Sunday, May 6, 2018

LG adds more AI camera features and a notch for the G7 ThinQ

LG has done a really terrible job keeping the G7 ThinQ under wraps. But clearly the company doesn’t mind. Building up the hype cycle is clearly more important to the handset maker than any kind of big reveal. In addition to leaked images from nearly every angle, the company has already issued several official press releases ahead of today’s big unveil in New York.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

New all-inorganic perovskite solar cells tackle three key challenges in solar cell technology: efficiency, stability, and cost

Light energy can be converted directly into electricity using electrical devices called solar cells. To date, most solar cells are made of silicon, a material that is very good at absorbing light. But silicon panels are expensive to produce.
Scientists have been working on an alternative, made from perovskite structures. True perovskite, a mineral found in the earth, is composed of calcium, titanium and oxygen in a specific molecular arrangement. Materials with that same crystal structure are called perovskite structures.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

MIT researchers develop hypnagogic dream control tech

Today, researchers are have created technology to tap into the creative state between sleep and consciousness, YouTube reveals how many inappropriate videos it's deleted, Aleksandr Kogan apologises for Facebook data syphoning and more.

1. MIT researchers develop hypnagogic dream control tech

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a system designed to influence and tap into the murky, deeply creative state of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness (Motherboard). Named Dormio, it takes advantage of this hypnagogic state by combining a hand-worn tracking device to monitor when the sleeper drifts off with and a Jibo social robot – which can be replaced by an app – that uses audio messages to slightly rouse the subject and suggest topics to dream about, such as a fork or a rabbit. The dreamers were then asked questions, via the robot, which produced intensely creative ideas and logical leaps, helping to generate novel ideas and, even after the event, boosting creative performance in the participants.

2. YouTube reveals how many inappropriate videos it's deleted

YouTube has published its first transparency report, revealing that it deleted 8.3 million videos for violating its guidelines between October and December 2017 (BBC News). Of those, over six and a half million were picked up by YouTube's automated flagging system, 1.1 million by expert members of its Trusted Flagger programme and just over 400,000 came from user reports, of which YouTube received over 28 million. In an accompanying blog post, the company explained the relationship between automated and human-reported flags, saying that "Deploying machine learning actually means more people reviewing content, not fewer. Our systems rely on human review to assess whether content violates our policies."

3. Aleksandr Kogan apologises for Facebook data syphoning

Aleksandr Kogan, the Cambridge University researcher who developed the This is your Digital Life Facebook data syphoning survey app for Cambridge Analytica, has apologised for his actions, which led to details on 87 million Facebook users being captured for use in creating highly targeted political advertising technology (Ars Technical). Speaking to outlets including Buzzfeed News ahead of his scheduled testimony before Parliament today, Kogan also decried implications that he ever worked for or was involved with the Russian state. Speaking to The New York Times, Kogan said: "Back then, we thought it was fine. Right now, my opinion has really been changed. I think that the core idea we had – that everybody knows, and nobody cares – was wrong."

4. LEGO's Hulkbuster is the heftiest superhero build in The Avengers

To mark the imminent arrival of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War, LEGO has revisited an iconic piece of kit from the previous film, the Mark 44 Hulkbuster Iron Man suit (WIRED). The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition, which clocks in at a heroic 26cm tall and nearly 1,400 pieces (it took us just shy of four hours to build - the video is mercifully shorter). And it costs £119.99. Of all the superhero LEGO kits we've built, this one feels the most technical, and appropriately so - there's a lot of quite fiddly superstructure creating volume under the smoothed-over exterior, and you'll need to pay very close attention to some of the more intricate sections.

5. This peaceful Doom mod invites you to chill out with its demons

Doom might be the Ur-epitome of violent video games, but developer JP LeBreton has used its vision of hell to create a very different, far more peaceful kind of experience (PC Gamer). Described as "a cozy Doom mod that radically repurposes any Doom level into an Animal Crossing-like nonviolent social space where each monster has a name and something to say", you're a Guardian Demon charged with helping your colleagues relax and enjoy the better things in life. You can grab the Mr. Friendly mod for free on and you'll need the open source GZdoom 3.3 and a Doom IWAD file to play it - most free user created ones, and presumably, the original shareware levels, should work perfectly.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Accordion Style Unfolding Building Takes Prize Skyscraper Design Competition

An origami inspired skyscraper that folds up like an accordion to be transported to disaster zones across the globe has picked up first prize in a prestigious design competition
An origami-inspired skyscraper that folds up like an accordion could help provide temporary shelter to hundreds of people left homeless in disaster zones. 

Designed by a group of Polish architects, the concept could be packed into a box and carried underneath a helicopter to almost any site.
The structure of the skyscraper unfolds almost instantaneously thanks to a large load-bearing helium balloon placed within, which protects it from external forces.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

China is opening the world’s longest sea bridge — and it contains enough steel to build 60 Eiffel Towers

China is the midst of several megaprojects that will transform its cities.
Over the next decade, China plans to encourage 250 million people (29 times New York City's population) to move into the country's growing megacities. To cope with that huge migration, the country has invested tens of billions of dollars in giant infrastructure projects.
This month, China will open its most ambitious megaproject yet, a bridge that connects Hong Kong, Macau, and the mainland's southern city of Zhuhai. Stretching 34 miles, it's the world's longest cross-sea bridge, according to the AFP. Take a look:
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Monday, April 2, 2018

First Tesla solar roof customer installation is now up and running – feeding the grid and Powerwall

Last week, we reported on the first few customer installations of the new Tesla solar roof tiles, but the systems were unfortunately not up and running due to delays with the local electric utility.

Now one of those first customer installations is now connected to the grid and working.

He gave us a great exclusive look at his new energy system, but he didn’t expect it to be ready until a long-delayed grid connection was up and running with his local electric utility, which could take up to 2 months.

Another early Tesla Solar Roof customer was in a similar situation, but she confirmed this weekend that her system is now up and running – making it likely the first working Tesla solar roof installation aside from the early installation at the homes of Tesla employees and company insiders:

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Berkeley Lab Scientists Print All-Liquid 3-D Structures

Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to print 3-D structures composed entirely of liquids. Using a modified 3-D printer, they injected threads of water into silicone oil — sculpting tubes made of one liquid within another liquid.
They envision their all-liquid material could be used to construct liquid electronics that power flexible, stretchable devices. The scientists also foresee chemically tuning the tubes and flowing molecules through them, leading to new ways to separate molecules or precisely deliver nanoscale building blocks to under-construction compounds.
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The terrifying robo-SPIDER: Eight-legged 'flic-flac' bot can curl up into a ball and roll after you at alarming speeds

A German technology company has built a robotic spider that looks like the stuff of nightmares. 

Called the BionicWheelBot, the robo-spider is outfitted with eight terrifyingly spindly legs that allow it to walk, run and transform into a rolling wheel that can chase after you at alarming speeds. 

Scientists from Festo modeled the somersaulting robot after the real-life flic-flac spider, which is known for its unusual movements. 

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Nokia 7 Plus Full Specifications and Price

The Nokia 7 Plus is powered by octa-core Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 processor and 4 GB of RAM. The Nokia 7 Plusruns  Android 8.0 (Oreo) and  Non-removable Li-Ion 3800 mAh battery.  As far as the cameras  concerns, 12 mega-pixel back camera  and 12 mega-pixel front shooter for selfies. 

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China Aims For Near-Total Surveillance, Including in People's Homes

By 2020, China will have completed its nationwide facial recognition and surveillance network, achieving near-total surveillance of urban residents, including in their homes via smart TVs and smartphones.

According to the official Legal Daily newspaper, the 13th Five Year Plan requires 100 percent surveillance and facial recognition coverage and total unification of its existing databases across the country.

Authorities in the southwestern province of Sichuan reported in December that they had completed the installation of more than 40,000 surveillance cameras across more than 14,000 villages as part of the "Sharp Eyes" nationwide surveillance network, the paper said.

Guangdong-based Bell New Vision Co. is developing the nationwide "Sharp Eyes" platform that can link up public surveillance cameras and those installed in smart devices in the home, to a nationwide network for viewing in real time by anyone who is given access.

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This Is What Your Phone Will Look Like By 2028

Phones have evolved from being a convenient but far from necessary luxury device to something we cannot live without. Not only that, it’s gone from a something you used to make phone calls to an all-purpose pocket PC that also happens to take calls (that you ignore). And this dramatic evolution happened over the course of about 10 years.
So now we have phones that can take professional-looking photos and shoot 4K video, while also being able to play graphically-intensive games at a buttery smooth frame-rate, all the while powering apps that keep us informed and entertained. How can things possibly improve? What will phones look like 10 years from now?
Fast-forwarding a decade in time lets us bypass those boring “incremental upgrades,” and speculate on the bigger innovations. Allow me to share what I think will be the most significant improvements seen in phones during 2028.
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The Genesis Essentia Concept is the automotive future we were promised

Unveiled at the New York Auto Show, the pure electric Essentia coupe hits all the marks with its bubble roof, butterfly doors and body panels crafted from carbon fiber. To get those doors open, the car uses biometric fingerprint and facial recognition scanners to make sure you're the driver. Just walk up, get scanned, and the car comes alive.
The interior of the car at the show is a bold red with blue dash accents. If Superman needed a car, he'd have this interior. The dash is a series of screens (as you would expect) and supports voice recognition. Genesis says you'll be able to have two-way conversations with the car, which I assume means it's like talking to KITT from Knight Rider.
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No more secrets! New mind-reading machine can translate your thoughts and display them as text INSTANTLY

Scientists have developed an astonishing mind-reading machine which can translate what you are thinking and instantly display it as text.

They claim that it has an accuracy rate of 90 per cent or more and say that it works by interpreting consonants and vowels in our brains.

The researchers believe that the machine could one day help patients who suffer from conditions that don't allow them to speak or move. 

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AI-driven unemployment in Hong Kong can be offset by a tax on profits generated by robots

Robots and artificial intelligence are increasingly more efficient, reliable and functional. Businessmen also see great cost benefits to them because robots do not need wages and health insurance.
It is therefore an inevitable trend that automated intelligent machines or so-called robotic process systems will take over more human roles.
In the 2018-2019 budget, Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po vowed to spend more money to boost innovation and development. In the long run, this progressive initiative is likely to displace hundreds of thousands of workers as AI and robots take over the jobs traditionally handled by humans. 
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Saturday, March 31, 2018

What Is a Blue Moon, Anyway?

Skywatchers tonight (March 31) will be treated to the second and final Blue Moon of 2018, just on the eve of Easter. What is this type of moon, and is it actually blue?
For those who wanted to see an aqua-hued orb, sorry but the term "Blue Moon" has nothing to do with the color. Instead, it refers to the appearance of an additional full moon in a given time period. Under the most popular definition today, a Blue Moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.
The moon reached its peak full phase at 8:37 a.m. EDT (1237 GMT), but the moon will still look pretty full for the following 24 hours.

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