Nikon has announced its next pro DSLR, and what do you know, it’s called the D6.The new camera follows in the long line of D-series DSLRs, which are particularly popular among sports photographers for their speed and reliability, and Nikon describes it as “its most advanced digital SLR yet.”Unfortunately, that’s the only thing Nikon has to say about the D6 right now, beyond the photo above which confirms it’ll look basically identical to the D5 (and the D4) from the front.Alongside the D6’s development, Nikon also says that a new fast telephoto zoom lens is in the works, the AF-S Nikkor 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR.Nikon always does this — the full D5 announcement came a little under two months after the confirmation of its development, and the same thing happened with the D4S before it.We shouldn’t have to wait too long to find out more, then, but pro photographers are probably already planning out their Tokyo Olympics setups as we speak.
If you were a teenager at the tail end of the noughties, you probably remember the first time you heard about The Human Centipede.Within 24 hours, I had my laptop perched on my bedside table and entered the stomach-turning world of Tom Six's high-concept body-horror film.For those who are unfamiliar with the grotesque tale, it focuses on the German surgeon Josef Heiter, played by the delightfully serpentine Dieter Laser.He attempts to stitch three kidnapped humans together from rectum to mouth, connected via a joint digestive system to form a twisted, single organism.Whether you love or hate the film, it remains a compelling example of a cultural artefact that managed to plug itself into the zeitgeist, spawning two sequels, a tabloid press panic or two and even an episode of South Park that took aim at the corporate dominance of Apple.But in order to trace this bizarre phenomenon, it's worth going back to the beginning.
Worth an estimated $135 billion, the gaming industry is already larger than the film and music industries, combined.Yet for huge portions of the population it’s still seen as a shameful hobby, one meant for kids that you’re meant to outgrow as you settle into adulthood.Game Academy thinks the opposite.This startup believes that there’s quantifiable data to be gained from your gaming tendencies, data that could one day be valuable for anyone looking to leverage these skills into a job.Puzzle games, like Portal, for example, could point to a future in IT.Strategy games, like Civilization, Total War, or X-Com, on the other hand — games where managing multiple strategies and resources are key to success — could bode well for positions in management.
With September on the horizon, Microsoft has revealed the next round of titles that will be offered through Xbox Live’s Games with Gold.As always, these games will be free to download to everyone who has a subscription to Xbox Live Gold, which is required to play Xbox One and Xbox 360 games online.September’s games cover a wide range of genres, from shooters and stealth games to puzzle and fighting games.The September Games with Gold selection definitely start off strong by offering the first season of Hitman for Xbox One.Downloading this will net you the entire season, so if you want to get up to speed with modern-day Hitman, this is a good place to start.The second game on tap for Xbox One is a co-op puzzle game called We Were Here.
Planned obsolescence and big profits be damned, we're going to let you fix your kitOn Thursday, Apple introduced a program that will allow independent computer repair shops access to the same resources available to Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASP), a significant policy shift that could help level a market the company has been deterring unauthorized battery replacements and lobbying against right to repair legislation.To participate in the program, repair shops will have to have an Apple-certified technician on staff."Apple's announcement regarding the new repair program is a welcome development," said Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), who in March introduced a right-to-repair bill that's awaiting consideration in California, told The Register."The right to repair is a movement that is gaining momentum across the nation and – while more work remains to be done – today's announcement demonstrates that companies have the capacity to give consumers greater choice."Apple, he said, has emphasized that you need authorized parts, but that's not true.
The Trump administration today announced a new proposal to reverse Obama-era regulations that limit how much methane, a potent greenhouse gas, the oil and natural gas industries are allowed to emit.The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed amendments would "remove unnecessary regulatory duplication" put into place in 2016, according to a press release.The proposals made today are separate from and in addition to a 2018 proposed rule that eased methane reporting and monitoring requirements for oil- and gas-extraction businesses.The proposed plan (PDF) would "rescind emissions limits for methane from the production and processing segments of the industry," the EPA says.The proposal would also remove parts of the transmission and storage segments of the oil and gas industry —generally called the midstream business —from being subject to regulation, by claiming the agency was out of line when it added sources such as transmission compressor stations, pneumatic controllers, and underground storage vessels to the rule.The agency estimates an additional 370,000 short tons of methane would be released into the atmosphere by 2025, as compared to leaving the 2016 rule in place, as well as 10,000 short tons of volatile organic compounds and 300 short tons of "hazardous air pollutants."
Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+ will be home to a huge catalog of content, including all of Disney’s past movies, original shows, old Disney Channel content, and more.The service won’t provide access to one particular type of content, however: movies that are rated ‘R’ like Deadpool.Disney+ subscribers will get access to content rated at up to PG-13, leaving the more adult shows for other streaming platforms.Disney has a certain reputation as a family-friendly company that produces content suitable for families.Though some of Disney’s content — primarily what it offers through Marvel and Lucasfilm — isn’t appropriate for the youngest audiences, it generally tops out at mild language and violence.In light of that, it’s no surprise that Disney will restrict its Disney+ streaming service to content rated ‘G’ through ‘PG-13.’ Confirmation of that was given to Epic Vespe, who released the news as part of a number of first-hand details about the Dinsey+ platform.
is good for something at least - heating up your homes!And there are plans for more homes to be kept toasty using waste heat
In September, the LGBTQ tech organization Lesbians Who Tech will throw its annual conference in New York, including a range of high-profile speakers, breakout sessions, and a job fair aiming to place talented LGBTQ employees at high-profile firms.Sponsors include some of the biggest names in tech, including Google, Oculus, and Verizon.Last week, that list included Palantir, too — but in the days since, Palantir has been discreetly removed from that list.The company’s money has been refunded and it no longer has any role in the job fair, which will proceed as if Palantir had never been a sponsor.Reached by The Verge, Lesbians Who Tech confirmed the dropped sponsorship, saying it was the result of public objection to Palantir’s recent contract work with the US government.“Members of our community (the LGBTQ community) contacted us with concern around Palantir’s participation with the job fair,” a representative said, “because of the recent news that the company’s software has been used to aid ICE in effort to gather, store, and search for data on undocumented immigrants, and reportedly playing a role in workplace raids.”
Low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites for broadband internet access are beginning to display signs of real potential.Additionally, Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink recently launched a rocket containing 60 satellites from Florida’s Cape Canaveral.SpaceX will initially launch service to North America, but once its full array is in place, the company has plans to roll the service out across the entire planet.Ostensibly, anywhere with access to open skies could be covered.Amazon has global aspirations for its project as well.These low Earth orbit ventures have the potential to dramatically shift the broadband internet market and save consumers $10s-of-billions of their own.
YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter similarly struggle to moderate content, illustrating the larger issue of tech platforms swelling to a size where current guidelines for oversight are no longer adequate.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Those items included: a children's toy xylophone with four times the lead allowed by the federal government, knockoff magnetic children's toys that can lead to internal damage if ingested, and a motorcycle helmet that was falsely listed as US Department of Transportation-certified.Read more: Amazon was caught selling thousands of items that have been declared unsafe by federal agencies"The challenge for Amazon is that what built the marketplace — it being so open and welcoming to new sellers — has also meant that today Amazon is really having a hard time enforcing many of its own rules, because it just physically cannot allocate enough human power to police many of these rules," Juozas Kaziukenas, an e-commerce analyst, told the Journal.Here are the issues tech giants like Amazon, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter are facing, and how they're attempting to regulate their platforms.
The term “infotainment” was little more than a footnote in the automotive industry’s lexicon when Lexus released the first-generation RX for the 1999 model year.20 years ago, no one knew what to make of the digital display placed near the top of the dashboard, right between the vertical air vents.Some assumed it was merely another attempt at leap-frogging the competition with frivolous electronic features.But another, more tech-savvy group knew the infotainment system’s time to shine had finally come.Eight buttons arranged in a row below the screen let the front passengers select one of six pre-set stations, or scan the band to find one not saved.However, the weirdest part about using the system in 2019 is that there are no pages, no sub-menus, and no icons; what you see on the display is what you get.
One search engine company says it can help.In total, Ecosia has planted over 65 million trees throughout the world since the company started back in 2009.“Any kind of help is currently needed in these areas in Brazil,” Ecosia CEO Christian Kroll told Digital Trends, adding that Brazil was not their priority area for tree planting in light of the fires.So far this year, about 74,000 fires have been recorded in the rainforest, according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which is more than an 80% increase from 2018.While fires can happen during the dry season in Brazil, it’s unclear if the recent spate of fires are the result of rising temperatures (this past July was the hottest month ever recorded), deforestation, or set intentionally by Brazilian farmers for financial gain.NASA released still images of the smoke taken from space that is estimated to be 1.2 million square miles wide.
Skolplattform is the it system that the city uses to handle the issues of students ' education, as well as the contact with the child's parents.On Wednesday, closing the city's share of the system.the city of Stockholm has confirmed that a security breach, and that the first steps have been taken to a troubleshooting guide.the city takes a serious view of this incident,” wrote the city in a news release.the New Technology has been in contact with the owner, who tells me that he has a child in a school in the city, and they originally decided to take a closer look at the reasons why Skolplattformen was so slow. "I'm a web developer, and quickly found the things that made me unsure about the security of the system, "he says," who wishes to remain anonymous.
Supplementing psychotherapy with small doses of MDMA could be an effective strategy to prevent relapses of alcohol addiction in patients, an ongoing small clinical trial suggests.MDMA-assisted therapy is actually an old idea, which enjoyed some popularity in the 1970s and 1980s.Though the exact mechanisms are unclear, the synthetic drug’s euphoric effects are thought to amplify the positive patterns of thinking taught by therapy, as well as make people feel less anxious during sessions.Of course, these same mood-boosting attributes made MDMA a popular recreational drug.More recently, though, researchers and organisations such as the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) have slowly but successfully lobbied governments to reconsider the blanket ban on MDMA.In the UK, the first Phase I clinical trial for MDMA-assisted therapy as a treatment for alcohol use disorder has been going on since 2018, led by researchers from the Imperial College London.
Using an outdated "razor-and-blades" business model, printer companies sell printers at a loss and make up for it in ink sales.When in cartridge form, it's more expensive than vintage Champagne and even human blood.In fact, it can be cheaper to buy an entire printer than it is to purchase new ink cartridges.Inkjet printers were first developed in the 1960s, and early computer inks were made from food dye and water.He's the former editor of The Recycler and has been lobbying for change in the printer-ink industry for years.The HP Envy 4520 all-in-one printer, for example, sells for $70 but is estimated to cost $120 to manufacture.
As Viacom and CBS announce plans to (re)merge, Adweek TV guru Jason Lynch is back on the podcast to tell us what this (and other big TV announcements in recent weeks) means for the future of streaming, including the big broadcast networks’ message about Netflix.We also look at the winners in this year’s Adweek Project Isaac Awards, honoring inventive marketing.This week’s Adweek panel is:• Kimeko McCoy, social editor• Jason Lynch, TV/media editor• Lisa Lacy, retail reporter
With its acquisition of Java support services company jClarity, Microsoft is making a play to optimize Java workloads on its Azure cloud platform.Microsoft calls jClarity the leading contributor to the AdoptOpenJDK project, which provides free, open source OpenJDK binaries.Microsoft has been a sponsor of AdoptOpenJDK, which has provided binaries for both Windows and Linux.The jClarity team is well-versed in the JVM and has helped customers optimize Java applications while also being active in the Java open source community, Microsoft said in a statement.Usage of Java at Microsoft has grown in the last few years.Large-scale Java deployments include the AzureHDInsight analytics service and Minecraft.
Three has launched its 5G network in London in the UK, making it the third of the four major carries to make the next generation network available, but it's more limited than EE's and Vodafone's offering.For now, Three 5G is only available as a home broadband connection.This means you'll be able to pick up a 5G router from a Three store and use it in your home to power all your devices.Three's 5G router can support up to 64 devices and £35 per month will provide you with unlimited data.By using a 5G home broadband router, you won't need to connect the box to a landline and thus, don't need to pay a line rental fee, with the router instead connecting directly to the 5G mobile signal to provide your home with internet connectivity.All you need to do is plug it into a spare power socket.
Elon Musk has created two T-shirts supporting his idea to drop nuclear bombs on Mars.Musk dusted off his theory on nuking Mars on Friday, which he hopes will make the surface of the red planet habitable for humans.The science of nuking Mars isn't watertight, however.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Elon Musk has made good on his promise to create T-shirts supporting his idea to drop nuclear bombs on Mars.The billionaire tech executive on Saturday tweeted an image of the T-shirts, which contain the slogan "NUKE MARS," and linked off to the SpaceX shop, where they are already being sold.