Here in 2019, flamethrowers are in vogue in a way they haven’t been since Ellen Ripley stormed the Xenomorph hive in 1986’s Aliens.First there was Elon Musk’s “Not a Flamethrower” (which may or may not have been an idea stolen from Pablo Escobar’s brother).Now, a frankly bonkers new fire-shooting creation has been unleashed by the good folks at flamethrower manufacturer Throwflame.Called the TF-19 WASP Flamethrower Drone, it’s a flamethrower attachment for commercially available drones which, according to its creators, “allows users to ignite aerial and ground targets from miles away.” The remote-operated flamethrower has a 25-foot firing range, and will be available for members of the public to purchase starting tomorrow.What could possibly go awry?“Wagner was the ultimate inspiration,” company founder Quinn Whitehead told Digital Trends.
Amazon Prime Day 2019 is over, but that doesn’t mean you have to hold out until Black Friday to score a fantastic deal on a 4K TV — Walmart has several sales running on must-have models from the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony, TCL, and Vizio.The list doesn’t just contain bog-basic LED 4K TVs, though.We’ve included some unmissable deals on QLEDs and OLEDs, as well as a brand new 65-inch curved Samsung.So grab your credit card, then scroll down to meet the TV of your dreams.Best Walmart Post-Prime Day 4K TV DealsWalmart is king when it comes to 4K TV deals, so it should come as no surprise that it’s discounted everything from Toshiba Fire TVs and TCL Roku TVs to LG OLED TVs and Samsung QLED TVs.
If you wanted to send a tweet using Mayan hieroglyphics, or call upon the Phaistos disc symbols to craft the perfect email reply, you would have the Unicode Consortium to thank.“From English and Chinese to Cherokee and Rohingya, Unicode is committed to preserving every language for the digital era,” says Mark Davis, Unicode’s president and cofounder.Thanks to the adoption of emoji, Unicode’s star has been steadily rising for the past decade.Its web design, however, has been stuck in the Biblical times.The archaic design is functional enough for you to easily find, say, information about parsing Hangul syllables.But more and more people are coming to Unicode.org who don't care one lick about text standards.
The European Union's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, is launching a formal investigation into Amazon.The investigation will look into whether Amazon's use of data from independent retailers, who sell on its marketplace, is in breach of EU competition rules.Amazon's role as both a seller and a platform for other merchants has become one of the most contentious areas of the business.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Amazon could be fined as much as 10% of its annual revenue or $23 billion if it is in breach of EU competition rules."We need to ensure that large online platforms don't eliminate these benefits through anti-competitive behaviour," she said.
Single-repo OpenJDK projects would move from Mercurial to Git version control under a JDK Enhancement Proposal (JEP) being reviewed by Mark Reinhold, chief architect of the Java platform group at Oracle.A primary motivation behind the effort is reducing the size of version control metadata, which would preserve disk space and reduce clone size.The proposal notes that the .git directory of the jdk/jdk repo is approximately 300 MB with Git while the .hg directory is around 1.2 GB with Mercurial, depending on the version of Mercurial in use.Learn everything you need to know about what’s new in Java JDK 13.| Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]Also, the proposal cites that there are many more tools for interacting with Git than Mercurial, with all text editors and most IDEs integrating with Git and many desktop clients also supporting it.
The discovery of cannabis pollen near a Viking settlement in Newfoundland raises the question of whether the Vikings were smoking or eating pot while exploring North America.The researchers also found evidence the Vikings occupied this outpost for more than a century, way longer than previously believed.Located in northern Newfoundland, the site of L'Anse aux Meadows was founded by Vikings around A.D. 1000.[In Photos: Viking Outposts Possibly Found in Canada]In August 2018, an archaeological team excavated a peat bog located nearly 100 feet (30 meters) east of the Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows.The layer also held pollen from Juglans (walnuts) and from Humulus (cannabis), two species that don't naturally grow at L'Anse aux Meadows; rather, the Vikings could have picked up all of these plant and animal species when they sailed south.
Google has banned NYSE-listed Chinese app developer CooTek from its ad platforms and removed dozens of its apps from the Play store over violations of its advertising policies, Buzzfeed News reported.The Shanghai-based app developer was found to be using a malicious plug-in called BeiTaAd that bombards users with disruptive apps even after the company said it had stopped.Why it matters: As concerns about data privacy and cybersecurity are on the rise, app fraud in the Asia-Pacific region continues to outpace global rates.Malicious advertising practices are not uncommon in China even among major developers as evidenced by CooTek, a large, US-listed Chinese app developer with hundreds of apps and users in 240 countries, according to its website.The malware usually infects less popular apps and are relatively easy to catch, but plug-ins like BeiTaAd are becoming prevalent as they are well-hidden in apps that have large numbers of installs.Google’s ban will have a significant impact on CooTek’s revenue as app development and monetization from ads are its core businesses.
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US President Donald Trump has renewed his offensive against search giant Google, saying his administration would investigate the company’s alleged links to the Chinese government.Why it matters: Google’s work in China has come under greater scrutiny since news broke last year that the company was working on a censored version of its search engine for China.US lawmakers and a high-ranking military officer have continued to question the work the company is doing in China.Critics say that the company’s presence in China benefits the country’s military, a claim that the company has continued to deny.“The Trump Administration will take a look!” —US President Donald Trump on TwitterGoogle was not immediately available for comment when contacted by TechNode on Wednesday.
Neuralink, Elon Musk's fourth and least visible company, has become a bit less secretive today with a livestreamed presentation about its technology to connect computers directly to human brains.Neuralink accepted applications from some folks to attend the San Francisco event to hear "a bit about what we've been working on the last two years," but the rest of us can tune in online at 8 p.m. PT.A New York Times report published on July 16 details the ambitious project in which NeuraLink detail their system which they hope to start testing on humans in the first half of 2020.Neuralink, founded in 2016, is working on a way to let human brains communicate directly with computers.One possible approach involves an array of flexible probes inserted into the brain with a system resembling a sewing machine, an idea described by researchers reportedly associated with Neuralink.That's a lot cruder than the organically grown nanotechnological neural laces you'll find inside the brains of sci-fi characters, but it's remarkable that the technology is even under discussion.
Amazon's Prime Day mega-sale comes to an end tonight as the clock strikes midnight, so your chance to score significant savings on items is going to turn into a pumpkin in just a few hours.Amazon's two-day sale officially ends at 12 a.m. PT/ 3 a.m.ET, and judging from the countdown clocks on the most recent batch of lightning deals, they intend to end the ball on time this year.Although, in years past there have been legacy deals that expired after the sale ended, so you might have some wiggle room.Also, keep in mind that Amazon isn't the only place to find online deals during the summer sale frenzy.eBay is going head to head with Amazon Prime Day with its Crash Sale.
There's still plenty of time to get in on the Prime Day 2019 action, with huge deals that run through Tuesday night.The sale is an opportune time to consider investing in products that make you feel good, whether on a fitness, wellness or overall awareness level.Here are some standout deals that can be yours for as much as half off the original price.Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on this page.If you were ever curious about what might happen if you self-administered a genetic ethnicity test, this Prime Day deal will give you over half off to try it out at a much better price.See CNET's complete directory of DNA testing kits for more info.
Prime Day 2019 is wrapping up, but if you’re still looking to pick over what’s left of competing sales or you just didn’t have a Prime membership to take advantage of those Amazon deals, the show’s not quite over yet.A number of mid-July promotions from other retailers are still going strong (at least for a little while longer), and this gives you more time to jump on some post-Prime Day deals like the Dell G5 15 mid-range gaming laptop that’s now on sale for an entry-level price.Most budget-friendly laptops come loaded with 8GB of RAM and entry-level graphics cards like the AM Radeon RTX 570/580 or the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti.These aren’t bad specs at all for casual gaming and even for running newer titles at decent settings, but for most gamers, it’s not a bad idea to spend a little more on something like the mid-range Nvidia GTX 1060 and 16GB of RAM.The Dell G5 15 stands well above most “cheap” gaming laptops with its Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU (which packs 6GB of VRAM, not the weaker variant with only 3GB) and 16GB of RAM, which are going to offer you considerably more power and future-proofing than you’d get with many sub-$1,000 PCs.Its 1080p Full HD screen sits at 15.6 inches, a nice size for an everyday PC for work and play.
"No, Congressman, it is not," Matt Perault, Facebook's head of global policy development, quickly responded.Neguse, a Democrat, then proceeded to list some of the biggest social-media companies worldwide by active users.All four are owned by Facebook.That exchange, during a House Judiciary hearing, may offer a clue for US tech giants on how they'll be viewed in Washington, DC, as Congress and regulators start reviewing the competitive practices and acquisitions of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple.However, in some cases, those claims of competition referenced far smaller rivals, such as Yelp, Travelocity and Snapchat.While Congress members in the hearing sounded mostly concerned about the vast power of these companies, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, offered words of caution for his fellow representatives.
Everyone’s focused on the great Prime Day deal on the Echo Show, and rightly so since it is the first new video-enabled Alexa device to fall below the $50 threshold — what we’d argue is the price point where voice assistants are truly affordable in the mainstream.But for a long time, the Echo Dot has held the distinction of the “cheap” Echo, and for Prime Day 2019, it’s a better deal than it has ever been.Normally $50, Amazon has just a small stock of the sandstone color of the third-generation Dot for just $22.That is the lowest price that we’ve seen so far for the device: even on Black Friday, this was selling for $2 more.The third-generation Dot is a serious improvement over its predecessor.While you won’t get spectacular sound, the tinniness of the speaker in previous generations is replaced by both a speaker and a new design that promotes a surprisingly fuller sound for a speaker of its size.
If you've ever wished for a sloth, waffle or falafel emoji, the wait is almost over.Apple and Google both unveiled dozens of new emoji ahead of World Emoji Day on Wednesday.They include animals like a flamingo, orangutan and sloth, as well as foods such as waffles, falafel and garlic.The companies will also roll out new emoji depicting couples with a variety of skin tones, and there'll be gender-neutral characters, too.In addition, Apple and Google will launch disability-themed emoji, including a new guide dog, wheelchairs and ears with hearing aids.Apple also unveiled prosthetic arm and leg emoji.
The clock is ticking — you have less than 12 hours to snap up an Amazon Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, or Fire TV Recast on the cheap, as Prime Day draws to a close and takes the discounts on the cord-cutting devices with it when it goes.To recap, Amazon has knocked $25 off the standard Amazon Fire TV Stick, dropping the price to just $15; $25 off the Fire TV Stick 4K, sending the price tumbling to an all-too-tempting $25; and $100 off the Fire TV Recast, plunging the price to $180.The Fire TV Stick is the most basic bit of kit in Amazon’s cord-cutting arsenal, offer one-click access to a slew of leading streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video and Netflix — but it’s streaming itself is capped at a Full HD resolution.Whereas, the Fire TV Stick 4K takes it a step further, delivering near enough the same functionality; though it can stream content in stunning 4K Ultra HD.Both the 4K model and the regular Fire TV Stick have Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant on board.Designed to be used alongside a Fire TV Stick 4K and an HD antenna, the Fire TV Recast is a top-rated DVR, bundling support for over-the-air streaming, which lets you access your recorded content from anywhere on Earth using a smartphone or tablet.
Diesel truck enthusiasts, long-haul truckers and fleet managers collectively had a Chicken Little moment back in 2010 when the Environmental Protection Agency mandated the use of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) in diesel engines.Because the thing that makes SCR work its magic is a consumable fluid called diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) and owners of diesel vehicles were going to have to add it to their vehicles.Nobody likes paying more money for something inconvenient.The reality of DEF and SCR turned out to not be that bad, and in the end, despite the added cost of the fluid itself, the increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions made the hassle of topping off an extra tank of liquid once in a while kind of worth it.It's been around for nearly half a century and was first used in the power generation industry to reduce oxides of nitrogen from coal-fired power plants.That takes care of the "rolling coal" aspect of old diesel engines that made them relatively unpopular in the US in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
The new batch of designs includes more disability-themed emoji and new foods and animals, along with other additions.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Apple fans have a lot to look forward to this fall.Apple is set to launch its new iOS 13 smartphone software that introduces new features like Dark Mode, and the firm is widely expected to unveil a new trio of iPhones in September.Now, iPhone enthusiasts can add new emoji to that list as well.The company on Tuesday unveiled a selection of new emoji it plans to introduce in a software update later this year.
Hackers stole an unknown number of Sprint users’ data after breaching the Samsung.com “add a line” website, according to a letter Sprint sent to impacted customers.“The personal information of yours that may have been viewed includes the following: phone number, device type, device ID, monthly recurring charges, subscriber ID, account number, account creation date, upgrade eligibility, first and last name, billing address and add-on services,” the letter said.The story was first reported by ZDNet.Sprint said that they were informed of the unauthorized access on June 22.The company added that the information that was accessed did not pose a “substantial risk of fraud or identity theft,” although the company did include a list of actions customers could take if they felt that their information was comprised by hackers, including reviewing credit scores and purchases, filing a police report, or closing accounts that could have been tampered with.The letter also said that all Sprint rescued all compromised accounts as of June 25 by resetting customers’ PIN codes.