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OnePlus 3 teardown shows off what’s underneath the metal exterior

Want to see what’s underneath the shiny metal exterior of the OnePlus 3? You’re in luck, as the folks at FoneArena have performed a teardown of the handset, giving us a look at all the hardware on offer.


From the images, it looks like it’s fairly easy to pry open the back of the phone once you remove the two metal screws at the bottom. The metallic back cover is machined out of a single block of aluminum, and it houses the vibration motor along with the antenna connectors. Here’s a look at the hardware used on the phone:

  • Qualcomm WTR3925 RF transceiver
  • Skyworks 77824-11 Power Amplifier
  • 64GB Samsung UFS 2.0 flash storage
  • 6GB Samsung LPDDR4 RAM
  • Qualcomm PM8996 power management IC
  • 8MP Sony IMX179 camera sensor at the front
  • 16MP Sony IMX298 camera sensor at the back

For detailed images of the teardown, head to FoneArena from the link below.

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Neural net photography tweaks go mobile with Prisma on iOS

We’ve seen DeepMind’s acid trip photo creations and what it looks like when algorithms colorize black and white photos. But you need to be near a computer for the former, and do some pretty heavy lifting, scientifically speaking, to set up the latter. But an iOS app is putting algorithm-based photo tweaks in your pocket. Dubbed Prisma, it takes a different approach than, say, Instagram. The app’s filters are artistic, in the painterly definition of the word.

Either take a new photo from within the app or import a pre-existing one (don’t bother with anything aside from vertical shots) and pick from one of about 20 filters, then export to your social network of choice. Fancy making a pile of coat hangers on your end table look like a pencil sketch? Have at it. Same goes for transforming into a The Scream-like brushstroke patterns. The development team tells TechCrunch that the goal is to add two or more new filters each day, and expects to have 40 within a month.

The results are pretty impressive, and unlike Paper Camera on Android, your phone isn’t doing any of the heavy lifting here. The processing is done via Prisma’s remote servers, and the outfit claims that no photos are stored or viewed from its side of things. On WiFi processing takes a second or two to apply the effect, but the wait is pretty low-impact and didn’t stop me from experimenting with different looks. That could all change when operating on mobile data, of course. But it’s still a lot faster than desktop-based alternatives.

“We’re not just overlaying like an Instagram filter,” Prisma co-founder Alexey Moiseenkov tells TechCrunch. “We create the photo from scratch. So there is no photo, we took your photo, then perform some operations and give a new photo to you. So deep learning is like an artist, something like that.”

Okay, so Moiseenkov’s pitch might need some polishing, but the app is free so you’re not out anything for giving it a shot.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Prisma (iTunes)


BitSummit 4 takes over Kyoto with more indie games and devs

BitSummit is back. The annual Japanese indie game festival recently announced its lineup of musicians and speakers including Koji Igarashi of Bloodstained and Castlevania fame, Rez creator Tetsuya Mizguchi, Tom Happ (the man behind Axiom Verge) and Goichi “Suda51” Suda. Oh, and Sony Interactive Entertainment’s president of worldwide studios, Shuhei Yoshida.

Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka and one half of the two-man studio behind PlayStation-exclusive Sound Shapes, Shaw-Han Liem are scheduled to perform as well. If none of those names make you want to book a flight to Kyoto, Japan maybe, just maybe word that Seaman creator Yoot Saito will be in attendance too.

Once again, Indie Megabooth is helping organize the event and it all goes down July 9th and 10th. When our own Jessica Conditt spoke with Indie Megabooth’s President and CEO Kelly Wallick last year, Wallick said of BitSummit that it had “a tremendous impact on how not only local developers see their own community, but how the greater international community does as well.” With this year’s lineup of speakers, musicians and games, the 2016 edition shouldn’t change that one iota.

Source: BitSummit (Facebook)


Four crops grown in simulated Martian soil are safe to eat

We’re still not sure if we can Mark Watney our way through a Martian mission, because soil on the red planet contains heavy metals toxic to humans, including lead and arsenic. A team of scientists from the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, however, found out that radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes grown in Martian soil are safe to eat after years of research. The scientists have been growing different types of plants in soil that NASA developed to simulate what’s found on the red planet since 2013. While they haven’t exactly eaten any of them yet — and team leader Wieger Wamelink admits radishes are still best grown on Earth — they confirmed that these four can grow on Mars without absorbing dangerous levels of heavy metals.

The researchers’ work isn’t done yet, especially since NASA and various private space corporations have already begun planning manned missions. They’re also growing six other crops, including potatoes, which still have to be tested for heavy metal content. The currently running a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for their project.

first #potato flower on Mars soil simulant, to feed the human #Martians, including #Whatney

— Wieger Wamelink (@wamelink_wieger) May 16, 2016

Harvest of green beans on #Mars and # moon soil simulants

— Wieger Wamelink (@wamelink_wieger) May 31, 2016

#peas on #Mars and #moon soil simulant at @WageningenUR. On the moon you will be a bit hungry, sorry about that.

— Wieger Wamelink (@wamelink_wieger) June 20, 2016

#cress on #Mars and #moon soil simulant at @WageningenUR. they looked and smelled tasty.

— Wieger Wamelink (@wamelink_wieger) June 20, 2016

Source: The Guardian, Physorg, Wageningen University


The best IFTTT recipes for business travelers – CNET

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Traveling is a hassle — especially if you’re attempting to travel and work at the same time. Luckily, my favorite automation service IFTTT — “IF This, Then That” — can help automate some of the work travel tasks we all face to make trips run smoother.

IFTTT connects services and apps, allowing you to create if/then recipes that will automatically perform tasks when a trigger action occurs. You can’t (and shouldn’t) automate everything, but there are plenty of mundane tasks — such as logging miles or texting you when you get an important email — that IFTTT can help with. Here are some of my favorite IFTTT recipes for work travel, whether it’s a business trip or a workcation.

Track mileage, hours and expenses

If you have the Dash device installed in your car, this recipe automatically tracks all of your miles and puts them into a Google Spreadsheet:


This recipe helps you track your work hours in a Google Spreadsheet. To start tracking, just press the button in the Do Button app; to stop tracking, simply press it again.


With the Do Camera app, you can use this recipe to send photos of receipts directly to Evernote:


If you’d rather not use a separate camera app for expense tracking, this recipe makes it so any photos you add to an iOS folder named “Expenses” will be logged to Evernote:


Master email

Email is essential for business travelers, and IFTTT can help you stay (relatively) on top of your inbox while you’re jet-lagged and on the road. Plug your boss’ email address into this recipe and you’ll get a text whenever you get an email from that address:


Keep your boss and coworkers in the loop with this IFTTT Do recipe that lets you send someone your location via email:


If you’re traveling overseas and cannot receive calls, you can still get your missed calls delivered via email (Android only). This way, you can call back clients and colleagues using Google Voice or Skype (or just send them an email).



DHS seeks to ask foreign visitors their social media accounts

Someday, departure and arrival forms in the US might have a new section asking foreign nationals for their Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Department of Homeland Security has submitted a proposal to add a section in those forms that reads: “Please enter information associated with your online presence–Provider/Platform–Social media identifier.” According to the info published by the Federal Register, it would be an optional field and would only ask for people’s usernames on social media platforms, not their passwords.

Back in 2015, DHS reportedly began working on a plan to make social media check a part of the US visa application. This proposal, however, would cover all non-citizens entering and leaving the US, even those traveling through the visa waiver program. If you’ll recall, the government faced criticisms after reports came out that one of the San Bernardino shooters posted jihadist messages on social media. At the same time, terrorist organizations have been using websites like Twitter and Facebook to promote terrorist acts.

Homeland Security plans to use the social media info they gather to vet visitors. As the agency wrote in its proposal: “Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide DHS greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections by providing an additional tool set which analysts and investigators may use to better analyze and investigate the case.”

Via: The Hill, Politico

Source: Federal Register


Facebook hires Google Fiber co-founder Kevin Lo

As Facebook continues its plan to help connect people around the world to the internet, it’s finding help from Google. Recode reports that former Google Fiber exec and co-founder Kevin Lo has been hired to help Facebook make infrastructure deals for its connection efforts. Facebook told the outlet Lo will not be working on Free Basics, and that it has no plans to start an ISP of its own, but even wireless tech like Terragraph nodes or drone-delivered internet will need to connect to a backbone somehow. In a Facebook post confirming the move, Lo said he’s going “help shape our strategy and investments with partners to build wireless technologies and ecosystems that improve global connectivity.”

Source: Kevin Lo (Facebook), Recode


This Blackbird adjustable rig can morph into any car for film shoots

Ever see a car commercial with a small caption that warns something along the lines of “model shown may not match your vehicle exactly”? Well, thanks to the Blackbird, that might no longer be a thing.

We all know that getting cars for a movie production can be expensive. As for car commercials: they often features cars that haven’t yet been manufactured, so the car’s final details might not be finalised in time for the shoot (hence all those captions that warn about models shown being different than the actual products). On top of all that… paparazzi sometimes hunt out shoots to spot the final look of specific, hot cars.

Filming cars is therefore not only pricey, but also hectic and sometimes impossible. But a Visual Effect company called The Mill has developed a stand-in car that’ll change all that. It’s called Blackbird, and it can be used in both commercials and films. It’s a fully adjustable rig, meaning the chassis can match the length and width of almost any car. Then, using CGI, it can be edited to look like any car.

The Mills

Producers no longer need a physical vehicle for a shoot. They no longer need the finances for an exotic, high-performing car. They no longer have to shoot models that won’t match the final product their trying to sell. They no longer have to worry about paps leaking photos of a yet-to-be-released vehicles. Blackbird is a do-it-all-rig that eliminates all that hassle. It even has onboard 360-degree cameras.

Those cameras can be used to generate reflections and shadows when the real car body added in post production. Speaking of post production stuff, The Mill even created a bespoke AR application that allows producers to see the CGI vehicle on top of the rig in real time.

The Mill said its Blackbird rig took two years to build. Also, it was hand-built in the same hanger as the Blackbird SR-71 supersonic jet by technicians from JemFX.


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Russia set to pass bill requiring ISPs to eavesdrop on customer data

Most of the Russian government’s attempts to wrangle the internet sound like humorous tirades — for example, banning Wikipedia for an article on cannabis. But when they command Twitter and Facebook to store Russian users’ data inside the country, we’re reminded how much they want to keep tabs on their citizens and control their discourse. Yesterday, lawmakers took the first step in passing a measure into law that would require internet providers to give the government access to customer data.
Under the guise of “anti-terrorism”, the bill requires ISPs to store actual customer communications for up to six months, which state officials can requisition. They also have to keep metadata for a year, while telecoms have to keep it for three years. Both must provide backdoor access to encrypted messages, like those exchanged using WhatsApp and Telegram, to the FSB, the security agency that succeeded the KGB.

But the measure also included stricter controls for social media speech, increasing the prison time for incitement to terrorism to seven years. Most alarming is a brand new charge: Not informing authorities about a crime or terrorism is now itself a criminal offense that carries a sentence of up to a year in prison.

Yesterday’s vote on the bill only passed in the lower body of representatives, the Duma, with 277 for, 148 against and one abstaining. Now it goes to Russia’s Federal Council and the Kremlin, where it’s expected to sail into law, says The Daily Dot. If so, we could see it come into effect in three years. The debate to require encryption backdoors rages on in America, but we may see its effects on Russian civilians and companies before US legislators vote one way or another.

Source: The Daily Dot

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