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Sony has revealed its latest full-frame camera, the Sony A7R IV, packing a hefty 61-megapixel sensor and a whopping 15 stops of dynamic range.The new camera is the latest in Sony’s series of popular interchangeable lens models, and it debuts the company’s – and the world’s – first 35mm 61MP BSI sensor.Sony A7R IV photography and AFIt’s a huge step up from what Sony used on the A7R III, which topped out at 42.4-megapixels, and it leaves the A7R IV apparently capable of the same sort of image quality as you might expect from a medium-format camera.In the A7R IV, the sensor is paired with 5-axis optical in-body image stabilization – which Sony claims has a 5.5 step shutter speed advantage – together with a number of focus systems.There are 567 phase-detection AF points for 74-percent coverage, along with real-time Eye AF for Still, Movie, Human, and Animal.
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Tesla is making some changes to its product lineup today, dropping some vehicles and tweaking prices for others.If you were considering buying a standard-range Model S or Model X, then this is bad news, as Tesla has dropped both vehicles from its product lineup.That leaves the long-range and performance models as the only available Model S and Model X variants.While Tesla has dropped the price of its long-range models to go along with this shake up, the entry-level variants for the Model S and Model X are now more expensive than they once were.With the long-range models now the de facto the entry-level cars for both the Model S and Model X lines, starting prices are up to $79,990 and $84,990 respectively.For a lot of people, the Model S and Model X are priced well outside of their budgets, and if they’re going to buy a Tesla at all, it’ll be a Model 3.
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Designed by PluginHUMAN art duo, Dr Betty Sargeant and Justin Dwyer, the system involves an interactive bed and ambient music controlled by the artists, and kaleidoscopic visuals controlled by the user with their own brainwaves, via EEG.With each brain frequency assigned a different colour and brainwave intensity tied to movement, each person's brain activity generates unique imagery.PhD researcher with RMIT University's Exertion Games Lab, Natahan Semertzidis, has now assessed the system for inducing pre-sleep states and general mental wellbeing."Our findings flip that notion upside down and show how technology can also aid rest and relaxation."Analysis of physiological and psychological data along with user interviews were recently presented at the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction, CHI 2019."Results demonstrated statistically significant decreases in pre-sleep cognitive arousal and negative emotion," Semertzidis says.
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Generally, however, the surface friction of soft material is high, which makes releasing more difficult.A group led by Prof. Tetsuyou Watanabe at Kanazawa University has been conducting research on control technology for grasping objects by the fingertips of robot hands.In the present study, the group aimed to develop a friction control system.As seen in Figure 1, a nitrile rubber film was bonded to the sides of the fingertip foundation to create a space for filling with chain saw oil to make a "fluid fingertip."Then a silicone "texture"*1) was bonded to coat the rubber film; the material of the "texture" was a silicone sealant with slits, whose interval was 1.5 mm, perpendicular to the load direction.The slits were introduced for a large friction under a water-wet condition and for lubricant spreading.
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A group of whale watchers off Australia’s Gold Coast captured incredible video of two of the sea creatures “double breaching” within feet of their boat.The two humpback whales recently took turns launching themselves out of the water as they swam beside a fishing charter.A tour group that witnessed the close encounter can be heard screaming with delight.HUMPBACK WHALE FREED FROM SHARK NET OFF AUSTRALIA COAST IN DIFFICULT RESCUE, VIDEO SHOWSThe whales were “double breaching, head lunging and cruising within meters of our boat,” David Jauger, who runs Tweed Gold Coast Dive Charters, told Storyful.The acrobatic displays are a prominent fixture in the waters of eastern Australia between April and November, according to Australia's Department of the Energy and Environment.
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Embattled cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint has revealed that roughly half of its 110,000 users were affected by last week’s $3.02 billion yen ($28 million) hack, reports The Mainchi.Speaking at a Tokyo press conference, Bitpoint president Genki Oda noted that of the 3.02 billion yen stolen, customers owned 2.06 billion yen ($19 million), while 960 million yen ($8.9 million) consisted of the company’s own holdings.According to Oda, customer losses represented 13 percent of the total amount of cryptocurrency users had kept on Bitpoint.He also pledged to repay victims (in cryptocurrency) once standard trade resumes.The theft, which included sums of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Ripple, was disclosed last Thursday.Originally reported to have totalled $32 million, those losses were later revised to a slightly smaller number of $28 million.
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Nid fi yw'r bwlb mwyaf disglair yn y canhwyllyrSeveral people report that the meters, made by energy provider Bulb, are spontaneously opting for Welsh instead of English, sometimes after freezing and being restarted.This would be unhelpful even for many residents of Wales, but the problem has been seen as far east as West Sussex.The issue is fixable, although choosing the right options is easier if you speak a bit of Welsh.Anyone remember the fun of switching your mate's Nokia to Finnish language menus?This seems to be the latest in a string of issues suffered by Bulb, although to be fair the firm is not the first to be stumped by the stupidity of smart meters.
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NCSC synthesising of DMARC is ‘evil hacky kludge,’ but it works…The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has stopped large scale airport email attack campaigns and increased the cost to attack agencies such as the HMRC in the last year.This according to the agency’s annual report which highlights the UK government’s efforts to protect its citizens from cyber criminals at home and abroad.Over a period of four months the NCSC blocked just over 429,000 malicious emails, 15 percent of those emails occurred on the same day august 8.That spike in activity was tied to one particular email spoofing campaign that used a gov.uk domain which claimed to be connected to the aviation sector.The NCSC state that: “The takedown service identified the domain in use in emails purporting advance fee fraud in its spam feed.
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Inadequate understanding of blockchain applications is the greatest barrier to adoption of the technology in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the majority of respondents to a recent poll by consulting firm Ernst & Young.Why it matters: Despite banning cryptocurrency activities, China wants to be a front-runner in blockchain development.Businesses in China are encouraged to develop and apply blockchain solutions which fall within regulatory compliance.However, the survey results signal potential for a gap between policy goals and widespread industry adoption.Chinese tech giants including Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, and JD have been experimenting and applying blockchain solutions to areas such as electronic invoicing, gaming, medical prescriptions, financial services, and logistics.“Trust is a key factor and current barrier for companies in Asia-Pacific.
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Welcome to PRIME CHEAP, our series about things that are good, cheap, and part of Amazon’s Prime Day sales.Hey, we gotta eat too.Some of us hoard photos, while others keep large collections of high-quality music.Cloud services are all great, but if you have terabytes of stuff lying around, you can spend too much on cloud storage.So, SanDisk’s 1TB Extreme Portable External SSD for just $135.99 will serve you well.And because it’s Amazon’s Prime Day sale, it’s down from its original price of $349.99.
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Patched IDOR hole would have been child's play to exploitA now-patched vulnerability in the Amadeus flight reservation system – used by airlines around the planet – could, or may, have been exploited by miscreants to view strangers' boarding passes.David Stubley, CEO at UK security consultancy 7 Elements, told us last night he discovered the privacy-busting flaw, which was present in the Amadeus check-in application used by airlines.Specifically, Stubley explained, when a traveler went to view their boarding pass, Amadeus presented the paperwork on a page with a URL that includes the passenger's ID number.This ID number could be changed to another number to call up other boarding passes from other Amadeus customers, such as British Airways, Air France, and United Airlines, without any further authentication.Just change the number in the web address bar and hit enter to fetch the pass for that ID number.
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Gaming mice are great for bringing your best to intense titles that require sharp reflexes and quick maneuvers.Logitech makes some of the most well loved models on the market, and it says its G502 line has been among the best-selling mice ever, since it was first introduced in 2014.The wired G502 Proteus, which is now a couple of years old, is an incredible weapon to have in your arsenal.It’s designed to suit various right-hand grips, features a crazy-accurate 12,000 dpi sensor, 11 programmable buttons, and removable weights to tune it just the way you like.Oh, and you can mess with the RGB lighting beneath the logo and DPI bar, if that’s your scene.I’ve been using the newer HERO model for several months now, and love it to bits (the only difference is an upgraded sensor, from the Prodeus’ 12,000 dpi to 16,000 dpi).
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Learn practical AI skills from the best this year ‒ book your early-bird tickets nowEvent Our offer of discount early-bird tickets for Minds Mastering Machines ends next Monday, so act now if you want to join us to learn how real organisations can exploit machine learning and artificial intelligence and save big.We’ll be bringing together a fantastic lineup of experts and practitioners at our conference on September 30 and October 1, headlined by Facebook AI's London research manager Sebastian Riedel and machine-learning veteran Dr Lorien Pratt.Together with our conference speakers, they will take you from the fundamentals of machine learning, AI and predictive analytics, through the challenges of applying them to real world projects, and deep into the nuances of using and applying key tools and technologies, such PyTorch as TensorFlow, and moreAnd if you want to get deep, and save even more, you can also get early bird prices on our October 2 workshops, which cover: developing and deploying Neural Nets; text mining; developing with TensorFlow 2; and getting machine learning into production using containers and devops.The venue is the palatial QE II Conference Center, in London, England, and the event runs from September 30 to October 2.
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In March, Apple offered us a glimpse of the range of TV shows it’s launching with its new service, Apple TV+.You can get a taste of the upcoming content right now, with the trailer for the show, For All Mankind.Created by Ronald Moore (of Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica fame), the series is centered around the historic Apollo 11 moon mission of 1969.However, it’s a fictional show with alternative reality – akin to The Man in the High Castle and The Watchmen.In an interview with Collider, he confirmed that there will be 10 episodes of one hour each.The clip above shows Moore and his team describing how they worked to make the scenes look and feel as realistic as possible, hiring a group of tech consultants to help them along the way.
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Deals from Walmart and Other Amazon Rivals1-Year WIRED Digital + Print Subscription for $5 ($5 off)(Amazon Pay accepted.Walmart's "The Big Save" sale lasts through 3 am EDT Wednesday, July 17.Apple iPad 32 GB for $249 ($80 off): The standard iPad is periodically discounted to $250 on Amazon, but it doesn't happen as often elsewhere.Samsung 65-Inch 4K TV (UN65NU6900) for $598 ($202 off): Samsung makes great TVs.This handheld model gets 15-20 minutes of suction on a charge and is made for cars, boats, and the far-flung corners of your home.
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Prime Day 2019 offers the perfect opportunity if you took your time to think on some Fourth of July deals but weren’t ready to take the plunge.Prime Day offers the opportunity to save hundreds, and now that it has finally arrived, you can get start saving now, as Amazon and select retailers are celebrating the event with Prime Day mattress sales.Get 25% off Cocoon’s Chill mattress and receive two DreamFit Pillows and a DreamFit Sheet Set to go with it.If you’d rather have a cooler sleeping experience and want to feel like you’re sleeping on top of the mattress, go with the extra firm.This sale is technically still part of Tempur-Pedic’s 4th of July sale, but since it runs through July 15, we’ll count it as part of the celebration.You can save $500 on any Tempur-breeze model, which includes its three-layer Probreeze and four-layer Luxebreeze variants in any size.
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If you’re looking to give your gaming rig a boost, you can score some decent savings as part of Amazon’s Prime Day sale on GeForce RTX graphics cards.As part of this special July event, Amazon is offering up to 17% off of the high-end RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards — which translates into a savings of $220 — on RTX 2080 graphics.If your PC or laptop has a Thunderbolt 3 support, this GPUs also make great companions to eGPU enclosures, like the Razer Core X Chroma.Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080 TiThe cards on discount are manufactured by Zotac, and they feature a twin fan design, RGB lighting, and a metal backplate.Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2080
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Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer targeted by a Trump administration trade ban, is expected to dismiss a substantial number of people in the US in the coming weeks.The number of individuals affected remains unclear but the layoffs, at the telecoms kit maker's US R subsidiary, Futurewei Technologies, could affect hundreds of workers in California, Texas, and Washington, according to the Wall Street Journal.The Register asked Huawei to comment but a spokesperson on Monday declined, saying the biz, as a policy, does not address "rumor and speculation."On May 16, the beleaguered manufacturer, along with 68 of its affiliates, was placed on the US Commerce Department's Entity List, which forbids companies subject to US law from doing business with the firm without special permission from the US government.Four days later, Huawei was given a 90-day General License so that its customers have time to make deals with new suppliers.When the General License expires on August 19, the ban will go into effect unless circumstances change.
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SpaceX and NASA say they finally know what caused its Crew Dragon capsule to explode during an April test of the spacecraft’s thruster system.The culprit in the April 20 explosion was a leaky valve, which allowed some propellant to leak into high-pressure helium tubes around 100 seconds before the capsule’s thrusters were due to ignite, SpaceX said on Monday.A slug of the propellant, known as nitrogen tetroxide (NTO), ended up in a high-pressure system, SpaceX wrote — resulting in an explosion.SpaceX said it plans to replace all of these valves with burnt disks, which it says will “mitigate the risk entirely.”SpaceX was joined by NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate the explosion over the course of several months.The ground test at Cape Canaveral, Florida initially went well, with the craft successfully firing its Draco thrusters without any issues.
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In the days when streaming live television was more of a new novelty than a common method for getting TV, companies competed for subscribers by offering free streaming devices and other perks.Though these deals aren’t quite as great or common as they once were, we’ve seen a number of notable promotions pop up over the months, the most recent being a temporary offer from Sling TV for new Fire TV customers.Amazon has been heavily pushing its own ‘consumer holiday’ in recent days, offering various items at different discounts, among them being the company’s own products.The Fire TV is currently on sale at half off its normal price and Sling TV has added to the appeal by offering a free service credit with the devices.At this point, customers who buy an Amazon Fire TV, including the Stick, Cube, and Recast, will receive a $45 service credit with the device for Sling TV.The over-the-top streaming service is priced at $25/month, but by applying the credit, subscribers will essentially get the service at $15/month for the first three months.
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