Juan George

Juan George

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Samsung is reportedly in talks with Apple to supply the latter with OLED displays.According to The Elec, Apple will feature the displays in its rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro and future iPad Pro models.The Elec doesn’t have a track record of Apple rumors, so take the report with a big grain of salt.That said, the report claims that Samsung is using a Thin Film Encapsulation (TFE) method of production to create thinner OLED panels.Such a method can lead to thinner versions of the MacBook Pro and iPad Pro, though it also offers more space for something like a larger battery.Samsung currently supplies Apple with OLED displays for the iPhone X, XS, and XS Max.
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Huawei just can’t catch a break, which isn’t really a surprise considering the pressure it’s under.Of course, companies in the US are also under the same pressure to cut ties with the Chinese company.The latest to unceremoniously give Huawei the boot, at least from an outsider’s perspective, is the SD Association which practically means Huawei is no longer allowed to make products, including smartphones, with SD or microSD card slots.On the one hand, there has been some movement in the Android world to remove storage expansions via microSD cards.On the other hand, it hasn’t gained much traction though, even on high-end phones that have ditched the even older 3.5 mm headphone jack.This development puts Huawei’s and Honor’s mid-range and lower phones at risk, as those usually come with relatively lower storage space out of the box.
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Perceptics confirms intrusion and theft, stays quiet on detailsExclusive The maker of vehicle license plate readers used extensively by the US government and cities to identify and track citizens and immigrants has been hacked.Its internal files were pilfered, and are presently being offered for free on the dark web to download.Tennessee-based Perceptics prides itself as "the sole provider of stationary LPRs [license plate readers] installed at all land border crossing lanes for POV [privately owned vehicle] traffic in the United States, Canada, and for the most critical lanes in Mexico."On Thursday this week, however, an individual using the pseudonym "Boris Bullet-Dodger" contacted The Register, alerting us to the hack, and provided a list of files exfiltrated from Perceptics' corporate network as proof.We're assuming this is the same "Boris" involved in the CityComp hack last month.
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Cranking the AC or putting on and taking off additional layers of clothing isn’t always the most practical or convenient way of regulating your body temperature.Wouldn’t things be easier if you could just use smart wearable technology to solve the problem for you?A new research project developed by engineers at the University of California, San Diego, aims to help.They have developed wearable tech which could be embedded into future clothing, thereby keeping you the perfect temperature and also saving you on the overuse of air conditioning and heating.The technology sounds similar to the pulsed Embr cooling patch originally developed by a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Unlike that device, however, the UC San Diego cooling and heating patch aims to be applied far more broadly to entire items of clothing — meaning that your whole wardrobe could be used for better temperature control.
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Mainly, we're hoping Nintendo will offer more solid details on titles which have already been announced such as Pokémon Sword and Shield, Link's Awakening Remake and Luigi's Mansion 3 - not to mention Animal Crossing on the Switch.If we're being really optimistic, there could even be news about the new Nintendo Switch – but it's not super likely given the lack of concrete rumors.Keep up to date with all the latest E3 2019 newsNintendo has already announced that Pokémon Sword and Shield will be hitting the Nintendo Switch in late 2019, with the next generation of Pokémon games seeing players traversing the brand new region of Galar (based on Britain).While we already know the new core Pokémon games will bring with them fresh Pokémon to train, we don't know much about these outside of the starter options.We also don't know much about the game's new features (or which will be making a return) or how Sword and Shield will differ, if at all.
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Apple caused quite a stir when it became clear that the company was intentionally slowing some phones to compensate for aging batteries.The fallout from that revelation was rather wide reaching – not only did Apple end up discounting battery replacement charges for many iPhone models for a year, but it also added a toggle to iOS that allows users to decide for themselves if they want their phone’s speed throttled to make up for their worn down batteries.Now, however, Apple will be taking things one step further, at least in the UK.Today, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority announced that from now on, Apple will alert users when a planned software update is expected to slow their phones.Apple already shows battery health metrics in iOS, but in a statement today, the CMA said that this “locks the firm into formal commitments,” to notify users when software updates may impact performance management.The CMA also notes that if Apple breaches this agreement, it may take action through UK courts, something Apple probably doesn’t want.
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Mobile banking trojans are one of the most rapidly-developing pieces of malware, a new report from security specialist Kaspersky Lab has warned.It said it has witnessed a “worrying amount of attacks” carried out on more than 300,000 users, with a type of malware designed to steal credentials and money from users’ bank accounts.But Kaspersky Lab’s IT threat evolution report Q1 has report has found that while users were subjected to a variety of mobile banking malware families, one was particularly active in the Q1 period.It found that a new version of the Asacub malware accounted for 58.4 percent of all banking Trojans that attacked users.Indeed, in Q1 Kaspersky Lab detected Asacub targeting on average 8,200 users a day.In the first quarter of 2019, its researchers found 29,841 files of such malware, up from 18,501 in Q4 2018.
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This morning the first Star Trek: Picard trailer was revealed, in full CBS glory.This isn’t going to blow your mind full of details, but it will stoke your interest in the series if you’re any sort of fan of Star Trek, whatsoever.In the mix is a little back story on where we are in the timeline – 15 years after Picard left Starfleet.In the Star Trek universe, presumably the same one we’ve watched BEFORE the newest movies with the alternate-reality cast by JJ Abrams, we’ve got this.This is a television show called Star Trek: Picard.Here we see where once-captain Picard is and will be.
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I've tried a ton of workout headphones, but they all fall out of my eyes before my heart rate hits its peak.If you need a pair of headphones that can stand up to your toughest workouts, try Trekz Air.At $149.95, they're not cheap, but for the comfortable fit and peace of mind that they won't fall off, I'd certainly call them the best ones I've used.But as it turns out, I don't have to resign myself to a silent workout.If you think back to your high school physics class (you can do it, I believe in you), you may remember that sound, at its core, is simply vibration.With bone-conduction headphones, those vibrations are sent straight through the bones of your face — specifically your jaw and cheek bones — rather than going through your outer and middle ear.In order to hear his own compositions, he was said to have bit down on a stick or his composer's wand, which was simultaneously touching his piano, sending the subsequent vibrations of the hammers and strings straight to his inner ear.
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Google has admitted that it has stored some unhashed G Suite enterprise accounts passwords on its systems for approximately fourteen years.The seriousness of the privacy gaffe was lessened after Google confirmed it didn’t affect consumers, and that “some passwords were stored in our encrypted internal systems unhashed.”The admission bears a remarkable similarity to Facebook, which admitted in March that it had stored “hundreds of millions” of passwords in plaintext, unprotected by any form of encryption whatsoever.The ‘good news’ for Facebook was that the unprotected passwords were stored on Facebook’s internal servers that could only be accessed by 20,000 staff members.And it seems to be a similar story for Google after Suzanne Frey, VP of Engineering, Cloud Trust at the search engine giant admitted in a blog post that it had just discovered a long running password mistake associated with some of its G Suite Enterprise accounts (the business suite of Google services).“Google’s policy is to store your passwords with cryptographic hashes that mask those passwords to ensure their security,” blogged Frey.
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Memorial Day weekend is still a few days away, but the Memorial Day sales have already begun.With great deals from Walmart, Home Depot, Dell, REI, and HP, now is a great time to find big savings before the summer arrives.Best Buy, being one of the biggest online retailers around, has also jumped on the early release bandwagon with its own Memorial Day discounts.Washers, dryers, refrigerators, and dishwashers are all receiving some pretty substantial price cuts right now.The Best Buy Memorial Day sale isn’t ending on May 27th, though, it’s extending its sale through June 5.With up to 40% off appliances from Samsung, Dyson, LG, and Maytag, diving right into this massive sale is a great way to start off the summer.
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Software for creating deepfakes -- fabricated clips that make people appear to do or say things they never did -- usually requires big data sets of images in order to create a realistic forgery.Now Samsung has developed a new artificial intelligence system that can generate a fake clip by feeding it a little as one photo.The technology, of course, can be used for fun, like bringing a classic portrait to life.A Samsung artificial intelligence lab in Russia developed the technology, which was detailed in a paper earlier this week."Following the trend of the past year, this and related techniques require less and less data and are generating more and more sophisticated and compelling content," Farid said.Like Photoshop for video on steroids, deepfake software produces forgeries by using machine learning to convincingly fabricate a moving, speaking human.
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A report released today has revealed that the UK's 25 highest paying company's offer staff between £61,000 and £90,000 as a median compensation package.The list by job site Glassdoor is dominated by finance and tech firms, three of which have their headquarters in the UK.John Lamphiere, EMEA managing director at Glassdoor, said: “It is no surprise that multinational tech and finance firms dominate the list, given that both industries compete fiercely for talent, especially when it comes to tech roles."While salary and bonuses might get people in the door, it is more likely to be culture and career progression that help people stick around in the long term.”Read more: Here's how much you could earn as a software engineerHere are the UK's 25 best-paying companies:
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Compared to the $900 Galaxy S10 and the pricier $1,980 Galaxy Fold (which doesn't yet have an official release date thanks to screen issues), the Galaxy S10E is the cheapest out of the group.And while it doesn't feel as luxurious as the iPhone XR, its small size is comfortable to hold.The phone also has a higher resolution and a greater pixel density than the iPhone XR, but you really can't discern much of a difference unless you hold the phones side-by-side.These days, however, an absence of a headphone jack isn't considered much of a deal breaker; indeed preferring the beloved but endangered headphone jack may just be delaying the inevitable as more and more phone makers decide to lop it off their handsets.Finally, the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10E are rated IP67 and IP68, respectively, for water resistance.Subjects also look sharper and the dynamic range appears to be wider.
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Firms outside of the US have also decided to cut ties with Huawei, including in the UK and Japan.Since the US government blacklisted Chinese tech giant Huawei, a slew of companies have cut ties with the firm.Last week President Donald Trump signed an executive order declaring a national emergency designating Huawei as a national security risk, leading the Department of Commerce to place the firm on an "entity list."Read more: Huawei's torment in the US could be about to backfire, dealing a stinging blow to AppleBig US firms were quick to respond to the order, although Huawei subsequently received a three-month license to get its house in order before the blacklisting fully kicks in.The news was a huge blow to Huawei, as all of its phones a run on Google's Android operating system.
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John Goodenough, a University of Texas at Austin professor in the J. Mike Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, has won the Royal Society of London's Copley Medal, the world's oldest scientific prize.Already a fellow of the Royal Society, Goodenough has been honored for his exceptional contributions to materials science, including his discoveries that led to the invention of the rechargeable lithium battery used in devices such as laptops and smartphones worldwide.The Royal Society first awarded the Copley Medal in 1731 -- 170 years before the first Nobel Prize -- and gives it annually for outstanding achievements in scientific research.As the 2019 recipient, Goodenough joins an elite group of past awardees including Benjamin Franklin, Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur, Albert Einstein and Dorothy Hodgkin."Professor Goodenough has a rich legacy of contributions to materials science in both a fundamental capacity, with his defining work on the properties of magnetism, to a widely applicable one, with his ever-advancing work on batteries, including those powering the smartphone in your very pocket," said Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the Royal Society."The Royal Society is delighted to recognize his achievements with the Copley Medal, our most prestigious prize."
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Samsung’s research center at Moscow has developed a new AI that can create talking avatars of photos and paintings without using any 3D modeling.A paper posted by the research team suggests that while traditionally researchers have used a large number of images to create a talking head model, a new technique can achieve it by few, or potentially even one image.In a video, engineer Egor Zakharov, explains that although it’s possible to create a model through a single image, training it through multiple images “leads to higher realism and better identity preservation.”Samsung said that the model creates three neural networks during the learning process.First, it creates an embedded network that links frames related to face landmarks with vectors.Then using that data, the system creates a generator network which maps landmarks into the synthesized videos.
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That's a little surprising since, by definition, open source code can be freely shared by anyone.Red Hat makes money by selling support for its open source products, while companies like Facebook and Google make money on the services they build atop open source code.But even as some companies build multibillion-dollar businesses atop freely available code, other open source projects are the work of hobbyists in their free time.GitHub hopes to help programmers spread their wealth around with a new feature called "Sponsors" that will enable users to make recurring payments to other users, much like the crowdfunding service Patreon.Some open source projects already use fund-raising tools like Patreon, OpenCollective, and Tidelift to fund their work, but Sponsors will enable them to raise money from within GitHub, where developers come to download their work, ask them questions, and report bugs.For the first year, GitHub will match up to $5,000 in contributions for each person who is sponsored, says Friedman.
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More than a quarter of short video app users in China are under 24 years old, and lower-tier cities are becoming increasingly important sources for growth, Hillary Han, a director at market research company iResearch said at TechNode’s Emerge conference on Thursday.As of the end of 2018, 80% of China’s 829 million netizens use short video apps, making them even more prevalent than online payment tools, according to a report from the China Internet Network Information Center.Short video apps have become an increasingly important component of user leisure.Time spent on these types of apps account for 36% of all time spent on entertainment apps in the first quarter of 2019, compared with 22% in the same period of 2018.Combined average daily active users (DAUs) of short video apps also rose 8% in the past six months, a report from data research firm Jiguang said.These factors have made short video platforms an ideal place for brands to market their products, especially through key opinion leaders (KOLs), experts at the conference said.
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AmazeVR, a virtual reality content creation platform provider, has secured an additional US$7 million in a fundraise led by Japan’s Mirae Asset Group.South Korean firms Timewise Investment and Smilegate Investment also participated in the round, along with US-based LG Technology Ventures, the venture capital arm of South Korea’s LG Group.With the new funds, AmazeVR plans to accelerate the development of proprietary content created and distributed through its cloud-based platform and partners.The company also announced that a collaboration with LG Uplus, a cellular carrier owned by LG to co-produce content that will be hosted on AmazeVR’s platform.The partnership will leverage LG Uplus’ position as one of the leaders in the global 5G race for cloud-based VR use cases.Established in 2015 by a team of Korean tech veterans, AmazeVR aims to clear the content hurdle that prevents the mass adoption of VR.
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