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Image Source | Youtube.com Samsung has just come out with a TV set that feels less like technology, but still makes you enjoy the tech behind the screen. That’s the main idea behind the new Samsung Frame TV[1]. It’s a minimalist television set that’s designed to look like a large picture frame. The TV is designed by Yves Behar[2] and was first showcased earlier this year as a concept device. But the concept picked up and now Samsung is rolling it out as a full-on consumer product. The company announced that the Frame TV[3] was already made available to purchase on Samsung’s site last June 18. Image Source | Youtube.comAs anyone will analyze, the Frame TV is not that affordable. The 55-inch model will go for $1,999, while a 65-inch model will cost $2,799. A handful of different color snap-on bezels will cost $200 for the smaller model, and $250 for the larger one. For that worthy price though, you get a TV that’s a bit more striking than the usual black box sitting in living rooms. Samsung[4] has dabbled with this “lifestyle TV” design before with the fancy Serif TV it launched in 2015 of a similar aesthetic. The company says it wanted to go back to the retro days when TV’s were enclosed in beautifully structured wooden boxes that contributed to the decorating of the living room. Image Source | Youtube.comBefore making a purchase, check out the Frame TV in Samsung showrooms and see for yourself that the set is, in fact, really nicely put together. You can still tell it’s a TV when you see it hung among actual picture frames, but it certainly feels less like a gadget. To make things clear, the tech is still there because the Frame is still a LED Samsung TV at its core. It’s got a sharp 4K resolution, and it supports HDR10 that gives it more life-like and realistic colors with compatible content. There is some kind of level local dimming, a type of screen adjustments that supposedly boosts contrasts and creates a more vibrant image, but it’s not…
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Image Source | Youtube.com When Cars 3 was released, it became the first Pixar film to be distributed in 4DX, the motion-based “immersive” film format[1] from South Korea’s CJ 4DPlex. 4DX is one of a handful of formats that attempt to turn traditional and passive films into something more experiential: seats shake, tilt, and pivot, while environmental effects[2] like air blasts, scents, sprays of water, and in-theater fog and strobe lighting echo what’s happening on the screen. Image Source | Youtube.com4DX[3] has largely been focusing on bombastic superhero movies and action flicks. But animated 4DX films are nothing new ever since Despicable Me was released in the format back in 2010, and last year everything from Disney’s The Jungle Book to Kung Fu Panda 3 got to be shown in 4DX. And this is okay because since animated films are initially made for kids, then watching 4DX animated will seem like a theme park ride. Image Source | Youtube.comBut, it’s symptomatic of an industry struggling to give audiences something they simply can’t get online or from their television at home. Extra-large screens or vibrating seats[4], the concept of making films “immersive,” has become the going trend. But drawing in audiences in a fictional world requires more than just technological add-ons. In the mad rush to entice audiences into theaters, these new formats could undermine the most important reason to go to movies: Enjoyment. 4DX touts itself as an “immersive multi-sensory cinematic experience.” This is the magic phrase where 4DX fails completely. Video Courtesy of Youtube: There are two distinctly different elements to the 4DX experience: the motion of the seat, and the environmental effects. The seat tilts, shakes, and rolls to essentially track the movement of the camera from shot to shot. It’s fine by itself if it wasn’t for the environmental effects. It’s okay to watch Cars 3 while the seats tilt and jolt because of the race scenes. Image Source | Youtube.comIn one scene during Wonder Woman, 3D arrows being shot toward the audience triggered blasts of air, creating the illusion that the film was spilling out of…
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Image Source | Youtube.com Most of us already know that Facebook is the top social networking site on the web. The world’s most popular social networking sites[1] certainly have changed over the years and surely, it will continue to change as time moves forward. According to Facebook, it has around 1.59 billion monthly active users as of December 2015 and over a billion logs each day. I was thinking maybe that’s one of the reasons why Facebook has opened its door to add new feature: video programming[2]. Image Source | Youtube.comIt was reported by Business Insider[3], Facebook is making a big push into television and is planning to premiere its schedule of programming in mid-June. The company is developing around 24 shows for the first try and has numerous shows for production. The said social network apparently has two tiers of shows: a small number of big-budget shows that would feel at home on TV and a lower tier for shorter, less expensive shows of about to 10 minutes that would refresh every 24 hours. Image Source | Youtube.comWith its upcoming plan, Facebook[4] would play a much more active role in controlling the content that appears on its social network with nearly 2 billion members as of now. And just like companies such as Amazon, YouTube and Snap are racing to secure premium video programming. Facebook has said publicly in the past that it plans to aim for high-quality video content. Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO, talked about his idea for Facebook video. He wants people to think of Facebook when they want to watch video content which sounds like when you want to use television or Netflix[5]. “The goal that we have for the product experience is to make it so that when people want to watch videos or want to keep up to date with what’s going on with their favorite show, or what’s going on with a public figure that they want to follow, that they can come to Facebook and go to a place knowing that that’s going to show them all the content that they’re…
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Image Source | Youtube.com Despite several incredible inventions, the functionality of prosthetic limbs[1] remains limited. Prosthetic limbs are great creations and losing a limb can be a very depressing experience but a prosthetic arm or leg can help humans function almost normally. However, there are some things they need to work on to produce a prosthetic that is almost like organic limbs. For instance, a prosthetic limb that can allow the wearer to reach for objects[2] automatically without thinking just like a real hand. Image Source | Youtube.comWell, that’s exactly the idea being developed by the biomedical researchers from Newcastle University[3] and funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. They created a prototype prosthetic limb with a built in AI camera[4] attached on top. The camera uses some sort of computer vision technology and the researchers teach it to recognize some 500 objects. When the user grabs something, the camera instantly takes a picture of the object in front of it, assesses its shape and sizes it and then it triggers a series of movements in the hand. Image Source | Youtube.comWith the usual methods that require the user to see the object, physically stimulates the muscles in the arm and trigger a movement in the prosthetic limb, the hand ‘sees’ and reacts in one fluid movement. A small number of amputees have already tried the new technology and now the Newcastle University teams are working with experts at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to offer the ‘hands with eyes’ to patients at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital. Video Courtesy of Youtube: “Using computer vision, we have developed a bionic hand which can respond automatically — in fact, just like a real hand, the user can reach out and pick up a cup or a biscuit with nothing more than a quick glance in the right direction,” said Dr. Kianoush Nazarpour, a biomedical lecturer at Newcastle University, in a press statement. “The beauty of this system is that it’s much more flexible and the hand is able to pick up novel objects — which is crucial since in everyday…
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Image Source | Youtube.com Facebook[1] is the leading social media network on the internet; it has 1.8 million active users and is used all over the world to for connection people. Aside from connecting people around the world this has been a means of small and big business in promoting their brands. They find Facebook so east to use and they even have a paid advertising option that can reach new prospects for their business for a minimal amount. The world’s best social media network has improved over the years, and they will absolutely continue to change as time goes on. Friendster was one of the first social media network but it was outdated and it had no improvement and so it died. Facebook will stick around if they will continue to expand their horizon and upgrade their site to give the users a sizzle on what it can do. Image Source | Youtube.comReports say that Facebook is getting ready into the tourism market called City Guides. The purpose of this feature is to provide recommendations and suggestions for places to visit in various cities across the globe. It will send you notifications about places of interest you might be gracing your presence. It has also a feature of an upcoming event where you can see if who among your friends will be attending the said event. The feature is still being tested so some of you might not be able to see the new feature enabled. “We’re testing a redesigned surface on city Pages that showcases information about your city. This content already exists on Facebook, and during this test we’ll be centralizing it in a way that is more personalized and relevant to you. So, this new feature can help people get a better sense of their city, or a city they’re visiting through their friends’ eyes.” [2][3] Video Courtesy of Youtube: Facebook had been having the check-in feature that is available in their status update but it does not give you a feedback as to what it is like or who went there or who is going…
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Image Source | Youtube.com Have you met Darling? Darling is a smart phone that has a strip of real diamonds and the first smartphone in the world to have a built-in 360 degree camera. This android phone has a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display, runs on a MediaTekSoC (no Qualcomm?!), 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. It comes with 3,560 mAh battery, which is respectable, nothing great for the price. There’s a USB Type-C port for charging and also a fingerprint sensor on the back for security on the Darling smartphone.[1]The phone was announced late last year, but it’s now popping up again after ProTruly brought it to Mobile World Congress 2017. Image Source | Youtube.comDarling has two versions – a standard model that has a plastic camera[2] build which cost around $600 and the high-end model that features leather with a strip of gold and four embedded diamonds is more or less close to $1300. Both models have the same specs– this touch type smartphone has 4 GSM Frequencies of 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 with dimensions of 181.40 x 76.00 x 8.90 mm and weights 222.00 g. It supports an OS of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It has a screen resolution of 1080p with a MediaTekHelio x20 Processor that has a 4 GB RAM and a 64 GB internal storage. The battery of darling packs in a 3560 mAh so it has a long battery life. The specs of the phone are not bad although the design of the phone might be a problem to some because of its elongated style with a diamond bling. Video Courtesy of Youtube: To top it all off, Darling can also remotely detect the temperature of a human body without having to touch the phone by the use of infrared. The best feature this phone has is its 360 degrees camera. With a camera of 13 megapixels and a wide angle fish-eye lenses both on its rear and front camera, these cameras lets you shoot a 360 degrees videos and images. This makes this mobile phone unique. As for other impressive…
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Image Source | Youtube.com On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lower court’s judgment in a unanimous decision that involved a supposedly $399 million lower court judgment against Samsung for violating Apple’s iPhone patents. The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision overturns Apple’s victory against Samsung[1] in a Washington, D.C. U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. The case will actually go back to that court for further finality proceedings to determine if Samsung has to pay any lower penalties to Apple. In the past, tech giants like Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Facebook, and Google urged the Supreme Court to hear out Samsung’s appeal of its patent loss to Apple, giving warning that the lower court’s outcome against Samsung may lead to absurd and devastating impacts on tech companies with more or less the same technology being manufactured. Much of the articles in U.S. patent law when applied to present technology like smartphones are inadequate at best and mostly obsolescent. Many are calling for an upgrade to this law. Image Source | Youtube.comThe last time the Supreme Court ruled on a controversial product design was in 1885 when it heard a case involving carpet designs. Today, the court’s 8-0 decision against Apple, written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, sets a historical precedence for cases similar to this in the future. According to Justice Sotomayor in her written 11-page opinion[2], “The Supreme Court’s decision brings damages law for design patents into accord with the damages law for utility patents. No longer can a patent holder get all of the profits from the sales of a product infringing a design patent. Instead, they may recover the profits attributable to the infringing feature.” Sotomayor furthers states that, “the lower court went too far in its ruling when it declared Samsung had to pay fines based on the entire iPhone, instead of just the components that may have been copied when Samsung was designing its smartphones. One of the central arguments in the case was the use of the term ‘article of manufacture’ and how it applied to the parts used to make a smartphone. The lower…
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Image Source | Youtube.com In its quest to give robots human-like grace but strength even in the frozen wastes of space, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is looking at exotic gears made out of exotic materials. JBL’s technologist Douglas Hofmann and his team have come up with how high-precision gears made of Bulk Metallic Glass (BMG) could lead to more graceful and stronger robots that cost less to build. According to the JBL, the key to more dexterous robots is to use a metal that’s not really a metal and one that’s not even technically a solid[1]. In fact, it has more in common with glass than metal. Metals have a crystalline structure that is so common that such a structure is almost the definition of a solid. Glass, even in all its hardness, is not considered a solid. In engineering terms, it’s what’s known as a super cooled liquid. When glass cools down from a molten state, it has little or no structure, and its atoms line up in random patterns instead of geometric order of crystals. Image Source | Youtube.comThis lack of order gives glass many of its properties, including its strength, its ability to be shaped in different forms, but its tendency to shatter so spectacularly. Discovered by Caltech in 1960, metallic glasses are special metals that are used in a variety of products and have a structure, or lack thereof, similar to glass. They’re formed by melting metals until the atoms randomize, then suddenly cooling them at 1,832º F (1,000º C). This turns the metal into a solid so quickly that there isn’t time for it to crystallize. The result is a metal that’s a super cooled liquid like glass. When this amorphous metallic glass is in batches larger than 1 mm long, it’s called BMG. Metallic glasses can flow like regular glass and can even be heated to a plastic state and blown like glass. They also have low melting points, so they can be cast with injection-molding technology like bottle glass or plastic, yet retain the strength and durability of metal. Video Courtesy of…
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Image Source | Youtube.com Famed astronaut John Glenn passed away[1] at the age of 95 in Columbus, Ohio. He was the first American astronaut to orbit the earth. He has been admitted at the James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University for more than a week before his death. He will be buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Glenn was also well known for being a decorated war hero, former senator, educator, husband, father of two, and was a staunch worker against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. In the wake of the news of his death, scientists and space luminaries took to social media and broadcast media[2] for an outpouring of condolences, memories, love, and honoring. Those on this list include Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and private aerospace company Stratolaunch Systems; Peggy Whitson, US astronaut and the first female commander of the International Space Station; Mae Jemison, first colored woman in space and leader of the 100 Year Starship project; Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist; Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and spaceflight company Blue Origin; Scott Kelly, US astronaut; Chris Hadfiled, Canadian astronaut and former commander of International Space Station; Carolyn Porco, lead scientist on NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn; Elon Musk, founder of Space X; and Bill Nye, CEO of Planetary Society. Image Source | Youtube.comWhile a pilot in the United States Marine Corps, Glenn applied for astronaut service to NASA in 1959 and was included in the Space Task Group. He became the backup astronaut to Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom, on the Freedom 7 and Liberty Bell spacecraft. Glenn then became the first American astronaut to orbit the earth aboard Friendship 7 on February 20, 1962, on the Mercury Atlas 6 mission. He orbited the earth three times on a space flight that lasted nearly five hours. This made Glenn the third American in space and the fifth human being in space. His space voyage took place at a time when America and the Soviet Union were locked in the midst of the Cold War and the “Space Race.” No less than President John…
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