Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks in its full glory

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Evan Blass, professional spoiler of well kept smartphone secrets, is back with another hit today, this time revealing the most-anticipated non-iPhone of 2017, Samsung’s Galaxy S8. His new image reveals a handset that agrees wholeheartedly with Samsung’s Mobile World Congress teaser of a device with utterly minimal front bezels. It also features Samsung’s confirmed date for the launch, March 29th, and gives us a good look at what’s presumably going to be the lock screen welcoming new users when the phone is released in April.

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China’s newest source of on-demand hype, rental bicycles, gets its first unicorn

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A bike sprocket cut out of titanium There can be no hype without a unicorn. China’s newest startup money pit — bicycle rentals on-demand — now has its first billion-dollar valued company.
The industry has sucked in more than $300 million from investors this year alone — that’s counting just one company — and now Ofo has become the first in the space to reach the much-coveted $1 billion… Read More

Installing Node.js Tutorial: Using nvm

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As with any programming language, platform, or tool, the first step to using it is getting it installed. Many of them typically come with a speedy way to upgrade when a new version is available.

By default, there’s not a way to upgrade the version of Node.js you’ve got from within Node.js itself. That said, there’s a fantastic tool for the community called nvm that allows you to manage the versions of Node.js that you’ve got installed locally.

Beefy 100 Amp Electronic Load uses Two MOSFETs

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[Kerry Wong] had some extreme MOSFETs (IXTK90N25L2) and decided to create a high current electronic load. The result was a two-channel beast that can handle 50 A per channel. Together, they can sink 400 W and can handle a peak of 1 kW for brief periods. You can see a demo in the video below.

An electronic load is essentially a load resistor you can connect to a source and the resistance is set by an input voltage. So if the load is set to 10 A and you connect it to a 12 V source, the MOSFET should look …read more

China’s Qunar to delist from NASDAQ after completing sale to private equity firm

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NASDAQ Chinese travel site Qunar is all set to delist from the NASDAQ after it completed its sale to private equity firm Ocean Management. The deal was first announced last October and today it went through having gained shareholder approval earlier this week. The transaction values Qunar, which is backed by Baidu, at around $4.44 billion. The firm raised $167 million from its IPO in November… Read More

Snap is developing drone for users to share overhead videos and photos: NYT report

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One of the products that Snapchat owner Snap Inc. is developing as “a modern-day camera company” is a drone, reports the New York Times today.

Sources for this bold claim are “three people briefed on the project who asked to remain anonymous because the details are confidential.”

The drone would help users take videos and photographs from overhead, then share that visual data with Snap, and presumably, other users of the service.

Snap is scheduled to go public later this week in a long-anticipated IPO.
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The new Alien: Covenant trailer gives us a good look at the updated xenomorph

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The last Alien: Covenant teaser was a subtle hint at the dangers the movie’s colonists would face on their new world, taking the time to make a reference to the iconic dinner scene in the original Alien. The new trailer, released today, has none of that subtlety — it seems like it’s basically the whole movie condensed into a two-minute clip.

That means that if you want to go into theaters on May 19th this year and be surprised by Ridley Scott’s next take on the Alien series, you might want to steer clear of this trailer. But for the too-curious among you, the clip will show you a world that seems strangely like our own Earth, albeit with some minor (and deadly) tweaks. The trailer also gives us one of the…

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The final Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer is here and ready to rock

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Marvel released the final trailer for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight, giving fans a bit more of an idea of what to expect from the return of the galaxy’s favorite band of misfit heroes.

The entire gang is back for this run: Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel), along with new members of the team Yondu (Michael Rooker), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Also returning is director James Gunn, who made the original film.

Of particular note is the first appearance from a bearded Kurt Russel, who’ll be playing Star-Lord’s father — Ego, the Living Planet.

The trailer also…

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BeeHex cooks up $1 million for 3D food printers that make pizzas

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A heart-shaped pizza printed by BeeHex. The phrase “3-D printer” typically brings to mind devices that churn out plastic objects like jewelry, toys, hardware prototypes or even prosthetics. Now, a startup building a 3-D food printer, BeeHex, has raised $1 million in seed funding to launch its first product, a pizza printer called the Chef 3D. Initially, BeeHex wanted to develop a printer that would be able to make a… Read More

UK’s long-delayed digital strategy looks to AI but is locked to Brexit

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matt-hancock-uk-digital-director2 The UK government is due to publish its long awaited Digital Strategy later today, about a year later than originally slated. Existing delays having been compounded by the shock of Brexit. Drafts of the strategy framework seen by TechCrunch suggest its scope and ambition vis-a-vis the digital technologies has been pared back and repositioned vs earlier formulations of the plan. Read More

Severe SQL Injection Flaw Discovered In WordPress Plugin With Over 1 Million Installs

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According to BleepingComputer, “A WordPress plugin installed on over one million sites has just fixed a severe SQL injection vulnerability that can allow attackers to steal data from a website’s database.” The plugin’s name is NextGEN Gallery, which has its own set of plugins due to how successful it is. From the report: According to web security firm Sucuri, who discovered the NextGEN Gallery security issues, the first attack scenario can happen if a WordPress site owner activates the NextGEN Basic TagCloud Gallery option on his site. This feature allows site owners to display image galleries that users can navigate via tags. Clicking one of these tags alters the site’s URL as the user navigates through photos. Sucuri says that an attack can modify link parameters and insert SQL queries that will be executed by the plugin when the attacker loads the malformed URL. This happens due to improper input sanitization in the URL parameters, a common problem with many WordPress and non-WordPress web applications. The second exploitation scenario can happen if website owners open their site for blog post submissions. Because attackers can create accounts on the site and submit a blog post/article for review, they can also insert malformed NextGEN Gallery shortcodes. Sucuri says the plugin’s authors fixed this flaw in NextGEN Gallery 2.1.79.

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Why Your Boss Will Crush Your Innovative Ideas

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dryriver writes: BBC Capital explores why good ideas people have in the workplace almost never reach the top decision-makers in a company. From the report: “Surely you’ve heard the plea from on high at your company: we want more innovation, from everyone at every level. Your boss might even agree with the sentiment — because, of course, who doesn’t like innovation? It’s good for everyone, right? Yet when it comes to innovating at your job it might be better to lower your expectations — and then some. Your idea is far more likely to die on your boss’s desk than it is to reach the CEO. It’s not that top managers don’t want new ideas. Rather, it’s the people around you — your colleagues, your manager — who are unlikely to bend toward change. Today, big companies that don’t innovate face extinction. ‘Companies are almost forced to say that they are changing these days,’ says Lynn Isabella, professor of organizational behavior at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in the U.S. But, ‘it’s not organizations that resist change; people resist,’ says Isabella. ‘The people have to see what’s in it for them.'” As mentioned in the report, some of the key questions that the people whom you pitch your ideas to will ask themselves include, what does this innovation mean for me personally — will it be more challenging or will it lead to more career opportunities, and what will it mean for my job — will I get fired or will it be (or was it) worth it? Many times the answers to these questions don’t stack up in favor of the innovation, Isabella says. As a result, the people who need to buy in don’t push for change.

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What is Shrove Tuesday and why do we celebrate Pancake Day?

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It’s Pancake Day! (Picture: Getty) Today is Pancake Day, that is a self-explanatory kind of day – just eat a load of pancakes, but what is Shrove Tuesday? And why are some people calling it Mardi Gras? Not only are we all greedily stuffing our faces with pancakes all day, today might well be the …

Google Pulls the Plug On Its Pixel Laptops

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Although its new flagship phones have been doing brisk sales, Google’s high-end, $1,299 Pixel-branded Chromebooks won’t be seeing much love from the search giant in the near future. According to TechCrunch, reporting from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Google’s SVP of hardware Rick Osterloh has announced the second version of the Pixel laptop will be the last of its kind. As TechCrunch notes, Google is trimming down the Pixel line to just the smartphones and the Pixel C tablet for now. Although there may be other devices carrying the name in the future, Osterloh said it was unlikely that its own laptops would be one of them.

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Show Notes: Amazon Web Services Appreciation Day

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Before every episode of The Vergecast I sit down, read through a bunch of news, and take a bunch of notes. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my week, and I started thinking it might be fun to do every day on the site. So, every day I’m sitting down and writing some notes on the news as though I’ll be talking about it later. Are you into this? Am I into this? I don’t know. But it’s fun to do! Give me some feedback and we’ll keep mutating this into something good.

AMAZON WEB SERVICES APPRECIATION DAY

  • Obviously the biggest news of the day was Amazon Web Services going down and taking a substantial chunk of the internet with it for four hours. (They’re back now.)
  • AWS is a staggering success story; you could reasonably argue that it’s…

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Watch the world’s fastest self-driving car zoom around a racetrack

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The NIO EP9 electric car lapped the Circuit of the Americas racetrack in Austin, Texas in 2 minutes and 40.33 seconds last week — without a driver at the wheel and with a top speed of 160 mph.

NextEV, the Chinese startup which manufactures the NIO EP9, says this makes it the fastest autonomous electric car in the world. It produces an astonishing 1,342 horsepower from its four electric motors and, with a human behind the wheel, it lapped the track in 2 minutes and 11.30 seconds, reaching a top speed of 170 mph. NextEV says it’s capable of 194 miles per hour and has a range of 265 miles, though probably not at the same time.

NextEV is no stranger to the racetrack. The company was one of the founding manufacturers in Formula E, and their…

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Moto, Huawei Are Replacing the Android Keys With a Touchpad

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An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report written by Vlad Savov via The Verge: Huawei and Moto have both moved to a new type of home button, which isn’t really a button but rather just a touch-sensitive surface. So far, so familiar, but the novelty is that they’re now combining gestures and taps to turn the trio of Android shortcuts — Back, Home, and Recent Apps — into a one-button user interface. Huawei’s approach is one tap to go back, long press to go home, and a swipe to bring up the multitasking menu. Of course, this wouldn’t be Android without fragmentation, so Moto’s method is slightly different (swipe left to go back, right for multitasking, and a tap to go home), but having tried both of them, I can say that they’re improvements on the status quo and I’m glad the change is happening. For Android purists, this may all seem like an unnecessary distraction. Give me my familiar Android trio, it might be said, and leave me in peace. Which is fine and dandy, since both of the new phones, Huawei’s P10 and Moto’s G5, offer the option to bring the familiar software interface back.

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Microfluidic LEGO Bricks

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Years ago, prototyping microfluidic systems was a long, time-intensive task. With inspiration from DIY PCB fabrication techniques, that time is now greatly reduced. However, even with the improvements, it still takes a full day to go from an idea to a tangible implementation. However, progress creeps in this petty pace from day to day, and in accordance, a group of researchers have found a way to use 3D printed molds to create microfluidic LEGO bricks that make microfluidic prototyping child’s play.

For the uninitiated, microfluidics is the study and manipulation of very small volumes of water, usually a millionth of …read more

Don’t expect a new Pixel laptop from Google

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The Pixel laptop is no more. At Mobile World Congress, Google’s senior vice president for hardware Rick Osterloh said the company will stop making Chromebooks under the Pixel name, which has recently become more synonymous with the company’s flagship smartphone. According to TechCrunch, Osterloh said Google may still use the Pixel branding for future products that integrate Google’s software with its own hardware, but that is unlikely to come in the form of a laptop computer.

At MWC, Osterloh also admitted that the Pixel smartphones have been experiencing supply and demand issues — which is an understatement, to say the least. Google discontinued its latest version of the Pixel Chromebook last summer after letting it sell out in stores…

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