Alex Blair

Alex Blair

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It’s been a long time since Nvidia did a refresh of its popular Android TV and gaming device, the Nvidia Shield TV.But if recent glitches on Amazon and NewEgg are any indicator, we’ll soon see new versions of the Shield TV and Shield TV Pro.NewEgg’s now-removed product page showed a massively redesigned Nvidia Shield TV that uses a tiny, cylindrical shape with ports at both ends.It’s unclear whether or not there’s a flat section to keep the streamer from rolling away, but we do know that it will support Dolby Vision, something that was lacking from previous versions of the product.The new, smaller form-factor ditches the two USB 3.0 ports from the 2017 model but adds a microSD card slot.Inside, an Nvidia Tegra X1+ CPU powers the show, which could mean 25% faster performance according to the product description.
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The world of Pokémon Go continues to expand; as it should if it’s to catch up to the new Gen 8 Pokémon about to be introduced through Pokémon Sword & Shield.Getting these coveted trinkets is rarely explained in-game, so we’ve detailed the numerous ways you can go about trying to find them on your travels down below.Special items are much rarer and harder to find than your typical potion or Ultra Ball.While the generation one games have Pokémon that can evolve from stones like Eevee, that initially wasn’t the case in Pokémon Go as special items weren’t introduced until the release of generation two.Since then, Niantic has continued to add even more special items for players.In fact, new special items were added in September 2019.
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Silvermyran i Sahara hinner med drygt 40 steg i sekunden.Myran heter egentligen Cataglyphis bombycina men kallas ibland för silvermyra på grund av sin reflekterande hårbeklädnad.Den är extremt värmetålig och kan trots sina korta ben röra sig väldigt snabbt.Den lever i öknen och äter kadaver från döda djur under den varmaste tiden på dagen, när temperaturen kan nå upp till 60 grader Celsius.– Vi visste att silvermyrorna är väldigt snabba och vi ville ta reda på hur de kan åstadkomma så höga hastigheter, berättar Sarah Pfeffer, en av forskarna, för Ny Teknik.Högsta stegfrekvensen: 47 steg per sekund
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Nest Wifi features Google Assistant support and comes in three colorways — snow, sand, and mist.(Other countries will get it in Q4 2019, including the U.K., Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, France, and Singapore.)The Nest Wifi Router boasts hardware that’s backward-compatible with the original Google Wifi, including a Qualcomm 400 series chipset optimized to parse Google Assistant commands.That’s 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, but not 802.11ax (also known as Wi-Fi 6) — Google says it doesn’t think it’ll be worthwhile in people’s homes until 2022, when there’s a critical mass of client devices.That’s all in addition to Thread (coming in 2020) and Bluetooth Low Energy capabilities that enable native integration with popular smart home devices.Overall, Google says the new router is up to 2 times faster and provides 25% better coverage than Google Wifi.
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Det var rena julafton för traktorentusiaster när delar av en av landets finaste samlingar gick under klubban.Holger Larsson har samlat traktorer sedan han var ung och hans museum i Överkalix har blivit en turistattraktion.Men nu vill han trappa ned och bestämde sig för att sälja runt häften av samlingen.Sammanlagt 111 traktorer och andra fordon såldes på auktion under onsdagen.Traktorerna som såldes var bland de första modellerna som kom när man övergick från att använda hästar och oxar i lantbruket.De har stått ute de senaste 20–30 åren och varit helt översnöade under vintern, men är i förundransvärt bra skick.
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When it comes to headphones, Beats by Dr. Dre only got better since the brand was acquired by Apple in 2014.The https://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/apple-beats-solo3-wireless-headphones-get-new-colors-not-new-features/ packs the best features you can get from these two premium brands boasting excellent wireless capabilities, Dr. Dre’s signature sound, along with impressive battery life in exchange for $300.There is no need to worry if black simply isn’t your color as the Beats Solo 3 is available in other colors at varying prices.There is no doubt that you’ll find just the pair that matches your personality and with a collapsible frame, you’ll be able to take your music on the go.Moreover, being coated in synthetic leather makes it sweatproof and fit for a workout.If that doesn’t prove to be enough, five minutes of charging can already give you three hours or playtime or just opt for a wired connection with the provided 3.5mm RemoteTalk cable.
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I Singapore har man ett ganska konstant klimat på lite drygt 30 C och runt 22 g/kg vatten utomhus vilket motsvarar knappt 70% relativ fukt.När man kyler ned luft ökar relativa fukten tills den når 100%RF och börjar kondensera.Om man bara kyler ned luft blir fuktigheten för hög inte bara för produktion och lagring av livsmedel och batterier, utan även för konst.När behovet av ett nationellt galleri i Singapore dök upp följde frågan om avfuktning av den framtida byggnaden genast.Båda dessa byggnader låg i centrala Singapore nära varandra och de byggdes om för att kunna husera det nya nationalgalleriet.I avfuktaren från DST blandas friskluft med returluft efter behov och avfuktas innan den går in till luftbehandlingsaggregaten som styr temperaturen i de olika hallarna.
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Over 70% of the region’s population don’t use banks – way higher than the global average of 30%.However, this reliance on physical currency, along with the alignment of several factors like high mobile penetration and a young tech-savvy population, makes Southeast Asia enticing for e-payments companies.(Note: Data on total disclosed funding was gathered from Tech in Asia and Crunchbase and does not include money earned from IPOs or M deals.)It acts as a payment gateway for online firms and offers multiple solutions that enable clients to accept, process, and analyze transactions, as well as send billing statements and invoices.Founded in 2010, it counts Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Peter Thiel, and Elon Musk among its more notable investors.The service is available in 30 countries with 14 offices all over the world.
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Google has introduced a new design for its Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets apps on Android, giving them a look that’s more consistent with the rest of the company’s G Suite apps.The actual functionality of these apps remains unchanged, according to the company — this is a purely visual upgrade, one that is first arriving for Slides and Docs.Google announced the new design on Monday.The Material redesign, as the company calls it, brings a number of UI improvements to the three apps, including ‘highly-legible’ typefaces, a document list that has been ‘restyled,’ more consistent controls across the three mobile products, and iconography that has been updated across the apps.The redesign is already live in Google Docs and Google Slides on Android to start with; the company started rolling it out to Google Sheets on Android earlier today, as well.The update follows Google’s previous release of its Material design style on Google Sheets, Slides, Sites, and Slides on the Web back in January.
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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will soon cross over with another popular Capcom franchise, as Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield from Resident Evil 2 will be joining the hunt in November.The crossovers keep coming to Monster Hunter World, which already has collaborations with the Street Fighter, Mega Man, Final Fantasy, and Assassin’s Creed series.The Resident Evil franchise, with all its zombies, is set to join the list.The teaser trailer for the Resident Evil 2 crossover features costumes that will bring Leon and Claire from Raccoon City to Hoarfrost Reach.The video shows zombie versions of hunters, but it is unclear if these are also costumes or if something will zombify players.Mr. X, the notorious antagonist of Resident Evil 2, will show a different side in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne as the Handler, who hands out quests to players.
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A gravitational-wave observatory in Japan is joining Earth's most powerful tool to detect ripples in spacetime.The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) first detected gravitational waves from the merging of two black holes in 2015, solving a 100-year-old mystery posed by Albert Einstein.A Japanese observatory, the Kamioka Gravitational-wave Detector (KAGRA), will expand the global gravitational-wave network, enabling it to make more detections with greater accuracy.KAGRA was built underground and will use cryogenically cooled mirrors to help protect sensitive instruments from picking up false signals.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more.The network will enhance a field of science born just four years ago, when the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) solved a 100-year-old mystery posed by Albert Einstein.
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Given Sony’s position as the leader for this generation, that hesitancy wasn’t very surprising, but then Fortnite happened and made Sony reconsider its stance.For Fortnite, Sony launched cross-play functionality in beta, allowing PS4 users to play with those using other platforms.We’re about to see a lot more cross-play functionality in PS4 games, as the company has now moved cross-play out of beta after months of testing.This news is actually a footnote in a longer Wired profile about PlayStation Now.Yesterday, Sony cut the price of PlayStation Now in half and added a handful of big-name PS4 games to the service, including God of War.Wired explains that Sony isn’t announcing this cross-play exit from beta “explicitly,” but that we should still see more games leveraging this capability nonetheless.
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Starship is the new rocket system that SpaceX is developing to ferry dozens of people to Mars.Elon Musk, the company's founder and CEO, plans to unveil the latest design of the fully reusable launch system on Saturday.The backdrop for his presentation will be a newly finished, 164-foot-tall steel prototype called Starship Mk 1.Musk's talk is expected to last about an hour and is being livestreamed by SpaceX from the rocket company's YouTube channel starting at 9:15 p.m.Elon Musk wants to send you to Mars — cheaply— and tonight plans to unveil the latest design of SpaceX's forthcoming rocket system designed to do just that."Starship will allow us to inhabit other worlds," Musk tweeted on Friday, later adding: "To make life as we know it multiplanetary."
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It’s hard to understand the exact impact of 5G connectivity, but we must pay attention to its risk to create an even bigger digital divide.Some experts predict that 5G will offer up to 600x times faster internet speeds compared to 4G.With the first 5G infrastructure and device rollouts starting to happen, now is the time to pay attention to the impact of 5G on internet equality.For example, 3G networks gave rise to the first iPhone and other smartphones to follow.A potential to widen the current digital divideEven though many people currently enjoy 4G connectivity, it’s easy to forget that large parts of the world do not have a similar luxury.
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The Chinese startup Smartisan has scheduled a launch event for October 31.The last time we’ve heard about this innovative firm, was during the announcement of a partnership ByteDance.ByteDance is the company behind “TikTok”.Now the rumor mill is indicating that Smartisan will reveal a new “TikTok” smartphone during the event.The Chinese startup has got a huge portfolio of patents, however, the deal made it transfer a great part of its patents to ByteDance.For that reason, we believe that anything that Smartisan has to unveil on October 31 has something to do with the TikTok creator’s company.
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Facebook says politicians don’t have to follow its normal posting guidelines, unless they’re running an ad.The company clarified the rules around politicians’ content today, saying that “it is not our role to intervene when politicians speak.” However, they may still have posts removed if the content could “lead to real world violence and harm.”The rule echoes a similar policy from Twitter, and it builds on previous Facebook rules about newsworthiness and fact-checking.“If someone makes a statement or shares a post which breaks our community standards, we will still allow it on our platform if we believe the public interest in seeing it outweighs the risk of harm,” Clegg writes.“From now on we will treat speech from politicians as newsworthy content that should, as a general rule, be seen and heard.”There are two exceptions: paid advertisements must still follow Facebook’s community guidelines, and speech that incites violence is unacceptable in either case.
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Because Todd Phillips’ Joker tells the relatively grounded story of a disaffected white man who goes on a terroristic rampage because he feels as if he’s been dealt a bad hand in life, there’s been an ongoing discussion about whether the movie has the potential to inspire certain viewers to model themselves (idealistically) after the titular villain.Even though the Joker is objectively made out to be the villain of his own film, it’d be disingenuous to say that he isn’t framed in a heroic way because the story being told is about his origins and ascendance.We know that the clown is destined to become one of Gotham’s most enduring threats and one of the few people capable of going toe-to-toe with Batman, and so the Joker’s on-screen actions, horrific though they made be, all build toward the idea of him becoming a powerful, important figure in society.While the Joker movie is meant to be a critique of people like its central character, it’s easy to see how it could also be interpreted as a celebration of them – but, apparently, that idea never quite occurred to Joaquin Phoenix or Warner Bros. During a recent interview for a profile in the Telegraph, Phoenix allegedly stopped the conversation dead in its tracks after being asked whether he’d given any thought to the possibility that audiences might take the wrong message away from the movie.Rather than stopping to mull the question over, Phoenix simply left, much in the same way he was alleged to often do while shooting the film itself:“Yet Phoenix doesn’t seem to have considered this kind of question at all.
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In addition to the launches of both Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus later this November, 2020 will see TimeWarner going live with HBO Max.Now NBCUniversal, owned by Comcast, has announced details of its upcoming streaming service, which will be called Peacock.So what will Peacock bring to the table, and will it be able to stand out from the already crowded list of premium video streaming services?It will be the home for classic and recent shows from NBCUniversal’s various broadcast and cable networks, along with films from Universal Pictures, Dreamworks Animation and Focus Features.In addition, Peacock will launch a number of exclusive new TV shows and movies for the service, which will include reboots of a number of well-known properties.Other classic and more recent TV shows that will be streamed on the service will include:
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Documents found on an unprotected backup drive have given new insight into both the scope and scale of Russia's system for operative investigative activities or SORM that is used for state surveillance of citizens' calls, messages and data.Director of cyber risk research at the security firm UpGuard, Chris Vickery first discovered the exposed files on a drive owned by an employee of Nokia Networks which maintains and upgrades the network of the country's largest telecom Mobile TeleSystems (MTS).Nokia Network is also responsible for ensuring MTS' compliance with SORM.According to UpGuard, Nokia secured the exposed drive just four days after Vickery reported finding it.In a statement, Nokia spokesperson Katja Antila provided further details on the discovery of the drive, saying:“A current employee connected a USB drive that contained old work documents to his home computer.
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It’s still early days for quantum computing, but we’re nonetheless seeing an interesting group of startups emerging that are helping the world take advantage of the new technology now.Aliro Technologies, a Harvard startup that has built a platform for developers to code more easily for quantum environments — “write once, run anywhere” is one of the startup’s mottos — is today coming out of stealth and announcing its first funding of $2.7 million to get it off the ground.The interesting development of recent times is the emergence of startups that are tackling these specific critical problems, dovetailing that progress with that of building the hardware itself.Take the fact that quantum machines so far have been too prone to error when used for extended amounts of time: last week, I wrote about a startup called Q-CTRL that has built firmware that sits on top of the machines to identify when errors are creeping in and provide fixes to stave off crashes.The specific area that Aliro is addressing is the fact that quantum hardware is still very fragmented: each machine has its own proprietary language and operating techniques and sometimes even purpose for which it’s been optimised.“We’re at the early stage of the hardware, where quantum computers have no standardisation, even those based on the same technology have different qubits (the basic building block of quantum activity) and connectivity.
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Whole pile of US data just sitting there with no securityAround 24 million medical patients' data is floating around on the internet, freely available for all to pore over – thanks to that good old common factor, terribly insecure servers.German vuln-hunting firm Greenbone Networks found 590 "medical image archive systems online" containing a startling 737 million images, of which it said around 400 million were downloadable.The so-called Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) servers run on a 1980s-vintage protocol, Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine, or DICOM.One of the uses for DICOM is storing and transmitting medical scan images, such as X-rays.Dirk Schrader, a cyber-resilience architect at Greenbone Networks who led the research, said: "A significant number of these servers have no protection at all, they aren't password protected and have no encryption.
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Self-driving cars may soon to be a reality in Shanghai.Chinese automaker SAIC along with BMW and Didi Chuxing were the first in China to win approval from regulators to offer robotaxi pilot services in the northwestern Jiading district of the city, a major milestone for Chinese players in the global autonomous driving race.Why it matters: Shanghai issued China’s first licenses on autonomous vehicle (AV) tests to SAIC and EV maker Nio in March 2018, and is accelerating toward making self-driving vehicle deployment a reality, as other Chinese cities race to catch up.Baidu’s AV project in Changsha, the capital of central Hunan province, is on track to introduce 100 driverless taxis in the city by year-end.Guangzhou courted Pony.ai by allowing the company to transport its employees and a pool of volunteers in driverless vehicles in the city’s Nansha district beginning in December.The move comes just days after ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing and AV startup AutoX unveiled plans to operate robotaxi services in the suburban area as early as the end of the year.
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Den svenska musikstreamingtjänsten Spotify förvärvar produktionsplattformen Soundbetter.Parterna har valt att inte offentliggöra köpesumman.New York-baserade Soundbetter grundades 2012 och har inte tagit in några större summor riskkapital.Affärsidén är att koppla samman olika personer inom musikbranschen – till exempel artister, producenter och ljudtekniker – med varandra.Tanken är att de kan samarbeta för att färdigställa låtar innan de släpps.Soundbetter säger sig ha över 180 000 professionella musiker anslutna till sin plattform.
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Apple is holding a special event on September 10, where it's expected to announce new iPhones, a new Apple Watch, and more.Apple is holding an event on September 10 at the Steve Jobs Theater on its Apple Park campus, where it's expected to make several announcements about upcoming products— the biggest of which will likely be the debut of three new iPhones.Apple is launching its new iPhone — as it has done every September since 2012 — at a time when the smartphone market has been in decline for seven consecutive quarters.With iPhone sales dwindling, the Cupertino, California-based technology giant has increasingly focused on other burgeoning product areas such as its services and wearables division.The star of the show will undoubtedly be the introduction of three new iPhones to succeed the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.That third camera will likely be an ultra wide-angle camera much like the one found on Samsung's Galaxy S10, which offers a significantly wider field of view.
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Last week, Chinese manufacturer, Meizu, released its latest system, Meizu Flyme 8 system.Now, the company is now rolling out the beta update for three years old Meizu MX6.This smartphone was released on July 19th, 2016 thus it has been in the market for over 3 years.It is quite impressive that Meizu is still looking at this device despite the fact that it’s old.It comes with a MediaTek X20 processor, IMX386 Sony camera, 3060 mAh battery, and supports a maximum charging power of 24W.According to Meizu’s VP, the upgrade on Flyme 8 is huge.
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Self-driving cars are supposed to change the way we get around, but before they can do that, engineers have to solve a lot of problems related to them.Like what to do about bugs — the insect kind, not glitches.For human drivers, a bug-splattered vehicle is pretty inconsequential.But autonomous cars rely on an array of sensors to “see” their environment, and those sensors need to be kept clean of insects.So Ford came up with a way to bug-proof its cars’ sensors.Figuring out how to keep self-driving cars’ sensors clean turned out to be messy work.
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During the overnight hours, Hurricane Dorian has pounded the northern Bahamas with devastating winds, storm surge levels of 20 feet above normal, and very heavy rainfall.Dorian has tied the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 with the highest landfalling wind speeds in the Atlantic basin, hitting Great Abaco Island with 185-mph winds.As of 8am ET, the National Hurricane Center estimated winds at 165 mph.Another significant problem is that as high pressure to the north of Dorian has weakened during the last 24 hours, causing the storm's steering currents to collapse.This has led Dorian to essentially halt over Grand Bahama Island on Monday morning, prolonging the Category 5 hurricane misery over the northern Bahamas.The tweet from the National Hurricane Center's Eric Blake demonstrates this painful stall over the Bahamas.
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It’s a selection of files bundled together that you will need to begin creating Android apps.It consists of tools like the virtual device manager (emulator) and ADB bridge, as well as a library of additional code for making Java programs work with the Android platform.Also read: Java tutorial for beginnersHow to install the Android SDKWhile this might all sound quite complicated, there is good news: you don’t need to worry about the Android SDK much at all anymore.Installing Android Studio is just as simple and we have a guide to help you out here.
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For a lot of developers, the last thing they want to do after being at work all day is to write more code.Once you’ve had a chance to go for a walk and eat something, you might consider starting a personal project — and it doesn’t have to be anything too complicated.Doing personal projects will make you a better developer and here are a few ways how.There aren’t any consequences in your personal projects.You learn how to handle more of the application lifecycleSince this is a project that only you will be working on, you get to make all the decisions.
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Channel partners flying customers for holidays in Russia and China, that's fine!Juniper Networks has agreed to pay $11.7m in penalties to the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) to settle charges that its subsidiaries violated bribery laws by paying for trips taken by customers and foreign officials in Russia and China.On Thursday, the SEC announced the conclusion of its cease-and-desist proceedings against the networking equipment maker over its subsidiaries' alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).The agency said sales employees of Juniper's Russia subsidiary, JNN Development Corporation, colluded with channel partners to provide discounts to customers without and calling them as expenses."Instead, the channel partners diverted the additional discounts into a fund held by the channel partners for travel and marketing expenses," the SEC Order says."These off-book funds were referred to as 'common funds' and were directed in part by JNN sales representatives.
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