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What the rumors say about Google’s upcoming Pixel 3

Now that the Note 9’s all good and official, it’s time to move onto the next major smartphone. The Google Pixel 3 leaks haven’t quite hit the fever pitch we saw with Samsung’s device ahead of launch — though there’s still time. After all, it seems likely the latest version of Google’s flagship Android handset won’t officially be official until October.

Even so, we’ve already seen a handful of credible links, including a full unboxing last week, so we’re starting to develop a pretty good picture of what we’re in for with the device.

For starters, there’s what looks to be a pretty sizable top notch. That Google would embrace the notch this time around is no surprise, really. In additional to being all the rage on practically every non-Samsung flagship, Google made a big deal of making Android Pie notch-friendly.

It seems to follow, then, that the company would embrace the polarizing design decision. That said, even by today’s notch-embracing [...]  read more

Ruby Rose is the latest celebrity driven off Twitter by abuse

Before quitting Twitter Rose dropped a few missives, and seemed particularly annoyed by claims that her sexuality or gender identity weren’t appropriate for the character. “Where on earth did ‘Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be batwoman’ come from — has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with ‘she’s too gay’ how do y’all flip it like that? I didn’t change…”

Her tone however quickly changed from incredulous to plain disappointment. “When women and when minorities join forces we are unstoppable… when we tear each other down it’s much more hurtful than from any group… I just wish women and the LGBT community supported each other more, My wish was we were all a little kinder and more supportive of each other…”

Rose ended by saying she’s taking a break from Twitter to focus [...]  read more

Samsung SmartThings Wifi is a mesh router for your smart home

If you’re underwhelmed by the current mesh wireless routers on the market, Samsung’s might finally have you what you’re looking for. 

The router, called the Samsung SmartThings Wifi, is a refresh of last year’s Samsung Connect Home but instead uses Plume’s AI-based mesh technology over Samsung’s in-house tech. On top of providing a formidable 4,500 square feet of coverage, the SmartThings Wifi can also act a SmartThings IoT hub.

Each individual unit packs a Qualcomm (Quad 710MHz) processor, 512 MB of RAM and 8GB of Flash memory and speeds of up to 866 Mbps on 5GHz and 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz channel – giving it more than enough juice for 4K streaming and gaming.

Setup for the router can be done from either an iOS or Android device running iOS 10 or higher or Android OS 5.0 or higher, respectively, and the routers support Bluetooth 4.1, ZigBee and Z-Wave standards.

Add Samsung’s SmartThings IoT platform to the mix that allows you to control smart lights, thermostats, locks, [...]  read more

Your Chicken’s Salmonella Problem Is Worse Than You Think

This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Americans love chicken, but it doesn’t always love us back. We eat way more of it than any other meat, and it triggers more foodborne disease outbreak-related illnesses than any other food, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The main reason it makes people sick is because it carries salmonella.

Back in 2015, the government agency that oversees the safety of the nation’s meat supply, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, introduced a new testing regime at slaughterhouses to try and reduce the amount of salmonella consumers encounter on their chicken. But the program doesn’t appear to be working very well. According to data [...]  read more

Spread Btp-Bund apre a 270 punti

(ANSA) – ROMA, 13 AGO – Lo spread tra Btp e Bund tedesco apre la settimana in rialzo a 270,2 punti base, da 266 punti della chiusura di venerdì. Il rendimento del decennale italiano è al 3,024%. PVN. Puoi leggere anche. + 2-1 a Siviglia,Barça vince la …
by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #thisisnews

This happy robot helps kids with autism

A little bot named QTrobot from LuxAI could be the link between therapists, parents, and autistic children. The robot, which features an LCD face and robotic arms, allows kids who are overwhelmed by human contact to become more comfortable in a therapeutic setting.

The project comes from LuxAI, a spin-off of the University of Luxembourg. They will present their findings at the RO-MAN 2018 conference at the end of this month.

“The robot has the ability to create a triangular interaction between the human therapist, the robot, and the child,” co-founder Aida Nazarikhorram told IEEE. “Immediately the child starts interacting with the educator or therapist to ask questions about the robot or give feedback about its behavior.”

The robot reduces anxiety in autistic children and the researchers saw many behaviors – hand flapping, for example – slow down with the robot in the mix.

Interestingly the robot is a better choice for children than an app or tablet. Because the robot is “embodied,” [...]  read more

Dozens of kids hack election site replicas in just minutes

On the first day of the event, 39 children tried to hack into the site replicas and 35 were able to do so in under half an hour. The fastest exploit was completed in under 10 minutes by an 11-year-old boy. “It’s not surprising that these precocious, bright kids would be able to do it because the websites that are on the internet are vulnerable, we know they are vulnerable,” University of Pennsylvania Professor Matt Blaze, who helped organize the Voting Village, told PBS NewsHour. “What was interesting is just how utterly quickly they were able to do it.”

The event gave out awards to three age group categories for fastest exploit, most innovative, most social engineering and youngest exploiter. Those that cracked the sites changed candidates’ names — to Kim Jong Un, Bob Da Builder and Tonald Drump, for example — and altered vote tallies. A portion of the $2,500 in prize money was furnished by the DNC.

Here’s the [...]  read more