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While the Galaxy Note 10 has pretty much been leaked to death, including its availability, there are still some things that seem to be in debate.One of those is the charging capabilities of the phone whether it will include the brand new 45 watt charger that has been repeatedly leaked before.The good news is that such a charger does exist and the Galaxy Note 10 will support it.The bad news: you’ll have to buy it separately.For all its other innovations, Samsung has actually been lagging behind when it comes to charging technology.It does have its own adaptive fast charging tech but while it may be OK, it pales in comparison to the latest advancements in that field, with manufacturers hitting 30 watts and above.
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PUBG, or PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, made the now omnipresent battle-royale genre a thing.Now, as the game enters its fourth season, its developers are giving it an official lore.Launching a cinematic trailer for the game on Tuesday, PUBG Corp. revealed that the last-man-standing killing is the brainchild of an obscenely rich man, himself traumatized by war.The trailer depicts a young child being the last survivor of a 1965 bombing in Erangel, the first map in PUBG, escaping a bomb raid and hiding from soldiers."I thought I lost everything in that fiery nightmare," a narrator says, "but what I found in the rubble of my childhood awakened me.I was the first lone survivor of Erengel.
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Android One phones come with better assurances of software updates but they don’t always bring some of the latest, let alone the best, smartphone features in the market.For the few OEMs that do ship them, Android One phones are often relegated to the midrange category.To some extent, the newly announced Xiaomi Mi A3 is now different except for the fact that it what the company touts as flagship-level cameras on it.If you just look at the core specs, you might walk away disappointed.The Snapdragon 665 mobile platform, after all, is no high-end chip and 4 GB of RAM is nothing astonishing these days.Even though the 6.088-inch AMOLED screen does have a tiny waterdrop notch, it resolution is simply passable.
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Today, in a letter to investors (via The Verge), Netflix confirmed it will finally launch a less expensive streaming plan.The plan will be a Netflix mobile-only service that will start in India, with the possibility to expand to other countries later.The plan allows you to watch as much Netflix content as you like, but only on one smartphone or tablet at a time, i.e.not on your television, not through a streaming device (such as a Roku), and not on your PC or laptop.The company described the Netflix mobile-only plan as “an effective way to introduce a larger number of people in India to Netflix and to further expand our business in a market where Pay TV ARPU (average revenue per user) is low (below $5).”We don’t know what the pricing will be for the Netflix mobile-only plan, but the test runs it performed earlier had it at 250 rupees (~$3.63) per month.
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Instagram is toying with the idea of removing the total number of likes from its posts, with Australian users to experience the changes from Thursday local time.Users will no longer be able to see the total numbers on other people's posts, with the quantity of interactions replaced by the name of one user who has liked a post followed by the phrase "and others".The Australian experiment follows the world-first trial in Canada in May, with Instagram suggesting it might look to roll the feature out worldwide depending on how it's received.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.In a bid to make users feel more comfortable sharing, Instagram has announced Australia will - at least for a short time - have the total number of user likes removed from its posts.From Thursday, Australian users will see the following message in their news feeds notifying them of the move.
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Breakthrough Listen, an effort to hear signals from distant aliens, has a new set of ears.A quartet of linked telescopes in Arizona called Veritas will check for fleeting flashes of light that could indicate a distant civilization, the two organizations said Wednesday.Veritas, short for Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System, is designed to spot super-short blue-light flashes called Cherenkov radiation that indicate a very high-energy gamma ray has struck Earth's atmosphere.For scientists, that's a good way to study high-energy astronomical events like supernovas, pulsars and black holes.But because it can spot light signals lasting only billionths of a second, Veritas also could be good for seeing any pulses of light aliens living light-years away are sending our way, intentionally or not."When it comes to intelligent life beyond Earth, we don't know where it exists or how it communicates.
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Not satisfied with SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk shed light on Neuralink, his brain interface company that wants to develop “ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.”During a livestream Tuesday night, Musk explained that he hoped Neuralink could help treat brain disorders, preserve and enhance human brains, and eventually merge humans with artificial intelligence.The company is already working on a system that would allow paralyzed people to control artificial limbs using just their thoughts.All of this relies on brain surgery — the company wants to implant a small computer called The Link behind a person’s ear in order to use the neural interface.Musk said he wants approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for human trials as early as 2020.While Neuralink does sound like an exciting leap forward for human-computer relations, brain implants raise the specter of Black Mirror–esque privacy invasions and horror.
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A huge pod of dolphins "stampeded" along the coast of California on Sunday, thrilling onlookers lucky enough to witness the rare sight with their acrobatics.Chuck Patterson and his friends were taking their boat out for hydrofoil surfing when the dolphins appeared in the waters off Laguna Beach.The pod began following in their wake and surrounded the vessel.The dolphins swam alongside and leaped out of the water as they raced alongside the boat.DOUBLE WHALE BREACH OFF AUSTRALIA COAST THRILLS TOURISTS 'WITHIN METERS' OF SCENE“Absolutely amazing witnessing this huge pod of young dolphins marching up the coast off Laguna Beach today,” Patterson wrote on Facebook.
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Batteries power our lives: we rely on them to keep our cell phones and laptops buzzing and our hybrid and electric cars on the road.But ever-increasing adoption of the most commonly used lithium-ion batteries may actually lead to increased cost and potential shortages of lithium -- which is why sodium-ion batteries are being researched intensely as a possible replacement.They perform well, and sodium, an alkali metal closely related to lithium, is cheap and abundant.Sodium-ion batteries have shorter lifetimes than their lithium-based siblings.Now, UC Santa Barbara computational materials scientist Chris Van de Walle and colleagues have uncovered a reason for this loss of capacity in sodium batteries: the unintended presence of hydrogen, which leads to degradation of the battery electrode.To study this, the researchers used computational techniques that are capable of predicting the structural and chemical effects that arise from the presence of impurities.
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It’s not until these sunny, positive thinkers are digging through their transaction history in their banking app months later that they see it: $89 a year for a mobile VPN membership?And then they remember: It was April, Game of Thrones was finally returning for the last season, and they were in Canada, a place where HBO inexplicably doesn’t exist, and so they signed up for a free trial of a mobile VPN to try to stream it on their phone.Only it didn’t work because they had terrible Wi-Fi signal service, and they fell asleep whimpering in their hotel bed, watching as the spinning loading wheel of death never advanced and they forgot all about the free trial they’d signed up for.You sign up for these “free” trials with your credit card, forget about them, and then are left paying for a service you aren’t using.It's available now through the app DoNotPay, created by 22-year-old wunderkind coder and entrepreneur Joshua Browder.If you want, the app will also send an actual legal notice of cancelation to the service.
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At a panel on LGBTQ activism and awareness, the moderator deadnamed transgender YouTuber Miles McKenna.The moderator — a producer for YouTube comedy duo Rhett & Link — has since apologized for making the "horrible mistake" of using McKenna's pre-transition name.McKenna appeared Saturday on a panel with other queer YouTubers to discuss how they use their platforms for LGBTQ activism and education.Read more: YouTube has lately struggled to protect its vulnerable creators.Analysts say the platform may lack a business incentive to do anything about it."My issue is less with someone's ignorance and more with how was that person allowed to head a panel that partly focuses on trans topics," McKenna wrote on Twitter.
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This story requires our BI Prime membership.To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.Click here for more BI Prime stories.The firm, which oversees $480 billion, hired Michael Nirschl for a newly-created role, head of data and analytics, according to an internal memo sent Wednesday that was reviewed by Business Insider.Nirschl previously spent seven years at Google.He also has a finance background.
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Warner Bros, Sony, and Universal might be sitting out San Diego Comic-Con 2019, but we’ve still got plenty of amazing panels to be excited about—especially in regards to new television shows.We’ll be covering all of it from San Diego next week, but for those prepping their must-see lists, we’re counting down the 10 most exciting panels happening at SDCC this year.When and where: Hall H on Thursday, July 18 at 11:00 a.m.Who will be there: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Natalia Reyes, Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta, as well as the film’s director Tim Miller.The third season of HBO’s sci-fi series has left the pasture, with Aaron Paul joining the cast as the latest person to cross Dolores’ path.He’ll be on hand, along with several of the stars, to share a new glimpse and tease the next mysteries at Westworld, which comes back in 2020.
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In a testimony before the US Senate Facebook indicated its Libra cryptocurrency will run from Switzerland, but it forgot to ask the Swiss if that was OK.David Marcus, who is heading up Libra on Facebook’s behalf, testified before the US Senate Banking Committee in response to profound alarm from US lawmakers at the prospect of the social media giant developing its own currency.According to CNBC he said the data and privacy regulation of the currency will be overseen by a Swiss agency, as that’s where Libra will be based, but they say that’s the first they’ve heard of it.In his testimony, which you can watch in full here if that’s your thing, Marcus said the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) will keep an eye on the data protection side of things, which must have only offered partial reassurance to US senators worried their citizens were vulnerable to having their data exploited yet again.Imagine their horror, then, when they read the CNBC report and learned that Facebook and its Libra pals haven’t even made contact with the FDPIC yet.This failing, later confirmed by Facebook itself, it just the latest slip-up in what has been a frankly shambolic launch.
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Bacteria do not simply perish in hunger phases fortuitously; rather, the surrounding cells have a say as well.A research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered that two factors, above all, decide over life and death: the energy required to continue living and the efficiency with which surviving cells can recycle biomass from dead cells.The survival and growth of cells are central factors in biological systems.Scientists such as Ulrich Gerland, Professor for Physics of Complex Biosystems at the TUM, are therefore trying to understand how the molecular components interact to maintain the viability of a group of cells in stress situations.Nutrients from neighboring cell cadaversThe researchers emulated an emergency situation in cells of the bacterium Escherichia Coli in which the bacteria were lacking sugar and other carbohydrates.
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Apple announced its Apple Card for the US back in March, and now it looks like we could be seeing it branch out into Europe and Hong Kong.Technically, Apple has filed trademarks for the card in Europe as opposed to the UK specifically, and as we're still a member of the EU - until October at least - that covers us too.Apple Card is set to roll out in the US this summer, offering compatibility with Apple Pay, and the Apple Wallet app.If you prefer to wave a physical card around during your shopping spree rather than keeping it digital, you can opt for the titanium card because plastic is for peasants.While there's no indication of an international release date, 9to5Mac reports that its sources have said the card will launch in the US this very week and will be supported by iOS 12.4.Bonuses of the card include no late fees, international payment fees, annual fees, or over-limit fees, as well as cashback on everything you buy which ranges from 1 per cent to 3 per cent.
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Last week, the D New Blood pencils were handed out at a glitzy ball in London.Tipsy, freshly minted students swaggered on stage to collect their trophies, big ambitions in every gleeful smile with thankfully none of the big egos to match.Every year, I keenly follow New Blood, getting inspired by brilliant ideas.Edgy, often transgressive briefs that task students with tackling some of the biggest social issues and trending problems through marketing.And yet every year at the end of New Blood, those brilliant yellow and even black pencil winners get put back on the shelf.The festival ends with the same refrain: “Thanks, but no thanks.”
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Two years have passed since cybersecurity wild-man John McAfee first told the world he would eat his own dick if his Bitcoin BTC price prediction didn’t come true — and things still aren’t looking good.When I predicted Bitcoin at $500,000 by the end of 2020, it used a model that predicted $5,000 at the end of 2017.BTC has accelerated much faster than my model assumptions.I now predict Bircoin at $1 million by the end of 2020.I will still eat my dick if wrong.Dickening.com is a website that counts down until McAfee is required to (potentially) consume his own barbecued shlong live on television – December 31, 2020 (now colloquially referred to as The Dickening).
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Facebook‘s digital currency, Libra, has been causing a bit of a ruckus lately.Since its plans became public a few weeks ago, headlines have largely been awash with why it’s probably a bad idea.A number of countries including India and the US already told the social media giant to hold its horses before plowing on with its plans for global domination Libra.The big F faced one of its biggest hurdles last night, when Facebook‘s head of Calibra, David Marcus, faced rigorous questioning from the Senate.There was drama, dodged questions, and filibustering a plenty, but my favorite bit?The sick burns dished out to the social media giant by members of the Senate.
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That’s why I was pretty excited when OnePlus invited us to visit its camera lab in Taiwan.Carl Pei, OnePlus’ co-founder, told a bunch of reporters at a briefing in Taiwan the company‘s philosophy behind its camera is to take ‘natural’ photos that are close to what your eyes see, but they shouldn’t be flat and should ‘have some emotions.’“We want our consumers to take the phone out of their pocket, and without fiddling with the setting take a great photo in the auto mode,” he opined on the aim of OnePlus’ phone cameras.The company applies two testing methods to shape its camera hardware and software into the final product.These machines test parameters like saturation, white balance, brightness, speed of autofocus.For instance, equipment in the picture below – a model of a rotating joyride and a LED machine – are used to test the autofocus function of the camera.
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