Neil Chestnut

Neil Chestnut

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Are you trying to learn how to draw?If so, you’re probably used to visiting YouTube videos in an attempt to learn different techniques and styles, but doing so has its downside — like the fact that you constantly have to look from your page to your screen.Google’s Creative Lab, however, wants to fix that issue and launched a new experiment called “Drawalong AR.”The experiment is essentially a way to show developers and YouTube creators how they can turn education art videos on YouTube into a kind of virtual tracing paper using augmented reality.Using the tech, you trace over the image you are trying to reproduce by looking at your page through your phone’s camera — with an overlay of the image over the top.It’s a pretty neat idea, and a great way to improve your drawing skills.
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The 2019 8K TV battle lines have been drawn, and both heavyweight contenders have thrown down the platinum-plated gauntlet.In one corner is Samsung, the champion by dint have having introduced the first 8K TV to the US, the $15,000 85-inch Q900.Now its other new models are out, including a 98-inch version that costs -- wait for it -- $100,000.Yes, its 8K TVs are cheaper than Samsung's for the same screen sizes.Here's where I remind you that only folks with money to burn should buy any 8K TV.Sony also announced pricing for the rest of its 2019 TVs.
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A large portion of Monday's Tesla Autonomy Investor Day was spent showing off the company's new-ish (it's been out of development for a year and a half, according to Musk) Full Self-Driving chip and the system into which it has been built.Tesla CEO Elon Musk lavished praise on the chip design and compared it with Nvidia's Drive Xavier system.Nvidia doesn't seem to be especially thrilled with that.In a blog post published on Tuesday, Nvidia called out Musk's comments as being inaccurate and maybe slightly unfair.The comments to which Nvidia refers involved the dual-chip Tesla system and its ability to perform 144 trillion operations per second (TOPS); Musk said it far outperformed Drive Xavier's 30 TOPS.Nvidia replied by pointing out that Drive Xavier is a single chip system designed to power advanced driver assistance systems and not fully autonomous cars.
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It’s a three-hour adrenaline shot to the heart featuring mysteries solved, consequences suffered, shock, awe, and delight.Others are so poignant and small, you’ll hear the sniffles echoing in the cinema.The film’s unrelenting bombardment of story and visual effects are sometimes so dense they edge toward baffling, but they also help gloss over a smattering of problems, which were inevitable with such grandiose goals.And, once again, that core four have crafted an insanely ambitious story that’s more intricate than its predecessors.In addition to the ongoing battle against Thanos, Endgame gives Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk, and Hawkeye each their own unique, rich narratives, adding a beating heart to this already robust film.That’s also, in large part, because the actors portraying those characters give arguably their best Marvel performances to date.
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A 27-year-old former student pleaded guilty last week to sticking a “USB killer” device into 66 computers at the College of Saint Rose in the US state of New York.On 14 February, Vishwanath Akuthota went on a technological rampage, destroying 59 Windows computers and seven Apple computers, and several digital podiums and monitors—all of which had USB slots in which Akuthota inserted a “USB killer” he bought on the internet.According to court documents obtained by ZDNet, Akuthota recorded himself destroying the computers on his iPhone.“I’m going to kill this guy,” Akuthota said as he stuck the device into USB slots.The “USB killer” works by drawing power from the USB port to quickly charge a capacitor, then discharging that power into the USB interface, frying important components.The devices can easily be purchased online, but they’re often advertised as tools meant for testing surge protection.
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New Rochelle, NY, April 23, 2019--While sending or receiving nude electronic images may not always be associated with poorer mental health, being coerced to do so and receiving unwanted sexts was linked to a higher likelihood of depression, anxiety, and stress symptoms, according to a new study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.Click here to read the full-text article free on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking website through May 23, 2019.The article entitled "Sexting and Psychological Distress: The Role of Unwanted and Coerced Sexts" was coauthored by Bianca Klettke and colleagues from Deakin University (Victoria, Australia).The researchers found that receiving unwanted texts and sexting under coercion was also associated with lower self-esteem.Furthermore, males receiving unwanted sexts had poorer mental health outcomes."With more of our lives playing out online, sexting and other seemingly private communications may be contributing to an indelible digital footprint.
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Vodafone has retained its position as the least loved network in an annual Which?survey for the eighth year in a row.The independent consumer research group only managed to give it a one-star rating for customer service, technical support and value for money.One in seven of those surveyed said that Vodafone’s technical support was poor, while a quarter criticised the company’s deals, rewards and incentives.asked 6,135 of its members last February to rate their mobile network provider on an array of factors such as rewards, value for money and crucially customer service.The published results cover thirteen networks in the UK and include the markets biggest players such as O2, Vodafone, EE and Three, none of which made the top five.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 23, 2019 -- The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) will hold its 177th meeting May 13-17 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.This major scientific conference brings together interdisciplinary groups of researchers from many far-flung fields, including physics, medicine, music, psychology, architecture and engineering, to discuss their latest research.A list of interesting sessions appears below.Reporters may also view a live media webcast featuring a selection of newsworthy research.The webcast will take place Tuesday, May 14.Times and topics will be announced in May, and journalists may register to watch the press conferences live at https://aipwebcasting.com.
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The sad saga of the Samsung Galaxy Fold continues with the news that the company has apparently decided to take all its handset samples back from reviewers.We've already heard that the launch of the Fold is delayed indefinitely while it sorts out the faults reported by multiple people, including issues with the top layer of the display (that some people peeled off, thinking it was a screen protector) and breakage.The phone was supposed to launch on the 26th – this Friday – but that's not happening now, and all existing review handsets will be taken back in-house according to Reuters.Unsurprisingly, parallels have been drawn with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which famously had to be recalled after developing a nasty habit of exploding.However, it's fair to say that the Galaxy Fold issue is nowhere near as bad, was partly caused by user error (combined with lack of clear instructions), and looks much more survivable for the phone and brand.Of course, any fault on a near-£2,000 device is a big deal, and the reported issues have likely put some people off preordering the phone, which had already sold out in the US.
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SpaceX's Crew Dragon appears to have suffered a significant setback as the spacecraft, previously sent to the International Space Station (ISS), suffered what NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine described as an "anomaly" during a static first test while perched on its Florida test stand.Also, note that the origin of the blast is not centered on the thruster pods.— Scott Manley (@DJSnM) April 21, 2019While SpaceX's social media orifices remained clamped shut (unlike the considerably loosened sphincters of the engineers watching the disastrous test), the company issued a statement to the effect that the final test performed in a sequence of abort engine checks resulted in the "anomaly".Large, orange clouds of smoke were seen drifting above the test site.The SuperDraco thrusters attached to the side of the Crew Dragon are used to perform in-flight aborts.
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Poverty leads to all sorts of problems, including childhood mortality.That means having balanced relationships where both partners split the work load at home.Then she met and married her husband, Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, and began her second job as a full-time mom to three children, Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe.What Melinda Gates saw at Microsoft that made her almost quitJason Bell for Pivotal VenturesAlyson Shontell: You're from a Catholic family in Dallas, and you were a computer-science major a Duke University with a master's in business.
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As excited as you might be to have an Amazon box arrive at your doorstep, package thieves are just as thrilled to see unattended boxes sitting outside, waiting to be grabbed.Last year, Amazon introduced its solution to package theft with Amazon Key, a service that allowed delivery personnel to drop off packages inside a person’s home.That understandably freaked some folks out, but now Amazon has updated its service for what should be a decent middle ground.On Tuesday, April 23, the company announced Amazon Key for Garage.As the name suggests, Amazon Key for Garage allows eligible Amazon Prime members to get packages delivered in their garage.The new service is enabled by myQ-connected technology from the Chamberlain Group, which is available in select garage door openers.
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Future high-speed communication networks based on millimeter-wave (30-300GHz) technology will be more robust and efficient in delivering extremely high speed, high quality video, and multimedia content and services thanks to the results of a ground-breaking research project.The recently-concluded project was a collaboration between Huawei Technologies and IMDEA Networks Institute, the Madrid-based research body pioneering many technologies that are being deployed in the new 5G landscape.Dr. Joerg Widmer, the Principal Investigator on the project and Research Director at IMDEA Networks, describes the challenge his group tackled.So, High Frequency (HF) communications, like mmWave systems which offer the speed and capacity that 5G and 802.11ad-standard Wi-Fi networks require, demand directional antennas in order to overcome the resulting attenuation.This results in high signaling overheads, since both ends of the communication have to continuously update their antenna steering as nodes move and blockages interrupt the line-of-sight path.These problems are avoided in low frequency (LF) networks, with their rich multi-path environment and much lower attenuation rates."
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This airship thing is not an airship, despite the visual clue of having the shape of an airship.It's one potential contender for the next generation of autonomous flying machine, using the weird science of variable-buoyancy propulsion to move itself along.Hence it has little wings to generate lift when required, although the really clever bits are hidden from view inside the vehicle's massive tummy.That houses two gas reservoirs, one housing buoyant helium for lifting it up, and another that's designed to be filled as required with compressed air.This compressed air is heavier than the surrounding atmosphere, so it can bring the machine down, and is shot out to propel it forward.And there you have all the mechanics needed to fly.
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German car manufacturer Volkswagen is launching a blockchain pilot to track its battery supply chain for lead from the point of origin to the factory.To do so, Volkswagen is partnering with Minespider, an open source, public blockchain protocol that claims to offer end-to-end mineral supply chain certification.The project will involve suppliers and sub-suppliers that deliver more than two thirds of the Volkswagen total lead starter battery requirements.During the trial, both parties will work to leverage blockchain’s widely lauded transparency to get a better idea on how components are made, where they come from, how they are managed, and by whom.By using blockchain technology, Volkswagen hope to gain a more comprehensive set of data, which would then enable it to provide proof of a component’s authenticity as well as reassurance about whether it has been ethically sourced.“Minespider came about due to increasing awareness and scrutiny of conflict funding and other human rights abuses in the mineral supply chain,” Nathan Williams, Minespiders’ CEO, told Hard Fork.
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Every great idea that can potentially be the next billion-dollar business begins with a website and a hosting plan.But here is what happens:Any Google search about website hosting platform throws thousands of results.Most of which are promoted and biased towards a particular hosting providerMost of the searches throw links where there is hardly any data backed opinionOnly few hosting review platforms went to the extent of checking everything a hosting provider claims
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Front-facing cameras on phones have traditionally been afterthoughts compared to rear cameras, but according to leaked patents, both LG and Xiaomi are planning handsets that will have three front-facing snappers.A patent acquired by GSMArena shows an LG phone with three front-facing cameras housed in a large notch in the screen, with a separate three snappers on the back.A patent of a Xiaomi phone from TigerMobiles again shows a triple-camera front-facing loadout, but it's housed in a slide-out section of the phone along with a speaker, and on the back are only two shooters.These are the best camera phones available nowWhat do we know about the iPhone 11?We've only just seen the launch of the Samsung Galaxy A80, a device with three cameras housed in a pop-up section that can swivel to face front or back depending on if they're popped up, and so triple selfie-cams could be a growing trend in smartphones.
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Huawei’s business grew strong in the first-quarter with revenues rising 39% year on year to 179.7 billion Chinese yuan ($26.76 billion), mainly fueled by focus on ICT infrastructure and smart devices as well as boosting the efficiency and quality of its operations.The firm shipped 59 million smartphones in the quarter and added revenue of 179.7 billion yuan ($26.8 billion).Based on these results, not being able to sell devices in the US hasn't really affected the company.Last year, the third largest smartphone manufacturer after Samsung and Apple, shipped 206 million units, inching closer to Apple’s 208.8 million units, according to research firm Gartner’s data.Huawei’s smartphone shipments rose 33.6 per cent year on year in 2018, the fastest growth rate in the industry while Samsung’s shipments declined eight per cent and Apple’s shipments by 3.2 per cent.Huawei has high hopes of becoming the number one smartphone manufacturer in the next two years.
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A repository containing a large number of user names and passwords for Chinese video-streaming site Bilibili was found on open-source software development platform GitHub, Chinese media reported on Monday.The repository, called “Bilibili website backend codes,” has been taken down by GitHub “due to excessive use of resources,” said the company.It contained more than 50 megabytes of source code, according to a Reddit post dated Monday.A key opinion leader (KOL) on microblogging site Weibo posted two screenshots of the leaked codes, which has since been taken down.One screenshot shows the redacted username and password for a Bilibili user.The repository was created by a GitHub user named “openbilibili,” who hasn’t uploaded any other projects.
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A mere thirteen-month period for an idea to turn into the first product shipment in an emerging and promising new market.These are the development trajectories of an early-stage logistics robot startup in Shenzhen that pretty much sums up the reasons why China is winning the global innovation race.Syrius Robotics was founded in May 2018 by Adam Jiang, with work experience at Motorola and Nvidia; Luo Xuan, who was previously at Alibaba Robotics; and Liu Junbin, who has a PhD in electrical engineering and computer sciences.It took Syrius six months to design its first model of AMRs, and in another seven months it shipped its first batch of products to a client in Japan.This feat was achieved with the help of two VC financing deals: an angel round led by Future Capital and a pre-A round led by ZhenFund in the span of eight months.Plus, we know the factories and people very well,” co-founder Luo Xuan told China Money Network last month at the company’s Shenzhen office.
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