Setup process is very simple and fastSupports dimming and color warmth adjustmentWyze, the company that skyrocketed to popularity by launching a $20 home security camera, is back with yet another product: connected light bulbs.These bulbs are integrated with the Wyze app but do not require a separate hub; even better, they come with an $8 price tag, making them one of (if not the) cheapest connected bulbs on the market.Wyze offers three home security products at this time: the cube-shaped Wyze Cam (currently in its second generation), the tower-shaped and motorized Wyze Cam Pan, and the Wyze Sense with contact and motion sensors.As we’ve noted in our Wyze Cam review and Wyze Cam Pan review, both camera products work very well, catapulting them to the top of the otherwise generally buggy and disappointing budget home security market.
DJI’s popular Ronin-S gimbal has lost some weight.On Wednesday, July 17, DJI launched the Ronin-S Compact (SC), a three-axis gimbal designed to stabilize mirrorless cameras with one hand.But the gimbal is going mobile in more ways than one, integrating new smartphone-powered tools including subject tracking and remote control of the camera’s movement.Weighing 2.4 pounds, the DJI Ronin-SC is 41% lighter than the original.As the heavier hitter, the Ronin-S remains geared for heavier cameras, while the SC supports camera-lens combos up to 4.4 pounds, including most major mirrorless cameras from brands like Sony, Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, and Fujifilm.Despite the weight loss, the Ronin-SC is constructed with magnesium, steel, aluminum, and composite plastic and offers motorized three-axis stabilization.
At a presentation at the California Academy of Sciences, hastily announced via Twitter and beginning a half hour late, Musk presented the first product from his company Neuralink.And the robotic sewing machine places those wires with enviable precision, a “neural lace” straight out of science fiction that dodges the delicate blood vessels spreading across the brain’s surface like ivy.If Neuralink’s technologies work as Musk and his team intend, they’ll be able to pick up signals from across a person’s brain—first from the motor cortex that controls movement but eventually throughout your think-meat—and turn them into machine-readable code that a computer can understand.“With a high-bandwidth brain-machine interface, we can actually go along for the ride.The first volunteers, he hopes, will be people with quadriplegia, willing to have four chips implanted, three in the motor cortex of the brain (roughly running from above the ear to the top of the head) and on providing closed-loop feedback to the somatosensory cortex.A public records request from WIRED in April 2019 found that Neuralink is licensed to have hundreds of rats and mice in its research facilities.
Vodafone launched its 5G network just a couple of weeks ago in seven cities across the UK, and has already added eight additional locations.The network went live in Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, and Glasgow on July 3, and now customers based in Birkenhead, Bolton, Gatwick, Lancaster, Newbury, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton can also access 5G.Vodafone originally listed 12 cities that would follow the initial seven later this year, including Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton.Given that some of those areas have now gone live with 5G, that leaves Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton, and Warrington to be added to the list over the course of the next few months, although Vodafone seems to be getting its hustle on, so it may be even sooner.Vodafone has announced a number of unlimited 5G data plans to entice customers over to the speedier network ,and just this week it launched a 5G wireless, mobile router that can be used anywhere with 5G that can connect to up to 64 devices.It's clearly pulling out all the stops to rival EE, who was the first network in the UK to get 5G.
Scientists are working hard to perfect tiny robots that can work with more of their kind to perform tasks on a larger scale.The tiny robot seen below was created by Georgia Tech and is called micro-bristle-bot.The scientists say that these tiny robots might one day work in groups to sense environmental changes, move materials, and possibly one day repair injuries inside the human body.The prototype robots are designed to respond to different vibration frequencies depending on their configurations.The different vibrations they respond to allow researchers to control individual bots by adjusting the vibration frequencies.The minuscule little robots are only about two millimeters long, which is about the size of the world’s smallest ant.
Michael Collins may not be a household name like his fellow Apollo 11 crew members Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, but he played a pivotal role in the success of the epic mission.When Armstrong and Aldrin were taking their famous first steps on the Moon on July 20, 1969, Collins was orbiting 60 miles above them in the mission’s command module.Each time the Columbia Command Module orbited the Moon, he would lose contact with Mission Control in Houston for more than 40 minutes at a time.As a result, he has often been described as “the loneliest person in the universe.”APOLLO 11 ASTRONAUT MICHAEL COLLINS RECALLS EPIC LAUNCH: 'WE FELT THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD ON OUR SHOULDERS'This, however, could not be further from the truth, he explained during an interview with Bob Cabana, the director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday.
Sprint is the latest telco to become the victim of cybercrime as an unknown number of customers have had their personal data eyed over by nefarious parties.In a letter sent to customers, Sprint has suggested a huge amount of personal information has been exposed to the darker corners of the internet.The hackers gained access via the Samsung ‘add a line’ website, with the total number of impacted customers being unknown for the moment.“On June 22, Sprint was informed of unauthorized access to your Sprint account using your account credentials via the Samsung.com ‘add a line’ website,” the letter states.“We take this matter, and all matters involving Sprint customer’s privacy, very seriously.”An ‘add a line’ website is one utilised by third-parties, mainly device manufacturers, if customers want to add an additional phone line to an existing contract with a telco.
It’s World Emoji day, which can only mean one thing: The unveiling of a number of new emojis based on Unicode 12.0 that are coming to Android and iOS devices in the next year.In the spirit of the holiday, both Apple and Google have offered a sneak preview of the new emojis we can expect to see soon.There are 59 brand-new emojis coming to iPhones and 65 coming to Android devices, and we’ve picked out some of the highlights from the list so you can see what’s upcoming for your device.This year, there’s been a drive toward inclusivity, with new emojis depicting those who are blind, deaf, or otherwise differently abled.Some of the more interesting additions are those that represent disabled users.In the new set of emojis, you’ll find a range of emojis representing people in wheelchairs (both manual and motorized), deaf and blind people, and emojis that represent prosthetic limbs.
The last few years have seen automation become a major focus, as organisations look to accelerate software innovation and sharpen their competitive edge, writes Stuart Ashby, DevOps specialist at Compuware.Automation is especially beneficial in helping organisations to bring new digital services to market faster, by removing the need for manual testing during software development.This enables them to improve code quality whilst increasing velocity, so they can deliver new experiences to customers and end-users with increasing regularity.The consistency that automation provides means organisations can innovate at this faster pace without the fear that increased speed will introduce more bugs and unforeseen consequences.However, despite its growing role in powering customer-facing services, the mainframe is often overlooked as a priority for automated testing, which could be holding back digitalisation efforts from reaching their full potential.They remain loyal to the platform due to its stability, security, performance and reliability, as well as its decades of intellectual property in the form of business logic and data.
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.
FaceApp appears to be having a viral moment, again.The two-year-old AI-driven photo editor from Russian company Wireless Lab, which rose in popularity for its realistic facial transformations in photos, is back in the spotlight.This time it’s for a new aging feature that allow you to edit a person’s face to make them appear older or younger.— Kevin Clark (@vernalkick) July 15, 2019This has recently triggered an AgeChallenge (also FaceAppChallenge) on social media, and everyone’s hopping on board.But with the sudden surge in popularity have come fresh questions about privacy, and whether the app is doing enough to protect users’ data.
Even businesses' attempts to destroy Windows 7 with firehose of cash fail to reverse sales droopThe bad news bus kept on rolling in calendar Q2 as consumer PCs sold to retailers continued their decline.Distributors' sales-out figures were an improvement on the previous quarter, with an overall year-on-year drop for the UK of 0.9 per cent to 816,418 PCs compared to the 7 per cent y-o-y drop (to 538,000) seen in the first months of the year, but consumers are continuing to stay away.Volumes for consumers fell 15.3 per cent to 265,161 machines while PCs aimed at businesses were up by 8 per cent to 551,257 units.Businesses, at least according to channel stats wizards Context, are continuing to migrate off Windows 7 as well as eying the security features of newer hardware.Consumers are, however, less bothered by the approaching demise of the veteran OS and cite the uncertainty around what might, or might not, happen when the UK makes its exit from the European Union as reason for not splashing the cash.
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Galaxy Note fans might be in for yet another disappointment with this year’s models.Yes, plural as it might affect both the normal model and the Plus model.Emotions ran high when Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 855+, which seems to be perfect timing for the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+.Unfortunately, a new leak claims that that will not be the case and that some models will be left with an older Snapdragon while others will use a fresh new Exynos chip.Samsung has always used a two-chip strategy when it came to its flagship phones.Due to licensing or legal considerations, some models are equipped with Samsung’s latest Exynos chips while some run on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon.
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.
This can prove fatal to allergy sufferers and asthmatics and make everyone else more prone to respiratory illnesses.An air purifier can significantly help lower such risks by improving the quality of the air you breathe.One of the world’s leading manufacturers of air purifiers is Winix, and very shortly, two of their bestselling air purifier models, the AM90 and the 5500-2, are getting irresistibly huge discounts on Amazon’s Prime Day.Right now, the Winix AM90 is available on Amazon at a pretty good price of $200 But from now, July 16 at 4:15 p.m. to be precise, it gets an unbelievable discount of 48%, bringing its price down to $104.The Winix AM90 air purifier is suitable for medium and large rooms up to 360 square feet in size.It features four stages of air filtration – a washable fine mesh pre-filter, a carbon sheet filter, a True HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, and the PlasmaWave filter – which guarantees optimum cleaning of the air you breathe.
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.
Researchers with CHU Sainte-Justine in Quebec have published a study shedding light on digital entertainment and how it may impact depression during one’s teenage years.The results, which were recently published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, point toward social media and television as driving depression in teens, but the same outcome wasn’t observed in association with another popular digital activity.The study involved around 4,000 teenagers in Canada who reported on the number of hours they spending playing video games, participating on social media, watching television, and using computers.Over the course of the four-year study, researchers found that some of these digital activities may make depression symptoms worse in teens.Frequently using social media and watching TV were both associated with more severe depression symptoms, including feeling worthless, thinking about death, and having a low mood.It seems an increase in these symptoms followed increased time spent on social media and watching TV, an effect that wasn’t observed when it came greater than average time spent playing video games or using a computer.
Just in case we've not made ourselves clear, Samsung screwed you over, adds SprintThe North American mobile carrier is right now sending out letters (PDF) to unlucky customers whose account and device details were leaked onto the web thanks to, apparently, dodgy Samsung coding and miscreants."On June 22, Sprint was informed of unauthorized access to your Sprint account using your account credentials via the Samsung.com 'add a line' website," Sprint wrote in its missive to aggrieved subscribers."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."Here's what happened: fraudsters somehow obtained and used some Sprint customers' account information to log into the Samsung add-a-line website and, from there, gathered additional personal details on Sprint accounts.Add-a-line is or was, from what we can tell, a means to add additional services to your phone's postpaid monthly voice plan.
For most people, smart homes start with a smart speaker that lets you talk with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.Amazon Echo and Google Home are by any measure the hands-down dominant smart home eco-systems.The third-generation Amazon Echo Dot and the Google Home Mini are the best-selling devices as well as the smallest smart speakers for their respective platforms.But which is the better deal for Prime Day 2019, the Echo Dot or the Google Home Mini?Discounted from its usual $50 cost, the Echo Dot at $22 wins on price.The Dot costs $3 less than the Google Home Mini, which is on sale for $25, $24 less than its normal $49.