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(Purdue University) Researchers at Purdue University have developed an image- and video-based application using OpenCV algorithms that detect explosible suspended dust concentration. The app uses a camera or a video recording device to image and determine suspended dust, as well as accurately distinguish it from normal background noise.
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Despite what it might sound like, the iPhone 11 (and iPhone 11 Pro) is not the successor to the iPhone X. Find out which of the two iPhones makes more sense for your needs.
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Also adds Windows Virtual Desktop support and 2FA Microsoft’s upgraded its Remote Desktop app for Android with features that mean sysadmins can now control desktops that run just about anywhere from just about anything.…
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Earlier this year, Twitter announced changes to its content policy that specifically targeted hateful and violent content, something it has expanded this week to include links as well as the content of tweets. This move will reduce the number of problematic content linked on the platform and will put accounts that share such content at risk of suspension if they … Continue reading
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Boyfriend-girlfriend and housemate indicted in US on PlexCoin rap Two Canadian lovers and their housemate have been charged with fraud after allegedly netting $8m by selling a made-up cryptocurrency called PlexCoin to victims.…
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(Penn State) The possibility of achieving room temperature superconductivity took a tiny step forward with a recent discovery by a team of Penn State physicists and materials scientists.
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Save over $300 on the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 and $50 on the Apple MacBook Air right now
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The latest entry in the company’s legendary M-series is a luxurious camera for a different world.
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Activists want lawmakers to call out its monopoly in the online retail space
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It's also offering 5G phones for $5 extra per month.
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The OnePlus Nord is finally here and looks ready to dominate the mid-range market.
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After releasing the Nubia Red Magic 5G as its first champion for the 2020 range of gaming smartphones, the Chinese company is gearing up to ... The post Nubia Red Magic 5S will have 320Hz shoulder buttons appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Twitter has finally published a complete blog post detailing the security incident that rocked its platform last week, one that involved the hijacking of several major accounts. According to the company, and as of July 17, Twitter’s investigation indicates that the hackers targeted select employees to get their credentials, which were then used to access the company’s internal systems. A … Continue reading
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It really couldn't be simpler to run a Python script in the terminal or command prompt!
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Mythic Beats says its Raspberry Pi 4 server performs substantially better than AWS’s Arm instances at a much lower price, but there is a caveat.
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Voyage pulled the curtain back on its system for remote driving.
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A Japanese electric supercar will head to the Nürburgring to attack the legendary German racetrack’s lap record.The Aspark Owl will hit the track in March 2020, Aspark boss Masanori Yoshida said in an interview with Top Gear.A lap record would give newcomer Aspark some credibility, and strike another blow for electric cars against internal combustion.Aspark didn’t specify which lap record it would aim for, but it’s probably safe to rule out the overall record set by the Porsche 919 Hybrid, or the electric record set by the Volkswagen ID R Those records were set by purpose-built race cars, but the Owl is a production model (albeit a very extreme one).Aspark will likely go for the production-car lap record of 6 minutes, 40.3 seconds set by a Porsche 911 GT2RS MR in 2018.The Owl wouldn’t be the first car to hold that record: the Nio EP9 briefly had bragging rights before being surpassed by internal-combustion cars.
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Breakfast for dinner is great and all, but this year, it seems to be the snack aisle that’s moving in on the morning routine.It’s a bit of an odd mix to have a famously soft product suddenly in crispy cereal form, and it apparently took quite a bit of testing to find the right balance.“In developing a cereal version of the iconic Twinkies, our top priority was focused on delivering the great Twinkies flavor in each bite,” said Josh Jans, brand manager of cereal partnerships at Post Consumer Brands, in a statement about the product launch.1 purchase driver of cereal, we conducted multiple consumer tests, and the new Twinkies Cereal delivered.We think fans will find that it not only tastes great with milk but also outside the bowl.”The iconic snack has been around for nearly 90 years, finding its way into homes during the Great Depression and staying on grocery shelves until 2012.
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A socially inadequate dragon is the star of the 2019 John Lewis Christmas advert, with the department store chain introducing "Excitable Edgar" to the nation today, in the two-minute CG-fest it traditionally releases to mark the Thursday in November upon which you're supposed to start getting stressed and begin fantasising about walking away from all your commitments.If this is the last thing in the world you're likely to click on, we'll describe the music as being Can't Fight This Feeling by the band Bastille, tell you it gets sad because the dragon ruins winter and Christmas for everyone by continually emitting fire – surely a metaphor for toxic internet culture, well done John Lewis, eye on the ball there – but then, of course, there's a happy ending.Well there probably is, I had to stop watching because my teeth were starting to creak.So that's why Susan is crying as her desk today.And of course there is a toy of it.A toy of an advert for Christmas.
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By the way, the photo score is 124 points, while the video score is 102.In the test report, DxOMark pointed out that the iPhone 11 Pro Max camera performed well in almost all areas of testing.It has a very wide dynamic range in light and indoor conditions.In addition, DxOMark praised Apple’s Deep Fusion technology.As you know, it allows the new iPhone to improve in detail and texture.It can better display freckles, pet hair, and the likes.
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The App Defense Alliance posse will scrutinize Android app code before releaseGoogle, after more than a decade of dealing with Android malware, has formed an alliance with three security companies to help it defend its mobile platform."With the App Defense Alliance, we will now consider the union of all detection results, including our own when looking for red flags or bad behavior."More eyes may help, though Google's efforts in recent years appear to be moving the needle in the right direction.In its 2018 Android Security Report, the company said less than 1 per cent of devices contained potentially harmful applications (PHAs) in 2014 and that figure remained more or less steady through 2018.PHAs – a polite term apparently designed to mitigate the risk of being sued for unjust disparagement – include trojans, spyware, phishing, and click-fraud apps.
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As every parent knows, kids spend their early years exploring the world with their mouths, gumming every germ-riddled object within reach and sampling their ever-sticky fingers.Any time they recognize an invader, they can sound the alarm and lead a strike.Of course, for some particularly nasty diseases, vaccines do the work of a grimy mitt—safely.They prime the immune system to make antibodies that lead to longstanding protection, sans severe infections.“We’re embarrassed”: US is close to losing measles-elimination statusSuch is the case for measles, which has made a comeback in recent years and has been the target of anti-vaccination misinformation.
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David Drummond, the senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer for Google's parent company, Alphabet, just cashed out tens of millions of dollars in Google stock.Drummond has been a controversial figure within Alphabet and, previously, within Google.He had a child with a former coworker who accused him of emotional abuse, a claim which he has pushed back on, and he's become a figurehead of bigger problems within Google's executive suite.Drummond cashed out around $27 million worth of stock that he purchased for around $8.7 million, according to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.David Drummond, senior VP of corporate development and chief legal officer for Google's parent company, Alphabet, just cashed out tens of millions in Google stock.
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For those who travel around the world frequently, Google Maps must have come handy at one point or the other.While this feature is not entirely accurate in all cases, it has proven to be a very useful tool for many travelers.When visiting a new city, one of the most important things to note is the location of landmark features.This is because most of the descriptions you will get will be relative to these features.Google Maps provide landmark information and point of interest with blue, orange, and green icons.However, in the new Google Maps Update, major cities landmark now have larger icons which means that they can be seen at-a-glance.
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Google is buying Fitbit and the reasons why are both simple and complicated.Whatever happens in the immediate aftermath, Google is going to have a big new team, a big new set of wary users, and a lot of big organizational issues to figure out.The company was sure to note that it will give those users “the choice to review, move, or delete their data” in the announcement post.But let’s start by answering the big, seemingly simple question: why did Google want to buy Fitbit?The general reasoning is this: Google has a serious hole when it comes to wearables and it hasn’t been able to develop its own way out of it, so it needs to buy its way out.In short, Google wants to build smartwatch and fitness band hardware and Fitbit helps them do that more quickly.
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With BlizzCon 2019 set to kick off on Friday, fans plan to ramp up their campaign against Blizzard over its decision to punish competitive players for expressing solidarity with the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.The nonprofit organization Fight for the Future formed a new campaign called Gamers for Freedom and said Thursday that plans to protest outside of the Anaheim Convention Center in California, where the gaming convention will take place.The goal is to put pressure on Blizzard Entertainment in the hopes that the company will reevaluate its stances concerning its recent business decisions that were allegedly made to appease China, most notably the company’s decision to ban competitive Hearthstone player, Chung Ng Wai after he voiced his support for the Hong Kong protesters.The group plans to protest outside the arena for approximately three hours, starting from noon PT until 3 p.m. PT.Even before the protest, the organization hopes to hand out 4,000 pro-Hong Kong protester T-shirts to BlizzCon attendees and protesters alike.TheT-shirt’s design, which you can see below, features Overwatch character Mei with the caption “Mei with Hong Kong.” According to Fight for the Future, the T-shirts were donated by Freedom Hong Kong to “raise awareness of the series of Hong Kong protests against totalitarianism.”
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DJI just announced the latest member of its Mavic line, and it is tiny.The foldable Mavic Mini is roughly the size of three smartphones stacked on top of each other and weighs just 249 grams.That’s just light enough to mean that a Mavic Mini doesn't need to be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority here in the UK or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US.Those drone regulations kick in for aircraft 250 grams and up, and if you’re thinking DJI is being a little sneaky, you’d be correct.The camera also takes 12-megapixel stills and promises decent stability thanks to its tiny three-axis gimbal.The drone also has a 2.5-mile range, downward-sensing vision system, a newly designed remote control, and stable hovering thanks to GPS.
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In the future, the majority of repairs on railway lines in the UK could be carried out by robotic 3D printers, and such a system of more efficient repairs could help trains run on time.At least that’s the vision of Amey, the infrastructural support provider which holds rail repair (and construction) contracts for Network Rail (across London, the East Midlands, and North West of England).As 3D Printing Industry reports, the idea would be to combine a robotic arm with 3D printing in a mobile repair carriage that could move along railway lines and deliver repairs where needed, or even replace entire sections of train track.The plans are still in their early stages, with some concept drawings provided by ABB, a Switzerland-based robotic arm manufacturer – see the image at the top – but Amey believes that over 60% of UK railway lines could eventually be serviced in such a manner.Initially, the focus would be on track renewals – tackling problems with switches and crossings – and the repair system would be quicker and more efficient than current methods, not to mention safer for the people working on the rails.As smaller refurbishment jobs could be completed more swiftly, rail routes wouldn’t have to be closed for as long.
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Butterflies are rather like Goldilocks, preferring conditions to be neither too hot nor too cold, but “just right.” Under climate change, the temperature at any given time of summer is, on average, getting warmer, leaving butterflies (and their nocturnal cousins, the moths) with the challenge of how to remain in their optimal temperature window.Scientists refer to the timing of such lifecycle events as “phenology,” so when an animal or plant starts to do things earlier in the year it is said to be “advancing its phenology.”These advances have been observed already in a wide range of butterflies and moths – indeed, most species are advancing their phenology to some extent.In Britain, as the average spring temperature has increased by roughly 0.5 C over the past 20 years, species have advanced by between three days and a week on average, to keep track of cooler temperatures.We first pulled together data from millions of records submitted by butterfly and moth enthusiasts to one of four recording schemes run by charities or research institutes.This gave us information on 130 species of butterflies and moths in Great Britain every year for a 20-year period between 1995 and 2014.
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