Twitch today is announcing an update to its Community Guidelines that aim to clarify how the company will enforce its existing anti-harassment and hateful content policies, while also ramping up the attention paid to those channels that breach its sexual content guidelines.
In the case of the hateful content and anti-harassment guidelines, Twitch says that any hateful conduct will result in an immediate indefinite suspension.
“Hate simply has no place in the Twitch community,” the company said in an announcement.
It’s also expanding its enforcement of hateful conduct and harassment to include those actions that take place off-site. That is, if a Twitch user turns to other services to harass another Twitch user, Twitch will now consider their actions in breach of Twitch’s policies, too.
However, the company itself will not be scanning all of the web and social media to look for such activity – instead, victims of the harassment can send documentation to Twitch directly and ask for a review.
The company tells us these documented examples can come from “any source,” but Twitch will need to be able to personally verify them before taking action.
That seems to imply that Twitch would consider hateful or harassing tweets in violation of the policy, but may not take into account someone who harassed another via text message, as that’s not independently verifiable. (And because those screenshots could be faked).
In addition, Twitch is updating its moderation framework to help better enforce its policies. It will now pay close attention to the “context and intent” of the words used, not just the words themselves or the actions that took place, it says.
The company may even crack down on inappropriate jokes between friends that could be considered harassment when viewed by others; it reminds streamers that they’re still “broadcasting on service that reaches a wide audience” and should act appropriately.
Twitch today has grown to over 2 million streamers, 27,000 of whom are Partners generating revenue from their videos. Another 150,000 are mid-tier streamers called Affiliates, who can also take advantage of Twitch’s money-making tools.
With its growing base of content creators, Twitch is likely trying to keep its service from running into the same problems that have recently plagued YouTube. On Google’s video site, several top creators have found themselves in hot water over their content and comments they’ve made.
For example, YouTube had to drop top creator Logan Paul from its Google Preferred ad program, after he recorded video footage of a suicide victim. Its most popular broadcaster PewDiePie has repeatedly made racist comments. Kids’ video creatorswere banned for child endangerment and exploitation.
Twitch likely wants to avoid similar headlines, especially since many of its creators now do more than live stream games – they post non-game content on creative channels and record vlogs.
The company is also getting tougher on policing channels for sexual content. The general guideline is that all profile and channel imagery, streams and attire should be appropriate for a public street, mall or restaurant.
“Twitch is an open global community with users of many ages and cultures. Because of this, it’s
important that your content is not sexual in nature,” Twitch’s announcement states.
While the company has had a long-standing policy regarding sexual content, it will now review a streamer’s conduct in its entirely to determine if it’s intended to be sexually suggestive. That means moderators will look at things like the stream’s title, camera angles used, emotes, panels, the gamer’s attire, overlays, and chat moderation.
Twitch says the policy changes came at the request of the community itself, as people weren’t sure where Twitch was drawing the line, or, in some cases, felt the policies weren’t strong enough.
“Twitch has always had a robust set of anti-harassment policies in place,” a Twitch spokesperson told TechCrunch. “The new changes we are making to our policies provide even more clarity on what is and isn’t allowed and enable our moderators to use additional factors in determining if guidelines have been broken,” they said.
In reality, Twitch has had a number of issues with harassment on its site. For example, a Canadian man was charged with unleashing a spambot on the site that filled it with abusive messages, including racist, homophobic, and sexually harassing comments. Many Twitch streamers also re-stream others’ livestreams and comment on them in a harassing manner. An IRL Twitch streamer was harassed and doxed for days on Facebook.
In a high-profile example last year, a woman wrote about a Twitch streamer live broadcasting their sexual harassment towards her. And lets not forget that members of the gamer community were responsible for one of the worst examples of online harassment across social media, by way of Gamergate.
Twitch didn’t say if increased the size of its moderation team to coincide with these updates, but it offers community members a variety of content moderation tools, including the ability to assign moderators to police their chat, and a “Report” button for channels that alerts Twitch’s 24/7 human moderation team.
There’s a brief transition time before the changes go into effect on Monday, February 19 at 9 AM PT. This will allow streamers to come into compliance by removing clips and their on-demand videos that violate the guidelines. Twitch is also reaching out directly to those streamers whose current and past content has been an issue.
The changes are a part of what may be a larger overhaul of Twitch’s policies.
The company says it will also improve its automated chat moderation system AutoMod in the coming months, and revisit its enforcement policies for both partners and non-partners, its appeals process, IRL guidelines, and preventing user-to-user harassment.
There’s been a lot of hand-wringing about the future of blockchain lately.
With cryptocurrency prices reaching all-time highs and total market capitalization topping $800 billion recently, everyone wants to know if we’re witnessing the second coming of the internet or the craziest bubble of all time. If you ask me, it’s a bit of both.
Today, we have blockchain projects raising hundreds of millions of dollars with little more than a whitepaper — no product, no traction, just an idea and some technical specifications. You don’t need to be in venture capital to understand this level of speculation is unsustainable. At the same time, however, we saw much the same in the early stages of the internet, and look where we are today.
I think the cryptocurrency insanity we’re seeing right now is overshadowing a lot of the potential of the underlying architecture and technology. Market speculation aside, when I look at blockchain today, I see a very exciting technology that stands to dramatically reshape our increasingly digital world.
But that doesn’t mean it will happen overnight. When CryptoKitties, a seemingly useless game for breeding, buying and selling virtual cats, can bring the world’s most promising blockchain network to a standstill, it’s clear we still have a long way to go before this technology is ready for major, real world applications.
To get there, creative and enterprising developers must overcome three major limitations that exist at the very core of blockchain: brutal latency, high compute costs and limited storage. Until then, the hundreds of billions in investment dollars flowing into cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and others will remain little more than speculative bets. What’s more, if blockchain technology doesn’t soon catch up with investor exuberance, a major market correction is all too likely.
Brutally low latency
One of blockchain’s greatest innovations is the way it decentralizes trust by taking a consensus-based approach to verifying transactions of every kind. While this creates massive value, it also comes at a massive cost: latency — and lots of it.
That’s because when transactions are posted to the blockchain, all nodes on the network are involved in verifying and recording them. It’s a slow and redundant process that demands a great deal of processing power. It also runs counter to everything we have come to expect from software systems and the general internet. While the entire infrastructure of the internet is bending toward real time, blockchain is inherently slow.
You don’t need to be in venture capital to understand this level of speculation is unsustainable.
If blockchain is ever going to achieve widespread adoption, it needs to get a lot faster. Redundancy might be a key feature, but low latency will always be considered a bug now that we’ve all been conditioned to expect real-time interactions with technology.
High cost to compute
It’s a great irony that right at the very moment everyone is talking about unlocking parallelization and writing multi-threaded and hyper-efficient code, we suddenly have to figure out how to write efficient single-threaded code again.
This goes back to the distributed nature of blockchain’s architecture and the consensus mechanisms that verify activity on the blockchain. In this environment, the infinite parallel execution that comes from every node on the network computing every transaction means that compute costs are extremely high. In other words, there is very little excess compute power available to the network, making it an exceptionally scarce (and therefore expensive) resource.
It’s a fascinating challenge. Programmers today are used to having access to cheap and virtually unlimited processing power. Not so with blockchain.
Today, we’re seeing all this effort to relearn how to write extremely efficient software. But efficient code will only get us so far. For blockchain to gain widespread adoption, processing power will need to get much cheaper.
Adding more computers does not solve the problem; quite the opposite. The more computers on the network, the more nodes required to sync with the latest transaction history.
Highly limited storage
Similar to the way processing power on blockchain is limited and expensive, the same goes for storage.
On the blockchain, storage comes in blocks, and there’s only so much data that can fit into any given block. What’s more, the number of blocks that can be created is limited. Both of these are a consequence of every block needing to be verified and synced across every node on the network. As noted earlier, this places major limitations on processing speed and power.
It also raises important questions about how to monetize storage. With cloud platforms, you pay a monthly or annual fee for up to an infinite amount of storage. It’s all yours — as long as you keep paying. When the subscription expires, you can renew or lose access to your files (i.e. the files are deleted).
With blockchain, this model breaks down completely. Blockchain databases store the data indefinitely; it begs the question: How can you possibly go about pricing it? The data storage costs must be paid up front and they must cover not just that month but all months and years to come.
What’s the time value of data? It’s yet another open question in desperate need of a creative solution.
The largest tech acquisition offer in history wasn’t enough.
Qualcomm’s board of directors issued a statement on Thursday saying that they are turning down Broadcom’s $121 billion bid to buy the competing chipmaker.
According to the release, Qualcomm “unanimously rejected” an “unsolicited proposal” to buy all of its shares at $82 each, of which $60 would be cash and $22 stock. Broadcom made the revised offer on Monday, up from the previously proposed deal price of $70 per share.
Qualcomm says that it is still undervalued at $121 billion. The board wrote a letter to Broadcom, stating it is worth more, specifically because “your proposal ascribes no value to our accretive NXP acquisition, no value for the expected resolution of our current licensing disputes and no value for the significant opportunity in 5G. Your proposal is inferior relative to our prospects as an independent company and is significantly below both trading and transaction multiples in our sector.”
In other words, Qualcomm thinks that it can eventually be worth more on the stock market than $121 billion.Boards of public companies have a fiduciary duty to consider shareholders, so Qualcomm needed to justify why it was turning this down.
This is partly because it doesn’t think Broadcom is appreciating the value gathered from Qualcomm’s recent acquisition of NXP Semiconductor. It also believes that Broadcom is underestimating Qualcomm’s ability to excel at making 5G wireless technology, which it hopes will be instrumental to IoT, short for “internet of things.” This could help connect internet in cars, homes and wearable devices.
It presently has a market cap of $92 billion, despite months of deal talks. This implies that the stock market doesn’t think it will end up selling for its desired price in the near future.
Qualcomm shareholders will be voting on March 6th whether to replace its board with Broadcom’s nominees.
Even if Qualcomm were to approve the deal, it’s also not clear if it will actually go through. Regulators may decide that it would have too much power over the smartphone chip market.
Qualcomm already works on both Apple and Samsung phones. It also works with a handful of Chinese competitors. This was the basis for a recent lawsuit.
Qualcomm’s shares recently fell on reports that Apple could start working with Intel instead. Intel’s stock has not traded up this week, however. The EU recently fined Qualcomm $1.2 billion, due to an exclusivity deal with Apple that it felt was unfair.
Объединённая компания Rambler Group объявила о назначении топ-менеджеров. Об этом говорится на сайте холдинга Rambler&Co.
Rambler Group появилась в конце 2017 года в результате объединения киносети «Синема Парк» и «Формула кино», холдинга Rambler&Co и издательства «Азбука-Аттикус».
Главой новой компании станет гендиректор киносети Роман Линин, заместителем гендиректора по коммерции — бывший первый замгендиректора Rambler&Co Максим Тадевосян. На пост операционного директора назначен Дмитрий Сергеев, ранее работавший в должности исполнительного директора по развитию Rambler&Co.
Руководителем направления стратегии и инвестиций назначен Рафаэль Абрамян, бывший исполнительный директор Rambler&Co, финансовым директором станет бывшая руководительница финансовой службы киносети Галина Пятахина.
«Синема Парк», «Формула кино» и Rambler&Co принадлежат Александру Мамуту на 100%, в «Азбуке-Аттикус» бизнесмен контролирует 51%. В Rambler&Co входят издания Lenta.ru, Gazeta.ru, Afisha.ru, Championat.com, сервис «Рамблер.Касса» и другие активы.
Twitter отчитался о первом в истории компании прибыльном квартале. Об этом пишет Recode.
В четвёртом квартале 2017 года выручка компании составила $732 млн, что на 2% больше, чем годом ранее, прибыль — $91 млн. При этом месячная аудитория сервиса не изменилось — Twitter по-прежнему пользуются около 330 млн человек в месяц.
Ежедневная пользовательская база выросла на 12%, при этом в Twitter не уточнили конкретное число пользователей.
Китайские полицейские начали использовать солнцезащитные очки с функцией распознавания лиц для поимки преступников. Об этом пишет The Wall Street Journal.
«Умные» очки получили полицейские города Чжэнчжоу провинции Хэнань. С их помощью сотрудникам железнодорожной полиции удалось арестовать семерых преступников, связанных с крупными уголовными делами, и 26 правонарушителей, которые путешествовали под чужими именами.
Представители правозащитной организации Amnesty International в Китае рассказали WSJ, что власти могут использовать технологии не только для поимки преступников, но и для слежки за всеми гражданами, включая этнические меньшинства и политических диссидентов.
Очки разработала технологическая компания LLVision. Устройства работают при помощи маленьких носимых видеокамер с функцией распознавания лиц, которые продаёт LLVision.
В отличие от других аналогичных устройств, «полицейские» очки подключаются не к облаку с базой данных лиц, а устройству, которое находится в руках у сотрудников.
По данным LLVision, в результате тестов устройству удавалось идентифицировать лицо человека при помощи базы данных из 10 тысяч лиц за 100 миллисекунд.
В компании уточнили, что проверяют покупателей своих устройств и не продают их обычным потребителям. Стоимость очков с видеокамерой составляет 399 юаней (около $636).
Самое крупное вознаграждение — $112,5 тысячи — получил специалист, обнаруживший эксплойт в смартфоне Pixel.
В 2017 году Google в рамках программы bug bounty выплатила $2,9 млн 274 различным исследователям в области безопасности за обнаруженные уязвимости. Об этом говорится в официальном блоге компании.
Основную часть этой суммы — $1,1 млн — получили исследователи, обнаружившие уязвимости в Google и Android. Также Google выделила $125 тысяч 50 исследователям по всему миру в рамках своей программы грантов на изучение уязвимостей. Ещё $50 тысяч компания выделила тем, кто улучшает безопасность программного обеспечения с открытым кодом. Оставшуюся сумму получили исследователи, которые нашли недостатки в системе Chrome.
Самое крупное вознаграждение — $112 500 — получил исследователь Гуан Гун (Guang Gong), который в августе 2017 года обнаружил цепочку эксплойтов в смартфонах Pixel.
Пользователь под псевдонимом gzobqq получил $100 тысяч. Он нашёл ошибки, позволяющие удалённо выполнить код в режиме гостя в операционной системе Chrome. Специалисту по кибербезопасности Алексу Бирсану Google выплатила $15 600 — он нашёл ошибку в баг-трекере, через который сотрудники компании отслеживают все сообщения о неисправностях и уязвимостях.
С момента запуска программы bug bounty в ноябре 2010 года Google выплатила пользователям и специалистам почти $12 млн.
«Яндекс» покажет прямые трансляции соревнований Олимпийских игр в южнокорейском Пхёнчхане. «Яндекс» подписал договор с владельцем прав на трансляцию Олимпиады в России — «Телеспортом» Петра Макаренко.
Посмотреть расписание, результаты соревнований и трансляции можно будет на главной странице «Яндекса», в мобильном приложении и на странице результатов поиска. Пользователи смогут посмотреть игры как в прямом эфире, так и в записи, отметил представитель «Яндекса».
Условия сотрудничества с «Телеспортом» в компании не раскрывают. Макаренко сказал «Ведомостям», что партнёры поделят доходы от показа рекламы.
Рекламодатели могут приобрести в трансляциях рекламу по фиксированной цене, рассказали vc.ru в «Яндексе»: при размещении на миллион рублей цена составит 500 рублей за тысячу показов в формате мультиролл.
Другой интернет-холдинг Mail.Ru Group покажет Олимпиаду в своих социальных сетях — «ВКонтакте» и «Одноклассниках». Также прямые трансляции и результаты соревнований будут доступны в разделе «Спорт» на сайте Mail.ru.
В телеэфире показывать Олимпийские игры в Пхёнчхане будут «Первый канал», «Россия 1» (входит в ВГТРК) и «Матч ТВ» («Газпром-медиа»). Они купили у «Телеспорта» права на эфирную трансляцию.
«Первый канал» и ВГТРК также получили права на показ Олимпиады на своих сайтах. «Матч ТВ» покажет в онлайне только те виды соревнований, которые выйдут у него в телеэфире, рассказал Макаренко «Ведомостям».
Большая часть денег уходит на производство проблемной Model 3.
Производитель электрокаров Tesla закончил 2017 год с выручкой $11,8 млрд против $7 млрд годом ранее. Чистый убыток составил $2,2 млрд против $773 млн в 2016 году, следует из отчётности компании.
Выручка за четвёртый квартал 2017 года выросла с $2,28 млрд до $3,3 млрд. Чистый убыток за октябрь-декабрь увеличился с $219,5 млн до $771 млн — это рекордный квартальный убыток.
В четвёртом квартале Tesla поставила клиентам 29 967 автомобилей, в том числе 28 425 машин Model S и Model X и 1542 новой Model 3, выпущенной в 2017 году. Аналитики ожидали, что поставки Model 3 составят 4100 автомобилей, пишет Reuters.
Всего за 2017 года Tesla поставила больше 102 тысяч машин при плане в 100 тысяч.
Компания ограничила производство Model S и Model X в четвёртом квартале до 22 137 автомобилей, объяснив это перераспределением производственных мощностей в пользу Model 3. Запасы готовых к продаже Model S и Model X сократились до рекордно низкого уровня за 18 месяцев, говорится в отчётности.
Tesla рассчитывает выйти на уровень производства 2500 машин Model 3 к концу первого квартала 2018 года, а к лету нарастить объёмы до 5000 автомобилей этой модели. Как только этот показатель будет достигнут, компания сможет начать получать устойчивую операционную прибыль, заявил глава Tesla Илон Маск во время звонка с аналитиками.
«Если мы можем отправить Roadster к поясу астероидов, мы, вероятно, сможем решить и проблемы с производством Model 3», — сказал Маск. Осенью 2017 года компания столкнулась со сложностями на производстве.
Финансовый директор Tesla Дипак Ахьюджа сообщил, что на производство Model 3 сейчас приходится больше 50% расходов компании.
Стоимость акций Tesla на бирже NASDAQ на закрытии торгов выросла на 3,3% и составила $345.
Since last October, many millions of people have purchased a Google Home device.
Google sells three Home devices right now: The $50 Google Home Mini, the $130 Google Home, and the $400 Google Home Max, all of which have Google's artificially-intelligent Assistant built in.
Last month, Google revealed that it had sold more than one Home smart speaker device every second since October. According to our own calculations, that means Google sold at least 6.8 million Home devices during the holiday season.
Now that millions of people own Google Home devices for the first time, it helps to know what you can actually do with them. Some features are obvious — like asking for the weather — but others aren't so obvious.
Here are 17 of the best Google Home features:
1. Play white noise while you fall asleep.
I prefer rain sounds to standard white noise, so I usually say "Hey Google, play the sound of rain." The device obliges with a steady downpour.
The sound usually lasts until I fall asleep, but if you want to be sure it turns off at a certain point, you can also set a sleep timer.
2. Broadcast something to every Google Home device in your house.
If you say, "OK Google, broadcast that it's dinner time," each device will ring a dinner bell. You can also say, "OK Google, broadcast that it's time for school."
The broadcast feature even works when you're not in the house. Saying, "OK Google, broadcast I'm on my way home" will trigger the devices inside your house.
3. Control your smart home.
You can check out a full list of compatible products over on Google's blog.
4. Remind yourself to work out.
5. Make hands-free calls.
Google Home can also recognize voices, so if you share the device with several people, it'll know who's asking it to place the call. If you ask it to "call mom," for example, it will know whose mom to call.
6. Find your lost phone.
7. Switch it to night mode.
8. Turn the TV on and off.
9. Ask it to tell you a story.
Google equipped Google Home devices with all sorts of features for families. Here are a few of the things you can ask it:
- "Hey Google, tell me a story."
- "Hey Google, let's play a game."
- "OK Google, play musical chairs."
- "OK Google, beatbox for me."
- "Hey Google, let's play space trivia."
10. It can speak in different languages.
11. Find plumbers, handymen, or local businesses to help around the house.
12. Set up daily routines that are triggered when you say, "Hey Google, good morning."
Similarly, saying "Hey Google, good night," will turn off your lights and turn the thermostat down. It'll also tell you if you have an event the next morning by reading your calendar.
13. Listen to jokes.
14. Ask it to remember things for you.
If you have a locker or a bike lock, your Google Home can remember it for you if you say, "Hey Google, remember my locker combo is..."
15. Get help in the kitchen.
16. Wake up in the morning with your favorite music.
Your Google Home can work as a regular alarm clock, but it can also wake you up with music you like — just say, "Hey Google, set an alarm for 8 a.m. that plays...."
17. Get reminders to watch your favorite shows.
If you're worried you'll forget to watch that hot new show you like, you can have your Google Home remind you. Say, "Hey Google, remind me to watch 'Grown-ish' every Wednesday at 8 p.m."
Apparently, OnePlus is aiming at Valentine’s day season as the best timing for pushing the Lava Red OnePlus 5T sales forward. After successful launches in both China and India, the company is making the newest color option available in both Europe and in the US.
The Lava Red OnePlus 5T is a limited edition of the high-end variant of the OnePlus 5T. If your memory isn’t the same as before, we can refresh it with some of the OP5T goodies. The smartphone was revealed by OnePlus during November 2017, bringing the excellent Snapdragon 835, a gorgeous FullScreen display with 6-inch FHD+ and 18:9 aspect ratio. For the multitasking sake, the smartphone comes in two variants of 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM. In what concerns to saving data, the OnePlus 5T is available in 64GB and 128GB non-expandable storage.
Camera wise the handset brings a dual setup of 16 MP + 20MP on the rear with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. For the selfie enthusiasts pleasure, the smartphone brings a single 16MP front-facing shooter with gyroscope EIS and Auto HDR.
The Lava Red OnePlus 5T won’t be available for so long, so if you’re wishing to put your hands on it, you’ll need to be fast. The Chinese company is offering free priority shipping for those who place an order before February 9th, next Friday. Thankfully, the price tag of this new color variant is the same of the Midnight Black variant – $560.
As pretty much anybody who follows Chinese phones even so slightly knows, the Elephone U Pro is one of the most promising devices coming from the Asian country to hit the market in 2018. The handset packs lots of high-end features and because of that we decided to nail down what we believe are 6 main reasons you should get one; let’s check them out!
1. Curved Full Screen Design
The Elephone U and U Pro are both equipped with a flexible AMOLED screen, which makes them the third (and fourth?) smartphones in the world with this kind of technology. The display on the U line up has been produced by BOE, a company that has never worked with any Chinese company in the past, whether we talk about Huawei, Xiaomi or else. Elephone is actually the first company in China to use BOE displays, giving the Elephone U & U Pro an edge over similarly priced devices.
In addition to the beautifully curved side bezels, the difference between this screen and the usual LCD is that AMOLED uses the principle of luminous pixels, which not only saves energy but also has a wider color gamut and spectrum. AMOLED is definitely brighter than the usual IPS display and has an higher response speed.
Both displays comes with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and FHD+ resolution, which gives the devices a more immersive look and a large screen area while keeping the body quite slim, thus easier to handle.
2. The First Elephone Phone to Use an High-End Qualcomm SoC.
The Elephone Trunk was the first model from Elephone to pack a Qualcomm processor, but that was a very low-end SoC in comparison to what the Elephone U Pro is going to be boasting.
Elephone U Pro is indeed equipped with a Snapdragon 660 processor, which differs from its predecessor (Snapdragon 653) in improved processor technology – from 24nm to 14nm, with performance and power consumption. The processor’s performance has been increased by at least 20% from the previous model.
The Snapdragon 660 processor paired with the lower power consumption AMOLED screen should bring quite a good autonomy as well.
3. Top Build Quality & Design
The Elephone U, formerly known as Elephone S9, as well as the Elephone S7 and Elephone S8 are the series of high-quality Elephone products. The Elephone U has retained the good appearance from the previous two models with the back cover created using the same shiny material and a durable 3D glass back, that looks good while protecting it from scratches.
In the manufacturing process of the U and U pro, a more expensive aluminum alloy and anodic-ceramic technology has been used, so that the entire smartphone glistens dazzlingly. Both phones also feature a body curved from 4 sides, i.e. the front and back sides of U and U Pro are made of curved glass, which makes them look super sleek.
4. True Dual Camera Setup
The Elephone U and U Pro come with a dual 13MP camera setup which uses image processing algorithms from the very established brand Arcsoft. That means you can add a nice bokeh effect or take photos in adverse light scenarios and still get pretty amazing results out of them.
5. Charging Your Phone Will be a Pleasure
The Elephone U Pro supports not only the fast charging function QC, but also packs wireless charging.
How efficient is this fast charging feature you may ask? Well, the built-in 3550mAh capacity battery can be fully charged in less than an hour, which gives you the opportunity to use your smartphone all day without worrying about running out of juice.
The Elephone U and U Pro are also equipped with a Type-C interface, which not only allows fast charging but a higher data transfer rate and ease of connection by either side. Plus wireless charging will help you keep your device always charged, overcoming all the inconveniences of having to charge your smartphone every once in a while.
6. Unlimited Storage! Alright no, but Close.
Elephone U Pro comes with a massive amount of RAM – 6GB – and an insane amount of of storage – 128GB, you also have a 4GB+64 GB if you prefer cash over bragging rights. The RAM is of the type DDR4X type, so its some of the quickest available on the market. Meanwhile in the 128GB of storage you can potentially store up to 10,000 photos of 16MP resolution, 20,000 high-quality music files and 5 hours of HD video. You can fill in your phone with content and stop worrying about clearing out space.
You can currently get the Elephone U & Elephone U Pro on Gearbest with a $20 off discount, additional gifts and coupons.
According to Cardiogram founder Brandon Ballinger’s latest clinical study, the Apple Watch can detect diabetes in those previously diagnosed with the disease with an 85 percent accuracy.
The study is part of the larger DeepHeart study with Cardiogram and UCSF. This particular study used data from 14,000 Apple Watch users and was able to detect that 462 of them had diabetes by using the Watch’s heart rate sensor, the same type of sensor other fitness bands using Android Wear also integrate into their systems.
In 2015, the Framingham Heart Study showed that resting heart rate and heart rate variability significantly predicted incident diabetes and hypertension. This led to the impetus to use the Watch’s heart rate sensor to see if it could accurately detect a diabetic patient.
Previously, Ballinger and his colleagues were able to use Apple’s Watch to detect an abnormal heart rhythm with up to a 97 percent accuracy, sleep apnea with a 90 percent accuracy and hypertension with an 82 percent accuracy when paired with Cardiogram’s AI-based algorithm. Most of these discoveries have been published in clinical journals or abstracts and Ballinger intends to publish the latest findings shortly after presenting at the AAAI 2018 conference this week.
Diabetes is a huge — and growing — problem in the U.S. More than 100 million U.S. adultsare now living with pre-diabetes or diabetes and more than 1 in 4 of them go undiagnosed, according to the CDC. Part of the problem is the pain that goes into checking blood glucose levels. A patient must prick themselves after every meal and correctly take the right amount of insulin to keep themselves in balance.
Early detection could also help in cutting down on diabetes-related diseases before they get out of hand. While there have been other attempts to build special-purpose glucose-sensing hardware, this is the first large-scale study showing that ordinary heart rate sensors—when paired with an artificial intelligence-based algorithm—can identify diabetes with no extra hardware.
So what’s next? Ballinger and his colleague on the study Johnson Hsieh mentioned they could be looking at a number of diseases to detect through heart sensors, possibly even gestational diabetes. Hsieh also cautions that those tested were already known to have diabetes or pre-diabetes and that anyone who thinks they might have it should go to their doctor, not just rely on the Watch to tell them what’s going on.
But the results are promising. We’ll just have to wait and see what else the Apple Watch and other fitness monitors with a built-in heart rate sensor are able to tell us about ourselves next.
When it comes to the art and science of retro gaming, Analogue has no equal. The small company that first brought us the Analogue Nt, then the Nt mini, is back again with the Super Nt – a lovingly engineered and built modern SNES/Super Famicom console.
Wait but what? A ‘modern SNES’? What does that entail? If you know Analogue’s past work, you know it essentially means building a custom FPGA processor that can play actual original SNES and SFC cartridges as they were intended to be played – not using emulation, the typical means these days of recreating classic gaming experiences on modern hardware.
Analogue’s approach means no weird emulation bugs, no lag and games that play just like you remember them, but with enhanced 1080p full HD graphics, and terrific color rendering for modern televisions. I tried it on both a 4K HDR 43″ LG LED TV, and on Sony’s latest 65″ Bravia 4K HDR OLED TV, and the resulting picture quality was amazing.
As for the game library, it’s as broad as your childhood collection, or as big as the one you can get at your local gaming store or via online sales of old cartridges. Luckily, I have a tall stack of SNES games that has somehow survived multiple moves and general possession culls, so I was ready to roll with NBA Live 95, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Killer Instinct, and many more. I also got a chance to play iam8bit’s limited Street Fighter II 30th anniversary edition cartridge re-release, which was amazing.
Even if you have no games to hand, you can still enjoy the Super Nt out of the box: Analogue has included a soft copy of both the never-released Super Turrican: Director’s Cut, as well as Super Turrican 2 coded into the console itself. If you love bullet hell shooters, you’ll have a great time with both of these classics, including the Director’s Cut that restores the developer’s original vision of the game without some of the technical limitations placed on the retail original due to shipping requirements and cartridge sizes.
The Super Nt comes in a range of colorways, but the retro Super Nintendo inspired version was most appealing to my eye. Analogue also includes an 8bitdo SN30 controller in the box, along with a wireless Retro Receiver adapter for lag-free play. Of course, the console also supports original wired SNES/SFC controllers, if you’d prefer.
It connects to your TV via HDMI, and has a number of simulated scanline and other image adjustments you can tweak to make sure the visual output to your TV most closely resembles whatever setup you had growing up playing SNES. There’s an HDMI cable in the box, too.
Like Analogue’s other products, this one has a very particular appeal. I hesitate to call it ‘niche,’ however, in part because the team have reduced their pricing from past products and are selling this one for $189.99. It’s also just incredibly fun, and the games have lost none of their charm, so it’s definitely a compelling gaming experience for old and new SNES players alike.
Yes, you could pick up an SNES Classic mini from Nintendo (if you can find one) for a lot less, but Analogue’s version is actually a more accurate and faithful reproduction of the original, and it’s built to last, too. If you’re at all inclined to pick one up, I’d do it – it’s those decades of fun you remember, ready to be re-experienced all over again.