gateway, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas.The company offers an array of surveillance systems for residential and commercial properties.Night Owl’s new security system is the 16 channel, 12 camera, 4 TB NVR Wired Security System.This network video recorder is equipped with a 4TB hard disk drive and H.265 video compression to ensure you don’t run out of space to store footage.Users can employ the app to keep an eye on their property from anywhere in the world.Audio-enabled cameras, 100 feet of night vision, and 4K resolution help you stay tuned in.
By now, most have heard about the controversial and racially derogatory H ad featuring a young Black boy wearing a hoodie which references him being the “coolest monkey in the jungle.” The brand has since issued an apology.I could devote pages as to why the ad was perceived as racist and offensive to some given a specific historical context, but this particular racial myopia is only one element of the fashion industry that is problematic (I spoke about another regarding accessibility for legally blind photographers in a prior article).So, while this issue, and its implications, are important, it is not one I will focus on in this article.It merely represents a piece of a larger puzzle (rather, minefield) that Black folks and other people of colour must navigate on a daily basis, whether as creators, photographers, or models (of all ages), where we remain largely absent or underrepresented, particularly as decision-makers.Today, I learned that the first Black supermodel to grace the cover of Vogue was not in fact Beverly Johnson, but Donyale Luna, who appeared on the British version of the magazine nearly ten years’ prior.Tragically, this profoundly stunning woman’s career was cut short, not unlike other well known models of the time such as Gia Carangi (the latter of whom had a movie devoted to her story starring Angelina Jolie), by the ravages of drug addiction.
Google's VR180 cameras are the future of point-and-shoot.Google Assistant is about to start showing up in many more devices.Everyone is still hunting for VR’s killer app.Climb inside Bell Helicopter's (theoretical) flying taxi of the future.Toyota joins with Uber and Amazon (and Pizza Hut) to find its self-driving future.
General Motors (GM) has revealed that it’s on track to put its first self-driving car on roads by 2019.Today, the company revealed that the fourth generation of its electric driverless vehicle, the Cruise AV, will not have any manual controls, such as pedals or a steering wheel.Though many companies are already testing driverless cars on public roads, the vehicles typically have traditional controls and a driver in place to take over should that be required.As such, GM said that it has filed a safety petition with the Department of Transportation for the vehicle, which the company claims is now “production-ready.”“GM’s integrated development of hardware and software, and testing in one of the most complex environments in the world, allows for the company to safely eliminate the steering wheel, pedals, and manual controls from the new Cruise AV,” the company said in a statement.As part of its effort to avoid being usurped by younger technology and automotive upstarts, GM has made no secret of its intentions in the self-driving car realm.
The Google Assistant could echo Amazon’s Alexa in selling products and services by voice, insiders claim, with the search giant hunting ways to close the gap between the smart speaker technologies.Google’s presence at CES 2018 this week has been considerable, buying out much of the advertising space on the strip and around the Consumer Electronics Show convention centers, and setting up shop in a sizable tent to demonstrate its Assistant’s prowess.Someone, it seems, forgot to ask the Assistant for a weather forecast in CES week, and torrential rains on Tuesday forced the Google tent – which proved not to be waterproof in several places – to close.Nonetheless, Google Assistant powered devices were at least in evidence in more water-tight areas of the show.Lenovo’s Smart Display, for instance – our Best IoT/Smart Home award winner this year – pairs the AI technology with two different sizes of touchscreen, aiming to conquer a place on the kitchen counter that until now might have been home to an Amazon Echo Show.Now, sources tell Bloomberg, Google is looking to further catch up to Amazon’s system.
Juniper Networks, come on down: you have won the dubious honour of being responsible for CVE-2018-0001.Apparently Juniper infosec bods didn't take much time off over the Christmas-New Year period, instead running up fixes for ten 2018-dated CVE (common vulnerability and exposure) notices.CVE-2018-0001 is a bug affecting Junos OS versions in the 12.1X48, 12.3, 12.3X48, 14.1, 14.1X53, 14.2, 15.1, 15.1X49 and 15.1X53 branches.An older version of PHP in the vulnerable varieties had a use-after-free bug that opens a remote code execution vector.It was reported to Juniper by Cure53, and most versions have patches available.If your system is on the “pending” list, Juniper said to disable J-Web or limit access to trusted hosts.
Even in today’s world of online media, the first glimpse most people get of a new car involves an auto show.Whether they see a new car perched on an auto show stand, or just see photos taken at said show, that’s how first impressions are often made.Land Rover made its public debut at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show, displaying three preproduction versions of its first model, the Series I.To celebrate its 70th anniversary, Land Rover has located one of those three show cars, which was missing for 63 years.The automaker is planning a full restoration of this long-lost 4×4.Brothers Maurice and Spencer Wilks envisioned the first Land Rovers as an improvement on the Jeeps commonly used in the United Kingdom immediately after World War II.
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The VergeThe Razer Phone will soon support HDR video and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound in the Netflix app thanks to a forthcoming software update.This will make the Razer Phone the first mobile device to support both of these audio and video formats in Netflix.In addition, the update will include firmware improvements for the phone’s display and sound system.Razer says the 5.1 surround sound feature will work with both the phone’s speakers and with headphones plugged into through the THX-certified USB-C headphone dongle included with the phone.The update is expected to be available to download later this month.
SpaceX on Sunday launched a a rocket carrying a classified satellite codenamed Zuma, built by Northrop Grumman for the U.S. government.While the initial stages of the mission seemed to go plan, it now appears there may have been a serious problem with the deployment of the satellite, with some reports suggesting it fell back to Earth after failing to separate from the spent upper stage of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.The first stage landed intact, as planned.Mystery has always surrounded the mission, with no information ever offered about the role of the Zuma satellite, though it’s been suggested it contained powerful surveillance technology.SpaceX’s failure to confirm the mission as a success on Sunday left many wondering if everything had gone to plan, and on Monday the Wall Street Journal reported industry and government officials as saying that House and Senate lawmakers have been informed about the “botched mission.”If SpaceX did lose Zuma — a satellite estimated to be worth more than $1 billion — it’d be a serious blow for the private space company.
During the Consumer Electronics Show on January 8, PMD Technologies AG and Infineon Technologies AG announced the smallest 3D Time of Flight camera module yet, called the IRSZ238XC, that’s also expected to deliver more consistent results in bright light.The camera is expected to see mass production by the end of the year.The entire 3D camera module, which also includes the sensor, lens IR emitter and their circuitry, is the smallest 3D camera module available worldwide, according to PMD, measuring 12mm by 8mm.But along with the tiny profile, the camera also boasts a higher resolution than earlier chips, with 38,000 pixels.Along with the higher resolution and smaller profile, PMD says that the camera sensor gains more reliability for outdoor use.Now working at the 940nm wavelength as well, the update is designed for more reliability when using the system outdoors.
In a blog post published today, Facebook details just how well holiday campaign ads worked for retailers.Overall, Facebook saw online mobile conversions increase 64 percent across its ad partners on Cyber Monday.From Facebook’s perspective, the success is due to, well, Facebook and all of its ad offerings, like dynamic and collection ads.But, according to two of the companies Facebook highlighted as an example of its advertising might—American Eagle Outfitters and Wayfair—the social giant’s ad offering is just one piece of the marketers’ effective holiday run.However, the retailer takes more credit for its sales and doesn’t let Facebook have all the glory.While the company loves working with Facebook, it isn’t afraid to constantly experiment and move away from anything that’s not a viable strategy anymore.
Apple probably enjoyed the holidays more than you did, announcing a whopping $300m in App Store purchases on New Years Day 2018.That sets a new record, Apple points out, for holiday purchases and downloads.Pokemon GO proved to be the most popular game in the store on December 21, Apple says, having introduced a significant update.It allows Pokemon trainers to creep up on their next monster target, rewarding stealth with extra bonus badges.According to Apple, ARKit apps are on the rise, though they still comprise a very small percentage of titles available to download.Currently there are still fewer than 2,000 ARKit-enabled titles, the Cupertino firm says, with CSR Racing 2, Night Sky, and Snapchat among the most popular.
Plan to cut through hassle of security notificationsSecurity researcher Scott Helme is pushing a scheme to make it easier for bug finders to notify companies about problems with their technology.The idea revolves around “security.txt” - a simple text file, much like robots.txt, that contains information on whom to contact or where to look for security related information about a website.Ready access to this information would reduce the headaches involved in the often fraught security bug notification process, as Helme explains.Bad things happen and organisations need to respond quickly to resolve them but one things that's always slowed down the process was me not being able to find who I should speak to.I've been through call centres, online chats, support tickets systems, social media and who knows what else just to try and raise an issue with the right person.
However, storing electricity is not without its challenges either.Recently, a team at the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER), within southern Japan's Kyushu University, created a device to store energy in chemical form through continuous electrolysis.The researchers noted that glycolic acid (GC) has a much greater energy capacity than hydrogen, one of the more popular energy-storage chemicals.GC can be produced by four-electron reduction of oxalic acid (OX), a widely available carboxylic acid.As described in their publication in Scientific Reports, the team devised an electrolytic cell based on a novel membrane-electrode assembly.Sandwiched between two electrodes are an iridium oxide-based anode and a titanium dioxide (TiO2)-coated titanium (Ti) cathode, linked by a polymer membrane.
Welcome to the 5G Olympics, where Nathan Chen, the 18-year-old figure-skating phenom, has just landed another quadruple jump.That’s what you can expect next month at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, if South Korea’s telecommunications companies are to be believed.Not to be outdone, KT’s competitors SK Telecom and LG U+ are preparing their own 5G Olympic demos.Meanwhile, the South Korean government and the European Union have teamed up to fund still another trial, dubbed 5G Champion, that will include a broadband link between the Olympic Games and a 5G test-bed in Finland.Just as past Games introduced the world to television (Berlin, 1936), satellite broadcasting (Tokyo, 1964), fiber optics (Los Angeles, 1984), and the CCD camera (Barcelona, 1992), Pyeongchang could give spectators a glimpse at the 5G future.“I think hype is a good word” to describe what’s been advertised, says Michael Thelander, the president and founder of Signals Research Group.