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What do you imagine when you hear the phrasecat piano”? Some kind of whimsical furry beast with black and white keys for teeth, maybe? A relative of My Neighbor Totoro ’s cat bus ? Or maybe you picture a piano that contains several caged cats who shriek along an entire scale when keys are pressed that slam sharpened nails into their tails. If this is your answer, you might find people slowly backing away from you at times, or gently suggesting you get some psychiatric help. But then, imagine that such a perverse oddity was in use by psychiatrists, like the 18th-century German physician Johann Christian Reil, who—reports David McNamee at The Guardian —“wrote that the device was intended to shake mental patients who had lost the ability to focus out of a ‘fixed state’ and into ‘conscious awareness.’” So long, meds. See you, meditation and mandala coloring books….
The Economic Times
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The ban does not mean a powerful laptop-hidden explosive device would usually be any safer if it got into the hold, even though there has been research onto stronger bag containers.
IT PRO News
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News Leaked promo shots show off new colour option, as well as clearest look yet at device design
Liverpool Echo
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The fate of the popular TV streaming device is about to be decided
Techradar
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Indeed, the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus is very close in size to the newer, larger MacBook trackpads. Also described is a similar unit that uses an iPad housed where the previous design's screen sat. It would in essence act as a souped-up iPad Smart Case, offering external additional processing power in the case: In both instances, the casing enclosure is described as being aluminium, further mimicking what you'd expect from a MacBook. It's an interesting patent, taking cues from other modular computing devices, the likes of which we've seen from Motorola among others . It is, however, unlikely to bear fruit within a product until some greater merger between iOS and MacOS takes place, or a way to switch between both on either laptop or smartphone devices is developed, there's little benefit to trackpad input for an iOS device. And with the iPad Pro already existing as Apple's halfway home between a mobile and work-focussed device, the Cupertino seems to already have the base covered that this curio would be looking to hit.
France 24
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CT machines though have yet to be designed for boarding checkpoints in the airport, making it more secure to put suspect items like computers in checked baggage. "The goal is to bring CT technology to the checkpoint so you don't have to take your laptop out of you bag," said Karnik. Jeffrey Price, an aviation security expert at the Metropolitan State University of Denver in Colorado, said that forcing a possible bomb into the hold also reduces the attacker's chance of success. "It introduces more room for error to add a timing device (if the plane were delayed, the bomb would detonate on the ground), or a barometric trigger switch," he told AFP in an email. "In either case, rough baggage handling may also trigger or render useless the device. (There is) more assurance of the thing detonating if you are holding it and command-detonate it."
Techradar
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This wouldnt be the first time a hacker group would have used the data from this particular breach for extortion purposes either. The group sent a YouTube video to Motherboard showing one of their members accessing an iCloud account using the stolen data where they were able to access the accounts photos and remotely wipe the users device. However, it would have been easy for the group to stage this scenario and the veracity of their claims wasnt helped by inconsistencies in reporting how many account details theyd stolen one member claimed 300 million while another said 559 million. Regardless, Apple has said that its keeping a close eye and actively monitoring to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts. Not only that, the company is working with law enforcement to identify the group behind the threats.
The Economic Times
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It says Ookla's speed tests are attributed to primary SIMs even though data could have come from the secondary SIMs. Jio has also questioned Airtel's claim to be "officially" the fastest carrier in its advertisement since Ookla is recognised by neither the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India nor the Department of Telecommunications. 3. What does Ookla say Ookla has admitted that due to limitations of the Android platform, the ‘active carrier valuereturned by the device does not always indicate the actual data provider in devices with dual SIMs. However, it says it applies additional data sources and mechanisms during post- processing to help determine the actual data carrier being tested. “This enables Ookla to determine the actual data carrier with a high degree of confidence," it says. But Jio seems to differentiate between "a high degree of confidence" and hundred per cent accuracy of results.
Phys.Org
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TechCrunch
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If youre an Android device owner and also a driver, you may already be familiar with Drivemode: Its one of the most popular apps for use in cars on Google Play, with over one million app downloads and active users spread across 180 countries. The app is designed to reduce distractions for drives via an eyes-free interface designed to access smartphone functions like navigation... Read More
Daily Express - Travel
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The Sun Daily - Tech
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Ars Technica UK
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Enlarge (credit: Vignesh Natarajan ) The male equivalent of the at-home pregnancy test may have just landed. With a simple smartphone device and a chip that slurps up sperm, men can easily and cheaply measure the count and motility of their swimmers . The test is about 98 percent accurate, takes less than five seconds, and requires no training to run, Harvard researchers report Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine . It’s also cheap—the device and the microfluidic chip cost just $4.45 total to manufacture. Researchers are hopeful that the invention will help couples trying to have children—as well as those trying not to. Worldwide, it's estimated that more than 30 million men face fertility issues at some point. And couples in developing countries or remote areas may not have easy access to fertility clinics. On the flip side, those who undergo vasectomies are encouraged to monitor their sperm counts afterward to make sure the procedure worked.
Electronics Weekly
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Texas start-up Mythic has raised $9.3 million in VC money to bring a chip to market which will deliver local processing of AI functions like voice control and computer vision. That is a similar ambition to ARM's new DynamIQ microarchitecture which, among other things, aims to take AI processing out of the cloud and onto ... Read full article: Mythic aims to bring AI to the device
Hackaday
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The final version was made from aluminium-coated sandwich-panel. He used an online service to photo-etch the markings, and then a milling machine to carve out the various windows and mounting holes. The rear panel is a tinted acrylic with laser engraving, which makes the neatly laid out innards visible for viewers to appreciate. The wooden frame is made from 40-year-old Mahogany, sourced from an old family heirloom desk. All of this hard work results in a really professional looking product. The electronics are mostly off the shelf modules, except for the custom built LED driver boards. The heart of the device is an Arduino Mega because of the large number of outputs it provides. There are seven LED driver boards based around the Maxim 7221 (PDF) serial interface LED drivers two to drive the inner and outer ring LEDs, and the others for the various seven-segment displays.
Daily Mail - Femail
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Android Police
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As large phones have become the norm, there's plenty of information for wondering eyes to get a look at. If you sometimes catch family or friends sneaking a peek at your phone, BlackBerry has just the app for you - if you have a BlackBerry device, that is. The aptly-named Privacy Shade darkens the entire screen, except a small view area that can be easily moved or resized. You can change the transparency of the shade, as well as change the view area from a box to a circle. Read More BlackBerry releases Privacy Shade, an app to keep nearby people from reading your screen was written by the awesome team at Android Police .
Voice Of America
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The experimental test proved to be greater than 95 percent accurate in detecting problems with a man's sperm. Petrozza said many women wonder why they have trouble getting pregnant after months or years of trying to conceive with their partner. “Now we have something that can screen their partner and do it reliably. And if there's something there, they'll get them in to see the fertility doctor or gynecologists much sooner and I think that's always a good thing,” he said. The test is designed to be used at home, rather than at a clinic, in a growing field of what is known as point of care medicine. After placing a semen sample on a slide, the user inserts it into the attachment placed on the phone, using the device's optics to analyze the semen. The smartphone's powerful camera is able to take both still and moving pictures of the sperm sample.
Android Police
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The Huawei Mate 9 was announced as the first non-Amazon device to have Amazon Alexa back at CES. However, it wasn't included when the phone shipped in the US. Huawei only said the feature would be delivered in a later update. Well, now it's later. The Alexa update has started rolling out in the US. This will make the Mate 9 and interesting device for voice interaction. During the intervening months between Alexa's announcement and release, Google started rolling Assistant out to many phones . Read More Alexa support is rolling out to the Huawei Mate 9 was written by the awesome team at Android Police .
Live Science
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A new smartphone device could make some awkward doctor visits a thing of the past.
Android Police
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The Huawei Mate 9 was announced as the first non-Amazon device to have Amazon Alexa back at CES. However, it wasn't included when the phone shipped in the US. Huawei only said the feature would be delivered in a later update. Well, now it's later. The Alexa update has started rolling out in the US. This will make the Mate 9 and interesting device for voice interaction. During the intervening months between Alexa's announcement and release, Google started rolling Assistant out to many phones . Read More Alexa support is rolling out the the Huawei Mate 9 was written by the awesome team at Android Police .
The Event Chronicle
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Keep in mind these frequencies are used to cook flesh. The microwave oven you dropped off at the recovery area of the rubbish tip the other week runs at 2.45 GHz. Turning up the ‘volume’ or microwave power density on the antenna array – in the same way we turn up the volume of our stereo. This is the same ‘invisible stuffemitted by your mobile device and WiFi. In the above example when the antenna tower was at the edge of your back fence (say 100 metres from your bedroom), you’d likely complain, “Not In My Back Yard!” When it is located 300 metres away and out of sight in council bushland there is no way for you to complain as you do not even know about it! Even if it is located on the side of a road you might not consider taking action, such is the distorted form of information passed on to the public (more on this later). Distance is an important consideration per the Inverse Square Law for distance from source (of microwave radiation) – Intensity α 1/distance.
Mashable
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There's no nice way to say it: The new travel restrictions on electronics suck, and they're going to make flying more of a pain in the ass for passengers. If you're flying to the U.S. from the affected Middle East and North African airports, you won't be able to bring any electronic devices larger than a smartphone on flights. This means tablets, laptops, etc. will need to be placed in checked luggage, which increases the chance of them getting damaged during transport. For many Apple users, the big question is: Will AppleCare cover damage for iPads or MacBooks damaged in checked baggage? SEE ALSO: The new air travel device restrictions have arrivedhere's what you need to know Read more... More about Airport Security , Damage , Applecare , Apple , and Tech