The D23 Expo, named after D23 Disney fan club—which itself is named after the year Walt Disney started the company—runs Friday, August 23 through Sunday, August 25.There’s a huge convention floor filled with exhibits and vendors, tonnes of exclusive merchandise, as well as panels looking at the past, present, and future of Disney in all areas: from TV to movies, theme parks and more.But, at D23, we’re likely to find out exactly what these attractions are and when they’ll be opening.Having skipped Comic-Con, fans are desperate for something new from the world of Star Wars.In the past, conventions like this have revealed never-before-seen behind the scenes footage like this reel from The Force Awakens and this one from The Last Jedi.Will J.J. Abrams and company follow suit, or will we get a new trailer?
Motorola is expected to launch at least two more “One” smartphones within the next few months but their existence might hint at the end of the company’s Z series.Although the Moto Z4 did launch just last May, it was far from being a flagship contender in 2019.In terms of the Z family, the rugged “Force” series often carries the torch for high-end specs.But with the announcement of support for Motorola’s 5G add-on, it seems that Motorola fans can stop hoping for a new Force still to come.5G is always touted to be the future of the computing world, especially mobile.Despite all the marketing, the number of 5G capable phones have barely grown in the past year.
Some of them are easy to immediately pick up on, while others might take some poking around to find.The main CarPlay screen hasn't changed much; it's still loaded with the same apps you've come to enjoy using behind the wheel.The new "dashboard" displays several things at once, including Maps, music and smart suggestions, which can include pertinent calendar events or your garage, if it's equipped with HomeKit-based tech.This is great for multitaskers, since it'll reduce distraction by minimizing the amount of screen-switching needed.When you speak a message to Siri, the messaging app now has little icons for each function, whether it's replaying your message or sending it.Instead of occupying the whole screen, the voice assistant's little waveform now overlays whatever screen is already active, so you can still take a look at whatever page you're on while Siri is processing your request.
Google today announced a number of new features for students looking for more information about U.S. colleges.Last year, Google Search introduced new widgets with information about 4-year universities.Today, it is expanding this to 2-year colleges.The company says that searches for ‘community colleges near me’ saw a 120 percent increase in the past two years, with overall searches for college information spiking between August and the fall, as high school students get ready to apply.With this update, students can now easily compare the tuition cost, acceptance rates and other information of 4- and 2-year schools.The feature will now also show popular certificates and associate programs offered at 4-year universities and students can create lists of schools that specialize in specific fields and filter them based on distance (which often matters because many community college students, for example, stay close to home) and size.
BEER-SHEVA...August 15, 2019 - While many organizations and home networks use a host and guest network on the same router hardware to increase security, a new study by Ben-Gurion University indicates that routers from well-known manufacturers are vulnerable to cross-router data leaks through a malicious attack on one of the two separated networks.According to Adar Ovadya, a master's student in BGU's Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering, "all of the routers we surveyed regardless of brand or price point were vulnerable to at least some cross-network communication once we used specially crafted network packets.A hardware-based solution seems to be the safest approach to guaranteeing isolation between secure and non-secure network devices."The BGU research was presented at the 13th USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies (WOOT) in Santa Clara this week.In an organization, data traffic sent may include mission-critical business documents, control data for industrial systems, or private medical information.The goal of these policies is to prevent network intrusions and information leakage by separating sensitive network segments from other segments of the organizational network, and indeed from the general internet.
Dostavista, the Russia-based company that operates crowdsourced delivery service MrSpeedy, has raised US$15 million in a series B funding round led by Vostok New Ventures, as well as existing investors Flashpoint and Addventure.Founded in 2012, Dostavista said it’s already profitable.It will use the funding to boost its presence in Southeast Asia, strengthen its global team, and continue its focus on “new bold experiments,” marketing, and sales.The company uses algorithms to fulfill its promise of delivering items in less than 90 minutes.Customers can request a delivery on a Dostavista or MrSpeedy website or app, then a courier will pick up and deliver the item.The company first forayed into Southeast Asia in July 2017, with Indonesia carrying its MrSpeedy label first.
En viss spänning existerar mellan konventionella cyklister och de som får pedalerna uppbackade av batterier.Cyklisterna anser sig bidra till folkhälsan, medan elcyklisterna tycks fuska och ta upp plats på banor där den moraliska eliten rimligtvis borde ha företräde.Men uppfattningen är helt felaktig.Elcyklisterna bränner faktiskt fler kalorier än de utan motor.Det visar studien med det långa namnet Physical activity of electric bicycle users compared to conventional bicycle users and non-cyclists: Insights based on health and transport data from an online survey in seven European cities.Den har publicerats tidskriften Transportation Research Interdisciplinary, och bygger på en nätundersökning med 10 000 deltagare från sju europeiska städer.
Verizon has revealed it is selling social network Tumblr to Automattic Inc, the owner of Wordpress.Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reports say Tumblr has been bought for far less from the $1.1 billion Yahoo paid for it back in 2013.Tumblr later became part of the Verizon stable after its acquisition of Yahoo in 2017, with today's sale marks a major drop in value, with some reports putting the deal at as little as $3 million.Automattic will doubtlessly see Tumblr as a key part in its bid to strengthen its online operations.Although the site is unlikely to be profitable in the short term, Tumblr still hosts over 450 million blogs, meaning it remains one of the web's largest such sites.“Tumblr is a marquee brand that has started movements, allowed for true identities to blossom and become home to many creative communities and fandoms,” Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan said.
Scientists have uncovered evidence of an enormous parrot in New Zealand (of course).Before humans arrived, islands were funhouses when it came to avian evolution, producing giant, often flightless birds.Scientists first found the fossils – a pair of partial tibiotarsi – in 2008.Though they first thought the bones came from an eagle, according to the paper published in Biology Letters, their shape and proportions seemed more parrot-like.They named the bird Heracles inexpectatus, after the unexpected nature of the find as well as the giant size of the bird.The same scientists had previously named a group of extinct parrots the Nelepsittacus (after Neleus from Greek mythology), which are closely related to a group of birds named after Neleus’ son Nestor.
It’s been most famously used to swap celebrities into movies and even erase unwanted moustaches, but the real power of artificial intelligence is its ability to spot patterns in large amounts of data and make startlingly accurate predictions.Researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health have now trained a deep learning AI to find dangerous food items potentially needing a recall by analysing reviews on Amazon’s website.In a study published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, the researchers detail the steps they went through to train their neural network, which started with the arduous task of collecting 1,297,156 reviews of food products sold on Amazon.com and then matched 5,149 of them to products that had been officially recalled by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between 2012 and 2014.The next step was to teach a type of deep learning AI known as a Bidirectional Encoder Representation from Transformations—or BERT, for short—to spot telltale terminology in these reviews that could indicate a product was legitimately unsafe.That required real people to sort 6,000 of the collected reviews that contained the same words and terminology the FDA used to justify recalls (like “sick,” “rotten,” and even “label”) into four different categories.Those included if the reviewer got sick, had an allergic reaction, or found an error in the product’s labelling; the product looked or tasted bad, was expired, or needed further inspection; the reviewer made no claims the product was unsafe; or none of the previous three categorisations.
The Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has reportedly halted sales of its devices in the United Kingdom after an intellectual property dispute with German firm Ipcom.Ipcom and HTC are said to be locked in a long running dispute centred around a wireless technology developed for car phones.It comes after questions were raised about the future of the HTC brand earlier this year, after HTC decided to temporarily withdraw its smartphones from two of China’s largest online marketplaces.HTC’s online store currently lists all of its smartphone models as “out of stock“, despite the fact they remain available in other nations, the BBC reported.It is reported that in order to resolve the dispute with Ipcom, HTC had agreed to sell only mobiles with a workaround in the UK.Ipcom has told Silicon UK that HTC has agreed to suspend sales of its Desire 12 handset only.
It’s not a completely unique idea but there aren’t any mainstream companies who have thought of this lately.But according to the LetsGoDigital website, the company has patented a smartphone design which has an integrated solar panel in the back.The design appears to be sleek and slim, featuring an edge-to-edge screen which means that the phone.There’s also no place where we can see a front camera which leads us to believe it might get an under-screen camera paired with an under-screen fingerprint sensor.Of course, the idea of a solar-powered smartphone sounds appealing; but it may be aLG launched a solar-powered charging cover in 2010, which
Here’s what we know so far.These cards may end up being less for gamers and more data centers and content creation.The company says Intel Xe will show up in every segment from integrated graphics to top-shelf data center solutions.That includes midrange and enthusiast discrete graphics, as well.A recent Intel driver leak referenced four different discrete graphics cards, suggesting that for gamers and hardware fans, there will be a relatively broad selection of graphics cards to pick from.While that would suggest that it was building something distinct from its existing onboard GPU ventures, these cards will be based on the same 12th-generation architecture at the core of its onboard graphics solutions for upcoming CPU generations.
In today’s bustling market for smartphones, it may be difficult to gauge which one you need over the crowd favorite.LG‘s latest flagship smartphone might just rise up the ranks and match them in specs at a fairly more affordable price point.See how the LG G8 ThinQ stands up against the Samsung Galaxy S10 and grab the chance to get it for $210 less on Amazon.With the 25% price cut, you’ll have the new and unlocked smartphone that usually costs $850 for just $640.This gives you more control in choosing the provider with the most comprehensive plan and may actually cost less than the accumulated amount to lease this device.We may be familiar with Dolby Atmos but the G8’s unique and inherent acoustics is credited to a piezoelectric vibrator LG calls “Crystal Sound OLED” that blasts audio through the screen.
The robots are coming to steal our jobs, or so the popular narrative goes, but the reality of automation’s impact on the workforce is somewhat more nuanced.While automation will undoubtedly have a seismic impact on employment, some analysts predict that many new roles will be created as a result of the broader artificial intelligence onslaught.Moreover, we’re seeing a growing number of companies developing AI and automation tools that can be used to help companies recruit human employees.Harver today announced it had raised $15 million in a series B round of funding from Insight Partners, which it said it will use to “reinvent the volume recruitment process through digital automation,” according to a statement.It helps vet candidates based on data garnered from automated assessments, rather than feelings, first impressions, or intuition — which it touts as an effective way of minimizing unconscious bias in hiring.Harver ranks candidates during the initial screening process to determine which individuals have the best job-fit and assessment performance.
Sevenhugs’ smart universal remote is getting a cheaper sibling, with the Smart Remote U trimming $100 from the price but still keeping the touchscreen interface.The addition to the range also sees the original model renamed as the Sevenhugs Smart Remote X, two years after it made a splash on Kickstarter.Back then, the promise was straightforward.Sevenhugs’ answer was to bypass jumping between menus and instead allow you to control a device simply by pointing the remote at it.$299.99 to be exact, for which Sevenhugs says the remote could boast support for more than 650,000 different devices, across WiFi, Bluetooth, and infrared.A single remote can handle up to 80 devices, 20 of which can be IR.
Minut, a Swedish startup that has developed a camera-less home security device that it claims protects privacy better than competitors, has raised $8 million in Series A funding.Existing backers Karma Ventures, SOSV, and Nordic Makers also followed on, bringing total funding for Minut to $10 million.Founded in 2014 and headed up by CEO Nils Mattisson, who I’m told spent seven years in the Exploratory Design Group at Apple, Minut wants to make home security monitoring more affordable, but in a way that doesn’t compromise on privacy.To square that circle, so to speak, the startup’s IoT device is camera-less (in the traditional sense), and instead relies on other sensors including infrared motion detection and a microphone.Crucially, the real-time data captured to determine if anything untoward is taking place in your home is processed on the device itself rather than being shared to the cloud.“Feeling safe shouldn’t be a luxury, or come at the cost of privacy,” Mattisson says.
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Our annual Best of Android awards are typically an end of year thing, we know, but let’s be real: there are far too many phones, and far too many opinions on those phones, to only ask for your input once a year.That’s why we’re introducing the BoA Reader’s Choice awards: Summer Edition!With so many companies launching two flagships per year, we wanted to know your pick for best smartphone of 2019 so far.Because even just six months of smartphone releases means a huge number of phones, we’ve pulled together a shortlist of the most popular phones on the site.That’s where we hand over to you, to vote, comment, argue and ultimately crown the winner of the inaugural BoA Reader’s Choice: Summer Edition award for best smartphone of early 2019.Plus, we’ll be asking you to vote for your favorite Chromebooks, audio gear, accessories and more in the weeks to come, so stay tuned for that.
Under penetration testing, Jisc – the UK provider of ICT services for the education sector, said there was a 100 percent track record of gaining access to high-value data within two hours.“Lancaster University has been subject to a sophisticated and malicious phishing attack which has resulted in breaches of student and applicant data,” said the university.“The matter has been reported to law enforcement agencies and we are now working closely with them.”It said that there had been two breaches of data.The first breach concerned undergraduate student applicant data records for 2019 and 2020 entry.The university said that it acted as soon as it became aware that Lancaster was the source of the breach on Friday and established an incident team to handle the situation.