Neil Chestnut

Neil Chestnut

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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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While the global server market is predicted to continue growing in 2019, new research from DRAMeXchange has revealed that this year's server shipment growth has shrunk by 3.9 percent compared to last year under the pressures of business cycles and worldwide uncertainty.The company's senior analyst Mark Liu pointed out the worldwide server growth momentum in 2018 derived mainly from North American brands which comprised over 30 percent of total shipments.Enterprise servers still form the largest shipment group though shipments to data centers are growing year by year up from 35 percent in 2018 to 40 percent this year.As 5G begins to transform businesses with its global rollout this year, telecommunications companies and internet providers will increase in their demand for servers and current predictions highlight the fact that server shipments are expected to peak in 2020.Looking back at the first season of this year, data center demand was relatively unaffected by the traditional offseason as total shipments continued to experience stable growth.ODM direct business shipments grew by 1.3 percent compared to the previous season and as orders continue to arrive in the second season, we may still see seasonal growth of around 1 to 3 percent bringing market shares up to to 26.6 percent.
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Historically, Apple has used its annual WWDC event to debut new details and features of its upcoming version of the iOS mobile operating system, with the new OS then releasing a few months later with the arrival of that year's new iPhones.This year, WWDC is scheduled for June 3 and we fully expect iOS 13 to take center stage – meaning we don’t have too long to wait before we find out exactly what iOS 13 will bring later this year.Rumors have already hinted at what could be part of iOS 13’s feature set – according to one report, we could see a system-wide dark mode, app tabs and a new undo gesture, alongside a major overhaul of the interface for iPads.Then there’s the slew of Animoji sprites we’re expecting to see in iOS 13.Apple already gave us a preview of 230 new characters being added to the library, but a new leak suggests four more could be incoming.According to developer Steven Troughton-Smith, users of the latest iPhones will soon be able to get into the head of a cow, octopus, mouse and… wait for it… an emoji face.
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According to a report published today through The Bell, Samsung is working on two more foldable smartphones.Called “Type G” and “Type S,” the devices are reported to be two larger variants of the delayed Galaxy Fold.Starting with the Type G, the device reportedly features an 8-inch display when unfolded and two sides that fold in to form the letter “G.” The Type S reportedly features a larger 13-inch display when unfolded and is somewhat shaped like the letter “S.”Samsung filed a patent for the Type S back in November 2018, so we have an idea of what the device might look like in the image above.The report didn’t say when the Type G and S will be released.Because this is only a rumor, take all of this with a grain of salt.
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The world’s most popular video game is teaming up, once again, with one of cinema’s biggest franchises.In celebration of Avengers: Endgame, Epic Games is bringing some more Marvel comic content to Fortnite and we at least know that Captain America’s shield will be involved.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 22, 2019The news was revealed via the tweet above, but additional information is unknown at this time.As you can see, the tweet reads “Whatever it takes,” which is a phrase that some of the original Avengers have used in the Endgame trailers.It’s a reference to attempting to reverse the “decimation” of half the population (including many superheroes) caused by the snap of Thanos’ fingers in Avengers: Infinity War.
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It should come as a surprise to no one that America's road and highway infrastructure is in a pretty sorry state.It's something that we notice every day on our morning commutes and quietly swear at from behind the steering wheel, but it's a more serious issue than just messed-up wheels and potholes.Thankfully, the US government is getting ready to throw a little bit of money at the problem in the form of federal Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary grants.These grants can be applied for and used by municipalities of all sizes, but Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao made it clear in a recent statement that a significant portion of the funding would go specifically toward improving infrastructure in rural areas."These BUILD Transportation grants will provide needed infrastructure investment to better connect rural and urban communities around our nation," Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement today.Municipalities that apply for BUILD grants have to have very specific plans for the money for which they are asking.
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A killer asteroid is a bigger threat to the world than climate change.And all that alarmist talk about melting polar ice caps?Anyway, if the Earth ever becomes too unlivable, “There are other planets.”This is the kind of chatter that happens in a roomful of climate change naysayers, seemingly brought together to fuel each others’ theories about colonizing Mars and such but in fact secretly promoting a Canadian brand called Ecobee.It’s not a heated discussion when everyone agrees with statements like, “The Earth is fixing itself,” and, “We had the coldest February since 1960, which disproves climate change.”But it becomes HeatedDiscussion when the smart thermometer brand cranks the temperature past 90 degrees, adds gale-force winds, thunder effects, flickering lights and thick smog (with enough eye- and throat-stinging power to require gas masks).
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