Who needs foldable smartphones when you can just clip two together?

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Samsung and Huawei wowed early-adopters (and their creditors) this week with cutting-edge designs for foldable tablet-phones. LG’s genius answer is to just clip two screens together. The BBC:

It has created a second display as a detachable accessory. The end result may look less elegant thanks to the gap between the screens, but it is likely to cost less. The 6.2in (15.7cm) V50 ThinQ handset and its matching Dual Screen add-on both use OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology.

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A nanoparticle injection is all it takes to let these mice see in infrared

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I know it’s everyone’s dream to see outside the wavelengths allotted to our visual systems. Well, as usual, mice have gotten there first, with the help of some clever scientists. By injecting specialized light-tweaking nanoparticles into a mouse’s retina, that mouse is suddenly and clearly able to perceive near-infrared light — suggesting the same could be possible for us, assuming you don’t mind a needle in the eye.

The original Apple Pencil is down to $80

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The Apple Pencil that works with the sixth-generation iPad, as well as iPad Pro models released prior to 2018, is $20 off of its usual $99 price tag at Amazon, per MacRumors. At $79.88, it’s a more affordable purchase if you’ve been wanting to use your iPad to jot down notes or practice drawing.

Compared to more affordable styluses for the iPad, like Logitech’s Crayon, the Apple Pencil offers pressure and tilt sensitivity, which makes it the better choice for those who want to get creative with it. If you want to know more about what the Apple Pencil is capable of, The Verge’s resident comics artist Dami Lee put each of these devices to the test.

The Apple Pencil 2 released alongside the 2018 iPad Pros handles charging in a more elegant…

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A belt that won’t set off metal detectors

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I have a friend who drives seven hours from Los Angeles to San Francisco instead of flying, just so he doesn’t have to take off his shoes at the TSA checkpoint.

I would rather fly than drive, but I can understand where my friend is coming from. TSA security is the worst part of flying for me – the lines, the liquids in a clear plastic bag, the laptop and kindles out, etc.

Fortunately, I pay for TSA Pre, so I don’t have to take my shoes off, but my belt buckle always set off the metal detector. Last year I bought a belt with a plastic buckle on Amazon, which allows me to walk through the metal detector without taking it off. I fly a lot, so it’s worth it. As an added bonus, there are no holes in the belt. I can make the belt exactly as tight as I want it, rather than deciding between using a slightly too lose, or to tight belt hole. Read the rest

The Roomba 890 is $90 off, and LG 2018 OLED TVs keep getting more affordable

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A few of today’s best deals are new, but mostly consist of leftovers from earlier in the week. It’s another opportunity to check them out if they passed you by before. There’s a good spread of discounts across several product categories, including connected home tech, televisions, Xbox One X consoles, home entertainment accessories, and more.

The Roomba 890 robot vacuum is $359.99 at Newegg with the offer code EMCTVVD54 used at checkout. This particular model costs around $449 at most retailers, and to make things easier, it can be triggered remotely if it’s connected to your home Wi-Fi, or with your voice via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Compared to the far more expensive Roomba 980, it’s not as powerful and can’t last as long,…

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Here’s the CIA’s “Phoenix Checklist” for thinking about problems

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The “Phoenix Checklist” is a set of questions developed by the CIA to define and think about a problem, and how to develop a solution.


Why is it necessary to solve the problem?

What benefits will you receive by solving the problem?

What is the unknown?

What is it you don’t yet understand?

What is the information you have?

What isn’t the problem?

Is the information sufficient? Or is it insufficient? Or redundant? Or contradictory?

Should you draw a diagram of the problem? A figure?

Where are the boundaries of the problem?

Can you separate the various parts of the problem? Can you write them down? What are the relationships of the parts of the problem? What are the constants of the problem?

Have you seen this problem before?

Have you seen this problem in a slightly different form? Do you know a related problem?

Try to think of a familiar problem having the same or a similar unknown

Suppose you find a problem related to yours that has already been solved. Can you use it? Can you use its method?

Can you restate your problem? How many different ways can you restate it? More general? More specific? Can the rules be changed?

What are the best, worst and most probable cases you can imagine?



Can you solve the whole problem? Part of the problem?

What would you like the resolution to be? Can you picture it?

How much of the unknown can you determine?

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Sony’s new CFexpress memory cards offer more than double the speeds of its current fastest cards

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Sony’s CEB-G128 memory card and MRW-G1 card reader

Sony has announced the new CFexpress Type B spec and its newest CompactFlash memory card that’s supposed to be faster than anything else on the market. The new card’s read and write speeds are 1,700 MB/s and 1,480 MB/s, respectively. That stomps out Sony’s previous fastest card, which topped out at 630MB/s.

The new CEB-G128 memory card will come in 128GB and 256GB storage versions, with an even bigger 512GB variant “planned for the future.” Sony also announced a new CFexpress card reader — so you can move files off the card — that’s sold separately, called the MRW-G1 and optimized specifically for the Type B card. It’s designed to be durable, by withstanding up to 70N of bend force, and can supposedly withstand falls from up to five…

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How to hear (and delete) every conversation your Amazon Alexa has recorded

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Update February 28th, 2019 1:15PM ET: This article was originally published on May 28th, 2018 at 10:11AM ET. It has been updated to include a new Alexa Privacy settings page on the Alexa app and on the web.

Digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are designed to learn more about you as they listen, and part of doing so is to record conversations you’ve had with them to learn your tone of voice, prompts, and requests. While this is supposed to help the assistants like Alexa learn to give you better answers, this feature-not-a-bug has landed Amazon in a string of bizarre headlines. In 2018, users have reported that their Echo speakers began spontaneously laughing, while a family in Portland said their device recorded and…

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Announcing the Agenda for TC Sessions: Robotics/AI at UC Berkeley on April 18

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We’re bringing TC Sessions: Robotics + AI back to UC Berkeley on April 18, and we’re excited to announce our jam-packed agenda that highlights the best and brightest in robotics and – new for 2019 – artificial intelligence. For months we’ve been selecting the most innovative startups and top leaders from established tech companies working […]

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