Bob Sun

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Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap.When I’m in the market for a new camera, I rarely pay attention to its video capabilities.And then there’s a third pack that seeks the best of both worlds.If you belong to the last group, you’ll be happy to know that Panasonic’s Lumix GH5 mirrorless camera is now 30 percent cheaper.Here’s what you get for that money:A 20.3-megapixel micro Four Thirds sensor with no low pass filter.
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Microsoft has pledged to honor California‘s landmark digital privacy law across the entire US.“Our approach to privacy starts with the belief that privacy is a fundamental human right and includes our commitment to provide robust protection for every individual,” Microsoft’s chief privacy officer Julie Brill said.Called the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the law emulates the EU GDPR framework to protect the privacy of California’s citizens.It compels companies to be more transparent in the way they collect and use their customers’ data, and gives users more control over their personal information, particularly when being sold.In addition to offering opt-outs, the companies must be able to delete any data it holds about a customer upon request.And just like the GDPR, companies found to be breaching the CCPA could be fined up to $2,500 per violation or up to $7,500 if it’s clear the violation was intentional.
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The World Economic Forum recently confirmed its intention to develop global rules for AI and create an AI Council that will aim to find common ground on policy between nations on the potential of AI and other emerging technologies.The time to talk about AI regulation is now.In addition, transportation is set to change with self-driving vehicles and smart roads, which will contribute to creating smart cities.AI can also help to predict natural disasters, which will help to reduce those affected – which currently stands at 160 million people worldwide each year.Real-time data can aid farming as well and address agricultural productivity to help provide for the growing population, and we are set to benefit economically as the use of AI within businesses evolves.This is where big challenges await both government institutions and legal organizations as they tackle the larger issues that can arise from misuse of the technology.
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Typhoon Halong has packed quite a punch and imagery from NASA's Terra satellite found that the storm resembled a boxing glove.On Nov. 7, NASA's Terra satellite passed over the northwestern Pacific Ocean and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument that flies aboard captured a visible image of Halong.The MODIS image showed powerful thunderstorms circling the center of circulation and a band of thunderstorms northeast of center.Combined, the storm looked like a boxing glove from space with the "thumb" as the band of storms that curved to the east of the center.Satellite imagery using microwaves revealed that there is an eye under that large area of thunderstorms circling the center.At 10 a.m. EST (1500 UTC) on Nov. 7, the center of Typhoon Halong was located near latitude 24.8 degrees north and longitude 152.2 degrees east.
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In October of last year, the market received with open arms the new Huawei Y9 (2019).Now, we have a new poster that shows the design and the main features of the Huawei Y9s, the successor of the Y9 2019, which could be the most attractive device in the mid-low range.The poster in question shows the design of the new phone of the Chinese manufacturer, where it is seen that the screen notch is discarded in favor of launching a mobile without frames in any of its edges.According to the leaks surrounding the launch of the device, we are talking about a 6.59-inch Ultra FullView panel that would house the front camera in a pop-up module like other mobiles of the brand we’ve seen in the past.The other big news is that Huawei would mimic the Sony system and other brands when relocating the fingerprint reader.Instead of placing it in the back, the most classic mode, or under the screen, the most modern (and expensive) technology, the manufacturer chooses to place it on one side, on the power button of the mobile.
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Promo Reading about the impact of voice-powered systems is one thing, but talking through the reality with a roomful of your fellow tech pros is quite another.So if you’ve ever considered how voice technology could change your workflow, you should join us at our Nuance-sponsored breakfast briefing on 20 November, 2019.We’ll be bringing together a select group of enterprise professionals to chew over what voice-powered systems can mean for digital transformation, particularly in the legal and financial sectors.As well as covering the state-of-the-art in voice-powered systems, and their training and requirements, we’ll be considering how using voice can radically change workflows and make users more productive.We’ll also look at best practices for implementing voice, at both the individual and enterprise level, and address key issues such as data protection.All this, plus excellent company, and breakfast too, at a fabulous venue in the heart of the City of London, UK.
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The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories.If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here.Google is acquiring Fitbit for $2.1 billionGoogle will pay $7.35 per share for the wearables company — an all-cash deal that values Fitbit at $2.1 billion.While Google has invested plenty in its own in-house development, buying Fitbit represents a step-change, and the opportunity to take advantage of years of effort focused specifically on the wearables category.Apple TV+ now live, with one year free for new iOS, Apple TV and Mac purchases
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Our copy showed up in the morning, and we have the pillat some of them in the morning and at lunch.this is one of first impression, which is not to be taken as a definitive review.They have some of the characteristics of the common AirPods, which is really nice.not only are these super-lightweight, really a super-lightweight, and is contoured in a good way.This means that you will be able to make use of them for a long time without any problems.There is also, of course, is very easy to add phones to a phone, you only need to open the case, and you're done.
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Samsung’s flagship devices have been the number one choice for many smartphone power users for years.Historically, the company is known for providing as many features and as much performance as possible with the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S lines.Now, Samsung has launched a new suite of apps designed to help you squeeze even more out of your device.It’s called Galaxy Labs, and though the apps may not work on your device, you can still give them a try for yourself.What is the Galaxy Lab app suite?Samsung’s Galaxy Lab app suite comes with four tools: Battery Guardian, Battery Tracker, File Guardian, and App Booster.
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Matt Lucas and David Walliams are friends again now, it would appear, as the two stars of celebrated BBC sketch show Little Britain are reuniting to pick the low-hanging comedy fruit offered by today's political processes, in a one-off special that tells us how Brexit is affecting the lives of the show's main characters.Massively and hilariously, we suspect.They've actually gone and called it Little Brexit too, so you know what to expect.Original cast members Ruth Jones and Anthony Head are back as well, and Tom Baker is once again providing the celebratorial narration.Oh but to make it easier for everyone this is only happening on the radio, so there won't need to be any dressing up, wigs, or prosthetics, and no one will need to acquire a wheelchair from props.Little Brexit is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this Thursday, the day formerly known as Brexit Day, but now back to being mainly about children spitting at old ladies if they don't get a big enough Twix and Channel 5 screening a poor remake of a classic horror film at midnight.
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The Los Angeles-based mobile game development studio Scopely has become America’s newest unicorn thanks to a $200 million financing, which values the company at a whopping $1.7 billion.Games in the company’s portfolio include: Looney Tunes World of Mayhem and Star Trek Fleet Command, created with the recently acquired DIGIT Game Studios.Indeed, part of the reason for the financing is to accelerate the pace of its acquisitions and investments into new game development studios, according to chief executive Walter Driver .“The barrier to entry from independent studios is to find product-market fit,” says Driver.“Increasingly, it’s helpful for them to have publishing capabilities that are more global in nature and more scaled.”The unicorn gaming company has amassed increasingly larger rounds over the past three years on a nearly annual basis.
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That said, some tangible trends are emerging that should allow us to make some informed guesses about what the future will hold over the next 10 years.Indeed, the coming decade will involve considerable disruptions to the global workforce, the result of steady improvements in robotics and artificial intelligence.P. W. Singer, author of Ghost Fleet, LikeWar, and the upcoming book Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution, says we should focus less on a revolt of the robots and more on the onset of a robotics revolution.There will be incredible efficiency gains and pathways taken that humans could never have done on their own.”It’s worth pointing out that the outmoding of specific jobs to robots and AI will primarily be done for economic reasons.Singer said people have already forgotten about the traumas inflicted by the previous industrial revolution, but we’re already witnessing the disruption of jobs and roles, the altering of vote politics, the emergence of thorny legal and ethical questions, and new politics and ideologies.
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Chinese brand Earfun is currently celebrating their 1st anniversary and that of course means some major promo events and happenings for the fans.We have already covered some first offers in the event featuring their TWS earbuds Earfun Free in lucky draw event and flash sales, but today we can move on to the following part of the celebrations.It’s time to pick up some 2 + 1 free products !Specifically two great Earfun UBOOM speakers and enjoy earphones or headphones for free.So first let’s take a look at the UBOOM itself.Earfun UBOOM is a portable wireless Bluetooth speaker offering 360 Surround Sound, thanks to the dual 45 mm drivers and dual passive radiators with full 2 x 12W of power and advanced DSP algorithm.
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In 2018, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received more than 18 million reports to their CyberTipline, constituting 45 million images depicting child sexual abuse.Most of these children were under the age of 12, and some were as young as a few months old.Those from 2018 alone constitute a nearly half of all reports over the past two decades.Most of NCMEC’s reports are automatically generated by an image hashing technology I helped develop called PhotoDNA, which extracts a distinct signature from uploaded images and compares it against the signatures of known harmful or illegal content.Flagged content can then be instantaneously removed and reported.And child sexual abuse material shared via the dark web, personal correspondences, and services that use end-to-end encryption generally don’t get reported to NCMEC or anyone else.
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I love retro video games (hence this column’s existence).Yes, I’m one of those folks, the person who would karaoke a song from Moana at the bar.I’m also a big fan of classic Disney video games, so I’m thrilled that Digital Eclipse announced Disney Classic Games, a compilation that includes the Genesis version of Aladdin (first released in 1993) and the Super Nintendo version of The Lion King (1994), along with some fun bonuses.Both of those are among some of the best Disney-based games ever made.Aladdin is getting some extra love in this collection via a new Final Cut version.I wasn’t sure what exactly this would be, so I asked Digital Eclipse senior producer Stephen Frost about this new take on the classic.
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Everything you need to know about the coming twists and turns in the Brexit saga.HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.Verizon Media and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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If you were to rate all of the cool options for smoking food, propane smokers would be near the bottom.There are so many flashier alternatives to cook and infuse smoky flavor like a Big Green Egg, a Weber Summit or modified Weber kettle grill, an ace in the hole like the PK 360 Grill & Smoker, a barrel-shaped offset smoker, or even a backyard smokehouse.Hell, my buddy Tony once catered an event with a giant trailer-mounted rig that spat flames and fed dozens.You don't use gas to fuel your smoker, goes the thinking, you use wood.The 330G is pretty simple: four racks are stacked in a cooking chamber that looks like a filing cabinet.Below them sits a combo drip and water pan which, among other things, keeps things moist, not too hot, and helps the smoke stick to your ribs.
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The “real Photoshop” experience for iPad may not quite be what graphics pros are hoping for, with beta testers of Adobe’s upcoming app warning that some expected features are still missing.Adobe announced Photoshop CC for iPad at its annual Max conference in 2018, promising to take advantage of the hardware capabilities and stylus support in Apple’s iPad Pro tablets.“Redesigned for a modern touch experience, Photoshop CC on iPad will deliver the power and precision of its desktop counterpart,” Adobe said at the time.“Photoshop CC on iPad will let users open and edit native PSD files using Photoshop’s industry-standard image-editing tools and will feature the familiar Photoshop layers panel.”“This is real Photoshop on the iPad,” Pam Clarke, product manager for Photoshop at Adobe, insisted, “the same underlying code and algorithms you rely on every day, with a reimagined user experience to take advantage of the uniquenesses of the device.”The app was promised for 2019, and beta testers have been playing with a pre-release version codenamed “Rocket” this year, Bloomberg reports.
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LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Oct. 16, 2019--Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Brian Albright, Patrick Chain, Dana Dattelbaum, Michael Hamada, Anna Hayes-Sterbenz, Michael Prime and Laura Smilowitz are being honored as 2019 Laboratory fellows."Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellows are the best of our scientists and engineers.This year's fellows are leaders in their fields who have made exceptional contributions not only to the Laboratory's national security mission, but also to the broader scientific community," said Thom Mason, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.Brian Albright, of Primary Physics, is an expert in plasma physics with diverse and high-impact contributions in both open science and nuclear weapons.Patrick Chain, of Biosecurity and Public Health, is an authority in environmental microbiology, infectious disease research and bioinformatics applied to defense, health and agriculture.He investigates biothreat diversity, microbial evolution and the relationship between non-pathogen near neighbors.
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Bigwigs on containers, consulting and the path aheadPuppetize PDX 2019 Despite standing squarely in the path of the GitLab juggernaut, DevOps automation outfit Puppet is betting that a one-size-fits-all approach will end up fitting nobody particularly well.While the company extolled the benefits of picking the best tool for each job in the DevOps chain to the 400 attendees at the company's Portland Puppetize PDX event, across the Atlantic GitLab were cheerfully listing its platform's targets (including Puppet) in its drive to create a single DevOps application.Puppet's take is that the reality of application and infrastructure delivery is a tad messy thanks to the varying needs and problems of customers.There is, to coin a phrase, no one-size-fits-all in the eyes of the automation vendor.Wassenaar clambered into the CEO's chair at the beginning of 2019 and set about tinkering with Puppet's direction.
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Milano, who helps run the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley, had been gearing up for a satellite launch.But on the phone now was a friend of hers, with bad news: PG, the power company, was warning the school that its electricity could be cut Wednesday—making the campus one of more than 700,000 customers that would suffer the same fate.The outage was a precautionary measure to keep forecasted high winds from jostling electrical equipment and starting the next massive wildfire.And it fell to this friend, who manages several buildings on campus, to piece together a plan for the coming plunge into darkness.Surely Milano’s lab could go without power for a while, right?“And I was like bleeeh—no man, no way,” she says.
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According to recent reports, Google has begun trial production of a 5G smartphone in China and this device may arrive next week.Google currently has an aggressive expansion plan for its hardware program.With the company already on a 5G device, it is entering the 5G field ahead of its rival, Apple.From the speculations, Google’s 5G smartphone may arrive on October 15.In addition to the 5G phone, Google will release two new 4G Pixel phones, as well as a smartwatch and a laptop.The two Pixel 4 smartphones are in mass production and will ship immediately after the release next week.
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Apple is very apprehensive when it comes to leaving its smartphones to third-party unlocking.However, this does not mean that no one can crack it.According to US media reports, since January 2018, law enforcement officers in New York City have been able to crack the iPhones internally.However, it is the claim by an Israeli company that is currently making the headline.“Cellebrite Advanced Services (CAS) labs provide worldwide support for unlocking and extracting data from all Apple iOS devices up to iOS 12.4.2, and high-running Android devices including Samsung S10, S10e, and S10+”In June 2019, an Israeli company, Cellebrite, announced that its UFED Premium product will allow customers to unlock the iPhone in their office for the first time without having to send it to the company lab.
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A ransomware victim that paid Bitcoin BTC to unlock his files has enacted sweet vengeance on his attackers, by hacking them right back.As part of his retaliation, German programmer Tobias Frömel (aka “battleck”) released almost 3,000 decryption keys to assist others hit by the Muhstik ransomware, alongside free decryption software, BleepingComputer reports.The thing is, this revenge-hack wasn’t exactly legal.Frömel highlighted this in his original announcement on the BleepingComputer forum yesterday morning, but urged readers to understand that he’s “not the bad guy here.”The Muhstik ransomware hackers have plagued QNAP’s Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices since the end of September.They’ve found success by brute-forcing their way into devices with weak passwords, encrypting files and demanding 0.09 BTC ($700) of their victims to unlock them.
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Prospective parents – but especially dads – might be wise to avoid too much alcohol, according to a new study out this week.It suggests that women and men who binge drink in the months before conception are more likely to have children with congenital heart defects, with the father’s alcohol consumption surprisingly having a greater impact on the future child’s heart health.The study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, is a review of the existing research looking at the link between parental drinking and congenital heart disease in newborns, the most common type of birth defect.While pregnant women have long been told to avoid drinking, there’s been considerably less attention paid to whether a father’s drinking can affect the quality of his sperm and subsequently the health of his child.As expected, the researchers did find a clear connection between reported drinking in mothers pre-conception as well as during pregnancy and the likelihood of their children being born with heart disease.But the highest associated risks were actually seen with fathers.
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Only days after launching iOS 13.1 to the public, Apple has already released the first developer beta of iOS 13.2 — and it brings with it a number of new features that users have been waiting for, including the Deep Fusion camera tech on the iPhone 11.The iPhone 11’s Deep Fusion technology essentially works in the background to improve image quality.It was described by Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller as “computational photography mad science,” and should make for much better photos on an already-awesome camera.With Deep Fusion, the iPhone 11’s camera will offer a range of features that switch on automatically.Deep Fusion itself works totally in the background, and will largely be used for telephoto shots.Other tech also turns itself on depending on how well-lit your environment is — including Smart HDR for decently lit photos and Night Mode for photos that aren’t lit well.
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Smart baby monitors are increasingly becoming a must-have item for parents of young children.I, however, do not have any children, so I usually disregard pitches I get claiming that some monitor is disrupting the industry.I decided to try the Summer Baby Pixel Zoom HD 5-inch Video Monitor to see if it worked for pet-tracking.I don't know, but I thought I knew of at least one use for a baby monitor, if my editors would go for it.My hedgehog, Lola, is like a baby in the sense that she is often cranky, and we maintain different sleep schedules.I don't strictly need to have a camera trained on her at night, but it had a strong possibility of being cute, so I went for it.
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HP has finally refreshed its Chromebook lineup with two new products called HP Chromebook x360 12b and HP Chromebook x360 14b.For those who’re unaware, Chromebook laptops are designed for entry-level consumers with limited sets of features.Since the inception of Chromebooks, the entire lineup has seen different changes with laptop companies trying to leave behind the boring and basic design.Keeping that in mind, HP has now added two affordable convertible Chromebook laptops to its portfolio.This new lineup is super compact and features a touchscreen display with the support of Universal Stylus.Here is everything you need to know about these two recently launched Chromebooks.
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Research Triangle Park, NC--The size, shape, and arrangement of fields, forests, wetlands, and human populations, and the ways these and other features interact and change across landscapes, have a multitude of implications for resource sustainability, ecosystem health, habitat connectivity, and other societal values.A special issue of the journal Landscape Ecology was organized by scientists at the USDA Forest Service and North Carolina State University brings focus to the science of landscape pattern analysis.Appearing three decades after the first scientific papers on landscape patterns were published, the special issue includes 14 articles by scientists tackling current problems in the field, introducing new approaches, and suggesting promising research directions and applications.The September 2019 special issue, Describing and analyzing landscape patterns - where are we now, and where are we going?, is now available online at https://link.springer.com/journal/10980/34/9.For example, a study by Southern Research Station scientists Bjorn-Gustaf Brooks and Danny Lee applies a new metric for rapidly scanning large areas using remote sensing to detect patterns that suggest important forms of disturbance in natural landscapes.In contrast, a simulation study by Robert Corry of the University of Guelph focuses on the patterns created by agricultural crop rotations in southern Ontario.
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Social media, a tool created to guard freedom of speech and democracy, has increasingly been used in more sinister ways.From its role in amplifying political disinformation in elections, to inciting online violence, and lowering the levels of trust in media — Facebook isn’t just a space to share “what’s on your mind,” and you’d be naive to believe so.A study by the Oxford Internet Institute, as first reported by The New York Times, found that since 2017, organized social media manipulation has more than doubled with at least 70 countries known to be using online propaganda to manipulate mass public opinion, and in some cases, on a global scale.Titled “The Global Disinformation Order,” the research collected information from various news organizations, civil society groups, and governments from around the world to produce a global inventory of social manipulation trends.For example, it found that in Vietnam, people were enlisted to post pro-government messages on their personal Facebook profiles.And in Guatemala, the government harnessed hacked and stolen social media profiles to silence opposing opinions.
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