John Propps

John Propps

Followers 143
Following 23
US
The Lion King trailer made life as the King of the Jungle look pretty glamorous.But a video clip released last week that's since earned millions of views shows real life is a lot tougher.Footage from the BBC series Dynasties, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, shows Red, a male lion, stumbling into a pack of 20 hyenas.One-on-one, a hyena has zero chance against a full-grown lion, but a pack of 20 at once has Red whirling around trying to keep them off his flanks while attempting to go on the attack himself.It looks like the hyenas might have landed themselves a mane feast -- when something happens that gives this clip an unexpected ending.The clip has earned more than 5 million views in just five days.
3
US
This week General Motors announced it would lay off about 14,000 employees, a mix of white collar and factory workers, and it seems the strategy has a lot to do with the automaker’s plans to get out of cars.Also this week: Cruise Automotive, GM’s self-driving subsidiary, got a new CEO, and his name might sound familiar.(They have two wheels, not four!)Founder RJ Scaringe’s thesis: Luxury buyers want to be able to schlep tons of stuff, too.The new 2020 Range Rover Evoque is the baby of the lineup, and comes with a very baby-friendly goodie: what Jaguar Land Rover calls “ClearSight Ground View.” First pitched as an offroading feature, the tool pipes camera feeds from the grille and side view mirrors into the touchscreen, so drivers can really see what’s happening—or crawling—on the ground beneath them.Audi unveils its sporty, electric E-tron GT at the LA Auto Show, set to go into production in 2020.
2
US
But not everywhere uses the so-called Transport Layer Security that keeps HTTPS-enabled sites safe from prying eyes.Including, it turns out, Apple’s iTunes and iOS App Store infrastructure, which runs its downloads over unencrypted connections.Every time you download an app or an update from the App Store, or a movie, television show, or song from iTunes, it travels over HTTP without TLS.Each unencrypted download also includes an Apple-generated code called a Destination Signaling Identifier, a unique device ID that changes only periodically.The researchers worry that attackers could use the DSI to track someone’s media habits, or the apps they use.“Once you leave the browser, there’s no insight into what’s over TLS and what’s not,” says Disconnect CTO Patrick Jackson, a former NSA researcher.
2
US
Today’s smartphones sport large touchscreen displays, impressive cameras, and high-tech features like 3D facial recognition.This got me thinking: what will smartphones of the future look like?This was eventually replaced by the touchscreens we use today.With services like Google Assistant and Samsung Bixby, we can now interact with our devices just by using our voices.You could also send a text, control the screen brightness, or create a movie from the videos you’ve captured — you get the picture.Using smartphones would be a lot faster with mind control.
3
US
Freshwater carp eggs cooked in a fish broth in an earthenware bowl sealed with leaves might sound like the latest foodie trend, but this enticing-sounding dish was actually eaten 6,000 years ago in Germany, according to a new study.The ingredients were identified by a team of scientists led by Anna Shevchenko from the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology in Dresden, Germany.The team analyzed proteins in ancient food gunk stuck on a ceramic bowl radio-carbon dated to the Mesolithic period around 4,300 B.C.The bowl was is one of about 150,000 objects excavated from the Friesack 4 site, located in the Brandenburg region near Berlin, according to Cosmos Magazine.According to a study on the bowl analysis published Nov. 28 in PLOS One, analysis of ancient proteins can help determine species-specific elements that better help scientists confidently identify animals and plants.This in turn gives better clues to various cooking methods and recipes.
4
US
The Los Angeles Auto Show begins on Friday and runs through December 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.Major automakers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz, as well as startups like Rivian and Byton, will show off production and concept vehicles.This year's lineup includes vehicles that represent the auto industry's present and future, from gas-powered SUVs and pickup trucks like the 2020 Lincoln Aviator and 2020 Jeep Gladiator to electric vehicles like the BMW Vision iNext and Rivian 1T.The LA Auto Show marks the beginning of a six-month period in which automakers will show consumers what they can expect to see in showrooms over the next few years.Sign up for our best stories delivered to your inboxBy clicking Sign Up, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider Inc. and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
7
US
The watch has the latest and greatest smartwatch chip, and the new Wear OS from Google, meaning it's one of the most powerful smartwatches you can buy right now.There's only one problem: The Fossil Sport watch only arrived in stores on November 12, but Fossil's website says the watch is already sold out.Still, with a popular new smartwatch like this — and the holidays fast approaching — it's possible Fossil will re-stock the watch so more customers can get their hands on it.I've been wearing the Fossil Sport on and off over the last few weeks, and found a lot to like about it, especially it's comfortable feel on my wrist — an important consideration for a wearable device.I tried the rose gold version, and the face looked great — the gold is a pretty tone, and the watch feels subtle enough to be worn every day.That would be fine, except that this watch costs $255.
7
US
Microsoft has moved ahead of Apple to become the most valuable listed company in the world after it ended Friday with a market value of more than $851bn (£667bn).It is the first time Microsoft has held the top spot in 15 years and rounds off a disappointing November for Apple.The iPhone maker's value was $847bn at the market's close.Microsoft's share price rose to $110.89, gaining 0.6 per cent during Friday's session, while Apple's fell further by 0.5 per cent to $178.60.Apple's shares have plunged in recent weeks and fallen by almost 25 per cent since October with the tech industry toiling.Microsoft's cloud services unit has driven the firm's growth in recent years and sells to other businesses, while Apple are reliant on consumer spending and there is some concern for investors of a decreasing demand for new smart phones.
9
UK
The holidays are an expensive time, so we’re bringing you a special treat: a full, free Windows program to download every day until Christmas.The first door on our downloads advent calendar is hiding a free copy of Ashampoo Burning Studio 2018.Whatever you need to burn to disc – files, music or videos – this slick, well designed app can handle it.Download it and register with your email address to unlock the full free software.Ashampoo Burning Studio 2018 can burn to CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs.It can copy existing discs, and even make backups that span multiple discs if you have a lot of data to burn.
10
US
Each of the 10 images in this quiz shows an iconic phone — a phone that changed the market, started a new trend, or was just extremely popular.Your job is simple: look at the image and try to figure out what the phone is called.There are four choices available for every question, only one of which is correct.Are you up for the challenge?Press the Start button below to test your knowledge.When you’re done, make sure to share your score on social media.
10
US
Whether it’s the first thing we see or the first thing we hear, it’s going to shape our perceptions.Unfortunately, sometimes the companies making these decisions get it wildly wrong, and we’re left scratching our heads wondering who on Earth thought this name was a good idea.It didn’t help that no one had ever heard of OnePlus before.For years, if you searched “[X]” online, Google would try to help by returning a solved math equation ahead of any relevant search results.Looking past the fact that we still think calling these things “hoverboards” is outrageously misleading, this name sounds like it was conceived by a 36-year-old man in drop-crotch pants trying to convince a room full of suits that this name was, in fact, “lit”.LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 Smart Display with Meridian Audio and Google Assistant Built-In
6
UK
Amazon’s own streaming music service, Amazon Music, will soon be available on Android TV.The new support, which is currently open for pre-registration, will enable Android TV users to directly access the service using their entertainment device, bringing streaming music to the speakers or surround sound system connected to their television.The discovery was spotted by Android Police on the Google Play Store, where an app has appeared called “Amazon Music for Android TV.” According to the app’s description, the new offering will bring the music service’s on-demand catalog of 50+ million songs to Android TV, including offline support.The app will support blocking songs that contain explicit lyrics, as well as an explicit language filter.Android TV customers interested in the new app can pre-register for the app on the Play Store.All Amazon Prime subscribers have access to Prime Music as part of their subscription; this provides access to 2 million songs, as well as curated playlists and “radio stations.” The content is ad-free, but the number of songs is only a fraction of the more than 50 million offered through an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.
5
US
Ever since the RX-8 went out of production seven years ago, Mazda has insisted that the rotary engine wasn't completely dead and that work continued within the company's walls in Hiroshima, Japan, on the engine.After announcing plans for an enlarged 16X architecture that never came to fruition, examining hydrogen and countless rumors of its return, Mazda confirmed that a Wankel would finally return as a small range extender for its first battery-electric car coming in 2019 and see work in an upcoming Toyota self-driving EV.None of those applications are likely what rotary enthusiasts ideally have in mind, but according to Mazda's vice president of R and design Masashi Otsuka, there's reason to hold onto a little hope that the engine can still come back in a larger capacity.In an interview with Jalopnik at the LA Auto show, Otsuka says that Skyactiv-X engine technology that will debut under the hood of the new Mazda3 in late 2019 could potentially be applied to the rotary.Skyactiv-X combines ultra-high compression, a small supercharger, complex combustion timing, technologies derived from diesel engines and a mild hybrid system that Mazda claims to deliver better efficiency and torque from a normal gas piston engine.Whether all or some of that gets ported over to the rotary remains to be seen.
3
UK
EMIS upgrade will punt GP system into the fluffy stuffEMIS Group is one of four principal suppliers to the NHS.A spokesperson confirmed that the cloud platform migrated to will be Amazon Web Services.Shifting patient records to the cloud requires approval from NHS Digital, so there isn't a timeline yet, but EMIS was keen to emphasise that when it does happen the move will be a gradual one.A spokeswoman said the transfer would be module by module, not a whole system switchover, which El Reg presumes is meant to reassure folk there won't be an IT disaster involving the billions of health-related documents held by EMIS."They will be able to see a consolidated view of key medical information across healthcare organisations using EMIS-X, partner products, other NHS systems and patients themselves, giving unique insight into patients' medical history."
2
UK
“There are two components needed to decrypt the payment card numbers, and at this point, Marriott has not been able to rule out the possibility that both were taken”Hotel and lodging chain Marriott International has revealed that it has been the subject of a massive data hack in which threat actors have copied the personal information of over 500 million Marriott guests.On September 8th of this year Marriott was alerted by an internal security tool that someone had tried to illegally access the guest reservation database of its Starwood customers.Starwood was a separate hotel chain before its acquisition by Marriott International in 2016.Marriott say that they quickly engaged security experts to analyse the threat and they discovered that there had been unauthorised access to the Starwood data base as far back as 2014.The threat actor had copied and encrypted information, cyber analysts decrypted the data and identified it as the Starwood guest reservation database.
4
UK
Bioware has announced that the initial alpha test for Anthem will take place the weekend after next – and you can sign up to try and get yourself a spot right now – plus we’ve got our first look at the PC system requirements.If you’re keen to test the game – a sci-fi online co-op shooter, which is something very different for Bioware – then you can sign up here via the EA Community Playtesting Hub (you’ll need an EA account).Before you get too excited about jumping into your mech suit and flying around killing the various nasty-looking aliens that plague the world of Anthem, bear in mind that this first alpha test is going to be rough around the edges, and “mainly a tech test” as Mark Darrah, the executive producer of the game, clarified.Also, there aren’t a huge amount of tester slots available, so your odds of inclusion are probably on the thin side.According to Darrah, testers will seemingly be picked on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis, although he admitted he wasn’t fully sure on that score.So if you want to get in on the ground floor with testing on December 8, it’s probably best to move now.
5
UK
Instagram Stories are great for quickly sharing what’s going on in your life – but sometimes you don’t want all your followers to see them.The app’s new Close Friends feature makes it easier to restrict your Stories to a select group of people, so you don’t have to worry about your boss, your parents, or random strangers having a look.To access this feature, go to your profile and tap on ‘Close Friends’ in the side menu to begin creating a list of people you’d like to share Stories with.Your list of close friends can be viewed only by you, so others won’t know that they’re being kept out of the loop.Once you’ve set up a list you’ll see an option to share your Story with just your Close Friends.Also, you’ll see a green badge when you’re viewing other people’s Stories that are restricted to Close Friends.
2
US
The US has charged British tech billionaire Mike Lynch with 14 counts of fraud over the sale of his company Autonomy to Hewlett-Packard in 2011.The charges allege that Lynch and Autonomy's former vice president for finance, Stephen Chamberlain, inflated the firm's earnings from 2009 to 2011."These stale allegations are meritless and we reject them emphatically," Lynch's lawyers said in a statement.Lynch sold Autonomy to HP for $11.7 billion (£9.2 billion) in 2011.A year later, HP's CEO claimed the company had wildly inflated its earnings, and subsequently wrote it down by $8.8 billion.On Thursday, the US Department of Justice filed 14 charges of fraud against Lynch in a San Francisco court, along with Autonomy's former vice president for finance Stephen Chamberlain.
4
UK
Have you ever wanted to speak to Santa?If you celebrated Christmas as a kid, then chances are that a phone call with the big guy was right at the top of your bucket list.Well, if you have a Google Assistant smart speaker like the Google Home (or you have Google Assistant on your smartphone), you can do just that thanks to one of seven new holiday-themed features from the tech giant.All you have to do is say "Hey Google, call Santa", and you'll be put through to the North Pole where Santa is busy rehearsing for a musical concert and needs your help to make his song the best it can be.If you have a smart display like the Google Home Hub, the call is also accompanied by fun graphics, which is fantastic for getting small children (and adults) into the Christmas spirit.The call to Santa is only one of seven new features designed to enhance the holiday period for Google Assistant users; you can now have beloved Christmas stories read aloud to you with sound effects and music, sing along to your favorite songs with lyrics on your smart display with Google Play, and keep track of your gift ideas using notes and lists.
4
UK
It seems that Vivo is quite ready to turn its back on the feature it brought to life so briefly.The next phone that will be under the NEX brand isn’t going to have its elevating camera and it seems that the company may have not devoted more resources to iterate and improve on that idea.That said, the NEX 2 could still be a futuristic smartphone nonetheless, and not just because of the second screen on its back.You just make it faster, sturdier, perhaps even dust and waterproof (unlikely).Great for longevity but not really exciting as far as innovation goes.It was already leaked that the Vivo NEX 2 would have a second screen, not unlike the new ZTE nubia X.
5
More

Top