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Up until now, handheld controllers have been the primary tools VR and AR headset wearers have used for interactions with artificial worlds, but Facebook is already planning for a hands-free future — or at least one where you don’t need to hold controllers to feel feedback from the digital environment.To that end, Facebook Reality Labs researchers recently revealed prototype Tasbi wristbands that send various types of haptic feedback through the wearer’s hands and wrists.Tasbi was unveiled at the World Haptics Conference 2019 (via UploadVR) as a set of small boxes linked by a central band.One large box is centered to look like an oversized smartwatch, housing a haptic actuator, while each of the smaller boxes has its own linear actuator capable of precisely sending vibrations and dynamically adjusting tension from different places on the wrist.Collectively, the Tasbi actuators can provide “vibration cues” and “squeeze cues” based on digitally generated content the wearer interacts with, vibrating from side to side to mark contacts, collisions, and interfacing with textures, or front to back to suggest the springiness of buttons and weights.Tasbi can also enable users to interact with “visual illusions” such as holograms, providing some sense of differential feedback for obviously unreal UIs or objects.
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The fight between AMD and Nvidia for graphics card dominance is certainly getting heated, with AMD admitting that it has weaponized price cuts in a bid to get Nvidia to over-price its graphics cards.However, when Nvidia launched its GeForce RTX 20 Super series, which includes the RTX 2070 Super and the RTX 2060 Super, AMD cut the prices of the AMD Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT to $349 (around £280, AU$500) and $399 (around £320, AU$570) respectively.This made them considerably cheaper than Nvidia’s new RTX 20 Super lineup.While many people assumed AMD cut the prices in reaction to Nvidia’s launch, according to Scott Herkelman, AMD’s vice president and general manager for the Radeon division, the price cut was pre-planned in a bit to get Nvidia to over-price its new graphics cards.The revelation comes in an interview between Herkelman and Hot Hardware, which you can watch below:According to Herkelman, AMD had a hunch that Nvidia’s large die size on its Turing boards would mean that the company would struggle to cut prices without impacting its margins.
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A YouTuber could face criminal charges after his photo of a handwritten menu on his Garuda Indonesia flight went viral.Rius Vernandes later shared a video in which he said he wasn't trying to hurt the airline's reputation.Rius said he had been accused of defamation and reported to the police.Under Indonesia's laws, those found guilty of defamation could face years in prison.The head of the airline's labour union said the suit was filed by some of Garuda's Indonesia's staff, and not the airline itself.Rius Vernandes, who has 121,000 followers on Instagram and 500,000 subscribers on YouTube and often reviews flights, shared the image of the menu on his business-class flight on Saturday with the caption "The menu is still being printed sir," The Guardian reported.
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A trade dispute between Japan and South Korea threatens to hurt Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 production schedule, according to recent news from The Investor (via SamMobile).A Samsung representative purportedly told the outlet that the trade conflict may force it to cut down on Exynos chipset production for the upcoming Galaxy Note 10Samsung’s Galaxy Note flagships are typically sold in EMEA regions with Samsung’s own Exynos chipsets, while utilizing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon variants for the U.S., Latin America, and China.The Investor said Korean chipmakers “rely heavily” on Japanese firms to produce their SoCs.The Galaxy Note 10 is set to be unveiled on August 7 and expected to go on sale later that month.The Investor suggests Samsung may have to reduce production on the Galaxy Note 10’s Exynos chip (which is yet to be confirmed) by as much as 10 percent in its first month.
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Quantum computers are expected to be commonplace in the next five to 10 years and promise vast increases in processing power over silicon chips.With more powerful computers, and the ability to carry out more mathematical operations every second, contemporary encryption algorithms all of a sudden provide much less security than they did in a time before quantum computers.Although this issue will likely come into play within five to 10 years, developing security measures against quantum computers is a longterm process.Why should we be concerned?Step back and think about that for a second in the context of banking, and everything that comes with having a bank account.Prof. Tittel told us that “Quantum key distribution (QKD) promises secure digital communication, ultimately worldwide, that cannot be broken – not even by a quantum computer.”
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Nintendo confirms portable-only, $200 “Switch Lite” for September [Updated]Wednesday's announcement of the Switch Lite put to rest months of credible rumors that a miniature, portable-focused Switch was on the horizon.But Nintendo still has yet to confirm the other side of some of those rumors: suggestions that the company is planning to upgrade the Switch's internal hardware in the near future.Nintendo reportedly rolling out new, more hack-resistant Switch hardwareWhat will those hardware changes look like?To figure that out, some Switch watchers are looking back to suggestive hardware references that first showed up in the underlying code for Switch firmware 5.0.0 back in March 2018.
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Like many other technology companies, Samsung focused its early mixed reality development largely on virtual reality rather than augmented reality, but a newly published patent application (via Patently Apple) suggests that it’s actively working on AR glasses with at least one interesting feature: a display that is automatically powered on and off by the frames.While some AR headsets — including Microsoft’s HoloLens and Magic Leap One — wrap fully around the head like industrial goggles, Samsung’s design looks closer to a pair of plastic sunglasses, and not unlike numerous Bluetooth audio glasses released by Oakley, Bose, and others over the years.The key difference between the audio glasses and Samsung’s design is a small square display that would appear in front of at least one of the user’s eyes, having been reflected from a prism onto the lens from a small temple-mounted projector.Like more advanced AR headsets, Samsung suggests its projector will display a translucent image that appears atop the wearer’s field of vision, likely using a waveguide to diffract the projection in a way that conveys 3D depth.But rather than requiring a dedicated power button, Samsung would automatically power the projector on when one of the frame’s temples is opened, and turn it off when the temple is folded closed, conserving energy in the process.Given the normal movements of a wearer’s head, keeping the projector from jittering on and off during frame jostles would be important.
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Walmart’s grocery pickup business has been scaling quickly in recent years, and is now on track to reach 3,100 U.S. stores by year-end.Now, Walmart’s Sam’s Club business is making its own move to satisfy consumers’ demand for online ordering with same-day pickup.The retailer this week announced that same-day Club Pickup is now available at its nearly 600 U.S. locations.The company began testing pickup at select locations starting last summer.To order from Sam’s Club, members can either go online to SamsClub.com or use the Sam’s Club app to shop for items, check out, and pay.The orders will be ready for pick up within four hours — and often quicker, the retailer notes.
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Samsung’s flagships achieve high scores on DxOMark but have so far failed to steal the top spot from Huawei.One of the reasons for falling short of becoming Number 1 is its average performance in low light, especially night-time, photography.Samsung heeded the call of the market and started rolling out a dedicated Night Mode not only to the Galaxy S10 but to last year’s generation as well.Unfortunately, the price users have to pay may not be worth the new feature.To be fair, Samsung has had a sort of night mode for its phones since last year but it wasn’t immediately available and hidden behind its AI-powered automatic mode.Given the trend in the smartphone market, users clamored for a dedicated Night Mode for the Galaxy S10.
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The Sahara might seem like one of Earth’s most lifeless regions today, but its fossils show it was once a vast seaway filled giant fish and some of the largest sea snakes the planet has ever seen.From 100 million to 50 million years ago, a large seaway up to 160 feet deep covered much of West Africa, leaving behind lots of marine fossils, including vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, and microbes.It’s difficult to study this region due to harsh geopolitical and physical climates, so a group of scientists decided to compile and synthesise lots of existing research on the area.“We don’t have a section in the rock record to tie in the fossils at the species level and see these intricate changes on every continent.” Data from the Trans-Saharan Seaway could fill in some blanks about how the extinction played out in an understudied part of the world.That the western Sahara was once a waterway has long been known to those who live there; the Tuareg people have found remnants of sea life in the desert, O’Leary told Gizmodo, and the idea has been part of the palaeontological discourse for over a century.During warm periods between 50 million and 100 million years ago, rising sea levels caused a waterway to develop, probably connecting the Gulf of Guinea to the Mediterranean Sea.
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We saw the first massive Google Pixel 4 leak last month, with Google confirming the leak shortly thereafter.Now, it looks like the Pixel 4 XL has surfaced online, with renders showing dual selfie cameras and what appears to be a triple rear camera setup.More specifically, we see a substantial top bezel on the front hosting what appears to be two cameras and another sensor.This sensor could either be a proximity sensor or a new sensor for rumored face unlock functionality.OnLeaks also notes that there’s a blank area on the right side of the top bezel, potentially housing the facial recognition sensors.We also see a slim bezel at the bottom of the Google Pixel 4 XL render, with no visible fingerprint scanner mounted here.
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Många av våra prenumeranter har redan aktiverat sitt premiumkonto.För er andra kan det vara läge att göra det.Här förklarar vi varför – och hur, skriver Per Danielson, chefredaktör på Ny Teknik.Våra reportrar, redaktörer och illustratörer jobbar dagligen intensivt med att producera Sveriges bästa teknikjournalistik.Vi blandar större granskningar, personintervjuer, tester, analyser och debattartiklar med populärvetenskapliga nyheter.Vi införde helt enkelt en betalvägg på nyteknik.se.
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A Texas woman made a creepy discovery in her backyard recently when she found a horde of slimy, black worms known to carry a dangerous parasite.The “strange looking” worms were feeding on snails and inched their way onto the home’s porch, Marranda Ganucheau told KHOU-TV.An investigation online pointed her to the New Guinea flatworm, which was later confirmed by the Texas Invasive Species Institute (TISI).The New Guinea flatworm, while not a parasite itself, is known as the host of the Rat Lungworm, a nematode parasite, according to TISI’s website.The parasite originates in rodents and is transferred through the sickened rat's feces, which some snails and worms feed on.The parasite could cause eosinophilic meningitis and severe gastrointestinal or central nervous system disease in humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Apple design wunderkind Sir Jony Ive is leaving the company after 27 years and Apple is scrambling to ensure the public that this is fine, everything is fine.After Apple announced the chief design officer’s imminent departure to start his own design firm Apple’s market value took a dive before recovering big on Monday.Then, on Sunday the Wall Street Journal reported that Ive’s creative involvement has been waning since Steve Jobs died in 2011 and he found the reign of Tim Cook to be uninspiring.Ive was reportedly disappointed that Tim Cook took over as he had never had much interest in product design, according to the report, which asserts that, “people in the design studio rarely saw Mr. Cook, who they say showed little interest in the product development process—a fact that dispirited Mr. Ive.”But Cook is displeased with the WSJ reporting, which is based on a year’s worth of interviews with people in Ive’s orbit.On Monday afternoon NBC News media reporter Dylan Byers tweeted out a short email that Cook reportedly sent him, in which the executive called the story “absurd,” asserting that the article’s assertions and reporting “just don’t match with reality.” He also believes the report “distorts relationships, decisions and events to the point that we just don’t recognise the company it claims to describe.”
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In its latest transparency report published Tuesday, the tech giant said it received 80 requests from 11 countries to remove 634 apps from its localized app stores during July 1 and December 31, 2018.Apple didn’t list the apps that were removed but noted in most cases why the apps were pulled.Vietnam and Austria also requested the takedown of several apps which violated its gambling laws, while Kuwait asked Apple to pull some apps that fell foul of its privacy laws.Apple said it will in a future transparency report — slated for mid-2020 — will report on appeals received in response to government demands to remove apps from the company’s localized app stores.The tech giant also for the first time posted several national security letters it received permission to publish.National security letters (NSLs) are controversial subpoenas issued by the FBI with no judicial oversight and often with a gag order preventing the company from disclosing their existence.
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Static display jet last ran in 1983Feature What do you do when your jet-powered speedboat restoration project grinds to a halt because of bureaucracy?Obviously, you find yourself a convenient Vulcan bomber and start restoring the engines to running condition, as the Bluebird Project is currently doing.The Bluebird Project came together to restore the 1960s British jet-powered speedboat turbojet hydroplane Bluebird to running condition.Donald Campbell, Bluebird's owner and pilot, was killed in January 1967 when the boat disintegrated during a high-speed run across Coniston Water in the Lake District in northwest England.Bluebird sank but the project recovered her and rebuilt the vessel to immaculate running condition, successfully testing her last year – though the boat is currently trapped in a bureaucratic wrangle over whether it should be shut away in a museum or run regularly for the public to see and enjoy.
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Sony’s PlayStation Vue live TV streaming service is joining its rivals with the roll out another price increase.The company announced today it will be upping the price for all its plans by $5 per month each.The change is live as of today for new subscribers, and will kick in for current customers with the beginning of the first billing cycle on or after July 31.However, the company also said today it’s soon adding NHL Network and ACC Network to its plans.These additions, along with its optional Sports Pack for $10/month, makes Vue a compelling choice for sports viewers, as they gain access to NFL Network, NBC Sports, Fox Sports Networks, Stadium, beIN, and regional networks, among others.Dish-owned Sling TV also raised prices last year as did AT’s DirecTV Now — the latter which raised them again in 2019.
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布局线下奢侈品拍卖 阿里拍卖2018年交易额超5000亿 – Sina FinanceWhat happened: Alibaba’s e-auction sales turnover exceeded RMB 500 billion ($73 billion) in 2018, up from RMB 200 billion in 2017 and RMB 100 billion in 2016, according to the company.Assets was the most popular category on the online platform, representing more 90% of the turnover, with luxury products such as handbags and watches coming in second.The e-auction unit is negotiating a partnership with Furui Tongyuan, a used luxury product auction house, to open offline outlets.Why it’s important: Online auctions for assets and jewelry and gems are taking off in China as the newly wealthy look for diverse investment ideas.In addition to traditional auction houses which operate online auctions on their websites, major e-commerce players such as Alibaba, JD, and Suning are operating their own online auction businesses.
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SpaceIL hoped to be the company to put the first Israeli craft on the moon, but that hope was scuppered when the Beresheet craft crash landed.Now, the company has announced that it will be not sending a second mission to the moon after all, but will be pursuing a different, currently unnamed objective instead.Unfortunately for the Beresheet craft, it suffered problems during the descent and crashed into the moon.It subsequently emerged that the crash was caused by a manual command which was entered incorrectly into the craft’s computer, leading to a chain reaction which caused the engine to switch off too soon.The engine didn’t fire early enough to slow the descent of the craft and it impacted the surface, leaving a visible impact crater which was captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.The company behind Beresheet, SpaceIL, took the crash in stride and soon announced that it would be building Beresheet 2.0 to pick up where the first craft failed.
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PITTSBURGH (June 28, 2019) -- Ionic liquids (ILs) are unique because they are not solid nor liquid--they are both.ILs' distinctive properties make them useful in many applications, from electrolytes for energy storage devices to lubricants used in manufacturing.However, even a small amount of water can have a huge impact on the structure of ILs at solid-IL interfaces, where the IL meets a solid surface, limiting how they can be used.Investigators from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering, in collaboration with Virginia Tech, have received a National Science Foundation award of $223,093 to examine how water affects the molecular structure of IL at IL-solid interfaces."Researchers have made significant progress toward understanding solid-IL interfaces," says Lei Li, PhD, principal investigator and associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at Pitt."Now, an increasing number of studies suggest that water, even in very small amounts, greatly affects the structure of solid-IL interfaces.
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