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13th May 2017

Data science used to better predict effect of weather and other conditions

Data science has been used by researchers to determine and predict the effects of exposure to weather and other conditions on materials in solar panels. Using data science to predict the deterioration of such materials could lead to finding new ways to extend their lifetime, the researchers say. – Source

Electroplating delivers high-energy, high-power batteries

The process that makes gold-plated jewelry or chrome car accents is now making powerful lithium-ion batteries. Researchers have developed a method for electroplating lithium-ion battery cathodes, yielding high-quality, high-performance battery materials that could also open the door to flexible and solid-state batteries. – Source

Physics may bring faster solutions for tough computational problems

Researchers have used an elegant method based on statistical mechanics — called the vertex model — to create more efficient algorithms to solve complex problems more quickly. The research could solve problems in machine learning, circuit optimization and other major computational challenges. – Source

Severe mental illness linked to much higher risk for cardiovascular disease

There is a substantially increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease when someone suffers from severe mental illness, compared to the general population, an international study of more than 3.2 million people reveals. – Source

Hydrogen bonds directly detected for the first time

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in studying the strength of hydrogen bonds in a single molecule using an atomic force microscope. – Source

Amazon’s Echo Show arrives, Windows 10 hits 500M devices video – CNET

This week’s major tech stories include Amazon’s official reveal of the Echo Show, Apple TV opening its doors to an Amazon Prime Video app and Windows 10 reaches 500 million active devices. – Source

The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend, where we close out Microsoft’s Build 2017 event with some big news about Windows… XP? Also, this week we met Amazon’s touchscreen-equipped Echo Show and it’s time to say RIP to MP3. – Source

The Honor 9 will be unveiled on June 20 or 21

Word of a new mid-ranger from Huawei’s Honor sub-brand has been floating around the rumor mill for some time now. A new report claims to have some much-needed specifics on the handset, namely an announcement date of June 20 or June 21 and a suggested price tag of INR 2,499 ($362).

To give you some background, the Honor 9 has been the subject of at least a couple of leaked renders. Despite revealing the lack of a 3.5mm audio jack on the model, these have proven controversial since they bear too many similarities with the Honor 8.

This has led to some speculation that Huawei is…

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The ’80s movies we think deserve a reboot – CNET

Every week we ask a question to the folks around our offices to see what they’re into. This week we wanted to know which ’80s movies should get an update. – Source

Bits: Farhad’s and Mike’s Week in Tech: More Uber News and Snapchat’s Challenges

Uber and Waymo are headed to court. Britain’s health service is hit with a ransom attack, and Snap’s first earnings report is a disappointment. – Source

A look back at Google I/O highlights – CNET

Google I/O 2017 is approaching fast, so take a look at some of Google’s most memorable moments, people and products in years past. – Source

This week in Apps: Gagamoji, Mother’s Day and an all new Shazam

Reading about Elon Musk’s latest announcement about his Boring company and the expanded laptop ban may have kept you too busy to keep up with this week’s app news. We’ve kept up for you.

SEE ALSO: It’s easier than ever to delete old apps from your Android phone

Each week we round up the most important app news along with some of the coolest new and updated apps to help you stay in the loop with everything you need on your phone.

Here’s what caught our eye this week. If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out last week’s roundup of top apps.

Lady Gaga gets her own emoji app

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Apple Watch adds Mother’s Day fitness achievement

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and in case you haven’t called your mom yet, Apple has a handy way you can pester her to get on the jogging track with you a little more often: digital flowers!

SEE ALSO: Apple’s self-driving car reportedly spotted on the streets in California

An update to Apple’s Activity app now shows a Mother’s Day achievement badge in the design of a rose.

Along with the new iconography, a message reads: “Earn this rose badge and a special Messages sticker on Mother’s Day. Just do a walk, run, or wheelchair workout of a mile or more in the Workout app or in any third party app that write these workouts to Health.” …

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Verizon Wear24 hands-on

Verizon’s very own Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch just launched this week. The Wear24 can be fetched for $299.99 with a 2-year contract or $349.99 at full price. This year has already seen several new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches, so it’s going to be interesting to see where Verizon’s offering stands in comparison.

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We managed to get our first Verizon Wear24 hands-on look, so read on to find out what this smartwatch is all about exactly.

Before we dive into it, you can quickly glance its specs below!

Verizon Wear24 specs
Usage time: up to 18 hrs;
Height: 1.65 in;
Width: 1.65 in;
Weight:2.99 oz;
Depth: 0.53 in;
Battery: 450 mAh non-removable;
Colors: Stainless Steel, Gun Metal or Rose Gold;
Display: 1.39-inch AMOLED, 400 x 400, 290 ppi;
Operating System: Android Wear 2.0
RAM: 768MB;
Storage: 4 GB;
Connectivity: LTE B13Cat.3;
SAR: 1.6 W/kg;
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Processor.

Looking at the Wear24 for the first time, it shows a stark resemblance to the original Huawei Watch, as it favors a more neutral and premium look, with its metal chassis and round face style. It’s really tough to deny the similarities is has with the Huawei Watch!

Unlike Huawei’s original offering, though, the Wear24 doesn’t offer swappable bands, since the antennas for the cellular radio are incorporated into the band itself. Yes, the Wear24 does provide LTE-connectivity for a truly untethered experience, but in terms of personalization, there are only three colors to choose from – stainless steel, gunmetal, and rose gold.

Even with the premium construction, the Wear24 manages to offer an IP67 rating for water resistance, so you won’t have to worry about water damage if you happen to shower with it on accidentally. One important item that’s not present here is a heart rate sensor, something that you’ll have to bear in mind if your focus is on workouts and exercising. Despite that, we’re largely happy with the design, even with its thickness and all, since it’s the kind of design that strikes a balance between casual and formal attire.

The 1.39-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED display looks nice and sharp, but even more impressive are its clarity and outdoors visibility. That’s a crucial thing because readability plays into a smartwatch’s utility. Our only concern with the display is that it sits nearly flush with the bezel, so it’s more prone to scratching compared to other smartwatches that have recessed displays.

In terms of the experience, the Verizon Wear24 really doesn’t differ a whole lot from other Android Wear 2.0 watches out there – like the Huawei Watch 2 and the LG Watch Sport. In our quick time checking it out, its performance seemed responsive, thanks in part to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor that’s powering it.

The only thing added to the software are some preloaded watch faces that feature location-based functionality. Therefore, when you’re home, a few of the quick access shortcuts on the watch face will be for things like social networking and text messaging. Conversely, if you’re at work, you’ll get shortcuts for – Source

The Best Accessories for Daydream

Get the most out of Daydream with the right accessories.

A Daydream headset can transport you to new worlds, and deliver amazing experiences, all with just the help of your smartphone. To really get the absolute best experience though, you’ll definitely want to consider throwing down a few dollars for the right accessories. From headphones that will ensure you really get to immerse yourself in a game, to the travel case that keeps your headset safe when on vacation, these accessories will make sure you get the most out of Daydream View.

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Capture all the action with the All PRO Action Camera for only $35

Your phone is great for take photos and videos, but not all phones are created equal and few are water- or dust-resistant. So where do you turn when you’re out kayaking, on the basketball court, scaling a mountain, or running around the backyard with a big dog? Your phone will get wrecked and any other handycam would be done for in minutes.

Capture the action for $35! Learn more

What you need is something rugged, compact, and easy to use. You also need something that’s preferably waterproof so that all your sweet footage makes it home with you. It would suck to shoot all this awesome stuff for a day only to realize your camera stopped working an hour into your adventure.

GoPro isn’t the only action camera on the market, and it’s price might put some folks off. Check out the All PRO Action Sports Waterproof HD 1080p camera. It shoots in full HD, can record up to 90 minutes of video on a single charge, capture photos and video up to 30 feet under water, and can attach to just about anything with some external straps (not included). Cameras like this generally retail for hundreds, and this one is $149.95 straight from Sky Innovations, but at Android Central Digital Offers, it’s only $34.99.

Sky Innovations All PRO Action Sports camera takes 12-megapixel photos, shoots video in 1080p at 30 FPS and 720p at 60 FPS. You’ll just need a microSD card (up to 32GB), and you’re good to go. You can take single shots or take advantage of the 5- or 10-second self-timer to get the shots you want.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive action cameras that can go absolutely everywhere you go, then check out the All PRO Action Sports camera from Sky Innovations. It’s only $34.99 at Android Central Digital Offers, so you save 76%.

Record it all with the All PRO Action Sports Waterproof HD 1080p camera! Learn more

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Tomato extract fights stomach cancer, ripe for further study

The use of tomato should be explored to develop supportive strategies against gastric cancer, researchers suggest in a new report. – Source

Identification of the neuronal suppressor of cataplexy, sudden weakening of muscle tone

Narcolepsy is a disorder caused by losing orexin neurons, marked by excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy, sudden weakening of muscle tone. Previously, we found two kinds of neurons preventing narcolepsy by receiving information from orexin neurons. Here, we have discovered that serotonin neuron, one of the two neurons above, inhibits cataplexy by reducing the amygdala activity, which controls emotion. Current discovery should lead to comprehension of the narcolepsy mechanism and to therapy development for cataplexy. – Source

Everyone wants John Wall to run for president now

In case you haven’t heard by now, John Wall had one of the most epic Friday nights in history. So epic, in fact, that people are now totally down for the Wizards point guard to run for president.

In Game 6 between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards, not only did wall shut down critics by making a phenomenal game-winning shot, but he gave one hell of a post-game interview, too.

SEE ALSO: NBA Bulls player interrupts game to tie Celtics player’s shoe, as one does

With the playoffs on the line, Wall made jaws drop by sinking a three-pointer with 3.5 seconds left in the game, securing a last-minute 92-91 win to force a Game 7. …

More about Entertainment, Conversations, Sports, Nba, and Washington – Source

Eric Wareheim on the too-real ‘Master of None’ online dating episode

Master of None is nothing if not almost painfully relatable. Season 2 Episode 4, “First Date” is a sweet but contemplative portrait of modern dating, directed by Eric Wareheim who plays Dev’s (Aziz Ansari) best friend Arnold.

“The idea was that when you’re doing a lot of online dating, it feels like you’re meeting all these people and its’…the same kind of thing, getting to know you really quick.” Wareheim told Mashable via phone interview. “That whole thing can get super exhausting, and we hope to catch that feeling in the episode.”


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We’re Ignoring Women Astronauts’ Health At Our Peril

WASHINGTON, D.C.—It’s 7pm, and the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, which was packed with investors, aerospace tycoons, and scientists just hours ago, has dwindled to a dedicated few. It’s a very different crowd than the folks who came earlier in the day to watch Buzz Aldrin and other space veterans…

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The 50 most stellar graduation caps of 2017

Congratulations, graduates! You have survived the grand journey people call education, even though at times it felt less grand and more like a nightmarish hellscape. But never mind all that now because you made it through.

So let the great traditions of graduation commence! Our favorite is when graduates decorate the top of their graduation caps with something that represents them, that will allow them to stand out in the sea of robed students getting diplomas. It’s a tough task to fit your personality onto a square the size of a mortarboard, but every year we are stunned with what people come up with. …

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A WWII portrait series records Army truckers who carried critical supplies across Iran

Private First Class Romeo K. Bisson of Rochester, Vermont, a trucker with 16 years experience in civilian life.

Image: Library of Congress

In the summer of 1941, Nazi Germany reneged on its non-aggression pact with the USSR and initiated an invasion of the Soviet Union.

Without a military toehold in western Europe, the Allies recognized the need to make the Eastern Front as bloody and costly for the Germans as possible — which meant keeping the Soviet forces well-supplied.

In August, Britain and the USSR invaded Iran, overthrowing Reza Shah Pahlavi and installing his son as leader. In addition to providing a rallying point for thousands of …

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A ‘Gilmore Girls’ lego set might be coming and my wallet is so ready

Oy with the completely perfect Lego sets already!

The company that enhanced everyone’s childhood could be creating a product that will make Gilmore Girls fans of all ages weep with joy: a Luke’s Diner Lego set.

*passes out*

SEE ALSO: ‘Lego Movie’s’ Unikitty is getting an animated show and everything is awesome

Now hold up — before you get too excited and down five cups of coffee in celebration, as of right now the Gilmore Girls set is just an idea. The company allows adorkable fans to …

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New Poster Gives a First-ish Look at Okja’s Titular Creature

Okja, Bong Joon-Ho’s first movie since Snowpiercer, is definitely shrouded in mystery. Is it a horror film, or a fairy tale— or hell, is it both? What is Tilda Swinton’s character up to? And what the hell does Okja actually look like? Well, the last question gets a sort-of answer, with the latest poster for Netflix’s…

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Cyber-attack: Europol says it was unprecedented in scale

Europe’s police agency says a “complex international investigation” is needed to catch the culprits. – Source

Saturday’s Best Deals: Target, Digital Magazines, Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts and More

$4 yearly digital magazine subscriptions, Target rugs, last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, and more lead Saturday’s best deals.

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Saturday’s Best Deals: Target, Digital Magazines, Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts and More

$4 yearly digital magazine subscriptions, Target rugs, last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, and more lead Saturday’s best deals.

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HTC U 11 might be cheaper than the U Ultra

We’re only about 72 hours away from the day when HTC will announce a new flagship smartphone – the HTC U 11. The handset should offer an attractive set of high-end specs, including a Snapdragon 835 processor, as well as a potentially innovative feature: Edge Sense, which lets you squeeze the device’s frame in order to interact with the UI.

Being a high-end product, the HTC U 11 will certainly not be cheap. And yet it might not be too expensive, either. A recent report from Taiwan (HTC’s home country) has it that the new flagship phone could be cheaper than the … – Source

Microsoft releases Windows XP patch for WannaCrypt ransomware

Still stubbornly running an ancient version of Windows, despite the security threats? You’re in luck, this time.

The ransomware attack known as WannaCrypt that sent organizations and individual users around the world scrambling for security cover has been addressed by Microsoft, the company behind the most widely used operating system on the planet, with a new software update. And, to the relief of many holding onto old versions of Windows, the update plays nice with some old school systems, too.

SEE ALSO: 6 ways you’re being too open online

Late Friday, the company posted an …

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